Weekly Update from Your Alderman – October 20, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: City Budget Announced, Final Town Hall Meeting, Local Gun Violence, Halloween Events, Edgewater Village, New Public Art, and more!
October 20, 2017
Dear Neighbor:

Earlier this week, Mayor Emanuel announced his proposed 2018 City Budget. Over the course of the next two weeks, my staff and I will attend budget hearings. Please send any feedback you have that we can bring with us. Next week I will provide an overview of the proposed budget in my newsletter.

Thank you to the more than 100 constituents that have attended our 48th Ward Town Hall Meetings throughout the month. Our final Town Hall Meeting is set for Wednesday, October 25, 6:30pm, in the sanctuary at Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan. For those whose schedules don’t allow for evening meetings, we streamed last night’s meeting on Facebook, which is still available to view by clicking here.

Our community and surrounding communities have seen gun violence in recent weeks. On Thursday, October 12, shots were fired near Thorndale and Winthrop. No one was injured, Chicago Police Department is investigating the situation. On Friday, October 13, shots fired near Glenwood and Morse in Rogers Park resulted in the death of a neighbor who was not the intended target. While this senseless violence is an issue across the City of Chicago, it is important that we take a proactive approach to public safety in our community. This means working with neighbors, police, and my office to communicate public safety concerns. If you see suspicious or illegal activity, it is critical that you call 911. If you have questions or concerns about public safety issues in the ward, please contact Marko Zaric in my office at marko@48thward.org.

Halloween is right around the corner, see below for a rundown on Halloween events in the 48th Ward. In order to ensure a safe trick or treating experience for children in our neighborhood, my office is seeking volunteers to serve as crossing guards on Halloween night in the Lakewood Balmoral and Edgewater Glen neighborhoods. We are also looking for volunteers to help with our Halloween Parade to Gethsemane’s Halloween Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28, 11am. If you are interested in helping with either opportunity, please email ally@48thward.org for more details.

It is important to me that our neighbors feel welcome and supported, while living in our community for the duration of their lives. Edgewater Village is a network of older adults supporting and engaging each other, so they remain active and contributing members of the community. Through educational programming and social events, Edgewater Village helps our older neighbors age in community. For more information or to get involved with Edgewater Village, contact Ginger Williams at ginger@48thward.org.

If you go out to enjoy the nice weather this weekend, please take a walk along the Lakefront Trail to see the new public art on the overpass at Berwyn. Green Star Movement has helped to install a number of mosaic bricolage art pieces throughout our community, adding color and vibrancy to the streets and parks.

Have a great weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

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!

  • Sunday, Oct. 22, Noon-3pm
    Chicago Fire Station, 6014 N. Clark St.

There will be food for sale from Huaraches Doña Chio and Frankie Da Pizza Dude food truck! 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.

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.

Halloween Events in the 48th Ward

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

Andersonville Halloween Movie Night — Double Feature
Friday, October 27, 6pm
Chiro One parking lot, 5623 N. Clark
Join the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and Babes With Blades Theatre Company on October 27 for a Friday night double feature in the Chiro One parking lot (5623 N Clark). The night kicks off at 6PM with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Then, stick around to experience Night of the Living Dead (1968) one of the most iconic horror films of its time starting at 9PM. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

48th Ward Halloween Parade
Saturday, October 28, 10am
Peirce School Playground, 1424 W. Gregory
Click here for more information

Gethsemane Fall Festival
Saturday, October 28, 11am – 4pm
Gethsemane Garden Center, 5739 N. Clark

Trick-or-Treating on Clark St. & Costume Contest
Saturday, October 28, 1-3pm
AlleyCat Comics is heading up Treat-or-Treating for the children of Andersonville. Look for the ORANGE PUMPKIN door signs in storefronts of the neighborhood to find participating businesses. There will also be a costume contest that will be judged by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce staff at AlleyCat – please check in from 12:30-3PM and the costume winner will be announced at 3:30PM. Click here for more information.

Edgewater Fall Festival @ Swift School
Saturday, October 28, 4-6pm
Swift Playlot, 5900 N. Winthrop
Click here for more information

Andersonville Dessert Crawl
Saturday, October 29
It’s trick-or-treating for adults with a gourmet flair! Choose between two routes, each featuring host destinations with delectable goodies. Children and teens are welcome. IDs will be checked at any alcohol tastings. Click here for details.

Halloween Open House – Pennies for People
Tuesday, October 31, 5-8pm
5691 N. Ridge
An open house with coffee for parents, treats for kids, and an opportunity to donate to disaster relief efforts! Click here for more information.

Public Safety Update

Court Advocacy Training
Saturday, October 21, 10am – Noon
Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard
RSVP to caps.024district@chicagopolice.org
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

New Edgewater Football Club Tryouts

Edgewater Castle F.C. is a new football club in the Edgewater community of Chicago, IL. It is our goal to build a strong, sustainable squad made up of local, talented and enthusiastic players that will commit to playing good football, working hard to build a good side and help develop local football in the Chicago area. We plan to commit to a series of exhibition games with local clubs in the coming months, and hope to join UPSL league play in the not too distant future.

AGES 15 – 35

TRYOUT DATE :     Friday, Oct. 20

TRYOUT TIME :       4:00pm – 6:00pm

TRYOUT LOCATION:   Senn High School Field, Ridge Ave. & Thorndale Ave.

If you are interested in joining the Squad, but are unable to make the tryout, please email edgewatercastlefc@gmail.com to express your interest.

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.

Aging and Thriving in the LGBTQ Community
Presented by the Senior Voices Group of the Center on Halstead
WHEN: Thursday, November 2 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Bistro at Wesley Place, 1415 W. Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Join CMSS and Center on Halsted’s Senior Voices Group for lunch and an enlightening panel discussion on overcoming the challenges many LGBTQ people face as they get older and how the community continues to thrive in older age.
Cosponsored by The Village: Chicago, Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI), Edgewater Village, Center on Addison, Center on Halsted

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 kate@friendsofpeirce.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: ellen@ftcns.org

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.

After School Matters – Paid Teen Program: Lifeguard @ Senn

Teens in the Lifeguard program at Senn have the opportunity to train to become lifeguards. Participants learn aquatic rescues, CPR, and other life-saving skills. At the conclusion of the program, teens may apply for lifeguard certification for future employment opportunities.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays – 4:00 – 6:30 PM @ Senn in the pool. To apply go to www.afterschoomatters.org and click on the apply button.

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 –

  • Wednesday, October 25
  • FridayNovember 3
  • FridayNovember 17

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!

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.

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 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 

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 equalpaydaychi@lycos.com 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.

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.

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

Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day will take place for one day only, 11/11, 3:00pm at City Lit Theater. The one woman show tells the life story of 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
Restorative Justice Public Hearing: Emerging Adults
Tuesday, October 24
Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., 5th Floor auditorium
Click here for more information

Job Fair – Dept. of Aviation
Wednesday, October 25
9am – 1pm
Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson
Don’t miss your opportunity to meet representatives from companies looking to hire individuals to work at O’Hare and Midway airports in the following areas: airlines, cargo, concessions, construction, hospitality, security, and more.
Click here for more information.

Casino Uptown
Thursday, November 2
Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence
Click here for more information

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)

All Saints’ Cafe
Sunday, November 12
Ravenswood Community Services, 1757 W. Wilson
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

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

Deidre of the Sorrows
By City Lit Theatre
Performances through October 15
City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr
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

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