Weekly Update from Your Alderman- September 27, 2019

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September 27, 2019
Dear Neighbor,

This week the Lakewood Balmoral Residents’ Council (LBRC) celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding. I joined neighbors to celebrate and honor Marge Britton, one of the founding members. LBRC’s founding was the catalyst for positive change in our community and spurred the growth of the Edgewater Community Council and other block clubs. LBRC continues to be a strong group of neighbors advocating for their community. To see what LBRC was up to back in 1969, click here to read a newsletter that was typed by Mary Luna, mother of my Chief of Staff Dan Luna. We are deeply indebted to Marge Britton for her leadership and dedicated service to our community over the many decades.

Tonight, in partnership with the Chicago Park District, my office is hosting a Teen Takeover at the Broadway Armory. This event is a safe, positive, and fun night for youth aged 13-17. Tonight’s Teen Takeover will include snacks, volleyball, basketball, rollerskating, and video and board games in the Armory’s new Teen Hub. We will have special guests from Windy City Rollers roller derby league leading a roller skating clinic at the beginning of the evening and staying to help new skaters find their feet. Thank you to our partners who help us provide safe spaces for our community’s youth. For more information on tonight’s event, click here.

This weekend is the annual Edgewater Arts Festival on Granville, between Broadway and Sheridan. This homegrown event is a local favorite and marks the end of festival season in the neighborhood. Edgewater Arts Festival runs Saturday and Sunday and features more than 100 visual artists selling their works, a full roster of live entertainment, hands-on art workshops, and a food & beer garden. Please come to out to enjoy local art and support Edgewater Artists in Motion. For more information click here.

Another great community event this weekend is the annual Friends of Edgewater Library Used Book Sale. Friends of Edgewater Library is a non-profit organization of volunteers who work to support the great work at the Edgewater Library. The sale is tomorrow, Saturday, September 28, 10:30am – 3pm, at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Stop by for some great deals on used books. Click here for more information.

Chicago Department of Transportation finished installed Jersey barriers near the lakefront at Rosemont, Granville, and Thorndale this week. These barriers have been placed as a proactive and preventative measure due to rising lake levels and the expected bad weather coming this fall and winter. I continue to work with my fellow elected leaders, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to ensure we do all we can to protect our infrastructure and neighbors during this time. Alderwoman Maria Hadden and I will host a town hall meeting regarding lake levels later this fall.

Commander Sean Loughran of the 20th Police District announced this week that there has been a 35% drop in burglaries since February of this year. Commander Loughran’s team has worked closely with our office and local block clubs to conduct burglary assessments to identify vulnerabilities and share ways to make homes more secure. I applaud the commander’s leadership and work on this effort. Click here to read an article about the 20th District’s work to reduce burglaries. Please contact Alan Oviedo in my office at alan@48thward.org or 773-784-5277 with any public safety concerns you have.

Please come out this Monday, September 30, 5-8pm, for the final Food Trucks at Berwyn Station event. This new series of events was an effort to add vibrancy to Berwyn Ave. east of Broadway in advance of the coming CTA RPM project. A big thank you to Kate and Pete from Steep Theatre and to Daniel and his team at Rewired Cafe for taking the lead on producing this fun series of events that brought neighbors together throughout the summer. Rewired Cafe will host pumpkin carving on Monday to help kick off autumn. Click here for more information.

Have a wonderful weekend, and a happy and peaceful new year to our Jewish friends and neighbors.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
Public Safety Update
20th District Community Conversations Strategic Planning Meeting
Monday, October 7
Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N Lincoln Ave
Click here for more information

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.
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.

This year’s festival also includes a robust schedule of all-ages make-and-take workshops in the Metropolis Coffee parking lot:

11- 1 Puppet Creations1:30 – 3:30 Mixed Media Story Jars4:00 – 6:00 Cardboard SculpturesAll Day: Create Paper Lotus FlowersSunday1:00 -2:30 Miniature House Building for Halloween Creatures2:00 – 4:00 Visiting Artists:  Taste of Calligraphy Demo, Caricature Demo, Poems for You3:00 – 5:00 Surprise Projects GaloreAll Day:  Paper Lotus FlowersAnd don’t miss the 3 large chalkboards located in the art area which need your answers to the prompts. These are drop-in art studio workshops. The projects are Make and Take. One can stay at the table for 20 minutes or for the hour.  Demonstrations will be held at the beginning of each studio and / or when people arrive.

Sharon Hyson, ATR, integrates her skills as an arts administrator, art therapist, arts educator, and teaching artist in all of her art programs. For further information contact sharonhyson@hotmail.com.
CMAA English Classes
October 7
1016 W. Argyle

Join the Chinese Mutual Aid Association for free English language classes starting October 7! Registration is open September 30, October 1 and 5, starting at 9 am. Registration will take 2 hours. For all other questions and concerns call Caroline Kwak at (773) 784-2900 ext. 120.

CMAA Healthcare and English Classes
October 26
1016 W. Argyle

The Chinese Mutual Aid Association is also offering free healthcare and English language classes. Registration is on October 26, from 9am-2pm. Classes start November 2 and go to January 11. For all other questions and concerns call Casey M. at (773) 784-2900 ext. 125.
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.
Berger Park Community Bonfire
October 4, 5:30-7:30pm
Berger Park
6205 N Sheridan

Come to Berger Park on Friday, October 4, for s’mores and stories, brought to you by the Berger Park Advisory Council! Bring your own ingredients or buy them here. Festivities open at 5:30pm and close at 7:30pm. 
A Discussion with Mark Larson at the Steep Theatre
October 7
Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information

Steep Theatre was featured in the recently released book by Mark Larson, Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater, and are hosting a discussion with the author on Monday, October 7 at 7:30. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Raven Theatre – Season Opener
October 11
Raven Theatre
6175 N. Clark St
Click here for more information

On October, 11, the Raven Theatre is hosting a Neighborhood Night performance for the season opener, Sundown, Yellow Moon. Edgewater residents get $15 tickets that evening with offer code NEIGHBOR.

Click here for discounted tickets
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

Used Book Sale
Saturday, September 28, 9:30am-3pm
Edgewater Library

You’re sure to find something to read among the thousands of books for sale. For a $5 donation, you can get “first dibs” during the first hour of the sale. In the last hour, books, DVD and CDs will be $5 per bag. Cash only. Proceeds from the Friends of the Edgewater Library book sale support the library’s programs and operations.

Programs at Bezazian Branch:

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
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.
Swift Movie Night
Friday, September 27
Swift Elementary School, 5900 N. Winthrop
Click here for more information

All are welcome at a family-friendly movie night! Join us on Friday, September 27 for “How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World,” hosted by Friends of Swift! Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the door. Concessions available: pizza, candy, drinks (cash only). All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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.
Armchair Traveler: Through the Northwest Passage
Friday, Oct. 4
1-2:30 PM

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 PM

A four-week discussion begins Thursday, Oct.10, 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; psychologist 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.

Navigating Foreclosure: What Happens When You Get Served With Foreclosure Papers?
Thurs, Oct. 10
12-1:30 PM
Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005

Come join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center on Thursday, October 10th, to discuss the foreclosure process. Learn how to protect your rights and resources and the court procedures for foreclosure. Register by contacting the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center at (312) 603-9233.
Construction Activity Notices – CTA RPM Utility Relocation WorkCurb Restoration – 1122 & 1123 W. Catalpa (9/23 – 10/4) — Click for detailsCable Pulling & Service Transfers – 1109-1117 W. Bryn Mawr & 5530-5700 N. Winthrop (9/23-11/1) — Click for detailsUnderground Utility Work – 1100-1134 W. Argyle (10/1-11/9) — Click for details
CTA 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.
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

U.S. Citizenship Workshop
October 12 & November 23
Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, Suite #306
Click here for more information

Concerts at Unity Church – Flute & Piano
Friday, October 19
Unity Lutheran Church & Community Center, 1212 W Balmoral
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

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
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment
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