Weekly Update from Your Alderman – September 8, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: New School Year, Statement on DACA, Dog Park Ribbon Cutting, Uptown Saturday Nights, LBRC Yard Sale, 1436 W. Berwyn Update, and more!

September 8, 2017

Dear Neighbor:

The school year got off to a great start this week with teachers and kids going back to school. I want to thank all principals, teachers, volunteers, and parents who made this a smooth transition back. We’re looking forward to a positive school year. Now that kids are back to school, you may be looking for after school activities. Please click here to see the newsletter my office sent out earlier this week highlighting local opportunities.

For the first time in many years Chicago Public Schools does not have a financial cloud over it going into the school year, given the recent legislation that passed stabilizing education funding. This legislation, which we discussed last night at a town hall meeting at Senn High School, will provide stable funding to allow CPS to grow in a positive way and provide increased educational opportunities. I will continue to push for additional funding for schools with my colleagues in the City Council.

This week President Trump further tried to divide our country with his announcement that he will end the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. This positive initiative that President Obama enacted gave support to DREAMers, children who were brought to our country by their families. This is an issue that affects families and students within our community, and these kids and families only want to get an education, be productive members of our community, and live out the American dream. The president’s announcement was divisive and mean-spirited, and affects innocent young people. My colleagues and I supported a resolution this week denouncing the president’s announcement and calling on Congress to enact legislation to give protection to these DREAMers.

This week Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, a former colleague of mine on the Illinois General Assembly, visited with Chinese Mutual Aid Association and business owners along Argyle Street. Susana was here to meet with leaders in the immigrant and refugee community to talk about state and federal policies that impact their lives and work. I appreciate her taking the time to visit our community.

This is an eventful weekend in our community. Tomorrow morning we will have a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration at the new dog park at Bryn Mawr and the Lakefront Trail. Please join me and my dog Willye, along with many neighbors, as we open up this new dog park. Bark Bark Club, 5946 N. Broadway, will provide coffee, donuts, and goody bags for dogs and will bring their mascot Buddy along for photos. Tomorrow is also the Lakewood Balmoral Residents Council’s annual yard sale. Visit the 5200-5500 blocks of Magnolia, Lakewood, and Wayne tomorrow between 9am and 4pm to find great deals.

Tomorrow night is also the season finale of Uptown United’s Uptown Saturday Nights series. As part of the 19th Annual World Music Festival ChicagoUGOCHI and The Afro Soul Ensemble are heading this free event, with a special performance by Neema Ya Mungu, a local Congolese refugee family brought to Chicago by RefugeeOne. Uptown has been a port of entry for immigrants, migrants, and refugees for over a century. Organizations like RefugeeOne continue to serve refugees and remind them that Uptown is a community that welcomes all. Please do your best to support this event, click here for more information. Thank you to Uptown United for providing this series of free entertainment, and for beautifying the community with the new neighborhood banners.

This fall will be an active time in the community. Next week we will announce a full schedule of events in the fall where we can enjoy the community together. Save the date for Senntoberfest, a family friendly festival on Saturday, October 7, to raise money for Senn High School — more details next week.

Have a safe and great weekend. Please keep those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in your thoughts during this tragic time.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

1436 W. Berwyn Update

The owner of 1436 W. Berwyn has put the building on the market. It is our collective goal that the building will be sold to someone who will make it a single family home or two residential units and will keep the existing building and the tree in the rear. We will continue to keep you updated about the progress on this issue. We have communicated very clearly to the developer that we do not want the building torn down. If you know anyone who might be interested in purchasing this property, please contact Maureen Murnane at maureen@northedgegroup.net. We will have further updates on this in the weeks to come. Click here to read a recent article in Crain’s about this property.

48th Ward Night at Loyola Women’s Volleyball

Come out and see the Loyola University Ramblers Women’s Volleyball team take on DePaul Blue Demons on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 7pm at Gentile Arena. Tickets are just $3 for 48th Ward residents when you use the code “48”. Click here to buy your ticket.

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.

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

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 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
www.edgewaterhistory.orgEdgewater 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.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.

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:

“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 CenterIntergenerational 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 theBack to School JamSaturday, 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 informationEdgewater 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 Festival is back for its 5th year with another great lineup of artists and its festive and relaxed “neighborhood block party” atmosphere

In the Festival’s tradition, this year’s 100 exhibitors include established artists as well as emerging talent with original artworks in painting, photography, hand-made jewelry, illustration & drawing, pottery, glass work, mixed media, functional and wearable art. Get to know this year’s artists.

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

Project Backup:  Scan-a-thon!
5:00 p.m. in the Community Room, Thursday, September 7
Bring 30 of your favorite photographs to be scanned.  Get a free USB with your photographs stored!

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
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.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.

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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


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

Lakewood Balmoral Yard Sale
Saturday, September 9
5200-5500 Magnolia, Lakewood and Wayne, between Foster and Bryn Mawr

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

Back to School Bash
Saturday, September 9
11am – 2pm
Missio Dei Uptown, 941 W. Lawrence, 4th floor
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

Water Music on the Beach
Sunday, September 10
Thorndale Beach

Water Music on the Beach is a series of live performances that highlights Chicago’s proximity to Lake Michigan. The compositions and scores reflect, react to, or personify the sounds of water. Performers include Benelux (Helen Gillet, Lia Kohl, Katinka Kleijn) playing a cello underwater, Marie Casimir and Meida McNeal, Move Me Soul, Brian Sandstorm Quartet, and more. Artwork presented by Moises Salazar. Quinn Turley’s dance party ends the day.

Senior Fest 2017
Thursday, September 14
Millennium Park
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

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

Vintage Garage Chicago
Sunday, September 17
5051 N. Broadway
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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

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
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

Deidre of the Sorrows
By City Lit Theatre
Performances through October 15
City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

Alias Grace
By Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Performances through October 15
Rivendell Theatre, 5775 N. Ridge
Click here for more information

Artemesia Fall Festival
Performances September 25 – October 4
Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

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