Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Remembering Jan Baxter, Teen Center at the Broadway Armory, Dog Park Meeting, and more!
February 17, 2017

Dear Neighbor:

The weather forecast for the weekend is beautiful! Please go out and enjoy our community -- take a walk to the lake and support one of the many wonderful local restaurants. See below for information on Andersonville Restaurant Week, which starts today.

This week, our community lost an incredible woman, small business pioneer, and community advocate with the passing of Jan Baxter. Jan founded the Landmark store in Andersonville and shared her love, personality, and friendship with everyone who walked through the door. With Jan's vision, the Landmark was the catalyst business that helped bring the positive change to the Andersonville business community that we see today. Jan was a strong advocate for all the businesses in Andersonville and for our entire community. Jan was a friend and inspiration and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her children, Jennifer and John.

The city's Property Tax Rebate Program has a remaining $14 million unspent, and over the next week my colleagues and I on the City Council will be working to determine how to spend these funds. I am encouraging that the money is used for after school, youth mentoring, and public safety programs, in an effort to address and prevent the violence that is plaguing our city. Locally, I am working with community partners to create a teen center in the Broadway Armory, in order to provide a safe and productive space for our youth to spend time. I will share more information about this project as it develops.

Please join me tomorrow for a community meeting about a pilot dog park that will open later this year in the ward. The dog park will be located on the northeast side of Lake Shore Drive at Bryn Mawr, along the lakefront path. Due to rising lake levels, the dog beach at Foster Beach was washed away, and residents have been asking for a dog friendly area to replace this. I am looking for volunteers to assist with maintenance and governance of the park. If you are interested in getting involved in the pilot dog park, please join me for a community meeting on Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 am, at the Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway).

Have a great weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
Andersonville Restaurant Week
Andersonville is debuting its own Restaurant Week, starting tonight! Over 20 restaurants will offer either $10, $20, or $30 prix fixe menus or dinner specials, allowing visitors to sample restaurants of all types and even dine out multiple times throughout the week.

Click here for a complete list of participating restaurants and their special offers for the week. Please support the fantastic businesses we have in our community, that people travel from all over the city to visit!
Growling Rabbit Ribbon Cutting

This week, we officially welcomed The Growling Rabbit, 5938 N. Broadway, to our community with a ribbon cutting, co-hosted by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. Laura and her team at The Growling Rabbit are a terrific addition to the Broadway business corridor and will contribute to the growing vibrancy in the area near Thorndale. Please join me in showing them a warm welcome to our community.
Sarah's Circle Winter Walk: a Mile in Her Shoes
Winter Walk: a Mile in Her Shoes is an important opportunity to better understand homelessness through the eyes of those who struggle with it first hand. Participants will meet at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson, before setting off for a 1 mile walk through the Uptown neighborhood. While walking, stories are shared of women who have rebuilt their lives with the help of Sarah's Circle. The walk will end back at Truman College where walkers enjoy a free lunch of Chicago-style hot dogs and refreshments. This event will be taking place Sunday, Feb. 26 beginning at 1pm. This is a family friendly event with a shortened route and special activities for children. For more information, please check out the event website.
Edgewater Author Book Release and Signings
Local author Kevin Davis recently released The Brain Defense and will be signing copies of his book at two Chicago events! Join Kevin at Barnes and Noble Thurs. Mar. 2 at 6pm, 1 E Jackson Blvd, State and Jackson. Right afterwards, Kevin will be heading over to Pazzo's, located right next to Barnes and Noble, where you are welcome to join him for a drink at 7:30pm. The second signing will take place at the Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Ave, Wed. Mar. 8th at 7pm. After the signing, at 8:30pm, join Kevin for a drink at Garcia's, which is located half a block away from the Book Cellar. 
St. Baldrick's Event at Bar 63
Team Sean Kelly will be shaving their heads to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. This event is free and open to the public, Sunday, March 12, 12pm - 6pm at Bar 63, 6341 N Broadway. The event will include head shaving, live Irish music from Jimmy and Seamus Boyle to open the event, Bag Pipes from the Chicago Highlanders Pipes and Drum Co., face painting, a photo booth, raffle prizes, live auction, food, booze and drinks are also available for purchase from the bar, The Amy Kelly Band to close out event, and tons of inspiration. If you would like more information about the event, please contact Amy Kelly at (773) 458-3459 or check out the Facebook event. If you would like to volunteer or register as shavee, please sign up here
Know Your Rights Events and Flyer
The National Immigrant Justice Center will be presenting free Know Your Rights workshops. The first will occurr Friday, Feb. 17 at 5pm at Lane Tech College Prep, 2501 W. Addison (North Center). The second will be hosted Thursday, Feb. 23rd at 6pm at Albany Park Library, 3401 W. Foster. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also released a flyer detailing the resources provided by the city to immigrants and refugees. Click here to view the flyer in English, Spanish, Polish, Mandarin, Arabic, or Hindu. 

Anti-Cruelty Society Spay/Neuter Clinic
The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive humane society, is running a special spay/neuter promotion from now until the 1st of May called “The Great Fix.” Come by Alderman Osterman’s office to pick up a voucher for a free spay or neuter surgery for your pit bull or pit bull mix. Each voucher also covers the full cost of vaccinations. This is a limited time promotion – so hurry in soon! The Anti-Cruelty Society’s spay/neuter clinic is located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood at 169 W. Grand Avenue. Free parking is available on-site. Click here for more information.

Public Safety Update

2017 CAPS Meetings Schedules - 20th District
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. 

Click here to see schedule for 20th District CAPS meetings
Click here to identify your CAPS beat
Beat 2433 meetings 
are held at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here to download a schedule.

Additionally, Beat 2433 is planning on a special community meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 7pm. The meeting will be held at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here to read more about the meeting.

Landlord Training
The 20th District Police District will be hosting a workshop series for owners and managers of residential properties to learn how to work with police to increase personal and resident safety. 
Wednesday, March 1, 6pm
20th District Police Station

5400 N. Lincoln Ave.
Click here for more information.

City Colleges of Chicago Cyber Security Training Program
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently joined officials from the U.S. Department of Defense and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) to announce a new cyber security training initiative to prepare students for highly skilled jobs in one of the nation's fastest growing industries. An application will be required for admission to this program and will be available in the coming months. If you would like more information, please click here.
Job Opportunities

Uptown Bikes Hiring Mechanics and Apprentices

Uptown Bikes (4653 N. Broadway) is seeking seasonal, full/part-time bicycle mechanics and apprentices. Preferred candidates will demonstrate a strong mechanical aptitude. Applicants for mechanics positions should possess a broad knowledge of bicycles, components and accessories, along with the skills to perform tune-ups and repairs on a wide range of bikes. Ideal candidates for mechanic positions will have 1+ years mechanic experience in a bike shop/co-op/collective or certificate of completion of a comprehensive bicycle mechanic training course. We are willing to train a candidate who has a natural mechanical aptitude but limited or no shop experience.
Click here to view complete job posting.

School Bus Drivers and School Bus Aides
If you are looking for a job with paid CDL training, medical benefits, and guaranteed hours, becoming a school bus driver or school bus aide could be an option for you. Come explore this opportunity on Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28 between 10am - 2pm at Albany Park Community Center, 3rd Floor, 1945 W. Wilson. Please bring several copies of your resume and a valid drivers license or state ID. To qualify as a bus driver, you must have had a valid driver's license for at least 3 years without suspensions, interruptions, or any sort of felony. Bus aides are required to have a valid state ID and no felonies of any kind. All candidates for both positions must submit to fingerprint, background, drug/alcohol, and TB screenings. If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Jones at (773) 433-3249 or

Chicago Women in Trades Orientation - Wednesday, March 1
Join Chicago Women in Trades for an Open House! Learn how a career in construction or welding can work for your. Our FREE training programs empower you with the tools for success. Click here for more information.

School Announcements

Swift Night Out at Income Tax 

Monday, Feb. 27, 5 - 8pm
Income Tax Restaurant, 5959 N. Broadway
Click here for more information and tickets

Check out one of Edgewater's newest and hottest restaurants while supporting Chicago's most diverse public school -- George B. Swift Specialty School, 5900 N. Winthrop Ave.

Income Tax Restaurant is opening their doors to supporters of Swift for a special evening! The cost of admission includes passed appetizers and there will be a cash bar. Come out to learn about the great things happening at Swift! Swift is a Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster school, boasting Chicago Public Schools' highest ranking of Level 1+. Swift's student population hails from over 50 countries, with over 65 different home languages spoken. Nearly 10% of Swift's students are refugees, and over 40% of students were born in a different country.

The Swift community is diverse, engaged, and collaborative. This event is a great opportunity to connect with teachers, staff, parents, and community supporters, to learn more about how you can support a neighborhood school that is thriving against the odds.

Northside Catholic Academy Eighth Graders Welcome New U.S. Citizens at Federal Courthouse
On February 7, Northside Catholic Academy’s eighth graders took a special field trip to the Federal Courthouse in Chicago. Every year as part of their social studies class, NCA eighth graders visit Judge Sara Ellis to observe many of her court hearings and gain first-hand knowledge of how the government works at the judicial level. This year, their visit was even more relevant considering the political climate regarding U.S. immigration. NCA students were given the incredible opportunity to observe and participate in a U.S. Citizenship ceremony. This was especially moving for our students as they congratulated and welcomed the new U.S. citizens! The students made posters and personal welcome cards for them as they were sworn in. The event was featured on the NBC 5 Chicago 4:00pm and 6:00pm news.

Refugee Concert at Unity
Join Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church as they present a concert to benefit RefugeeOne. The program will feature music for and by refugees, including Korngold, Rozsa, and Comellas. Refreshments will be provided. The concert will begin at 7:30pm on Friday, Feb. 25th. It will take place at Unity Community Center, 1212 W. Balmoral. 
Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show
Are you a fan of all things vintage? Come check out the Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show, where you can find all sorts of vintage items with a modern twist to them. Admission is $8 and is good for both days. The Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show will be taking place Friday Feb. 24 3pm - 10pm and Saturday Feb. 25 10am - 5pm. It will be held at St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N Sheridan Rd. Parking will be available at St. Andrews for $5 each day with the proceeds benefiting St. Andrews. Click here to purchase a 2017 Season Pass, which grants entry into this event and many future events!

Additionally, if you would like to be a vendor in the future, please click here to sign up for the April 23rd show.
Volunteers Needed to Survey for Frog Calls
The Lincoln Park Conservancy will be offering its annual training to volunteers age 18 and up that are interested in learning how to survey for frog calls in Lincoln Park or anywhere in the Chicago Region.  The one-time training will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to12:30 p.m. in Lincoln Park.  Advance registration is required.  To register for Frog Call Survey Training, please contact Aaron Hammond at the Lincoln Park Conservancy:  (773) 883-PARK or Click here for more information.

Senior Updates

Save the Date - 48th Ward Senior Wellness Fair
The 17th annual Senior Wellness Fair will take place this year on Monday March 13 at the Broadway Armory Park, from 10am to 1pm. Attendees will have access to over 50 different service providers from government, not-for-profit service organizations and numerous providers of housing, healthcare, and wellness centers. Click here for the flyer.

“A Senior’s Guide to Property Tax Savings” - Thursday, February 23

  • Eligibility for various property tax exemptions and assessment freezes;
  • Senior citizen tax deferral program, certificates of error, tax sale procedures and more.
Seminar Speakers:
  • Attorney Lynette Lewis, Law Office of Lynette Lewis
  • Theresa Chandler, Community Outreach Specialist – Cook County Assessor’s Office

This seminar will be held at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, in Courtroom 2005, on the 20th Floor. Call the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center at (312) 603-9233 today to reserve your seat.

Deadline extended for Senior and Senior Freeze on Property Taxes
Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios announced today that his office has extended the deadline for the Senior Citizen Exemption and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2016. Savings from these exemptions will appear as deductions on the 2017 Second Installment Property Tax Bills mailed this summer. The extended application deadline is March 1, 2017. Click here for more information and to find out if you qualify.

Senior Sewer Rebate
News for Seniors living in Homeowner Associations​

Did you know that seniors aged 65 or over, ​who live in their own condominium, townhouse or ​co-op unit are entitled to receive ​a $50 rebate for their share of the associations' sewer costs?   

​Many seniors have applied for this over the years, and received a letter (click here to see an example) from the City of Chicago asking for a signature to re-confirm residency.  If you've applied in the past and haven't yet received the letter, please give the US postal system some time to catch up, but you should receive this letter in the next week or two.

If you haven't received the rebate before, you'll need to file an application form.  Please click here for instructions and the correct form to use.​  You'll need to submit an application form along with copies of 3 documents: 1) water bill from the homeowner's association, 2nd installment Property Tax bill (2015), and drivers license/state ID.​

Click here for detailed information about the program. Send any questions to Jerry Goodman, jerry@48thward.org773-784-5277.  Letters or forms with required attachments are due in the Alderman's office by July 1, 2017.  

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

Input Wanted About Your Public Library Needs
The Chicago Coalition of Library Friends wants your input about how the Chicago Public Libraries could better serve the community and your needs. (Friends of the Edgewater Library is a member of this coalition.) Click here to take the survey. 

Divorce 101 Seminar
Learn what to expect after a divorce is initiated. Chicago Family Law and Divorce Attorney Jordan Levey will explain how issues such as division of property, financial support, and others are resolved after a case is started.  Ms. Levey will also take general questions from those in attendance. The program will take place at the Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway, Thursday February 23 at 6:30pm. 

Care for Real News
Volunteer Front Desk Help Needed
Care for Real is seeking volunteers who can assist at our busy front desk including answering phones and greeting clients, visitors and donors. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 8:00am-4:00pm.  Perfect for a college student or senior looking to help a very busy not for profit.  Please email to set up an interview.
Chicago Conservation Corps Hosts Free Winter Workshop Series
On Saturday, February 25th, Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) leaders will team up with representatives of Elevate Energy and the Citizens Utility Board to share effective low cost weatherization solutions, discuss energy efficient alternatives for saving money while protecting the environment and making your home more comfortable for all its inhabitants. All participants will get hands-on practice in simple weatherization techniques and the first ten households that register will also get to take home free weatherization kits. The event is free. However, participants are required to register and are asked to bring donations for two local community agencies [hats, scarves, gloves or socks for the Howard Area Community Center (HACC); unopened pet food or pet toys for Felines & Canines]. To register or learn more about this event as well as future events, visit C3's website. You may also do a walk-in registration at the workshop site, Willye B. White Park Field House, 1610 W. Howard St, Monday - Fridays from 9am - 9pm and Saturdays 9am - 5pm. 

Explore New Cultures this summer — Host an International Young Professional for 4 Weeks!

Do you enjoy showing guests around Chicago? Want to get your kids more globally-engaged? Consider becoming a homestay host!

WorldChicago seeks short-term homestay hosts for six exchange programs this spring and summer. One of these opportunities is the 2017 U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Program, beginning April 27 – May 29, with a delegation of 19 fellows from Central and Eastern Europe and South-East Asia, who were selected for this distinguished program through a competitive, merit-based process. WorldChicago will also host emerging leaders from Ukraine, Russia, Mexico, Iraq, and the UK between March and August.

Home hosts provide a bed, meals, and a glimpse into everyday life in America. Young professionals take part in fellowships weekdays from approximately 9 to 5, with evenings and weekends free to spend with their hosts.

Our homestay hosts include families of all shapes and sizes, single professionals, retirees, returned Peace Corps volunteers, travelers, teachers, city dwellers, suburbanites, and more — all united by a common interest in learning about the amazing diversity of the world’s cultures, while sharing a piece of their own.

Join a community of curious, compassionate citizen diplomats — sign up to host today!

Young Professionals Hosting Opportunities

·         March 16-22: Open World Program- 5 fellows from Ukraine

·         April 27-May 29: U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Program- 19 fellows from Central and Eastern Europe and South-East Asia

·         May 23-June 22: Russian Business Leaders Program- 5 fellows

Youth Homestay Hosting Opportunities

·         July 18-30: Jóvenes en Acción Program- 12 students from Mexico

·         July 20-August 3: Iraqi Youth Leadership Exchange Program- 12 students

·         Aug 13-21: UK Youth Dialogue Program- 13 Students

For more information, visit or contact Brian Peckrill or 312.254.1800 x100.

Sustainability Tip of the Week

Winter Bird Feeding Tips
  1. Birds need rich sources of fat and calories to combat low temperatures and severe storms. Suet, nuts and high-oil seeds such as nyjer, black-oil sunflower seeds and sunflower hearts are all great choices
  2. Since you didn't cut down your final autumn flowers you know that the dried flower heads of aster, black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, sunflowers and other plants are seed havens. These wildflowers’ stalks also may house insects for birds that need a little protein.
  3. Make sure to leave berries and other fruit on your native trees and bushes.
  4. Finally, if you left your fallen leaves on the ground since autumn, the decaying leaf litter will provide a feast of insects, seeds, nuts and other treats for your backyard birds.
Courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation
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
Yoga at Margate Park
Mondays and Wednesdays
6:30 - 7:30pm
Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 N. Marine Drive
Cost: $5
Click here for more information

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 Networking Mixer
Thursday, Feb. 16
5:30 - 7:30pm
Bella 'Mbriana, 4656 N. Clark St
Meet other business owners and community members while enjoying light food and wine 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. Click here to RSVP.

Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show
Friday, Feb. 24 3pm - 10pm
Saturday, Feb. 25 10am - 5pm
St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church
5649 N. Sheridan Rd.
Buyer of all things vintage? Come check out Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show to check out what vendors are selling. 
Click here for more information.

Fettisdagen Celebration
Tuesday, February 28
10am - 4pm
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St
Fettisdagen is the Swedish tradition of celebrating Fat Tuesday. Come enjoy some semlor, a Swedish bun, which the Swedish American Museum will be purchasing from local sources, including Swedish Bakery and Tre Kronor. 

Swedish Dance Lessons
Fridays, March 3 - 31
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St
Come learn the National Dance of Sweden with Paul Muhr and Linda Westergren-Muhr. There will be five sessions running on consecutive Fridays in March. The package cost is $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers. A single class is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Save the Date: Friends of Edgewater Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, April 29
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway

Proceeds from the book sale support library programs, purchase new materials and enhance the facility. The community is encouraged to donate gently used books for the sale. Please pack your donations in a box or place them in a shopping bag and deliver them to the library when it is open. There is a donation bin near the front desk. Click here to view a list of items to donate.

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

By Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Performances Jan. 15 - Feb. 18
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

Compositions in Color
By Artist Richard Crawford
Exhibit Open Feb. 3 - 28
Everybody's Coffee
935 W. Wilson Ave

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

By AstonRep
Performances Feb. 23 - March 12
The Frontier
1106 W. Thorndale Ave
Click here for more information

Refugees' Concert
By Unity Chicago
Saturday, Feb. 25
Unity Community Center, 1212 W. Balmoral
The program will feature music for and by refugees, including works by Korngold, Rozsa, and Comellas.
Click here for more information

Salon Benefit
Thursday, Mar. 9
Rivendell Theatre
451 N. Wood
Click here to purchase tickets.

By Sarah Sander
Performances March 13 - April 29
Raven Theater
6157 N. Clark

Click here for more information

The Scullery Maid
By Idle Muse Theatre Company
Performances March 16 - April 9
The Edge Theater
5451 N. Broadway

Click here for more information

Black History Month

S.B. Fuller: Entrepreneur, Teacher, Economic Strategist

June 4, 1905 - October 24, 1988
Born in Ouachita Parish, La. | Lived in Chicago

Life and legacy
- Born in the South, 9-year-old Fuller gained entrepreneurial experience, selling fish, vegetable, and syrup with his sharecropping family.
- Though his formal education extended only through 6th grade,  he had a strong thirst for knowledge, and read every book he could get his hands on.
- Fuller started selling soap door-to-door. By working hard and developing a strong team around him, he turned an initial $25 investment into a multi-million dollar empire.
- Instead of focusing on personal profits, he taught thousands of black people to start their own businesses.
- He strived to build prosperous black communities with disciplined businesspeople who worked behind the scenes to fund movements for justice and equality.
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