Weekly Update from Your Alderman – February 23, 2018

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 February 23, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

I hope to see you all out tomorrow at the Argyle Lunar New Year Parade! It’s going to be an exciting day, see more details below.

Thank you to everyone who joined Goudy Principal Pamela Brandt and I at McDonald’s last Friday to support the fundraiser for Goudy School. It was wonderful to see so many neighbors, students, and teachers come out to support the event. Funds donated will go toward supporting after school programming at Goudy with CircEsteem, a wonderful Uptown organization that uses circus skills to build young people’s self esteem. Mark your calendar for another Goudy fundraiser at Chipotle on March 6!

Congratulations to Loyola University Men’s Basketball on winning the Missouri Valley Conference for the first time since 1985. Tomorrow’s game against Illinois State is sold out. Best of luck, and we hope to see them in the NCAA tournament next month!

Today the second annual Andersonville Restaurant Week kicks off. More than 20 restaurants are participating in this 10-day event, offering deals for $10, $20, or $30. This is a great opportunity to try out a new restaurant or visit one of your favorites. For more information on Andersonville Restaurant Week, click here.

Today we welcomed It’s Greek 2 U Grill, 5449 N. Clark, to Andersonville. This Greek restaurant features authentic Greek delicacies like yeeros, saganaki, souvlaki, and more. Please join me in giving Vicky and her team a warm welcome to our community.

Tonight my office is hosting a Youth Open Mic Night at the Latin School Community Space, 4956 N. Sheridan, 6pm. This event is geared for performers aged 12-18, all performance types are welcome. This bi-monthly event is a way for youth in our community to share their experiences and express themselves. If you know a creative young person, please encourage them to attend tonight’s event. Click here for more information.

Please join me tomorrow for the Argyle Lunar New Year Parade, a decades-old tradition in our community. Tomorrow we will celebrate the Year of Dog with a parade featuring six floats, Rickover Naval Academy Marching Band, Chinese Mutual Aid Association youth dancers, and many more community organizations. All are welcome to march in the parade. In addition to the parade festivities, there are a number of pop-up locations along Argyle offering cultural arts and crafts activities. The parade will kick off at 1pm, starting at the Argyle Red Line station. When the parade returns to Argyle, we will have a short program featuring performances and remarks from dignitaries. See below for a full rundown of tomorrow’s festivities. Gōng xǐ fā cái!

Have a great weekend.

Sincerely,

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Ward Services Update

Parking Restrictions – Argyle Lunar New Year
Argyle and Ainslie-area neighbors, please be aware that on Saturday, Feb. 24, there will be parking restrictions in relation to the Argyle Lunar New Year Parade from 9am to 4pm on the following blocks:

  • Argyle, between Broadway and Sheridan
  • Sheridan, west side of street between Argyle and Ainslie
  • Ainslie, between Broadway and Sheridan
  • Broadway, east side of street between Argyle and Ainslie
Public Safety Update

IRS Warns Against Scam Phone Calls
The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information.

The IRS will not:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” webpage. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

Phone scams first tried to sting older people, new immigrants to the U.S. and those who speak English as a second language. Now the crooks try to swindle just about anyone. And they’ve ripped-off people in every state in the nation.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.

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.

Ward Project Updates

Kenmore Water Main Project – Between Berwyn and Bryn Mawr

All service transfers between Bryn Mawr and Balmoral are expected to be completed this week. Individual service transfers south of Balmoral are expected to begin today and run through next week. There is one more final connection needed at Catalpa, Balmoral, and Berwyn. Select buildings will experience one more water shut off during this time, and will be notified at least 24 hours before shut off is expected.

After service transfers are complete, crews will pour a concrete cap in the street. When asphalt plants reopen in the spring the street, curbs, and parkways will be fully restored. We will share the restoration plan once we have it. No parking signs will be removed wherever possible.

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 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.
CTA Substation Work at Ardmore/Broadway
Dates: 
Monday, March 5 through Friday, June 1, 2018
Location: CTA substation at 5847 N. Broadway Street
Work Days/ Hour: 7am to 3:30pm, daily
Work Activity: Excavation & Micropile Installation
Potential Impacts to Local Residents: 

  • The alley behind 5847 N. Broadway between Ardmore Avenue and Thorndale Avenue, along the CTA building and the Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitary Buildingwill be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
  • There will be some noise while work is being performed due to truck activity such as beeping from back up alarms and due to equipment necessary for excavation.

If there are any questions or concerns about the work activity, contact LaTrice Phillips-Thompson at 312-681-2709.

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!
Date: February 24, 2018
Parade: 1:00 PM (starts at Argyle L Station)
Route: Parade will kick-off underneath the CTA Argyle red line station at 1:00 PMand will head east along Argyle St., south along Sheridan Rd., west along Ainslie St., and north along Broadway to Argyle St.
Program: 1:45 PM (under the Argyle L Station)

Pop-ups & Affiliated Programming

  • Axis Lab will be hosting “TET 2018: First Morning” a community art pop-up event next to the Red Line Argyle Station at 1120 W Argyle Street. The event will feature Bầu Cua Cá Cọp (Traditional Vietnamese New Year Game), a community arts activity, a wishing well with small lanterns, homemade mooncakes, chai seed pudding, and a community photo booth.
  • First Sip Cafe (1057 W. Argyle) will be hosting a small pop-up with drink specials, traditional Vietnamese lunar new year cakes, card games, and lucky red envelopes.
  • The Latin School of Chicago Community Space at 4956 N. Sheridan (cornerof Sheridan and Argyle) welcomes you to drop in between the hours of 12pm-4pm for a fun-filled day of art workshops and family-friendly Lunar New Year fun. Activities include a Photo Booth (complete with dog props!), brush painting station, Chinese calligraphy station, paper lantern making, and other paper crafts. Or just drop in to see the community space, have a taste of some homemade hot soy milk (courtesy of Sun Wah BBQ restaurant) and try some sweet treats (niangao and ludougao–while supplies last).
  • A Touch of China (1112 W Argyle): Warm up with coffee, tea, and Taiwanese biscuits at this new store!

Parking
ParqEx is offering a special promo to guests of this event – $25 in free parking credit ($5 per transaction) when using the promo code UPTOWN. Details here! There’s plenty of ParqEx parking spots in the parking garage at 5051 N. Broadway.

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 Uptown United, Chicago 20th Police District and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for their efforts to make this event possible.

First Morning – Art & Food Pop-Up
Saturday, Feb. 24, noon-4pm
1120 W. Argyle

Featuring:– Bầu cua cá cọp (Traditional Vietnamese New Years game)
– Community Art Workshop
– Wishing well
– Community Photo Booth
– Debut of “Tết: Textures of Taste”, a papercut art installation by Hai Minh Thi Nguyen of Axis Lab

The celebration of Tet, shortened from Tet Nguyen Dan, is on the first day of the first month of the Lunar Calendar. Tet Nguyen Dan is translated to “The Feast of the First Morning.” During the Tet celebration, Vietnamese people show their respect and remembrance for their ancestors by presenting food to the altar and through prayers. as well as welcoming the New Year with their family members.

“When you have been a refugee, abandoned all your loves and belongings, your memories become your belongings. Images of the past, snippets of old conversations, furnish the world within your mind. When you have nothing left to guard, you guard your memories. You guard them with silence.” – Journey From the Land of No by Roya Hakakian

This event will be part of the 2018 Argyle Lunar New Year Parade. The parade starts at 1pm.

Andersonville Restaurant Week – Feb. 23 – March 4Returning after a widely-popular launch in 2017, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to host this winter’s Andersonville Restaurant Week from February 23 – March 4, highlighting over 20 different Andersonville eateries over 10 days and capping-off a busy food month for Chicago. Each of the 24 participating restaurants will offer at least one menu option priced at either $10, $20 or $30 per person, but many are expanding their focus this year to also include breakfast, brunch, drinks, and lunch as well as dinner options.

Click here for more information.

Edgewater International Women’s Day Dinner Crawl

Celebrate women-owned businesses in Edgewater on International Women’s Day, Thursday, March 8!Guests will enjoy food and drink samples along the route in addition to meeting and greeting business owners and organization representatives. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Apna Ghar, Our Home. ​Apna Ghar provides holistic services and conducts outreach and advocacy across immigrant communities to end gender violence.

Click here for more information.

Edgewater Visionary Award Nominations Are Open!

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations from the community for our first Edgewater Visionary Award. This can be a person, business or organization that is strategic and forward thinking and has made an impact in Edgewater. Nominations are being accepted from February 16 to March 2.

Nominations will be narrowed down to three finalists by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce board of directors. The finalists will be announced on March 12. The three finalists will then move on to the online voting period. The Edgewater Visionary nominee with the most votes at the end of the online voting period will win the award. The winner will be announce on March 26.

Link: https://www.edgewater.org/programs-and-events/visionary/ 

Free Tax Preparation Help

Chicago’s 2018 free tax preparation assistance kicks off this month at 18 locations city-wide. Last year, the City of Chicago’s free income tax assistance helped 20,000 families and individuals receive $30 million in tax refunds and credits. This added income not only has a direct impact on the lives of Chicago residents, it helps sustain small businesses, strengthens neighborhood, and infuses millions of dollars into the local economy.

Families earning up to $55,000 or individuals earning up to $30,000 are eligible to take advantage of the free and confidential Tax Prep assistance at 18 sites across Chicago. Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist with federal and state income tax returns. Most sites will be open between mid-January and mid-April 2018, but please refer to the links below for specific information on the location and hours of sites.

This year, eligible Chicagoans could receive up to $7,202 from the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits alone, in addition to other credits. Buy many people may not claim all the credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers.

For more information, click here.

Schools and Parents Update

Families Together Cooperative Nursery School Open House
Looking for an exceptional preschool for the 2018-19 school year? Families Together Cooperative Nursery School in Edgewater offers a welcoming school community with outstanding teachers, a research-based approach to learning through play, and a commitment to social justice and anti-bias practices.

We’re hosting an Open House this Saturday, February 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. It’s a casual drop-in event where children can play in the classroom and parents can chat with our teaching staff and current parents. Refreshments provided.

We offer two, three, four, or five day-per-week classes for 2 1/2- to 5-year-olds. We also offer a Monday through Friday lunch enrichment program and a summer camp for enrolled students. Children must be between 2 1/2- and 5-years-old by September 1, 2018 to enroll. Annual tuition is based on a sliding fee scale relative to a family’s income level. Applications are due on March 1, 2018.

For a complete list of all upcoming admissions coffees and to learn more about our programs, visit our website at: www.ftcns.org.

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/

Northside Catholic Academy Announcements
Empower Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Applications Reopen February 27, 7pm
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. Northside Catholic Academy is an eligible PreK-8 private school. Applications will be awarded on a first come, first served basis through Empower Illinois and other select Scholarship Granting Organizations. After server and application issues last month, Empower Illinois is reopening its Tax Credit Scholarship applications on February 27 at 7pm. There is a new two-step process. Please visit the Empower Illinois website to learn more. Interested applicants can also contact Northside Catholic Academy at 773-743-6277 to learn more about Empower Illinois applications and admissions at NCA.

New Students Now Being Accepted for 2018-19
Northside Catholic Academy is now accepting new students 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.

Goudy School Fundraiser
Tuesday, March 6, 3-8pm
Chipotle, 5224 N. Broadway
Mention Goudy or show the flyer below so that 50% of you purchase will be donated to Goudy School to support after school programming!
Click here for flyer

Youth & Teen Update

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.

Senior UpdateSenior Sewer Refund applications are open for 2018

Senior citizens (65 and over) who live in condominiums, co-ops, or other homeowner associations are eligible to receive a $50.00 rebate from the City for their share of sewer/water costs. Renewal letters were sent to all previous applicants for the refund.  If and when you receive a renewal letter, please sign and return it to our office for processing.

If you did not receive a letter, new applicants are required to provide the following information in order to receive the refund:
1.  Senior Sewer Refund application form (link to form, on website)
2.  Proof of age – Drivers License, State ID, Passport
3.  Copy of recent water bill for the property or complex
4.  Copy of 2nd Installment Property Tax bill showing Senior Tax Exemption

The deadline for filing the form is July 1, 2018.  More information about the Senior Citizen Sewer Refund can be found on the internet at this link:  http://committeeonfinance.org/claims/sewer.asp

Save the Date – 48th Ward Senior Resource Fair
Alderman Osterman and The Edgewater Village will host this year’s Senior Resource Fair on Monday March 19, 2018 at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, from 10:00 – 1:00.  Over 50 service providers will be on hand to offer community information, health counseling, blood testing, medical consultation and testing, government services, and more.  Save the date!  Click here for more information.

Edgewater Village Events
February may be the shortest month of the year, but Edgewater Village is loaded with interesting activities. On Feb. 15, you can learn about the Paris Agreement, the plan to reduce the release of gases that lead to global warming. Click here for more information. In other presentations, you can hear about end-of-life documents on Feb. 21 and financial scams on Feb. 22. These programs are held at the Edgewater Senior Satellite Center, 5917 N. Broadway. 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 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 22, 2018
“Long Term Care:  Who Will Pay?”
Seminar Speaker: Dave Lecik, Medicare Training Specialist, Illinois Department on Aging, Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

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:Promote your business; support Friends of the Edgewater Library

Do you have promotional items such as T-shirts, hats, mugs, a gift certificate or any other items that would be appropriate as Bingo prizes? Consider donating them this month to the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway.  Friends of the Edgewater Library co-sponsors Friday Fun Days for adults, and Bingo will be starting soon.  Activities are 2-4 p.m. each Friday in the Community Room on the second floor; other Friday Fun Day activities are board games, jig saw puzzles, coloring and crafts.

Also, please check your closets and  drawers for inexpensive, new, re-gifted or handmade items. Are there items 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? You may drop off your donations in the round container near the circulation desk on the first floor of the library until Feb. 28. If you have questions about potential prizes, please email klinehan@chipublib.org.

Jan Baxter Memorial Fund for Andersonville Entrepreneurs

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is excited to announce the launch of The Jan Baxter Memorial Fund for Andersonville Entrepreneurs; a business mentorship program established to honor the legacy of Jan Baxter, owner of the Landmark of Andersonville shop from 1987-2014, and long-term mentor to ACC and the Andersonville business community at-large.

The fund is now open for applications from businesses established less than two years or in the very early stages of development. The fund will provide free business education, technical assistance, mentoring and pop-up space to one awardee per year (April 1 – March 31). The program is tailored to the awardee’s business sector and specific needs and pulls from a variety of resources, organizations, and people with demonstrable success in business.

Jan Baxter was a longtime Andersonville resident and the founder of a successful wholesale business that provided dozens of small artisans with their first connections to major retailers. In the mid-1980s, the Andersonville business district faced many vacancies, but in 1987, Jan decided to open the Landmark of Andersonville at 5245 N. Clark. Jan’s genius was to operate the Landmark as a cooperative, where individual entrepreneurs could share space and expenses.

The Landmark acted as a remarkably effective small business incubator, spinning off multiple businesses that set up shop in their own storefronts. Throughout her career, Jan continued to act as a mentor to business owners and served over 30 years on the ACC Board of Directors. Jan viewed new retailers as assets, not competition, and she gave counsel freely. She also encouraged her customers to patronize other Andersonville stores, recognizing that the success of her own business depended on the health of the district as a whole.

Andersonville grieved collectively when Jan passed away in February, 2017. Jan’s daughter, Jennifer Baxter, continues the family tradition of providing great service to the Andersonville community by operating her Salon 10 business out of Jan’s former Landmark building at 5245 N Clark and also provides individual studio and office space for burgeoning business owners.

To learn more about Jan’s legacy and the fund eligibility requirements, please visit The Jan Baxter Memorial Fund page online. Applications are open until Friday, March 9 for the 2018-19 inaugural awardee cycle.

Taiji (Tai Chi) & Qigong (Chi Kung) Class

Mondays, March 5-April 16
6-7:30pm
Latin School Community Space, 4956 N. Sheridan
$5 suggested donation

This course introduces a fundamental taiji sequence as well as the moving, standing, and sitting qigong movements. A gentle, health nurturing curriculum with deceptively slow movements, these forms build bone strength, muscle strength and flexibility, and balance the body and mind.
Click here for more information.

Chicago Filmmakers Upcoming Events & Workshops

Volunteer Opportunities:
Saturday Night Screenings (7PM – 8:30PM)
Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival – March 8 – March 11
To volunteer, send an email to Ana Wright at coop@chicagofilmmakers.org OR Call: 773-293-1447. ext 1002

Upcoming Classes:
Stop Motion Animation/Claymation
Sundays, Feb 25 – Apr 8 (no class on Easter Sunday, Apr 1st)
11AM – 2PM
For youth ages 10-13
http://chicagofilmmakers.org/class/stop-motion-animation-feb-25-apr-8

Final Cut Pro X
Saturdays, Feb 24 – Mar 24
11AM – 2PM
Adults (17+)
http://chicagofilmmakers.org/class/final-cut-pro-x

Producing
Mondays, Mar 5 – Apr 2
6:30 – 9:30PM
Adults
http://chicagofilmmakers.org/class/producing-1

Chicago Filmmakers is located at 5720 N. Ridge.

7th Annual Team Sean Kelly St. Baldrick’s Event

Join us for the 7th Annual Team Sean Kelly head shaving event benefitting childhood cancer! Team Sean Kelly will be shaving their heads to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. This event is free and open to the public, Sunday, March 11th, 12pm – 6pm at Bar 63, 6341 N Broadway. The event will include head shaving, live Irish music from Jimmy and Seamus Boyle to open the event, Bag Pipes from the Chicago Celtic Pipe Band, face painting, raffle prizes, live auction, food, booze and drinks are also available for purchase from the bar, The Amy Kelly Band to close out event, and tons of inspiration. If you would like more information about the event, please contact Amy Kelly at (773) 458-3459 or visit the Facebook page. Or to register as a volunteer or shavee, please sign up at www.stbldricks.org/events/2018Bar63

Employment Opportunities

Be the Change – Chicago Police Recruitment
In September of 2016, Mayor Emanuel announced that the Chicago Police Department will add 970 new positions to the department by the end of 2018. We are now halfway through that pledge and continuing our efforts to recruit the best candidates to become police officers.

On Thursday, February 1st, the application to be a Chicago Police Officer will re-open and remain open until February 28th, 2018. The exam will be held on Saturday, May 5th at McCormick Place.

As with the previous recruitment campaigns, the theme for this campaign will continue to be, “Be the Change,” which reflects the belief that this new generation of police officers will be future leaders who define how police support, protect and work together with Chicago’s communities. By joining the police department, candidates will find an opportunity to serve the City while gaining valuable skills and making a lasting impact on an organization in the midst of significant reform. Click here for more information.

Greencorps Chicago – Green Industry Job Training Program
Greencorps Chicago is a paid green-industry job training program of the Chicago Department of Transportation in partnership with WRD Environmental. Trainees receive classroom and hands-on training in horticulture, tree care, ecological restoration, and environmental health and safety. We have opportunities for individuals to work on local crews in Chicago and opportunities for individuals to travel as a crew to regional National Forests for camping work projects.

Eligibility requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • City of Chicago resident
  • Pass ongoing drug screening
  • Able to meet physical requirements of the work
  • Able to work Tuesday – Friday, 7am-4pm, occasional Saturdays
  • Background friendly

Call 312-746-9777 to get registered for an Open House. Click here for more information.

Chicago Public Schools hiring for school lunchrooms
CPS Nutrition Services is now hiring for school lunchrooms, including lunchroom attendants, porters, cooks, and managers.
Click here for a flyer in English.
Click here for a flyer in Spanish.

Aviation Career Fair
Join the Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) and representatives from Local 150 Operating Engineers, Local 134 Electricians, and Pipefitters Local 597 to learn more about careers in the trades. Click here for more information.

Volunteers Needed for Lincoln Park Docent Program

Do you enjoy talking with people from around the world? Would you also like to share your passion for Lincoln Park and the natural world?

The Lincoln Park Conservancy along with the Chicago Park District is seeking volunteers to become docents at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park, 125 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago.

The only landscape in Lincoln Park with National Historic Landmark status, the Lily Pool is a Prairie-Style masterpiece with a wooden pavilion, stone paths and native wildflowers that surround a tranquil pond and waterfall.

As a docent you will welcome visitors and share your knowledge of this hidden gem by talking with visitors from around the world and touring them around the site.

Training begins on Saturday, March 31, 2018 and continues for six Saturday mornings ending on May 12. Trainees will learn from area experts about the art of interpretation, the history of Lincoln Park, wildlife, plant life and landscape architecture.  Deadline to register is Saturday, March 23. After completing the training, docents sign up for weekend shifts.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Conant, Assistant Director of Educational Programs, Lincoln Park Conservancy at (773)883-7275, rconant@lincolnparkconservancy.org

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

Uptown Purim Party
Thursday, March 1
5-10pm
Uptown Jew, 1101 W. Lawrence
Click here for more information

Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show
March 2 & 3
St. Andrews Greek Church, 5649 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Edgewater Historical Society Annual Meeting
Saturday, March 17
10am
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Cub Scout Pack 3822 Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
Sunday, March 18
9:00am – Noon
St. Gertrude’s/NCA Social Hall, 1420 W. Granville
Adults: $7 – Seniors $6; Kids under 12 – $5

Can’t make the breakfast?  Buy a ticket and breakfast will be donated to Sarah’s Circle, a local organization with a mission of serving women who are homeless or in need of a space space. Pre-purchase of tickets is appreciated and will be available after St. Gertrude’s mass on Sunday, March 4th & Sunday March 11th.   Tickets also available at the door.

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

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

Hinter
By Steep Theatre
Performances January 19 – March 17
Steep Theatre,1115 W. Berwyn
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

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
www.48thward.org

Copyright © 2018 Harry Osterman – 48th Ward Alderman, All rights reserved.

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