48th Ward Weekly Update – September 10, 2021

Weekly Update from Your AldermanView this email in your browserSeptember 10, 2021 
Dear Neighbor,

Congratulations to the team at Uptown United and Uptown Chamber of Commerce on a fantastic kick-off last night to their Argyle Night Music series. Having neighbors out on Argyle Street, supporting businesses, and enjoying music in the beautiful weather, is a special tradition highlighting our diverse community, which was on full display last night. Every Thursday night this month, from 5:30-8:30pm, Uptown United and the Chamber will host this outdoor music series. Today they will begin installing the Argyle Alfresco street furniture which will expand outdoor dining and recreation opportunities along the corridor. Please be sure to come out to Argyle this weekend or next week to show your support for the local businesses there.

This morning I joined 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden, State Senator Mike Simmons, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, and Rogers Park Business Alliance to cut the ribbon at eight businesses on Devon. The Chamber is hosting a weekend-long activation on Devon called Devon Days. Festivities will include live art installations, live music, and special events and deals at some of the local businesses. Click here for more information.

Today’s ribbon cuttings included:Hello Thai, 1215 W. Devon1227 Suites, 1227 W. DevonODA Creative Partners, 1248 W. DevonAndy’s Art, Antiques, & Oddities, 1253 W. DevonChicago Healthmart Pharmacy, 1260 W. DevonHeartland Health, 1301 W. DevonSky Vegan, 1320 W. DevonGolden Hour Acupuncture, 1339 W. DevonYesterday my staff and I visited Peirce School Principal Lori Zaimi to congratulate her on the opening of the new Edgewater-Uptown Early Learning Center at Broadway and Berwyn. This facility has four PreK classrooms for 80 students and will serve as a feeder to local schools like Peirce and Goudy. I have been working on this for a number of years, and have been happy to partner with the Peirce community and Chicago Public Schools to bring it to fruition. Principal Zaimi and her team have worked hard to get this facility up and running for the new school year, and we’re excited to see it off to such a strong start. The children of our community benefit from this collaborative effort.

This weekend the Lakewood Balmoral Residents Council will host its annual neighborhood-wide yard sale. This event is an opportunity to get some great deals on home goods, and to meet other neighbors. The sale will run from 9am to 4pm on the 5200-5500 blocks of Magnolia, Lakewood, and Wayne. See below for the event flyer.

I want to wish everyone participating in this weekend’s TPAN Ride for Life event a safe and fun ride. TPAN (Test Positive Aware Network) has been a strong anchor in our community for decades. Their annual Ride for Life event raises funds for their critical work serving Chicagoans affected by HIV/AIDS. If you’re interested in learning more and getting involved with TPAN’s work, click here.

This Sunday, Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan, is hosting a blood drive from 9am to 2pm. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins will be accepted. For more information about this event, see below.

Save the date for a Flu and COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic hosted by my office in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health on Tuesday, October 12, 10am to 2pm. CDPH will administer flu shots and COVID-19 vaccines — attendees can get one or both, as needed. The event will be held in St. Ita’s Church Jubilee Hall, 5500 N. Broadway. We will share more details as we get closer to the date of the vaccine clinic.

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The tragic events of September 11, 2001, marked a turning point in our country’s history. This year’s milestone anniversary feels particularly poignant as our country welcomes thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, following the Taliban’s control over the country. Thank you to the neighbors who supported the Ismaili Center’s supply drive last weekend, and my office will continue to share opportunities to support the resettlement of Afghan families in our City. 20 years ago when our country was attacked and devastated, many Chicago Police Officers and Firefighters drove to New York to assist in the recovery effort. We remember their dedication as well as the sacrifice and loss that occurred on 9/11. 

To all of our Jewish neighbors, I wish you a happy new year and hope you had a great Rosh Hashanah with family and loved ones. May you have a safe fast next week for Yom Kippur.

Have a peaceful weekend.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th WardGet Vaxxed At Home, Get $100

Blood Drive This Weekend 

Block Parties this Weekend

The following block will be closed on Saturday, September 11th for neighborhood block parties:

1400 Block of Highland

This street will be closed off from 8:00am to 10:00pm. 
Enjoy the weekend, and stay safe.Each Monday, my office sends a newsletter with construction updates to constituents. This newsletter covers construction events more in-depth, but some key updates will be posted here. 

N. Sheridan Rd. ResurfacingW Bryn Mawr north to W Sheridan Rd, W Sheridan Rd west to N Winthrop AveCrews are finishing up the final asphalt today, 9/10/21. Pavement markings and bus pads will be installed in the next couple of weeks. We will have more details for you in our Monday Construction Update.
Andersonville Water Main ReplacementService transfers started this week on the 1400 block of Farragut, and the 1400 Block of Summerdale was chlorinated and de-chlorinated, Water Quality to approve shortly. If all goes well Service transfers will be complete next week and we will be posting a shutdown notice 5 days in advance for the final connection. Next week the 1400 Block of Berwyn will be posted and service transfers will start. We will get you exact days early next week.
People’s Gas Ridge ProjectPeople’s Gas will be continuing their System Modernization Program that has been happening in other parts of the ward over the last few years. The project will be done in two phases:Phase One:

Ridge – Victoria to Broadway
Victoria – Clark to RidgeClark – Hollywood to OliveOlive – Clark to GlenwoodHollywood – Ridge to GlenwoodGlenwood – Hollywood to Bryn MawrPhase Two:

Ridge – Clark to VictoriaAdmore – Ridge to ClarkEarly – Glenwood to MagnoliaWayne – Ridge to ArdmorePhase Two will be started first, likely to begin in the next couple of weeks, and Phase One will start in mid-October. Crews will be installing gas main in the sidewalk on both sides Ridge and in the residential areas via directional drilling, which means they will be drilling under the sidewalk instead of cutting a large open trench. There will be access to all businesses, and there will be sandwich boards to direct pedestrian traffic during construction. There will be temporary lane closures on Ridge, but there will always be one lane of traffic in each direction open at all times. Signage will be placed at Peterson, Lincoln, and Western to divert traffic away from the area. Parking on residential streets will have to be closed in waves to accommodate People’s Gas equipment. Temporary restoration will occur this winter until full restoration can take place in the Spring. We will be sharing weekly updates on the progress of this project, and will have more details about specific start dates in the coming days.
W Foster Ave N Clark St to N Marine DrThe concrete curb and sidewalk work is scheduled to be finished early next week.  They will be moving on to lower all utility and sewer manholes to prepare for milling which will begin the week of September 20th. As we get closer to the week of the 20th, we will let you know when the milling operation is expected to begin.
The schedules for the projects above are subject to change based on the weather.Our office will try to make this process as smooth as possible by giving you updates on upcoming phases of the project, but please note that there may be emergency situations that we cannot predict ahead of time, and your patience is appreciated. If you have any questions, please email harry@48thward.org.CTA Red Purple Modernization Project Construction Updates

Berwyn Avenue Street Closure – THIS WEEKEND
This weekend Berwyn Avenue will be closed between the CTA tracks and Winthrop to allow crews to begin demolition of the viaduct. This construction will begin today at 8 pm through Monday, September 13, 5 am. During construction, both sidewalks will be closed. Those residents who live south of Berwyn Avenue will need to access the alley via Foster Avenue and residents who live north of Berwyn Avenue will need to access the alley via Balmoral Avenue. Read the construction activity notice here

5/24-12/31: Extended Street Closure –W. Ardmore Ave between CTA tracks and N. Winthrop Ave
7/19-9/24: Daily Alley Closures –Alley behind 5100 – 5258 N. Winthrop Ave
7/26-9/24: Daily Alley Closures – Alley behind 4900 – 5062 N. Winthrop Ave
8/2-10/1: Daily Alley Closures –  Alley behind 4800 – 4848 N. Winthrop Ave
8/25-9/8: Extended Alley Closure – The alley behind 5700 – 5758 N. Winthrop Ave
8/30-10/8: Extended Alley Closure – The alley behind 5500 – 5558 N. Winthrop Ave
8/30-11/30: Lead Abatement and Painting Work – The alley behind 4208-4364 N. Kenmore Ave
9/7-9/11: Street & Sidewalk Closures – W. Winona Street between the CTA tracks and N. Winthrop Avenue
9/9-9/30: Extended Alley Closure – The alley behind 5700 – 5758 N. Winthrop Avenue

See below for resources on getting connected to receive construction alerts, view archived footage of community meetings, and other information about this once-in-a-lifetime project for our community:Sign up for RPM construction alertsFollow CTA RPM on TwitterFacebook, and InstagramBookmark this link to an interactive map that shows street/alley closures & CTA service impactsCheck out recordings from last week’s Station-by-Station meetingsVisit transitchicago.com/rpm for comprehensive information about the projectCheck out the Open for Business microsite to see how you can support impacted businesses
 Chicago Department of Housing seeks public comment about revised ARO

The Chicago Department of Housing is seeking public comment on its revised ARO Rules, available here and at www.chicago.gov/aro for a period of 30 days. The ARO rules will provide direction, explanation, and clarity to help meet the 2021 ARO which will take full effect on October 1, 2021. Please submit your comments on the ARO Rules to arocomment@cityofchicago.org by September 27, 2021. Register to Participate in the Great Edgewater Yard-Sidewalk Sale on September 25After a one-year gap due to the pandemic, the big sale is back, for the 26th year.  The event is from 9 pm to 5 pm, rain or shine.  You can register here.  The deadline for registration is on Saturday, September 18th.  A list of participating block clubs and organizations is here.The registration fee of $10 is a donation to your block club, the City does not charge a fee to hold a yard sale. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email from your block club coordinator prior to the sale. Permits will be distributed to registrants on the morning of the sale.The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is inviting its members to set up sales on the sidewalk on that day. Andrew Miller is handling registration for the chamber and you can contact him at andrew@edgewater.org for business participation questions.Additional questions?  Email: edgewateryardsale@gmail.comSwedish American Museum Celebrates 45 YearsThe Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., is celebrating its 45th birthday this month, and the Brunck Children’s Museum of Immigration is celebrating 20 years! There are plenty of activities planned to honor these milestones, including a volunteer plogging (jogging + litter pickup) event, a birthday party, family festival, and more! Click here to see how you can join in the celebrations.Farmers Markets in our Community 

Andersonville Farmers Market 
Catalpa, between Ashland and Clark
Wednesdays, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, through October 20
Click here for details

Uptown Farmers Market 
Wilson & Broadway
Wednesdays 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm, through November
Click here for detailsUptown Business Center Resources

Edgewater Village 
You’re invited to participate virtually in a wide variety of informational, social, and cultural programs offered by Edgewater Village Chicago. Upcoming programs include movie chats, discussions about current events, and Greek dancing every Saturday afternoon using the Zoom platform. Meet new people and stay active and engaged with your community. Check out these and many other programs, and sign up for the biweekly newsletter to learn about more activities.

Chicago Bears Recap
Tuesdays, Sept. 14 – Nov. 2, 6:30-8 p.m. 

Join Chicago Bears superfan Rich Norman for a spirited discussion each Tuesday about the previous Bears game. You’ll talk about the highlights and lowlights of the game — and either cheer or commiserate with one another.  Either way, you’ll have fun meeting other fans and discussing your favorite team. Register for this free program, which will be offered on Zoom, at EVChicago.org.

This program is a partnership between Edgewater Village Chicago and the Edgewater Branch library.

The EDW Senior Satellite Center is now open for in-person, socially distanced, dining of enhanced box lunches, Monday – Friday, for two seatings:
The first is from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. The second seating is from noon to 1:00 pm Maximum of 16 at each seating. No other programs have resumed at this point. 

If anyone has questions, they should contact the director, Debra Northey at dnorthey@catholiccharities.net.
(312) 742-5187 Office
(312) 742-5323 LobbyVolunteers Needed for Outdoor Lunch at Swift SchoolSIGN UP HEREPrincipal Cannella is in need of people (parents and community members), on good weather days, to help monitor the school grounds during lunch (10:40-1:05 pm daily). This is so that our younger, unvaccinated kids can have lunch outdoors during the pandemic.
Please contact Mr Cannella with questions: sjcannella@cps.edu

You will also have to complete the Chicago Public Schools volunteer registration here: https://chicagopublicschools.civicore.com

El director Sr. Cannella necesita personas (padres y miembros de la comunidad), en los días de buen clima, para ayudar a monitorear los terrenos de la escuela durante el almuerzo (10:40-1:05 pm todos los días). Esto es para que nuestros niños más pequeños y no vacunados puedan almorzar al aire libre durante la pandemia.

Si tiene preguntas, póngase en contacto con el Sr. Cannella: sjcannella@cps.edu

También deberá completar el registro de voluntarios de las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago aquí: https://chicagopublicschools.civicore.comVolunteers Needed at the Syrian Community Network! 
The Syrian Community Network is looking for both in-person and remote volunteer tutors for the fall semester.

They are recruiting in-person volunteers to assist elementary school students one day per week in their After School Program (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm CT at their Edgewater office). They are also looking for remote volunteers for their Online Homework Room who can do two one-hour tutoring shifts per week (4:00 pm – 5:00 pm CT on either Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs). The Online Homework Room serves both elementary and middle school students. Both programs begin the week of September 13. Please click here for more information. Volunteers Needed for Andersonville Homecoming

We are getting closer by the day to Andersonville Homecoming and we could not be more excited about everything we have in store this year. As the COVID-19 Delta Variant continues to impact our area, we are monitoring CDC, state, and local recommendations to ensure we have a safe and successful event. To protect all involved, we are encouraging all attendees to be fully vaccinated within 48 hours of this year’s festival. We all need to look out for each other and this special community. Thank you in advance for doing your part. 
If you are looking for an opportunity to give back, what better way than to volunteer some time to help us with Andersonville Homecoming! We are looking for support from pre-event preparation, greeting, and gate staff, to beverage tent and on-site support. If you or anyone you know would be willing to lend a hand you can click and share the link hereEdgewater Senior Center — now hiring

There is a Part-Time Assistant Position available at the Edgewater Senior Center (based at the Broadway Armory). Any one interested should forward a resume and any questions to Debra Northey: dnorthey@catholiccharities.netCPS is hiring!
Chicago Public Schools is hiring for a variety of roles, including crossing guards at schools in the community, and in the nutrition/food departments.

Click here to view the Careers page, and use the search function to search keywords.Available Positions at CTA
Chicago Transit Authority is hiring for a variety of roles, including bus and train operations, communications specialists, attorneys, interns, and more.

Click here to view a list of current available opportunities.Per Scholas Free Tech Career Training
Per Scholas provides rigorous tech skills training, professional development, IT industry certifications, and job placement with reputable tech employers all at NO COST to learners. Free courses begin in November. See link below for more information.

IT Support Course
End User Desktop Support Course
General InformationFuture Founders Paid Internships

Be Your Own Boss is a three-week PAID virtual internship where you’ll get a crash course in entrepreneurship, work with awesome high school students from across the city, and build a business of your very own! Interns are paid up to $250 based on their attendance and participation in the program. 

Applications are due by Monday, September 27th: https://forms.gle/yxPj6WrFgNagn9t79

LaunchLab is a free virtual internship that empowers high school students to build and launch their own online businesses. During this 3 month experience, students will learn what it takes to operate an e-commerce business by designing, marketing, and selling custom products on a professional platform. Future Founders will provide mentorship, support, and we will cover all startup costs ($1200+)  to help students get their business off the ground. This extraordinary opportunity is open to Juniors + Seniors currently enrolled in a Chicago Public School. If you have been dreaming of starting your own business and you can commit to this 12-week experience, we encourage you to apply. 

Applications are due by Monday, September 27thhttps://forms.gle/uajA3cLq8FANaEXB6Boys & Girls Club Programming


Enroll now for dance classes age 2 to 18yrs at GUS!
Styles include Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Acro & more!
Dancers learn multiple styles in one hour and show costume is included!
Visit guslegacy.org/enroll to join us for our 69th Season of teaching dance.Lakewood Balmoral Front Yard Sale

Lakewood Balmoral Annual Front Yard Sale will be held Saturday, September 11th from 9am-4pm. This is a rain or shine event. 12 blocks of bargains, 5200-5500 blocks of Magnolia, Lakewood and Wayne. 

Always a great day in this historically friendly Edgewater neighborhood.Senn Park Fall Programming

Senn Park, 5887 N. Ridge, has a variety of programming options for all ages this fall! Click here for a complete list of virtual and in-person programming and information to register.RAISIN – An Exhibition Inspired by A Raisin in the Sun

6018North is pleased to announce RAISIN, an exhibition exploring themes from the classic play A Raisin in the Sun (1959) by Lorraine Hansberry. Featuring artworks created by Chicago and international artists, the exhibition offers local and global perspectives on ‘home.’ RAISIN opens September 17 as a proud partner of the Chicago Architecture Biennial as they present their fourth edition The Available City.  Click here for more information.

FEATURED ARTISTSKioto Aoki (Chicago) / Coletivo Anastácia Berlin (Berlin) / Jared Brown (Chicago) Marina Viola Cavadini (Milan) / Amy Sanchez Arteaga + Misael Diaz (Cog•nate Collective) (So. California)  Jory Drew (Chicago) / Işıl Eğrikavuk (Berlin) / Max Guy (Chicago) / Kyle Bellucci Johanson (Chicago) Kierah “Kiki” King (Chicago) / Diya Khurana (Mumbai) / Kat Liu (Chicago) / AJ McClenon (Chicago) Ilja Clemens Melzer (Berlin) / Joelle Mercedes (Chicago) / Chip Moody (Chicago) / Joseph Mora (Chicago) Nahum, Ale de la Puente, Juan José Díaz Infante, and Tania Candiani (Mexico City and Berlin) zakkiyyah najeebah dumas-o’neal (Chicago) / Alessia Petrolito (Turin) Delilah Salgado (Chicago) / Aaron Samuels (Los Angeles) / Rohan Ayinde Smith (London) Brett Swinney (Chicago) / Maryam Taghavi (Chicago) / Gloria Talamantes (Chicago) / Tran Tran (Chicago) / Unyimeabasi Udoh (Chicago) / Nayeli Vega (Berlin) / Amanda Williams (Chicago)Jakob Wirth (Berlin) / Tintin Wulia (Australia) / Zhiyuan Yang (New York) / Nushin Yazdani (Berlin)Curator: Asha Iman Veal
Curatorial Assistants: Shannon Lin and Esraa
Graduate Curatorial Assistant: Ruby Dudasik
Exhibition Associate: Alexis Brocchi
6018North Team: Tricia Van Eck and Nathan Abhalter Smith
RAISIN opens this fall at 6018North, a three-story house on a residential block in a formerly all-white, now integrated, neighborhood in Chicago. RAISIN explores themes from A Raisin in the Sun—from first-time homeownership, gender dynamics within communities of color, to generational dreams, and more. Public programming includes conversations with visual artists, theater scholars, fair-housing advocates, global migration advocates, as well as live performances.Sheridan Road Then and Now

The Edgewater Historical Society is hosting a fundraiser at the historic Colvin House on Sunday, September 19, 3-7pm. Enjoy drinks, food, live music, and a self-guided walking tour of Sheridan Road. For more information and to register, click here.Argyle Night Music concert series

Starting September 9th, Uptown United is bringing weekly live outdoor entertainment to Argyle Street featuring musical, cultural, and youth performances. The street will be shut down from Kenmore to Sheridan to allow for outdoor dining (and dancing if the mood strikes you) while enjoying live music.
Visitors are encouraged to support Uptown’s local restaurants by either dining alfresco at the restaurants along Argyle, or by ordering take-out from nearby restaurants to bring with them to the event. Guests are welcome to bring their own portable chairs and tables to set up in the street, or take advantage of a limited number of seats set-up for the event.
Check out our Uptown Food Guide to help you choose your takeout options each Thursday!
 Summer Concert Series with Colvin House and Rewired Cafe
Last summer, our business neighbors, Creative Coworking, launched a summer concert series in the outdoor courtyard of Colvin House, just a block away at Thorndale & Sheridan Rd. There, every Tuesday and Thursday night, they invite musicians and more to showcase their talent in a beautiful environment. This year, Rewired Cafe and the two organizations have joined forces to offer audiences the opportunity to order directly from their seats and have Rewired food & beverages delivered to their tables while enjoying the concert.

Please click here to view the schedule.COVID-19 Vaccine Updates 
Chicago is now in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Click here for more information on phases.

Visit 48thward.org/coronavirus for information on where to get a vaccine appointment in our community.If you or a loved one are having trouble accessing an appointment online for a COVID-19 vaccine, my office is working with volunteers who can assist in this process. Please call our 48th Ward COVID Line at 224-698-7507 or email 48thwardcovid@gmail.com and leave the name, phone number, and address of the person in need of assistance. We will have a volunteer follow up to see how they can assist. Please note, emailing/calling does not guarantee a vaccine appointment, but we will do all we can to help make this process easier for you or your loved one. 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 OstermanWard Office                                                          City Hall Office
5533 N. Broadway,                                                121 N. LaSalle Room 300,
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Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment
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