Weekly Update from Your Alderman – October 27, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: 1436 W. Berwyn Update, Halloween in the Ward, Senn High School Open House, and more!
October 27, 2017
Dear Neighbor:

I would like to share positive news related to 1436 W. Berwyn, a historic building in the Andersonville part of our community. This week the building was put under contract to be sold to a family that has plans to restore the property as a single family house, preserving this 110 year-old building. A developer had previously bought this building with plans to tear it down and build a six-unit condo building. Neighbors were overwhelmingly in opposition to this and fought to save the building. When the sale of this property is completed it will preserve this historic building for years to come.

This would not have happened without the efforts of neighbors who fought to ensure the building would not come down. A special thank you to the East Andersonville Residents Council members and neighbors on Berwyn Ave. who were very vocal on this issue. Thank you also to neighbor and realtor Maureen Murnane who worked to find a new buyer for the property who would keep the building more in line with the community’s desires.

This weekend there are a number of opportunities to celebrate Halloween in the community. Please join me tomorrow at 10am for our Annual 48th Ward Halloween Parade and Festival at Peirce School Playground. Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop will lead dances and theatre games. At 11am we will parade along Clark Street to Gethsemane Garden Center’s Halloween Festival. See below for a list of other Halloween events in the neighborhood.

Thank you to the more than 200 neighbors who came out to this month’s Town Hall meetings. While these meetings are an opportunity for me to speak directly with constituents, it is important that we maintain an ongoing dialogue throughout the year. Please continue to reach out to my office with your service requests, concerns, and ideas for the neighborhood. If you weren’t able to attend any of the meetings, click here to view footage from the Oct. 19 Town Hall at Swedish American Museum.

This week, City Budget Hearings began, looking at the $10.01 billion budget for city. We’ll have a special budget update ext week, highlighting some of the programmatic and budgetary issues in city departments.

Next Saturday, November 4, Senn High School is having an open house for prospective parents, from 10:30am – noon. I encourage middle school parents to attend this event to learn more about the school. And if you haven’t already, take a look at this promotional video the school recently released.

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.

Halloween Events in the 48th Ward

Haunted Indoor Movies at Margate Park

  • Monster’s, Inc.
    Friday, Oct. 27, 6:30pm

Click here for more information

Andersonville Halloween Movie Night 
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 outdoor movie in the Chiro One parking lot (5623 N Clark). The night kicks off at 6PM with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneClick here for more information and to RSVP. This event is weather-permitting.

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

Howl-O-Ween Party
Saturday, October 28, noon
Edgewater Dog Park, Bryn Mawr & Lakefront Trail
Click here for more information

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

20th Police District Halloween Party
Saturday, October 28, 5-7pm
20th District, 5400 N. Lincoln
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.

Monday Matinee: Halloween Double Feature
Monday, October 30, 2-5:45pm
Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway

Happy Halloween!  This will be a viewers’ choice double feature.  We will have multiple scary movies for you to choose from. All movies will be available for checkout afterwards.

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.

Casino Uptown – Bet on Uptown!
Thursday, November 2, 5:30-9:30pm
Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence
Click here for tickets and more information

Play poker, blackjack, roulette or craps to win incredible prizes! Enjoy great food from Uptown restaurants, libations…plus live jazz.


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.

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

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.

Aging and Thriving in the LGBTQ Community
Presented by the Senior Voices Group of the Center on Halsted
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

70 Acres in Chicago – Film and Panel Discussion Exploring the Theme of Economic Inclusion
Thursday, Nov. 2, 6-9 pm
Sacred Heart Schools Chapel

The Diversity Council invites the adult community to a very special screening and discussion of 70 Acres in Chicago. A casual pizza dinner will be served before the film. After the film, a panel of community leaders, including filmmaker Ronit Bezalel, cast members and other residents of Cabrini Green, will lead a thoughtful conversation on economic inclusion.
Please join us for a reflective evening. Kindly RSVP to Bridget Couture at 773.681.8444.

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 –

  • FridayNovember 3
  • 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 2 & 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.

Peirce Harbor Night
Friends of Peirce is proud to announce that their sold out event, Harbor Night, raised $17,110 to benefit the Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies! Originated this year, the event was held on Friday, October 20, from 7-10pm at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club located at 601 W. Montrose Avenue. The event was co-chaired by Kate Polgar, Rene Ryan, Sara Irmen, Emily Helmke and James Gignac.
In addition, Friends of Peirce wishes to recognize our generous sponsorship partners led by 88 Brand Partners and QNA Group. Located in the South Loop, 88 Brand Partners is a full-service advertising and branding agency that specializes in developing strategies and communication programs for a variety of service-related organizations. QNA Group, a sister agency to 88, focuses on research and insights.
Further sponsorship support came from GLC marketing and communications; Joanne DeSanctis Kirk real estate; The Pinnacle Team real estate; Wellman Psychology and Associates; Fortune Restoration; and several Peirce families. Many local businesses and individuals have also donated valuable in-kind items to support Harbor Night and for raffle at the event, including Ranalli’s of Andersonville, Maddiebird Bakery, Morgan Anderson Photography, Anna Held Floral Studio, and many more.

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:

  • 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 

Used Book Sale
Saturday, October 28
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway
$5 donation for early entry (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
Free and open to the public
Cash only
All proceeds go to the Friends of the Edgewater Library to support materials and programming at the branch.

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.

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/

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. 10/27 at 7:30PM, Sat. 10/28 at 7:30PM;  Sun. 10/29 at 3:00PM, 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!

Property Fraud Alert

Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough is officially asking a company operating under the name “Home Title Lock” to cease and desist from using the name of the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds to sell a fraud monitoring service that CCRD offers for free.
In a recent Chicago television interview, a representative from the company acknowledged that CCRD already has a free program, but falsely claimed it only covers Chicago. CCRD’s Free Fraud Alert covers Chicago and the entirety of Cook County, and in fact, many collar counties to Cook also offer similar Free Fraud Alert Programs.
Under the property laws and open recording system of Illinois, homeowners are not able to “lock” or “freeze” the title of their home. Naming a service after a protection feature that is not even available does a disservice to homeowners by perpetuating a false sense of security.
Since taking office Recorder Yarbrough has made efforts to raise awareness of what she calls “government resellers,” or companies that re-package free or low-cost government services and use flashy marketing or scare tactics to sell them at exorbitant cost. These resellers may offer free “reports” to make their offering seem more substantive, but these free “reports” are often simply data sheets on each property containing freely available public information. Companies reselling $10 deeds from CCRD for $100 are commonplace.
More information on CCRD’s Free Property Fraud Alert can be found at CookRecorder.com, including a quick and easy online registration form.

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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
Family Paint Workshop
Friday, October 27, 7-9pm
Unity Lutheran Church & Community Center, 1212 W. Balmoral

Please join us at Unity Lutheran Church for a fun and memorable evening painting with acrylics, watercolors, oils and crayons.  No experience necessary. All materials and refreshments are included with a $5 donation for adults, and FREE for children up to 12 years old.

Chicago Market Owner Info Session
Wednesday, November 1
Emerald City Coffee, 1224 W. Wilson
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)

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

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

Information Technology Vendor Event
Tuesday November 18
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle
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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