48th Ward Weekly Update – November 20, 2020

Weekly Update from Your AldermanView this email in your browserNovember 20, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

Effective today, all of Illinois is under Tier 3 Mitigation efforts. This is in addition to the Stay At Home Advisory for the City of Chicago that went into effect on Monday. Click here to read more about Tier 3 mitigations, and click here to read more about the Stay At Home Advisory. In short, public health officials are asking Chicagoans to stay home except for essential trips like to get groceries, to go work an essential job, or to seek medical attention. 

This holiday season is going to be challenging, and it is going to require sacrifice. But we have made it this far into a very challenging year, and I know that we will be able to get through an unusual holiday season as well. It is critical that we do what we can to flatten the curve so that we can protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors from this deadly virus. Please reach out to your neighbors who may be alone this holiday season to let them know that their community has their backs. 

Another important way to stay connected to our greater community and support our neighbors is to continue to spend money locally. Maybe that means ordering Thanksgiving dinner from a local restaurant (it will technically be Takeout Thursday!) or buying your holiday cards from a local artist. The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce released an Andersonville Gift Guide earlier this week to help inspire you as you shop with intention this holiday season. This has been a particularly challenging year for the businesses in our community – the owners, employees, and customers alike. Let’s each do what we can to show our local business community that we value them and will support them through even the hardest of times.

If you are looking for a way to connect with our community this weekend in the spirit of Thanksgiving, please join me at the Annual ECRA Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, hosted his year over Zoom. This is a beautiful annual tradition for our community, that celebrates the diversity and unity of our neighbors. Click here for more information. This event also serves as a fundraiser for Care for Real, our local food pantry that supports neighbors in need year-round. I look forward to a return to an in-person Interfaith Service next year, it is one of my favorite community events of the year.

Earlier this week CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady spoke about the good news that has recently come out about two vaccine trials. She said that Chicago is well prepared to administer vaccines when they become available, and she expects that by the end of this year our City’s healthcare workers will be able to get vaccinated, with the general public having access in 2021. The City began stocking up on vaccination supplies back in February, according to Dr. Arwady, and CDPH incorporated some practices they will use during vaccination events for the free Flu Shot Clinics they have been hosting across the city. Click here to watch the full address regarding COVID-19 statistics and the vaccine outlook. Our City is fortunate to Dr. Allison Arwady leading our COVID-19 response efforts, as she is an experienced epidemiologist who worked with State and National health official in addressing pandemics prior to taking on her role with CDPH. 

This week Governor Pritzker extended the state eviction moratorium through December 12, 2020. However, protections for Illinois tenants were changed. Landlords can now file evictions, unless tenants give them a written declaration that they should be protected by the COVID Eviction Moratorium. Click here for a copy of the declaration. Tenants must declare that they have fallen behind on rent due to COVID, make less than $99,000 this year, have used best efforts to make partial payments, and would become homeless or have to double-up if evicted. For more resources, you can visit Rentervention.com. Please also visit the Chicago Housing Assistance Portal if you are in need of resources.

On Monday, Nov. 23, 2pm, there will be a special City Council meeting to vote on the proposed 2021 Budget. This has been an extremely difficult year in trying to address a $1.2 billion budget hole due to financial losses from the COVID-19 crisis. This week changes were made to the budget that include: avoiding 350 layoffs of City employees that are needed for vital services; additional funding for violence prevention initiatives; and an additional $1 million was added for the development of a mental health co-responder initiative. The co-responder model will have mental health professionals respond to 911 calls of people in mental health crisis together with police. There will also be work to develop a model that will allow for only mental health providers to respond to these types of calls. This is an important program for our City to develop in order to ensure we are serving our neighbors well. I will provide a full budget update on Monday afternoon. Monday’s Budget vote will be live-streamed via the Chicago City Clerk’s website.

Earlier this week Chicago Public Schools announced their plan to have some students return to the classroom. Remote learning for all students will continue through the end of 2020. On January 11, Pre-K and Cluster students will have in-person learning, and the tentative date for K-8 students to return to in-person learning is February 1. Elementary and Middle School parents will receive a survey and more information from CPS beginning next week to share their preference to return to in-person or to continue with remote learning. Click here for more information about CPS’s announcement. I encourage you to reach out directly to your children’s principal with specific questions about individual schools’ plans for reopening. 

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor the memory of trans individuals who lost their lives to hate violence. This has been the deadliest year for the transgender and gender non-conforming community, with nearly 40 lives lost to senseless murder. Our community has long been inclusive and affirming to members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and we hold the memories of all who have been the victims of hate-fueled violence in our hearts. Last autumn Women & Children First, in partnership with Chicago Therapy Collective, held an event and rally to cover the sidewalks of Andersonville with affirming messages showing our neighbors’ love and support for our trans neighbors. While we cannot come together this year in such a fashion, tomorrow Chicago Therapy Collective will hold a virtual Trans Day of Resilience event, click here to learn more.

This weekend CTA will be continue 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 WardNew Business: The Pack Nutrition, 6206 N. Broadway

The Pack is the neighborhood’s newest nutrition cafe excited to serve healthy, delicious drinks/snacks, and all the positive vibes. 

Health is a staple of life- The PackTeam  found a way to make it taste great & feel great! Their menu is versatile with fun names for energy refreshers, healthy healthy, pre/post workout & healthy snacks- including vegan/GF options. 

Follow The Pack on social media:
FacebookCare for Real Holiday Toy DriveThe Care for Real Annual Toy Distribution is one of our community’s most special traditions. While we are unable to invite families into Care for Real to choose toys this year due to the pandemic, we are pleased to find a way to continue the spirit of joy and giving.This year, we hope for our clients to receive a $20 Target gift card for each child in their family. This will allow us to conduct the distribution safely and promote social distancing while still giving families the opportunity to choose a gift for their child themselves. It also gives families the option to purchase the gift of their choice online or via a curbside pickup at Target. Donations for the gift card drive can be made here (add “holiday gift drive” in the special instructions field) or gift cards can be mailed directly to Care for Real Attn: Kate Polgar at 5339 N Sheridan Chicago, IL 60640.  To arrange a drop-off of gift cards at Care for Real, please e-mail kate@careforreal.org. We will be collecting now through December 16 and will hold our gift distribution on December 19. We also want to gift families of young children with a new picture or board book through our partnership with a local small business, Play Andersonville. Books can be purchased in-store at 5311 N Clark and placed in the Care for Real donation bin. To purchase online, visit the Play website and choose in-store pick up as your delivery method and gift wrapping. For Gift Wrap Occasion please enter “Care for Real.” The kind folks at Play will then add your book donation to our donation bin.Thank you for your continued generosity as we join together to spread the joy of the holiday season!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  Opportunity 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.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.Black Shop Friday

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joins the Chicago Urban League and Chicago agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul to announce the launch of Black Shop Friday, a campaign encouraging Chicagoans to shop at Black-owned businesses on November 27, 2020. Widely known as “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving has historically been one of the biggest shopping days of the year.  
The Black Shop Friday initiative encourages Chicagoans and beyond to “spend green, shop Black” as they shop online and order food to go this holiday season. The campaign includes a new website, www.BlackShopFriday.com, that will be live on November 24, 2020, and will offer a guide to more than 500 black-owned businesses in Chicago. The site will be updated on an ongoing basis and allows consumers to search by category and/or neighborhood to find the merchandise and gifts they are looking for throughout the holiday season.  
Click here for the full press releaseCTA RPM Virtual Office Hours
Tuesday, December 8
Register here: bit.ly/38RKjpzThe COVID-19 Pandemic has unfortunately required the CTA to delay the opening of an RPM community office, so they’re going virtual to answer your project-related questions.Submit questions for the December Session of the RPM Virtual Office by December 1. Virtual Office appointments will be scheduled for December 8, 2020 between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
 Follow the CTA’s new Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Project social accountsThe CTA has launched new social media accounts for the RPM project. Stay up to date on the project, get service information, plus more by clicking on each platform to follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.Construction Works Virtual Job Fair

The Northside American Job Center at Truman College is hosting a Construction Works Virtual Job Fair in collaboration with Illinois WorkNet. This event includes employers in the Construction industry and will provide information on the Construction Works project! The Virtual Hiring Event is taking place: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 

*Job seekers planning to attend this event should register using the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/construction-works-virtual-job-fair-tickets-128027268005CTA Job Opportunities

Click here for all available opportunities with the CTA. Northside 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!Andersonville Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday’s With Intention CampaignThe Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to announce its annual line-up of holiday programming, featuring a revised schedule of shopping, dining and virtual entertainment supporting more than 100 local businesses. The 2020 line-up includes annual neighborhood traditions with a COVID-friendly twist – along with new events created to celebrate the season safely. This year, ACC is embracing the theme of “Holidays with Intention,” encouraging residents and visitors to make a conscious effort to shop and dine locally – now more than ever. For the latest Information on Andersonville’s Holiday programming, visit andersonville.org/holiday-events.“If you’d like to see your favorite small business survive the holiday season, now is the time to take action,” comments Director of Marketing & Communications Joelle Scillia. “That’s why we’re urging residents and visitors to shop, dine, celebrate and self-care with intention in the coming months. That means buying gifts locally and early to avoid any inventory shortage this year, planning holiday meals from Andersonville restaurants in advance, and finding ways to celebrate and care for yourself while keeping a local-first mindset.”The Chamber also kicks off the holidays with the fourth year of the #AlwaysAndersonville Pledge Local Campaign, encouraging residents and visitors to commit to supporting local businesses this holiday season by shifting their spending.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 PackageNo sitting on Santa’s lap this year? No problem! Local artist Lydia Hiller has created a kid-friendly, Covid-safe way to bring the holiday season to your child. You can schedule a virtual call with Gingersnap where your child will sing a song or read a story, and learn to make a Christmas wish.Book your call: https://calendly.com/gingersnaptheelf/You can even bring an Elf to your front door! Bundle up, mask up, and get ready to:Be visited by Gingersnap at your front door, socially distancedSing three carols with a real elfLearn how to make a Christmas wish These visits are designed to be outdoors, socially distanced, and brought to your home or street.For more information about booking a show, email: gingersnaptheelfevents@gmail.com. To learn more about Gingersnap, visit https://www.facebook.com/Gingersnaptheelf, and check out Gingersnap on Instagram at @gingersnap_the_elf.Circus Arts Thanksgiving Break Camp
November 23, 24 & 27

The Cirques fall season campers will be encouraged to put their personalities and energy into circus acrobatics, wheel, aerials, trampoline, physical theater, and more! Find more information here.

To keep each other safe, we have established comprehensive safety procedures regarding COVID-19. These include wearing face masks at all times inside the building, routine prop and equipment sanitization, hand sanitizing stations throughout the building, temperature screenings for all students and staff, and a maximum of 10 students per class and group.Rewired Pizza Cafe and Bar Promotion

For the rest of 2020, Rewired Cafe is offering chambers followers and email subscribers 20% off of their orders. Whenever you’re craving takeout, order online at http://www.rewiredcafe.com and enter the promo code 48thward to redeem the discount!Swedish American Museum Events

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.

Personal Shopping for the Holiday Season (online or in person)
The Swedish American Museum is excited to offer a variety of personal shopping experiences this holiday season in addition to our curbside pickup. Browse the holiday catalogue for decorations and gifts then place the order using an online form.

You can schedule an in person shopping event through our website. Your party of maximum three people will be able to enter the Store during this time. If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your home you can fill out our online form. We will either pick out items for you or we will set up a Zoom or FaceTime call with someone in the Store. Find more information hereRestorative 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.Thanksgiving Open Mic
Tuesday, November 24, 5pm – 6:30pm

Arts Council announces Open Mic Night return - San Benito LiveAccess Living is hosting a virtual open mic! Join Access Living staff, consumers, friends, supports, and community members for a virtual Thanksgiving gathering. Come connect with others during the beginning of the isolated holiday season! This event is free; click here to registerChicago Filmmakers’ The Spirit of Chicago 4: Wake Me Up Virtual Screenings
November 30 – December 6
Purchase tickets here

This edition of The Spirit of Chicago shines a light on local women and non-binary filmmakers. In this series of narrative, documentary, and experimental shorts, issues such as racial violence, relationship struggles, and beauty standards are explored. Filmmaker Q&A will take place on Saturday, December 5 at 8:00 PM.

THE COLOR OF SKIN | Directed by Jessica Scott | 20 mins
Threading together clips from the news, social media, and archival footage, this documentary exposes the alarming reality for many African-Americans in the United States.

EAT YOUR HEART OUT | Directed by Abby Pierce | 11 mins
Wallace has to literally retrieve her heart from her ex, Douglas, as she is preparing to walk down the aisle to give it to her new love. As she confronts Douglas to give her heart back, she finds out he has cut up her heart and has spread the pieces around the city in places significant to their past relationship.

WAKE ME UP | Directed by Corie Anderson | 18 mins
Z hasn’t slept in 10 years and has odd sleep deprivation symptoms. As she watches Belle’s Comet passing over Chicago with her partner, she struggles with how to reveal her secret.

LINES DISRUPT LIFE | Directed by Estrella Vargas | 7 mins
Lines exist everywhere in my life; they influence my art, but I am beginning to see the oppressive nature of man-made lines in our society.

GO AHEAD, GRAB TIME BY THE THROAT | Directed by Claire Cooney | 13 mins
Abby and James got engaged and broke up on the same day. Abby filmed it on her phone and then made a movie about it two months later. This is that movie. Part documentary, part narrative, partly confusing for everyone.
THE SHINE | Directed by Tristian Montgomery | 4 mins
There is a light that shines bright inside of black men. Certain forces fight hard to put out that light everyday. Poem by Kendra Allen.

DOWNBEAT | Directed by Nina Slesinger | 13 mins
When heartbroken Annie moves in with her best friend, she must grapple with feelings of possession and intimacy. A neighbor helps her work through her malaise and find a new rhythm.The Beatles, Chicago, and the 1960s 
Saturday, December 5, 11am
Register in advance here

Did you know The Beatles partied in Edgewater? For many in the 1960s, The Beatles revolutionized the staid American cultural scene. For others, the mop-top haircuts, jangling music, and hysterical female fans that always greeted the lads from Liverpool, were a symbol of unwelcome social and cultural decay. Public conflict over the group increased as the decade wore on, especially after The Beatles embraced more extreme countercultural values. 

And Chicago was at the center of some of The Beatles more interesting episodes – from a party at Edgewater’s Saddle and Cycle Club to John Lennon’s most famous mea culpa. These fascinating stories are explored in the new book “Joy and Fear: The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s” by local historian John Lyons. Join Professor Lyons for a provocative look back at those turbulent times and how they were shaped by the Fab Four and the Windy City. Andersonville Chamber of Commerce: Upcoming EventsSmall Business Saturday – Saturday, November 28
Andersonville celebrates the national “Small Business Saturday” movement the Saturday after Thanksgiving with special offers from participating businesses. While many businesses hope to hold in-person shopping hours, customers are highly encouraged to shop online. The Chamber is also excited to launch a partnership with Partisan Chicago on Small Business Saturday, featuring curated gift boxes from Andersonville retailers – perfect for corporate gifting! A list of participating Andersonville businesses is forthcoming and can be found on the Andersonville Small Business Saturday event page.Andersonville Thanksgiving Meals and Offers – Thursday, November 26
Thanksgiving may look a little different this year for all of us, but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less flavorful! The Chamber is working to pull together a roundup of Turkey Day offerings and menus from neighborhood restaurants, specialty food stores and caterers to help celebrate with bellies full. For a growing list of participating businesses, visit the Thanksgiving offerings in Andersonville page.

Meet Santa on Zoom! Contest – November 11 – December 4, 2020
In partnership with Stewpendous Productions, this year Santa will make online appearances via Zoom, and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is giving away 10 free virtual visits so believers can share their holiday wish lists! To enter for a virtual Santa visit, shoppers must spend at least $35 at any local Andersonville business and show proof of receipt between November 11 – December 4. Visit the Andersonville Virtual Santa Tracker for more details on entry and the dates of each drawing.

Late Night Andersonville: Fa la la la Fridays – Nov 27, Dec 4, 11 & 18
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is encouraging shoppers to stay home and shop online (pajamas encouraged!) for the Late Night Andersonville Shopping Series this season. Late Night Andersonville: Fa la la la Fridays will be held for four consecutive Friday evenings starting Friday, November 27 (Black Friday). Participating retailers will all use a consistent promotional code AlwaysAndersonville to grant shoppers access to deals, discounts and offers online between a certain time window each Friday. More information will be posted on the Late Night Andersonville event page, including retailer offers, as it becomes available. 
 Late Night Andersonville: Curbside Pick-Up in PJs – December 3, 4, 10, 11
As a continuation of the Late Night Andersonville series, participating Andersonville retailers will keep their shops open later, until at least 7 pm, on four nights throughout the season specifically for order-ahead curbside pick-up. Skip the shop-in-person social distancing lines, order online during Fa la la la Fridays, and pick-up your gifts, all in one trip to the neighborhood! More information will be posted on the Late Night Andersonville event page, including participating retailers, as it becomes available.
Andersonville at Home for the Holidays: Virtual Variety Show – Sunday, December 6 at 7 pm
Although we can’t all gather for the traditional caroling and festivities that are often found throughout the Andersonville business district during the holiday season, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will bring the holiday tunes, warm feels and Shop, Dine & Celebrate with Intention messages directly from the small business community straight to your homes on Sunday, December 6 in an online virtual variety show. Akin to this summer’s Andersonville at Home: A Midsommarfest Experience & Fundraiser, the Andersonville at Home for the Holidays program will premiere on both Facebook and YouTube with live commenting during the experience. Viewers are encouraged to tune in with warm drinks in hand, ready to check out great gift ideas to shop that night. The Chamber will also encourage ordering from Andersonville Restaurants in advance to enjoy during the program. The Chicago Mosaic School: Featured Classes

Online Mosaic Jewelry
Saturday, 12/5, 10am-12pm
Learn the art of mosaic jewelry and create two, one-of-a-kind original pieces of mosaic jewelry while learning new skills in this informative live, online, 2-hour workshop! Learn more here.

A Basic Course for Drawing in Mosaic
Monday, 12/7, 10am-1pm
This is a great workshop for those who want to create and learn the basic concepts and grammar of andamenti through live demos and drawing exercises! Learn more here.

Online Glass Cutting Workshop
Wednesday, 12/9, 6-9pm
Students will focus on advanced cutting approaches such as curves, patterns, and gauge cutting through demonstration and practice. This workshop will also include an overview of different styles of glass and the different tools used for cutting. Learn more here.

Private Online Holiday Ornament Workshop
Holiday party during COVID? No problem!

The Chicago Mosaic School is happy to offer our Holiday Ornament Kits as a private workshop! Learn more here.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 everyoneEdgewater Historical Society Looking For Contributions

We are looking for photos taken at the Edgewater Beach Hotel that include people in various locations. There are plenty of photos of the building both inside and outside. We are hoping to find more of people enjoying the hotel. In particular we’d like a photo of anyone at the Yacht club or on the Beach walk or even on the tennis courts. These would probably be personal photos and we could scan them and return them. If you don’t need them back they will be accessioned into the Edgewater Historical Society collections. This is part of a project to produce and Arcadia Book about the hotel by John Holden and Kathy Gemperle in conjunction with the Edgewater Historical Society.

Please contact the museum through the website, www.edgewaterhistory.org or call 773-506-4849 and leave a message.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*

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