Weekly Update from Your Alderman – June 30, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: CAPS Night Out, Argyle Night Market, Uptown Ribfest, 1436 W. Berwyn Update, Fourth of July, and more!
June 30, 2017
Dear Neighbor:

This week we kicked off our summer schedule with CAPS Night Out. We had over 100 people come out to Buttercup Park and to Swift School Playground. These events are designed to have police and community residents enjoy a safe and positive night at parks and schools in our community. Click here for our calendar of summer events.

Thank you to the more than 50 neighbors who came out to last Saturday’s community meeting with CDOT about the neighborhood bikeway network pilot project. We had a productive and solution-oriented meeting and will be announcing a date soon for a bike ride with CDOT for an on-the-ground survey of the community. If you were not able to attend the meeting and would like to provide input on where you’d like to see improved bicycle infrastructure in the ward, please email ally@48thward.org.

I want to thank the over 150 people who came out this week to listen to a development plan for an iconic building in Andersonville, 1436 W. Berwyn Ave. The overwhelming sentiment of those in attendance at the meeting, as well as people who have reached out to my office, was in opposition to the tear-down of this important Andersonville house, as well as the desire to save a 100 year-old Elm tree. I share the strong belief that this building should not be taken down and will do everything I can to prevent that from happening. The developer was not in attendance, but had representatives there. The feedback from our meeting will be conveyed to the developer. We will keep you informed on developments regarding this matter. If you have any interest in purchasing this building and preserving it as a single family or 2-flat home, please reach out to the attorney Tom Moore (click here to email).

This afternoon, Business Partners, the Chamber for Uptown kicks off their annual Windy City Ribfest at Lawrence and Broadway.This three-day festival features award winning rib vendors from around the world, live music, and daytime activities for kids. There will also be strolling performances by Uptown favorites CircEsteem, Chinese Mutual Aid Association Youth Lion Dance Team, and Uptown Underground. For the full festival line-up, click here.

The fifth annual Argyle Night Market begins this Thursday, July 6, 5-9pm. This event is a weekly celebration every Thursday evening on Argyle between Sheridan and Kenmore, featuring food, art, live music, and more. This Thursday, we will officially celebrate Uptown United and the 20th Police District winning the 2016 MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award for their collaboration on the Argyle Night Market. Chinese Mutual Aid Association will also have a Playstreets event during the market on Kemore between Argyle and Winona, featuring a bounce house, sports, and games. Please join me for this festive and vibrant event.

I hope you have a safe and happy July 4th holiday. Locally, the Saddle & Cycle Club will have fireworks on Tuesday, July 4, at dusk. This display can be viewed from many of our community’s beaches.

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.

Peterson Garden Project – Feasts of Resistance

Resistance doesn’t only take the form of protests and marches—it’s in the food we share, the stories we tell, the gardens we grow. Food shapes culture and conflict shapes food—that’s the premise of Peterson Garden Project’s new Feasts of Resistance cooking class series starting May 25. Explore, cook, and eat iconic dishes from around the world—Burma to Ethiopia, Syria to Haiti, and beyond—that were created or affected by social or political unrest. Sign up for one class or all six at http://bit.ly/PGP_Feasts.

Proceeds from this hands-on cooking series fund PGP’s summer programming for teen refugee girls in GirlForward, dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution.

The locations featured in the classes highlight the countries of GirlForward participants. This summer, PGP will be working with Camp GirlForward campers to share stories from their countries as they garden and cook together. Each week, girls will tend and harvest herbs and vegetables for class, cook a dish focused on that week’s region, and sit down at the end of class to share what they’ve made.

Feasts of Resistance is just one way Peterson Garden Project supports refugees in our community. Learn more about all of PGP’s refugee programming, including garden scholarships and free cooking education, and donate to help ensure everyone is welcome at the table at http://bit.ly/PGP_EveryoneisWelcome.

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

Saturday, July 1 – Sing– 8:30; Senn Park, 5887 N. Ridge; Movies in the Park
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

Evening ride to Evanston; Tues. June 27, 5:45pm. Meet at the Thorndale “L” stop and take side-street bike routes to Church St. at the Purple Line station in Evanston.A leisurely ride of about 10 miles round trip.
Early Edgewater Development: Tues. July 11, 5:45pm. Meet at the Thorndale “L” stop.  Edgewater farms, fields and Henrytown: Beyond Cochran’s original Edgewater developments.

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!

Senior Sewer Rebate
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.  If you’ve applied for and received this rebate in prior years, you may have received a letter from the City’s Committee on Finance to sign and remit.  If you haven’t received the letter or a rebate in prior years, 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.​  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.

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. Beginning July 6 with What’s All the Buzz About?- The Benefits of Local Honey. Presentations are free and open to all community members. Includes light refreshments and a free raffle!
Click here for more information

Senior Seminars

Benefits and Services: Do You Know About This?
Thursday, July 6
Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005

Speakers: Kate McCartin, Legal Assistance Foundation, Public Benefits Practice Group; Elizabeth Steimel, Community Engagement and Benefits Access Specialist

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

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

School & Youth News

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.

Soccer Clinic
Soccer Clinic at Swift School Play Ground, 5900 N Winthrop Ave, from Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30, from 10:30am – 12:00pm.
School is finally out!  Wondering what to do with your kids?  We hope your child will join James Kitia and a host of community volunteers for our 5th Annual Soccer Clinic! Your child will develop practical skills as well as learn good character. Water will be provided for all children from Kindergarten through 8th grade. All skill levels are welcome!

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
Friends of the Edgewater Library seeks input for programs
Do book clubs, movies, a speaker series, performances and discussion groups interest you? What other programs and activities would you like Friends of the Edgewater Library to consider offering the community?

Please take a moment to complete a short survey (click here to download) and drop it off in a box at the counter next to the library’s circulation desk at 6000 N. Broadway.  Printed copies of the survey also are available there.  Friends of the Edgewater Library is a volunteer, non-profit organization that supports the Edgewater Branch Library with materials and programming.

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.

Care for Real News

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!

“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
Windy City Rib Fest
Friday to Sunday, June 30- July 2
Broadway (Leland to Lawrence)
Click here for more information

Lawrence Jaunt Ride to Argyle Night Market
Thursday, July 6
Bikes N’ Roses, 4747 N Sawyer
Click here for more information

Benefits and Services Seminar
Thursday, July 6
Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005
Click here for more information

Storytelling Circle
Thursday, July 6
Lounge of the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center, Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway
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

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

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 informationCommunity 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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