Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Edgewater Theatre District Passport, Smoke Detectors, Overture Project Meeting, and New Recycling Ordinance
January 6, 2017

Dear Neighbor:

Thank you to all the neighbors who joined me on Wednesday evening for 48th Ward Night with Loyola University Men's Basketball. It was a great game, and Loyola defeated Northern Iowa University. And a big thank you to Loyola University for welcoming us and for their commitment to our community.

Edgewater is home to over 20 theatre companies, including a number of award-winning groups. The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Edgewater theatres, has coordinated an Edgewater Theatre District Passport. The passport works like a punch card at a coffee shop: bring the passport to each participating Edgewater theatre production you attend to receive a punch. After you receive five punches, the sixth show you attend will be free. Passports can be picked up at participating theatre locations (see complete list here) or at the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce office. Please support the vibrant arts scene in our community and check out some of the new plays premiering in the coming weeks. Click here to view our Arts & Entertainment calendar. 

The proposed Overture Edgewater Beach development (5440 N. Sheridan) has undergone a revised plan, given feedback from community members. See below for a description and details about the change. There will be a public meeting about this development on Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:30 pm at St. Andrew Greek Church, 5649 N. Sheridan.

As the new year is upon us, now is a good time to check the batteries in your smoke alarm. If you do not have a smoke alarm in your home, we have a limited number at the 48th Ward office for our constituents. Please call ahead to make sure we have a smoke detector for you. Thank you to the Chicago Fire Department for supporting this initiative.

As of January 1, all high rise and multi-unit apartment buildings must provide recycling pick-up for tenants. A new ordinance passed in the Summer of 2016 and in effect as of the first of this year, states that non-compliant property owners could face fines ranging from $500 - $5,000. There is a one month grace period for property owners to make recycling arrangements, and enforcement will begin on Feb. 1, 2017. As a result of this ordinance, all city recycling drop-off locations will close. For more information on recycling in Chicago, visit

Have a great weekend, and stay warm.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Overture Edgewater Beach Revised Plans
After meeting with residents in the community over the last year and with my office, the developer of the proposed Overture Edgewater Beach project at 5440 N. Sheridan has agreed to the following changes to the plan:

  • Reduction in height of building, from 18 to 16 stories; 200 ft to 179 ft
  • Reduction in overall unit count from 186 to 174 dwelling units
  • Minor changes to facade appearance
  • South setback reduction

This project was formerly the Bluewater Project, and the developers have been meeting with residents in our community for a number of years. The building is designed to cater to individuals ages 55 and above. They will seek a Planned Development to develop the site. In accordance with the city's Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO), 10% of the units will be set aside as affordable housing. As part of my zoning process, we will host a community meeting regarding this proposed development on Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:30pm at St. Andrew Greek Church, 5649 N. Sheridan. We'll have a further announcement on the community meeting next week.

Christmas Tree Recycling & Free Mulch
How do you stuff a Christmas tree into a garbage can? You don't! Recycle your tree instead!

Drop off your tree at any of the 24 locations listed here through Saturday, Jan. 21 to be recycled. The closest location for 48th Ward residents is Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Dr. Free mulch will also be available to residents for pick up at Margate Park. For additional information, please call 311 or visit

Free Tax Prep Assistance

Families earning up to $55,000 or individuals earning up to $30,000 are eligible to take advantage of the City’s free and confidential income tax assistance at 19 sites across Chicago. Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist them with federal and state income tax returns for the 2016 tax year. Sites will be open between late January and mid-April 2017, but please refer to the links below for specific information on the location and hours of the sites.
This year, eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $6,896 from the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits alone, not including other valuable credits. But many eligible Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers. The closest location to the 48th Ward is Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. Click here for more information about the program.
For more information about how to access free tax assistance, Chicagoans can:

Volunteer for Point In Time Homeless Count
Thursday, January 26
8 pm to 2 am – Citywide

The Point-In-Time Homeless Count is conducted every two years to provide the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) with a “snapshot” of Chicago’s homeless population. The data gathered on the actual number of homeless in Chicago serves as a basis for federal funding, for service and resource planning, and to raise public awareness about homelessness.

DFSS is presently conducting one hour-information sessions about volunteer opportunities for those interested in assisting us with this effort. If you are interested in volunteering, and have not previously volunteered for the Point-In-Time Homeless Count, you are encouraged to attend.

To RSVP for a session or to register as a volunteer, please visit; or email Click here for more information.

Winter Advisory
In anticipation of the coming inclement weather, please report all street and alley potholes to my office so we can add them to the list for repair.

Sidewalk Snow Removal
According to the City of Chicago Municipal Code, "Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any building or lot of ground abutting upon any public way or public space shall remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk." It is everyone's responsibility to make sure the sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. If you do not own your residential or business property, consult your rental agreement, lease agreement, or management company to determine your shoveling obligation.

Sidewalks must be shoveled 7 days a week. If the snow falls between 7am and 7pm, clear the snow as soon as possible, but no later than 10pm on the day of the snowfall. If the snow falls between 7pm and 7am, clear the snow before 10am the next day. Individuals who do not comply can face fines of up to $500 per day of violation, and non-compliant businesses can face fines of up to $1,000 per day of violation. Please contact my office with any questions about the ordinance.

DFSS Warming Centers

A Warming Center is a heated facility where Chicagoans can go to find safe refuge from extreme weather.

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Warming Centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. Additional facilities are opened as needed including Senior Centers, libraries, and Park District buildings. The Warming Centers that DFSS operates are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. This is why it is so important to contact 3-1-1 for Warming Center information, especially during off hours or on holidays.

The Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect residents to emergency shelter. The closest Warming Center to the 48th Ward is located at 845 W. Wilson Ave.

9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Click here for more information about DFSS Warming Centers.

Public Safety Update

2017 CAPS Meetings Schedules - 20th District
Click here to see schedule for 20th District CAPS meetings
Click here to identify your CAPS beat
Please join your neighbors in the new year to collaborate on improving community public safety issues and new initiatives. To learn more about CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy), click here. 

Auto Theft Prevention
The 24th Police District has information regarding reported motor vehicle thefts occurring in the district. With the arrival of colder weather, residents in the area have been starting their vehicles to warm them up. Along with this practice, some residents have been leaving their vehicle doors unlocked with the keys inside, providing would-be thieves with an opportunity to steal their vehicle. The Chicago Police Department would like to see the following theft prevention tips practiced and to serve as a reminder to residents to lock their vehicles, especially when unoccupied. Click here to view tips.

Snack Break - A Short Play Festival/Fundraiser

Senn Arts student-run theatre company The Yard is hosting a short play festival/fundraiser in partnership with Victory Gardens Theater. Snack Break features short plays by: Lauren Gunderson, Philip Dawkins, Ike Holter, Isaac Gomez, Kristiana Rae Colon, Hansol Jung, and Brett Neveu. All proceeds go toward helping support the second season of The Yard and the mission of young people making theatre. Tickets are $20, $10 for CPS students. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
School Announcements

New Infant-Toddler Center at South-East Asia Center
  • Welcomes 6-week to 2-year olds
  • DCFS licensed.  Qualified teaching staff. 
  • Nice classrooms full of required educational toys.
  • Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Free full-day parking space for parents who go to work
  • Childcare fee assistance
  • Convenient location and CTA accessible
Enrolling Now!!  Please contact South-East Asia Center, 1134 W. Ainslie Street, 773-989-7433

Swift Elementary School Open Houses
Swift is a Level 1+ CPS elementary school with a fine arts magnet cluster program. We are a proud Edgewater neighborhood school. Our administration, teachers, and parent community celebrate our school's incredible diversity, with over 50 countries and 65 home languages represented. Prospective Swift families are invited to meet Principal Cannella and tour the school with Swift parents. Kids are welcome, and coffee will be served. Come see what our school has to offer!
January 24, 8:30-9:30 am
March 28, 8:30-9:30 am
May 30, 8:30-9:30 am

RSVP requested: (773) 534-2677 or
George B. Swift Specialty School, 5900 N. Winthrop
Swedish Language Classes

Swedish language lessons will begin this month at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. The 15-week courses will be offered on Mondays, January 9 through April 17, for Beginners I and II, and Wednesdays, January 11 through April 19, for Intermediate and Conversation/Advanced.

Tuition for each class level are $210 for Museum members and $245 for non-members. Books are not included. Registration with payment may be made online at Access the tab, Events/Classes/Programs, and click on Classes.

Senior Updates

There is still time to reserve seats for the Tuesday, January 10, Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center Senior Enrichment Seminar entitled “Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives: When, What and Why?”. The topics to be discussed at the seminar include:

  1. Power of Attorney for Healthcare
  2. Power of Attorney for Property
  3. Illinois Living Will Declaration
  4. Do Not Resuscitate Order / POLST
  5. Healthcare Surrogate Act
Seminar Speakers:
Claire McFarland, Esq., Executive Director, Elder Law & Wellness Initiative, NFP
Stacy J. Berk, Esq., Supervising Attorney – Adult Guardianship Division, Office of the Cook County Public Guardian

Please mark your calendar for the above seminar date and call the Elder Justice Center at (312) 603-9233 today to reserve your seat. The seminar will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, in Courtroom 2005, on the 20th Floor.  
Reservations are also available for the Thursday, January 26, 2017 seminar entitled “Reverse Mortgages and Predatory Lending Part I”.   I would appreciate it if you would kindly copy and begin sharing both of the attached seminar announcements with your friends, family and colleagues.   If I can answer any questions regarding either seminar, please do not hesitate to call me at (312) 603-9233.

Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services offers regular computer classes for seniors. Click here for a calendar and more information.

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

Become A Chicago Police Officer!

Becoming a police officer provides more than a great source of income, it provides a great source of pride.Make a lasting difference in your community, start a well-paying job, and gain competitive benefits. Applying is easy and free! Visit, fill out a quick application, and submit your application. Applications will only be accepted until January 31, 2017 - be the change! Click here for more information

There will be an open house held at the Chicago Police Training Academy, 1300 W. Jackson Blvd., on December 17, 10am - 2pm.

Our police force is working hard and earning a salary that allows them to live comfortably. After just 18 months on the job our officers are earn $72,510 a year. The opportunity to apply to the police force only comes around every few years. Applying is simple and quick. The first step is to apply to sit for the entrance exam.
Once you apply you’ll be sent details for the exam, which be held April 1 & 2, 2017, as well as plenty of materials to help you prepare for the test. But don’t be concerned – the pass rate for the exam is over 80%. Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2017.
Minimum requirements to take the written examination:
  • Minimum age of 18 (must be 18 by April 30, 2017)
Requirements for hire (NOT required at time of application): 
  • 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university, or 3 years active duty, or one year active duty and 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours)
  • A valid Driver’s License
  • A valid FOID
  • Actual Resident of the City of Chicago
  • Permanent resident of the United States (Citizenship is NOT required)
Those who pass the written examination will be randomly referred to CPD for further processing which includes:
  • POWER test (Police Officer’s Wellness Evaluation Report) – tests for physical ability
  • Background investigation
  • Drug screening
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Other tests as required by CPD

Care for Real News
City Lit Theater Cares for Real
City Lit Theater is offering special priced tickets to selected performances of The Sundial:  
Friday, Jan. 6 at 7:30PM, Saturday, Jan. 7 at 7:30PM and Sunday, Jan. 8 at 3:00PM
To purchase tickets online use code CARE when purchasing at the following URL: or call the box office and mention code CARE to purchase tickets at:  773-293-3682
Find out more info about the show at the following URL:

Crew Bar and Grill, 4804 N. Broadway, will be hosting their Annual Chili Contest Saturday, January 28.  Proceeds benefit Care for Real. More to come!

Sustainability Tip of the Week

Tip: Fall & Winter Tree Care
1) Give your trees a drink. Winter droughts require watering as much as summer droughts. If temperatures permit, an occasional watering during the winter on young trees can be a life saver. Water only when soil & trees are cool but not frozen.
2) Put composted organic mulch under your tree in the fall or early winter to help retain water & reduce temperature extremes. A thin layer of mulch will act like a blanket & give the tree's roots a little extra winter protection.  Remove in the spring & clear the root flare at the bottom of the tree. (Mulch a donut ring, not a pyramid around the tree)
3) Homeowners should prune their trees. Winter is actually one of the best times to prune because it is easier to see the structure of trees without their leaves. Limit pruning to deadwood & poorly placed or crossed branches to save as many living branches as possible.
4) Prevent injuries. Branch breakage or splitting can be caused by ice & snow accumulation, or chewing and rubbing by animals. Clear & clean the problem as soon as possible. Prevent problems from occurring on young trees by wrapping the base of trees in a hard, plastic guard or a metal hardware cloth. Wrapping trees with burlap or plastic cloth also can prevent temperature damage. Remove the guards in the spring to prevent damage when the tree begins to grow.
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
Dance Meditation Technique
Every 1st and 3rd Friday, January through March
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale

What better way to spend 90 minutes ?! DMT is workout for mind, body and spirit that leaves one feeling more grounded, centered and balanced. No dance experience necessary! Bring a water bottle, a yoga mat (we have a few extras if you don't have one). We'll bring the lemon, lime & cucumber water. Dress in comfortable layers, ready to get all toasty from the inside. Doors open at 6:40. Enter through the western single door in the courtyard and head upstairs. Please arrive early to settle in. We'll lock the front door at 7 pm sharp.

Reserve your spot here, $15:

Uptown Business Mixer
Wednesday, Jan. 18
5:30 - 7:30pm
Emerald City Coffee Uptown, 1224 W. Wilson
$15-20; Click here to register

Meet other business owners and community members while enjoying light food and drinks generously provided by our host.  Non-members welcome! Our monthly Member Mixers build community among Uptown businesses, non-profits and neighborhood groups, strengthening our local economy through the development of strategic partnerships.


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

The Sundial
Performances Jan. 6 - Feb. 12
City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

Snack Break - Short Plays Festival
By The Yard Theatre Company
Performances Jan. 12-14
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln
Click here for more information

All proceeds go to helping support the second season of The Yard and its mission of young people making theatre.

By Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Performances begin Jan. 15
Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge
Click here for more information

The Assembled Parties
By Raven Theatre
Performances begin Jan. 31
Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Death of a Salesman
By Redtwist Theatre
Performances Feb. 4 - March 5
Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

The Snare
By Jackalope Theatre Co.
Performances Feb. 22 - April 1
Broadway Armory
5917 N. Broadway
Click here for more information
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