Weekly Update from Your Alderman- November 1, 2019

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November 1, 2019
Dear Neighbor,I hope everyone had a safe, warm, and festive Halloween. Thank you to the volunteers who served as crossing guards in our community, and to the neighbors who welcomed trick-or-treaters to their homes in the wintry weather.

This morning Chicago Public Schools are open and students across the city are back in the classroom. Yesterday the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools reached a tentative agreement ending the 11-day teachers strike. The agreement will need to be ratified by Chicago Teachers Union over the next 10 days. The agreement includes a 16.5% salary increase for teachers over the course of the five-year contract, a social worker and nurse in every school by 2023, additional funding to ensure smaller class sizes, increased supports for special education students, and other supports and funding to help our schools grow and prosper across our city. The agreement reached is for a five-year contract, which along with increased funding from the State of Illinois, will provide needed stability for Chicago Public Schools.

This has been a challenging time for our city: for students, teachers and other school staff, parents, and administrators. It is important that we now move forward in a unified way to support our schools and work together to ensure that every child receives an outstanding education. I want to sincerely thank the teachers for their advocacy and all that they do to support and educate the students of our community and our city. I will continue to share ways to support our local schools throughout the year in my weekly newsletter (see Schools & Parents Update below for weekly updates). Tonight Pearl’s Southern Comfort, 5352 N. Broadway, is hosting Dining Out for Swift and donating 10% of all proceeds to Swift Elementary School. Next week we will announce details for a coat and winter gear drive to support students in our community. If you have other ideas or questions about supporting our local schools, please email me at harry@48thward.org.

On Tuesday this week we held a meeting to review a residential development proposal at 5440 N. Sheridan, by developer Cedar St.
 This development is on the southern portion of a site that has long been vacant and has seen multiple proposals over the years. Previous development proposals at this site and the parcel directly north were: Bluewater, a 15-story, 191 unit building, which began coming together in 2005; and the Edgewater Overture, a 16-story, 174 unit building, which was proposed in 2017. This summer Cedar St. came to the community with a proposal for this site that included 99 units of housing. After hearing concerns from neighbors about the density in that proposal, they revised their plans to the current more modest plan, which is 78 units with 27 parking spaces. The unit mix is 14 studios, 31 1-bedroom, 27 2-bedroom, and 6 3-bedroom. The developers met with surrounding buildings and ASCO (Association of Sheridan Condo Owners) to address their concerns. At the meeting Tuesday night, 35 of 37 people in attendance supported the plan, in addition to support from ASCO. Based on community support for this plan, I will support the proposal and the needed zoning change required to develop the building. This proposal does not not trigger the Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) and the building is not required to have designated affordable units, but I will continue to work with Cedar St. to try to add affordable units upon completion of the project. This site is one of the last undeveloped sites on Sheridan Road and we don’t expect to see more developments in the future. Thank you to all of the people involved in this lengthy process.

On Wednesday night, my office co-sponsored a community meeting with CDOT and IDOT that shared an overview of the Northern Terminus Traffic Study (NTTS) which examines the impact of North Lake Shore Drive on our community.
 The meeting was specifically focused on potential traffic alternatives on Hollywood/Bryn Mawr/Sheridan/Broadway. Traffic through Broadway and Sheridan has been a problem in our community for decades. Four proposals were put forth by CDOT and IDOT to ease traffic through our community. The meeting included a presentation and time for neighbors to workshop different ideas. See below for more details on the four alternatives proposed. While there is no funding currently attached to these proposals, it is important to begin the conversation and build community consensus about how to move forward. We will host another meeting with CDOT and IDOT this Saturday, November 2, 10am, at St. Andrew Greek Church, 5649 N. Sheridan. If you are interested in participating in a “walkshop” prior to the meeting to take a look at the intersections in question, please click here to register and arrive at 8:50am. 

This week I met with a few Sheridan Road property managers and residents to look at and discuss the rising lake levels and waves north of Ardmore. We expect a rough winter along the lakefront, and our office is working with the Chicago Park District, City agencies, and the US Army Corps of Engineers to consider a near-term fix to protect the different properties along the lakefront. The Chicago Department of Transportation has placed cement jersey barriers in the parks along the stretch north of Ardmore, to hold water back from Sheridan Road and side streets, and when the weather permits, the Park District will evaluate what might be possible with movement of the sand. We’ll continue to monitor progress on any attempts to help involved properties on a government level, but encourage private property owners and managers to speak with qualified engineers to ensure that buildings are insulated from water infiltration should the lake pose any threats. Please be careful this winter when walking along the lakefront.

This week my staff and I spent a lot of time at City Hall for 2020 City Budget Hearings, and we will continue with the same next week. For more information about the proposed 2020 City Budget, click here. Budget hearings will continue next week, including Monday with the Chiago Police Department, there will be a planned vote on the budget on Tuesday, November 26. If you have ideas or feedback about the proposed budget, please let me know. 

It may only be November 1, but winter has arrived in Chicago. Please remember to clear your sidewalks of snow and ice, and report any downed branches after yesterday’s snow to our office at harry@48thward.org or 773-784-5277.

Have a safe and peaceful weekend.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th WardNorthern Terminus Traffic Study (NTTS) Presentation
Here are the four proposed alternatives shared at Wednesday’s meeting regarding the Northern Terminus Traffic Study. Please review these and share your feedback with our office. While there is no funding currently attached to these proposals, it is important to begin the conversation and build community consensus about how to move forward. We will host another meeting this Saturday, November 2, 10am, at St. Andrew Greek Church, 5649 N. Sheridan. If you are interested in participating in a “walkshop” prior to the meeting to take a look at the intersections in question, please click here to register and arrive at 8:50am. 

Alternative 1:The manual traffic control operations that occur every weekday morning are labor intensive and potentially hazardous during inclement weather. Alternative 1 would eliminate the manual placement of traffic cones at Sheridan Road/Hollywood Avenue and on North Lake Shore Drive through the use of several automated technologies, including in-pavement directional lighting, reversible lanes, and overhead lane use controls.
Alternative 2: Currently, Sheridan Road carries more daily traffic than Broadway. Alternative 2 aims to achieve a better balance of traffic volumes on Broadway and Sheridan, one that is more consistent with the available capacity and adjacent land use. Sheridan Road would be narrowed from four lanes to three lanes between Hollywood Avenue and Broadway, and southbound left turns from Sheridan Road to NLSD would be prohibited. Southbound motor vehicles turning left onto NLSD from Sheridan would be redirected to Bryn Mawr Avenue.
Alternative 3: Similar to Alternative 2, Alternative 3 aims to achieve a better balance of traffic volumes on Broadway and Sheridan Road. This would be done through un-balanced numbers of travel lanes on each roadway. Sheridan Road would be reconfigured to feature two northbound lanes, one southbound lane and a continuous center turn lane, while Broadway would be reconfigured to feature one northbound lane, two southbound lanes and a continuous center turn lane. A segment of Hollywood Avenue would also be widened to five lanes.
Alternative 4: Alternative 4 would create a “Hollywood Tunnel”—a two-level roadway facility on Hollywood between Ridge Avenue and NLSD. The upper level would have three lanes and the lower level would have four lanes. The single WB lane from NLSD via the lower level would only be able to exit to NB Broadway.  Traffic seeking access to NLSD via the lower level would enter from two EB lanes on Hollywood Avenue or from a single SB lane from Broadway.
 Public Safety Update

Free Smoke Detectors
Our office has smoke detectors available for neighbors who do not have one in their home. Please stop by the 48th Ward Office, 5533 N. Broadway, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, to claim one. First come, first served.  

Also, the Chicago Fire Department has a Chicago Senior Risk Assessment Program in which Chicago Fire Department members will come into your home to do an accidental fall and fire safety assessment. Please contact the Chicago Fire Department at (312) 747 6691. 
Business Alert
The Chicago Police Department released a business alert on commercial burglaries two of which took place in our ward. Please click here to read the alert. In these burglaries, unknown offenders shatter the front door and remove property from within businesses. As a business owner and community member please be aware of this crime and call 911 if you see any suspicious activity. We highly recommend installing a camera/surveillance system to your business. If you have any questions on cameras or any other safety related matters, please contact Alan Oviedo at alan@48thward.org
Keepin’ It Real – Burglary Prevention Workshop
Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30pm
20th District Station, 5400 N. Lincoln
Click here for more information

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.FitPop Edgewater
October 20 – November 3
Click here for more information
What is FitPop Edgewater?FitPop Edgewater is your passport to wellness, no matter your fitness level! Fitpop features several wellness-themed pop-up events throughout two weeks to help you get in tune with healthy living right here on the Northside. FitPop is open to everyone and is ideal for families, pet owners, Chicagoans looking to de-stress, casual workout enthusiasts, foodies or anyone interested in trying out new wellness routines. This pop up series is a chance to explore fresh, fun and healthy experiences to help you feel better about you, no matter your age, gender or fitness level!

Pick and choose one to six different classes from over 40 options taking place October 20 – November 3. The pop-up events explore family/pet-friendly activities, mental wellness, high-intensity workouts and unique experiences that help motivate you to experiment with new fitness trends in your neighborhood.
  Website: https://www.edgewater.org/fitpopBuy Your Ticket:  https://www.eiseverywhere.com/475125Indoor Pop-Up Estate Sale
November 2-3
1070 Art Gallery, 1070 W. Granville
Click here for more information

Come to 1070 Art Gallery this weekend for their pop-up sale! Come for estate, vintage, art and yard sale stuff plus everything in between.Edgewater Historical Society Martini Fundraiser
Sunday, November 3
Marty’s Martini Bar, 1511 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information

Come out for an afternoon Sunday Funday! A portion of the afternoon’s proceeds will benefit the Edgewater Historical Society and their important work to preserve and share our community’s history.Casino Uptown
Thursday, November 7
Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence
Click here for more information

Casino Uptown features games, food, and drinks at the historic Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom including a special jazz performance by Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra. 

Play it UP! Play poker, blackjack, roulette or craps to win incredible prizes! Enjoy great food from Uptown restaurants, libations, and live jazz. Join our docent-led behind the scenes tour of the Aragon Ballroom. Step on the floor and show us your best moves as we dance the night away with the Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra!   

Casino Uptown is a fundraiser for Uptown United and Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown. All donations are tax-deductible.Women’s Small Business Expo
Wednesday, November 16
UIC Dorin Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt
Click here for more information

Join Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin at her Women’s Small Business & Entrepreneur Expo, which will include:

• Vendor Fair
• Breakout sessions to help businesses grow
• Guest speakers and panels
• Raffle to win FREE business services

This event is FREE and open to the public!
Register for free at: https://tinyurl.com/TreasurerExpo2019
Or point your phone camera here to be taken to the registration page!
Free parking available.

For additional information about the expo or to find out how you can be a
vendor, please email CityofChicagoTreasurerExpo@CityofChicago.orgWhat’s Happening at the Libraries

Return your overdue library books without penalty
Chicago Public Library has gone fine free! Now, all existing overdue debt has been cleared and the library will no longer charge late fees on most items. For details about the new policy, check out the website.

Edgewater Library:

Local In Season: What to Cook with Fall’s Bounty
Saturday, November 9
Ever wonder what to do with kohlrabi or quinces? Would you like some new ideas for your Thanksgiving table? If so, join baker, food writer, novelist, and Edgewater resident, Jane Ward, for tips, tastings and recipes for cooking with the best seasonal produce. This is an opportunity to ask cooking questions and learn how to prepare produce that is unfamiliar to you.

Cookbook Sale
Saturday, November 9
Whether you’re a cook or a baker — or just like to read recipes or try new ones, check out the collection of special used cookbooks for sale from Friends of the Edgewater Library. Cash only; all proceeds benefit the Edgewater Library. Location: Outside the Betty A. Barclay Community Room, second floor.
How Edgewater and the North Lakefront’s
Demographics Have Changed in the Past Century

Saturday, November 9

Edgewater and Chicago’s larger north lakefront have undergone dramatic economic and demographic shifts over the past half century. What are the driving forces behind these changes and what do they portend for the area’s future? Join Rob Paral, Chicago’s keenest demographic observer, for a lively and thought-provoking examination of who we are as a community, where we’ve been and where we are going.
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 eventsCensus Workers Needed
There are plenty of employment opportunities available with the US Census Bureau. Click here for more information.Andersonville is hiring! 
Did you know that there is a job portal on the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce website? If you’re looking for a job or looking to hire, please check out the listings page here.

3rd Annual Healthcare Job Fair
Tuesday, November 5
Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson
Click here for more information

The Chicago Healthcare Sector Center is pleased to invite all Healthcare employers and job seekers to participate in our 3rd Annual Healthcare Fall Job Fair to take place at Malcom X College (Conference Room)on Tuesday, November 5th from 10am to 1pm. 

Participation in this large scale event is free of charge for employers and job seekers. Complimentary parking will be offered as well.

***Registration is required in order to participate in this event***

The date of this large scale hiring event is approaching soon and capacity is very limited, so we strongly encourage employers and job seekers to register as soon as possible by clicking on the links below:
Job seeker registration link:                            Employer registration link:
https://conta.cc/30x61Y7                                     conta.cc/2kAHJ0x


Professional attire is required to attend this event. Please refer your candidates to Dress for Success if needed.

It is highly recommended that job seekers bring many copies of their updated resumes. On-site resume printing will be limited.

A valid picture ID may be required by security during the event, so please prepare accordingly.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.Haunted House @ Boys and Girls Club
October 30 – November 1
Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club, 4835 N. Sheridan
Click here for more informationDining Out for Swift
Friday, November 1
Pearl’s Southern Comfort
5352 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Pearl’s Southern Comfort will donate 10% of sales on Friday, November 1 to Friends of Swift. Warm up with delicious Cajun & Creole cuisine on a cold night!
Reservations are recommended: (773) 754-7419.Neighborhood Clean-up
Saturday, November 2
Northside Catholic Academy, 6216 N. Glenwood

Put your kids’ sugar high to good use! NCA Green team will be having a post-halloween neighborhood clean-up. Open to everyone in the community. We’ll meet on Saturday 11/2 at 9AM in front of the NCA primary campus at 6216 North Glenwood Ave. Gloves and bags will be provided but bring re-usable gloves if you have them. We’ll also be collecting halloween costumes and storing them for a 2020 costume exchange. Contact georgetully82@gmail.com with questions.Kicking the Gloom Out of Aging: The Time of Our Lives
Friday, November 1
Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway

In this interactive program for Edgewater Village Chicago, Marcia Spira, professor at the Loyola University School of Social Work, dispels the doom and gloom stereotypes about aging. She will discuss productive aging and strategies to improve quality of life through self-acceptance and community.Figuring Out Cannabinoids and Their Health Benefits
Thursday, November 7
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway

Presented by Loyola University Community Health Nursing Center for Edgewater Village Chicago.
 Construction Activity Notices – CTA RPM Utility Relocation WorkCable Pulling & Service Transfers – 1109-1117 W. Bryn Mawr & 5530-5700 N. Winthrop (9/23-11/1) — Click for detailsUnderground Utility Work – 1100-1134 W. Argyle (10/1-11/9) — Click for detailsComEd Underground Utility Work – 1113 -1117 W Lawrence Avenue (10/14-10/26) — Click for detailsMulti-Utility Cable Pulling, Service Transfers and Associated Work – The alley west of 5336 – 5526 N. Winthrop Avenue (10/14-11/29) — Click for details​​AT&T/RCN/Comcast Utility Work – ​The alley west of 5700 – 5812 N. Winthrop Avenue (10/14-11/29) — Click for detailsCTA RPM Project UpdateCTA continues to make progress on the advance work we need to complete before we begin major construction on the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project. The work we’re doing includes relocating utility lines and equipment to make room for new track structure that will be built as part of RPM. Last month, CTA held public meetings about the project’s progress and the timeline for construction of the new Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr. That information, including Q&As from the meetings, can be found at transitchicago.com/RPM. Below is the weekly utility and demolition update for the LBMM project area:Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Leland and Foster and at all cross streets from Leland to Foster:Lawrence:  ComEd performed the second of two line cuts in the manholes on Lawrence.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:  ComEd pulled cable into the east alley north of Foster.Berwyn:  ComEd began service transfers in the east alley between Berwyn and Foster.Balmoral:  ComEd completed service transfers and began cable removal in the east alley between Balmoral and Berwyn.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:Bryn Mawr:  RCN/Comcast pulled innerduct into the east alley south of Bryn Mawr.Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Bryn Mawr and Thorndale and at all cross streets from Bryn Mawr to Thorndale:Hollywood:  RCN/Comcast completed pulling innerduct in the east alley north of Bryn Mawr.U.S. Citizenship Workshop
November 23
Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, Suite #306
Click here for more information

Worrier to Warrior
November 11 – December 16
Chabad of Uptown, 1109 W. Lawrence
Click here for more informationSee the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Illinois Revisited – Art Show
October 18 – December 1
Berger Park, Gunder Mansion, 6219 N Sheridan 
Click here for more information

Sundown, Yellow Moon
Produced by Raven Theatre
October 3 – November 17
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Produced by Steep Theatre
October 4 – November 16
Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information

THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Goes Trick or Treating
Produced by Barrel of Monkeys
October 6 – November 3
Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

Keely & Du
Produced by Redtwist Theatre
October 14 – November 10
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

Laura and the Sea
Produced by Rivendell Theatre
October 25 – December 8
Rivendell Theatre, 5775 N. Ridge
Click here for more information

Rip Nelson Celebrity Roast
Produced by Hell in a Handbag
November 9
Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster
Click here for more information48th 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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