Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Summer events still in full swing, Open on Argyle, National Senior Citizen Day, public safety news and more!

August 21,
Dear Neighbor:

As the summer winds down, we still have many great activities happening in our neighborhood.

From 7-8 tonight, the Fearless Flyers will present a free Teen Trapeze Showcase at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Next Tuesday, August 25,  I'll be hosting a free Ice Cream Social at 5 p.m. in the Cedar Playlot, 5311 N. Winthrop Ave.

And next Thursday, August 27, is the final Argyle Night Market of 2015. The Night Market, along with the Playstreets events (pictured at left) sponsored by the Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA), has drawn enthusiastic crowds to Argyle all summer, highlighting the vibrancy of this area. I would like to encourage everyone to please come out and support all the great restaurants and businesses on Argyle as construction continues on the Streetscape project. Everything on Argyle is open for business! Also, you can read below for a profile of the CMAA, which does so much to improve the lives of people of all backgrounds in our community.

As we continue to work on improving safety in our ward, we need everyone's help. Please be aware of what's happening around you and report any suspicious activity to police. I also encourage you to read the Chicago Tribune article referenced below about how gangs are increasingly using the Internet to challenge their rivals. We all must work in tandem with the police to make our streets safe.

Today is National Senior Citizens Day, which recognizes the contributions that senior citizens make across the United States. I would like to take this opportunity to salute our own neighborhood seniors, many of whom (like Miss Ollie Latiker, pictured with me at right) use their considerable energy and valuable life experience to add so much to the rich diversity of our community.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely, Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Public Safety News

Gang activity online
In the August 17 edition of the Chicago Tribune, reporter Annie Sweeney wrote a very informative story about what police call "cyber-banging," in which young gang members are increasingly going online with postings and videos to threaten their rivals. I encourage everyone to read the article by clicking here.

The Chicago Police Department advises anyone who observes suspected gang activity online to pass along the information to the police in one of the following ways:
Once the CPD's Crime Prevention Information Center receives the information, they will investigate to determine the criminal scope of the complaint. 

Chicago Police Department Text2Tip instructions
1) Create a new text message or SMS text on your cellular phone.
2) Enter the number 274637 (CRIMES) in the “TO” line.
3) In the message box, type the word CPD, a space, and then your crime tip information.
4) Hit “send” to send the text message
Education News

Meet Peirce’s new principal
As the 2015-16 begins, Peirce School of International Studies is welcoming a new principal: Lori Zaimi. Ms. Zaimi has more than 15 years of experience in the Chicago Public Schools, where she began as a middle school math teacher and later moved into the roles of math and science coach, lead teacher, assistant principal at Boone Elementary School for three years, and now principal at Peirce.
In addition, she has worked with DePaul University as an adjunct faculty member and was the lead trainer and curriculum developer for The Young People’s Project, a program that prepared high school and college students to teach math to students through after-school programs.

"Along with being a parent of a 4th grade student, I am also a lifelong member of the Edgewater community and know how lucky I am to be able to lead Peirce forward," Ms. Zaimi said in a recent letter to the Peirce community. "There are many great things already happening at Peirce; outstanding teachers, a loving and supportive community, dedicated parents and over 1,000 hard-working young people developing themselves in the IB Learner Profile (Inquirers, Open-Minded, Knowledgeable, Caring, Thinkers, Risk-Takers, Communicators, Balanced, Principled and Reflective). As your new principal I will build on the great things already happening while strengthening the IB Program and enhancing school-parent-community partnerships."

Ms. Zaimi holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics from DePaul University, a master’s in Math Education from DePaul, and a master’s in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.
Peirce, 1423 W. Bryn Mawr, is an International Baccalaureate World School. Its 6th-8th grade Middle Years Programme is fully authorized and tied to Senn High School’s Middle Years Programme. The pre-kindergarten through 5th grade is going through the initial stages of implementation of IB and will work toward receiving authorization in the Primary Years Programme during the 2016-2017 school year.
Peirce turns 100 years old this year. The Centennial Celebration will be held on Saturday October 24, with an Open House at 1 pm and a Centennial Dinner at Loyola University at 6 pm. All are welcome to come celebrate the important role Peirce has played in the Edgewater community for 100 years!
Click here to learn more about Peirce

Eggs for Kids fundraiser
You're invited to Eggs for Kids, a brunch celebration to benefit Peirce School, from 11 am-3 pm Sunday August 30 at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St. Enjoy brunch, cocktails, coffee, pastries and an auction. For adults 21 and over (childcare available).
Click here for more information

Click here to purchase tickets

Backpack drive extended!
We are still in need of backpacks for low-income schoolchildren in our community. Students need a wide variety of supplies. Donors can sign up to sponsor a student by providing an elementary school or high school bag filled with supplies.
Click here for more information and to donate

48th Ward Annual Back-to-School Picnic
Get ready for a fun community get-together for families from 5-7 pm on Wednesday September 2! Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and join us for music, games and give-aways on the front lawn at Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood. 
Click here for details

Volunteer tutors needed
The Inspired Youth Tutoring Program needs volunteers to help 1st  through 4th graders with homework and extra reading, writing and arithmetic, which the program provides. The times are 3:30-5 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays. The program takes place at the  Bezazian Branch Library, 1226 W. Ainslie St. Please contact Beth Palmer at or 773-561-4759 if you can help or would like more information.
Join Us for a Safe Summer!

48th Ward Summer Nights is a series of events throughout Edgewater and Uptown promoting a safe, positive and fun summer. All of the events are open to the public, and most of them are free. The goals of the these events are to build community, meet new neighbors and improve safety. Please join us for these upcoming events!                
Friday August 21
7-8 pm: Teen Trapeze Showcase (Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway)
7:30-9:30 pm: Concert in the Park: Bassel and the Supernaturals (Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.)

Saturday August 22
8-10 am: Whole Foods Walk, Ride and Run (Whole Foods Edgewater, 6009 N. Broadway)

Monday August 24
6:15-7:30 pm: Bike Ride to Evanston with Go Edgewater (Meets at Thorndale CTA station)

Tuesday August 25
5 pm: Free Ice Cream Social sponsored by Ald. Osterman at Cedar Playlot (5311 N. Winthrop Ave.)
6:30-7:30 pm: Urban Soul Line Dancing at Margate Park (4921 N. Marine Dr.)

Wednesday August 26
5-7 pm: Fun and games at CAPS Night Out at Swift School (5900 N. Winthrop Ave.)

Thursday August 27
5-9 pm: Argyle Night Market (on Argyle between Kenmore and Sheridan)  
6:30-8 pm: Family Night Out and Bike Rodeo at Broadway Armory parking lot (5900 N. Broadway)

For a full calendar of Summer Nights events follow this link      

Argyle Update
Streetscape project
The excavation of the sidewalk continues this week on Argyle from Broadway to the CTA station and from Kenmore to Winthrop, all on the north side of the street. This will include full excavating and framing of the curbs. Installation of concrete for the framing will begin on Friday August 21, weather permitting.
In the interim, ramps are in place to access all businesses. There is limited parking available on the north side from Kenmore to Sheridan. Work is taking place from 8 am to 7 pm on weekdays. There is an onsite construction office at 4956 N. Sheridan Rd., where an open community meeting is held at 9 am every Wednesday.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the contractor for the project, Speedy Gonzales, at the onsite office or the 48th Ward Alderman's Office at 773-784-5277 or
Please continue to shop and dine locally on Argyle throughout this important infrastructure improvement project.
Click here for more information

Free Yoga Class, Safety Workshop
For the third year in a row, we have opened a Satellite 48th Ward Service Office on Argyle Street. Please join us for a series of informative events on Tuesdays at 1006 W. Argyle.

At 10:30 am this Tuesday, August 25, we will be offering another Gentle Yoga session with certified yoga instructor Toni Scott. Then at noon, we will hold a Women's Safety Workshop to discuss safety issues and learn some self-defense tactics from the Chicago Police Department. Our office hours at this location  are 10 am-3 pm Tuesdays, noon-8 pm Thursdays and 10 am-1 pm Fridays through August 27, with occasional office hours at other times as well.
Click here for more information on the yoga class
Click here for more information on the safety session
Go Edgewater!
Monday August 24: Community Bike Ride to Evanston
Meet at 6:15 pm  at the Thorndale CTA stop, and ride from 6:30 to 7:30 pmJoin us for a ride that goes beyond Edgewater to Evanston. Evanston can be a great weekend day trip for shopping, eating or movie-going. What better way to get there than by bike? We will show you the best route there through the residential streets of Rogers Park and Evanston. Round trip 10 miles. We will end back in Edgewater at Moody's Pub. All fitness levels are welcome. Bring your bike, helmet, lock and lights.

Thursday August 27: Family Night Out & Bike Rodeo
From 6:30-8 pm, join us and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce for a night of fun, free family entertainment in the Broadway Park Armory parking lot, 5917 N. Broadway. Also be a part of the Go Edgewater Bike Rodeo Challenge to test out your bike safety skills.

Bike safety tips
Before you head out on your next ride, here are some quick
bicycle safety tips to remember as you bike around Edgewater and the city:
  • Use lights at night (white light in front, red light in back) and bright/reflective clothing to maximize your visibility.
  • Obey all traffic laws, signs and signals.
  • Communicate with drivers and signal your intentions to turn by using hand signals.
  • Ride in the direction of traffic, not against it.
  • Don’t ride on the sidewalk (it’s illegal in Chicago if you are 12 years or older).

Click here for a full list of Go Edgewater events

Pack a Picnic and Wear White!

Come meet your neighbors at Buttercup Park Advisory Council's Annual Picnic in the Park from 5-9 pm Saturday August 22. Bring your family and friends. Wear your summer whites. We’ve got plenty of space for your tables and chairs on the plaza or a leisurely blanket spread out on the lawn. Everyone is encouraged to pack your favorite picnic items and enjoy a lovely summer evening in the park. Buttercup is at 4901 N. Sheridan Rd.

Neighborhood Profile: Chinese Mutual Aid Association
The Argyle neighborhood is a true hub. From the cuisine served up by its ethnically diverse collection of restaurants to the sense of commitment and community felt by its residents, Argyle offers so much more than a traditional street.
One of the anchors on Argyle is the Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA), 1016 W. Argyle, a social service agency whose mission is to provide resources to immigrants, refugees and U.S. citizens of all backgrounds.
Established in 1981 by Chinese immigrants Duc Huang and his daughter, Yman, CMAA found its focus in preserving Chinese culture and traditions while helping immigrants of all backgrounds deal with issues related to culture shock.
“Today, we help thousands of people from youth to seniors. We have many different programs, like First Development, which helps people find jobs for free,” says Michelle Lura White, Business Development and Marketing Director at CMAA. “We offer ESL classes and provide adult education classes that teach how to operate a computer or create an email account. We have an after-school program where we provide a safe place for youth to come to after school.”
A key part of CMAA’s mission is to aid seniors.
“We have a golden age club, a group of over 400 seniors who socialize and support one another. Another senior program is our homemakers program, where we provide free at-home non-medical services for seniors,” says White. “We want seniors to have the dignity and pride to stay in their home without having to go into a nursing home.”  
White, who left her job as Executive Director at the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce a year ago to join the CMAA family, compared the dedicated and multilingual office to the United Nations.
“I just think that we have such a talented team, and when I hear the stories of all the people we have helped, it’s things that you and I take for granted, such as a job at a fast-food restaurant,” White says. “I met one of the people we helped, and she just seemed like she was worth a million dollars. She was so happy that she had this job and so thankful that we helped her get that job. Her manager said that out of their 40 employees, she is their best worker, so that makes me very happy.”
CMAA is closely connected with its Argyle neighbors, many of whom learned English and started their businesses with the help of the association. CMAA continues to help Argyle businesses and residents, most recently by going around the neighborhood and translating city ordinances.
“CMAA loves helping people be successful in different ways,” White says. “We are honored and privileged to work with Alderman Osterman and our neighbors and we hope to continue to grow.”

Click here for more information on CMAA

Free Rain Barrels
The 48th Ward is excited to announce our new rain barrel program. In collaboration with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, we are now offering free rain barrels to our qualified residents. Rain barrels provide a storage space for rainwater from roofs and save it for when you need it. By keeping rain on properties and out of the sewer systems, rain barrels are a green way to revitalize Chicago’s stormwater reclamation procedures.

Residents can fill out an application by clicking here. Just scan the completed application and email it to environmental intern Adam Glueckert at Or, stop by our office at 5533 N. Broadway and fill out a form.

September Job Fair

Save the date for the 48th Ward Job Fair to be held from 10 am-2 pm Thursday Sept. 3 at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Rd.

There will be sessions on:
  • Resume Writing
  • Job Search Techniques
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Tips and Tools on How to use a Hiring Event

For additional information about the job fair, employer participation or workshops, call 773-334-4747. This event is brought to you by 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman, State Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Kelly Cassidy, and co-sponsored by DESI-Northside Workforce Center and Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Registration is required. You may register by clicking here.

Click here for more information

Inspiration Corporation Employment Help
Inspiration Corporation, 4554 N. Broadway, provides employment preparation training. The training is a four-week program that teaches skills to find a job. The next workshop will take place August 28, with others planned for the fall.

Click here for more information on the workshops
Senior News
From cooking to Zumba at the Armory
As always, the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center located in the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, has plenty of activities this fall—most of them free. For details, check the fall calendar here. If you have questions, contact director Maureen Holley at 312-742-5323 or

Free educational events
Oak Street Health, 1541 W. Devon Ave., offers a variety of fun and educational events for seniors. All are free. To learn more about Oak Street's Edgewater center, click here. For the August calendar of events, click here.

Reverse mortgages seminar
On August 27, the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center is offering a session on Reverse Mortgages: What You Should Know to Make an Informed Decision. Find details here.

48th Ward Service Office Summer Hours

Every Tuesday through August 25 the 48th Ward Office, 5533 N. Broadway, will be open until 7 pm on Tuesdays to address constituent needs. (Regular office hours are 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday.) See details above on our Argyle satellite office.
CTA Track Construction Alert
The CTA will be doing work overnight on its Purple Line Express Track Improvement Project from Argyle to Thorndale through Sunday September 13 and from Granville to Jarvis through Thursday September 24. The work, to replace track ties, is occurring from 8 pm-5 am each night along the Purple Line tracks. The CTA construction activity notice states that the work will cause noise that may include heavy truck traffic, equipment engine noise and beeping from backup alarms.

Also,there will be a partial street closure on West Winona Avenue from 8 pm on Friday through midnight on Sunday, August 21-23 and August 28-30. The street closure will allow for westbound traffic only to facilitate staging of materials and equipment.
If you have any questions or concerns about the work activity, you may contact the CTA by calling 312-681-2709 or emailing

Click here for more information on the Argyle-Thorndale project
Click here for more information on the Granville-Jarvis project

Loyola Move-In Alert & Neighbor Meet and Greet
Please be aware that students will be moving in to housing on the Loyola Lakeshore Campus from Friday August 21-Sunday August 23. There will be parking restrictions on Kenmore, Loyola, Winthrop and North Shore Avenues. Signs will be posted.

Also, all neighbors are invited to a Student-Neighbor Meet and Greet from 6-8 pm Thursday August 27 at Loyola CTA Plaza, 6550 N. Sheridan Rd. There will be a DJ, food, games and prizes.

Street Sweeping Schedules

Street sweeping season is in full swing. Check your street's cleaning schedule by clicking here.
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.

Meditation Chicago will hold a free meditation class from 6:30-7:30 pm on Tuesday August 25 at the Edgewater Library.
Click here for a listing of Edgewater Library events
Click here for a listing of Bezazian Library events
Care for Real News

Bark Bark Club to host fundraiser for pet pantry
Save the Date! Join us from 7-8 pm Tuesday September 15 at Bark Bark Club, 5943 N. Broadway, for the Happy Yappy Hour.  For $10, you will get wine, beer and appetizers. There will also be fantastic raffle prizes. Proceeds will help fund Care for Real’s Pet Pantry. Dogs are welcome!

Whole Foods Edgewater promotion
Next time you are at Whole Foods Edgewater, 6009 N. Broadway, please consider participating in the One Dime At A Time promotion. From July 1-September 30, each time you use a reusable bag, you can choose to donate a dime to Care for Real in lieu of receiving a refund. Every dime makes a difference–and it doesn’t take long for those dimes to add up.

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In This Issue


Ward Office Info

Ward Office
5533 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
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
Upcoming Events

White Elephant Sale
11 am-3 pm Saturday August 22
Captain's Walk Mall
6033 N. Sheridan Rd. 
Click here for more information

Auditions for Windy City Gay Choir
and Windy City Treble Quire

Saturday August 29
(Several time slots available)
Ebenezer Lutheran Church
1650 W. Foster Ave.
Click here for more information and to sign up

Martinis that Matter: St. Ita Capital Campaign
2-5 pm Sunday August 30
Marty's Martini Bar
1511 W. Balmoral Ave.
Stop in for drinks to help support the campaign to restore St. Ita's, the 90-year-old French Gothic church built by Henry J Schlacks.

A Harvest of Cooking Classes
Community Cooking School 
2nd Floor at Broadway Armory
5917 N. Broadway
The Peterson Garden Project has a new crop of summer/fall classes lined up. From prepping and cooking tomatoes, to preserving summer produce, there's something for everyone.
Click here for more info and to register

Swedish American Museum Family Fest
11 am-3 pm Sunday August 23
Parking lot at Foster and Ashland
The Andersonville museum, 5211 N. Clark St., also offers learning experiences, tours and concerts for people of all ages.
Click here for a calendar of events

Summer on the Plaza
Farmers market, live music, food and more
at the Loyola Avenue CTA Red Line Stop.
Evenings throughout the summer.
Click here for the August calendar

Edgewater Historical Society
East Andersonville Home Tour

Registration from noon- 4pm Sunday September 20
at the Philadelphia Church, 5437 N. Clark St.
Enjoy a self-guided tour of houses and two-flats. Of particular interest is how these classic buildings have been updated and restored. Refreshments will be served. 
Tickets are $25
Click here for more information

Edgewater Back to School 5K Run/Walk
Save the date! Sunday September 27
The 5K will start and finish at Loyola's St. Ignatius Plaza, Rosemont and Kenmore Avenues
Click here to register

Sentieri Tour of Italy's Amalfi Coast
June 25-July 7, 2016
Sign up by September 1, 2015, for this 12-day tour and receive a free "Italian for Beginners" class in Spring 2016 at Sentieri Italiani
5430 N. Broadway
Click here for more information and to sign up


Arts & Culture
See the full calendar of arts events at 

Summer Nights in Edgewater
6-8 pm Thursday August 27
Edgewater Historical Society
5358 N. Ashland Avenue
Free musical entertainment
Maryon Gray and Friends - clarinet
Click here for more information

This Must Be The Place - Art show
Runs through Sunday August 22
Firecat Projects
2124 N. Damen Ave.
Solo show of cityscape paintings
by Andersonville artist Kevin Swallow.
Click here for more information

Brilliant Adventures
Runs through Sunday August 29
Presented by Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn Ave.
Click here for more information
Bang Bang You're Dead
7:30 pm Friday August 28
1:30 pm Saturday August 29
5:30 pm Sunday August 30
The Theater on the Edge at Epworth United Methodist Church
5253 N. Kenmore Ave.
Free admission
Click here for more information

Zelda at the Oasis
8 pm Thursday - Sunday through August 23
Genesis Theatrical Productions at
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

How the World Began
Previews: 8 pm September 2-8
Gala Opening: 7 pm Thursday September 10
Regular performances: 8 pm Thursdays and Fridays; 4 pm and 8 pm Saturdays, September 11–October 10

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
5779 N. Ridge Ave.
Click here for more information


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