Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Update on the homeless in our community, kudos to Hopleaf's owners, congratulations to Rabbi Zedek, public safety news, Happy Mother's Day and more!
May 6, 2016

Dear Neighbor:

Over the past few months, many of you have contacted my office about the homeless individuals living under the viaducts along Lake Shore Drive. There has been a marked increase in the number of people encamped in these areas, and this is concerning for many reasons.
As Alderman, I am committed to cultivating a safe environment for everyone who lives in the 48th Ward, and this includes ensuring safe shelter is readily available as an option for the homeless in our community. To that end, I have been working closely with the City of Chicago, its Department of Family & Support Services, other elected officials, homeless advocate agencies and various social service agencies in our ward to support a pilot initiative. This pilot program,  part of a recently formed Task Force to Reduce Homelessness, is specifically focused on housing the 75 chronically homeless individuals they found living under the Lake Shore Drive viaducts. As a guide, this pilot program uses the “housing first” model, which aims to effectively secure permanent housing for those who need it and to provide the social supports necessary for them to get back on more stable ground. Then, in a coordinated way, the homeless living under the viaducts will be transitioned into these units.
Efforts are already underway, and all of the individuals have been assessed for their housing and social service needs. The Task Force’s goal is to have them housed during the summer.
While these homeless individuals may be the most visible example of our neighbors who are struggling during these challenging economic times, they are by no means the only ones. Care for Real, our community food pantry, has fed 5,700 people and provided clothing to 1,400 in April alone, a 15 percent increase from last year. Other social service agencies are seeing similar increases in people needing assistance.
In the coming months, I will be asking for your help in ensuring that this pilot program is successful in providing safe, quality housing in a dignified and unified manner. Please look for more information in future newsletters about ways you will be able to support this effort. This is an opportunity for our community to come together and make a long-lasting, positive impact on one another’s lives.
Two community members who truly know how to make a difference are Michael Roper and Louise Molnar, owners of The Hopleaf in Andersonville. Last Sunday, Michael and Louise, longtime supporters of Peirce School, hosted “Peirce Day” at the bar and restaurant. Our community came out in droves, filling every table that day and night, and Hopleaf donated every penny they took in (other than sales tax) to Peirce: more than $30,000. A huge thank you to Michael and Louise for their overwhelming generosity and for serving as incredible community role models.
Also a neighborhood treasure is Rabbi Michael Zedek, whose retirement as the spiritual leader of Emanuel Congregation we celebrated last weekend. Since becoming senior rabbi at Emanuel in 2004, Rabbi Zedek has been known for his deep involvement in community activism and civic affairs and for presiding over a congregation that embraces a diversity of viewpoints and lifestyles and places a high value on community-building. I am grateful for Rabbi Zedek’s leadership and wish him all the best in his retirement.

Perhaps serving as the ultimate inspiration to most of us are our mothers. I wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all of those moms who make our neighborhood a great place to live and raise a family.
Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Public Safety Update

Argyle Safety Walk
I would like to thank the more than 60 neighbors who joined 20th District Commander Sean Loughran and me for a Safety Walk this past Wednesday. This show of force by neighbors illustrates that Argyle Street and the surrounding area belong to us, and not to crime and violence. We will continue to  work hard to activate the neighborhood in a positive manner, and I hope you will join us for another year of the Argyle Night Market, CAPS Night Out at Buttercup Park and many more events we have planned for this summer.

It is very important that we follow the recent narcotics arrests and business closures in this area in court as community court advocates. If you would like more information on how to participate, please contact Marko Zaric in my office at or 773-784-5277.

Ridge/Peterson shooting
This week we reported on the fatal shooting that took place near Ridge and Peterson Avenues early Monday morning. We often neglect to acknowledge the lives that are shattered by the gun violence that is sweeping our city. In this case the victim was Karina Soria-Bautista, a 21-year-old Lincoln Square woman who left behind a 5-year-old son, her parents and four brothers. Although police consider this to have been a gang-related shooting because Ms. Soria-Bautista's boyfriend, a documented gang member, was a passenger in the car, they believe she was not the intended target, but rather an innocent victim.

Police roll calls
The 20th Police District holds regular outdoor roll calls for officers in our community. Residents and business owners are encouraged to come out and see the police who are patrolling the streets and meet their local beat officers. A couple of roll calls are planned next week near the intersection of Ridge and Peterson.

Click here for more information

Seed, Plant & Bake Sale

Join the Peterson Garden Project at 5035 N. Broadway on Friday-Sunday May 6-8 for a warm weather crop sale. Hours are noon-4 pm on Friday and 10 am-4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Food Truck Fridays

Last week's Food Truck Fridays event was a huge success, and once again there will be a lineup of licensed food trucks at Bryn Mawr and Sheridan from 4-8 pm Friday May 6. Among the offerings: Haute & Ready, Gino's Steaks, La Patrona tacos, Da Pizza Dude. Diners will be able to enjoy their food inside the corner space in the Edgewater Beach Apartments building, where Lickity Split Frozen Custard will set up shop on those evenings. Music and family-friendly entertainment will begin in May, so stay tuned!
Click here for more information

Andersonville Happenings

Summer Farmer's Market is back!
The Andersonville Summer Market returns on May 11! Featuring plenty of early spring produce, baked goods, cheese, pie, tofu, mushrooms, prepared meals, and so much more, the market will run from 3-8 pm (3-7 pm later in the season) Wednesdays through October 19 on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland. 
Click here for more information

Welcome, Kanela's Breakfast Club
I was delighted to help cut the ribbon on the brand new Kanela's Breakfast Club, which opened Thursday at 5413 N. Clark St. This is the fifth Chicago location for Kanela's, which is named for the Greek word for cinnamon and
brings a local, organic approach to a Greek-infused American breakfast and lunch menu. The owners are Peter and Chris Ladarkis and Alexi Giannoulias. I hope you'll pay them a visit this weekend and welcome them to the 48th Ward!

10th annual Wine Walk
Tickets are selling quickly for the 10th annual Andersonville Wine Walk, a benefit for the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, which will be held from 3-6 pm Sunday May 15. Sponsored by locally owned wine shop In Fine Spirits, the event, featuring 36 wines, will offer two routes along Clark Street, each including 12 retail stores transformed into tasting destinations. Tickets cost $35 per person in advance, or $40 per person if purchased the week of May 9 (if available).
Click here for more information

Education and Youth News

Senn Arts student wins big!
Last Monday, Ireon Roach, a junior at Senn Arts, was awarded first place in the prestigious National August Wilson Monologue Competition, which was held at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway in New York City. She performed a monologue spoken by the character of Ruby in Wilson’s play King Hedley II. Among her prizes were a $1,500 cash award and eligibility for college scholarship opportunities.

Roach also recently won the 2016 Indy Poet Finals in the Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry competition and is part of American Theater Company's Youth Ensemble, a company member of The Yard, and also serves on the Youth Council at Writers Theatre. She was recently seen in Milk Like Sugar with The Yard and Raven Theatre.

Congratulations Ireon, and Senn Arts! You can read a DNAInfo story about Ireon and see a clip of her monologue here.

Equitable School Funding Town Hall
Please join Principal Mary Beck and Ald. Osterman at Senn High School (5900 N. Glenwood) at 6 pm Wednesday May 11 to discuss equitable school funding and what it means for our local schools. Chicago Public Schools, facing a billion-dollar deficit, has launched the 20% for 20% campaign, asking for an equal share for Chicago's children.  You can learn more at Local principals will be on stage to talk about what budget cuts mean for their respective schools and what we as a community can do to ensure all children have access to the high quality education they deserve.
Click here for more information
We Are Uptown photography project
You're invited to an evening with acclaimed photographer and journalist Robert Rehak, who documented the Uptown neighborhood and its residents in the mid-1970s and inspired an ongoing photography project at Latin School and Goudy School this spring. The event will take place at 5:30 pm Monday May 9 at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.
Rehak took more than 5,000 photos of people living in Uptown and shared their stories in the book Uptown: Portrait of a Chicago Neighborhood in the mid-1970s. This March, after studying Rehak's work, a group of Latin students teamed up with students from Goudy School and spent a week photographing and interviewing residents of the neighborhood. Their images and stories can be viewed at

Rehak will work with students during a visit to the school earlier on May 9 to review the best of the We Are Uptown images and select 32 that will be on display at Chicago City Hall beginning 
June 3.

Edgewater Reads: Seeking skilled carpenters
Edgewater Reads is seeking skilled carpenters to prepare Little Free Library kits. If you can lend your talents, please contact Karen Dreyfuss at Also, if you would like to build an LFL to call your own, save the date for our upcoming Community Build Day: 9 am Saturday May 14 behind Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave.
Click here for more information

5050 N. Broadway Development Meeting

At 6:30 pm Thursday May 12 at Furama Restaurant, 4936 N. Broadway, Cedar Street is going to the surrounding community (47th & 48th Wards) seeking support for its request to develop the 5050 N. Broadway building (former Aon Insurance building), the building to the north of 5050, the parking structure on the east side of Broadway, the vacant lot on the corner of Winona and Broadway and the vacant structure behind the corner lot.
The project consists of a mixed-use development with ground floor commercial, with residential units above and including the parking structure. This will be the last of several meetings Cedar Street has had with the surrounding community and a vote will be taken to determine the outcome.
Click here for more information
Click here for a rendering of the proposed development
Construction Updates

Sewer structure repair project
The Department of Water Management is in the 48th Ward as a follow-up to last fall's structure-lining project. Because some of the structures could not be lined due to their deteriorated physical conditions, they are being removed and replaced with new, pre-cast concrete structures. The work will be in the area bounded by Elmdale, Devon, Clark and Sheridan.
Temporary parking restrictions will be necessary to complete this work and will be posted around the structures that are being replaced. All parking restrictions will be removed once the sewer structure has been replaced. This project is scheduled to be completed in 8 weeks.

Argyle Streetscape project

  • Concrete work continues, including the collars and vaulted sidewalks. Waterproofing continues as well.
  • Paver installation continues in the area from Kenmore to Sheridan and should be completed by next week.
  • Work is scheduled to begin in the intersection of Broadway and Argyle next week.
  • Traffic will remain one way going east throughout the project. Parking restrictions will remain where necessary.
  • All work  is weather dependent.

Click here for more Argyle information

Olive Avenue water main project

  • The project has started at the west end of Olive Avenue (between Clark and Glenwood), traveling east, and will continue to install 1,050 feet of new 8-inch water main.
  • The street will be closed to traffic from 7 am-4 pm Monday-Friday.
  • Parking restrictions are in place and the street is available for parking after 4 pm and on weekends.
  • There are no planned water shutoffs at this time.
If you have any questions, concerns or comments please email

Broadway water main project

Phase I - Thorndale to Bryn Mawr
  • Water main installation is completed.
  • Concrete cap has been poured.
  • All flatwork continues, including restoration of sidewalks, curbs and gutters and ADA ramps that were damaged during installation.
Phase 2 - Bryn Mawr to Foster
  • Water main should be installed by the end of today.
  • Testing, chlorinating and de-chlorinating has been finished.
  • Contractor is waiting for results from testing and final approval from the Water Department this weekend
  • Service connections, pending approval, are scheduled to begin on/around Monday May 9, starting at Bryn Mawr and moving south.
  • All businesses and residences have been informed about planned water shutoffs and have been notified and flyered with instructions on what to do after their individual services have been transferred.

Please note: All residents and businesses in the vicinity of the new water mains will receive copies of this flyer from the Chicago Department of Water Management with instructions for flushing their plumbing to maintain water quality after service lines have been connected to the new water main.

*Please note that this is for the apron only. We are not resurfacing alleys. If you know of any alley potholes that need to be filled, please send the alley location and include as much info as possible to and the potholes will be addressed.

Loyola Moveout Parking Restrictions

Loyola University has been granted the following parking restrictions through Monday May 9 to help assist with the move-out of students for the upcoming summer break. All streets will have parking restrictions from 8 am - 5 pm.

  • Kenmore Avenue, Rosemont to Granville (east side of the street only)
  • Winthrop Avenue, Sheridan to Rosemont (both sides of the street only)
  • Winthrop Avenue, Rosemont to Granville (west side of the street only)
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Summur Roberts at Loyola at 773-508-7450.
Pop Up Market on Bryn Mawr

From 2:30-5:30 pm Saturday May 7, Chicago Market will host its third Co-op Pop-Up market with some of the region's finest growers and producers. The market pops up at The Belle Shore, 1052 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Vendors will bring the season's finest, including lots of fresh produce, bread and grains, and meat. There will also be tomato seedlings and potted plants.

There is no entry fee, but an RSVP is required. RSVP here.

Senior News

Senior Awareness: Prescription Drug Use and Abuse
From noon-1:30 pm on Thursday May 17, the Cook County Elder Justice Center will present a free Senior Enrichment Seminar, Senior Awareness:  Prescription Drug Use and Abuse, at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Courtroom 2005.
Click here for more information

Computer learning series
Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services Computer Services invites you to join us during our FREE Spring Technology Series on Thursdays May 12 and 19. As one of the only computer services programs exclusively serving older adults (we even make house calls!), we want to educate people on some of the hottest topics and common questions we get throughout the year. All Spring Computer Series events will be held at Covenant Home of Chicago,  2720 W. Foster Ave..
Click here for details and to RSVP

Free medical ID program
The Chicago Police Department offers medical identification bracelets to seniors and the disabled, free of charge.
Click here for more information
Edgewater Yard Sale: Register Now

The 22nd annual Edgewater Neighborhood Yard Sale will be held from 9 am-4 pm Saturday June 4 (no rain date). The sale boundaries are Foster to Devon, Clark to Sheridan. A record number of eight block clubs are participating this year. In addition, some businesses will hold sidewalk sales and group selling sites will be  available. To register to sell, please e-mail
Click here for more information
City Sticker Sale Day: May 16

The City Clerk's Office will be selling city stickers from 10 am-2 pm Monday May 16 in the 48th Ward Service Office, 5533 N. Broadway.
Please note:
  • Check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover Card ONLY will be accepted.  NO CASH payments will be accepted at Ward Sales this year.
  • Ward Sales are limited to customers with “June” vehicle sticker expirations. These are vehicle stickers with “6/16” printed on them and an expiration date of June 30. All motorists must purchase and display their vehicle stickers purchased in June by July 1 to avoid tickets.

Streep Sweeping in Full Swing

Street sweeping season is underway 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.
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
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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

Small Business Growth Panel
8-10 am Tuesday May 10
Loyola's Galvin Auditorium
6339 N. Sheridan Rd.
Hear four Edgewater entrepreneurs speak to the various stages of growing their businesses: Tony Dreyfuss of Metropolis Coffee, Helen Cameron of Uncommon Ground, Jenny Yang of Phoenix Bean Tofu and Angela Valavanis of Creative Coworking.
Click here for more information and to buy tickets

Social Justice Dinner
and Conversation for Youth

5-7 pm Tuesday May 10
Sullivan High School
6631 N. Bosworth Ave.
All local youth and families and community members are invited to attend!
Click here for more information

Uptown Saturday Nights
7:30 pm Saturday May 14
Truman College O'Rourke Auditorium
1145 W. Wilson (auditorium entrance is on Racine just south of Wilson)
Uptown Saturday Nights returns with another FREE event: an Uptown-focused Good Evening with Pat Whalen - featuring Ike Holter and special musical guest White Mystery.
Click here for more information

Chicago Science Festival
3:30-6 pm Friday May 13
10 am-5 pm Saturday May 14
1871 Tech Incubator/MATTER healthcare incubator
Merchandise Mart
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
Talks on a wide array of topical science and technology subjects are all open to the public and suitable for adults and students ages 14 and up.
Click here for more information

Italian Wine Intensive
3-6 pm Saturday May 14
Sentieri Italiani
5430 N. Broadway
Learn the fine art of wine tasting and how to pair wine and food.
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

Not knowing how and what to recycle often discourages people from recycling. The key to recycling is to know what your recycler accepts and what it does not. You can call your supplier or just visit their website to see what they can process and what they cannot. There are also lots of mistakes made that can contaminate and ruin a batch of recyclable goods.

Here are a few common mistakes:
1)   All glass is not recyclable. Typically clear bottles and jars are good to go in your recycling bin. Just make sure to rinse them out before tossing them in.
2)   Shredded paper should not be included in your recycling bin. If you shred your paper it can still be recycled, but you will need to find a local recycling dropoff center that will accept it.  
3)   Plastic bags are not recyclable! Chain stores may recollect them, but a better solution is to use your own reusable bags.

For more common recycling errors, click here.  For a convenient recycling guide, click here. Residents with city Blue Cart recycling will find a guide 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 
Opportunities for Musicians
Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balomral Ave., offers opportunities for musicians to enhance our worship and for younger student musicians to gain performance experience. Students of voice, piano, guitar, brass, woodwind or percussion instruments are welcome to join us on Sunday mornings. All sacred and/or religious musical traditions are respected and encouraged at Unity. For more information, contact Music Director Jerry Jelsema at
Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective:
Case of the Boogeyman

Performances: 7 pm Fridays, 1 and 6 pm Saturdays, 1 pm Sundays, through May 8
Li'l Buds Theatre Company at
The Edge Theater
5451 N. Broadway
Neighbors are eligible for $5 off all tickets with the code Edgewater. They can be purchased at the door or online. 
Click here for more information
The House of Blue Leaves
Performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 pm Sundays, through June 18
Raven Theatre East Stage
Dry Land
Performances: 8 pm Thursdays-Fridays, 4 pm and 8 pm Saturdays, through May 28
Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge Ave.
With proof of zip code, Andersonville and Edgewater residents will receive $10 off the ticket price by reserving online with the code HELLO NEIGHBOR.
Click here for more information

Performances: through May 22
Red Theater at
Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Tickets are free; for 18 and older.
Click here for more information

Mike Mother
Performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, through June 4
The Neo-Futurists
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Click here for more information

The Few
Performances: 8 pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 3 pm Sundays, through May 21
Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn Ave.
Click here for more information

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

SKÅL! Scandinavian Spirits
Runs through 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
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