Weekly Update from Your Alderman: 2019 Preview

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: 2019 Preview
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January 4, 2018
Dear Neighbor:I hope you and your family had a peaceful holiday.

Yesterday, 14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke was indicted by the US Attorney on extortion charges. As a member of the Finance Committee, I believe that Alderman Burke should resign as Chairman of the Finance Committee, which he has agreed to do. The citizens and business owners of Chicago deserve a honest and fair government free of corruption and homeowners deserve a property tax system that is fair, transparent, and free of influence peddling. I will work with my colleagues on the Finance Committee and Alderman Patrick O’Connor to provide needed reforms to this committee.

Later this month, crews will begin installing a new water main on Clark Street in Andersonville. The complete project area includes: Clark between Bryn Mawr & Foster; Farragut, Berwyn, and Summerdale between Clark & Glenwood; and Balmoral between Clark & Lakewood.We are hosting two informational meetings in partnership with 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O’Connor, Department of Water Management, contractor NPL, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, and East Andersonville Residents Council. If you have any questions about this project, please contact my office at 773-784-5277 or harry@48thward.org. Please try to make it to the appropriate meeting if you live or own a business in the affected area:Informational Meeting for Businesses
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 9am
Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark
Click here to RSVPInformational Meeting for Residents
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6pm
Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. ClarkBeginning this Saturday, January 5, through Saturday, January 19, the Chicago Park District is offering free Christmas tree recycling! You can drop your tree off at Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Dr. Starting Monday, January 7, residents can pick up free mulch from Margate Park as well. Click here for more information.

With winter upon us, we have noticed new potholes cropping up in the ward.Please help us address potholes by emailing harry@48thward.org, and including as much information about the pothole as possible, including: address, location (curb, traffic lane, center of street, alley), and size of pothole. It’s a team effort to keep the ward in working order!

This week the Chicago Tribune published an article about the “Broadway Renaissance” in Edgewater, highlighting the economic development that has taken place in recent years. Click here to read the article.

This weekend we will cheer for the Chicago Bears, who are in their first Playoff game since 2011! If you choose to go out to watch the game, please choose a local establishment like Burke’s Public HouseDouble BubbleBig Chicks, or Jerry’s

Have a safe weekend. See below for a 2019 48th Ward preview.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
2019 Preview

Last week, we used the newsletter to recap highlights from 2018. This week we will share what we are looking forward to in the 48th Ward in 2019!

New Businesses
In 2019, we are looking forward to welcoming a host of new businesses to the 48th Ward. From coffee shops to theatres to burger joints; from Uptown to Andersonville to Edgewater — we are excited to see our local economy grow and provide new employment opportunities in the community. We will keep you posted as these businesses open and encourage you and your neighbors to support them, as well as our long-standing locally owned businesses in the neighborhood.

Beard and Belly, 6155 N. Broadway
Beard & Belly, an American craft burger bar with an award-winning pie bakery, is opening in the former location of the Pumping Co. and Holzkopf’s Meat Market. Beard and Belly built up a following during a pop-up residency at The Long Room (1612 W. Irving Park), and won the cocktail contest with their Old Fashioned at the 2018 Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer. We’re excited to welcome them to a permanent location in the ward. They expect to open this spring. Click here to keep up with them on Facebook.

Edge Theater Expansion: Edge Off Broadway,
1133 W. Catalpa

Almost since opening, the Edge Theater has been bursting at the seams. This weekend, they will host the first performance in their brand new black box theater space on Catalpa. The new space seats 45, with flexible seating options. Edge Theater’s growth means growth for new and itinerant theatre companies in Edgewater. Click here for more information on upcoming shows at Edge Theater and Edge Off Broadway.

Helix Chicago, 6237 N. Clark
A new coffee shop is coming to the northern end of Clark St. in our community — but it’s more than just a cafe! Helix Chicago is a social enterprise that will train and employ local youth (aged 16-24) and provide social-emotional support to youth in their programs. Helix will serve locally roasted coffee, and locally sourced breakfast tacos, sandwiches, and pastries. They expect to open this spring. Click here to sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on their progress.

Phoenix Bean Tofu, 5426 N. Broadway
Jenny Yang has been running Phoenix Bean Tofu for more than a decade and has grown the business significantly. Her current project is a renovation and expansion of both her retail and manufacturing facilities. The new retail facility is open at 5426 N. Broadway, offering different varieties of tofu, soy milk, bean sprouts, and more. Click here to learn more about Phoenix Bean.

Rewired Cafe Edgewater, 1107 W. Berwyn
Lakeview coffee shop Rewired Cafe is opening at second location at the former home of Kitchen Sink (and briefly Baker Miller). Rewired Cafe Edgewater will serve coffee, sandwiches, breakfast items, and pastries. They plan to have a soft opening tomorrow, Saturday, January 5. 

Stone Fox, 5721 N. Clark St.
The team behind Uptown’s Fat Cat bar and restaurant has recently purchased a building in the ward — formerly Pork Shoppe — and plans to open a new bar/restaurant concept later this year. Stone Fox will offer a place for neighbors to gather for pub food and craft beer, wine, and cocktails. 

TimeLine Theatre, 5033-35 N. Broadway
We recently announced that TimeLine Theatre has purchased property in our community. TimeLine is a renowned theatre company and will serve as a strong northern anchor to the growing Uptown Entertainment District. While the project is expected to take a few years to complete, we are excited to welcome TimeLine to the community. Click here to learn more about TimeLine Theatre.

Velox Coffee, 6206 N. Broadway
A new coffee shop is coming to Granville and Broadway! Velox Coffee expects to open this spring, and will feature organic, fair trade, locally roasted coffee, as well as hearty and healthy baked goods and light fare from Celestial Kitchens, NY Bagel & Bialy, and other local suppliers. 

Arts in the 48th Ward

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has deemed 2019 the Year of Chicago Theatre. This initiative will include theatre performances – including improv, dance, opera, puppetry and more – and special events for the public at hundreds of cultural venues, theaters, parks, and neighborhood locations throughout the city. It will also include a marketing campaign to highlight the rich culture of theatre our city enjoys; provide additional financial grants to theatre projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the theatre community. With a thriving theatre community right here in the 48th Ward, we look forward to celebrating the Year of Chicago Theatre locally! Click here to learn more about the Edgewater Theatre District.

Public Art
Through grant funding from LISC Chicago and Groupon, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce has commissioned a mural in partnership with artist Rich Alapack of We All Live Here. This mural will feature faces of Edgewater neighbors and will be installed later this year on the north-facing exterior wall at Moody’s Pub, 5910 N. Broadway. There is a portrait session on Saturday, January 12, noon-4pm at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. All who participate get a free digital professional portrait and will be included in the photomosaic mural. Click here for more information.

Rich Alapack has worked with all of the schools in our ward and will be installing additional We All Live Here work throughout the community this year.

48th Ward Youth

Broadway Armory Teen Center
This winter a new Teen Center will open at the Broadway Armory. This will provide a safe space for youth in our community to gather after school. Staffed by the Chicago Park District, the Teen Center will offer after school programming, as well as drop-in times when teens can come to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. Click here to view renderings of the new space.

Working on Womanhood (WOW) at Senn
Starting this school year, the Working on Womanhood (WOW) program will provide mentoring and social-emotional support to female students at Senn High School. This important program focuses on young women who have experienced trauma and will provide them with a support network and positive role models. This program is administered by Youth Guidance, who also oversees the impactful Becoming a Man (BAM) program at a number of schools in our community and throughout the city. 

CTA Red Purple Modernization ProjectThe CTA Red Purple Modernization (RPM) project will be the largest public works project our community sees in a lifetime. The project will include new stations, tracks, and embankment between Hollywood and Lawrence. While this project will enhance a key asset in our community and serve future generations, during the construction our community will feel significant impacts. Our office is committed to working with neighbors and business owners to collaborate on solutions to the pains of construction.In December 2018, the CTA announced their selection for a contracting team that will design and build the $2.1B RPM Project. After an 18-month procurement process, the Walsh-Fluor team was selected to execute an historic project for our community and the City of Chicago. Through Spring 2019, crews will continue to relocate utilities in the alleys adjacent to the train tracks, and construction on the tracks and stations is not expected to begin until 2020. We expect to begin holding community meetings with the CTA and the Walsh-Fluor team in spring of 2019.If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact Ally Brisbin in our office at ally@48thward.org. If you live in the project area, we recommend you sign up to receive RPM construction updates here.
Chamber of Commerce Events

AndersonvilleResolution Andersonville
January 7-31
Click here for more information
Businesses in Andersonville want to share how they can help you meet your resolutions in the new year!  Don’t miss the service business fair on Saturday, January 26.
 Andersonville Hygge Fest
February 2-3
Save the Date — details coming soon!
 Andersonville Restaurant Week
February 22 – March 3
Save the Date — details coming soon!EdgewaterInternational Women’s Day Dinner Crawl
Friday, March 8
Save the Date — details coming soon!UptownArgyle Lunar New Year Parade
Saturday, February 9, Noon
Meet at Argyle & Winthrop
Click here for more information6145 N. BroadwayCrews continue to pour concrete on foundation. This phase of the project is expected to continue through the end of the month.6351-57 N. BroadwayUnderground utility work is complete, with the exception of People’s Gas. This work is expected to begin in early February.Crews continue to receive and erect prefabricated structural walls.CTA/RPM Utility RelocationsAinslie St. is closed between Broadway and the viaduct through Tuesday, January 8, for a manhole installation.Winona St. is closed between Broadway and Winthrop for manhole installation. This portion of the street will be open to traffic beginning Monday, January 7, with a single lane reduction during work hours. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic in both eastbound and westbound directions.Crews are in the alleys east of the viaduct between Berwyn & Catalpa, and between Ainslie & Argyle. Affected addresses have been notified by CTA of impact. Neighbors should expect alley closures between the hours of 8am and 8pm.Please contact ally@48thward.org with questions about this work.
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