Weekly Update from Your Alderman: Welcome to the 20th Police District's new commander, celebrating a successful year for BAM, a good time was had by all at our annual holiday celebration, remember to shop local and more.
December 18, 2015

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Dear Neighbor:

The Chicago Police Department this week announced a leadership change in the 20th Police District, which covers a large portion of our community. Sean Loughran, who was named the new commander, is a 19-year veteran of the department who most recently served as Captain and Executive Officer for the 3rd District, on the city's South Side. A recent graduate of the FBI's National Academy, he holds a master's degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University and a bachelor's in Documentary Photography and Film from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

I met with Commander Loughran this week to discuss my priorites of combating the gang and narcotics activity that affects the safety of our community and strengthening police and community relations in our ward. I look forward to working with Commander Loughran to tackle these issues and also would like to thank Commander Cornelia Lott, who has moved on from her position in the 20th District to become commander of the CPD's Inspections Division, for her service to our community.

Last night I sponsored a holiday party for the 7th and 8th grade students who are part of the BAM (Becoming a Man) program at Swift and Goudy Schools. This program, under the leadership of Antonio Thomas, provides these young men with the opportunity to learn core values and engage positively with their peers and their community. We were joined by the police commanders and beat officers from the 20th and 24th Districts, who came to meet and talk with the students and help strengthen the bond between the two groups. We are planning to host many more such events in the future to help bring together the police and the youth in our community. This week, Linze Rice of DNAinfo wrote a wonderful article about the BAM program, which you can read by clicking here.

I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who participated and performed in our annual 48th Ward Holiday Celebration yesterday afternoon. It was a wonderful event! A special thank you to Senn High School for hosting us and the performing groups: Swift, Hayt and Peirce Elementary Schools, Senn Arts, Sacred Heart Academy, Northside Catholic Academy, the Misericordia Heartbreakers and Gus Giordano Dance School.

As you know, many of the businesses in Andersonville, Edgewater and Uptown are locally owned, independent and unique. The money that you spend at these businesses stays in the community, through employment of local residents, buying goods and services locally, property and sales taxes, and support of local charities. Please continue to support our local businesses throughout the holiday season!
Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Holiday Office Hours

The 48th Ward Service Office, 5533 N. Broadway, will be open from 9-noon on Christmas Eve, next Thursday, December 24, and closed on Christmas Day. Happy Holidays to all!

Public Safety Update

On Tuesday, I took part in an all-day joint hearing of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, of which I am a member, and the Human Relations Committee during which my colleagues and I had the chance to hear from and question representatives from the Chicago Police Department, the Independent Police Review Authority, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Mayors Taskforce for Police Accountability about details surrounding the police shooting death of Laquan McDonald and ways we can reform The Chicago Police Department and The Independent Police Review Authority. The shooting death of Laquon McDonald continues to be investigated by Federal authorities and the Chicago Inspector General.

The Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and Mayor Emanuel's Task Force on Police Accountability have begun investigations of the Chicago Police Department as well. I have requested that the police task force hold at least one of its meetings in our community, and I will update you as soon as I learn more. I appreciate your ideas for reforms that we can implement in order to improve public safety and rebuild community members' trust in our police department.

Please Support Our Local Businesses!
Lat-er Night Andersonville Tonight!
Andersonville makes it easy to save money AND support local businesses while shopping for friends and family (or even yourself!) at the 13th annual Lat-er Night Andersonville from 6-10 pm Friday December 18.  For four hours only, over 40 Andersonville stores and restaurants will be open late and offering great savings on distinctive holiday gifts and delectable meals, plus free refreshments and entertainment.
Click here for a Lat-er Night printable coupon
Green gift-wrapping bash
Green your holidays with eco-Andersonville's 9th Annual Green Gift Wrapping Bash! during Lat-er Night Andersonville at George's Ice Cream & Sweets, 5306 N. Clark St. Eco-Andersonville will provide all the materials you need to green your presents, including great, unique gift wrap, shredders, crimpers and more! The event is FREE; all you need to bring are your gifts, and the will to wrap! 

Edgewater holiday hunt
The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is "hiding" 75 bags filled with local goodies – gift certificates, gifts and Edgewater swag – in stores along the Broadway business corridor over the next few weeks. Each bag will contain items valued at over $40. When a shopper finds a bag, they’ll find instructions encouraging them to post about the bag on social media and tag it #shopedgewater.
Holiday Donation Drives
A WARM Thank You!
Hats off to everyone who donated hats, mittens and scarves to our annual warm clothing drive for neighborhood schoolchildren. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the people in our community, as were the principals of Goudy School (left) and Swift School (below right), where we dropped off the gear this week.

We would like to give a special shout-out to Edgewater resident Devra Wagner, who knitted dozens of gorgeous hats to keep the kids of our community warm this winter, as well as the Emanuel Congregation Stitching Ladies, whose wonderful creations we wrote about last week. Thank you to all!

Andersonville toy collection
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Edgewater's food pantry, Care For Real, for its annual holiday toy drive. Each year CFR provides toys and gifts to hundreds of local families. The toy drive runs through Monday December 21.
Click here for more information and dropoff locations

Toiletry donations needed
The office of Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer is conducting a drive to benefit the Cook County Sheriff's Women's Justice Programs. Please consider contributing travel-size toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion. Donations can be dropped off at the 48th Ward Office, 5533 N. Broadway, through January 29, 2016.
Click here for more information

Education and Youth News

One Summer Chicago Job Fair
A free job fair for youth 14-18 years old will take place from 11 am-3 pm on Saturday December 19 at Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr. The fair will include resume-writing workshops, networking opportunities, mock interview sessions and leads on all kinds of summer jobs.
Click here for more information and to register

Free Digital Divas program
DePaul University's Digital Youth Divas free Saturday program is designed to introduce 11-13-year-old girls to computer science by connecting it to their interests. Girls who become Digital Youth Divas will create electronic fashion accessories, code dance moves and more.

One hundred students citywide will be accepted into the program, which will take place from 10 am-1 pm  every Saturday between January 9 and May 21 at 1 E. Jackson St. on DePaul’s Loop Campus. Participants should plan to attend weekly, as activities will build upon one another. Space is limited, so those interested should register right away.
Click here for more information

Friends of Senn hosts the movie Elf
Everyone is invited to Friends of Senn's screening of the film Elf at 1 pm Monday December 21 in Senn Hall, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave. The suggested donation is $5.

Senn production heads to Theatre Festival
The Senn Arts Theatre Department's  recent production of The 4th Graders Present was selected for the 2016 Illinois High School Theatre Festival, to be held January 7-9, 2016, at Illinois State University. This marks Senn Arts' third consecutive selection to the festival, continuing the legacy that started with the students of Our America: Ghetto Life 101 and Mary Zimmerman's  Metamorphoses. Congratulations to the cast and crew for representing the department, school, community, and city, showing the rest of the state how we do it in Chicago!
Residents Share Powerful Message

Each year since 2012, spurred by the Sandy Hook tragedy, Norwood Street residents Caro D'Offay and Laura Gilmore have constructed a huge display in front of their home depicting a letter exchange between a fictional boy named "Bobby" and Santa Claus. The couple, both artists, writes DNAinfo's Linze Rice, decided they needed not only a way to process their own feelings on the shooting, but also wanted to find a way to highlight the good in humanity. We are fortunate to have such caring neighbors in Edgewater!
Click here to read the article
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program

Once again the City of Chicago is offering its shared-cost sidewalk program. If you are interested in participating in this popular program, in which property owners share the cost of sidewalk repair with the city, please send the following information by Friday, January 8, 2016, to
Mailing Address (if different)
Phone # 
Please put '2016 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program" in the subject heading
All participants will get a confirmation number after Tuesday January 12. Most sidewalks approved for this program, pending payment, will be installed in the fall of 2016.
Click here for more information on the program

New Blue Cart Recycling Rules!

Beginning January 1, all recyclables must be placed in the blue cart loose without a bag. Recyclables contained in bags of any kind will no longer be accepted. This will not only help our environment, but also will reduce unnecessary costs incurred by the city as a result of contaminated blue carts.

 In an effort to educate residents, the city has launched a GO BAGLESS campaign.  The campaign includes a new Recycle by City Chicago website that includes common misconceptions about recycling, fun quizzes and additional resources—all to help make recycling easy.
Click here to go to the website

Argyle Streetscape Update

All paver work on Argyle is complete, while paver work continues on Kenmore south of Argyle.

At the end of the day today (Friday December 18), the Argyle Streetscape contractors will shut down for the winter. All large, work-related vehicles and materials will be gone; however, some intermittent work will be done on the lighting and some touch-up paver work and punch list items will be addressed over the next few weeks.

All traffic will remain one-way eastbound throughout the winter shutdown months and work is scheduled to start up again on or around April 1, 2016, weather permitting.
Click here for the Shared Street project schedule

CTA News

Red Line service disruption December 18-21
This weekend, northbound (to Howard) Red Line trains will bypass the Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse and Jarvis stations beginning at 10 pm Friday December 18 until 4 am Monday December 21.

The stations will remain open. Customers who want to travel northbound (to Howard) from the affected stations need first to travel south to Sheridan and transfer to a northbound (to Howard) train. Northbound (to Howard) customers who want to exit at the affected stations will need to travel to Howard and transfer to a southbound (to 95th/Dan Ryan) train.

Southbound trains will serve all stations during this time. Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Holiday trains and buses are here!
The Chicago Transit Authority has rolled out its annual Holiday Train and Holiday Bus, this year with sponsorship support from Sprint. There is a six-car train and a 60-foot articulated bus, both festooned with thousands of colorful lights and extensive holiday decorations. Both feature Santa Claus—on a flatbed car on the train and on a throne on the bus—and are staffed by Santa’s helpers.

The Holiday Train will travel on the Red Line on Saturday December 19. The Holiday Bus will be on the #22 Clark route on Saturday December 19 and Sunday December 20.
Click here for the holiday train schedule
Click here for the holiday bus schedule

Alert: Overnight Purple Line work, partial alley closure
The CTA is doing overnight work on the Purple Line Express tracks from Lawrence to Jarvis Avenues. The work, to replace track ties, is taking place from 8 pm-5 am weeknights through December 25. 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

In addition, the work necessitates the partial closure of the alley at 1112-1122 W. Ardmore Ave. from 8 pm-5 am nightly through Friday December 25.
Help for Job Seekers

The Northside Workforce Center, 5060 N. Broadway,  offers both low-income and dislocated workers job placement assistance for full-time opportunities by way of direct hire, on-the-job training and vocational training in the six in-demand occupation industries; IT; Transportation, Distribution and Logistics; Healthcare; Business and Professional Services; Hospitality; and Manufacturing. 

The center also offers assistance in building digital literacy skills by way of on-site and online assessments and training. Clients have free use of the center's resource room and computer lab to conduct their job search, build math and reading skills, and target employment interest. Career advisers assist in setting and staying on track with employment goals. Free Job Readiness Training Workshops are available Monday through Thursday to help with resumes, job search techniques and interviewing skills.
Click here for more information
Online Voter Registration Available

With the implementation of online voter registration in Illinois, it is easier than ever to register to vote. As the March 15, 2016, Presidential Primary approaches, any citizen who can register, should register.  To register online, just follow this link.

Please Help Clear Curbs!
The Department of Streets and Sanitation has just finished street sweeping for the season, yet many leaves remain on the streets. Before snowy, icy weather takes hold, we're asking for your help in clearing curb lanes and areas around sewers/catch basins of leaves and other debris before snow and ice make them impossible to remove. Thank you!
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

Give a meaningful gift by purchasing Care for Real Holiday Donation Cards and support our mission of helping neighbors in need. The minimum donation is $10 per card. Cards do not reveal the contribution amount, but you will receive an optional insert that can be placed in the card and identifies the level of donation. Your contribution of:
  • $10 will feed a child for a week/$25 will feed a family for a week
  • $50 will feed a child for a month/$100 will feed a family for a month
  • $600 will feed a child for a year/$1,200 will feed a family for a year
You can purchase donation cards by clicking here.
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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
Sing-Along Kids Christmas!
11:30 am-12:30 pm Sunday December 20
North Shore Baptist Church
5244 N. Lakewood Ave.
All children are welcome at this short, fun Jazz/Latin/Gospel Sing-Along for Kids, complete with mambo line and indoor parade. For more information, call Chris Abiera at 630-399-7716.

Winter Italian Classes
Classes begin January 4
Sentieri Italiani
5430 N. Broadway
10-week classes cover all levels: basic, intermediate and advanced.
Click here for more information

Senior Enrichment Seminar
Noon-1:30 pm Monday January 11
Cook County Elder Justice Center
at the Daley Center
50 W. Washington St.        
Courtroom 2005 - 20th Floor  
The free seminar's topic is “Avoid Suffering in Silence: Understanding and Preventing Elder Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation."

Arts & Culture
See the full calendar of arts events at 

Sherlock Holmes
& The Case of the Christmas Goose

Performances: Through Sunday January 3
Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

The Orchestra
Performances: 7:30 pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 3 pm Sundays, through January 10
An Akvavit Theatre production at
Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge Ave.
Click here for more information

Tinsel! the Musical
Performances: 11 am, 1:30 pm Saturdays, 11 am Sundays (and 7:30 pm Monday December 21), through December 27
Li'l Buds Theatre
1206 W. Rosedale Ave.
Neighbors may use the discount code EDGE to receive $2 off the price of tickets.
Tickets can be purchased here or at the door.
Click here for more information

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind:
New Year's Eve
Thursday December 31
The Neo-Futurarium
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Doors open at 9:30 p.m. for pre-show refreshments (including beer and wine) and hors d’oeuvres, with the show starting at 11 p.m. sharp. Toast at midnight.
Click here for advance reservations (required)

A Christmas Carol
Performances: 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays, through December 20
Quest Theatre Ensemble
The Blue Theatre
1609 W. Gregory St.
Click here for more information

Christmas Dearest
Performances through Saturday January 2
Mary's Attic
5400 N. Clark St.
Hell in a Handbag Productions presents this Joan Crawford-infused parody of A Christmas Carol.
Click here for more information

That's Weird, Grandma: The Holiday Special
Performances: 8 pm Mondays, through December 28
Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Barrel of Monkeys presents a line-up of stories old and new inspired by the holidays, winter and the spirit of giving!
Click here for more information


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