Weekly Update from Your Alderman — March 8, 2019

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March 8, 2019
Dear Neighbor,

Today is International Women’s Day, a global day of recognition and celebration of the social, political, and cultural achievements of women. Our community has a strong tradition of women in leadership roles, spanning from block clubs to community organizations to businesses to elected office. We have many organizations and schools in our community who are helping support and empower the young female leaders of tomorrow, as well.

This evening the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is hosting their International Women’s Day Crawl in the southern part of Edgewater. This crawl will feature women-owned businesses south of Bryn Mawr, and will include food tastings, interactive arts and crafts, professional photos, and more. A portion of proceeds from the event will support GirlForward and their important work to improve the lives of young women displaced by conflict and persecution. Click here for more information, including the complete list of participating businesses.

Click below to watch a video to learn more about GirlForward’s work with young women in our community:


Another great event happening tonight is Brews for Bulldogs, the fifth annual fundraiser for Friends of Senn. Proceeds raised at this event support enrichment opportunities for Senn High School students. Brews for Bulldogs features great food and drink, live music, a silent auction, and the opportunity to connect with the Senn community. Click here for more information.

This weekend Andersonville businesses will have special offers and deals for their In-Sidewalk Sale.The cold weather and water main project have kept customers at bay, and this event invites shoppers and diners to the district to enjoy the independent businesses there. Please come out and show your support. Click here for more information and a complete list of participating businesses.Two 48th Ward businesses received impressive acclaim this week:Income Tax, 5959 N. Broadway, was named a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award in the “Outstanding Wine Program” category. Click here to learn more about Income Tax.Sun Wah BBQ, 5039 N. Broadway, was named Best Chinese Restaurant in the Chicago Tribune Readers’ Choice AwardsClick here to learn more about Sun Wah.

Last week we welcomed another new business to the ward. Stone Fox, 5721 N. Clark St., is a new project from the owners of Fat Cat in Uptown. Stone Fox serves craft cocktails, local beer, and has a fantastic menu, including wood-fired pizzas. Please welcome Cy and her team to the neighborhood. We look forward to enjoying their massive patio as the weather gets warmer!

This week my staff stopped by Hayt Elementary School’s Sustainability Fair. The students shared their research projects on how neighbors can change their habits to be more eco-friendly. Congratulations to the students and teachers on a successful event!

March Madness is a few weeks away, and we’re hoping that the Loyola Ramblers will go on an extended run in the NCAA tournament. Last night the Northside Catholic Academy Wildcats celebrated a championship for the 8th Grade Boys Basketball team. The championship victory marks the cap of an undefeated season and the fourth championship in four years for this team. This team is a great group of kids and a talented group of athletes. We wish them and their coach Eric Ottoson the best!

Enjoy your weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th WardPublic Safety Update

2019 Beat Meeting Schedules
Click here to view the schedule for the 20th District CAPS Beat Meetings
Click here to view the schedule for the 24th District CAPS Beat Meeting
If you want to know which police district and beat you belong to, click here to find out.

20th District Community Policing Strategic Plan Community Conversation
Wednesday, March 13, 6-8pm

Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N. Lincoln Ave.
Click here for more information

Citizen’s Police Academy
The Chicago Police Department has a unique opportunity for citizens to learn important strategies for a safer community and an opportunity to discover the day to day operations of the police department.  The object of the program is to give attendees a better understanding of police operations and community relations and how they work together to achieve a stronger and safer community.The training for this initiative will be 10 weeks long and will be held on the 2nd floor, North Atrium of the Education and Training Division located at 1300 W. Jackson Blvd. The training will be held on Tuesday evening of each weekfrom April 9 through June 11 from 6-9pm. There is a graduation ceremony on the last day of training, Tuesday, June 11.The requirement for the participants of the Citizen’s Police Academy as follows:21 or olderLive or work in the cityNo prior felonyNo pending court casesMust be approved by District CommanderThere will be 10 sessions, 3 hours each.  The last week (week 10) will be graduation.  All participants that complete a minimum of 7 weeks will receive a certificate of completion.  All applications must be forward to the Community Policing Sergeant at 20th District along with a photo copy of the applicants Driver License or State Id to: atour.bethishou@chicagopolice.org   no Later than Monday, 25 March 2019.
Click here for an application.

International Women’s Day Events

Edgewater International Women’s Day Crawl

Join us on our neighborhood crawl as we celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8th from 5pm – 8pm. Discover hidden gems and taste the unique flavors of your community at women-owned businesses during the International Women’s Day Edgewater Crawl! The Edgewater Chamber is proudly donating a portion of ticket sales to the local nonprofit GirlForward.

Click here to watch a video and learn more about GirlForward’s important work.

Click here to purchase tickets for the event.

Women Empowerment Gospel Brunch & Art Show
Sunday, March 10
Noon – 2pm
Gallery 1070, 1070 W. Granville
Click here for more information

Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show
March 8, 3-8pm; March 9, 10am-5pm
St. Andrew’s Greek Church, 5649 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Incredible vintage fashion and apparel is coming from all over the country. Vintage jewelry, designer vintage, vintage coats, vintage clothing, shoes, hats, textiles, fabrics and so much more! It will be a sight to see! Bring your appetite, St. Andrews has the BEST Greek food at incredibly affordable prices. 

Mas Alla Del Sol 6th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, March 13, 4-10pm
Live Mariachi
Mas Alla Del Sol, 5848 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Berger Park Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, March 14, 7pm
Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Edgewater Historical Society Annual Meeting
Saturday, March 16, 10am
Chicago Waldorf School, 5200 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

Join us for a provocative presentation and discussion with Bonnie McDonald Edgewater resident and President of Landmarks Illinois; she will weigh in on scores of pending and actual developments affecting the Northside and Edgewater. Bonnie was critically helpful in Edgewater’s efforts to save and presently landmark Trumbull School, now preserved by our very good new Edgewater neighbor, Chicago Waldorf school. 

Join us at 9 a.m. for optional tours of the school, an exhibit of historic photos of Trumbull, and refreshments. At the 10 a.m. meeting we will recap our past year, and will be presenting candidates for your board of directors and plans for 2019-20. 

Free to the Public – Refreshments Will Be Served

What’s Happening at the Libraries
 Sweet beginnings and endings at Edgewater Library – Full day of events Saturday, March 9:Friends of the Edgewater Library invites the community to attend two presentations and a small sale of donated books about Chicago this Saturday. All programs will be held on the second floor of the library, 6000 N. Broadway.Pop-Up Book Sale: Chicago Edition 
9:30-1 p.m. 
Edgewater Library, outside the Betty A. Barclay Community Room An assortment of used fiction and non-fiction books about Chicago will be for sale.  Cash only. Come early to the morning and afternoon presentations so you have time to shop.Chicago by the Book 
10-11 a.m.Join editor Susan Rossen and fellow Caxton Club member John Chalmers and author Nina Barrett as they discuss selections that were made for the book, how they relate to Chicago’s history and changed both the city and the nation.  Sponsored by Friends of the Edgewater Library in partnership with Edge of Sweetness. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Celebrating Herman Melville at 200 
1-2 p.m.Will Hansen, the Newberry Library’s Curator of Americana, will discuss the author and the exhibit Melville: Finding America at Sea, currently on display at the Newberry.  Discover why Melville’s writings remain fascinating and important for 21st-century readers and hear about some of the rare books, artwork, and manuscripts.  Sponsored by Friends of the Edgewater Library in partnership with Edge of Sweetness. 

The Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., 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

 Job Opportunities

Senior Budget Analyst

The Office of Budget and Management is currently recruiting to fill one vacancy in the title of Senior Budget Analyst. If you know of a candidate that would be a good fit for this position, please refer them to the link below to apply online. The application period closes on March 17, 2019.
Click here for more information

Territory Summer Fellowship Opportunity: Future Leaders in Action

Territory will be hosting a fellow this summer through Future Leaders in Action. It’s a 3-month paid fellowship, running mid-late May through August. The opportunity is a full time job with Territory, a combination of design studio facilitator and design program research and development. Typical fellows are out of college, age 22-27, interested in working with youth and social justice, and have a passion for urban design and youth-centered practice. Click here for more information.

Free Entrepreneurship Training Program for Early Stage Businesses

The Entrepreneurship Training Program is a rigorous 12 week business training program comprised of specialized workshops, trainings and resources. After completing the training, the participants will be enrolled in the 8 week small business venture project. Participants will receive hands on experience operating a small business venture in the program.
This entrepreneurship training program is for serious entrepreneurs who:Have identified the area of business they want to pursue.Currently operate an informal business now seeking to become licensed and legally structured.Have been in business less than five years seeking to expand or standardize their operations.Will commit to starting or expanding their business within 6 months of program completion.Will develop a plan to create new jobs in the community where their business is locatedEntrepreneurship Training Program Application should be mailed to Prevention Force Family Center 4223 W. Lake Street Unit 336, Chicago Illinois 60624 or email to pffcsg@aol.com. Deadline date for application is March 22, 2019.  If you have any question please call Sandra Glenn at 773 940-1355.

Brews for Bulldogs – Senn High School Fundraiser
Friday, March 8
Ravenswood Event Center, 4011 N Ravenswood
Click here for tickets

Peirce School Moms Night
Monday, March 11
Bar Roma, 5101 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies — Fiesta de Arte: Kids Pop-Up Art Gallery in Andersonville
Thursday, March 21
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies, 1423 W Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

Artists, Crafters and Community Members: please join the Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies for, Fiesta de Arte, Andersonville’s largest pop-up art gallery on March 21st from 4:30-7:30 pm. Admission is free. Art from over 1,000 student artists on display as well as live performances and art workshops. All ages welcome and please invite friends and neighbors. Information available here including an online sign-up to be a vendor at the event. We hope to see you there! 

Monthly Metropolis Coffee Sale for Peirce Elementary
Various dates each month
Click here for more information

Movie Night: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Friday, March 15
6:00 pm
Swift Elementary, 5900 N Winthrop

Dining Out for Swift
Friday, March 29
Ethiopian Diamond, 6120 N Broadway

Helix Cafe Youth Employment Workshops
Edgewater’s soon-to-open Helix Cafe is hiring youth ages 16 to 24! The hiring process starts with a series of two employment workshops held on March 16th and 23rd. Attendees will leave resume and interview ready along with participating in workplace social and emotional skill sessions. At the end of the second workshop, Helix will complete interviews for youth cohort positions. You can register here

48th Ward Youth Advisory CouncilThe purpose of this council began with our desire to make a difference in the way youth engage, learn, and participate in the community they call home. The council plans community events that will others in the community will enjoy. They get the opportunity to meet with other leaders in our community. If you want to learn more or have any questions contact PC at pc@48thward.org.

Raven Theatre Take Flight Summer Camp 2019

Raven Theatre is pleased to announce TAKE FLIGHT SUMMER CAMP 2019, featuring five training sessions in theatre arts for kids ages 6 – 16. Great for beginners looking to learn the basics of performance or more advanced actors looking to hone their skills, Raven’s team of professional teaching artists will help kids feel the confidence to contribute to the artistic process and the courage to try something new.

To register, please visit www.raventheatre.com/education/camps. Special early bird discounts are available through March 31 for Sessions 2 – 4.  For additional information, e-mail education@raventheatre.com or call (773) 571-3038. Program fees: Tech Camp $300. Session 1 $480. Session 2 – 4 $600 ($75 off with code ‘Early75’).

Edgewater Village Springs into Action with Relevant March Programs 

The month begins with the first Armchair Travelers Series; join us to take a visual trip to South America on March 1. Other programs are Street Smarts, a popular poetry discussion group, a luncheon meet-up, theatre outing, a census presentation and Spring into Health series.
View details on the March calendar.

Save the Date – 48th Ward Annual Senior Resource Fair

Alderman Osterman and the 48th Ward are pleased to announce the 2019 Annual Senior Resource Fair to be held on Monday, March 18, 2019 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway.

The Fair is open to all Chicago residents, free of charge, and will offer information and services from over 50 different health and wellness service providers and organizations located in or close to Edgewater and the 48th Ward.  Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided as well. Send inquiries to Jerry Goodman via email to jerry@48thward.org.

Click here for more information

Senior Citizen Sewer Refund

If you live in a condominium, townhome, or co-op, and you are 65 years of age or older, you may be eligible to receive a $50.00 rebate for your share of the property’s sewer costs.  The City mailed renewal forms to those who received the rebate in 2018, and if you received one of those, please sign it and mail/bring it to the Alderman’s office at 5533 N. Broadway, or scan and send it via email to jerry@48thward.org

If this is your first time requesting the refund, you’ll need to complete a form and attach three (3) pieces of information: a copy of your 2nd installment 2018 property tax bill, a copy of your Driver’s License or State ID, and a copy of the water bill from your homeowners’ association.  The form can be completed online at this link:  http://www.committeeonfinance.org/claims/sewerclaimform.asp.  Alternatively, you can click here to download and print a form, complete it and return it to the Alderman’s office.

For questions, please call the 48th Ward office (773-784-5277) or email Jerry Goodman at jerry@48thward.org.

Woodruff Arcade (6351-67 N. Broadway) Development
Crews continue to hoist wall systems into place. On Monday, March 11, crews will begin to host walls for the 6th floor. This will involve a temporary lane closure on Sheridan, continuing throughout the week. Crews will have flaggers in place to assist with pedestrian traffic.

Clark St. Water Main Update Clark Street
All major work on Clark St. is complete. All that remains is street, hydrant & crosswalk restoration which will take place at a later date. 

Side Streets
Three crews are working on the side streets to make this project as expeditious as possible. Click here to read the full recap from last week’s community meeting about the project. Currently crews are on Farragut, Berwyn and Summerdale, starting west at Clark and moving east toward Glenwood. Crews anticipate pressure testing next week and anticipate service transfers occurring the following week, week of March 18. 

Balmoral is currently remaining open. At next week’s construction meeting, we will learn more about the timing of crews starting on Balmoral (Ashland to Lakewood). 

You can continue to park in the project area once work has stopped for the day, generally after 4pm on week days and on weekends. Parking meters still apply.Weekly check-in meetings continue. We meet Wednesdays at 9am in the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce Conference Room at 5153 N. Clark, Suite 228 (North Side Federal Savings building). These meetings are an opportunity to hear an update from the contractor and to get any project-related questions answered. 

Any questions, please email harry@48thward.org or call our office at 773-784-5277.

CTA RPM Update
Crews will be installing underground conduit on the east side of Broadway between Bryn Mawr and Hollywood beginning Monday, March 11. This will call for a small lane reduction and parking restrictions in the north bound lanes. Northbound traffic will remain open, but will be reduced to one lane between 5533 and 5611 N. Broadway. This work is expected to continue for about 3 weeks. Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Leland and Foster and at all cross streets from Leland to Foster:Ainslie: Underground duct bank installation continued on Ainslie St. west of the tracks and in the alley east of the tracks south of Ainslie. Ductbank installation is approximately 53% complete.Ainslie: Dept. of Water (NPL) completed restoration.  One service transfer remains at SEAC.Winona: Underground duct bank installation continued on Winona St. east and west of the tracks. Ductbank installation is approximately 61% complete.Leland:  Underground duct bank installation continued on Leland near Broadway and in the NE alley.  SE ally is complete.  Duct bank installation is approximately 15% complete.Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Foster and Balmoral and at all cross streets from Foster to Balmoral:Berwyn: Duct bank installation in the east alley south of Berwyn did not take place last week. Ductbank installation is approximately 81% complete.Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Balmoral and Bryn Mawr and at all cross streets from Balmoral to Bryn Mawr:Catalpa: Crews continued excavating for duct bank installation south of Catalpa in the east alley and is approximately 81% complete. LBMM Demolition – 1111 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue:Dynamic Wrecking – No work activity took place last week.

B. May Bags Trunkshow
March 8 and 9
Norcross and Scott Home, 5853 W Berwyn Ave
Click here for more information

Jo Landron by the Glass: Muscadet Takeover
Friday, March 8
Income Tax, 5959 N. Broadway

Emergency Care Package Drive: Benefiting Young Women Aging out of Foster Care
March 9, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
March 16, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon
Rogers Park Library, 6907 N Clark St, 2nd floor North Community Room
Click here for more information

Chicago Public Schools Bilingual Job Fair
Tuesday, March 12
Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western Ave.
Click here for more information

Greenstar Brewing Beermaster’s Dinner
Wednesday, March 20
Uncommon Ground, 1401 W Devon
Click here for more information

Free Children’s Dance Classes
Every other Sunday
Latin’s Uptown Space, 4956 N Sheridan
Click here for more information

Adult Career Education Programs
Every Wednesday and Thursday
11:00 am
Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, 1701 W 13th St
Click here for more informationSee the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Sweet Tap Chicago
Sunday, March 10
3pm & 7pm
City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph
Click here for more information

Concerts at Unity: The Double Bass
Saturday, March 16
Unity Lutheran Church & Community Center, 1212 W Balmoral Ave
THE DOUBLE BASS, Soloist Douglas Johnson and pianist, Michael Miller present music by Bach, Schubert, Paganini and more in this performance. Suggested donation $15. Downtown quality right here on the northside. 
Click here for more information.

Mahalia Jackson: Moving Thru the Light, A Musical Tribute
March 2 – April 14
Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N Clark St
Click here for more information

Nothing Without a Company Presents: The Soccer Player in the Closet
February 14 – March 17
The second floor loft of Christy Webber Farm and Garden, 2833 W Chicago Ave
Click here for more information

Reap the Grove, Staged Reading and Audience Discussion
Friday, March 15
7:30 pm
The Den Theatre, 1331 N Milwaukee Ave
Click here for more information

Live Talk: Transformations
By Pivot Arts
Thursday, March 21
Uncommon Ground, 1401 W Devon
Click here for more information

Redtwist Theatre Presents: Herland
March 16 – April 14
Red Twist Theatre, 1044 W Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

Raven Theatre Presents: YEN
March 21 – May 5
Raven Theatre, 6157 N Clark St
Click here for more information

Women Empowerment Art Show
March 7 – April 14
Opening Reception: March 7 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gallery 1070, 1070 W Granville Ave
Click here for more information

Still Point, Art by Sarah Cook
Opening Reception: Friday, March 8, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Exhibition: March 8 – April 19
Everybody’s Coffee, 935 W Wilson
Click here for more information

Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show
Friday, March 8, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 9, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N Sheridan Rd
Click here for more information

POSEIDON! An Upside Down Musical
March 15 – April 28
The Edge Theater, 5451 N Broadway
Click here for more information

Red Rex
January 24 – March 30
Steep Theatre, 1115 W Berwyn
Click here for more information

Sister Artists Explore “Colors of the North”
January 19 – March 15
Swedish American Museum, 5211 N Clark St
Click here for more information

I Wanna F#!&ing Tear You Apart
February 15 – March 23
Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N Ridge Ave
Click here for more information

Two Days in Court: A double header of classic one acts
April 12-May 26
City Lit, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

Save the Date! Seeds Center’s 3rd Annual Seeds Center Art Fundraiser 
Saturday, May 4
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Click here for more information

The Swedish American Museum has various events. For March, the highlighted events include dancing and herring.
Click here for more information

Uncommon Ground Music Schedule
Uncommon Ground, 1401 W Devon
Live music nightly!
Click here for more information

Unity Event: Sunday Service
10:00 am
Unity Chicago, 1925 W Thome
Click here for more information

Unity Event: Pranic Healing and Mediation for Peace
11:30 am
Unity Chicago, 1925 W Thome
Click here for more information

Unity Event: Midweek Meditation
6:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Unity Chicago, 1925 W Thome
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
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