Weekly Update from Your Alderman – March 23, 2018

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 March 23, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

Go Ramblers!! Congratulations to the Loyola University Men’s Basketball team on advancing to the Elite Eight NCAA Tournament last night in a dramatic ending to one of the greatest games in Loyola’s history. This is the first time since 1963 that the Ramblers have made it this far in the tournament, and they won the tournament that year. Let’s continue to show support for our hometown heroes!

This week began with the annual 48th Ward Senior Resource Fair, an event made possible by a partnership between my office, Edgewater Village, and the Senior Satellite Center at the Broadway Armory. More than 600 neighbors came out to enjoy the day, learning about services available in the community, enjoying a raffle sponsored by Vietnamese Association of Illinois, and ending the day line dancing with Freda Terry. Thank you to all of the sponsors, vendors, and volunteers who contributed to a festive and informative day. If you have questions about senior issues, please contact Ginger Williams in my office at ginger@48thward.org.

This week I had the pleasure of joining the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce for their Andersonville Honors event. This event was a beautiful celebration of the hard work and dedication of the local business owners and their employees to the Andersonville community over the years. The Chamber celebrated milestone anniversaries of long-standing businesses like Andes Restaurant (45 years), Alamo Shoes (45 years), and Lake Shore Schools (70 years), as well as the arrival of new businesses like Cowboys & Astronauts, Blu 57, and Foyer Shop. Congratulations to all businesses honored at the event, and thank you to all local businesses in the 48th Ward for your investment in our community.

On Wednesday my staff and I welcomed more than 80 fourth graders from Peirce Elementary School to City Hall. Students had the opportunity to visit Council Chambers, tour City Hall, and ask me questions about my work. It was inspiring to meet such curious and enthusiastic young leaders. Thank you to the teachers at all of our neighborhood’s schools for supporting our students.

Thank you to everyone who voted on Election Day and during early voting. And congratulations to my officemates who won their races, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.

Have a great weekend!


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

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.

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.

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.

Spring Into Summer Fair
Saturday, April 14, 12pm – 4pm
Jones College Prep, 700 S. State

Curious about coding?  Love the outdoors? Do you have an urge to act, draw, paint or create? Join us! Open to all, the Spring into Summer Fair taking place Saturday, April 14th at Jones College Prep from 12pm – 4pm is Chicago City of Learning’s FREE festival of hands-on activities that meet every interest! Youth and families will have the opportunity discover and sign up for Summer programs while sampling hands-on activities, such as arts and crafts, coding, dance and astronomy. Prizes (iPad Minis and more) will be awarded in a raffle every hour.

To RSVP for the Fair go to tinyurl.com/SISFair. For questions please call 312-822-0505 or email CCOL@mkcpr.com.

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

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

Northside Catholic Academy Online Auction
NCA’s 13th Annual Soiree Online Auction closes March 25. Bid on over 200 unique items and experiences including neighborhood restaurants like Flacos Tacos and Revival Social Club, sports tickets, theater and entertainment, as well as kids camps and classes. Highlights include a Lake Michigan cruise for 6 adults, a behind the scenes tour at the Field Museum, a Ticketmaster Suite at the April 14 Chicago Wolves game, personal training classes at Orange Shoe Personal Fitness, and the opportunity to be Alderman for a Day with Ald. Harry Osterman! There is something for everyone. Place your bids at www.NCASoiree.com. All proceeds benefit scholarships, technology and the arts at NCA. Tickets to the live event and Grand Raffle Tickets are also available at www.NCASoiree.com.

Northside Catholic Academy Admissions Open House April 11
Northside Catholic Academy is still accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year, but spots are filling up in both the Early Learning and kindergarten classes. Applications are available at www.northsidecatholic.org  or learn more at the next Admissions Open House April 11, at 9am at the Primary School Campus located at 6216 N. Glenwood Ave. Tour the new Early Learning Center and K-4th grade classrooms, meet teachers and administration, and talk to parents. NCA offers half-day and full-day Early Learning classes starting at age three, and a top-ranked K-8 academic program. The challenging and diversified curriculum includes Spanish, Technology, Art, Music and Physical Education. Every day, NCA teachers inspire students to grow in character, intellect and spirit, while instilling values that will last a lifetime. Values like kindness, service, creativity, curiosity, respect, responsibility and leadership prepare graduates for success in high school and beyond. Call 773-743-6277 to RSVP.

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 

Edgewater Village is offering five free activities next week for older adults.  Join us if you want to laugh, talk about books or poetry, hear presentations about  appreciating diversity or the effectiveness of vitamin supplements.

Some programs will be held at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway; others will be at the Edgewater Senior Satellite Center inside the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.

Click here for calendar of events

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!

Free Dog Adoptions Through March 31

Chicago Animal Care and Control is celebrating St.Patrick’s Day with FREE dog adoptions starting March 12 and running through March 31 (noon-4 p.m. daily)

2741 S. Western Ave. in Chicago
Street and lot parking are available

Adopters must be 18 years or older. All family members must meet the pet. Bring an official photo ID and bill or lease showing your address. Renters need a lease or letter/email from their landlord confirming they can have pets.If you currently own pets, bring in their vaccine records.

Learn more about adopting from CACC at bitly.com/dogkisses.

See a list of all adoptable dogs, which is updated hourly. at petharbor.com/chicago/

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.

Free Mammograms

The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force would like to ensure that uninsured and underinsured residents of Ward 48 are made aware of the free screening mammograms available through our program. Following preventative health measures such as getting regular cancer screenings is an important part of maintaining good health and reducing the likelihood of later stage cancer diagnosis. More information can be found on our website: www.chicagobreastcancer.org.

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, 3/24
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 UpdateAnnual Fundraiser, A Tail to Remember, onvsale now!
Join us at the 3rd Annual “A Tail to Remember” to support Care for Real and all our free programs and services, including our beloved Pet Pantry, on Saturday, April 28, 6:30PM at Urban Pooch in Andersonville, 5400 N Damen Ave.  We will have food, drink, and auction prizes. WGN-TV News anchor, Sean Lewis will again be MC for the evening!

Early Bird tickets for $35 available on-line until April 22. After April 22, tickets are $40. Dogs are welcome to join the party for only $10.  Tix available here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-tail-to-remember-care-for-real-fundraiser-tickets-43938646675?aff=ehomecard

Thanks to Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center for again donating the venue and for providing day care for guest pups.  Care for Real is one of the few food pantries in the Chicago area that also provides pet food to clients, helping to feed more than 380 dogs and cats each month in 2017.

Chicago Market Info Session
Wednesday, April 4

Emerald City Uptown, 1224 W. Wilson
Click here for more information

Culture Without Borders
Pan African Association Fundraiser
Thursday, April 12
The Ivy Room, 12 E. Ohio
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.

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

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

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.
Click here for more information

By Steep Theatre
Performances April 6 through May 12
Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information

By Three Cat Productions
Performances May 11 – June 9
Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman

Ward Office                                                           City Hall Office
5533 N. Broadway,                                                121 N. LaSalle Room 300,
Chicago, IL 60640                                                  Chicago, IL 60602
773-784-5277                                                         312-744-6860
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment