Weekly Update from Your Alderman – November 3, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: CPD Body Cameras, Greencorps Project, International Unity Day, Senn High School Open House, and more!
November 3, 2017
Dear Neighbor:

Thank you to everyone who contributed to a safe and festive Halloween in the 48th Ward. Though it was a bit chilly, we saw thousands of trick-or-treaters enjoying our community on Tuesday night.

Last night in Uptown, a man was killed and two people were injured, including a 12 year-old boy, in a shooting incident that police believe was related to drug sales. Police are actively investigating this crime. Sunday evening, three individuals were arrested and charged after a series of armed robberies, a car jacking, and a shooting of an individual near Argyle St. These incidents highlight our community’s and city’s ongoing fight against violent crime. Yesterday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson testified before the City Council Budget Committee on the Police Department’s efforts to reduce violent crime. The Chicago Police Department is in the process of adding 600 new officers throughout the city by spring, to help combat crime around the city. Additionally, the Chicago Police Department continues efforts to strengthen the relationship between police and communities around the city, and will be rolling out a revised CAPS (community policing program) early next year, as well as working on reform measures, including requiring all police officers to wear body worn police cameras by December 4, 2017. The officers in the 20th and 24th Districts now all will be wearing body cameras during their shifts. These and many other efforts are designed to continue to reduce the violence around our city. I will keep you updated on the progress of hiring new officers and the rollout of the CAPS program. I ask for your help in being vigilant and calling 911 if you see suspicious activity. If you are interested in getting involved in our community’s public safety efforts, please contact Marko Zaric in my office at marko@48thward.org.

Earlier this week, crews from Greencorps Chicago began work landscaping a piece of city-owned land next to the Ridge Firehouse, future of home of Chicago Filmmakers, 5714 N. Ridge. Greencorps is the City of Chicago’s green industry job training program for individuals with barriers to employment. Participants in this nine-month program receive practical experience, academic support, professional development, and training in a variety of environmentally-related jobs with skills that are easily transferable to other industries. Creating a safer and more inviting pedestrian experience on Ridge Ave. is a priority of mine. Thank you to Greencorps Chicago for supporting this effort.

This week, Chicago Department of Transportation hosted the NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) Conference, bringing nearly 1,000 transportation officials from around the country to Chicago to learn from one another. I had the honor of participating in a panel discussion with Dave Smith of CDOT, NYC Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, and NYC DOT Queens Commissioner, where I spoke about the Argyle Streetscape and Glenwood Greenway projects in our community. In partnership with CDOT and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, my office also helped lead two walking tours in our community to highlight bike and pedestrian infrastructure, public art, and the Greencorps project. It was a great opportunity to share our community’s experiences and to learn from leaders from around the nation.

Our community has long served as a welcoming entry point for people coming to the country, and as such, we enjoy a rich diversity of backgrounds. In an effort to bring our neighbors together to share culture, customs, and traditions, I invite you to join us at the first annual 48th Ward International Unity Day on Saturday, Nov. 18, 11am – 2pm, at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Please join us to enjoy performances, exhibits, conversations, and tastes from around the globe to learn more about the cultures in our community. I will share more information about this event next week. If your cultural association is interested in participating, please email me for more information.

For families who are beginning to think about their children’s high school choices, I encourage you to visit Senn High School’s Open House this Saturday, November 4, 10:30am – noon. This is a great opportunity to tour the school and learn first-hand about the great things happening at Senn. Click here for more information about Senn High School and the Open House event.

The CTA is hosting a meeting this Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6-8pm at Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway to discuss their TOD study as it relates to the upcoming improvements to the Red Line between Bryn Mawr and Lawrence. If you are interested in learning more about this project, I encourage you to attend. See below for more details.

Keep your Friday night plans local tonight with two great options:

  • Cellars Bar and Grill, 5900 N. Broadway, is donating 50% of all proceeds of sales from 4-7pm to McCutcheon Elementary School. Click here for more details.
  • Andersonville First Fridays event tonight is also the launch of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce’s #AlwaysAndersonville holiday shopping pledge and campaign. Enjoy special offers, deals, and programming at businesses throughout Andersonville tonight. Click here for more details.
Have a great weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

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.

CTA TOD Community Meeting
Wednesday, November 8, 6-8pm
Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, is continuing its redevelopment study to complement the Red and Purple Modernization transit construction project (RPM Phase One). The purpose of this Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study is to encourage specific, community-supported redevelopment strategies for portions of land required for the transit construction project that could be made available for redevelopment after construction.

Because this TOD study is community-driven, we rely on your input. This is the second in a series of three public meetings. The purpose of this meeting is to confirm outcomes of the first round of meetings and provide residents and business owners with an opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the study
  • Review study area planning principles
  • Consider redevelopment site concepts
  • Talk one-on-one with the CTA study team
  • Provide feedback and input on the overall vision for the plan

We look forward to seeing you. If you have questions or need additional information, you may contact us at RPM@transitchicago.com or visit www.transitchicago.com/rpmproject.

#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

Granville Framing Going Out of Business Sale
Saturday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 5
11am – 5pm
6200 N. Broadway

50 – 90% off – everything must go / art – paintings – prints – posters – stock frames – decor – decorations – display items – props – stuff

Edgewater Craft Cocktail Crawl
Thursday, November 9, 5-8pm

Click here for tickets and more information

Get creative in Edgewater for an evening of cocktails, spirits and crafts! Meet local art-based businesses and enjoy demonstrations or hands-on activities while sampling spirits from seven Chicago distilleries!

Ticket price includes spirit tastings from seven distilleries, food samples at two locations and craft demonstrations. Revival Social ClubIncome Tax and The Growling Rabbit will be offering special cocktails featuring participating distilleries for purchase. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the The Chicago Mosaic School.

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.

Thanksgiving Dance
The Edgewater Senior Satellite Center and the 24th Police District are co-sponsoring a Thanksgiving Dance on Friday, November 17, 12:30 to 2:30pm, at the Senior Center in the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.  Admission is $2.00.  Tickets can be bought ahead of time at the Senior Center or at the door.

At this event, all military veterans are invited to be recognized at a “Thank You for Your Service” ceremony.  (The admission fee is waived for veterans!).  Please us know if you will be participating in this veterans’ recognition at ginger@48thward.org.

Elder Justice Center Workshops
Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for the following two (2) September Senior Enrichment Seminars to be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois in Courtroom 2005 on the dates indicated below:

“Domestic Violence Against Seniors:  Misuse of Power and Control”
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Topics to include:

  • Court process for obtaining orders of protection
  • Legal protections and resources for survivors of domestic violence

Seminar Speaker(s): Honorable Judith Rice, Domestic Violence Division, Circuit Court of Cook County; Honorable James Patrick Murphy, Domestic Violence Division, Circuit Court of Cook County; Jewell D. Wilson, Department of Family and Support Services, Area Agency on Aging, Senior Advocacy Program

School & Youth News

School Fundraisers

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! We meet every 3rd Monday of the month at the Latin School Community Space, 4956 N Sheridan. Doors open at 3:30 PM for free after-school snacks and refreshments. The council meets from 4-6pm.

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

Sacred Heart Schools Admissions Coffee Dates

Admissions Coffees feature informal conversation with current parents, presentations from the Head of Schools and other key administrators, and student-led tours.  Reservations are strongly encouraged.  773-681-8436 or admissions@shschicago.org.  Sacred Heart is located at 6250 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.  Sacred Heart is a Catholic independent school serving children in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

9:15am to 11am on the following mornings –

  • FridayNovember 17

NCA Trivia Night, November 11
Northside Catholic Academy is hosting a night of trivia fun for adults 21 and older at St. Margaret Mary Activity Center. NCA Trivia Night pits teams of 2-10 players against each other in a battle of know-how. $20 gets you 9 rounds of trivia covering topics like pop culture, history, Chicago, sports and entertainment. The evening begins with cocktails at 6:30pm, followed by an appetizer/dessert auction at 7:00pm. Teams are also welcome to bring their own food. The first question is at 7:15pm. Register as a team or as an individual and NCA will find a team for you. All proceeds benefit the NCA Parent Organization. Register online at https://nca-trivianight-2017.eventbrite.com.

Northside Catholic Academy Hosts Admissions Tours November 16
Northside Catholic Academy inspires its students to grow in character, intellect and spirit. NCA’s challenging and diversified curriculum includes Spanish, Technology, Art, Music, and Physical Education. NCA offers half-day and full-day Early Learning classes starting at age three, and a top-ranked K-8 academic program. The Early Learning Center offers a child-centered approach focused on learning through play and hands-on activities. Onsite extended care is available from 6:30am to 6:00pm, as well as a variety of After School Enrichment classes. Need-based Guardian Angel Scholarships are also available. RSVP at 773-743-6277 ext. 207.

Rivendell’s Production of Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood Extended
Rivendell just extended our critically acclaimed, box-office smash ALIAS GRACE. Tickets are available through November 4th (with regular performances Thurs., Fri. Sat. at 8PM, Sat at 4PM with an added Sunday matinee on 10/22 at 3PM). Rivendell offers $10 off regular tickets with the box-office code “HELLO NEIGHBOR” for members of our Edgewater community. The initial run was completely sold-out and tickets for the extension are going fast.
Click here for more information.

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.

30 Days of Doing – Peterson Garden Project
Join Peterson Garden Project October 15 to November 15 for team-building, volunteering and community engagement as we work towards our mission to recruit, educate and inspire everyone to grow and cook their own food! Here are some program highlights:

  • Nov 16 – PGP Grateful Plateful Dinner Fundraiser – Celebrate all we’ve accomplished with a culinary recap of the year at our final major fundraiser for 2017. Taste, see, and hear about the effect our gardens and cooking school had in our community with a special menu inspired by the stories of our gardeners, home cooks, and community partners.

Click here for all the details on 30 Days of Doing and more information about Peterson Garden Project.

Pivot Arts: Don’t Look Back/Must Look Back

Pivot Arts is pleased to present the world premiere of DON’T LOOK BACK/MUST LOOK BACK, a site-specific performance experience in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, directed by Devon de Mayo and devised by an ensemble of actors and designers, written by Tanya Palmer and conceived by Julieanne Ehre. Audience members are taken on an immersive journey inspired by the stories and experiences of Uptown residents, many of whom came to Uptown as refugees.

DON’T LOOK BACK/MUST LOOK BACK will play October 20 – November 19, 2017 in various Uptown locations starting at the Chinese Mutual Aid Association, 1016 W. Argyle St. The intimate performance experience is limited to 16 audience members per show. Tickets, priced at $35, are currently on sale at pivotarts.org/events/

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.

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
Click here for a listing of Bezazian Library eventsDonate your gently used books to the Friends of the Edgewater Library
From September 5 through October 14, the Friends of the Edgewater Library will be accepting book donations. We rely on your donations to stock our semi-annual book sales.  Proceeds of our sales directly support the Edgewater branch library. You can bring your donations to the library at 6000 N. Broadway.

Care for Real News

Join us at City Lit Theater for their newest production, J.B.  Special priced tickets for Care for Real friends and supporters are available on the following dates and times:  Fri. 11/3 at 7:30PM; and Sat. 11/4 at 7:30PM. Tix available online at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com.  Make sure to use the Password/Discount Code:  CARE to receive the discount.

Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day will take place for one night, 11/11, at City Lit Theater. This play is a one woman show, telling the life story of the historical icon and activist Dorothy Day. Proceeds will be split between Care for Real and Still Point Theater Collective, and is sponsored by the Edgewater Community Religious Association.   Suggested donation for tickets is $25 dollars. Tickets can be purchased in advance here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3099479. We hope to see you there!

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Ward Office Info

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

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

Upcoming Events
Community Composting Workshop
Saturday, November 4
9:30am – 3pm
Waters Elementary School, 4540 N. Campbell
Click here for more information

Songs In the Key of Chicago
Sunday, November 5
7 p.m.
Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway
Tickets $20 at www.uptownunderground.net
Celebrating composers, lyricists and performers connected with Chicago who influenced Gospel, jazz, the blues, folk, pop and other genres and featuring: Kevin Wood, Carla Gordon, Jamie Brady, David Edelfelt, Cynthia Clarey, Wayne Richards, Beckie Menzie, Irwin Berkowitz, and 3-4 the Road + Friends (folk music)

Piano Concert at Unity
Wednesday, November 8
Unity Church, 1212 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information

Please join us as Concerts at Unity presents an evening of exciting American music. Soprano Karen Nussbaum sings music by Gwyneth Walker, and instrumentalists Desiree Miller (cello) and Trevor Patrick Watkin (flute) join Concerts organizer Michael G Miller in music by Dello Joio and other local composers.” Veterans attend free.

Healthcare Job Fair
Thursday, November 9
10am – 1pm
Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson
Click here for more information

Crafters and Musicians Fall Pop-Up
Sunday, November 12
11am to 5pm
4956 N. Sheridan
Shop handmade goods while listening to live music
Click here for more information

Fair Trade Holiday Market
Sunday, November 12
Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

All Saints’ Cafe
Sunday, November 12
Ravenswood Community Services, 1757 W. Wilson
Click here for more information

‘Made in Chicago’ Gallery Talk
Thursday, November 16
Edgewater Historical Society, 5358 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

Annual Arts Showcase
Saturday & Sunday, November 18 & 19
Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Information Technology Vendor Event
Tuesday, November 18
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle
Click here for more information

Sunday, November 19
Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Community Glue Workshop Repair Clinic
Sunday, November 19
Edgewater Workbench, 1130 W. Thorndale
Click here for more information

Mansions in the Sky – Chicago Apartments Between the Wars
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Chicago Cultural Center – Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington
Click here for more information

Winter/Autumn Festival
Fundraiser for Intergenerational Program

Saturday, Nov. 25
Unity Community Center, 1212 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information

Arts & Culture

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Special Class at Chicago Mosaic School
Picassiette w/ Visiting Artist Pamela Irving
Nov. 4 – 8
Click here for more information

Alias Grace
By Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Performances through November 4
Rivendell Theatre, 5775 N. Ridge
Click here for more information

Artemesia Fall Festival
Performances September 25 – October 4
Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Choir Boy
By Raven Theatre
Performances September 27 – November 12
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

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

Don’t Look Back/Must Look Back
By Pivot Arts
Performances October 20 – November 19
Click here for more information

Lysistrata Jones
By Refuge Theatre Project
Performances through November 19
Unity Church, 1212 W. Balmoral
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

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