48th Ward Weekly Update – May 27, 2022

May 27th, 2022

Dear Neighbors, 

I hope that you and your family will have a safe and peaceful Memorial Day weekend. 

Our country was once again shaken by the massacre of innocent school children with the killing of 19 students and 2 teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. We all grieve this heartbreaking and senseless loss of innocent life. As a country we have to act on sensible gun safety measures. 18 year olds should not be able to walk in and buy weapons of war without a background check. Many of the illegal guns that flood the neighbors of our city are purchased in states around Illinois that have weaker gun laws. As a former State Representative, I saw firsthand how the NRA fought the most basic gun safety laws. Their ghoulish priorities will be on full display today in Houston as they gather for their annual convention while our country mourns and Uvalde families gather in grief. Our leaders in Washington must come together and work with a shared purpose to make it safer in our country for children and all Americans from the threat of gun violence.

Throughout Chicago’s communities, violence prevention organizations and Chicago Police will be working to ensure a safe weekend. There will be additional CPD patrols in our community. My office is coordinating a full schedule of community safety events for this summer and will provide details and volunteer opportunities in next week’s newsletter. 

This week the City Council passed a measure with my support changing the curfew for minors from 11pm to 10pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday consistent with the rest of the week. My office wants to create a safe environment for all the youth in our community, and will be working to engage with young people around our neighborhood to provide opportunities for a safe and meaningful summer. Details of these events will be announced next week. The City has also released the “My CHI. My Future.” mobile app where young people can find exciting summer activities across the city.

Additionally, please encourage young neighbors that are looking for summer jobs or internships to look into the many opportunities offered by After School Matters and One Summer Chicago. These programs offer paid programs for young people to become more involved in their communities at a number of exciting partner organizations. The Chicago Park District is also looking to hire a number of seasonal employees, and is offering a signing bonus. For more information, click here

On Wednesday, I voted in support of the ordinance enabling the Bally’s Casino to be built and operated along the Chicago River. The creation of a casino in Chicago is a long time coming. My support of this project was based on the long term revenue that the casino will be to the City, and that those funds will help address the growing pension obligations that impact our City budget and taxes.

The City Council also passed a zoning change for Steep Theatre enabling them to move forward with their new theater at Berwyn and Kenmore. Steep is preparing for their first show in this venue, a play called ‘Paris,’ which will open in mid-June. I am looking forward to seeing the exciting performances Steep will continue to bring to our community!

Construction is in full swing in our neighborhood. Work has begun on the Ridge water main project. Below is a list of infrastructure projects in our community this summer.Sidewalk Replacement1500 block of West Granville Ave. – north side of street6000 block of North Broadway – west side of street5900 block of North Ridge Ave. – north side of street along Senn Park6200 block of North Sheridan Rd. – east side of street900 block of West Foster Ave. – north side of street Various tripping hazards – multiple locations throughout wardStreet Resurfacing5400 N. Winthrop – Catalpa to Balmoral5900 N. Winthrop – Ardmore to Thorndale6000 N. Winthrop – Thorndale to Glenlake6100 N. Winthrop – Glenlake to Granville6200 N. Kenmore – Granville to Rosemont5900 N. Lakewood – Thorndale to ElmdaleCurb & Gutter Repairs6221 – 31 N. Kenmore Ave,1301 – 21 W. Hood  Ave.1400 – 04 W. Hood Ave.6210 – 20 N. Glenwood Ave.5225 – 27 N. Kenmore Ave.Alley RepairsAlley bounded by Winthrop, Kenmore, Foster & BerwynAlley bounded by Bryn Mawr, Hollywood, Kenmore &SheridanAlley bounded by Magnolia, Ridge & Hollywood Alley bounded by Rosemont, Magnolia, Granville & BroadwayAlley bounded by Hollywood, Ardmore, Kenmore & SheridanConcrete Alley InstallationAlley (N/S) bounded by Wayne, Glenwood, Bryn Mawr & Hollywood – 2022Alley (E/W) bounded by Victoria, Ridge, Clark & Edgewater – 2023Traffic Circle ReplacementCatalpa & WayneStreet Lighting Improvements1200 & 1300 blocks of West Bryn Mawr Ave.1400 blocks of West Olive & West Hollywood – still pending approvalStreet Light Pole PaintingVarious locations throughout the wardIf you are interested in adding your street, alley, curb & gutter, sidewalks, light pole painting or any other improvement as a candidate for 2023, please send that request to dan@48thward.org.

Please note that some street resurfacing and curb & gutter projects are on hold pending a future infrastructure improvement project such as gas improvements, sewer & watermain projects, etc.

This week I met with the LBRC block club to discuss local issues and the future development along Broadway. I appreciate the feedback from the LBRC neighbors and wish their new board of directors all the best in the year ahead. I also met with residents from Hollywood House, and representatives from Heartland Housing and Habitat to discuss ways to improve safety and resident support at the Hollywood House.

This begins the graduation season for many high school seniors and their families. I want to congratulate all the seniors graduating this year, including my son Jack, and wish them all the best in college or other paths next fall!

Have a safe and peaceful weekend.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
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COVID-19 Information and Resources 

If you require assistance in verifying your COVID-19 vaccination, please click this link for helpful resources and answers to commonly asked questions, courtesy of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Broadway Visioning Meetings

Join me this spring for a series of community visioning meetings focused on the future of the Broadway corridor in the 48th Ward.

This will be a three-part proactive community planning process where we will work together to consider opportunities for affordable housing, economic development, roadway, sidewalks, bike lanes, public art, place making, environmental sustainability and public transit. See below for event information. 
More At-Home COVID-19 Tests Available

Every home is eligible to receive 4 additional at-home COVID-19 testing kits. If you already ordered tests, you can get 4 more, and if you have not ordered testing kits, you are able to order 8. Place your order here.

At-home tests, or “self tests,” give rapid results and can be taken anywhere, regardless of your vaccination status or whether or not you have symptoms. Visit CDC.gov to learn when to test yourself, how to use an at-home test, and what your test results mean.
The Chicago Department of Family Support Services shared an update on their Rental Assistance Program (RAP), a fund for all Chicagoans who are at risk of becoming homeless due to loss of income or other eligible emergency which prevents them from paying rent. The RAP deadline has now been extended and can be applied for on the DFSS website at  http://chicago.gov/fss/RAP  . Click here for FAQs on the eligibility for the RAP program. DFSS is processing applications on an ongoing basis and working to process applications to help connect people with their RAP services. You can also visit the DFSS North Area Community Center, 845 W Wilson Ave, open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, to file your application in person. 

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People’s Gas Construction UpdatesHollywood between Glenwood & Ridge along the west side of Ridge in the next couple weeks: Services where the main has been completed should be available at the end of April and parking should be available in these areas.
CTA Red Purple Modernization Project UpdatesSee below for resources on getting connected to receive construction alerts, view archived footage of community meetings, and other information about this once-in-a-lifetime project for our community:Sign up for RPM construction alertsFollow CTA RPM on TwitterFacebook, and InstagramBookmark this link to an interactive map that shows street/alley closures & CTA service impactsCheck out recordings from last week’s Station-by-Station meetingsVisit transitchicago.com/rpm for comprehensive information about the projectCheck out the Open for Business microsite to see how you can support impacted businesses
Attend a local beat meeting!

To find your local beat, click here.
Beat 20133rd Wednesday of every even month (Feb, Apr, etc)Philadelphia Church, 5437 N Clark St.Beat 2022 & Beat 2023This year 20th district has consolidated BEAT 2022 and BEAT 2023 meeting to the second Thursday of every odd month. They will both take place simultaneously.2nd Thursday of every odd month (Jan, March, etc)Kenmore Plaza, 5225 N Kenmore Ave.Beat 20243rd Thursday of even months (Feb, Apr, etc)Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 N Marine Dr.Beat 24333rd Tuesday of every monthChicago Fire Department, 6030 N Clark St.
2022 Street Sweeping Schedule

Click here to view the 2022 Street Sweeping schedule! 

To view a map version, click here.
Peoples Gas works with federal and state officials to pay off heating bills for customers who have low incomesPeoples Gas announced that its customers who applied and qualified for heating assistance over the winter and spring will have all remaining past-due balances cleared and they will not be subject to disconnection. This marks the second straight heating season Peoples Gas customers with low-incomes have had their balances taken care of.In addition to financial assistance, Peoples Gas works closely with customers on flexible payment plans and energy efficiency programs.Any customer having trouble paying their bills is urged to contact Peoples Gas so they can access all help available to them. Specific information is available on the Peoples Gas mobile app, at peoplesgasdelivery.com, and by calling 866-556-6001.
Do you get health insurance through Medicaid?Don’t risk losing your health insurance. To keep your insurance, Illinois Medicaid needs to be able to send you paperwork. Give them an address where mail can always reach you.Updating your address is easy, fast, and free:Call 877-805-5312 for from 7:45am – 4:30pm. If you use a TTY, call 1-877-204-1012.Visit www2.illinois.gov/hfs/address
Citizen’s Utility Board Webinars

Before a May 31 deadline for energy assistance, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) is holding two free webinars this week on how to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. 

The presentations, by CUB and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), will be held in English and Spanish and will be followed by a live Q&A with experts from both organizations.Wednesday, May 11, 2022 6 p.m. (in English). Register here or watch live on CUB’s Facebook page.Thursday, May 12, 2022 6 p.m. (in Spanish). Register here or watch live on CUB Espanol’s Facebook page.LIHEAP funding is available to help income-qualified customers pay for their utility bills, but there is a May 31 application deadline. Eligible consumers can apply through their Local Administering Agency or Community Action Agency (visit the DCEO website to find yours).
Peoples Gas Wants You to Stay Connected
Additional relief available to help residential customers stay connected.

Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced $150 million in utility bill assistance through the Help Illinois Families Program.

Customers who receive utility bill assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) will automatically receive additional benefits. We will apply the assistance after we receive the funds from the program.

If you have not applied for LIHEAP or PIPP, but qualify (see below chart), you have until May 31, 2022, to apply. Low-income households can receive utility bill assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Customers should go to helpillinoisfamilies.com or call 833-711-0374 for more information or to apply.

Reconnection fees waived
Reconnection fees for qualifying low-income customers will be waived through June 30, 2022. However, any balance due must be repaid before reconnection.

Extended deferred payment arrangements
For low-income households that participate in LIHEAPPIPP or have applied for assistance, deferred payment arrangements are available for 18 months with a 0% down payment.
For all other residential customers, deferred payment arrangements are available for 18 months with a 25% down payment. Customers can apply online, with the Peoples Gas app, or by calling 866-556-6001, through July 31, 2022.

Energy-saving programs
Peoples Gas offers energy-saving tips and free programs that will help you reduce your energy use. For more information, go to peoplesgasdelivery.com/savings/.

Please act now to stay connected while these assistance options are available!
Resource for Immigrants

The Chinese Mutual Aid Association is beginning its winter term of classes geared towards adults seeking English education and skills for the citizenship naturalization interview. See the flyer below for more information and to sign up for classes.
At Home Vaccination Program

Utility Bill Assistance by CEDA

The ongoing pandemic has made the need for financial assistance even more prevalent and with CEDA’s numerous offered services, the financial burden on so many can be lessened. Here is a recent webinar covering the Utility Assistance Programs offered at CEDA in addition to the flyer included below.
Lawyers Committee for Better Housing Rental Assistance Information

Eviction Assistance Resources from the Chinese Mutual Aid Association

The EDW Senior Satellite Center is open for seniors to pick up their to-go dining of box lunches
Monday – Friday
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

If anyone has questions, they should contact the director, Debra Northey at dnorthey@catholiccharities.net.
(312) 742-5187 Office
(312) 742-5323 Lobby
Look what’s happening in Edgewater Village!

What’s your thing? If it’s movies, dancing, discussing books, or conversation about current events, then check out and register for these and other upcoming programs offered by Edgewater Village Chicago. Some programs are in-person and others are via Zoom; all are free. Sign up for the newsletter to stay in the know.

Magazine donation drive through June 9
Are you willing to share your magazines so others may enjoy them for reading and craft projects?  Edgewater Village Chicago in partnership with the Edgewater Branch library is collecting gently used magazines for children and adults to donate to local nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and assisted living facilities in Uptown, Edgewater, and Rogers Park. Bring your magazines in shopping bags to the Edgewater Branch, 6000 N. Broadway, now through June 9. Read more.

More details and registration information: https://www.evchicago.org/programs
In-Home Appointments for Covid Booster Vaccines Available 

The Protect Chicago at Home program is reaching out to homebound Chicagoans and seniors who received their in-home vaccines earliest to schedule their booster shot appointment. To make an appointment for a visit, call 312-746-4835 or register at Protect Chicago at Home.
For more information, visit the Chicago Booster Shot Program’s website here.
Volunteer at Midsommarfest!

If you are interested in volunteering, click the link for the role!

MIDSOMMARFEST GATE VOLUNTEERS: Portion of proceeds benefit a non-profit organization. 

MIDSOMMARFEST GATE CAPTAINS: Paid position if you know reliable people looking to work the weekend (21+)

MIDSOMMARFEST GATE AND BEER MANAGERS: Paid position if you know reliable people looking to work the weekend (21+)
Support Peirce Elementary

Students at Peirce Elementary are gearing up for the 21st Annual Move-a-Thon! This fundraiser walk is a great way to support this local elementary school. For info on how to support the event, please visit www.friendsofpeirce.org/move-a-thon. Go Panthers! 
50 Lockers in 50 Days at McCutcheon Elementary

Let’s cut to the chase. The Middle School at McCutcheon Elementary located in the branch building on Kenmore has never had lockers. Students are required to carry all of their belongings from classroom to classroom all day. Let’s fix this. In collaboration with the Assistant Principal Kahinde Longmire and the Local School Council, we are looking to raise $15,000 in the next 50 days to provide the needed funds to order and install the lockers that will bless the students for decades. Let’s work together to make this long-lasting change and support the growth of executive functioning for the students as they progress towards high school.

I’m sure you can do the math, but this equates to $300 per locker. Will you give $300 today and be a part of supporting these amazing students?

The clock is ticking. Our 50 days ends on June 30. We need to order these lockers as soon as possible so they arrive in time for the new school year.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at friendsofmccutcheon@gmail.com
Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago is looking for adults to help match local youth with caring, committed mentors! You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by inspiring positive change and empowering them to achieve what they never dreamed possible. And the best part is, it’s a lot of fun! Help start one of our waiting Little’s on their path to Big things at: https://bbbschgo.org/volunteer/
Senior Connections with Chicago Methodist Senior Service

We are currently looking for more seniors and volunteers to participate in Senior Connections, a program that matches vetted volunteers with older adults who are experiencing isolation and loneliness.  The volunteers visit (or call) the seniors weekly, providing companionship and a connection to community. For more information, click here.
The Emanuel Congregation Stitching Ladies 

Women of all ages and religions volunteer their time and knitting and crocheting skills to craft handmade gifts for those in need or ill. The Stitching Ladies meet Tuesdays at Emanual Congregation (5959 N Sheridan Rd) from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, except for the first Tuesday of each month where meetings are held over Zoom. All are welcome to join when able. Also, donations of fabric and yarn are always appreciated. To request or suggest items or for more information, contact Sandy Pakin, the Stitching Ladies coordinator, at rsvp5959@gmail.com
Volunteer or Donate Food to Care for Real 

With a surge in need for food assistance, Care for Real is calling for the community to provide aid in any way possible. You can get involved by signing up to volunteer, hosting a collection drive for high-need items, or by making a financial contribution. To learn more, click here or email info@careforreal.org.
Donate Your Used Cooking Oil

After use, vegetable, canola, peanut, or whatever other cooking oils you may use are poured down the sink or into the trash can. Instead of disposing of it, you can recycle your used cooking oil to be made into biofuel, via Loyola University’s recycling program. To learn more, click here.
Volunteer to be an English Tutor

The Chinese Mutual Aid Association is looking for volunteers to give individualized tutoring sessions to students learning English as a second language. If interested, please contact CMAA’s Literacy Associate at tutoring@chinesemutualaid.org.
Andersonville is Hiring!

Work at one of the many locally owned and operated small businesses along Clark Street. See what fits your vibe or come walk the District to see how Andersonville is different. 
Lateral Entry Training Program – Illinois State Police

The Illinois State Police is now offering a Lateral Entry Training Program!  In this new Lateral Entry Training Program, Cadets will NOT have to relocate upon graduation and District assignments.  Cadets will still report to the Illinois State Police Academy for the first three weeks of the Cadet Class, receiving an introduction into Illinois State Police Cadet life.  Cadets will then return home, where they will report to a regional location daily for continued instruction, returning to their residence at the end of the day. Cadets will return to the Academy during specific phases of their training, such as Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, however, they will not be required to attend the Academy for more than three weeks in a row (home for the weekends) and for no more than 5-6 weeks total throughout the entirety of the Cadet Class.

To be eligible for the Lateral Entry Training Program, an applicant must still meet the requirements for pre-employment as well as the Fast Track Program.  Applicants will still be required to go through the entire Merit Board and Illinois State Police hiring process, however, we will streamline the Illinois State Police Academy training process.

If you have questions please contact ISP.Recruitment.Events@illinois.gov

Apply today at www.illinoistrooper.com

There is still time to apply for our October class but don’t wait, the application deadline is June 1!
Job Opportunities, City of Chicago Department of Water Management

Chief Water Engineer
For more information, click here.
To apply, click here.
Job Opportunities at Misericordia

Misericordia is home to over 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have a 31 acre campus where we provide ‘round the clock care and support to our residents. We strive to find compassionate and hardworking individuals to join our team.  We offer competitive pay rates and great employee benefits. You can find out more information about our organization by clicking this link: https://www.misericordia.com/

Available positions include:The Direct Support Professional position. Experience in this field is not a requirement for this position and we provide paid training for employees hired.C.N.As and we provide paid training for Certified Nursing Assistants who have passed their state boards.LPN/RN/BSN positions and would be delighted to welcome your new graduates that have an interest in working in our field.  More information can be found at: https://www.misericordia.com/employment/career-opportunities/ 

We are also currently hiring for a number of auxiliary positions. These are positions within departments that have specialized functions to operate in support of our overall mission. Examples of these positions include, but are not limited to, opportunities within our Kitchen, Bakery, Laundry, and Housekeeping departments. For more information, click here.
CPS Now Hiring Crossing Guards!

Be a Lifeguard with the Chicago Parks District!

As the Park District gears up for this summer, they are looking for qualified candidates to join the aquatics team. The Chicago Park District employs 300 lifeguards yearly to offer aquatics programming, and hires an additional 500 lifeguards to safeguard beaches and pools during our busiest season, the summer.  The benefits of becoming a Chicago lifeguard are bountiful. Lifeguards are part of a talented workforce that is essential in providing vital services to Chicago’s residents and visitors. Candidates for Seasonal Lifeguard positions must be 16 years old and over, a resident of Chicago and fully vaccinated. Future lifeguards must also pass the swim skills test and become American Red Cross certified. Pay for entry level lifeguards starts at $15.88. To apply today, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/lifeguards.
Exelon/ComEd Internships Available for College Students 

College students pursuing either engineering or non-engineering career paths are encouraged to apply for an internship offering life skills and industry experience. Those interested, click here for more details or to apply.
Summer Camp at the Swedish American Museum

Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Jelena is back this year to teach children about different cultures through art (not the same countries as last year). This camp is for ages 6 – 12.
Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29, 9 a.m. – noon
New for this year! Explore what it was like for the children who immigrated to Chicago in the early 1900s through improvisation and games. We will also learn about Swedish culture. This camp is for ages 10 – 12.

For more information, click here.
Saturday, June 4th
5230 N Clark Street

Stop! Calling all dancers! Let’s GO! Anyone Pre-K to 12th grade who loves to dance is welcome to audition for GUS Company Season ’22-’23 on Saturday, June 4. GUS Company dancers take classes in all styles of dance with a focus on technique and performance skills. GUS Company dancers train with professional dancers and master teachers, and learn life skills including confidence, communication and teamwork while forming friendships that last a lifetime.

Click here to learn more & pre-register for GUS Company Audition!
Vaccine Options for Children

The Chicago Department of Public Health recommends getting vaccinated through your normal healthcare provider or pediatrician. However, here are more options in our local community:

5625 N. Ridge

5440 N. Clark

Swedish Hospital 
2751 W Winona, Anderson Pavilion Auditorium
7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Mon-Fri
Walk-ins accepted, or
Register for appt  online or call 773-907-7700

Senn HS: School Health Center
5900 N Glenwood Ave. Chicago, IL 60660
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Mon-Fri
 Appointments required. Pfizer (12+)
Open to Heartland Patients Only
Call 773-751-1860 to make an appointment
Youth GED Program 

The Safer Foundation’s Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) offers free GED training and testing for youth aged 16-24. For more information, call 312-575-3285.
Uptown Art Week
June 1st – 5th

The 3rd Annual Uptown Art Week will feature over 150 pieces of existing public art as well as more than 50 new works painted live around the neighborhood, art exhibits being hosted by local businesses, and interactive art activities for all ages. Activities include:UPTOWN ART FAIR:  June 4-5 | 10am-4pmCLIFTON AVENUE BLOCK PARTY – June 4 | 10am-4pmMAJESTIC WALLS PROJECT – June 4-5 | all dayUPTOWN SIDEWALK SOCIAL – June 4-5 | 12-6pmGRACELAND WALLS – June 4-5 | all dayYARD WALLS PROJECT – June 4-5 | all dayIf you are interested in volunteering, please click here.
Andersonville Residential Membership

image.pngThe Andersonville Chamber of Commerce strives to build and maintain a vibrant, locally-focused economy in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood and beyond. Resident members are advocates of Andersonville and receive an array of membership benefits.

Fill out this form if you are interested in becoming a resident member.
Steep Theater Summer Shows

By Eboni Booth 
Directed by Jonathan Berry 
June 17 – July 23, 2022 
Steep Theatre, 1044 West Berwyn, Chicago, Illinois, 60640

Returning home to the small town of Paris, Vermont, Emmie tries to make ends meet while navigating the challenges of being Black in a predominantly white community. After finally landing a second job at a retail giant, her search for connection and identity leads her to a stark realization. Eboni Booth’s Paris, an off-beat workplace comedy, explores the impacts of race and economics on the wage-earners of rural America.

Light Falls
By Simon Stephens 
Directed by Robin Witt 
July 8 – August 14, 2022 
Theater Wit, 1229 West Belmont, Chicago, Illinois, 60657 

For one clear moment, rain and light fall from a cloudless sky. For one clear moment, Christine sees the lives of her family, her town, her world stretched before her, beyond her. Simon Stephens’ Light Falls is a haunting tale of resilience, hope, and the impossibly strong bonds of family. 
Rewired Pizza Cafe and Bar

Rewired has a wide variety of events hosted weekly that make it the perfect place to visit. They are hosting the Colvin Concert Series! View their website here for a look at the menu and other deals and dining experiences.
The Luckiest at Raven Theatre
May 4 – June 26, 2022

Raven Theatre closes their 39th season with a Chicago premiere that will make you laugh your ass off, cry your heart out, and immediately call your loved ones. Lissette and Peter are best friends living their best lives. But when an out-of-nowhere diagnosis shatters Lissette’s world, Peter and Lisette’s mom are left trying to pick up the pieces. This modern story follows the highs and lows of friendship, family, and life. Save $5 off full price, non-preview tickets with the code EDGE5. For tickets, click here.
May 13 – June 12, 2022
The Edge Off-Broadway Theater

AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to conclude its 2020-21 season with the Chicago premiere of Sarah Treem’s courageous drama When We Were Young and Unafraid, directed by Sara Pavlak McGuire, playing May 13 – June 12, 2022 at The Edge Off-Broadway Theater, 1133 W. Catalpa Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.astonrep.com or by calling (773) 828-9129.

About the show: In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes’s dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes’s college-bound daughter Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside of Agnes’s tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help.
Pivot Arts Festival
June 10-18

The 2022 Pivot Arts Festival runs from June 10-18 at the Edge Theater 5451 N. Broadway. The festival is a celebration of contemporary performance and also film. Join us Opening Night, June 10 to kick-off the festival and Gay Pride Month with the hilarious film screening of grelley and close out the festival on June 18 with the joyful hip h’opera, Rosina: Remixed! There’s something for everyone, Info + Tickets go to pivotarts.org/festival.
Heartland Alliance Free ESL Courses

Heartland Alliance will offer free online English as a Second Language courses, citizenship prep classes, vocational courses, and GED prep courses. They have classes available at different English language levels and at various times, including Saturdays. 
This Month at the Swedish American Museum 

Enjoy Nordic cuisine, decorate a Dala Horse, or attend a cooking class. There’s something for everyone at the Swedish American Museum. Please click here for more information on upcoming activities.
Homework Help at Edgewater Library
Teacher in the Library homework help is available (excluding holidays and CPS breaks):
Monday: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Get homework help from a certified teacher and learn about library resources with our expert librarians. Teacher in the Library Jeffrey will be able to help children with homework in all subject areas and even caregivers can get help with focus, learning strategies, and resources for their child. To contact the Edgewater Branch Library for more information, please visit our website.

The last day of Homework Help at the Library will be May 26th. 
Summer Learning Challenge at the Chicago Public Library

Helping Cats Near You 

4th Sunday of every month
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Zoom Link Here
Password: feralcats

With temperatures dropping, stray and feral cats need more assistance than ever. Cats in Action has begun hosting monthly community workshops over Zoom to educate the community on how best to help stray cats. If interested, please join us every 4th Sunday of the month via the Zoom link above.
Enter the Reeling: 40th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

The 40th LGBTQ+ film festival, produced by the Chicago Filmmakers, will take place from September 22 – October 2, 2022. If interested in submitting your cinematic work to the festival, click here. The submission dates are listed below with those who enter by the early bird deadline receiving a discount on their submission. 

Late Deadline: June 9, 2022

We look forward to receiving a wide variety of talented and material!
COVID-19 ResourcesChicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 page (Comprehensive information, one-stop shop)
48th Ward COVID19 Resource Guide
Small Business Resources, for Business Owners, Employees, & Consumers – Chicago BACP
Small Business Resources – Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Guidance: What to do when COVID-19 Has Been in Your Establishment
Guidance for Older Adults & Others with High Risk
Cook County Health Guide to Walking & Biking 
Cook County Health Transit Guide
Chicago Public Schools Permanent Vaccine Sites
CPS Mobile Vaccination Events
CPS School-Based Health Centers