Weekly Update from Your Alderman: City Budget hearings continue, a new playground for Hayt, congratulations on last weekend's big events, Coffee and Conversation on Argyle tomorrow.

October 2, 2015

Dear Neighbor:

This week the City Council began hearings into the proposed 2016 City Budget. These hearings are an important step in the budget process and enable the City Council to closely review the budget and operation plan for each city department. My colleagues and I will use this process to identify additional cost savings to be found within city government. By clicking here you can read the statements from department heads who have testified before the City Council through Thursday of this week. Next week Police Superintendent McCarthy will testify before the Council on the Police Department and the ongoing violence around our city.

Next Thursday I will begin a series of four Town Hall meetings to discuss the 2016 City Budget and ongoing initiatives and projects in our community. The first Town Hall will be at 6:30 pm Thursday October 8 at Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral Ave. Please see below for details on all of the meetings. I hope to see you at one of them.

This week I was thrilled to help celebrate the opening of the beautiful new playground at Hayt Elementary School, 1518 W. Granville Ave. Principal Daniel Gomez applied for and was awarded a KaBOOM playground grant earlier this year to replace the old one at the school. Then, on September 18, volunteers came out in force to build the playground in one day! The new playground will provide a safe place to play and will accommodate a larger number of children, both students from Hayt and kids from the surrounding community. Be sure to stop by and check it out. And read a profile of Principal Gomez below. (Photo by Jamil Chughtai)

Last weekend our ward played host to three huge and fun-filled events: The Edgewater Back To School 5K, The Midnight Circus in the Parks at Margate Park and the Edgewater Fall Art Fair. Hats off to all of the volunteers who came together to make these events a success.

From 9-10 am tomorrow (Saturday), you're invited to join me for coffee and conversation at our Argyle satellite office, 1006 W. Argyle St. I look forward to discussing the City Budget, neighborhood priorities and our ongoing safety efforts in the Argyle area with you. I hope you'll stop by.

Here's wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

48th Ward Town Hall Meetings

Please plan to join us for one of four 48th Ward Town Hall meetings, starting next week. The meetings will take place at:
  • 6:30 pm Thursday October 8 at Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral Ave.
  • 6:30 pm Tuesday October 13 at Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave.
  • 6:30 pm Wednesday October 14 at the Somerset Place Apartments, 5009 N. Sheridan Rd.
  • 7 pm Thursday October 15 at Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan Rd.
All  the meetings will start with a “state of the ward” presentation by Alderman Osterman, followed by a significant time for Q&A.
Public Safety Update

Calling 911
There have been several times recently where residents have expressed concern to our office about activities witnessed in the neighborhood.  It is imperative in such cases to call 911 in order to give police information about where these incidents are taking place. Regardless of whether there is an immediate police response or not, calling 911 helps create a paper trail about the events taking place and will help the police coordinate resource deployment. If, when speaking to a 911 operator, you are not satisfied with the response or believe something was not done correctly, ask to speak to a supervisor at the call center to voice your concern.

Police arrests
Thank you to the residents who recently reported witnessing drug activity around the Thorndale CTA station and surrounding area.  As a result, police have made an arrest. At 5:35 pm on Wednesday September 23, police arrested Julian Dior Wilkinson at 6009 N. Broadway on charges of selling narcotics to an undercover officer in the Broadway Armory parking lot. He was charged with delivering cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school.

 Property Tax Appeal Workshop

The Cook County Board of Review will hold a workshop on how to file an appeal of your property tax assessment at 6 pm Thursday October 8 in St. Gertrude's Gymnasium, 1401 W. Granville Ave. Staff from Commissioner Michael M. Cabonargi's office will be on hand to explain how an appeal is granted and to answer other questions.
Click here for more information
Meet the Principal: Daniel Gomez, Hayt

Daniel Gomez is the principal of Stephen K. Hayt Elementary School, 1518 W. Granville Ave. After graduating from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a bachelor of arts degree, he worked in the private sector for a few years before returning to school, this time at Loyola University Chicago, where he earned his teaching certification.
Daniel Gomez (left) - Photo by Jamil Chughtai

Mr. Gomez began his career with the Chicago Public Schools as a 4th/5th grade bilingual teacher at Joseph Stockton and Hans Christian Andersen Elementary Schools. In 1996, he returned to school, attending Northeastern Illinois University to earn his master’s in school administration.

This led to his next post, as Dean of Students at Casimir Pulaski Academy, where he worked with students and teachers to increase students’ positive behavior by organizing numerous activities focusing on recognition. In 2002, he was one of 30 individuals chosen to participate in the LAUNCH leadership program from an applicant pool of over 200 candidates. After his LAUNCH experience, he became the Assistant Principal at Hayt in 2003, and then Principal in 2005.

During his tenure, Mr. Gomez has overseen many school improvements, both academically and physically. Student performance has steadily improved in reading, writing, math and science. Student attendance also has gone up; Hayt has maintained an attendance rate of 95 percent or higher throughout his tenure.

Mr. Gomez has enhanced the technology at Hayt by outfitting all classrooms with updated computers, Smart Boards and document cameras. He also has added and upgraded numerous iPad and laptop carts that have allowed students more access to technology.

During the summer of 2012, Mr. Gomez oversaw an ADA upgrade that resulted in an improved auditorium, an elevator in the old building and new drinking fountains. This year, he was awarded the KaBoom playground grant, which brought a brand new playground to Hayt in September (he is pictured, upper left, at the ribbon-cutting with Ald. Osterman).

Mr. Gomez is honored to be the principal of Hayt School and looks forward to continuing its improvement each year!
48th Ward Local School Fair

Please come to a school fair from 10 am-noon on Saturday October 3 to learn more about our community's public and private, pre-school to high school, school options for your childrenAt the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. The Edgewater Early Learning Center, Families Together Cooperative Nursery School and Albany Park Community Center (located in Edgewater) are the preschools that will be in attendance.
Click here for more information
Cochran Playlot Fall Festival


Bring the family to Cochran Playlot, at Magnolia and Bryn Mawr Avenues, from 10 am-1 pm Sunday October 4 for a day of Fall Family Fun! There will be pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, games and entertainment by the Merry Music Makers, Storytown Improv, Language Stars, TwistiCity balloon artists and more!

Andersonville Arts Weekend

For the 13th year, Andersonville is thrilled to celebrate many of the artists and designers who live and work in the neighborhood with Andersonville Arts Weekend, Friday October 9-Sunday October 11.

More than 90 artists will be on display in 40-plus Andersonville businesses! Friday night will kick off with the always-popular Night of 100 pARTies!, an evening of art and receptions up and down Clark Street, followed by a self-guided art walk on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a variety of performances and other events (many of them free) to enjoy!
Click here for more information

Unity Arts Weekend

Unity Community Center and Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral Ave., invite you to the Unity Arts Weekend, A Family Celebration of the Arts.
Family Art Day is from 1-3 pm Saturday October 10. Take part in a hands-on workshop with mask-making and a group mural project, plus music, food, raffles and fun! The Opening Reception and Fall Art Show is from 11:30 am-1:30 pm Sunday October 11. Come meet the artists as you celebrate the gallery's first birthday. 
Click here for more information
Neighborhood Profile: Peterson Garden Project

“Cooking, like gardening, brings people a lot of joy,” says LaManda Joy, founder and creator of the Peterson Garden Project. That’s why, in October 2014, with support from the Chicago Park District and Alderman Harry Osterman, PGP opened a community cooking school, she says.
Located on the second floor of the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, the Peterson Community Cooking School offers a wide variety of classes to children and adults of all skill levels. 
“Our goal is to create a common language of food,” says Lindsay Shepherd, program manager for the PGP kitchen. 
The original intent of opening the cooking school, Joy says, was to “close that loop between fresh-grown produce and the skills to create nutritious meals for home and family.”
The kitchen offers two to three classes a week—including the popular Taste Test Series on Tuesday nights. For $15 to $30 per person, participants can learn new cooking techniques and recipes from a local community volunteer or chef. Coming up, for example, are The Art of Maki: Sushi Rolling on October 13, and A Fall Harvest: Herbs on October 18.
A unique staple of the PGP cooking school is its ability to offer free weekly classes to children, seniors and parents. Paid classes help to subsidize these classes, as do donations from participants and the public. 
Classes vary depending on the skill level of participants, but each allows for a hands-on learning experience, socializing and, of course, delicious food. The kitchen not only invites the community to learn but also to teach. Besides the resident chef at PGP, Chef Fresh, the kitchen welcomes community volunteers and chefs to teach classes in which they may share their favorite family recipe or a special cooking technique.
“We’ve enjoyed meeting folks from Edgewater and around the city in the kitchen,” Joy says. “Everyone has been very positive about both the space and the class offerings.”
The PGP kitchen’s goals for the future include hiring a full-time chef and expanding programming for kids, seniors and refugee communities. “Having a lifelong skill like cooking really improves people’s lives,” Joy says. “Everyone has something to share and it is exciting to see how people do things in the kitchen.”
The Peterson Garden Project is currently fundraising for its kids’ programming. To make a donation, click hereClick here for more information on classes

Cook County Circuit Court Amnesty Week

The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County is holding Amnesty Week from Monday October 5-Friday October 9. For the five days of Amnesty Week, individuals who owe overdue fines will not have to pay collection fees. 
Click here for more information

Overnight Purple Line Work

The CTA will be doing overnight work on the Purple Line Express tracks from Lawrence to Morse Avenues. The work, to replace track ties,  will take place from 8 pm-5 am weeknights October 9-November 9.
Click here for more information
Change in Trash Pickup Day

There has been a change to the trash pickup schedule for part of our community. For homes north of Bryn Mawr, trash pickup has moved to Fridays from Tuesdays—with one exception: the area bounded by Granville to Devon and Broadway to Clark will keep Tuesday pickup. Click here for a map showing new trash pickup days by area. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 312-744-3099 and ask for the 48th Ward.
Senior News

Seminar on long-term care
The Cook County Elder Justice Center will offer a free seminar, "Long-term Care: Who Will Pay?" from noon-1:30 pm on Thursday October 8 in Courtroom 2005 at the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St.
Click here for more information

Fun and informative 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 October calendar of events, click here.
Argyle Streetscape Update


North side work:
Phase 1 (Broadway to CTA station):
Pavers are being installed now.

Phase 2 (Winthrop to Kenmore): Concrete is complete. Waterproofing installation is going on now and the stone base will follow next week.

Phase 3 (CTA to Winthrop): Concrete is complete. Waterproofing installation is going on now. Tree grate installation continues.

Phase 4: (Kenmore to Sheridan): Concrete installation continues. Waterproofing installation should begin next week.

Saw cutting on the south side of Argyle continues.

Work is taking place from 8 am to 7 pm on weekdays. Ramps are in place to access all businesses and there is limited parking available on the north side of Argyle from Kenmore to Sheridan.  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!

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.
Click here for a listing of Edgewater Library events
Click here for a listing of Bezazian Library events
Care for Real News
Winter clothing needed
Please help us ensure our neighbors remain safe and warm by dropping off donations of winter coats (all sizes needed), boots, sweaters, socks, scarves, hats and mittens at Care for Real, 5339 N. Sheridan Rd. Dropoff times are 9 am-3:45 pm  Mondays-Fridays and 9 am-1 pm Saturdays. Please contact Lyle or Cait at 773-769-6182 or e-mail for more information.

Save the dates! Uncommon Ground Edgewater fundraiser: Sun. Nov. 1 – Sun. Nov. 8
We are so thrilled to announce that Uncommon Ground Edgewater will be offering a delicious Care for Real Prix Fixe menu (3 courses for $35) from November 1-8. And for every dinner sold, Care for Real will receive a donation of $5. Watch for the menus soon!

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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

Swedish American Museum 
4- 6 pm Friday October 2: Reception to unveil an Andersonville Water Tower poster by Justin Langenberg.
Through Sunday November 29:
Appleton: Portrait of a Swedish Chicago Legacy,
a tribute to a pioneer Albert Ivar Appleton, whose family has continued his appreciation of the arts.
Click here for a calendar of museum events
Jazz Caravan presents
The Terry Sullivan Trio in Concert

4 pm Sunday October 4
Unity Community Center
1212 W. Balmoral Ave.
Admission $25, $20 for seniors or students; cash only.

Thriller Parade Rehearsals
6-8 pm Wednesday October 7
48th Ward Satellite Office
1006 W. Argyle St.
Join us for dance rehearsals to prepare for the Thriller Parade to be held from 4-6 pm Saturday October 10 at Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan Rd.
Fall kids' classes at Raven
Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark St.
Saturday mornings, October 3-November 21
Storytelling: Creative Adaptations! runs from 10 -11 am for ages 6 to 9. Fee: $160.
Improve: Live Music Videos! runs from 11-12:30 pm for ages 10 to 13. Fee: $200.
To register, click here and use the code "Take Flight10" for a 10 percent neighborhood discount.

Community Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
5-7 pm Saturday October 17
Senn High School
5900 N. Glenwood Ave.
Join the Student Council for a dinner to raise money for a student scholarship. (Donations kindly accepted as well!)
Click here for more information

Andersonville Dessert Crawl
2-5 pm Sunday October 25
Starts at Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.
Sample desserts from an array of Andersonville restaurants while supporting the Chamber of Commerce and Care for Real.
Click here for more information and tickets

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 fall classes lined up. From prepping and cooking tomatoes, to preserving summer produce, there's something for everyone.
Click here for more information and to register

Arts & Culture
See the full calendar of arts events at 

How the World Began
Performances: 8 pm Thursdays and Fridays; 4 pm and 8 pm Saturdays, through October 10
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
5779 N. Ridge Ave.

Note: Special offer for Edgewater, Andersonville and Rogers Park neighbors: Get $10 off with box office code "Hello Neighbor" and proof of ZIP code.
Click here for more information

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Performances:  7:30 pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 pm Sundays, through October 25
Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Click here for more information

Direct from Death Row, The Scottsboro Boys
Performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 pm Sundays,
through November 14
Raven Theatre

6117 N. Clark St.
(Note: Friday September 25 is Neighborhood Night. Enjoy half-price tickets plus a wine, beer and cheese pre-show reception.)
Click here for more information

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Previews: 7:30 pm Fridays, Saturdays, 3 pm Sunday, October 2-10
Regular performances: 7:30 pm Fridays, Saturdays, 3 pm Sundays, October 11-November 15
City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Click here for more information

The Turn of the Screw
Opera by Benjamin Britten
Performances 7:30 pm Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
through October 24
Chicago Fringe Opera production
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information

Jerry Woods - Paintings
Solo exhibit runs through Tuesday October 6
Chicago Mindful Psychotherapy
5537 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

Lend Me a Tenor
Performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays,
through October 4
Newhart Family Theatre
1020 W. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information

That's F'd Up
Performances 7:30 pm Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 3 pm Saturdays,
through October 6
Redtwist's More Red Series
Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Click here for more information.

The Cheats
Performances 8 pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays,
through November 7
(Also 3 pm Saturday Oct 24 and 3 pm Sundays Oct. 11, 18, Nov. 1)
Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn Ave.
Click here for more information

That's Weird, Grandma: Fall Classic
Performances at 8 pm Mondays (with some Sunday matinees), through Monday October 12
Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Barrel of Monkeys presents this one-hour show written by kids, performed by adults, enjoyed by all!


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