Weekly Update from Your Alderman: A new interim police superintendent, shooting in Uptown, Senn selects principal, mixed-use development on Broadway, a new business on Bryn Mawr and more.
April 1, 2016

Dear Neighbor:

Earlier this week, Eddie Johnson was appointed interim Chicago police superintendent. Johnson, a 27-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was tapped by Mayor Emanuel as we confront a surge of violent crime in the city that must be addressed immediately. He replaces John Escalante, who remains on the force as first deputy superintendent of police.

This week I had the opportunity to meet with Johnson. He is committed to implementing needed reforms in the police department, reducing the gun violence around our city and increasing morale among officers. I look forward to working with him as we continue to address the many public safety challenges we’re facing and hope to invite him to our community in the near future.

I respect the work the Chicago Police Board did in its search for a new superintendent. The mayor turned down the three candidates recommended by the police board and selected Johnson. Interim Supt. Johnson has my support as he confronts the difficult tasks ahead. The City Council is reviewing ways in which we will be able to proceed in confirming Johnson as superintendent. I’ll keep you informed as the process continues.

Last night our community was affected by the violence rippling through the city. Around 10:30 pm, a 28-year-old man with a criminal background attempted an armed robbery of a local resident at the intersection of Winona and Winthrop. In the course of the robbery, the resident defended himself, shooting the man, who died later at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The police are reviewing surveillance video and fully investigating this shooting death. I will have more information about the incident next week. If you have any information about this case, please contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-5277 or Marko Zaric in my office at or 773-784-5277.

As I announced in a special email this week, Senn High School's Local School Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to offer a four-year principal contract to Mary Beck, who has served as interim principal there since last August.

I am confident that Ms. Beck will continue to build on the success that has made Senn a premier neighborhood high school with continued enrollment growth and a Level 1 rating. I look forward to working with her on future educational and community initiatives.

On Monday night, we had a positive community meeting about Cedar Street's planned redevelopment of the former Aon building, 5050 N. Broadway, and nearby properties. This exciting project, a mixed-use retail/multifamily development, will have 710 rental units, including 107 units (15 percent) that will qualify as affordable housing, as well as a parking garage and attractively designed commercial space. (Click here for an illustrated outline of the entire project.)

We will follow up with another community meeting in late April or early May. In the meantime, please feel free to send any feedback or questions about this development to

As we get ready to welcome warmer weather, I’m very pleased to announce that Tina’s Italian Ice will be opening at 1050 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. by summer. I have been working closely with the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and the Edgewater Development Corporation to recruit new businesses to our ward, and Tina’s is a great example. If you have suggestions for businesses that you would like to see expand into our community, please let us know by contacting our office at 773-784-5277 or

I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward


Street Sweeping Starts Today

Street sweeping season begins Friday April 1 and runs through November 18. You can view the 2016 schedule and the map that shows the 10 street sweeping sections in our ward on the 48th Ward website. Temporary parking restriction signs will be posted a day or two before a street is scheduled to be swept.

Please note that permanent street sweeping signs are posted on all of our major commercial streets.
Public Safety News

Outdoor police roll calls
The 20th Police District is holding regular outdoor roll calls for officers in our community, with the next ones scheduled for 9 am Sunday April 3 at Wayne and Early and 1 am Monday April 4 at Hollywood and Ridge. Residents and business owners are encouraged to come out and see the police who are patrolling the streets and meet their local beat officers.
Click here for more information

Know Your Rights: A Guide for Police Interaction
An interactive panel discussion with a goal of educating the community on their rights when dealing with the police will be held from 2-4 pm Sunday April 3 at Rogers Park Presbyterian Church, 7059 N. Greenview Ave.
Click here for more information

Catalytic converter thefts
The 48th Ward office has been made aware of several catalytic converter thefts in the ward. These are prime targets for thieves because catalytic converters are worth a fair amount of money on the street.

Vehicles that sit higher from the ground, such as trucks, pick-ups and SUVs, are particularly vulnerable to catalytic converter theft because thieves can slide underneath without having to jack up the vehicle to gain access to the converter. With just a few cuts of a battery-powered saw, the catalytic converter can be stolen in less than a minute.

To prevent catalytic converter theft, use common sense and follow these tips:

  • Try to park in well-lighted areas. If you have a garage, use it!
  • Engrave your license plate number on the converter to make it traceable.
  • Purchase a catalytic converter lock or visit a muffler shop and have the converter secured to the vehicle’s frame with a couple of pieces of hardened steel welded to the frame.

Please report any suspicious activity by calling 911 and contacting Marko Zaric in my office at

Youth News

Join our Youth Council!
Young people who are in 7th-12th grades are welcome to join the 48th Ward Youth Advisory Council. Be a part of important decisions being made in your community! Share your ideas and make a difference! The next meeting is at 4 pm Tuesday April 5 in the ward office, 5533 N. Broadway. Questions? Contact or
Click here for more information

Save the date: Youth Resource Fair!
The 48th Ward will be sponsoring a Youth Resource Fair from 1-4 pm on Saturday April 30 at the Broadway Armory. Lots of information will be available on summer jobs, internships and summer camps. Stay tuned for more details!
Click here for more information

Jobs for youth through One Summer Chicago
One Summer Chicago brings together government institutions, community-based organizations and companies to offer more than 24,000 employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24. Apply through May 15.
Click here for more information
School News

3 open houses

  • Chicago Friends School  will hold an open house for prospective families from 2-4 pm Saturday April 2 at the school, 1246 W. Thorndale Ave. Click here for more information
  • Peirce School of International Studies will hold an open house for prospective parents at 8:15 am Thursday April 7 at the school, 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Meet the principal, teachers and parents, and take a tour. Send an email to to register. Click here for more information
  • Northside Catholic Academy will host an open house for prospective parents at 9 am Thursday April 7 at its Primary Campus (PreK-4), 6216 N. Glenwood Ave. Meet the principal, talk to parents and teachers, and visit classrooms.Please call  Melissa Soberanes at 773-743-6277 to register. Click here for more information

Professionals sought for Peirce Career Day
Peirce Elementary School, 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., will hold a College and Career Day for middle schoolers at 8 am on Friday April 15. The school is still looking for professionals to participate.
Click here for more information

Construction Updates

Broadway water main work starts Monday
As part of the city's Capital Improvement Program, the Department of Water Management will install a new water main on the west side of Broadway, from Thorndale to Foster Avenues. Construction is scheduled to begin Monday April 4, and should take four to six weeks to complete. Parking restrictions will be in place.

Last fall, a new water main was installed on the east side of Broadway between Devon and Thorndale Avenues. Once the west side water main project is completed, CDOT, in conjunction with the State of Illinois, will resurface all of Broadway, from Devon to Foster. Included will be restriping of all lanes as well as highlighting of all crosswalks to improve safety. Going forward, we will continue to look for new ways to address pedestrian safety on Broadway.

Argyle Streetscape
Crews working on the south side of Argyle, from Kenmore to Sheridan, have completed all framing. On Monday April 4, weather permitting, they will start to pour the concrete. Parking restrictions remain in place.

Click here for more Argyle information

Victoria water main project
This week, crews completed the connection to the exterior water main at Victoria and Ridge and performed flushing of the water main. The pressure test was passed.

Next week:

  • The crew will assist the Water Quality Division for a chlorination of the new water main the morning of Monday April 4.
  • The crew will help Water Quality take water samples from the water main on Tuesday April 5.
  • After all tests have been approved, the crew will begin the transfer of services to the individual residences on Wednesday April 6.
  • The crew should be able to transfer 14 services by the end of next week.
Please note: All residents on Victoria Street will receive copies of this flyer with instructions for flushing their plumbing of any sediment, rust or metals, including lead, to maintain water quality after service lines have been connected to the new water main.
April is Earth Month!
Clean and Green on April 16
Join other neighbors to help sweep, rake, paint and plant your way through the 48th Ward to improve our schools, gardens, parks and storefronts from 9 am-1 pm Saturday April 16 during the annual Clean and Green Day. There will also be a paper shredding event at the Streets and Sanitation Yard, 5853 N. Broadway.
Click here for information on volunteering

Berger Park plans series of Earth Month events
The Berger Park Advisory Council has planned several events to celebrate Earth Month, including the planting of a Monarch Butterfly Garden next to the lake on Saturday April 16.
Click here for more information on all the events
Senior News

Seminar: Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives
From noon-1:30 pm on Thursday April 7, the Cook County Elder Justice Center will present a free Senior Enrichment Seminar titled Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Courtroom 2005.
Click here for more information
Edgewater Yard Sale: Register Now

Mark your calendar:  The 22nd annual Edgewater Yard Sale will be held from 9 am-4 pm Saturday June 4 (no rain date).  A record number of eight block clubs are participating this year.  Boundaries:  Foster to Devon, Clark to Sheridan. To register to sell, please e-mail

Corner Garden Grants

Thanks to the generosity of Sen. Heather Steans, Rep. Kelly Cassidy and the Overhead Project, the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project is again offering a limited number of $100 grants to Edgewater residents to plant and maintain new corner gardens. Landscape consultant Kim Kaulas will again review the applications and provide consulting services for the recipients. The deadline is June 1. 
Click here for more information
Click here for the online 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
Care for Real News

Martinis That Matter on April 10
Who doesn’t love a delicious martini? Join us from 2-5 pm on Sunday April 10 at Marty’s Martini Bar, 1511 W. Balmoral Ave., for MARTINIS THAT MATTER. Proceeds from the afternoon benefit Care for Real.

Join Care for Real at 'A Tail to Remember'
Care for Real is hosting our 1st Annual Pet Pantry Fundraiser: A Tail to Remember. The fundraiser will take place from 5-8 pm Saturday April 23 at the Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center, 5400 N. Damen Ave. There will be drinks, nibbles, raffle prizes, a special guest performance by Noodles (winner of Purina's national How is Your Dog Great? contest) and WGN's Weekend News anchor Sean Lewis will be MCing the event.
Click here for tickets 

Cheetah Gym launches CFR prom drive
Cheetah Gym, 5248 N. Clark St., is again partnering with Care for Real to collect prom dresses, dress accessories, shoes, purses and jewelry for local teens for their school proms and dances. If you have items to donate, please bring them in to the gym. Donations will be accepted for the next month and may be dropped off in the main lobby at the gym. Help us help teens feel special. Please contact for more info!
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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
Uptown Saturday Nights returns
8 pm Saturday April 9
Preston Bradley Center
941 W. Lawrence Ave.
The season starts with JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, a band whose live performance Rolling Stone describes as “enveloping stage presence and palpable charisma."
Click here for more information

Letting Go: Conversations
About the End of Life

5:30-7 pm Tuesday April 12
Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services at
Covenant Home of Chicago
2720 W. Foster Ave.
Click here for more information

Chicago history book discussion
10 am Saturday April 9
Edgewater Library
6000 N. Broadway
The Edgewater Historical Society will hold a discussion on three books related to the Haymarket tragedy of 1886.
Click here for more information

Citizenship workshop
9:30-11:30 am Saturday April 9
Uptown Library
929 W. Buena Ave.
Learn how legal permanent residents can become U.S. citizens.
Click here for more information

Dine at La Fonda
to benefit St. Ita's

11 am-8 pm Sunday April 10
La Fonda Latino Grill
5350 N. Broadway
Dine at La Fonda on this day and St. Ita will receive a donation of 20 percent of your guest check.
Click here for more information

Viola Project spring break camp
9 am-3 pm April 18-22
City Lit Theatre at
Edgewater Presbyterian Church
1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave.
Free Shakespeare-focused theater camp for ages 14-18 (8th grade and up).
Click here for more information

Summer Camps


Click here for a list of summer camps available in the community
EESP Green Tip of the Week

Energy Efficiency & Home Improvement
Smart thermostats can revolutionize the way you use energy, and current rebates of up to $120 can cut their cost in half. These Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats allow you to control heating and air conditioning from your smartphone while also adapting to your behavior and schedule, which generates energy savings automatically. The two products eligible for the rebate are the ecobee3 and the Nest Learning thermostat.

You can buy and install one yourself or schedule a free home energy assessment during which an energy assessor will install one for you. ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, and North Shore Gas companies all offer their customers the opportunity to schedule and receive free energy saving products during a free home energy assessment. To learn more about the financial and environmental benefits of smart thermostats, or more about how you can save money on home energy bills, click here.
Click here for more information on EESP or visit EESP's Facebook page here.
Arts & Culture
See the full calendar of arts events at 

Raggedy And
Performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3:30 Sundays, through April 10
A Pride Films & Plays production at
Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge Ave.

Click here for more information

SKÅL! Scandinavian Spirits
Friday April 1-Sunday June 19
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.
The cultural history of the enjoyment of beverages in Scandinavian-American communities will be explored in “SKÅL! Scandinavian Spirits,” which will have an opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Friday April 1. That will be followed at 6 and 7:30 p.m. by tastings of aquavit cocktails for those 21 and over.
Click here for more information

Suor Angelica at St. Ita's
Performances 7:30 pm Friday April 8 and Saturday April 9
St. Ita's Catholic Church
5500 N. Broadway
Opera West! presents Suor Angelica, a one-act opera by Puccini. $15.
Click here for more information

Performances: 8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, through April 30
The Plagiarists at
Berger Park Coach House
6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information

That's Weird, Grandma: The Musical
Performances: 2 pm Sundays, 8 pm Mondays, through April 11
Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Click here for more information
Free concerts for students
1:30 pm Saturdays April 2 and 16
Orchestra Hall
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Middle school and high school students are invited to enjoy two free concerts (wind band & choral), but tickets are required. The April 2 concert will feature the Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival and the April 16 concert will feature the Windy City Choral Festival. Register here for April 2 tickets. Register here for April 16 tickets.

A Loss of Roses
Performances: 8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3:30 Sundays, through April 2
Raven Theatre West Stage
6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville)
Click here for more information

after all the things i do
Performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 pm Saturdays-Sundays, through April 10
About Face Theatre
at Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Click here for more information

The Women of Lockerbie
Performances: 8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3:30 pm Sundays, April 7-May 8
Aston Rep Theater Company at
Raven Theatre West Stage
6157 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

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