Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Focus on youth employment, local theater productions in full swing, Saturday is 48th Ward Day with the Loyola Ramblers, public safety update and more!
January 29, 2016

Dear Neighbor:

On Monday, I sat on a panel of elected officials at the Chicago Urban League to discuss youth employment. Startling research was shared by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute. Among the statistics: In 2014, 47 percent of 20- to 24-year-old black men in Chicago were out of school and out of work. 
This information was followed by testimony from youth around the city that cited the devastating impact of joblessness on their lives. Listening to each young person’s story bolstered my resolve to ensure that youth across the city have access to high-quality educational programs, internships and jobs.
Over the weekend, I also had the opportunity to see the play Milk Like Sugar, a production of The Yard, a collaboration between Raven Theatre and Senn Fine Arts that demonstrated the power such creative partnerships can have. The talented young actors brought reality to life in a story of a young girl struggling to make positive choices for her future. Themes of teen pregnancy and poverty, much like those I heard firsthand Monday morning, resonated through the inspired performances of the Senn Arts students.  
In our community, we have embraced 2016 as The Year of the Youth. I will be working with our local chambers of commerce and small businesses to create jobs for the youth of our community. Please join me in an effort to create equity and access for our talented young people who deserve opportunities that will help shape their future and ours.
Also on the arts front, our community is brimming right now with wonderful theatrical productions. I hope you’ll look through the Arts & Culture section of this newsletter, which lists almost a dozen theaters in the 48th Ward that are hosting plays and other productions, and choose one or two to attend.
On Thursday I was delighted to be a guest at a 100th birthday celebration for one our Edgewater neighbors, Abram Master. Please join me in wishing Mr. Master all the best as he celebrates this milestone!

Tomorrow is 48th Ward Day at the Loyola Ramblers  vs. Indiana State Men's Basketball game at the Gentile Arena, 6511 N. Winthrop. Join your neighbors at 3 pm for the game. Tickets are just $5 each when you order here and use the Group Sales Promo Code 48 at the bottom of the page. I hope you'll bring your family and friends for a fun time.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Public Safety Update

Shooting on Winona
At around 5 am on Thursday, a 37-year-old man was shot at 948 W. Winona St. The victim, who was in his car at the time of the incident and drove himself to the hospital, is recovering from the shooting. Two persons of interest are being questioned by the Chicago Police Department in connection with this incident. We will have a further update on the shooting next week. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-5277 or Marko Zaric in my office at

Bryn Mawr Jewelry robbery
On Friday January 22 in U.S. Northern District Court, Judge Virginia Kendall presiding, Palo Brown, one of three defendants involved in the Bryn Mawr Jewelry Co. robbery on October 8, 2012, was sentenced to 376 months (31 years and 4 months) in prison. He was charged with robbery, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and attempted carjacking. Brown has been in federal custody since Sept. 11, 2013, and will be credited for time served.
Co-defendant Paris Starwalt will be sentenced on Friday April 1, and the sentencing of Felice DeSilvia, who has testified and will testify against her co-defendants, will be scheduled on Thursday April 7.
Court advocates attended 120 state and federal hearings to date on the Bryn Mawr Jewelry case. Those appearances were acknowledged by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Flanagan in his closing statement. Special thanks to Lynn Pierce, Ed Kuske and other court advocates who attended these hearings as well as the many community residents and Chicago police officers who helped so much with this case.
CPD Applications Due Sunday

The Chicago Police Department is hiring for the first time since 2013, and it is putting a priority on diversifying its ranks. Applications will be accepted through January 31 from those who will have reached the age of 18 by February 29, 2016. A written exam will be administered in April. Chicago Public Schools graduates and the military are being given priority treatment.
Click here for more information
Youth News

60 Senn students admitted to Loyola
Out of 150 applicants so far this year, 60 Senn High School students have been admitted to Loyola University Chicago for fall 2016. Just four years ago, only eight Senn students were accepted by Loyola. This is a testament not only to the hard work on the part of the students, teachers and administrators at Senn, but also to the success of the strategic partnership formed between the schools in 2012. The partnership has helped strengthen Senn’s academic offerings while building on its existing leadership and assets by providing academic support, teacher training and improved educational opportunities for students. Congratulations to all of the accepted students!

Sailing apprenticeship
The Chicago Park District, in association with After School Matters, is offering a Sailing Apprenticeship from March-May for high school students ages 15-18. Apprentices who complete the program can apply for potential summer employment with the Chicago Park District.
Click here for information on applying

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!

Any teens interested in joining our 48th Ward Youth Advisory Council should email PC Gooden-Smiley at
Register for Vedgewater Garden

Peterson Garden Project New Gardener Registration opens for the Vedgewater community garden (Rosemont and Broadway) at 8 am on Monday February 1. Garden plots at Vedgewater are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early to secure your membership! Click here to register online and get further details.

Excited about gardening but can't join us this year? Check out our book Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland: A month-by-month Growing Guide for Beginners to blossom wherever you may be planting. You can order it here.
In addition, PGP's spring series of cooking and gardening classes is well underway! From knife skills to compost, soul food to seed swaps, we've got something for everyone! See the full schedule of classes here.

Questions? Email 
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
Please Report Potholes

With the winter months upon us, more street and alley potholes tend to pop up. Please report both alley and street potholes to the 48th Ward office and include the following:
1. Address of pothole
2. Is it a street or an alley?
3. Curb lane, traffic lane or alley apron?
4. Approximate size of pothole
5. Any other helpful info
You can email this information to Please put "pothole repair" in the subject line. We will report all potholes to CDOT for repair. Due to the weather, please allow some time to have these addressed, approximately two weeks, weather-permitting.
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 Bezazian Library events
Care for Real News

Crew Bar + Grill Chili Contest January 30
Crew Bar + Grill, 4804 N. Broadway, will host its very popular Annual Chili Contest from noon-3 pm on Saturday January 30. The suggested donation of $12 will benefit Care for Real.  Interested in competing? Email a Crew rep at

Pack the Car this Saturday
Steven and Gregg are rolling up Pack the Car from 9 am-noon this Saturday (January 30) at the corner of Berwyn and Clark.  Stop by and drop off food, clothing, pet supplies or monetary donations in support of Care for Real.

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.
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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

St. Ita Italian Dinner
6:30-8:30 pm Saturday January 30
St. Ita Jubilee Hall
5500 N. Broadway
$5 per person price includes
lasagna or spaghetti, plus Italian bread, salad, dessert and coffee. Italian wines, soda and water will be available for purchase. 
Please contact the Parish Office with any questions at 773-561-5343.

Friends of the Parks
Lakefront Legacy Luncheon
Noon-1:30 pm Thursday February 4
Chicago Cultural Center
Preston Bradley Hall 
78 E. Washington St.
The annual meeting and luncheon will honor Erma Tranter and her legacy of protecting Chicago's lakefront as well as Ald. Harry Osterman and other Chicagoans who have gone above and beyond for Chicago's parks.
Click here to reserve tickets

Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Open House
5:30-7:30 pm Thursday February 4
5519 N. Broadway
Come learn about Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, new to Edgewater, and enjoy refreshments.
Click here for more information
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
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 
Chamber Music Concert
3 pm Saturday January 30
Unity Community Center at Unity Lutheran Church
1212 W. Balmoral Ave.
Alexa Muhly, cello, and Michael G. Miller, piano, present joyous classics by Bach and Beethoven featured alongside dramatic new music by Lutoslawski and Miller. $10 suggested donation. 
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: Friday-Sunday (some Thursdays),  through February 21
City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Click here for more information

Performances: 8 pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 3 pm Sundays, through February 27
Steep Theatre
1115 W. Berwyn Ave.
Click here for more information
Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli
Once in a Lifetime Tribute

7 pm Sunday January 31, 7:30 pm Monday February 1
Pride Films & Plays at
The Uptown Underground
4707 N. Broadway
A tribute to the “once in a lifetime” 1964 London Palladium concert by Judy Garland and an 18-year-old Liza Minnelli.
Click here for more information

Le Switch
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
Previews: 7:30 pm January 29-30, 3 pm January 31, 7:30 pm February 1
Regular performances: February 2-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

Previews: 8 pm January 29-31; Gala Opening: 7 pm February 4
Regular performances: 8 pm Thursdays through Saturdays; 4 pm Saturdays, February 5-27
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
5779 N. Ridge Ave.
Click here for more information

Pop Waits
Previews: 7:30 pm Thursday February 4-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

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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