Weekly Update from Your Alderman: More Town Hall Meetings next week, city budget hearings continue, Uptown Saturday Nights this weekend, Go Cubs! and more.

October 9, 2015

Dear Neighbor:

Last night we held the first of our 2015 Town Hall Meetings, with three more planned for next week. Thank you to all the residents who came out to hear about the many public safety, infrastructure, economic development and educational initiatives taking place in the 48th Ward. As always, I was happy to listen to residents' ideas for improving life in our community and to answer questions. Please read below for details on next week's Town Halls.

This week the City Council continued its hearings into the proposed 2016 City Budget. We heard from many city department heads, including Police Commissioner Garry McCarthy, who outlined his department's efforts to reduce the violence throughout our city. My colleagues and I will continue to look for ways to work more closely with the police to improve safety in our communities.

As I mentioned in last week's newsletter, these hearings are an important step in the budget process and enable City Council members to closely review the budget and operation plan for each city department. My fellow aldermen and I are using this process to identify additional cost savings to be found within city government as well as other possible revenue sources.

To keep you informed, I'm including links below to some of the opening statements from department heads who testified before the City Council this week

City Treasurer's Office
Chicago Police Department
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Mayor's Office of People with Disabilities
Independent Police Review Authority
Chicago Department of Aviation
Chicago Fire Department
Chicago Police Board
Commission on Animal Care and Control
Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

This weekend, be sure to check out the Andersonville Arts Weekend activities and another edition of Uptown Saturday Nights. One highlight in Uptown will be the Halloween Kickoff and Thriller Parade  from 4-6 pm at Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan Rd., which will include games, music and a re-enactment of Michael Jackson's Thriller

And, after the Cubs' spectacular win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, it's on to their first NLDS game tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals! I hope you'll be out there cheering them on at one of our neighborhood's many establishments.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

48th Ward Town Hall Meetings

Please plan to join us for one of our three remaining 48th Ward Town Hall meetings, taking place at:
  • 6:30 pm Tuesday October 13 at Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave.
  • 6:30 pm Wednesday October 14 at the Somerset Place Apartments, 5009 N. Sheridan Rd.
  • 7 pm Thursday October 15 at Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan Rd.
All  the meetings will start with a “state of the ward” presentation by Alderman Osterman, followed by a significant time for Q&A.
Andersonville Arts Weekend

For the 13th year, Andersonville is thrilled to celebrate many of the artists and designers who live and work in the neighborhood with Andersonville Arts Weekend, Friday October 9-Sunday October 11.

The work of more than 90 artists will be on display in 40-plus Andersonville businesses. Friday night will kick off with the always-popular Night of 100 pARTies, an evening of art and receptions up and down Clark Street, followed by a self-guided art walk on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a variety of performances and other events (many of them free) to enjoy.
Click here for more information

Uptown Saturday Nights


Celebrate this weekend with free entertainment! This Saturday, October 10, Uptown Saturday Nights is offering an array of activities, from walking tours and flash mobs to games and live music. 

Beginning in the afternoon, enjoy a free walking tour of the Uptown Entertainment District. Tours will meet at Shake, Rattle & Read, 4812 N. Broadway, and begin at 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm.  

A Halloween Kickoff will follow at 4 pm at Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan Rd., at Ainslie.  Attendees will enjoy free games, music by a live DJ and a flash mob to Michael Jackson's iconic hit, Thriller, danced by some of Uptown's own community members. 

Later in the evening, Rio Bamba, a Brazilian jazz band, will take the stage as the part of World Music Festival Chicago. There will be two sets beginning at 8 pm and 9 pm at the Pho Viet Restaurant, 4941 N. Broadway. 

Click here for more information

Unity Arts Weekend

Unity Community Center and Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral Ave., invite you to the Unity Arts Weekend, A Family Celebration of the Arts.
Family Art Day is from 1-3 pm Saturday October 10. Take part in a hands-on workshop with mask-making and a group mural project, plus music, food, raffles and fun! The Opening Reception and Fall Art Show is from 11:30 am-1:30 pm Sunday October 11. Come meet the artists as you celebrate the gallery's first birthday. 
Click here for more information
Peirce Centennial Celebration

Please join in toasting the 100th Anniversary of Helen C. Peirce School at its Centennial Celebration  at 7 pm Saturday October 24! The event will take place in the Mundelein Center at Loyola University Chicago, 1020 W. Sheridan Rd. Peirce will also host an Open House from 1-4 pm that Saturday at the school, 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. All are invited to help celebrate this important milestone!
Click here for information on purchasing tickets

A Harvest of Cooking Classes

Check out the fun cooking classes coming up at Peterson Garden Project's Community Cooking School, on the second floor of the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. PGP is teaming up with some of Edgewater's favorite local businesses for the classes, such as Independent Spirits, Fyusion Dining and Holzkopf's Quality Meats.

From 12-1:30 pm on Sunday October 11, learn how to select the right cut of meat from your butcher during the class Ask the Butcher: How to Shop for Meat. Local butcher Mark Holzkopf of Holzkopf's Meat Market will clear up confusion about labeling and cuts of meat for specific recipes. Chef Fresh, PGP's resident chef, will also demonstrate a few easy cooking techniques that you can master at home.
Ever wonder how beautiful sushi rolls are made? From 7-9 pm Tuesday October 13, learn the traditional art of making maki in the hands-on class The Art of Maki: Sushi Rolling, and become a student of this long-standing Japanese culinary art form. Chef Alvin Yu will guide you through rolling, shaping and cutting techniques, and participants will sit down together to enjoy the rewards of their efforts.

All classes are BYOB, and PGP class attendees get 10 percent off at Independent Spirits if you mention the class when you check out.
Click here for more information and to register
Community Pasta Dinner Fundraiser

Join the Student Council at Senn High School for a pasta dinner to raise money for a student scholarship. The dinner will be from 5-7 pm Saturday October 17 at the school, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave., but tickets must be purchased in advance.
Click here for more information
D'Elia Playlot Dedication

Please join us at 11 am Saturday October 17 for the dedication of the new D'Elia Playlot, 6340 N. Lakewood. A neighborhood celebration will follow!
Click here for more information

Marine Drive Resurfacing Project

Resurfacing is starting on Marine Drive between Lawrence and Foster Avenues. The plan is to begin with the replacement of the ADA crosswalks, as early as this week.The street will then be milled (asphalt removed). All structures are then inspected, raised where needed and all utilities are then addressed (over about two weeks). Any curb repair will be included in this phase. The street is then resurfaced with new asphalt. All work is weather permitting, and there will be traffic delays in the work zone area. Please adhere to all parking restrictions.

Broadway Watermain Meeting for Businesses

Members of the business community are invited to a meeting at 1 pm Thursday October 15 at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway, to see plans fro the upcoming watermain improvement project along Broadway from Devon to Thorndale Avenues.
Click here for more information

Alert: Overnight Purple Line Work

The CTA will be doing overnight work on the Purple Line Express tracks from Lawrence to Morse Avenues. The work, to replace track ties,  will take place from 8 pm-5 am weeknights October 9-November 9.

If you have any questions or concerns about the work activity, please contact CTA Government and Community Relations Officer LaTrice Phillips-Thompson at 312-681-2709 or Click here for more information
Senior News

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 October calendar of events, click here.
Argyle Streetscape Update


North side:
Phase 1:
All pavers have been installed.

Phase 2: Paver installation is 50 percent completed and continues next week, weather permitting.

Phase 3: Concrete work completed. Stone base installed and tree pit installation continue. Paver installation to begin later next week, weather permitting.

Phase 4: Waterproofing and concrete work continue. Stone base installation begins later next week, weather permitting.

  • Temporary asphalt will be used to allow access to all alleys.
  • ​As this project continues to move forward, we are anticipating having the north side of Argyle completed by Nov. 1 and shifting focus to the south side of the street, from Broadway to Winthrop.
Work is taking place from 8 am to 7 pm 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!

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.
Click here for a listing of Edgewater Library events
Click here for a listing of Bezazian Library events
Care for Real News
Winter clothing needed
On Tuesday October 27, Care for Real will be partnering with the Red Cross and The Pan-African Association as we host our Annual Winter Clothing Drive and Welcome Event for several groups of African refugees and immigrants who have come to Chicago's Edgewater community to start a new life. This year, we expect over 300 people will need a mix of winter clothing to ensure they stay safe and warm. Many have never experienced cold weather, let alone a long Chicago winter. These folks have come to Edgewater to escape unstable political situations and political persecution, seek education, find more promising economic opportunities and reunite with family members. Our wish list of winter clothing includes donations of new and/or gently used coats (all sizes needed), boots, sweaters, socks, scarves, hats and mittens. Please drop off all donations by 3 pm Monday October 26. Call Caiti or Lyle for more info at 773-769-6182 or email
Women and Children First launches food drive
Women and Children First is hosting a food drive, inspired by the new middle-grade novel Crenshaw, for the entire month of October! Please help fight childhood hunger. Find more info here.

Uncommon Ground Edgewater fundraiser:  Sun. Nov. 1 – Sun. Nov. 8
Uncommon Ground Edgewater will be offering a delicious Care for Real Prix Fixe menu (3 courses for $35) from November 1-8. And for every dinner sold, Care for Real will receive donate $5. Menus coming soon!
Save the Date:  Friday November 13,  A Tail to Remember
Care for Real is one of the few food pantries in the Chicago area that also provides pet food. To help ease the already limited budgets of our clients, we provide food for an average of 300 pets (both dogs and cats) each month. Join us November 13 and enjoy a night of drinks, nibbles, live auction and raffle prizes! All proceeds benefit Care for Real’s Pet Pantry. Ticket information and event details next week.

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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

Anna Held Florist: Grand Re-Opening!
6-9 pm Friday October 9
Anna Held Florist in Edgewater Beach Apartments
5557 N. Sheridan Rd.
Join the staff of Anna Held Florist in raising a glass to the re-opening in their new gallery. 
Click here for more information

Kidical Mass Bike Ride
10-11:30 am Sunday October 11
Cochran Playlot
5550 N. Magnolia Ave.
Hop on your bike with your kids for a leisurely one-hour bike ride that will end at First Slice Pie Cafe. Don't forget your helmet, bike lock and some money for a slice of pie!
Click here for more information
Senior Wellness Fair
10 am-noon Wednesday October 14

Swedish Covenant Hospital
Anderson Pavilion
2751 W. Winona Ave.
Enjoy a presentation about Medicare options, followed by a light chair exercise session with a fitness expert from Galter LifeCenter. Body mass index, blood pressure, balance and other screenings will be offered.
Click here for information on other classes

Peoples Church Fundraiser
4-8 pm Sunday October 18
Mason Hall, 4th Floor
941 W. Lawrence Ave.
Join Peoples Church of Chicago
for this R&B Karaoke benefit
$30 donation
Click here for more information

Book Signing and Dialog with Rabbi Goldstein
2 pm Sunday October 18
Unity Lutheran Church
1212 W. Balmoral Ave.
Explore some of life's greatest questions with Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein and his new book 8 Questions of Faith: Biblical Challenges that Guide and Ground our Lives.  
Click here for more information

NCA Open House
9 am Thursday October 22
Northside Catholic Academy Primary Campus
6216 N. Glenwood Ave.
Join other prospective parents in learning about the educational opportunities available at NCA
Click here for more information

Senn Park Fall Festival
10 am-3 pm Sunday October 25
Senn Park
5887 N. Ridge Ave. (at Greenview)
Celebrate the fall season with face-painting, games, and raffles at Senn Park. Kids are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes, too! 
Click here for more information

Andersonville Dessert Crawl
2-5 pm Sunday October 25
Starts at Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.
Sample desserts from an array of Andersonville restaurants while supporting the Chamber of Commerce and Care for Real.
Click here for more information and tickets

Swedish American Museum 
Through Sunday November 29:
Appleton: Portrait of a Swedish Chicago Legacy, a tribute to a pioneer Albert Ivar Appleton, whose family has continued his appreciation of the arts.
Click here for a calendar of museum events

Arts & Culture
See the full calendar of arts events at 

Cabaret on the Lake
7:30 pm Friday October 9
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Three Cat Productions' Cabaret on the Lake is a free, monthly variety show hosted by Rob Dorn, singer, storyteller, national Broadway musical theater tour veteran and Green Mill regular.
Click here for more information

How the World Began

Performances: 8 pm Thursdays and Fridays; 4 pm and 8 pm Saturdays, through October 10
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
5779 N. Ridge Ave.

Note: Special offer for Edgewater, Andersonville and Rogers Park neighbors: Get $10 off with box office code "Hello Neighbor" and proof of ZIP code.
Click here for more information

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Performances:  7:30 pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 pm Sundays, through October 25
Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Click here for more information

Direct from Death Row, The Scottsboro Boys
Performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 pm Sundays,
through November 14
Raven Theatre

6117 N. Clark St.
(Note: Friday September 25 is Neighborhood Night. Enjoy half-price tickets plus a wine, beer and cheese pre-show reception.)
Click here for more information

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Previews: 7:30 pm Fridays, Saturdays, 3 pm Sunday, through October 10
Regular performances: 7:30 pm Fridays, Saturdays, 3 pm Sundays, October 11-November 15
City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Click here for more information

The Turn of the Screw
Opera by Benjamin Britten
Performances 7:30 pm Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
through October 24
Chicago Fringe Opera production
Berger Park Cultural Center
6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information
The Cheats
Performances 8 pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays,
through 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: Fall Classic
Performances at 8 pm Mondays (with some Sunday matinees), through Monday October 12
Neo-Futurist Theater
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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