5757 N. Ridge Update
I have received feedback from a large number of neighbors regarding concerns with the proposed events venue use at 5757 N. Ridge. Neighbors have expressed real concerns about a lack of nearby parking, traffic congestion issues, and disruptions due to event guests leaving the venue late at night. Because of these concerns, I will not support the PPA (Public Place of Amusement) license for this residential location. I recently met with the business owner and property owners to share this decision, and have offered to show the business owner other locations in the ward that might be better suited to host events. I will also continue to work with the property owners to find a tenant for the building that would have a lower impact on the immediate neighbors.
Thank you to the neighbors who have reached out to my office to voice support or concerns about this project. It is important to me that I hear from neighbors who will be directly impacted by new businesses or developments to inform my decision making. If you have any questions about this issue, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
48th Ward Town Hall Meetings Schedule
Each year I host a series of 48th Ward Town Hall meetings throughout the ward. These events begin with a State of the Ward presentation followed by significant time for questions and answers. Please attend the meeting in your part of the community.
North Clark St. Community Visioning
Join 48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman and 40th Ward Ald. Pat O’Connor for a community conversation about the future of development on N. Clark St. between Ridge and Devon. This series of outdoor events will include an opportunity to learn about recent and upcoming developments, and to connect with neighbors over food, entertainment, and face painting for the kids!
- Saturday, Oct. 14, 2-5pm
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.
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- Sunday, Oct. 22, Noon-3pm
Chicago Fire Station, 6014 N. Clark St.
There will be food for sale from Huaraches Doña Chio, and more food vendors to be announced next week! This is a BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) event! Thank you to Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Edgewater Development Corporation for your support on this event.
Street Resurfacing Projects in the 48th Ward
There are a number of street resurfacing projects that began recently in the ward. These projects take approximately 4 weeks to complete, weather permitting.
- Week 1 – Street asphalt is removed/milled
- Week 2 – All utilities are identified, checked and addressed
- Week 3 – Any repairs needed are addressed including any curbs, gutters & sidewalks that were damaged during asphalt removal
- Week 4 – Pending all has been addressed, street is then resurfaced
We apologize in advance for any parking restrictions throughout this project. Even if machines and workers are not visible on the street, there’s still work being done behind the scenes and parking restrictions must remain in place.
The following streets are scheduled to be resurfaced, weather permitting and are in no particular order:
- W. Ardmore Ave., from Sheridan Rd. to the Lakefront
- N. Wayne Ave., from Ardmore Ave. to Early Ave.
- W. Thorndale Ave., from Broadway to Sheridan Rd.
- W. Balmoral Ave., from Broadway to Sheridan Rd.
Finally, any speedhumps that are on these streets will be replaced before the 2017 season ends.
I thank you for your patience during these projects as we work to make our ward safer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 773-784-5277.
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 late September 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.
Andersonville Arts Week
In its 15th year, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will expand Andersonville Arts Week to a week-long celebration October 10 – 15, with over 70 local shops, restaurants, and businesses set to host more than 150 artists. This year’s event will focus on nine specific genres of art: visual, theatre, dance, music, culinary, handmade, kids/family, literary, and public art, with a range of festivities and activities in the works to represent each.
The full schedule for Arts Week will be released in the coming weeks at andersonville.org/aaw. Highlights will include:
- All week: Returning district-wide self-guided art walk to view artists’ work at participating businesses
- Tuesday, October 10: Theatre crawl
- Wednesday, October 11: Andersonville Farmers Market expansion with special performances
- Thursday, October 12: Culinary features and live music
- Friday, October 13: Stroll & Soriée art walk and parties throughout Andersonville
- Saturday, October 14: Kick-off of outdoor Makers Market in the Swedish American Museum parking lot and Berwyn block party
- Sunday, October 15: Andersonville public art mural reveal
In addition, visitors can expect literary readings, free performances, DIY public art, kids and family actives, artist receptions, and much more throughout the entire week. Click here for more details.
Food Trucks and Fun at Edgewater Beach Apartments for Open House Chicago
EBA will be open only on Saturday, Oct 14 from 9 to 5. This is a chance to tour the beautiful lobby, indoor beaux arts pool, award winning garden, and Arcade. It is a free event! The Misericordia Sweets on Wheels Food Truck plans to be onsite from 12 to 3. Click here for more information.
Get Involved: Park District Advisory Council News
Buttercup Park Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct. 14, 4-6pm
Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan
Rain location: Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 N. Marine
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Haunted Indoor Movies at Margate Park
- Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:30pm
- Monster’s, Inc.
Friday, Oct. 27, 6:30pm
Click here for more information
Public Safety Update
Court Advocacy Training
Saturday, October 21, 10am – Noon
Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard
RSVP to email@example.com
Click here for more information.
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
Climate Change: What You Can Do
Tuesday, October 17 • 6:30-8:30
Broadway Armory- 5917 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
Click here to RSVPThe federal government is stepping back its role in reducing harmful carbon emissions. In the City of Chicago, residents are looking to step up by enacting good energy policy and taking actions in buildings where they live, work, and play. This workshop will present information on energy efficiency and renewable energy policy and will also give tips for Chicago residents and businesses to reduce energy and incorporate renewables, saving money and reducing air pollution. Tips and information will be most relevant to condo and apartment owners, but all are welcome to attend!
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 a September events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center at the Broadway Armory.
Click here for the 2017 calendar of events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center at the Broadway Armory.
Free hearing screening!
Have your hearing tested on Friday October 20, 9 a.m to 1 p.m. at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. The earlier the problem is professionally evaluated, the better the chances for successful treatment. Co-sponsored by the Lions Club and Alderman Harry Osterman.
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:
“Empowering Nursing Home Residents”
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Topics to include:
- Nursing home residents’ rights
- Common problems residents encounter and resolutions
- The Illinois Department of Public Health’s role as a regulator
- Investigation and reporting procedures
Seminar Speaker(s): Bernard Cobbins, Jr., Regional Ombudsman, Chicago – Illinois Association of Long Term Care, Ombudsmen – President – Chicago Department of Family and Support Services; Michelle Millard, Special Investigation Unit – Illinois Department of Public Health
“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
Peirce Harbor Night
Harbor Night is Friends of Peirce’s big fall fundraiser! October 20th from 7-10 pm at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club
Tickets are $30 and include a Rannali’s pizza dinner, 2 drink tickets and Maddiebird Bakery mini cupcakes. Your ticket proceeds go to support arts partnerships, sports programming and after school activities. Please consider supporting Friends of Peirce with a ticket purchase or a donation here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harbor-night-tickets-5032042976
Friends of Peirce is also in need of businesses or individuals to help by sponsoring the event or donating prizes for the raffle. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Click here for more information
Parents’ and Caregivers’ Support Group
Feeling befuddled, stymied, stressed out, depleted, dogged or isolated by particular parenting issues? Parenting is the hardest job in the world. A support group offers a safe place where the pooling of empathy, wisdom, experience and resources can help provide the clarity and renewal for tackling difficult situations.
Saturday, October 21st and the third Saturday of every month
11:30am – 1:00pm
Families Together Cooperative Nursery School, 1500 W. Elmdale (in Immanuel Lutheran Church)
Topic of the Month: Limit Setting
Cost: Donation based
Who: For parents and caregivers of 2 through 7 year-olds; childcare not provided
RSVP and/or suggest topics to: email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 –
- Wednesday, October 25
- Friday, November 3
- Friday, November 17
NCA Hosts Fall Parent-Tot Play Date October 14
Northside Catholic Academy is hosting a Fall Parent-Tot Play Date on Saturday, October 14, from 10-11:30am at the Middle School Campus (7318 N. Oakley). Parents and children ages 0-4 are invited to a morning of outdoor fun! Event will include a summer activity, outdoor art, and playtime. Meet other families with young children and learn more about NCA’s Early Learning Center and Kindergarten Program. The Fall Play Date will be held at NCA’s Middle School Campus Play Lot, located on the Chase side of the building. Space is limited for this free event. RSVP is required. Contact Melissa Soberanes at email@example.com or call 773-743-6277 ext. 207. This is not a drop off event and all children must be accompanied by a parent. In case of inclement weather the event will be moved inside.
NCA Applications are Now Available for 2018-19
Northside Catholic Academy is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Applications are available online. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA offers a challenging and diversified curriculum that 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. To learn more or to schedule a tour call 773-743-6277 ext. 207.
Free Theatre Tickets
Freetix.org accepts donations to enable it to offer free theatre tickets to specific performances around town. The first two shows are Jackalope Theatre’s 1980 (Or Why I Voted for John Anderson) on Thursday November 2nd, and Neo Futurists’ The Infinite Wrench on Friday November 7th. Go to www.freetix.org to acquire free tickets or make a donation!
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:
- Oct 15 – Biscuits & Bloodys Brunch Fundraiser – Help us kick off 2017’s 30 Days of Doing! Join us for this fundraiser to celebrate the harvest season and support our 2018 programs as we begin 30 days full of community events from symposiums on hunger to garden and cooking classes. Enjoy biscuits and gravy, homemade pickles, plus a complimentary drink from our Bloody Mary bar with all the fixins. Gluten-free biscuits, vegetarian gravy, coffee and tea will also be available. (Sponsored in part by Independent Spirits.)
- Oct 23 – In the Kitchen with Income Tax – Join us for an evening in our Community Cooking School with Chef Ryan Henderson from Income Tax! Learn to make one of their signature dishes, carrot agnolotti, and enjoy a delicious meal around our table at the end of class. Attendees will also get a special one-day-only discount at our neighbor Independent Spirits so you can BYOB to class.
- Oct 26 – Dine Out at Income Tax for PGP – Enjoy an evening out at Income Tax and support PGP! A portion of proceeds from this evening will go towards Peterson Garden Project’s free community programming and garden scholarships. Walk-ins are welcome or make a reservation in advance (be sure to select Oct. 26).
- Nov 5 – PGP Chili Cook-Off – The weather may be cooling off, but things are heating up in the kitchen! Join us for our first Chili Cook-Off to raise funds for our free community programming and garden scholarships. Enter your chili for a chance to win fame and prizes or come eat and vote for your favorite!
- 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.
Friends of the Edgewater Library
Friends of the Edgewater Library Member-only reception Oct. 19
You may have attended a book sale, program or entered your name in a drawing sponsored by Friends of the Edgewater Library. But you may not be familiar with the organization, how it supports the library or how you could become involved.
Consider becoming a member of Friends of the Edgewater Library (annual membership: $10 to become a Friend; $20 to become a Very Good Friend). If you do so by Oct. 16, you’re invited to a members-only reception on Oct. 19 to celebrate National Friends of the Library Week.
Click here to view the invitation for details about the event. Click here to view a membership form. Email FOELdonations@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Book Donations Requested
Friends of the Edgewater Library will conduct its last book sale of the year on Saturday, Oct. 28, and is seeking gently used book donations. Donated books may be fiction and non-fiction for all ages, foreign language, audio books, travel books less than five years old and computer books less than two years old. Other welcome donations include music CDs and DVDs. Items that cannot be accepted are books in poor condition, magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias, instruction manuals and VHS and cassette tapes.
Books may be donated in a box or shopping bag and placed in a bin next to the front desk of the library, 6000 N. Broadway. Proceeds from the book sale will be used to purchase new materials and support library programs. Click here for more information.
Just book talk
The next No Book Club meeting will be 2-3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, in the Community Room on the second floor of the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. The No Book Club is for people who enjoy reading, talking about the books they’ve read and recommend. Sponsored by the Friends of the Edgewater Library, Edgewater Village, and Edgewater Reads.
Student Journalism Contest – Equal Pay Day
Each year, Equal Pay Day is recognized world-wide to bring greater awareness to the wage gap experienced by women and minorities. In the US, the April date symbolically marks how far into a new year the average woman must work to earn as much as a white man did in the previous year. In its seventh year, Equal Pay Day Chicago is both a focal point to raise awareness, and a platform for organizations to collaborate. Equal Pay Day Chicago is a coalition of governmental bodies, nonprofits and other groups and individuals fighting together to achieve equal pay for equal work.
Any junior high or high school student currently attending school in the Chicagoland area is eligible to participate. Two winners will be selected, and
announced publicly during the Equal Pay Day program at noon in Daley Plaza on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
Write an article about an aspect of the pay disparity among workers in America. The article should be between 450 and 750 words. The article should include at least one quote from a source discussing the issue of equal pay. The student reporter can interview family, teachers or community members about their personal experiences with pay discrimination. Students are encouraged to take video of the interview, which may be included with the submission, but the article must be in writing.
All entries must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 30th. Entries should be submitted as a PDF document. On a separate page at the end of the article, please list the following information:
· Student’s name, age, grade and contact information (both phone and email)
· School, sponsoring teacher’s name and contact information (both phone and email)
· Parent/guardian’s name and contact information (both phone and email)
Entrants must be available to read a portion of their article on stage during the Equal Pay Day event in Daley Plaza (Clark and Washington) on April 10, 2018 between noon and 1p.m. Entry grants Equal Pay Day Chicago the right to edit, publish, copy or display the entry, with attribution.
First prize is $300 and the second prize is $50. The winning students will be recognized publicly at the April 10, 2018 event at Daley Plaza and on social media.
Disaster Relief Efforts
Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Concert
Saturday, Oct. 14, 7:30pm
Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information
In the wake of devastating impacts of Hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Irma and the earthquake in Mexico City, Mayor Emanuel is encouraging residents to support the recovery and relief work by donating to reputable organizations assisting with efforts. The City has created a website – cityofchicago.org/DisasterRelief – that includes a list of verified charities and organizations assisting with these efforts. Following is a list of relief efforts happening across the city and other helpful resources. If you are hosting or aware of any other local efforts, please submit details here.
Additionally, the American Red Cross also has a safe and well website where people can check for their loved ones and people in affected areas can also register themselves as safe and well. Link here –https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php. Please follow @ChicagoOEMC on twitter for continued updates.
And, Puerto Rico Emergency Management officials suggest the following:
- Contact the island’s disaster relief team by e-mailing email@example.com – Because of high volume, leaders are asking that you only send one email — no follow-ups — unless the status of your loved one has changed. Include your contact information and as many details about your family or friend as possible.
- Call the Puerto Rico Washington D.C. office at 202-800-3133 or 202-778-0710 – Staffers are taking names and numbers and developing plans to check the welfare of people who remain unreachable or missing as the island begins to recover. Officials say getting through to someone over the phone has been difficult because of backed-up phone lines.
- Other helpful links with information to assist with efforts in Puerto Rico – http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/
CHA Landlord Incentive Program
Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) offers incentive payments to landlords who own property in Opportunity Areas and rent to CHA Voucher holders. Opportunity Areas are census tracts with poverty levels below 20% and low concentrations of subsidized housing. Click here for more information.
THOUGHT ABOUT RUNNING A 5K? JOIN RUNNING REINVENTIONS
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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