48th Ward Weekly Update – November 6, 2020

Weekly Update from Your AldermanView this email in your browserNovember 6, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

2020 has been a long, challenging, and difficult year for us all. The Presidential campaign and the divisions in our country have added to these challenges. Democracy is the foundation of our country and binds all Americans together, regardless of political party. Our democracy — the principle of citizens electing their leaders by voting and having their votes count — is a fundamental American value that separates us from countries around the world led by dictators or military force. Many of our 48th Ward neighbors who are immigrants or refugees have settled here to celebrate the freedom and opportunity in our country and to flee the political oppression from their homelands. We all cherish our democracy and the freedom provided in the United States, this should never be taken for granted.

Our democracy was on full display this week with neighbors of all ages coming out to vote, high school students and neighbors serving as election judges, and election officials across the country dutifully, methodically counting every vote that was cast. While it has been a long couple of days, every vote will be counted. The vote of each citizen who participated in this important election will be counted, and their rights and voices will be valued and ensured. As the outcome of the Presidential election becomes clear, it may be difficult for some to accept, but as a country we will live with the outcome like we have done before. President Trump’s dangerous comments last night claiming unsubstantiated election fraud severely undermine our democracy, something that all Americans should agree on. There will be a peaceful transfer of power and together we will begin to heal the divisions in our country and work to get our country back on track. As I have mentioned before, we will get through this together and continue to support and advocate for our neighbors. 

While the Presidential election is now over, our fight against the COVID-19 and the impacts of this deadly virus continues. This week the state of Illinois surpassed 10,000 deaths related to COVID-19. My heart goes out to the friends, families, and loved ones of each of those individuals we lost to the virus. We all must realize our individual responsibility in preventing the spread of Coronavirus. Chicago’s test positivity rate and hospitalization rate are both increasing rapidly. While we want to support local businesses and connect with friends and loved ones, we must find ways to do so safely and without putting our neighbors and essential workers at risk. Please continue to wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out of your home, maintain at least six feet of distance between others, and stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Click here to visit the Chicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 resource page for more information on local resources.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a number of initiatives the City of Chicago is taking to support our locally owned restaurants in light of the suspension of indoor dining that went into effect last week. These initiatives include a $10 million hospitality grant program, funded by CARES Act funds; working on legislation to cap the rates third-party delivery services like GrubHub charge to restaurants; a Takeout Chicago contest to encourage Chicagoans to order out from 10 different restaurants in order to be eligible to win a VIP tour of a Chicago institution from Choose Chicago; and a new portal to connect displaced hospitality workers with job training and new opportunities through ChiServes.comClick here to view yesterday’s address. Locally, I will continue to work with our Chambers of Commerce to promote our local businesses and to encourage neighbors to shop locally whenever possible. 

The sunny and warm weather we have been enjoying is expected to continue through the weekend and into next week. Please enjoy the warm weather while it is here! If yard work is on your agenda this weekend, please bag up leaves and other yard debris and put the bags in the alley next to your garbage cans. Please do not sweep, rake, or blow leaves into the street, as this causes sewers to become obstructed, leading to street flooding during rain. If you have any questions about this, please email us at harry@48thward.org. And if you’re planning to get rid of your pumpkins this weekend, see information on EESP’s Pumpkin Smash composting event below.

Next week we will observe Veteran’s Day, a day to honor those who have served in the US armed forces. I want to thank the many servicemen and women in our community and across Chicago. This week has given many of us reason to think about what our country means to us, and I appreciate the sacrifice made by each service member who serves the country.

Have a peaceful weekend. 


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Telehealth 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!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  Community Alert: Garage Burglaries
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On November 2 & 3, Chicago Police reported two garage burglaries one on the 6200 block of Lakewood and another on the 6300 block of Lakewood. In both incidents, the offender used a tool or pry bar to damage the door, door frame, or lock of the garage. If you have any information about these burglaries, contact Area Three North Detectives at (312) 744-8263. We have also included a home safety tip flyer that you can use to self-inspect your home.

Public Safety Update on Sport Bike Riders
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This year there has been an increase in the number of complaints regarding unsafe driving of Sport Bikes on the roadway. These complaints include excessive noise complaints for midfield exhaust systems, drag racing, dangerous stunts, and drifting in intersections. If you are associated with the Sport Bike industry and individual clubs please support safe riding and stress lawful actions while enjoying the City of Chicago’s roadway.

Package Theft Alert

During the holidays due to an increase in online shopping, there is an uptick in package thefts. Protect your property using an authorized second party package drop off service. Or make special arrangements to be home on the day of deliveries. If you’re working, have your packages delivered to your place of work or to a friend or neighbor who is home. 

View the attached flyer for more information. Housing Support Opportunities

DFSS 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.North Lake Shore Drive Study – Public Input OpportunityHave you visited NLSDinput.org to provide feedback regarding the North Lake Shore Drive Phase I Study?The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation are hosting a Public Input Opportunity through November 9th and want to hear from you! The North Lake Shore Drive Study Public Input Opportunity is now open and will act as the virtual Public Meeting #4. Visit NLSDinput.org to learn about the proposed alternatives and provide feedback through an interactive mapping tool, ideas wall, and survey. You can also apply to be a Task Force member. Provide your feedback today to help Redefine the Drive!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.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.CTA Job Opportunities

Click here for all available opportunities with the CTA. 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.The Pumpkin Smash 
Sunday, November 7, 12 – 4pm

Don’t trash it, smash it!- Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project (EESP) will present its first green your Halloween event with the Pumpkin Smash on Saturday, November 7th at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church at 5649 N. Sheridan in the
south end of the parking lot. The goal is to have some Halloween-related fun while reducing waste and educating residents about the advantages of composting food waste.

The Pumpkin Smash is an annual waste reduction and education effort by communities in Illinois first begun by SCARCE in 2014. It diverts pumpkins from landfills by providing locations for residents to drop them off for composting. 

We request that all pumpkins are free of non-biodegradable materials such as candles, yarn, stickers, googly eyes, plastic ears, or metal decorations. The event is free and will follow COVID-19 guidelines of social distancing and mask
wearing. Residents can drop off their pumpkins without getting out of the cars or can join in the smashing fun by tossing their pumpkins in the giant compost container.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Commissioner Kimberly du Buclet of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
 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.Swedish American Museum Programming

Aspire Gala 2020
Saturday, November 7, 6pm

The Swedish American Museum’s annual fundraising event is a night of fun and celebration of Swedish and Swedish-American heritage and culture. This year the Gala will look a bit different. It is a special virtual event, but it’s not your typical Zoom meeting! 

The evening will include entertainment, special greetings, silent auction promotions, and highlights from the museum. A special Gala dessert can be ordered by November 3 for pickup from the museum November 6 or 7. The event is free for Museum members and $25 for non-members. Members can register by sending an email to museum@samac.org or by calling 773.728.8111. Non-members can register here. 

Dala Pig Decoration
Thursday, November 12, 6pm
Online EventLooking for a gift for someone who has everything or just always wanted to create your own Dala pig? Here is your chance. This is an event for the whole family. You can choose to paint a regular unfinished 11 cm Dala pig or a flat version in large or mini. Once you have placed the order you have the option of picking it up at from the Museum Store or have it shipped. You will receive a Zoom code to join in the painting event. If there are any regular pigs left over after the event they will be sold in the Store for $25.The regular one is $20, flat pig is $10 and the flat mini is $5 (note that paint is not included). The pigs will be shipped for an additional $10. Reserve your Dala Pig here.
 Swedish Cheesecake Class
Sunday, November 14, 12pm
Online EventDid you know that Sweden has its very own cheesecake?Swedish cheesecake or Swedish curd cake, is a Swedish dessert that has its roots in two different parts of Sweden, Hälsingland and Småland, though there are some differences between ostkaka from Hälsingland and ostkaka from Småland. The dish has a rather firm consistency and subtle, creamy taste with a hint of almonds. It is usually eaten lukewarm with different jams, typically cloudberry, cherries or strawberry though lingonberry is often used, as well as fruits, whipped cream or, more rarely, ice cream.You can now learn how to make your own together with Karin Moen Abercrombie. The class will take place via Zoom. You will get an email with recipe and zoom code before the event. This event is $10. Register here.Edgewater Village Programming
FromEdgewater Village Chicago and Friends of the Edgewater Library in partnership with the Edgewater Branch Library: 

Mollie’s War
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m.
In this special Veterans Day program, join Cyndee Shaffer as she shares her mother’s letters from the book, Mollie’s War, which describe her experiences as a WAC in England, France and Germany during WWII.

Register for this free Zoom program and pass along this flyer to your friends; they can join the program no matter where they live. All 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.

The Spirit of Chicago Upcoming Films
Add these films by Chicago filmmakers to your watchlist. These upcoming editions of The Spirit of Chicago bring the funny, the tears, and the thought-provoking straight to your living room. 

A Short, Strange Trip features a mix of crazed quarantine films to experimental works adding a dose of absurdity and humor to this already strange year. 

Wake Me Up features shorts by female and non-binary filmmakers who use narrative, experimental, and documentary filmmaking to explore themes related to racial injustice, relationships, and beauty standards.

Family Ties ties up this year’s The Spirit of Chicago programming with shorts focusing on familial bonds. Relationships are challenged and dynamics are changed in our final program.

Reserve tickets here for these special grassroots offerings by Chicago filmmakers!Andersonville Farmers Market Extension Through November, 22

The Andersonville Farmers Market (AFM) is pleased to announce the market will remain open four additional weeks – on a new day and time! The extension will take place Sunday, November 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2020 between 1:30 and 3:30pm at the shared street space on Catalpa Ave (between Clark St. & Ashland Ave).
The market extension will be pre orders only, with no onsite sales. Ordering will continue through the WhatsGood app or online, allowing shoppers to purchase from all vendors with just one order and select a designated pick-up window. Pre-ordering begins Mondays at Noon and closes Fridays at 11 pm for Sunday pick up. Curbside pick-up outside the market is not available during the extension – all orders must be picked up from individual vendors.
In order to prioritize health and safety for all customers and vendors during the COVID-19 pandemic, AFM is following city, state and CDC protocols. Safety guidelines require all customers and vendors to wear masks and observe six-foot social distancing, periodic disinfection of vendor booths and a hand sanitizing station at the market booth. All vendors are required to have hand sanitizer and tables for contactless pick up.
The market is continuing its Link matching program, matching up to $25/week for Link cardholders. Shoppers using SNAP benefits can also pre order through WhatsGood but must register first – please visit andersonvillemarket.org for more information.
To learn more about COVID-19 safety precautions, how to order with WhatsGood, see a list of vendors and view the market map on Catalpa in advance, and learn about AFM’s “Giving Campaign”, visit the new website at andersonvillemarket.org. Also follow AFM on Facebook or Instagram @avillefarmersmarket.Give Thanks For Great Hair This Holiday Season

All November, Studio 64 Hair has the perfect gift for your loved ones. Buy a gift certificate valued more than $50, and get an extra $25 free.

Visit Studio 64 Hair at 1064 W Bryn Mawr Ave.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 ChicagoBoys & Girls Club of Chicago Thanksgiving Announcement

Dear Fellow Club Council Members & Friends of the Club,
As you know, each year we join together for the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration at the club; however, things are simply different this year due to COVID-19. Normally, it’s a time to share our thoughts and experiences with all in attendance. Unfortunately, we will not be able to host an In-person dinner celebration this year but we would like to be able to provide 100 Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets for our club members and their families. 
Right now, more than ever, our Club members and their families are in need.  When you make a donation to this wonderful cause, you are helping to spread holiday joy, a much needed warm meal and fresh groceries for the children in the Uptown community during this uncertain time. 
With your help, we are as committed as ever to provide a wonderful holiday meal basket for all of our remarkable young people to reach their full potential and enjoy the holiday season.
Donate today to help us reach our goal to fund the Thanksgiving Dinner Holiday Gift Meals Drive for the Pedersen-McCormick Club!
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday season let us all pause and remember the seeds that we have sown this past year.  As each of you look around, remember that through hard work of participation and support of the different programs, working directly with members and supporting the Club financially, we continue to succeed in our mission:
“To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
The contributions of our friends, members, staff and supporters afford us the opportunity to provide consistent, quality, education and FUN programming and special services for our community.
Yours Truly,
Amy J. Savitz                                                                           George Colone
Club Council Member                                                            Club Director
Thanksgiving Dinner Chairperson
To DONATE please click here.
You can note that the donation is for the Thanksgiving Baskets or send checks directly to the club at 4835 N. Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60640
 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