Weekly Update from Your Alderman – December 8, 2017

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December 8, 2017

Dear Neighbor,

Congratulations to the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce on their fantastic Holiday Mixer last night at the Colvin House. This annual event raises funds to support their important work to promote and uplift businesses in our community.

Earlier this week I attended a celebration of the lighting of 13 new historic-styled streetlights on Sheridan Road in front of the Edgewater Beach Apartments.Replacing lights that had long been non-functioning, these new LED lights provide lighting to add to the safety and beauty of this area of our community. Thank you to the Edgewater Beach Apartments Board of Directors for this investment in our community.

On Monday, Chicago Bears Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski came to Toys Et Cetera in Andersonville to help Care for Real kick off their annual holiday toy drive. Thank you to all of the neighbors who came out to donate toys for children in need in our community. Care for Real is an anchor organization in our community, providing food, clothing, and other crucial services to those who need it. If you are looking to give back this holiday season – or at any time of the year – I recommend reaching out to Care for Real to see how you can support their work. Click here for more information about Care for Real.

This Saturday, December 9, 11am – 4pm, is the third annual Holiday Remix craft show at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. This show features work by local artists made from reused and repurposed materials, as well as hands-on creative workshops for attendees. Click here for more information. Throughout the holiday shopping season, Gallery 1070, 1070 W. Granville, is a hosting a Holiday Boutique featuring gifts and art made by local artists. Click here for more information about Gallery 1070’s Holiday Boutique.

There are two opportunities this weekend to support local schools at local businesses:

  • Peirce Day at Edge of Sweetness – Edge of Sweetness, 6034 N. Broadway, is donating a portion of all today’s sales to a scholarship fund to help send middle schoolers from Peirce Elementary School on a field trip to Washington DC. Click here for more details.
  • 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.

Congratulations to Loyola University Men’s Basketball team on their victory over Florida earlier this week. This was the Ramblers’ first win against a Top 10 ranked team in over 30 years. Join us on Saturday, Jan. 13, for 48th Ward Day to watch Loyola Men’s Basketball team face Bradley University. See below for more information.

Have a great weekend and Happy Hannukah to those who celebrate.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

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.

1436 W. Berwyn Ave. Update

I am happy to announce that the sale of the historic building at 1436 W. Berwyn has gone through and a family who intends to restore the property to a single-family home and live there is in full ownership. Neighbors were instrumental in preserving this 110 year-old building, after a developer had purchased the property with a plan to redevelop it as a 6-unit condo building. After the community came out in overwhelming opposition to the plan to take down the building, the owner put the building back on the market. Thank you to everyone who came together to preserve the historic character of this part of our community.

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.

Schools and Youth UpdateMovie 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
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 PreK-8 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 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.

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

Seminar Speaker(s):

  • Steve Prostran, Office of the Illinois Secretary of State
  • Dr. William Gardner, Illinois State Coordinator, AARP Driver Safety

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

#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.
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.

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.

Weekly Pig Roast Kick-off at Pork Shoppe

Saturday, December 9, 5pm
$20 per person

Come out to Pork Shoppe, 5721 N. Clark, for a pig roast. Tickets include all you can eat pork, collard greens, and coleslaw. For more information, call Pork Shoppe at 773-654-1800.

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.

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 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.

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
Edgewater Branch Events

Welcome Vegetarian Exhibit! For the month of December we are hosting an exhibit about the health and environmental benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle on the 2nd floor of the Library. We will also be showing the film, What the Health on Sat, Dec 9, at 2 pm.

The library is celebrating the OBOC choice, I’ll Take You There, a biography of Mavis Staples and her family by Greg Kot.  We will host a book discussion on Sat, Dec 9th at 10 am in partnership with the Edgewater Historical Society.

Since we now have a new movie license (thanks to the Friends of the Edgewater Library) we have expanded the Monday Matinee programs. We are also going to do the annual Bah Humbug film festival, so join us for popcorn and great films!

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

  • December 11: Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them. It opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.  2016, 133 minutes, rated PG-13
  • 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

This Sunday: Lady Gregory’s Annual CFR Toy Drive With Santa
Come visit Santa at Lady Gregory’s, 5260 North Clark, this Sunday, December 10, 6pm-7pm, and drop off a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need.  Photographer Angie Garbot will be on-site and taking complimentary pix!

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.

Tax Prep Chicago Seeks Volunteers
As the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services gets ready to launch the City’s 2018 Tax Prep Chicago free income tax preparation and assistance program, please volunteering to be part of this vitally important project. In 2017, Tax Prep Chicago volunteers produced $30 million in tax refunds and credits for more than 20,000 Chicago families and individuals.

Tax Prep Chicago would not be possible without the dedication of the over 2,000 volunteers trained and IRS-certified by our non-profit partners in this program – Center for Economic Progress and Ladder Up.

The four- to nine-hour tax training is free. Volunteers are only asked to commit from 12-25 hours of their time serving clients at tax sites. Volunteering to be a trained and certified tax preparer is a unique and highly impactful way to help fellow Chicagoans and give back to your community.  As one volunteer points out: “There’s nothing more rewarding than getting someone a tax refund who really, really needs the money… when you’re done, you feel great!”

Putting these extra dollars in the pockets of low- and moderate-income Chicagoans has a direct impact on their lives and also infuses millions of dollars into our City’s economy, sustains our small businesses and strengthens our neighborhoods.

Click here for more information about Tax Prep Chicago.

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.
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

Sing We Now! Edgewater Singers Concert
Saturday, Dec. 9
St. Gertrude’s Church, 1420 W. Granville
Click here for more information

St. Lucia Day Procession
Wednesday, Dec. 13
Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Northside Housing & Supportive Services Open House
Thursday, Dec. 14
Uptown Men’s Shelter, 941 W. Lawrence

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

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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