Weekly Update from Your Alderman – January 5, 2018

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 January 5, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

Please visit the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, in the coming weeks to see the new public art that was recently installed in the gym. The piece, “Hear I AM”, by Chicago artist Cheryl Pope, is part of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Year of Public Art Program. The work features varsity style banners with quotes from teens who spend time in the Armory. Later this year, art will appear on the northern exterior wall of the Armory featuring quotes from seniors who spend time at the Armory. This project gives a voice to the people who make our community special, and offers a variety of perspectives. Please join us for the dedication and a chance to hear from the artist on Monday, January 15, 1:30pm in the Armory gym. See below for more information on other art coming to the ward as part of Year of Public Art.

The Broadway Armory is a community center with many programs for people of all ages and interests, click here to take a look at programs offered there. In our efforts to provide more programming for youth in the ward, my office will be working with the Chicago Park District to build a Teen Center in the Armory, expected to open later this year. This space will offer additional positive programming for young people within our community. I will share more information on this project as it becomes available.

In these extreme temperatures, it is important to take precautions to keep your family safe and healthy. Call our office if you would like to request a wellness check on an elderly or infirm neighbor. Please report any weather-related building issues, such as loss of water or heat service, to our office immediately. See information below on the City’s Warming Centers. And if you are looking to make donations of jackets, boots, blankets, and the like, please drop them off to Care For Real, 5339 N. Sheridan, to ensure they go to local families in need.

If you’re looking to get out of the house but don’t want to travel far, our community is home to a number of renowned theatre companies.

  • Rivendell Theatre Ensemble opens “Cal in Camo” tonight, a play about a midwest couple that “explores the intricacies of family ties with equal doses of penetrating humor and scorching revelation”. Click here for more information and showtimes.
  • Black Button Eyes Productions opens “Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe” tonight at Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway, a musical tribute to the poet. Click here for more information and showtimes.
  • For more information on local theatres, including upcoming shows, visit edgewater.org/theatre.

On Monday I sent out a year-end recap, reflecting on the progress we made as a community in 2017. If you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to check it out. Click here to view my 2017 Year in Review.

Have a great weekend, and stay warm!


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Kenmore Water Main Project – Between Berwyn and Bryn Mawr

The Department of Water Management plans to install approximately 2,002 feet of 8-inch water main on Kenmore between Bryn Mawr and Berwyn, beginning January 2, 2018. No Parking signs will be posted one week in advance, crews plan to leave one travel lane open during construction. 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.

Public Safety Update

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.

Christmas Tree Recycling

How do you stuff a Christmas tree into a garbage can? You don’t!

Recycle your tree at Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Drive., from Saturday, January 6, to Saturday, January 20. Click here for more details and other locations.

Year of Public Art in 48th WardIn 2017, the City Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) kicked off the Year of Public Art with a program that would offer each of the City’s 50 Wards an opportunity to install a public art piece. The 48th Ward selected two artists to create a work and find a site-specific location for it to remain for at least three years.

Cheryl Pope is a visual artist focused in sculpture, installation, and performance. Her work questions and responds to issues of identity as it relates to the individual and the community, specifically in regards to race, gender, class, history, power and place. Her practice emerges from the act and politics of listening.  She received her BFA and MD from the School of the Art Institute Chicago, where she is now a full time Professor in the Fashion Department.

Cheryl’s project, titled “Hear I AM”, consists of All American Varsity style championship banners carrying voices of Edgewater. She listened to the many youth who use the Broadway Armory Park describing who they are and selected statements from these conversations to elevate into championship statements for display inside the Broadway Armory.  The second half of the work will be placed on the Armory’s exterior wall in March, 2018 with statements gathered from the Senior Citizens who meet at Broadway Armory Park.

Erik L. Peterson is an artist and sculptor from the 48th Ward, who has lived and maintained his studio in Edgewater Beach for over four years. His artworks come in multiple forms, from large scale urban sculptures, to public performances, street furniture and playground equipment. He activates ordinary objects and actions that permeate our everyday lives and utilizes many novel materials to create art including neon, Styrofoam, reclaimed wood, reflective aluminum highway signage, billboards, and even ice cream. Peterson’s art converses with and critiques our manufactured cultural and natural landscapes. Here, the real, the living, the found, the created, and the counterfeit collide.

Erik’s sculpture for the 48th Ward is called “Ashland”. A handmade bench-like sculpture made of reclaimed ash wood, “Ashland” is contoured to the shape of the trails left by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle, which has affected so many of Chicago’s ash trees. The sculpture is crafted from the wood of downed ash trees, reclaimed from the Chicago Park District. “Ashland” will be installed at the end of Thorndale Avenue at the entrance to the park and beach area east of Sheridan Road.

There will be opening celebrations for both of the works in 2018. “Hear I AM” will be dedicated on Saturday, January 15, at 1:30pm in the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, and “Ashland” will be dedicated on Saturday, April 21, at 10am at its location at Thorndale and Sheridan.

Both artists will be available to discuss their work and answer any questions.

Schools and Youth Update48th Ward Teen Takeover
Join the 48th Ward Youth team as we open the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, for teens ages 13-17 on Monday, January 15, from 1-4pm. We are having a FREE basketball, volleyball, trapeze, and roller skating party featuring DJ Dan Luna spinning tunes all afternoon long.

Contact Taylor at taylor@48thward.org or 773-784-5277 with questions, or if you are an adult interested in volunteering at the event.

*Signed permission slips are required to participate in trapeze activities. Click here to download.

48th Ward Youth Advisory Council
Alderman Osterman’s Youth Advisory Council is looking for youth representatives to serve on the council. We hope to have every school in the 48th Ward represented. Meetings are every 2nd Thursday of the month at the Latin School Uptown & Edgewater Community Space (4956 N. Sheridan) from 4-5:30 PM. If you have an outstanding student in mind, please encourage them to attend our next meeting, Jan 11. Contact Taylor at taylor@48thward.org for more information. Click here to view a flyer.

Senior UpdateEdgewater Village Events
Interested in a movie with light refreshments?  Would you like to hear about winter traditions or folk music? Perhaps you would like to help create holiday cards for homebound seniors. Mark your calendars to attend these free activities sponsored by Edgewater Village; all are welcome. Click here for more information. Click here for schedule of upcoming events.

Edgewater Village encourages reading, laughing

Edgewater Village, one of the sponsors of the No Book Club, is co-sponsoring an evening No Book Club beginning Tues., Jan. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Edgewater Library.  Just talk for a few minutes about a book you’re currently reading or recently read. Click here for flyer. The next daytime No Book Club meeting will be 2-3 p.m.at the library on Monday, Jan. 22.

We’ll have you laughing out loud at the LOL Club beginning Monday, Jan. 22.  The first meeting will be 1- 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, on the second floor of the Edgewater Library.  Admission: at least one joke or funny story. Click here for flyer.

Elder Justice Center Seminars
Join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for the following two (2) Senior Enrichment Seminars scheduled to be held from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois in Courtroom 2005 on the dates indicated below:

“Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives:  When, What and Why?”
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Topics to include:

  • Power of Attorney for Healthcare
  • Power of Attorney for Property
  • Illinois Living Will Declaration
  • Do Not Resuscitate Order / POLST
  • Healthcare Surrogate Act

Seminar Speaker(s):

  • Claire McFarland, Esq. Executive Director, Elder Law & Wellness Initiative, NFP
  • Stacy J. Berk, Esq., Supervising Attorney – Adult Guardianship Division, Office of the Cook County Public Guardian

“Reverse Mortgages:  What You Should Know To Make An Informed Decision”
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Topics to 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

Seminar Speaker(s):

  • Professor R. Dennis Smith, The John Marshall Law School

Please call the Elder Justice Center at (312) 603-9233 today to reserve your seat.

​Project Connect​CJE ​Senior Life​ ​wants ​ to help isolated adults in the community by matching up people with a friendly calle​r/visitor. The volunteers will be trained by CJE staff and will call ​an older adult who i​s​ isolated. The relationship can evolve into a visit ​if the older adult ​and volunteer agree to meeting in person.

​Please see flyers for details and how to become a volunteer or if you know someone who could use this service.​
Click here to view Friendly Caller flyer.
Click here to view Friendly Caller FAQ.

Gallery 1070 Holiday Boutique

Presented by Edgewater Artists in Motion
Lots of new items just added. A convenient one-stop shop for your last-minute holidays shopping. From the whimsical and the functional to the inspiring and the uplifting, find something unique and thoughtful for everyone on your list.
Extended holiday hours:
Jan. 4-7 | 11am-7pm
48th Ward Days at Loyola University Basketball

48th Ward Night at Men’s Basketball
Saturday, Jan. 13, 3pm
Gentile Arena, 6511 N. Sheridan

Come out to support the Loyola Ramblers as they face the Bradley University Braves! Senn High School band will perform at the game, as well! Use code “48” for $5 tickets! Bring the whole family! Click here for tickets.

St. Andrew’s Edgewater Food Fest

Saturday, January 20, 3-8pm
Sunday, January 21, noon-3pm
St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan
Click here to view flyer

Enjoy Greek food, beer, wine, pastries, and other Greek delicacies. Admission is free, with plenty of parking on the church grounds. For more information, call the church office at 773-334-4515 or visit standreworthodox.org.

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
No Book Club expands; begins evening meeting Jan. 9

Friends of the Edgewater Library, one of the sponsors of the No Book Club, is co-sponsoring an evening No Book Club beginning Tues., Jan. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Edgewater Library.  Just talk for a few minutes about a book you’re currently reading or recently read. Click here for flyer. The next daytime No Book Club meeting will be 2-3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, at the library.

Swedish Language ClassesThe 14-week winter series of 90-minute Swedish language lessons will begin in January at the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville. Courses will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays in four levels of proficiency, if sufficient numbers of students are enrolled.

Beginners II classes, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, starting January 15, are taught in English for students who have some knowledge of basic grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis will be on vocabulary, grammar and spoken Swedish.

Beginners I classes, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays, also beginning January 15, are for students who have no knowledge of the Swedish language. Fundamentals of basic grammar, vocabulary, conversation, Swedish culture and traditions will be taught in English.

Conversation/Advanced classes, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on Wednesdays starting January 17, are for students who have mastered skills at the intermediate level and want to practice the Swedish language. The course, taught in Swedish, will focus on discussions, reading, and comparisons of Swedish and American culture and traditions.

Intermediate classes, from 8 to 9:30 p.m., also on Wednesdays beginning January 17, are for students who have working knowledge of Swedish, including elementary conversation and reading. Advanced grammar and vocabulary will be taught in Swedish and English.

Beginners classes are taught by Linn Austin of Chicago, who has degrees in art history and languages from the University of Stockholm and speaks four languages. The Intermediate and Advanced classes instructor is Benjamin Stopek of Chicago, who is a Swedish dual-citizen and a local theatre writer and director.

Tuitions for each class level, $200 for Museum members and $235 for non-members, must be paid no later than the first session. Books are not included. For questions or registration details, call 773-728-8222

Care For Real Update

Thanks and Happy Holidays from Care for Real
The holidays are an extra special time at Care for Real. Thanks to everyone in our community for your inspiring support. We couldn’t do it without you!

Chicago 2018 Point-In-Time Count of Homeless PersonsThe City of Chicago’s 2018 Homeless Count will take place on Thursday, January 25th.  The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) asks your help with informing Chicagoans about the citywide 2018 Count and to recruit volunteers for the night of the Count.

Full information about the Count and how to volunteer is available at:


Chicago’s Homeless Count is a point-in-time tally and survey of individuals in shelters and on the street conducted by trained volunteers. Information gathered from the Count is used for service and resource planning, advocating for continued federal funding for the City’s programs to prevent and reduce homelessness, and raising public awareness about homelessness in Chicago.

For 2018, our goal is to recruit and train more than 300 volunteers to work in teams of three or four, counting individuals in shelters and on the street.  Other City departments and partner agencies will also assist by counting the homeless on CTA buses and trains, in parks and at other key locations.

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

Holiday Boutique
December 8 to January 7
Thu & Fri 4-8pm; Sat & Sun 11am-6pm

Gallery 1070, 1070 W. Granville Avenue

This Holiday Season, forget “mainstream” and “commercial”. Shop local and give your loved ones the Gift of Art!
Gallery 1070’s Holiday Boutique offers curated selection of handmade objects that make for wonderfully thoughtful and unique gifts: Prints | Cards | Jewelry | Painted Eggs | Mittens & Scarves | Hand Sewn Purses | Hand Sewn Folk Art Baby Blankets | Mosaic Tiles | Painted Tiles | Ceramics | Original Paintings | Painted Gardening Pots | Furniture…and more. www.gallery1070.com
Drum Majors for Justice: Empowering Agents of Change
A Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Conference
January 13-14
North Shore Baptist Church, 5244 N. Lakewood
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

Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
By Black Button Eyes Productions
Performances January 5-28
The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

By Jackalope Theatre Co.
Performances January 8 – February 24
Jackalope Theatre, 5917 N. Broadway
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

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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