Weekly Update from Your Alderman – September 15, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: North Clark St. Community Visioning, Swedish American Museum Expansion, Chicago Filmmakers, Weekend Events, Whole Foods Supports Hayt Elementary School, and more!

September 15, 2017

Dear Neighbor:

Earlier this week I announced that my office, in partnership with 40th Ward Ald. O’Connor, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, and Edgewater Development Corporation, is engaging in a community visioning process for North Clark Street, between Ridge and Devon avenues. This week we held a roundtable breakfast for business owners along this stretch to brainstorm ideas for bringing more vibrancy and new businesses to the street. Please mark your calendar for a series of community conversations next month: Friday, Oct. 7, 5:30-7:30pm; Saturday, Oct. 14, 2-5pm; and Sunday, Oct. 22, noon-3pm. I will share more details on these events in the coming weeks.

I encourage you to take a walk along this part of Clark St. and support the local businesses here, as well as envision what kinds of businesses and infrastructure improvements you’d like to see. Three businesses recently opened at Thome and Clark: TK Photography (6241 N. Clark St.), a family photo studio; Heirloom Books (6239 N. Clark St.), a used book store; and K&J Global Pharmacy(6237 N. Clark St.). Please join me in showing them a warm welcome to our community.

A little further south on Clark St., the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.) announced earlier this week that they purchased their neighboring building as part of a plan to expand the museum. On the heels of the installation of the Swedish flag water tower during the summer, this is exciting news for our community. Congratulations to Executive Director Karin Abercrombie and her team on a productive summer. The Swedish American Museum is an important anchor institution in the Andersonville district and a great community partner. Please visit their museum, which includes an engaging and interactive area for children, and gift shop to congratulate them on their coming expansion.

This week’s Chicago Reader features a great article about Chicago Filmmakers and their coming relocation to the firehouse at 5720 N. Ridge. Chicago Filmmakers has been an important cultural institution in our community and in the city of Chicago, and I am very excited to cut the ribbon when they move their operations to the firehouse. I will keep you posted as the date for the grand opening is confirmed.

This weekend, connect with neighbors, give back to the community, and learn some local history:

  • Osterman Beach Clean-up: Join Senn High School students, Alliance for the Great Lakes, and Ocean Conservancy for a beach clean-up from 9am to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16. Click here for details.
  • NewStory Fall Kick-off Party: As we say goodbye to summer and welcome fall, come out for a big picnic/potluck complete with fun, games, music (and even a bounce house)! Come on out Sunday, Sept. 17, noon to 3pm, and bring some food to share if you can! Click here for details. 
  • Edgewater Historical Society Home Tour: Take advantage of a rare opportunity of getting to see inside some of Edgewater’s oldest homes this Sunday, Sept. 17, as part of the Edgewater Historical Society’s annual Home Tour. Click here for details.

On Wednesday, September 20, Whole Foods Market Edgewater (6009 N. Broadway) will donate 5% of all sales to Hayt Elementary School (1518 W. Granville). Please make an effort to support Hayt on this day by picking up a few groceries, buying a cup of coffee, or stopping by the salad bar for lunch or dinner.

Last week, students at Senn High School lost a friend and classmate with the unfortunate passing of sophomore Meghan Dunne. My thoughts are with Meghan’s friends and family during this difficult time. Click here for information on how you can support her family.

Have a great weekend. Click here to view an email I sent out earlier this week listing more than 20 events in the community through the end of October.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

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.

Our office will share details on a community meeting to review plans and expected community impact for this project in the coming week.

Volunteers Needed – Pedestrian Counts on Argyle
The 48th Ward office, in partnership with Uptown United and Chicago Department of Transporation (CDOT), is coordinating volunteers to assist with data collection to measure the impact of the new Argyle Streetscape. We are looking for volunteers to conduct pedestrian counts on Argyle between Sheridan and Broadway from 11:30am-1:30pm and 5-7pm on Tuesday, Oct. 3; Thursday, Oct. 5; and Saturday, Oct. 7. Volunteers must be able to stay on their feet for two hours. There will be a mandatory training on Thursday, September 28, 4pm.

If you are interested in volunteering, click here for more information and to sign up. Please contact ally@48thward.org with questions.

Free Flu Shot Clinic
Free flu shots will be provided by the Chicago Department of Public Health for anyone 6 months of age or older, at the 48th Ward office, 5533 N. Broadway, on Tuesday, Sept. 26. 10am to 2pm.  If you have a Medicare card, please bring it. No appointment necessary.

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!  

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).

Senntoberfest – Fall Festival Fundraiser for Senn High School

Join us for the first annual SENNTOBERFEST — a fall festival to benefit Senn High School! The event will begin 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.Thank you to our partners at Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Senn Park Advisory Council, Chicago Park District for making this event possible!

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.

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

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 informationEdgewater Historical Society Annual Home Tour – September 17
On Sunday, September 17, the Edgewater Historical Society will present its 29th Home Tour in the Edgewater Triangle neighborhood which includes the area within borders Bryn Mawr, Clark, and Ridge. This area of Edgewater includes many of Edgewater’s oldest homes built between 1890 and 1920.

The tour will begin at Edgewater Baptist Church a Glenwood and Hollywood at noon. Tour goers will guide themselves to the open homes using the tour map. The cost is $25 per person and requires walking several blocks. No reservations are required.

The architecture of the area includes older single family homes built in the Chicago Cottage style, Queen Anne homes with full front porches, Classic Chicago Two flats with custom design elements and some condo conversions of unique spaces in 6 flat buildings. There is something for everyone here.  Kitchens have been redesigned, bathrooms have been updated, original woodwork has been preserved and thoughtful restorations have enhanced the historical character of the neighborhood.

The homes open for touring will have tour guides in them. At each site the person checking tickets will tell the story of how the home came to be built before allowing entry to the home.Edgewater Historical Society Living Treasures Nominations are Open

The Edgewater Historical Society (EHS) is seeking nominees for its  Edgewater Living Treasures Award.  The EHS invites Edgewater residents to submit the name(s) of anyone whom they feel is deserving of the award by October 1, 2017. A  nomination form is attached. They can also  be picked up at the Edgewater Historical Society as well as accessed on line at the Historical Society’s website. (edgewaterhistory.org) Winners of the award are at the sole discretion of the Edgewater Historical Society.

The Edgewater Living Treasures Award will honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the community by enhancing the quality of life of its citizens. An Edgewater Living Treasure is a person who makes an outstanding contribution to Edgewater, someone who is an example of community action helping neighbors to accomplish worthwhile goals. These are people we admire for their dedication to real change, and their determination to have positive ideas turn into reality. Nomination forms can be submitted by one or more individuals.

One or more recipient(s) will be announced by the Edgewater Historical Society at our Spring Benefit Dinner in 2018. The award is one of recognition and has no financial value. Awards will be made in person by the Edgewater Historical Society.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.

Auditions for The Edgewater Singers
The Edgewater Singers, a choral ensemble performing for more than thirty years in their community is seeking voices.  If you love singing, have sung and want to raise your voice with like-minded singers, please consider auditioning.  We need all ranges, especially tenor, baritone and bass and the ability to read music is desirable.

Contact Artistic Director, Philip Seward to arrange a date and time at philiplseward@gmail.com. Please be sure that “EWS Auditions” is in the subject line. For more information visit: http://edgewatersingers.org/

Senior Updates

For 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.

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. 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:

“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

“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
School & Youth News

Community Bricolage Days at Peirce Elementary School

Peirce School and Green Star Movement are putting up a bricolage (a mural using mosaic tiles, mirrors, clay sculptures) around the school garden on Gregory this September. We are thankful for the support of the City of Chicago and Alderman Osterman’s office in securing grant money to make this happen. We encourage community participation in putting up the bricolage, if you would like to participate, please join us on one or more of the days below, a form for sign up will be available each day. Children are welcome to attend but Green Star only works with 3rd grade and up. Students MUST be accompanied by an adult to take part in community days. Community days: September 21st, 25th, 26th, 27th,28th, and 29th. All times will be from 2:00 – 5:00pm. Email Meredith Buchbinder with any questions mabuchbinder@cps.edu

Dining Out for Swift – Mas Alla Del Sol
Mas Alla Del Sol (5848 N. Broadway) will donate 10% of sales on Friday, September 22 to support Swift. Bring a friend for delicious Mexican food! George B. Swift Specialty School (5900 N. Winthrop Ave.) is a Level 1+ Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster school, serving grades preK-8. With a population that represents over 50 countries and over 65 home languages, Swift is a true neighborhood gem. Click here for details.

Peirce Back to School Fall Festival
Please join Friends of Peirce at their Back to School Fall Festival on Saturday, September 23, from 1-4 pm at St. Gregory’s Gymnasium (1609 W. Gregory), All donations support the school.
-Bounce houses
-Bingo with prizes
-Concessions $1 each
We hope to see you there! Click here for more information

New School Year off to a Great Start at Northside Catholic Academy
The 2017-18 school year is off to a great start at Northside Catholic Academy. NCA is pleased to introduce its new NCA President Rev. Tirso Villaverde and Middle School Assistant Principal Emily Carlson. Fr. Tirso joined the NCA community as Pastor of St. Margaret Mary in 2016. Emily has been with NCA as its 7th Grade ELA teacher since 2013, and also served as NCA’s Part-Time Middle School Assistant Principal during the 2014-2015 school year. She is presently working on her Master’s in Administration and Supervision at Loyola University.Both Fr. Tirso and Emily look forward to continue to strengthen and grow NCA, and provide a quality Catholic education to the parishes and neighborhoods of Chicago’s Northside.

(Photo Caption) Introducing NCA’s 2017-18 administrative team: Principal Christine Huzenis, new NCA President Rev. Tirso Villaverde, new Middle School Assistant Principal Emily Carlson, and Primary Campus Assistant Principal Barb Karczewski.

Applications for the 2018-19 School Year Now Available
Northside Catholic Academy is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year.  Applications are available online. NCA offers half-day and full-day preschool starting at age three, and a top-ranked K-8 academic program. Discover what makes NCA a Blue Ribbon School at the first Open House Coffee and Tour on October 4, at 9am, at the Primary School Campus (6216 N. Glenwood Ave.). Call 773-743-6277 to RSVP or to learn more.

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

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

Edgewater Arts Festival

September 23 & 24 | 11am – 6pm
Granville Avenue between Broadway and Sheridan Rd.
Presented by Edgewater Artists in Motion; produced by Big Buzz Idea Group

The Music
Three stages, 20 acts and 50+ performers spanning multiple generations and cultural backgrounds:  jazz, blues, funk, flamenco, reggae, African drumming, folk songs and originals, classical music, choral singing, cabaret, Klezmer music, New Age electronica and pop/rock. See full stage program

Kids Activity Corner and Youth Art Showcases

  • Kids Activity Corner for children age 1-12 with: puppet shows, face painting, chalk murals, African toys and games, Mammy/Daddy & Me art classes by Aartwerk, and arts & crafts workshops
  • An extended “Young Artists” showcase to celebrate the importance of arts education in our schools: Artwork by students of Hayt, McCutcheon, Northside Catholic Academy, Peirce, Rickover Naval Academy, Sacred Heart, Senn, Swift, and Chicago Jewish Day School. Performances by Goudy Rock Band and Peirce Bollywood Dancers.

Also at the Festival:

3 Stages of Live Music, with 20 Acts and 50+ Performers  |  Kids Activity Corner  |  Youth Art Gallery and Music/Dance Performances  |  Beer Garden with craft beers and food from Mas Alla Del Sol and Fireside Restaurant and Lounge  |  Doggy District with treats and fun for pets  | Edgewater Business Showcase

Event Information: www.edgewaterartists.com

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.Taste of Uptown Dinner Crawl
The 2nd Annual Taste of Uptown is an event that celebrates Uptown’s amazing cultural and culinary diversity. This restaurant crawl will feature small bites and samplings from Uptown eateries. Participants will receive a passport at check-in at Fat Cat Bar (4840 N. Broadway) and stroll from restaurant to restaurant along the Broadway and Wilson corridors enjoying samples at various locations. Click here for more information and to register.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 events

Donate 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.

Upcoming Events at Edgewater Branch

Zumba:  Introduction to Zumba with Liz Guerrero
3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Community Room, Saturdays, September 16 and 23
Blending Latin dance with fitness, this introduction to Zumba will get your heart pumping! Instructor Liz Guerrero shares slick dance skills and fitness tips for beginners in this bilingual class. This program is part of the celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month

Author Talk:  Roger Prosise
6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Community Room, Thursday, September 21
Local author Roger Prosise will discuss his book, Housing Projects, Mansions, and Schools:  An Educator’s Odyssey, which is a luminously written memoir that shows how a boy moved from living in the worst public housing project in the country, Cabrini-Green in Chicago, to becoming the superintendent of a school in one of the wealthiest communities in the country, Bannockburn School.

ABCs (and Ds) of Medicare with Steve Taich
2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Community Room, Tuesday, September 26
The presentation will cover Medicare enrollment, the four basic chapters (A, B, C, & D) and how Medicare works for you.

Edgewater Historical Society Annual Austin Wyman Lecture:  Professor Joseph Schwieterman
2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Community Room, Saturday, September 30
What will transit oriented development (TOD) mean for Edgewater?  With the CTA’s Red Line running through it, Edgewater is primed to be a key  front in this rapidly evolving area.  Join us for a lively discussion on the pros and cons of TOD, Edgewater’s past development patterns, and what  the neighborhood can expect in the years ahead.

Don’t miss our regular monthly programs:

Chess on the Edge
5:30-7:45 p.m. in the Community Room
Tuesday: September 19
Come to open chess play during which players can teach and learn new skills.

Craft & Create:  Knitting
6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Community Room
September 7, 14, and 28
Instruction provided by Sandy.  Knitters bring their own supplies and materials which include knitting needles and yarn

Writing Workshop
6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Community Room
Tuesdays:  September 12 and 26
Join other writers in the Edgewater community in an exchange of feedback and support in your writing endeavors. Held in conjunction with the Community Writing Project, we will have an experienced facilitator on hand to guide the discussion.

Graphic Novel Book Club
6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Community Room
Thursday, September 14
Join us for a lively discussion of Jessica Jones, Alias: Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis.  Copies are available for checkout at the circulation desk.

Monday Matinee
Monday Matinee:  Bend It Like Beckham
2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Community Room, Monday, September 18
Eighteen year-old Jesminder’s parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she’s spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women’s team

Friends of the Edgewater Library
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room
Saturday, September 23
Monthly meeting of the Friends of the Edgewater Library. The Friends enhance the materials, programming, and services of the Edgewater branch of the Chicago Public Library.

NEW!  “No Book” Book Club
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room Monday, September 25
The No Book Club is for people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they’ve read.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Edgewater Library, Edgewater Village, and Edgewater Reads.

CAPS:  Beat Meeting
7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Community Room, Tuesday, September 26
Do you live east of Clark between Devon and Thorndale?  Join your neighbors from the 24th District to exchange information about neighborhood conditions, identify crime, and discuss disorder issues.  Together we will develop strategies to improve the community.

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
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.

This Saturday: Call Bar Fundraiser
Join us this Saturday for a fun time at Call Bar, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr, for A NIGHT IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM.  Seating begins at 9:30pm and proceeds benefit Care for Real.

GCFD Hunger Walk this weekend
Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Hunger Walk is this Saturday.  Although registration is closed, you can still support Care for Real by making a donation here: https://careforreal.org/donate-2/Free Workshops – Dept. of Family & Support Services

The Chicago Department of Family & Social Services offers free workshops throughout the month. Click here to view a schedule of September workshops at the North Side Community Service Center, 845 W. Wilson. Topics include: rental assistance, financial literacy, mental health, and more.CTA, City of Chicago, and Chicago Public Library to Integrate Ventra and Library Cards into City’s Municipal ID Card

Chicago will become the first U.S. city to offer a municipal ID that all users can use to load and pay public transit fares, under an innovative agreement between the City of Chicago, acting through its Office of the City Clerk (OCC), and CTA that will firmly establish Chicago, CTA and the CPL at the forefront of efforts to make cities more welcoming and inclusive.

The Chicago Transit Board on Wednesday approved a partnership between the City and CTA that will integrate Ventra into the city’s municipal ID cards, expected to be issued starting in December 2017. By including a transit card as part of their municipal IDs, Chicago residents can more easily and conveniently access CTA and potentially reduce barriers to riding transit.

Municipal IDs will function just like regular Ventra cards, offering the ability to load any Ventra fares/products at vending machines, retailers, online and via the Ventra app. The CTA will provide the City blank Ventra cards on which the city will print the municipal ID cards. The City will reimburse the CTA for the costs of the cards. In addition to connecting the cards with the Ventra, municipal ID cards will also be connected to the Chicago Public Library (CPL). Chicago residents will be able to use the ID card to open an account with CPL or sync new or existing library accounts with the Municipal ID so that the ID can also physically serve as a library card.

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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


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

Concerts at Unity: Two Pianists
Saturday, September 16
Li-Ying Chang joins Concerts at Unity organizer Michael G. Miller performing duets by Mozart, Schubert, and Ravel, with additional solos by Ms. Chang.
Suggested donation $10
Click here for more information

Vintage Garage Chicago
Sunday, September 17
5051 N. Broadway
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Community Glue Workshop Free Repair Clinic
Sunday, September 17
Edgewater Workbench, 1130 W. Thorndale
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

Uptown Business Networking Mixer
Tuesday, September 26
The Reservoir, 844 W. Montrose
Click here for more information

Martinis The Matter: St. Ita Building Fund
Sunday, Oct. 1
Marty’s Martini Bar, 1511 W. Balmoral

Every Sunday afternoon, Marty’s opens early to support community organizations through the MARTINI’S THAT MATTER program.  Marty’s will donate the profit for the afternoon to St Ita for assistance with the ongoing expense of maintenance for the exterior of the church.  We are very excited this is St Ita’s SIXTH year to participate in this event and has benefited with over $3,500 from these events – so come out meet the new Franciscan Friars, St. Ita Parishioners and friends while enjoying an iced cold beverage while the profits benefit St Ita!

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
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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.

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Our Town
By Redtwist Theatre
Performances through October 8
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr
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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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