Weekly Update from Your Alderman – April 14, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: New Restaurant on Argyle, Family-friendly Events in the Ward this Weekend, Edgewater Theatre Panel, and more!
April 14, 2017
Dear Neighbor:

Last week our office and the team from Uptown United welcomed a new restaurant to the Argyle District. Cafe Ciat, 1046 W. Argyle, serves banh mi sandwiches, pho, and offers dim sum on weekends. Please welcome Le, Vinnie, and the rest of their team to our community and keep an eye out for the sidewalk cafe they will be installing soon! We are looking forward to a fun and vibrant spring and summer on the new Argyle streetscape.

Enjoy this weekend’s warm temperatures and connect with your neighbors at one of the Easter Egg Hunts taking place in the ward on Saturday. The annual 48th Ward Spring Fling will take place at Senn Park, at Thorndale & Greenview, beginning at 10am. The event will feature games, activities, and music. Bring a basket for the egg hunt at 10:30am. At Buttercup Park, 4901 W. Sheridan, Missio Dei is hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza which will include an egg hunt, petting zoo, games, and more. The Buttercup Park event begins at 11:30am. See below for more information on both events.

On Wednesday evening, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and the Edgewater Theatre District will host a panel discussion about the impact of theatre on life in our community. Edgewater is home to over 20 theatre companies, and in 2016, saw the sale of over 51,000 tickets. Our local theatres are an important part of our local economy, supporting hardware stores, print shops, bars, and restaurants. Please come out to Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., on Wednesday evening at 7pm to hear from local leaders about the Edgewater theatre scene. Click here for more information. See the listing to the right or visit our Arts & Entertainment calendar on the 48th Ward website for information on theatre productions currently running in Edgewater.

Have a great weekend and a happy Easter.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Ward Services
Street Sweeping is Under Way!
The 2017 Street Sweeping Schedule is now available. Click here to view the schedule. Please contact our office with questions or concerns.

Ward City Sticker Renewal on May 1st
This year’s date to renew automobile stickers in our office at 5533 N. Broadway will be Monday May 1, 2017.  Only vehicle stickers with an expiration month of June (expiration date June 30 and 6/17 printed on the current sticker) can be renewed on this date.

Loyola Student Move-Out
Loyola University students will be moving out the first weekend of May. The team at Loyola works each year to streamline this process, and has reduced the number of days from 8 to 4 this year. Please be aware of parking restrictions from 8am to 5pm Friday, May 5 through Monday, May 8:

  • Loyola Avenue from  Sheridan to the Lake (south side only 1000-1199)
  • North Shore Avenue from Sheridan to the Alley ( south side only-1200-1225)
  • Winthrop Avenue from w. Sheridan to Rosemont ( both sides – 6300-6399)
  • Winthrop Avenue from Rosemont to Granville (west side only – 6200-6299)
  • Kenmore from Rosemont to Granville (east side only – 6200 – 6299)
  • Rosemont Avenue from Winthrop to Sheridan ( north side only – 1000-1099)

Friendly Reminder – Street Cans
A friendly reminder to our neighbors: please do not use the garbage cans on street corners in our business districts to dump personal trash from your home. “Fly dumping” fills these cans quicker than anticipated, and leads to the cans overflowing and sometimes causing litter. Please use the dumpsters behind your building for trash from home.

Business Feature: Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave.

In a crowded city, it can be tough to find a place to grow your own food. But a little way down Devon Avenue, Uncommon Ground grows their own organic crops in the country’s first certified organic rooftop farm. With their organic farm, Uncommon Ground is fulfilling their vision of having local, sustainable food sources. They use their rooftop farm to educate the community on the importance of organic, non-chemical, and local food sources. Owners Helen and Michael Cameron have found great support for their commitment to sustainability from the Edgewater community and City of Chicago. In working with Green Seal, Green Restaurant Association, and Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project, they have grown in their knowledge of sustainability, allowing them to refine their efforts to remain sustainable.

Uncommon Ground began as a coffeehouse in an 800-square foot space in Lakeview on Clark Street. That location has since expanded three times, along with adding on the brewery and Edgewater location. June 21 will be their 10-year anniversary on Devon, while their 26th anniversary is coming up in July. Every Tuesday night, Uncommon Ground hosts an Open Mic Night Competition at each location, with a grand finale in the summertime between the winners of each location. Uncommon Ground also features live music and/or entertainment each night.

In keeping in line with their sustainable vision, Uncommon Ground changes their menu each season, keeping in mind what will best allow them to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Along with these menu changes comes cocktail changes. They do their best to make these purchases locally as to help the local economy without importing any drinks. They even brew their own organic beer, Green Star, at their Lakeview location.

Be sure to stop by Uncommon Ground to try this spring’s vegan caesar salad. Learn more about Uncommon Ground at their website or drop by and check out their rooftop farm!

Teen Updates

Teen Job Drive 
Monday, April 24, 3:30-5:30 pm
Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway

TEENS! Interested in making extra money for your summer festival tickets? Looking to gain valuable work experience to build your resume? Stop in at the Edgewater Library to apply in-person for your next summer job. Help will be provided with the application process! One Summer Chicago Job applications are open, and available online, through May 15.
Click here for more information.

Community Policing Advisory Panel Public Input Sessions

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) and members of the Community Policing Advisory Panel (Panel) will be hosting three Town Hall listening sessions to receive the direct input from residents as the Department continues to renew its focus on community policing.

Through the work of Community Policing Advisory Panel, the Police Department is engaging communities across the city in joint strategies to fight crime that include improving trust between police and the communities they serve. Comments collected through the Town Hall session and online portal will be used by the Panel to inform recommendations for the Police Department to strengthen community policing efforts and rebuild trust with the residents they serve.

Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 – 8:30pm
George Westinghouse College Prep
3223 W Franklin Blvd Chicago, IL 60624

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Sullivan High School (Closest session to 48th Ward)
6631 N Bosworth Ave Chicago, IL 60626

Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Corliss Early College STEM High School
821 E 103rd St Chicago, IL 60628

Upon the conclusion of the comment period, the Panel will review all comments received and incorporate them as appropriate into its development of a new community policing strategy for CPD. Residents are asked to share their comments on community policing at www.chicagopolice.org.

Annual 48th Ward Spring Fling
Join us for our annual spring celebration and egg hunt at Senn Park, Thorndale & Greenview! Festivities kick off at 10am, and the egg hunt will begin at 10:30. This event is BYOB — Bring Your Own Basket!

Local partners Chicago Friends SchoolFamilies Together Cooperative Nursery School – FTCNS, Senn Park Advisory Council, and Immanuel Lutheran Church will provide fun activities for little ones.

We are looking for volunteers to keep the event safe and fun! If you are interested in supporting this community-oriented event, please click here to sign up to volunteer.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Buttercup Park
Come out to Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan, to enjoy a family day to celebrate Easter! There will be an egg hunt, food, face painting, games, races, and a petting zoo, all for free. The Easter Eggstravaganza will take place April 15 11:30AM – 2PM. Click here to view an event flyer.

Edgewater Beautification Grants: Parkway Corner & Circles
One final $100 grant is available for material expenditures for pre-approved sites. Deadline: June 1st 
Apply via email to: info@kimkaulas.com
Sponsored by: Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project in partnership with the Overhead Project and State Senator Heather Steans

Learn More, Live More Fundraiser
Learn More, Live More is an Edgewater organization that aims to promote personal growth through the power of learning new skills.
On Friday April 14 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Learn More, Live More will be hosting a fundraiser at the Fine Arts Building, located downtown, 410 S Michigan Ave in the 2nd Floor gallery. The fundraiser will be benefiting the organization’s 8-week senior-youth pairing program, where they pair seniors with a young person to learn new skills in a intergenerational way at no cost to them. This event will also support local female artists, as Learn More, Live More helps to promote their talents.
If you would like to learn more about Learn More, Live More, click here.
Click here to view a flyer for the event or click here to buy tickets.

McCutcheon Elementary School Fundraiser
The Edgewater Uptown Builders Association is hosting a fundraiser for McCutcheon Elementary School to support after school programming. The group is looking for sponsors to help meet their fundraising goal of $30,000 to provide high quality after school programming that will include activities such as music four days a week, and a full athletic program including basketball, soccer, and track. Click here for information about sponsoring the event.

McCutcheon Elementary Fundraiser
Thursday, April 20, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Flats Studio, 1140 W. Wilson Ave.
RSVP at edgewater.gesture.com

Public Safety Update

2017 CAPS Meetings Schedules – 20th District
Please join your neighbors in the new year to collaborate on improving community public safety issues and new initiatives. To learn more about CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy), click here.
There will be a CAPS meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at 7pm. This will be the first meeting held at the newly identified alternate site at Engine 70 Fire House, 6030 N. Clark. The guest speaker will be Berenice Martinez, an Illinois Attorney General Office Community Outreach Liaison. She will be discussing consumer fraud in general and caveats in more detail.

Click here to see schedule for 20th District CAPS meetings
Click here to identify your CAPS beat
Beat 2433 meetings are held at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month. The meeting location will alternate between the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway, and Engine 70 Fire House, 6030 N. Clark. The April Meeting will be held at the Engine 70 Fire House. Click here to download a schedule.

Egg Hunt and Bake Sale
The 20th District will be hosting an Egg Hunt and Bake Sale Saturday, April 15, 10am – 12pm. Easter bags will be provided for the Egg Hunt. Please do not bring baskets or outside bags. The Bake Sale will be held in the lobby of the 20th District, 5400 N. Lincoln, and the proceeds will benefit youth activities.

Keepin It Real Program
The 20th District will be hosting a “Keepin It Real” program on burglaries. You will hear stories from real burglars and receive tips on how to avoid being burglarized. The program will be Tuesday, April 25, from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. The presentation will take place at the 20th District Police Station, 5400 N. Lincoln. Click here for more information.

Building Safer Communities
Kimberly M. Foxx, in partnership with Swedish Covenant Hospital, and the 19th and 20th Police Districts of the Chicago Police Department will be presenting “Building Safer Communities.” The presentation will be hosted at Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Anderson Pavilion, located at 2751 W. Winona, on Thursday, April 27, beginning at 6:30pm. Click here for more information.

Celebrate Easter with Uncommon Ground
Begin making your reservations now for a special Easter brunch at Uncommon Ground. Both the Lakeview and Edgewater locations will be taking reservations for brunch April 16, served between 9am – 3pm. Call (773) – 929 – 3680 for the Lakeview location and (773) – 465 – 9801 for reservations at the Edgewater location.

Celebrate Earth Month with Salon Echo
Salon Echo will be celebrating April, Earth Month, with a challenge from the beauty care company Aveda: raise a minimum of $2,000 for The Alliance for the Great Lakes. Salon Echo has been donating to The Alliance for the Great Lakes since 2005 and has donated over $5,000. The campaign is meant to spread awareness that clean water is not to be taken for granted and demonstrate the importance of protecting and restoring the world’s largest surface source for fresh water.
From March 15 – April 31, Salon Echo will raffle off a “An Evening in Edgewater,” valued at $300. The prize includes theater tickets and dinner for two, as well as a haircut for the two. Raffle tickets are available for $10 each or $20 for 3 tickets.
Click here to learn more about The Alliance for the Great Lakes, and click here to learn more about Salon Echo.

48th Ward Clean & Green Day – April 22

Join the neighbors of the 48th Ward to help clean and green our community for the summer!

This is also a great opportunity for youth to get those service learning hours in! If you are interested in registering a site for the annual Clean & Green or becoming a volunteer, feel free to contact the Alderman’s office or email elizabeth48thward@gmail.com to coordinate. Click here to view a flyer.

WFCW Block Club: Clean Up Green Up
The WFCW Block Club, a block club that has been open since 1962, is partnering with 47th Ward Alderman Pawar and Chicago Conservation Corps to host its 5th annual Clean Up Green Up event on Saturday, April 15, 10am – 2pm. The event is free, and all are welcome to join. The day will be filled with exhibits and workshops, all focusing on how you can better nurture the environment. Click here to view a flyer.

Cedar Playlot Clean and Green
Cedar Park, 5311 N. Winthrop
Saturday, April 22, 9am
Cedar Park Advisory Council is celebrating Edgewaters 9th green and clean community event. Cedar invites all to a mix of cleaning, meeting and greeting, and chalking the sidewalks. Refreshments and all supplies are included. For more information email cedarpac@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page.

Spring DREAMer and Family Education Forum & Resource Fair
On Saturday, April 22, 8:30am – 2pm, the Richard J. Daley College-Arturo Velasquez Institute will be hosting a university and resource fair to help families navigate these uncertain times. There will also be a panel and series of workshops that will discuss topics such as, “Know Your Rights,” mental health, postsecondary opportunities, and services available at the City Colleges of Chicago. Click here to register for the event. Click here to view a flyer in English or Spanish.

Peterson Garden Project’s Edible Plant Sale is Back!!
Get ready to grow your own organic food! Peterson Garden Project will be hosting their annual Edible Plant Sale, April 22 – 23 and May 5 – 7. Come get your organic seeds, plants, books, tools, compost, fertilizer, and more to get your garden started. Proceeds will benefit the Peterson Garden Project’s free education programs. The event will be held at 5948 N. Broadway. Click here to view the Facebook event.

City Lit Spring Tea and Silent Auction
Join City Lit for tea, a silent auction, and a reading of The Last of the Great Men: The Story of the Fianna of Ireland! The event will be taking place April 22, beginning at 2pm at the Edgewater Beach Cafe, 5545 N. Sheridan. A single’s ticket will be $30, and couple tickets will be $55. Silent auction items include Chicago Cubs tickets, tickets to area theaters, home wine tastings, and themed liquor baskets. Click here to purchase your ticket to the event.

Earth Day Events
Celebrate Earth Day with One Earth Film Festival and the City of Chicago
The Chicago Park District and Institute of Cultural Affairs will be hosting a FREE screening of the movie The City Dark. The event will take place Saturday, April 22, beginning at 2pm. The screening will be held at Clarendon Park in Uptown. For more information about the event, click here.

Wired to the Environment: C3 Winter/Spring Workshop Series Part IV
Join the Chicago Conservation Corps to learn more about alternative transportation, energy, and the Internet and how you can help the environment in these three areas. The workshop will be held Saturday, April 22, 1pm – 3pm at the Willye B. White Field House, 1610 W. Howard. Be sure to registerby Thursday, April 20.

Edgewater Theater Life Panel Discussion
The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and the Edgewater Theatre District will be co-hosting a panel discussion about the impact of theatre on life in Edgewater. Community and business leaders will lead a conversation about Edgewater’s vibrant theatre district and the ways in which the performing arts impact all of our lives. The panel will take place on Wednesday, April 26 , 7pm – 9pm at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark. Please note that Hopleaf is only open to 21 years of age and older. The panel is free of charge; however, reservations are strongly encouraged. Click here to learn more or RSVP.

State of Uptown Tickets Now on Sale
Come out to this year’s State of Uptown Annual Luncheon to hear city representatives speak about how their work impacts the community. Joining this year’s speakers includes the 48th Ward’s own Alderman Osterman. The luncheon will be taking place Thursday, May 4, 12:00pm – 1:30pm at the Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson, with the entrance via Everybody’s Coffee. Tickets may be purchased online until Wednesday, May 3 at 5pm. Tickets are $25 for Chamber Members and $30 for General Admission. The cost includes event admission and a lunch provided by Brix Catering. Tickets will also be available at the door (depending on availability) for $35.

Northside Chicago AYSO Soccer League

Play AYSO Soccer! Have Fun!
Soccer teams for girls and boys, ages 4-18. Spring season from April 23 – June 11 – games on Sunday afternoons at Rogers Park (Rockwell & Jarlath)
Playground Program (parent child classes) for kids ages 3 – 5
Fee for Soccer teams or Playground Program: $100 for Spring 2017 season (includes uniform)
Click here to view a flyer. Register online at https://www.eayso.org and select Region 1206. Scholarships available for those in need. Learn more at http://www.rpayso.org/register.php or email registrar@rpayso.org

Senior Updates

Edgewater Village Brunch
Edgewater Village invites you to attend a Meet and Greet brunch on Wednesday, April 26 at 11am. The brunch will take place at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon. The cost is $10 and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling (773) 382 – 0764 or emailing edgewatervillagechicago@gmail.com. Click here to view a flyer for the brunch.

Edgewater Village Community Needs Assessment

Edgewater Village is a grassroots, volunteer organization based in the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, that will serve as a free resource to connect older adults with neighborhood services, social and cultural events and volunteer opportunities to help them age in community. We’re conducting a community assessment needs survey to determine what older adults want from the community and how Edgewater Village can help. Please click here to take the survey.

For more information about Edgewater Village, click here.

Edgewater Satellite Senior Center
The Edgewater Satellite Senior Center is located at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.
Click here for the April schedule of events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center.
Click here for the 2017 full year schedule of events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center.

Understanding Clutter and Hoarding Seminar
Do you have too much stuff? Or know someone who hoards? Come to a workshop on “Understanding Clutter and Hoarding” at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center, 5917 N. Broadway, on Thursday, April 27 at 12:30pm. This event is free and open to all. Click here to view a flyer for the event.

Oak Street Health Events
Oak Street Health, 1541 W. Devon, offers a full calendar of community events for seniors. A few highlights for March:
– Internet Basics on Fridays at 10 AM
– Beginner’s Spanish on Mondays at 10 AM
– Simply Strong on Tuesdays at 10 AM
Click here to view the complete calendar.

Senior Sewer Rebate
Seniors aged 65 or over, ​who live in their own condominium, townhouse or ​co-op unit are entitled to receive ​a $50 rebate for their share of the associations’ sewer costs.  If you’ve applied for and received this rebate in prior years, you may have received a letter from the City’s Committee on Finance to sign and remit.  If you haven’t received the letter or a rebate in prior years, you’ll need to file an application form.  Please click here for instructions and the correct form to use.​  You’ll need to submit an application form along with copies of 3 documents: 1) water bill from the homeowner’s association, 2nd installment Property Tax bill (2015), and drivers license/state ID.​  Send any questions to Jerry Goodman, jerry@48thward.org773-784-5277.  Letters or forms with required attachments are due in the Alderman’s office by July 1, 2017.

Senior Enrichment Seminars 
Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for the following two (2) senior enrichment seminars to be held at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, on the dates, times and room locations indicated below:

“Long Term Care:  Who Will Pay?”
Thursday, April 20, 2017 – 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Concourse Level – Room CL-115
The topics to be discussed will include:

  • Nature and cost of long-term care
  • What Medicare covers
  • Medicaid eligibility for singles and married couples
  • The role of long-term care insurance

Seminar Speaker:

  • Dave Lecik, Medicare Training Specialist

Illinois Department on Aging, Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

“Social Security:  Rights, Responsibilities and Deadlines”
Thursday, May 11, 2017 – 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Courtroom 2005 – 20th Floor

  • Social Security benefits eligibility requirements
  • How to earn social security “credits”
  • Supplemental security income (SSI) eligibility requirements
  • How to create an online social security account

Seminar Speaker:

  • Andrew Salata

Public Affairs Specialist – Social Security Administration
Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services offers regular computer classes for seniors. Click here for a calendar and more information.

School & Youth News

Northside Catholic Academy Hosts Admissions Tour April 20
Northside Catholic Academy inspires its students to grow in character, intellect and spirit. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA offers half-day and full-day preschool, and a top-ranked K-8 academic program. NCA’s challenging and diversified curriculum includes music, art, Spanish, computer science, and physical education. Applications are still being accepted for the 2017-18 school year. Learn more about NCA at its next Admissions Tour April 20, from 9:00-10:00am. Call 773-743-6277 for more information or apply online at www.northsidecatholic.org.

NCA Soiree First Chance Raffle and Gala Event April 22
Don’t miss the chance to win one of 10 exciting trips from NCA’s First Chace Raffle. Each First Chance Raffle ticket costs $100 but only 100 tickets will be sold. No bidding, just some luck! Purchase tickets at NCASoiree.com for a chance to win a trip to Monte Carlo, New Orleans, Montego Bay, Alberta, the Dominican Republic and others. The First Chance Raffle will be drawn at NCA’s 12th Annual Soiree, An Evening in New Orleans, April 22, at Misericordia. Guests will enjoy the tastes, music and spirit of New Orleans! Silent and Live Auctions. Tickets are $80/each and $125/each including our VIP Seafood Boil Pre-Party. Tickets available at NCASoiree.com.

Peirce Open House
Peirce Elementary School will be holding an Open House for prospective parents on Tuesday, April 18, at 8:15am. Parents will receive a tour and have an opportunity to see current teachers and students. Parents will also have a chance to meet Peirce Elementary’s principal, assistant principal, IB coordinators, and fellow parents. Peirce Elementary School is located at 1423 W. Bryn Mawr. Please email peirceopenhouse@gmail.com if you are planning on attending. Click here to view a flyer in English or Spanish to learn more.

New Infant-Toddler Center at South-East Asia Center

  • Welcomes 6-week to 2-year olds
  • DCFS licensed.  Qualified teaching staff.
  • Nice classrooms full of required educational toys.
  • Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Free full-day parking space for parents who go to work
  • Childcare fee assistance
  • Convenient location and CTA accessible

Enrolling Now!!  Please contact South-East Asia Center, 1134 W. Ainslie Street, 773-989-7433

Edgewater Historical Society Annual Spring Benefit
Join the Edgewater Historical Society as they host their Annual Spring Benefit. This year, the event will take place at The Breakers at Edgewater Beach, 5333 N. Sheridan, on Thursday, April 20. There will be live music, a dinner, and a silent auction, all while continuing to celebrate 100 years of the Edgewater Beach Hotel. Click here to view your options for making a reservation.

What’s Happening at the Libraries
The Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway, 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 events
Mock Job Interviews at Edgewater Library
Wednesday, April 26 and May 3
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Edgewater branch, Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway, 312-742-1945

Are you a job seeker who gets nervous before job interviews?  Don’t know what questions to expect?  Want practice before the real thing?  A mock interview will help you learn how to answer difficult questions, develop interview strategies, improve your communication skills, and reduce your stress before an actual interview.  Sign up in person or over the phone (312-742-1945) at the Adult reference desk (2nd floor) to schedule a time to meet with an employment specialist from Trilogy, Inc., who will conduct an interview with you and give you valuable feedback and coaching on your performance.

Care for Real News

City Lit Theater is offering Special $20 tickets to the April 14, 15, 21, and 22 performances of Forty-Two Stories at 7:30pm. 50% of the ticket price will be donated to Care for Real! To purchase tix online, use the code CARE when purchasing at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2591755  or mention CARE to purchase tickets at 773-293-3682.

Join us Saturday, April 29, 5:00pm-8:00pm, at Care for Real’s 2nd Annual Fundraiser, A TAIL TO REMEMBER, supporting our beloved Pet Pantry. Early Bird tickets (still available thru April 15) can be purchased here. WGN news reporter and anchor, Sean Lewis, will be returning as our Host and Noodles The Wonder Dog will be performing. We will also have awesome Silent and Live auction prizes include Cubs tickets and round trip airline tickets and lots more. See you there!

For the second year, Care for Real is hosting our Prom Dress Drive for teens in need. From now until April 30, drop off dresses, jewelry, makeup, accessories or shoes at Care for Real or the lobby at Cheetah Gym, 5248 N Clark St. This year, Care for Real is also accepting tuxedos, suits and other formal shoes! Donations at Care for Real can be accepted Monday-Friday from 9am – 3:30pm and Saturday 9am – 12:30pm (at our back door/unloading area only).

Tutors Wanted at South-East Asia Center
The South-East Asia Center is looking for volunteer tutors to help people learn English. If you are interested, please contact Chris Tran at (773)-932-1141 or seacesl@yahoo.com or stop by the South-East Asia Center, 5120 N. Broadway.

Sustainability Tip of the Week
EESP Spring Garden Tips
In the spring we’re faced with a number of garden tasks. We need to assess the winter damage, and then decide the areas of the garden – ornamental or vegetable –  that might be available for early planting.

  • Look over your garden as a whole.  You may want to set up new beds for your flowers or change the vegetables you want to plant   This is the time to install trellises and work on retaining walls. Next, start to repair any damage to the soil by adding compost, mulch and other organic amendments in order to get ready for spring planting.
  • To make your flower garden look more balanced and pleasing to the eye, be sure to plant in odd numbers. This composition looks more natural than even numbered groupings and gives off the illusion that plants are bigger and healthier.  Always follow the planting guides for this zone, whether starting flowers or your early vegetables, since surprise freezes can still occur.  Some plants are hardy or can be protected, so research their adaptability.
  • For those early bulbs, an idea on how to protect your crocuses is to plant lavender nearby. Birds are more attracted to the fragrant flower, and other gardeners report that it prevents them from pecking at the blooming bulbs.
Sustainability Tips brought to you by Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project

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Ward Office Info

Ward Office
5533 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
T: 773-784-5277
F: 773-784-6630
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment

City Hall Office
121 N. LaSalle Room 300
Chicago, IL 60602
T: 312-744-6860

Upcoming Events
Chicago Rents Right
Tuesday, April 18
10 am
DFSS North Service Center, 845 W. Wilson

This workshop will provide information on the Chicago Landlord Ordinance and the Secuirty Deposit Ordinance. Find out more about your responsibilities and rights as a renter. Ask questions and get information to avoid evictions.

Edgewater Historical Society Spring Benefit
Thursday, April 20
The Breakers, 5333 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information and tickets

Pan-African Association’s Fashion Without Borders
Thursday, April 20
6 pm – 9 pm
The Ivy Room, 12 E Ohio
Come support the Pan-African Association in their second annual Fashion Without Boarders gala. Enjoy drinks, food, and socializing all while bidding on the silent auction, followed by a runway fashion show. PAA clients will model clothing designed by participating designers, as well as their traditional clothing.

Art & Wine Fundraiser
Thursday, April 20
7-9 pm
Aartwerk Studio, 1141 W. Granville

Paint an Aartwerk Studio Interpretation of Gustav’s Garden in Pink. A portion of the night’s proceeds will benefit the Chicago Parks Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports the work of the Chicago Park District. Guests are welcome to bring wine or beer, though a portion will be provided.
Click here to register.

Little Free Library Community Build Day
April 22
Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood

Edgewater Reads would like to invite you to our next Little Free Library Community Build Day! Materials are provided for free to residents of the community, and only $75 for people interested in building for outside of the neighborhood. Please bring your own hammer and a friend to help assemble the Little Free Library kits!

Senn High School Earth Day
Saturday, April 22
10am – 2pm
Senn High School
Click here for more information.

Chicago Housing Expo
Saturday, April 22
9am – 5pm
Malcolm X Colelge, 1900 W. Jackson St.
FREE – Click here for more information

Sarah’s Circle Benefit Concert
Saturday, April 22
Unity Lutheran Church Community Center
1212 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information.

Emanuel Congregation Speaker Series
5959 N. Sheridan Rd.

Sunday April 23, 10:00am – Mitchell Winthrop: In remembrance of the Holocost

Wednesday April 26, 8:00pm – Lee Gordon: Impact of “Hand in Hand” which created a network of integrated schools serving Israeli, Arab and Jewish families.

Sunday April 30, 11:00am – Eitan Michaeli:  Author of the book “The Defender”, how Chicago’s legendary Black Newspaper changed America.

Vintage Garage Chicago Season Kickoff
Sunday, April 23
10am – 5pm
5051 N. Broadway
Click here for more information.

Money Smart Week Educational Seminar
Tuesday, April 25
1:00 pm
Chicago Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave
Terri Brady of First Midwest Bank will be leading a seminar about Reverse Mortgages and all you need to know about them in honor of Money Smart Week. Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago during which free financial education seminars are presented to consumers.

A Song for Peace
Saturday, April 29
Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral
Join the Edgewater Singers as they sing songs of peace, ranging from The Beatles to Beethoven.
Click here for more information

Friends of Edgewater Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, April 29
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway

Proceeds from the book sale support library programs, purchase new materials and enhance the facility. The community is encouraged to donate gently used books for the sale. Please pack your donations in a box or place them in a shopping bag and deliver them to the library when it is open. There is a donation bin near the front desk. Click here to view a list of items to donate.

Cedar Playlot Park Advisory Council Meeting
Saturday, May 6
Burke’s Public House, 5401 N. Broadway
CPAC is a revitalized PAC, and all are welcome, regardless of whether or not you have children. They are holding a meeting, and everyone is welcome to come!

Senn Park Paint the Path
Saturday, May 20
10am – 1pm

Join the Senn Park Advisory Council on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to create a continuous walking path around Senn Park! We will provide the painting materials and have lots of activities including DJ Dan and sports games with coaches from the Broadway Armory. First come first served, click here to sign up.

Arts & Culture

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Cc Exhibit
Reception and Open House March 11 1 – 3pm
Exhibit Open March 11 – May 21
Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center
6433 N Ravenswood

By Sarah Sander
Performances March 13 – April 29
Raven Theater
6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

The Kid Thing
By Nothing Without a Company
Performances March 16 – April 15
North Mansion of Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information.

Live Talk: Artistic Resistance
By Pivot Arts
Wednesday April 19 7:30pm
uncommon ground
1401 W. Devon Ave
Click here for more information.

By Steep Theatre Company
Performances April 20 – May 27
Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information.

Lady X- A Musical
By Hell in a Handbag
Performances April 21 – June 11
Mary’s Attic
5400 N Clark St
Click here for more information.

That’s Weird Grandma: I Still Know What You Did Last Spring
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performances April 24 – May 22
Neo- Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland
Click here for more information.

Time Stands Still
By AstonRep Theatre Company
Performances May 11 – June 11
Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information.

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