Weekly Update from Your Alderman- November 22, 2019

Weekly Update from Your Alderman
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November 22, 2019

Dear Neighbor,This week our Public Safety Liaison Alan Oviedo graduated from the Chicago Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy. Alan completed a 10-week course that gave him a first-hand look at different units within the police department. Alan is a big fan of Restorative Justice and says his favorite part of the program was learning about Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). Please join me in congratulating Alan on this accomplishment that will help him serve our community. Each day Alan works in a dedicated way to improve the safety in our community.

On Monday morning, Chicago Police arrested two Senn High School students and recovered two pellet guns in the school. School officials followed lockdown protocol when notified about the presence of weapons in the school. No one was injured in this incident. Principal Mary Beck and her team are working closely with Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Police Department to ensure the safety and security of students on and around campus.

Early this morning there was a car fire on the 1400 block of Farragut, which took the life of a woman inside the vehicle. The woman appears to have been living in the car. My condolences go out to her friends and loved ones. Chicago Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire. My office works closely with the Chicago Department of Family Services to help connect people experiencing homelessness with social services. If you observe homeless individuals in the community, please notify our office so we can check on them or call 311.

Next week City Council will take a final vote on the proposed 2020 City Budget. I will vote in support of this budget, as I believe it is a reasonable and responsible budget, with no significant increased property tax burden for our residents. It includes provisions for needed resources, including $9 million for violence prevention, additional funding for homelessness and affordable housing, and funding to allow Chicago Public Library branches to open on Sundays. This budget closes the $850 million structural deficit that we began the year with. I will continue working with my colleagues to identify new sources of revenue into the new year.

This week the Chicago Department of Housing announced the members of the newly created Inclusionary Housing Task Force, of which I am a co-chair. This group is made up of experts on public health, housing, disability rights, and affordable and market rate development. Over the next six months, we will work to strengthen the Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO). For more information about this task force, click here to read a press release. Additionally, my office is hosting an Affordability Subcommittee meeting on Monday, November 25, 6:30pm, at the Third Space, 4965 N. Sheridan. If you are interested in helping shape the vision of affordable housing in the 48th Ward, please email PC Gooden-Smiley to RSVP at pc@48thward.org.

Work has started on the pilot program in East Andersonville to test alternative technologies to replace private drains in order to preserve trees. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Emily Volini in our office at emily@48thward.org.

Wednesday was Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Local business Chicago Therapy Collective used the day to take action and launched a #HireTransNOW campaign, to educate employers on ways to make their hiring practices more inclusive of transgender and gender non-conforming people. I was proud to sign onto this initiative. To learn more about Chicago Therapy Collective’s economic justice work and the #HireTransNOW campaign, please watch the video below, featuring 48th Ward businesses and some of my fellow City Council colleagues and I.



Just in time for holiday shopping, I joined the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce yesterday in helping celebrate the opening of Chicatolia at 5209 N. Clark St. Chicatolia is an artisan collective, featuring beautiful handmade goods and gifts, including a featured artist with work that raises awareness for ALS. Please stop by this weekend during their Grand Opening events to welcome them the community. 

Tonight Swantiques will host an opening party to kick off their month-long pop-up at 6205 N. Broadway (formerly Mattress Firm). Swantiques will feature antique, vintage, and mid-century modern furniture, providing a great complement to the vintage shops on North Broadway. The opening party tonight is from 6-9pm, click here for more information.

Thanksgiving is next week, and I hope you and your family enjoy a happy and healthy holiday. If you would like to help families in need have a happy holiday, please support Care For Real this holiday season. Click here to help put Thanksgiving dinner on the table for our neighbors in need.




Have a safe and peaceful weekend in the neighborhood.

Sincerely,

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Street Sweeping Update
 Street sweeping will continue next week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, in sections 1 and 2, which were missed during the cold week last week. Signs will be posted. Click here to view the map to see what zone your home is in. As leaves continue to fall, please ensure that the sewer covers in front of your home or business are free and clear of debris.

Public Safety Update
 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.


Holiday Coat Drive
November 22 – December 13
5533 N. Broadway

Join us as well as State Representative Kelly Cassidy and State Senator Heather Steans’ offices for our holiday coat drive! Drop off new hats and gloves as well as new or gently used coats at 5533 N. Broadway. The drive helps local non-profit organizations as well as Edgewater and Rogers Park adults and children in need.

City Sticker Debt Relief Program
November 15 – December 15
Click here for more information

The city sticker debt relief program is in phase 2. Now through December 15 you can apply for city sticker ticket debt relief. Go to Chicago.gov/citystickerdebtrelief for information on how you can get your city sticker fee resolved.

Berger Park Cultural Center Art Showcase
Saturday, November 23 & Sunday, November 24
11am-5pm
Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Expect fun, art, light snacks, community and maybe even a little holiday shopping. Our ceramics and jewelry-making students will be selling their wares alongside their teachers, Louis and Boris. There are always really great bargains at this yearly sale! This year we are also expanding the cultural offerings to include Eileen and her drama students on Saturday, and Sunday will feature performances by our arts partner Synapse, a special guest performance from the Chicago Playback Theatre, and a hosted closing reception for the visual art exhibition Illinois Revisited, curated and organized by Cheri McGuire. The ceramics and jewelry sale will be on both days!

Emanuel Congregation Holiday Market 
Sunday, November 24
10am-3pm
Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan

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
7pm
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.

HoliDaze Market—Pop-Up Boutique
Saturday, November 30 & Sunday, December 1
11am – 6pm
Gallery 1070, 1070 W. Granville

We’re kicking off the Holiday Season in Edgewater during Small Business Weekend with a Dazzling array of Vintage & Contemporary Holiday, Hand-Made, Gifts, Clothing, Jewelry, Home Decor, Ornaments, Art, Cards, Pottery and other Unique Treasures for Your Wish List. 

Come shop in an art gallery setting filled with great local guest vendors, good cheer, Free Gifts & Raffles (while supplies last), Music and more.

Edgewater Chamber Holiday Mixer
Thursday, December 5
6-9pm
Colvin House, 5940 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information and to registerCelebrate the end of 2019 surrounded by your community friends, small businesses and neighbors with great bites and booze to wrap up the year with a bang. Whether you want to network, make new connections, help raise money for your Chamber’s programs and events, meet new Edgewater residents or hang out with old acquaintances, the Holiday Mixer is the perfect event to wind down and relax before 2020 kicks in.

Winter Walk on Wilson
Friday, December 6
5pm-8pm
Wilson & Broadway

Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown is hosting our 6th Annual WINTER WALK ON WILSON on Friday, December 6 from 5-8 PM. This FREE event features sweet treats, warm drinks, and menu samples offered by local Uptown businesses as well as live holiday music along the Wilson and Broadway commercial corridors.

We’re pleased to announce this year’s event will once again feature a variety of vendors at the Chicago Market’sHoliday Pop-Up Market inside their soon-to-be home at the historic Gerber Building.

St. Gertrude’s Annual Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, December 7
St. Gertrude’s Church, 1420 W. Granville
Click here for more information

Do you knit, create jewelry, scarves, hats, blankets, paintings, jams, toys,  ornaments, or handcrafted items? Would you like to make some money before the Christmas holidays? St. Gertrude’s annual Christmas Bazaar features handmade, fair-trade arts and crafts, plus a fabulous used book sale, Christmas greenery for sale, White Elephant tables, complimentary gift wrapping, and more!

We are looking for vendors to sell their items at our Bazaar on Saturday, December 7. The cost is $50 per table. Call the Rectory at 773.764.3621 or visit stgertrudechicago.org for additional details.  

Northside North Pole
Sunday, December 8
11am – 7pm
Various locations in Edgewater
Click here for more information

Northside North Pole is a one-day holiday event right in Edgewater packed with family-friendly activities for everyone all across the neighborhood leading up to the first ever Lights on Bryn Mawr event and the Edgewater Chamber’s annual photos with Santa at Lytle House. Check out all the events line up on the Edgewater Chamber’s website!

Coworking Survey

Coworking is coming to Andersonville! If you work remotely in the far north neighborhoods, Aville Cowork wants to hear from you. Complete this 2-minute survey to tell us a little more about your work habits and priorities and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Visa gift card. (Email required to receive the digital gift card). Survey will close at midnight on Thanksgiving Day, and winner will be chosen Nov 29 (in time to support local businesses on Small Business Saturday). 

Take the survey

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 – Edgewater Historical Society Book Club
Saturday, November 23
2-3pm

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.

Catholic Charities
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services has contracted with Catholic Charities to provide management of the Edgewater Senior Satellite Center which is inside the Broadway Armory at 5917 N. Broadway. This Center provides numerous opportunities for older adults, including a hot lunch, exercise and fitness programs, visits with a pharmacist, dietician, nurse and social worker, computer lab, educational programs and much more.

Catholic Charities is seeking applications for two positions there: Manager and Assistant. For more information and to apply, please see www.catholiccharities.net, then About Us, then Career Opportunities, then Employment Postings, and scroll down to job listings.

Crossing Guard 
The City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management & Communication (OEMC) has an opening for a school crossing guard. This is a part-time position. For more information, click here.

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.

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.

Senn High School Free Boy’s Soccer Clinic
Saturday, November 23
2:30-5:30pm
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!

GoCPS Deadline Extended
Click here for more information

As a friendly reminder, the GoCPS application deadline has been extended to December 13th, 2019. Families can apply to Pre-K, Elementary, and High Schools using the online application or a paper application that can be downloaded from the site. The online application is highly recommended and available in English and Spanish. Please feel free to share information regarding GoCPS and the extended application deadline on your newsletter and/or social media pages.

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
6:30pm
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.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 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. 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.

Deise’s Flirty Thirty
Friday, November 22
8pm
Uptown Cafe + Gallery, 5010 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

U.S. Citizenship Workshop
November 23
10am-2pm
Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, Suite #306
Click here for more information

The Doc Talk Show: Cutting Remarks
Saturday, November 23
7-9pm
Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge
Click here for more information

Steady Baked Comedy Show
Saturday, November 23
9:30pm
Uptown Cafe + Gallery, 5010 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Toward Universal Mobility: Charting a Path to Improve Transportation Accessibility
December 3
12pm-1:30pm
Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson
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
5:30pm
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

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 30 – December 22
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

The Winter Wolf
Produced by Otherworld Theatre
December 7 – December 29
Otherworld Theatre, 3914 N. Clark
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
www.48thward.org
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