Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Flaco's Tacos is open, Edgewater Art Fest and Edgewater 5K this weekend, and more!
September 23, 2016
Dear Neighbor:

This week we welcomed Edgewater's newest business, Flaco's Tacos and Gordo's, located at 1116-20 W. Granville Ave.

Flaco's Tacos offers mexican fare made from scratch, frozen margaritas, and a unique dining environment under the train tracks. Gordo's will be opening later this fall and will offer custom homemade ice cream bars, coffee, churros, and baked goods. My office worked closely with the owners of Flaco's and the CTA to ensure they opened in this location. Flaco's owner Ed Hebson lives in Edgewater with his family. I am thrilled to have Flaco's and Gordo's in the community, please join me in giving their team a warm welcome to the neighborhood.

Join me this weekend in celebrating the arts, our schools, and the lakefront. This Saturday and Sunday Edgewater Artists in Motion will host the annual Edgewater Arts Festival on Granville between Broadway and Sheridan. This event features over 100 local artists, 3 stages with live music, activities for children, and a beer garden with local food vendors. On Sunday morning, 800 runners will gather to participate in the Edgewater 5K at Rosemont and Kenmore. This event is a great community-builder and proceeds help support schools in the 48th Ward. My family and I look forward to enjoying these events that make Edgewater a vibrant, safe, and supportive community. See below for more information on the art fair and 5K.

On Monday, Sept. 26, 6pm, I will host a community meeting about the proposed Transit TIF at the Broadway Armory. Representatives from the CTA and Department of Planning and Development will be on hand to present information about the proposed funding mechanism and to answer questions. The proposed Transit TIF would generate the funds needed to come up with a local match the CTA needs to secure a $1.1B Federal transit grant. Funds would be used to support Phase One of the Red and Purple Modernization project, which includes repairing and rebuilding the 100-year-old embankments and upgrading stations at Bryn Mawr, Berywn, Argyle, and Lawrence. Feel free to reach out to my office with any questions or comments on this proposed TIF.

Last night the Mayor outlined in a speech to the city his plans to address the violence that has increased throughout our city. Part of the safety plan is to add nearly 1,000 new officers by 2018. I believe this is critical to help improve safety throughout the city. I will work to make sure some of those officers are added to our community. Details on how this will be funded will be included in the city budget proposal, which my colleagues and I will be working on over the next month and a half. I will keep you informed on that process. Another part of the Mayor's plan includes expansion of a program called B.A.M. (Becoming A Man) throughout the city. B.A.M. brings mentors into schools to provide social-emotional support to young men. We have had great success with B.A.M. in our community at Goudy and Swift elementary schools, and I am pleased to announce that it launched at Senn High School last week to provide support to more young men in our community.

Have a great weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
Edgewater Arts Festival 
This Saturday & Sunday  |  11am - 6pm
Granville Avenue between Broadway and Sheridan Rd. 

  • 100+ Chicago Artists (painting, photography, jewelry, pottery, glass work, mixed media, and fashion accessories)
  • 3 stages of eclectic live music (jazz, blues, country, Spanish dances, African drumming, reggae, folk and classical music). The multi-generational, multi-cultural lineup includes: The Edgewater Singers; Grammy nominated artist, Don Stille; Chicago legends, Stann Champion’s Roots Rock Society; and Edgewater’s own Steven Solomon
  • Children's Activity Corner for kids age 1-12: puppet shows, mask making, coloring, chalk murals, arts & crafts, dance & bubbles party, “Paint with your Kid” classes
  • Young Artists’ Gallery with art and performances by 2nd to 12th grade students from Chicago public schools
  • Kids’ Music Talent Show
  • Beer Garden with Lagunitas beers & food from Ethiopian Diamond, Apart Pizza and Flaco’s Tacos
  • Pet Parade with marching band 

Do you have a talented young musician in your family?
Opportunity for 48th Ward elementary school age musicians, singers and dancers to perform on stage at the Edgewater 
Arts Festival, next Sunday September 25. 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 4th Annual Children's Music Talent Showcase. For more information go to Click here for the full music schedule at the Festival.    

Edgewater 5K Run/Walk - September 25!

Celebrate our community and support our schools at Edgewater’s annual lakefront run! Join us for the annual Edgewater Back to School 5K Run/Walk on Sunday September 25. Celebrate our community and view historic sites along the lakefront path while raising money for 11 local schools. Many graduates from our schools stay in the community; invest in our future! Last year we raised nearly $6,000 for Edgewater schools with over 350 students participating in the run!
Click here for more information and to register
Public Safety News

Burglary Prevention Workshop
Please mark your calendars:  A panel of ex-burglary offenders will appear at the Tuesday, Oct. 25, Beat 2433 community meeting at the Edgewater Library located at 6000 N. Broadway at 7:00pm, courtesy the Safer Foundation. They will tell you how they can break into your home and steal your property and identify. 

24th Police District Blood Drive
On Friday, September 30, the 24th District, 6464 N. Clark, will be hosting a Blood Drive in conjunction with LifeSource.  The Blood Drive is open to community members as well as members of the Chicago Police Department.  The Blood Drive will take place in the 24th District's Auditorium from 10 am to 4 pm. Click here for more information. 
Local Business Deals

Li'l Buds New Class Offering - 
Family Together Time

A fun, interactive music and movement class for our youngest children and their caregiver/s. Together we will explore physical movement, music, and creative dramatics games that you will want to take home and repeat. 

Ages 6-12 months: Fridays @ 11-11:45am
Ages 12 months-3 years: Fridays @ 9-9:45am

Sept. 16 - Nov. 11
The Edge Theatre, 5451 N Broadway

Fall specials:
$80 for full session
$50 for a family 4-pack of drop-in classes
$15/class for individual drop-ins or BYOB (Bring Your Own Buddy) and you each receive $5 off!
Classes can be pre-purchased online at

Alchemia Back to School Special
Through the end of September, Alchemia Art of Hair is offering teachers 20% off ALL services, with work ID, Tuesday through Saturday. Students can come in for $25 haircuts, with student ID Tuesday through Thursday. Alchemia is located at 5009 N. Sheridan Road. For more information, visit

Senior Updates

Senior Nature Day at West Ridge Nature Preserve
Sunday, September 25, 10 am
Entrance is at Western and Ardmore
Free event

Take a nature and bird walk, do some nature writing and crafts, have a snack and enjoy the preserve! Commune with nature and participate in activities. Everyone welcome - except dogs, (please!). Dogs frighten the wildlife that the Chicago Park District is striving to bring back to the area. If you would like more information, contact

Senior Workshops
During the months of September and October, the Circuit Court Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) is presenting two very important seminars on topics we believe to be of interest and importance to seniors. The dates and detailed descriptions of the topics to be discussed at both seminars are indicated below:
Tuesday, September 27 - “Adult Day Care Services: Making the Right Choice”
Topics to include:
1)     Types of adult day care services
2)     How to choose the right service for your needs
3)     Payment options
Both seminars will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., in Courtroom 2005, on the 20th Floor.  


Park Updates

Margate Park Youth Programs
Youth Programming is open at Margate Park. Click here for information about Park Kids, for ages 5-12. Click here for information about youth basketball leagues, for ages 6-17.

Senn Park Fall Fest
The Senn Park Advisory Council invites you to join us for Fall Fest on Saturday, October 1 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.!
10:00 - 1:00 Festival games, music, Imagination Playground, art and science activities, a musical instrument petting zoo and a cakewalk! The Chicago Park District will offer skills and drills, flag football and soccer games for ages 6-12 on the turf fields.
10:15 Pet blessing on the front lawn of Immanuel Lutheran Church (across the street from the playlot)
11:15 Groundbreaking breaking ceremony for the reconstruction of the playlot with Alderman Osterman 
12:15 Carol Weston's Songs and Rhythms  
Food will be available for purchase and some activities are ticketed. Tickets are $0.50 each and can be purchased at the event. Cash only.
This is a community event sponsored by the Senn Park Advisory Council in partnership with Alderman Osterman's Office, Chicago Park District, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Parks. 

Edgewater Neighborhood Tours

Chicago for Chicagoans Edgewater Walking Tour

Pay-what-you-can walking tour service Chicago for Chicagoans begins Edgewater tours on September 24 & 25, 1-3 pm. The four-month-old company features a new neighborhood each month, and targets local residents who want to become more acquainted with their city.

Beginning at the Berwyn Red Line stop, the tour will cover Edgewater's rich history, architecture, and landmarks-- from its early days as a "summer home for Chicago's elite," to its brief role as a hotspot for automobile showrooms, to its contemporary importance to the queer and Ethiopian immigrant communities. 

There is a $10 suggested, but optional, donation, and all ages are welcome. The next monthly installment of the tour series, in October, will take a look at Rogers Park. Future tour dates and neighborhoods can be found on Chicago for Chicagoans' website.

Seeking Election Judges

Election judges are needed for Election Day on November 8.
Judges of Election are paid $125 for serving all of Election Day, plus $45 if they also have completed training. They are the officials who are responsible for the conduct of the election in the precinct polling place. The job is challenging, interesting and personally rewarding. In each precinct, the judges share in the responsibilities, the duties and the authorities that include:
 (1) Opening the polling place and setting up voting equipment at 5 am on Election Day;
 (2) Conducting a fair, impartial and secure election in the precinct polling place, allowing voting from 6 am to 7 pm.
 (3) Tabulating the vote totals for the precinct and transmitting the results to Election Central after the polls close at 7 pm.
Click here to apply online
Click here for a copy of the mail-in application
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. Find everything from resume-writing workshops to Zumba classes. Click here for a listing of Bezazian Library events

Chicago History Book Club
Please join us on Saturday, October 8, at 10am at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 6000 N Broadway, for a discussion on two books dealing with bringing electricity to Chicago. No symbol of progress in our century is more galvanizing  than electricity - electric power and the technology it has spawned. In his book, Howard L. Platt investigates the emergence of an urban-based, energy-intensive society over the course of half a century in this first book length history of energy use in the city. Charles Tyson Yerkes (1837-1905) was one of the most colorful and controversial public figures in nineteenth century America. Robber Baron is the first biography of the streetcar magnate who was the mastermind behind Chicago's Loop Elevated and the London Underground. Copies of books are available at the library. Click here for more information.

Friends of the Edgewater Library Book Sale
Saturday, Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway
Click here for details.

Book lovers who enjoy the thrill of the hunt won't want to miss the Friends of the Edgewater Library book sale on Oct. 8.  You'll find bargain books for children, history buffs, cooks and gardeners, musicians, mystery readers, science fiction readers and probably every other reader.  Besides loads of fiction and non-fiction books, there will be CDs, DVDs, some very special art books and other finds.  The book sale (cash only) will be held at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. (Plan on visiting the Farmers Market in the parking lot next door, too.)  All proceeds from the book sale support materials and programming at the Edgewater Branch Library.

Edgewater Historical Society News

Seeking Nominations for Living Treasures Awards

The Edgewater Historical Society 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 10. Nomination forms can be picked up at the Edgewater Historical Society as well as accessed on line at the Historical Society's website. ( Winners of the award are at the sole discretion of the Edgewater Historical Society. For copy of form, click here.
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.

Edgewater Living Treasures are residents or former residents of the Edgewater area. Preference is given to retired individuals because they have a fuller life experience. However, persons of any age can be nominated. Couples and organizations can also be nominated. One or more recipient(s) will be named by the Edgewater Historical Society in 2017. The award is one of recognition and has no financial value. Awards will be made in person by the Edgewater Historical Society.

Edgewater Beach Hotel Gallery Talk

Edgewater Beach Hotel - 100 Years Later: Gallery Talk by Kathy Gemperle, Curator
Saturday, October 8, 12:30 p.m.
Edgewater Historical Society and Museum
5358 N. Ashland Ave.
Space is limited - please let us know you are coming. Light refreshments will be served.
You may RSVP by giving us your name and phone number by email
Construction Updates
Broadway resurfacing
Milling work has begun. Schedule of work is as follows: 
  • Friday 9/16 and Monday 9/19: Finish grinding and chipping existing asphalt
  • Tuesday 9/20: Apply tack coat (oil) between Devon and Hood.
  • Wednesday 9/21: Begin paving binder course (layer 1 of 2) between Devon and Hood.  This step is expected to be completed in 5 days and will proceed southward from the north end.
After paving the binder course work will shift to ADA ramp replacement, pavement patching, and manhole adjustments.  Lastly the surface course will be paved and the new pavement markings will be installed. Tentatively, the resurfacing work should be complete by October 21, weather permitting.

paving cancelled today
leveling binders installation canceled for today, will resume Monday weather permitting
manhole adjustments continuing into next week
2nd half of next week concrete removal for ada sidewalks

Ridge Avenue water main project
Flatwork and concrete work has been completed on Wayne from Bryn Mawr to Ridge and Ridge to Early. Resurfacing project scheduled to begin on or around October 3. Traffic remains open, and parking restrictions are still in place.

Argyle Streetscape project

  • Major work is complete and TWO-WAY TRAFFIC IS OPEN on Argyle St. between Broadway and Sheridan. 
  • Signs and parking meter boxes are expected to be installed next week.
  • Landscaping installation continues through next week. periodic parking restrictions in area of installation.
  • Parking meter boxes have been installed. Paid parking and enforcement begins Saturday morning.
  • Click here for more information on parking, traffic, and the new street design.
Take extra care when navigating this new street. Remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way above vehicles and bicycles!
Care for Real News

Chicago Market Harvest Pop-Up this Saturday
The next Chicago Market Pop-Up is all set for Saturday, Sept. 24. Care for Real will be on site - hope you come out to celebrate the county of Chicago's Harvest and our local farmers and producers. Location: The Village Tap, 2055 W. Roscoe. Time: 2:30 - 5:00 pm.

September is HUNGER ACTION MONTH: Support 30 KIDS IN 30 DAYS
For the month of September, Care for Real is challenging our community to support 30 KIDS IN 30 DAYS – a campaign to help ensure we feed 30 kids, 3 nutritious meals a day, for one year. The cost is $600 per kid. 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 or email Lyle Allen for more information,
Affordable Housing Wait List Open

Mercy Housing has announced an Open Waitlist for the Delmar Apartments Affordable Market Rate SRO/Studios, 5042 N. Winthrop Ave. Click here for more information. 
  • Interested applicants please come to the Delmar to complete a Waitlist Pre-application during the following hours.
  • Delmar office hours are 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (Waitlist Pre-applications can also be picked up at the front desk at any time.)
  • The Delmar Affordable Market Rate SRO/Studio Waitlist will remain open until further notice.
  • FOR ALL QUESTIONS: Contact Cynthia Dean, Property Manager, or Shaunda Jones, her Assistant, at (773)273-6672.

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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
Sparkles Fine Jewelry 3rd Anniversary Party
Friday, Sept. 23, 6-9pm
5405 N. Clark St.
Come out for appetizers, cocktails, and a sale in celebration of Sparkles' anniversary! From 6-9pm the entire store will be 30% off!

Blessing of Pets
Saturday, Oct. 1, noon
St. Ita's Church, Playground on Magnolia
In honor of the Feast of St. Francis, join for a blessing of pets on the school playground on Magnolia, behind the church. All pets are welcome!

Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2pm
Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information.

Taste of Uptown
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6-9pm
Join us for the first annual Taste of Uptown - an event that celebrates Uptown's amazing cultural and culinary diversity. Participants will sample Ethiopian, Mediterranean, Mexican, and more, all in one route!  
Click here for more information.
Arts & Culture
See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Concerts at Unity - Two of a Kind
Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:30pm
Unity Community Center, 1212 W. Balmoral
Alex Muhly, a cellist will collaborate with Michael Miller, pianist, and Keith Murphy, singer/composer in a concert featuring compositions by Handel, Bach, Bartok, and Beethoven and a solo cello piece based on American Folk Music by Keith Murphy.
Click here for more information.

That's Weird, Grandma:
It Came from the Voting Booth

Performances: 8 pm Mondays, Aug. 22-October 3 
and October 24-November 28
Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Click here for more information

The Black Slot
By AstonRep Theatre Company
Performances September 1 - October 2
Raven Theatre (west stage)
6157 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

Grizzly Mama
By Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Performances September 8 - October 15
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
5779 N. Ridge Ave.
Click here for more information

Saturday Morning Funnies By Lil' Buds
Performances Sept. 10 - Oct. 29
Edge Theater 
5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

By Redtwist Theatre
Performances September 10 through October 9
Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

Pivot Arts presents: The Memory Tour
Performances September 10 - October 9
The Memory Tour is a site-specific performance experience
structured as a tour in Edgewater and Uptown.
Performances begin at 5252 N. Broadway.
Click here for more information.

Artemisia Fall Festival
Performances Sept. 22 through Oct. 1
Edge Theatre, 5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Reeling LGBTQ Film Fest
September 22-29
Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

Psmith, Journalist
Performances Sept. 23 - Nov. 6
By City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Click here for more information

How the PBS Geneaology Roadshow Solved Author's Family Mystery
Saturday, Sept. 24, 10am
Swedish American Musuem
5211 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

Skooby Don't
By Hell in a Handbag Productions
Performances Sept. 29 - Nov. 4
Mary's Attic
5400 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

Art Show by Robin Rios
Exhibit runs Sept. 30 - Nov. 7
Everybody's Coffee
935 W. Wilson

Express Yourself Gala and Fashion Show
A Benefit for [Trans]formation
Sunday, Oct. 2, Noon - 3pm
The Crystal Ballroom and Lounge
529 Davis St., Evanston
Click here for more information
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