Weekly Update from Your Alderman – July 7, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Edgewater Greek Fest, Andersonville First Fridays, Chicago Ride for AIDS, and more!
July 7, 2017
Dear Neighbor:

This weekend hundreds of dedicated cyclists will participate in the Ride for AIDS Chicago, a 2-day, 200-mile ride benefiting Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN). This critical event brings together those living with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ advocates, cyclists, endurance athletes, and everyday folks to raise important funds to support TPAN’s efforts. TPAN, recently relocated next to our office on North Broadway, is an amazing organization that helps and supports those living with HIV and AIDS. This ride is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. If you have the ability to donate to this ride, all funds raised support individuals in our community and around the city living with HIV and AIDS. To learn how you can donate to support this event or be part of the post-ride celebration, click here.

Tonight the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce launches their new series called Andersonville First Fridays. The first Friday of every month will feature retailers with extended hours, special promotions, entertainment, and events. Tonight’s kick-off includes the grand opening of Transit Tees (5226 N. Clark), an art opening at Sidewinder Gallery (4880 N. Clark), free cookies at Jerry’s (5419 N. Clark), live acoustic music at Andersonville Brewing (5400 N. Clark), and more. Click here for the full run-down on special events and offerings tonight in Andersonville.

Join me this weekend for Edgewater Greek Fest at St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church. This event, in its 56th year, is a wonderful celebration of Greek heritage, featuring authentic Greek food, drinks, music, children’s activities, and dancing. Greek Fest will take place in the St. Andrew’s parking lot, 5649 N. Sheridan, on Saturday, July 8, 3-11pm and Sunday, July 9, noon-10:30pm. Click here for more information.

Thank you to everyone who came out to last night’s Argyle Night Market. It was a beautiful night with a record attendance of over 4,000 people! It was fitting that we celebrated Uptown United and the 20th District winning the 2016 MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award for their collaboration on the Argyle Night Market. Thank you to Uptown United, Argyle Street businesses, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, and the many volunteers who come together to make this weekly event a safe and positive experience in the community.

Have a great weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Construction Update

Loyola Ave. Water Main Project
The Department of Water Management and NPL Construction began work this week on a 500 ft. water main project project on Loyola Ave., from Sheridan to Winthrop. There will be parking restrictions associated with the work. Construction is expected to be completed by August 1.

Public Safety Update
Free Burglary Assessment
The 20th and 24th Police District are offering free home burglary assessments for our neighborhoods. We would like to do up to 5 assessments at any given time.

This is a free service provided by the Police Districts.  Neighbors are invited walk together during the assessment as each property may present a new opportunity for a burglar to gain access to your home.  Identifying these various ways a burglar can come into a home will help everyone be a little more prepared and safer by pinpointing distinct methods to secure vulnerabilities.

Please contact Marko Zaric in my office if you would like to participate in this free service. He can be reached at 773-784-5277 or Marko@48thward.org. This is for residential multi-unit buildings as well as single family homes.

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. The meeting location will alternate between the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway, and Engine 70 Fire House, 6030 N. Clark.  Click here to download a schedule.

Outdoor Movies in the Ward
All movies are weather permitting and begin at dusk.

Tuesday, July 11 – Moana– 8:30; Swift School, 5900 N. Winthrop; Edgewater Film Festival
Tuesday, July 18 – Beauty and the Beast– 8:30; Pierce School, 1424 W. Gregory; Edgewater Film Festival
Tuesday, July 25 – The Lego Batman Movie– 8:30; Senn Park, 5887 N. Ridge; Edgewater Film Festival
Saturday, July 29 – Hidden Figures– 8:30; Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan; Movies at Buttercup
Tuesday, August 1 – Lilo and Stitch– 8:30; Cedar Playlot Park, 5311 N. Winthrop; Edgewater Film Festival
Saturday, August 5 – Finding Dory– 8:15; Senn Park, 5887 N. Ridge; Movies in the Park
Tuesday, August 8 – Hairspray (1988)– 8:30; Alamo Shoes, 5336 N. Clark; Edgewater Film Festival
Saturday, August 12 – Finding Dory– Dusk; Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan; Movies at Buttercup
Tuesday, August 15 – Pretty in Pink– 8:30; Patio Beef, 6022 N. Broadway; Edgewater Film Festival
Saturday, August 26 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens– Dusk- Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan; Movies at Buttercup

Go Edgewater – Walking and Biking Tours

Early Edgewater Development: Tues. July 11th.  Meet at 5:45 pm. Edgewater farms, fields and Henrytown: Beyond Cochran’s original Edgewater developments.
Tour of Edgewater Public Gardens: Tues. July 18th.  Meet at 5:45 pm. at the Thorndale “L” stop.  Visit the Peterson Garden Project on Rosemont, the WANT & WEAR gardens along Ravenswood, and the garden at the Historical Society (with refreshments).
Lakefront Nature Ride: Tues. July 25th.  Meet at 5:45.  We will head south through Lincoln Park, to the Jarvis bird sanctuary at Addison St. visiting other natural areas along the way.

Click here to view the 2017 calendar of Go Edgewater tours.

Senior UpdatesFor more information about Edgewater Village, click here.
Be sure to check out the Edgewater Village Facebook page!

Super Aging in Edgewater
Every Thursday in July
Edgewater Senior Center Lounge, 5917 N. Broadway

A series of health presentations presented by Edgewater Village and the Loyola University Community Nursing Center. July 13, the presentation will be Big Benefits in Micronutrients- Exploring the Advantages of Including Micronutrients in Your Diet. Presentations are free and open to all community members. Includes light refreshments and a free raffle!
Click here for more information

Senior Seminars
Veterans’ Benefits: What Am I Entitled to?
Thursday, July 20
Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005

Speakers: Wendy Cappelletto, Esq., Office of the Public Guardian, Cook County, VA Accredited Attorney; Sharon Buchanan, Veteran Service Officer, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Sandwich Generation Series: The Wise Consumer
Wednesday, July 12
Wesley Place Bistro, 1415 W. Foster

In many ways, we are confident consumers. Yet, when it comes to managing the health care services of a family member, how do you measure up? Join us for an information session about health plans, housing, home care and providers! Register through Eventbrite here or call 773-596-2292

Sandwich Generation Series: Prepare to Care
Wednesday, July 19

Wesley Place Bistro, 1415 W. Foster
It’s never too soon to make a plan with your parent or loved one for the future. This Elderwerks session will prepare you to deal with life’s complications and help you care for someone close to you by focusing on the legal planning necessary in order to plan for today and the future. Register through Eventbrite here or call 773-596-2292

Sandwich Generation Series: Self Care for Adult Children Caregivers
Wednesday, July 26

Wesley Place Bistro, 1415 W. Foster
A Pew Research study revealed 47 percent of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent who is 65 or older while supporting a child. The impact of balancing these caregiver roles and other life commitments can be overwhelming. Learn what you can do to help manage these stressors, strengthen each of these relationships and take care of yourself.
Author Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW  offers a wealth of resources and information, and will be sharing her experience taking care of her aging father.
Register through Eventbrite here or call 773-596-2292

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

School & Youth News

Cedar Park Ice Cream Social
Monday, July 10
Cedar Park Playlot, 5311 N Winthrop

Come join us at Cedar Park Playlot for our Cedar Park Ice Cream Social! Come play in the park and enjoy free ice cream with your family and friends.
Click here for more information

Tiger Tutor Scholarships Available

A new ACT and SAT tutoring service based out of Chicago, Tiger Tutor focuses on individualized, high quality instruction. The program is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic and collegiate goals and works closely with both students and parents to provide unique study plan and curricula. Tiger Tutor is a program run by Chinese Mutual Aid Association, an over 35-year-old community-based social services agency with offices in Chicago and Elgin. Click here for a flyer with information about scholarships. For further questions about Tiger Tutor or the scholarship opportunity, please contact Tiger Tutor’s Academic and Enrollment Adviser, Grace Chan McKibben, at GraceM@TigerTutor.com.

Preschool and Kindergarten Spots Still Available for 2017-18
Great learning and discovery starts at Northside Catholic Academy. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA believes that a stimulating, joyful environment with a child-centered curriculum gives children the best start in school. NCA offers flexible half-day and full-day preschool options, and a full-day kindergarten program. NCA’s early childhood curriculum stimulates learning through play, hands-on activities, music and art. The small class size, individual attention and nurturing environment helps students thrive.
Call 773-743-6277 ext. 207to schedule a tour today.

Storytime in the Parks
Bring your kids for reading and fun from 12:30-1:30 every Saturday at Cochran Park around the new Little Free Library! Ages 3-6 are welcome to join this free event!

CAPS Night Out
Join us at Swift School Play Ground and Parking Lot, 5900 N Winthrop Ave, from 5PM to 7PM on Wednesdays, starting on June 28 and going through August 23, for CAPS Night Out!
All of the 48th Ward and Edgewater is invited to come together with neighbors, family, friends and the Chicago Police Department this summer to play basketball, soccer, chalk and more!  There will be activities for kids and adults of all ages.

Backyard Bible Club with NewStory Church
All kids, ages Pre-K through 5th grade are invited to join NewStory Church’s Backyard Bible Club at Swift School next week, Tuesday, July 11th through Friday, July 14th from 10am-12pm at 5900 N. Winthrop.  We’ll play games, make crafts, sing songs and learn more about Jesus and God’s amazing love for all people. Snacks and drinks are provided and there is no cost!
Click here for more information

AYSO Soccer

Register for AYSO Soccer! Sunday games – Northside Chicago

Soccer teams for girls and boys, ages 3-18. Fall 2017 season from Sept. 10 – Oct. 19 and Spring 2018 starts in April – games on Sunday afternoons at Rogers Park (Rockwell & Jarlath)
Playground & Schoolyard Program for kids ages 3 – 5
Registration fee for Soccer teams or 3-5 year old program: $155 for Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 season (includes uniform). Family discount $10 off per sibling if you register for full fall/spring season! Want to only play the fall season? Only $105 (no discounts apply).
Register online at http://ayso.bluesombrero.com/region1206. Scholarships available for those in need.
In person registration date for new players: Sun. 6/11 from 2 – 4 pm at Rogers Park Fieldhouse, corner of Rockwell & Jarlath. If you miss this, it’s not too late, you can register online and submit child’s proof of age separately.
Questions: email registrar@rpayso.org or call/text (773) 262-9871.

Teen Summer Paid Mentorship

6018North is offering a summer paid mentorship program. Students would learn woodworking (4 days a week) and video making (1 day a week). Working with professional artists, students would learn valuable skills by building windows and a performance stage or creating videos about their experiences.
Pay is $9.00 an hour, 20 hours a week for 12 weeks.
June 27- August
For more information visit 6018north.org or email 6018North@gmail.com.

Job Openings at Sears

Sears is offering positions for Entry Level, Mid-Career and Experienced/Veteran Technicians and is offering paid training. Carpet / Air Duct Cleaning Technicians work together in the customer’s home during the pre-scheduled appointment providing cleaning services. Learn the skills and tools needed to maximize potential with our promotional opportunities.

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Recipients of High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Valid U.S. Driver’s License
  • Ability to life/shift/move 50 lbs. regularly

Each of the jobs we host has an hourly base + commission draw pay structure. Rates begin at $10.50 and can reach $22.00 per hour on average, but are based on experience as determined by the unit manager.
Click here for 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
Writing Workshop

Join other writers in the Edgewater community in an exchange of feedback and support in your writing endeavors.  Held in conjunction with the Community Writing Project, we will have an experienced facilitator on hand to guide the discussion.  Teens and older are welcome.  We meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway.
Read all about it.

Sweet deal offered during July!
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Friends of the Edgewater Library and Lickity Split during the entire month of July, and you’ll get a sweet deal.
Show your library card at Lickity Split, 6056 N. Broadway, and receive a 20% discount on any single custard item, excluding pints and quarts. Don’t have a library card? Pick up an application at the Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway, (or any Chicago Public Library).  Read about the kinds of identification you’ll need to receive a free library card and answers to other frequently asked questions.
Click here to view an informational flyer.

Care for Real News

Care for Real Expanding our Service Area
After piloting the opportunity during the first half of 2017, Care for Real is pleased to announce we are expanding our food distribution program!  Our boundary areas now include:
Devon Avenue south to Lawrence Ave.
Western Avenue east to Lake Shore Drive

The new expansion will allow us to continue to provide the highest level of free programs and services to our neighbors in need (the majority including seniors and working families with kids under the age of 18).   We give thanks to our donors, supporters and volunteers whose dedication to our mission has allowed us the opportunity to reach so many seeking assistance.

Become a CFR Special Events Ambassador
Care for Real is seeking Special Events Ambassadors!  Do you have an outgoing personality?  Want to give back to our community and help Care for Real in a meaningful way?  We are looking for volunteers to help represent Care for Real at special events:  manning tables at block clubs, street fairs and festivals, helping out with fundraisers and attending other very fun benefits.  If interested in joining our team, please send an email to info@careforreal.org!

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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
Andersonville First Fridays
Friday, July 7
Click here for more information

Polite and Powerful Stewards Events for Youth
Saturday, July 8
WEISS Senior Center Conference Room, 4646 N. Marine
Click here for more information

Egdewater Greek Fest
Saturday, July 8 & Sunday, July 9
3-11pm, 12-10:30pm
St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

EGA Garden Walk
Sunday, July 9
1420 W. Glenlake
Click here for more information

Summer Block Party
Sunday, July 9
Sheridan Park, Malden from Lawrence to Leland
Click here for more information

Cedar Park Ice Cream Social
Monday, July 10
Cedar Park Playlot, 5311 N Winthrop
Click here for more information

North Lake Shore Drive Public Meeting 3
Wednesday, July 12
DePaul University Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield
Click here for more information

100,000 Opportunities Hiring and Resource Fair
Wednesday, July 12
Olive-Harvey College, 10001 S. Woodlawn
Click here for more information

LGBTQ Financial Empowerment Seminar
Wednesday, July 12
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Floor 12, Suite 1212
Click here for more information

Utility Bill Community Workshop
Wednesday, July 12
845 W. Wilson, Floor 2

Peterson Garden Project Homemade Pasta Class
Saturday, July 15
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, Floor 2
Click here for more information

Tastes of Summer
Sunday, July 16
5500 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

4th Annual Peer Pedersen Open
Monday, July 17
9am – 7:30pm
Exmoor Country Club, Highland Park

Come out and enjoy a day of golf or tennis benefiting the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club!
Click here for more informationCrime Abatement Workshops for Landlords
July 19, 2017
1016 W. Argyle
Click here for more information

Network and New Look of Uptown
Wednesday, July 26
Fat Cat Bar, 4840 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Summer Sidewalk Sale
Friday, July 28- Sunday, July 30
4900 to 5800 N. Clark
Click here for more information

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 1
Northwest corner of Thorndale and Winthrop
Click here for more information

Community Justice Center North Open House
Tuesday, August 1
5333 N. Western
Click here for more information

Arts & Culture

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

That’s Weird Grandma: Attack of the Phantom of the BBQ
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performance Monday, June 26
Neo- Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland
Click here for more information.

Time Stands Still
By AstonRep Theatre Company
Performances May 11 – June 11
Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information.

Lela & Co.
By Cordelia Lynn
Performed by Steep Theatre Company
Performances July 13 – August 19
Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information.

Pivot Arts Festival
By Pivot Arts
June 1 – June 11
Click here for more information.

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