Streets & Sanitation Updates
Street Sweeping Services Extended
The Department of Streets & Sanitation announced this week that street sweeping services will continue through Friday, December 8. The heavy snow last Friday brought down a lot of leaves, and this extended service will help ensure catch basins and sewers are clear of debris.
Our targeted additional street sweeping dates, weather permitting:
- Friday, December 1 & Monday, December 4 – Zone 9
- Tuesday, December 5 & Wednesday, December 6 – Zone 10
- Thursday, December 7 & Friday, December 8 – Zone 1
In the event of snow on any of these dates, street sweeping may be cancelled. For a ward map outlining street sweeping zones, click here. For more information on street sweeping in the City of Chicago, click here.
Yard Waste Pickup
With the late leaf drop, there are a lot of bags of yard waste going out in the alleys. Please call or email our office (773-784-5277 or email@example.com) to report when you put your yard waste out to ensure it is picked up.
Community Meeting: Planned Water Main Project in 48th Ward
Please join us for a community meeting with the Department of Water Management to learn more about a planned water project on Kenmore between Bryn Mawr and Berwyn. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 11, 6:30pm, at Epworth Church, 5253 N. Kenmore. The Department of Water Management plans to install approximately 2,002 feet of 8-inch water main on Kenmore between Bryn Mawr and Berwyn, beginning early January, 2018. Please try to attend this informative meeting. Click here for more information.
Women: Information for Inspiration
Wednesday, Dec. 6
St. Andrew’s Church, 5649 N. Sheridan
Join us for an event for women to share life and career journeys and learn about services and support. This event is sponsored by Sen. Heather Steans, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Rep. Greg Harris, Ald. Harry Osterman.
Panel discussions will include:
- Starting and Running Your Own Business: Tips and Trick from Local Female Entrepreneurs
- Succeeding in Your Field: A Conversation with Women Who Have Made It
Exhibitors will include: Domestic Violence Prevention, Healthcare Organizations, Legal/Legislative Groups, Senior Women’s Groups, Childcare Organizations, Financial Literacy, Housing Organizations, Education/Training, and more.
Click here for more information.
Sheridan Road Historic Streetscape Lighting
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 5:30pm
Edgewater Beach Apartments, 5555 N. Sheridan
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Edgewater Beach Apartments is pleased to announce the installation of thirteen new streetlights along the 5500 block of North Sheridan Road. The new lights are designed to harmonize with the surrounding neighborhood lighting and the historic building they help illuminate. They were selected to replace the old, non- functional lights and new wiring was necessary in order to put them in place. The lights provide attractive LED illumination and add to the appeal as well as to the security of the area along the arcade of the Edgewater Beach Apartments.
A ceremonial lighting of the new lamps will take place on December 6 at 5:30 pm. Alderman Osterman has graciously agreed to join in the celebration. FREE hot chocolate will be served in front of the arcade shops at 5555 Sheridan Road to celebrate the occasion and to draw attention to this community service. EBA welcomes shareholders, neighbors, and bus riders to join in until the hot chocolate is gone!
The purchase and installation of the lights was paid for by the shareholders of Edgewater Beach Apartments. The ongoing cost of the electricity will also be paid for by shareholders. EBA is pleased and proud to contribute to the beauty and safety of our Edgewater neighborhood and to North Sheridan Road.
Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer
Thursday, December 7, 6pm
Colvin House, 5940 N. Sheridan
Tickets and more information: holidaymixer2017.bpt.me
The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer is our annual fundraiser and end-of-the-year celebration. This event is a little different each year, but a few things remain constant: great food and drinks, wonderful company, and a legendary silent auction!
#AlwaysAndersonville – Local Holiday Pledge
Named the ‘local’ capital of Chicago, Andersonville has always been a fantastic holiday shopping and dining destination. This season, we are excited to launch the #AlwaysAndersonville campaign, blending the support of local businesses with unique Andersonville experiences.
Discover why residents, shoppers, and visitors choose Andersonville to shop, dine, live, and thrive year-round. #AlwaysAndersonville means that in a world of online shopping and Amazon takeovers, you are committing to choose differently; to shop small, shop local, and to support your community. Will you take the pledge? Click here for more information.
Winter Supply Drives
The 48th Ward office, 5533 N. Broadway, is a collection point for a number of charitable supply drives this winter:
- Holiday Coat Drive – Sponsored by State Representative Kelly Cassidy, State Senator Heather, and Ald. Osterman, we will be collecting new or gently used winter jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves to be distributed to families in Edgewater and Rogers Park. This drive runs through December 21, 2018.
- Women’s Supply Drive – Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer is collecting supplies for Cook County Sheriff’s Women’s Justice Program. Accepted items include: travel-size shampoo, conditioner, & lotion; full-size bars of soap; small combs; white socks; composition notebooks; and cards with stamped envelopes. This drive runs through January 30, 2018.
- McCutcheon Coat and Gift Drive – McCutcheon Elementary School, 4865 N. Sheridan, is collecting gently used winter coats and gear for students. The school is also collecting gifts students can wrap and give to their parents. Suggested gift items include bath items, jewelry, and household goods. This drive runs through December 8. Call 773.534.2680 for more information.
- Double Bubble Coat Drive for Swift School – Double Bubble, 6036 N. Broadway, will collect coats from Dec. 3-9 to benefit Swift Elementary School students. On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 6-9pm, there will be drink specials for people who bring 2 or more coats. Click here for more details.
Art Showcase in the 48th Ward Office – “I Carry My Home”
Our office fell upon an artist who, as an immigrant herself, created a series of paintings documenting the Syrian Refugee experience – 3 of which have been on display in the office for a while. Beginning on Friday December 15 for one month, she will be exhibiting the full series of paintings in the 48th Ward conference room at 5533 N. Broadway.
Artist Yu Huang will be available from 5:30 – 7:00pm on Friday December 15 to talk about her experience and her paintings. All are invited to attend the opening event and of course, visit the office anytime during open hours to view the full exhibit. Visit Ms. Huang’s website (www.yuhuangart.com) for more information.
Lions Club Recycle for Sight Program
Throughout the year, Lions collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact.Donate glasses and change someone’s life. Imagine if you could help a child read, an adult succeed in his job or a senior maintain her independence – and provide a community with more opportunities to grow and thrive.
Please drop off your used eyeglasses at our office, 5533 N. Broadway
Senior UpdatesEdgewater Village Events
Interested in a movie with light refreshments? Would you like to hear about winter traditions or folk music? Perhaps you would like to help create holiday cards for homebound seniors. Mark your calendars to attend these free activities sponsored by Edgewater Village; all are welcome. Click here for more information.
Elder Justice Center Workshops
Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for the last Senior Enrichment Seminar scheduled in 2017 to be held on Friday, December 8th, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois on the Concourse Level in Room CL-115. Topics to include:
- Traffic Court process and procedures
- Safe driving tips
- Guidelines for renewing your driver’s license
- Parking program for persons with disabilities
- Steve Prostran, Office of the Illinois Secretary of State
- Dr. William Gardner, Illinois State Coordinator, AARP Driver Safety
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2-3:30pm
Bethany Retirement Community, 4950 N. Ashland
Click here for details
School & Youth News
Youth Open Mic Night
Join 48th Ward Youth for our first Open Mic Night on December 1st at the Edgewater & Uptown Community Space (4956 N Sheridan). Ages 12-18 are welcome! Free entry for audience and performers, great prizes, and free snacks. Musical/Spoken word performances of all kind are welcome- a piano is available on location.
Performer sign-up begins at 5 PM, with the event beginning at 6 PM. Email Taylor@48thward.org or call 773-784-5277 for more information.
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Rickover Naval Academy Annual Holiday Concert
Friday, December 1, 7pm
Senn High School Auditorium, 5900 N. Glenwood
Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for Veterans, Senoirs 55 and older and children 12 and under
Families Together Coop Nursery School Annual Toy & Clothing Swap
Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m. to noon
Founder’s Hall, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale Ave.
Each year, we offer our annual toy & clothing swap as an opportunity to pass on gently used children’s clothing, toys, and equipment that you no longer need and get some “new to you” items. You do not need to donate to the swap to “shop” and everything at the swap is completely free. All items left after the swap will be donated to charity.
Donations needed! To make the swap a success, we need lots of great donations of clean, gently used children’s clothing, toys, and equipment! Donated items can be left in the church basement weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (on/under the tables on the north side of the room). If you need to drop off at a different time please contact Kate Brenner at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Movie Night: Home Alone
Friday, December 8
Doors at 5:45pm; Movie starts at 6:00pm
Swift Elementary, 5900 N. Winthrop Ave.
Free (donations accepted), Concessions (popcorn, candy, drinks) are cash only
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Click here for more information
Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarships for 2018-19 School Year: Informational Meeting December 12, 6:30pm, Northside Catholic Academy
Through the Invest in Kids Act, the state of Illinois has created a new way to fund scholarships for children from low-income households who want to attend private schools. The tax credit scholarships offered through this program could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and fees for eligible students in grades K-8. Applications will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, and will be available January 2, 2018. Northside Catholic Academy is an eligible private school. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA serves the parishes and communities of Andersonville, Edgewater, Rogers Park, and West Ridge. Program details are still being finalized, but interested families are invited to attend an informational meeting at Northside Catholic Academy on Tuesday, December 12, at 6:30pm at NCA’s Primary School Campus located at 6216 N. Glenwood Ave. Attendees will learn more about the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship application process and the admissions process at Northside Catholic Academy. To RSVP, contact Melissa Soberanes at 773-743-6277.
Northside Catholic Academy Hosts Admissions Open house December 6
Great learning and discovery starts at Northside Catholic Academy. Discover what makes NCA a Blue Ribbon School at the next Admissions Open House December 6, 9am, at the Primary School Campus, 6216 N. Glenwood Ave. Tour classrooms, meet administration, and talk with parents and teachers. NCA offers a challenging and diversified curriculum for grades PreK-8, that includes Spanish, Technology, Art, Music and Physical Education. NCA’s Early Learning Center includes flexible half-day and full-day options starting at age three. The Early Learning curriculum offers a child-centered approach focused on learning through play and hands-on activities. Onsite extended care and summer camp are available. To RSVP, contact Melissa Soberanes at 773-743-6277. Applications for the 2018-19 school year are available online.
Edgewater Reads Update
Holiday Host Meeting
Join Edgewater Reads for their 3rd annual holiday host meeting at the Edgewater Library in the community room from 12 PM – 1 PM on December 2nd! Meet fellow little free library hosts, share stories from your experience hosting, and hear about what the Edgewater Reads team is all about! Click here for more information.
ACA Open Enrollment
The ACA Insurance Open Enrollment season is in effect. The ACA Marketplace is open for business! You can now shop for the best insurance plan for you and your family.
Illinois residents have from now until December 15th to shop for plans – don’t wait, don’t be late!
You can go to www.getcovered.illinois.gov or call (866) 311-1119 to get more information about what plans are available and to sign up to get help enrolling.
Here are a few things to keep in mind during this Open Enrollment season:
- Open Enrollment is shorter than previous years – remember you only have until December 15th to shop around for plans!
- Financial assistance is available! This year, 8 in 10 people qualified for help paying premiums – and most could find coverage for between $50 and $100 a month.
- Cost-free assistance to help you enroll is also available. You can get free, expert help by phone or in-person to help you learn about and compare your options.
- Even if you’re already enrolled in an ACA insurance plan, make sure you shop around. You may be able to save money by shopping around and avoid being in a plan that doesn’t work for you. But you must act by December 15th.
- Having insurance, even for the young and healthy, is extremely important. You can get coverage that provides essential health benefits and caps your out-of-pocket costs – with no annual or lifetime limits. Plus, if you don’t have coverage, you could face a penalty of $695.
10th Annual World AIDS Day Performance
World AIDS Day is Friday, December 1, and this year marks the 10thannual World AIDS Day Performance benefiting Alexian Brothers’ Bonaventure House, the Lakeview residential care facility for those living with HIV/AIDS. All are welcome to the 7pm performance at Church of the Atonement, 5749 North Kenmore Avenue. Admission is free. Voluntary donations support the work of Bonaventure House, providing services to help guide residents to stable housing and independent living. A reception with light refreshments will be held following the performance. For directions and more information, contact Church of the Atonement at 773-271-2727 or churchoftheatonement.org.
Black Out Dinners at 6018 North
Black Out Dinners is an experiential event, a three-course vegetarian dinner in the dark created by a chef and served by Chicago Lighthouseemployees. An exploration of the senses, these dinners continue 6018North’s mission of connecting people through intimate, transformative encounters. Black Out Dinners will be held at 7:00 pm December 1-3 to December 8-10 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For more information, please visit Eventbrite.
Chefs serving three-course vegetarian meals:
We will meet in 6018North’s first floor to view the menu and order wine in the light, and then be escorted to the dark ballroom upstairs. After the meal we will have dessert together downstairs and engage in a conversation led by the Chicago Lighthouse servers about the experience.
Click here for more information and to RSVP.
While you are here, you can visit the finished In Wood We Trust by the Chapuisat Brothers – which was created with support from last year’s dinners.
Generous support for the Black Out Dinners is provided inpart by EyeWantEyeWear and the Charleston Bar.
48th Ward Night at Loyola University Basketball
Saturday, Jan. 13, 7pm
Gentile Arena, 6511 N. Sheridan
Come out to support the Loyola Ramblers as they face the Bradley University Braves! Senn High School band will perform at the game, as well! Use code “48” for $5 tickets! Bring the whole family! Click here for tickets.
Northside Wedding Expo Accepting Vendor ApplicationsThe Edgewater Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Northside Wedding Expo on Sunday, April 15! Both vendors and couples will have the opportunity to meet and greet local, small business owners at three Edgewater venues: the newly re-opened Colvin House, Firehouse Chicago, and The Lytle House. Tickets will be available for purchase soon.
If you are interested in applying to be a vendor at the Northside Wedding Expo, please fill out the application below. Applications must be submitted by Friday, December 15th. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Melissa Franada at email@example.com.
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