Weekly Update – June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

This was a difficult and challenging week for our city and country, in the wake of the violent death of George Floyd. There were a number of protests in our community and throughout the city, demanding justice for George Floyd and calling on an end to racism and injustice toward African Americans. I want to commend all of the protesters that took to the streets in a unified call for change and equality, and I want you to know that I stand with you.

I would also like to thank Commanders McCrudden and Rubino from the 20th and 24th Police Districts respectively, and their officers who helped keep our community safe during this troubling time. During this week, a number of arrests were made in connection to criminal damage to property and burglary in our community. I thank them and their officers for their partnership in keeping our community safe.

My staff and I, with the overwhelming support of many residents in our community, collected thousands of dollars and carloads of food that we delivered to organizations in the Austin and East Garfield Park communities on the West side and Park Manor, Washington Park, and Grand Boulevard on the South side. These communities had a devastating amount of damage done to the stores that their residents rely upon and I appreciate everyone who provided resources to the residents in these communities. While delivering our collections in these communities, we saw the challenges they are facing and the disparity from our own community. This further highlighted for me the need for all of us to work together across the city for a more equitable Chicago. I remain committed to use my role as the Chairman of the Committee on Housing and Real Estate to ensure affordable housing for all residents throughout Chicago, and specifically growing home ownership for African Americans on the South and West sides. I commit to partnering with my fellow aldermen and the mayor to help support the rebuilding of these communities on the South and West sides.

We will have more pop-up food and supply drives announced next week. Additionally, the Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA) is hosting a pop-up food and supply drive to benefit Care for Real tomorrow. The drive will take place from noon – 3pm tomorrow in the Ismaili Jamatkhana parking lot at 6259 N. Broadway. See below for more details.

Additionally, many of you have contacted my office about police reform and accountability. As the Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Safety, I have been working on this for many years. I am the lead sponsor of Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) ordinance which provides civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department. I am committed to passing this ordinance in the months ahead in order to continue the City’s efforts to reform the Chicago Police Department and help rebuild and restore trust between communities and CPD. 

This week in her State of the City address, Mayor Lightfoot highlighted police reforms she committed to enact in the next 90 days. I will be working with my colleagues and the Mayor to pass the GAPA (Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability) civilian oversight ordinance during this same timeframe. Reforms the Mayor committed to in her address include:Improved training for officers, including bringing the community in to facilitate part of training for new recruits;Training to include neighborhood history with community tours led by youth from My Block My Hood My City;Improving officer health programs, including the enhancement of  crisis support, and providing for counselors for officers;Mandating Crisis Intervention Training and Procedural Justice training for all officersToday the Mayor also outlined the Together Now fund to rebuild communities that have seen extensive damage to business districts during this week’s unrest. This fund, including $10 million from the City and $1 million from Jewel-Osco, will provide grants to businesses to help rebuild after damage. While businesses throughout the city will be eligible, allocations will be made with an equity weighting to account for a disproportionate impact felt in particular neighborhoods throughout the city. Black and Latinx business owners are more frequently uninsured or under-insured and living in communities that have faced decades of disinvestment, both of which will be considered in the decision-making process.

I want to thank everyone who has reached out to my office during this difficult time and I look forward to working in a unified way toward a more equitable Chicago in every neighborhood across the city. At times like these in the past we have come together to discuss these issues. Given COVID-19, we will look for opportunities in the weeks ahead where we can come together safely as a community to talk and listen to each other. This week’s events have given me an opportunity to reflect on how I can address these issues as your Alderman, and it’s something I’m committed to doing, in partnership with you and your neighbors.

There are expected to be numerous protests around the city this weekend. If you are planning to attend one of these, I ask you to be safe and to the best of your abilities, socially distance and wear a mask. The Chicago Department of Public Health also recommends self-isolation for 14 days following participation in a mass gathering.

Have a safe and peaceful weekend.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th WardCity Services Update

A friendly reminder that street sweeping has resumed for the season, click here to view a map and schedule for our Ward. Though the Mayor announced that tickets will not be issued if cars aren’t moved, please do take time to try to move your vehicle when you see the signs go up on your block. Street sweeping will help keep the streets clear of debris and will reduce water on the streets after the heavy rains we’ve been having.Edgewater Branch Chicago Public Library Reopening Guidelines 

The Edgewater Branch is looking forward to reopening on June 8th and welcoming back our patrons. The branch will look a little different as we have had to enact social distancing for patron safety, but you will see familiar faces behind our masks! We have full time custodial services and hand sanitizer stations, and are requesting that patrons wear masks while in our building to maintain community safety. 

Librarians will be available for assistance, but due to social distancing requirements there will be no in-person computer assistance at the Edgewater Branch. We will provide handouts that will give you resources to help with employment, housing, etc. We will be available by phone to answer questions, discuss library resources, or book/film recommendations through the branch’s number at 312-742-1945. Many of the reference stations at the branch will be closed, so we recommend you call for assistance. 

Returning Materials
Materials will be quarantined once they are returned, so there will be a slight delay on items being checked-in. 

A number of computers had to be put out of service to maintain social distancing, with six adult and eight children’s computers remaining. They will be available first-come-first-serve, no reservations. 

We look forward to reconnecting with the community and adding to the services for Edgewater. 
 Local Business Highlight – Black-Owned Businesses in the 48th Ward

This week’s local business highlight is a round-up of black-owned businesses in the 48th Ward. If we missed yours (or your favorite), please let us know and we’ll highlight you in a future newsletter!African Safari Imports, 1140 W. Bryn MawrAunty Joy’s Jamaican Kitchen, 1217 W. DevonAwash Ethiopian Restaurant, 6324 N. BroadwayBlack Cat Kitchen (pop-up meal delivery), 6237 N. ClarkDiana’s Daycare, 5961 N. ClarkDynamic African Restaurant, 1127 W. ThorndaleElegance Beauty Salon, 1049 W. GranvilleEthiopian Diamond, 6120 N. BroadwayEthio Mart, 1063 W. GranvilleJoel Hall Dancers & Center, 5965 N. ClarkKukulu Market, 6135 N. BroadwayKyoto Black Coffee, 1445 W. DevonOld World Market, 5129 N. BroadwayOrlando Salon, 5125 N. BroadwayRas Dashen, 5846 N. BroadwaySOUNDOFF Design, 1055 W. Bryn MawrTK Photography, 6241 N. ClarkVee Vee’s African Restaurant, 6232 N. BroadwayConstruction Update 

Smart Lighting Installation – Broadway
As part of the CDOT Arterial Roadway Lighting Improvement Citywide Program, crews are currently working on Broadway between Balmoral and Hollywood, installing Smart Lights. The work will include new underground conduit, cable, light poles, foundations, LED fixtures and Smart Lighting Nodes.
During construction, temporary “No Parking” signs will be periodically installed as required for each activity listed above. These temporary signs will restrict parking during working hours, while adhering to rush hour restrictions, for the completion of the work. All work on this project is scheduled to be completed by July 6. If you have any questions about this project, please email emily@48thward.org.

Street Resurfacing – Broadway between Gunnison & FosterThe work will include ADA sidewalk improvements, curb and gutter removal and replacement as needed for ADA and drainage compliance, bus pad construction, pavement patching, milling and paving the existing asphalt pavement, and striping.During construction, temporary “No Parking” signs will be periodically installed as required for each activity listed above. These temporary signs will restrict parking during working hours, while adhering to rush hour restrictions, for the completion of the work. All work on this corridor is scheduled to be completed July 15.
 CTA Construction

Ardmore Crane Lift
June 7, 2020
            June 19, 2020
            June 28, 2020
Location:  W. Ardmore Avenue between N. Broadway to N. Winthrop Avenue
Work Hours: 8 am-7 pm
Work Activity: Crane Lifts 
Local Impact:    Ardmore Avenue between Broadway Avenue to Winthrop Avenue will be closed to vehicular and bicyclist traffic.The sidewalk on the south side of Ardmore Avenue will be closed.The sidewalk on the north side of Ardmore Avenue will remain open.The alley behind Broadway will be local traffic only to access parking lots via Ardmore Avenue.The crane will be lifting materials and equipment from street level to track level.There will be noise while work is being performed, including:General construction noiseNoise from crane lifts, rail equipment, and heavy machinery Beeping for backup alarms on maintenance equipment and vehicles
Toyota Building Demolition
To allow for construction staging and a temporary Red Line stations, the building at 5619-25 N. Broadway (former Toyota garage and showroom) is planned for demolition beginning Wednesday, May 20. In the interest of safety, the sidewalk on the east side of Broadway between Hollywood and Bryn Mawr will be closed during this work. Crews have already been working on lead and asbestos abatement inside the structure. Alpine Demolition, a subcontractor for Walsh-Fluor, will be conducting the work. Inspectors from Department of Buildings and Department of Public Health will be on site observing conditions of the work. Please email ally@48thward.org with questions about this work.

Care for Real Announces Executive Director SearchCare for Real (CfR) seeks an executive director who embraces CfR’s values and mission of providing food, clothing, and referral services to neighbors in the Edgewater, Uptown and Rogers Park communities. The ideal candidate will be a strong, high-energy leader with a proven track record in management and development and experience working in social service organizations. Care for Real will be accepting applications for the position of Executive Director through June 25. The complete job description and information on how to apply are available here.  CfR is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization.Crossing Guard Job Opportunity
Click here for more information (search Job Number 9109-OEMC-2020)

SHIFT: Monday through Friday (school schedule)
HOURS: 2 hours am and 2 hours pm (split shift)
Vacancies in 60640 and 60660

Under supervision, directs traffic and guides children and pedestrians across traffic intersections, and performs related duties as required.Stops and directs traffic to ensure the safety of school children and other pedestrians crossing at designated intersectionsSignals to pedestrians indicating when streets are safe to crossGuides and assists children and other pedestrians across intersectionsMaintains order among children as they approach the intersectionReports traffic violations to supervisor, providing information on vehicle’s license number, make, and modelInforms supervisor of traffic signal malfunctions and construction projects on assigned postsResponds to requests for geographic directions from the publicMay issue traffic citations for violations of the City’s traffic lawsIDPH Contact Tracer Jobs
Click here to complete interest formThe Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is seeking interested individuals to support local public health authorities to perform COVID-19 contact tracing. This recruitment effort is developing through partnership with the state, local public health authorities, healthcare entities and community-based organizations. Hiring Contact Tracers will depend on the needs of the local public health authorities and by region of the state. Contact Tracers will be trained in the basics of the virus, epidemiology, case investigation, and contact tracing. Contact Tracers are an important part of Illinois’ response to contain the spread of COVID-19. The primary goal of contact tracing is to interrupt the ongoing transmission of a disease and reduce the spread of infection. Those who have been exposed to COVID-19 are told to self-quarantine, and if they test positive, can be linked to care. Contact tracing also helps us learn more and track the disease and its transmission in certain populations. Those who have been exposed to COVID-19 must be notified and monitored to limit and contain outbreaks. This helps protect individual and community health.Northside American Job Center @ Truman College – Virtual OfferingsThe Northside American Job Center continues to offer our Job Readiness Workshops online through weekly webinars. As mentioned, these are posted to our Facebook & LinkedIn pages. We encourage both our community partners and job seekers to visit these pages often to stay up to date on the webinar schedule. 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NorthsideAmericanJobCenterAtTrumanCollege
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/NorthsideAmericanJobCenterPivot Arts Festival
June 5 – 30
Click here for virtual scheduleThe 8th Annual PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL: A Virtual Celebration of Contemporary Performance
This is How We Pivot
Videos Launch on June 5
Live Stream Celebration Now on June 11The Pivot Arts Festival is an annual celebration of adventurous performance works. This year we’re presenting a Virtual Festival with events going live on this page starting June 5, and staying up through June 30. Enjoy a diverse array of everything from dance films to dance parties! Check back for updates, we’ve recently rescheduled the FESTIVAL CELEBRATION and other releases due to current events.All events are FREE. We kindly request that you DONATE any amount to help us pay artists and expenses.

ASCO Minutes of Togetherness
Saturday, June 6, 8pm   
Use your balcony, porch, or just open a window. Or through your closed window, flick your lights. Relieve your stress of COVID-19  by making some noise: clap, yell, whistle, wave your hands,blow a horn, bang on a pot, wave a flashlight, flick your unit/house lights. No fireworks to be used.
Join your neighbors in Streeterville, Lakeview, and other Chicago areas to recognize first responders, city workers, building workers, and each other!Edgewater Village Events

Armchair Travel: Siberia
Friday, June 5, 1-2 p.m.
Click here to register by June 3

You may think Siberia is only a frozen land, however, our guide, Tom Murphy, will dispel those myths during this free Edgewater Village Chicago presentation. Tom visited Siberia twice and may surprise you with what he learned about its scenic and natural resources, people and customs.Tasting India – Meal DeliveryThis week, Tasting India shares the Parsi Bhonu with you. Parsis and Iranians are a group who migrated to the Indian subcontinent from Persia. They brought with them a rich culinary heritage (amongst many other contributions!) and Chef Jasmine was lucky enough to experience some of it, growing up in Mumbai.Thalis will be delivered (in Chicago) to your doorstep, via contactless delivery, on Saturday, June 13 between 11 am and 5 pm, and a new menu will be released weekly via Chef Jasmine’s Instagram @the_amusebouche.Deadline to place your orders is Wednesday, June 10. Orders can be placed via her social media link or through this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1V7d9A7OfCbfVtY5g4bFUsmNd3ngQ4Q15-qZp0v8ZuRY/edit?usp=sharingChef Jasmine Sheth is a James Beard Foundation grant winner and community event organizer of Queer Soup Night – a monthly event in Chicago, aimed at bringing together the queer community in Chicago and creating a safe space to nourish both body and mind. Tasting India is a weekly culinary adventure by Chef Jasmine, where she creates a flavor rich Thali (think an Indian Bento Box style meal made up of a selection of various dishes which are served on a large platter), highlighting a different Indian Regional Cuisine each week. Woven together with her personal stories of growing up in India, her weekly menus are like a rich cultural scavenger hunt!Friends of the Edgewater Library 

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Saturday, June 6
2-3 p.m.

Friends of the Edgewater Library invites you to join us in the stands (or your favorite chair) to hear the “Top 10 Events in Chicago Baseball History.” The free, Zoom presentation includes highlights and lowlights of Chicago baseball history followed by a Q&A with Kevin Kaufmann, Ph.D. and Loyola University Chicago instructor. Get into the baseball spirit by wearing your favorite baseball team’s T-shirt, cap or colors on “game day.”  Register here by June 5, and include the name of your favorite team in the email.  See how we’re supporting the library and the community by viewing this 1-minute About Us video.Pack the Trunk for Care for Real
Saturday, June 6, noon – 3pm
ECRA (Edgewater Community Religious Association) will host a collection drive for HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES & PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS on Saturday, June 6th from 12-3 PM at the Ismaili Jamatkhana, 6259 N. Broadway. We also welcome the donation of NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS though the greater need at present is for HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES (toilet paper, paper towels, cleansers, disinfectants, face masks, gloves) and PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS (soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrushes) at this time.Drop-off of items will take place in the parking lot on the northeast corner of Broadway and Rosemont. (Entrance to parking lot on Broadway.) To maintain social distancing and limit personal contact, we request that, when possible, items for drop-off be placed in your vehicle’s trunk. Volunteers equipped with face masks and gloves will remove items directly from your trunk. For those who walk to the drive, items may be dropped off on designated tables in the parking lot. In both circumstances, we ask that you follow social distancing protocols to limit personal contact.Andersonville Farmers Market season opener

The Andersonville Farmers Market (AFM) will officially open its 11th season on Wednesday, June 10 for shopper pick-up from 3-7pm on Catalpa between Clark and Ashland. The market has moved locations from Berwyn for the 2020 season to allow for better social distancing practices and space between vendors in light of COVID-19 safety measures.Shoppers will now purchase their items in advance online using the hosting platform WhatsGood, which opens for the first time to the public today, Thursday, June 4. Online ordering will remain open through Monday, June 8 at 11:00 p.m. for the first pick-up day on Wednesday, June 10.
 To coincide with the market launch, AFM has created a brand new website at andersonvillemarket.org. The website was generously built in partnership with local developer Ellytronic. Customers can visit the new site to learn more about COVID-19 safety precautions, how to order with WhatsGood, to check out the list of market vendors, and also to view the market map on Catalpa in advance. A few of the COVID-19 related changes planned for the market include: requiring all customers and vendors to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines, periodic disinfection of vendor booths, and handwashing/hand sanitizing stations at the entrance and within the market. Elderly and at risk customers will have a reserved time slot from 3:00 p.m to 3:45 p.m. in which to pick-up their orders. AFM will re-assess and evaluate the pick-up only market model as the season progresses, but stress that their top priority is keeping customers, vendors and staff safe by following city, state and CDC protocols.Andersonville at Home: A Midsommarfest Experience & Fundraiser
Friday, June 12, 6-8:30pm

Online event | Click here for more informationThe Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is excited to take the Andersonville Midsommarfest experience online for a virtual event and fundraiser on Friday, June 12! This one-night-only event will celebrate the weekend in which the 55th annual outdoor Midsommarfest was previously scheduled to take place before the postponement last month. Andersonville at Home: A Midsommarfest Experience & Fundraiser will stream here on Facebook live with a pre-show at 6PM and the main event beginning at 7PM.

“The Chamber is able to serve the Andersonville community year-round because of the generous gate donations given at Midsommarfest,” comments ACC Executive Director Sara Dinges. “If you give at the gate, please consider chipping in $5, $10, $20 during Andersonville at Home to help support and sustain the Chamber, so that we can remain of service to the Andersonville community, especially as we enter an important chapter of post-pandemic economic recovery.”

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is a 501c6 non-profit organization, which depends heavily on special events to fund its year-round programming. 501c6 organizations were ineligible for the federal relief provided through the PPP and CARES Act. With no federal assistance or special events in the foreseeable future, it is critical for the Chamber to reach out for community support.A Socially Distanced Shopping & Takeout Experience
Hosted by Brasserie by Cookies & Carnitas

Sunday, June 14, 9am-2pm
Brasserie by Cookies & Carnitas, 5940 N. Broadway
Click here to registerA Socially Distant Shopping and Take Out Experience featuring Midwestern vendors and gourmet foodTo provide a safe space for shoppers and vendors, registrations will be limited in 30 minute intervals up to 8 adult shoppers at a time.To help us manage safe spaces, please rsvp for all adults in your party (maximum 2 adults/family).Masks covering mouth and nose required by law. For your safety, vendors will accept Venmo only. Raven Theatre Take Flight Summer Camp
Registration Open — Click here for more informationSummer camp will be hosted on Zoom from 10am-1:30pm and limited to 14 students per class!During this time of shelter-in-place and social distancing due to the widespread effects of the COVID-19 virus, Raven’s Take Flight Education Team wants more than ever to continue to bring quality arts education to our Take Flight community. We want to help young people exercise and hone their creative energy while we find innovative new ways to build ensemble across distances and ensure our community remains connected.To participate, students will need access to a computer or tablet, a good Wifi connection, basic knowledge of the Zoom app, and an open and creative mind!Chicago Rat ProjectIs the “stay-at-home” order changing rat problems in Chicago? Please take our survey! You are invited to participate in a research study by taking a 15-minute anonymous survey about rats in your community. We are interested in hearing from everyone over the age of 18, even if you do not currently have rat problems. The goal of this study is to determine if staying at home has changed rat problems in homes across Chicago and if this has changed public health risks from rats or attitudes about Chicago’s wildlife. Your responses will help us identify areas that may need support for rodent control, public health, and urban nature because no one knows your community better than you. Please click here to take our survey This survey is part of the Chicago Rat Project, led by scientists at Lincoln Park Zoo, the Field Museum, the Center for Community Health Equity and Johns Hopkins University. The Urban Wildlife Institute at Lincoln Park Zoo is continuing to learn about Chicago’s urban wildlife landscape as our communities navigate COVID-19 together. If you have time and are able, we would appreciate any insights you are able to provide via this survey. We understand if you aren’t able to participate. Hopefully, we’ll learn a little bit about our city and its non-human residents in this challenging environment. We appreciate your help! If you have any questions, please contact the study lead Dr. Maureen Murray and project coordinator Jackie Buckley at ChicagoRatProject@gmail.com, and visit the Chicago Rat Project website: https://www.lpzoo.org/conservation-science/projects/chicago-rat-project.Citizens Utility Board (CUB) Goes Virtual

Consumers can email us their utility bills and we will analyze them for potential ways to save and give people clean energy tips. That means Illinois consumers can receive the same service we provide at our events—but from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Click here for details.COVID-19 ResourcesChicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 page (Comprehensive information, one-stop shop)
48th Ward COVID19 Resource Guide
Small Business Resources, for Business Owners, Employees, & Consumers – Chicago BACP
Small Business Resources – Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Guidance for Older Adults & Others with High Risk48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman*We are operating remotely*

Ward Office                                                          City Hall Office
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Chicago, IL 60640                                                  Chicago, IL 60602
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