Weekly Update from Your Alderman – April 6, 2018

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 April 6, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

Congratulations to the Loyola Ramblers Men’s Basketball team on a great run in this year’s NCAA Tournament. The magic and excitement that this year’s Ramblers brought to the Edgewater community was felt by every family, business owner, and visitor throughout the 48th Ward. The entire country was watching and rooting for our hometown heroes. To Coach Porter and his team: congratulations on an inspiring run this season.

Today we extend a fond farewell and many thanks to Ally Brisbin, who is moving on from our community. In her decade in our community her dedication to her fellow neighbors, small business owners, and the kids of neighbors have left a lasting impact and helped make our neighborhood better for all. Ally has packed a lifetime of involvement into her time here: co-owner of Kitchen Sink, staff member of Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, staff member of Business Partners – The Chamber for Uptown, co-owner of Edgewater Workbench, Local School Council member for Swift Elementary School, and for the last two years as a member of my staff overseeing communications and economic development. In all of these roles she has shined and her professionalism, enthusiasm, and dedication to others has been contagious to those that she has worked with and has helped move our community forward in a positive and inclusive way.

I am very grateful to Ally for her work on my staff, assisting and supporting the new and existing businesses of our community, helping plan and implement the many community-building events we do, including the Argyle Night Market, preparing for the CTA Red Purple Modernization Project, and for helping communicate to all of you through our weekly newsletter. From helping a small business open their doors, mentoring a teen, or helping to improve Swift School, Ally has made a positive difference in the lives of many in our community and for that we are forever grateful.

Have a great weekend.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Ward Project Updates

CTA Substation Work at Ardmore/Broadway
Monday, March 5 through Friday, June 1, 2018
Location: CTA substation at 5847 N. Broadway Street
Work Days/ Hour: 7am to 3:30pm, daily
Work Activity: Excavation & Micropile Installation
Potential Impacts to Local Residents: 

  • The alley behind 5847 N. Broadway between Ardmore Avenue and Thorndale Avenue, along the CTA building and the Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitary Buildingwill 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.

If there are any questions or concerns about the work activity, contact LaTrice Phillips-Thompson at 312-681-2709.

Construction & Development Updates

5050 N. Broadway
Work on the redevelopment of 5050 N. Broadway to a mixed-use residential building will begin soon. All pedestrian walkways will remain open throughout construction. Abatement to begin week of April 1 in the Tower building, and move into the rest of the building May 1. A three-month demolition period is planned. Tentative window replacement is scheduled for January 2019.

6145 N. Broadway
The project is in for permits and it’s anticipated that they will have permits in hand by the end of April 2018. Start of demolition & construction tentatively scheduled to begin on/around first week of July 2018.

6151-67 N. Broadway
Work on the redevelopment of the Woodruff Arcade building has begun. The existing 2 story building on the southeast corner of Sheridan and Broadway has been knocked down and we are currently removing the building rubble from the site. We will continue excavation thru April which will be followed by the foundation installation. The planned opening of the New mixed use (retail & apartments) 7 story building is spring of 2019.

Public Safety Update

Community Meeting – Reforming Chicago’s Police Department
In August 2017, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office sued the City of Chicago to seek a court order (known as a consent decree) that will require lasting reform of the Chicago Police Department. The Attorney General’s Office is now negotiating a plan to permanently change the policies and training within CPD. To make sure reforms meet the needs of Chicago’s communities, the Attorney General’s Office is partnering with community organizations to hold Consent Decree Community Roundtables to ensure residents have a meaningful opportunity to provide input in this process.

The event takes place on Tuesday, April 17 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at Alternatives, 4730 N Sheridan Road. 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.

48th Ward Annual Clean & Green Day 

The 48th Ward will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, 9am to 1pm, with our annual Clean and Green Day. This is a great opportunity to connect with neighbors and get involved in the community. Volunteers will help clean up and beautify various sites throughout Edgewater.

For more information or to register, and to request tools, please email harry@48thward.org. Please let us know by April 13 if you plan to participate to ensure we have the appropriate supplies.

City Sticker Day in the 48th Ward

The Chicago City Clerk’s office will be in the 48th Ward office on Tuesday, May 15, from 10am to 2pm to issue new vehicle stickers and permit parking stickers for those that expire in June 2018.  Note that only stickers that expire in June, 2018 will be renewed. This year, the city will not accept any cash payments – checks or money orders only. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Steep Theatre Open House

Saturday, April 7
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Steep Theatre – 1115 W Berwyn Ave

Steep Theatre is expanding into 1113 W. Berwyn Ave. The new facility will include a lobby bar and small stage for storytelling and other performance. Learn about the project from Steep’s ensemble and staff, and join the conversation about the types of performance you would enjoy.

For more information, or to send comments or questions in advance, visit steeptheatre.com/open-house.

Block Party Update

Any neighborhood organization is able to request a permit to close part or all of a street to hold a block party over the summer months.  Requests are made by completing a form with contact information and addresses affected by the closure of the street.  In addition to a permit, the City offers other 3 ancillary services you can request if you wish:  Fire Department Engine demonstration, Police Department Canine/Horse demonstration, and Jumping Jacks/bouncy houses.

To reserve a Jumping Jack for your block party, click on this link https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/jumping-jack/application.html as soon as you have a date, since the equipment is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. No need to wait for a permit to do this.

  • The Jumping Jack is limited to Residential Block Parties within the city limits of Chicago
  • Saturday and Sundays only, limited availability, volume of request typically highest on Saturdays – consider a Sunday
  • Applications are available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • The Jumping Jack Program runs from Monday, May 26 through Sunday, September 2, 2018

To request Fire and/or Police Department services, a letter with contact information is required.  All requests EXCEPT for Jumping Jacks should be sent or dropped off at the Alderman’s office or sent by email to jerry@48thward.orgClick here for the application.

Youth Update

Spring Into Summer Fair
Saturday, April 14, 12pm – 4pm
Jones College Prep, 700 S. State

Curious about coding?  Love the outdoors? Do you have an urge to act, draw, paint or create? Join us! Open to all, the Spring into Summer Fair taking place Saturday, April 14th at Jones College Prep from 12pm – 4pm is Chicago City of Learning’s FREE festival of hands-on activities that meet every interest! Youth and families will have the opportunity discover and sign up for Summer programs while sampling hands-on activities, such as arts and crafts, coding, dance and astronomy. Prizes (iPad Minis and more) will be awarded in a raffle every hour.

To RSVP for the Fair go to tinyurl.com/SISFair. For questions please call 312-822-0505 or email CCOL@mkcpr.com.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Summer in Chicago: Children and Youth Resource Fair
Saturday, April 28, 10am – 1pm
Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway St
Click here for more information

Chicagoland High School Film Festival
Calling all young film lovers- the Annual Chicagoland High School Film Festival is right around the corner! This opportunity is open to both public and private high school students in the Chicago area and will take place on Friday, May 11. Submissions are due Wednesday, April 20. For more information see http://blogs.latinschool.org/chicagolandfilmfestival/

Youth Summer Opportunities
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the City of Chicago will begin accepting applications for the more than 30,000 jobs and internship opportunities available through the One Summer Chicago Program. The program helps youth, ages 14 to 24, gain valuable work experience while providing critical support resources. The application is available through May 21 at www.onesummerchicago.org

After School Matters is currently accepting applications for their summer programs. Teens can get paid to learn new skills and explore unique opportunities through Chicago. After School Matters offers more than 23,000 programs opportunities to more than 15,000 unique teens across Chicago every year! We are proud to offer a number of ASM programs here in the 48th Ward. http://www.afterschoolmatters.org/teens/apply/

Last summer, One Summer Chicago and After School Matters employed over 300 young people in the 48th Ward providing meaningful opportunities for teens to learn and grow professionally.

Schools and Parents Update

2nd Annual Hayt School Cultural Family Festival
Saturday, April 7
Hayt School, 1518 W Granville Ave

Northside Catholic Academy Admissions Open House April 11
Northside Catholic Academy is still accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year, but spots are filling up in both the Early Learning and kindergarten classes. Applications are available at www.northsidecatholic.org  or learn more at the next Admissions Open House April 11, at 9am at the Primary School Campus located at 6216 N. Glenwood Ave. Tour the new Early Learning Center and K-4th grade classrooms, meet teachers and administration, and talk to parents. NCA offers half-day and full-day Early Learning classes starting at age three, and a top-ranked K-8 academic program. The challenging and diversified curriculum includes Spanish, Technology, Art, Music and Physical Education. Every day, NCA teachers inspire students to grow in character, intellect and spirit, while instilling values that will last a lifetime. Values like kindness, service, creativity, curiosity, respect, responsibility and leadership prepare graduates for success in high school and beyond. Call 773-743-6277 to RSVP.

Spring Parent-Tot Playdate April 14, 10am-11:30am
Northside Catholic Academy is hosting a Spring Parent-Tot Playdate Saturday, April 14. Parents and children ages 2-5 are invited to a morning of springtime fun! The Playdate will include a springtime craft, a story and playtime. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other families with young children, and to learn more about NCA’s Early Learning Center and Kindergarten program. The Playdate will be held at NCA’s Primary School Early Learning Play Lot, located on the west side of 1401 W. Granville. Space is limited for this free event. RSVP is required. Contact Melissa Soberanes at msoberanes@ncaweb.org or call 773-743-6277 ext. 207. This is not a drop off event and all children must be accompanied by a parent. In case of inclement weather the event will be moved inside.

Pierce Career Day April 20, 7:30am-1pmCareer Day at Peirce is rapidly approaching and we need YOU in order for this to be an awesome educational experience for our students. Whether you are a nurse, mechanic, personal trainer, engineer, dancer, teacher, attorney, custodian or business owner…

We are looking for a WIDE variety of men and women, willing to spend a memorable morning, speaking with our Middle School students about their careers. Many of our students are largely unaware of the boundless career opportunities available to them! This is a fantastic way to provide them with first hand knowledge of various career paths and great way for you to make an impact on our students’ future.

Register HERE to be a part of Career Day at Peirce. If you cannot attend, please consider sharing this information with colleagues, friends, or family members who may be interested in speaking at Career Day.

Honeybaked Ham Fundraiser for Peirce School
Are you making an order for Honeybaked Ham for the spring family gatherings, Easter, Mother’s Day or graduation parties? Support a neighborhood school, Peirce, and a local (Edgewater family-owned) business by ordering your gift cards here and redeeming at the 2815 N. Ashland location.  Each gift e-gift card or plastic gift card purchased earns 20 percent back for Friends of Peirce.

LSC Elections
Elementary school LSC elections are on April 18th from 6am-7pm, and the Senn LSC election is on April 19th from 6am-7pm. You can find which schools you’re eligible to vote in here: cps.edu/ScriptLibrary/Map-SchoolLocator/index.html

Click this line to see who is running at each school: cps.edu/ScriptLibrary/Map-LSCElections2018/index.html

Peirce Day at Hopleaf – Sunday, April  29
On Sunday, April 29, the Hopleaf Bar for the third consecutive year, host “Peirce Day” from Noon-2am. 100% of gross receipts will be donated to Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies, a local CPS school located at 1423 W. Bryn Mawr. Hopleaf will be offering its normal menu during normal business hours.

Over the past two years, Hopleaf Bar, the Andersonville establishment owned by Michael Roper and Louise Molnar, raised over $100,000 to support arts enrichment programming at Peirce School, including dance, art, and after school programming.  Due to the budget challenges in Chicago and Springfield, fundraising will unfortunately be needed to bridge the growing gap for programs previously funded by CPS, Hopleaf’s support has been critically important. Click here for more information.

Senior UpdateSenior 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, 2018.  More information about the Senior Citizen Sewer Refund can be found on the internet at this link:  http://committeeonfinance.org/claims/sewer.asp

Edgewater Village welcomes you to participate in fun activities

Spring into action next week with three fun activities. On Tues., April 10, (1:30-3 p.m.) join Forrest Ingram as he presents “Poems of Dickinson and Auden.” (To register, email edgewatervillagechicago@gmail.com; please put “Poetry” in the subject line.)

On Friday, April 13, there are two events: A curated tour of the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., 1-2 p.m. Admission fee is $3, but there is limited space. Registration is required.  If you’d like to make bookmarks for the Little Free Libraries, all you need to do is cut and paste. All supplies will be provided. This activity will be 2-4 p.m. at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway, and is co-sponsored by Chicago Methodist Senior Services.

Click here to see the full calendar of events for April.

Positive Psychology: A Free Lunch & Learn Event!
April 23, 2018
4950 N. Ashland Ave
Click here for more information

Michael, an internationally award-winning public speaker, will discuss the growing branch of psychology that studies those with positive mental health and asks, “What are they doing right?” This fascinating field looks at how we can improve ourselves by examining the healthy example of others. Due to limited seating, you must RSVP at (773) 989-1501.

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

Friends of the Edgewater Library Presents:Donate used books to Friends of the Edgewater Library; book sale set for May 12
Friends of the Edgewater Library is accepting book donations now through May 4. We rely on your donations to stock our semi-annual book sales. We accept clean, gently used fiction and nonfiction for all ages; foreign language materials; music CDs, books on CD, and DVDs; collectible books; travel books less than five years old; and computer books less than two years old.

Proceeds of our sales directly support the Edgewater Branch Library. You may bring your donations in boxes or shopping bags to the library at 6000 N. Broadway. There is a container next to the Circulation Desk on the first floor.  Please do not leave books outside.

You’re invited to join the fun during National Library Week!

Stop by the Edgewater Library on Saturday, April 7, and the following week to pick up a booklet to participate in a Little Free Library Crawl, and find out how you can enter a raffle to win a prize.  Here are some ways you can participate in activities co-sponsored by Friends of the Edgewater Library and Edgewater Reads during the week of April 8-14:

  • Watch the movie, “The Help,” at the library at 2 p.m. on  Monday, April 9.
  • If you’re riding the Red Line during the morning of April 11, you may have a chance to choose a free book from Edgewater Reads’ traveling library.
  • Make bookmarks for Little Free Libraries during an easy art project 2-4 p.m. at the library on Friday, April 13.
  • Attend a celebration of National Library Week 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, on the second floor of the Edgewater Library. Bring your completed Little Free Library Crawl booklets to be entered in the raffle for gift cards, meet the librarians, Little Free Library hosts and circulate with Friends.  You’ll also pick up books and bookmarks to put in your neighborhood Little Free Library, and hear how you can either build one for yourself or help at Edgewater Reads’ Build Day on April 28 (10 a.m. – noon at Sacred Heart, 6250 N. Sheridan).

Volunteer auditor needed 

Do you have accounting or auditing experience — or know someone in Edgewater who does? Friends of the Edgewater Library is looking for a volunteer to donate about three hours of time to audit our financial records. The volunteer would need experience using Excel and be able to complete the project in early May. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email your qualifications and contact information to info@foelchicago.org.

Free Kids Event with Dream Big Performing Arts!

This Saturday, April 7, Dream Big will be hosting a FREE event for children ages 4-12 at the First Free Church on the corner of Berwyn and Ashland from 3:30-5pm. If you’ve never experienced Dream Big’s award-winning drama camps right here in your hood, this is a great way to get a taste of what you can expect this summer! Return campers and friends are welcome too!

  • Meet some of our professional teaching artists and staff members
  • Play improv and drama games
  • Sing, dance and meet new friends!
  • Ask questions about weekly camps and our month-long production camp
  • All attendees will go home with a goody bag that includes an exclusive camp discount, a free ticket to our summer production Alice in Wonderland, and more.

We will be hosting another Sample Camp Day on Sunday, April 15th from 3-5 pm featuring an Author’s Visit at Open Books, our new location in the West Loop. Author Kat Kronenberg will be leading families through activities related to her new book, Dream Big, and will be signing copies of her book too! Additional details below!

We hope to see you at one or both of our FREE EVENTS this month! To RSVP for Sample Camp Day in Andersonville, click here. To RSVP for Sample Camp Day at Open Books in the West Loop, click here.

And by the way, have you checked out our BRAND NEW WEBSITE out yet? I’d love to hear what you think!

Taiji (Tai Chi) & Qigong (Chi Kung) Class

Mondays, March 5-April 16
Latin School Community Space, 4956 N. Sheridan
$5 suggested donation

This course introduces a fundamental taiji sequence as well as the moving, standing, and sitting qigong movements. A gentle, health nurturing curriculum with deceptively slow movements, these forms build bone strength, muscle strength and flexibility, and balance the body and mind.
Click here for more information.

Free Tax Preparation Help

Chicago’s 2018 free tax preparation assistance kicks off this month at 18 locations city-wide. Last year, the City of Chicago’s free income tax assistance helped 20,000 families and individuals receive $30 million in tax refunds and credits. This added income not only has a direct impact on the lives of Chicago residents, it helps sustain small businesses, strengthens neighborhood, and infuses millions of dollars into the local economy.

Families earning up to $55,000 or individuals earning up to $30,000 are eligible to take advantage of the free and confidential Tax Prep assistance at 18 sites across Chicago. Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist with federal and state income tax returns. Most sites will be open between mid-January and mid-April 2018, but please refer to the links below for specific information on the location and hours of sites.

This year, eligible Chicagoans could receive up to $7,202 from the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits alone, in addition to other credits. Buy many people may not claim all the credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers.

For more information, click here.

Northside Wedding Expo
Sunday, April 15
Multiple venues

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is hosting our first Northside Wedding Expo! The Expo will show case wedding vendors located in Andersonville, Edgewater, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Rogers Park and Uptown. Guests will meet and greet over thirty local business owners and experience demonstrations as well as hands on activities.The event will take place in three locations in Edgewater; the newly re-opened Colvin House,Firehouse Chicago and The Lytle House. Transportation between venues will be provided by Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.

General Admisssion: $20
VIP: $30
VIP tickets include: a fashion show provided by Avail & Company, mimosas, swag bags, early access to the vendors at The Colvin House and more! VIP Tickets are limited!
Click here for more information

Edgewater Art Walk Benefitting Care for Real

We are pleased to announce an inaugural neighborhood collaboration, Art Walk, which will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 (11am-4pm) along 4 blocks of Sheridan Road.

This free event will provide art lovers with the opportunity to visit four buildings (Edgewater Beach Apartments, Park Tower Condominiums, The Breakers at Edgewater Beach, and The Admiral at the Lake). There will be a mix of artists displaying their work and artists selling their work at these locations. A percentage of the proceeds from art sales will be donated to Care for Real, a social welfare agency and food pantry.

Click here for more information.

Community Little Edgewater Library Build Day

April 28, 10am-Noon
Sacred Heart Schools, 6250 N. Sheridan

Libraries are free for Edgewater residents and a small donation of $50 for those joining us from outside of the area. We recommend bringing a friend to help you assemble your library and please coordinate transportation for after the build to take home your very own Little Free Library!!

If you are interested in joining us for our last build of summer, please RSVP to edgewaterreads@gmail.com to confirm your little Edgewater library kit! Kits are limited so please RSVP by April 21, 2018.

Cocktails and Conversation with Edgewater Theatre District

Join the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and our neighborhood partner organizations, the Andersonville Chamber of CommerceBusiness Partners – The Chamber for Uptown and the Edgewater Theatre District for a Night of Cocktails and Conversations at the The Guesthouse Hotel.

Monday, April 30
Guesthouse Hotel, 4872 N. Clark

Click here for more information

In 2016, the Edgewater Theatre District, comprised of 22 local theatres, had a huge impact on the small business ecosystem. The District brought an impressive 51,000 people to the neighborhood through their 1,550 performances! Now the Theatre District is in full swing for 2018 and it’s time to meet them, create new partnerships, and continue to strengthen the overall community.  We’ll also hear from Mark Kelly, the Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), which presents and promotes high-quality free festivals, exhibitions, performances and holiday celebrations each year in parks, the historic Chicago Cultural Center and other venues throughout the city.

Free Mammograms

The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force would like to ensure that uninsured and underinsured residents of Ward 48 are made aware of the free screening mammograms available through our program. Following preventative health measures such as getting regular cancer screenings is an important part of maintaining good health and reducing the likelihood of later stage cancer diagnosis. More information can be found on our website: www.chicagobreastcancer.org.

Cook County Veteran Affairs: Silver Star BannerCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Board of Commissioners will honor the Silver Star Families of America at the Cook County Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018.  This event was initiated in 2008 to recognize the service members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been wounded or became ill while serving in a war zone.

Cook County Veterans Affairs would like to invite those Cook County veterans or service members that qualify to participate in the 2018 Silver Star Banner Program.  Applicants should complete the attached (fillable) Silver Star Service Banner request form and include a short biography with details regarding their injury and the war zone in which it occurred.  The request form must be signed and returned to our office no later than Tuesday, May 11th, 2018. 

We will call each applicant to confirm their participation with the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs for the Silver Star program.  Original photos submitted for use will be returned so please make sure the applicant’s name is on all pictures that are submitted.  Service members may return their application back to veterans.affairs@cookcountyil.gov.  You may also fax your application to (312) 603-4479.  For questions, please contact Bill Browne at (312) 603-6423 | Bill.Browne@CookCountyIl.gov.

Click here for the application

60th Anniversary of National Library Week

Participate in the first ever Edgewater Reads Little Edgewater Library Crawl.
April 8-14, 2018
Collect as many book titles posted on the windows of Little Edgewater Libraries as you can. Pick up a booklet at the front desk of Edgewater Library or Alderman Harry Osterman’s Ward Office during office hours. To learn more, visit EdgewaterReads.org!

Movie Matinee at the Edgewater Library
April 9, 2018
Join Friends of the Edgewater Library for “The Help” at 2 p.m. in the community room.

Reading on the “L” Day
April 11, 2018
Volunteers will be joining the late morning commute with books on the Red Line!

Friday Fun Day
April 13, 2018
Stop by the Edgewater Library to make a bookmark with Edgewater Village and Chicago Methodist Senior Services from 2-4 p.m.

National Library Week Celebration
April 14, 2018
Return your Little Edgewater Library Crawl booklet for a chance to win prizes, meet Little Edgewater Library hosts, pick up books for your local Little Edgewater Library and grab some new bookmarks from 2-4 p.m on the second floor of the Edgewater Library.

To learn more, visit EdgewaterReads.org!

Edgewater Historical Society: Spring Benefit Dinner 
April 18, 2018
5333 N Sheridan
Click here for more information

The theme is “Shake Rattle & Roll!,” as in the 1950s, with all the nostalgia the era implies. You may still remember that sock hop where you wowed the crowd, but, if not, dancers will be there to show everyone the right moves.

The evening includes:

  • DJ Dan Luna spinning 50s classics
  • Dancers demonstrating rock and roll moves
  • Trivia contest of Edgewater facts from the 1950s
  • Plated dinners and FREE beverages
  • Living Treasures and Volunteer Award announcements
  • Silent auction featuring goods and services from around Edgewater
4th Annual Andersonville Flower & Garden Show, April 21-22

Come experience the return of spring at the Andersonville Flower & Garden Show on April 21 & 22. This free event is open to all! Fresh florals abound at Foursided as they host the return of Marguerite Gardens and black thumbs unite at newcomer Foyer Shop on Berwyn with their low maintenance plants & breathtaking bouquets. For a complete list of participating businesses, click here for more information.

Peterson Garden Project Organic Edible Sale
Friday, May 4-6
1101 W Lawrence
Click here for more information

Get ready to grow your own organic food! Peterson Garden Project’s Edible Plant Sale is back, and this year is better than ever with all organic plants and a new location in the heart of Uptown. All proceeds support PGP’s free community programs.

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 – July13)
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


Saturday, 4/7
Explorations of Portrait and Place: Films by Adele Friedman
$8 suggested donation
Q&A directly following the film with Adele Friedman

Wednesday, 4/11
Rogers Park
$8 suggested donation
Q&A directly following the film with Kyle Henry and Carlos Trevino

Saturday, 4/14
Dyke Delicious Presents: An Evening with Filmmaker, Catherine Crouch
$8 suggested donation
Q&A directly following the film with Catherine Crouch

Upcoming Classes:
Acting for FILM – A Craft & A Business
Tuesdays, March 20 – May 15
6:30 – 9:30PM

Mondays, Mar 19 – Apr 16
6:30 – 9:30PM

Digital Filmmaking Bootcamp
Saturdays, Mar 24 – Apr 28
10AM – 3PM

Final Cut Pro X
Wednesdays, Mar 14 – Apr 11
6:30 – 9:30PM

Cinematography & Lighting
Wednesdays, Mar 21 – May 9
6:30 – 9:30PM

Screenwriting I
Wednesdays, Mar 28 – May 16
6:30 – 9:30PM

Editing the Documentary 
Tuesdays, April 10 – May 22
6:30 -9:30PM

Stop Motion Animation/Claymation
Sundays, April 22 – May 27
11AM – 2PM
For youth ages 10-13

Volunteer Opportunities:
Saturday Night Screenings
7PM – 8:30PM
To volunteer, send an email to Ana Wright at coop@chicagofilmmakers.org OR Call: 773-293-1447. ext 1002

Chicago Filmmakers is located at 5720 N. Ridge.

Care for Real UpdateAnnual Fundraiser, A Tail to Remember, onvsale now!
Join us at the 3rd Annual “A Tail to Remember” to support Care for Real and all our free programs and services, including our beloved Pet Pantry, on Saturday, April 28, 6:30PM at Urban Pooch in Andersonville, 5400 N Damen Ave.  We will have food, drink, and auction prizes. WGN-TV News anchor, Sean Lewis will again be MC for the evening!

Early Bird tickets for $35 available on-line until April 22. After April 22, tickets are $40. Dogs are welcome to join the party for only $10.  Tix available here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-tail-to-remember-care-for-real-fundraiser-tickets-43938646675?aff=ehomecard

Thanks to Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center for again donating the venue and for providing day care for guest pups.  Care for Real is one of the few food pantries in the Chicago area that also provides pet food to clients, helping to feed more than 380 dogs and cats each month in 2017.

Culture Without Borders
Pan African Association Fundraiser
Thursday, April 12
The Ivy Room, 12 E. Ohio
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Vintage Garage Chicago Season Opener
Sunday, April 15
10am – 5pm
5051 N. Broadway
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Earth Day Tree Tour
Saturday, April 21
Meet at SE corner of Clark and Carmen
Arborist Andrew Lueck will lead a tree tour throughout the neighborhood to illustrate a variety of tree care topics, including caring for trees, and the environmental and economic benefits of urban trees. He will also highlight some of the most common tree species in the neighborhood and make suggestions for what you can plant on your property.
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Property Tax Appeals Workshop
Wednesday, April 25
Lakeview High School, 4015 N. Ashland
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See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

A Little Night of Nordic Music
Featuring Gregory Treco from Hamilton’s Chicago cast
Monday, April 9
Swedish American Center, 5211 N. Clark
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Raven Theatre Company’s, 2018 Annual Gala, New Beginnings
Thursday, April 12
Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N Ravenswood Ave
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Three Cat Productions presents: Cabaret on the Lake
Every second Friday of the month
7:30 pm
Berger Park Mansion, 6205 N. Sheridan
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That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories That Groove
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performances March 12 – April 9
Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland
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The Gentleman Caller
By Raven Theatre
Performances March 28 – May 27
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.
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Down the Rocky Road and All the Way to Bedlam
By Otherworld Theatre
Performances April 5 through May 13
Nox Aca Theatre, 4001 N Ravenswood ave #405
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By Steep Theatre
Performances April 6 through May 12
Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn
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By Three Cat Productions
Performances May 11 – June 9
Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan
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48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman

Ward Office                                                           City Hall Office
5533 N. Broadway,                                                121 N. LaSalle Room 300,
Chicago, IL 60640                                                  Chicago, IL 60602
773-784-5277                                                         312-744-6860
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment