Weekly Update from Your Alderman – October 5, 2012

Weekly Update from Alderman Harry Osterman: Safety Update, Black Watch Returns, Town Hall Meetings, Local School Fair and much more!

October 5, 2012

Dear Neighbor,

Last Saturday morning, we celebrated the opening of the renovated Thorndale station. Over 60 neighbors stopped by to tour the new station. The Argyle station re-opens to riders tonight at 10:00pm. I joined the CTA for a walk through this morning and the transformation is exciting. Also tonight, the Berwyn station will close for six weeks for its renovation. Please see this week’s “CTA Update” for more information on station and street work.

On October 10, Edgewater will see the exciting return of Black Watch, running at the Broadway Armory from October 10 – 21. Its 2010 Chicago premier was met with overwhelming success and it is exciting for this performance to return to Edgewater. Its success trickles to our restaurants, cafes and bars and exemplifies the positive impact the Arts can have on our community and local businesses. Book your tickets today for this unique production.

Thank you to the almost many people who attended last night’s Chicago Meets Copenhagen with myself, Alderman Pawar, CDOT and the Active Transportation Alliance. I shared ideas garnered from a bicycle infrastructure study trip I took to Copenhagen this Spring – and how those ideas will be implemented to better improve bicycle infrastructure here in the 48th Ward. (photo credit: Kevin Zolkiewicz)

Next week, I will begin the second annual series of 48th Ward Town Hall Meetings. They will kick off Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00pm at the Swedish American Museum. Click here for the full schedule of town hall meetings and see below in “Ward Update” for more information.
Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Public Safety Update

At about 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd, several shots were fired on the 5400 block of N. Winthrop.  As a result of this shooting, two individuals, suspected to be gang-affiliated, suffered non-fatal injuries.  These individuals are being treated for their injuries as well as being interviewed by police to learn more information on the shooters.  There have been no arrests at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.

On October 3rd, at approximately 8:30 p.m., several shots were fired on Ardmore near Kenmore.  No one was injured in this shooting, and the police are working with eye-witnesses and neighboring buildings to compile information in order to make arrests.

If you have any information regarding these shootings, please reach out to the 20th Police District, or my office and make sure your input is recorded.  The 20th District CAPS phone number is (312) 742-8770, or feel free to reach out to Jared Desecki of my staff by phone at (773) 784-5277 or via email to Jared@48thward.org.

I have been working closely with the Area Chief and the Local Commander to bring additional gang and tactical teams to patrol our streets. Additionally, due to my efforts, we have added patrol officers to Bryn Mawr and the surrounding area during the afternoons.

I recently met with the Department of Transportation to request that immediate measures be taken to improve the lighting in these areas.  The block of Kenmore and Winthrop will receive brand new, brighter lighting with “piggy back” lights (bulbs the illuminate the sidewalk area) by Spring of 2013. In the mean time, we will be getting brighter lighting at the intersection of Glenlake and Kenmore, and Ardmore and Kenmore, including increased lighting in the alley between the 5800 blocks of Sheridan and Kenmore.
If you haven’t already, please contact my office to act as a “block representative”.  Block representatives will assist our office in reporting suspicious behavior, bad buildings and any other negative activity that you witness on your block.  This role is crucial in helping improve public safety in our community.

Ward Update

Second Annual 48th Ward Town Hall Meetings
Throughout October, Alderman Harry Osterman will host a second annual series of Town Hall meetings. Held at different locations throughout the Ward, these meetings provide a forum for the Alderman to share updates from his office and for constituents to share ideas, concerns and questions. There will also be time to discuss the 2013 City budget process, which will be occurring simultaneously and the progress on the 48th Ward Master Plan.  All meetings begin at 7:00pm. Click here for the flyer.
– Wednesday, October 10 – Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark)
– Tuesday, October 16 – Emanuel Congregation (5959 N. Sheridan)
– Wednesday, October 24 – Goudy School (5120 N. Winthrop)
– Friday, October 26 – first-ever 48th Ward Town Hall webinar! 10am-11am. Details to follow.
– Tuesday, October 30 – Hayt Elementary School (1518 W. Granville)

CTA Public Art Meeting
The CTA Art Group has announced a request for proposals for public art to be installed inside of the seven newly upgraded El stations (Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Thorndale, Granville, Morse, and Jarvis).  The deadline for proposal submissions is October 10, 2012.  Click here for details and website links. The community will have the opportunity to influence the final decision. Join the CTA on Tuesday, October 23 at 6pm for a public meeting to gather as much input and opinions about the community’s preferences for the type, look, theme of the artwork in the neighborhood stations. The meeting will be held at CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake Street, 2nd floor conference room.

Taste of Rogers Edge Dinner Crawl This Week 
On October 11th, 2012, Loyola University, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and the Rogers Park Business Alliance will partner again to take you on an exciting tour of the diverse restaurants in the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods. Starting in The Morgan at Loyola Station lobby, “crawlers” will begin sampling delicious food and then hop aboard an authentic Chicago Trolley that will escort them to the next of over 20 restaurants on the crawl! Click here for more information.

Peterson Garden Project
Vote for the Peterson Garden Project to win a small Chicago based grant.  Vedgewater, our local garden on Broadway, is part of The Peterson Garden Project.  Click here to vote and for more information. Voting ends October 5th.

Arts & Entertainment
In celebration of Chicago Artists Month, we are pleased to announce the new 48th Ward Arts & Entertainment webpage: www.48thward.org/arts. Enjoy the numerous events happening throughout the Ward during Chicago Artists Month.

Andersonville Arts Weekend This Weekend
For the 10th year, Andersonville is thrilled to celebrate many of the artists who live and work in the neighborhood with Andersonville Arts Weekend. Friday night will kick off with the always popular Night of 100 pARTies!, an evening of receptions up and down Clark Street, followed by a self-guided art walk on Saturday and Sunday. Click here for the 2012 MAP or pick up an Andersonville Arts Weekend brochure in any participating business.

Spotlight on Edgewater- Performing Arts Showcase
Edgewater Development Corporation announces a month long festival highlighting twelve local performing arts organizations and four events featuring artists.
Some highlights include an Arts Showcase –Thursday Oct 18th 5-9pm at Francesca’s; Scary Ice Cream- Saturday Oct 27th 12-2pm at Lickety Split; The Apart Art Show –Tuesday Oct 30th at Apart Pizza; and Half Air in a given space by the Museum of Contemporary Art. Click here for the full schedule of “Spotlight”.

Chicago Magazine Names Edgewater Plays “Must-See”
Chicago Magazine’s Fall Culture Guide includes “10 Must See Plays,” two of which are at local theaters: Red Twist and Steep. Go out and support our great local arts scene! Click here for more information

Uptown Walks: Murals
There will be a free walking tour of public art in Uptown this Saturday, October 6, 8:45-10am- Stockton Elementary School, 10am- Noon- Baker & Nosh (1303 W. Wilson). Go towww.schwatown.com or click here for more information.

Open House Chicago – Next Weekend
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public event that offers behind-the-scenes access to over 150 buildings across Chicago. No reservations are required and everyone is welcome. Explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. This year, enjoy many siteslocated in Uptown!

Education Update

48th Ward Local School Fair 
Join Alderman Harry Osterman and the 48th Ward Education Committee for the first-ever local school fair Saturday, October 6 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway). Refreshments will be served. The school fair will highlight 48th ward public and private schools, and will give parents an opportunity to learn more about local school offerings. Both elementary and high schools located within the 48th Ward will be represented. Contact Karen Dreyfuss at 773-784-5277 or Karen@48thward.org with questions.

First-Ever Early Childhood Conference
Last Friday, 9/28, Alderman Osterman hosted the first ever early childhood leadership conference.  Knowing that future success needs a strong foundation, the Alderman wants every young child to have access to a high quality preschool option in our community.  Over 25 school and community leaders came together with Chicago Public Schools Department of Early Childhood to share the unique programs currently available for families in the 48th ward.  Acknowledging the diversity within our community, early childhood leaders shared a vision of expanding choices to meet the growing need for high quality educational choices for our youngest learners.

Senn High School Achievements 
Congratulations to Senn students, families, faculty, and staff on exciting new data.  Citywide, the CPS’ Freshman-on-Track rate increased from 72.6% to 74.8. Senn’s rate increased from 79.8% to 82.8%, outperforming citywide stats. Senn’s drop-out rate decreased from 12.8% to 9.2% between last year and this year. Principal Susan Lofton commented, “Increase where we wanted, and decrease where we wanted.” Congratulations, Senn.

CTA Update

Station News
The temporary closure of the Berwyn station will begin tonight Friday, October 5 at midnight and will last until mid-November, as work associated with the Red Line North Interim Improvement project continues.

During the six week closure of the Berwyn station, customers will be directed to use either the Bryn Mawr or Argyle stations. As an alternate to rail service, bus service options are available within two-blocks east of the Berwyn station along Sheridan Road (#147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan) or a half-block west on Broadway (#36 Broadway).

In addition, while the Berwyn station is temporarily closed #92 Foster, #144 Marine/Michigan Express, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express and #151 Sheridan (Owl) buses will be rerouted to serve the Bryn Mawr station.

Every effort will be made to minimize the impact to customers during the rehabilitation project, including scheduling work that will impact Red Line service to overnight or weekends only.

Also on Friday evening, the Argyle station will reopen following its six-week closure.  Effective at 10 p.m. Friday, Red Line trains will resume making stops in both directions at the Argyle station. The station is the fourth of seven stations to temporarily close and re-open as part of the project.

Street Closures
To accommodate for the work at Berwyn, there will be a full street closure to auto traffic on Berwyn between Broadway and Winthrop beginning Friday, October 5 at noon through Monday, October 8 at noon. Pedestrian access will remain open. Please remember that local businesses are still open during this time!

Please contact Sara Dinges at Sara@48thward.org or 773-784-5277 with any questions related to the CTA.

Construction Update

The following is the Edgewater Library construction update as of October 4, 2012:

1st floor slab on grade insulation and vapor barrier and 1st floor radiant tubing & reinforcing steel; Pour/finish 1st Floor Concrete floor slab

In Progress:
– Cast Stone / Brick veneer – North Elevation (85% complete); Cast Stone/Brick Veneer – East Elevation (45% complete); Cast Stone/Brick Veneer – West Elevation (10% complete); Cast Stone/Brick Veneer – South Elevation (10% complete)
– Layout & framing for 2nd floor interior partitions (10% complete); Layout & framing of roof parapet (10% complete)
– Starting construction on new alley installation. North half of the alley closure with the Alderman’s office and the neighborhood. Closure begins Oct 4, 2012 and is scheduled to reopen on or before Oct 31, 2012.

Kenmore Water Main Project
The new watermain installation in North Kenmore Avenue from West Thorndale Avenue to West Granville Avenue is in progress. The crew started the connection at West Thorndale Avenue and proceeding northbound. During the excavation, removal of the existing curb and gutter is necessary and damage to adjacent parkway and driveway on th east side of North Kenmore Avenue will occur. The new watermain installation will continue next week towards the middle block of North Kenmore between West Thorndale Avenue and West Glenlake Avenue. The street will be closed to traffic during work time.

Rosemont and Glenwood Sewer Project
Greenview, Rosemont, & Glenwood Water Project is 99% completed. Pavement/street markings should be completed this week. Small punchlist to be finished by next weekend, weather permitting.

Broadway Water Main Project
Milling was completed this week and flat work is now under way. The street will be resurfaced next week, weather permitting.

Lake Shore Drive Resurfacing
The resurfacing project has been completed and pavement markings will be completed next week.

For more information on these and other 48th Ward construction projects, please contact Dan Luna at Dan@48thward.org

Upcoming Events – This Week

Museum of Contemporary Art presents 
Martin Creed Plays Chicago
Sep 15 – Oct 15, 2012
Saturdays, Sundays 10am to 5pm
Supported by Edgewater Development Corporation, 48th Ward, CTA

Unity Lutheran’s Line up for Andersonville Arts Weekend
Friday, October 5th, 2012, 6pm -9pm
Theatre and Reception throughout the evening
Stockyards Theatre Project, 7pm – 7:45pm
Click here for more information
Saturday, October, 6th, 2012
The Visual Arts in Unity’s Sanctuary, 12pm – 4pm

Edgewater Historical Society and Museum
Reception in honor of the Plein Air Painters at the museum.
Friday, October 5, 5-9pm
Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, 10am- 4pm
Saturday, October 13, 10am- 4pm
5358 N. Ashland Ave.
Click here for more information

Li’l Buds Theatre Company- 5th Annual Fundraiser
Friday, October 12, 7-9pm
Alhambra Palace Restaurant
1240 W. Randolph
Tickets: $50 available for purchase
Click here for more information

Upcoming Events – Save the Date

Open House Chicago
Presented by Chicago Archictecture Foundation
This is a free public event that offers behind-the-scenes access to over 150 buildings across Chicago
October 13- 14
Click here for more information
We are still looking for volunteers
Click here if you would like to volunteer

CircEsteem Fall Fundraiser
CircEsteem, Chicago’s largest youth circus, is thrilled to announce Circus Soiree- a charitable event to raise funds that will continue to support our successful HomeWork and CircusWork program and scholarships for low income at risk students.
Thursday, October 18, 7-10pm
Architectural Artifacts
4325 N. Ravenswood Ave
Click here for more information

Chefs Care for Real Dinner
Monday, October 22, 4-10pm
Nookies- 1100 W. Bryn Mawr
Grab bag wines, all highly rated by independent wine reviewers, will be $25 per bottle.
Nookie’s accepts reservations for parties of six or more
For reservations, call 773 516 4188.
Tenant/Landlord Workshop Series
4 Thursdays in October, 6-8pm
Loyola University
To register call Northside Community Resources at 773-338-7722 x22
Click here for more information

Ongoing Events

The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank Exhibit
Friday, September 21- November 25
Swedish American Museum of Art
5211 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

Care for Real Job Club
Thursday evenings, 6:30pm
5341 N. Sheridan Road

World Sport Chicago Scholarship
World Sport Chicago has announced scholarships for high school student athletes with college aspirations. Eligible students are high school juniors who 1) live in Chicago and attend a Chicago public, private, or parochial school, or are homeschooled in Chicago, 2) are participants in an eligible Olympic or Paralympic sport for a minimum of two seasons in the last three years.  Applications must be submitted by December 12, 2012. Click here for more information.

Edgewater Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning through October from 8am-1pm
Corner of Norwood and Broadway
Click here for more information
Stop by & visit the LSSI table at the Edgewater’s Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 13. Find out how you can become a licensed foster parent and make an amazing impact in a child’s life!

Andersonville Farmers Market
Every Wednesday afternoon from 3-7pm
On Berwyn between Clark and Ashland
Click here for more information

Ward Office Info

Ward Office
5533 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
T: 773-784-5277
F: 773-784-6630
 ** Offce hours change **
Office hours: Monday – Friday 9am-5pm; Evening hours available by appointment

City Hall Office
121 N. LaSalle Room 300
Chicago, IL 60602
T: 312-744-6860


Master Plan 
Upcoming Meetings
Sheridan Road/Lakefront Committee
Thursday, October 11
St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church
5649 N. Sheridan


Protect Your Business: Be on the Look-out for Shoplifters
A main way to protect yourself as a business owner is to be aware of potential shoplifters in your store. Shoplifters can be placed in one of two categories, professional and amateur. While both groups can be quite skilled at the art of thievery, professional shoplifters steal to make a living and may use force or intimidation. The non-professional shoplifter may be easier to spot.

Many shoplifters work in groups of two or more to distract the sales staff while they pilfer. Shoplifters learn to take advantage of busy stores during peak hours or they may hit at times when employees are less alert, such as opening, closing and shift changes.

Hiding merchandise is the most common method of shoplifting. Items are concealed in the clothing of the shoplifter, in handbags, strollers, umbrellas or inside purchased merchandise. Bold shoplifters may grab an item and run out of the store. Other methods include price label switching, short changing the cashier, phony returns, and so on.

Here are some tips on how to spot the Shoplifter:

Unfortunately, there is no typical profile of a shoplifter. However, there are some signs that should signal a red flag for retailers. While the following characteristics don’t necessarily mean guilt, retailers should keep a close eye on shoppers who exhibit the following:

1) Spends more time watching the cashier or sales clerk than actually shopping.

2) Wears bulky, heavy clothing during warm weather or coats when unnecessary.

3) Walks with short or unnatural steps, which may indicate that they are concealing lifted items.

4) Takes several items into dressing room and only leaves with one item.

5) Seems nervous and possibly picks up random items with no interest.

6) Frequently enters store and never makes a purchase.

7) Enters dressing room or rest rooms with merchandise and exits with none.

8) Large group entering the store at one time, especially juveniles. A member of the group causes a disturbance to distract sales staff.

If you suspect anything out of the ordinary, always call 911. Feel free to contact the 48th Ward office with any questions or concerns at 773-784-5277.

Positive Loitering
Thorndale Positive Loitering
Thursday, October 11, 7pm
Northeast corner of Thorndale and Broadway (Little Corner Restaurant)

Education Corner
With the start of a new school year, Alderman Harry Osterman is launching a new series highlighting our local schools, education groups, principals, parent groups, teachers and students! The 48th Ward is rich with great local schools – both public and private – and we are excited to share their successes with all of you. 

Local School Councils

The first Local School Council was introduced in 1989 as part of new school reform in Chicago. By law, Local School Councils (LSCs) play a role in decision-making at the local school level. The primary responsibilities of LSCs include approving how school funds and resources are allocated, approving and monitoring the implementation of the annual school improvement plan, and hiring and evaluating the school’s contract principal.

Each council has parent, teacher,and community representatives in addition to the principal. LSCs are an excellent way to learn about the goals and vision of each individual school. They are open to the public.

Education Committee meets next on November 20th and would like community members to attend a local school council meeting and report back.  Please emailKaren Dreyfuss with the meeting you can attend, etc.


Hayt:  10/17 @ 6:30pm

Swift:  Nov. 5th @ 6pm

Peirce:  Oct. 18th @ 6pm

Goudy:  Oct. 11th @ 5:15pm

Senn HS:  Oct. 11th @ 6:30pm

Rickover Naval Academy:  Oct. 9th @ 5:30

Copyright © 2012 Harry Osterman – 48th Ward Alderman, All rights reserved.