Weekly Update from Your Alderman – December 15, 2017

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December 15, 2017

Dear Neighbor,

This week students from Chicago Friends School joined me at City Hall for the final City Council meeting of the year. Students had an opportunity to meet Mayor Emanuel, sit in on a portion of the Council meeting, and take a tour of City Hall. I also spent some time answering their questions about the community and City government.

Please join me on Tuesday, December 19, 4pm, for the annual 48th Ward Holiday Showcase at Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood. We will have music and dance performances from local schools and organizations, including the Misericordia Heartbreakers, Gus Giordano Jazz Dancers, and groups from Hayt, Peirce, Rickover, Senn, and Swift schools. This event brings our community together in a positive way, and highlights the diverse talents among the youth who live here. I hope you’ll join us.

Next week our office will volunteer at Care for Real during their Holiday Toy Drive Distribution. If you would like to donate any toys, books, or winter outdoor gear for us to bring with us, we are still collecting items at our office, 5533 N. Broadway. Click here to learn more about the important work Care for Real does in our community.

This weekend there are two opportunities for children to get their photos taken with Santa. The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce’s Northside North Pole event tomorrow will transform Bryn Mawr into the North Pole. Businesses will offer free treats and holiday activities for kids, Santa and his elves will lead a parade from the CTA station, carolers will perform on the street, and The Lytle House (5517 N. Broadway) will host photos with Santa! On Sunday, Steep Theatre will host an open house with Santa in their rehearsal space at 1113 W. Berwyn from 3-5:30pm. Both events will be accepting donations for Care for Real’s Holiday Toy Drive as well.

Please remember to shop local this holiday season. The Andersonville Chamber of Commcerce has created helpful Holiday Gift Guides for everyone on your list — click here to check them out. Uptown United has provided guides for local shopping, local itineraries, and even local giving! Click here to learn more about how to keep it local in Uptown this holiday season. If you’re interested in gifting more experiences this year, take a look at the Edgewater Theatre District page and consider giving a loved one a subscription to enjoy fantastic local art throughout the year. And if you’re looking for something uniquely Edgewater, stop by Edgewater Artists in Motion’s Holiday Boutique at Gallery 1070, 1070 W. Granville, featuring locally handmade goods.

Have a great weekend and Happy Hannukah to those who are celebrating.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

2018 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program

If you are interested in participating in this year’s sidewalk improvement program, please send the following information to harry@48thward.org no later than Thursday, January 4, 2018: Name, address, phone number, mailing address (if different than home address), Senior Citizen Y/N

Please note that signing up for this program does no automatically include you in the program. In the Spring, you will receive an invoice in the mail with instructions on how to pay and only after payment has been received, then your address will be added to the list for new sidewalks, to be installed sometime late Summer/Fall of 2018.

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.

Kenmore Water Main Project – Between Berwyn and Bryn Mawr

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 January 2, 2018. No Parking signs will be posted one week in advance, crews plan to leave one travel lane open during construction. If you would like to be added to an email list to receive detailed updates about this project, please email harry@48thward.org and let us know.

Public Safety Update

Tips to keep your packages safe:

  • Track your items when the information is available, to know when they are due to be deliviered
  • If you will not be home to receive your package, ask a neighbor to watch for the delivery truck and give them permission to take possession of the item until you return home
  • Avoid letting deliveries sit out in the open on your porch or door steps
  • Consider adding a surveillance device to catch deliveries when they occur, so that you can notify a neighbor to help you, or to help catch a thief in the act of taking the parcels
  • Keep your doors locked, even when you are home

Click here for additional tips.
Click here for tips on staying safe when shopping online.

Schools and Youth UpdateCPS Parent University Kick-Off
Thursday, December 21, 10am
Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth
Click here for more information

Peirce Honeybaked Ham Fundraiser

Check out our Peirce Elementary’s HoneyBaked Ham fundraiser! Go to honeybakedfundraising.com/fundraisers/friends_of_peirce and purchase a Honeybaked Ham gift card and 20 percent of the sale goes to Friends of Peirce. Gift cards can be redeemed nationwide! They have so much more than just ham, including catering and boxed lunches, delicious lunch items like soups and sandwiches as well as turkey and sides. You can share the link with your friends and family to help fundraise for our art partnerships at Peirce!

Our friends at the Ashland and Diversey store have given us a coupon for a free lunch for your family when you redeem your gift card and this will be e-mailed to you after your gift card purchase.  Thank you for supporting Peirce with this delicious fundraiser.  

Northside Catholic Academy Applications Now Available for 2018-19
Northside Catholic Academy is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Applications are available online. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA offers a challenging and diversified curriculum that includes Spanish, Technology, Art, Music, and Physical Education. NCA offers half-day and full-day Early Learning classes starting at age three, and a top-ranked K-8 academic program. The Early Learning Center offers a child-centered approach focused on learning through play and hands-on activities. Onsite extended care is available from 6:30am to 6:00pm, as well as a variety of After School Enrichment classes. Need-based Guardian Angel Scholarships are also available. To learn more or to schedule a tour call 773-743-6277 ext. 207.

Senior UpdateEdgewater 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.

Edgewater Village encourages reading, laughing

Edgewater Village, one of the sponsors of the No Book Club, is co-sponsoring an evening No Book Club beginning Tues., Jan. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Edgewater Library.  Just talk for a few minutes about a book you’re currently reading or recently read. Click here for flyer. The next daytime No Book Club meeting will be 2-3 p.m.at the library on Monday, Jan. 22.

We’ll have you laughing out loud at the LOL Club beginning Monday, Jan. 22.  The first meeting will be 1- 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, on the second floor of the Edgewater Library.  Admission: at least one joke or funny story. Click here for flyer.

Holiday Bingo
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2-3:30pm
Bethany Retirement Community, 4950 N. Ashland
Click here for details

​Project Connect​CJE ​Senior Life​ ​wants ​ to help isolated adults in the community by matching up people with a friendly calle​r/visitor. The volunteers will be trained by CJE staff and will call ​an older adult who i​s​ isolated. The relationship can evolve into a visit ​if the older adult ​and volunteer agree to meeting in person.

​Please see flyers for details and how to become a volunteer or if you know someone who could use this service.​
Click here to view Friendly Caller flyer.
Click here to view Friendly Caller FAQ.

Parks Update

Roller Skate with Santa
Friday, December 15
Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 N. Marine
Click here for more information

Martinis That Matter – Berger Park Fundraiser
Sunday, December 17
Marty’s Martini Bar, 1511 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information

Margate Park is offering winter camp during the Chicago Public Schools Winter Break! Click here for more information.

#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.
  • Gus Giordano Dance School Coat Drive – Gus Giordano Dance School and The Gus Giordano Jazz Legacy Foundation are collecting donations of winter coats for a Libby Elementary school in the Englewood neighborhood. Most of the children at Libby Elementary do not own a coat. The goal is to collect a new coat for every child at the school, around 550 children. For those interested in helping, coats in sizes 6-14 are needed and can be dropped off through December 18 at Gus Giordano Dance School, 5230 N Clark St, Chicago. Drop off times are Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm and Saturday 9am-3pm.
48th Ward Holiday Showcase

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 4-5:30pm
Senn Hall, 5900 N. Glenwood

Main Entrance #4 – Doors open at 3:30pm
Click here for more information

A program of Music, Theater, and Dance, featuring performances by Peirce, Swift, and Hayt Elementary Schools, Senn Arts, Rickover Naval Academy, Dream Big Performing Arts, Misericordia Heartbreakers, and Gus Giordano Jazz Dance.

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 HouseFirehouse 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 melissa@edgewater.org.

48th Ward Days at Loyola University Basketball

Kids’ Day at Women’s Basketball
Friday, Dec. 22, Noon
Gentile Arena, 6511 N. Sheridan

Come out to support the Loyola Ramblers as they face UIC. All kids under 14 can get in for free!

48th Ward Night at Men’s 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.

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
No Book Club expands; begins evening meeting Jan. 9

Friends of the Edgewater Library, one of the sponsors of the No Book Club, is co-sponsoring an evening No Book Club beginning Tues., Jan. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Edgewater Library.  Just talk for a few minutes about a book you’re currently reading or recently read. Click here for flyer. The next daytime No Book Club meeting will be 2-3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, at the library.Edgewater Branch Events

Monday Matinees ( 2 pm in the 2nd floor Community Room)

  • December 18: Hacksaw Ridge. We will be showing the 2016 film, Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield.  This film presents the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. 139 minutes, Rated R

Bah Humbug Film Festival (everyday at 2 pm in the 2nd floor Community Room)

  • December 27:  Sicario.  After an idealistic FBI agent is recruited by a government task-force official to pursue a drug lord, she begins a perilous mission that forces her to question everything she believes, and pits her against a shadowy consultant with a dangerous agenda.  2015, 121 minutes, rated R
  • December 28:  Spotlight  When the newspaper’s tenacious Spotlight team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment.  2015, 129 minutes, rated R
  • December 29:  The Danish Girl. The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.  Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.  2015, 120 minutes, rated R
  • December 30:  Black Mass. In 1970s South Boston, FBI agent John Connolly persuades Irish mobster Jimmy Bulger to collaborate with the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob.  2015, 120 minutes, rated R

We also have our regular monthly programs of Knitting, Chess and a Writing Workshop. For more info visit the library’s Event’s Page.

Care For Real Update

Call Bar Hosts Annual Holiday Show, Sept. 16
Ashley Morgan presents…Holiday Hoopla benefiting Care For Real at Call Bar, 1547 West Bryn Mawr, Saturday, December 16, 9:30pm.  Cash donations collected at the door. Call Bar’s winter clothing drive, which also benefits Care For Real, is in full swing, so please bring in new or lightly used item of winter clothing.

Chicago Warming Centers

During the winter months, the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Warming Centers inside of the City’s six Community Service Centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. Additional City facilities including libraries, police stations or other structures might be made available after hours, on weekends, or on holidays, as conditions warrant.

Chicago’s seniors can stay warm when they use our 21 Senior Centers during their regular weekday activities.

To learn the location of the closest available Warming Center at any given time, call 311.

Click here to view an informational flyer in English
Click here to view an informational flyer in Spanish
Click here to view an informational flyer in Polish

Chicago Month of Code
What: Month of Code

When: December 4 – January 8
Where: ChicagoCodes.org
Who: Youth and families citywide
Cost: FREE 
Coding can be fun and easy this winter with Mayor Emanuel’s citywide Month of Code Challenge. Sponsored by Chicago City of Learning, Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Emanuel, from December 4 to January 8, youth ages 4 – 24 (and their families) will have the opportunity to ‘become coders’ at a variety of venues across the city and on-line. Participating venues include Chicago Public Libraries, various City Colleges, all of CPS, 9 Chicago Housing Authority sites and a variety of community and cultural institutions.

That said, any and all can engage on-line.  All participants can earn ‘digital badges’ and be eligible for prizes. For a complete list of on-line and on-site activities, go to ChicagoCodes.org.

For more information, contact Marilyn Katz 312-953-1225 or Mkatz@mkcpr.com.

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:

  1. Open Enrollment is shorter than previous years – remember you only have until December 15th to shop around for plans!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
CTA Unveils New Ventra CardThe Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced the Ventra card is getting a makeover. New Ventra cards featuring a fresh new look will be available for sale starting Monday, Dec. 18. The new Ventra cards are also being mailed to customers who have previously registered their cards at ventrachicago.com and whose current cards are expiring.

The CTA has also begun a customer education outreach effort on the replacement of expiring cards. The first Ventra cards, issued in 2013 when the Ventra fare payment system was initially launched, are now nearing expiration and will need to be replaced.

The Ventra fare payment system in 2014 replaced CTA’s obsolete fare payment method with a modern, account-based system that provides transit customers the ability to conveniently purchase fares and ride CTA, Metra and Pace.

New Ventra cards available Dec. 18

The Ventra card’s new design is inspired by the Ventra “V”, featuring a repetition of geometric triangles to create a pattern in varied hues of blue, a nod to Lake Michigan. These new cards will work exactly like existing Ventra cards and provide the same great account functionality and flexibility that transit customers enjoy today.

CTA expects to begin stocking the new cards as of Dec. 18 in Ventra vending machines, at more than 1,000 retail outlets where Ventra is sold, and to customers who purchase new Ventra cards by phone or online.

Expiring Ventra cards

The first Ventra cards, issued in 2013, will begin to expire Dec. 31, 2017 through 2022. As a courtesy to customers, Ventra will send email notifications to registered customers two months before their cards expire. The email notifications will ask customers to confirm their current mailing address so they can receive their free replacement card through the mail.

Customers who tap their cards at Ventra vending machines (located at all rail stations) will also receive expiration notifications.

Tips for Ventra customers on how to obtain a new card

  • If you haven’t already, register your card at ventrachicago.com with your current address and a new card will be mailed to you for free.
  • Registering allows customers to manage their accounts via the Ventra app or online, protects balances if cards are lost or stolen, allows for the setup of autoload of unlimited-ride passes or transit value, provides account notifications and more.
  • If you’ve already registered your Ventra card but have moved since 2013, be sure that Ventra has your current address by logging into your account on ventrachicago.com, via the Ventra app or by calling customer service at (877) 669-8368.
  • Because customers who do not register their Ventra cards will lose unused balances on their account once the card expires, CTA strongly recommends customers to register their cards ahead of time.

Ventra prepaid debit to be discontinued

The new Ventra cards will no longer offer the prepaid debit account feature that was an option when the system launched in 2013. After analyzing customer preferences and habits, CTA determined that there wasn’t significant demand for this feature in part because of the numerous prepaid debit products in the marketplace and electronic payment options like Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, which have become more accessible and provide consumers with increased financial options, including the ability to pay their Ventra fares.

The prepaid debit functionality will cease to be available as of Dec. 31, 2017. Customers who have opened prepaid debit accounts as a part of their Ventra accounts are being offered the ability to transfer funds to new prepaid debit cards offered by Money Network, which has administered the prepaid debit feature for Ventra. Customers can spend down their prepaid balances, transfer their funds to a new prepaid debit card or have their funds returned to them via check from Money Network.

For more information about the new Ventra cards and to learn more about Ventra, visit ventrachicago.com.

Holiday Boutique
December 8 to January 7
Thu & Fri 4-8pm; Sat & Sun 11am-6pm

Gallery 1070, 1070 W. Granville Avenue

This Holiday Season, forget “mainstream” and “commercial”. Shop local and give your loved ones the Gift of Art!
Gallery 1070’s Holiday Boutique offers curated selection of handmade objects that make for wonderfully thoughtful and unique gifts: Prints | Cards | Jewelry | Painted Eggs | Mittens & Scarves | Hand Sewn Purses | Hand Sewn Folk Art Baby Blankets | Mosaic Tiles | Painted Tiles | Ceramics | Original Paintings | Painted Gardening Pots | Furniture…and more. www.gallery1070.com
Gus Holiday Show
Friday, December 15
Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood
Click here for more information

Gus Giordano Dance School and Senn High School Dancers are performing a FREE Holiday Show for all ages. All donations from the show go toward purchasing additional coats for the children at Libby Elementary.

Tracy Poyser PhotoART Holiday Sale
Sunday, Dec. 17
Bethany Retirement Community, 4950 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

Santa to visit Steep Theatre
Sunday, Dec. 17
Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn

Bring the kids to meet Santa and share the holiday spirit with Care for Real. Santa will be visiting Steep Theatre’s rehearsal space at 1113 W Berwyn. FREE

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

That’s Weird, Grandma: Holiday Stories
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performances December 4-23
Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

Help Santa Go Green – A Play About Sustainability
Performances December 20-23
Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

The Holiday Radio Show
By Three Cat Productions
Performances through December 30
Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Selected by the Chicago Tribune as one of “the best bets of the season in theater”. This all-female cast will transport you back to 1942 for an electrifying twist on all your holiday favorites. With music so hot, it’ll have you jumping out of your seat saying “WE CAN DO IT!”  Find out why audiences are calling the show “wonderful” and “excellent”.

Burning Bluebeard
By The Neo-Futurists and The Ruffians
Performances December 27-31
Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
By Black Button Eyes Productions
Performances January 5-28
The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Nice Girl
By Raven Theatre
Performances January 24 – March 11
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

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

Copyright © 2017 Harry Osterman – 48th Ward Alderman, All rights reserved.

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