Weekly Update from Your Alderman: 2014 Street Sweeping, Help Choose the Argyle Identifier, Summer Resource Fair, Block-by-Block meetings and more!

March 28, 2014

Dear Neighbor,

It was a historic week in our neighborhood as Women & Children First bookstore hosted President Jimmy Carter last night at the Swedish American Museum. The event was a book signing for his new "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power." President Carter is pictured with Ann and Linda, the owners of Women & Children First, among others. (photo credit: WCF Facebook page)

Street sweeping begins next week Tuesday, April 1. Click here to view the 48th Ward map and schedule for 2014. If you have any questions or need help navigating street sweeping, please contact the 48th Ward office at 773-784-5277 or

The annual 48th ward block-by-block safety meetings have started and last Sunday, I met with residents from Devon to Hollywood. Please see this week's Public Safety section for the full schedule. On Sunday, March 30 I will meet with residents who live between Hollywood and Foster, east of Broadway. My office is co-hosting a Restorative Justice forum next week at Loyola University. Click here for more details. (photo by Tracy Poyser PhotoART)

Congratulations to the 48th Ward's The Selfhelp Home for receiving the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report's sixth annual Best Nursing Homes. The Best Nursing Homes 2014 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide.

My office and the Chicago Department of Transportation are seeking input on the design of a vertical identifier as part of the Argyle Streetscape project. Please view the designs below and share your preference by Thursday, April 3.

The 48th Ward Summer Resource Fair is tomorrow! It's never too early to start making fun summer plans for your family.  Please join me  Saturday, March 29th from 10am-12pm at the Edgewater Library to learn more about engaging summer opportunities for kids in our community.  Vendors include local summer camps, parks, theaters, arts organizations and more.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Public Safety

Join Alderman Harry Osterman, local police officers and your neighbors to discuss various safety needs for designated areas during during our annual 48th Ward Block-by-Block safety meetings. If you have any questions about the shooting or the upcoming block-by-block meetings, please contact my public safety liaison Marko Zaric at or 773-784-5277.

Block-By-Block Meetings Schedule

Edgewater Presbyterian Church                               
1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave                
For residents living between Hollywood and Catalpa, east of Broadway
Epworth Church                                              
5253 N Kenmore Ave                    
For residents living between Catalpa and Foster, east of Broadway

Kenmore Senior Apartments
5040 N Kenmore
For residents living between Foster and Ainslie, on Kenmore and Winthrop

Restorative Justice Forum
April 2nd, 2014, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Loyola University Damen Student Center (6511 N. Sheridan Rd.)
Please join Aldermen Osterman, Moore and Cappleman for a discussion on how restorative justice could improve our schools and communities. By bringing together community leaders, teachers, youth, police officers and restorative justice practitioners, we will explore how restorative justice philosophies and practices can be implemented in our neighborhoods. If you have any questions please contact Marko Zaric at or 773-784-5277. Food will be provided. Click here for the flyer.

Argyle Streetscape Vertical Identifier

As part of the Argyle Streetscape project, CDOT will install a new vertical identifier at Broadway & Argyle. The identifier will be installed on a newly constructed pedestrian refuge island located in the middle of the street, just south of the intersection. The 48th Ward office and the Chicago Department of Transportation are asking for your feedback on the design! The two options presented were tweaked and chosen by a working committee comprised of community and business stakeholders.

Click here to vote! Voting will be open through Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Ward Update

Lead Poisoning Prevention 
The Chicago Department of Public Health Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program currently has funding available to assist low-income renters and home-owners in abating lead hazards. For more information visit:

Andersonville Water Tower Update
Last week the Andersonville water tower, owned by the Swedish American Museum, was removed due to damage sustained from winter weather. There has been an outpouring of community support and it is a shared goal to see the water tower restored in some manner. So far $22,000 has been raised through Groupon, as well as through donations made directly to the Museum! Donate via Groupon or via the Museum's homepage:  Photo credit: Starbelly Studios.

North Broadway Plan
The City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development is sponsoring an economic development and transportation corridor plan called the “North Broadway Plan.” The plan's current stage is to gather your input! An online survey tool called MetroQuest allows community members to comment on plan ideas and prioritize desired improvements. This tool is available now through April 11, 2014 at

48th Ward's Annual Clean & Green 
Spring is coming and it will soon be that time of year  to green and beautify our neighborhood in celebration of Earth Day! We are partnering with State Senator Heather Steans, State Representative Kelly Cassidy, the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project,  Loyola University Community Relations' North Lake Shore Earth Day 2014  and Loyola students, City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, block clubs, local park Advisory Committees,  buildings and neighbors to again sponsor a series of hands-on projects to clean, green, and enhance public spaces.       
This event will take place on Saturday, April 26  from 9am to 1pm. Click here for the flyer. Volunteers will assist with hands-on service projects  ranging from light gardening and garden-bed construction to litter-removal and fence-painting.   We will end with a barbecue and refreshments for all volunteers at the 48th Ward Streets & San yard, 5853 N. Broadway.  For more information or to register for a project, contact 48th Ward intern Laura Kaliski.

Thank you to all of our Senior Fair sponsors!
The 14th Annual Senior Fair was a great success, and we grateful for the support from our local sponsors! Our Major donors were: Holsten Management, Barr Funeral Home, and Kindred Chicago Lakeshore.  Food donors were: 7-Eleven, Ann Sather, Burke's Public House, Bryn Mawr Care, Einstein's Bagels, Ethiopian Diamond, Lickity Split, Metropolis Coffee, Pizzeria Aroma, Swedish Bakery, and Tedino's Pizzeria.

Development News

5026-30 N. Sheridan

In late 2013, a company called Safeguard Storage Properties applied for a permit to build a 6 story, 52,000 sq. ft. building,within right under the current zoning of B3-5. The proposed building would have access from both the front and rear alley. After working with my office and the community, the new proposal now has no access from the alley, the building has been pushed to the rear property line with additional lighting and security cameras over looking the alley. The new building is now 5 stories, instead of 6, with additional windows on all floors, resembling a loft looking building. There will now be an additional 3 feet of landscaping in front facing Sheridan. There will be no illuminated signage on the facade of the building and a portion of the ground floor area will have the ability to showcase art to the community. Thank you to the many neighbors who attended a community meeting last month and provided helpful feedback to Safeguard Self Storage.   Construction should begin later this Spring/Summer and should be ready in 2015.

48th Ward Deal of the Day
March 1 - March 31, 2014

Thank you to our local chambers of commerce, all the participating businesses and YOU the customers for making our first-ever 48th Ward Deal of the Day a great success! Our local businesses are still recovering from the brutal winter. Please help us finish March strong by supporting local businesses this weekend. Enjoy four more days of deals too!

Fri. 3/28     
+ Notice Camis and Candles, buy 1 get 1 free. 5028 N. Clark
+ Chicago Gold Gallery Free Appraisals on any Jewelry, Guitars, Coins, etc. 1236 W. Devon
Sat. 3/29      
+ Green Genes Extra 20% off clearance goods, $10 off purchase of $30+. 5111 N. Clark
+ Third Coast Comics 20% off graphic novels and kids' comics. 6234 N. Broadway
Sun. 3/30           
+ Joel Hall Dancers & Center Group Discount: ten people and get class for only $75. 5965 N. Clark
+ Room Service Chicago 25% off a $100.00 or more purchase! Excludes consignment art. 5438 N. Clark
Mon. 3/31         
+ Bark Bark Club ½ price nail trim ($6 value). 5943 N. Broadway
+ Early to bed $5 off any purchase of $25 or more. 5044 N. Clark

Remember - if you visit 5 or more businesses on their "deal day," you can be entered into a drawing to win lunch with Alderman Osterman at your favorite 48th ward local restaurant for you & a guest. See for details.

Education Update

48th Ward Education Committee
Interested in shaping the future of Edgewater?  Curious about the current state of education in our community? 
Please join us at the upcoming 48th Ward Education Committee Meeting and get involved.
April 9th @ 6:30pm Senn HS, room 115

One Summer Chicago 2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are proud to announce One Summer Chicago. One Summer Chicago (OSC) connects young people to summer jobs, internships and training programs being offered throughout the City. Through OSC, young adults have the opportunity to learn job skills, develop their resumes and explore career interests. Click here to apply for a job.

Summer Lifeguards
The Chicago Park District is hiring lifeguards for the summer. Those interested must complete a swim test to be eligible to enroll in the training program. To get started visit, or call the Aquatics Division at 312-742-5121.

Friends of Swift Community Meeting: Sunday, March 30 at 12:30PM
Friends of Swift is holding it's second Community Meeting this Sunday, March 30, from 12:30-1:30PM at T's Paisan's (1100 W Thorndale Ave). We hope you'll make every effort to come, learn more and consider how you can help Swift School thrive. This meeting is open to all community members, neighbors, parents, students, teachers and staff - everyone who considers themselves a friend of Swift!

Friends of Swift Movie Night: Friday, April 4 at 7PM
Friends of Swift continues their neighborhood First Friday Movie Night in the Swift auditorium this coming Friday, April 4 at 7PM, showing Finding Nemo. A suggested $5 donation will be collected as the doors open at 6:30PM. Concessions will be sold in the lobby, including popcorn, candy, drinks and Lickity Split Frozen Custard! To see a calendar of this semester's movies click HERE. If you would like to help volunteer or if you know any business who would like to have a booth in the lobby, email Liz.   
Peirce School Open House
Friday, April 4th. Presentation starts at 8:30 am; Tour of the school about 9 am -10 am. 1425 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Click here for more information.

Spring Funshops
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy announces Spring Funshops. Funshops are fast-paced, hands-on and integrative science games and activities. The event is open to 3rd-6th graders. Saturday, April 5, 9 am - 12 pm at Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark Street. Click here to register.

Green Living

Take Part in Earth Hour this Saturday
Remember to turn off non-essential lights and other electronic items as part of the worldwide event taking place on Saturday between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. local time. Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a global movement designed to celebrate a commitment to the planet by switching off non-essential lights for one designated hour. Ultimately, Earth Hour aims to encourage a global community to share the opportunities and challenges of cultivating a sustainable world

Edgewater Beautification Grants For Parkway Corner & Circle Plantings
A limited number of $100 grants are available for material expenditures for pre-approved Edgewater parkway corners and circles. The deadline to submit applications is June 1, 2014. Applications can be found at Landscape consulting services will be available at no charge to grant recipients from Kim Kaulas Inc., Grants donated by the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project & State Senator Heather Steans. Click here for the flyer.

Community Garden Applications Now Available
Applications are now posted online for the Chicago Park District Community Gardens in Senn Park (application deadline is March 27, 2014) and in Lincoln Park at Berwyn & Sheridan (application deadline is April 10). To apply, please refer to these instructions.

Edgewater Library 

The Friends of the Edgewater Library will meet on Saturday, April 12, at 10am in the 2nd floor meeting room of the EDW Library, 5700 N. Broadway.  The meeting is open to all who interested in providing support for the library.  For more information, please contact

The library is supporting Care For Real with a donation bin available for all non-perishable food and health-care items. Please consider donating items to help those in need in our community!

Click here to view a flyer on the Edgewater Library's Teen Programs!

This week's events at the Edgewater Library:
  • The Tasks of Feminism Today: Differing Perspectives. Saturday, March 29th @ 2pm.
    • How should the freedom and flourishing of women around the world be advanced in the present moment? This conversation will bring together speakers with differing responses to this question; a Q&A dialogue with the audience will follow these speakers' remarks. Speakers are to be announced.
  • 48th Ward Summer Resource Fair. Saturday, March 29th @ 10am.
    • Now is the time to start looking for summer activities for your children! Come see what exciting opportunities are available through local parks, libraries, theaters, summer camps, and more!
Upcoming Events at the Bezazian Library (1226 W. Ainslie)

Care for Real Updates

Care for Real Volunteers Needed
Want to make a difference in the community and help you neighbors in need?  Care for Real is always looking for volunteers to provide a hand on busy food distribution days, assist with driving one of our pantry vans, help with the pick up of in kind food donations, and so much more!  We could never provide the high level of free programs and services made available without volunteer support.  Whether you are an individual or a community, business, church, school and/or residential building, Care for Real invites you to join our team.  Please contact our Director of Operations, Dzana Huseni, by email, to receive a Volunteer Application today!
Employment Resource Center helps with job search

Care for Real’s Employment Resource Center has helped more than 650 clients seeking a job.  Corporate and community leaders are assisting our clients with job coaching, resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, job leads, and how to establish best practices when you are looking for a job.  Care for Real hosts weekly job clubs every Saturday from 2:00pm-5:00pm.  The workshops are free and open to everyone.  No appointment necessary. Come join us this weekend!
For more information about how you can help, call Lyle or Shawn at 773.769.6182 or email


In This Issue

Ward Office Info

Ward Office
5533 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
T: 773-784-5277 
F: 773-784-6630
Office hours: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm; Evening hours available by appointment

City Hall Office
121 N. LaSalle Room 300
Chicago, IL 60602
T: 312-744-6860
Upcoming Events 

Care For Real's "Pack The Car" Event!
Saturday, March 29th, 9am-12pm, at the corner of Berwyn and Clark St.
We are looking for donations to help Care For Real’s food pantry and clothing closet. Some example of items we are looking for include:
*Non-perishable food *New or gently used clothing. (Please ensure it’s laundered prior to donating) *Diapers *Baby and children essentials (including toys).  Click here for more information, and to discover more ways you can help!

Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Lenten Wednesdays: The church marks the  journey to the cross for the first five Wednesday evenings of Lent, using the ELCA Theme: Making Change.  Change is a constant in our lives. Some changes mark gradual transitions, others happen in the blink of an eye. Some change we choose, others are forced upon us. Gathering: 7pm; Evening prayer: 7:30pm; Soup, Supper & Table Talk 8-9pm. 1212 W. Balmoral

Andersonville Honors
Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 - 9:00pm
Fireside Restaurant
The Andersonville Honors celebrates the unique spirit of Andersonville, its thriving, local business district and dedicated community members. Final voting will be open until Monday, March 24 at 12:00 noon (central time). Click here to vote. Click here for tickets to the event.

Loyola University welcomes guest speaker Jerry Reinsdorf!
Tuesday, April 1st, Genitle Arena.
Doors open at 6:30pm; event begins at 7pm.
This event is open to the public! Click here for more information!

Edgewater Historical Society Book Discussion Group
Saturday, April 5th, 10am @ Edgewater Library
Book: Reversing Urban Decline: the Winthrop-Kenmore Corridor in Edgewater and Uptown Communities of Chicago, by Ed Marciniak 
The library will have a limited number of copies available for circulation in advance of the discussion; to get yours, visit the Edgewater Branch’s reference desk; local residents who also 
have the book are urged to bring their copies and to join in. Even if you don’t read the book, feel free to join the discussion and learn about some important recent Edgewater history.

20th District Egg Hunt and Bake Sale
Saturday, April 19 10:00am
5400 N. Lincoln
Ages 0-8
Easter bags will be supplied. No baskets or outside bags will be allowed for collecting eggs.

Arts & Culture

Check the Arts Calendar for a full listing of happenings in and around Edgewater.

Call for submissions | movement based performance work
Research Project #4 curated by Greer Dworman | quarterly works-in-progress series. Submission deadline Sunday, March 23rd 2014; performances Saturday, April 5th & Sunday, April 6th. Co-presented by Unity Community Center | Edgewater & OuterSpace Studios | Wicker Park arts communities together north & south. Click here for more information.

Jackalope Theatre Company Presents The Killing of Michael X
Jackalope Theatre Company’s season continues with the world premiere of THE KILLING OF MICHAEL X written by Cory Hinkle and directed by Associate Artistic Director Kaiser Ahmed. It will play March 12 – April 13 at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway in Chicago. Tickets are available through

Arts Incubator Showing
Monday, March 31st, 7pm
Mundelein Center for the Arts, 1020 W. Sheridan Road, Room 409
Pivot Arts and Loyola Arts invite the 48th Ward community to our Arts Incubator showing, a sampling of new performance work being developed in our professional arts incubator program.
For more information, visit

Hang Your Hat at Mister Kelly’s
April 25 to May 17, 2014
Performing at the Berger Park Coach House Theater (6205 N Sheridan Road)
Three Cat Productions presents the world premiere production of the musical revue Hang Your Hat at Mister Kelly’s at the Chicago Park District’s Berger Park Coach House Theater. Hang Your Hat at Mister Kelly’s explores the famed Chicago Rush Street supper club through the eyes of Winston a former Mister Kelly’s employee. Transporting back to the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Winston recalls the legendary performers of Barbra, Ella, Jackie, Barry and many more. Click here for more information.
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