Weekly Update from Your Alderman – August 4, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: National Night Out, EdgeFest, Andersonville Community Dinner, Edgewater Night Out, and more!
August 4, 2017
Dear Neighbor:

This past Tuesday, our community joined with communities around our city and country to celebrate National Night Out. National Night Out is an annual event where communities rally together with police against violence. Hundreds of our neighbors joined together in solidarity with local police, business owners, clergy, elected officials and youth at Swift School and Margate Park to stand against violence in our neighborhood and city. Our ongoing efforts to make our neighborhood safer are reliant on us coming together and working side by side with the police and others in our community.

At the event at Swift, we recognized Lynn Pierce, Antonio Thomas, and Officer Ted Thanasenaris, as Pillars of Safety on Thorndale. Lynn Pierce as a dedicated community activist and founder of the Thorndale Action Task Force, Antonio Thomas as a mentor and leader of the B.A.M. (Becoming a Man) program at Swift and Goudy schools, and Officer Thanasenaris as the outstanding foot patrolman on Thorndale, represent a united front against violence around Thorndale and a safer and more unified community. These three amazing individuals are shining examples of the best our community has to offer and we are deeply appreciative of their efforts to make our community safer. In addition to honoring these individuals, Senn graduate and 48th Ward intern Ivana Ayikoue read a piece she wrote that was a call to action for unity among neighbors. Following the program, more than 50 neighbors participated in a neighborhood safety walk along the Kenmore and Winthrop corridor. Click here to read a DNA Info article recapping the event.

Also as part of National Night Out, my office helped to install a piece of art on the Swift School playground, 5900 N. Winthrop, created by Loyola University students. The piece, Fallen, features the names of Chicagoans who lost their lives due to gun violence in 2016. I encourage you to visit this provocative piece while it is at Swift.

EdgeFest is this weekend, on Broadway between Thorndale and Ardmore. This annual street fest brings over 15,000 people to our community to support our local businesses and enjoy live music, kids’ activities, and food and goods from acclaimed vendors. The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce has made this year’s EdgeFest a fundraising opportunity for seven local organizations, in addition to supporting their own important work. Gate donations and beer tent tips will benefit: About Face TheatreEdgewater ReadsFamilies Together Cooperative Nursery SchoolFriends of Swift, and Northside Catholic Academy. EdgeFest will also feature a dunk tank this year, benefiting GirlForwardand Loyola University women’s soccer and spirit teams. For more information on EdgeFest’s beneficiaries and a dunk tank schedule, click here. To plan your EdgeFest weekend, click here for complete festival details.

Tonight the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is celebrating their First Fridays series with a community dinner on Olive Ave. that will benefit Care for Real and Senn High School’s Senn Arts program. Feast and Fete is features live music, kid-friendly activities and German beer-garden tables. Enjoy buffet-style dinner with BBQ from The Pork Shoppe and vegetarian options from The Coffee Studio at two seating times. Tickets are still available, please click here for complete details on all First Fridays events and to reserve your seat at the table.

Tonight the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce’s Edgewater Night Out series continues with garden gnome painting, courtesy of RAM Art Studio. The event will be held from 5:30 – 7:30pm at Edge of Sweetness, 6034 N. Broadway, and the first 50 people will get a gnome to paint and a treat provided by Edge of Sweetness. For more details, click here.

Have a great weekend and tag your photos from EdgeFest and other community events with #48thWardSummer!

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

1436 W. Berwyn Update
Many of you have joined the growing list of neighbors concerned about a proposed development of the historic building at 1436 W. Berwyn in Andersonville. I remain very committed to ensuring that this important building in our community is preserved and not torn down. My office and I are continuing to work with representatives of the developer to review options that would preserve the current historic building. I will continue to keep you updated on this issue.

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.

Andersonville Dinner Crawl
Wednesday, August 9, 6-9pm
Click here for more information and registrationHeld in conjunction with the Andersonville Farmers Market, the Andersonville Dinner Crawl will return for another year of tasty bites and delectable treats from our neighborhood restaurants and market vendors.

Our annual dinner crawl welcomes 600 guests each year to visit over 20 local small plate stops around the neighborhood. The crawl will feature two routes, the GOLDEN FORK route and the SILVER SPOON route. Guests will also be given the option to purchase tickets to both routes for THE WORKS package!

Dinner Crawl passports will be picked up the night of the event at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark. Beat the rush – passports can be picked up beginning at 4pm.

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.

Stop by Edge Fest this weekend to see your favorite Edgewater Reads volunteers slinging beer at the North Stage beer tent Saturday from 3-7pm and working the Chamber table, a portion of the beer tips and donations made during the festival will go back to Edgewater Reads to support their mission of providing access to learning for everyone! We love that… Edgewater Reads.

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

North Lake Shore Drive Public Meeting Summary

The public meetings have received great turnout, providing feedback on the initial range of alternatives. Participants watched an introductory video and PowerPoint presentation, viewed exhibits, and provided their feedback through an online survey. All meeting materials have been posted on the project website.
It’s not too late to provide your feedback! You can complete the Public Meeting #3 Survey or submit an online Comment Form.

Please notify other members of your organization, neighbors, and friends that they can still provide comments. Comments will be accepted through the entire project development process. However, to become part of the public record of this Public Meeting, comments and survey responses must be received or postmarked by August 9, 2017.

Outdoor Movies in the Ward
All movies are weather permitting and begin at dusk.

Saturday, August 5 – Finding Dory– 8:15; Senn Park, 5887 N. Ridge; Movies in the Park
*Tuesday, August 8 – Hairspray (1988)– 8:30; Alamo Shoes, 5336 N. Clark; 48th Ward Outdoor Movie Series
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

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

Go Edgewater – Walking and Biking Tours

Lakefront Nature RideTues. July 25th.  Meet at 5:45.  We will head south through Lincoln Park, to the Jarvis bird sanctuary at Addison St. visiting other natural areas along the way.
Little Free Libraries: Tues. Aug. 1st.  Meet at 5:45.  There are now over 75 Little Free Libraries in Edgewater.  Ride with Jessica Kibblewhite and Tom Welch for a tour of many them.  Bring along a book to put in one, and take some books that you’ll want to read!
The Edgewater Beach Hotel:  Tues. Aug. 8th.  Meet at 5:45.  Visit the site of the historic Edgewater Beach Hotel and then tour the exhibit of the highlights of its 50 years of fame at the Edgewater Historical Society.  Refreshments to follow in the EHS garden.

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

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

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

Senior Seminars
End of Life Choices: Funeral Pre-Planning
Thursday, August 10

Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005
Speakers: Mary Carey, Executive Director, Illinois Funeral Directors Association; Jay M. Markwell, President, Illinois Funeral Directors Association

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

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

CAPS Night Out
Join us at Swift School Play Ground and Parking Lot, 5900 N Winthrop Ave, from 5PM to 7PM on Wednesdays, starting on June 28 and going through August 9, for CAPS Night Out!
All of the 48th Ward and Edgewater is invited to come together with neighbors, family, friends and the Chicago Police Department this summer to play basketball, soccer, chalk and more!  There will be activities for kids and adults of all ages.

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.

  •  Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm at the Rowan Park Fieldhouse located at 11546 S. Ave. L, Chicago, IL
  •  Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Legler Branch Library located 115 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL

Creative Chicago’s 1st Citywide Swap Circle
Monday-Wednesday, August 7-9
CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll

Help out Chicagoland’s teachers and students. Clean out supply closets and swap amongst each-other, donate remaining items, and we’ll organize and offer these donated goods for free to teachers.
Click here for more information
Click here for most wanted items

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.
In person registration date for new players: Sun. 6/11 from 2 – 4 pm at Rogers Park Fieldhouse, corner of Rockwell & Jarlath. If you miss this, it’s not too late, you can register online and submit child’s proof of age separately.
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 events
Writing 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

CSB selects Care for Real as EdgeFest beneficiary
Chicago Spirit Brigade will have four performances at Edgefest with two on Saturday, August 5th, and two on Sunday, August 6th. Be sure to spot the red buckets to make your charitable donation! 125% of what CSB raises at these 4 performances will go to Care for Real! And we’ve found a matching donor to help extend the $$ raised at the events.
Performance Times:  Sat., Aug. 5th 1:30pm (North Stage) & 3:30pm (South Stage)  and Sun., Aug.  6th 3:00pm (South Stage) & 4:30pm (North Stage)

Care for Real Annual School Drive Kicks Off
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
Andersonville First Fridays Feast & Fête
Friday, August 4
Olive Ave
Click here for more information

Elevando La Comunidad
Saturday, August 5
Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth
Click here for more information

Igor Does My Bike: Free Bike Tune-Up
Sunday, August 6
Unity Lutheran Church and Community Center, 1212 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information

Martini Fundraiser Benefiting Buttercup Park
Sunday, August 6
Marty’s Martini Bar, 1511 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information

Creative Chicago’s 1st Citywide Swap Circle
Monday-Wednesday, August 7-9
CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll
Click here for more information

Andersonville Dinner Crawl
Wednesday, August 9
Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark
Click here for more information

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

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

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

Teen Dance Workshop
Tuesday, August 29
Community Room, Edgewater Branch Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway
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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