Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Cubs' Victory, Argyle Ribbon Cutting, Swedish American Museum turns 40, and more!
November 4, 2016

Dear Neighbor:

Please join me in congratulating the Chicago Cubs on their historic victory on Wednesday night! The joy and Chicago pride can be felt throughout our community and the city. There will be a victory parade and rally today, beginning at Wrigley Field at 10am, travelling south along Lake Shore Drive to Columbus, and ending up at Grant Park at noon. Please come out and celebrate if you are able to. Click here for more information about the victory parade and rally. And if you need some more Cubs pride, check out this great video set to Eddie Vedder's "All the Way".

Tomorrow, the celebrations will continue as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and I host a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the Argyle Streetscape. Please join us at noon at the intersection of Argyle and Broadway as we celebrate the completion of this transformative project. Argyle is the first "Shared Street" in the city of Chicago - this innovative street design gives pedestrians right of way and slows car traffic in order to foster more vibrancy in the Argyle business district. Thank you to our neighbors and businesses who have been incredibly patient during the construction process. 

I would also like to congratulate the Swedish American Museum on their 40th Anniversary. The Swedish American Museum has been an anchor in the Andersonville community and served as a permanent tribute to Scandinavian immigrants. Congratulations to Karin Abercrombie, Executive Director, and her team on all of the fantastic work they do, including serving over 1 million visitors!

Have a great weekend, and one more time: Go Cubs!

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Election Day: Tuesday, November 8th

Election day is right around the corner and we want everyone to have the opportunity to cast their ballot. Early voting  will be available at the Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway, starting Monday, October 24. If you would rather vote on election day, polls are open from 6:00am - 7:00pm, so remember to plan accordingly. Here are five easy steps to voting:
1. Register to vote
2. Find an early voting location.  --OR-- Find your polling place for November 8th
3. Decide who and what to vote for! You have the incredible opportunity to influence everything from state representatives and constitutional amendments to senators and our next president. Find a personalized sample ballot here.
4. Get out the vote! Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors about the importance of getting to the polls on November 8th.
5. VOTE!

Streets and Sanitation Updates

Fall Yard Waste Collection
The Department of Streets and Sanitation is working hard this fall to ensure it is providing your residents with the services they need like street sweeping,yard waste collection and moreResidents can call 311 to request separate yard waste collection from October 17 through November 30Click here for more information.

America Recycles Day
Did you know that recycling one plastics bottle could light a 60-watt bulb for six hours? Celebrate America Recycle Day, November 15 by promoting recycling in your ward. Residents can visit to learn more about what can be recycled in a Chicago blue cart.
Find more updates about street sweeping and neighborhood services here.

Chicago Property Tax Rebate Program

The city has announced the launch of the Property Tax
Rebate Program, and I encourage all ward residents to check your eligibility and to apply for a rebate if you are eligible. If you are a Chicago homeowner with a household adjusted gross income (HAGI) of $75,000 or less earned in 2015 and the City portion of your most recent property tax bill (received in July 2016) increased from the previous year’s property tax bill (received in July 2015), you may be eligible for a rebate from the City of Chicago. Application deadline in November 30th!
Click here for complete details about the program. 
Click here for an application.
Click here for a checklist of everything needed to apply.
Local Business Updates

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

Swedish American Museum: Extended Hours
Hours of the Swedish American Museum for visitors and holiday shoppers will increase from Monday, October 31, through the end of December. With some exceptions, hours of the Museum and Museum Store up to December 23 will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Click here for more information.

Remix Pop-Up Shop on Bryn Mawr
Fridays, 4-7pm & Saturdays - Sundays, 12pm-6pm
1052 W. Bryn Mawr
Edgewater Development Corporation, in partnership with Remix Chicago and Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, has opened a holiday pop-up shop to run through the end of 2016! The store features 45 different artists and makers, selling handmade, unique items of all types. Stop by and share your experience online with #shopedgewater to support all of our Edgewater businesses!

Pierce School Open House for Prospective Parents

Thursday, November 10th, 8:15am
Helen C. Pierce School, 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Take a tour of the school and see our teachers and students! Come and learn more about the International Baccalaureate program, PreK-8th grade programs, enrichment programs, sports programs for 5th-8th grades, and parent involvement. You can also meet our principle, assistance, principal, international Baccalaureate (IB) coordinators, and parents. Please email to let us know you plan to attend.

Casino Uptown
Thursday, November 10th, 5:30-9:30pm
Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence

Bet on Uptown! Casino Uptown features games, food, and drinks at the historic Aragon Ballroom including a special jazz performance by the Alyssa Allgood Jazz Quintet. Play poker, blackjack, roulette or craps to win incredible prizes! Enjoy great food from Uptown restaurants, libations, and live jazz. Casino Uptown is a fundraiser for Uptown United and Business Partners - The Uptown Chamber of Commerce. Tickets (will call) are $55 in advance or $65 at the door and includes food, two drink tickets and 25 casino chips! Click here for more information and tickets.

Exhibition Opportunity For Chicago Artists!
To celebrate the City of Chicago’s 2017 “Year of Public Art” program, the Chicago Cultural Center announces an exhibition opportunity for artists living in Chicago - The Subject is Chicago: People, Places, and Possibilities. Conceived to engage the broadest possible cross-section of Chicago artists - including age, geographic diversity, and level of professional accomplishment – the exhibition seeks submissions that illuminate most vividly the experience of living in Chicago. Application deadline is midnight on November 13th! Click here for more information.

Wilson Station: Behind the Scenes
November 11th - January 2nd
Everybody's Coffee, 935 W. Wilson 

What happens when you put an engineer for the Wilson Station Reconstruction Project together with his counterpart working for the construction company? A friendly photographic dual.The Wilson Station project involves replacing much of the 100-year-old track structure, composed of Carnegie Steel, and modernizing the 91-year-old station by adding an elevator, brighter lighting, and wider platforms. Through every phase of the project Kevin Utz and Kirsten Lefeldt have been there with their cameras. Join us on November 11th, 6-8pm, at Everybody's Coffee for the opening ceremony to experience this historic restoration project. Click here for more information.

Black Out Dinners

November 3rd - 20th, 7:30pm
6018 N. Kenmore

Black Out Dinners is an experiential event, a three-course vegetarian dinner in the dark created by a chef and served by Chicago Lighthouse employees. This dinner continues 6018North’s mission of connecting people through intimate, transformative encounters. Black Out Dinners will be held at 7:30 pm for three consecutive weeks November 3 to November 20 on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The suggested donation is $75-$100. Click here for more information

Miriam Apartments Waitlist Still Open!
The waitlist is still open for Miriam Apartments, subsidized (low-income), furnished studios for single adult homeless women only! This vintage building is on a quiet, tree-lined street close to public transportation.
Rent includes heat and utilities along with activities to build community and provide a healthy environment. Click here for more information including requirements for applying and how to get on the waitlist.

Parks Update

Save the date for Winter Lights Music Nights at Senn Park!
The Senn Park Advisory Council invites you to join us for an evening of lights, music and hot cocoa on Sunday, December 4th at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy musical performances by students from Nicholas Senn High School and the Rickover Naval Academy's jazz ensemble. The students will lead a community sing-along following their performance. The event will take place at the Senn Park pergola just west of the playlot. 

8th Annual Second City Showdown Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
Saturday-Sunday, November 12th-13th, 8:30am-5:30pm
Broadway Armory Park, 5817 N. Broadway

Sponsored by the Chicago Park District, it is one of the premiere adult wheelchair tournaments in the nation, featuring no less than five nationally ranked Top 20 teams among the 12 participating. Head on over Broadway Armory park to

Senior Workshops and Seminars

Lifestyle and Other Changes to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia
Saturday, November 5, 8:30-10:00am
Covenant Home of Chicago, 2720 W. Foster

Dr. Gitelman, MD, FAAN, Senior Medical Director of the Advocate Memory Center, will describe modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. He will then over recommendations regarding lifestyle changes and interventions that appear to lower the risk of developing dementia. From 10am-12pm there will be free memory loss screenings! RSVP to 773-596-2296 or

Senior Craft Fair
Tuesday, Noverber 15th, 9:00am-2:00pm
Edgweater Satellite Senior Center, 5917 N. Broadway

Start your holiday shopping early! Click here for more information.

Senior Awareness: Prescription Drug Misuse and Adverse Effects
Tuesday, November 15th, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005
Topics will include:
  • Substance abuse, misuse, and dependency
  • Adverse Effects
  • Prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, and polypharmacy issues
RSVP with the Circuit Court of Cook County Elderly Justice Center at (312) 603-9233.
Know Your VA Benefits
Wednesday, November 16th, 9:45 to 11:00am
Edgweater Satellite Senior Center, 5917 N. Broadway
If you are a veteran, you could be eligible for a range of benefits and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Join us for a conversation wtih experts from the VA benefit and VA health care programs to learn about benefits you may qualify for and how to access your benefits. There will be a Q&A following the presentation. Free, but please register at 773-248-8700 or Click here for more information.

Holiday Eating Survival Tips
Thursday, December 1, 5:00-7:30pm
Covenant Home of Chicago, 2720 W. Foster
Presenters: Dietitians at Home and In-Home Counseling for Seniors
Session I: Learn how to control your emotions and food offerings during the holidays so that your regular eating and activity patterns are not disrupted. Learn the tips and tricks from a registered dietitian nutritionist who know
where those hidden calories lie.
Session II: For some people, wintertime can trigger feelings of sadness or even bring on a more serious seasonal depression. These variations in mood can happen for several reasons. In this program we review the signs and symptoms of harmful mood changes, and learn about effective treatments and strategies for staying healthy and balanced during the winter months and holiday season.
RSVP to 773-596-2296 or

Click here for more classes from the Swedish Covenant Hospital including Heart Disease, Prostate, and Cancer Screenings.

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. 

Let's Talk Trash: Recycling in Chicago
The Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) will be hosting three regional gatherings this November. Participants will be encouraged to brainstorm creative solutions to reduce contamination in Chicago's blue bins and contribute actionable ideas to support better citywide recycling practices. Everyone is invited so come on out! RSVP here.
  • Wednesday, November 9th, 6:00-8:00pm at Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave.
  • Tuesday, November 15th, 6:00-8:00pm at Inspiration Kitchens, 3504 W. Lake St.
  • Wednesday, November 16th, 6:00-8:00pm at Horner Park Field House, 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Construction Updates
Broadway and Ridge Avenue resurfacing
Weather permitting, paving on Broadway should be complete by November 9. Striping is scheduled to begin on Monday and continue through next week. Concrete should be done next week as well.

Care for Real News
Uncommon Ground Hosts Care for Real Fundraiser
Friday, November 4th - Sunday, November 13th
Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon
Featuring a $35 3-course Care for Real prix-fix menu in which $5 from each will be donated to Care for Real! Reservations can be made by calling 773-465-9801. See you there!

Cellars Hosts Care For Real Wine Dinner
Thursday, November 17th, 6:30pm
Cellars Bar & Grill, 5900 N. Broadway
Holiday season is upon us! Come celebrate with Care for Real at Cellars Bar & Grill (formerly Broadway Cellars), with a special Thanksgiving Wine Dinner. Care for Real will be receiving $2 from every bottle of wine sold. Support us by participating in our raffle including fine wines, gourmet food baskets and more! Seating is limited so reservations are mandatory. Dinner costs $60 per person with tax and tip additional. Call (773) 944-1208 and reserve your seat today!

Chicago Market Thanksgiving Pop-Up
Saturday, November 19th, 2:30-5:30pm
Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson
Join Care for Real at Chicago Market Co-Op's Thanksgiving Pop-Up Shop. Vendors will have kinds of delicious produce and meat to make your Thanksgiving celebration special, from fresh bread to locally grown greens. Entry is free but an RSVP is required.

Give Shakes! at George's Ice Cream
For the entire month of November, George's Ice Cream, 5306 N Clark St, will donate 15% of their milkshake sales to Care for Real in conjunction with their Give Shakes! Campaign. Stop in for a delicious treat and support Care for Real.

30 Days of Doing with Peterson Garden Project
The weather may be getting chilly, but Peterson Garden Project is warming up for 2017 programs and scholarships with 30 Days of Doing! Join us October 15 to November 15 for team-building, volunteering, and community engagement as we work towards our mission to recruit, educate, and inspire everyone to grow and cook their own food!
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved: volunteer in the garden, sign up for a cooking class, join us for a homegrown harvest feast, and much more. Find a full list of events and learn more at

Sustainability Tip of the Week

Safe Disposal of Used Motor Oil/Getting Your Car Ready for Winter
Some car fluids like motor oil can be processed and recycled into new fluids. Every gallon of used motor oil that is improperly discarded can contaminate 1 million gallons of drinking water. Motor oil also never wears out, but rather gets dirty, so it is often recycled and resold. Did you know...
  • Old motor oil can be refined, reconditioned or reprocessed to become usable again. 
  • An oil filter is made of three basic items: paper, steel and plastic. All of these items are recyclable when sent to the proper recycling outlet.   
Many Auto Zone and OReilly Auto Part Stores accept used motor oil.  There are stores within a five mile radius of Edgewater but call ahead on their requirements for the oil and if they will accept the used filters.  When your oil is changed by professionals, they are required to follow strict disposal procedures as well.

 Sustainability Tips brought to you by Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project
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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

Mandarin Language Workshops
Mon & Wed, Oct. 17 - Nov. 9, 6pm-7:30pm
Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA)
1016 W. Argyle
Click here for more information.

CMAA Dinner & Silent Auction
Thursday, November 17, 6-10pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago
Click here for more information

Passing Between
Friday, Nov. 4, 7:30 & 9pm
North Gallery, 6018 Kenmore
Magician Sean Masterson presents an evening of haunted illusions, conjuring the spirits of Edgewater mansion. Click here for more information.

Upholstery Event - 4th Annual
Friday, November 4, 6-9pm
Scout Design
5221 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Northside Catholic Academy Trivia Night
Saturday, Nov. 5th, 6:15-10pm
St. Gertrude Social Hall
1401 W. Granville

Click here for more information

Dance Meditation Technique
Nov. 4 & 8, Dec. 2 & 16, 7-8:30pm
Berger Park Mansion
6205 N. Sheridan
Click here for more information.

Swedish Museum Ruby Gala
Saturday, November 5, 6-11pm
University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe St.
Click here for more information

Live Talk: The Day After
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7:30pm
Steppenwolf Theatre
1700 N. Halsted
Click here for more information

Casino Uptown Fundraiser
Thursday, Nov. 10, 5:30-9:30pm
Aragon Ballroom
1106 W. Lawrence
Click here fore more information

Wilson Station: Behind the Scenes
Friday, Nov. 11, 6-8pm
Everybody's Coffee
935 W. Wilson
Click here for more information

Rosehill Cemetery Walking Tour
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10am
5800 N. Ravenswood
Free, for information call 773-561-5940

North Shore Kiwanis Fundraiser
Monday, Nov. 14, 7-9pm
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

Arts & Culture
See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Simply Sensational
November 7, 6:00pm
Uptown Underground
4707 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

A Concert of Americana:
In Honor of our Veterans

Friday, Nov. 11, 7:30pm
Unity Community Center
1212 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information

Writer's Series - 8th Annual
Saturday, Nov. 12, 12-5pm
The Edge Theatre 
5451 N. Broadway
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

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

Jeff Buckley Tribute - 19th Annual
Wed & Thurs, Nov. 16 & 17
Uncommon Ground
3800 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Saturn Returns
Thurs, Fri, Sat, Oct. 13 - Nov. 19, 7:30pm
The Neo-Futurarium
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Click here for more information

Tree of Life Exhibit
Sunday, Oct 16 - Nov 20, 11:30am-1:30pm
Unity Community Center
1212 W. Balmoral
Click here for more information

By Jackalope Theatre
October 19 - November 20, 7:30pm
Broadway Armory Park
5917 N. Broadway
Click here for more information.

Thursdays - Sundays, Oct. 22 - Nov. 20
The Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge Ave.
Click here for more information.

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

Mondays, Oct. 24 - Nov. 28, 8:00pm
Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Click here for more information

Oct. 26 - Dec. 17 at 7:30pm
Raven Theatre Company
6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Athena Festival
November 19 - 20
Jackalope Theatre's The Fronteir
1106 W. Throndale
Click here for more information

Red Velvet
Now through Nov. 27
Thurs.- Sat., 7:30pm & Sundays, 3pm
Raven Theatre Company, 6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Performances Nov. 17- Dec. 17
Nothing Without A Canvass
1579 N. Milwaukee
Click here for more information

Holiday Remix
Saturday, Dec. 10, 11am-4pm
Broadway Armory Park
5917 N. Broadway
Click here for more information
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