Weekly Update from Your Alderman – March 9, 2018

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 March 9, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

Last weekend the Loyola University Ramblers Men’s Basketball team secured a place in the NCAA tournament. Please join me in congratulating our home team on this phenomenal achievement, marking the first time in more than 30 years that Loyola has made it to the tournament. Please come out to watch the Selection Show with the community on Sunday, March 11, 4pm, at the Gentile Arena, to learn where the Ramblers will fall in the bracket. This event is free to attend, click here for more information. As the tournament gets underway, please consider watching it locally at any of the wonderful bars and restaurants who will be airing games.

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce has their own bracket this March, pitting Andersonville icons against one another. The winner of the Andersonville Icons bracket will be recognized at the Andersonville Honors event on March 21 at Chicago Magic Lounge, 5050 N. Clark. Click here to cast your vote, and see below for more information about the Andersonville Honors event.

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, a day to recognize the many important contributions of women to history and today. The 48th Ward has a strong tradition of women in leadership roles, both elected and grassroots. The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce hosted their second annual International Women’s Day Dinner Crawl, highlighting women-led restaurants, businesses, and organizations in our community. The event drew more than 150 people out to explore and enjoy more than 25 Edgewater businesses and earned a lot of media attention leading up to the event. A portion of proceeds from last night’s event will be donated to Apna Ghar, a local organization that serves immigrant women and seeks to end gender-based violence.

Earlier this week, Uptown United and Business Partners – the Chamber for Uptown hosted the Soul of Uptown Awards. This event brought neighbors, business owners, and non-profit organizations in Uptown together to celebrate the contributions made by awardees to the community. Congratulations to winners:

  • Volunteers of the Year: Carol & Warren Parnell, who are mainstays at the Argyle Night Market
  • Community Partners: Ed Stellon of Heartland Alliance Health
  • Development Partners: Chicago Transit Authority for their diligence in seeing through the Wilson Station improvements
  • Business Partners, Dining: Immm Rice & Beyond, 4949 N. Broadway
  • Business Partners, Arts & Entertainment: Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway
  • Business Partners, Retail: Provisions Uptown, 4812 N. Broadway
  • Business Partners, Service: Iripino Real Estate, 4234 N. Broadway

My office is partnering with Uptown United, Business Partners – the Chamber for Uptown, Axis Lab, First Sip Cafe, and Argyle-area businesses for a monthly series of Third Thursdays on Argyle events.Restaurants along Argyle are offering special menu items and discounts, First Sip Cafe and Axis Lab are hosting pop-up vendor markets featuring live entertainment and local artisans, and we expect to see the offerings at these events grow throughout the year. This series will keep the creative and cultural vibe of the Argyle Night Market alive all year long. Please see below for more information. Our first Third Thursday event is next Thursday, March 15. Pop up markets will feature female artists in honor of Women’s History Month. I hope to see you there.

Next Friday Friends of Senn is hosting their annual Brews for Bulldogs event, this year with a St. Patrick’s Day twist. This event is a great opportunity to support and connect with Senn High School teachers, administration, and families. Come out for great food, drink, music, and a beautiful location at the Ravenswood Event Center. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Early voting for the March 20 primaries has begun. Locally, early voting is taking place at Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Voters can register at early voting locations. Click here for schedules and a complete list of early voting locations.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Public Safety Update

20th Police District Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 10am-noon
20th District Community Room, 5400 N. Lincoln
Click here for more information

IRS Warns Against Scam Phone Calls
The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information.

The IRS will not:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” webpage. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

Phone scams first tried to sting older people, new immigrants to the U.S. and those who speak English as a second language. Now the crooks try to swindle just about anyone. And they’ve ripped-off people in every state in the nation.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.

2018 CAPS Beat Meetings Schedule
Click here to view the schedule for 20th District CAPS Beat meetings.
Click here to view the schedule for 24th District CAPS Beat meetings.
Not sure which beat you live in? Click here to find out. We will share 24th District meetings when available in an upcoming newsletter.

Ward Project Updates

Kenmore Water Main Project – Between Berwyn and Bryn Mawr

Thank you to all of our neighbors impacted by this project for your patience and collaboration. All work on the water main is complete and crews are now working on restoration. A concrete cap has been installed temporarily until crews are able to fully resurface the street this spring. Parkways will be restored in the spring as well. A special thank you to Stephanie Gray at the Department of Water Management and Anthony Giuseffi from NPL contractors for open communication and collaboration during this project. Please call the 48th Ward office with any questions or concerns about this project.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.

48th Ward Senior Fair
Monday, March 19
10am – 1pm
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway

Please join Alderman Osterman and the Edgewater Village at this year’s 48th Ward Senior Fair. We will have over 70 service providers and organizations offering information about health and medical care, energy efficiency, government interactions, medicare, medicaid, active senior programs, subsidized and private housing, in-home medical care, health and fitness, and dietary advice.

The event is free and open to all, and although much of the information is geared to people over 65 years old, perhaps just as much of it applies to all adults over 50 years old.

New this year is a community corner, where local programs and services will be on display for attendees. There will be a raffle drawing with 15 chances to win a prize, and all attendees will have the opportunity to obtain a City Key identification card. The City Key is an ID card for Chicago residents that serves as a local form of ID, Ventra transportation card, and Library Card.

We’ll have a sitting area where attendees can enjoy piano music by Joyce Renee Walker, and a line-dancing exercise with Freda Terry.

Hope to see you there. Click Here for a list of the providers to be at the event, and reach out to our office with any questions.

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.

Andersonville Honors — Vote now!

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will honor the neighborhood’s new and long-standing businesses for the 7th Annual Andersonville Honors celebration on Wednesday, March 21 at 6pm at the Chicago Magic Lounge (5050 N Clark).

In past years, the public has voted in several categories leading up to the event where plaques were awarded to businesses with top honors. In lieu of this format for 2018, the Chamber will spotlight the achievements of many different establishments this year: businesses recently opened between Jan. 2017 – Mar. 2018 will be honored on stage at Chicago Magic Lounge, as will long-standing businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries between 10-50 years.

This year’s event will feature lite bites by Bar Roma, truffle and caramel delights by Katherine Anne Confections, and entertainment by Gus Giordano Dance School’s professional company. Each ticket also provides guests with one free drink ticket and the option to witness live bar magic by one of the Chicago Magic Lounge house magicians. ACC is also crafting a one-of-a-kind raffle. Attendees will have a chance to win a variety of items from neighborhood businesses, tickets to Andersonville Wine Walk on May 20, beer at Midsommarfest (June 8-10) and more.

At the event, the Chamber will also present the Mathiasson Community Service Award, given to an individual who most exemplifies devotion and commitment to the ongoing vitality of Andersonville.

The public still has opportunity to celebrate Andersonville this month with ACC’s first Andersonville Icons Bracket, a voting poll that pairs favorite Andersonville staples together (i.e. Dala Horse vs. the Farmers Market) in a showdown similar to NCAA March Madness. The first round of voting opens on Tuesday, March 6 on the ACC Facebook page. Each round will last one week, with the final head-to-head showdown posted on Tuesday, Mar. 27. Vote here.

Schools and Parents Update

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/

Swift School Upcoming Events
Movie Night: LEAP! 
Friday, March 9  at 6:00pm
Donations accepted
Click here for more information

Dining Out for Swift at Patio Beef
Friday, March 16
Click here for more information

Brews for Bulldogs Senn High School Fundraiser
On Friday, March 16, Friends of Senn will host Brews for Bulldogs, a food and drink event intended to raise funds to support student opportunities at Senn High School. The event will take place at Ravenswood Event Center at 4011 N Ravenswood. Chicago, IL 60613. This will be the 4th annual Brews for Bulldogs event, and we are eager to host what is sure to be a fun and charitable evening. The past events have raised more than $35,000 collectively and we are eager to continue this trend. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Early Bird Tickets for Rock Out for Peirce
Early Bird tickets for Friends of Peirce’s spring fundraiser, Rock Out for Peirce, are now on sale! Rock Out will be held on May 19th from 7-10 pm at Fat Cat Chicago. The event will feature appetizers by Fat Cat, an open bar, an auction and a raffle as well as a rockin’ good time! Save $10 per ticket by purchasing before April 19th! Tickets can be purchased here!

Bridge International School Early Learning Programs

  • 6-week to 5-year olds
  • DCFS licensed.  MA/BA level teaching staff.
  • Nice classrooms full of required educational toys.
  • Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM
  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Multicultural environment
  • Free full-day parking space for parents who go to work
  • Childcare fee assistance
  • Convenient locations and CTA accessible
  • Enrolling Now!!  Please contact South-East Asia Center, 1134 W. Ainslie St., 773-989-7433
Senior UpdateSenior Sewer Refund applications are open for 2018

Senior citizens (65 and over) who live in condominiums, co-ops, or other homeowner associations are eligible to receive a $50.00 rebate from the City for their share of sewer/water costs. Renewal letters were sent to all previous applicants for the refund.  If and when you receive a renewal letter, please sign and return it to our office for processing.

If you did not receive a letter, new applicants are required to provide the following information in order to receive the refund:
1.  Senior Sewer Refund application form (link to form, on website)
2.  Proof of age – Drivers License, State ID, Passport
3.  Copy of recent water bill for the property or complex
4.  Copy of 2nd Installment Property Tax bill showing Senior Tax Exemption

The deadline for filing the form is July 1, 2018.  More information about the Senior Citizen Sewer Refund can be found on the internet at this link:  http://committeeonfinance.org/claims/sewer.asp

Save the Date – 48th Ward Senior Resource Fair
Alderman Osterman and The Edgewater Village will host this year’s Senior Resource Fair on Monday March 19, 2018 at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, from 10:00 – 1:00.  Over 50 service providers will be on hand to offer community information, health counseling, blood testing, medical consultation and testing, government services, and more.  Save the date!  Click here for more information.

Edgewater Village offers a full month of activities

There are 15 programs and activities to choose from this month. Free activities include presentations about health-related topics, lectures and a poetry series. There’s also The No Book Club in which you can share your summary about a recently read book and the LOL Club where you can tell or read funny stories or jokes and laugh for an hour. Edgewater Village is co-sponsoring the 48th Ward’s Senior Resource Fair on March 19 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Broadway Armory.) Visit our table and hear about our exciting, upcoming programs.See the schedule for more information about these and other activities hosted by Edgewater Village whose mission 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. Click here for calendar of events

Upcoming Events at Bethany
4950 N. Ashland Ave.

Healthy Habits Everyday, Sponsored by Forward Chicago
Friday, March 9, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Presented by Randi Kant, certified health education specialist, certified personal trainer and certified intrinsic coach. Incorporating small yet powerful health habits into our daily routine exerts a positive effect on our physical, emotional and cognitive health. We’ll examine the benefits of 10 healthy habits, as well as strategies to integrate them seamlessly into your life. Please RSVP by calling (773) 989-1501.

Trinity Irish Dancers
Friday, March 9, 2018 at 3:15 PM
Don’t miss this riveting live performance by the acclaimed Chicagoland dance group! Perfect for all ages, the program will remind you why “EVERYONE IS IRISH” this time of the year! The dancers have performed all over the world and are sure to provide a memorable showcase of Irish tradition. Please RSVP by calling (773) 989-1501.

Senior Enrichment Seminars
Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for senior enrichment seminars 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 dates indicated below:

“A Senior’s Guide to Property Tax Savings”
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Topics to include:

  • Eligibility for various property tax exemptions and assessment freezes;
  • Senior citizen tax deferral program, certificates of error, tax sale procedures and more

Seminar Speakers:

  • Attorney Lynette Lewis, Law Office of Lynette Lewis
  • Theresa Chandler, Community Outreach Specialist – Cook County Assessor’s Office
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.

Jan Baxter Memorial Fund for Andersonville Entrepreneurs

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is excited to announce the launch of The Jan Baxter Memorial Fund for Andersonville Entrepreneurs; a business mentorship program established to honor the legacy of Jan Baxter, owner of the Landmark of Andersonville shop from 1987-2014, and long-term mentor to ACC and the Andersonville business community at-large.

The fund is now open for applications from businesses established less than two years or in the very early stages of development. The fund will provide free business education, technical assistance, mentoring and pop-up space to one awardee per year (April 1 – March 31). The program is tailored to the awardee’s business sector and specific needs and pulls from a variety of resources, organizations, and people with demonstrable success in business.

To learn more about Jan’s legacy and the fund eligibility requirements, please visit The Jan Baxter Memorial Fund page online. Applications are open until Friday, March 9 for the 2018-19 inaugural awardee cycle.

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.

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!

Third Thursdays on Argyle Street
Thursday, March 15
Multiple locations

3rd Thursdays on Argyle, a collaboration between the 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman, Uptown United, First Sip Cafe, and Axis Lab, is a monthly activation of the Argyle Street Corridor with food specials from participating restaurants, drink pairing recommendations & discounts from Foremost Liquors, and pop-up shops hosting artists, craftspeople, and musicians.

Curious about Vietnamese, Thai, or Chinese cuisine or simply craving it? Looking to indulge in arts, crafts, and music? Come visit Argyle Street every third Thursday of the month throughout the year to sample authentic, delectable items from Asia and experience innovative, creative pop-up spaces at First Sip Café (1057 W Argyle Street) and Axis Lab (1120 W Argyle Street).

For full details on participating businesses, discounts and specials, click here.

Call for Artists

Gallery 1070 is looking for artists for their spring exhibition. The show runs from April 20, to June 16.

The theme is gardens, growing things and new life. It is a celebration of spring. It’s been a long winter, and we all need something to look forward to. Warm weather please! One little Dandelion and I’d be happy. We are looking for colorful works in all mediums. We will have paintings, ceramics, photography, garden sculpture, quilts and textiles. Landscapes, still lives, and more. We will also have a gift gallery with garden themed items, jewelry, prints and much much more.

We’re hoping to have a plant sale during the run of the show and other spring related events. Anyone know someone who makes whirligigs? We definitely need some of those.

Click here for more information.

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, 3/3
Blue Strait by Jon Jost
$8 suggested donation
Jon Jost will be in person!

Tuesday, 3/6
Rogers Park by Kyle Henry
$8 suggested donation
Q&A directly following the film with Kyle Henry – Director, Carlos Trevino – Screenwriter and Actress, Sara Sevigny!

Thursday – Sunday, 3/8 – 3/11
Onion City Film Festival
http://www.onioncity.org (for festival schedule and ticket info)

Volunteer Opportunities:
Saturday Night Screenings (7PM – 8:30PM)
Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival – March 8 – March 11
To volunteer, send an email to Ana Wright at coop@chicagofilmmakers.org OR Call: 773-293-1447. ext 1002

Upcoming Classes:
Master Screenwriting Techniques: 25 Film & TV Examples! (1-Day Workshop)
Sunday, March 4
10AM – 4PM

Mondays, Mar 5 – Apr 2
6:30 – 9:30PM

Digital Filmmaking Bootcamp
Saturdays, Mar 10 – Apr 14
10AM – 3PM

Final Cut Pro X
Wednesdays, Mar 14 – Apr 11
6:30 – 9:30PM

Screenwriting I
Wednesdays, Mar 28 – May 16
6:30 – 9:30PM

Editing the Documentary 
Tuesdays, April 10 – May 22)
6:30 -9:30PM

Stop Motion Animation/Claymation
Sundays, April 22 – May 27
11AM – 2PM
For youth ages 10-13

Chicago Filmmakers is located at 5720 N. Ridge.

7th Annual Team Sean Kelly St. Baldrick’s Event

Join us for the 7th Annual Team Sean Kelly head shaving event benefitting childhood cancer! Team Sean Kelly will be shaving their heads to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. This event is free and open to the public, Sunday, March 11th, 12pm – 6pm at Bar 63, 6341 N Broadway. The event will include head shaving, live Irish music from Jimmy and Seamus Boyle to open the event, Bag Pipes from the Chicago Celtic Pipe Band, face painting, raffle prizes, live auction, food, booze and drinks are also available for purchase from the bar, The Amy Kelly Band to close out event, and tons of inspiration. If you would like more information about the event, please contact Amy Kelly at (773) 458-3459 or visit the Facebook page. Or to register as a volunteer or shavee, please sign up at www.stbldricks.org/events/2018Bar63

Care for Real Update

9th Annual CHI-TOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL, March 7 – 11
For the ninth year, Chi-Town Jazz Festival founder and artistic director, John Moulder gathers the Chicago jazz community together in its annual commitment to raise funds to relieve hunger in Chicago. Inspired to address this need, Moulder chose two organizations that work to combat hunger including Care for Real!   You can join in the mission to help those in need by donating to the Chi-Town Jazz Festival at www.chitownjazzfestival.org , attending a performance, or buying raffle tickets (the raffle prize this year will be tickets for two people to the 5-concert jazz series for the 2018-2019 season at Chicago Symphony Orchestra).  Check out www.chitownjazzfestival.org for more info including the festival’s schedule.  See you next week!

Theaters Care for Real!  City Lit offers special price tix
City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, is offering our supporters and friends discount tickets to the following performances of The Picture of Dorian Gray: Fri. 3/2 at 7:30PM; Sat. 3/3 at 7:30PM; Sun. 3/4 at 3:00PM; Fri. 3/9 at 7:30PM; and Sat. 3/10 at 7:30PM.  Purchase tickets online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3047887 and be sure to use the discount code CARE to receive your discount.  A portion of each ticket sold benefits our organization.

Volunteers Needed for Lincoln Park Docent Program

Do you enjoy talking with people from around the world? Would you also like to share your passion for Lincoln Park and the natural world?

The Lincoln Park Conservancy along with the Chicago Park District is seeking volunteers to become docents at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park, 125 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago.

The only landscape in Lincoln Park with National Historic Landmark status, the Lily Pool is a Prairie-Style masterpiece with a wooden pavilion, stone paths and native wildflowers that surround a tranquil pond and waterfall.

As a docent you will welcome visitors and share your knowledge of this hidden gem by talking with visitors from around the world and touring them around the site.

Training begins on Saturday, March 31, 2018 and continues for six Saturday mornings ending on May 12. 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 Saturday, March 23. After completing the training, docents sign up for weekend shifts.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Conant, Assistant Director of Educational Programs, Lincoln Park Conservancy at (773)883-7275, rconant@lincolnparkconservancy.org

Chicago Warming Centers

During the winter months, the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Warming Centers inside of the City’s six Community Service Centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. Additional City facilities including libraries, police stations or other structures might be made available after hours, on weekends, or on holidays, as conditions warrant.

Chicago’s seniors can stay warm when they use our 21 Senior Centers during their regular weekday activities.

To learn the location of the closest available Warming Center at any given time, call 311.

Click here to view an informational flyer in English
Click here to view an informational flyer in Spanish
Click here to view an informational flyer in Polish

Chicago Market Information Session
Saturday, March 10
Conrad Sulzer Regional Library – Community Room
4455 N. Lincoln Ave.
Click here for more information

Women’s Business Networking Breakfast
Friday, March 16
First Sip Cafe, 1057 W. Argyle
Click here for more information

Edgewater Historical Society Annual Meeting
Saturday, March 17
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Concerts at Unity
Saturday, March 17
Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information

Please join us as Concerts at Unity presents Katie Adams in a recital of oboe and recorder music. Ms. Adams will perform a variety of solo and chamber music featuring the oboe, and will also present an alto recorder solo. Music by Mozart, Hindemith, and others. Guest baritone Stuart Thompson and pianist Michael Miller will join for some Irish favorites. 

Cub Scout Pack 3822 Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
Sunday, March 18
9:00am – Noon
St. Gertrude’s/NCA Social Hall, 1420 W. Granville
Adults: $7 – Seniors $6; Kids under 12 – $5

Can’t make the breakfast?  Buy a ticket and breakfast will be donated to Sarah’s Circle, a local organization with a mission of serving women who are homeless or in need of a space space. Pre-purchase of tickets is appreciated and will be available after St. Gertrude’s mass on Sunday, March 4th & Sunday March 11th.   Tickets also available at the door.

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

Vintage Garage Chicago Season Opener
Sunday, April 15
10am – 5pm
5051 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

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

Surely Goodness and Mercy
By Redtwist Theatre
Performances through March 18
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

By Steep Theatre
Performances January 19 – March 17
Steep Theatre,1115 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information

Nice Girl
By Raven Theatre
Performances January 24 – March 11
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

Speech & Debate
By Brown Paper Box Co.
Performances Feb. 2 – March 4
Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
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

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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