Weekly Update from Your Alderman – February 2, 2018

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 February 2, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

This weekend the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is hosting their first ever Winter Sidewalk Sale, running today through Sunday, Feb. 4.The sale will take place indoors at participating businesses, featuring discounts on winter merchandise, special sales, and unique finds throughout the district. Bundle up and head to Clark St. with your family this weekend to enjoy this new event. Click here for more information.

Thank you to the neighbors who attended this week’s community meeting about upcoming renovations to Cedar Park. This year the park will undergo a $200,000 renovation project, that will include enhanced safety and play features. If you are interested in getting involved in this project, email cedarpac@gmail.com.

Earlier this week I visited Northside Catholic Academy third and fourth grade classes for Catholic Schools Week. I attended St. Gertrude’s for grade school, and it is always nice to visit my alma mater and hear from some of my youngest constituents. I look forward to hosting a group of NCA students at the next City Council meeting.

Chicago Restaurant Week (January 26 – February 8) is a great opportunity to try out restaurants you haven’t been to before. There are three 48th Ward restaurants participating this year: Big Jones (5347 N. Clark), Mango Pickle (5842 N. Broadway), and Revival Social Club (1133 W. Granville). Click here for more information about local restaurants participating in Chicago Restaurant Week.

Please join me next week for the second annual Unity Basketball Game at the McCormick Boys & Girls Club, 4835 N. Sheridan, on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:30pm. This game will bring Uptown youth and 20th District Chicago Police officers together in a positive way. As City Council reviews police reform options over the course of the year, community-level efforts like Wednesday’s game make a significant impact on strengthening relationships between communities and the police. Click here for more information.

Just 33 years ago the Chicago Bears released The Super Bowl Shuffle — check it out to get in the spirit for this weekend’s gameThere are a number of great bars in the community who will be screening the game. If you decide to order in, consider supporting one of the newest businesses in the ward: Wing Stop, 6024 N. Broadway.

Have a great weekend!


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Public Safety Update

Last weekend on Friday night, shots were fired near Berwyn and Winthrop. No one was injured. Police are investigating the incident. Reports have come in that known gang members were on the corner, which instigated the shots fired. I encourage anyone who lives in or around that area to call 911 if you see anything suspicious. My office is working to increase lighting near Cedar Playlot and on Berwyn Ave.

Free Smoke Detectors
Our office has smoke detectors available for neighbors who do not have one in their home. Please stop by the 48th Ward Office, 5533 N. Broadway, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm, to claim one. First come, first served.

2018 CAPS Beat Meetings Schedule
Click here to view the schedule for 20th District CAPS Beat meetings.
Click here to view the schedule for 24th District CAPS Beat meetings.
Not sure which beat you live in? Click here to find out. We will share 24th District meetings when available in an upcoming newsletter.

Kenmore Water Main Project – Between Berwyn and Bryn Mawr

Personal Drains & Catch Basins:

  • All Personal Drains and Catch Basins on the project are complete.

Main Installation:

  • This week crews at Kenmore & Balmoral crossed the intersection with 8” DI water main and setting a valve for future connection. When that is complete, all the water main for the project will be installed.

Pressure Test:

  • NPL made the source connection this week, and is Pressure Testing Bryn Mawr – Balmoral today.
  • Once pressure test passes, CTR will set up chlorination and water quality tests.

Next week, crews will be doing source connection for Balmoral – Berwyn which may result in loss of water service. Affected neighbors will be notified at least 24 hours before water shut-off.

About the project:
The Department of Water Management (DWM) and NPL Construction crew is installing 2,002 feet of new 8-inch water main in N. Kenmore Ave., from Bryn Mawr to Berwyn. The old water main dates back to 1889 and needs to be replaced. We expect the water main work to be completed by the end of March. Restoration of the street, sidewalk, and parkways will follow in mid-April. Dates may change depending on weather and other factors.

The Department of Water Management (DWM) and NPL (contractor conducting water main project) will give sufficient notice to buildings before any water service shut-off that is associated with the project. DWM has begun contacting property managers already, and if they haven’t reached out to your building yet, they will soon. Stephanie Gray, the resident engineer on the project with DWM, is on site every day and a great liaison between the community and the contractor.

The City requires a minimum of 24 hour notice before any planned shut-offs, however emergencies do happen, especially during the extreme weather we have been experiencing. NPL, DWM, and our office will do our best to give as much advance notice before shutoffs as possible.

Please contact our office with any questions/concerns/emergencies related to this project. 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.

Open House Meeting About Proposed Development

Developers are holding an open house meeting to discuss a proposed residential development at 5356 N. Sheridan Rd.
February 7, 2018
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Tedino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, 5335 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640
Drinks, pizza and appetizers will be provided to those who attend.
Argyle Lunar New Year Parade – Feb. 24, 1pmThe annual Argyle Lunar New Year Parade is a decades-old local tradition celebrating the start of the new Lunar Year. We hope you’ll join us as we kick off the Year of the Dog with music, colorful lion dances, entertainment, and more! Come along with a processional of local groups and floats starting at the Argyle “L” stop. Join Alderman Harry Osterman, Uptown United, and the Argyle business community for this special event!

Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration
Date: February 24, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Route: Parade will kick-off underneath the CTA Argyle red line station at 1:00 PM and will head east along Argyle St., south along Sheridan Rd., west along Ainslie St., and north along Broadway to Argyle St. 

Volunteers needed! The 48th Ward and Uptown United are looking for volunteer parade marshals for the parade. If you are interested in supporting this effort, please email PC Gooden-Smiley at pc@48thward.org.

A special thank you to the 20th Police District and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

The Viola Project at Hayt Elementary School
The Viola Project, a local organization that uses Shakespeare to empower young women, is doing a 10-week residency at Hayt Elementary School for the second year in a row. This time around the theme of their program is “Activism, Advocacy, & Allyship”. Click here to read more about their partnership at Hayt.
Uplifting Uptown – Coffee Meeting Territory Urban Design Team is hosting a coffee meeting on Saturday, Feb. 3, 11am – noon, 4956 N. Sheridan, to connect with the community about an upcoming public art installation. Territory works with local teens to give them voice, vision, and agency through urban design. Come out and “adopt the arrow” and help select a site for their upcoming installation. For more information, click here.
Schools and Youth Update

LSSI’s Winthrop Children’s Center Enrolling Students for Head Start Preschool in Uptown 

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) Winthrop Children’s Center, a Head Start preschool, in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, is enrolling children ages 2-5 for its full-day program. The Center’s hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Monday through Friday. Each child receives a teddy bear upon enrollment.

Located at 4848 N. Winthrop, Chicago, LSSI’s Winthrop Children’s Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The program helps prepare children for successful kindergarten transition and includes: qualified, degreed, bi-lingual staff who love to teach; computers in every classroom; free field trips; educational curriculum promoting kindergarten readiness; daily nutritious meals; playground; opportunities for parent involvement; and safe drop-off and parking. Children with special needs are welcome. LSSI’s Head Start programs are publicly funded (a co-payment is assessed based on family income). Child care subsidies are accepted.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, please contact Winthrop Children’s Center at (773) 878-3210 or visit our website (www.lssi.org/childrens-community/ccs-head-start-child-care.php) to learn more.

Upcoming Events at Swift School

Movie Night: Cars 3
Friday, February 9
Doors open at 5:45, Movie starts at 6:00
Admission is free (donations accepted). Concessions will be sold (cash only).
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1939387209712820/

Dining Out for Swift at Income Tax
Thursday, February 22
Income Tax, 5959 N. Broadway, is donating 10% of all sales to Swift School on Feb. 22.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/169337127149549/

Swift School Tour
Tuesday, February 27 – 8:30-10:00am
Meet Swift parents and Principal Cannella, tour our school, and learn about what Swift has to offer.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/670953446429490/Chicago Park District Teen Opportunity Fair
Saturday, Feb. 10
10am – 2pm
Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson

These fairs are an ideal opportunity for Chicago Teens, ages 13 to 19, to learn about programs and get information in the following fields: Recreation, Educational/Vocational Opportunities, and Job Readiness.

  • Learn about programs available throughout the Chicago area as well as the Chicago Park District.
  • Gain a variety of information on educational and/or vocational topics.
  • Get exposure to job readiness opportunities including interviewing skills and resume writing.
  • FREE
  • Click here for more information

Northside Catholic Academy Hosts Valentine’s Day Playdate Saturday, Feb 10, 10-11:30am
Parents and children ages 1 ½ -4 are invited to a morning of preschool fun! This is a great opportunity to meet other families in the neighborhood and to learn more about NCA’s Early Learning Center and admissions process. Event includes a Valentine’s craft, a story and playtime. The Parent-Tot Playdate will be held at NCA’s Primary School Campus at 6216 N. Glenwood from 10-11:30am. This is a free event. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Melissa Soberanes. This is not a drop off event. All children must be accompanied by a parent.

48th Ward Youth Open Mic Night
CALLING ALL YOUNG PERFORMERS! Are you the next big spoken word artist or rap star? Have you been working on a new step routine or have a talent to showcase? Join 48th Ward Youth for another Open Mic Night on February 23rd at the Edgewater & Uptown Community Space (4956 N Sheridan). Ages 12-18! All performing artists are welcome- a piano is available on location. FREE ENTRY!

Performer sign-up begins at 6 PM.
The show begins at 6:30 PM.
Email Taylor@48thward.org or call 773-784-5277 for more information.

Inspired Youth Seeks Tutors
Inspired Youth provides one-on-one tutoring/mentoring to low-income public school students on Chicago’s North Side. Altogether we serve around 100 youth ages 5-18. With educated adults or high school students as tutors, we focus on school homework and extra reading, writing, arithmetic which the program provides.  The goal is to give students the academic skills and emotional foundation to graduate from high school, go to college, and become productive citizens.

The Tutoring Program takes place at the Bezazian Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1226 W. Ainslie, between the Argyle and Lawrence el-stops, just west of Broadway.

Volunteer tutors are needed Wed., 3:30-5pm, and Thurs., 3:30-5pm, when we work with 1st through 4th graders.  We also need volunteers on Mondays, 6:30-7:50pm, when we work with 5th through 8th graders and a few high school students.

To learn more, visit www.inspiredyouthchicago.org or email inspiredyouth2@gmail.com.

Senior UpdateEdgewater Village Events
February may be the shortest month of the year, but Edgewater Village is loaded with interesting activities. For example, learn how to prevent falls, find out about climate change and the Paris Agreement, financial scams and end-of-life documents.  Theatre-goers may want to take advantage of a special rate ticket to “Franklinland” at the Jackalope Theatre on Feb. 18. (Details on the attached calendar of events.) If you have questions, contact edgewatervillagechicago@gmail.com or call (773) 382-0764.

Mark your calendars to attend these free activities sponsored by Edgewater Village; all are welcome. Click here for more information. Click here for schedule of upcoming events.

Senior Enrichment Seminars
Please mark your calendar and join us at the following two (2) February Senior Enrichment Seminars scheduled to be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St. in Courtroom 2005 on the dates indicated below:

Thursday, February 8, 2018
“Navigating Foreclosure:  What Happens When You Get Served With Foreclosure Papers”

Seminar Speaker(s): Honorable Freddrenna M. Lyle, Chancery Division, Circuit Court of Cook County; Attorney Joel Stopka, Chicago Legal Clinic

Thursday, February 22, 2018
“Long Term Care:  Who Will Pay?”

Seminar Speaker: Dave Lecik, Medicare Training Specialist, Illinois Department on Aging, Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

First Market Pop Up at First Sip Cafe12 local vendors, 2 music sets, BYOB, are you going to be there? Come hang out with us on Thursday, Feb. 8th 5-9PM for some pre-Valentine’s Day shenanigans!

WHAT: BYOB! Pop up market featuring local arts/crafts/food vendors with some one-night-only specialty drinks from First Sip Cafe.
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 8th, 2018 || 5-9PM
WHERE: First Sip Cafe || 1057 W. Argyle St.
Compathy @7PM // (compathyil.bandcamp.com || Twitter: @ compathyil)
Frenzi @8PM // (soundcloud.com/itsfrenzi || Insta: @ itsfrenzi)
– Mary Rose Homemade //Food (Web: maryrosehomemade.com || Insta: @ maryrosehomemade)
– PINTL + KEYT //Accessories (Web: pintlandkeyt.com || Insta: @ pintl_and_keyt)
– Cosmic Beach Consulting //Tarot Reading (Web:cosmicbeachconsulting.com)
– Gigi Designs //Jewelry
– TMpireInc //Book & Artisan Crafts (Web: mirrorinfluences.com || Insta: @ mirror_influence)
– Youth & Yarrow //Floral Designs (Web: youthandyarrow.com || Insta: @ youthandyarrow)
– Feathergoods //Accessories (Web: feathergoods.com || Insta: @ feather_goods)
– Custom Apparel by Charlie Glitch //Clothing
– Black Beauti Flow //Clothing (Web: blackbeautiflow2.com || Insta: blackbeautiflow)
– Ari Rose Body Care //Beauty & Personal Care (Web: arirosebodycare.com|| Insta: @ arirosebodycare)
– Argyle Museum of Memories //Living Museum (Web: argylememories.com)
– Bria Royal //Comic & Zines (FB: Black Girl Mania || Insta: @ fknroyal)

Chicago Restaurant Week at Revival Social ClubTaste the best of Revival Social Club with special prix-fixe dinner and brunch menus during Chicago Restaurant Week from January 26 to February 8! Dinner items include Champagne Battered Wisconsin Cheese Curds, Pan Seared Scallops, and Beef Tenderloin Medallions. For brunch, try our Banana Bread Bites and Waffle Sliders. Check out our complete menu here. Reservations recommended by calling us at 773-293-6435 or booking online.
Andersonville Winter Sidewalk Sale
Friday, February 2 – Sunday, February 4
11am-6pm daily (hours vary by business)This Groundhogs Day, the Andersonville Business Community will  embrace a “six more weeks until Spring” mentality with the first ever Winter Sidewalk Sale! The sale will take place indoors at each participating business (with some sidewalk expansion if the weather is nice!) featuring discounts on winter merchandise, special sales, and unique finds throughout the district spanning.

The Winter Sidewalk Sales also coincides with the monthly Andersonville First Friday series, with the sale officially kicking off Friday morning. Some businesses will even feature special FIRST FRIDAY ONLY offers and then change up their sale offer for Saturday and Sunday.

Click here for more information.

New Gardener Membership at Peterson Garden Project GardensThursday, February 1, 8am
WhereONLINE – registration opens February 1 at 8am
Questions: Email registration@petersongarden.org

Learn to grow your own food organically at Vedgewater with Peterson Garden Project! Register starting Feb. 1 to secure your membership at one of our Pop-Up Victory Gardens; garden plots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. More details can be found on our website.

Peterson Garden Project’s mission is to recruit, educate, and inspire everyone to grow and cook their own food, and our winter series of cooking and gardening classes is well underway. From compost to kombucha, seed swaps to homemade pasta, we’ve got something for everyone! See the full schedule of events and sign up on our website.

Excited about gardening, but can’t join us this year? Check out our book Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland: A month-by-month Growing Guide for Beginners to bloom wherever you may be planting. Purchase it now from Amazon.

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

Friends of the Edgewater Library Presents:Mark your calendars for Friday Fun Days

When’s the last time you played Clue or Scrabble? Join us to play board games 2-4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, in the second floor Community Room at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway.  On Friday, Feb. 2, we’ll enjoy putting together jig saw puzzles while socializing together over hot chocolate, tea and cookies.  This free weekly program for adults is co-sponsored by Friends of the Edgewater Library.

Friends of the Edgewater Library seeks Bingo prizes for Friday Fun Days

Each Friday afternoon, you’re invited to play Scrabble, Clue and other board games, relax by coloring and listening to music or other fun activities that change each week. Soon we’ll be offering Bingo games and are asking for your help in donating inexpensive new, re-gifted or handmade prizes. Do you have items that you won’t use, something in your gift box that would make a great prize or perhaps you would like to make a craft or a handmade item to donate?

Prize examples include notecards, toiletries, gift cards, arts and craft items, apparel such as socks, gloves or scarves, candles, office supplies and kitchen items. Please check your closets and drawers for suitable items that could go to a new home.  You may drop off your donations in the round container near the circulation desk on the first floor of the library until Feb. 28.  (You might consider donating used items to Care for Real, 5339 N. Sheridan, or any other organization that needs your donations.)  If you have questions about potential prizes, please email klinehan@chipublib.org.

Friends of the Edgewater Library co-sponsors Friday Fun Days for adults; activities are 2-4 p.m. each Friday in the Community Room on the second floor of the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway.

Upcoming Programs at Bezazian Library:

Tax Reform Basics for Individuals and Small Businesses with Andrea Karle
Tuesday, January 30, 1-2pm

Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis (book discussion)
Saturday, February 3, 2pm

All Ages Sing-A-Long with Old Town School of Folk Music Teaching Artists Mary Peterson and Linda Smith
Saturday, February 10, 11am-12pm

Also, there are Toddler Story Times on:
Tuesdays, January 23February 13 and February 27 at 10:30am
0-3 Mother Goose Story Times on:
Thursdays, January 18January 25February 1February 8February 15February 22 at 10:30am

Care For Real Update

THIS SATURDAY: 13th Annual Chili Contest at The SoFo Tap
The 13th Annual Chili Contest to Benefit Care for Real has a new home this year at The SoFo Tap, 4923 North Clark. Join us Saturday, January 27th, from 3-5:30 pm. For only $12, you can sample all our amazing chili entries and vote for your favorites! All proceeds will benefit Care for Real. Interested in being a contestant? Email: kfuller@umgchicago.com.

Sarah’s Circle Annual Winter Walk

Sarah’s Circle’s 26th Annual Winter Walk: a Mile in Her Shoes will take place on Sunday, February 18 from 1-3 pm at Truman College. Anyone is welcome to attend this free family friendly event with lunch provided. On any given night in Chicago, there are approximately 2,800 women who are homeless. Join on the 18th to learn more about what Sarah’s Circle does to help these women. Visit https://sarahs-circle.rallybound.org to donate or read more about this neighborhood tradition.

Click here for more information.

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

Community Bonfire
Wednesday, Feb. 7
Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine
Click here for more information
See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Cal in Camo
By Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Performances January 5 – February 17
Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge
Click here for more information

By Jackalope Theatre Co.
Performances January 8 – February 24
Jackalope Theatre, 5917 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Chicago New Work Festival
By Three Cat Productions
Performances January 13 – February 3
Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

By Steep Theatre
Performances January 19 – March 3
Steep Theatre,1115 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information

That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories for Change
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performances January 22 – February 19
Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland
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

Speech & Debate
By Brown Paper Box Co.
Performances Feb. 2 – March 4
Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Moon, Prism, Power! A Sailor Moon Musical
By Otherworld Theatre
Performances Feb. 10 – 18
Nox Arca Theatre, 4001 N. Ravenswood
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 © 2018 Harry Osterman – 48th Ward Alderman, All rights reserved.

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