Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Criminal charges in Argyle area homicides, ramped-up police efforts, Public Safety Walk and more.

September 4, 2015

Dear Neighbor:

At 2:15 am on Wednesday, two men, aged 32 and 34, were shot and killed in front of 5022 N. Winthrop. This incident is believed to be gang related and connected to drug sales. Last night, Jonathon Thompson, 33, and Michael Laster, 28, both of Chicago, were charged with first-degree murder in connection with this incident. Both individuals have been involved in past criminal gang activity in the Argyle Street area.

These latest shootings were the fourth and fifth since July 31 in the area around Argyle, all of which are believed to be connected to an internal gang conflict. After the last shooting, on August 7, the 20th District assigned a beat car 24 hours a day at Argyle and Kenmore and increased patrols in this area. This deployment was insufficient and failed to prevent the homicides that occurred Wednesday morning. I have had conversations this week with Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy about the ongoing violence in this part of our community and strategies for addressing it. The Chicago Police Department will be directing an intensified effort targeted against gang activity in the area around Argyle, which will include gang saturation teams and tactical teams and the assignment of a beat car dedicated to Argyle and Winthrop. To assist the police in their efforts, please contact Marko Zaric in my office at if you have any information or witness any gang or drug activity in this area.

At 6:30 pm next Wednesday, September 9, we will conduct a Public Safety Walk with 20th District Police Commander Cornelia Lott around the Argyle Street area. We will start at my satellite office at 1022 W. Argyle and we ask you to join together with us on this walk.

My office on Argyle will remain open for the next few months as we work with the residents, police, business owners, and organizations to improve safety in this area. Please contact us at 773-784-5277 or if you want to be a part of these efforts.

In recent years and throughout this summer, our collective efforts have improved safety in many parts of our community. But the Argyle area still faces drug and gang activity. My priority will be working with the Chicago Police and other stakeholders to attack these problems from many fronts until the gang and drug activity has ceased and the safety is where it needs to be for those who live, work and go to school in this part of our community.

Sincerely, Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Back To School

Picnic kicks off school year
Today marks the beginning of the long Labor Day weekend, a time to enjoy the last few days of summer with family and friends before the school year begins in earnest next week. We held a wonderful Back-to-School Picnic on the front lawn of Senn High School this week, where it was apparent from the enthusiasm of the hundreds of students, teachers and parents in attendance that we are ready for a successful start to the 2015-16 school year. My best of luck to everyone on Tuesday.

Time to enroll for Head Start programs
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) is launching the City’s 2015 Head Start enrollment campaign. Thousands of low-income Chicago families are eligible for quality educational opportunities and childcare services through the DFSS citywide network of community-based Head Start partner agencies. Head Start includes child care in a nurturing environment, educational activities, nutritious meals, and medical and dental services. It also offers education and training programs to parents. All Head Start services are free to eligible families.

Click here for more information

Edgewater Back to School 5K Run/Walk
Get ready for the second annual Edgewater Back to School 5KRun/Walk on Sunday September 27. Celebrate our community and view historic sites along the lakefront path while raising money for 11 local schools. Last year nearly $6,000 was raised for Edgewater schools with more than 350 students participating in the run. Whether you want to get moving with your family, your friends, or your dog, the Edgewater 5K is for you. The fun starts at 8 am at Loyola's St. Ignatius Plaza,  Rosemont and Kenmore Avenues.
Click here to register
Click here for more information

Chicago Star Scholarships

Any Chicago Public Schools high school graduate who has an ACT score of 17 and 3.0 GPA or higher in math and English, and who enrolls in one of City Colleges of Chicago's pathways programs, is eligible for the Star Scholarship for up to three years after CPS graduation. To date, more than 900 students have fully qualified beginning this fall for the Star Scholarship, which provides free tuition, fees and books for up to three years at the City Colleges.
Click here for more information

Volunteer tutors needed
The Inspired Youth Tutoring Program needs volunteers to help 1st  through 4th graders with homework and extra reading, writing and arithmetic, which the program provides. The times are 3:30-5 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays. The program takes place at the  Bezazian Branch Library, 1226 W. Ainslie St. Please contact Beth Palmer at or 773-561-4759 if you can help or would like more information.
Become a Court Advocate
Court advocates play an important role in making our neighborhoods safer. First, volunteers provide support for victims and witnesses who may be hesitant to testify in court. The presence of Court Advocacy volunteers from the community can make the difference in whether a victim or witness decides to appear in court. Second, the presence of Court Advocacy volunteers sends a strong message to the defendant, the judge and all other interested parties in the criminal justice system: the community cares about the outcome of these cases and is willing to devote its time and energies to monitoring the workings of the judicial system.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office will hold a court advocate training session at 6:30 pm Wednesday September 30 at the 19th Police District building at 850 W. Addison St.
Click here for more information and to RSVP
Go Edgewater Still on the Move

Go Edgewater, the campaign from the City of Chicago to help Edgewater residents explore the neighborhood by foot, bus, train, bike and shared car, is in its last month, so be sure to join them on one of their upcoming biking or walking events and order your free customized Go Kit between now and the end of September. Go Kits, full of transportation resources, have been ordered and delivered to more than 1,000 Edgewater residents! Sign up for yours (until Sept 30, while supplies last) here.

Saturday September 5: Biking Like a Viking Bike Ride
Helmet Decorating & Viking Presentation 12:30-1:30 pm
Ride to Albany Park from 1:30-2:30 pm (return to Edgewater on your own or with the group at 4 pm)
Meet at Swedish American Museum parking lot (Ashland and Foster Avenues).
Meet Frej the Viking and get in touch with your inner Viking! Join us for helmet decorating with the North Park University Vikings before we embark on this 2.5-mile ride to Albany Park. Those who join will be rewarded with free ice cream, courtesy of NPU, when we arrive in Albany Park. Bring your bike, helmet, lock, water bottle.

Saturday September 12: Walk About: The Life Between Buildings

Meet at 1 pm at the Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway) and walk from 1:10 pm - 2:30 pm
Join Tom Samuels, Edgewater resident and founding member of America Walks, for an entertaining and informative walk around Edgewater as we learn about reclaiming public space.

Sunday September 13: Edgewater Kidical Mass

Gather from 10-10:30 am at Cochran Playlot Park (5550 N. Magnolia Ave.), then depart for a one-hour bike ride.
Take a family-friendly bike ride along the quiet residential streets of our beautiful neighborhood. Fellow resident and mom, Nicole Stemler, will lead the ride, ending at Lickity Split Frozen Custard, 6056 N. Broadway.
Click here for a list of all Go Edgewater events

Argyle Streetscape Update

Phase 1 (Broadway to CTA station): Concrete work is curing and tree grate forming continues. The installation of the waterproofing membrane will start next week. Installation of the brick pavers under and next to the CTA station should begin next week.

Phase 2 (Winthrop to Kenmore): Excavation and pouring of concrete continues.

Phase 3 (Kenmore to Sheridan): Excavation will begin on a 10' x 10' manhole to begin the installation of the electric conduit.

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!
Click here for more information

Celebrate City Made Fest

City Made Fest, to be held September 12 and 13 on Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen, is Chicago's only street festival featuring exclusively Chicago-made craft beer, music, food and hand-crafted items. Find:

  • 15 Chicago craft breweries
  • 11 Chicago bands playing original music
  • Plus dozens of Chicago makers and artisans

Your $5 suggested donation supports the work of the Andersonville Development Corporation and eco-Andersonville.

Click here for more information

Join the Circus (As a Volunteer)!

The folks from Berger, Buttercup and Margate Parks invite you to volunteer with Midnight Circus in the Parks on Saturday and Sunday September 26 and 27 at Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Dr. Volunteers are needed to help with: ushering, concession sales, security, ticket collection, face painting, setup, breakdown and other tasks. Two shifts are available per day: starting at 12:45 pm and 3:45 pm. Service hours are available for students, and there is fun guaranteed for all! Please contact PC Gooden-Smiley at by September 15 to volunteer.

Save the Date: Edgewater Fall Art Fair

Presented by Edgewater Artists in Motion, the Edgewater Fall Art Show will take place from 11 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday September 26 and 27. On Granville Avenue between Broadway and the lake, find  120 Chicago-based artists; three live music stages, a children's activity corner, a pet parade and costume contest, a beer garden with craft beers and food from Flacos’ Tacos, Little Vietnam and Pearl’s Southern Comfort.
Click here for more information
Senior News

Seminar on mental illness
The Cook County Elder Justice Center will offer a free seminar, “When a Mental Illness Requires Protective Care," from 11:30 am-1 pm Monday September 14 in Courtroom 2403 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 September calendar of events, click here.

From cooking to Zumba at the Armory
As always, the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center located in the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, has plenty of activities this fall—most of them free. For details, check the fall calendar here. If you have questions, contact director Maureen Holley at 312-742-5323 or

Free Paper Shredding Event (and Benefit)

From 9 am-noon Saturday September 19, A.C.T .Group Ltd. will host its 2nd Annual Free Shred Event benefiting Care for Real in front of its building, 6228 N. Broadway. Bring your documents to shred and a couple of bags of food items or cash to donate to Care for Real.
Click here for more information
Proper Tree Mulching

Did you know that "volcano mulching" around trees can damage and kill them? According to Openlands (, mulch or soil should never be placed against the trunk of a tree, above the root crown or flare. Click here for more information on how to mulch around trees.
Register TODAY for Roof and Porch Repair Program

Registration takes place online from 9 am-5pm Friday September 4 for the Chicago Department of Planning and Development's 2016 Roof and Porch Repair Program. The program provides grants for emergency roof and porch repairs on behalf of income-eligible applicants. Applicants who register on September 4 will then be part of a lottery process on October 19.
Click here for more information
Construction Updates

Street Resurfacing Phase 2
Glenlake Avenue (Broadway to Glenwood) is currently in the asphalt removal (milling) stage. Signs will be removed and parking will be restored over the weekend and early next week. All structure adjustments, inspections, utility work and curb repair where needed will begin next week and "no parking" signs will be re-posted. The street is scheduled to be repaved on/or around Monday September 14. (This is all weather-permitting.)
Marine Drive (Foster to Lawrence) is still scheduled to be resurfaced this season. When a schedule is available, all residents will be notified of the project start date.
CTA Purple Line Improvement Project
The CTA doing work overnight on its Purple Line Express Track Improvement Project from Argyle to Thorndale through Sunday September 13 and from Granville to Jarvis through Thursday September 24. The work, to replace track ties, is occurring from 8 pm-5 am each night along the Purple Line tracks. The CTA construction activity notice states that the work will cause noise that may include heavy truck traffic, equipment engine noise and beeping from backup alarms.
If you have any questions or concerns about the work activity, you may contact the CTA by calling 312-681-2709 or emailing

The alley bounded by Ardmore, Thorndale, Winthrop and the CTA tracks will have limited access in the evenings starting Tuesday Sept 8 for a week. The limited access will be between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am. All residents will have access to their garages and parking pads, but through traffic will be prohibited. The project will have a moving closure and will begin at Ardmore and move north.
Hollywood and Sheridan/Devon partial closures will be announced at a later date.
Click here for more information on the Argyle-Thorndale project
Click here for more information on the Granville-Jarvis project

Pressure Washing in Edgewater

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce has scheduled pressure washing of the following business areas and bus stops. The washing will start the night of Tuesday September 8 and continue for the rest of that week and into the next week.
  • Both sides of Granville from the west side of Broadway to the east side of Kenmore. (NIGHT) 
  • North side of Thorndale from the west side of Broadway to the east side of Winthrop. (NIGHT) 
  • East side of Broadway from Granville south to the north side of the start of Hood street (west side of the street) (NIGHT) 
  • Both sides of Bryn Mawr from the east side of Kenmore to the east side of Broadway, then continuing north on the east side of Broadway to the first alley and continuing south on the east side of Broadway to Catalpa. (DAY) 
  • South side of Berwyn from the east side of Broadway to the east side of Winthrop. (DAY) 
  • Bus stops
For questions, please contact
Free Rain Barrels  

The 48th Ward is excited to announce our new rain barrel program. In collaboration with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, we are now offering free rain barrels to our qualified residents. Rain barrels provide a storage space for rainwater from roofs and save it for when you need it. By keeping rain on properties and out of the sewer systems, rain barrels are a green way to revitalize Chicago’s storm water reclamation procedures.

Residents can fill out an application by clicking here. Just scan the completed application and email it to environmental intern Adam Glueckert at Or, stop by our office at 5533 N. Broadway and fill out a form.

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.

The Friends of the Edgewater Library are sponsoring a used book sale from 11 am-4 pm Saturday September 19 on the library's 2nd floor. Most books will be priced as follows: hardbacks, $1 each; paperbacks, 2 for $1. Stock up for those cold winter evenings ahead!

Click here for a listing of Edgewater Library events
Click here for a listing of Bezazian Library events
Care for Real News
Bark Bark Club to host fundraiser for pet pantry
Save the Date! Join us from 7-9 pm Tuesday September 15 at Bark Bark Club, 5943 N. Broadway, for the Happy Yappy Hour. For $10, you will get wine, beer and appetizers. There will also be fantastic raffle prizes. Proceeds will help fund Care for Real’s Pet Pantry. Dogs are welcome!

Fundraiser at Call Bar
Ashley Morgan will host a night filled with fun, laughter and song on Saturday September 19 as a fundraiser for Care for Real. Seating begins
at 9:30 pm. Suggested donation of $10 will benefit CfR. More info about the show coming soon!

Whole Foods Edgewater promotion
Next time you are at Whole Foods Edgewater, 6009 N. Broadway, please consider participating in the One Dime At A Time promotion. Through September 30, each time you use a reusable bag, you can choose to donate a dime to Care for Real in lieu of receiving a refund. Every dime makes a difference–and it doesn’t take long for those dimes to add up.

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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

Ethiopia Fest Chicago
Noon-6 pm Saturday September 12
St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church
5649 N. Sheridan Rd.
This event will showcase Ethiopian culture through music, food, live performances and more!
Lakewood Balmoral
Annual Front Yard Sale

9 am-4 pm Saturday September 12
Find 12 blocks of bargains along Magnolia, Lakewood and Wayne avenues from Foster to Bryn Mawr avenues (5200-5600 North).
Rain or shine.

Edgewater Glen Fall Plant Swap
10 am-noon Saturday September 12
(Weather permitting!)
1420 W. Glenlake Ave.
Divide perennials like irises and daylilies, plus come to swap any other extra plants or gardening gear. Milkweed seeds also will be available to encourage Monarch butterflies.
Click here for more information

Edgewater Historical Society
East Andersonville Home Tour

Registration from noon- 4pm Sunday September 20
at the Philadelphia Church, 5437 N. Clark St.
Enjoy a self-guided tour of houses and two-flats. Of particular interest is how these classic buildings have been updated and restored. Refreshments will be served.
Tickets are $25
Click here for more information

Girl Jam 2015
4-7 pm Sunday September 20
Firehouse Chicago
1545 W. Rosemont Ave.
Since 2011, GirlForward has provided individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities to over 100 refugee girls resettled in Chicago from countries around the world. Help ring in its 2015-2016 program year with music, food, drinks and more.
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

Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.
The Andersonville museum offers learning
experiences,tours and concerts for
people of all ages.

Click here for a calendar of events


Arts & Culture
See the full calendar of arts events at 

Call to Artists
Through September 11
for Juried Fall Art Show
at Unity Gallery of Unity Lutheran Church,
1212 W. Balmoral Ave.
Click here for details

How the World Began
Previews: 8 pm September 4-8
Gala Opening: 7 pm Thursday September 10
Regular performances: 8 pm Thursdays and Fridays; 4 pm and 8 pm Saturdays, September 11–October 10

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
5779 N. Ridge Ave.
Click here for more information

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Previews:  7:30 pm September 9-11
Opening Matinee: 3 pm Saturday September 12
Regular Performances:  7:30 pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 pm Sundays
Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Click here for more information

Lez Play Weekend
Five full-length plays - staged readings
Performances 7 pm September 11; 2 pm and 7 pm September 12 and 13
Presented by Pride Films and Plays at
Hoover-Leppen Theatre at The Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted St.
Click here for more information

Direct from Death Row, The Scottsboro Boys
Previews: 7:30 pm September 16-21
Regular performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 pm Sundays,
September 22 - November 14
Raven Theatre

6117 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

Her Story is Our Story
Six full-length plays - stage readings
Performances:  8 pm Fridays; 2 pm and 8 pm Saturdays
September 18, 19, 25, and 26
Artemisia Theatre presents this Fall Festival at
The Frontier
1106 W. Thorndale Ave.
Click here for more information

The Turn of the Screw
Opera by Benjamin Britten
Previews 7:30 pm September 18, 23, 25
Regular Performances 7:30 pm Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
September 26 - October 24
Chicago Fringe Opera production
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information

That's F'd Up
Performances 7:30 pm Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 3 pm Saturdays
September 25 - October 6
Redtwist's More Red Series
Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information.

The Cheats
Performances 8 pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
October 1-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
Performances at 8 pm Mondays (with some Sunday matinees)
Neo Futurarium
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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