Weekly Update from Your Alderman- July 5, 2019

Dear Neighbor,

I hope everyone enjoyed a fun and peaceful Independence Day yesterday. 

Next week is the first full week of 48th Ward Safe Summer Nights programming, I hope you’ll join me at one or more of our events. I am excited to announce the launch of a new series of Monday night events on Berwyn Ave. In partnership with Steep Theatre, The Boxcar, Rewired Cafe, and Edgewater Chamber of Commerce/SSA #26, come out to enjoy food trucks, musics, games, and community on Berwyn Ave. between the train tracks and Winthrop from 5-8pm each Monday night through the end of August. Click here for the Facebook event to invite your friends.

Other regular events that begin this week include:

  • Tuesday, July 9: 48th Ward Outdoor Movies – This week we will be screening Dumbo on the Swift School playground, 5900 N. Winthrop. This movie is sponsored by Minas TV, Pete’s Pizza, and NewStory Church. Refreshments will be available for purchase, with all proceeds supporting Friends of Swift. Movie starts at dusk (around 8pm). Click here for the Facebook event page to invite your friends.
  • Wednesday, July 10: CAPS Night Out – We’ll be out at Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan, and the Swift School playground, 5900 N. Winthrop, from 5-7pm. There will be sports, games, music, and hot dogs, and officers from the 20th and 24th Police Districts will join the community for a night of fun! Want to invite your friends? Click here for the Buttercup Facebook event.Click here for the Swift event.
  • Thursday, July 12: Argyle Night Market – Come out to opening night of the Argyle Night Market! Located on Argyle St. between Sheridan and Kenmore, this weekly event features cultural performances, live music, delicious street food, children’s activities, and more! Every Thursday night, from 5-9pm. Click here for the Facebook event page to invite your friends.

Next week we begin holding Summer Hours at the 48th Ward office, 5533 N. Broadway. Starting Tuesday, July 9, our office will be open from 9am – 7pm on Tuesdays. Email harry@48thward.org if you would like to schedule an appointment during our extended Tuesday hours, or just drop in.

I am hosting an informational meeting on Monday, July 8, 6:30pm, at 5300 N. Broadway, to share information about a plan for a Chicago Public Schools Early Childhood Education site at this location. This use would require a special use zoning permit. This site would open for the 2020-2021 school year and would support Peirce Elementary School and other local CPS schools in the ward. If you are unable to attend the meeting and have questions about this project, please email me at harry@48thward.org.

Enjoy your weekend and be safe. If you’re staying local during this long weekend, please stop by Windy City Ribfest in Uptown to support the great work of Business Partners – The Chamber for Uptown and Uptown United.

Sincerely,

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

CTA Utility Relocation — Bryn Mawr Construction Begins Monday, July 8
Comed continues with utility relocation in preparation for the CTA Red Purple Modernization (RPM) Project. Crews will be working on Bryn Mawr Ave. between Broadway and Winthrop beginning Monday, July 8, and running six weeks. Street parking will be restricted in this area, but traffic will remain open in both directions, though lanes may shift. 

The #84 Peterson Bus will be rerouted to Thorndale and Hollywood during this time. Click here to view the reroute map.

See below for more information about construction related to utility work for RPM.
Public Safety UpdateLast Friday morning and Monday evening, there were shots fired on Winona near Winthrop. No one was injured in either incident. 20th Police District Commander Sean Loughran and his team have been canvassing the area. This increased police presence will remain, and this area remains a focal point to address safety. If you see suspicious or criminal activity, please call 911. Alderman Osterman will be at the Argyle Night Market on Thursday evening if you would like to stop by and talk with him about safety concerns. Please email Alan Oviedo in our office at alan@48thward.org with any public safety related questions or concerns.
2019 Beat Meeting Schedules
Click here to view the schedule for the 20th District CAPS Beat Meetings
Click here to view the schedule for the 24th District CAPS Beat Meeting
If you want to know which police district and beat you belong to, click here to find out.
Community Meeting re: 5300 N. Broadway
Monday, July 8
6:30pm
5300 N. Broadway

Alderman Osterman is hosting a community regarding a proposed Special Use Zoning Permit at 5300 N. Broadway that would allow Chicago Public Schools to open and operate an early childhood education center at this location. Neighbors impacted by this use are invited to attend the meeting to learn more. Please email harry@48thward.org with questions.
CPS Free Summer Lunch ProgramThe CPS LunchStop summer meal program will provide free lunch to children ages 1-18 at nearly 100 outdoor community sites throughout Chicago. The CPS LunchStop Program serves free, healthy meals in a fun and familiar environment to help make nutritious meals more accessible to students and the community during the summer.

LunchStop locations operate from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at locations across the city. To find a location, parents can visit the 2019 summer meal map at cps.edu/summermealsmap, call the Illinois Hunger Hotline at (800) 359-2163 or text FOODIL to 877877. 

CPS’ free summer meals are funded through the Summer Food Service Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. In addition to LunchStop locations, free meals are also available this summer through programming at hundreds of locations throughout Chicago.
DETAILS FOR PARENTS:
WHAT: CPS LunchStop Free Lunch Program
WHO: Open to ALL children ages 1-18 – children do NOT need to be CPS students in order to receive a free lunch. 
48TH WARD LOCATIONS:Peirce School, 1423 W. Bryn MawrSenn High School, 5900 N. GlenwoodSwift High School, 5900 N. WinthropTo find a location, go to cps.edu/summermealsmap and click “LunchStop” (Note: the map feature includes both LunchStops and indoor locations that host summer programs, including summer school.) Parents and students can also call the Illinois Hunger Hotline at (800) 359-2163 or text FOODIL to 877877.WHEN:Monday, June 24, through Friday, August 23, 2019Meals are available Monday – Friday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m

Vote for Edgewater’s First Ever Pet Mayor!
Voting Period: June 1 – August 1
The Edgewater Chamber has partnered with Care for Real to launch the first ever Edgewater’s Pet Mayor campaign. Six candidates are running to win hearts and votes, all you have to do is donate $1 to place your vote (multiple votes are encouraged). 
Click here for more information 

Edgewater Greek Fest
July 12-14
St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

It’s the party of the summer as the 58th Annual Edgewater Greek Fest at St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church, on Chicago’s northside, celebrates Hellenic Heritage.

Expect world famous Greek hospitality over three days with flavorful food including authentic Greek dishes, music, dancing, a Greek DJ and band, kids’ activities, artisans, a raffle with cash prizes and more.

At Edgewater Greek Fest, everyone is proudly Hellenic for at least a day!

Edgewater Glen Garden WalkJuly 14, noon-5pm
Starting point at 1420 W. Glenlake
Adults $5, children free
See www.edgeglen.com for more details.

Events at Helix Cafe, 6237 N Clark
Click here for more information

Memoir Writing Workshop with Joan Chandler
Wednesday, July 10
7-8:30pm

Remote Worker Meet-Up
Every Tuesday
All Day

What’s Happening at the Libraries

The Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., 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
 

Job and Volunteer Opportunities
Andersonville is hiring! 

Did you know that there is a job portal on the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce website? If you’re looking for a job or looking to hire, please check out the listings page here.
Families Together Cooperative Nursery School is hiring!

The nursery school is hiring for two new part-time positions–Supervising Teacher and Program Assistant for their new 2019-2020 aftercare program.
Click here for more information
Volunteer at Argyle Night Market
Every Thursday from July 11 to August 29
5-7 and 7-9 weekly
Argyle, between Sheridan & Kenmore
Click here for more information

Volunteer to tutor adults in English
Chinese Mutual Aid Association is actively recruiting volunteers of all levels of experience and they provide free training as needed.
Click here for more information 

Musical Summer Camp: Chicago Kids Got Talent
Unity Chicago Church
July 1-August 30
Click here for more information

48th Ward Youth Advisory Council
The purpose of this council began with our desire to make a difference in the way youth engage, learn, and participate in the community they call home. The council plans community events that will others in the community will enjoy. They get the opportunity to meet with other leaders in our community. If you want to learn more or have any questions contact PC at pc@48thward.org.

VBS Summer Camp – Caring for our Environment
Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19
9am – Noon
Ages 4 – 5th Grade
Pilgrim Lutheran Church & School, 4300 N. Winchester
Click here for more information

Not For All the Tea in China – Youth Play
July 25 & 26
Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden, 4919 N. Winthrop
Click here for more information

Circles and Ciphers Events
Circles & Ciphers is a hip-hop infused restorative justice organization led by and for young people who are impacted by violence. Click here to learn more.
Summer Camps at Chicago Filmmakers
Sign up for a blockbuster summer! The two-week Digital Moviemaking Camps engage youth + teens (age 9-17) in all stages of the filmmaking process + encourage campers to work collaboratively to make short films. A truly unique experience, the camp is sure to ignite creativity foster critical thinking skills they can bring with them into the next school year. Click here for more information and to learn about all of the camps Chicago Filmmakers offer.

Powers of Attorney Healthcare / Financial Clinic
The Cook County Elder Justice Center in partnership with the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services under the Elder Help Desk initiative is now offering a new Powers of Attorney Healthcare / Financial Clinic every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month in the Elder Justice Center. Please see the attached announcement for further details and begin sharing this information with your friends, family and colleagues. Click here for more information
Staying Cool in Hot Weather
Wednesday, July 10
12:30-1:30pm
Edgewater Senior Satellite Center, 5917 N Broadway
Learn how to identify early signs of heat-related illnesses and take measures to stay cool and remain hydrated. Presented by Loyola University Community Health Nursing Center students.

The Real Wizard of Oz: Life and Stories of L. Frank Baum
Friday, July 12
1:30-2:30pm
Edgewater Library, 6000 N Broadway, second floor
Travel the Yellow Brick Road on a humorous and lively presentation by Edgewater resident, Ray Wohl.

Gentle Chair Yoga: Disability Awareness Month 
Saturday, July 13
11–12pm 
Betty A. Barclay Community Room, 6000 N Broadway                                           
A gentle, refreshing seated yoga practice open to everyone. Wheelchair users, seniors, and people new to yoga are encouraged to attend. Instructor Kate Maley has completed special training in adaptive yoga techniques.

Ice Cream Social and Singalong
Monday, July 15
12:30-2pm
The Bourbon Street Strummers will lead a singalong and Edgewater Village will present their programming while ice cream is served. 
Edgewater Senior Satellite Center, 5917 N Broadway

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Wednesday, July 17
12:30-1:30pm
Loyola University Community Health Nursing Center students present tips to improving sleep.

Meetup: Pearl’s Southern Comfort
Thursday, July 18
6pm
5352 N Broadway
Edgewater Village friends will enjoy a taste of New Orleans with separate checks. Register by July 13
Click here for more information

Construction Activity Notices – CTA RPM Utility Relocation WorkUnderground Utility Work – 1109-1114 W. Balmoral (6/27 – 7/12) — Click for details
Underground Utility Work – 1105-1115 W. Berwyn (6/28 – 7/12) — Click for details
Underground Utility Work – 1107 W. Winona (7/8-7/12) — Click for details
Underground Utility Work – 1109-1117 W. Bryn Mawr (7/8-8/16) #84 BUS ROUTE WILL BE IMPACTED — Click for details
Underground Utility Work – 1101-1126 W. Lawrence (7/8-8/30) — Click for details
CTA RPM Project UpdateCTA continues to make progress on the advance work we need to complete before we begin major construction on the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project. The work we’re doing includes relocating utility lines and equipment to make room for new track structure that will be built as part of RPM. Last month, CTA held public meetings about the project’s progress and the timeline for construction of the new Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr. That information, including Q&As from the meetings, can be found at transitchicago.com/RPM
Below is the weekly utility and demolition update for the LBMM project area:
Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Leland and Foster and at all cross streets from Leland to FosterLawrence:  Underground duct bank installation the alley east of the tracks south of Lawrence is approximately 83% complete.
Ainslie: Underground duct bank installation in the alley east of the tracks south of Ainslie continued.  Duct bank installation is approximately 99% complete.
Ainslie:  RCN/Comcast Underground duct bank and manhole installation on Ainslie is 100% complete.
Ainslie:  Cable installation continued in the east alley north and south of Ainslie.
Argyle:  Underground duct bank installation did not take place last week in the alley east of the tracks south of Argyle.  Duct bank installation is approximately 90% complete.
Argyle:  In the east alley south of Argyle ComEd continued preparations for pole replacement.
Winona:  Cable installation in the east alley south of Winona continued this week.
Foster:  Cable installation continued in the east alley north of Foster. 
Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Foster and Balmoral and at all cross streets from Foster to BalmoralBalmoral:  RCN/Comcast completed underground conduit and manhole installation.
Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Balmoral and Bryn Mawr and at all cross streets from Balmoral to Bryn MawrCatalpa:  The ComEd manhole was installed and the underground duct bank installation continues on Catalpa.  Duct bank installation is approximately 98% complete.  
Bryn Mawr:  Underground duct bank installation in the alley east of the tracks south of Bryn Mawr did not take place last week.  Duct bank installation is approximately 84% complete. 

Upcoming Events

Chicago Mindful Psychotherapy
Monthly group schedule throughout April
Chicago Mindful Psychotherapy, 5537 N Clark St
Click here for more information

Free Children’s Dance Classes
Every other Sunday
Latin’s Uptown Space, 4956 N Sheridan
Click here for more information

Adult Career Education Programs
Every Wednesday and Thursday
11:00 am
Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, 1701 W 13th St
Click here for more information

Chicago Filmmakers has multiple events including film showings and classes. Click here for more information. 
Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N Ridge Ave

Chicago Community Learning Center Weekly Informational Sessions
Weekly at 11:00 am
Chicago Community Learning Center, 4753 N Broadway #602
Click here for more information

Arts & Culture

https://www.otherworldtheatre.orgSee the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Gallery of Contemporary Mosaic show: Essays on Stone and Light
July 6 – September 7
Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics (GoCM) located at 1127 W Granville Ave
Click here for more information

Gallery 1070 Art Show: Photography & Sculpture
June 20 – July 27
Gallery 1070, 1070 W. Granville
Click here for more information

Rivendell Theatre Presents: Something Clean
June 16 – July 21
Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 North Lincoln Ave
Click here for more information 

Hell in a Handbag Productions Presents THE DRAG SEED
July 5 – August 24 
Mary’s Attic, 5400 N Clark St
Click here for more information

Redtwist Theatre Presents: King Lear
July 6 – August 4
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
Click here for more information

Robin Witt to direct Alistair McDowall’s Pomona
July 18 – August 24
Steep Theatre, 1115 West Berwyn Ave
Click here for more information

Otherworld Theatre Presents Super Richard World III
July 19th-August 4th
Otherworld Theatre, 3914 N Clark Street
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

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