Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Ridge Avenue reopens to traffic, Broadway resurfacing postponed, join us for the final Argyle Night Market next Thursday and more!
August 19, 2016
Dear Neighbor:

I'm happy to report that all lanes of Ridge Avenue are open to traffic! The water main installation on Ridge was a huge and important undertaking to improve the infrastructure in our community. I want to thank all of the residents and businesses in our ward for your cooperation as we worked through this challenging project. Water main work on the streets adjacent to Ridge is nearing completion as well, and all these streets will be resurfaced in the fall.

We learned today that the resurfacing of Broadway from Devon to Foster Avenues, originally scheduled to start this week, has been delayed. I'll keep you posted on a new start date as soon as we know more. In the meantime, the no-parking signs posted this week will be removed.

Next Thursday, August 25, will be the final Argyle Night Market of the summer. Once again this year, the Night Market has been a huge success, drawing thousands of visitors each week to enjoy food and produce vendors, entertainment and kids' activities, and adding safety and vitality to Argyle as we near the completion of the shared Streetscape project. You're invited to join us for a special celebration starting at 5 pm next Thursday. I'll share more details with you next week.

Two great events are taking place Saturday in our community: The Lawrence Jaunt, a bike ride starting at the Uptown Bikes Pop-Up Shop, 1124 W. Argyle, and ending at the Albany Park World Fest, kicks off at 11 am, and a One Long Table brunch on Thorndale between Winthrop and Kenmore begins at 10 am. All are invited. You'll find more information below.

Janet Franz, a dedicated and valued member of the 48th Ward team, has decided to move on from our office. Janet has brought her professionalism, insight and deep commitment to our community in her role handling communications for my office. I want to thank Janet for her many contributions to our neighborhood and my office, and I want to wish her and her family continued health and happiness.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

48th Ward Summer Nights 2016

The 48th Ward's Safe Summer Nights initiative is a series of events taking place throughout Edgewater, Uptown and Andersonville promoting a safe, positive and fun summer for all. The events are free and open to the public.

Coming up this week:
  • Edgewater Farmers Market - Saturday August 20: Local produce and other specialties from 8 am-1 pm in the Broadway Armory parking lot (at Thorndale).
  • Andersonville Farmers Market - Wednesday August 24: Veggies, great food and more from 3-8 pm on Berwyn just west of Clark.
  • Movies in the Parks - Thursday August 25: Come out at 8 pm for a showing of "The Sting" at Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
  • Family Night Out - Thursday August 25: Enjoy entertainment by Animal Quest and lots of kids' activities from 6:30-8 pm in the Broadway Armory parking lot (at Thorndale).
  • Argyle Night Market - Thursday August 25: Come out for the final Argyle Night Market of the year! Enjoy great food, produce and product vendors, entertainment and kids' activities from 5-9 pm on Argyle between Kenmore and Sheridan.
Please visit the 48th Ward website for a complete listing of Summer Nights events and check out our Friday newsletter to see what's coming up each week.
Lawrence Jaunt: Uptown to Albany Park

Join other bike riders for this fun ride from Argyle Street to the Albany Park World Fest. Meet at 11 am tomorrow, Saturday August 20, at the Uptown Bikes Pop-Up Shop, 1124 W. Argyle St. It's free, but you must register.
Click here for more information

One Long Table Brunch on Thorndale
You're invited to join your neighbors to share food and share stories at a One Long Table brunch from 10 am-noon on Saturday August 20. Thorndale Avenue from Winthrop to Kenmore will be blocked off for the occasion. All you have to do is show up and bring some food or drinks to share! This is a great opportunity as summer comes to a close to continue connecting with people you've met over the summer.

Youth News
Spotlight on 48th Ward youth
Yen Lee, student volunteer
School: Whitney Young (11th grade)
Hobby: Running
Favorite hangout spot: Foster beach
Hero: 48th Ward intern Adam Glueckert, because he works hard to achieve what he wants in life.
Favorite quote: “One happiness scatters a thousand sorrows.” - Siddhartha Guatama
If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be? Racism, because it’s all hate; it makes no sense.
If you were given a million dollars, how would you spend it? I would spent it on cars.
What are some community concerns that you think need to be addressed? The number of homeless people in the neighborhood and in the city.
What’s your most admirable character trait? Friendliness, because it helps me get along with people more. 

Senn High School ranks in Top 15 CPS Schools!
Chicago Magazine recently published its September issue, which includes an analysis and ranking of local schools. Senn High School is ranked as one of the Top 15 CPS High Schools. This is the result of years of dedication and hard work by faculty, staff and the Edgewater community.
Click here to see the rankings

Save the date: Back-to-school picnic August 31
The annual 48th Ward Back-to-School Picnic will be held from 5-7 pm Wednesday August 31 on the front lawn of Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave. There will be entertainment, refreshments, face painting, games and give-aways. 
Click here for more information

Sponsor-A-Student Backpack Drive-deadline extended
Once again this year, State Sen. Heather Steans, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Ald. Harry Osterman and Ald. Joe Moore are working with the community to gather school supplies for low-income children. All of the details can be found on this flyer. Donations can be dropped off at the 48th Ward Office, 5533 N. Broadway, between 9 am and 5pm Monday-Friday through August 26.

School openings at Northside Catholic Academy
Spots are still available for the upcoming 2016-17 school year in both NCA’s half-day and full-day preschool programs, and Kindergarten program. NCA also has a few select spots for grades 1-4 at the Primary Campus located at 6216 N. Glenwood Ave. To schedule a tour or for more information, contact Melissa Soberanes at 773-743- 6277, ext. 207, or visit the website here.
Click here for more information

"Go Hoop" Open Run Basketball Tournament
Foster Beach will be one of six locations that will host a Go Hoop Open Run Basketball Tournament, this one on Wednesday August 24. The tournaments are designed to strengthen relationships within these communities, bring more positive energy into neighborhood parks and playgrounds while providing the youth an opportunity to experience a summertime staple, outdoor basketball on the blacktop.

The tournament is open to anyone ages 17 and younger. Participants will be provided with jerseys, awards and giveaways. Participants can pre-register at Margate Park or register on-site the day of the tournament.
Click here for more information
Construction Updates

Ridge Avenue water main project

Phase 1 & 2 (Clark Street to Broadway):
  • The work on these sections is complete, and all lanes are once again open to traffic.
Phase 3 (Portions of Wayne and Hollywood Avenues):
  • Chlorination of the new pipe is taking place today (August 19).
  • Service transfers should begin Tuesday August 23, with brief water shutoffs scheduled. All affected residents will receive a flyer in advance of the shutoffs.
  • The concrete cap will likely be installed the week of August 29.

Phase 4 (Wayne from Ridge to Early):

  • Pipe installation is taking place today and may continue into Monday August 22. Service transfers and brief water shutoffs could take place as early as Friday August 26.
  • The concrete cap will likely be installed the week of August 29.

Click here for the water flushing instructions given to all residences and businesses in the vicinity of the new water main.

Argyle Streetscape project

  • Paver work continues from the CTA station to Winthrop.
  • Starting Monday August 22, paver installation will begin on the last portion of the streetscape: the intersection of Argyle and Winthrop. This intersection will be closed down for the paver work, with a goal of having it open again by the end of the week.
  • All businesses remain open, and free parking for customers is available in the lot at 5033 N. Broadway.
  • Landscaping work will be done in the fall.
Here is an explanation and diagram for parking and driving on the new Argyle shared street. Take extra care when navigating this new street. Remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way above vehicles and bicycles!

Thank you for your patience and input during this project. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at or 773-784-5277.

Broadway resurfacing
The resurfacing of Broadway from Devon to Foster Avenues, originally scheduled to start this week, has been delayed. I'll keep you posted on a new start date as soon as we know more. In the meantime, the no-parking signs posted this week will be removed.

Loyola Move-In Week Parking Alert

Loyola University's Student Move-In will take place from Monday August 22-Saturday August 27, and parking restrictions will be in place on several streets in the 48th Ward. There will be no parking on:
  • 6200 block of N. Winthrop: 8 am-6 pm Monday August 22 and Saturday August 27
  • 6300 block of N. Winthrop: 8 am- 6 pm Monday August 22, Tuesday August 24, Wednesday August 25 and Saturday August 27
  • 6230-6259 N. Kenmore: 8 am-6 pm Monday August 22 and Saturday August 27
  • 1009-1038 W. Rosemont: 8 am-6 pm Monday August 22 and Saturday August 27
Click here for more information
CTA Adds Service for Weekend Events

The Chicago Transit Authority will provide additional service for spectators heading to the annual Chicago Air and Water Show on Saturday August 20 and Sunday August 21 as well as for the Pearl Jam, Billy Joel and Luke Bryan concerts at Wrigley Field and the Chicago Bears pre-season game at Soldier Field.
Click here for more information

Senior News

Guardianship seminar
Have you considered becoming a guardian for a loved one?  Are you certain that guardianship is the right course of action that you should be taking to provide the best care and support for your loved one? The Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center is offering you an opportunity to get answers to both these questions on Thursday August 23. The seminar will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., in Courtroom 2005.
Click here for more information

Public Safety News

Bryn Mawr Jewelry robbery sentencing
Paolo Brown, the first of three defendants, was sentenced in January to 31 years for his part in the robbery.  Thank you to the advocates who went to court that day to send a message that this crime is being followed by the community. The second and third defendants, Paris Starwalt and Felice Desilva, are expected to be sentenced at 10:30 am Wednesday September 14 and at 10 am Thursday September 15, respectively . Adovcates are needed for this date. The sentencing will take place at the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St., Room 2319. (Directions: CTA Red Line to Jackson, walk one block west to Dearborn. At the security check stations, you are required to remove outer garments and present an ID card.) If you have any questions, please contact Marko Zaric for more information at or  773-784-5277.

Chicago Home Buyers Assistance Program

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Infrastructure Trust have partnered on the Home Buyers Assistance Program to increase access to homeownership for more working families looking to purchase a home in Chicago. The Home Buyers Assistance Program is geared toward first-time and returning home buyers, as well as homeowners looking to refinance their mortgages. It has the potential to grant up to 7% of the borrower's total loan amount.
Click here for more information

Edgewater 5K Run/Walk - September 25!

Celebrate our community and support our schools at Edgewater’s annual lakefront run! Join us for the annual Edgewater Back to School 5K Run/Walk on Sunday September 25. Celebrate our community and view historic sites along the lakefront path while raising money for 11 local schools. Many graduates from our schools stay in the community; invest in our future! Last year we raised nearly $6,000 for Edgewater schools with over 350 students participating in the run!
Click here for more information and to register
Seeking Election Judges

Election judges are needed for Election Day on November 8.

Judges of Election are paid $125 for serving all of Election Day, plus $45 if they also have completed training. They are the officials who are responsible for the conduct of the election in the precinct polling place. The job is challenging, interesting and personally rewarding. In each precinct, the judges share in the responsibilities, the duties and the authorities that include:
 (1) Opening the polling place and setting up voting equipment at 5 am on Election Day;
 (2) Conducting a fair, impartial and secure election in the precinct polling place, allowing voting from 6 am to 7 pm.
 (3) Tabulating the vote totals for the precinct and transmitting the results to Election Central after the polls close at 7 pm.
Click here to apply online
Click here for a copy of the mail-in application
Uptown Bike Survey

Uptown has many transit options, but how bikeable is it? We want to know where residents and visitors bike to, what prevents them from cycling in Uptown, and how Uptown could be more bike-friendly. Share your thoughts in a brief survey and help guide local biking investments. Take the survey by clicking here.
Roof/Porch Assistance Program

The City of Chicago's Roof and Porch Repair Program provides grants from $5,000-$30,000 to low-moderate income owner occupants of 1-4-unit residential buildings.

In order to apply, you must register your property between 9am and 5 pm on Thursday September 8. Applicants who register their property on that date will be placed in a lottery to receive an application package.
Click here for registration information
Click here for program details
What's Happening at the Libraries

Friends of Bezazian Pop-Up Book Sale
10 am - 2 pm, Saturday, August 20 at the library, 1226 W. Ainslie St.
Click here for more information

Books welcomed by community organizations;
Friends of Edgewater Library used book sale Oct. 8
The Friends of Edgewater Library greatly appreciate the generous donations it has received for its next book sale. As we have reached our space limit, please bring your book donations to Care for Real, 5339 N. Sheridan Rd., or to the many other organizations that can use them. For example, visitors to the Little Free Libraries, residents in shelters and nursing homes and patients in rehabilitation facilities in Edgewater and other communities would welcome your books.

Also, Save the date: The Friends of Edgewater Library's used book sale will be Saturday, October 8, at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.  Watch for more details about the event next month.

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

Care for Real seeks IT support
In April, Care for Real lost our longtime and beloved Board member, Tom Kmiecik. Tom was not only a huge supporter of Care for Real, but he also oversaw all of our IT needs.

If you are an IT expert and would consider volunteering or providing technical support or direction at Care for Real, we could use your assistance and expertise! Please contact Lyle at Your help will go a very long way to ensure our operations continue to run smoothly.
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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

Ethiopian Diamond
Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Throughout month of August
Ethiopian Diamond I
6120 N. Broadway

To mark the occasion, the restaurant is offering patrons 20 percent off their entire bill throughout August at this location only.
Click here for more information

Food Truck Fridays
5-9 pm Friday August 19
Sheridan Road & Bryn Mawr
This week's lineup includes La Patrona, Da Pizza Dude, Jack's Fork in the Road and Happy Lobster. Plus, Lickiity Split Frozen Custard & Sweets will have its pop-up shop in the Edgewater Beach Apartments.
Click here for more information

Free Art Workshop:
Sunprinting, Blueprints, Photographs

4-6 pm Saturday August 20
4956 N. Sheridan Rd.
What does a safe and caring community look, sound, feel like? Together with artist Sylvia Gonzales, we will explore the interdependent relationships between material, space and people. We will reflect the different elements community is built on and use sun printing as a process that leads our discussion.
Click here for more information
Vintage Garage
celebrates 1986!

10 am-5 pm Sunday August 21
5051 N. Broadway
The Vintage Garage has all the vintage goods you can handle, not just the '80s. All categories are represented, with 100 vendors each month.
Click here for more information

Vegetarian Harvest Dinner
benefiting Slow Food Chicago

6 pm Wednesday August 24
Uncommon Ground
1401 W. Devon Ave.
Click here for more information

ACT Boot Camp
10 am-4 pm Wednesday August 24
Tiger Tutor
1016 W. Argyle St.
Getting ready for the ACT? Join Tiger Tutor for a day-long ACT Boot Camp featuring a full-length practice test and 90-minute question and answer session. Includes lunch. Registration required.
Click here for more information

4:30 -7:30 pm Thursday August 25
Kenmore between Ainslie and Argyle
Join Chinese Mutual Aid Association for free activities, including: youth basketball games; giant board games; soccer; hula hoops; jump rope; sidewalk chalk; raffle prizes; and more! For more information, contact CMAA at 773-784-2900, ext. 124, or

Summer Nights in Edgewater
6-8 pm Thursdays, through August 25
Edgewater Historical Society Museum
5358 N. Ashland Ave.
Join your neighbors for live music and refreshments in the garden at the museum. Kids and pets are welcome.
Click here for more information

Citizenship Workshop
9-11 am Saturday August 20
Unity Christian Group
4751 N Sheridan Rd.
The United African Organization will hold a citizenship workshop to help green card holders apply for citizenship.
Click here for more information

Women's Success Summit Chicago
8 am-6 pm Thursday August 25
University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
This event will bring together women entrepreneurs for a motivational day of networking, collaboration and creativity. Tickets start at $127.
Click here for more information and tickets

Family Nature Day
10 am-1 pm Saturday August 27
West Ridge Nature Preserve
Entrance at Western and Ardmore Avenues
A free day of family fun, with this month's theme: Wildflowers and Trees.
Click here for more information
Arts & Culture
See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

I Am No Bird
8 pm Saturday August 20
Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N. Clark St.
Enjoy a screening of this film, a riff on Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, directed by Scout Tafoya.
Click here for more information

Now. Here. This.

Performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays, through August 21
Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge Ave.

Click here for more information
Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys
(An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow)
Performances through August 27
Raven Theatre East Stage
6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville)
Click here for more information

That's Weird, Grandma:
It Came from the Voting Booth

Performances: 8 pm Mondays, Aug. 22-October 3 
and October 24-November 28
Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Click here for more information
Performances through August 27
Steep Theatre Company
1115 W. Berwyn Ave.
Click here for more information
7th Annual Living Newspapers Festival
Performances August 25-29
Jackalope Theatre Co.
at The Frontier
1106 W. Thorndale Ave.
An evening of 6 ten-minute plays inspired by newspaper articles from around the nation.
Click here for more information

Josiah Jindrich photos
Opening: 6-8 pm Tuesday August 23
Runs through September 25
Everybody's Coffee
935 W. Wilson Ave.
Click here for more information

LightWerks photo exhibit
Runs through September 15
Metropolis Coffee Co.
1039 W. Granville Ave.

Linda Clifford Disco Concert
Unity in Chicago
7 pm meet & greet; 8 pm concert
Friday August 26
1925 W. Thome Ave.
Click here for more information
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