Weekly Update from Your Alderman – February 24, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Swift School Fundraiser at Income Tax, Pilot Dog Park Moving Forward, City Funding for Youth Programming, Unity Game, and more!
February 24, 2017

Dear Neighbor:

On Wednesday evening, I had the honor of playing in the first McCormick Boys & Girls Club Unity Basketball Game. Amundsen student and Boys & Girls Club member Abdul Wahab organized a basketball game between his peers and 20th Police District officers in an effort to build a stronger relationship between Uptown youth and the police (click here for news article). Positive interactions like this game are critical for healing our city and towards building a stronger relationship between Chicago Police and our youth. I plan to continue to support and create more opportunities throughout the year for the community and our local police officers to engage with one another and find common ground. Thank you to 20th District Commander Sean Loughran for helping us set up the game. If you are interested in volunteering at our CAPS Night Out series this summer at Swift Playground or Buttercup Park, please contact my office.

At City Council on this week, my colleagues and I voted on how to spend the remaining $14 million surplus from the Chicago Property Tax Rebate Program. I supported the plan to use the money toward public safety, youth employment, and park initiatives, to help address address the violence in our city. At this moment, the safety of our city and its residents is of the utmost importance, and we need to address the problems at their root. This means funding opportunities for youth, pro-actively engaging with our neighbors, and working to build bridges in our communities across the city. There was a measure on the table to put $500,000 toward tree planting, I asked that this was removed from the proposal to have the money focus on public safety initiatives. Each year, I use menu money for trees in the public way. If you would like to request/suggest a tree planting in the community, please contact my office.

This Monday, Feb. 27, I will be a guest bartender at a fundraiser for Swift Elementary School hosted by Income Tax, 5959 N. Broadway. Please take this opportunity to connect with your neighbors, learn more about a gem of school in our community, and check out one of Edgewater’s newest restaurants. See below for more information about the event.

Thank you to the neighbors who attended the Pilot Dog Park Meeting at the Broadway Armory on Saturday. Due to overwhelming community support, we will be moving forward with our efforts to create a pilot dog park near the Lakefront Trail, east of Bryn Mawr & Lakeshore Drive. The dog park will be maintained and governed by a committee of residents; if you are interested in helping seeing this project through, please let me know.

Have a great weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Andersonville Restaurant Week
Andersonville is hosting its own Restaurant Week, through Sunday, Feb. 26 Over 20 restaurants will offer either $10, $20, or $30 prix fixe menus or dinner specials, allowing visitors to sample restaurants of all types and even dine out multiple times throughout the week.

Click here for a complete list of participating restaurants and their special offers for the week. Please support the fantastic businesses we have in our community, that people travel from all over the city to visit!

Sarah’s Circle Winter Walk: a Mile in Her Shoes
Winter Walk: a Mile in Her Shoes is an important opportunity to better understand homelessness through the eyes of those who struggle with it first hand. Participants will meet at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson, before setting off for a 1 mile walk through the Uptown neighborhood. While walking, stories are shared of women who have rebuilt their lives with the help of Sarah’s Circle. The walk will end back at Truman College where walkers enjoy a free lunch of Chicago-style hot dogs and refreshments. This event will be taking place Sunday, Feb. 26 beginning at 1pm. This is a family friendly event with a shortened route and special activities for children. For more information, please check out the event website.

Glitter Ash Wednesday
Join Unity Lutheran Church on Ash Wednesday to receive traditional ashes in a new way. The traditional ashes will be mixed in with purple (the color of Lent) glitter ashes in support of LGBTQ rights. The service will be held on March 1 at 7:30 PM at Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral.

Support Centro Romero!
Solitary Soup, a group of ten chefs, has selected Centro Romero, along with two other immigrant-related agencies, to receive the receipt from soup sales on Tuesday, March 7. For a minimum, pre-paid donation of $50, you can pick up two pints of soups made by two different chefs. You must order by midnight on Wednesday, March 1. Pick-up of your soups will be on Tuesday, March 7 between 3PM – 7PM at a location (TBA) in: Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Downtown Chicago, and Evanston. Please click here for more information about this great event for a great cause.

Babes with Blades Fundraiser for Pierce Trip to DC
This year, the 7th and 8th graders of Helen C. Pierce School will be making the trip to our nation’s capital! To support those who need it, scholarships will be provided, and your help is needed to fund those scholarships. You can support these scholarships by attending a production of Shakespeare’s Henry V by Babes with Blades on Saturday, March 11 at 8:00pm. The performance will take place at City Lit Theatre on the second floor, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $35 each. There are only 50 tickets, so get yours soon! Click here to learn more about Babes with Blades, and click here to purchase your tickets.

Edgewater Author Book Release and Signings
Local author Kevin Davis recently released The Brain Defense and will be signing copies of his book at two Chicago events! Join Kevin at Barnes and Noble Thurs. Mar. 2 at 6pm, 1 E Jackson Blvd, State and Jackson. Right afterwards, Kevin will be heading over to Pazzo’s, located right next to Barnes and Noble, where you are welcome to join him for a drink at 7:30pm. The second signing will take place at the Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Ave, Wed. Mar. 8th at 7pm. After the signing, at 8:30pm, join Kevin for a drink at Garcia’s, which is located half a block away from the Book Cellar.

St. Baldrick’s Event at Bar 63
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 12, 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 Highlanders Pipes and Drum Co., face painting, a photo booth, 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 check out the Facebook event. If you would like to volunteer or register as shavee, please sign up here.

Know Your Rights Events and Flyer
The National Immigrant Justice Center is presenting free Know Your Rights workshops. The second Know Your Rights workshop will be hosted Thursday, Feb. 23rd at 6pm at Albany Park Library, 3401 W. Foster.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also released a flyer detailing the resources provided by the city to immigrants and refugees. Click here to view the flyer in English, Spanish, Polish, Mandarin, Arabic, or Hindu.

Anti-Cruelty Society Spay/Neuter Clinic
The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive humane society, is running a special spay/neuter promotion from now until the 1st of May called “The Great Fix.” Come by Alderman Osterman’s office to pick up a voucher for a free spay or neuter surgery for your pit bull or pit bull mix. Each voucher also covers the full cost of vaccinations. This is a limited time promotion – so hurry in soon! The Anti-Cruelty Society’s spay/neuter clinic is located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood at 169 W. Grand Avenue. Free parking is available on-site. Click here for more information.

Public Safety Update

2017 CAPS Meetings Schedules – 20th District
Please join your neighbors in the new year to collaborate on improving community public safety issues and new initiatives. To learn more about CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy), click here.

Click here to see schedule for 20th District CAPS meetings
Click here to identify your CAPS beat
Beat 2433 meetings are held at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here to download a schedule.

Additionally, Beat 2433 is planning on a special community meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here to read more about the meeting.

Landlord Training
The 20th District Police District will be hosting a workshop series for owners and managers of residential properties to learn how to work with police to increase personal and resident safety.
Wednesday, March 1, 6pm
20th District Police Station

5400 N. Lincoln Ave.
Click here for more information.

Job Opportunities

Uptown Bikes Hiring Mechanics and Apprentices
Uptown Bikes (4653 N. Broadway) is seeking seasonal, full/part-time bicycle mechanics and apprentices. Preferred candidates will demonstrate a strong mechanical aptitude. Applicants for mechanics positions should possess a broad knowledge of bicycles, components and accessories, along with the skills to perform tune-ups and repairs on a wide range of bikes. Ideal candidates for mechanic positions will have 1+ years mechanic experience in a bike shop/co-op/collective or certificate of completion of a comprehensive bicycle mechanic training course. We are willing to train a candidate who has a natural mechanical aptitude but limited or no shop experience.
Click here to view complete job posting.

School Bus Drivers and School Bus Aides
If you are looking for a job with paid CDL training, medical benefits, and guaranteed hours, becoming a school bus driver or school bus aide could be an option for you. Come explore this opportunity on Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28 between 10am – 2pm at Albany Park Community Center, 3rd Floor, 1945 W. Wilson. Please bring several copies of your resume and a valid drivers license or state ID. To qualify as a bus driver, you must have had a valid driver’s license for at least 3 years without suspensions, interruptions, or any sort of felony. Bus aides are required to have a valid state ID and no felonies of any kind. All candidates for both positions must submit to fingerprint, background, drug/alcohol, and TB screenings. If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Jones at (773) 433-3249 or sjones@apcc-chgo.org.

Chicago Women in Trades Orientation – Wednesday, March 1
Join Chicago Women in Trades for an Open House! Learn how a career in construction or welding can work for your. Our FREE training programs empower you with the tools for success. Click here for more information.

School Announcements

Swift Night Out at Income Tax Monday, Feb. 27, 5 – 8pm
Income Tax Restaurant, 5959 N. Broadway
Click here for more information and tickets

Check out one of Edgewater’s newest and hottest restaurants while supporting Chicago’s most diverse public school — George B. Swift Specialty School, 5900 N. Winthrop Ave.

Income Tax Restaurant is opening their doors to supporters of Swift for a special evening! The cost of admission includes passed appetizers and there will be a cash bar. Come out to learn about the great things happening at Swift! Swift is a Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster school, boasting Chicago Public Schools’ highest ranking of Level 1+. Swift’s student population hails from over 50 countries, with over 65 different home languages spoken. Nearly 10% of Swift’s students are refugees, and over 40% of students were born in a different country.

The Swift community is diverse, engaged, and collaborative. This event is a great opportunity to connect with teachers, staff, parents, and community supporters, to learn more about how you can support a neighborhood school that is thriving against the odds.

Refugee Concert at Unity
Join Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church as they present a concert to benefit RefugeeOne. 100% of the proceeds will go to RefugeeOne. The program will feature music for and by refugees, including Korngold, Rozsa, and Comellas. Refreshments will be provided. The concert will begin at 7:30pm on Saturday, Feb. 25th. It will take place at Unity Community Center, 1212 W. Balmoral.

Celebrate 40 Years of the Swedish American Museum!
Swedish American Museum will be holding their 40th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, April 2nd 5pm – 8pm. Hors d’oeuvres from Tre Kronor and Wikstrom’s Foods will be served along with wine and a champagne toast. Like Minds Trio will be playing, and activities include a scavenger hunt and video covering 40 years of the Museum. All of this is included at $25 per person. Pre-registration is required, which can be done here.

Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show
Are you a fan of all things vintage? Come check out the Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show, where you can find all sorts of vintage items with a modern twist to them. Admission is $8 and is good for both days. The Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show will be taking place Friday Feb. 24 3pm – 10pm and Saturday Feb. 25 10am – 5pm. It will be held at St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N Sheridan Rd. Parking will be available at St. Andrews for $5 each day with the proceeds benefiting St. Andrews. You even have a chance to win $200 in Vendor Cash to spend at the show. Click here to enter to win the $200 now!  Click here to purchase a 2017 Season Pass, which grants entry into this event and many future events!

Additionally, if you would like to be a vendor in the future, please click here to sign up for the April 23rd show.

Peterson Garden Project Biscuits and Bloody Mary’s and Seed Swap Events
The growing season is quickly approaching! Join the Peterson Garden Project on Sunday March 5 at the Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway for two fun events. In the Armory Ballroom, the Eighth Annual Seed Swap will be taking place from 1 – 4pm. The Seed Swap is free and includes demonstrations on how to properly start and grow seeds.
Meanwhile, on the same day from noon – 2pm, Peterson Garden Project will also host a Biscuits and Bloody Mary’s brunch at the PGP Community Cooking School, which is located just down the hall from the Seed Swap. Biscuits with gravy, homemade jam, pickles, and a Bloody Mary with all the fixings will be served with alternate gluten-free and vegetarian options. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Volunteers Needed to Survey for Frog Calls
The Lincoln Park Conservancy will be offering its annual training to volunteers age 18 and up that are interested in learning how to survey for frog calls in Lincoln Park or anywhere in the Chicago Region.  The one-time training will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to12:30 p.m. in Lincoln Park.  Advance registration is required.  To register for Frog Call Survey Training, please contact Aaron Hammond at the Lincoln Park Conservancy:  (773) 883-PARK or ahammond@lincolnparkcoservancy.org. Click here for more information.

Nominate Your Favorite Andersonville Business
Nominations are now open for the Andersonville Honors Awards Gala! Nominate your favorite business for an award in one of nine categories: Welcome Addition Award, Good Neighbor Award, Arts Organization of the Year, Service Organization/Business of the Year, Best Place to Eat, Best Place to Shop, Best Place to Drink, Hidden Gem Award, and Kurt Mathiasson Award for Community Service. Nominations can be submitted here until Monday, March 6. The top five in each category will move onto the final ballot after March 6.
In the meantime, clear your calendars for the gala, which will be Thursday, April 6, 6:30pm – 9pm at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark. Tickets will go on sale on March 6.

Senior Updates

Edgewater Satellite Senior Center
The Edgewater Satellite Senior Center is located at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.
Click here for the March schedule of events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center.
Click here for the 2017 full year schedule of events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center.

Save the Date – 48th Ward Senior Wellness Fair
The 17th annual Senior Wellness Fair will take place this year on Monday March 13 at the Broadway Armory Park, from 10am to 1pm. Attendees will have access to over 50 different service providers from government, not-for-profit service organizations and numerous providers of housing, healthcare, and wellness centers. Click here for the flyer.

Deadline extended for Senior and Senior Freeze on Property Taxes
Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios announced today that his office has extended the deadline for the Senior Citizen Exemption and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2016. Savings from these exemptions will appear as deductions on the 2017 Second Installment Property Tax Bills mailed this summer. The extended application deadline is March 1, 2017. Click here for more information and to find out if you qualify.

Senior Sewer Rebate
News for Seniors living in Homeowner Associations​

Did you know that seniors aged 65 or over, ​who live in their own condominium, townhouse or ​co-op unit are entitled to receive ​a $50 rebate for their share of the associations’ sewer costs?

​Many seniors have applied for this over the years, and received a letter (click here to see an example) from the City of Chicago asking for a signature to re-confirm residency.  If you’ve applied in the past and haven’t yet received the letter, please give the US postal system some time to catch up, but you should receive this letter in the next week or two.

If you haven’t received the rebate before, you’ll need to file an application form.  Please click here for instructions and the correct form to use.​  You’ll need to submit an application form along with copies of 3 documents: 1) water bill from the homeowner’s association, 2nd installment Property Tax bill (2015), and drivers license/state ID.​

Click here for detailed information about the program. Send any questions to Jerry Goodman, jerry@48thward.org773-784-5277.  Letters or forms with required attachments are due in the Alderman’s office by July 1, 2017.

Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services offers regular computer classes for seniors. Click here for a calendar and more information.

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

Input Wanted About Your Public Library Needs
The Chicago Coalition of Library Friends wants your input about how the Chicago Public Libraries could better serve the community and your needs. (Friends of the Edgewater Library is a member of this coalition.) Click here to take the survey.

Care for Real News
The 8th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival is scheduled for March 5 – March 11, 2017. The festival, supporting Hunger Relief, will take place at some of the best jazz clubs in Chicago featuring incredible performers! Concert venues include Jazz Showcase, Winter’s, PianoForte and closing out at Green Mill on March 11. Tickets and more information can be found at www.careforreal.org/jazzfest

Chicago Conservation Corps Hosts Free Winter Workshop Series
On Saturday, February 25th, Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) leaders will team up with representatives of Elevate Energy and the Citizens Utility Board to share effective low cost weatherization solutions, discuss energy efficient alternatives for saving money while protecting the environment and making your home more comfortable for all its inhabitants. All participants will get hands-on practice in simple weatherization techniques and the first ten households that register will also get to take home free weatherization kits. The event is free. However, participants are required to register and are asked to bring donations for two local community agencies [hats, scarves, gloves or socks for the Howard Area Community Center (HACC); unopened pet food or pet toys for Felines & Canines]. To register or learn more about this event as well as future events, visit C3’s website. You may also do a walk-in registration at the workshop site, Willye B. White Park Field House, 1610 W. Howard St, Monday – Fridays from 9am – 9pm and Saturdays 9am – 5pm.

Sustainability Tip of the Week
Recycle Efficiently and Help Your Neighbors Do the Same

  1. Remember to clean out bottles and containers.
  2. No plastic bags or pizza boxes in the bins! Otherwise, these items will be discarded as contaminated.
  3. Here is a list of what you can recycle: plastic bottles and containers (numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7); glass jars and bottles; metal aluminum, tin, or steel cans, foil, and pie tins; milk and juice cartons, and paper and cardboard (be sure to flatten the cardboard first).
Sustainability Tips brought to you by Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project

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Ward Office Info

Ward Office
5533 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
T: 773-784-5277
F: 773-784-6630
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment

City Hall Office
121 N. LaSalle Room 300
Chicago, IL 60602
T: 312-744-6860

Upcoming Events
Yoga at Margate Park
Mondays and Wednesdays
6:30 – 7:30pm
Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 N. Marine Drive
Cost: $5
Click here for more information

Dance Meditation Technique

Every 1st and 3rd Friday, January through April
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. ElmdaleWhat better way to spend 90 minutes?! DMT is workout for mind, body and spirit that leaves one feeling more grounded, centered and balanced. No dance experience necessary! Bring a water bottle, a yoga mat (we have a few extras if you don’t have one). We’ll bring the lemon, lime & cucumber water. Dress in comfortable layers, ready to get all toasty from the inside. Doors open at 6:40. Enter through the western single door in the courtyard and head upstairs. Please arrive early to settle in. We’ll lock the front door at 7 pm sharp.

Reserve your spot here, $15: https://paypal.me/traceydobson/15

Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show
Friday, Feb. 24 3pm – 10pm
Saturday, Feb. 25 10am – 5pm
St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church
5649 N. Sheridan Rd.
Buyer of all things vintage? Come check out Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show to check out what vendors are selling.
Click here for more information.

Park Advisory Council Conference
Saturday, Feb. 25 9:30am
Malcolm X College
1900 W. Jackson
Learn how to run a successful park council, work with park staff, practices, and more at this conference. To register, click here.

Fettisdagen Celebration
Tuesday, February 28
10am – 4pm
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St
Fettisdagen is the Swedish tradition of celebrating Fat Tuesday. Come enjoy some semlor, a Swedish bun, which the Swedish American Museum will be purchasing from local sources, including Swedish Bakery and Tre Kronor.

Krewe Carnaval
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Crew Bar + Grill
4804 N. Broadway
The Vixen brings home the spectacle and fabulousness of Mardi Gras to Krewe Carnaval at Crew as she performs with her own krewe of kweens, Mick DragHer and TrAshlee Simpson. Feel the music pump, work some beads your way and celebrate a night of debauchery and decadence. Hurricanes and shot specials will be flowing all night long. $4 Abita Purple Haze on special! Chef Gregg’s special Gumbo and Po’ Boys are on the menu, too. Get your carnaval on at Krewe!

Swedish Dance Lessons
Fridays, March 3 – 31
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St
Come learn the National Dance of Sweden with Paul Muhr and Linda Westergren-Muhr. There will be five sessions running on consecutive Fridays in March. The package cost is $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers. A single class is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Save the Date: Friends of Edgewater Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, April 29
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway

Proceeds from the book sale support library programs, purchase new materials and enhance the facility. The community is encouraged to donate gently used books for the sale. Please pack your donations in a box or place them in a shopping bag and deliver them to the library when it is open. There is a donation bin near the front desk. Click here to view a list of items to donate.

Arts & Culture

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

The Assembled Parties
By Raven Theatre
Performances begin Jan. 31
Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Compositions in Color
By Artist Richard Crawford
Exhibit Open Feb. 3 – 28
Everybody’s Coffee
935 W. Wilson Ave

Death of a Salesman
By Redtwist Theatre
Performances Feb. 4 – March 5
Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

The Snare
By Jackalope Theatre Co.
Performances Feb. 22 – April 1
Broadway Armory
5917 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

By AstonRep
Performances Feb. 23 – March 12
The Frontier
1106 W. Thorndale Ave
Click here for more information

Refugees’ Concert
By Unity Chicago
Saturday, Feb. 25
Unity Community Center, 1212 W. Balmoral
The program will feature music for and by refugees, including works by Korngold, Rozsa, and Comellas.
Click here for more information

That’s Weird, Grandma
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performances Mar. 5 – 27
Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland
Click here for more information.

Salon Benefit
Thursday, Mar. 9
Rivendell Theatre
451 N. Wood
Click here to purchase tickets.

By Sarah Sander
Performances March 13 – April 29
Raven Theater
6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

The Scullery Maid
By Idle Muse Theatre Company
Performances March 16 – April 9
The Edge Theater
5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

The Kid Thing
By Nothing Without a Company
Performances March 16 – April 15
North Mansion of Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information.

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