Weekly Update from Your Alderman – October 6, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Senn Playground Ribbon Cutting, Remembering Jarell Walker, Senntoberfest, First Fridays in Andersonville, and more!
October 6, 2017
Dear Neighbor:

Please join Mayor Rahm Emanuel and me tomorrow morning, Saturday, Oct. 7, 11:30am, for a ribbon cutting and dedication at Senn Park Playground, at the corner of Elmdale and Greenview. We will be joined by Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer and the Senn Park Advisory Council as we celebrate the opening of our ward’s newest playground. Thank you to the many neighbors who participated in the community planning process for the park, and to the Senn Park Advisory Council for their tremendous organizing and outreach efforts during the two-year process. Each day hundreds of children in our community enjoy this playground, please come out to celebrate its opening with me. Following the ceremony, we will parade down Greenview to Senn High School for the first annual Senntoberfest fall festival to benefit Senn High School. Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and bring their favorite umbrella, in case of rain. See below for more details about Senntoberfest.

We have many fantastic parks in our community that are made special by the many dedicated Park District employees who are committed to supporting the youth and neighbors of our community. Jarell Walker worked at the Broadway Armory Park for many years, coaching, mentoring, and supporting youth in our community. Jarell was a great guy and he had a positive impact on our neighborhood kids, and his effect can be felt throughout the community. Earlier this week, Jarell passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jarell’s family, friends, and coworkers.

As a community, this week we keep the victims, families, and first responders from the tragic shooting in Las Vegas in our thoughts and prayers. These senseless mass shootings continue to scar our country and take the lives of innocent Americans. The weapons used by the shooter had a sinister lethal effect on the number of people killed and injured in the incident. This week I met with Moms Demand Action, a group founded to support common sense gun control. If you are interested like me in this important cause to make our streets safer, please visit their Facebook page here or connect with the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence to be involved in the effort.

Tonight’s North Clark St. Community Visioning meeting, scheduled to take place from 5:30-7:30pm at Norwood and Clark, has been cancelled due to expected rain. Please enjoy First Fridays in Andersonville tonight, featuring late shopping hours, live music, and other special offers. Click here for more information.

Tonight the Cubs play their first playoff game. If you go out to watch the game, please support a local establishment like Double Bubble (6036 N. Broadway) or Burke’s Public House (5401 N. Broadway).

Have a great weekend. Best of luck to the more than 200 48th Ward residents participating in Sunday’s Chicago Marathon!

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

48th Ward Town Hall Meetings Schedule

Each year I host a series of 48th Ward Town Hall meetings throughout the ward. These events begin with a State of the Ward presentation followed by significant time for questions and answers. Please attend the meeting in your part of the community.

North Clark St. Community Visioning

Join 48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman and 40th Ward Ald. Pat O’Connor for a community conversation about the future of development on N. Clark St. between Ridge and Devon. This series of outdoor events will include an opportunity to learn about recent and upcoming developments, and to connect with neighbors over food, entertainment, and face painting for the kids!

  • Saturday, Oct. 14, 2-5pm
    Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.
    Click here for more information
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, Noon-3pm
    Chicago Fire Station, 6014 N. Clark St.

There will be food for sale from Huaraches Doña Chio, and more food vendors to be announced next week! This is a BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) event! Thank you to Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Edgewater Development Corporation for your support on this event.

Street Resurfacing Projects in the 48th Ward

There are a number of street resurfacing projects that began recently in the ward. These projects take approximately 4 weeks to complete, weather permitting.

  • Week 1 – Street asphalt is removed/milled
  • Week 2 – All utilities are identified, checked and addressed
  • Week 3 – Any repairs needed are addressed including any curbs, gutters & sidewalks that were damaged during asphalt removal
  • Week 4 – Pending all has been addressed, street is then resurfaced

We apologize in advance for any parking restrictions throughout this project. Even if machines and workers are not visible on the street, there’s still work being done behind the scenes and parking restrictions must remain in place.

The following streets are scheduled to be resurfaced, weather permitting and are in no particular order:

  • W. Ardmore Ave., from Sheridan Rd. to the Lakefront
  • N. Wayne Ave., from Ardmore Ave. to Early Ave.
  • W. Thorndale Ave., from Broadway to Sheridan Rd.
  • W. Balmoral Ave., from Broadway to Sheridan Rd.

Finally, any speedhumps that are on these streets will be replaced before the 2017 season ends.
I thank you for your patience during these projects as we work to make our ward safer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 773-784-5277.

Planned Water Main Project in 48th Ward
The Department of Water Management plans to install approximately 2,002 feet of 8-inch water main on Kenmore between Bryn Mawr and Berwyn. As part of this project, the east half of Kenmore will be resurfaced along with the repair of damaged parkway and sidewalk. Water main installation is anticipated to begin in late September 2017 with completion in early December 2017. Once the water main is installed, the street will be restored so that traffic is not impacted. However, final restoration is weather dependent and may not occur until the spring of 2018 or until weather permits.

Refuse and Recycling Pick-up Schedule Changes

Please note these important changes to the refuse and recycling schedule due to the Monday, October 9 Columbus Day Holiday.

All city-collected refuse will be serviced Tuesday through Friday next week. Residents should ensure all black refuse carts are accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on their regular day of collection. Additionally, residents should be advised of potential changes to Blue Cart Recycling collection based on their service provider.

  • The Department of Streets and Sanitation (Zones 2 and 4) will collect recycling Tuesdaythrough Friday. Residents should ensure all Blue Recycling Carts are accessible throughout the week of collection.
  • Privately-provided Blue Recycling Cart Service will be collected on the normal schedule- Monday thruFriday. With all collections being moved one day, for example, Monday collection will be moved to Tuesday.  Residents with private service should continue to put out Blue Recycling Carts throughout the week, according to their typical schedule.
  • Sims (Zone 5) will collect Monday thru Friday, NO CHANGES
  • Waste Management (Zones 1, 3 and 6) will collect Monday thru Friday, NO CHANGES

Senntoberfest – Fall Festival Fundraiser for Senn High School
Saturday, Oct. 7, noon-7pm
Senn Park behind Senn High School

Join us for the first annual SENNTOBERFEST — a fall festival to benefit Senn High School! The event will begin at 11:30am at the new Senn Park Playground at Elmdale and Greenview with the official dedication, followed by a Halloween costume parade along Greenview to the festival! Suggested donation of $5/person or $20/family. All proceeds benefit Friends of Senn, the fundraising chapter for the school. In the event of rain, the festivities will be moved inside the school, accessible by the back door.

This family-friendly event will feature:

  • food and drink
  • face painting
  • bounce houses
  • tours of Senn High School
  • live music
  • basketball games
  • And more!

Click here for more information.

Thank you to our partners at Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Senn Park Advisory Council, Chicago Park District for making this event possible!

Andersonville Arts Week

In its 15th year, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will expand Andersonville Arts Week to a week-long celebration October 10 – 15, with over 70 local shops, restaurants, and businesses set to host more than 150 artists. This year’s event will focus on nine specific genres of art: visual, theatre, dance, music, culinary, handmade, kids/family, literary, and public art, with a range of festivities and activities in the works to represent each.

The full schedule for Arts Week will be released in the coming weeks at andersonville.org/aaw. Highlights will include:

  • All week: Returning district-wide self-guided art walk to view artists’ work at participating businesses
  • Tuesday, October 10: Theatre crawl
  • Wednesday, October 11: Andersonville Farmers Market expansion with special performances
  • Thursday, October 12: Culinary features and live music
  • Friday, October 13: Stroll & Soriée art walk and parties throughout Andersonville
  • Saturday, October 14: Kick-off of outdoor Makers Market in the Swedish American Museum parking lot and Berwyn block party
  • Sunday, October 15: Andersonville public art mural reveal

In addition, visitors can expect literary readings, free performances, DIY public art, kids and family actives, artist receptions, and much more throughout the entire week. Click here for more details.

Get Involved: Park District Advisory Council News

Senn Park Advisory Council Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7:30pm

Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway
Agenda to include election of new officers, update from Ald. Osterman, and meet and greet with new Senn Park Supervisor Ivan Martinez.
For more information, contact sennparkadvisorycouncil@gmail.com

Buttercup Park Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct. 14, 4-6pm

Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan
Rain location: Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 N. Marine
Click here for more information

Public Safety Update

Positive Loitering Training
Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30pm
20th District Police Station
5400 N. Lincoln Ave. Community Room
Click here for flyer

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

Climate Change: What You Can Do
Tuesday, October 17 • 6:30-8:30
Broadway Armory- 5917 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
Click here to RSVPThe federal government is stepping back its role in reducing harmful carbon emissions. In the City of Chicago, residents are looking to step up by enacting good energy policy and taking actions in buildings where they live, work, and play. This workshop will present information on energy efficiency and renewable energy policy and will also give tips for Chicago residents and businesses to reduce energy and incorporate renewables, saving money and reducing air pollution. Tips and information will be most relevant to condo and apartment owners, but all are welcome to attend!

Senior UpdatesFor more information about Edgewater Village, click here.
Be sure to check out the Edgewater Village Facebook page!
Click here to view the Edgewater Village calendar of Events.

Click here for a September events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center at the Broadway Armory.
Click here for the 2017 calendar of events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center at the Broadway Armory.

Free hearing screening! 
Have your hearing tested on Friday October 20, 9 a.m to 1 p.m. at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.  The earlier the problem is professionally evaluated, the better the chances for successful treatment.  Co-sponsored by the Lions Club and Alderman Harry Osterman.

Free Home Repair Program
The City of Chicago’s Dept. of Planning and Development provides free home repairs to improve safety, security and accessibility. Applicants must meet income limit restrictions and be sixty years of age or older. Deadline is Oct. 12, 2017. Click here for more information.
To see if you are eligible, contact:
Northside Community Resources
Karla Davis, Director of Senior Services
773-338-7722, ext. 21

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:

“Everything You Want To Know About Guardianship”
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Topics to include:

  • Guardians’ duties and responsibilities
  • Guardianship process and procedures
  • Guardianship vs. Power of Attorney

Seminar Speaker(s): Daniel Belko, Supervising Attorney, Office of the Cook County Public Guardian; Catherine Evans, Assistant Director, Guardianship Assistance Desk for Minors

“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

School & Youth News

Peirce Harbor Night
Harbor Night is Friends of Peirce’s big fall fundraiser! October 20th from 7-10 pm at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club
Tickets are $30 and include a Rannali’s pizza dinner, 2 drink tickets and Maddiebird Bakery mini cupcakes.  Your ticket proceeds go to support arts partnerships, sports programming and after school activities.  Please consider supporting Friends of Peirce with a ticket purchase or a donation here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harbor-night-tickets-5032042976
Friends of Peirce is also in need of businesses or individuals to help by sponsoring the event or donating prizes for the raffle. Send an e-mail to kate@friendsofpeirce.org for more information.
Click here for more information

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.  

Teen Read Week
As part of Chicago Public Library Teen Services’ citywide celebration of Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14), our Teen Lounge will have a table with materials to help you Unleash Their Story” — be it for a college essay, memoir or storytelling event. Bring your energy and creativity to make a zine or write with peers! #TRW17

Chicago Early Learning – Applications Open
Chicago Early Learning is a citywide, collaborative effort to bring high quality early learning programs more readily to families in need throughout the city. We have reduced barriers for high-needs families to apply online to Chicago Public Schools and community-based preschool for their three and four year-olds at chicagoearlylearning.org.

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 –

  • FridayOctober 13
  • Wednesday, October 25
  • FridayNovember 3
  • FridayNovember 17

NCA Hosts Fall Parent-Tot Play Date October 14
Northside Catholic Academy is hosting a Fall Parent-Tot Play Date on Saturday, October 14, from 10-11:30am at the Middle School Campus (7318 N. Oakley). Parents and children ages 0-4 are invited to a morning of outdoor fun! Event will include a summer activity, outdoor art, and playtime. Meet other families with young children and learn more about NCA’s Early Learning Center and Kindergarten Program. The Fall Play Date will be held at NCA’s Middle School Campus Play Lot, located on the Chase side of the building. Space is limited for this free event. RSVP is required. Contact Melissa Soberanes at msoberanes@ncaweb.org or call 773-743-6277 ext. 207. This is not a drop off event and all children must be accompanied by a parent. In case of inclement weather the event will be moved inside.

NCA Applications are Now Available for 2018-19
Northside Catholic Academy is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Applications are available online. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA offers a challenging and diversified curriculum that includes Spanish, Technology, Art, Music, and Physical Education. NCA offers half-day and full-day Early Learning classes starting at age three, and a top-ranked K-8 academic program. The Early Learning Center offers a child-centered approach focused on learning through play and hands-on activities. Onsite extended care is available from 6:30am to 6:00pm, as well as a variety of After School Enrichment classes. Need-based Guardian Angel Scholarships are also available. To learn more or to schedule a tour call 773-743-6277 ext. 207.

Speaker Series at Congregation Emanuel
Congregation Emanuel, located on the Lakefront, at 5959 N. Sheridan is launching its 2017-18 Speakers Series this fall. Programs are free and open to the public. This year’s series is dedicated to Emanuel’s late Rabbi Herman Schaalman, whose insatiable intellectual curiosity inspired so many over the years.

On Sunday, October 8, Dean Jobb, the author of Empire of Deception, speaks at 10:15 am. The book is subtitled “The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation.” That master swindler, back in Chicago’s Jazz Age, was Congregation Emanuel member, Leo Koretz, whose investors included at least six prominent Emanuel members as well as congregational Rabbi Felix Levy.

Please RSVP to richardreeder34@gmail.comClick here for more information.

30 Days of Doing – Peterson Garden Project
Join Peterson Garden Project October 15 to November 15 for team-building, volunteering and community engagement as we work towards our mission to recruit, educate and inspire everyone to grow and cook their own food! Here are some program highlights:

  • Oct 15 – Biscuits & Bloodys Brunch Fundraiser – Help us kick off 2017’s 30 Days of Doing! Join us for this fundraiser to celebrate the harvest season and support our 2018 programs as we begin 30 days full of community events from symposiums on hunger to garden and cooking classes. Enjoy biscuits and gravy, homemade pickles, plus a complimentary drink from our Bloody Mary bar with all the fixins. Gluten-free biscuits, vegetarian gravy, coffee and tea will also be available. (Sponsored in part by Independent Spirits.)
  • Oct 23 – In the Kitchen with Income Tax – Join us for an evening in our Community Cooking School with Chef Ryan Henderson from Income Tax! Learn to make one of their signature dishes, carrot agnolotti, and enjoy a delicious meal around our table at the end of class. Attendees will also get a special one-day-only discount at our neighbor Independent Spirits so you can BYOB to class.
  • Oct 26 – Dine Out at Income Tax for PGP – Enjoy an evening out at Income Tax and support PGP! A portion of proceeds from this evening will go towards Peterson Garden Project’s free community programming and garden scholarships. Walk-ins are welcome or make a reservation in advance (be sure to select Oct. 26).
  • Nov 5 – PGP Chili Cook-Off – The weather may be cooling off, but things are heating up in the kitchen!  Join us for our first Chili Cook-Off to raise funds for our free community programming and garden scholarships. Enter your chili for a chance to win fame and prizes or come eat and vote for your favorite!
  • Nov 16 – PGP Grateful Plateful Dinner Fundraiser – Celebrate all we’ve accomplished with a culinary recap of the year at our final major fundraiser for 2017. Taste, see, and hear about the effect our gardens and cooking school had in our community with a special menu inspired by the stories of our gardeners, home cooks, and community partners.

Click here for all the details on 30 Days of Doing and more information about Peterson Garden Project.

Friends of the Edgewater Library 

Friends of the Edgewater Library

Member-only reception Oct. 19

You may have attended a book sale, program or entered your name in a drawing sponsored by Friends of the Edgewater Library. But you may not be familiar with the organization, how it supports the library or how you could become involved.

Consider becoming a member of Friends of the Edgewater Library (annual membership: $10 to become a Friend; $20 to become a Very Good Friend).  If you do so by Oct. 16, you’re invited to a members-only reception on Oct. 19 to celebrate National Friends of the Library Week.

Click here to view the invitation for details about the eventClick here to view a membership form. Email FOELdonations@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Book Donations Requested
Friends of the Edgewater Library will conduct its last book sale of the year on Saturday, Oct. 28, and is seeking gently used book donations. Donated books may be fiction and non-fiction for all ages, foreign language, audio books, travel books less than five years old and computer books less than two years old. Other welcome donations include music CDs and DVDs. Items that cannot be accepted are books in poor condition, magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias, instruction manuals and VHS and cassette tapes.

Books may be donated in a box or shopping bag and placed in a bin next to the front desk of the library, 6000 N. Broadway. Proceeds from the book sale will be used to purchase new materials and support library programs. Click here for more information.

Just book talk
The next No Book Club meeting will be 2-3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, in the Community Room on the second floor of the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway.  The No Book Club is for people who enjoy reading, talking about the books they’ve read and recommend.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Edgewater Library, Edgewater Village, and Edgewater Reads.

Student Journalism Contest – Equal Pay Day 

Each year, Equal Pay Day is recognized world-wide to bring greater awareness to the wage gap experienced by women and minorities. In the US, the April date symbolically marks how far into a new year the average woman must work to earn as much as a white man did in the previous year. In its seventh year, Equal Pay Day Chicago is both a focal point to raise awareness, and a platform for organizations to collaborate. Equal Pay Day Chicago is a coalition of governmental bodies, nonprofits and other groups and individuals fighting together to achieve equal pay for equal work.

Any junior high or high school student currently attending school in the Chicagoland area is eligible to participate. Two winners will be selected, and
announced publicly during the Equal Pay Day program at noon in Daley Plaza on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Write an article about an aspect of the pay disparity among workers in America. The article should be between 450 and 750 words. The article should include at least one quote from a source discussing the issue of equal pay. The student reporter can interview family, teachers or community members about their personal experiences with pay discrimination. Students are encouraged to take video of the interview, which may be included with the submission, but the article must be in writing.

All entries must be submitted via email to equalpaydaychi@lycos.com by Friday, March 30th. Entries should be submitted as a PDF document. On a separate page at the end of the article, please list the following information:
· Student’s name, age, grade and contact information (both phone and email)
· School, sponsoring teacher’s name and contact information (both phone and email)
· Parent/guardian’s name and contact information (both phone and email)

Entrants must be available to read a portion of their article on stage during the Equal Pay Day event in Daley Plaza (Clark and Washington) on April 10, 2018 between noon and 1p.m. Entry grants Equal Pay Day Chicago the right to edit, publish, copy or display the entry, with attribution.

First prize is $300 and the second prize is $50. The winning students will be recognized publicly at the April 10, 2018 event at Daley Plaza and on social media.

Disaster Relief Efforts
Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Concert
Saturday, Oct. 14, 7:30pm
Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information

In the wake of devastating impacts of Hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Irma and the earthquake in Mexico City, Mayor Emanuel is encouraging residents to support the recovery and relief work by donating to reputable organizations assisting with efforts. The City has created a website – cityofchicago.org/DisasterRelief – that includes a list of verified charities and organizations assisting with these efforts. Following is a list of relief efforts happening across the city and other helpful resources. If you are hosting or aware of any other local efforts, please submit details here.
Local Efforts

  • Event Hosted by The Puerto Rican Agenda
    Friday, September 22nd 7-11PM
    Segundo Ruiz Belvis Center, 4046 W. Armitage Ave
  • Event Hosted by The Little Village Chamber of Commerce
    Tuesday, September 26th 6-Midnight
    Mi Tierra Restaurant, 2528 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • Event Hosted by The Latino Caucus
    October 11th 5:30-7PM
    Old Crow, 149 W. Kinzie St

Additionally, the American Red Cross also has a safe and well website where people can check for their loved ones and people in affected areas can also register themselves as safe and well.  Link here –https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php. Please follow @ChicagoOEMC on twitter for continued updates.

And, Puerto Rico Emergency Management officials suggest the following:

  • Contact the island’s disaster relief team by e-mailing maria1@prfaa.pr.gov – Because of high volume, leaders are asking that you only send one email — no follow-ups — unless the status of your loved one has changed.  Include your contact information and as many details about your family or friend as possible.
  • Call the Puerto Rico Washington D.C. office at 202-800-3133 or 202-778-0710 – Staffers are taking names and numbers and developing plans to check the welfare of people who remain unreachable or missing as the island begins to recover. Officials say getting through to someone over the phone has been difficult because of backed-up phone lines.
  • Other helpful links with information to assist with efforts in Puerto Rico – http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Enrollment begins October 2, 2017

Due to the overwhelming need for assistance, wait times at intake sites will be long and daily intake appointments will be limited.
Cook County, IL – The priority enrollment period for seniors, (60+), and persons living with disabilities to receive winter energy bill assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) begins October 2.
LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families.  The LIHEAP program offsets the cost of home energy through direct financial assistance as well as energy counseling and education. For LIHEAP eligible households, a bill payment will be made directly to the utility company(s) on behalf the household.
Cook County residents must bring all required documentation when applying for assistance, including:

  • Proof of gross income from all adult household members, 18 years or older, for the 30-days prior to the LIHEAP application, including the application date itself.
  • Current heating and electric bills, issued within 45 days of applying for LIHEAP assistance.
  • If the utilities are included in the rent, a copy of the rental agreement is required as proof.
  • Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members. The proof provided must be an original government issued document.
  • If applicable, proof that the household receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD), or other government benefits.

LIHEAP benefits are paid directly to energy vendors on behalf of eligible households. The exception is households whose heating costs are included in their rent and whose rent is more than 30% of the total household income.  A signed lease or Rent Verification Form will be required as proof.
Families with children ages 5 and under at time of application can begin applying for LIHEAP assistance as of November 1, 2017. Households not eligible for priority enrollment can apply for LIHEAP assistance beginning December 1, 2017.
For more information on LIHEAP eligibility or to find an intake center, visit www.cedaorg.net or contact the toll free number at (800) 571-CEDA (2332).

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
We have two upcoming Pet Blessings in support of Care for Real’s Pet Pantry Program.  Hope to see you at one of the following special events:
  • This Saturday, October 7:  2017 Annual Pet Blessing at St. Ita’s Church, 5500 North Broadway, 12 noon located at the school playground on Magnolia.
  • Next Sunday, October 15:  2017 Annual Pet Blessing of the Animals at Church of Atonement, 5949 N. Kenmore, 12:15pm located on the north lawn of the Church

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In This Issue

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
Pet Blessing at St. Ita Church
Saturday, Oct. 7
St. Ita Catholic Church, 5500 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Peace Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 7
Chicago Friends School, 1246 W. Thorndale
Free public talk and family workshop
Click here for more information

An Evening of Cabaret for Sarah’s Circle
Saturday, Oct. 7
Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
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A festive night featuring wine, hors d’oevres, and a performance by the troupe Acts Of Kindness Cabaret awaits you. All proceeds benefit Sarah’s Circle, a nonprofit located in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood (www.sarahs-circle.org), that helps homeless women, and women at risk of becoming homeless, a fresh start.

Kindness Rocks!
Sunday, Oct. 8
Cedar Park, 5311 N. Winthrop
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Job Fair at Presence Health
Thursday, Oct. 12
10am – 4pm
Presence Center for Advanced Care, 2845 N. Sheridan
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Open House Chicago & Food Trucks at EBA
Saturday, Oct. 14
Edgewater Beach Apartments, 5555 N. Sheridan

The Edgewater Beach Apartments will be participating in the Open House Chicago Annual Event.  Come tour the inside of the Pink Palace and stroll in the blooming garden.  The Misercordia Food Truck will be onsite with their tastey bakery treats. A voter registration table will also be featured.

Vintage Garage Season Finale
Sunday, October 15
5051 N. Broadway
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Church of the Atonement Pet Blessing
Sunday, October 15
Church of the Atonement, 5749 N. Kenmore
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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
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Our Town
By Redtwist Theatre
Performances through October 8
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr
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By Aston Rep
Performances through October 8
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark
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Deidre of the Sorrows
By City Lit Theatre
Performances through October 15
City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr
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Alias Grace
By Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Performances through October 15
Rivendell Theatre, 5775 N. Ridge
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Artemesia Fall Festival
Performances September 25 – October 4
Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
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Choir Boy
By Raven Theatre
Performances September 27 – November 12
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.
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Don’t Look Back/Must Look Back
By Pivot Arts
Performances October 20 – November 19
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Bobby Pin Girls
By Nothing Without a Company
Performances October 29 through December 3
Chicago Mosaic School, 1101 W. Granville
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