Weekly Update from Your Alderman- October 25, 2019

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October 25, 2019
Dear Neighbor,Chicago Public Schools remain closed today due to the ongoing teachers strike. I support the important work of our teachers and staff at Chicago Public Schools and I hope that a fair contract is signed soon so students can return to the classroom. This week I visited teachers on the picket lines at schools in our ward, and I signed a resolution calling for a public hearing regarding class sizes and staff shortages at Chicago Public Schools. Schools are the backbones of the communities across the city. The schools in our ward have made great strides in recent years, which is a testament to the dedication and hard work of teachers and support staff who educate and enrich our youth.

On Wednesday Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduced her budget proposal for the 2020 City Budget. The proposed $11.65 billion budget closes a nearly $340 million deficit without raising property taxes. Over the next two weeks my staff and I will be spending a lot of time downtown at budget hearings and will provide updates in the weekly newsletter. Please reach out with your questions and input about the budget by emailing me at harry@48thward.org. The proposed budget includes:$9 million for community-based violence prevention $10 million to address affordable housing and homelessness$9 million for expanded mental health servicesCreation of Office of the EnvironmentMore than $300 million in TIF surplus returning to taxing bodies, including $163 million to Chicago Public SchoolsCongestion fees on peak-hour rideshare in high-traffic areasProgressive Real Estate Transfer TaxTax revenue from the sale of recreational cannabisFor more information and details on the proposed budget, click here to view the Mayor’s 2020 Budget Portal.

This week I toured the Chatham community on the south side with Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago and discussed the housing needs and concerns of residents from the south side. This morning I met with violence prevention advocates in Austin at the Institute for Nonviolence to discuss ways to reduce violence throughout our city. These impactful meetings will help guide my work on our 2020 budget to help address housing needs and help reduce violence in Chicago.

On Tuesday my office hosted the final 48th Ward Town Hall Meeting of the year at the Swedish American Museum. Thank you to everyone who came out this month to hear from me about the work my office has been focused on for the last year and to share your questions, concerns, and ideas. It is important to me to have open communication with constituents to help inform my work as your alderman. If you were unable to attend our Town Hall meetings, please click here to view the livestream from Tuesday evening.

Earlier this week I joined 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden in hosting a town hall meeting regarding the rising lake levels. We had a great turnout of more than 300 neighbors, and heard from representatives from the US Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, Chicago Park District, and Chicago Department of Transportation. While there is no funding currently in place for significant protective infrastructure projects, Ald. Hadden and I are working with other elected officials representing the lakefront to find ways to ensure our communities remain safe during the expected extreme weather this autumn and winter. I will continue to keep you updated on the status of these efforts.

Next week my office is co-sponsoring two community meetings with Chicago Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation to look at proposed alternatives for traffic alignment in the area of Hollywood,  Bryn Mawr, Sheridan, and Broadway. Because Lake Shore Drive terminates in our community, these intersections are critical and have caused many headaches over the decades. Please join us to share your thoughts about the proposed options or to share your own ideas. These proposals are not tied to existing funding. The goal of the meetings is to share the ideas and start the conversation. The meetings will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 7pm, at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway and Saturday, November 2, 10am, at St. Andrew Greek Church, 5649 N. Sheridan. Saturday’s meeting will include a walk as well. For more information on these meetings, click here.

If you’re looking for Halloween fun this weekend, Andersonville has plenty of it tomorrow, Saturday, October 26:

48th Ward Halloween Parade
Meet at Peirce School Playground, 1423 W. Gregory
Parade leaves at 11am sharp!
Put on your costume and join us for a parade with the ETNA (Edgewater Triangle Neighbors Association) Block Club! We’ll start at Peirce Playground and parade along Glenwood to the Gethsemane Garden Center Fall Festival! 
Click here to RSVP on Facebook and invite your friendsGethsemane Annual Fall Festival
10am – 4pm
Gethsemane Garden Center, 5739 N. Clark
This annual tradition includes face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, games, and more!
Click here for more informationAndersonville Trick or Treating & Costume Contest
Noon – 3pm
Check in at Alley Cat Comics, 5304 N. Clark St.
Get your costumes ready for Trick-or-Treating in the Andersonville business district! AlleyCat Comics will once again be hosting this sweet event by offering a costume contest with celebrity judges Alderman Andre Vasquez and Bambi Banks. Check in for the contest begins at 11:30am and lasts throughout the day with a winner selected at 3:30pm.
Click here to RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends

While you’re enjoying Halloween activities in Andersonville, please stop by Five Elements Home, 5239 N. Clark St., to welcome them to the neighborhood.
This new business features artisan home goods and is a welcome addition to Clark St.

Lastly, my office is looking for a few more volunteers to serve as crossing guards in the community on Halloween, Thursday, October 31, from 4:30-7:30pm. If you are interested, please email harry@48thward.org and we can give you more details. This is a fun way to experience the holiday and help keep kids in our neighborhood safe.

Have a safe and peaceful weekend.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
Development Update – Community Meeting Re: 5440 N. Sheridan
On Tuesday, October 29, 6:30pm, at St. Andrew Greek Church, 5649 N. Sheridan, Alderman Osterman will host a community meeting regarding a proposed development at 5440 N. Sheridan. The developer, Cedar St., is seeking to amend the Planned Development for the address to allow for a 4.5-story residential building, including 78 units with 27 parking spaces. The planned unit mix is: 14 studio; 31 1-bedroom; 27 2-bedroom; and 6 3-bedroom. The alderman may take a vote at this meeting that will be advisory to his decision on the request. For more information on this meeting or development, please email dan@48thward.org.
Public Safety Update
20th District Halloween Party
Saturday, October 26, Noon-1:30pm
20th District Station, 5400 N. Lincoln
Click here for more information

Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, October 26
Click here for more information

The biannual Drug Take Back Day encourages communities to turn in their unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs to their local dropoff sites. It also provides an opportunity to educate community members about how they can help prevent addiction to prescription drugs and overdose deaths by keeping their medications safe. You can learn more about the program here from the DEA and here from the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

Keepin’ It Real – Burglary Prevention Workshop
Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30pm
20th District Station, 5400 N. Lincoln
Click here for more information

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.
48th Ward Halloween ParadeSaturday, October 26
Gather at 10am, Parade leaves at 11am
Peirce School Playlot, 1423 W. Gregory
Click here for more information

Put on your costume, grab the family, and join us for Halloween fun!

Our Annual 48th Ward Halloween Parade and Festival at Peirce School Playground, 1424 W. Gregory will kick off at 10 am with games and music. The parade will start at 11 am and go along on Glenwood Avenue to Edgewater Avenue, where we will go west to Gethsemane Garden Center‘s Halloween Festival. Gethsemane will host their annual Halloween festival, with games, music, pony rides, and more!

Thank you to our partners the Edgewater Triangle Neighborhood Association, Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, 20th Police District, Helen C. Peirce School Of International Studies, and Gethsemane Garden Center!

After the fun at Gethsemane, it’s Trick or Treat time in Andersonville! Click here for full details on trick or treating at Andersonville businesses.
48th Ward Fall Community Meeting Schedule 

Lake Shore Drive Northern Terminus Study Meetings

Many of you have participated in community meetings over the years for the Northern Terminus Traffic Study (NTTS) portion of the Redefine the Drive North Lake Shore Drive study. As part of this study, CDOT reviewed traffic patterns on Sheridan and Broadway north of Bryn Mawr. We will host two meetings in partnership with CDOT to review and provide feedback on proposed alternatives for new traffic plans on Sheridan and Broadway north of Bryn Mawr. These areas receive high volumes of traffic and are critical points in the community. I encourage you to join us for one of the meetings to share your feedback.

The meeting formats for both meetings will be the same, including a presentation and workshop. Additionally, the second meeting will feature an optional “walkshop” for those interested in heading out to the locations in question with CDOT engineers to discuss challenges and potential solutions out in the field. Wednesday, October 30, 7:00pm – Broadway Armory, 5917 N. BroadwaySaturday, November 2, 10:30am – St. Andrew Greek Church, 5649 N. Sheridan
Chicago City Sticker Amnesty
October 1 – October 30
Click here for more informationToday City Clerk Anna Valencia and Mayor Lightfoot announced a two step program that gives residents a chance for a new start. Beginning on October 1st through October 31st, our office is launching a City Sticker Amnesty program where residents will be able to get their City Sticker with no late fees or back charges. Residents can also purchase the Reduced Term City Sticker, our newest option in addition to the one and two year City Sticker. Residents can take advantage of this program by visiting one of our three office locations, one of four Department of Finance office locations, at one of our many Mobile City Halls or online at chicityclerk.com. Additionally, beginning Friday, November 15 through Sunday, December 15, 2019, residents can apply for the opportunity have at least three City Sticker Tickets forgiven by going to Chicago.gov/citystickerdebtrelief. 
FitPop Edgewater
October 20 – November 3
Click here for more information
What is FitPop Edgewater?FitPop Edgewater is your passport to wellness, no matter your fitness level! Fitpop features several wellness-themed pop-up events throughout two weeks to help you get in tune with healthy living right here on the Northside. FitPop is open to everyone and is ideal for families, pet owners, Chicagoans looking to de-stress, casual workout enthusiasts, foodies or anyone interested in trying out new wellness routines. This pop up series is a chance to explore fresh, fun and healthy experiences to help you feel better about you, no matter your age, gender or fitness level!

Pick and choose one to six different classes from over 40 options taking place October 20 – November 3. The pop-up events explore family/pet-friendly activities, mental wellness, high-intensity workouts and unique experiences that help motivate you to experiment with new fitness trends in your neighborhood.
  Website: https://www.edgewater.org/fitpopBuy Your Ticket:  https://www.eiseverywhere.com/475125
Utility Bill Clinic 
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Learn how you can save money on your utility bills! Join Citizens Utility Board for a workshop to help you understand your utility bills and learn how you can save. This event is sponsored by State Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Alderman Harry Osterman. Please bring copies of your utility bills (including cable/internet, gas, electric, or phone).
48th Ward Flu Shot Clinic
Getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu and its potentially serious complications. The Center for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated by the end of October. The office of the 48th ward will be holding a free flu vaccination clinic on October 30th from 10-2 p.m. 5533 N. Broadway.
Edgewater Historical Society Martini Fundraiser
Sunday, Nov. 3
Marty’s Martini Bar, 1511 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information

Come out for an afternoon Sunday Funday! A portion of the afternoon’s proceeds will benefit the Edgewater Historical Society and their important work to preserve and share our community’s history.
Casino Uptown
Thursday, Nov. 7
Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence
Click here for more information

Casino Uptown features games, food, and drinks at the historic Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom including a special jazz performance by Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra. 

Play it UP! Play poker, blackjack, roulette or craps to win incredible prizes! Enjoy great food from Uptown restaurants, libations, and live jazz. Join our docent-led behind the scenes tour of the Aragon Ballroom. Step on the floor and show us your best moves as we dance the night away with the Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra!   

Casino Uptown is a fundraiser for Uptown United and Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown. All donations are tax-deductible.
Update from Peoples Gas 

As the temperatures drop and furnaces kick on across Chicago, Peoples Gas customers are hearing some good news: Their heating bills are expected to be lower this winter. Our winter heating forecast shows the average Peoples Gas customer will pay nearly 18% less this winter than last year.
Our winter heating forecast is based on a 20-year average of winter weather and assumes the price of natural gas remains where it is today on the spot market. If both of those factors hold true, we expect the average Peoples Gas customer will save approximately $145.00 this winter compared to last year.

Energy savings
The colder weather is also a good reminder that you can take steps to save even more on your energy bill.Turn your thermostat back 7-10 degrees when you’re asleep or away.Seal gaps around windows, doors and siding to keep warm air in. Schedule a furnace tune-up for safety and efficiency, saving money in the long run.Budget Billing
If you want to manage your energy costs by spreading out charges more evenly over 12 months, you may want to consider our Budget Billing program.

Energy assistance
Also, qualified We Energies customers can apply for energy assistance for the upcoming heating season. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides qualified residents with a one-time grant to help pay energy bills. More than 160,000 Illinois families receive assistance each year.
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 Events:

It’s National Friends of the Library Week Oct. 20-26! Consider joining Friends of the Edgewater Library ($10/yr.); your dues support the library with programs and materials that benefit the community. Membership forms are located on the website and in the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. 

In recognition of Friends of the Edgewater Library, show your library card or CityKey ID and receive a 10% discount at Edge of Sweetness, 6034 N. Broadway, during the entire month of October!  The cafe and bakery offers sandwiches, beverages and desserts; the discount doesn’t include custom cakes or cookies.

“It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent: Stories of Evolving Child and Parent Development”
Saturday, Oct. 26

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Author Janis Johnston offers an exploration of how our own childhood memories and needs influence and shape our parenting decisions. She’ll offer tips, stories and exercises to help parents face parenting challenges and explore ways of understanding ourselves, our children and family interactions. Copies of her book will be available for sale. This Friends of the Edgewater Library program will be held at the Edgewater Library.

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.
Andersonville is hiring! 
Did you know that there is a job portal on the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce website? If you’re looking for a job or looking to hire, please check out the listings page here.

3rd Annual Healthcare Job Fair
Tuesday, November 5
Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson
Click here for more information

The Chicago Healthcare Sector Center is pleased to invite all Healthcare employers and job seekers to participate in our 3rd Annual Healthcare Fall Job Fair to take place at Malcom X College (Conference Room)on Tuesday, November 5th from 10am to 1pm. 

Participation in this large scale event is free of charge for employers and job seekers. Complimentary parking will be offered as well.

***Registration is required in order to participate in this event***

The date of this large scale hiring event is approaching soon and capacity is very limited, so we strongly encourage employers and job seekers to register as soon as possible by clicking on the links below:
Job seeker registration link:                            Employer registration link:
https://conta.cc/30x61Y7                                     conta.cc/2kAHJ0x


Professional attire is required to attend this event. Please refer your candidates to Dress for Success if needed.

It is highly recommended that job seekers bring many copies of their updated resumes. On-site resume printing will be limited.

A valid picture ID may be required by security during the event, so please prepare accordingly.
Sciences Career Fair and Symposium
Tuesday, October 29, 1-4pm
UIC Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted

American’s Urban Campus (AUC) is proud to present a career fair and symposium for Chicago-area college undergraduate and graduate students majoring in the life, physical, and social sciences*.  This fair will be open to students from 13 Chicago-area universities**.Employers are encouraged to attend if they are seeking to recruit for positions and majors related to the life, physical and social sciences including  pharma/biotech, market research, data science, and contract research (i.e., regulatory medical writing, government, museums/foundations.For questions and to register, visit: go.uic.edu/scienceRegister at https://vcsaonline.uic.edu/careerfair/*Sample life, physical, and social sciences majors include: biology, chemistry, physics, math, microbiology, psychology, sociology, political science, linguistics, economics, and applied health sciences.**Participating universities are the following: University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, DePaul University, University of Chicago,  Illinois Institute of Technology, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago State University, Roosevelt University, Robert Morris University, Rush University, National Louis University, Loyola University Chicago, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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 PC at pc@48thward.org.
Free Show! 
Saturday, October 26, 3pm

GUS Company members perform several Halloween dances from Thriller to Ghostbusters and more! Performance in front of GUS on Farragut Street by Candyality and Women & Children First.
The Great Pumpkin Carve Out 
Sunday, October 27, 10am
Uptown Cafe + Gallery, 5010 N. Sheridan 
$10 admission
Click here for more information
Mark your calendars! Uptown Cafe & Gallery is ecstatic to host its first children’s event. Enjoy some kid’s tunes at The Great Pumpkin Carve Out where we will provide each child with 1 pumpkin to carve and decorate. Carving supplies, swag, and treats for kids will be provided.

Be sure to dress up to participate in our kid’s costume fashion show! An adult must be present with children at all times. We hope to see you there!
Admissions Open House
Sunday, October 27, 2-4pm
Chicago Friends School,
1246 W. Thorndale
Click here for more information
 We welcome all interested families to visit our school at an Open House.   Come meet current Chicago Friends School parents, teachers and students and see our bright spaces.  The whole family is invited.  Kids activities and refreshments will be provided!
Haunted House @ Boys and Girls Club
October 30 – November 1, 6-8pm
Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club, 4835 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information
Neighborhood Clean-up
Saturday, November 2, 9am
Northside Catholic Academy, 6216 N. Glenwood

Put your kids’ sugar high to good use! NCA Green team will be having a post-halloween neighborhood clean-up. Open to everyone in the community. We’ll meet on Saturday 11/2 at 9AM in front of the NCA primary campus at 6216 North Glenwood Ave. Gloves and bags will be provided but bring re-usable gloves if you have them. We’ll also be collecting halloween costumes and storing them for a 2020 costume exchange. Contact georgetully82@gmail.com with questions.
Construction Activity Notices – CTA RPM Utility Relocation WorkCable Pulling & Service Transfers – 1109-1117 W. Bryn Mawr & 5530-5700 N. Winthrop (9/23-11/1) — Click for detailsUnderground Utility Work – 1100-1134 W. Argyle (10/1-11/9) — Click for detailsComEd Underground Utility Work – 1113 -1117 W Lawrence Avenue (10/14-10/26) — Click for detailsMulti-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 details
CTA 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. Last month, CTA held public meetings about the project’s progress and the timeline for construction of the new Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr. That information, including Q&As from the meetings, can be found at transitchicago.com/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 performed the second of two line cuts in the manholes on Lawrence.Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Foster and Balmoral and at all cross streets from Foster to Balmoral:Berwyn:  ComEd pulled cable into the east alley north of Foster.Berwyn:  ComEd began service transfers in the east alley between Berwyn and Foster.Balmoral:  ComEd completed service transfers and began cable removal in the east alley between Balmoral and Berwyn.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:  RCN/Comcast pulled innerduct into the east alley south of Bryn Mawr.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:  RCN/Comcast completed pulling innerduct in the east alley north of Bryn Mawr.
Howloween Fee-free Pet Adoptions
October 26 & 27
Chicago Animal Care & Control, 2741 S. Western
Click here for more information

The Great Pumpkin Carve Out 
Sunday, Oct. 27, 10am
Uptown Cafe + Gallery, 5010 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information 

Scream on Sheridan
Thursday, Oct. 31
Uptown Cafe + Gallery, 5010 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

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

Worrier to Warrior
November 11 – December 16
Chabad of Uptown, 1109 W. Lawrence
Click here for more information
See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Illinois Revisited – Art Show
October 18 – December 1
Berger Park, Gunder Mansion, 6219 N Sheridan 
Click here for more information

Produced by AstonRep Theatre Company
September 27 – October 27
The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Sundown, Yellow Moon
Produced by Raven Theatre
October 3 – November 17
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Produced by Steep Theatre
October 4 – November 9
Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information

THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Goes Trick or Treating
Produced by Barrel of Monkeys
October 6 – November 3
Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

Keely & Du
Produced by Redtwist Theatre
October 14 – November 10
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr
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

Rip Nelson Celebrity Roast
Produced by Hell in a Handbag
November 9
Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster
Click here for more information
48th 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
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