48th Ward Weekly Update – November 13, 2020

Weekly Update from Your Alderman

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Dear Neighbor,

As we continue to see a steep increase in the number of positive cases of Coronavirus and related hospitalizations in Chicago, local public health officials are encouraging us to stay home except for essential activities. Yesterday Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady announced a Stay at Home Advisory, effective Monday, November 16, 6am, running for 30 days, in an effort to bend the curve of this second surge of COVID-19. Click here to view yesterday’s press conference. In addition to continuing to mask up, keep social distance, wash hands frequently, and stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, guidance outlined in the advisory includes:No non-essential guests in private residences (healthcare, educators, etc. qualify as essential)Avoid all indoor social gatheringsAvoid non-essential travelCancel traditional Thanksgiving celebrations with non-household membersSocial events and meetings limited to 10 individuals, indoor and outdoorIncludes hotels, event venues, houses of worship, etc.Does not impact industries with capacity guidelines already in place (gyms, retail, movie theaters, etc.)Click here to read the full advisoryA new citywide effort called Protect Chicago was also announced yesterday. This is a comprehensive effort to spread awareness to neighbors on every block of Chicago about how to protect themselves and their families and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you would like to volunteer to use social media and/or text messaging to support these efforts, click here.

While yesterday’s announcement did not include any new restrictions on business operations, some businesses in our community and around the City are deciding to make changes to their hours and operations in alignment with guidance from the City and State encouraging people to stay home. Please be sure to call or check the website or social media of your favorite local business before stopping by in the coming weeks. Our local Chambers of Commerce are also working hard to connect our businesses with resources and to help spread the word about who is open and what they are offering, so make sure you’re following them on social media and receiving their newsletters as well:Andersonville: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | NewsletterEdgewater: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | NewsletterUptown: Facebook | Instagram | Newsletter
(Pictured, from top left going clockwise: Beard & BellyAndersonville GalleriaImmm Rice & BeyondUvae Kitchen & Wine Bar)

This week the City opened up applications for $10,000 grants for hospitality businesses. Click here for information on eligibility and how to apply. Additionally the City of Chicago, in partnership with Choose Chicago, launched the Takeout Chicago promotion last week. If your household has been participating in the 48th Ward Takeout Thursdays, you can double up and submit those restaurants for the Takeout Chicago contest. 

While the Presidential election wrapped up over the weekend, there is another election on the horizon for Chicagoans: Local School Councils! These elections, like most things, will look a little different this year. Please see below for details on how different school stakeholders will vote in next week’s elections. Local School Councils (LSCs) are elected bodies for each Chicago Public School, composed of school staff, parents, and community members (with student representation at high schools). LSCs are responsible for principal evaluation and selection, approving the school’s budget, and developing and monitoring the school improvement plan (CIWP).

This weekend CTA will be conducting work on the tracks north of the Granville Red Line platform. This work will include noise and service disruptions. Click here for more information. If you would like to receive email updates about construction related to the Red Purple Modernization project, visit transitchicago.com/rpm.

Have a peaceful weekend. 


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th WardCPS Local School Council Elections – November 18 & 19 Local School Councils (LSCs) serve as the policy-making body of each school. LSCs have remained an important vehicle for participatory democracy, allowing not only educators but also parents the opportunity to make important decisions about how their children will be educated. Chicago Public Schools will hostLocal School Council (LSC) elections for elementary schools on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and for high schools on Thursday, Nov. 19. 

Due to COVID, voting for this year’s LSC election will look a little different than years past:Parents & Guardians – Vote In Person or Mail-In:All parents/guardians will be sent a mail-in ballot with a pre-paid return envelope.Mail-in ballots for elementary school elections must be postmarked by November 18th and received by November 30th for official counting & results published on December 1st.Mail-in ballots for high school elections must be postmarked by November 19th and received by November 30th for official counting & results published on December 1st.Parents can also drop off their mail-in ballot at their school up to the date of the election. Community Members – Vote In Person:Because the district does not have a roster of all residents living within an attendance boundary, community members will vote in-person, with enhanced health and safety measures.Click here to find what Elementary and High School boundaries you live in, and to learn about the candidates running at each school.High School Students – Vote Virtually:Students will receive electronic ballots from principals on November 16. Students will only be able to vote for student members.Staff – Vote In Person or Mail-In:The district will use Talent and HR data to send every eligible CPS staff member a mail-in ballot and prepaid return envelope by the week of November 2.  The mail-in ballots must be received by the 7:00 p.m. on the date of the election.Staff can also drop off their mail-in ballot at school up to the date of the election. In-person elections for elementary schools will take place on November 18th between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm. High school elections will take place on November 19th between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm. All in-person voters will need to bring two current forms of identification with them to vote. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver’s license, Illinois ID, public library card, MediPlan or Medicare card, permanent resident card, matricula consular, voter registration card, current lease, utility bill, credit, or debit card, or court documents. The district does not track or check immigration status, and eligible voters do not need to be U.S. Citizens in order to vote.For all parents and community members, who will be voting in-person, the district has implemented stringent health protocols to ensure the safety of voting in our school buildings. These include: Requiring voters to wear a cloth face covering, sanitize their hands, maintain social distancing, and complete a health screener and temperature check prior to entering the building.Offering curbside voting for individuals with disabilities, individuals who cannot wear a mask, or individuals who choose not to enter the polling place due to pre-existing health conditions.Utilizing sneeze guards and other physical barriers to protect staff when voters arrive, and using posted signage throughout school facilities to emphasize new policies and procedures.Visit the Office of Local School Council Relations website for more information.Public Safety Update

November Beat Meetings 

Beat meetings ensure that any community issue on your block is addressed as a part of the problem solving process that we as a community work collaboratively. We also work together to discuss emerging trends in the beat and to discuss beat statistics. If you want to know which police district and beat you belong to, click here to find out or contact Alan at alan@48thward.org.

Beat 2433
The next Beat 2433 meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17 at 7 pm virtually via Zoom. In order to sign up please email CAPS.024District@chicagopolice.org or call their office at 312-744-6321.  Chicago Police Department Community Conversations
The 20th and 24th Police Districts will be hosting their follow up virtual Community Conversation via Zoom and calling in as part of their two part series. The follow up meeting will allow each district to review the draft plan and gather additional input.  The Chicago Police Department districts host these Community Conversations in order to develop a Strategic Plan for 2021 that focuses on the community engagement and crime reduction plans for that district.

24th District Community Conversation
Monday, November 23, 6 pm
Click here for more information  Housing Support Opportunities

City of Chicago ProgramsDFSS Rental Assistance Program (RAP) – For Renters

DFSS is launching a second open application period for our Rental Assistance Program Monday, November 2. This application period will close on Sunday, November 15 at 11:59 pm. We know that many Chicagoans are struggling and are in continued need of help. The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) provides funding to Chicagoans who are at risk of becoming homeless. RAP helps Chicagoans who have housing right now, but who may become homeless soon because they lost income or had another eligible emergency which prevents them from paying rent. See the documents below for more information. FAQ (English)Flyer (Bilingual English & Spanish)
 Emergency Relief for Affordable Multifamily Properties (ERAMP) – For Landlords
The Department of Housing (DOH) has established a relief program to provide short-term operating support to multi-family affordable housing providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic downturn.
The ERAMP program includes both grants and no-interest, deferred payment loans of up to $75,000 per property, based on need. Eligible developments are projects comprised of multi-family buildings or scattered site buildings under common ownership with five or more units that are rented at a price that is affordable to households earning up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) as defined by HUD. Click here for more information.Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) Chicago ProgramsGiven the financial hardships brought on by the shutdown of the City in March and the slow recovery for some businesses due to the pandemic and civil unrest, the City of Chicago has taken CARES Act funds to make housing assistance grants available for residents in need in Chicagoland. Our agency has approximately 600 rental grants and another 600 mortgage assistance grants remaining that we are trying to distribute by December 1 to residents in need of housing assistance funds.The maximum assistance is renters is $2,500 AND the maximum assistance for homeowners (1-4-unit properties only) is $3,300.  Following are general program requirements:Must reside within the Chicago city limitsProvide a government issued photo IDFor Renters:  Demonstrate their total household income was at 60% or below the Area Median Income (AMI) prior to March 1, 2020 (Click here for Rental Assistance FAQ)For Homeowners:  Demonstrate their total household income was at 120% or below the Area Median Income (AMI) prior to March 1, 2020 (Click here for Mortgage Assistance FAQ)Homeowners MAY NOT have FHA mortgages loans or ones that are backed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae.Have experienced a change in their financial status (after March 1, 2020) due to the COVID-19 crisisPlease refer potentially eligible residents to our website for more information and to apply at: https://nhschicago.org/emergencyassistance. Interested residents may also call NHS at 800-831-7949 or email EmergencyAssistance@nhschicago.org for more information or for assistance applying.Disability and Immigration Task Force of Illinois — Survey

The Disability and Immigration Task Force of Illinois (DITI) empowers and supports immigrants, refugees, and/or asylees with disabilities and their families to access culturally and linguistically appropriate services. While there is information available about immigrant groups and disability groups, it’s very hard to find data about immigrants who are also people with disabilities. The DITI survey covers topics such as housing, personal assistant needs, public charge, and more. The information collected will ONLY be utilized by the DITI to determine the needs of immigrants with disabilities and their support persons. We hope, next year, to develop legislation at the state level to address unmet needs in the immigrant/disability community.

The survey is in five languages:EnglishArabicChineseSpanishPolishPlease contact Jenny Cunningham at Access Living with questions: jcunningham@accessliving.orgOpportunity for Chicago Artists

DCASE in partnership with the Chicago Department of Aviation invites Chicago-based professional artists and artist teams to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in Chicago’s Aviation Artist Pool. The Aviation Artist Pool is a mechanism for selecting artists for public art opportunities at Chicago O’Hare and Midway Airports. 
Diversity and equity are core goals of the Aviation Artist Pool. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Deadline to apply is November 29
Read more about this opportunity hereApply here.Get your CityKey ID 
Friday, November 20, 11am – 3pm
Chicago Department of Family & Support Services, 845 W. Wilson 
Call 312-218-9022 to make an appointment

The CityKey ID functions as a valid Municipal ID, Chicago Public Library Card, and a Chicago Rx Prescription Discount Card. To schedule an appointment to apply for a CityKey ID, call Angelica Alcantara at (312) 218-9022.Haga clic aquí para obtener información en español.Andersonville Cares

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is expanding its ongoing “Andersonville Cares” initiative to help keep businesses and residents safe throughout the fall and winter months. Neighborhood resources include access to flu shots, COVID-19 testing and mental health and well-being support for those facing depression and anxiety stemming from the pandemic, seasonal change, the election, the holidays and other high-stress factors. For additional information, visit andersonville.org/andersonville-cares.
Flu Shots:
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is hosting over 50 community flu clinics where Chicago residents can receive their annual flu shot at no cost regardless of their immigration status. Those with insurance should bring a copy of their insurance card. Pre-registration is available, however walk-ins are welcomed. For a full list of locations and hours and to schedule an appointment, visit chicago.gov/flu.
Additional resources:NorthShore/Swedish Immediate Care Clinics
Several nearby clinics are offering walk-in flu shots. Find a list of locations here.Swedish Hospital Primary Care Physician (PCP) or Galter Medicial Pavilion (GMP) Pharmacy
Find a primary care physician here or by calling (773) 878-6888. Flu shots at GMP Pharmacy on the hospital campus are available by appointment Monday – Friday from 12 pm – 5 pm. Please call (773) 989-3980 to book an appointment.Swedish Hospital’s The Clark (5346 N. Clark St.)
To book an appointment call (773) 293-8880 or visit theclarkmed.com.Walgreens Andersonville (5440 N. Clark St/, Clark & Catalpa)
Schedule an appointment here. Walk-ins are welcome. Vaccine consent forms can be printed out in advance here.Howard Brown Health Center (6500 N. Clark St.)
For appointments, visit howardbrown.org/service/primary-care/ or call (773) 388-1600.Covid Testing:
Great Lakes Clinical Trials is providing free, bi-monthly COVID-19 testing to employees of Andersonville businesses who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or believe they may have come in contact with someone with the virus. Testing will be available on select Mondays from 2 pm – 5 pm throughout November and December at Great Lakes’ newly-expanded office site at 5113 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Individuals will receive Molecular PCR (nasal swab) testing with a turnaround time of 2 – 3 days. In order to maintain social-distancing and limit the number of people waiting in line, employees should sign up for a time slot in advance here. Testing dates: November 9 & 23 and December 7 & 21. 
Mental Health & Well Being:
Depression and anxiety can be debilitating especially during high stress times like seasonal changes, elections, holidays, navigating a pandemic, and other high stress factors. Click here for several resources.
Neighborhood Safety:
Throughout the pandemic, ACC’s “Andersonville Cares” initiative has implemented measures to keep the neighborhood safe including signage for mindful mask wearing, social distant markers on streets, hand sanitizer stations along Clark street and the spraying of all high touch areas with a compound that kills viruses.Peoples Gas Bill Payment Assistance Available

We understand that during these uncertain times, customers may be struggling to pay their natural gas bills. If you are having financial difficulties, or know someone who is, Peoples Gas has options to help. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance to help customers with limited incomes pay their energy bills. Grants are also available through the People’s Gas Share the Warmth program. 

The community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) manages both programs and is taking applications by phone. To see if you are eligible or to apply, call CEDA at 800-571-2332.

Click here for more information.CTA Job Opportunities

Click here for all available opportunities with the CTA. Turkey Donations Needed

One Northside and Metropolitan Family Services Communities Partnering 4 Peace are preparing for their free turkey giveaway on November 20th, which will take place in multiple locations throughout Uptown. Turkey donations are being accepted at this time! If you would like to donate a turkey, please contact Darrell Dacres at (773) 999-1630 or Deion Geiger at (773) 885-7487.

The free turkey giveaway will be November 20, 2020 at these locations below:12pm – 1pm: Clarendon1pm – 2pm: Wilson & Broadway2pm – 3pm: Argyle & Kenmore4pm – 5pm: Howard / Marshfield5pm – 6pm: Howard & DamenDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and face masks are required. Masks will be available to those who do not have one. Do not attend if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19Northside Catholic Academy Thanksgiving Service Drive Benefiting Care For Real
Saturday, November 21, 9am – 11am

These items are greatly needed by the community served by Care For Real:New packages of adult size white socksNew packages of adult size underwearAdult size winter hatsAdult size stretchy glovesAdult incontinence briefsDeodorantMenstrual productsHand warmersBaby diapers and pull-upsPlease drop-off donated items to NCA’s primary campus parking lot at Glenwood and Thome. Swift School Solidarity Fund
Click here to donate

As our community comes together during the pandemic and its related impacts on the economy, the Swift School (5900 N. Winthrop) community is banding together and forming a Swift Solidarity Fund. 100% of funds donated will be distributed to Swift families in need, and they will be able to use the money however best suits their family. Donations can be made via Venmo. Click here for the flyer with details on how to donate. If you have any questions or need help donating, please email swiftsolidarityfund@gmail.com.20th Police District Toys for Tots Drive

Drop off new and unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals) to the 20th District located at 5400 N Lincoln in the drop off box. Drop off any donations by December 20Telehealth Device Drive for 48th Ward NeighborsThe 48th Ward, in partnership with Edgewater Village Chicago and Loyola University School of Nursing, is launching a pilot project to provide increased access to telehealth visits. We are asking for donations of used smartphones and tablets for this project.In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in many situations it’s preferable that the patient access healthcare virtually, rather than make an in-person visit. But not all ward residents have access to the devices and internet services that would make telehealth visits possible. This particularly applies to low-income older adults.  Through expanding access, we hope to provide these individuals a way to access their healthcare providers from home. As you clean out your closets and drawers during these upcoming days, be on the lookout for smartphones and tablets you can donate. Before donating, please erase all the data and make sure the device is returned to original factory settings. The device should be in working condition, free of significant damage or cracks, and have a forward-facing camera. Please also provide the means of recharging the battery.If you have questions about which devices can be donated or how to erase the data, please contact Alan Oviedo at alan@48thward.org.Please contact us at 773-784-5277 to arrange a contactless drop off at the 48th Ward Office, 5533 N. Broadway. Thank you for your support!Free and Reduced Cost Programming at CircEsteem in UptownProgram: Learning Pods/ 
Schoolwork & Circus Work
Days/Times: Monday- Friday, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Alternatives / 4730 N. Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60640
No Class: November 25, 26, & 27
Available To: All Students Ages 8-19 (During synchronous learning, youth must be able to log on to their computers and work independently.)
To Enroll: Click HERE to register and you may find the application for financial aid HERE.
Cost: $125 a week with full and partial scholarships available, on a sliding scale based on family size and household income
Program: Homework & Circus Work: Uptown
Dates: Ongoing, Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays
Days/Times: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 3:00PM – 5:30PM
Location: Alternatives / 4730 N. Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60640
No Class: November 25 & November 27th
Available To: Ages 8-19
To Enroll: Email hannah@circesteem.org
Cost: Free!48th Ward Youth CouncilThis year our youth council will go virtual and have a lot of projects planned for this school year! The purpose of this council began with our desire to make a difference in the way youth engage, learn, and participate in the community they call home. The council plans community initiatives and projects that others in the community will enjoy. They get the opportunity to meet with other leaders in our community. If you are a youth in middle school or high school and want to learn more or have any questions contact Alan at alan@48thward.org.Gingersnap the Elf Performance Package

With pandemic restrictions, the holidays are going to look different this year. Celebrate in safety with a socially-distanced, outdoor, 30 minute children’s performance in your own front yard! In this performance package:Gingersnap the Elf will arrive at your front porch, street corner, or outdoor venue;Lead children in carols and silly dances;Tell kid-friendly jokes;Read a story book;Take (masked) pictures with attendees;And help kids send their Christmas wish to Santa!In these difficult times, show your kids that the holiday magic will always find them!

Packages start at $150 for 12 children. For more information, please email gingersnaptheelfevents@gmail.com2020 Chicago Department of Procurement Virtual Vendor Fair

Event: 9th Annual Vendor Fair presented virtually on the Cisco Webex platform
Date:  Three Consecutive Thursdays: November 5th, 12th, and 19th, 2020    
Time:  Each day will begin at 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.      
Click here to register

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 will feature the following workshop:  


In today’s business environment, the Financial Services industry is constantly evolving to encompass a broad range of businesses’ services and programs. This panel will explore Financial Services key issues and opportunities and share an array of innovative solutions and best practices. City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office, JP Morgan Chase, and Accion

Moderator: Melissa Conyears-Ervin, Treasurer, City of Chicago

Brad McConnell, CEO, Accion Serving Illinois & Indiana
Sandra Magallon, Vice President, Senior Business Consultant
Pamela Randle, Vice President, Senior Business ConsultantAll Are Welcome Concert: Feast of St. Gertrude Celebration
November 14, 6:30 pm

Please join us for a free Feast of St. Gertrude “All Are Welcome” event! Mary Clare Barker will showcase both the music and historical backgrounds of three Chicago-based, African-American women composers, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, and jazz pianist Lil Hardin Armstrong. These artists were strong women who used their gifts to make significant cultural contributions in a white, male-dominated field. 


Please register online or at the parish office (1420 W Granville) prior to attending. This event will also be live-streamed on the parish’s Facebook page and then posted to their YouTube channel. Concert of Piano Rhythms: Chicago Uptown Lions Club Fundraiser
Sunday, November 15, 7 – 8:30pm

Join the Chicago Uptown Lions Club for a virtual fundraiser. The “Concert of Piano Rhythms” will be presented virtually, live on Zoom, and will feature music from Bach to the Beatles to Brubeck! It will be performed by Edgewater’s native son, renowned pianist Steven Solomon. Proceeds raised will benefit two of our neighborhood organizations, Care for Real and Lakeview Pantry. The Chicago Uptown Lions Club has been serving our neighborhood for almost 100 years, since 1921!  

Tickets are only $15. Ticket/Donation and more information for the Chicago Uptown Lions Club Fall Fundraising Concert can be found hereChicago Filmmakers Upcoming Events

A Conversation With Steven Poster

Wednesday, November 18, 7pm

Steven Poster, the cinematographer behind cult-favorite Donnie Darko joins us for this exciting new edition of Masterwork: Industry Conversations. A native Chicagoan, Steven Poster began his career working as a creative assistant for a local commercial film production company. His skill at seeing and reproducing light saw him quickly promoted to director of photography. With more than sixty cinematography credits to his name, this is a can’t miss opportunity.

This event is free for members, and non-members will be asked to contribute a suggested donation. Register here.
Spirit of Chicago: Calling All Submissions!
Deadline for submissions: December 15

Interested in being included in future Spirit of Chicago screenings? We are taking new submissions starting now. Click here to submit your film. Edgewater Village Chicago Happenings There’s something in it for you! Participate virtually in a wide variety of informational, social and cultural programs. Meet new people, join the fun and learn something new. Check out Edgewater Village’s programs, and sign up for the weekly newsletter to learn about more activities, including community events. In this week’s issue, read about a senior home repair program and rental assistance for qualified individuals and a Teleheath Device Drive for Smartphones, tablets and other electronics that will be given to lower income older adults. 

Edgewater Village Chicago is a volunteer, non-profit organization. It offers programs, social activities and resources geared toward older adults to enable them to age well in community. There are no membership dues; its programs are free and open to everyoneSwedish American Museum Events

We Were Strangers Book Talk

Thursday, November 19, 6pm
Register hereMeet Magda’s sister, son, daughter-in-law and publisher who will talk about Magda, her book and it’s connection to Sweden. There are many books about the Holocaust but the female perspective is rare. The book is for sale in the Museum Store.Magda’s Long-Lost Story
In the late 1940s, Magda Riederman Schloss decided to tell her life story: burdened with memories from years spent in Nazi concentration camps, she needed to get them out of her. With Magda pacing up and down the room, a friend took down her story, struggling to keep up with the rushing flow of Magda’s language. Magda shopped her manuscript around to publishers in the years after she dictated the book. None of them were interested. Eventually, she shelved the project. Her story remained in a single type-written copy; later, a family member scanned it into a computer and generated a pdf. There it rested, a corrupted, largely illegible file on a virus-ridden hard drive. Magda’s voice was in danger of slipping out of history entirely. In 2018, Billy Schloss, Magda’s son, was walking out of Yom Kippur services when he ran into AJ Greenberg. This was the beginning of a great collaboration.Got Glögg?
Friday, November 20, 6pm
Register hereFor all of you who love our yearly Got Glögg event, we are happy to let you know that we will be able to host this years event online. Granted this year it is not a competition but more of a participatory event.Mike Sjöblom from Napa, CA will join us via zoom to tell us about the history of Glögg and how you can make your own. Make sure you stop by the Museum Store to pick up your Glögg spices. If you are interested in buying Mike’s ready make Glögg you can visit his website. It sells out fast!

If you are looking for glögg closer to home, Simon’s in Andersonvile now sells his famous glögg in bottles to go.

Genealogy Session
Saturday, November 21, 10am- 12pmFrom the Source’s Mouth by Daniel Hubbard
Once we’ve understood that identities can be tricky to reconstruct, how do we piece together the tidbits of information that we find into an actual ancestor? How do we avoid putting together a great-great frankenfather from the spare parts we find in the documents we dig up? Do we trust what seems to be true, or do we look long and hard into the “source’s mouth.”Cost is free for the Swedish American Museum’s Genealogical Society members; non-member cost is $10. Reservations required and can be made via email or by calling 773.728.8111 for members. Non-members can register here.Tasting India

Diwali – the Festival of Lights; is celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Ram with his wife Sita and brother Laxman, after Lord Ram defeated the evil Ravan. The people of Ayodhya decorated their homes with Diyas and lights to celebrate the auspicious day. This year, Diwali will be celebrated on November 14, 2020. 

Diwali traditions vary slightly across different regions of India but the one thing that remains constant is the preparation of a feast of delicious food, getting together with friends and family and sharing love, laughter and blessings.This week, we have a Diwali feast unlike any other! An assembly of some of the most popular and liked dishes from the 24 weeks of Tasting india, plus a few new and exciting dishes to whet your palette. But wait…there’s more! Diwali means MITHAI (Indian Sweets)! Handcrafted, innovative and delicious – gifting Mithai is a way to show love and appreciation and wish friends and family a prosperous and happy new year. You can check out the delicious Ghugharas and Saffron Khoya Truffles and place your Mithai orders via here now.Thali orders can be placed here, the deadline is Tuesday, November 10 (or until Sold Out). All deliveries will be scheduled for Saturday, November 14.  (Please note: Form will be active Saturday, November 7 from 6 pm onwards)Chef Jasmine Sheth is a James Beard Foundation grant winner and community event organizer. WBEZ’s Reset talked with Tasting India about persevering through a Global PandemicCheck out her feature in the Chicago Reader: Jasmine Sheth is Chicago’s first Dabbawala!Listen to Mixedmag’s Podcast Eating India with America, with Tasting IndiaInsideHook recommended Tasting India as one of their favorite Virtual Restaurants! Virtual Restaurants are taking over ChicagoRestorative Justice Circle with TRAP HOUSE CHICAGO
Saturday, November, 21, 2pm – 4pm

Please join Mashaun Ali Hendricks and youth leaders from TRAP HOUSE CHICAGO at 6018 North on Saturday, November 21 from 2-4 PM for a peace circle introducing the principles of a restorative mindset and approach to overturn the current system of punitive justice. In this perilous and turbulent time, please join us to start rethinking justice together. We will be gathering outdoors; for the safety of everyone, please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

TRAP HOUSE CHICAGO utilizes streetwear and dialogues as tools to transform individuals, communities, and culture. TRAP HOUSE CHICAGO seeks to bring an end to the crime and violence on Chicago’s West and South Sides – to produce a community-led crime drought – with a vision for healthy communities of color that flourish due to a thriving local economy and vibrant culture of wellness and wholeness. For more info, please visit traphousechicago.us.The Dim Sum 5K & 10K
Register here

Chinese Mutual Aid Association will be hosting the 5th annual Dim Sum & Then Some race on June 5, 2021. We are currently planning on hosting our race in person, but we will have a virtual option available and may move the entire race to a virtual event depending on where we stand in the pandemic by summer 2021. We are working hard to ensure that you are able to enjoy the Dim Sum race experience you have come to expect.

For the past 4 years, the Dim Sum race has brought our community together. The safety and well-being of our athletes, spectators, staff, volunteers and our community at-large has always been our number one priority. With that in mind, rest assured that we are closely monitoring COVID-19 and will continue to do so over the coming months preceding the Dim Sum race.

We are excited for you to join us for the 5th consecutive year of Uptown’s Dim Sum race! Sign up below using CODE: UPTOWN for $5 off and start your winter race training now!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 Guide48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman*We are operating remotely*

Ward Office                                                          City Hall Office
5533 N. Broadway,                                                121 N. LaSalle Room 300,
Chicago, IL 60640                                                  Chicago, IL 60602
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Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment
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