Weekly Update from Your Alderman – March 2, 2018

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 March 2, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

In the wake of the horrific shooting in Parkland, FL, that claimed 17 young lives, and the shooting death of Commander Paul Bauer, the Illinois General Assembly passed the first meaningful gun safety legislation in years with the Gun Dealers Licensing Act. This legislation requires gun dealers in Illinois to be licensed and regulated by the State like many other industries, and will help reduce the number of illegal guns on our streets. The Illinois House of Representatives also passed legislation providing a 72-hour waiting period on purchase of semi-automatic weapons, banning the sale of automatic weapons to anyone under 21, and banning the sale of bump stocks for guns, like the one used in the Las Vegas shooting. These bills will be voted on in the State Senate in the weeks to come. These are common sense measures that will add safety in our communities and help prevent further senseless tragedies. I want to thank State Senator Heather Steans, and State Representatives Kelly Cassidy and Greg Harris for their leadership roles in passing these important measures.

As someone who spent 11 years as your State Representative sponsoring and fighting to enact common sense gun control measures, I know how difficult it is to get accomplished. What has changed in last two weeks is the activism by you and others around our city, state, and country demanding that State and Federal lawmakers put the safety of our children and others ahead of the interests of the NRA. This week, hundreds of organizations and thousands of Illinois residents, including Cardinal Blase Cupich, went to the State Capitol and demanded action. That made the difference! The growing voices of young people who are affected by the violence also made a difference.

In the weeks ahead, students will continue to gather together and make their voices heard about the safety that they want and deserve for themselves and others. We will be listening. But the momentum needs to continue and I need your help:

This week the Chicago City Council took a moment to recognize lifelong 48th Ward resident and dear friend Mike Volini on his retirement from the Chicago Department of Transportation. Mike’s family, including his wife Maureen and mom, former Alderman Marion Volini, were there to hear Aldermen from every corner of Chicago share their gratitude to Mike for helping make our city a better place to live. Mike has played a critical role helping our community rebuild its infrastructure and has always worked to make our neighborhood a better place to live. If you see Mike and Maureen around the neighborhood, join me in saying thank you and best wishes on a healthy retirement.

At City Council this week, we also welcomed the third grade class from Northside Catholic Academy. Students had the opportunity to meet and take a photo with the Mayor, tour City Hall, ask me some thoughtful questions, and observe a portion of the City Council meeting. Prior to their visit, these students wrote me letters to share their ideas for improving our community. The importance of active participation in one’s community is a lesson that can never be taught too early. Thank you to the teachers and parent volunteers who helped make this such a successful visit.

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is hosting their second annual International Women’s Day Dinner Crawl on Thursday, March 8, highlighting more then 25 women-owned businesses in our community. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit Apna Ghar, an important organization that provides critical services and works with immigrant communities to end gender-based violence. For more information about Thursday’s event and to purchase tickets, see below.

I would like to welcome Lauren Guydan to her new position as Executive Director of the Edgewater Development Corporation. Lauren had served in my office as a front desk volunteer, always taking a productive and solution-oriented approach to constituents’ concerns. She will do a fantastic job in her new role, assisting my office with business attraction and economic development. I’d also like to thank Jennifer Borchardt, outgoing Executive Director, for her years of service to our community. Jennifer spearheaded innovative initiatives in our community like the popular Food Truck Fridays and Remix Holiday Pop-Up on Bryn Mawr. I wish Jennifer the best of luck in her new endeavors.

Thank you to everyone who was part of last Saturday’s Argyle Lunar New Year Parade. It was the biggest and best parade yet, and was a wonderful celebration to kick off the Year of the Dog. Click here to view photos from the event.

Have a great weekend.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Public Safety Update

IRS Warns Against Scam Phone Calls
The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information.

The IRS will not:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” webpage. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

Phone scams first tried to sting older people, new immigrants to the U.S. and those who speak English as a second language. Now the crooks try to swindle just about anyone. And they’ve ripped-off people in every state in the nation.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.

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

Kenmore Water Main Project – Between Berwyn and Bryn Mawr

  • This week, crews are finishing last two water connections on the project.
  • Next week, all of the old water main valve basins will be removed, along with the old fire hydrants.
  • Basing the trench with concrete has already begun and will continue until complete. Per CDOT, no vehicle traffic is allowed on new concrete for 72 hours.
  • Asphalt paving will begin as soon as plants open. Restoration of street, curbs, and parkways damaged by project will take place once the weather breaks.

Please contact the 48th Ward Office with any questions or concerns related to this project.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.

Andersonville Restaurant Week – Feb. 23 – March 4Returning after a widely-popular launch in 2017, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to host this winter’s Andersonville Restaurant Week from February 23 – March 4, highlighting over 20 different Andersonville eateries over 10 days and capping-off a busy food month for Chicago. Each of the 24 participating restaurants will offer at least one menu option priced at either $10, $20 or $30 per person, but many are expanding their focus this year to also include breakfast, brunch, drinks, and lunch as well as dinner options.

Click here for more information.

Soul of Uptown Awards

Soul of Uptown Awards
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Bridgeview Bank Rotunda, 4753 N Broadway

Click here to RSVP

As one of the most ethnically and economically diverse communities in Chicago, Uptown’s mix of locally-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations reflects the neighborhood’s storied history. We have long been home to Chicagoans from all walks of life who have helped shape the area as it is today. And we’d like to celebrate that!

Uptown United and Business Partners, the Chamber for Uptown invite you to join us as we recognize just a few of the extraordinary businesses, organizations, and residents who helped shape 2017 into an incredible year for the neighborhood. Mix and mingle with other members of the Uptown community while enjoying complimentary drinks and light food provided by Uptown eateries.

Edgewater International Women’s Day Dinner Crawl

Celebrate women-owned businesses in Edgewater on International Women’s Day, Thursday, March 8!Guests will enjoy food and drink samples along the route in addition to meeting and greeting business owners and organization representatives. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Apna Ghar, Our Home. ​Apna Ghar provides holistic services and conducts outreach and advocacy across immigrant communities to end gender violence.

Click here for more information.

Click here for a map of routes and list of participating businesses.

Edgewater Visionary Award Nominations Due Today!

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations from the community for our first Edgewater Visionary Award. This can be a person, business or organization that is strategic and forward thinking and has made an impact in Edgewater. Nominations are being accepted from February 16 to March 2.

Nominations will be narrowed down to three finalists by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce board of directors. The finalists will be announced on March 12. The three finalists will then move on to the online voting period. The Edgewater Visionary nominee with the most votes at the end of the online voting period will win the award. The winner will be announce on March 26.

Link: https://www.edgewater.org/programs-and-events/visionary/ 

Andersonville ‘Shedd the Straw’ Kick-Off Event

Andersonville’s Shedd the Straw campaign kicks off during Andersonville Restaurant Week (Feb. 23 – Mar. 4) and will continue to build a permanent presence in the neighborhood The campaign was first introduced by Shedd Aquarium on Earth Day 2017 with a one-day call to action across the city of Chicago.

Because plastic straws do not biodegrade and are nearly impossible to recycle, it is likely that every straw ever used still exists on our planet. Wildlife such as fish, turtles, sea lions, otters, birds and whales are harmed by plastics. The Shedd the Straw campaign challenges Chicago-area restaurants and businesses to remove single-use plastic straws from their daily operations. This change will raise public awareness of plastic pollution, which endangers wildlife and aquatic environments important to all of us. It will also help reduce the 500 million single-use plastic straws used—and thrown away—by Americans every day.=

The campaign’s official launch event will occur on Friday, Mar. 2 with Shedd Aquarium hosting a screening of the short documentary “STRAWS” at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N Clark) at 5 p.m. RSVP for the free screening here.

The first 50 screening attendees will receive a free glass straw, created by Kimberly Polka, an Andersonville artist and business featured at the Andersonville Galleria (5347 N Clark). A brief response to the screening will be held with Nina Newhouser of the Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance and Jaclyn Wegner of Shedd Aquarium. Once the program concludes, attendees can visit a participating restaurant and enjoy an Andersonville Restaurant Week! Menus are available at andersonville.org.

Information will continue to updated about the Andersonville Shedd the Straw and the launch event at andersonville.org/ eco-andersonville/shedd-the-straw-andersonville.

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.

Gus Giordano Dance School Residency at Peirce School

Peirce elementary students will be dancing in their classes the week of March 5 to March 9! Gus Giordano Dance School is teaching master jazz dance classes all week to students grade K through 8 as part of their residency program with Peirce School of International Studies, located at N Clark & Bryn Mawr. Gus Giordano Dance School company dancers will also perform two shows on Wednesday, March 7 for all PEIRCE students and faculty.

Gus Giordano Dance School, established in 1953, and located in Andersonville, has a large community outreach program providing master classes and performances in Chicago Public Schools. Gus Giordano, “Godfather of Jazz Dance,” dedicated his life to teaching and elevating Jazz dance education throughout the world. Amy Giordano, Executive Director of Gus Giordano Dance School, continues her father’s work of enriching other’s lives through dance education.

Schools and Parents Update

Northside Catholic Academy 2018 NCA Soiree
Save the date for the NCA Soiree April 21 at Misericordia. Enjoy a spirited evening with food, drinks, music, dancing, and surprises as NCA celebrates its students, faculty, staff, and supporters! The annual Soiree gala is NCA’s largest fundraiser, and includes an online and silent auction, raffle tickets, and the live event. Funds raised help support our Guardian Angel Scholarship Fund, science, technology, fine arts and math programs at NCA.

Can’t wait until the live event April 21? NCA Soiree Grand Raffle tickets are now available online at www.ncasoiree.com. A big thank you to NCA Grand Raffle Sponsor J.B. Alberto’s Pizza! If you buy tickets directly from NCA students you’ll even get a bonus J.B. Alberto’s coupon on the back!

NCA is also accepting donations for its 2018 Soiree Online and Silent Auctions through March 5. Do you have connections to entertainment, travel, restaurant, cultural, sports, kids’ camps, wellness, retail or other potential auction items? All donations are tax deductible. If you have an auction item you’d like to donate please call NCA at 773-743-6277.

Swift School Upcoming Events
Movie Night: LEAP! 
Friday, March 9  at 6:00pm
Donations accepted
Click here for more information

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

Goudy School Fundraiser
Tuesday, March 6, 3-8pm
Chipotle, 5224 N. Broadway
Mention Goudy or show the flyer below so that 50% of you purchase will be donated to Goudy School to support after school programming!
Click here for flyer

Peirce School Fundraiser
Thursday, March 8
Jerry’s Sandwiches, 5419 N. Clark
Jerry’s Sandwiches will be donating 20% of all sales all day on March 8th to Friends of Peirce! Stop by for carry out or dine in the restaurant to support your local school!

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.

Early Bird Tickets for Rock Out for Peirce
Early Bird tickets for Friends of Peirce’s spring fundraiser, Rock Out for Peirce, are now on sale! Rock Out will be held on May 19th from 7-10 pm at Fat Cat Chicago. The event will feature appetizers by Fat Cat, an open bar, an auction and a raffle as well as a rockin’ good time! Save $10 per ticket by purchasing before April 19th! Tickets can be purchased here!

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

Save the Date – 48th Ward Senior Resource Fair
Alderman Osterman and The Edgewater Village will host this year’s Senior Resource Fair on Monday March 19, 2018 at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, from 10:00 – 1:00.  Over 50 service providers will be on hand to offer community information, health counseling, blood testing, medical consultation and testing, government services, and more.  Save the date!  Click here for more information.

Edgewater Village Offers Full March Lineup 

The proverb, “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” may refer to March weather, but it certainly doesn’t reflect Edgewater Village’s calendar of events, which will be roaring throughout the month. Free activities include presentations about health-related topics, lectures and a poetry series. There’s also The No Book Club (day and evening meetings this month) in which you can share your summary about a recently read book and the LOL Club where you can tell or read funny stories or jokes and laugh for an hour.

See the schedule for more information about these and other 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. 

Upcoming Events at Bethany
4950 N. Ashland Ave.

Healthy Habits Everyday, Sponsored by Forward Chicago
Friday, March 9, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Presented by Randi Kant, certified health education specialist, certified personal trainer and certified intrinsic coach. Incorporating small yet powerful health habits into our daily routine exerts a positive effect on our physical, emotional and cognitive health. We’ll examine the benefits of 10 healthy habits, as well as strategies to integrate them seamlessly into your life. Please RSVP by calling (773) 989-1501.

Trinity Irish Dancers
Friday, March 9, 2018 at 3:15 PM
Don’t miss this riveting live performance by the acclaimed Chicagoland dance group! Perfect for all ages, the program will remind you why “EVERYONE IS IRISH” this time of the year! The dancers have performed all over the world and are sure to provide a memorable showcase of Irish tradition. Please RSVP by calling (773) 989-1501.

Senior Enrichment Seminars
Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for the following two (2) 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:

“End of Life Choices:  Funeral Pre-Planning”
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Topics to include:

  • Choosing the ceremony that meets your wishes
  • Dealing with emotional, legal, and financial issues in advance
  • Deciding what is best for you, your family and loved ones

Seminar Speakers:

  • Jay M. Markwell, Past President, Illinois Funeral Directors Association (IFDA)
  • Raymond Aikens, Illinois Funeral Directors Association (IFDA)

“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
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: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.

Jan Baxter Memorial Fund for Andersonville Entrepreneurs

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is excited to announce the launch of The Jan Baxter Memorial Fund for Andersonville Entrepreneurs; a business mentorship program established to honor the legacy of Jan Baxter, owner of the Landmark of Andersonville shop from 1987-2014, and long-term mentor to ACC and the Andersonville business community at-large.

The fund is now open for applications from businesses established less than two years or in the very early stages of development. The fund will provide free business education, technical assistance, mentoring and pop-up space to one awardee per year (April 1 – March 31). The program is tailored to the awardee’s business sector and specific needs and pulls from a variety of resources, organizations, and people with demonstrable success in business.

To learn more about Jan’s legacy and the fund eligibility requirements, please visit The Jan Baxter Memorial Fund page online. Applications are open until Friday, March 9 for the 2018-19 inaugural awardee cycle.

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.

Call for Artists

Gallery 1070 is looking for artists for their spring exhibition. The show runs from April 20, to June 16.

The theme is gardens, growing things and new life. It is a celebration of spring. It’s been a long winter, and we all need something to look forward to. Warm weather please! One little Dandelion and I’d be happy. We are looking for colorful works in all mediums. We will have paintings, ceramics, photography, garden sculpture, quilts and textiles. Landscapes, still lives, and more. We will also have a gift gallery with garden themed items, jewelry, prints and much much more.

We’re hoping to have a plant sale during the run of the show and other spring related events. Anyone know someone who makes whirligigs? We definitely need some of those.

Click here for more information.

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, 3/3
Blue Strait by Jon Jost
$8 suggested donation
Jon Jost will be in person!

Tuesday, 3/6
Rogers Park by Kyle Henry
$8 suggested donation
Q&A directly following the film with Kyle Henry – Director, Carlos Trevino – Screenwriter and Actress, Sara Sevigny!

Thursday – Sunday, 3/8 – 3/11
Onion City Film Festival
http://www.onioncity.org (for festival schedule and ticket info)

Volunteer Opportunities:
Saturday Night Screenings (7PM – 8:30PM)
Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival – March 8 – March 11
To volunteer, send an email to Ana Wright at coop@chicagofilmmakers.org OR Call: 773-293-1447. ext 1002

Upcoming Classes:
Master Screenwriting Techniques: 25 Film & TV Examples! (1-Day Workshop)
Sunday, March 4
10AM – 4PM

Mondays, Mar 5 – Apr 2
6:30 – 9:30PM

Digital Filmmaking Bootcamp
Saturdays, Mar 10 – Apr 14
10AM – 3PM

Final Cut Pro X
Wednesdays, Mar 14 – Apr 11
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.

7th Annual Team Sean Kelly St. Baldrick’s Event

Join us for the 7th Annual Team Sean Kelly head shaving event benefitting childhood cancer! Team Sean Kelly will be shaving their heads to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. This event is free and open to the public, Sunday, March 11th, 12pm – 6pm at Bar 63, 6341 N Broadway. The event will include head shaving, live Irish music from Jimmy and Seamus Boyle to open the event, Bag Pipes from the Chicago Celtic Pipe Band, face painting, raffle prizes, live auction, food, booze and drinks are also available for purchase from the bar, The Amy Kelly Band to close out event, and tons of inspiration. If you would like more information about the event, please contact Amy Kelly at (773) 458-3459 or visit the Facebook page. Or to register as a volunteer or shavee, please sign up at www.stbldricks.org/events/2018Bar63

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!

HamBingo Mary’s hosts CFR fundraiser, Monday, March 5
This Monday, March 5, 8:00pm-9:30pm:  HamBingo Mary’s is a weekly charity event held in Hamburger Mary’s Dining Room, 5400 N. Clark St., with a different charity beneficiary every week.  Guests are asked to make a $15 donation to play all night. There are 10 games, three chances to win each game, and 10 prizes for winners. The money collected from Bingo cards, will go directly to the Care for Real.  For more information, visit www.careforreal.org.

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.

Volunteers Needed for Lincoln Park Docent Program

Do you enjoy talking with people from around the world? Would you also like to share your passion for Lincoln Park and the natural world?

The Lincoln Park Conservancy along with the Chicago Park District is seeking volunteers to become docents at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park, 125 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago.

The only landscape in Lincoln Park with National Historic Landmark status, the Lily Pool is a Prairie-Style masterpiece with a wooden pavilion, stone paths and native wildflowers that surround a tranquil pond and waterfall.

As a docent you will welcome visitors and share your knowledge of this hidden gem by talking with visitors from around the world and touring them around the site.

Training begins on Saturday, March 31, 2018 and continues for six Saturday mornings ending on May 12. Trainees will learn from area experts about the art of interpretation, the history of Lincoln Park, wildlife, plant life and landscape architecture.  Deadline to register is Saturday, March 23. After completing the training, docents sign up for weekend shifts.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Conant, Assistant Director of Educational Programs, Lincoln Park Conservancy at (773)883-7275, rconant@lincolnparkconservancy.org

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

Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show
March 2 & 3
St. Andrews Greek Church, 5649 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

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

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.

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

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

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
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Nice Girl
By Raven Theatre
Performances January 24 – March 11
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.
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Speech & Debate
By Brown Paper Box Co.
Performances Feb. 2 – March 4
Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
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That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories That Groove
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performances March 12 – April 9
Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland
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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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