Weekly Update from Your Alderman- November 15, 2019

Weekly Update from Your Alderman
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November 15, 2019
Dear Neighbor,With winter weather upon us, please remember to clear snow and ice from sidewalks in front of your home or business, and to use caution while driving. Street cleaning was cancelled this week across the city due to the weather, but the Department of Streets and Sanitation plans to proceed according to schedule next week with street cleaning, weather permitting. Click here to view the street cleaning schedule for the ward. The temperatures are expected to rise this weekend, so please take the opportunity to clear your sidewalks and clear leaves from the sidewalk and sewers in front of your home.

Earlier this fall I announced that the City is embarking on a pilot program to explore alternative technologies to replace personal drains during water main replacement projects that would potentially save trees. Our community, along with projects in the 19th and 27th Wards, has been selected to participate in this pilot which begins today. A water main replacement project that began nearly a year ago in Andersonville has been on hold since May, due to concerns from neighbors about the need to take down more than a dozen trees in order to comply with water quality requirements by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Crews will be out in the neighborhood today and early next week to begin the work of this pilot program. Neighbors with impacted trees and drains can expect to hear from the contractor and our office in the next week with more information about your specific case. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Emily Volini at emily@48thward.org.

At this week’s City Council meeting we held a public hearing on the proposed 2020 City Budget. This week Mayor Lightfoot attempted to work with the General Assembly in Springfield to pass changes to the Real Estate Transfer tax, which would have helped the City Budget by providing an estimated $50 million in revenue. This measure did not pass during the Veto Session. My colleagues on the City Council and I continue to look for ways to close the budget gap without raising property taxes. We will continue over the next week to work to balance the budget, with a final vote scheduled for Tuesday, November 26. If you have feedback on any of the proposals for the budget, please let my office know.

Tonight my office is hosting a Teen Takeover at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, from 6:30-8:30pm. This free event is an opportunity for youth in our community to come together in a safe and positive way. Our 48th Ward high school interns helped plan tonight’s festivities, which include rollerskating, trapeze, basketball, volleyball, games, and snacks. Please share this with any youth in your life who might be interested in joining us for an evening of fun. Click below to view a great recap of our last Teen Takeover, produced by Senn TV.

Earlier this week my staff and I hosted a breakfast for the principals of 48th Ward schools. While we all work closely together throughout the year, it is important to me to bring our schools’ leadership together to discuss ways my office and our community can support their efforts to educate our children. This provides an opportunity for me to hear about their challenges and successes and for the principals to come together to find ways to collaborate and continue to move our schools forward. We are fortunate to have dedicated and outstanding principals leading our schools. If you are interested in getting more involved in supporting our local schools, please reach out to my office at harry@48thward.org.

My office, in partnership with State Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Kelly Cassidy, has officially launched our annual Holiday Coat Drive. Coats, hats, gloves/mittens, and other winter gear dropped off to our office will be donated to students in need at our local schools. Please bring your donations to our office, 5533 N. Broadway, during regular business hours beginning today and running through Friday, December 13. We are accepting new and gently used donations, for students of all ages.

If you’re feeling the spirit of this week’s Nordic weather, head to Clark St. for the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce’s Viking Pub Crawl tomorrow, Saturday, November 16, 3-6pm. Click here for more information. 

Have a safe and peaceful weekend in the neighborhood.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
Public Safety Update

Chicago Police Department Community Conversations
The Chicago Police Department is hosting a series of Community Conversations to gather feedback from neighbors about community-police relationships. See below for upcoming meetings in the 20th and 24th Police Districts: 

24th District Community Conversation
Tuesday, November 19
6 pm to 8 pm
Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N Rogers Ave
Click here for more information

20th District Community Conversation
Wednesday, November 20
6 pm to 8 pm
Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N Lincoln Ave
Click here for more information 

Free Smoke Detectors
As winter approaches, please make sure to check all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and install new batteries to those that need it. Currently, our office, in partnership with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s 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 a smoke detector include with a battery. If you need carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, or new batteries for them reach out to our office via email at harry@48thward.org 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. 

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.
CPD Application Open 
October 28 – November 18

The Chicago Police department is accepting applications for police officers from October 28th to November 18th. First, you must log in to to www.chicagopolice.org and fill out an application with your contact information. Second, once you submit the application, the Chicago Police Department will follow up with you on exam details and any other questions you may have. Third, the test to become an officer will be held on the weekend of January 9, 2020. 
Fundraiser for Edgewater Dog Park

Edgewater Pet Mayor Pax the Goat officially launched a new Bi-Paw-tisan campaign to bring in much needed funds for the Edgewater Dog Park. Heavy rains and flooding over the past year have put the park in dire need of crucial landscaping repairs. 

Click here to donate to the GoFundMe page
Click here to learn more about Pax the Goat
Women’s Small Business Expo
Saturday, 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 FairBreakout sessions to help businesses growGuest speakers and panelsRaffle to win FREE business servicesThis event is FREE and open to the public! Click here to register. 
Concerts at Unity
Saturday, November 16
Unity Lutheran Church
5401 N. Magnolia
Click here for more information

Please join us as Concerts at Unity presents an oboe and piano concert. Series favorite Katie Gonzalez, oboist, joins Michael Miller, piano, presenting music by Telemann, Haydn, and more. Suggested donation $15. Refreshments provided.  
Martinis that Matter
Sunday, November 17
Marty’s Martini Bar
1511 W. Balmoral

Come to Marty’s Martini Bar between 2 and 5pm on Sunday, November 17 to raise funds for Berger Park programs, improvements, and facilities. There will be drinks, raffles, and prizes!
Queer Soup Night
Sunday, November 17
Rewired Cafe, 1107 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information

Queer Soup Night is kicking off the holidays on November 17th! 6-8pm at Rewired Cafe (1107 W Berwyn Ave)
This month, our donations will benefit Urban Growers Collective! So come out and share the holiday cheer, eat some soup and support our community.

For some added Holiday cheer, the fabulous Play Out Underwear will host a Pop Up, all the way from NYC! We are so grateful for their support and they have generously committed to donate 25% of the proceeds from any sales, to benefit Queer Soup Night!

Interested in learning more about Queer Soup Night? More info available here: https://www.queersoupnight.com
Community Conversation @ Uptown Church
Monday, November 18
Uptown Church, 939 W. Wilson
Click here for more information

Uptown Church and Uplift Community High School partner twice a year to host a public conversation for the neighborhood. Our Fall 2019 topic is Urban Revitalization. Uptown is experiencing quite a bit of change right now. Buzzwords used in many discussions around these shifts in the neighborhood are: gentrification, urban renewal, redevelopment, and displacement.

This discussion will feature a diverse panel of powerful and intelligent voices that help us address these issues we face as a community. 

Join us for this free event as we seek out ways to come together and strengthen our city. Free parking is available at Uplift Community High School. Light refreshments will be served.
Cannabis Business License Information Session
Tuesday, November 19
Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson
Click here for more information

Learn about technical assistance programs for social equity applicants, cannabis education opportunities and positions in the industry. This event is hosted by State Senator Heather Steans, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, and State Rep. Greg Harris.
Emanuel Congregation Holiday Market 
Sunday, November 24
Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Please join us Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Emanuel Congregation’s Fair Trade Holiday Market– an annual community event, which includes items handmade by local artisans, as well as handcrafted items from other countries. Our mission is to raise awareness about Fair Trade issues around the world Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan Road 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bingo Night
Wednesday, November 27
Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 N. Clark
Click here for more information

The Vietnamese Association of Illinois Youth Program will be hosting a Bingo Night in two weeks at Hamburger Mary’s to support our low income families financial aid when applying for our summer camp. Attached is a flyer. Proceeds will go toward providing families with aid for upcoming summer camp.
Adopt-A-Senior Pet Month
November 1-30
Chicago Animal Care & Control
2741 S. Western
Click here for more information

I want to let you know about the Adopt-A-Senior Pet Month at Chicago Animal Care and Control, 2741 S. Western Avenue, Chicago where for the month of November, 2019 the adoption fee is being waived for all dogs and cats 5 years and older.  You can read about it at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2398887427094769/
What’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:The New Chicago Way
Saturday, November 23

City of Chicago’s fiscal woes have long been known, but they have never before so keenly dissected and explained as in the book The New Chicago Way Join authors Ed Bachrach and Austin Berg as they detail the history of Chicago’s financial issues, how it compares to other major American cities and how the city might resolve mounting municipal and pension debt.
 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
Census Workers Needed
There are plenty of employment opportunities available with the US Census Bureau. Click here for more information.

Care for Real Seeking Volunteers
Care for Real can’t operate with our dedicated volunteers who do everything from stocking shelves and distributing food to registering clients and helping at events. But as our numbers have grown, so has our need for hand-on volunteers.  Make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need by joining our team. Sign up today! Please email Karen at volunteer@careforreal.org for more information.

Northside American Job Center Job Fair
Tuesday, November 19
Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson

We are hosting a job fair on Tuesday, November 19th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. If you or any job seekers have questions regarding this event, please feel free to contact one of our Business Team members – their contact information on the flyer.
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 Alan Oviedo at alan@48thward.org.
Teen Takeover
Friday, Nov. 15
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway

In partnership with the Chicago Park District, the 48th Ward office is hosting a Teen Takeover at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway on November 15th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This event is a safe, positive, and fun night for youth aged 13-17. Teen Takeover will include snacks, volleyball, basketball, rollerskating, and video and board games in the Armory’s new Teen Hub. 
Senn High School Free Boy’s Soccer Clinic
Saturday, November 23
Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood

Meet with the Senn High School coaching staff and players in our newly renovated “Fieldhouse Gym” for a session on ball skills, passing, conditioning, and gameplay. Prizes and More!
For Boys in 6th – 8th grade!
Thanksgiving Craft Workshop 
Sunday, November 17
Latin School Third Space, 4956 N. Sheridan

During this one hour Thanksgiving-themed crafts class, students will design and decorate reusable tote bags. Their designs will include turkey handprints, thanksgiving decorations and reasons why they are thankful. In keeping with the spirit of gratitude and thankfulness, one bag will be for the family of the child and the other will be donated to a local food pantry.
All artistic levels welcome. Washable tempura paint will be used, but children may want to dress in clothing that can get (temporarily) dirty. The class is free but donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted. 
Parents are welcome to wait in an adjacent room or drop off students and return to pick them up at the end of class. There is ample street parking. 
CPS Program Focus North Side Information Session
Monday, November 18
Sullivan High School, 6631 N Bosworth
Click here for more information

The Office of Innovation & Incubation will be hosting community events which are intended for any and all school/community stakeholders, with a ~20-minute presentation about the background, application process, and contours of the academic programs offered through the process. There will be breakout sessions by program area for a more detailed Q&A specific to the programs. Programs awarded through the process are: Dual LanguageEarly College STEMFine & Performing ArtsInternational BaccalaureatePersonalized LearningRegional Gifted CenterSTEAMSTEM (K-8)World Language (FLEX)
Families Together Cooperative Nursery School Admissions Coffees
Click here for full schedule

Parents/caregivers are invited to tour the school and learn about our unique approach to learning through play, implementing anti-bias practices, and supporting, connecting, and involving families through our cooperative model. RSVP to admissions@ftcns.org
Shop for Swift — Sales benefiting Friends of Swift
Saturday, November 30
Bark Bark Club & Independent Spirits, Inc.
Click here to share with your friends

This Small Business Saturday, two local businesses are coming together to support Swift Elementary School. Bark Bark Club, 5943 N Broadway, and Independent Spirits Inc., 5947 N Broadway, are each donating 10% of all retail sales to Friends of Swift. 
Cooking Class to Benefit Friends of Peirce
Tuesday, December 3
The Wooden Spoon, 5047 N. Clark
Click here for more information

The Wooden Spoon is hosting their Giving Tuesday class to benefit Peirce Elementary School. 100% of the ticket sales for the Mediterranean Nights cooking class will be donated to Friends of Peirce! Tickets are limited and will sell out very quickly.
The End of Civilization on Earth
Monday, November 18
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway

Join Tom Murphy, former head of Environmental Sciences at DePaul University, for his Edgewater Village Chicago presentation about the major threats affecting life on earth.
Empowering the Elderly:  Nursing Home Rights / Ombudsman Program 
Thursday, November 21
Richard J Daley Center, 50 W. Washington

Have you registered yet for the last 2019 Senior Enrichment Seminar of the year scheduled to be hosted by the Cook County Elder Justice Center?  Do not miss out on the opportunity to participate in the seminar discussion and offering your input in the planning for the 2020 Senior Enrichment Seminar Series.  
You can register for this seminar by either simply clicking on “reply” to this email; type your name and telephone number; or you can call the Elder Justice Center at (312) 603-9233.  Please join us in Courtroom 2005 on the 20th floor from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Richard J. Daley Center, located at 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Health and Wellness Series
Thursdays, November 14 and 21
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway

Free, informative programs presented by Loyola University Community Health Nursing Center are offered this month. Mark your calendars to attend “Fighting Winter Weight Gain” (Nov. 14) and “Improving Your Health with Fiber” (Nov. 21).
Construction Activity Notices – CTA RPM Utility Relocation WorkMulti-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 details
CTA 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. 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 continued service transfers.Lawrence:  RCN/Comcast installed innerduct between manhole and utility poles in the east alley.Ainslie:  RCN/Comcast installed innerduct between manhole and utility poles in the east alley.Argyle:  ComEd installed joint ductbank and placed road base from southeast alley apron into EB W. Argyle.Argyle:  ComEd began excavation and installation of lagging for proposed cast in place manhole in the north parkway.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:  In the east alley south of Bryn Mawr, ComEd installed conduit installations for service modifications for 5530 N. Winthrop.Bryn Mawr:  In the east alley north of Catalpa, AT&T began installing cable to utility poles.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/Ardmore:  AT&T installed innerduct to utility poles in the east alley.Hollywood:  In the east alley north of Bryn Mawr, ComEd installed conduit for the service modification for 5620 N. Winthrop.
Savage Liaisons
November 15
Chicago Mosaic School, 1127 W. Granville
Click here for more information

Bringing a Taste of Senegal to Chicago
Saturday, November 16
Uptown Cafe + Gallery, 5010 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Deise’s Flirty Thirty
Friday, November 22
Uptown Cafe + Gallery, 5010 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

U.S. Citizenship Workshop
November 23
Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, Suite #306
Click here for more information

Steady Baked Comedy Show
Saturday, November 23
Uptown Cafe + Gallery, 5010 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information
See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Live Music: Wolf Rd., Authentic Pines, Young Douglas, The Homecoming
Saturday, November 23
Uptown Cafe + Gallery, 5010 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

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

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

Coldtown/Hotline: A Chicago Holiday Story
Produced by Raven Theatre
November 20 – December 22
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark
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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