Weekly Update from Your Alderman – June 22, 2018

Dear neighbor,

This is a special time of year in our community and throughout the country as together we celebrate LGBTQ Pride, Love, and Equality. Our pride is on display throughout the year, as we are one of the top LGBTQ neighborhoods in the country. I want to thank all of our many LGBTQ neighbors, business owners, and organizations for all that they do each day to make our neighborhood the special and inclusive place that it is today.

On Sunday, after the rain has stopped and the sun is out, the 49th Annual Chicago Pride Parade will kick off at Montrose and Broadway at 12 pm. I will be in the parade again this year, so if you are there say hello. Please celebrate safely and head back to one of our many local establishments after the parade. If you are walking or riding a bike to the parade, swing down the 5400 block of North Magnolia to see the Pride Trees, decorated by the Schar family and neighbors.

Next Tuesday at 10 a.m. my staff and I, along with neighbors, will open our Argyle Summer Safety Office at 1102 W. Argyle. Our office on Argyle will focus on working with neighbors, Argyle business owners, the Chicago Police, and other stake holders again this summer to address safety and quality of life issues around Argyle. I encourage you to stop by on Tuesday or on the way to the Argyle Night Market later this summer.

As the rain continues it has led to water problems around the ward. We are working with the Water Department to clean out catch basins to reduce the curb flooding. It’s very important for all of us to work together to keep street corners free and and clear of all debris. Please email or call our office to report problem areas.

This week our community added some beautiful public art. The Shedd Aquarium partnered with Patio Beef and an artist to install a mural on the Patio Beef wall facing the Edgewater Library. And Granville property owners Bob and Rae Cecrle installed 3 panel murals on the 1127 W. Granville building facing the CTA trains, encouraging riders to stop and visit Granville. Later this summer we will be organizing a Public Art bike ride to visit all the dynamic public art we have throughout the ward.

Have a happy and safe Pride weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Celebrate Pride


This month, we celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Back Lot Bash, with the main event taking place June 22-24 behind Cheetah Gym. Headliners include: Kate Moennig, KITTENS, Brooke Candy, Whitney Mixter, Rose Garcia, CATFIGHT, Bridget Lyons, Jade The Ivy, Dance Loud Music, DJ Zel, DJ All The Way Kay, and DJ Kristin Sanchez!


Friday, June 22 at 1477 W. Berwyn Ave.
Whiskey, Wine & Women: A Pride Tasting Event

Saturday, June 23 at 5238 N. Clark St.
Pride Family Fest from 11AM-2PM
Flagship Outdoor Music Fest – doors open at 4PM

Sunday, June 24 at 5238 N. Clark St.
Post Pride Parade Outdoor Music Fest
Pride Parade on Uptown

Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown is proud to announce that we’ll be in the 2018 Pride Parade! Weiss Hospital and Truman College are incredibly supportive; both offering Prime Sponsorship for the 2018 parade on Sunday, June 24th. Select Uptown businesses will also be offering specials in celebration of Pride Month!

People’s Gas Project
5800 Block of N. Broadway

  • Maintenance work project.
  • Parking restrictions on both sides of the street due to maintenance on both sides.
  • Parking is available after 4 pm Monday-Friday and on weekends.

CTA Substation Work at Ardmore/Broadway
Location: CTA substation at 5847 N. Broadway St.
Work Days/ Hour: Daily, 7 am – 3:30 pm
Work Activity: Excavation & Micropile Installation
Potential Impacts to Local Residents: 

  • The alley behind 5847 N. Broadway St. between Ardmore Avenue and Thorndale Avenue, along with the CTA building and the Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitary Building will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
  • There will be some noise while work is being performed due to truck activity such as beeping from back up alarms and due to equipment necessary for excavation.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the project is now scheduled to be completed second week of July.  If there are any questions or concerns about the work activity, contact LaTrice Phillips-Thompson at 312-681-2709.

Woodruff Arcade (6351-67 N. Broadway St.) Development

  • Contracts continue corner bracing for the Earth Retention System (ERS).
  • Flaggers will remain on site at all times during construction hours assisting with deliveries and pedestrian safety.

Project continues to move forward, if you have any questions please contact our office at 773-784-5277.

ComEd Project

Project at Hollywood and Sheridan has been put on hold. All lanes should be open to vehicular driving. When a future start date is announced, we will inform all via our newsletter. Project start date tentatively scheduled for fall 2018.

EARC Block Club Rezoning Request

In an effort to maintain the unique characteristics of the EARC neighborhood, a request was made from the EARC Block Club to look into the possibility of rezoning the area bounded by Foster Ave., Bryn Mawr Ave., Glenwood Ave. to Clark St., from the current RT-4 zoning to the RS-3 zoning district.

For more information on this requested rezoning, please visit the EARC Block Club at facebook.com/earc60640 or www.eastandersonville.org.

Public Safety Update

Cooling Centers
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  • Residents can use various cooling centers throughout the City including 10 S. Kedzie and CPD locations (24 hours), CPL (79 libraries) and DFSS (6 human service and 21 senior centers) facilities will serve as a cooling center during normal business hours
  • CPD, CFD, and DFSS will conduct well-being checks
  • Parks will have all beaches and outdoor pools open
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Community Justice Center (CJC) North Satellite Office
1st and 3rd Friday of each month
10 am – Noon
4956 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information*2018 CAPS Beat Meetings Schedule

Click here to view the schedule for 20th District CAPS Beat meetings.
Click here to view the schedule for 24th District CAPS Beat meetings.
Not sure which beat you live in? Click here to find out. We will share 24th District meetings when available in an upcoming newsletter.

Operation Help A Hero
May 28 – July 4
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Homeless veterans throughout Chicago need your help! The City of Chicago and Jewel-Osco are collecting new, store bought, household items for distribution to veterans transitioning out of homelessness. Too often, a formerly homeless veteran lacks the resources to purchase many of the basic items needed to live independently.

The donations can be dropped off at any Jewel-Osco Store or Alderman Harry Osterman’s Office, 5533 N. Broadway. For a full list of items, you can drop off click on the link above. All materials will be collected by Military Outreach USA and the American Red Cross to be delivered to the Jesse Brown VA right here in Chicago.

Chicago Police Department Community Organizer

The posting of the Community Organizer   job opportunity has been extended to June 15, 2018.  Please make sure to share this opportunity. We don’t want to let interested individuals miss out on an exciting career!!! We are hiring twenty-three (23) new Community Organizers this summer for this crucial role. Community Organizers are essential to managing the community engagement process, building neighborhood cohesion and laying the groundwork for effective problem solving. Please share this updated information via social media, community meetings and email distribution with all community volunteers, Community Based Organizations and partners. This is the largest expansion of Community Policing since 1999 and we are looking for talented individuals to shape the Community Policing of the future.

To apply:

  1. City of Chicago Link: Department of Human Resources
  2. Click Apply for Job
  3. Search CAPS

Senior Update

Senior Sewer Refund applications are open for 2018

Senior citizens (65 and over) who live in condominiums, co-ops, or other homeowner associations are eligible to receive a $50.00 rebate from the City for their share of sewer/water costs. Renewal letters were sent to all previous applicants for the refund.  If and when you receive a renewal letter, please sign and return it to our office for processing.

If you did not receive a letter, new applicants are required to provide the following information in order to receive the refund:
1.  Senior Sewer Refund application form (link to form, on website)
2.  Proof of age – Drivers License, State ID, Passport
3.  Copy of recent water bill for the property or complex
4.  Copy of 2nd Installment Property Tax bill showing Senior Tax Exemption

The deadline for filing the form is July 1.  More information about the Senior Citizen Sewer Refund can be found on the internet at this link:  http://committeeonfinance.org/claims/sewer.asp

Youth Update

Youth Summer Opportunities

Margate Park Camp 2018
4921 N. Marine Dr. | 312.742.7522
Click here for more information

Margate has added more spots in the 2018 summer camp program for 6 to 12-year-olds. In the Chicago Park District’s summer day camp program, campers are engaged in a variety of sports, fitness, arts, and nature activities, as well as field trips, special events, and much more! Daily lunch & snack included. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt.

Family Empowerment Centers Summer Programs
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Day Camp
Dates: July 9 – August 17
Time: 9 am – 2 pm
1533 W. Devon Ave.
Cost: Free of cost (50 spots available). FEC’s Day camp for kids is for kids from 5-12 years old. Kids will learn Bible stories during the VBS (morning hour), curriculum, art and crafts, singing, dancing, fun skits, group discussions and games.

40 Days of Presence
Dates: July 15 – August 23
In a collaborative effort with Churches on the north side, we want to be present in our communities for 40 days of “presence” outreach/service in the city of Chicago. To serve through community projects (clean up, paint, organize) through the alderman’s office, schools & para-church organizations, through games and camps and in other ways possible.

Raven Theatre Announces Sessions for TAKE FLIGHT SUMMER CAMP 2018
Five Theatre Arts Sessions for Ages 6 – 16

Click here for information on sessions

Over the course of two weeks, campers will create their own theatrical adaptations inspired by classic and popular children’s stories. Their original work will be performed for family and friends on the final day of camp. The program also includes a special one-week, half-day tech session focused on the basics of scenic, props, and lighting design. Regular two-week sessions are held Monday – Friday from 9 am – 3 pm, with an option of extended daycare from 3 – 4 pm. The one-week tech session is held Monday – Friday from Noon – 3 pm. All sessions are held at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago’s Edgwater neighborhood. To register, please visit www.raventheatre.com/education/camps. For additional information, e-mail education@raventheatre.com or call (773) 571-3038. Progam fees: Tech Camp $300 ($50 early bird discount with code “Early50”). Session 1 – 4 $600 ($100 off with code “Early100”). Codes cannot be combined with other discounts.

M.A.D.E. Foundation Basketball Skills and Drills Camp
Saturdays, June 16 – July 28
9:15 am – 12:30 pm
Ages 9-14
Click here for more information

Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop
June 18-22
9 am- Noon
Ages: 4-12
First Free Church, 5255 N. Ashland Ave.
Use code NEIGHBOR for $25 off through this Sunday, June 17 at midnight.
Click here for full summer schedule.

Summer Music Camp at Unity Chicago Church
Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
1925 W. Thome Ave.
Click here for more information

Schools and Parents Update

Get Fit at Swift
Every Saturday
10 am
Swift Elementary School
1 mile walk/run, a 3 mile run and yoga with Core Power yoga instructors.

Chicago Public Schools Offering Free Lunch Over Summer Free Lunches Will be Available at 100 School Locations across Chicago Starting Next Monday 

Beginning next Monday, June 25, the CPS LunchStop summer meal program will provide free lunch to children ages 1-18 at 100 outdoor community sites throughout Chicago. The CPS LunchStop Program serves free, healthy meals in a fun and familiar environment to help make nutritious meals more accessible to students and the community during the summer.

“Having access to nutritious meals over the summer is essential for children,” CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson said. “This year, we are pleased to once again expand access to the CPS LunchStop program — and with the help of our dedicated community partners, CPS will continue working to ensure that no child goes hungry this summer. ”

LunchStop locations operate from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at locations across the city. To find a location, parents can visit the 2018 summer meal map at cps.edu/summermealsmap, call the Illinois Hunger Hotline at (800) 359-2163, or text FOODIL to 877877.

Free summer meals are funded through the Summer Food Service Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Last year, LunchStop served approximately 170,000 meals at more than 95 locations throughout the city.

WHAT: CPS LunchStop Free Lunch Program
WHO: Open to ALL children ages 1-18 – children do NOT need to be CPS students in order to receive a free lunch.
WHERE: Locations across the city:

To find a location, go to CPS.edu/SummerMealsMap and click “LunchStop” (Note: the map feature includes both LunchStops and “indoor locations” that host summer programs, including summer school. Indoor locations only provide lunches to children participating in those programs, but all children are eligible to receive meals at LunchStop locations)

Parents and students can also call the Illinois Hunger Hotline at (800) 359-2163 or text FOODIL to 877877.
WHEN: Monday, June 25, through Friday, August 24
Meals are available Monday – Friday, 10:30 am -12:30 pm

Rise & Shine Illinois

The Summer Meals Program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) serves free nutritious meals during the summer months to kids 18 and under when school is out. To find a site near you call (800) 359-2163, text FoodIL to 8778877, or visit ServeMealsIllinois.org

Families Together Co-op Nursery School Spots Available for 2018-2019

Looking for an exceptional preschool for the 2018-19 school year? Families Together Cooperative Nursery School offers a welcoming school community with outstanding teachers, a research-based approach to learning through play, and a commitment to social justice and anti-bias practices. A limited number of spots are available in our Maples class for 2018-2019. Applicants should be 3 1/2 by 9/1/18. Maples meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.

Monday through Friday lunch enrichment program and a summer camp is offered for enrolled students. Annual tuition is based on a sliding fee scale relative to a family’s income level. For more information go to www.ftcns.org. Contact Kate Brenner, Business Manager, at businessmanager@ftcns.org if you have any questions.

What’s Happening at the Libraries

The Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., and the Bezazian Public Library, 1226 W. Ainslie St., offer a wide variety of programs and events each month.Click here for a listing of Edgewater Library events
Click here for a listing of Bezazian Library eventsFriday Fun Days 
Fridays, 22, and 29
2–4 pm
Community Room
Join us for a weekly program for adults:  Friday Fun Days!  We’ll have rotating activities for adults to enjoy together, such as adult coloring, group board games, puzzles, Bingo, open mic, arts and crafts, and more.  All supplies provided.

Celebrate Edgewater Library’s 5-year anniversary on June 23 
You’re invited to attend the Edgewater Library’s all-ages party to celebrate its 5-year anniversary with cake, desserts from Edge of Sweetness, homemade ice cream, crafts and fun!
Join the festivities on Sat., June 23, 2-4 p.m. in the Betty A. Barclay Community Room on the second floor of the library, 6000 N. Broadway.

Friends of the Edgewater Library
Saturday, June 23
10–11:30 am
Community Room
Monthly meeting of the Friends of the Edgewater Library. The Friends enhance the materials, programming, and services of the Edgewater branch of the Chicago Public Library.

Edgewater Branch 5th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, June 23
2–4 pm
Community Room
Happy birthday, Edgewater branch!  You’re invited:  come to our all-ages party to celebrate the library’s 5-year anniversary with cake, cookies, crafts and fun!

Writing Workshop
Tuesday, June 26
6:30–7:45 pm
Community Room
Interested in getting feedback and support for your writing endeavors?  Then join us!  Held in conjunction with the Community Writing Project, we’ll have an experienced facilitator on hand to guide a writing feedback discussion with teens and adults.

Thursday, June 28
6:30–7:45 pm
Community Room
Instruction provided by Sandy.  Knitters bring their own supplies and materials which include knitting needles and yarn.

Edgewater Village

From sleep habits to Shakespearean sonnets with laughter and book discussion in between

Mark your calendars for these free activities next week. On Mon., June 25, hear about “Getting a Good Night’s Sleep.” The presentation by Loyola School of Community Nursing will be 12:30-1:30 pm in the Edgewater Senior Satellite Center, 5917 N. Broadway.

The same day Edgewater Village has more two programs at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway, that promise not to put you to sleep.  At 1 pm tell or read some jokes, puns, quotes, funny stories and have fun laughing at the LOL Club (Laugh Out Loud).  At 2 pm, share your thoughts about a recently read book and hear what others are reading.

On Wed., June 27, participate in the first of a series of three poetry sessions (1:30-3 pm) at the Edgewater Senior Satellite Center.  You must be registered by June 23; email edgewatervillagechicago@gmail.com (please put “Poetry registration” in your subject line or call (773) 382-0764.

LOL Club (aka Laugh Out Loud)
Monday, June 25
1-2 pm
Have a great joke or hilarious story to tell? Join the fun, meet new people and enjoy the mental and physical benefits of laughing. Meet at the Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway, second floor.

The No Book Club
Monday, June 25
2-3 pm
Join us to talk about a book you’ve recently read and get some good ideas for other books to read. Participants are encouraged to take The No Book Club Challenge; all who complete it this year will receive a book. Meet at the Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway, second floor.

Summer Sonnets with Forrest 
Wednesday, June 27
1:30-3 pm
The first of a series of three sessions will feature Shakespeare’s Shakespearean Sonnets. Upcoming sessions are Hopkins’ Petrarchan Sonnets and Other Sonneteers’ Sonnets. Presented by Professor Forrest Ingram. *Registration required by June 23.

Movies at Buttercup
Buttercup Playlot Park, 4901 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information

June 30 – Jackie Chan’s ‘Project A’
July 14 – ‘Coco’
July 28 – James Bond in ‘Thunderball’
August 11 – ‘Black Panther’
August 25 – Sergio Leone’s ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’

Melanin Voices at Buttercup Park
Saturday, June 23
Melanin Voices , a performance collective series showcasing local, unsung narratives of people of color through poetry and live literature returns to Uptown on June 23rd. The theme of this year’s show series is “The Black and Latinx Connection”. Audiences will be taken on a poetic journey to uncover the sociopolitical parallel narratives between the Black and Latinx community. Click here for more information!

Chicago Filmmakers Upcoming Events & Workshops

Youth Filmmaking Summer Camp (June 25 – July 6)
Youth Filmmaking Summer Camp (July 23 – Aug 3)
Teen Screenwriting Camp (July 9 – July 13)
Teen Screenwriting Camp (July 23 – July 27)
Teen Screenwriting Camp (Aug 6 – Aug 10)
Teen Filmmaking Summer Camp (July 9 – July 20)
Teen Filmmaking Summer Camp (Aug 6 – Aug 17)

For more information and to register visit: http://chicagofilmmakers.org/youth-classes-workshops/classes

June 2018 Screenings

F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (June 15-16)
Kinky Boots (June 19)
CFA Out of the Vault – Secrets of Nature (June 23)
Emily Esperanza – Wretched Woman  (June 30)

Sarah’s Circle July Donation Drive
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The Christmas in July Drive benefiting Sarah’s Circle in Uptown drop the items, specified in the link, at 4838 N. Sheridan Rd.

Free Meals for Summer Youth Programs 
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Do you run a summer program for youth 18 and under? If so, you may qualify for FREE MEALS – breakfasts, lunches, and snacks – PLUS funds to help offset labor costs. FSP participates in the Summer Food Service Program sponsored by the USDA. Our goal is to find organizations that want to be a feeding site or to add meals to their existing youth program.

Chicago Animal Care and Control Dog (and Cat!) Days of Summer
Summer is Chicago’s favorite season, and it’s even more special when shared with a pet from the city shelter.  Our animals have been waiting for adopters who promise to love and care for them, and to give them a chance to take an evening walk or a nap on a sunny windowsill. In exchange, CACC’s dogs and cats offer lifelong love, appreciation, and companionship.  Give them a chance and you may find your new best friend.  Fees waived for all dogs and cats 6 months or older until July 31.
Click here for more information
Edgewater’s Farmers Market
Saturdays, June 16 – October 13
8 am – 1 pm
Broadway Armory Parking Lot, 5917 N. Broadway St.
Click here for more information
Tracy Poyser PhotoART Cool Spectrum: Constrast & Harmony

“Summer heat got me thinking about all that’s cool – water, mist, and snow, intriguing black & white shapes and textures, and the merging of art and architecture in places far and near. The result is my first ever collection of (almost) monochromatic images celebrating contrast and harmony that I hope will capture you too.

I grew up in Germany and have lived and worked in Chicago since 1972 and in Edgewater for the last 13 years.  After I retired, photography evolved from a lifelong passion into a full-time vocation and creative career.  I’m a participating artist and founding member of Edgewater Artists in Motion and active in other local art and community initiatives.” – Tracy Poyser

PhotoART offers pro-bono and discounted photo services to charity & non-profits, including donations to silent auctions. CARE FOR REAL will receive 10% of all sales from this exhibit. Prices are as posted. Or, you can custom-order my images in different sizes and price ranges – framed, matted, on canvas, and as original, signed greeting cards.

“Cool Spectrum – Contrast & Harmony”
Stop in at 5533 N. Broadway St. and check out Edgewater Artist Tracy Poyser’s new  collection of (almost) monochromatic images with focus on all that’s cool – water, mist, and snow, graphic shapes and textures, and the merging of art and architecture. Prices are as posted. Or, you can custom-order the images in different sizes, finishes and price ranges. Tracy also offers pro-bono and discounted photo services to charity & non-profits, including donations to silent auctions. CARE FOR REAL will receive 10% of all sales from this exhibit.

Call 773-929-4889 or 773-878-1003 or email tpoyserphoto@yahoo.com, and Tracy Poyser will meet you at the 48th Ward Office or a location convenient to you. Tracy lives in the 6000 block of Sheridan Road.
Web Gallery: www.TracyPoyserPhotoART.com

Oak Street Health Edgewater June Calendar
Click here for full calendar

Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark Street
Click here for more information

Friday, June 22
Give to the Museum Day; donations may be made by telephone, smartphone, computer or in person; call 773-728-8111 for details.

Thursday, June 28
1 pm
Walking tour of Andersonville begins at the Museum, where tour booklets will be provided.

Friday, June 29
5 pm
Dinner and 6 p.m. Jenny Lind Concert performance by singer Kine Sandtro, age 26, from Trondelag, Norway, who was selected for the United States tour by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Saturday, June 30
2-4 pm
The Museum will join the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago in presentation of an Art Design Chicago event.

The Art of Adaptation 11th Annual Festival
June 22-24
City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Ticket prices for The Art of Adaptation are $15 on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, and $20 for the marathon on Sunday, June 24. Tickets can be reserved by going to www.citylit.org or by calling 773-293-3682.

Friday, June 22, 7:30 pm
Capacity for Curiosity, adapted by Brian Pastor from a YouTube interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Directed by Erica Vannon.ROSCO, an advanced A.I. created by NASA to navigate interstellar space, encounters a dilemma when his curiosity and other emotive levels are boosted in preparation for launch.
Last Night of the World, adapted by Jake Gonnella, from the short story by Ray Bradbury. Directed by Zoe Rosenfeld.A couple returns home from work to the realization that the world will cease by the next morning. They do exactly as any of us would do.
The Manifesto, Book & Lyrics by Germaine Shames, Music by Nadav Amir-Himmel. A musical re-imagining of the drafting of the world’s second most influential book. Directed by Molly Lyons.Can capitalism and democracy co-exist? Ask Jenny Marx.

Saturday, June 23, 7:30 pm
Of Bulls & Bullies
Adapted by Bennett Ayres from the Greek Minotaur myth. Ayres will direct his script.Theseus is strong, handsome. The Minotaur is strange, hideous. Simple. But maybe it’s time we reexamine who’s the hero and who’s the monster
Tired/Merry, adapted by Marjorie Muller from the poem Recuerdo by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Directed by Danielle Szabo.Two self-proclaimed, Depression Era sadgirls live all the live they can before daybreak sweeps one of them off to married life.
The Carpenter, The Flood & The Fart, adapted by Larry Rinkel from Chaucer’s “Miller’s Tale.” Directed by Cathy Crocco.An updated, all-rhymed version of Chaucer’s story.

Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm
A marathon of all six plays in the festival.

Windy City RibFest
Lawrence & Broadway
Friday, June 29 (Noon – 10 pm)
Saturday, June 30 (Noon – 10 pm)
Sunday, July 1 (Noon – 9 pm)
$5 suggested donation – a portion of the proceeds benefits
Business Partners, the Chamber for UptownIt’s a saucy summer happening! From tasty slabs (and sides) to a smokin’ music lineup, this pre-Fourth of July party in the eclectic Uptown neighborhood brings its A-game on when it returns for its 10th anniversary year!  Beyond the flavorful offerings of top local and national ribbers and cool summer tunes, this popular three-day fest also features arts & crafts plus an activity area for kids and families.  And with the vibrant Broadway-Lawrence intersection boasting acclaimed Chicago music venues that include The Green Mill, Aragon Ballroom and Riviera nightclub, Windy City Ribfest is the perfect urban destination for both daytime and evening fun.

Click here for full Windy City RibFest details.
Click here to share the Windy City RibFest Facebook event.
Click here to share Walking Tour Facebook event.

We need your help! From Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1, we need volunteers to work the beer tents. There are 9 shifts available – 3 shifts on each of the 3 days. All volunteers will receive a complimentary volunteer t-shirt with the Windy City Ribfest logo and a high-five from the Chamber staff. We hope you can join us! SIGN ME UP TO VOLUNTEER

Masonic Philosophical Society
Every Fourth Saturday of the month
1-2:30 pm
Berger Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information

Feast of Resistance Cooking Class Series Returns This Summer
May 31 – August 9
Peterson Garden Project Community Cooking School, 5917 N. Broadway St.
Click here for more information

North Side Community Federal Credit Union Condo Ownership Workshop
Saturday, June 23
10 am – noon
St Gregory Parish, 1609 W. Gregory St.
Click here for more information

June Tastings at Independent Spirits, Inc.
June 8 – June 30
5-7 pm
Independent Spirits, Inc. 5947 N. Broadway St.
Click here for more information

Berger Park Front Porch Concert The Courtesan and the Cabin Boy
Friday, June 29
6-7 pm
Click here for more information

Summer on the Plaza
Every Wednesday and Friday
5-7 pm
Plaza outside of the Loyola L stop
Click here for more information

Cook County Elder Justice Center“SAFE: Stopping Adult Financial Exploitation”
Thursday, June 28
Noon – 1:30 pm
Room CL-115, Concourse Level of the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St.
Click here for more information

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

El Tango Café
June 22 – 24
Tango 21 Dance Theater
Click here for more information

Three Cat Productions presents: Cabaret on the Lake
Every second Friday of the month
7:30 pm
Berger Park Mansion, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information

The Laramie Project
By AstonRep Theatre Company
Performances June 7 though July 8
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information 

Fight Quest 4 Peace 
June 15 – July 7
Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Otherworld Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St.
Click here for more informationNot One Batu
June 27 – July 28
Wednesday through Saturday at 7 pm
Berger Park Cultural Center Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information