Weekly Update from Your Alderman – August 25, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Swift Night at Veranda on Thorndale, Children’s Peace Walk, Outdoor Movies, Berger Park Ice Cream Social, Back to School Celebration, and more!
August 25, 2017
Dear Neighbor:

It has been a fantastic summer in the 48th Ward. Class has begun at some of the schools in our community, and all of our schools will begin after Labor Day. Below is some information about our annual Back to School event taking place next Wednesday. Early next week the Illinois General Assembly is expected to pass legislation addressing the state’s school funding formula that will provide needed additional funding for Chicago Public Schools. We will provide you details of this legislation next Friday. Join me in taking advantage of the second to last week of summer by participating in some fun events around the neighborhood listed below.

Tomorrow is the last call for donating bikes to our 48th Ward Bike Drive. Please bring your donation of a gently used bike, helmet, or lock to the Edgewater Farmers Market in the Broadway Armory parking lot tomorrow between 9am and noon tomorrow. We will also have volunteers fixing and cleaning up donated bikes. If you’d like to lend a hand tomorrow or next week, please email ally@48thward.org. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this effort. Click here for complete details.

Please join me tonight in welcoming a new business to the neighborhood and supporting a local school. Veranda, 1100 W. Thorndale, opened earlier this month and is donating 10% of all sales from today and tonight to Swift Elementary School. My office, in partnership with neighbors and the 20th and 24th police districts, has worked diligently over recent years to reduce crime on Thorndale and attract quality businesses to the area. Please show Veranda a warm welcome to the Thorndale area. Click here for more information on today’s Swift promotion.

There are a number of ways to gather with your neighbors in a meaningful way this weekend:

  • Tonight, neighbors will gather as part of a citywide “Lights for Love” Children’s Peace Walk. The walk will meet at Bromann Park, 5400 N. Broadway at 6:30pm. At 7pm, participants will walk to Cochran Park, 5550 N. Magnolia, for fun and games. Please bring a glow stick or flashlight. Click here for more information.
  • Pack a chair or blanket and enjoy an outdoor screening of Jumanji outside of Nori Sushi, 1235 W. Devon, tonight at 7:30pm. Thank you to Loyola University and Rogers Edge Business Improvement District for making this possible. Click here for more information.
  • The Berger Park Advisory Council is hosting a family- and dog-friendly ice cream social tomorrow, Saturday, August 26, at Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan. Funds raised will go toward park beautification projects, programming, and youth and senior citizen scholarships for classes and activities offered at the cultural center. Click here for more information.
  • Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens under the stars at Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan, tomorrow night. Click here for more information.

Come out to Senn High School on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 5-7pm, to celebrate the coming school year. Our annual Back to School Celebration features live music by local students, games, school supply giveaways, face painting, CircEsteem circus workshops, Flu and TDAP shots from Walgreens, and information about after school programming. Please bring your family to this fun event to set a positive tone for the new school year. Click here for more information.

I encourage all homeowners in our community to attend a property tax appeal workshop my office is cosponsoring with Board of Review Commissioner Mike Cabonargi on Wednesday, August 30, 6pm, at St. Ita’s Church, 5500 N. Broadway. The commissioner will give a brief presentation on the appeal process and answer questions from resident. Bring your second installment property tax bill, and you’ll be able to file your appeal at the workshop. Click here for more information.

Have a great weekend. If you haven’t seen 48th Ward resident and Chicago weatherman Tom Skilling reacting to this week’s solar eclipse yet, click here to get your weekend started on a happy note.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Loyola Move-In
Loyola students will move back to the area next week. 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 5K – October 1

Join us for the annual Edgewater 5K Run/1mi Walk, the only race course that includes Sheridan Road and the lakefront path! The Edgewater 5K raises money for all schools in the 48th Ward, both private and public. Your investment in today’s students is an investment in the future, as many of the 48th Ward graduates stay in the community. Since the race began in 2014, we have raised $15,000 for 48th Ward schools.
Register to run or walk! 
Sign-up to volunteer!   
All event details can be found here!  

Edgewater Reads Updates
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.

Local Author Book Launch 
Celia Perez, a 48th Ward resident, launched her new Young Adult book, The First Rule of Punk, with a party last night at Women & Children First bookstore in Andersonville. Local kids distributed copies of the book in Little Free Libraries throughout the community last night. Keep an eye out for a copy, or buy yours at Women & Children First.

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 .

Shred Event in 48th Ward
The A.C.T. Group, along with CJ Jensen of Ameriprise Financial Services, will host the 4th ANNUAL SHRED EVENT to benefit Care for Real. Each year the results have increased and in 2016 our generous community donated $1290 in cash and 600 pounds of food to Care for Real and had 1500 pounds of shred!  We hope to make 2017 an even better year!!

Please join us on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9:00Noon in front of The A.C.T. Group’s office at 6228 N. Broadway.  And please remember to bring your shred, a cash (or check) donation and/or non-perishable food (EXPIRED FOODS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED).

Cedar Park Advisory Council Survey

The Cedar Park Advisory Council (PAC) has been working together for almost a year with the mission to revive the pocket playlot located at 5311 North Winthrop. They have been planning events and working to connect neighbors. Working together with Alderman Osterman’s office and the Chicago Park District, their goal is to work towards park improvements and rejuvenation for the playlot. You can help in two very important ways:
1) Like and follow them at facebook.com/playcedar.
2) Click here to complete a short survey to help be a part of Cedar Park’s future in Edgewater!

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.

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

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.
Full Moon Fire Jam: Wed. Sept. 6 – Meet at 7:00. Full Moon Jam’s unite performing artists and spectators through a love and appreciation of fire art, set to the beat of local musicians.  5100 N Lake Shore Dr. by the lake.   http://www.fullmoonjam.org/

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 25, and September 29 from 7-9pm. To register email: info@phlour.com

Click here for more information

Edgewater Photo Contest

Do you love Edgewater? Do you love great photography? If so, then you will want to be a part of the Edgewater Historical Society’s First Annual Photography Competition.

The theme this year is life along Edgewater’s waterfront, whether at the beach or anywhere else along the shoreline from Foster to Devon. From there, let your imagination call the shots.
• The competition is open to all Edgewater residents or those who just love Edgewater. All submissions must be received by email by Sept. 10.
• The winning entries will be displayed at EHS’ museum and other locations throughout the community.
• Waterfront Café gift certificates – for $100, $50 and $30 – will be awarded to the top three winners who will be announced at this year’s Edgewater Art’s Festival on September 23.
• Please email all submissions to edgewaterhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com with the subject line: EHS Photo Contest Entry.
• One submission per person please. Images must be of at least 300 dpi. Winners will be anonymously judged by EHS and winners will be notified by the submission email address. All submissions become the property of EHS.

Click here to view the flyer.
5358 N. Ashland Chicago, Illinois 60640
(773) 506-4849

Bookmark Aug. 28 for the No Book Club

Besides reading books, do you like talking about books, especially ones you recently read and really enjoyed? If so, there’s a new book club for you.

The No Book Club will conduct its first meeting on Monday, Aug. 28, 2-3 p.m. in the Community Room on the second floor of the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Participants can briefly talk about the book they’re currently reading, one they recently read or one they may have read not so recently.  The book can be fiction or non-fiction. Any genre, any subject. It’s a chance to hear not only snippets about books and what others suggest, but we’ll share the recommendations with the community on the library’s bulletin board.

The No Book Club is brought to you by Friends of the Edgewater Library, Edgewater Village and Edgewater Reads.  The Club will meet on the fourth Monday of each month.  Free.  No frills.  Just book talk.

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

Walk to End Alzheimer’s with CMSS
Will you walk with us? Join us as we walk to advance Alzheimer’s research and care in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. You can sign up on our page or register in person at any CMSS front desk. You can invite your family and friends.
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
We are hosting a kick-off breakfast at Wesley Place at 8 a.m. Transportation will be provided to the walk at 8:45 a.m. Please let us know if you will be on the bus. If you choose to meet us at Montrose Harbor, we will have a table on site.
Click here for more information.

Elder Justice Center Workshops
Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for the following two (2) September Senior Enrichment Seminars to be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois in Courtroom 2005 on the dates indicated below:

“Bankruptcy:  The Decision and Consequences”
Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Courtroom 2005
Topics to include:

  • Chapter 7 and Chapter 13
  • Bankruptcy exemptions
  • Non-dischargeable debt
  • How bankruptcy affects family and friends

Seminar Speaker(s): Honorable Jacqueline P. Cox, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois; Attorney Stephen G. Wolfe, Office of the United States Trustee, Northern District of Illinois

“This Place Seems Nice:  Adult Day Care Services”
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Topics to include:

  • Types of adult day care services
  • How to choose the right service for your needs
  • Payment options

Seminar Speaker(s): Winnie Lam – Education Chair, Illinois Adult Day Service Association, Chinese American Service League; Carolyn Hicks – Executive Director, Renaissance Adult Day Services, Inc.; Elizabeth Cagan, Executive Director, White Crane Wellness Center

Intergenerational Arts Program

Over 8 weeks, students accepted will learn a new topic/skill each week choosing from such topics as Calligraphy, Chinese Herbs, Jewelry Making, Healthy Cooking, Dance, Studio Art, and more at absolutely no cost to them. 3 “seniors” aged 55 and older and 3 “juniors” aged 19 and younger will be matched together for the program to create bridges between generations. Each senior will be matched with one junior and vice versa.Classes will be held at Unity Lutheran Church at 1212 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 starting October 7, 2017 each Saturday from 9am to 11am until December 2nd. There will be no class for Thanksgiving weekend on November 25th.

Click here for more information and to apply.

School & Youth News

Chicago Early Learning – Applications Open
Chicago Early Learning is a citywide, collaborative effort to bring high quality early learning programs more readily to families in need throughout the city. We have reduced barriers for high-needs families to apply online to Chicago Public Schools and community-based preschool for their three and four year-olds at chicagoearlylearning.org.

Edgewater Library Elevate Your Voice Dance Workshops
Elevate Your Voice with the Edgewater Branch Chicago Public Library teen dance workshop series! Walk-ins are welcome and makes sure to wear clothes you can move in.
Tuesday, August 29th at 4:00pm
Learn the art of belly dance with the Pineapple Dance Studio.
Wednesday, August 30th at 5:00pm
Learn Brazilian Samba with the Old Town School of Folk Music.
All workshops will be held in the community room on the 2nd floor. Click here for more information.

Back 2 School Jam
Join Chicago City of Learning and Create Your Path at the Back to School Jam Saturday, September 23! Free to all, this event will include hands-on activities exploring robotics, music, building, coding, writing, nature, art and more! Curated by youth serving organizations city-wide, this free festival of doing and making will be hosted at Jones College Prep with an hourly iPad Mini drawing from Noon to 4PM. Register and learn more at CCOL.io/CYP

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

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 eventsUpcoming Events at Edgewater Branch

  • Summer Reading Challenge for Adults:  Read Around the World
    Through September 5
    Read books from or about at least four world regions.  Each book counts only once, even if it covers multiple regions.  From histories to mysteries, choose books right for you!  Read in any format (book, eBook, audio, etc.).  Ask your librarian for a program form to submit to the Chicago Public Library Content Curation department for a chance to win raffle prizes.
  • And coming in September–getting ready to Zumba!

Don’t miss our regular monthly programs:

Craft & Create:  Knitting
6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Community Room
Thursdays: August 24, and 31
Instruction provided by Sandy.  Knitters bring their own supplies and materials which include knitting needles and yarn.

Writing Workshop
6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Community Room
Tuesdays:  August 22
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.

Monday Matinee & Saturday Cinema
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room
Monday, August 21 & Saturday, August 26
We will be showing the 2015 science fiction film, The Martian, starring Matt Damon.

Friends of the Edgewater Library 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room
Saturday, August 26
Monthly meeting of the Friends of the Edgewater Library. The Friends enhance the materials, programming, and services of the Edgewater branch of the Chicago Public Library.

NEW!  “No Book” Book Club
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room Monday, August 28
The “No Book” Book Club is for people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they’ve read.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Edgewater Library.

Pssst! Hey Kids! We also are still doing the Summer Learning Challenge: Super Explorers  until September 1!

Edgewater Branch, Chicago Public Library
6000 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
Hours of Operation: Monday & Wednesday 10-6; Tuesday & Thursday 12-8; Friday & Saturday 9-5; Sunday CLOSED

Care for Real News

Lakeview Rewired hosts CFR fundraiser, August 31
Help us kick off Hunger Action Month! Join us at Lakeview Rewired, 3528 N. Broadway, August 31 from 3pm-7pm. 10% of sales will benefit Care for Real.

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

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

Family Nature Day
Saturday, September 2
11am – 2pm
West Ridge Nature Preserve, 5800 N. Western
Click here for more information

Energy Saving Workshop
Wednesday, September 6
Broadway Armory Satellite Senior Center, 5917 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Illinois School Funding Town Hall
Thursday, September 7
Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood

Mental Health Service Fair
Saturday, September 9
Truman College Theater Building, 4530 N. Racine
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

Uptown Saturday Nights: UGOCHI & The Afro Soul Ensemble
Saturday, September 9
Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson
Click here for more information

Bezazian Library Mural Rededication
Saturday, September 16
Bezazian Branch Chicago Public Library, 1226 W. Ainslie
Click here for more information

Pace/CTA North Shore Coordination Plan Open House

Monday, September 18
Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St.Residents, commuters and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend an open house to learn more about the Pace/CTA North Shore Coordination Plan and share input on the initial recommendations. Click here for more information.

Lead Workshop for Communities
Tuesday, September 26, 
Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Click here for more information

Arts & Culture

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

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.

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

For One: A series of plays built for an audience of one

By (re)Discover Theatre
Performances August 30 – September 30
Gunder Mansion, 6219 N Sheridan Rd.

Click here for more information

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