Weekly Update from Your Alderman – March 16, 2018

 March 16, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

On Tuesday, 6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer and I held a press conference with the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability and other community organizations from around the city announcing the upcoming introduction of an ordinance creating civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department with the establishment of the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability. This ordinance is in direct response to the Mayor’s Task Force on Police Accountability’s recommendations that a civilian oversight board be created in an effort to repair relations between Chicago’s citizens and the Chicago Police Department, and to make our neighborhoods safer. The proposed ordinance includes the establishment of a Community Police Commission with oversight over Chicago Police Department, Police Board, and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), and elected District Councils intended to increase communication between police and civilians and have a role in selecting members of the Commission.

While our community enjoys a strong and collaborative relationship with the Commanders and Officers of the 20th and 24th Police Districts, this is not true in communities across the city. I am supportive of a community-driven approach to restoring trust between police and neighbors. Citizens must feel safe calling police when they observe crime in their neighborhoods. Likewise, police must feel empowered to do their critical work of protecting us. The GAPA Ordinance as proposed is informed by community input after over 100 meetings attended by nearly 2,000 Chicagoans. I believe this is the right first step to restoring trust in the Chicago Police Department. In the weeks to come, I will be talking to key stakeholders including members of the Chicago Police Department, fellow Aldermen, and Chicagoans like you, to get feedback about the ordinance. Please review the ordinance and share with me your feedback.
Click here to view the draft ordinance.
Click here to read GAPA’s report on their findings from community meetings.
Click here to read a Chicago Tribune editorial about the proposed ordinance.

Last Friday, a robbery incident occurred at Winthrop and Foster, which resulted in the shooting of a 15 year-old male. The victim was taken to a hospital, where his condition was stabilized. Police are currently investigating the incident, no arrests have been made. If you have any additional information about this incident, please contact area north detectives at 312-744-8263.

Our community lost a fierce advocate for public safety with the passing of Lynn Pierce. Lynn leaves an incredible legacy in her wake. She lived in the Edgewater community for more than 30 years and poured so much of herself into making the community what it is today. Lynn served on the first Local School Council at Swift Elementary School, was an active member of the EPIC Block Club, and coordinated the annual Edgewater Neighborhood Yard Sale for more than 20 years, an event that has grown to include every block club in the ward, with more than 200 sellers. Most significantly, Lynn established the Thorndale Action Task Force, bringing business owners on the 1100 block of Thorndale Ave. together to advocate for public safety on the block. Lynn also was one of our community’s most diligent Court Advocates, representing our community at hundreds of court dates to ensure justice was brought to individuals committing crimes in our community. This is just scratching the surface of Lynn’s contributions to the Edgewater community. Her impact will continue to be felt for many generations to come. Lynn remains a shining example of the impact one person can make when they get involved in the service of community and their fellow neighbors.

On Wednesday, thousands of students in our community participated in the National Student Walkout, taking a stand against gun violence. It was inspiring to see the youth of our community learn to use their voices, and I thank the adults who are supporting and fostering civic engagement among our youngest neighbors. They are our future leaders, and it is our duty to listen to them and guide their energy in a productive and positive direction. If you know a teen looking to get more engaged, we would love to have them join the 48th Ward Youth Advisory Council. Please email taylor@48thward.org for more information about upcoming meetings.

There are two opportunities today to support local schools’ fundraising efforts:

  • Dining Out for Swift at Patio Beef
    Today Patio Beef, 6022 N. Broadway, is donating 10% of all sales to Swift Elementary School (5900 N. Winthrop). We are grateful to the local businesses who support our local schools. Click here for more information.
  • Brews for Bulldogs
    Friends of Senn is hosting their annual Brews For Bulldogs fundraiser tonight, 6:30pm, at Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 N. Ravenswood. Funds raised at this event will support programming at Senn High School (5900 N. Glenwood). Click here for more information.

On Monday, March 19, my office will host the annual 48th Ward Senior Resource Fair, in partnership with Edgewater Village. This event will be the biggest Senior Fair yet, featuring more than 70 service providers and organizations offering information about medial care, energy efficiency, senior programs, and other opportunities for the mature adults in our community. Please join us on Monday, from 10am – 1pm, at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. See below for more information.

Congratulations to Loyola University Men’s Basketball team on an outstanding and exciting win yesterday! The Ramblers are advancing to the next round of the NCAA tournament, facing off against Tennessee tomorrow at 5:10pm. Please be sure to watch the tournament and celebrate our hometown heroes locally at any of the many great bars and restaurants in Edgewater, Andersonville, and Uptown.

I hope everyone celebrating has a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow. If you’re at the parade tomorrow, wave to us!


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Ribbon Cutting at Dave Frederickson State Farm Agent

Earlier this week the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and my office helped celebrate the grand opening of State Farm Agent Dave Frederickson’s new location at 6255 N. Clark. Dave has served our community as a State Farm agent since 1996 and is a long-standing member on the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Dave and his team are a valued part of our community — congratulations on your expansion!

Yo-Yo Ma Visits Swift and Senn Schools

As part of the CSO Connect program, Swift students were treated to a performance by the members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, along with special guest Yo-Yo Ma. After the performance, students performed their own original music compositions for Mr. Ma that amplify the learning they’ve done in their science and social studies classes. Two of the pieces performed explored two very different, but similar subjects: The impact of climate change on our planet and the impact of bullying on the human body. Yo-Yo Ma and Swift students also paid honor to the young people in Florida and in Chicago who have lost their lives to gun violence.

Yo-Yo Ma visited Senn to mark the beginning of a partnership with the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Civic musicians, and Yo-Yo played together with Senn music students in a side by side rehearsal that featured two pieces of music that will be performed with the full Civic Orchestra at Senn High School on Sunday, April 29. Leading up to this performance, students will have several opportunities to work with Civic musicians in master class settings. Yo-Yo’s visit was an experience that Senn students will never forget!

Public Safety Update

20th Police District Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 10am-noon
20th District Community Room, 5400 N. Lincoln
Click here for more information

Citizens Police Academy
The Chicago Police Department has a unique opportunity for citizens to learn important strategies for a safer community and an opportunity to discover the day to day operations of the police department.  The object of the program is to give attendees a better understanding of police operations and community relations and how they work together to achieve a stronger and safer community.
The program is called “Citizens Police Academy” it runs from Tuesday, April 10 to Tuesday, June 12, 2018.  The classes meet every Tuesday6:00pm to 9:00pm, at the Chicago Police Academy located at 1300 W. Jackson, 2nd Fl Atrium.
The requirement for the participants of the Citizen’s Police Academy as follows:
  • 21 or older
  • Live or work in the city
  • No prior felony
  • No pending court cases
  • Must be approved by District Commander
There will be 10 sessions, 3 hours each.  The last week (week 10) will be graduation.  All participants that complete a minimum of 7 weeks will receive a certificate of completion.  All applications must be forward to the Community Policing Sergeant at 20th District along with a photo copy of the applicants Driver License or State Id to: atour.bethishou@chicagopolice.org   no Later than March 28th, 2018.

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.

Ward Project Updates

CTA Substation Work at Ardmore/Broadway
Monday, March 5 through Friday, June 1, 2018
Location: CTA substation at 5847 N. Broadway Street
Work Days/ Hour: 7am to 3:30pm, daily
Work Activity: Excavation & Micropile Installation
Potential Impacts to Local Residents: 

  • The alley behind 5847 N. Broadway between Ardmore Avenue and Thorndale Avenue, along the CTA building and the Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitary Buildingwill be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
  • There will be some noise while work is being performed due to truck activity such as beeping from back up alarms and due to equipment necessary for excavation.

If there are any questions or concerns about the work activity, contact LaTrice Phillips-Thompson at 312-681-2709.

Steep Theatre Open House

Saturday, April 7
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Steep Theatre – 1115 W Berwyn Ave

Steep Theatre is expanding into 1113 W. Berwyn Ave. The new facility will include a lobby bar and small stage for storytelling and other performance. Learn about the project from Steep’s ensemble and staff, and join the conversation about the types of performance you would enjoy.

For more information, or to send comments or questions in advance, visit steeptheatre.com/open-house.

48th Ward Senior Fair
Monday, March 19
10am – 1pm
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway

Please join Alderman Osterman and the Edgewater Village at this year’s 48th Ward Senior Fair. We will have over 70 service providers and organizations offering information about health and medical care, energy efficiency, government interactions, medicare, medicaid, active senior programs, subsidized and private housing, in-home medical care, health and fitness, and dietary advice.

The event is free and open to all, and although much of the information is geared to people over 65 years old, perhaps just as much of it applies to all adults over 50 years old.

New this year is a community corner, where local programs and services will be on display for attendees. There will be a raffle drawing with 15 chances to win a prize, and all attendees will have the opportunity to obtain a City Key identification card. The City Key is an ID card for Chicago residents that serves as a local form of ID, Ventra transportation card, and Library Card.

We’ll have a sitting area where attendees can enjoy piano music by Joyce Renee Walker, and a line-dancing exercise with Freda Terry.

Hope to see you there. Click Here for a list of the providers to be at the event, and reach out to our office with any questions.

Free Tax Preparation Help

Chicago’s 2018 free tax preparation assistance kicks off this month at 18 locations city-wide. Last year, the City of Chicago’s free income tax assistance helped 20,000 families and individuals receive $30 million in tax refunds and credits. This added income not only has a direct impact on the lives of Chicago residents, it helps sustain small businesses, strengthens neighborhood, and infuses millions of dollars into the local economy.

Families earning up to $55,000 or individuals earning up to $30,000 are eligible to take advantage of the free and confidential Tax Prep assistance at 18 sites across Chicago. Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist with federal and state income tax returns. Most sites will be open between mid-January and mid-April 2018, but please refer to the links below for specific information on the location and hours of sites.

This year, eligible Chicagoans could receive up to $7,202 from the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits alone, in addition to other credits. Buy many people may not claim all the credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers.

For more information, click here.

Andersonville Honors — Vote now!

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will honor the neighborhood’s new and long-standing businesses for the 7th Annual Andersonville Honors celebration on Wednesday, March 21 at 6pm at the Chicago Magic Lounge (5050 N Clark).

In past years, the public has voted in several categories leading up to the event where plaques were awarded to businesses with top honors. In lieu of this format for 2018, the Chamber will spotlight the achievements of many different establishments this year: businesses recently opened between Jan. 2017 – Mar. 2018 will be honored on stage at Chicago Magic Lounge, as will long-standing businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries between 10-50 years.

This year’s event will feature lite bites by Bar Roma, truffle and caramel delights by Katherine Anne Confections, and entertainment by Gus Giordano Dance School’s professional company. Each ticket also provides guests with one free drink ticket and the option to witness live bar magic by one of the Chicago Magic Lounge house magicians. ACC is also crafting a one-of-a-kind raffle. Attendees will have a chance to win a variety of items from neighborhood businesses, tickets to Andersonville Wine Walk on May 20, beer at Midsommarfest (June 8-10) and more.

At the event, the Chamber will also present the Mathiasson Community Service Award, given to an individual who most exemplifies devotion and commitment to the ongoing vitality of Andersonville.

The public still has opportunity to celebrate Andersonville this month with ACC’s first Andersonville Icons Bracket, a voting poll that pairs favorite Andersonville staples together (i.e. Dala Horse vs. the Farmers Market) in a showdown similar to NCAA March Madness. The first round of voting opens on Tuesday, March 6 on the ACC Facebook page. Each round will last one week, with the final head-to-head showdown posted on Tuesday, Mar. 27. Vote here.

Edgewater Visionary Award Voting

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is accepting votes for their first Edgewater Visionary Award. Nominations have been narrowed down to three finalists by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The Edgewater Visionary nominee with the most votes at the end of the online voting period will win the award. The winner will be announced on March 26. Click here to cast your vote.

Northside Wedding Expo

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is hosting our first Northside Wedding Expo! The Expo will show case wedding vendors located in Andersonville, Edgewater, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Rogers Park and Uptown. Guests will meet and greet over thirty local business owners and experience demonstrations as well as hands on activities.The event will take place in three locations in Edgewater; the newly re-opened Colvin House,Firehouse Chicago and The Lytle House. Transportation between venues will be provided by Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.

General Admisssion: $20
VIP: $30
VIP tickets include: a fashion show provided by Avail & Company, mimosas, swag bags, early access to the vendors at The Colvin House and more! VIP Tickets are limited!
Click here for more information

Cocktails and Conversation with Edgewater Theatre District

Join the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and our neighborhood partner organizations, the Andersonville Chamber of CommerceBusiness Partners – The Chamber for Uptown and the Edgewater Theatre District for a Night of Cocktails and Conversations at the The Guesthouse Hotel.

Monday, April 30
Guesthouse Hotel, 4872 N. Clark

Click here for more information

In 2016, the Edgewater Theatre District, comprised of 22 local theatres, had a huge impact on the small business ecosystem. The District brought an impressive 51,000 people to the neighborhood through their 1,550 performances! Now the Theatre District is in full swing for 2018 and it’s time to meet them, create new partnerships, and continue to strengthen the overall community.  We’ll also hear from Mark Kelly, the Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), which presents and promotes high-quality free festivals, exhibitions, performances and holiday celebrations each year in parks, the historic Chicago Cultural Center and other venues throughout the city.

Youth Update

Shakespeare Spring Break Superheroes
Are you practicing your best Wakandan warrior moves? Are you counting down the days until Wonder Woman 2 comes out? Shakespeare’s plays are also filled with superheroes — and super villains!

Join The Viola Project for a three-day Spring Break camp as we combine powers to play all of the great roles Shakespeare wrote — maybe even create a few characters of our own!

Click here for more information.

Chicagoland High School Film Festival
Calling all young film lovers- the Annual Chicagoland High School Film Festival is right around the corner! This opportunity is open to both public and private high school students in the Chicago area and will take place on Friday, May 11. Submissions are due Wednesday, April 20. For more information see http://blogs.latinschool.org/chicagolandfilmfestival/

Schools and Parents Update

Dining Out for Swift at Patio Beef
Friday, March 16
Click here for more information

Brews for Bulldogs Senn High School Fundraiser
On Friday, March 16, Friends of Senn will host Brews for Bulldogs, a food and drink event intended to raise funds to support student opportunities at Senn High School. The event will take place at Ravenswood Event Center at 4011 N Ravenswood. Chicago, IL 60613. This will be the 4th annual Brews for Bulldogs event, and we are eager to host what is sure to be a fun and charitable evening. The past events have raised more than $35,000 collectively and we are eager to continue this trend. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Senn Park Spring Fling & Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31
Senn Playground, Elmdale & Greenview
BYOB – Bring Your Own Basket
Click here for more information

Honeybaked Ham Fundraiser for Peirce School
Are you making an order for Honeybaked Ham for the spring family gatherings, Easter, Mother’s Day or graduation parties? Support a neighborhood school, Peirce, and a local (Edgewater family-owned) business by ordering your gift cards here and redeeming at the 2815 N. Ashland location.  Each gift e-gift card or plastic gift card purchased earns 20 percent back for Friends of Peirce.

Bridge International School Early Learning Programs

  • 6-week to 5-year olds
  • DCFS licensed.  MA/BA level teaching staff.
  • Nice classrooms full of required educational toys.
  • Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM
  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Multicultural environment
  • Free full-day parking space for parents who go to work
  • Childcare fee assistance
  • Convenient locations and CTA accessible
  • Enrolling Now!!  Please contact South-East Asia Center, 1134 W. Ainslie St., 773-989-7433
Senior UpdateSenior Sewer Refund applications are open for 2018

Senior citizens (65 and over) who live in condominiums, co-ops, or other homeowner associations are eligible to receive a $50.00 rebate from the City for their share of sewer/water costs. Renewal letters were sent to all previous applicants for the refund.  If and when you receive a renewal letter, please sign and return it to our office for processing.

If you did not receive a letter, new applicants are required to provide the following information in order to receive the refund:
1.  Senior Sewer Refund application form (link to form, on website)
2.  Proof of age – Drivers License, State ID, Passport
3.  Copy of recent water bill for the property or complex
4.  Copy of 2nd Installment Property Tax bill showing Senior Tax Exemption

The deadline for filing the form is July 1, 2018.  More information about the Senior Citizen Sewer Refund can be found on the internet at this link:  http://committeeonfinance.org/claims/sewer.asp

Edgewater Village welcomes all older adults to its programs 

What do female poets, joint stress and food labels have in common?  They’re all free Edgewater Village presentations offered next week at the Edgewater Senior Satellite Center inside the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Also mark your calendars to attend the LOL Club (tell or read funny stories) and The No Book Club (talk briefly about a book you read).  Both meetings will be held on Monday, March 26, at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway.

Don’t forget to stop by our table at the 48th Ward’s Senior Resource Fair on March 19 to hear about our exciting upcoming programs. The Fair will be held 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Broadway Armory.
See the schedule for other upcoming activities hosted by Edgewater Village whose mission is to engage and support older adults, enhancing their quality of life as they age, so they remain active and contributing members of the community.  Click here for calendar of events

Senior Enrichment Seminars
Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for senior enrichment seminars to be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Courtroom 2005, Chicago, Illinois on the dates indicated below:

“A Senior’s Guide to Property Tax Savings”
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Topics to include:

  • Eligibility for various property tax exemptions and assessment freezes;
  • Senior citizen tax deferral program, certificates of error, tax sale procedures and more

Seminar Speakers:

  • Attorney Lynette Lewis, Law Office of Lynette Lewis
  • Theresa Chandler, Community Outreach Specialist – Cook County Assessor’s Office

Jazz Sit-In – “Come Play with Me”
We invite all persons age 55 and older to join us to participate in the great “Jazz Sit-In.” We play Classic Jazz standards with melodies and words. All musicians and vocals of all levels of experience are welcome (bring your own instrument). This is a golden opportunity to perform and practice with other musicians alike.

An informal environment for music expression with Lead Instrumentalist: Ray Miller, ray.miller@rcn.com, 773-541-0408.

Thursdays, starting March 22, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center, DFSS – Renaissance Court
77 East Randolph, 1st fl.

Hosted by: The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services – Renaissance Court 312/744 – 4550

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 Presents:Donate used books to Friends of the Edgewater Library; book sale set for May 12
Friends of the Edgewater Library is accepting book donations now through May 4. We rely on your donations to stock our semi-annual book sales. We accept clean, gently used fiction and nonfiction for all ages; foreign language materials; music CDs, books on CD, and DVDs; collectible books; travel books less than five years old; and computer books less than two years old.

Proceeds of our sales directly support the Edgewater Branch Library. You may bring your donations in boxes or shopping bags to the library at 6000 N. Broadway. There is a container next to the Circulation Desk on the first floor.  Please do not leave books outside.

Bingo! New Friday Fun Days activity begins March 23

Mark your calendars to play Bingo 2-4 p.m. on the second floor of the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway on Friday, March 23. This is the newest Friday Fun Days activity that includes playing board games, making jig saw puzzles, coloring and socializing each Friday afternoon.  (Due to early voting, there will be no actvities on March 9 and March 16.) Friday Fun Days are supported by Friends of the Edgewater Library.

If you missed the deadline to bring in your new or like-new, inexpensive items that will be used as prizes, you’re welcome to drop them off with Librarian Katy Linehan. Items may include notecards, gift cards, office supplies and promotional items such as T-shirts. If you have questions, call the library at (312) 742-1945.

Friends of Edgewater Library seeks a Squarespace web designer 
Friends of the Edgewater Library is looking for a Squarespace pro who lives in Edgewater, Uptown or Rogers Park to donate 10-20 hours to build a new website for our non-profit group. We need a designer who has experience building a Squarespace site from scratch. We need help only on the initial design and layout. You would work with our volunteer Communications Committee. We would like to start work on this by May, however, the start date is flexible depending on the designer’s availability.

If you are interested, email Joanna@bizmarkgroup.com; please put “FOEL Squarespace volunteer” in the subject line. Thanks in advance for your interest in working with Friends of the Edgewater Library on this exciting project!

Taiji (Tai Chi) & Qigong (Chi Kung) Class

Mondays, March 5-April 16
Latin School Community Space, 4956 N. Sheridan
$5 suggested donation

This course introduces a fundamental taiji sequence as well as the moving, standing, and sitting qigong movements. A gentle, health nurturing curriculum with deceptively slow movements, these forms build bone strength, muscle strength and flexibility, and balance the body and mind.
Click here for more information.

April Fools’ Party at Edgewater Dog Park
Sunday, April 1, Noon – 2pm
Edgewater Dog Park, Lakefront Trail @ Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

The April Fools’ event is a party and fundraiser to support Edgewater Dog Park maintenance, landscaping, and longer term plans. The suggested donation is $10; any and all donations go directly to making a better park!

There will be treats and prizes provided by our gracious sponsors, and a special ceremony to crown the King and Queen of the Fools Court. Bring your friends and family, and of course bring your DOGS!

Chicago Filmmakers Upcoming Events & Workshops

Youth Filmmaking Summer Camp (June 25 – July 6)
Youth Filmmaking Summer Camp (July 23 – Aug 3)
Teen Screenwriting Camp (July 9 – July13)
Teen Screenwriting Camp (July 23 – July 27)
Teen Screenwriting Camp (Aug 6 – Aug 10)
Teen Filmmaking Summer Camp (July 9 – July 20)
Teen Filmmaking Summer Camp (Aug 6 – Aug 17)

For more information and to register visit: http://chicagofilmmakers.org/youth-classes-workshops/classes

Saturday, 3/17
CFA Presents: Out of the Vault films by Robert Stiegler – Light Play
$8 suggested donation

Saturday, 3/24
Peace Has No Borders by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller
$8 suggested donation
Q&A directly following the film with Denis Ellis

Saturday, 3/31
Open Screening
FREE and Open to the Public

Saturday, 4/7
Explorations of Portrait and Place: Films by Adele Friedman
$8 suggested donation
Q&A directly following the film with Adele Friedman

Wednesday, 4/11
Rogers Park
$8 suggested donation
Q&A directly following the film with Kyle Henry and Carlos Trevino

Saturday, 4/14
Dyke Delicious Presents: An Evening with Filmmaker, Catherine Crouch
$8 suggested donation
Q&A directly following the film with Catherine Crouch

Upcoming Classes:
Acting for FILM – A Craft & A Business
Tuesdays, March 20 – May 15
6:30 – 9:30PM

Mondays, Mar 19 – Apr 16
6:30 – 9:30PM

Digital Filmmaking Bootcamp
Saturdays, Mar 24 – Apr 28
10AM – 3PM

Final Cut Pro X
Wednesdays, Mar 14 – Apr 11
6:30 – 9:30PM

Cinematography & Lighting
Wednesdays, Mar 21 – May 9
6:30 – 9:30PM

Screenwriting I
Wednesdays, Mar 28 – May 16
6:30 – 9:30PM

Editing the Documentary 
Tuesdays, April 10 – May 22)
6:30 -9:30PM

Stop Motion Animation/Claymation
Sundays, April 22 – May 27
11AM – 2PM
For youth ages 10-13

Chicago Filmmakers is located at 5720 N. Ridge.

Care for Real Update

9th Annual CHI-TOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL, March 7 – 11
For the ninth year, Chi-Town Jazz Festival founder and artistic director, John Moulder gathers the Chicago jazz community together in its annual commitment to raise funds to relieve hunger in Chicago. Inspired to address this need, Moulder chose two organizations that work to combat hunger including Care for Real!   You can join in the mission to help those in need by donating to the Chi-Town Jazz Festival at www.chitownjazzfestival.org , attending a performance, or buying raffle tickets (the raffle prize this year will be tickets for two people to the 5-concert jazz series for the 2018-2019 season at Chicago Symphony Orchestra).  Check out www.chitownjazzfestival.org for more info including the festival’s schedule.  See you next week!

Theaters Care for Real!  City Lit offers special price tix
City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, is offering our supporters and friends discount tickets to the following performances of The Picture of Dorian Gray: Fri. 3/2 at 7:30PM; Sat. 3/3 at 7:30PM; Sun. 3/4 at 3:00PM; Fri. 3/9 at 7:30PM; and Sat. 3/10 at 7:30PM.  Purchase tickets online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3047887 and be sure to use the discount code CARE to receive your discount.  A portion of each ticket sold benefits our organization.

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

Edgewater Historical Society Annual Meeting
Saturday, March 17
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Concerts at Unity
Saturday, March 17
Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information

Please join us as Concerts at Unity presents Katie Adams in a recital of oboe and recorder music. Ms. Adams will perform a variety of solo and chamber music featuring the oboe, and will also present an alto recorder solo. Music by Mozart, Hindemith, and others. Guest baritone Stuart Thompson and pianist Michael Miller will join for some Irish favorites. 

Cub Scout Pack 3822 Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
Sunday, March 18
9:00am – Noon
St. Gertrude’s/NCA Social Hall, 1420 W. Granville
Adults: $7 – Seniors $6; Kids under 12 – $5

Can’t make the breakfast?  Buy a ticket and breakfast will be donated to Sarah’s Circle, a local organization with a mission of serving women who are homeless or in need of a space space. Pre-purchase of tickets is appreciated and will be available after St. Gertrude’s mass on Sunday, March 4th & Sunday March 11th.   Tickets also available at the door.

Bach Cantata 106 Concert
Sunday, March 18
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale
Click here for more information

Irish Music Concert: The Crossing
Sunday, March 25
Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson
Click here for more information

Vintage Garage Chicago Season Opener
Sunday, April 15
10am – 5pm
5051 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

A Little Night of Nordic Music
Featuring Gregory Treco from Hamilton’s Chicago cast
Monday, April 9
Swedish American Center, 5211 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Surely Goodness and Mercy
By Redtwist Theatre
Performances through March 18
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

By Steep Theatre
Performances January 19 – March 17
Steep Theatre,1115 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information

Shakespeare’s Revisionist Histories
By Shakespeare All-Stars
Performances through March 31
Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark
Click here for more information

That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories That Groove
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performances March 12 – April 9
Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

The Gentleman Caller
By Raven Theatre
Performances March 28 – May 13
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.
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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

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