Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Argyle Street safety initiatives continue, Youth Resource and Employment Fair tomorrow, Food Truck Fridays tonight and more!
April 29, 2016

Dear Neighbor:

On Monday, we announced that the Chicago Police Department had successfully completed a takedown mission that resulted in the arrests of 16 individuals who were involved in narcotics sales in the Argyle Street area. A number of those arrested were gang members who have been involved with the violence that has plagued this part of our community and were cited for selling narcotics within 1,000 feet of Goudy and McCutcheon Schools.

Four businesses also were closed or cited as a result of this police operation. The businesses closed were the QuickStop at 5000 N. Sheridan Rd., Mobile 2 Go at 1126 W. Argyle and the Granville Food Mart at 1158 W. Granville. The cited business was J&A Convenience Store at 1108 W. Argyle.

My office will be following all of these cases in court, and we can use your help as court advocates representing the community during these hearings. Please contact Marko Zaric in my office at or 773-784-5277 if you can help.

Since the operation took place, police have stepped up patrols, and the 20th Police District has held several events on the street to promote a safe atmosphere for residents in the area. At 6 o’clock tonight, we will hold a positive loitering event on Broadway and Argyle. At 11:30 am Saturday, the 20th District will be giving out McDonald’s hamburgers on the corner of Argyle and Winthrop. Please join us for these events.  
This week, 20th District Commander Sean Loughran and I met with parents at McCutcheon school to talk about safety, and we will be meeting with Goudy School parents next week. At 6:30 pm next Wednesday, May 4, I will hold a Safety Walk with Commander Loughran that will begin at Argyle and Winthrop. I invite you to walk the neighborhood with us to discuss and point out any safety issues.

All of these efforts are a continuation of the safety initiatives we have undertaken in this area, not an end. I will continue to ask for your help and involvement so we can work together to make the Argyle area vibrant and safe for all of our residents.
One of the best ways to build a healthy, safe community is by ensuring that our young people have opportunities for engagement and employment. That is the goal of the Youth Resource Fair that we are holding from 1-4 pm Saturday at the Broadway Armory. Lots of information will be available on summer jobs, internships and summer camps, and volunteers will be on hand to offer one-on-one support for teens interested in creating applications and resumes. Please spread the word and join us!

Starting tonight, Food Truck Fridays kicks off at Bryn Mawr and Sheridan. Diners will be able to sample food from several food trucks and also treat themselves to dessert from Lickity Split Frozen Custard, which will set up shop inside the corner space in the Edgewater Beach Apartments building on those evenings. You'll find more details below.

Have a great weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Celebrating Arbor Day

Today we're marking Arbor Day in our ward with programs at Peirce and Hayt Schools that include tree-themed songs and poems and the planting of a tree at each school. Special thanks to Steve Meiss of the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project for all of his work on these events.

Police Roll Calls

The 20th Police District holds regular outdoor roll calls for officers in our community. Residents and business owners are encouraged to come out and see the police who are patrolling the streets and meet their local beat officers. A couple of roll calls are planned next Monday, May 2, on Argyle Street.
Click here for more information

Food Truck Fridays

Starting TONIGHT, look for a lineup of licensed food trucks from 4-8 pm Fridays at Bryn Mawr and Sheridan as a weekly event, Food Truck Fridays, kicks off. Diners will be able to enjoy their food inside the corner space in the Edgewater Beach Apartments building, where Lickity Split Frozen Custard will set up shop on those evenings. Music and family-friendly entertainment will begin in May, so stay tuned!
Click here for more information

Education News

'Peirce Day' at Hopleaf
On Sunday May 1, Hopleaf bar and restaurant, 5148 N. Clark St., is upping their game by donating 100 percent of their gross receipts to Helen C. Peirce for International Studies.  On “Peirce Day,” proceeds from all beer and menu items purchased at Hopleaf will be donated to the school (tips and tax not included). Hopleaf will be open from noon to 2 am, with the kitchen open from noon to 10 pm. The event will not have a cover charge and is open to adults 21 and over. 

Edgewater Reads: Seeking skilled carpenters
Edgewater Reads is seeking skilled carpenters to prepare Little Free Library kits. If you can lend your talents, please contact Karen Dreyfuss at

Also, if you would like to build an LFL to call your own, save the date for our upcoming Community Build Day: 9 am Saturday May 14 behind Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave. For more information, please click here for the Edgewater Reads website or email

Youth Activities

Basketball at Margate Park
Girls and boys ages 13-17 are invited to participate in open basketball play from 6-7 pm every Friday through June 17 at Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Dr.

Click here for more information

Soccer in Rogers Park
Registration is open for Rogers Park AYSO's Fall 2016/Spring 2017 soccer season. There will be boys and girls soccer teams for ages 4-18 as well as a new Playground Program for parent and kids, ages 3-5. Games are played on Sunday afternoons. The discounted fee is $135 through May 15. Visit the Rogers Park AYSO website to learn more.

Junior lifeguard program
The Chicago Park District will offer a Junior Lifeguards program for ages 8-15 at Osterman Beach this summer. The aquatic sports camp teaches kids the skills necessary to become a lifeguard in the future.
Click here for more information
Summer jobs, programs for youth

One Summer Chicago brings together government institutions, community-based organizations and companies to offer more than 24,000 employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24. Apply by NEXT TUESDAY, May 3, for jobs in our area!!
Click here for more information

After School Matters offers a wide array of programs, from digital technology to visual arts to leadership and business, for teens.
Click here for more information

You can learn about all of these opportunities at the 48th Ward Youth Resource Fair from 1-4 pm tomorrow (Saturday April 30) at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Please join us!

Click here for more information

Construction Updates

Crane hoist to affect traffic on Broadway this Sunday
As part of the renovation project for the Judge Fisher Building, 5861 N. Broadway,  a crane hoist is scheduled for Sunday May 1 to lift a new AC unit to the top of the building.

Imperial Crane has secured a permit to reduce the traffic flow on Broadway, from Ardmore to Rosedale, to only one lane of traffic, which will be in the far west curb lane, from 12:01 am - 2 pm. Flaggers will be used to assist with the traffic flow, which will alternate northbound and southbound during this time.
Businesses will be open as usual, so please continue to visit our wonderful restaurants and retail shops on Broadway.

Argyle Streetscape project

  • Paver installation on the south side of Argyle, from Kenmore to Sheridan, has begun and will continue through next week.
  • Cement work continues throughout the streetscape.
  • The poured collars now have asphalt and are driveable. New fencing has gone up on the opposite side of the street and those collars will begin to be poured this week and next week.
  • Argyle Identifier installation is scheduled to begin next week.
  • Please continue to observe the "No Parking" signs on Argyle and on Broadway.

Click here for more Argyle information

Olive Avenue water main project: Community meeting May 2
There's a community meeting planned to discuss the upcoming water main improvement project on Olive Avenue, from Clark to Glenwood.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm Monday May 2 at the Edgewater Baptist Church, 1401 W. Hollywood Ave.. Water Department representatives will be on hand to talk about the project and answer any questions.

Parking restrictions will be posted on Olive beginning Monday May 2 to assist the crews in preparation and staging of materials for the project, which should start on or around Wednesday May 4.
For safety reasons, starting next week, Olive will be closed to through traffic from 7 am - 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. All residents will be allowed to park on Olive in the evenings and on weekends.
Click here for information on the meeting

Broadway water main project
Phases 1 & 2 (Bryn Mawr to Thorndale):

  • All service connections have been made up to Rosedale Avenue. Connections from Rosedale to Thorndale are scheduled for Monday May 2.
  • Concrete cap work is set to begin Monday May 2 at Broadway going north.

Phases 3 & 4 (Bryn Mawr to Foster):

  • Water main installation continues and pressure testing could start as early as Tuesday May 3.
  • Sewer work continues in the curb lane.
  • A water shutdown may occur from Balmoral to Bryn Mawr on Wednesday May 4 or Thursday May 5.
  • Hydrant replacement continues.

Victoria water main project
Restoration work is ongoing. Parking restrictions will end next week (until resurfacing is scheduled).

Please note: All residents and businesses in the vicinity of the new water mains will receive copies of this flyer from the Chicago Department of Water Management with instructions for flushing their plumbing to maintain water quality after service lines have been connected to the new water main.

Alley apron replacements
The Department of Transportation is in the 48th Ward this week starting the alley apron replacement project. The following locations will have the alley aprons replaced with a concrete alley apron:

  • 1211 W. Granville Ave.
  • 1215 W. Rosedale Ave.
  • 1245 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
  • 1456 W. Highland Ave.
  • 1533 W. Thorndale Ave.
  • 1420 W. Victoria St.
During this project, the alley aprons will be out of use for approximately two weeks (for removal, framing, concrete pour, curing time, barricade and form removal). Please exit and enter from the opposite end of the alley.
If you want to report an alley apron that you believe needs to be replaced, please send an email to and your request will be included as a possible candidate for replacement in next year's 2017 construction season.
*Please note that this is for the apron only. We are not resurfacing alleys. If you know of any alley potholes that need to be filled, please send the alley location and include as much info as possible to and the potholes will be addressed.

ComEd work this weekend

ComEd has notified our office that this weekend, in the area bounded by Broadway, Winona, Winthrop and Argyle,  ComEd crews will be working around the clock to repair the underground cable and the conduit.
Please note that there will be parking restrictions in these areas and that the work is expected to run through the weekend.

Property Tax Assistance

Loyola Moveout Parking Restrictions

Loyola University has requested and has been granted the following parking restrictions from May 3 - May 9 to help assist with the move-out of students for the upcoming summer break. All streets will have parking restrictions from 8 am - 5 pm.

  • Kenmore Avenue, Rosemont to Granville (east side of the street only)
  • Winthrop Avenue, Sheridan to Rosemont (both sides of the street only)
  • Winthrop Avenue, Rosemont to Granville (west side of the street only)
All streets will be posted with these parking restrictions by Monday May 2. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Summur Roberts at Loyola at 773-508-7450.
Pop Up Market on Bryn Mawr

From 2:30-5:30 pm Saturday May 7, Chicago Market will host its third Co-op Pop-Up market with some of the region's finest growers and producers. The market pops up at The Belle Shore, 1052 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Vendors will bring the season's finest, including lots of fresh produce, bread and grains, and meat. There will also be tomato seedlings and potted plants.

There is no entry fee, but an RSVP is required. RSVP here.

Senior News

Aging at Home: Safety and Support Systems
From noon-1:30 pm on Thursday May 5, the Cook County Elder Justice Center will present a free Senior Enrichment Seminar, Aging at Home: Safety and Support Systems, at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Courtroom 2005.
Click here for more information

Computer learning series
Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services Computer Services invites you to join us during our FREE Spring Technology Series on Thursdays May 5, 12 and 19. As one of the only computer services programs exclusively serving older adults (we even make house calls!), we want to educate people on some of the hottest topics and common questions we get throughout the year. All Spring Computer Series events will be held at Covenant Home of Chicago,  2720 W. Foster Ave..
Click here for details and to RSVP

Free medical ID program
The Chicago Police Department offers medical identification bracelets to seniors and the disabled, free of charge.
Click here for more information
Edgewater Yard Sale: Register Now

The 22nd annual Edgewater Neighborhood Yard Sale will be held from 9 am-4 pm Saturday June 4 (no rain date). The sale boundaries are Foster to Devon, Clark to Sheridan. A record number of eight block clubs are participating this year. In addition, some businesses will hold sidewalk sales and group selling sites will be  available. To register to sell, please e-mail
Click here for more information
City Sticker Sale Day: May 16

The City Clerk's Office will be selling city stickers from 10 am-2 pm Monday May 16 in the 48th Ward Service Office, 5533 N. Broadway.
Please note:
  • Check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover Card ONLY will be accepted.  NO CASH payments will be accepted at Ward Sales this year.
  • Ward Sales are limited to customers with “June” vehicle sticker expirations. These are vehicle stickers with “6/16” printed on them and an expiration date of June 30. All motorists must purchase and display their vehicle stickers purchased in June by July 1 to avoid tickets.

Streep Sweeping in Full Swing

Street sweeping season is underway and runs through November 18. You can view the 2016 schedule and the map that shows the 10 street sweeping sections in our ward on the 48th Ward website. Temporary parking restriction signs will be posted a day or two before a street is scheduled to be swept.
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. Find everything from resume-writing workshops to Zumba classes. Click here for a listing of Bezazian Library events
Care for Real News

PACK THE CAR: This Saturday, April 30
From 9 am-noon Saturday, Steven and Gregg will set up shop on the corner of Berwyn and Clark collecting donations on behalf of Care for Real. As you are out and about, please consider dropping off a cash contribution or non-perishable foods, personal care items and clothing (socks needed the most).

Thank you for supporting A TAIL TO REMEMBER
Last Saturday really was A TAIL TO REMEMBER. We are overwhelmed by the support. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event such a huge success. We exceeded our fundraising goal, allowing us to provide the highest level of service to those in need of our beloved and impactful Pet Pantry Program!
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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
Art Workshop
7-10 pm Friday April 29
Unity Community Center
1212 W. Balmoral Ave.
Work on painting, drawing, mosaics, jewelry.
Click here for more information

Meal that Heals Cooking Class
1-3 pm Saturday April 30
Edgewater Presbyterian Church
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Click here for more information

Family Nature Day
10 am-1 pm Saturday April 30
West Ridge Nature Preserve
5801 N. Western Ave.
This month's subject is BIRDS.
Click here for more information

NCA Soiree
6:30 pm Saturday April 30
Northside Catholic Academy Gymnasium
1401 W. Granville Ave.
Enjoy this fun 11th annual 21 and older benefit for the school. Online auction runs April 18-24.
Click here for more information

Great Rivers Chicago
Community Meeting

6-7:30 pm Wednesday May 4
Horner Park
2741 W. Montrose Ave.
Learn about Great Rivers Chicago's long-term vision and action agenda for Chicago’s three rivers—Calumet, Chicago and Des Plaines.
RSVP to attend the meeting here.

Seed, Plant & Bake Sale
Join the Peterson Garden Project at 5035 N. Broadway on Friday-Sunday May 6-8 for a warm weather crop sale. Hours are noon-4 pm on Friday and 10 am-4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Fashion Without Borders
Pan-African Association benefit
6:30-8:30 pm Thursday May 12
Westin Chicago River North
320 N. Dearborn St.
Click here for more information

Small Business Growth Panel
8-10 am Tuesday May 10
Loyola's Galvin Auditorium
6339 N. Sheridan Rd.
Hear four Edgewater entrepreneurs speak to the various stages of growing their businesses: Tony Dreyfuss of Metropolis Coffee, Helen Cameron of Uncommon Ground, Jenny Yang of Phoenix Bean Tofu and Angela Valavanis of Creative Coworking.
Click here for more information and to buy tickets

Andersonville Wine Walk
The 10th annual Andersonville Wine Walk, a benefit for the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 3-6 pm Sunday May 15. Sponsored by locally owned wine shop In Fine Spirits, the event will feature two routes along Clark Street, each including 12 retail stores transformed into tasting destinations.

Tickets cost $35 per person in advance, or $40 per person if purchased the week of the event. 
Click here for more information

Summer Camps


Click here for a list of summer camps available in the community
EESP Green Tip of the Week

Here's hoping we all enjoyed Earth Day last week and were able to celebrate it appropriately. It is also important to note that we live on this Earth 365 days a year, and celebrating it for just one day is not good enough. Let us be mindful of the place we call home by taking care of and preserving our communities. Let us all try to make Earth Day a day of resolutions, just as January 1 is to many of us. Instead of vowing to lose a few pounds, let's take a vow to stop using plastic bags or to limiting excessive energy usage in our homes. These little changes can transform your life and positively impact the environment and your community.

If you're interested in learning more about these ideas and tips, click here.
Click here for more information on EESP or visit EESP's Facebook page here.
Arts & Culture
See the full calendar of arts events at 
Opportunities for Musicians
Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balomral Ave., offers opportunities for musicians to enhance our worship and for younger student musicians to gain performance experience. Students of voice, piano, guitar, brass, woodwind or percussion instruments are welcome to join us on Sunday mornings. All sacred and/or religious musical traditions are respected and encouraged at Unity. For more information, contact Music Director Jerry Jelsema at

The Edgewater Singers
Spring Concert: Gratitude

7:30 pm Saturday April 30
Unity Lutheran Church
1212 W. Balmoral Ave.
Click here for more information

Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective:
Case of the Boogeyman

Performances: 7 pm Fridays, 1 and 6 pm Saturdays, 1 pm Sundays, through May 8
Li'l Buds Theatre Company at
The Edge Theater
5451 N. Broadway
Neighbors are eligible for $5 off all tickets with the code Edgewater. They can be purchased at the door or online. 
Click here for more information
The House of Blue Leaves
Performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 pm Sundays, April 29-June 18
Raven Theatre East Stage
Dry Land
Performances: 8 pm Thursdays-Fridays, 4 pm and 8 pm Saturdays, April 29-May 28
Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge Ave.
With proof of zip code, Andersonville and Edgewater residents will receive $10 off the ticket price by reserving online with the code HELLO NEIGHBOR.
Click here for more information

Performances: through May 22
Red Theater at
Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Tickets are free; for 18 and older.
Click here for more information

Mike Mother
Previews: 7:30 pm Friday April 29-Saturday April 30
Regular performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, May 5-June 4
The Neo-Futurists
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Click here for more information

The Few
Performances: 8 pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 3 pm Sundays, through May 21
Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn Ave.
Click here for more information

Performances: 8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, through April 30
The Plagiarists at
Berger Park Coach House
6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Click here for more information

The Women of Lockerbie
Performances: 8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3:30 pm Sundays, through May 8
Aston Rep Theater Company at
Raven Theatre West Stage
6157 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

SKÅL! Scandinavian Spirits
Runs through Sunday June 19
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.
The cultural history of the enjoyment of beverages in Scandinavian-American communities will be explored in “SKÅL! Scandinavian Spirits,” which will have an opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Friday April 1. That will be followed at 6 and 7:30 p.m. by tastings of aquavit cocktails for those 21 and over.
Click here for more information
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