Weekly Update from Your Alderman – September 1, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Summer Slideshow, First Fridays in Andersonville, State Education Funding Update, Labor Day, and more!
September 1, 2017
Dear Neighbor:

Thank you for helping to make this a fun and safe summer in the 48th Ward. Please see our annual summer video below, highlighting this year’s many fun events (click on image). We deeply appreciate our community partners who helped make this year’s series of Safe Summer Nights the best yet!

Last night was the final Argyle Night Market of the year. This event has grown each year, and this summer more than 35,000 neighbors, Chicagoans, and visitors came out to enjoy this weekly event, which benefits the local business and the community at-large. Congratulations to Uptown United on a successful fifth year of the Argyle Night Market!

Tonight is First Fridays in Andersonville. As you kick off the last weekend of summer, please head over to Clark St. to enjoy some of the special offers and entertainment local businesses have lined up for tonight. Click here for a full rundown of tonight’s event.

Earlier this week the Illinois General Assembly passed and the Governor signed new school funding legislation, an important step toward adequately funding our schools. This legislation will provide an additional $450 million to Chicago Public Schools and puts in place a framework to increase funding for CPS over future years. This additional funding will help local schools in our community. This compromise legislation regrettably includes a $75 million tax credit program supported by Governor Rauner. There is also an expected property tax increase in Chicago in order to stabilize teachers’ pensions. Thank you to State Senator Heather Steans, State Representative Kelly Cassidy, and State Representative Greg Harris for their diligent work and dedication on these issues. Please join me on Thursday, September 7, 6pm at Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood, for a School Funding Town Hall. Hear from CPS and state representatives about how the state budget will impact funding at Chicago Public Schools. Click here for more information.

We are looking forward to a positive start to the new school year. Next Friday we’ll announce a series of autumn events in ward, keeping our momentum from the summer going.

Have a great Labor Day weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

City Council Public Safety Updates

Yesterday the City Council Public Safety Committee, of which I am a member, passed two new ordinances aimed at reducing thefts and other illegal activity throughout our city. Both ordinances will be presented for a full City Council vote next week.

The first ordinance requires car dealerships and car rental facilities to implement lockbox security measures in order to curb vehicle thefts from their lots. We have seen these stolen vehicles used in other crimes — both violent and nonviolent — throughout the city, including shootings and narcotics activity. Dealerships and rental facilities will be required to place all keys of vehicles in their possession into lockboxes to limit access to them when not in use. Dealer plates are also required to be placed in lockboxes while not in use and must be securely fastened to a vehicle when they are. This ordinance was co-drafted by Alderman Pat O’Connor and I after a recommendation from the 20th District Police Commander Sean Loughran. To see the ordinance in its entirety, please click here.  For news articles explaining the ordinance please click here.

The second ordinance is related to resale shops and phone stores for used cell phones. These shops will be required to check the phones they are purchasing from the public against a nationwide database of stolen cell phones and will be required to keep these phones for a month before reselling. This ordinance was drafted to curb the rise of thefts occurring on the El, around college campuses, and around our City. To see the full ordinance, please click here. To see news articles explaining the ordinance further, please click here.

Please contact Marko Zaric in my office with any questions about these issues, at marko@48thward.org.

Edgewater 5K – October 1

Join us for the annual Edgewater 5K Run/1mi Walk, the only race course that includes Sheridan Road and the lakefront path! The Edgewater 5K raises money for all schools in the 48th Ward, both private and public. Your investment in today’s students is an investment in the future, as many of the 48th Ward graduates stay in the community. Since the race began in 2014, we have raised $15,000 for 48th Ward schools.
Register to run or walk! 
Sign-up to volunteer!   
All event details can be found here!  

Electronic Waste Recycling 
Saturday, September 9, 9am – Noon
48th Ward Streets and Sanitation Yard, 5853 N. Broadway

The Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project (EESP) together with the 48th Ward is sponsoring an electronics recycling event.  Recyclable items include:

  • Computers
  • Flat-screen displays
  • Audio systems
  • Game consoles
  • Cell phones
  • Other electronic equipment

Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) displays–including computer monitors and large tube TVs, will not be accepted. There will also be an on-site survey of other potential recyclables (flags, eyeglasses, etc.) for Spring 2018. If you have questions about the electronics recycling or to volunteer to help with the event, contact either EESP’s Allen Stryczek at astryczek@sbcglobal.net or Ally Brisbin from the 48th Ward at ally@48thward.org .

Shred Event in 48th Ward
The A.C.T. Group, along with CJ Jensen of Ameriprise Financial Services, will host the 4th ANNUAL SHRED EVENT to benefit Care for Real. Each year the results have increased and in 2016 our generous community donated $1290 in cash and 600 pounds of food to Care for Real and had 1500 pounds of shred!  We hope to make 2017 an even better year!!

Please join us on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9:00Noon in front of The A.C.T. Group’s office at 6228 N. Broadway.  And please remember to bring your shred, a cash (or check) donation and/or non-perishable food (EXPIRED FOODS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED).

Cedar Park Advisory Council Survey

The Cedar Park Advisory Council (PAC) has been working together for almost a year with the mission to revive the pocket playlot located at 5311 North Winthrop. They have been planning events and working to connect neighbors. Working together with Alderman Osterman’s office and the Chicago Park District, their goal is to work towards park improvements and rejuvenation for the playlot. You can help in two very important ways:
1) Like and follow them at facebook.com/playcedar.
2) Click here to complete a short survey to help be a part of Cedar Park’s future in Edgewater!

Public Safety Update

Chicago Police Department 2017 Crime Abatement Workshops for Landlords and Property Managers

OVERVIEW: The Chicago Police Department, in partnership with the Departments of Buildings and Law, along with Community Investment Corporation (CIC) will be hosting a series resource of workshops for the owners and managers of residential properties of varying sizes.
GOAL: To assist the managers and property owners in order to increase their personal level of safety and learn how to work with the police and other partners to improve the level of safety surrounding their properties.
TOPICS: Topics include but are not limited to: Screening Prospective Tenants, Tips to Reduce Crime at Your Property, Understanding the Building Code, Best Practices of Property Management, and Personal Safety.
COST: All sessions are free to the public
Click here for a calendar of scheduled workshops and more information about the program.

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

Go Edgewater – Walking and Biking Tours

Full Moon Fire Jam: Wed. Sept. 6 – Meet at 7:00. Full Moon Jam’s unite performing artists and spectators through a love and appreciation of fire art, set to the beat of local musicians.  5100 N Lake Shore Dr. by the lake.   http://www.fullmoonjam.org/

Click here to view the 2017 calendar of Go Edgewater tours.

Baking Classes at pHlour Bakery & Cafe
Learn how to make tasty and flaky croissants at pHlour Bakery, 1138 W. Bryn Mawr. Classes will be held three times this summer and are open to anyone interested. Spaces are limited, so don’t wait too long to sign-up. A registration fee of $90 will be due the day of the class you choose to attend. Croissant baking classes will be held on September 29 from 7-9pm. To register email: info@phlour.com

Click here for more information

Edgewater Photo Contest

Do you love Edgewater? Do you love great photography? If so, then you will want to be a part of the Edgewater Historical Society’s First Annual Photography Competition.

The theme this year is life along Edgewater’s waterfront, whether at the beach or anywhere else along the shoreline from Foster to Devon. From there, let your imagination call the shots.
• The competition is open to all Edgewater residents or those who just love Edgewater. All submissions must be received by email by Sept. 10.
• The winning entries will be displayed at EHS’ museum and other locations throughout the community.
• Waterfront Café gift certificates – for $100, $50 and $30 – will be awarded to the top three winners who will be announced at this year’s Edgewater Art’s Festival on September 23.
• Please email all submissions to edgewaterhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com with the subject line: EHS Photo Contest Entry.
• One submission per person please. Images must be of at least 300 dpi. Winners will be anonymously judged by EHS and winners will be notified by the submission email address. All submissions become the property of EHS.

Click here to view the flyer.
5358 N. Ashland Chicago, Illinois 60640
(773) 506-4849

Bezazian Library Mural Rededication

Continuing a year-long celebration of our 60 years of service to the Uptown community, Bezazian Library invites you to a very special event on Saturday, September 16 at 11 a.m. After decades of deterioration, we were finally able to have our 1974 mural revitalized. Archival research shows that it is the first on a Chicago Public Library building. Artist Tony Passero lovingly matched paint, deciphered images and recreated lost parts of the mural which was originally created by artist Janis Pozzi-Johnson with a team of teens from a local community organization. Ms. Pozzi-Johnson will be on hand for the rededication. The mural, entitled The Sea of Knowledge, celebrates the rich diversity that is Uptown. This project was made possible through the generous support of Uptown United (SSA #34) and 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman’s office and the efforts of the Friends of Bezazian.

Please join us in celebrating the renewal of an iconic piece of Uptown art that will be enjoyed again for, hopefully another 40+ years. Concurrent with the dedication is a Friends booksale. Come browse, support their great work, and join the Friends of Bezazian.

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.

Senior Days at Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium extend a special welcome to guests 65 and better during Senior Days at Shedd, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September.

2017 dates: Sept. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Arrive between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to receive complimentary admission to the Shedd Aquarium. With a printed schedule of the day’s events, explore all of Shedd’s exhibits, including Waters of the World, Caribbean Reef,Amazon RisingWild Reef, the Abbott Oceanarium, the Amphibians special exhibit and Stingray Touch experience. Admission to the aquatic presentation, featuring marine mammals and more, is included, as available.

Senior guests arriving between 9 a.m. and Noon receive a $10 voucher good at all Shedd food outlets (while supplies last).

Seniors arriving on their own receive complimentary admission for themselves plus one accompanying adult partner. Group leaders arriving with a reserved senior group also receive complimentary admission. Additional activities scheduled include garden tours, aquarium history/architecture tours and animal encounters in various exhibits. Individuals may obtain their passes on site only. Groups of 15 or more seniors require advanced reservations, available by completing the Senior Days group request form here.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s with CMSS
Will you walk with us? Join us as we walk to advance Alzheimer’s research and care in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. You can sign up on our page or register in person at any CMSS front desk. You can invite your family and friends.
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
We are hosting a kick-off breakfast at Wesley Place at 8 a.m. Transportation will be provided to the walk at 8:45 a.m. Please let us know if you will be on the bus. If you choose to meet us at Montrose Harbor, we will have a table on site.
Click here for more information.

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:

“Bankruptcy:  The Decision and Consequences”
Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Courtroom 2005
Topics to include:

  • Chapter 7 and Chapter 13
  • Bankruptcy exemptions
  • Non-dischargeable debt
  • How bankruptcy affects family and friends

Seminar Speaker(s): Honorable Jacqueline P. Cox, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois; Attorney Stephen G. Wolfe, Office of the United States Trustee, Northern District of Illinois

“This Place Seems Nice:  Adult Day Care Services”
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Topics to include:

  • Types of adult day care services
  • How to choose the right service for your needs
  • Payment options

Seminar Speaker(s): Winnie Lam – Education Chair, Illinois Adult Day Service Association, Chinese American Service League; Carolyn Hicks – Executive Director, Renaissance Adult Day Services, Inc.; Elizabeth Cagan, Executive Director, White Crane Wellness Center

Intergenerational Program

Over 8 weeks, students accepted will learn a new topic/skill each week choosing from such topics as Calligraphy, Chinese Herbs, Jewelry Making, Healthy Cooking, Dance, Studio Art, and more at absolutely no cost to them. 3 “seniors” aged 55 and older and 3 “juniors” aged 19 and younger will be matched together for the program to create bridges between generations. Each senior will be matched with one junior and vice versa.Classes will be held at Unity Lutheran Church at 1212 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 starting October 7, 2017 each Saturday from 9am to 11am until December 2nd. There will be no class for Thanksgiving weekend on November 25th.

Click here for more information and to apply.

School & Youth News

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.

Inspired Youth Tutoring Program
The Inspired Youth Tutoring Program needs volunteers to help 1st-4th and 5th-8th graders with homework and extra reading, writing, and arithmetic which the program provides. Volunteers are needed Mon. 6:30-7:50pm, Wed. 3:30-5:00 pm, and Thurs.3:30-5:00 pm.  The location is Bezazian Library, 1226 W. Ainslie, 1 block south of the Argyle el-stop, just west of the Car Wash.  Contact Beth Palmer, inspiredyouth2@gmail.com773-561-4759.

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 –

  • Wednesday, October 4
  • FridayOctober 13
  • Wednesday, October 25
  • FridayNovember 3
  • FridayNovember 17
  • Wednesday, December 6
  • Wednesday, January 17
  • Wednesday, February 7
  • Wednesday, April 18
  • FridayMay 4

Back 2 School Jam
Join Chicago City of Learning and Create Your Path at the Back to School Jam Saturday, September 23! Free to all, this event will include hands-on activities exploring robotics, music, building, coding, writing, nature, art and more! Curated by youth serving organizations city-wide, this free festival of doing and making will be hosted at Jones College Prep with an hourly iPad Mini drawing from Noon to 4PM. Register and learn more at CCOL.io/CYP

Roof and Porch Repair Program

The Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is offering income-eligible homeowners of 1-4 unit residential buildings an opportunity to obtain a funding grant for emergency roof and porch repairs (formerly known as the EHAF program).  Registration for the program will take on Thursday September 14, 2017 beginning at 9:00am, and ending at 5:00pm – one day only.
Applicants are asked to register online at www.cityofchicago.org/roofandporch in order to complete the registration in a shorter time-frame, providing a confirmation number.
Registered applicants will be selected via lottery on Tuesday October 31, 2017 in the Preston Bradley Hall on the 3rd floor of the Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 E. Washington Street.
Additional information is posted on the DPD website at www.cityofchicago.org/dpd.
Click here for more information

Edgewater Arts Festival

Volunteers Needed for Arts Festival
Sign up to help out as a volunteer at the Edgewater Arts Festival.
Shift Duties:

  • Artist Load-In: Direct artists to booths, hand out artist packages, maintain traffic flow.
  • Gate: accept entrance donations, hand out schedule, donation stickers. Volunteers must be friendly and outgoing to interact with festival-goers.
  • Beverages: check ID’s and provide wristbands for 21 and over, pour and hand out beverages.
  • Kids Area: assist with activities

Festival Dates and Operating Hours: Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24; 11am-6pm; Festival Location: 1040–1190 W. Granville Avenue
All Forms must be submitted by Friday, September 15
Click here for the volunteer forms

Parents and Teachers, do you have or know of a young person who loves to sing, dance or play an instrument?

We have a fun opportunity for 48th Ward elementary school age musicians, singers and dancers to perform on stage at the Edgewater
Arts Festival, on Sunday September 24.  If your child or music student loves to perform and has a couple of songs they’d like to share with their neighbors, please sign up now for one of the limited remaining spots in the 5th Annual Children’s Music Talent Showcase. It’s not a contest, it’s a fun and friendly way of highlighting some of our talented neighborhood kids and it’s hosted again by Edgewater’s own professional musician Steven Solomon, who’s been performing professionally for 17 years, since age ten.

For more information go to   www.ChildrensMusicTalentShowcase.com

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.

The first speaker is New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Eig, whose recently published book, Ali: A Life is being acclaimed as the most definite biography of the iconic Muhammad Ali. The author interviewed more than five hundred people who knew Ali, giving us a powerful and compelling personal account of the man known as “The Greatest.”  Mr. Eig’s presentation is Sunday, September 24, at 11:15 am.

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.

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 eventsUpcoming Events at Edgewater Branch

  • Summer Reading Challenge for Adults:  Read Around the World
    Through September 5
    Read books from or about at least four world regions.  Each book counts only once, even if it covers multiple regions.  From histories to mysteries, choose books right for you!  Read in any format (book, eBook, audio, etc.).  Ask your librarian for a program form to submit to the Chicago Public Library Content Curation department for a chance to win raffle prizes.
  • And coming in September–getting ready to Zumba!

Don’t miss our regular monthly programs:

Edgewater Branch, Chicago Public Library
6000 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
Hours of Operation: Monday & Wednesday 10-6; Tuesday & Thursday 12-8; Friday & Saturday 9-5; Sunday CLOSED

Care for Real News

30 Kids, 30 Days, $33K
September is Hunger Action Month and Care for Real is uniting with food banks nationwide to urge individuals to help end hunger in our communities.

According to Feeding America and the USDA, 13.1 children in the United States live in food insecure households. Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to increased likelihood of long-term consequences such as developmental and behavioral challenges, health issues, and a greater risk of school truancy and tardiness.
For the month of September, Care for Real is bringing back our 30 kids in 30 days campaign- and setting our fundraising goal of $33,000 to help ensure we feed 30 kids, 3 nutritious meals a day, for one year.   Let’s come together and make sure no child has to worry about where their next meal comes from. Every dollar counts! Donate online at 30 Kids or email Lyle Allen for more information, lyle@careforreal.org.

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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 Nature Day
Saturday, September 2
11am – 2pm
West Ridge Nature Preserve, 5800 N. Western
Click here for more information

What is Chicago Market? A Community Co-op
Wednesday, September 6
Emerald City Coffee, 1224 W. Wilson
Click here for more information

Energy Saving Workshop
Wednesday, September 6
Broadway Armory Satellite Senior Center, 5917 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Illinois School Funding Town Hall
Thursday, September 7
Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood

Photography Exhibit: Two Perceptions – One World
Friday, September 8
Bethany Retirement Community, 4950 N. Ashland

Edgewater artist Tracy Poyser (www.tracypoyserphotoart.com) is one of two featured artist in a new gallery display at Bethany Retirement Community September 8-November 30, 2017, together with local photographer Chris Carollo (www.primalartifice.com). An exciting Bethany initiative to support the local art community, this unique exhibit, entitled “Two Perceptions – One World,” will liven up Bethany’s public lobby floor hallways, to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The opening reception on Friday, September 8 from 6-8PM) is open to all, but please RSVP to 773-989-1501Click here for more information.

Concert and Movie at Berger Park
Saturday, Sept. 9
5pm – Raga-Andean World Folk Music Concert
7pm – Walt Disney film BOLT
Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Mental Health Service Fair
Saturday, September 9
Truman College Theater Building, 4530 N. Racine
Click here for more information

Association of Condominium, Townhouse, and Homeowners Associations Conference
Saturday, September 9
Conference Chicago at University Center, 525 S. State
Click here for more information

Uptown Saturday Nights: UGOCHI & The Afro Soul Ensemble
Saturday, September 9
Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson
Click here for more information

Bezazian Library Mural Rededication
Saturday, September 16
Bezazian Branch Chicago Public Library, 1226 W. Ainslie
Click here for more information

Pace/CTA North Shore Coordination Plan Open House

Monday, September 18
Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St.

Residents, commuters and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend an open house to learn more about the Pace/CTA North Shore Coordination Plan and share input on the initial recommendations. Click here for more information.

Lead Workshop for Communities
Tuesday, September 26, 
Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Click here for more information

Arts & Culture

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

The Veil
By Conor McPherson
Performed by Idle Muse Theatre Company
Performances August 17 – September 17
The Edge Theater
5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

For One: A series of plays built for an audience of one

By (re)Discover Theatre
Performances August 30 – September 30
Gunder Mansion, 6219 N Sheridan Rd.

Click here for more information

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