Weekly Update from Your Alderman – March 3, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: NCA visits City Hall, Celebrating Edgewater’s Women-Owned Restaurants, Friends of Peirce Fundraiser, Save the Dates, and more!
March 3, 2017

Dear Neighbor:

On Monday this week I announced my support for a mixed-use development at 6145 N. Broadway. The development team has shown a commitment to working with the community, revising their original plans significantly to address neighbors’ concerns. I believe this will be a positive development for our community. Please click here to read Monday’s email.

Last Friday I had the pleasure of welcoming third graders from Northside Catholic Academy to City Hall. Students toured my City Hall office, sat in the Council Chambers, and shared with me their visions for a future Edgewater and Chicago. It is important to me to give a voice to young people in our community, and to inspire them to take an active role in democracy.

March is Women’s History Month, an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the contributions women have made to society. Our community has a long tradition of strong women in leadership positions — from elected officials, to community activists, to entrepreneurs. On International Women’s Day, Wednesday, March 8, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is celebrating some of our local leaders by hosting an International Dinner Crawl highlighting female restaurateurs. The crawl will feature over 15 women-owned Edgewater food producers, and a portion of proceeds earned from the event will benefit GirlFoward, a local organization dedicated to supporting and advocate for teen girls who have been displaced by persecution and conflict. Please join me in supporting this wonderful display of the best Edgewater has to offer! Click here for more details and to purchase your tickets.

One of the restaurants to be featured during next week’s dinner crawl is Herb, 5424 N. Broadway. Owner Patty Neumson has received some great press in recent weeks, including rave reviews on Check Please (click here to view the episode), and as a featured WGN Lunchbreak chef demonstrating how to prepare a healthy Thai Chicken Salad (click here to view). Patty’s restaurant

Friends of Peirce has partnered with local theatre company Babes with Blades to host a fundraiser to support sending 7th and 8th graders at Peirce Elementary School to Washington D.C. See below for details on purchasing tickets to a special production of Henry V by Babes with Blades. A trip to the nation’s capital is an important opportunity and will be a memory that stays with these students for the rest of their lives.

The annual 48th Ward Senior Health Fair is set for Monday, March 13, 10am to 1pm at the Broadway Armory. This is a great opportunity for seniors to learn about resources available to them in the neighborhood and throughout the city. See below for more details.

Please mark your calendars for this year’s Clean and Green date: Saturday, April 22. We will have more details in the coming weeks about community projects throughout the ward. The 48th Ward Clean and Green is a great opportunity to connect with neighbors and take an active role in making our community a more beautiful and safe place.

Have a great weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Business Profile: Ellipsis Coffeehouse, 1259 W. Devon
Chris Zimmerman, the owner of Ellipsis Coffeehouse, says he has wanted to open his own coffeehouse since he was six years old. He remembers coffee as one of the pillars that would bring his family together while he was growing up. Chris enjoys crafting specialty coffees when he works weekday mornings (he calls this time his “Zen” moment every day) and sharing his knowledge of coffee and what he calls “non-traditional” brewing methods with a community he loves being a part of. He describes his business as a “people business” rather than a “coffee business.” His goal is to provide quality customer service by having every person leave with a smile on their face as they go about their day. Chris hopes that everyone feels welcomed and comfortable while they are sitting in Ellipsis Coffeehouse, whether they’re catching up with a friend or getting some work done. Chris sees his coffeehouse as an excellent example of a small, locally-owned business and enjoys being in an area with many small businesses that support one another. Ellipsis Coffeehouse will be 4 years old at the end of the month!
Stop by Ellipsis Coffeehouse, 1259 W. Devon, between 7am – 6pm any day of the week and try one of their lattes or brewed coffee (or both).

Film Notice – Street and Alley Closures

The Nine Productions, LLC will be filming scenes for the upcoming Film “Captive State” in Edgewater on Tuesday, March 7. In order to park the necessary vehicles and equipment for filming, the City of Chicago will post No Parking/Tow Zone signs at the following streets, at these times:

MONDAY, MARCH 6, 5pm to TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 10pm
EAST SIDE of Broadway from Balmoral to Foster
BOTH SIDES of Bryn Mawr from Winthrop west to EL Train
NORTH SIDE of Berwyn from Broadway to Winthrop

First alley west of Winthrop from Bryn Mawr to Catalpa
First alley west of Winthrop from Balmoral to Berwyn

On Berwyn from Broadway to Winthrop
On Balmoral from Broadway to Winthrop
On Catalpa from Broadway to Winthrop

Please contact Stefan Nikolov, Location Manager, at (773) 521-8504 with any questions or concerns.

Cedar Playlot Park Advisory Council Meeting

Monday, March 6, 7pm
Burkes Public House, 5401 N. Broadway

Cedar Playlot Park Advisory Council is having their meeting. CPAC is a revitalized PAC and everyone is invited to join, whether you have children or not; its community and open to all. Cedar Playlot is located at 5311 N. Winthrop Ave.

48th Ward Day at Loyola Men’s Volleyball

Join us on Thursday, March 16 for 48th Ward Day at Loyola University Men’s Volleyball. At this game, we will recognize outstanding elementary and middle school students from our neighborhood schools. Loyola University (#9) will take on Ohio State (#1), it’s sure to be a great game! Use code “48” for $5 tickets.

#9 Loyola vs. #1 Ohio State Men’s Volleyball
Thurs., Mar. 16 – 7:00 pm
Gentile Arena
Tickets: $5
Special Offer Code: 48
Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/2l01Waf

Support Centro Romero!
Solitary Soup, a group of ten chefs, has selected Centro Romero, along with two other immigrant-related agencies, to receive the receipt from soup sales on Tuesday, March 7. For a minimum, pre-paid donation of $50, you can pick up two pints of soups made by two different chefs. You must order by midnight on Wednesday, March 1. Pick-up of your soups will be on Tuesday, March 7 between 3PM – 7PM at a location (TBA) in: Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Downtown Chicago, and Evanston. Please click here for more information about this great event for a great cause.

A Great Meal to Support Local Refugees
From 7-10 p.m. on Friday, March 3rd Sauce and Bread Kitchen will be making gourmet pizzas. 100% of the profits from the night will go to support refugee families through the Heartland Alliance Kovler Center in Edgewater.
You can stop in anytime from 7-10 p.m. and there are carry out and delivery options as well.  You can also go online and purchase a $15 ticket in advance for a pizza sampler. The tickets can also be purchased if you can’t make it but just want to make a donation. Sauce and Bread is located at 6338 N. Clark. BYOB
It is perfect for people who both like pizza and like doing good. It is still worth coming if you A) don’t want to do good but still like pizza or B) don’t like pizza but like doing good. Hope to see you there!

Babes with Blades Fundraiser for Peirce School Trip to DC
This year, the 7th and 8th graders of Helen C. Peirce School will be making the trip to our nation’s capital! To support those who need it, scholarships will be provided, and your help is needed to fund those scholarships. You can support these scholarships by attending a production of Shakespeare’s Henry V by Babes with Blades on Saturday, March 11 at 8:00pm. The performance will take place at City Lit Theatre on the second floor, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $35 each. There are only 50 tickets, so get yours soon! Click here to learn more about Babes with Blades, and click here to purchase your tickets.

Edgewater Author Book Release and Signings
Edgewater author Kevin Davis recently released The Brain Defense and will be signing copies of his book at a second book signing. Join Kevin at the Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Ave, Wed. Mar. 8th at 7pm. After the signing, at 8:30pm, join Kevin for a drink at Garcia’s, which is located half a block away from the Book Cellar.

St. Baldrick’s Event at Bar 63
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 12, 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 Highlanders Pipes and Drum Co., face painting, a photo booth, 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 check out the Facebook event. If you would like to volunteer or register as shavee, please sign up here.

Anti-Cruelty Society Spay/Neuter Clinic
The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive humane society, is running a special spay/neuter promotion from now until the 1st of May called “The Great Fix.” Come by Alderman Osterman’s office to pick up a voucher for a free spay or neuter surgery for your pit bull or pit bull mix. Each voucher also covers the full cost of vaccinations. This is a limited time promotion – so hurry in soon! The Anti-Cruelty Society’s spay/neuter clinic is located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood at 169 W. Grand Avenue. Free parking is available on-site. Click here for more information.

Public Safety Update

Please be aware of individuals around your home and in your neighborhood. There have been reports of neighbors that allowed a man to come into their house and talk about religion. He was a middle-aged man with a large cross hanging from his neck. The result was the neighbor was robbed of a small amount of money.

We also continue to see reports around the city of individuals posing as ComEd or other utility workers looking to gain access to your property. If someone approaches and asks to be let in you have the right to ask for an ID. If you suspect foul play, tell the individual to wait outside until you call the utility to verify that this person is a legitimate employee on a service call to your property. Call 911 if you feel threatened or the individual can not be verified. Do not open or unlock your door until you are confident that this individual is there to do a job.

2017 CAPS Meetings Schedules – 20th District
Please join your neighbors in the new year to collaborate on improving community public safety issues and new initiatives. To learn more about CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy), click here.

Click here to see schedule for 20th District CAPS meetings
Click here to identify your CAPS beat
Beat 2433 meetings are held at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here to download a schedule.

Landlord Training
The 24th District Police District will be hosting a workshop series for owners and managers of residential properties to learn how to work with police to increase personal and resident safety.
Wednesday, March 8, 7:30pm
Warren Park

6601 N. Western
Click here for more information.

Celebrate 40 Years of the Swedish American Museum!
Swedish American Museum will be holding their 40th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, April 2nd 5pm – 8pm. Hors d’oeuvres from Tre Kronor and Wikstrom’s Foods will be served along with wine and a champagne toast. Like Minds Trio will be playing, and activities include a scavenger hunt and video covering 40 years of the Museum. All of this is included at $25 per person. Pre-registration is required, which can be done here.

Peterson Garden Project Biscuits and Bloody Mary’s and Seed Swap Events
The growing season is quickly approaching! Join the Peterson Garden Project on Sunday March 5 at the Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway for two fun events. In the Armory Ballroom, the Eighth Annual Seed Swap will be taking place from 1 – 4pm. The Seed Swap is free and includes demonstrations on how to properly start and grow seeds.
Meanwhile, on the same day from noon – 2pm, Peterson Garden Project will also host a Biscuits and Bloody Mary’s brunch at the PGP Community Cooking School, which is located just down the hall from the Seed Swap. Biscuits with gravy, homemade jam, pickles, and a Bloody Mary with all the fixings will be served with alternate gluten-free and vegetarian options. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Nominate Your Favorite Andersonville Business
Nominations are now open for the Andersonville Honors Awards Gala! Nominate your favorite business for an award in one of nine categories: Welcome Addition Award, Good Neighbor Award, Arts Organization of the Year, Service Organization/Business of the Year, Best Place to Eat, Best Place to Shop, Best Place to Drink, Hidden Gem Award, and Kurt Mathiasson Award for Community Service. Nominations can be submitted here until Monday, March 6. The top five in each category will move onto the final ballot after March 6.
In the meantime, clear your calendars for the gala, which will be Thursday, April 6, 6:30pm – 9pm at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark. Tickets will go on sale on March 6.

Senior Updates

Edgewater Satellite Senior Center
The Edgewater Satellite Senior Center is located at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.
Click here for the March schedule of events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center.
Click here for the 2017 full year schedule of events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center.

Save the Date – 48th Ward Senior Wellness Fair
The 17th annual Senior Wellness Fair will take place this year on Monday March 13 at the Broadway Armory Park, from 10am to 1pm. Attendees will have access to over 50 different service providers from government, not-for-profit service organizations and numerous providers of housing, healthcare, and wellness centers. Click here for the flyer.

Senior Enrichment Seminars
Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for the following two (2) March 2017 Senior Enrichment Seminars to be held at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, on the dates, times and locations indicated below:

“Financial Literacy:  Managing and Protecting Your Assets”
Thursday, March 9, 2017
(11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Room CL-115 – Concourse Level)

The topics to be discussed will include:

  • Budgeting your income
  • Managing your credit and debit; and
  • Building and protecting your assets

Seminar Speaker:

  • Charles D. Johnson, Executive Council Member – AARP of Illinois

Former Director – Illinois Department on Aging

“Safeguarding Your Savings:  Best Practice of Banking Institutions”
Thursday, March 9, 2017
(12:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Courtroom 2005)

The topics to be discussed will include:

  • How to protect your finances and identity
  • Laws and regulations that protect depositors; and
  • Financial preparation for emergencies

Seminar Speakers:

  • Mary Killough, Chief Development Officer, Gareda Home Care
  • Michael L. Taylor, Assistant Vice President, First Midwest Bank

Senior Sewer Rebate
News for Seniors living in Homeowner Associations​

Did you know that seniors aged 65 or over, ​who live in their own condominium, townhouse or ​co-op unit are entitled to receive ​a $50 rebate for their share of the associations’ sewer costs?

​Many seniors have applied for this over the years, and received a letter (click here to see an example) from the City of Chicago asking for a signature to re-confirm residency.  If you’ve applied in the past and haven’t yet received the letter, please give the US postal system some time to catch up, but you should receive this letter in the next week or two.

If you haven’t received the rebate before, you’ll need to file an application form.  Please click here for instructions and the correct form to use.​  You’ll need to submit an application form along with copies of 3 documents: 1) water bill from the homeowner’s association, 2nd installment Property Tax bill (2015), and drivers license/state ID.​

Send any questions to Jerry Goodman, jerry@48thward.org773-784-5277.  Letters or forms with required attachments are due in the Alderman’s office by July 1, 2017.

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

News from Northside Catholic Academy
NCA Spring Book Fair Opens to Public March 5
Come explore new titles and purchase popular reads at Northside Catholic Academy’s Spring Book Fair, open to the public on March 5, 11:00am-1:00pm at the Primary School Campus lunchroom (6216 N. Glenwood Ave.). All proceeds benefit NCA’s teachers, classrooms and libraries.

NCA Now Accepting 2017-18 Applications
Be a part of something greater at Northside Catholic Academy. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA offers half-day and full-day preschool, and a top-ranked K-8 academic program. NCA’s challenging and diversified curriculum includes music, art, foreign language, computer science, and physical education. Yet, what’s even greater is how NCA inspires its students to grow in character, intellect and spirit. Learn more about NCA at an Admissions Tour, 9:00-10:00am on March 7, 16, 21, or 30. Call 773-743-6277 for more information or apply online.

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

Input Wanted About Your Public Library Needs
The Chicago Coalition of Library Friends wants your input about how the Chicago Public Libraries could better serve the community and your needs. (Friends of the Edgewater Library is a member of this coalition.) Click here to take the survey.

Chicago Monuments Presentation
The Edgewater Historical Society will be holding their 2017 Annual Meeting at the Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway, to discuss plans for 2017-2018 and present the candidates for the Board of Directors. Additionally, you will get to enjoy a photography presentation by Larry Broutman, featuring over 250 of his photos. The meeting will take place Saturday March 18 at 10am and is free to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Care for Real News
The 8th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival is scheduled for March 5 – March 11, 2017.  The festival, supporting Hunger Relief, will take place at some of the best jazz clubs in Chicago featuring incredible performers!  Concert venues include Jazz Showcase, Winter’s, PianoForte and closing out at Green Mill on March 11.  Tickets and more information can be found here. 
Chicago Tribune Covers Hunger Relief Challenges
Heidi Stevens covers the challenges food pantries experience all year long. Check out the recent Chicago Tribune article here.

Apply for a Chicago Digital Media Production Fund Grant
Digital media has the capacity to influence the ways people look at the world and those around them. The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund wants to help those who are looking to use their digital media talents to advance social change. The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund will be offering a total of $100,000 in grants to independent projects, with each grant ranging between $500 – $20,000.
All film projects may be of any genre; however, the video must contain content aimed towards social change for those ages 13+. Any videos funded by the grant must be available for free online viewing by June 15, 2018. To learn more about the grant and requirements, please visit the Production Fund website. If you would like to apply for the grant, please apply here.

Save on Your Energy Cost Today!
As we may have a few weeks of winter approaching, we want to ensure that our homes stay warm and our bills affordable. However, most homes in Chicago, even newer ones, waste more than 15% of their energy, resulting in discomfort and high bills. Right now through local nonprofit Elevate Energy, homeowners and owners of 2-4 unit buildings can schedule a $99 home energy assessment to find out where their homes are losing energy. Elevate’s qualified contractors will find the most cost-effective improvements for your home, and the Elevate Energy team will be with you every step of the way to ensure the work on your home gets done right and that you are able to take advantage of all available rebates. The average homeowner will reduce their energy use by 15%, saving an average $400 per year, and qualifying their home for the Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR certificate.
Another way you can start saving this summer is by putting your new smart meter to work for you!  Smart meters are digital meters that give more detailed information about our own electricity usage. By increasing your awareness of your energy use, and signing up for programs that take advantage of energy spikes, smart meters will allow you to lower your costs while remaining comfortable in your home. To learn more about your options for energy efficiency and home energy savings contact Foluke Akanni at 773.321.2673 or foluke.akanni@elevateenrgy.org or by calling toll-free 844.922.1222.

Elevate Energy is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that designs and implements energy efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure that the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most. For more information visit their website.

Sustainability Tip of the Week
Recycle Efficiently and Help Your Neighbors Do the Same

  1. Remember to clean out bottles and containers.
  2. No plastic bags or pizza boxes in the bins! Otherwise, these items will be discarded as contaminated.
  3. Here is a list of what you can recycle: plastic bottles and containers (numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7); glass jars and bottles; metal aluminum, tin, or steel cans, foil, and pie tins; milk and juice cartons, and paper and cardboard (be sure to flatten the cardboard first).
Sustainability Tips brought to you by Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project

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Ward Office Info

Ward Office
5533 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
T: 773-784-5277
F: 773-784-6630
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment

City Hall Office
121 N. LaSalle Room 300
Chicago, IL 60602
T: 312-744-6860

Upcoming Events
Yoga at Margate Park
Mondays and Wednesdays
6:30 – 7:30pm
Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 N. Marine Drive
Cost: $5
Click here for more information

Dance Meditation Technique

Every 1st and 3rd Friday, January through April
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. ElmdaleWhat better way to spend 90 minutes?! DMT is workout for mind, body and spirit that leaves one feeling more grounded, centered and balanced. No dance experience necessary! Bring a water bottle, a yoga mat (we have a few extras if you don’t have one). We’ll bring the lemon, lime & cucumber water. Dress in comfortable layers, ready to get all toasty from the inside. Doors open at 6:40. Enter through the western single door in the courtyard and head upstairs. Please arrive early to settle in. We’ll lock the front door at 7 pm sharp.

Reserve your spot here, $15: https://paypal.me/traceydobson/15

Swedish Dance Lessons
Fridays, March 3 – 31
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St
Come learn the National Dance of Sweden with Paul Muhr and Linda Westergren-Muhr. There will be five sessions running on consecutive Fridays in March. The package cost is $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers. A single class is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Money Smart Week Educational Seminar
Tuesday, April 25
Chicago Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave
Terri Brady of First Midwest Bank will be leading a seminar about Reverse Mortgages and all you need to know about them in honor of Money Smart Week. Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago during which free financial education seminars are presented to consumers.

Save the Date: Friends of Edgewater Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, April 29
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway

Proceeds from the book sale support library programs, purchase new materials and enhance the facility. The community is encouraged to donate gently used books for the sale. Please pack your donations in a box or place them in a shopping bag and deliver them to the library when it is open. There is a donation bin near the front desk. Click here to view a list of items to donate.

Arts & Culture

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Death of a Salesman
By Redtwist Theatre
Performances Feb. 4 – March 5
Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

The Snare
By Jackalope Theatre Co.
Performances Feb. 22 – April 1
Broadway Armory
5917 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

By AstonRep
Performances Feb. 23 – March 12
The Frontier
1106 W. Thorndale Ave
Click here for more information

That’s Weird, Grandma
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performances Mar. 5 – 27
Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland
Click here for more information.

Salon Benefit
Thursday, Mar. 9
Rivendell Theatre
451 N. Wood
Click here to purchase tickets.

Cc Exhibit
Reception and Open House March 11 1 – 3pm
Exhibit Open March 11 – May 21
Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center
6433 N Ravenswood
Click here for more information

By Sarah Sander
Performances March 13 – April 29
Raven Theater
6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

The Scullery Maid
By Idle Muse Theatre Company
Performances March 16 – April 9
The Edge Theater
5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

The Kid Thing
By Nothing Without a Company
Performances March 16 – April 15
North Mansion of Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information.

Invisible Now
By Kevin Crispin
Performances March 17 – April 1
Jackalope Theatre’s The Frontier
1106 W. Thorndale
100% of ticket sales to benefit Cathedral Counseling Center
Click here for more information.

Raiders Lark
By St. Gertrude Community Players
Performances March 24 and 25 8pm
St. Gertrude’s Social Hall
1401 W Granville
Click here for more information.

Lady X- A Musical
By Hell in a Handbag
Performances April 21 – June 11
Mary’s Attic
5400 N Clark St
Click here for more information.

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