Weekly Update from Your Alderman – August 11, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman:48th Ward Bike Drive, Kenmore Plaza Grand Re-opening, Uptown Saturday Nights, Arts in the Ward, Swedish Water Tower, and more!
August 11, 2017
Dear Neighbor:

This week I launched the first 48th Ward Bike Drive to benefit youth in our community. My office will be collecting donations of gently used bikes, helmets, and bike locks at the Argyle Night Market and Edgewater Farmers Market this and next week. When I meet with students in our community, they consistently tell me they need bikes. A bike can provide a teen access to school, jobs, after school programming, and the many great libraries, museums, and cultural institutions across the city. If you have a new or gently used bike to donate, please bring it to the Edgewater Farmers Market tomorrow or next Saturday between 9am and noon, or to the Argyle Night Market next Thursday. I am also looking for volunteers to assist in cleaning up the bikes to ensure their safety. Please email ally@48thward.org if you are interested in helping in this capacity. Thank you for supporting the youth in our community. Click here to read the full details of our bike drive.

My office recently helped celebrate the grand re-opening of Kenmore Plaza, 5225 N. Kenmore, after nearly two years of construction. Kenmore Plaza is a 324-unit senior building with a strong mix of affordable units. In partnership with CHA, HUD, local advocates, and elected leaders, the Kenmore Plaza Tenants Association was able to secure $20 million in financing to upgrade their facility, ensuring it will remain a safe, attractive, and affordable place for seniors to live and thrive in our community.

Tomorrow marks another Uptown Saturday Nights event with a preview of the Chicago Jazz Festival, featuring the Dee Alexander-John Moulder Jazz Quartet in the Charlie Chaplin Theater at St. Augustine College, 1345 W. Argyle. Uptown United, in partnership with DCASE, produces this annual series of free events featuring live entertainment throughout Uptown. This event series celebrates Uptown’s rich history as an entertainment district. Click here for more information and to reserve your seat.

Our community has a rich tradition of celebrating and supporting the arts. Congratulations to the 16 arts organizations based in the 48th Ward who are recipients of 2017 CityArts grants from Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE)6018NorthAbout Face TheatreCedille ChicagoChicago FilmmakersChicago Gay Men’s ChorusCompany of FolkEdgewater Artists in MotionJackalope Theatre CompanyPivot ArtsRivendell Theatre EnsembleSideshow Theatre CompanySpektral QuartetSteep Theatre CompanySwedish American MuseumThe Viola ProjectWalkabout Theater Company. Please take the time to learn more about these organizations and to support their work.

Earlier this week, the iconic Swedish flag water tower returned to the top of the Swedish American Museum after a three year fundraising campaign. The new tank is a fiberglass replica of the original wooden water tank, which was destroyed during a harsh winter. Thank you to neighbors for supporting the fundraising efforts, and congratulations to Karin Abercrombie and her team at the Swedish American Museum. Be sure to stop by Clark Street this weekend to take a look at the new tank. I am thrilled to see the return of this iconic neighborhood landmark.

Congratulations to the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce on another successful EdgeFest last weekend. The addition of a neighborhood pet parade to kick off the event helped draw a great crowd to start the festival on Saturday. Thank you to the Chamber for allowing local non-profits to use the festival as a fundraising opportunity. I look forward to next year’s fest!

This week was the final CAPS Night Out event of the year. CAPS Night Out is a critical part of the 48th Ward Safe Summer Nights series, bringing over 200 kids from our community out to engage with neighbors and local police at both Swift School and Buttercup Park. Thank you to the many community partners who make these events possible: Chicago Police Department, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Buttercup Park Advisory Council, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Friends of Swift, NewStory Church, Missio Dei Uptown, Vietnamese Association of Illinois, Whole Foods Market Edgewater, David L. Hoyt Foundation.

Please join us at an upcoming Safe Summer Nights event:

Have a great weekend!

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Community Meetings
The 48th Ward office has two upcoming meetings regarding new and expanding businesses in the ward. Please call our office at 773-784-5277 or email harry@48thward.org with questions about either meeting.

Edge Theater – Requesting a Public Place of Amusement expansion
Monday, August 14, 6:30pm

Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the requested expansion of Edge Theater’s Public Place of Amusement (PPA) license to include 1135-37 W. Catalpa Ave., to provide a second performance theater. Representatives from Edge Theater and their zoning attorney will be in attendance to answer questions.

5757 N. Ridge – Requesting Public Place of Amusement for event venue
Tuesday, August 15, 6:30pm

5757 N. Ridge
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss plans for a proposed event venue at 5757 N. Ridge, which would require a Public Place of Amusement (PPA) license. Representatives from the event company will be in attendance to present their plans and answer questions.

Loyola Move-In
Loyola students will be moving back to the area the week of August 21. Please see below for information on parking restrictions during move-in:

  • Kenmore between Granville and Rosemont (6200-6259), both sides of the street: Monday, August 21 and Saturday, August 26, 8am – 6pm
  • Winthrop between Granville and Rosemont (6200-6257), both sides of the street: Monday, August 21 and Saturday, August 26, 8am – 6pm
  • Winthrop between Rosemont and Sheridan (6300-6359), both sides of the street: Monday, August 21 through Thursday, August 24 and Saturday, August 26, 8am – 6pm
  • 1013-1038 W. Rosemont, both sides of the street: Monday, August 21 and Saturday, August 26, 8am – 6pm

If you have any questions, please contact Summur Roberts from Loyola University at srober6@luc.edu.

Edgewater Reads Fundraiser
Help Edgewater Reads continue to build and install unique little libraries across the 48th Ward! Just a small donation can help buy the materials necessary for providing little libraries for free to the greater Edgewater community. Help this awesome community organization reach their goal of raising $1,000 this month! Click here to donate.

Electronic Waste Recycling 
Saturday, September 9, 9am – Noon
48th Ward Streets and Sanitation Yard, 5853 N. Broadway

The Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project (EESP) together with the 48th Ward is sponsoring an electronics recycling event.  Recyclable items include:

  • Computers
  • Flat-screen displays
  • Audio systems
  • Game consoles
  • Cell phones
  • Other electronic equipment

Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) displays–including computer monitors and large tube TVs, will not be accepted. There will also be an on-site survey of other potential recyclables (flags, eyeglasses, etc.) for Spring 2018. If you have questions about the electronics recycling or to volunteer to help with the event, contact either EESP’s Allen Stryczek at astryczek@sbcglobal.net or Ally Brisbin from the 48th Ward at ally@48thward.org .

Public Safety Update

Free Burglary Assessment
The 20th and 24th Police District are offering free home burglary assessments for our neighborhoods. We would like to do up to 5 assessments at any given time. This is a free service provided by the Police Districts. Neighbors are invited walk together during the assessment as each property may present a new opportunity for a burglar to gain access to your home. Identifying these various ways a burglar can come into a home will help everyone be a little more prepared and safer by pinpointing distinct methods to secure vulnerabilities. Please contact Marko Zaric in my office if you would like to participate in this free service. He can be reached at 773-784-5277 or Marko@48thward.org. This is for residential multi-unit buildings as well as single family homes.

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.

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.  Click here to download a schedule.

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Community Justice Center North Satellite Office Open
Reminder that Kimberly Foxx, the Cook County State’s Attorney now has a satellite office open at 4956 N. Sheridan, at the corner of Sheridan and Argyle. Stop by on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month with any questions or concerns from 10am-12pm.
Click here for a flyer with more information

Outdoor Movies in the Ward
All movies are weather permitting and begin at dusk.
Saturday, August 12 – Finding Dory– Dusk; Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan; Movies at Buttercup (Click here for flyer)
*Tuesday, August 15 – Pretty in Pink– 8:30; Patio Beef, 6022 N. Broadway; 48th Ward Outdoor Movie Series
Friday, August 25 – Jumanji- 7:30; 1235 W. Devon; Loyola University Chicago Community Relations (Click here for flyer)
Saturday, August 26 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens– Dusk- Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan; Movies at Buttercup
Saturday, August 26 – Bolt– 8:30; Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan; Berger Park Advisory Council (Click here for flyer)

*The 48th Ward Outdoor Movie Series is sponsored by Minas TV, 6137 N. Clark

Go Edgewater – Walking and Biking Tours

Edgewater: Tues. Aug. 15 – Meet at 5:45. Visit and view some of the public art in Edgewater including murals, art in public buildings, street art, and bricolages.
West Ridge Nature Preserve: Tues. Aug. 22th – Meet at 5:45.
Ride to Western & Ardmore Aves. with the steward around the 5-acre pond and through the wetland, savannah and woodland habitats in their second full year of development.
Theaters in Edgewater: Tues. Aug. 29 – Meet at 5:45. A behind-the-scenes tour of three Edgewater theaters. Watch a dress rehearsal and participate in a training class. Gain a better appreciation of what goes on before the curtain rises.

Click here to view the 2017 calendar of Go Edgewater tours.

CTA is Hiring Bus Operators
The CTA is currently teaching for Bus Operators who are able to deliver friendly, professional, and reliable transit service to our customers. Applicants must be at least 21 years, have a safe driving record, and must currently hold or be willing to obtain a class A or B commercial drivers license or permit with the following three endorsements: knowledge, passenger, and air brakes.

Click here for more information

Baking Classes at pHlour Bakery & Cafe
Learn how to make tasty and flaky croissants at pHlour Bakery, 1138 W. Bryn Mawr. Classes will be held three times this summer and are open to anyone interested. Spaces are limited, so don’t wait too long to sign-up. A registration fee of $90 will be due the day of the class you choose to attend. Croissant baking classes will be held on August 11, August 25, and September 29th from 7-9pm. To register email: info@phlour.com

Click here for more information

City Colleges of Chicago Updates and Registration
Register for Fall Classes
Chicagoans who want a quality, affordable education to prepare for further college or a career should register now for the Fall 2017 semester at City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the largest community college system in Illinois. The registration deadline for the 16-week Fall term is Monday, August 21, 2017, with classes beginning Monday, August 28.
CCC courses are offered during the day, in the evening, on weekends, and online. It is now easier to apply, using CCC’s enhanced application page (www.ccc.edu/apply). Visitors to www.ccc.edu/apply will find clear, step-by-step application instructions, whether they are interested in certificate and associate degree programs, continuing education or free programs for high school students.

Senior UpdatesFor more information about Edgewater Village, click here.
Be sure to check out the Edgewater Village Facebook page!

When a Mental Illness Requires Protective Care
Monday, August 14

Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005
Speakers: Honorable Susan Fox Gillis, County and Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Divisions, Circuit Court of Cook County; Dr. Suena Massey, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Advocate Memory Screening
Sunday, August 13
Wesley Place Living Room, 1415 W. Foster

Katharine Kiehn, a licensed clinical professional counselor and registered art therapist will discuss the benefits of art therapy for people living with dementia. Attendees will learn how art therapy can be used as a brain health measure, communication tool and expressive outlet for this population. Free memory screenings will be offered after the presentation.
Click here for more information

Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services offers regular computer classes for seniors. Click here for a calendar and more information.

School & Youth News

Preschool and Kindergarten Spots Still Available for 2017-18
Great learning and discovery starts at Northside Catholic Academy. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA believes that a stimulating, joyful environment with a child-centered curriculum gives children the best start in school. NCA offers flexible half-day and full-day preschool options, and a full-day kindergarten program. NCA’s early childhood curriculum stimulates learning through play, hands-on activities, music and art. The small class size, individual attention and nurturing environment helps students thrive.
Call 773-743-6277 ext. 207to schedule a tour today.

Storytime in the Parks
Bring your kids for reading and fun from 12:30-1:30 every Saturday at Cochran Park around the new Little Free Library! Ages 3-6 are welcome to join this free event!
Click here to check it out

Edgewater Library Elevate Your Voice Dance Workshops
Belly Dancing Teen Dance Workshop
Tuesday, August 29, 4pm

Teens are encouraged to walk-in and learn the art of belly dance with Erika Ochoa from Pineapple Dance Studio through this free workshop.

Brazilian Samba Teen Dance Workshop
Wednesday, August 30, 5pm

Teens are encouraged to walk-in and learn Brazilian Samba with Dill from Old Town School of Folk Music through this free workshop.
Community Room, Edgewater Branch Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

CDPH Healthy Kids Townhall Meetings

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is hosting a series of Healthy Kids Townhall meetings to get feedback from you. Though Chicago’s young people have made enormous progress over the past several years getting healthier, children in certain neighborhoods and communities continue to face bad health outcomes when compared to their peers from other neighborhoods. CDPH is committed to the future of our youth and knows that better policies help lead to better health. CDPH is considering a number of new policies to improve health and wants to hear from you. Submit your feedback and ideas online or attend one of the upcoming town hall meetings.

  •  Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Legler Branch Library located 115 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL

Loyola Civic Academy RecapLoyola University was home to civically engaged middle school students from Edgewater and Rogers Park this summer. The 2017 Summer Civic Academy (July 5 -28) brought middle school students together from Armstrong, Kilmer, Field, Swift, Hayt, and Peirce to engage students in community problem solving on issues that impact young people.

Fostering confident speakers and excited learners, the four-week long program was designed to engage middle school students in developing direct action and policy proposals to address community problems. Students researched issues in their Chicago neighborhoods and formulated public policies as solutions to their chosen topics. Student groups focused their research on homelessness among youth, gun violence, and school discipline.

“Our students demonstrated an enormous amount of academic skill, passion for important community issues, the ability to think across disciplines, and a wonderful spirit of collaboration as they worked toward and presented their community action projects to address complex social problems,” program co-director Jon Schmidt said.

Throughout the four weeks, students worked on pubic speaking, improving their researching skills, and becoming more engaged citizens in their communities.

“This program has helped me get into deeper knowledge about the issues that are happening in the community,” Armstrong student Laura said. “It gave me a different side of things and gave me an opportunity to talk to people by collecting data from them.”
Literature and Math activities were integrated into the civic learning programs to demonstrate how different fields of learning can be engaged to understand and solve local problems.

Students gathered data and research information and surveyed community stakeholders on their community issues and presented their solutions for family, friends, and neighbors at the end of the four week program.

Alderman Harry Osterman was present at this event and let the students know that their voices are powerful, important, and listened to.
“When you’re young, sometimes you don’t think you are heard. Well, I heard you,” Osterman said to the students.

Loyola undergraduate Education students, Sania Zaffar and Nicole Karwowski taught the classes at the Summer Civic Academy on the Lake Shore Campus. Pushing their students to develop their communication skills, become active in their community, and work as a team, the teachers hoped to show the young adults how their age does not stop them from being civically involved.

“I think what we were really asking for students is just the realization that they can do something, that they have the power to do something,” Zaffar said.

With hopes of expansion and sustainability of the Summer Civics Academy leading into next year, program directors Diane Schiller and Jon Schmidt hope to expand the program in current schools and grow with other neighborhood schools to build civic leadership capacity in schools and communities. For more information, contact Jon Schmidt at jschmidt12@luc.edu.

Roof and Porch Repair Program

For Home Owners,
The Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is offering income-eligible homeowners of 1-4 unit residential buildings an opportunity to obtain a funding grant for emergency roof and porch repairs (formerly known as the EHAF program).  Registration for the program will take on Thursday September 14, 2017 beginning at 9:00am, and ending at 5:00pm – one day only.
Applicants are asked to register online at www.cityofchicago.org/roofandporch in order to complete the registration in a shorter time-frame, providing a confirmation number.
Registered applicants will be selected via lottery on Tuesday October 31, 2017 in the Preston Bradley Hall on the 3rd floor of the Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 E. Washington Street.
Additional information is posted on the DPD website at www.cityofchicago.org/dpd.
Click here for more information

Edgewater Arts Festival

Volunteers Needed for Arts Festival
Sign up to help out as a volunteer at the Edgewater Arts Festival.
Shift Duties:

  • Artist Load-In: Direct artists to booths, hand out artist packages, maintain traffic flow.
  • Gate: accept entrance donations, hand out schedule, donation stickers. Volunteers must be friendly and outgoing to interact with festival-goers.
  • Beverages: check ID’s and provide wristbands for 21 and over, pour and hand out beverages.
  • Kids Area: assist with activities

Festival Dates and Operating Hours: Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24; 11am-6pm; Festival Location: 1040–1190 W. Granville Avenue
All Forms must be submitted by Friday, September 15
Click here for the volunteer forms

AYSO Soccer

Register for AYSO Soccer! Sunday games – Northside Chicago

Soccer teams for girls and boys, ages 3-18. Fall 2017 season from Sept. 10 – Oct. 19 and Spring 2018 starts in April – games on Sunday afternoons at Rogers Park (Rockwell & Jarlath)
Playground & Schoolyard Program for kids ages 3 – 5
Registration fee for Soccer teams or 3-5 year old program: $155 for Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 season (includes uniform). Family discount $10 off per sibling if you register for full fall/spring season! Want to only play the fall season? Only $105 (no discounts apply).
Register online at http://ayso.bluesombrero.com/region1206. Scholarships available for those in need.
Questions: email registrar@rpayso.org or call/text (773) 262-9871.

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 eventsWriting Workshop

Join other writers in the Edgewater community in an exchange of feedback and support in your writing endeavors.  Held in conjunction with the Community Writing Project, we will have an experienced facilitator on hand to guide the discussion.  Teens and older are welcome.  We meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway.
Read all about it.

Care for Real News

Hard to believe but it’s time to begin preparing for the new school year! In late August, Care for Real hosts an Annual School Drive. Because of your financial donations in 2016, our organization helped to ensure more than 800 kids received a backpack chockfull of supplies to start the year off on the right foot.  But we can’t continue the program
without your support. Please consider making a cash donation online at www.careforreal.org/donate or host a School Supply Back Pack Drive on our behalf (large backpacks are needed most). You can also drop off backpacks at Care for Real starting today. Hours for donations are Monday-Friday from 9 am-3:30 pm and Saturday from 9 am-12:30 pm and
are accepted in the back.

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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 Transformed: WWI and the Windy City
Saturday, August 12
Edgewater Branch Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Dee Alexander & John Moulder Jazz Quartet
Saturday, August 12
Charlie Chaplin Auditorium at St. Augustine College
Click here for more information

Advocate Memory Screening
Sunday, August 13
Wesley Place Living Room, 1415 W. Foster
Click here for more information

Crafters and Musicians Pop Up Market
Sunday, August 13
4956 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Network 2 Back to School Bash
Monday, August 14
Mather High School, 5835 N. Lincoln
Click here for more information

Lunch and Learn with Dr. Steven Arculeo
Thursday, August 17
Bethany Retirement Community, 4950 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

Hawaiian Night with Polynesian Dancers
Friday, August 18
Bethany Retirement Community, 4950 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

Epworth Community Summer Fest
Saturday, August 19
Epworth United Methodist Church, 5253 N. Kenmore
Click here for more information

Uptown Business Partners Member Mixer BBQ & Annual Meeting
Tuesday, August 22
SMB Help Desk, 4147 N. Ravenswood
Click here for more information

10th Annual Slow Food Vegetarian Harvest Dinner
Wednesday, August 23
Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon
Click here for more information

4th Annual Construction Expo
Thursday, August 24
4550 S. Wabash
Click here for more information

Backyard Birds and Feeding with David Brooks
Friday, August 25
Bethany Retirement Community, 4950 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

Berger Park Ice Cream and Doggie Social
Saturday, August 26
Berger Park, 6205 N Sheridan
Click here for more information

Belly Dancing Teen Dance Workshop
Tuesday, August 29
Community Room, Edgewater Branch Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Brazilian Samba Teen Dance Workshop
Wednesday, August 30

Community Room, Edgewater Branch Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Association of Condominium, Townhouse, and Homeowners Associations Conference
Saturday, September 9
Conference Chicago at University Center, 525 S. State
Click here for more information

Arts & Culture

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

That’s Weird Grandma: Attack of the Phantom of the BBQ
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performance Monday, June 26
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.

Lela & Co.
By Cordelia Lynn
Performed by Steep Theatre Company
Performances July 13 – August 19
Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information.

A Tale of Three Sisters
By Martie Sanders
Performed by Green Scene Summer Stock Teens
Performances August 10 – August 11
Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden
4919 N. Winthrop
Click here for more information

The Veil
By Conor McPherson
Performed by Idle Muse Theatre Company
Performances August 17 – September 17
The Edge Theater
5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

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