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|October 30, 2020|
Halloween is always a special time in our community, and while we may be celebrating differently this year, we can still find ways to feel connected to our neighbors. A safe and festive way to enjoy the holiday this weekend is to take a walk through the Edgewater Glen and Lakewood Balmoral neighborhoods, where neighbors have a tradition of elaborate lawn and porch decorations. If your family decides to trick-or-treat on Saturday, please make sure to wear cloth masks, do your best to maintain at least six feet of distance between other groups trick-or-treating, and respect the cues from our neighbors. If a house has its porch light off and/or has a sign indicating they aren’t participating, please respect this decision. My office will have volunteer crossing guards out at busy intersections between 3 and 6pm tomorrow, to help ensure a safe time. See below for further Halloween recommendations from the Mayor’s Office.
Tomorrow the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is hosting a socially distanced trick-or-treat event on Catalpa west of Clark, from 10am to 4pm. Attendees will receive free Halloween treats from local businesses, and there will be free flu shots available for ages 10 and up. See below for more details on tomorrow’s event.
Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in Chicago and across Illinois, and it is critical that we all double-down on our efforts to prevent spreading this virus to our families, neighbors, and essential workers in the community. Effective today, indoor dining is suspended at restaurants and bars in Chicago per Governor Pritzker’s mitigation order. Click here for a FAQ about the order. These restrictions aren’t easy for anyone, and as move into shorter and colder days, it is more important than ever that we look out for one another. Please continue to choose kindness, to look for ways to help your neighbors, and to actively support our local businesses.
Tuesday, November 3, is Election Day. More than 6,500 neighbors have voted early at the Broadway Armory, along with thousand more who have voted by mail. I encourage you to make time to vote early this weekend if you haven’t already. Please visit the Chicago Board of Elections site to confirm your polling place if your plan is to vote on Election Day. The Broadway Armory Early Voting Site will also be available as a polling place to all 48th Ward residents on Election Day.
Last week Mayor Lightfoot presented her recommendations for the 2021 City Budget, and this week I joined my colleagues on the City Council for daily Budget Hearings from the Budget Department, Office of the City Clerk, Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Public Library, and other departments. Daily hearings continue next week, beginning each day at 9am, livestreamed from the City Clerk’s Website:Monday, Nov. 2: Office of the Inspector General, Department of Human Resources, Department of Water ManagementWednesday, Nov. 4: Department of Planning & Development, Department of Housing, Department of Assets, Information, and ServicesThursday, Nov. 5: Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Department of Buildings, Department of Procurement Services, Office of Public Safety Administration Friday, Nov. 6: Streets & Sanitation, Department of Public HealthHave a peaceful weekend. Please vote and get a flu shot if you haven’t already, and don’t forget to set the clocks back an hour before going to bed on Saturday night.
Alderman, 48th WardNovember Beat Meetings for 20th and 24th Police District
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Beat 2022/2023 meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 12th at 7 pm virtually via Zoom. In order to sign up, please email CAPS.020District@chicagopolice.org or call their office at 312-742-8770.
The next Beat 2433 meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th at 7 pm in the Chicago Fire Department Engine 70/59, 6060 N Clark St. Please wear a mask. Social distancing will be required. Chicago Halloween Guidelines
As we get closer to Halloween we will have more information about Halloween in the 48th Ward. It’s our goal to have a safe and fun Halloween for all. As you begin to think about your plans, it’s important you take into account the safety and well-being of your family and respecting that of our fellow neighbors.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady announced guidelines for celebrating a safe and fun Halloween this year. Visit chicagohalloweek.org throughout the month of October for updates on guidelines and events taking place during “Halloweek”. Starting October 18th, residents can download a Halloweek toolkit complete with safety messaging and signage to let others know they are safely participating in Halloween this year. Please keep these guidelines in mind when celebrating this year:Masks aren’t just for trick-or-treaters this year! Everyone—including candy givers—should wear a face covering (multi-layered, covering the mouth and nose, without gaps around the face).Leave a light on or hang a Halloweek sign in your window to let others know your house is giving out candy safely.Handing out candy? Please socially distance and have hand sanitizer, too.Trick or treating? Stay on the move! Less congregating means more houses and more candy.Ensure there’s all treats and no tricks. Please don’t reach into candy bowls while trick or treating, and eat candy only at home after washing your hands.No Haunted Houses. They are truly spooky and dangerous this year.Keep your candy crew small. Trick-or-treating groups should be 6 people or less.No house parties large or small this year.2020 Election Voting Information
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Given public health concerns related to COVID-19, voters are encouraged to make a plan for voting sooner rather than later, with early voting and vote-by-mail highly recommended. We recommend visiting the Chicago Board of Elections website or calling their office with specific questions, but please see below for answers to some frequently asked questions the 48th Ward office has received:
For information on how to register to vote or to change your address associated with your registration, click here. This process can be done online, by mail, or in person when you are at the polls to early vote or to vote on Election Day. Please visit the link above to be sure you have the appropriate documents for registration.
The Early Voting Site for the 48th Ward will be located at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Voters can use any Early Voting location, it does not matter which ward you live in. Every Early Voting site will also have a secure drop box for Vote by Mail ballots.
Vote By Mail
You can check the status of your request for a Vote by Mail ballot at this link. Vote by Mail ballots can be dropped into any USPS mailbox or can be deposited into the secured drop box located at each Early Voting site in the City. Click here for more information about voting by mail.
Voting in person on Election Day
Polling places are still being determined, but for the most part they will remain the same as the last election. Voters can check the Board of Elections website to find their precinct and polling place at this link.
The most important thing to remember: only vote once.Canticle of the Sun – St. Ita’s Mural Fundraiser
rendering of future mural
The Lytle House Art Initiative is raising funds to install a massive mural on the side of the school building that is part of St. Ita’s Church at Catalpa and Broadway. We designed a piece off of the song “Canticle of the Sun” which was composed by St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of St. Ita’s. The artwork will span the back of two buildings housing the St. Thomas of Canterbury School. This artwork will transform the entire block as well as compliment the existing nearby murals. In addition to being highly visible to traffic up and down Broadway, it will be visible to many of the surrounding apartment buildings and high rises.
The funds collected will be used solely for labor on the installation. The paint and the boom lifts that are needed have both been graciously donated. Over 70 gallons of paint and three workers will be utilized. Once the funds are raised, work can begin as soon as we have a stretch of weather 50 degrees or higher. We would anticipate no later than a Spring install. Click here to donate.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!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.
20th District Community Conversation
Wednesday, November 11, 6 pm
Click here for more information
24th District Community Conversation
Monday, November 23, 6 pm
Click here for more information Chicago Advocate Legal Conferences
Thursday, November 12, 3 – 5pm
Register for free here
Do you want to learn about co-parenting agreements? Attend this Zoom conference to hear Family Law Attorneys discuss how to create a parenting agreement, the pros and cons of getting involved in Domestic Relations Court, how you can navigate the court system on your own, and how you can save money and time in the process.
Child Support Modification
Thursday, November 19, 3 – 5pm
Register for free here
Do you need to modify child support payments? Attend this Zoom conference to hear Family Law Attorneys discuss what kind of options you have as a parent. Learn more more about our Preventative Law Help desk where we do consultations and answer basic questions about court proceedings. Hazardous Waste & Electronic Waste Recycling
This facility (located at 1150 N. North Branch) accepts residential hazardous waste and electronic waste for proper disposal. Here are the hours of operation for the North Branch cite:Tuesdays: 7am – 2pmThursdays: 2pm – 7pmFirst Saturday of the month: 8am – 3pmClick here for additional information about accepted recyclables as well as the City’s other drop off locations, which will operate through December 30th. FedEx Express – Employment Opportunity
Looking for a part-time position with benefits at O’Hare airport? Join FedEx Express! Apply here.
Click here for more information.Chicago Public Schools Seeking Substitute Teachers
If you enjoy working with children while maintaining a flexible work schedule, consider becoming a substitute teacher with the third largest school district in the United States—Chicago Public Schools!
Advantages of being a CPS Substitute TeacherCompetitive pay rateFlexible ScheduleSupplemental IncomeGain practical experienceMake an impact in an urban school districtLicense Information
Visit the Illinois State Board of Education website for information and instruction on obtaining a Substitute Teacher License and to apply online. All applicants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree.
Substitute Teacher Application
To apply online visit www.cps.edu/iwanttosub.Click APPLY NOW under Substitute Teacher, upload your resume and a screenshot of your license issued by the Illinois State Board of Education. CTA Job Opportunities
Click here for all available opportunities with the CTA. #PublishTheZine: A Fundraiser For Territory Invasion
Territory’s virtual fundraiser #PublishTheZine will feature seven emails with selections from the zine and profiles of the teen designers who led the project.
Your donation will help Territory print the zine and do teen-led workshops with the zine for young people across Chicago and beyond. Our goal is $5000, which includes five workshops and a first edition printing of the zine.
Everyone who donates gets a print copy of the zine, and an invitation to the online Territory Invasion Celebration where you will meet the designers and get a personalized tour of the zine.
Click here to give.
Territory Invasion was created in the summer of 2020 by a group of Territory teen urban designers. This zine is a reflection of past Territory design projects and an introduction to the youth-led design process. The zine not only features valuable information about the steps that it takes to complete a design project but also the personal experiences and emotional growth that members of Territory have gone through. So sit back, relax, and watch how the youth designers take over! Preview the zine here.
Cover art by Jamie Flores48th 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 email@example.com.Halloween on Catalpa: A Trick-Or-Treat Grab & Go Experience
Saturday, October 31, 10am – 4pm
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is pleased to announce Halloween on Catalpa, a socially-distanced trick-or-treat grab & go experience on Catalpa Ave. (between Clark St. and Ashland Ave.) on Saturday, October 31 from 10 am – 4 pm. All attendees will receive free Halloween treats including bags of candy, taffy apples, pie pumpkins and other goodies from local business sponsors during this COVID-friendly alternative to trick-or-treating along the Andersonville business district.
In order to ensure social-distancing, families are asked to register for a 20-minute time slot in advance. Please be sure to specify the total number of people attending, including children. Day of walk-ups will not be permitted. All participants 2 years and older are required to wear a preventative mask. Halloween masks will not suffice unless a preventative mask is also worn underneath.
The Chamber also has a “trick” up its sleeve: Andersonville’s Walgreens will be on site offering free flu shots (ages 10 and up). Attendees must present their insurance card on for a free shot, but Walgreens will also provide a limited quantity of vouchers for free shots for those who are uninsured.
The event is co-hosted by 40th Ward Alderman Andre Vasquez, AlleyCat Comics and SSA #22.
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.
Swedish American Museum Programming
Sunday, November 1, 1pm
Join this virtual event for some great Scandinavian music. Get the Zoom code here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 773.728.8111. Non-members can register here.
Edgewater Village Programming
Indoor Herb Gardening
Monday, Nov. 2
If you have the time, Kasey Eaves, owner of Vivant Gardening Services, has the thyme and other herbs. During the program, she’ll offer information about indoor herb gardening, including pitfalls, pests and plant supplements. You’re invited to ask questions during the Q&A. This is a free, Zoom presentation from Edgewater Village Chicago; please register by Oct 31.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
Mollie’s War is a memoir describing the life of a young woman, Mollie Schaffer, in the Women’s Army Corps during WWII. Through her letters, the book provides a glimpse into the life of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in history and vividly describes Mollie’s experiences in basic training in October 1943 and her travel to work in England, France and Germany until 1945. Her daughter, Cyndee Schaffer, will present this special Veterans Day program, which is sponsored by Edgewater Village Chicago and with Friends of the Edgewater Library in partnership with the Edgewater Branch Library.
Register for this free Zoom program and pass along this flyer to your friends; they can join the program no matter where they live.
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Wednesday, Nov. 11
In this special Veterans Day program, join Cyndee Shaffer, as she shares her mother’s letters from Mollie’s War which describe her experiences as a WAC in England, France and Germany during WWII. This program is sponsored by Edgewater Village Chicago and with Friends of the Edgewater Library in partnership with the Edgewater Branch Library.
Register for this free Zoom program and pass along this flyer to your friends; they can join the program no matter where they live. Chicago Animal Shelter Howl-O-Ween
Get ready to fall in love with a dog or cat at the city shelter during Howl-O-Ween! When you pick up your new friend between 10/21 and 10/31 you’ll also take home a goody bag, a Halloween costume, and a “Gotcha Day” picture of you and your new pet! Visit this page to see our animals and email email@example.com to meet them.
Adoption fees are waived during these dates. Adoptions are by appointment only.Spirit of Chicago: A Short, Strange Trip
Monday, November 9 – 15
Q&A on November 14 at 8pm
Chicago Filmmakers is proud to present the third edition of “The Spirit of Chicago.” From crazed quarantine films to experimental works, this program of shorts adds a degree of absurdity to daily routines through humor, irony, and exaggeration.
Buy tickets hereConcert of Piano Rhythms: Chicago Uptown Lions Club Fundraiser
Sunday, November 15, 7 – 8:30pm
Join the Chicago Uptown Lions Club for a virtual fundraiser. It will feature a performance by Lion Steven Solomon, one of Chicago’s most in-demand musician with over 20 years of musical experience. Funds raised will go towards Care For Real and the Lakeview Food Pantry. These organizations provide food, pet food, clothing, and wellness employment services to neighbors in need.
Purchase tickets here, or text the code 123 123 to 202-858-1233.Outdoor Art at Raven Theatre
Spice up your daily walk with some gorgeous murals. Chicago artist Jesse Hora’s new mural “Between Us” on Raven’s north wall is complete! Be sure to take a stroll on Granville to admire this piece of work. Follow the artist at @jessehora or visit his website. 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.
Everything sold at the market is grown or produced within a 200-mile radius, offering the community access to fresh, local food. November vendors include Bennison’s Bakery, Downstate Donuts LLC (11/1 & 11/15), First Slice Pie Cafe, Green Fire Farm (11/15 & 11/21), Hardin’s Family Farm, Karl’s Craft Soup, Letizia’s Natural Bakery (Sorano, inc) (11/8 & 11/22), Pecking Order, Phoenix Bean, River Valley Ranch, Sausage Konig, Sfera (11/1 & 11/15), Stamper Cheese and Twidley Bits (11/8 & 11/22).
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.
The Andersonville Farmers Market is run by the Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance a 501(c)3 organization which supports a vibrant and resilient Andersonville through innovation, education, and research.
The Chicago Mosaic School Programming
Online Watercolor I
Learn the basics of this spontaneous and versatile medium and find new ways to develop visual ideas for your art practice. Watercolor enables you to explore visual ideas quickly with paint, water and paper.
Learn more here
Online Nature Mosaics Workshop
Learn the meditative practice of mosaic using all natural materials, found by you! In this one day, 1.5 hour workshop, you will learn how to arrange found natural elements into mosaic patterns.
Learn more here
Online Mosaic I
We are proud to now offer our signature class, now online, taught by our sought-after, world-class instructors. This class is geared towards beginners and primarily self-taught students who want to learn about basic techniques, tools and materials in mosaic art.
Learn more here
Under the Mosaic: Bases, Substrates and Foundations
During this popular 2-day hands on workshop, participants learn how to select the proper substrate, create a frame, and then transform the surface plane for freeform and/or dimensional wall mosaics.
Learn more here
Fall DIY Kits
These mosaic do-it-yourself kits are perfect for the whole family, art teachers, and anyone and everyone looking to get creative!
Purchase your kit here before they run out. 30 Chicago Christmases
By Michael McCalley
For those wondering about the holiday season, neighborhood author Michael McCalley has just self-published 30 Chicago Christmases. Available in e-book and in paperback form on Amazon, this writing project has been his way of coping with the pandemic. The book is an account of how Christmas is spent in Chicago. As a compilation of year-in-review letters written over the past 30 holiday seasons, the book may also read as a memoir. Local artist Steve Slaske created the front cover.
The book has already won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs.
Vivid descriptions of activities and events which make the Yuletide special in the Windy City put the reader at the center of the festivities. This book targets readers who want the experience of a Chicago Christmas for themselves and to share with non-locals who are unable to travel to Chicago. 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
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment