Weekly Update from Your Alderman- September 20, 2019

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Weekly Update from Your Alderman
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September 20, 2019
Dear Neighbor,

It’s been a challenging week in our community.

On Tuesday former Senn High School teacher and theatre director Joel Ewing was charged with and reportedly admitted to sexually assaulting one of his former students. I am outraged and sickened that this happened, and I applaud the victim’s courage in coming forward. There can be no higher priority than protecting our children and I will not rest until I know that we have done everything possible to make sure that this never happens again. This means not only monitoring the prosecution in this case, but also holding CPS and DCFS accountable for protecting our children. I ask you to join me in supporting Senn students during this difficult time.

The US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Chicago Public Schools have entered into a legally binding agreement to enact extensive reforms regarding the handling of abuse and assault cases. This federal oversight is designed to protect CPS students and is a direct result of past failures of handling assault and abuse cases. I will keep you updated on the important reforms that will be incorporated into this agreement and oversight. I will work with CPS and Senn to ensure resources and systems are in place to protect our children on campus and in our community. My office also will be monitoring Joel Ewing’s criminal case and will keep you posted.

It is critical that we come together to protect the well-being of students in our community. I strongly encourage you to contact the CPS Office of Student Protections and Title IX (773-535-4400)with any cases of misconduct or criminal activity related to CPS and I offer my office as a resource to anyone who needs support in such situations.

This week 24th Police District officer Paul Oliver Escamilla took his own life. Officer Escamilla served the north side and most recently served as an aide to 24th District Commander Michelle Rubino. Officer Escamilla was a husband and father of three, and is remembered as a warm and loyal co-worker and a dedicated civil servant. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children, and fellow officers. Click here to read a Chicago Tribune article featuring 20th District Commander Sean Loughran’s remembrance of Officer Escamilla. As we enter the City Budget process in the coming month, I will continue to support increased funding for mental health and support services for our officers. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please seek help and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.

We had a very active day at City Council on Wednesday. The ordinance I introduced with Alderman Brendan Reilly that increases the threshold from 75% to 85% of owners voting to approve a sale of a condo building to developers in attempted deconversions passed. Thank you to the many Sheridan Road neighbors who advocated on behalf of the rights of condo owners and who supported this effort. Additionally, I introduced an ordinance that would create a Senior Bill of Rights in partnership with my colleagues and the advocates at the Jane Addams Senior Caucus. It is critical that we, as a city, support our elders. The Senior Bill of Rights includes measures to protect seniors and ensure that they have safe conditions in senior housing facilities and proper accommodations during repairs and work on their buildings. I also co-sponsored an ordinance introduced by Alderman Ray Lopez that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes and liquid vape cartridges, and an ordinance introduced by Alderman Rod Sawyer to increase funding for gun violence prevention in our neighborhoods.

In my new role as Chairman of the Committee on Housing and Real Estate, I am making an effort to visit neighborhoods across the city and work with my colleagues to understand issues around housing and development in all 50 wards. This week I visited Woodlawn and had an informative and enlightening tour of the area led by community activists who are concerned about preserving the historic character of the neighborhood as well as preserving housing affordability among pressures from development by University of Chicago and the future Obama Presidential Center. I am committed to working with my colleagues and with communities to find solutions to bring balance to communities experiencing new investment so that it does not lead to mass displacement of the neighbors who worked to build the community.

While it was by and large a heavy week in our community, there were some bright spots. One in particular is the birth of Enzo Grey Dinges, son of Sara Dinges, Andersonville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. Please join in me welcoming Enzo to our community and congratulating Sara and her husband Peter on the new addition to their family.

Local activists were out this morning near the entrance to Lake Shore Drive showing their support for today’s Global Climate Strike. I support the Climate Strike and believe it is critical that we act now to slow the effects of climate change and work to find solutions so that future generations around the world are able to live healthy and prosperous lives. Tomorrow 300+ students from Senn High School will join Hi-Cone and Alliance for the Great Lakes for the annual beach clean-up at Osterman Beach. If you would like to join in this effort to share the value of environmental stewardship with our future leaders, meet at the beach house around 8:45am. 

This weekend is the first ever Andersonville Arts Fest, as part of Andersonville Arts Week. The festival includes more than 100 artists, local craft beer and food, and performances by local acts. Andersonville Arts Fest takes place on Clark St. between Argyle and Winona. For full event details, click here.

A number of our neighbors are walking in this weekend’s Out of the Darkness walk to support American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more information on this event, click here. Have a safe and peaceful weekend.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Development Update: Tavern License at 5555 N. Sheridan
A proposed restaurant in the former soda fountain space in the Edgewater Beach Apartments has received community support for both their request to obtain a Special Use Permit to get a tavern license and to lift the tavern liquor license moratorium that is in place on Sheridan Road between Catalpa and Hollywood. The business will operate as an all day cafe including coffee, sandwiches, and light appetizers, and feature a curated wine list. The need for a tavern license is due to the layout of the space and the owner’s commitment to preserving the historic nature of the space.

If you have any questions about this project, please email harry@48thward.org or call 773-784-5277.

Public Safety Update
Late last Friday night, 20th District police officers retrieved five guns from an individual and made a related arrest on the 4900 block of Broadway. Officers utilized the Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSC) to identify the offenders in this case and quickly responded. I appreciate the efforts from the 20th District officers and Commander Sean Loughran on making this arrest and their continued work in our community. For more information on the Strategic Decision Support Center, please click here.

20th District Community Conversations Strategic Planning Meeting
Monday, October 7
Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N Lincoln Ave
Click here for more information

LGBTQ+ Criminal Justice Survey
The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is conducting a survey to gather information on harm and help-seeking experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals living in Illinois.

Research indicates LGBTQ+ individuals experience higher rates of crime–specifically higher rates of violent crime. ICJIA researchers collaborated with LGBTQ+ service providers and advocates to design a survey for LGBTQ+ individuals who have experienced harm that will help inform local and state-level policies and practices to address victimization within the community. The survey covers a range of topics, including stressful experiences, disclosure of victimization, and need for and receipt of services after experiencing harm. Participant feedback also will help shape priorities for federal Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) program funding. Last year, ICJIA disbursed $51.8 million in VOCA and VAWA funds to victim service providers across Illinois.

The 45- to 60-minute survey can be taken online or via hard copy. Participants will be asked to complete a brief screening process either online or by phone prior to taking the survey. Survey respondents will receive a $10 gift card for their participation. For more information or to take the survey, go to: http://www.icjia.state.il.us/research/lgbtq

2019 Beat Meeting Schedules
Click here to view the schedule for the 20th District CAPS Beat Meetings
Click here to view the schedule for the 24th District CAPS Beat Meeting
If you want to know which police district and beat you belong to, click here to find out.

Live Music at Edgewater Farmers Market
Saturday, Sept. 21
Broadway Armory Parking Lot, 5917 N. Broadway

Enjoy the sounds of 48th Ward resident Joyce Walker and her band at the Edgewater Farmers Market this and next weekend!

Andersonville Arts Week + Arts Fest – Sept. 19-22

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will present the 17th annual Andersonville Arts Week + Fest, September 19-22, 2019. The event features the returning Self-Guided Art Walk, over 50 local businesses, 200 artists, and a new weekend outdoor arts festival. 

Andersonville will transform into a district of art galleries, with visual art exhibited throughout the neighborhood in local businesses. Attendees can explore these exhibits with the Self-Guided Art Walk Thursday, September 19 – Sunday, September 22. The esteemed Night of 100 Parties takes place on September 20 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and showcases both the art and the artist in spirited celebration. Andersonville Arts Fest caps off the week with a two-day street festival produced by nationally acclaimed arts festival production company, Amdur Productions, south of Foster Avenue on Clark Street between Winona and Argyle Streets.    

For complete details, click here.

Senn High School Bulldog Nation Block Party
Saturday, September 21
11am – 3pm
Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood
Click here for more information

Come out for fun, food, games, and Senn-sational Bulldog pride!

Uncommon Ground/Greenstar Oktoberfest
Friday, September 20
Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon
Click here for more information

Celebrate Oktoberfest the Uncommon way! Join us for a night of live music, traditional german food, and of course, beer! The Blue Eyed Bettys will be playing while we celebrate the tapping of Greenstar Brewing’s own organic Oktoberfest beer! It’s a Marzen Lager that gives flavors of fresh bread, caramel, and vanilla, and Perle hops give a hint of floral and spicy notes! Commemorative collector’s Greenstar Oktoberfest steins will be available!

Edgewater Glen Association Annual Plant Swap

The Edgewater Glen Fall Swap will be held Sat. Sept. 21st, weather permitting, in the back yard at 1420 W. Glenlake (6100N) from 10am til noon. Fall is a great time to thin\transplant iris’ and share other plants and gardening stuff. Even if you don’t have anything to share, we usually have leftovers that need a home. All gardeners are welcome. For more info see www.edgeglen.com

Intergenerational Skillshare Program

Only Junior spots available! Millennial or younger? You can earn service learning hours! 

Join us each of 8 Thursdays in a small group of 3 “Juniors” (Millennial or younger) with 3 “Seniors” (55 and older) to learn a plethora of fun activities together to build community, friendship, learning, and shared experiences.

Apply Today At https://seedscenter.org/intergen Special deadline extension: Sept 23rd at midnight! Only a few days away!! Just mention this newsletter. 

A.C.T. Group hosts the 6th Annual Shred Event to benefit Care For Real

We are all so excited to bring this back for the 6th year.  Please come out to help us support Care For Real. For those not familiar with Care for Real, they have been serving the Edgewater/Uptown Communities by providing  food, clothing, pet supplies and job readiness to those in need since 1970.
When:  Saturday, 9/21/19
Where:  in front of The A.C.T. Group’s office (6228 N. Broadway)
Time:   9:00-Noon
Click here for informational flyer
To recap the “rules”…
Bring as much shred as you want and then donate generously (!) by giving cash, checks (made out to Care for Real) or non-perishable, NON EXPIRED food.  ALL DONATIONS ARE GIVEN DIRECTLY TO CARE FOR REAL. 
Don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors.
If you cannot be at the shred event but would like to donate to Care For Realyou can send us your checks (made payable to Care for Real) and we will include them with our collected donations. 
Last year we collected $5115 in cash donations, 200 pounds of food and had 3800 pounds of shred!!  These generous donations go a long way to support Care for Real!
Farm Bar Community Dining Night for Senn High School
Tuesday, September 24
Farm Bar Edgewater, 1133 W. Granville
Click here for more information

Farm Bar is giving back to the community, and celebrating their arrival to Edgewater by donating 10% of all sales on Tuesday, Sept. 24, to Senn High School. 

Taste of Uptown
Thursday, September 26
Various locations in Uptown
Click here for more information and to register

The 4th 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 Le Nocturne (4810 N. Broadway), one of uptown’s newest hot spots, and stroll from restaurant to restaurant along the Broadway, Wilson, and Lawrence corridors, enjoying samples at various locations. 

Edgewater Fall Art Fair
September 28-29
Granville, between Broadway and Sheridan
Click here for more information

Come out for the annual Edgewater Fall Art Fair on Granville! This annual, homegrown event features  more than 100 Artists, 28 bands, a children’s area, plus food, beer, and wine! This event is produced by Edgewater Artists in Motion.

Care for Real – The Great Tomato Challenge

Care for Real is excited to announce a new fundraiser, The Great Tomato Challenge, a month-long partnership between local businesses, our community and Care for Real.

What is The Great Tomato Challenge?
Local businesses will offer a unique dish, menu item or special retail product that highlights tomatoes! From September 1 – September 30, every time this item is sold, a portion of the purchase will be donated to Care for Real by the participating business. For a list of participating businesses and their designated menu items, please visit Care for Real’s website or Facebook event.

100% of all donations from The Great Tomato Challenge will support Care for Real’s free programs and services. Customers and supporters will also be encouraged to visit multiple participating businesses and take selfies or create a post with the tomato themed item using the hashtag #thegreattomatochallenge. All participants will be entered into a chance to win a gift basket chockful of delicious food and drink.

Why tomatoes?
Tomatoes represent Care for Real’s focus on providing a variety of seasonal, fresh produce for our neighbors in need. Tomatoes are a robust, delicious reminder of the importance of distributing fresh produce in the fight against hunger and an extension of Care for Real’s dedication to encouraging clients to eat better and live healthier lifestyles.

To participate
Follow Care for Real on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep updated and visit our website and sign up for our newsletter at www.careforreal.org for more information.

What’s Happening at the Libraries

The Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., and the Bezazian Public Library, 1226 W. Ainslie St., offer a wide variety of programs and events each month. 
Click here for a listing of Edgewater Library events
Click here for a listing of Bezazian Library events

Programs at Bezazian Branch:

Know Your Rights: A Special Education Clinic
Saturday, September 21, 11am

Books on the Chopping Block: A Banned Books Week Read Out with City Lit Theatre
Saturday, September 28, 11am

Lost Uptown: The Rainbo Roller Rink with Andy Pierce
Saturday, September 28, 2pm
https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/5cd071b6a0bc3828000bafc9Misericordia Job Fair
Misericordia is Home to over 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities. We have a 31 acre campus where we provide round the clock care and support to our residents.  In supporting and caring for our residents, we strive to find compassionate and hardworking individuals to join our team.

We will be hosting an onsite JOB FAIR on Wednesday, September 25th from 11am-2pm.  Experience in this field is not a requirement. We have several openings which are entry level positions. These can lead to further growth and development within our organization and hopefully the start of a career for those who are hired.

We provide paid training for employees hired as Direct Support Professionals and we provide paid training for Certified Nursing Assistants who have passed their state boards.

Click here for informational flyer.

Northside Regional Job Fair
Thursday, October 3
10am – 2pm
Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson
Click here for more information

Come out to the second annual Northside Regional Job Fair, featuring more than 35 employers! Job seekers are asked to pre-register (click here for registration). Please also consider attending one of the pre-event workshops to help prepare you for success at the job fair:Tuesday, September 24, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Resume Writing / Resume Tips for Job Fairs (Truman College, Room 1106)Thursday, September 26, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Interviewing and Job Search Techniques (Truman College, Room 1106)Thursday, October 3, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM How to Apply for State Jobs (Truman College, Room 1106)
1:00PM – 2:00 PM How to Apply for State Jobs (Truman College, Room 1106)

Andersonville is hiring!
Did you know that there is a job portal on the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce website? If you’re looking for a job or looking to hire, please check out the listings page here.

Chicago Friends School Admissions Coffee
Wednesday, September 25
Chicago Friends School, 1246 W. Thorndale
Click here for more information

Anti-Bullying Rally
Saturday, September 28
Noon – 2pm
Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club, 4835 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information
Come out to rally against bullying and in support of a positive and supportive experience for our community’s youth! This event will feature food, performances, and special guests!

Peirce Harbor Night
Friday, October 4
Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club, 601 W. Montrose
Click here for more information

48th Ward Youth Advisory Council
The purpose of this council began with our desire to make a difference in the way youth engage, learn, and participate in the community they call home. The council plans community events that will others in the community will enjoy. They get the opportunity to meet with other leaders in our community. If you want to learn more or have any questions contact PC at pc@48thward.org.

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

The Craft of Writing Your Story 2.0
Edgewater Senior Satellite Center, Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway
Wednesdays: Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 23
1-3 p.m.In a series of six creative nonfiction workshops, memoir writing teacher Ben Polk shows how to use the craft of writing to capture life stories in the memoir genre. Authentic memoirs writing embraces the same creative principles used by screenwriters, fiction writers and novelists. Sessions are structured around mini-lectures; participants produce and share their stories and engage the group in critique techniques. Ben is a published poet, former editor and a lifelong writer. Registration required; call (773) 382-0764 or email edgewatervillagechicago@gmail.com. Limit: 10 participants.

The Village Chicago Presents: The New Age of Dying and Death: Fifty Years After Kubler-Ross
Monday, September 23
5:30 PM Registration; 6:00—7:00 PM Program
Advocate Illinois Masonic, Olson Auditorium
836 W Wellington AveIn her 1969 book, On Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross explored the lack of understanding of the dying process in America. Today we face more ethical and personal questions about dying and death than ever. A panel will discuss critical issues in the contemporary end-of-life experience for individuals,  loved ones, care receivers, and care providers. Moderated by Loretta Downs – Founder, Chrysalis End-of-Life Inspirations, panelists are Rev. Myron Erickson – Vice President, Mission and Spiritual Care; Kimberly Callinan – Chief Executive Officer Compassion and Choices; and H. Peter Steeves – Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Humanities Center at DePaul University. RSVP online at www.thevillagechicago.org or by contacting info@thevillagechicago org or call 773.248.8700

Armchair Traveler: Through the Northwest Passage
Friday, Oct. 4
1-2:30 p.m.
Edgewater Village Chicago invites you to join world traveler Michael Helmcke as he takes us on an virtual adventure from Vancouver along the northern coastline of America to New York.  Along the way, he’ll share the history of the seaway discovery and the exhilarating experience of traveling in an area that is rarely visited. Free. Location: Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway.

“Women Rowing North”
Oct. 10-31
1-2:30 p.m.
A four-week discussion begins Thursday, Oct. 3, for the book, “Women Rowing North; Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age” by Mary Pipher. The author believes we need to make an effort and choose a positive attitude to maintain a sense of direction; Mary Coogan will facilitate the discussion. Copies of the book are reserved at the Edgewater Library and may be picked up after you register by calling (773) 382-0764 or emailing edgewatervillagechicago@gmail.com. Limit: 16 people.

Construction Activity Notices – CTA RPM Utility Relocation WorkComEd Service Transfers – 5100-5232 N. Winthrop (8/12-9/20) — Click for detailsComEd Service Transfers – 5530-5628 N. Winthrop (8/12-9/20) — Click for detailsComEd Service Transfers – 5634-5722 N. Winthrop (8/12-9/20) — Click for detailsComEd Service Transfers – 5726-5812N. Winthrop (8/12-9/20) — Click for detailsCTA RPM Project UpdateCTA continues to make progress on the advance work we need to complete before we begin major construction on the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project. The work we’re doing includes relocating utility lines and equipment to make room for new track structure that will be built as part of RPM. Last month, CTA held public meetings about the project’s progress and the timeline for construction of the new Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr. That information, including Q&As from the meetings, can be found at transitchicago.com/RPM. Below is the weekly utility and demolition update for the LBMM project area:Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Leland and Foster and at all cross streets from Leland to Foster:Lawrence:  ComEd resumed pulling cable into the east alley north of Lawrence.Argyle:  Underground duct bank installation is approximately 90% complete.Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Foster and Balmoral and at all cross streets from Foster to Balmoral:Berwyn:  ComEd pulled cable into the east alley north of W. Berwyn.Balmoral:  ComEd began service transfers in the east alley north and south of W. Balmoral Ave.Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Balmoral and Bryn Mawr and at all cross streets from Balmoral to Bryn Mawr:Bryn Mawr:  ComEd continued underground work on Bryn Mawr.

Worlds greatest dad • Mt. Pocono • Pretty Pleased & more!
Friday, September 20
Uptown Cafe + Gallery, 5010 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Steady Baked Comedy Show Volume 4
Friday, September 20
Uptown Cafe + Gallery, 5010 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

CACC Homecoming Adoption Event
Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22
Chicago Animal Care & Control, 2741 S. Western Ave.
Click here for more information

First Slice Open Mic
Saturday, September 21
First Slice Cafe, 5357 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

A Novena for Healing and Atonement
Tuesday, September 24
St. Gertrude’s Church, 6200 N. Glenwood
Click here for more information

4th Annual Taste of Uptown
Various stops along Broadway, Lawrence, Wilson
Thursday, September 26  |  6:00pm – 9:00pm
$5 off every ticket with promo code UPEARLY thru 9/9
Click here for more information

The Best of MoTown: Live Band Tribute
Friday, September 27
Uptown Cafe + Gallery, 5010 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information

Neighborhood Pet Blessing
Saturday, October 4
Church of the Atonement, 5749 N. Kenmore
Click here for more information

Uptown Church Fall Festival 
Saturday, October 12
11am – 3pm
Uplift Community High School, 900 W. Wilson
Click here for more information
 See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

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

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

Come Rain or Come Shine: A Judy Garland Cabaret
September 20 – 21
Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark
Click here for more information

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

Produced by AstonRep Theatre Company
September 27 – October 27
The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Sundown, Yellow Moon
Produced by Raven Theatre
October 3 – November 17
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Produced by Steep Theatre
October 4 – November 9
Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information

Keely & Du
Produced by Redtwist Theatre
October 14 – November 10
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

The Bengsons: A Benefit Concert
Wednesday, October 16
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

Laura and the Sea
Produced by Rivendell Theatre
October 25 – December 8
Rivendell Theatre, 5775 N. Ridge
Click here for more information

48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman
Ward Office                                                           City Hall Office
5533 N. Broadway,                                                121 N. LaSalle Room 300,
Chicago, IL 60640                                                  Chicago, IL 60602
773-784-5277                                                         312-744-6860
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