Weekly Update from Your Alderman – May 5, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Celebrating 140 Years at Sacred Heart, Welcoming TekkEez, Teen Night at the Armory, CTA Meeting, Upcoming Events, and more!
May 5, 2017
Dear Neighbor:

Earlier this week I joined with students, faculty, community and administrators from Sacred Heart Schools to celebrate their 140th anniversary. The celebration included an inter-faith service, the planting of a Peace Pole, and a street dedication on Sheridan Road to Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, the founder of the Religious of the Sacred Heart. Sacred Heart is an outstanding school here in Edgewater and has been an important community partner over the years. Their efforts to support local youth through the Edgewater Kids United partnership with Loyola University and Becoming a Man (BAM), has had a significant impact on young lives in our community. Congratulations to Sacred Heart, we wish them well on another 140 years education young minds.

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and my office recently welcomed TekkEez to the Edgewater community at their 6204 N. Broadway location. TekkEez provides repair services for electronics and sells accessories. Owner Chavez Carter is a graduate of Loyola University, and we are proud he chose to open his first business here in the community. Congratulations to Chavez and his team. Please show him a warm welcome and support this young entrepreneur.

Tonight we are opening the Broadway Armory to local teens for a Teens Takeover Party. Activities for teens tonight include: basketball, volleyball, rock climbing, dancing, and arts & crafts. Thank you to our community partners who are helping make this possible: Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Flacos Tacos, Marianos, and community volunteers. This is the first in a monthly series of events for youth in our community. For more information about youth programming in the ward, please contact Taylor in my office at taylor@48thward.org.

The CTA, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, is conducting a development-focused study that is separate but concurrent with the Red and Purple Modernization transit construction project (RPM Phase One). The purpose of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study is to encourage specific, community-supported redevelopment strategies for the land impacted by the RPM Phase One project construction. Because the TOD study is community-driven, the CTA is hosting a series of public meetings. Please come out to an information meeting about the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Study Area on Thursday, May 11, 6-8pm at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. The meeting will provide residents and business owners with an opportunity to learn about the study, review the market analysis, talk one-on-one with the CTA study team and provide feedback and input on the overall vision for the plan.

As summer inches closer, there are a number of events in the coming week. Please support the efforts of our local organizations that make our community such a special place:

Please join me tomorrow night at Uptown United’s Uptown Saturday Nights series opener concert — Sidewalk Chalk at the Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence. Uptown Saturday Nights is a series of events in beautiful venues throughout the community featuring live entertainment. Sidewalk Chalk is a Chicago-based band fusing hip-hop, soul, and jazz, and they have shared the stage with the likes of De La Soul, D’Angelo, and Questlove. For more details and to RSVP to tomorrow night’s free show, click here.

Earlier this week Dan Ponce of WGN highlighted the neighborhoods of Edgewater and Andersonville. Click here to view the video for a dose of neighborhood pride to take you into the weekend.

Have a great weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Loyola Student Move-Out
Loyola University students will be moving out the first weekend of May. The team at Loyola works each year to streamline this process, and has reduced the number of days from 8 to 4 this year. Please be aware of parking restrictions from 8am to 5pm Friday, May 5 through Monday, May 8:

  • Loyola Avenue from  Sheridan to the Lake (south side only 1000-1199)
  • North Shore Avenue from Sheridan to the Alley ( south side only-1200-1225)
  • Winthrop Avenue from w. Sheridan to Rosemont ( both sides – 6300-6399)
  • Winthrop Avenue from Rosemont to Granville (west side only – 6200-6299)
  • Kenmore from Rosemont to Granville (east side only – 6200 – 6299)
  • Rosemont Avenue from Winthrop to Sheridan ( north side only – 1000-1099)

Ward Services

Glenwood Greenway Work to Begin 
Weather-permitting, crews will begin installing the contra-flow bike lane on Glenwood between Ridge and Foster on Tuesday, May 9. Parking will be restricted on the west side of the street during work hours.

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

City Sticker Renewal
If you missed the date to renew your city sticker (expiring in June, 2017) at the 48th Ward office, you can still visit a neighboring Ward throughout June, and of course visit the online site (https://webapps1.cityofchicago.org/ezbuy/main.do) at any time.  Here are dates and times for the nearby Wards for their sticker renewal dates:

June 1 – 46th Ward – 4544 N. Broadway
June 3 – 47th Ward – 4455 N. Lincoln
June 14 – 40th Ward – 5850 N. Lincoln
June 17 – 49th Ward – 7356 N. Greenview

CMAA 5K Information Meeting
Monday, May 8
Somerset Place Apartments Lobby, 5009 N. Sheridan

Click here to view flyer
Join our office, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, and representatives from Star Events for an information meeting about the upcoming Dim Dum & Then Some 5K in the Uptown neighborhood. Information about parking and traffic restrictions will be provided at this meeting. The CMAA 5K is set for the morning of Saturday, June 3. Click here for more information and to register for the run.

Teen Updates

Tenn Hub Community Feedback Day
Saturday, May 13, 10am – 2pm
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway

Columbia College Chicago’s Civic Engagement Studio created design proposals  for a teen-centered space our office is working to create in the Broadway Armory. Please join us for a Community Feedback Day to provide input on their designs. For more information, email taylor@48thward.org.

Loyola University Civic Action and Leadership Academy
Loyola University Chicago is hosting its Civic Action and Leadership Academy from July 31 – August 4. High school age students are welcome to register through May 31, 2017. During the Academy, students will be guided by Loyola University undergraduate students as we explore our communities, volunteer and serve in our communities, and gain deeper understandings of how young leadership can impact the issues they care about in their communities. Click here for more information.

Public Safety Update

Police Commander Town Hall
Please join Alderman Osterman along with 20th Police District Commander Sean Loughran and 24th Police District Commander Roberto Nieves for our annual Police Commanders Town Hall meeting on May 22 at 6:30pm at the Broadway Armory located at 5917 N Broadway.  We will be discussing the current state of safety in our ward along with new initiatives and programs that will continue to better our neighborhood safe for all residents.

20th District Art Gallery Opening
The 20th District is pleased to announce that for the first time in our unit’s history, the District Community Room will be transformed into an art gallery featuring personal pieces generated by active and retired members of the Chicago Police Department. The show “Dimensions: An Exploration of Artistic Expression of Chicago Police Officers” will be on display for a limited time prior to the St Jude Police Memorial March on May 4 and 5. Chicagoans seldom have the opportunity to observe law enforcement outside of its primary role in society: this event challenges common perceptions of members of the Chicago Police Department and demonstrates the talents of some of Chicago’s Finest. Officers from across the city have been challenged to offer examples of their work in the form of oil paintings, photographs, drawings, sculpture and stained glass.  We are proud to present their work for all to enjoy. Please consider joining us at the opening night viewing for conversation with the artists,  light refreshments and an opportunity to challenge perceptions of law enforcement.
20th District Community Room
5400 N Lincoln Ave
Friday, May 5, 10am to 9pm

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

Click here to see schedule for 20th District CAPS meetings
Click here to identify your CAPS beat
Beat 2433 meetings are held at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month. The meeting location will alternate between the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway, and Engine 70 Fire House, 6030 N. Clark.  Click here to download a schedule.

Spring Garden Party to Benefit EBGA and Care for Real
Spring Garden Party on Saturday, May 13 will benefit the Edgewater Beach Gardeners Association and Care for Real.  Everyone welcome to share in food,  beverages, entertainment and raffle of prizes from community businesses. The event will be held at The Breakers (5333 N. Sheridan) 3rd floor community space, from 4:00-6:00PM.  Donation requested: $25 paid in advance; $35 at the door; $10 for children over five.  Find more details or make reservations here. Click here to view a flyer.

Senn Park Paint the Path
Saturday, May 20
10am – 1pm

Join the Senn Park Advisory Council on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to create a continuous walking path around Senn Park! We will provide the painting materials and have lots of activities including DJ Dan and sports games with coaches from the Broadway Armory. First come first served, click here to sign up.
Program (all activities are 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise specified):

  • Paint the Path
  • DJ Dan (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • Sports games, Chicago Park District
  • Fitness Class, Orange Theory (12:00 p.m.)
  • Book Nook, Chicago Friends School
  • Children’s planting activity, Families Together Cooperative Nursery School
  • Family Yoga, Chicago Park District (11:00 a.m.)
  • Gallery 1070 Pop-up
  • Huaraches Doña Chio
  • Falafel

Building Bridges: Supporting Immigrants and Refugees in Edgewater
Alderman Osterman and Friends of the Edgewater Library are co-sponsoring a panel discussion with local organizations that assist immigrants and refugees in Edgewater on Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. at the Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway. These organizations will include Centro Romero, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Heartland Alliance, Pan-African Association, and the South-East Asia Center. Learn about the work of these agencies and how you can assist them in their efforts. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by The Chicago Community Trust as part of their On the Table community forums. Click here to view a flyer. If you have any questions, contact ginger@48thward.org.

Edgewater Annual Yard Sale Registration is Open
The 23rd annual Edgewater Neighborhood Yard Sale, sponsored by a record number of seven block clubs and two buildings, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 3, no rain date. Boundaries: Foster to Devon on the south and north and Clark and Sheridan on the west and east.

Five group sites are available to participants who are unable to sell where they live. They are the Barr Funeral Home parking lot at 1228 W. Granville; parking lot at 6040 N. Winthrop; Church of Atonement at 5749 N. Kenmore, Swift School at 5900 N. Winthrop and Epworth United Methodist Church, 5253 N. Kenmore. Deadline to register for the sale is Monday, May 29. Fee of $10 per seller helps defray advertising and printing costs. To register for the sale or connect with a coordinator, e-mail edgewateryardsale@gmail.com.

Senior UpdatesFor more information about Edgewater Village, click here.
Be sure to check out the Edgewater Village Facebook page!

Edgewater Satellite Senior Center
The Edgewater Satellite Senior Center is located at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.
Click here for the April 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.
Click here to view the complete calendar.

Senior Sewer Rebate
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.  If you’ve applied for and received this rebate in prior years, you may have received a letter from the City’s Committee on Finance to sign and remit.  If you haven’t received the letter or a rebate in prior years, 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.

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

“Social Security:  Rights, Responsibilities and Deadlines”
Thursday, May 11, 2017 – 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Courtroom 2005 – 20th Floor

  • Social Security benefits eligibility requirements
  • How to earn social security “credits”
  • Supplemental security income (SSI) eligibility requirements
  • How to create an online social security account

Seminar Speaker: Andrew Salata Public Affairs Specialist – Social Security Administration“Common Financial Frauds and Scams that Target Seniors”
Thursday, May 25, 2017 – 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Courtroom 2005 – 20th Floor

  • Learn about common financial frauds and scams such as reverse mortgages, home repair, Medicare prescription drug and investment scams
  • Understand the techniques criminals use to deceive seniors
  • Discover what you can do to protect yourself

Seminar Speaker(s): Detective Sergeant James Hennelly, (Ret.) Cook County Sheriff’s Department; Assistant State’s Attorney Clarissa Palermo Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Unit, Cook County State’s Attorney’s OfficeBethany Retirement Community Open House
Come check out the newly renovated Bethany Retirement Community. There will be opportunities for celebration, tours, and entertainment. The Open House will be Sunday, May 7, 1 – 4pm. If you have any questions, please call (773) 989 – 1501. Click here for more information.

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

Silver Star Service Banner Program for Veterans
Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer welcomes Cook County’s 10th District veterans or service members that qualify to participate in the 2017 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 Thursday, May 11th, 2017.

Cook County Veterans Affairs will forward all requests to the Silver Star Families of America Organization. To apply, service members must meet the following requirements:  Any Armed Forces personnel either currently serving honorably or those who have served honorably from ANY war, who having served in a war zone, has been wounded by enemy action or who have been injured or contracted a serious illness that could be rated at least 10 percent disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  All wounds, injuries or illnesses must have originated in a war zone, including: Purple Heart recipients, victims of friendly fire, injured in a war zone, and those who suffer from PTS, TBI, Agent Orange Effects and Gulf War Syndrome.

Cook County Veterans Affairs is coordinating its efforts through various Veteran Services Organizations and local government.  We look forward to the participation of qualified veterans at the Silver Star Service Banner Program.  Please note those who cannot attend may still request a banner through the Silver Star Families of America. Click here to apply or nominate a veteran for this program.

School & Youth News

Swift Elementary School Presents Cinderella
The students of Swift Elementary School will be performing Cinderella on May 11 and 12. Both shows begin at 7pm and will take place in the school auditorium. The performances are free, but donations are accepted. Click here to view a flyer.

Fine and Performing Arts Night at Swift
On May 23, Swift Elementary School will host a Fine and Performing Arts Night in their auditorium. The 1st – 4th grade classes will have their performances beginning at 1pm. The remainder of the events will start at 6pm. Click here to view a flyer for the event.

Chicago Friends School Open House
Applications are now open for K – 6 program at Chicago Friends School!

Northside Catholic Academy Hosts Admissions Tours May 5 & 9
Be a part of something greater at Northside Catholic Academy. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA offers half-day and full-day preschool, and a top-ranked K-8 academic program. NCA’s challenging and diversified curriculum includes music, art, Spanish, computer science, and gym. Yet, what’s even greater is how NCA inspires its students to grow in character, intellect and spirit. Learn more about NCA at an Admissions Tour May 5 and 9, from 9:00-10:00am. Call 773-743-6277 for more information or apply online.

Swedish American Museum’s Pioneer Day Camps
Swedish American Museum will once again be hosting their “Pioneer the World” Day Camp!! For five days from 9am – 2pm, the Museum will be holding two sessions of imaginative five-day experiences for children 1st – 6th grade. The first session will be held July 31 – August 4, and the second session will take place August 14 – August 18. Registration fees for members is $200 and $250 for nonmembers. Extended care from 2pm – 4pm will be available for an additional $75 per week. To register or receive more information, please click here or email Stacy Nyman.

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

Care for Real News
Join us for food, drink, entertainment and more at the Edgewater Beach Gardeners Association SPRING GARDEN PARTY, Saturday, May 13, 4:00pm-6:00pm at The Breakers. A portion of the proceeds benefit Care for Real ! Last year, the EBGA donated hundreds of lbs. of fresh, locally grown produce to Care for Real reaching so many of our neighbors in need.  Donations requested:  $25 Adults, $10 Kids 10 and up.  Reserve and pay at www.ebga.org.

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 seacesl@yahoo.com or stop by the South-East Asia Center, 5120 N. Broadway.

Sustainability Tip of the Week


  • Clean your yard, parkway & sidewalk of litter. You will set a good example & encourage your neighbors
  • Always pick up glass litter when you see it. Broken glass can hurt children, pets, as well as damage bike & car tires.
  • Help elderly neighbors clear up around their homes. They may not have the energy or ability to keep it up & will appreciate your kindness.
  • If you see someone going out of their way to clean up around the community, thank them!
  • Thank a business when you notice that they are cleaning around the outside of their business.
  • Send an email to a “Special Service Area” (part of the Chambers of Commerce) letting them know that you appreciate their ongoing cleaning & beautification efforts.
  • Check your alley. If you see debris or excessive litter, contact the Ward office at 773-784-5277
Sustainability Tips brought to you by Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project

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Ward Office Info

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

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

Upcoming Events
Kids & Kites Festival
Saturday, May 6
10am – 4pm
Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Montrose and Wilson)
Click here for more information.

Celebrate Cedar
Saturday, May 6
10am –  12pm
Cedar Park
Join the Cedar Park Advisory Council to celebrate Cedar Park while enjoying doughnuts and the company of your neighbors. The event is free and open to all.

Cedar Playlot Park Advisory Council Meeting
Saturday, May 6
Burke’s Public House, 5401 N. Broadway
CPAC is a revitalized PAC, and all are welcome, regardless of whether or not you have children. They are holding a meeting, and everyone is welcome to come!

Career Conference for High School Students
Saturday, May 13
8am – 3:30pm
University of Chicago
Click here for more information

Concerts at Unity
Saturday, May 20
Unity Community Center, 1212 W. Balmoral

The Texas-based duo Ruby and Angie present the Great American Songbook. Music preservationists Karen and K Foster, the musicians of Ruby and Angie, specialize in music from the 1920s thru 1950s, celebrating the decidedly American genres of classic female blues, jazz, swing, Southern gospel, honky-tonk and American roots music. This concert will feature primarily piano and vocals. www.rubyandangie.com
Refreshments provided | $10 Suggested donation

Veterans Hiring & Resource Fair
Thursday, May 25
9am – 2pm
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. 820 S. Damen
Click here for more information

Bike the Drive
Sunday, May 28
Lake Shore Drive
Click here for more information

23rd Annual Edgewater Neighborhood Yard Sale
Saturday, June 3
9am – 4pm
Boundaries: Foster to Devon on the south to north and Sheridan and Clark on the east and west
Interested in selling during this year’s Neighborhood Yard Sale? The deadline to register is May 29! Cost is $10. For more information or to register, please email edgewateryardsale@gmail.com.

Unity Centennial Banquet
Saturday, June 3
Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral
Join Unity Lutheran Church as they celebrate 100 years in the Viehe-Naess building. There will be drinks and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6pm, followed by a catered dinner at 6:30pm. Cost is $25, and you must register by May 15. Click here for more information and to register.

Arts & Culture

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

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

The Firebirds Take the Field
By Rivendell Theatre
Performances April 18 – May 27
Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge
Click here for more information.
$15 tickets with code Friends & Family until May 6

Not About Nightingales
By Raven Theatre
Performances April 19 – June 4
Raven Theatre
6157 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 8
Mary’s Attic
5400 N Clark St
Click here for more information.

That’s Weird Grandma: I Still Know What You Did Last Spring
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performances April 24 – May 22
Neo- Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland
Click here for more information.

Time Stands Still
By AstonRep Theatre Company
Performances May 11 – June 11
Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information.

Ethereal Abandonment
By Ellyzabeth Adler and Lucy Vurusic Riner
Performed by Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble and REIdance Group
Performances May 12 – May 20
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble
1650 W. Foster
Click here for more information.

Pivot Arts Festival
By Pivot Arts
June 1 – June 11
Click here for more information.

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