Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Public Safety update, Lakewood Balmoral Front Yard Sale, and more!
September 9, 2016
Dear Neighbor:

This year our city has experienced a devastating and unprecedented amount of gang and gun violence. Over 3,000 of our fellow Chicagoans have been shot and over 500 killed. Left in the wake of these staggering numbers are lives lost, and families, friends, and communities painfully affected. Despite the positive strides we have made together to reduce gun violence and improve public safety, our community is not immune to the violence throughout Chicago. Last weekend we experienced three shooting incidents in our community.
  • A 25 year-old man and a 17 year-old man were shot on Saturday, Sept. 3 around 8:20 pm, as they sat in a car in the alley behind 4927 N. Kenmore. Both have been treated for their injuries. Chicago Police believe this was a gang related shooting.
  • Early on Sunday, Sept. 4, at around 3:15 am, shots were fired near the intersection of Norwood and Glenwood. No one was injured in this incident and police later recovered three shell casings, which are being analyzed by the Chicago Police Department.
  • On Monday, Sept. 5, around 11:05 pm, there were shots fire between motorists at the intersection of Ridge and Clark St. No one was injured in this incident. A Nissan was seen fleeing the scene heading east on Ridge toward Lake Shore Drive. No additional information is available at this time and no arrests have been made. 
Chicago Police are are currently investigating each of these incidents. If you have any information about them, please contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8263 or Marko Zaric in my office at 773-784-5277 or

These events last weekend are a vivid reminder that we, as a community, need to continue to work closely with the Chicago Police and to have ongoing vigilance to continue to make our neighborhood safer. The police need our assistance in addressing crime. It is critical that we all report suspicious activity or criminal behavior to the police by calling 911. If you see something, say something. 

It is also critically important that we are aware of our surroundings and the conditions of the blocks that we live on. Being aware as we exit the CTA, walk to the store, or walk through the neighborhood adds to our personal safety. Being aware of the conditions on our block and reporting street lights that are out, problem buildings and businesses, and helping ensure that our neighbors are securing their cars, garages, and homes, adds to our community's overall safety.

My office and I are committed each day to addressing safety concerns in our community and are working with the local police to target safety concerns.

As the City Council prepares for the 2017 budget process, I will be joining with my many colleagues to fight to hire additional police our streets. The overwhelming violence across the city has shown us the need for more police to patrol the streets. The City Council is also taking the needed steps to improve the police accountability system in Chicago, which is needed and important to re-establish trust with the police and our communities. I will be working closely with my colleagues to look at the citywide issues affecting the violence on our streets, including employment, education, youth issues, and the criminal justice system.

Public safety remains my number one priority. As your alderman and a father of three, I want to ensure that every person and every block in our neighborhood is safe. Working closely together with the Chicago Police and other stakeholders, we can continue to make our neighborhood and city safer. In October I will be hosting a series of Town Halls around the ward where I will discuss safety and other issues, I ask you to join me at these meetings.

There are two important meetings next week:
  • The CTA and Chicago Department of Planning and Development are hosting a meeting regarding the proposed Transit TIF this Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6pm, at DePaul's Sullivan Athletic Center, 2323 N. Sheffield Ave. The proposed TIF would help the CTA raise the funds needed to rebuild the Red Line in our ward, as part of the Red Purple Modernization project, an important development in our community. These funds are needed to serve as a local match in order to take advantage of a $1B federal grant. I ask you to join me at the meeting. I will be holding a meeting about the Transit TIF for our community later in the month, and will share the details with you as they are finalized. 
  • There will be a follow-up information-only meeting about a proposed Transit Oriented Development mixed use project at 6145 N. Broadway on Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:30pm at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. The developers will be on hand to talk about the project and answer any questions to community has. Click here to see a flyer for the meeting.
Lastly, I invite you to join me tomorrow morning at the new Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway,  for Li'l Buds' production of "Saturday Morning Funnies", an improv show for and by kids. Click here for more information.

Have a safe weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Honoring Ald. Marilou McCarthy

This week we lost a great pioneer and leader in Chicago and the 48th Ward. Marilou McCarthy von Ferstel was one of the first female aldermen, and took the seat in the 48th Ward in 1971. We are grateful for her service and to the legacy she left. For more on McCarthy's life, click here.
Public Safety News

Bryn Mawr Jewelry robbery sentencing
Bryn Mawr Jewelry et al defendants will be sentenced in 2319 Dirksen on the following day and time:
Paris Starwalt, 10 a.,m. Thursday, Sept. 15
Felice DeSilvia, 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15
The government is recommending guidelines sentencing for Starwalt (22 1/2 years) and, because she has cooperated with the prosecution, 10 years for DeSilvia. Next Thursday's sentencing hearings will be the 64th and 65th covered by court advocates in Federal court since the 10-8-12 incident.  Advocates also attended 63 hearings in Cook County Criminal Court, primarily at Leighton, 26th/California. A special thank you goes out to our court advocates who have covered all of the hearings in these cases for our community. Palo Brown, the third defendant, was sentenced to 31 years and four months on 1-17-16. It is essential that as many court advocates as possible attend these final two hearings. Note:  Dirksen Federal building is one block west of the CTA Jackson station. Cell phones are allowed.  Purses and brief cases are placed on the security conveyor belt as are jackets and coats, if worn.

Court Advocacy Training
Anita Alvarez Cook County State’s Attorney’s Community Justice Center North in conjunction with the 19th & 20th Police Districts present a court advocacy training. Learn how to becomean effective court advocate. Represent your neighborhood when it needs you most! Court advocates play a vital role in demonstrating that the community cares and will not tolerate crime. 
Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:30 pm
19th District, 850 W. Addison Street
Please RSVP by Sept. 8 to 773-334-4066 or

Click here for additional information
Lakewood Balmoral Annual Front Yard Sale

Twelve Blocks of Bargains - this is a wonderful event with great bargains, food, refreshments and a lot of fun. Find antiques, furniture, art, computer equipment, toys and much more.
Saturday, September 10, 9am - 4pm, Rain or shine
5200-5500 N. Magnolia, Lakewood, and Wayne 
North of Foster, west of Broadway

Second Fridays on Argyle at Pho Viet

Second Fridays on Argyle is a monthly series of neighbors coming together to build community and promote safety over food. We feature one restaurant and one dish. On Friday, Sept. 9, Pho Viet (4941 N. Broadway) invites you to explore Bo Luc Lac, a wok seared Vietnamese shaking beef dish that reflects the French influence on VIetnam's cuisine, along with other excellent best-selling menu items. Pho Viet is a BYOB establishment. Click here for more information about Pho Viet.

Second Fridays on Argyle is made possible through a partnership between Axis Lab and 48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman.

Uptown Saturday Nights does World Music Fest

iESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat
Saturday, Sept. 10, 8pm
Uptown Lounge, 1136 W. Lawrence
21+ | Free with RSVP

Uptown Saturday Nights, a FREE live performance every 2nd Saturday of the month in the Uptown Entertainment District, is hosted by Uptown United, a community economic development organization serving the entire Uptown community, and is generously supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Led by guitarist/composer/producer Armando Perez and saxophonist Kevin Miller, ¡ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat is a multicultural musical ensemble and a cornerstone of this year's Chicago World Music Festival.

DON'T MISS this performance at Uptown Lounge- Chicago---a unifying international celebration, paying homage to the emerging countercultures of the 70s & 80s while firmly taking their own step forward. Be sure to RSVP at the link above for free admission!

Openings at Peirce Elementary

Peirce School currently has openings in 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th grades. In addition, Peirce has openings for the  PM Pre-K program - interested families should apply for Pre-K through the Ready to Learn Website at

All other families can contact the main office for enrollment in 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th grades.
Back to School Special at Alchemia salon
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

Workshops for Seniors

During the month of September, 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 13 - “Senior Driving:  Tips for the Active Senior”
Topics to include:      
1)     Traffic Court process and procedures
2)     Safe driving tips
3)     Guidelines for renewing your driver’s license
4)     Parking program for persons with disabilities
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

Cedar Playlot Park Advisory Council Meeting
In an effort to create a Park Advisory Council (PAC) to help Cedar move into the future and get the attention and love it needs, we are seeking volunteers to help! Learn what it takes to participate, elect the Board, and meet your neighbors.
For more information, contact Killian Walsh at or 773 386 4565.
Monday, Sept. 12, 6 pm
Cedar Playlot, 5311 N. Winthrop

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.

Edgewater Neighborhood Tours

Edgewater Historical Society Home Tour

Have you ever said to yourself, “Gee, I wish I could get a guided tour through some of the antique homes in Edgewater”? The Edgewater Historical Society has been offering at least one Home Tour every year since 1989. On Sunday, September 18 (rain or shine), we will be featuring the Lakewood Balmoral neighborhood and, for $25 per person, you will receive a guided tour through several of its historic homes. You will also receive a souvenir Tour Booklet containing a map of the neighborhood and descriptions of each home on the Tour.

Reservations are not required. Register at Unity Lutheran Church (star on the Lakewood Balmoral map below) between Noon and 4:00 p.m. and receive your Tour Booklet and map. The address of the church is 1212 West Balmoral Ave. The homes are on Magnolia, Lakewood, Berywn and Wayne, and will be open from Noon until 5:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Edgewater Fall Art Fair
Edgewater Artists in Motion, a 501c3 organization, hosts its annual arts festival on September 24 and 25 of this year.  This community and family focused fair will sponsor 100 artists and craft booths, youth art and performance gallery, kids corner, 3 performing stages with popular acts, beer garden and a pet parade. The Edgewater Fall Art Fair is located on Granville between Broadway and Sheridan. Click here for more information about volunteer opportunities.

Inspired Youth Tutoring Program
The Inspired Youth Tutoring Program needs volunteers to help 1st-4th and 5th-8th graders with homework and extra reading, writing, and arithmetic which the program provides. Volunteers are needed Mon. 6:30-7:50pm, Wed. 3:30-5:00 pm, and Thurs.3:30-5:00 pm. The location is Bezazian Library, 1226 W. Ainslie, 1 block south of the Argyle el-stop, just west of the Car Wash. Contact Beth Palmer, inspiredyouth2@gmail.com773-561-4759.

Call for Artists - "The Tree of Life"
The Gallery at Unity will be mounting its next juried show on October 16th, 2016. We are currently seeking submissions from Chicagoland artists. Our show’s title is the “Tree of Life”. The tree is a archetype symbol common to so many of the world’s religions and wisdom traditions, and we are inviting artists to submit/create art based on their interpretation of this idea, exploring themes of tradition, creation, growth, connection.  

We are looking for primarily two dimensional work, as our small gallery does not accommodate sculpture and/or three dimensional work at this time. The show opens on Sunday, October 16 and will run through November 20. Submissions are due by Monday, September 26. Artists will be notified by October 2.

Please submit electronically to
Please include: Name, Contact information, jpeg image of your work, Size of your work, Brief artist statement. There is no fee for submission. Opening reception on Sunday, October 16  11:30 - 2:30 pm

The Gallery at Unity is located in the sanctuary of Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 West Balmoral Ave, Chicago IL 60640
For more information, please email Artist in Residence John Baker, at

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
Edgewater Arts Festival - Music Spotlight
September 24 & 25   |  11am - 6pm
Granville Avenue between Broadway and Sheridan Rd.
Presented by Edgewater Artists in Motion; produced by Big Buzz Idea Group

The Festival will have 3 stages of eclectic music performances: jazz, blues, country, Spanish dances, African drumming, reggae, rock, folk and choral singing, and classical music. 
The 20-act multi-generational, multi-cultural lineup includes: The Edgewater Singers; Grammy nominated artist, Don Stille; Chicago legends, Stann Champion’s Roots Rock Society; Flamenco dance group, El Payo; Take Note, one of the top 10 senior quartets in North America; and Edgewater’s own Steven Solomon. Also at the Festival: 100+ exhibiting artists; Children’s Activity Corner; Youth Gallery and Talent Shows; Beer Garden with craft beers and local food; Pet Parade. Event info:   

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
Construction Updates
Broadway resurfacing
Milling work began today at Devon, crews are working their way south. Traffic remains open in each direction. Please continue to observe No Parking signs.

Ridge Avenue water main project
Flatwork and concrete work continues on Wayne from Bryn Mawr to Ridge and Ridge to Early. Traffic remains open, and parking restrictions are still in place.

Argyle Streetscape project

Take extra care when navigating this new street. Remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way above vehicles and bicycles!

Thank you for your patience and input during this project. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at or 773-784-5277.

Care for Real News

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,
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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
Back to School Jam
Noon - 4pm Saturday Sept. 10
Jones College Prep, 700 S. State St.
Do what you like! Be what you want! Find your path! Free event, with prizes and hands-on activities.
Click here for more information

P1 Grand Prix of the Sea
September 10 & 11
Foster Beach
Click here for more information

Foster Parent Information Session
6 pm Monday Sept. 12
First Free Church, 5255 N. Ashland
Learn about options for becoming a foster parent.
Click here for more information.
Outdoor Movie: Beetlejuice 
7:30 pm Wednesday Sept. 14
Loyola University's St. Ignatius Community Plaza
Rosemont and Winthrop
Click here for more information

Senior Fest 2016 
9 am - 2 pm Thursday Sept. 15
Millennium Park, Michigan Ave. at Washington St.
Free to Chicago residents age 60+
Click here for more information

Fundraiser for Bilingual Community at Truman College
Thursday, Sept. 15, 6pm
Caravan Restaurant, 4810 N. Broadway
Support the Transitional Bilingual Learning Community (TBLC) which offers access to higher education and an effective path to academic success and college degrees to academically talented Latino students. Dinner & Comedy Show with Jim Flannigan & Mickey Housley: A Benefit for the TBLC Scholarship Fund
Click here for tickets and more information.

City Made Fest
Sept. 17 & 18, noon - 9pm
Clark St. between Argyle and Carmen
The only street festival that exclusively features Chicago-made craft beers, original Chicago music, distinctive Chicago food, and an unparalleled Chicago-made artisan marketplace to support and showcase all things local.
Click here for more information

A.C.T. Group Shred Event
Saturday, Sept. 17, 9am - noon
The A.C.T. Group, 6228 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

Edgewater Historical Society Home Tour
Sunday, Sept. 18
This year's Home Tour will take place in the Lakewood Balmoral neighborhood.
Click here for more information.

Neighborhood Party at Swift
Sunday, Sept. 18, noon
Swift Playlot, Thorndale & Winthrop
Come out for food, games, music, crafts, and fun!
Hosted by NewStory Church

Property Tax Appeal Workshop
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6pm
Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway
Click here for more information
Arts & Culture
See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

An Oktoberfest Celebration: An Homage to German Tradition
Friday, Sept. 9, 7pm
Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral
Chicago Symphonic Winds will perform works by Mendelssohn, Spohr, and Strauss, and will include a post-concert reception with entertainment provided by WunderBrass (Chicago's newest polka band) and refreshments provided by Metropolitan Brewing. 
Click here for more information

Water Music on the Beach
Saturday, Sept. 11, 1-4pm
Lane Beach Park, 5915 N. Sheridan 
This series of live performances responds to and highlights Chicago’s proximity to water.
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

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.

Josiah Jindrich photos
Runs through September 25
Everybody's Coffee
935 W. Wilson Ave.
Click here for more information

LightWerks photo exhibit
Runs through September 15
Metropolis Coffee Co.
1039 W. Granville Ave.

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

By Artemisia Theatre
7:30 pm Thursday September 22
The Frontier
1106 W. Thorndale Ave.
Click here for more information

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