Weekly Update from Your Alderman- October 4, 2019

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October 4, 2019
Dear Neighbor,
With the change of seasons come other changes. 

This week 20th District Police Commander Sean Loughran was promoted to a new position. Commander Loughran has made a tremendous impact on our community and has been a true partner in his four years leading the 20th District. During his tenure Commander Loughran reduced violent and non-violent crime and worked with our community’s youth. We are deeply indebted to Sean Loughran’s leadership and support of our community and wish him and his family nothing but the best. I look forward to working with the new commander, Brendan McCrudden. We will look for an opportunity to come out to meet the community in the coming weeks.

In other changes, please join me in welcoming Christina Pfitzinger as the new Executive Director at the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. Christina has lived in our community for the last five years and is excited to lead the Chamber in their efforts to support our local businesses. Christina’s first big event will be Bands on Bryn Mawr next Friday, October 11, 5-7pm. Show her a warm welcome to her new position by supporting this event, featuring live entertainment in the historic Bryn Mawr business district. Click here for more details.

And as we’ve seen a lot of change on Broadway over the years and decades, one constant has been Double Bubble, a neighborhood bar at Broadway and Norwood. Owner Larry Swoboda has been a model community member throughout the years, providing a gathering place for neighbors and donating to local causes and schools. This Sunday we will honor Larry and his team with the unveiling of Honorary Double Bubble Way on Broadway at Norwood. Neighbors are welcome to join us at 11am to celebrate Larry and his contributions to the community.

Earlier this week, my office partnered with some of my northside colleagues and local Chambers of Commerce to host a Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) Rollout Information Meeting. Nearly 50 businesses attended to learn about the opportunity to access City funds to improve their facilities. SBIF is a program of TIF, and is a way to reinvest in our local businesses. Thank you to our partners on this event and to SomerCor for leading a great presentation about this program. If you own a business in the ward and are interested in learning more about SBIF, please contact Ally Brisbin in my office at ally@48thward.org.

We hope next week to have an update on Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU contract negotiations with the City. Should there be a strike, my office will provide information on options for childcare. 

Tonight there are two worthy fundraisers supporting two schools in the Ward. Mas Alla Del Sol, 5848 N. Broadway, is hosting Dining Out for Swift tonight, from 4-11pm, and will donate 10% of all tonight’s sales to Swift Elementary School. Click here for more information. If you’d rather be on the water, head to Corinthian Yacht Club, 601 W. Montrose, for Peirce Harbor Night, a fundraiser to support Peirce Elementary School. Click here for more information.

Yesterday I announced the schedule for our upcoming 48th Ward Town Hall Meetings. As your Alderman, it is extremely important to hear from you on issues like the City Budget, local infrastructure improvements, and other issues that impact your life. I hope to see you at one of these meetings. See below for schedule, or click here to view yesterday’s email.

And lastly, in the spirit of change, I wish former Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon the best of luck. Former 48th Ward resident John Lovestrand penned a poem to wish Joe well as he departs his role, click here to read it.

Have a peaceful weekend.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Public Safety Update
On Wednesday evening around 5:45 pm, there were shots fired between two groups of individuals on the 4900 block of N. Sheridan, near Buttercup Park. According to the 20th District Police, this was a targeted incident. Officers quickly responded on the scene and were able to retrieve a gun. No one was injured in this incident. New 20th District Commander Brendan McCrudden has sent additional officers to this area and has stepped up efforts to improve safety in and around Buttercup Park.

Police are reviewing video of the incident and those involved and we will update you on this incident next week. If you have additional information regarding this case, please contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8263.

20th District Community Conversations Strategic Planning Meeting
Monday, October 7
Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N Lincoln Ave
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.

Development Update – St. Ita Convent, 5530 N. Magnolia
 On Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Council Chambers of City Hall, at 10:00am, the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks & Building Standards will conduct a public hearing. At this hearing, the applicant, JAB Merger LLC, will request a zoning change from the current RS-3 zoning to the RT4 zoning.

This change will allow the applicant to establish an eight (8) unit multi-family residential development in the existing three (3) story building with basement. This project will also have eight (8) open parking spaces located off of the alley and the building will be 34 feet tall.

Any questions, please email dan@48thward.org.

48th Ward Fall Community Meeting Schedule 
 Town Hall Meetings

Alderman Osterman will host four Town Hall Meetings in different corners of the ward. These meetings are an opportunity for the alderman to share updates from our office and from City Hall, as well as to answer questions from neighbors and gather your ideas on how to make our community even stronger. Please do your best to attend the meeting closest to your home. We plan to livestream the final Town Hall on Facebook Live, for those who are unable to attend the meetings.Thursday, October 10, 6:30pm – Somerset Place Apartments, 5009 N. SheridanTuesday, October 15, 6:30pm – Firehouse Chicago, 1545 W. RosemontWednesday, October 16, 6:30pm – Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. SheridanTuesday, October 22, 6:30pm – Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark (This meeting will also be streamed from our Facebook account)

Lake Levels Town Hall Meeting with 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria HaddenMonday, October 21, 6:30pm – Galvin Hall (Loyola University), 6339 N. SheridanPlease join Alderman Osterman and Alderwoman Hadden for a Town Hall meeting about the 30-year high lake levels we are experiencing. This will be an opportunity to hear from the Army Corps of Engineers and elected leaders about how we are preparing for extreme fall and winter weather and working to protect our infrastructure.

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. We will share more information about the meetings closer to the dates.Wednesday, October 30, 6:30pm – Broadway Armory, 5917 N. BroadwaySaturday, November 2, 10am – St. Andrew Greek Church, 5649 N. Sheridan

Chicago City Sticker Amnesty
October 1 – October 30
Click here for more information
 Today 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. Berger Park Community Bonfire
October 4, 5:30-7:30pm
Berger Park
6205 N Sheridan

Come to Berger Park on Friday, October 4, for s’mores and stories, brought to you by the Berger Park Advisory Council! Bring your own ingredients or buy them here. Festivities open at 5:30pm and close at 7:30pm. Apna Ghar 5K Stride Against Violence Walk
October 6
Montrose Harbor
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Stride Against Violence is Apna Ghar’s annual 5K to commemorate National
Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each year, the race attracts approximately 300-400 runners and walkers alike. The event features an easy 5K course along the Lake Shore Path, music entertainment, food and activities. There are opportunities for sponsors to have booths and provide information in the participant bags as well as create teams to raise awareness and funds to support our mission of ending gender violence. We hope you will consider our request for sponsorship.

More information is available at apnaghar.org/stride-against-violence.

A Discussion with Mark Larson at the Steep Theatre
October 7
Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn
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Steep Theatre was featured in the recently released book by Mark Larson, Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater, and are hosting a discussion with the author on Monday, October 7 at 7:30. Reservations are strongly encouraged.CMAA English Classes
October 7
1016 W. Argyle

Join the Chinese Mutual Aid Association for free English language classes starting October 7! Registration is open September 30, October 1 and 5, starting at 9am. Registration will take 2 hours. For all other questions and concerns call Caroline Kwak at (773) 784-2900 ext. 120.

CMAA Healthcare and English Classes
October 26
1016 W. Argyle

The Chinese Mutual Aid Association is also offering free healthcare and English language classes. Registration is on October 26, from 9am-2pm. Classes start November 2 and go to January 11. For all other questions and concerns call Casey M. at (773) 784-2900 ext. 125.Health Update:

Free Vision Screening
The Chicago Uptown Lions Club will be holding a free vision screening at the Edgewater Armory on Thursday, October 10th from 9-1 p.m. Screenings are made possible through the use of a mobile unit which will be parked in front of the Armory. This test is especially beneficial for those who are in high-risk categories for Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration. 5917 N Broadway

Free Flu Shots
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.Raven Theatre – Season Opener
October 11
Raven Theatre
6175 N. Clark
Click here for more information

On October, 11, the Raven Theatre is hosting a Neighborhood Night performance for the season opener, Sundown, Yellow Moon. Edgewater residents get $15 tickets that evening with offer code NEIGHBOR.

Click here for discounted ticketsCentro Romero Annual Event
October 17
Hotel Allegro
171 W. Randolph
Click here for more information
 Join Centro Romero on Thursday, October 17th at Chicago’s beautiful Hotel Allegro (171 W. Randolph) as we look ahead after 3 and a half decades of non-profit service to the immigrant and refugee community of the Midwest.  We look back at our successes and also reflect on the excitement of our namesake- Oscar Romero, being canonized as a Saint last October by Pope Francis at The Vatican in Rome. Tickets available through our website or by calling Centro Romero at 773.508.5300.FitPop Edgewater
October 20 – November 3
Click here for more information

Registration for the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce’s FitPop wellness event is open! FitPop Edgewater is brand new and features wellness-themed pop-up events spanning a two-week long period made for all ages to help you get in tune with healthy living right here in Edgewater. FitPop is open to everyone and is ideal for fitness buffs, casual workout enthusiasts or anyone interested in trying out new wellness routines. This event 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 from over 40 wellness events taking place October 20 – November 3. The pop-up events explore family/pet-friendly activities, mental wellness, high-intensity workouts and unique experiences you can only find in Edgewater that help motivate you to experiment with new fitness trends in your neighborhood.

Website: https://www.edgewater.org/fitpop
Buy Your Ticket:  https://www.eiseverywhere.com/475125Chicago E-Scooter Survey

As you might know, the Chicago E-Scooter Pilot Program concludes on October 15. We have created Chicago E-Scooter Survey to help the City understand ridership and evaluate the impact of scooters on the community during the four-month pilot. The survey is open to everyone whether or not they rode a scooter during the pilot. Please share this survey to your constituents.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Isaac Reichman at
(312) 744-2523.OIC 2020 APR Audit Plan Draft for Public Comment
 The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) Audit and Program Review Section (APR) has published a draft of its 2020 Audit Plan. The Plan includes details on audits that OIG is currently considering for the next year, as well as ongoing projects and audits completed year to date.
 OIG is soliciting comments from City Council, City Hall, and the public for a period of 45 days (or until November 15th) and will consider all comments in finalizing the 2020 Audit Plan. The Plan sets forth subjects intended for audit but does not provide an order of priority. Audit topics presented in the Plan may also change according to a variety of factors such as new events and information, as well as resources available.
 The 2020 APR Draft Audit Plan is currently available at: bit.ly/OIG2020DraftAuditPlan
 We encourage you to review and comment on the Plan. Email your thoughts at OIGNoticeandComment@igchicago.org. We want to hear from you about which issues resonate with your community and which topics have yet to be identified.What’s Happening at the Libraries

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

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.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.

Office of State Rep. Kelly Cassidy – Part Time Position available
The district office of State Representative Kelly Cassidy is seeking an energetic, self-starter to join our team as Outreach Coordinator/Constituent Advocate in our Chicago District Office. Under the guidance of the Chief of Staff to create, implement and manage all outreach programs and community events as well as assist in constituent casework. Click here for full job description.

CTA Job Fair
Saturday, October 12
CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake
Click here for more information

The CTA will host a Bus Mechanic & Part-Time Bus Operator Job Fair on Saturday, October 12 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at CTA Headquarters. While we encourage attendees to apply online ahead of time, those who do not can attend an application workshop, where CTA staff will be available to assist attendees with the online application. Information tables, & workshops, will be available to attendees, covering topics such as salary & benefits, career progression, & the employee experience. Applicants who attend the fair will be given priority in the application process as long as they successfully complete each step: application, testing, abstract, pre-employment background check and medical exam, and CLP/CDL. 
 Harbor Night
Friday, October 4
Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club, 601 W. Montrose
Click here for more information48th 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.

Circles and Ciphers Events

Circles & Ciphers is a hip-hop infused restorative justice organization led by and for young people who are impacted by violence. Click here to learn more.

African Diaspora Youth Network
Sat, Oct. 5
4910 S. King

The African Diaspora Youth Network raises awareness and support for young people of color to build understanding of each others’ points of view through dialogue, and in the process find common ground, strengthens ties, and promote cultural, educational and leadership development. You can empower the youth in your home by signing them up for this Saturday’s African Diaspora Youth Network meet-up.

RSVP Here“Women Rowing North”
Oct. 10-31
1-2:30 PM

A four-week discussion begins Thursday, Oct.10, for the book, “Women Rowing North; Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age” by Mary Pipher. The author believes we need to make an effort and choose a positive attitude to maintain a sense of direction; psychologist Mary Coogan will facilitate the discussion. Copies of the book are reserved at the Edgewater Library and may be picked up after you register by calling (773) 382-0764 or emailing edgewatervillagechicago@gmail.com. Limit: 16 people.

Navigating Foreclosure: What Happens When You Get Served With Foreclosure Papers?
Thurs, Oct. 10
12-1:30 PM
Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Concourse Level / Room CL-115

Come join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center on Thursday, October 10th, to discuss the foreclosure process. Learn how to protect your rights and resources and the court procedures for foreclosure. Register by contacting the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center at (312) 603-9233.Construction Activity Notices – CTA RPM Utility Relocation WorkCurb Restoration – 1122 & 1123 W. Catalpa (9/23 – 10/4) — Click for detailsCable 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 detailsCTA 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 resumed pulling cable into the east alley north of Lawrence.Argyle:  Underground duct bank installation is approximately 90% complete.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 W. Berwyn.Balmoral:  ComEd began service transfers in the east alley north and south of W. Balmoral Ave.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:  ComEd continued underground work on Bryn Mawr.Neighborhood Pet Blessing
Saturday, October 5
Church of the Atonement, 5749 N. Kenmore
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Education House Meeting
Saturday, October 5
Helix Cafe, 6237 N. Clark
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Community Pet Blessing
Sunday, October 6
Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr
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Workshop: Quieting your Inner Critic
Sunday, October 6
Helix Cafe, 6237 N. Clark
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Intercambio: A Language Exchange
Monday, October 7 & 14
Helix Cafe, 6237 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Uptown Church Fall Festival 
Saturday, October 12
11am – 3pm
Uplift Community High School, 900 W. Wilson
Click here for more information

U.S. Citizenship Workshop
October 12 & November 23
Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, Suite #306
Click here for more information

Twidley Bits Pop-Up
Wednesday, October 16
Helix Cafe, 6237 N. Clark
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Concerts at Unity Church – Flute & Piano
Friday, October 19
Unity Lutheran Church & Community Center, 1212 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information

Poetry and Prose
Monday, October 21
Cafe Helix, 6237 N. Clark
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A Night at the Carnivale
Thursday, October 24
Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie
Click here for more informationSee the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

CALL TO ARTISTS for Illinois Revisited
Enter by Monday, September 23
October 18 – December 1
Berger Park, Gunder Mansion, 6219 N Sheridan 
Click here for more information

Pakalolo Sweet
Produced by Nothing Without a Company
September 17 – October 5
Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Produced by Idle Muse Theatre Co.
September 23 – October 20
Edge Off Broadway, 1133 W. Catalpa
Click here for more information

Produced by AstonRep Theatre Company
September 27 – October 27
The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
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Sundown, Yellow Moon
Produced by Raven Theatre
October 3 – November 17
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark
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Produced by Steep Theatre
October 4 – November 9
Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn
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Information Wants to Be Free & So Do We
Friday, October 4
6018 | North, 6018 N. Kenmore
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Black Women Remembering Toni Morrison & Ourselves
Saturday, October 5
6018 | North, 6018 N. Kenmore
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Jean Sousa: Film Poems and 16MM Shorts
Saturday, October 5
Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge
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THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Goes Trick or Treating
Produced by Barrel of Monkeys
October 6 – November 3
Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland
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Sanctuary Sunday – Brunch and Reiki Workshop
Sunday, October 6
6018 | North, 6018 N. Kenmore
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The Gate: The Dawn of the Baha’i Faith
Thursday, October 10
Schreiber Center, 16 E. Pearson, Room 908
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Saturday, October 12
Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge
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Keely & Du
Produced by Redtwist Theatre
October 14 – November 10
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr
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The Bengsons: A Benefit Concert
Wednesday, October 16
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.
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The Area
Saturday, October 19
Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge
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Laura and the Sea
Produced by Rivendell Theatre
October 25 – December 8
Rivendell Theatre, 5775 N. Ridge
Click here for more information48th 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