Weekly Update from your Alderman – March 31, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Sara Dinges is back!, Andersonville events, Honoring Ed Kuske, City Council updates, and more!
March 31, 2017

Dear Neighbor:

She’s Back!

Yesterday the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance announced that Sara Dinges is returning to the community to serve as Executive Director of both organizations. This is great news for our community, as Sara has had a critical role in economic development in the 48th Ward for over ten years. We welcome Sara and her family back with open arms and look forward to her dynamic and inclusive leadership in supporting our Andersonville business community.

There are three special events coming up in Andersonville over the next week. This Saturday, Everything But the House is collecting items for an online estate sale fundraiser to support local efforts to replace the iconic water tower on top of the Swedish American Museum. Click here for more information. On Sunday, the Swedish American Museum is celebrating their 40th anniversary with a party – click here for more information and tickets. The annual Andersonville Honors Gala is Wednesday, April 5, at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St, hosted by pH Comedy Theater. Join me to celebrate local businesses and welcome special guest Sara Dinges back to Chicago. Click here for tickets and more information.

Congratulations to all of the student athletes who participated in the 2017 48th Ward Broadway Armory Basketball league. This year’s tournament winners are: Northside Catholic Academy (5th & 6th grade girls), Hayt Elementary (5th & 6th grade boys), Broadway Armory Park team (7th & 8th grade girls), St. Thomas of Canterbury (7th & 8th grade boys). Thank you to Nick Bojko, Broadway Armory Park Supervisor, for making the league possible.

This week my colleagues 40th Ward Ald. Pat O’Connor and 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman and I honored a dedicated member of our community, Ed Kuske. Ed has been the 20th and 24th District Court Advocacy organizer for over 10 years. He has attended over 1,000 hearings as a community court advocate, and mobilized residents to attend court on critical cases. Court Advocates play an important role in advancing the goals of making our neighborhoods safer. These volunteers provide support for victims and witnesses who may be hesitant to testify in court, and attend relevant court dates. Ed has played a critical role in makeing our neighborhood safer, we thank him for his dedicated efforts.

City Council Updates

  • After the recent shooting incident involving a party bus in our neighborhood, my colleagues at City Council, the Mayor’s office, and I are looking at ways to further regulate the charter vehicle industry and hold them accountable for their their and their patrons’ actions. At this past Wednesday’s City Council meeting, we introduced an amendment to the current ordinance to further empower authorized city personnel to obtain information needed to ensure compliance with all municipal codes. The amended ordinance also requires that cameras be utilized onboard the vehicles and requires chaperones for certain trips when alcohol consumption is expected. Along with changes to party bus operations, penalties and fines have been substantially increased for violations of the ordinance.
  • Mayor Emmanuel introduced an ordinance this week to allow individuals to obtain municipal IDs. this is an issue important to many in our city. We’ll be having council committee meetings on this issue over the next month to fine tune the legislation and expect to pass a final version next month.
  • This week a resolution that I cosponsored was introduced urging Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly to to enact the legislation introduced by State Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Kelly Cassidy for the regulation and taxation of recreational marijuana. This legislation would generate hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue for the state, enabling additional resources for critical social services and education. It would also ease the burden on police departments as there would be a dramatic decrease in arrests of non-violent drug offenses. I am supportive of this measure and appreciate Senators Steans’ and Representative Cassidy’s leadership on this issue.

Have a great weekend.
Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Ward Services

Street Sweeping Starts Next Week!
The 2017 Street Sweeping Schedule is now available. Click here to view the schedule. Please contact our office with questions or concerns.

Business Feature: Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.
Women and Children First is a rare gem to find: a feminist, independent bookstore. Once, there were over 100 feminist bookstores within the United States; now, only 12 remain open. They welcome all people and all families- all races and all gender orientations are celebrated here at Women and Children First since the bookstore’s opening in 1979. Women and Children First aims to intersect politics and literature through their robust programs and the books they carry. Women and Children First hosts a monthly activism series with local organizations. They also carry many books on topics that many bookstores do not carry, such as trauma, gender identity, and understanding your child’s identity. Recently, the interest has been rising in essay collections, activism & race, and James Baldwin, as well as a turn back to classic novels, such as 1984. Sarah Hollenbeck, the co-owner of Women and Children First, attributes this to the 2016 election, saying that after a momentous time, people tend to look for books in order to escape reality; on the contrary, the election led people to search for books to explain what and how this happened.

Women and Children First, alongside the Alliance of Independent Bookstores in Chicago, has been advocating against the opening of the Amazon Bookstore. They point out that Amazon is simply interested in the data they gain from the consumers and feed off those interests. Women and Children First and Alliance of Independent Bookstores in Chicago wants to ensure that the community is educated on the effects of shopping on Amazon and how that affects the local economy. Women and Children First appreciates the support that the community gives them as an independent, feminist bookstore.

Sarah says she would encourage people to set aside their pre-conceptions about feminist bookstores and see if the store defies their expectations. She encourages people to come visit their store and speak to fellow customers and staff members to truly understand the store’s vision, one Sarah and Lynn have been trying to keep since they became co-owners in 2013. Check out their website or visit the store at 5233 N. Clark.

Teen Updates

Open Mic Event
Friday, April 7, 4-5pm
Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway
Are you a star in the making? No Grade! No pressure! Just perform your song, dance, story or rap! Click here for more information.

Teen Job Drive 
Monday, April 24, 3:30-5:30 pm
Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway

TEENS! Interested in making extra money for your summer festival tickets? Looking to gain valuable work experience to build your resume? Stop in at the Edgewater library to apply in-person for your next summer job. Help will be provided with the application process! One Summer Chicago Job applications are open, and available online, through May 15.
Click here for more information.

Community Policing Advisory Panel Public Input Sessions

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) and members of the Community Policing Advisory Panel (Panel) will be hosting three Town Hall listening sessions to receive the direct input from residents as the Department continues to renew its focus on community policing.

Through the work of Community Policing Advisory Panel, the Police Department is engaging communities across the city in joint strategies to fight crime that include improving trust between police and the communities they serve. Comments collected through the Town Hall session and online portal will be used by the Panel to inform recommendations for the Police Department to strengthen community policing efforts and rebuild trust with the residents they serve.

Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 – 8:30pm
George Westinghouse College Prep
3223 W Franklin Blvd Chicago, IL 60624

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Sullivan High School (Closest session to 48th Ward)
6631 N Bosworth Ave Chicago, IL 60626

Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Corliss Early College STEM High School
821 E 103rd St Chicago, IL 60628

Upon the conclusion of the comment period, the Panel will review all comments received and incorporate them as appropriate into its development of a new community policing strategy for CPD. Residents are asked to share their comments on community policing at www.chicagopolice.org.

Call for Volunteers- Annual Spring Fling
The 48th Ward is looking for volunteers for the Annual Spring Fling, taking place Saturday, April 15th, at 10am. If you are interested, please click here to sign up to volunteer.

Learn More, Live More Fundraiser
Learn More, Live More is an Edgewater organization that aims to promote personal growth through the power of learning new skills.
On Friday April 14 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Learn More, Live More will be hosting a fundraiser at the Fine Arts Building, located downtown, 410 S Michigan Ave in the 2nd Floor gallery. The fundraiser will be benefiting the organization’s 8-week senior-youth pairing program, where they pair seniors with a young person to learn new skills in a intergenerational way at no cost to them. This event will also support local female artists, as Learn More, Live More helps to promote their talents.
If you would like to learn more about Learn More, Live More, click here.
Click here to view a flyer for the event or click here to buy tickets.

Parkway Beautification Grants Available
Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project will provide a limited number of $100 Grants for material expenditures for pre-approved Edgewater parkway and circles. Thanks to generous donations and support of the Overhead Project; Sen. Heather Steans; and Rep. Kelly Cassidy the program will continue through 2017.

Landscaping and consulting services will be provided at no charge to grant recipients by Kim Kaulus, Inc.
Deadline for grant application is June 1, 2017.
Apply here: https://goo.gl/iwDGBY

McCutcheon Elementary School Fundraiser
The Edgewater Uptown Builders Association is hosting a fundraiser for McCutcheon Elementary School to support after school programming. The group is looking for sponsors to help meet their fundraising goal of $30,000 to provide high quality after school programming that will include activities such as music four days a week, and a full athletic program including basketball, soccer, and track. Click here for information about sponsoring the event.

McCutcheon Elementary Fundraiser
Thursday, April 20, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Flats Studio, 1140 W. Wilson Ave.
RSVP at edgewater.gesture.com

Tour of Historic Colvin House
Pleasant Home Foundation of Oak Park is hosting a tour of the historic Colvin House, 5940 N. Sheridan, designed by George W. Maher. The program will continue on a walk down Sheridan Road, for a visit to the Sheridan Road Mansions. The tour of the Colvin House will be led by Angela Valavanis, Owner of Creative Coworking, while the Sheridan Road Mansions tour will be guided by Kathleen Cummings. The tours will be taking place on Sunday, April 9, 2 – 4pm. Click here for more information.
To prepare for the tour, Ms. Kathleen Cummings and Mr. Christopher Payne will be presenting their lecture “Making a First-Class Suburb: The Story of Silsbee and Maher in Edgewater.” They will provide context for the upcoming tours and a history of the Edgewater neighborhood architecture. The lecture begin at 7pm on Tuesday, April 5 at the Pleasant Home, 217 Home Ave, Oak Park.

Public Safety Update

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.
There will be a CAPS meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at 7pm. This will be the first meeting held at the newly identified alternate site at Engine 70 Fire House, 6030 N. Clark. The guest speaker will be Berenice Martinez, an Illinois Attorney General Office Community Outreach Liaison. She will be discussing consumer fraud in general and caveats in more detail.

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.
There will be a Beat 2433 meeting this Tuesday, March 28 at 7pm at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Chicago Police Officers from the 24th District will be conducting this meeting.

Egg Hunt and Bake Sale
The 20th District will be hosting an Egg Hunt and Bake Sale Saturday, April 15, 10am – 12pm. Easter bags will be provided for the Egg Hunt. Please do not bring baskets or outside bags. The Bake Sale will be held in the lobby of the 20th District, 5400 N. Lincoln, and the proceeds will benefit youth activities.

Keepin It Real Program
The 20th District will be hosting a “Keepin It Real” program on burglaries. You will hear stories from real burglars and receive tips on how to avoid being burglarized. The program will be Tuesday, April 25, from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. The presentation will take place at the 20th District Police Station, 5400 N. Lincoln. Click here for more information.

Building Safer Communities
Kimberly M. Foxx, in partnership with Swedish Covenant Hospital, and the 19th and 20th Police Districts of the Chicago Police Department will be presenting “Building Safer Communities.” The presentation will be hosted at Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Anderson Pavilion, located at 2751 W. Winona, on Thursday, April 27, beginning at 6:30pm. Click here for more information.

Andersonville Honors
Get your tickets to celebrate the best of Andersonville!! Come discover who the winners of last week’s voting are on Wednesday, April 5 6:30 – 9pm. The event will be hosted by pH Comedy Theater at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark. Tickets are $25 and include food from Hamburger Mary’s, one drink ticket per guest, and an opportunity to pick the “Audience Choice Award,” a $250 cash prize sponsored by Bridgeview Bank, awarded to one of the business finalists.
Click here to buy your tickets to the event.

Celebrate Earth Month with Salon Echo
Salon Echo will be celebrating April, Earth Month, with a challenge from the beauty care company Aveda: raise a minimum of $2,000 for The Alliance for the Great Lakes. Salon Echo has been donating to The Alliance for the Great Lakes since 2005 and has donated over $5,000. The campaign is meant to spread awareness that clean water is not to be taken for granted and demonstrate the importance of protecting and restoring the world’s largest surface source for fresh water.
From March 15 – April 31, Salon Echo will raffle off a “An Evening in Edgewater,” valued at $300. The prize includes theater tickets and dinner for two, as well as a haircut for the two. Raffle tickets are available for $10 each or $20 for 3 tickets.
Click here to learn more about The Alliance for the Great Lakes, and click here to learn more about Salon Echo.

Northside Chicago AYSO Soccer League

Play AYSO Soccer! Have Fun!
Soccer teams for girls and boys, ages 4-18. Spring season from April 23 – June 11 – games on Sunday afternoons at Rogers Park (Rockwell & Jarlath)
Playground Program (parent child classes) for kids ages 3 – 5
Fee for Soccer teams or Playground Program: $100 for Spring 2017 season (includes uniform)
Register online at https://www.eayso.org and select Region 1206. Scholarships available for those in need. Learn more at http://www.rpayso.org/register.php or email registrar@rpayso.org

Senior Updates

Edgewater Village Community Needs Assessment

Edgewater Village is a grassroots, volunteer organization based in the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, that will serve as a free resource to connect older adults with neighborhood services, social and cultural events and volunteer opportunities to help them age in community. We’re conducting a community assessment needs survey to determine what older adults want from the community and how Edgewater Village can help. Please click here to take the survey.

For more information about Edgewater Village, click here.

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.

Oak Street Health Events
Oak Street Health, 1541 W. Devon, offers a full calendar of community events for seniors. A few highlights for March:
– Internet Basics on Fridays at 10 AM
– Beginner’s Spanish on Mondays at 10 AM
– Simply Strong on Tuesdays at 10 AM
Click here to view the complete calendar.

Senior Enrichment Seminars
Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for the following senior enrichment seminar 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 date indicated below:
“Aging at Home:  Safety and Support Systems”

Thursday, April 6

The topics to be discussed will include:

  • Home fire safety tips
  • Law-enforcement services
  • Tips on how to declutter your home

Seminar Speakers:

  • Officer Susan M. Doody, Chicago Police Department – 8th District,

Community Policing Senior Citizen Officer

  • Minnie Tenort, Chicago Fire Department, Public Safety Officer
  • Coralyn Hudik, Chicago Police Department, Senior Services Officer (Ret.)

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.

School & Youth News

Northside Catholic Academy Hosts Spring Parent-Tot Play Date April 1
Northside Catholic Academy is hosting a Spring Parent-Tot Play Date on Saturday, April 1, from 10am-12pm. Parents and children ages 1 1/2-4 are invited to a morning of preschool fun! The Spring Play Date 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 Preschool Program. The Spring Play Date will be held at NCA’s Primary School Campus, located at 6216 N. Glenwood Ave. Space is limited. Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 29, to Melissa Soberanes at 773-743-6277 ext. 207 or msoberanes@ncaweb.org. This is not a drop off event. All children must be accompanied by a parent. This is a free event.

Northside Catholic Academy Hosts Open House April 4
Northside Catholic Academy is still accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. 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 its next Open House April 4, from 9:00-10:00am. Call 773-743-6277 for more information or apply online.

Northside Catholic Academy Soiree Online Auction Now Open
This year, NCA’s popular Soiree online auction is back and better than ever! The online auction closes April 2, at 9pm. Don’t miss the chance to bid on more than 200 spectacular prizes like tickets to sporting events, theater and other entertainment packages, restaurant gift certificates, hotel getaways, and more. Information and tickets are available online at www.ncasoiree.com. The annual Soiree gala is NCA’s largest fundraiser, including an online and silent auction, raffle tickets, and the live event on April 22. Funds raised by the NCA Soiree support the Guardian Angel Scholarship Fund, as well as technology and arts programs.

Families Together Cooperative Nursery School Online Silent Auction
The online auction benefiting Families Together Cooperative Nursery School will close Sunday, April 2 at 9 p.m. Click on the link below to check out our great items:


Thanks to the hard work of our school community and our many generous donors, there is something for everyone on the Families Together auction site. You’ll find gift cards for local restaurants and businesses, kids classes, unique experiences, sports and theatre tickets, professional services, and so much more. So why not place a bid?! Grab a deal while helping Families Together maintain its unique sliding-scale tuition model. This structure helps make our excellent preschool programs accessible to all children.

Families Together is grateful to be part of this wonderful community. Thank you for your support!

New Infant-Toddler Center at South-East Asia Center

  • Welcomes 6-week to 2-year olds
  • DCFS licensed.  Qualified teaching staff.
  • Nice classrooms full of required educational toys.
  • Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Free full-day parking space for parents who go to work
  • Childcare fee assistance
  • Convenient location and CTA accessible

Enrolling Now!!  Please contact South-East Asia Center, 1134 W. Ainslie Street, 773-989-7433

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.

Care for Real News
Join us Saturday, April 29, 5:00pm-8:00pm, at Care for Real’s 2nd Annual Fundraiser, A TALE TO REMEMBER, supporting our beloved Pet Pantry. Early Bird tickets (available thru April 15) can be purchased here.
WGN news reporter and anchor, Sean Lewis, will be returning as our Host and Noodles The Wonder Dog will be performing. We will also have awesome Silent and Live auction prizes available and food and drink.  See you there!

Tutors Wanted at South-East Asia Center
The South-East Asia Center is looking for volunteer tutors to help people learn English. If you are interested, please contact Chris Tran at (773)-932-1141 or seatesl@yahoo.com or stop by the South-East Asia Center, 5120 N. Broadway.

Lincoln Park Docent Program
The Lincoln Park Conservancy is seeking volunteers to become docents at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool or Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens in Lincoln Park. The Lincoln Park Docent Program is a joint program of the Lincoln Park Conservancy and the Chicago Park District.
Docents, volunteers trained to educate the public, foster a greater appreciation and understanding of these two beautiful and historic park treasures. Training begins on Saturday, April 8, 2017 and continues for six Saturday mornings where 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 Friday, March 31, 2017.

Sustainability Tip of the Week
EESP Spring Garden Tips
In the spring we’re faced with a number of garden tasks. We need to assess the winter damage, and then decide the areas of the garden – ornamental or vegetable –  that might be available for early planting.

  • Look over your garden as a whole.  You may want to set up new beds for your flowers or change the vegetables you want to plant   This is the time to install trellises and work on retaining walls. Next, start to repair any damage to the soil by adding compost, mulch and other organic amendments in order to get ready for spring planting.
  • To make your flower garden look more balanced and pleasing to the eye, be sure to plant in odd numbers. This composition looks more natural than even numbered groupings and gives off the illusion that plants are bigger and healthier.  Always follow the planting guides for this zone, whether starting flowers or your early vegetables, since surprise freezes can still occur.  Some plants are hardy or can be protected, so research their adaptability.
  • For those early bulbs, an idea on how to protect your crocuses is to plant lavender nearby. Birds are more attracted to the fragrant flower, and other gardeners report that it prevents them from pecking at the blooming bulbs.
Sustainability Tips brought to you by Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project

Learn More, Live More Fundraiser
Learn More, Live More is an Edgewater organization that aims to promote personal growth through the power of learning new skills.
On Friday April 14 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Learn More, Live More will be hosting a fundraiser at the Fine Arts Building, located downtown, 410 S Michigan Ave in the 2nd Floor gallery. The fundraiser will be benefiting the organization’s 8-week senior-youth pairing program, where they pair seniors with a young person to learn new skills in a intergenerational way at no cost to them. This event will also support local female artists, as Learn More, Live More helps to promote their talents.
If you would like to learn more about Learn More, Live More, click here.
Click here to view a flyer for the event or click here to buy tickets.

“Like” the 48th Ward Community Page on Facebook
For the latest updates on what’s happening in the ward, seven days a week, be sure to “like” our Facebook page. Here’s the link!

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
**Save the date: 48th Ward Clean and Green**
Saturday, April 22
Clean and Green projects will be located throughout the ward. More information to come in our weekly newsletter.

**Save the date: 48th Ward Annual Spring Fling**
Saturday, April 15

Cedar Playlot Park Advisory Council Public Meeting
Monday, April 3
7 pm
Cedar Playlot, 5311 N. Winthrop

Interested in community park involvement? Interested in finding out how to help? Help Cedar Playlot move into the future and improve your park. For more information, contact Killian Walsh at killianwalsh@hotmail.com.

Palm Sunday March
Sunday, April 9
10:15 am
Unity Lutheran Church
1212 W Balmoral

Palms will be given out for the Procession. Unity will dedicate, Hate Has No Home Here signs, as Unity joins the campaign to banish hate and declare their Sanctuary a safe place for all people!

Andersonville Honors
Wednesday, April 5
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark
Click here for more information and tickets

Pan-African Association’s Fashion Without Boarders
Thursday, April 20
6 pm – 9 pm
The Ivy Room, 12 E Ohio
Come support the Pan-African Association in their second annual Fashion Without Boarders gala. Enjoy drinks, food, and socializing all while bidding on the silent auction, followed by a runway fashion show. PAA clients will model clothing designed by participating designers, as well as their traditional clothing.

Art & Wine Fundraiser
Thursday, April 20
7-9 pm
Aartwerk Studio, 1141 W. Granville

Paint an Aartwerk Studio Interpretation of Gustav’s Garden in Pink. A portion of the night’s proceeds will benefit the Chicago Parks Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports the work of the Chicago Park District. Guests are welcome to bring wine or beer, though a portion will be provided.
Click here to register.

Little Free Library Community Build Day
April 22
Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood

Edgewater Reads would like to invite you to our next Little Free Library Community Build Day! Materials are provided for free to residents of the community, and only $75 for people interested in building for outside of the neighborhood. Please bring your own hammer and a friend to help assemble the Little Free Library kits!

Senn High School Earth Day
Saturday, April 22
10am – 2pm
Senn High School
Click here for more information.

Money Smart Week Educational Seminar
Tuesday, April 25
1:00 pm
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.

A Song for Peace
Saturday, April 29
Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral
Join the Edgewater Singers as they sing songs of peace, ranging from The Beatles to Beethoven.
Click here for more information

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.

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

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

Penelope Pennyworth: Girl Detective and the Case of Mr. Nobody
By Li’l Buds Theater
Performances March 11 – April 9
The Edge Theater
5451 N. Broadway
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.

Positively Present: An Uplifting Cabaret
By Brown Paper Box Co.
Performances April 7 – April 8 7:30pm
Mary’s Attic
5400 N. Clark
Click here for more information.

By Steep Theatre Company
Performances April 20 – May 27
Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn
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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