Weekly Update from Your Alderman – March 30, 2018

 March 30, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

Tomorrow is a big day for Loyola University Men’s Basketball team, as they face off with Michigan in the Final Four NCAA Tournament. This has been an exciting season for our community.To keep the excitement local, be sure to watch the game at one of our many local establishments airing the game. Loyola University is hosting a watch party in the Gentile Arena, 6525 N. Sheridan. Doors open at 4pm, tip-off is at 5:07pm. Click here for more information about the watch party. Go Ramblers!

At Wednesday’s City Council Meeting 6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer and I introduced an ordinance that would establish a Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability. Community organizations have worked for two years to put this ordinance together in 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. Click here to read more about this ordinance.

Also on Wednesday, an ordinance was passed that establishes a Home-Rule override to the recent changes to the Illinois Condo Act regarding distribution of personal information. A new State law requires condo associations to make personal information like email and phone numbers available to any resident who requests it. The substitute ordinance passed this week overrides this provision unless a vote by owners in an association passes by 2/3. State legislators are working in Springfield to make a similar repeal to this provision. This is very important issue to my constituents on Sheridan Road and Marine Drive. If you have any questions about this ordinance, please contact Jerry Goodman at jerry@48thward.org.

A sure sign of spring, street sweeping begins next week in the 48th Ward! See the Ward website for an interactive map to learn the schedule for your block.

Applications are now open for summer youth employment programs One Summer Chicago and After School Matters. These programs help employers give back to youth in our City, and provide great opportunities for young people. If you know a teen or young adult in the community who is looking for summer employment, please encourage them to sign up for One Summer Chicago or After School Matters. See below for more details on both programs.

Earlier this week, Mas Alla Del Sol, 5848 N. Broadway, celebrated their fifth year in business in Edgewater. The Moreno family has made a great investment in our community and supports many neighborhood organizations and events. They have contributed greatly to the vibrancy in the Thorndale area of Broadway. Please join me in congratulating them and wishing them luck and many more years to come!

Hon Kee Restaurant also celebrated a big milestone this week with the grand opening of the first phase their expansion. Owner Paul Tsang has operated this popular Chinese restaurant on Argyle Street for more than 30 years. Hon Kee specializes in BBQ pork and duck, as well as seafood. Please stop by to see their new dining room at 5009 N. Winthrop.

On Monday evening, a fire broke out at 5750 N. Kenmore, affecting more than 30 residents in the building. No one was seriously injured, and all those impacted sought shelter at Church of the Atonement. As of Thursday, all impacted residents have found temporary shelter, and those whose units were not impacted are back in the building. I would like to thank Church of the Atonement, Red Cross, Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Police Department, and Office of Emergency Management and Communications for the swift and effective response to this incident. If you would like to donate home goods for those residents who will need to rebuild their lives, please bring them to Care for Real, 5339 N. Sheridan.

Tomorrow is the annual Senn Park Spring Fling and Easter Egg Hunt at the new Senn Playground, Elmdale & Greenview. This annual event is a wonderful celebration to kick off the spring season in our community. Everyone is welcome, bring your own basket for the egg hunt that kicks off at 10am sharp. In the event of inclement weather, the event will move inside to Immanuel Lutheran Church across the street from the playground, 1500 W. Elmdale. Click here for more information.

Have a great weekend! Happy Easter and Passover to those celebrating this weekend.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Ward Project Updates

Lakefront Trail Work in the Park

You may see a number of poles in the ground across the park along the lakefront between Ardmore and Foster Avenue. These are markers for a new pedestrian path that is part of a plan to separate paths for bikers, runners and walkers. Plans were originally drafted and agreed upon after a community meeting on August 1, 2017 at Margate Park.

If you missed the opportunity to attend that meeting, you’re not alone. At that time, a lot was going in in the 48th Ward. In the last week, Alderman Osterman has been in touch with the Park District to request modifications to the plan since it would affect much appreciated green space and possibly some trees.

As a result, the existing path between Ardmore and Bryn Mawr will be replaced with a wider one that provides safety for all people using it, in effect changing the proposal from the August meeting. Regarding the path markings south of Bryn Mawr (between Bryn Mawr and Foster), the Alderman continues to work with the Park District to arrive at alternative choices for splitting the biking path and accommodating pedestrians safely.

More information about the Lakefront Trail project can be found at this link.  (https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/lakefront-trail)  Please note that this is the original proposal and doesn’t reflect any of the changes mentioned here.

Kenmore Water Main Project – Bryn Mawr to Berwyn

All cement repairs are approximately 95% completed. There’s a structure at the N/E corner of Balmoral & Kenmore that still needs to be addressed.
Once completed, that corner will be restored. Dirt & Seed parkway restoration continues & will be completed by next week. All cones, barricades & barrels will be picked up and all signs will be removed by next week. Punch list items to follow.

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.

Construction & Development Updates

5050 N. Broadway
Work on the redevelopment of 5050 N. Broadway to a mixed-use residential building will begin soon. All pedestrian walkways will remain open throughout construction. Abatement to begin week of April 1 in the Tower building, and move into the rest of the building May 1. A three-month demolition period is planned. Tentative window replacement is scheduled for January 2019.

6145 N. Broadway
The project is in for permits and it’s anticipated that they will have permits in hand by the end of April 2018. Start of demolition & construction tentatively scheduled to begin on/around first week of July 2018.

6151-67 N. Broadway
Work on the redevelopment of the Woodruff Arcade building has begun. The existing 2 story building on the southeast corner of Sheridan and Broadway has been knocked down and we are currently removing the building rubble from the site. We will continue excavation thru April which will be followed by the foundation installation. The planned opening of the New mixed use (retail & apartments) 7 story building is spring of 2019.

Film Notices in the 48th Ward — Parking Restrictions

TSCFTV will be filming scenes for the TV pilot titled “Untitled Robert Levine Pilot” in our community. In order to park essential vehicles and equipment, streets in the area will be posted as no parking/tow zone during the following dates and times:

Tuesday, April 3, 10pm to Wednesday, April 4, 3pm

  • West side of Lakewood from 6342 N. Lakewood to Devon

Tuesday, April 3, 8pm to Thursday, April 5, 11:59pm

  • Both sides of Magnolia from Elmdale to Thorndale
  • South side of Elmdale from Broadway to Magnolia
  • North side of Thorndale from Broadway to 1298 W. Thorndale
  • West side of Broadway from Thorndale to Elmdale

A full street closure is required the following dates and times:

Wednesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 5, 9am to 3pm and 6pm to 11:59pm

  • Magnolia from Elmdale to Thorndale
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

Community Meeting – Reforming Chicago’s Police Department
In August 2017, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office sued the City of Chicago to seek a court order (known as a consent decree) that will require lasting reform of the Chicago Police Department. The Attorney General’s Office is now negotiating a plan to permanently change the policies and training within CPD. To make sure reforms meet the needs of Chicago’s communities, the Attorney General’s Office is partnering with community organizations to hold Consent Decree Community Roundtables to ensure residents have a meaningful opportunity to provide input in this process.

The event takes place on Tuesday, April 17 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at Alternatives, 4730 N Sheridan Road. Click here for more information.

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.

City Sticker Day in the 48th Ward

The Chicago City Clerk’s office will be in the 48th Ward office on Tuesday, May 15, from 10am to 2pm to issue new vehicle stickers and permit parking stickers for those that expire in June 2018.  Note that only stickers that expire in June, 2018 will be renewed. This year, the city will not accept any cash payments – checks or money orders only. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

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.

Block Party Update

Any neighborhood organization is able to request a permit to close part or all of a street to hold a block party over the summer months.  Requests are made by completing a form with contact information and addresses affected by the closure of the street.  In addition to a permit, the City offers other 3 ancillary services you can request if you wish:  Fire Department Engine demonstration, Police Department Canine/Horse demonstration, and Jumping Jacks/bouncy houses.

To reserve a Jumping Jack for your block party, click on this link https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/jumping-jack/application.html as soon as you have a date, since the equipment is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. No need to wait for a permit to do this.

  • The Jumping Jack is limited to Residential Block Parties within the city limits of Chicago
  • Saturday and Sundays only, limited availability, volume of request typically highest on Saturdays – consider a Sunday
  • Applications are available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • The Jumping Jack Program runs from Monday, May 26 through Sunday, September 2, 2018

To request Fire and/or Police Department services, a letter with contact information is required.  All requests EXCEPT for Jumping Jacks should be sent or dropped off at the Alderman’s office or sent by email to jerry@48thward.orgClick here for the application.

Youth Update

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/

Youth Summer Opportunities
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the City of Chicago will begin accepting applications for the more than 30,000 jobs and internship opportunities available through the One Summer Chicago Program. The program helps youth, ages 14 to 24, gain valuable work experience while providing critical support resources. The application is available through May 21 at www.onesummerchicago.org

After School Matters is currently accepting applications for their summer programs. Teens can get paid to learn new skills and explore unique opportunities through Chicago. After School Matters offers more than 23,000 programs opportunities to more than 15,000 unique teens across Chicago every year! We are proud to offer a number of ASM programs here in the 48th Ward. http://www.afterschoolmatters.org/teens/apply/

Last summer, One Summer Chicago and After School Matters employed over 300 young people in the 48th Ward providing meaningful opportunities for teens to learn and grow professionally.

Schools and Parents Update

Senn Park Spring Fling & Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31
Senn Playground, Elmdale & Greenview
(Rain plan: Inside Immanuel Church, 1500 W. Elmdale)
BYOB – Bring Your Own Basket
Click here for more information

5th Annual Hayt School Global Music Program
Thursday, April 5th
9am for K-1st Grades; 2:15pm for 2nd-3rd Grades
Hayt School, 1518 W Granville Ave

2nd Annual Hayt School Cultural Family Festival
Saturday, April 7th
Hayt School, 1518 W Granville Ave

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.

Spring Parent-Tot Playdate April 14, 10am-11:30am
Northside Catholic Academy is hosting a Spring Parent-Tot Playdate Saturday, April 14. Parents and children ages 2-5 are invited to a morning of springtime fun! The Playdate will include a springtime craft, a story and playtime. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other families with young children, and to learn more about NCA’s Early Learning Center and Kindergarten program. The Playdate will be held at NCA’s Primary School Early Learning Play Lot, located on the west side of 1401 W. Granville. Space is limited for this free event. RSVP is required. Contact Melissa Soberanes at msoberanes@ncaweb.org or call 773-743-6277 ext. 207. This is not a drop off event and all children must be accompanied by a parent. In case of inclement weather the event will be moved inside.

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

LSC Elections
Elementary school LSC elections are on April 18th from 6am-7pm, and the Senn LSC election is on April 19th from 6am-7pm. You can find which schools you’re eligible to vote in here: cps.edu/ScriptLibrary/Map-SchoolLocator/index.html

Click this line to see who is running at each school: cps.edu/ScriptLibrary/Map-LSCElections2018/index.html

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 a variety of activities 

Cultural and informational meetings, an easy craft project and a Volunteer Opportunities Forum are among the activities offered by Edgewater Village this month. Tell your friends; all Chicagoans who are welcome! Click here for an April schedule.

This mission of Edgewater Village 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.

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.

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!

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!

CTA Job Opportunities and Internships

The CTA is hiring! Click here to view available job and internship opportunities.

Visit transitchicago.com/careers to apply online.

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 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.

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.

Cook County Veteran Affairs: Silver Star BannerCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Board of Commissioners will honor the Silver Star Families of America at the Cook County Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018.  This event was initiated in 2008 to recognize the service members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been wounded or became ill while serving in a war zone.

Cook County Veterans Affairs would like to invite those Cook County veterans or service members that qualify to participate in the 2018 Silver Star Banner Program.  Applicants should complete the attached (fillable) Silver Star Service Banner request form and include a short biography with details regarding their injury and the war zone in which it occurred.  The request form must be signed and returned to our office no later than Tuesday, May 11th, 2018. 

We will call each applicant to confirm their participation with the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs for the Silver Star program.  Original photos submitted for use will be returned so please make sure the applicant’s name is on all pictures that are submitted.  Service members may return their application back to veterans.affairs@cookcountyil.gov.  You may also fax your application to (312) 603-4479.  For questions, please contact Bill Browne at (312) 603-6423 | Bill.Browne@CookCountyIl.gov.

Click here for the application

60th Anniversary of National Library Week

Participate in the first ever Edgewater Reads Little Edgewater Library Crawl.
April 8-14, 2018
Collect as many book titles posted on the windows of Little Edgewater Libraries as you can. Pick up a booklet at the front desk of Edgewater Library or Alderman Harry Osterman’s Ward Office during office hours. To learn more, visit EdgewaterReads.org!

Movie Matinee at the Edgewater Library
April 9, 2018
Join Friends of the Edgewater Library for “The Help” at 2 p.m. in the community room.

Reading on the “L” Day
April 11, 2018
Volunteers will be joining the late morning commute with books on the Red Line!

Friday Fun Day
April 13, 2018
Stop by the Edgewater Library to make a bookmark with Edgewater Village and Chicago Methodist Senior Services from 2-4 p.m.

National Library Week Celebration
April 14, 2018
Return your Little Edgewater Library Crawl booklet for a chance to win prizes, meet Little Edgewater Library hosts, pick up books for your local Little Edgewater Library and grab some new bookmarks from 2-4 p.m on the second floor of the Edgewater Library.

To learn more, visit EdgewaterReads.org!

Edgewater Historical Society: Spring Benefit Dinner 
April 18, 2018
5333 N Sheridan
Click here for more information

The theme is “Shake Rattle & Roll!,” as in the 1950s, with all the nostalgia the era implies. You may still remember that sock hop where you wowed the crowd, but, if not, dancers will be there to show everyone the right moves.

The evening includes:

  • DJ Dan Luna spinning 50s classics
  • Dancers demonstrating rock and roll moves
  • Trivia contest of Edgewater facts from the 1950s
  • Plated dinners and FREE beverages
  • Living Treasures and Volunteer Award announcements
  • Silent auction featuring goods and services from around Edgewater
Peterson Garden Project Organic Edible Sale
Friday, May 4-6
1101 W Lawrence
Click here for more information

Get ready to grow your own organic food! Peterson Garden Project’s Edible Plant Sale is back, and this year is better than ever with all organic plants and a new location in the heart of Uptown. All proceeds support PGP’s free community programs.

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, 3/31
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

Volunteer Opportunities:
Saturday Night Screenings
7PM – 8:30PM
To volunteer, send an email to Ana Wright at coop@chicagofilmmakers.org OR Call: 773-293-1447. ext 1002

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

Property Tax Appeals Workshop
Wednesday, April 25
Lakeview High School, 4015 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Crossed Countries- A Photography Exhibit
Thursday, April 5th
Anna Held Floral Studio, 5557 N Sheridan Ave
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

Raven Theatre Company’s, 2018 Annual Gala, New Beginnings
Thursday, April 12
Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N Ravenswood Ave
Click here for more information

Three Cat Productions presents: Cabaret on the Lake
Every second Friday of the month
7:30 pm
Berger Park Mansion, 6205 N. Sheridan
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

Down the Rocky Road and All the Way to Bedlam
By Otherworld Theatre
Performances April 5 through May 13
Nox Aca Theatre, 4001 N Ravenswood ave #405
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

Copyright © 2018 Harry Osterman – 48th Ward Alderman, All rights reserved.

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