Weekly Update from Your Alderman – November 17, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: 2018 City Budget, 48th Ward International Unity Day, Small Business Saturday, Giving Tuesday, Local Charity Supply Drives, and more!
November 17, 2017

Dear Neighbor:

I hope you had a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. Each day, I am reminded of the many reasons I am thankful to live in and serve our community. To the principals, teachers, and staff at our local schools who care for our children; to the police and fire department employees who keep our community safe; to the local business owners who invest their money and plant their dreams here; and to the many dedicated community members who volunteer and support efforts to make Andersonville, Edgewater, and Uptown safe: I am thankful for you. From my family to yours, I hope you all have a terrific holiday season.

On Tuesday I supported the 2018 City of Chicago Budget that was passed by the City Council. While not a perfect budget, the budget makes significant investment in important programs that affect the quality of life for Chicago residents. The budget continues our efforts to reduce the structural deficit and move our city toward better financial footing.

The budget continues to make critical investments in public safety, both with the Chicago Police Department and programs for youth. There is a $76 million investment in youth programming, including expansion in after school, summer jobs, and mentoring programs like BAM (Becoming A Man). The Chicago Police Department will continue to have needed funding to support hiring new officers to patrol our streets. There is $27 million in funding for the critical police reform efforts, including a new position of Director of Reform Management, who will help guide our ongoing police reform efforts.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the inaugural 48th Ward International Unity Day last Saturday. Nearly 500 neighbors came together to share and celebrate the diverse cultures and backgrounds that make our community a rich, colorful, and welcoming place to live. This event was truly a community effort, and I am grateful to all who made it possible. I look forward to this becoming an annual tradition in our neighborhood. If you weren’t able to attend Saturday’s event, please visit our Facebook page for photos and videos from the event.

As we head into the holiday season, it is important to make a commitment to celebrating and shopping locally. Andersonville, Edgewater, and Uptown are home to award-winning restaurants and theatres, as well as fantastic independently owned and operated retail and service businesses. These businesses rely on loyal support from neighbors in order to thrive and continue to make our community a desirable place to live and work. Before heading to Amazon for your holiday shopping, consider checking with local merchants to see if they can accommodate your gift list. Our local Chambers of Commerce work all year long to support and promote the business districts in our ward. Visit the websites of the Andersonville Chamber of CommerceEdgewater Chamber of Commerce, and Business Partners – The Chamber for Uptown, for local business directories. Please see below for a list of Small Business Saturday promotions in the community.

The holiday season is not just a time of gift giving, but also a time for charitable giving, and I urge to you keep a similar spirit and give locally this year. Our community is home to a variety of charitable organizations serving immigrants and refugees, youth, LGBTQ community, and arts & cultural organizations. Please see below for a list of organizations to consider contributing to on Giving Tuesday, November 28.

Our office, 5533 N. Broadway, is a collection point for a number of charitable supply drives this winter:

  • Holiday Coat Drive – Sponsored by State Representative Kelly Cassidy, State Senator Heather, and I, we will be collecting new or gently used winter jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves to be distributed to families in Edgewater and Rogers Park. This drive runs through December 21, 2018.
  • Women’s Supply Drive – Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer is collecting supplies for Cook County Sheriff’s Women’s Justice Program. Accepted items include: travel-size shampoo, conditioner, & lotion; full-size bars of soap; small combs; white socks; composition notebooks; and cards with stamped envelopes. This drive runs through January 30, 2018.
  • Double Bubble Coat Drive for Swift School – Double Bubble, 6036 N. Broadway, will collect coats from Dec. 3-9 to benefit Swift Elementary School students. On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 6-9pm, there will be drink specials for people who bring 2 or more coats. Click here for more details.
Have a great weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Streets & Sanitation Updates

Street Sweeping Services Extended
The Department of Streets & Sanitation announced this week that street sweeping services will continue through Friday, December 8
The heavy snow last Friday brought down a lot of leaves, and this extended service will help ensure catch basins and sewers are clear of debris.

Our targeted additional street sweeping dates, weather permitting:

  • Monday, November 27 & Tuesday, November 28 – Zone 7
  • Wednesday, November 29 & Thursday, November 30 – Zone 8
  • Friday, December 1 & Monday, December 4 – Zone 9
  • Tuesday, December 5 & Wednesday, December 6 – Zone 10
  • Thursday, December 7 & Friday, December 8 – Zone 1

In the event of snow on any of these dates, street sweeping may be cancelled. For a ward map outlining street sweeping zones, click here. For more information on street sweeping in the City of Chicago, click here.

Planned Water Main Projects in 48th Ward
The Department of Water Management plans to install approximately 2,002 feet of 8-inch water main on Kenmore between Bryn Mawr and Berwyn. As part of this project, the east half of Kenmore will be resurfaced along with the repair of damaged parkway and sidewalk. Water main installation is anticipated to begin in November 2017 with completion in early December 2017. Once the water main is installed, the street will be restored so that traffic is not impacted. However, final restoration is weather dependent and may not occur until the spring of 2018 or until weather permits.

Small Business Saturday in the 48th Ward — Saturday, November 25


  • Holiday Trolley Debut – The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and SSA #22 are excited to run a FREE holiday trolley for 5 dates this holiday season! Debuting on Andersonville Small Business Saturday on November 25, the Andersonville Holiday Trolley will make a continuous loop to six stops (south to north) along the Clark Street District for visitors and shoppers to easily hop on and off throughout the day/evening. Click here for more details.
  • More than 50 businesses offering special deals – Click here for complete list of participating businesses and offers.
  • Shop Local Passport – The Chamber will also be distributing the #AlwaysAndersonville Shop Local Passport that can be used throughout the holiday season. Choose to spend money locally at 10 or more businesses this season for a chance to win prizes, including the Ultimate Guide to Andersonville 2018 (tickets to all Andersonville events and crawls!). Passports will be available for pick up on the Andersonville Holiday Trolley and at TrueNorth Café, 5507 N. Clark, from 10am-1pm.


  • Spend $40 or more locally, get a ticket to Holiday Mixer – Multiple purchases are welcome as long as they total to greater than $40. Customers are invited to email or bring in receipts to the Chamber office. Receipt(s) must be dated Saturday, November 25 through Friday, December 1. Purchases must be made at a local business that is a Chamber Member. See the directory at edgewater.org.  Multiple receipts are welcome. Click here for more details.
  • Special promotions and offers at local businesses – Click here for complete list of participating businesses and offers.


  • Small Business Saturday Itineraries – See some suggested itineraries for how to spend a day in Uptown in various pockets of this historic community. Click here for details.
  • Urban Tables – Explore Congolese and Soul cuisines paired with seasonal cocktails and live music at Munno, 4656 N. Clark. Click here for more details.

Giving Tuesday in the 48th Ward — Tuesday, November 28
Giving Tuesday is a global day of charitable giving — please consider keeping your donations local. See a list below of local organizations doing important work in our community:

Social Service Organizations:
Care for Real, 5339 N. Sheridan – careforreal.org
Centro Romero, 6216 N. Clark St. – centroromero.org
Chinese Mutual Aid Association, 1016 W. Argyle St. – chinesemutualaid.org
Girl Forward, 1251 W. Devon Ave. – girlforward.org
Pan-African Association, 6163 N. Broadway – panafricanassociation.org
South-East Asia Center, 5120 N. Broadway – seasiacenter.org
Vietnamese Association of Illinois, 5110 N. Broadway – hnvi.org

Organizations serving LGBTQ community:
About Face Theatre, 5252 N. Broadway – aboutfacetheatre.com
Chicago House TransLife Center – chicagohouse.org
TPAN (Test Positive Aware Network), 5050 N. Broadway – tpan.com
Vital Bridges, 5543 N. Broadway – heartlandalliance.org

Organizations serving youth:
After School Matters, 5917 N. Broadway – afterschoolmatters.org
Alternatives, Inc., 4730 N. Sheridan – alternativesyouth.org
Becoming a Man, Goudy, Senn, and Swift Schools – youth-guidance.org/bam
48th Ward Schools – 48thward.org

Organizations serving senior citizens:
Mather LifeWays – matherlifeways.com

Arts & Culture Organizations:
Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark – chicagofilmmakers.org
Chicago Mosaic School, 1101 W. Granville – chicagomosaicschool.com
Edgewater Artists in Motion – edgewaterartists.com
Edgewater Historical Society, 5358 N. Ashland – edgewaterhistory.org
Edgewater Theatres – edgewater.org/theatre
Edgewater Reads – edgewaterreads.org
Peterson Garden Project – petersongarden.org
Pivot Arts – pivotarts.org
Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark – swedishamericanmuseum.org

Women: Information for Inspiration
Join us for an event for women to share life and career journeys and learn about services and support. This event is sponsored by Sen. Heather Steans, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Rep. Greg Harris, Ald. Harry Osterman.

Panels will include:
Starting and Running Your Own Business: Tips and Trick from Local Female Entrepreneurs
Succeeding in Your Field: A Conversation with Women Who Have Made It

Exhibitors will include: Domestic Violence Prevention, Healthcare Organizations, Legal/Legislative Groups, Senior Women’s Groups, Childcare Organizations, Financial Literacy, Housing Organizations, Education/Training, and more.

Click here for more information.

Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer
Thursday, December 7, 6pm
Colvin House, 5940 N. Sheridan
Tickets and more information: holidaymixer2017.bpt.me

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer is our annual fundraiser and end-of-the-year celebration. This event is a little different each year, but a few things remain constant: great food and drinks, wonderful company, and a legendary silent auction!

#AlwaysAndersonville – Local Holiday Pledge

Named the ‘local’ capital of Chicago, Andersonville has always been a fantastic holiday shopping and dining destination. This season, we are excited to launch the #AlwaysAndersonville campaign, blending the support of local businesses with unique Andersonville experiences.

Discover why residents, shoppers, and visitors choose Andersonville to shop, dine, live, and thrive year-round. #AlwaysAndersonville means that in a world of online shopping and Amazon takeovers, you are committing to choose differently; to shop small, shop local, and to support your community. Will you take the pledge? Click here for more information.

Public Safety Update

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.

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Community Justice Center North Satellite Office Open
Reminder that Kimberly Foxx, the Cook County State’s Attorney now has a satellite office open at 4956 N. Sheridan, at the corner of Sheridan and Argyle. Stop by on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month with any questions or concerns from 10am-12pm.
Click here for a flyer with more information

Lions Club Recycle for Sight Program

Throughout the year, Lions collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact.Donate glasses and change someone’s life. Imagine if you could help a child read, an adult succeed in his job or a senior maintain her independence – and provide a community with more opportunities to grow and thrive.

Please drop off your used eyeglasses at our office, 5533 N. Broadway

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

Click here for the 2017 calendar of events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center at the Broadway Armory.

Elder Justice Center Workshops
Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for the last Senior Enrichment Seminar scheduled in 2017 to be held on Friday, December 8th, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois on the Concourse Level in Room CL-115.  Topics to include:

  • Traffic Court process and procedures
  • Safe driving tips
  • Guidelines for renewing your driver’s license
  • Parking program for persons with disabilities

Seminar Speaker(s):

  • Steve Prostran, Office of the Illinois Secretary of State
  • Dr. William Gardner, Illinois State Coordinator, AARP Driver Safety

School & Youth News

Help Senn High School Wrestling Team Buy Uniforms
Senn High School Wrestling Team had 62 wrestlers signed up to compete this year and nowhere near enough singlets. They have a record number of female wrestlers this year and are going to be taking 3 separate teams to state tournaments – varsity, sophomore, and women. Please consider helping them make history! Click here for more information and to donate.

School Fundraisers

  • The Wooden Spoon Cooking Class for Peirce
    Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6:30-9pm

    Take a tasty trip around the city by learning to cook five different dishes! All proceeds from class sales will be donated to Peirce Elementary School (1423 W. Bryn Mawr)
    Click here for more information

48th Ward Youth Advisory Council

Are you, or a youth you know, interested in making a positive impact in the community? Do you want your voice heard on issues impacting the youth community of Edgewater, Uptown, and Andersonville? Gain leadership skills and empower your fellow peers on issues of social justice with the 48th Ward! Join Alderman Osterman’s 48th Ward Youth Advisory Council! Meetings are held the third Monday of the month at 4956 N. Sheridan. Doors open at 3:30 PM for free after-school snacks and refreshments. The council meets from 4-6pm.

Youth Open Mic Night
Join 48th Ward Youth for our first Open Mic Night on December 1st at the Edgewater & Uptown Community Space (4956 N Sheridan). Ages 12-18 are welcome! Free entry for audience and performers, great prizes, and free snacks. Musical/Spoken word performances of all kind are welcome- a piano is available on location.
Performer sign-up begins at 5 PM, with the event beginning at 6 PM. Email Taylor@48thward.org or call 773-784-5277 for more information.
Click here for more information.

Swift School Tour
Tuesday, November 28, 8:30am
Swift Elementary School, 5900 N. Winthrop
Click here for more information

Peirce School Open House
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8:15am
Peirce Elementary School, 1423 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for flyer in English
Click here for flyer in Spanish

Edgewater Reads Update

Holiday Host Meeting
Join Edgewater Reads for their 3rd annual holiday host meeting at the Edgewater Library in the community room from 12 PM – 1 PM on December 2nd! Meet fellow little free library hosts, share stories from your experience hosting, and hear about what the Edgewater Reads team is all about! Click here for more information.

New Library at Swift School
Welcome Edgewater’s latest Little Free Library at Swift Elementary School! Thank you NewStory Church for decorating and co-hosting another great library in the community. Drop by to leave a book, take a book, and read a book next time you are in the area.

ACA Open Enrollment

The ACA Insurance Open Enrollment season is in effect. The ACA Marketplace is open for business! You can now shop for the best insurance plan for you and your family.
Illinois residents have from now until December 15th to shop for plans – don’t wait, don’t be late!
You can go to www.getcovered.illinois.gov or call (866) 311-1119 to get more information about what plans are available and to sign up to get help enrolling.
Here are a few things to keep in mind during this Open Enrollment season:

  1. Open Enrollment is shorter than previous years – remember you only have until December 15th to shop around for plans!
  2. Financial assistance is available! This year, 8 in 10 people qualified for help paying premiums – and most could find coverage for between $50 and $100 a month.
  3. Cost-free assistance to help you enroll is also available. You can get free, expert help by phone or in-person to help you learn about and compare your options.
  4. Even if you’re already enrolled in an ACA insurance plan, make sure you shop around. You may be able to save money by shopping around and avoid being in a plan that doesn’t work for you.  But you must act by December 15th.
  5. Having insurance, even for the young and healthy, is extremely important. You can get coverage that provides essential health benefits and caps your out-of-pocket costs – with no annual or lifetime limits. Plus, if you don’t have coverage, you could face a penalty of $695.

Gallery 1070 Holiday Boutique Applications Open
Gallery 1070, 1070 W. Granville, and Edgewater Artists in Motion are hosting a Holiday Boutique in December. Interested artists and vendors can click here for more information and to apply to sell your wares.

Axis Lab presents Community Yoga
Mondays and Saturdays in November
1120 W. Argyle
Click here for more information

Mondays 6-7:15pm / Community Yoga: Unwind the day’s tension and ease into the week with a mindful vinyasa yoga practice. We will slow-flow through a lunar sequence of spinal twists that release stagnant energy and stretches for the Whole body, ending in meditation with optional essential oils. Come early or stay later for some herbal tea. Treat yourself! <<No class 11/13>>
All classes are BYOM – Bring Your Own Mat
Drop in : Sliding scale $10-$15, or trades

Saturdays 1-2:15pm / Community Yoga: Fill up your cup with a soular vinyasa yoga practice. We will strengthen our bodies and our capacity to listen to the intuitive knowledge within as we explore non-habitual movements. Expect an introduction to breathwork (pranayama), foundational yoga poses (asana), and a delicious cool-down (savasana) to reconnect body, heart, spirit. <<No class 11/25>>
All classes are BYOM – Bring Your Own Mat
Drop in : Sliding scale $10-$15, or trades
Bio: Yvonne (200HR CYT) is a pinay artist, community collaborator, yoga instructor, and budding herbalist, bridging diasporic and Indio~Genius consciousness through a trauma-informed lens.

10th Annual World AIDS Day Performance
World AIDS Day is Friday, December 1, and this year marks the 10thannual World AIDS Day Performance benefiting Alexian Brothers’ Bonaventure House, the Lakeview residential care facility for those living with HIV/AIDS. All are welcome to the 7 pm performance at Church of the Atonement, 5749 North Kenmore Avenue. Admission is free. Voluntary donations support the work of Bonaventure House, providing services to help guide residents to stable housing and independent living. A reception with light refreshments will be held following the performance. For directions and more information, contact Church of the Atonement at 773-271-2727 or churchoftheatonement.org.

Northside Wedding Expo Accepting Vendor ApplicationsThe Edgewater Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Northside Wedding Expo on Sunday, April 15! Both vendors and couples will have the opportunity to meet and greet local, small business owners at three Edgewater venues: the newly re-opened Colvin HouseFirehouse Chicago, and The Lytle House. Tickets will be available for purchase soon.

If you are interested in applying to be a vendor at the Northside Wedding Expo, please fill out the application below. Applications must be submitted by Friday, December 15th.  Any questions or concerns can be directed to Melissa Franada at melissa@edgewater.org.

Running Club

Running Reinventions is a 5K motivational training program created to help someone complete a 5K race. Through the program and teamwork, Running Reinventions inspires people to lead a healthy lifestyle by engaging them to become agents of change in their lives. Running teaches us to take one step at a time and that through this perseverance it will lead to personal success in all areas of our lives.

This group meets Sundays, noon, at Edgewater Athletic Club, 1040 W. Granville. To​ ​Register​ ​Email​ ​Diana:​ ​  dmonier@rcn.com.

This is a FREE​ community program open to anyone that would love to be part of a running group and would like to learn more about the health benefits of a run/walk plan.

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

Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Mark your calendars to support Care for Real on #GivingTuesday, November 28th!   With your generous support on #GivingTuesday, we are able to provide the highest level of free programs and services for our neighbors in need this holiday season.   Visit our website, www.careforreal.org or  check out our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/CFRChicago/  for more info about how you can support us by making a donation.

Cocktails for a Cause
Fat Cat hosts Cocktails for Cause, Dec. 3 – Dec. 6!  Purchase a specialty cocktail at Fat Cat, 4840 N. Broadway, from Sunday, December 3 to Wednesday, December 6, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Care for Real.

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In This Issue

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

Upcoming Events
Winter/Autumn Festival
Fundraiser for Intergenerational Program

Saturday, Nov. 25
Unity Community Center, 1212 W. Balmoral
Click here for more informationSenn Park Winter Lights Music Night
Sunday, Dec. 3
Senn Park Pergola
Click here for more information.

Musical Gifts Galore!
Sunday, Dec. 3
Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont
Click here for more information

Cedar Park Advisory Council Meeting
Monday, Dec. 4
Chicago Grind, 5256 N. Broadway

Arts & Culture

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

1980 (Or Why I’m Voting for John Anderson)
By Jackalope Theatre
Performances October 17 through December 2
Jackalope Theatre, 5917 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Bobby Pin Girls
By Nothing Without a Company
Performances October 29 through December 3
Chicago Mosaic School, 1101 W. Granville
Click here for more information

That’s Weird, Grandma: Holiday Stories
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performances December 4-23
Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

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Copyright © 2017 Harry Osterman – 48th Ward Alderman, All rights reserved.