Weekly Update from Your Alderman – January 27, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Development News, Pilot Dog Park, Bike and Pedestrian Working Group, and more
January 27, 2017

Dear Neighbor:

Thank you to everyone from our neighborhood who went to downtown and to Washington DC for the Women’s March last Saturday. Seeing citizens come together in solidarity to speak up for equal rights for all is inspiring. Keep up the good work.

Despite President Trump’s executive order to cut federal funding for sanctuary cities, this week Chicago reaffirmed itself as a welcoming and safe place to immigrants and refugees.

At the Committee on Zoning hearing on Monday, Jan. 23, the committee overwhelmingly approved Phoenix Bean Inc.’s request for a zoning change at 5408-10 N. Broadway. Phoenix Bean owner and ward resident Jenny Yang received overall support from the City Council at the City Council meeting held on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The plan is to relocate her manufacturing facility to this location and open a brand new retail location at 5426 N. Broadway. Phoenix Bean has been headquartered in Edgewater for over 30 years. Phoenix Bean tofu and soy products can be found in Whole Foods, Mariano’s, the Argyle Night Market, and in the kitchens of award-winning restaurants throughout the midwest. Congratulations to Jenny, her family, and her team at Phoenix Bean! We are excited to keep Phoenix Bean’s world headquarters here in Edgewater.

Earlier this week I announced that my office, in partnership with the Chicago Park District, will be launching a pilot dog park in the ward this year. The dog park will be located on the northeast side of Lake Shore Drive at Bryn Mawr, along the lakefront path. Due to rising lake levels, the dog beach at Foster Beach was washed away, and residents have been asking for a dog friendly area to replace this. I am looking for volunteers to assist with maintenance and governance of the park. If you are interested in getting involved in the pilot dog park, please join me for a community meeting on Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 am, at the Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway).

I am also looking for community members to support my office’s efforts to increase safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. I am launching a Cyclist and Pedestrian Working Group to advise on infrastructure improvements, support safety education initiatives, and help with community programming. If you are interested in getting involved, please join me for a community meeting on Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 am, at the Broadway Armory.

Please join me tomorrow for an open house to review revised plans for a proposed mixed-use transit oriented development at 6145 N. Broadway. The development team for this project has had a number of community meetings about this project in recent months. Based on feedback from the local residents and myself about the density of the project, they have revised the plan to reduce the height, number of units, and change the mix of units to include a higher percentage of one- and two-bedrooms. The open house will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28, 11am to 3pm, at Ethiopian Diamond (6120 N. Broadway). As part of our 48th Ward zoning process, I will be holding a community meeting about this proposed project in the coming weeks, keep an eye out for an announcement of the meeting in future newsletters.

On Monday evening, 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore will host a community meeting about the proposed Target and residential development on the 6400 block of Sheridan. Please attend this meeting if you are interested in learning more about the plans for development. The meeting will take place Monday, Jan. 30, 7pm at Loyola University’s Crown Center for the Humanities, 1001 W. Loyola Ave. For more information, contact Alderman Moore’s office at 773-338-5796.

The Chicago Police Department continues to investigate the shooting that occurred on Tuesday night on the 5600 block of Magnolia, which I reported earlier this week. Please contact Marko Zaric in my office at marko@48thward.org if you have any information about this incident.

Lastly, if you are an artist who would like to be considered for taking part in the city’s Year of Public Art, the deadline to apply for the RFQ is Tuesday, Jan. 31. Click here for more information about how you can get involved. Please contact Jerry Goodman in my office with any questions about plans for public art in the 48th Ward at jerry@48thward.org.

Have a great weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Great News from Goudy School

Back in December, CPS Computer Science for All and the Office of Leadership & Learning in partnership with Digital Youth Network created Code 60+ challenge, a 5-week learning challenge to bring Computer Science education to life. The challenge was to give students, parents, and teachers an opportunity to go beyond the hour of code by learning coding and computer science through digital challenges. Over the 5-week challenge, Goudy students coded over 800 hours and placed fifth in the city in number of hours coded. One of the winners from the Code60+ challenge was Nicholas L. in 8th grade who won a Chromebook in recognition of his accomplishments!

Dining Out for Swift at Ethiopian Diamond

Enjoy an authentic Ethiopian meal at Edgewater’s Ethiopian Diamond (6120 N. Broadway) and support the most diverse of Chicago’s public schools! On Friday, Feb. 3, Ethiopian Diamond will donate 10% of all sales to Swift Elementary School. Swift Elementary School (5900 N. Winthrop) is a Level 1+ Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster school, serving grades Pre-K through 8. With a population that represents over 50 countries and 65 home languages, Swift is a true neighborhood gem.

Call for Volunteers – Lunar New Year Parade

The 48th Ward and Uptown United are looking for volunteer parade marshals for the Lunar New Year Parade, taking place Saturday, Feb. 4, 12pm at Argyle and Broadway. If you are interested in supporting this effort, please email PC Gooden-Smiley at pc@48thward.org.

South-East Asia Center Annual New Year Banquet
South-East Asia Center will be holding their annual Lunar New Year Banquet to celebrate the Year of the Monkey at Furama Restaurant, 4936 N. Broadway, on Saturday, Feb. 4. The reception will open at 11am, and the banquet will begin at 11:30am. This 10-course meal costs $25 per person. To reserve your spot today, send a check to South-East Asia Center, 1134 W. Ainslie St, Chicago, IL 60640. Furama Restaurant is accessible by both the Argyle and Lawerence Red Line stops. Parking is also available at Furama and Center’s, located across the street from Furama at 4915 N. Broadway.

Public Safety Update

Scam Attempts
The 24th Police District has issued an alert about attempted scams in the area. Calls have been received by the Community Policing Office that citizens are reporting unknown sugjebts attempting to gain entry to a potential vitim’s residence. These offenders have been using various situational stories to gain access. Examples include telling citizens that there are bad water lines or saying they are doing work in the area and need access to hot water. As a reminder, do not allow strangers access to your residence. Please be aware of this information and call 911 to report any similar incidents. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the 24th District at 312-744-5907 or email caps.024district@chicagopolice.org.

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.

School Announcements

New Infant-Toddler Center at South-East Asia Center

  • Welcomes 6-week to 2-year olds
  • DCFS licensed.  Qualified teaching staff.
  • Nice classrooms full of required educational toys.
  • Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Free full-day parking space for parents who go to work
  • Childcare fee assistance
  • Convenient location and CTA accessible

Enrolling Now!!  Please contact South-East Asia Center, 1134 W. Ainslie Street, 773-989-7433

Northside Catholic Academy Open Houses
In honor of National Catholic Schools Week, Northside Catholic Academy is hosting Open Houses at both campuses on Sunday, January 29. The Primary School Campus (grades preschool-4) will be open 10am-12pm, and is located at 6216 N. Glenwood Ave. The new Middle School Campus (grades 5-8) will be open 11am-1pm, and is located at 7318 N. Oakley Ave. Everyone is welcome! Guests are invited to come celebrate Catholic education, meet administration and teachers, and visit classrooms. NCA is the premier regional Catholic school on Chicago’s Northside. It offers half-day and full-day preschool, and a top-ranked K-8 academic program. NCA’s challenging and diversified curriculum includes Spanish, music, art, computer science and physical education. NCA is currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. For more information please call773-743-6277 or visit www.northsidecatholic.org.

Peterson Garden Project Community Garden Registration Open

What: New Gardener Membership Opens Feb. 1 for Peterson Garden Project Pop-up Victory Gardens at Broadway and Rosemont
When: February 1 at 8:00 am
WhereONLINE – please note, registration begins the morning of February 1
Questions: Email registration@petersongarden.org

Learn to grow your own food organically at Vedgewater with Peterson Garden Project! Register beginning Feb. 1 to secure your membership; garden plots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Full details can be found on our website.

Peterson Garden Project’s mission is to educate and inspire everyone to grow and cook their own food, and our winter series of cooking and gardening classes is well underway. From knife skills to compost, seed swaps to homemade Indian food, 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.

Hate Has No Home Here Campaign

Local families launched a “Hate Has No Home Here” campaign and have been distributing signs throughout the city. Signs are available at the 48th Ward office, 5533 N. Broadway. If you know a group or individual who would like a yard or window sign, check out our local GoFundMe Page for pick-up locations, to make a small donation, or to order a sign.

Participation in Research Study Needed
Do you sometimes have difficulty thinking?
Do you have problems with remembering things?
Do you have trouble concentrating?
Participants Needed:

  • Women and Men with Type 2 Diabetes
  • Age 18-75
  • We are conducting the “Think-D Study” to determine if Vitamin D improves symptoms with difficulty thinking clearly.
  • The study will take place at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood or Loyola Community Nursing Center, Chicago. If you are interested in finding out about the study, please contact: Dr. Mary Byrn – (773)508-8973 – mbyrn@luc.edu

Click here for more information.

Employment Opportunities for CHA Residents
If you are a Chicago Housing Authority Resident or Housing Choice Voucher Participant, you are eligible for job training and placements at any of the five Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Centers.
Click here for more information

Senior Updates
Elder Justice Center Seminars
Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for a Two-Part “Reverse Mortgages and Predatory Lending” seminar on the dates indicated below:
Part II – Thursday, February 9, 2017 (12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.)

The topics to be discussed will include:

  • Mechanics of a reverse mortgage
  • Program requirements of the federally-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) reverse mortgage loan
  • The “pros” and “cons” of a reverse mortgage versus various financial alternatives

Both seminars will be held at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, in Courtroom 2005, on the 20th Floor. Call the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center at (312) 603-9233 today to reserve your seat.

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

New Business in Andersonville

Andersonville Cryotherapy and Athletic Recovery Center announces the opening of their innovative cryotherapy center at 5052 N. Clark St. Cryotherapy is a safe, therapeutic, and holistic process that helps promote muscle recovery, decrease inflammation, reduce pain, rejuvenate the skin, and leaves clients feeling energized. For those not familiar, Whole Body Cryotherapy, it is a three minute session using hyper cooled air that surrounds the body and creates a systemic response. The client stands inside the cryosauna wearing minimal clothing, socks, gloves, and slippers. The cooled air triggers the process of vasoconstriction. Blood is pulled into the body’s core where it gets highly oxygenated, and enriched with healing nutrients and enzymes. When the cooling process ends, the enriched blood rushes back to the peripheral tissues enhancing muscle recovery, reducing pain, decreasing inflammation, stimulating college production and increasing metabolism. To learn more, visit andersonvillecryotherapy.com.

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

Mercy Housing Waitlist Lottery Opening – Low Income Housing

Waitlist and Lottery opening for 2-bedroom, low income apartments at Whitmore Apartments, 421 S. Central Ave. Places on the waitlist will be determined by the lottery drawing on Tuesday, Feb. 28. There is no advantage to being the first to return your pre-application.

Please click here for complete details on applying.

Become A Chicago Police Officer!
Click here to view informational flyer.
Becoming a police officer provides more than a great source of income, it provides a great source of pride.Make a lasting difference in your community, start a well-paying job, and gain competitive benefits. Applying is easy and free! Visit chicagopolice.org, fill out a quick application, and submit your application. Applications will only be accepted until January 31, 2017 – be the change! Click here for more information
Our police force is working hard and earning a salary that allows them to live comfortably. After just 18 months on the job our officers are earn $72,510 a year. The opportunity to apply to the police force only comes around every few years. Applying is simple and quick. The first step is to apply to sit for the entrance exam.
Once you apply you’ll be sent details for the exam, which be held April 1 & 2, 2017, as well as plenty of materials to help you prepare for the test. But don’t be concerned – the pass rate for the exam is over 80%. Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2017.
Minimum requirements to take the written examination:

  • Minimum age of 18 (must be 18 by April 30, 2017)

Requirements for hire (NOT required at time of application):

  • 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university, or 3 years active duty, or one year active duty and 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours)
  • A valid Driver’s License
  • A valid FOID
  • Actual Resident of the City of Chicago
  • Permanent resident of the United States (Citizenship is NOT required)

Those who pass the written examination will be randomly referred to CPD for further processing which includes:

  • POWER test (Police Officer’s Wellness Evaluation Report) – tests for physical ability
  • Background investigation
  • Drug screening
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Other tests as required by CPD

Care for Real News

This Saturday! Annual Crew Bar + Grill Chili Contest
Crew Bar + Grill, 4804 N. Broadway, will be hosting their 12th Annual Chili Contest Saturday, January 28 from Noon-2:30pm. Sample delicious chili entries and vote for your favorites!  Got a great chili recipe? Proceeds benefit Care for Real.

Save the Date—My Furry Valentine!
Get professional Valentine-themed photos taken with your pet, all to benefit Care for Real! We’ll have a Cupid’s Helper and lots of great raffle prizes, too.  Where and When: The North End, 3733 N Halsted, Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  $25. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Volunteer Front Desk Help Needed
Care for Real is seeking volunteers who can assist at our busy front desk including answering phones and greeting clients, visitors and donors.  Hours are Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:00pm and Saturday 8:00am-2:00pm.  Perfect for a college student or senior looking to help a very busy not for profit.  Please email  info@careforreal.org to set up an interview.

Winter Advisory
In anticipation of the coming inclement weather, please report all street and alley potholes to my office so we can add them to the list for repair.

Sidewalk Snow Removal
According to the City of Chicago Municipal Code, “Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any building or lot of ground abutting upon any public way or public space shall remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk.” It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure the sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. If you do not own your residential or business property, consult your rental agreement, lease agreement, or management company to determine your shoveling obligation.

Sidewalks must be shoveled 7 days a week. If the snow falls between 7am and 7pm, clear the snow as soon as possible, but no later than 10pm on the day of the snowfall. If the snow falls between 7pm and 7am, clear the snow before 10am the next day. Individuals who do not comply can face fines of up to $500 per day of violation, and non-compliant businesses can face fines of up to $1,000 per day of violation. Please contact my office with any questions about the ordinance.

DFSS Warming Centers

A Warming Center is a heated facility where Chicagoans can go to find safe refuge from extreme weather.

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Warming Centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. Additional facilities are opened as needed including Senior Centers, libraries, and Park District buildings. The Warming Centers that DFSS operates are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. This is why it is so important to contact 3-1-1 for Warming Center information, especially during off hours or on holidays.

The Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect residents to emergency shelter. The closest Warming Center to the 48th Ward is located at 845 W. Wilson Ave.

9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Click here for more information about DFSS Warming Centers.

Sustainability Tip of the Week
Winter Bird Feeding Tips

  1. Birds need rich sources of fat and calories to combat low temperatures and severe storms. Suet, nuts and high-oil seeds such as nyjer, black-oil sunflower seeds and sunflower hearts are all great choices
  2. Since you didn’t cut down your final autumn flowers you know that the dried flower heads of aster, black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, sunflowers and other plants are seed havens. These wildflowers’ stalks also may house insects for birds that need a little protein.
  3. Make sure to leave berries and other fruit on your native trees and bushes.
  4. Finally, if you left your fallen leaves on the ground since autumn, the decaying leaf litter will provide a feast of insects, seeds, nuts and other treats for your backyard birds.

Courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation

Sustainability Tips brought to you by Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project

“Like” the 48th Ward Community Page on Facebook
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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
Dance Meditation Technique
Every 1st and 3rd Friday, January through March
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

Vermicomposting Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 28
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Willye B. White Field House, 1610 W. Howard
Click here to register

What do you get when you put red wiggler worms, newspaper, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, and banana & orange peals into a plastic bin? A fun way to witness one of nature’s ecological wonders; a practical way to reduce the amount of food waste heading to our landfills and a fortune in the nutrient -rich worm casting compost sold for a premium price at your local garden center. You also get a convenient way to compost INDOORS! Click here for more information.

The Future of Quaker Education in Chicago
Saturday, Jan. 28
2:30 – 5:00 pm
Chicago Friends School, 1246 W. Thorndale
Please join us for a community-wide conversation about the future of Friends Education in Chicago. We are inviting a variety of community members, parents, founders of the school, and friends from our neighborhood, the community and beyond.  Every voice is valued and you have a perspective we want to hear. This event will be the first step in creating a strategic plan for Chicago Friends School that will guide our growth and development.
Click here for more information. 

Community Glue Workshop Repair Clinic
Saturday, Jan. 29
4:00 – 7:00 pm
Edgewater Workbench, 1130 W. Thorndale
Click here for more information

Restorative Justice Forum: How Cook County Can Promote a New Approach to Justice
Thursday, Feb. 2
6 – 8pm
Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood
Join us to hear from professionals doing restorative justice work in the courts, schools, and our communities. Learn more about what Cook County is doing — and can do — to change the way we think about justice and respond to offenses.
Click here for more information

Extreme Couponing Workshop
Thursday, Feb. 2
6:30 pm
Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway
Join us for an in-depth workshop with expert couponer, Tia Anderson, who will teach you the skills you will need to save BIG money when shopping. She will also provide you with a kit to get you started. Registration is required and limited to 15 people – sign up in person or over the phone (312-742-1945) at the adult reference desk on the second floor.

Argyle Lunar New Year Parade
Saturday, Feb. 4
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Parade steps off from Argyle CTA Station
Click here for more information

Book and Puzzle Exchange at Everybody’s Coffee
Thursday, Feb. 9
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Everybody’s Coffee, 935 W. Wilson Ave
Click here for more information

Lead Contamination and Dealing With It
Saturday, Feb. 11
1:00 – 2:30pm
Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway
Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project presents a panel discussion about the problems of lead in the soil, water, and home, and how to deal with them.
Click here for more information

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 Sundial
Performances Jan. 6 – Feb. 12
City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

That’s Weird, Grandma: Revenge of the Winter Matines
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performances through Jan. 29
Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

By Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Performances begin Jan. 15
Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge
Click here for more information

Survey: Art Exhibit
Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center
6433 N. Ravenswood
Reception: Saturday, Jan. 21, 1-3pm
Click here for more information

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
Opening Reception Feb. 3 6 – 8pm
Exhibit Open Feb. 3 – 28
Everybody’s Coffee
935 W. Wilson

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

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

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