Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Two wonderful community leaders moving on; Police Task Force to hold meeting nearby; a call for better mental health training, programs; tune in tomorrow for Live from the Heartland radio show!
February 5, 2016

Dear Neighbor:

The 48th Ward has long been fortunate to have dynamic female leadership in virtually every segment of our community: government, business, nonprofit, education. Among our terrific leaders have been Ally Brisbin, Marketing and Events Manager of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, and Ellen Shepard, Executive Director of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. Both will soon be moving on to new roles.

On Monday, Ally will become Director of Business Services for Uptown United and
Business Partners - the Chamber for Uptown, where she will use her skills in advocacy, marketing, technical assistance and networking to support and strengthen Uptown businesses. Ally has been a great community partner during her three years at the Edgewater Chamber, where she was instrumental in making events such as EdgeFest, the Edgewater Back-to-School 5K and numerous 48th Ward Safe Summer Nights activities a smashing success. I wish Ally all the best and look forward to working with her further in her new position.

Ellen will be leaving the Andersonville Chamber in early March to start her own consulting business. Ellen has held the job of Executive Director for 16 years, during which she worked tirelessly to attract and champion small, locally owned businesses and develop innovative environmental sustainability initiatives that give Andersonville its unique character.
She also spearheaded the development and growth of a host of successful events that draw people from all over the Chicago area to our community, including the Andersonville Arts Weekend, Farmers Market, Dessert Crawl, Wine Walk, Late Night Andersonville, City Made Fest and, of course, Midsommarfest. Please join me in thanking Ellen for her tremendous contributions to Andersonville and wishing her great success in her new endeavor!

The city's recently appointed Task Force on Police Accountability heard this week from West Side residents at the first of its four planned community meetings. The task force, which is charged with improving independent oversight of police misconduct, examining the best ways to ensure officers with repeated complaints are identified and evaluated appropriately, and recommending best practices for release of videos of police-involved incidents, is seeking feedback from residents on all of these matters. The police task force will hold a forum in our area on Thursday February 25 at Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth Ave., with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m. I hope you'll take this opportunity to share your ideas and concerns about policing and have an impact on these much-needed reforms.

On a related note, I have been pushing for some time to increase mental health intervention training for police officers so they will be better prepared to deal with and de-escalate incidents involving persons with mental health issues. I have also signed on to a City Council "Mental Health Safety Net" ordinance calling for improvements in city mental health services and community outreach. I will keep you posted on the these efforts as they move forward.

At 9 am Saturday, I'll be a guest on the Live from the Heartland radio program, which is broadcast from the Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park. I hope you'll tune in to WLUM-88.7 FM to listen to the show!

Have a good weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Public Safety Update

Shooting on Winona
As I reported in last week's newsletter, at approximately 5 am on Thursday January 28, a 37-year-old man was shot while sitting in his car at 948 W. Winona St.
Two individuals have been charged in connection with the shooting. Royale Newell of the 1000 block of Hollywood Avenue was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, and William Grant of the 4100 block of Kenmore was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of issuance of a warrant. I would like to thank the 20th Police District Tactical Officers and the Area North Detectives for working quickly to apprehend the suspects.
In support of the Chicago Police Department's swift action, the community needs to organize and attend upcoming hearings in this case as court advocates. My office will be following the court proceedings with the advocates. It is critical that we support each other and our neighbors when combating actions that affect the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Attending these hearings will send a message to the court that the community is following these events closely and that such criminal activity will not be tolerated.
If you would like to participate in court advocacy or would like more information about this case, please contact Marko Zaric in my office at 773-784-5277 or

Youth News

Year of the Youth Kickoff Party
Save the date, Saturday February 13, for our big Year of the Youth Kick-off Party at the Broadway Armory! Teens will have full use of the Armory to enjoy rock climbing, trapezing, DJ dancing, food and more! Click here for more information.

Our Year of the Youth website and Facebook page are also up and running. They will keep you up to date on everything that's happening. We hope you'll check them out.

Meet a new Youth Advisory Council member!
Tony Sandifer, 15, is a freshman at Senn High School who recently joined the 48th Ward's Youth Advisory Council. Here's a little bit about him:
Hobby: Being creative
Favorite hangout space: The basketball court in Senn Park
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Hero/Shero: Dad and Mom
Favorite quote: "With this faith we will be able to hew out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope." (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from his I Have a Dream speech, 1963)
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? For people to be more caring toward each other.
If you were given a million dollars, how would you spend it? By giving a large portion to charity, especially St. Jude.
What are some youth concerns that you think need to be addressed? To create more activities and places that youth can go to feel safe and nurtured.
What's your most admirable character trait? Helping and caring about others.

Any teens interested in joining our 48th Ward Youth Advisory Council should email PC Gooden-Smiley at
Lunar New Year Fests                 

Mark your calendars for this year's Lunar New Year celebrations on and around Argyle!

Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration
1-3 pm Saturday February 13 on Argyle, between Kenmore Avenue and Broadway
Ring in the Year of the Monkey with the Argyle business community, Uptown United, Uptown Business Partners and Alderman Harry Osterman.
Click here for more information

Chinese Mutual Aid Association Celebration
10 am-1 pm Saturday February 13, Truman College, 1445 W. Wilson Ave.

Enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch and performances by CMAA youth groups. The event is free, but tickets are required for entry and lunch. Over 400 community members and leaders, elected officials and diplomats will be in attendance.
Click here for more information

South-East Asia Center’s Lunar New Year Event
11 am Saturday February 13,  Furama Restaurant, 4936 N. Broadway
Enjoy a 10-course, royal-style Chinese banquet while being entertained with traditional performances including the lion dance. For reservations, please send a check for $25 per person to South-East Asia Center, 5120 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640 along with your contact information. For more information, please call San O or Fanny Wong at 773-989-7433.
Vietnamese Association of Illinois Tet Celebration
1-5 pm Saturday February 13, St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Rd.

Refreshments, cultural performances, live entertainment and more will be provided by local Vietnamese artists and musicians. For more information, please call 773-728-3700.
Senn Park Update

Please join the next meeting of the Senn Park Advisory Council to set goals for 2016: 6:30 pm Wednesday February 10 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale Ave. Programming, playlot renovation and upcoming events will be discussed.

The PAC welcomes your input. For more information or to get involved, follow them on Facebook here or contact Karen Dreyfuss at The PAC is also running a buy-a-brick fundraising campaign to support the park. Click here for more information.

AVP Beads on the Move

AVP (Artistic Variety Paradise) Jewelry and Beads has moved up the block to a bigger storefront at 1206 W. Granville Ave. On Thursday, I was delighted to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at its grand re-opening celebration. AVP offers jewelry-making classes as well as expertise in a large variety of jewelry-making techniques, including stringing, bead weaving, metal work, resin, crocheting and etching. For more information, check out AVP's website here.
2016 Infrastructure Improvements

The following are infrastructure improvements planned in the 48th Ward for 2016. We will update you with the work schedules once we receive further details.

Residential Street Resurfacing
Magnolia Avenue, from Balmoral to Foster
Thome Avenue, from Clark to Greenview
Highland Avenue, from Clark to Greenview
Main Arterial Street Resurfacing
Watermain Improvement Projects
Ridge Avenue, from Clark to Broadway
Wayne Avenue, from Early to Bryn Mawr
Hollywood Avenue, from Glenwood to Wayne
Olive Avenue, from Clark to Glenwood
Victoria Street, from Clark to Ridge
Alley Apron Improvements
1211 W. Granville Ave.
1215 W. Rosedale Ave.
1456 W. Highland Ave.
1450 W. Victoria St.
1533 W. Thorndale Ave.
Park Improvements
Senn Park

Chicago Theatre Week is Coming!

Chicago Theatre Week is a celebration of Chicago’s world-class theater scene. Presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, Chicago Theatre Week is returning for its fourth year and will take place February 11-21. Theatergoers will again have the opportunity to choose from more than 100 productions and sample the extraordinary range of theatrical offerings in Chicago at ticket prices of $15 or $30 (or less!).

Many Uptown, Edgewater and Andersonville theaters are participating: City Lit, Steep, Raven, Redtwist, Rivendell, pH Comedy, Barrel of Monkeys, The Neo-Futurists, Profiles and Uptown Underground.

Come on out to support your local theaters at great prices!
Click here for more information
LSC Candidate Forms Available

Each elementary and high school in the Chicago Public Schools system has a Local School Council made up of parents, community members, teachers, staff and students. Nominations are now open for candidates for the next Local School Council two-year term, which begins July 1.

The deadline for filing LSC candidate forms is 3 pm February 19 to the Office of Local School Council Relations or 3 pm March 4 to the office of the school where the candidate intends to run. Elections will be held April 13 (elementary schools) and April 14 (high schools).
Click here for more information and forms
Free Tax Preparation Help

The City of Chicago, through its partner nonprofits, the Center for Economic Progress and Ladder Up, offers free tax preparation assistance for lower-income workers and their families. The CEP has a site at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave., and many other locations throughout the city.
Click here for more information
What's Happening at the Libraries

Amnesty on fines through February 18
The Chicago Public Library is hosting a fine amnesty program to welcome patrons and materials back to the library. Through February 18, bring in your overdue materials and, whether they're five days or five years late, CPL will waive your fines. If you’ve lost an item, just take care of the replacement costs and it will waive the overdue fines.

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 Bezazian Library events
Care for Real News

This Weekend! City Lit Theater special ticket offer
City Lit Theater has joined Care for Real’s THEATERS CARE FOR REAL campaign. City Lit is offering a special $20 discounted ticket to see the terrific The Gilded Age. Please call the box office at 773-293-3682 and mention Care for Real and the special ticket code CRE.

Call Bar Hosts Fundraiser Saturday February 13
Come join the Ladies of Elegant Fur as they kick off their 2016 season at Call Bar, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., with a night of Broadway. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Care for Real!  Seating is at 9 pm.
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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
Citizen Workshop
9:30-11:30 am Saturday February 6
Uptown Public Library
929 W. Buena Ave.
The United African Organization is offering citizen workshops that will assist people with green cards (must have one for five years, or three years if you are legally married to a U.S. citizen) in filling out their naturalization application to become a U.S. citizen. 
Click here for more information

Property Taxes for Seniors
Noon-1:30 pm Thursday February 11
Cook County Elder Justice Center
Richard J. Daley Center
50 W. Washington St.
The subject of this free seminar is “Property Tax Savings for Seniors:  Are You Overpaying?"
Click here for more information

Fair Housing Updates for Seniors
Noon-1:30 pm Thursday February 25
Cook County Elder Justice Center
Richard J. Daley Center
50 W. Washington St.
The subject of this free seminar is “Fair Housing Updates for Seniors:  How to Avoid Landlord - Tenant Disputes."
Click here for more information

Summer Camps
Raven Theatre
June 27-August 26
Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark St.
Registration is open for half-day one-week and full-day two-week summer camps. Use the code TakeFlight10 for 10 percent off.
Click here for more information on the summer camps

9 am-3 pm Monday-Friday, June 27-August 19
Ebenezer Lutheran Church
1650 W. Foster Ave.
Registration is open for CircEsteem's weekly summer Circus Camps.
Click here for more information


Arts & Culture
See the full calendar of arts events at 
The Sadness Show: An Alternative Valentine's Celebration
8 pm Wednesday February 10
Pivot Arts @Bar 63
6341 N. Broadway

A cabaret-style showcase celebrating sadness through performances of stories and songs that are often heart-breakingly hilarious.
Click here for more information

The Drawer Boy
Performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 pm Sundays, through February 28
Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Click here for more information

Year of the Rooster
Performances (all free): 7:30 pm Thursdays-Sundays, through February 6
Red Theater Chicago
at The Frontier
1106 W. Thorndale Ave.
Click here for more information and to reserve

The Gilded Age: A Story of Today
Performances: 7:30 pm Fridays-Saturdays, 3 pm Sundays (7:30 pm Thursdays February 11, 18),  through February 21
City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Click here for more information

Performances: 8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 pm Sundays, through February 27
Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn Ave.
Click here for more information
Le Switch
Performances: 7:30 pm Wednesdays-Saturdays, 3 pm Sundays, through February 21
About Face Theatre
at Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Click here for more information

The Old Friends
Performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 pm Sundays, through March 26
Raven Theatre East Stage
6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville)
Midwest premiere of this play by Horton Foote
Click here for more information

Performances: 8 pm Thursdays through Saturdays; 4 pm Saturdays, through February 27
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
5779 N. Ridge Ave.
Click here for more information

Pop Waits
Previews: 7:30 pm Friday February 5-Saturday February 6
Regular performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays through Saturdays, February 12-March 12
The Neo-Futurarium
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Click here for more information

All the World's a Stage
Performances: 8 pm Fridays, Saturdays; 3 pm Sundays, February 12-March 20
Quest Theatre Ensemble
Blue Theatre
1609 W. Gregory Ave.
Performances free, but reservations recommended
Click here for more information

A Loss of Roses
Previews:  February 17-21
Regular performances: 8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3:30 Sundays, February 22- April 2
Raven Theatre West Stage
6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville)
Click here for more information

Migrating Visions:
The Art of Karl and Indira Johnson

Runs through Sunday March 27
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.
The first of 2016's first-floor gallery exhibitions.
Click here for more information

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