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Celebrate Juneteenth in the 46th Ward!
June 16th, 2022

Dear Neighbor,

This Sunday is Juneteenth, a day where we celebrate and remember the end of slavery in the United States. In our community and across the Chicago I wanted to highlight a few upcoming events and resources.

This upcoming Saturday, June 18th, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM is the Juneteenth Jubilee & Resource Fair. The location is Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. All are welcome. The event is cosponsored by Voice of the People, Uptown United, and POAH Communities. More information can be found here.

Haitian American Museum of Chicago is moving! HAMOC is an institution that celebrates the shared history of the United States and Haiti. HAMOC is moving to a new location within Uptown and they will still continue to be an ancho in the Uptown community! Please consider supporting them in their transition. More information can be found here.

Chicago Public Library is hosting a reading and conversation with Dr. Obari Cartman, author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. The link for the live discussion, tonight at 6:00 pm, can be found here.

Uptown Art Week, thanks to recent efforts of many talented artist and the Uptown Chamber, our community is now home to several new murals such as the one featured above. Find out more about Black artists featured this year though the Uptown Chamber.

Find even more ways to learn about and to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday through the Mayor's Office of Community Engagement by clicking here.





I hope you all find time to celebrate and to learn more about the importantance of Juneteenth this weekend. Please note that Juneteenth is a City holiday and the 46th Ward Office will be closed on Monday, June 20th in observation of the holiday. We will be back open on Tuesday, June 21st.

Best,

OFFICE CLOSED MONDAY, JUNE 20th 
The 46th Ward Office will be closed from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Monday, June 20th for the Juneteenth Holiday. The office will reopen with regular hours (9:00am-5:00pm) on Tuesday, June 21st.
MEET WITH ALD. JAMES CAPPLEMAN
SPEAK WITH ALDERMAN CAPPLEMAN EVERY TUESDAY 
Virtual office hours are every Tuesday from 3PM - 5PM via Zoom or phone. Sign up by the end of day Monday at 5:00pm by emailing the office at Ward46@cityofchicago.org. If this time period does not work for you, contact the Ward Office to schedule another time.

SCHEDULE A ZOOM MEETING WITH YOUR COMMUNITY GROUP
Ald. Cappleman or a staff member is also available to meet with your local neighborhood or business organization to provide updates about what's happening locally or city-wide. East Lake View Neighbors, Triangle Neighbors, Buena Park Neighbors, Sheridan Park Neighbors Association, Beacon Block Club, and Uptown United all do this on a regular basis. Schedule a time by either email at Ward46@cityofchicago.org or call 773-878-4646.
BICYCLE SAFETY UPDATES
LAST WEEK'S BIKE CRASH
Alderman Cappleman spoke with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) this week to discuss the tragic accident that happened last week involving a 3 year old girl who was killed on Leland and Winthrop in a bike/truck crash. We are heartbroken for Lily, her parents, and all those in the community who grieve her loss. We will continue to coordinate with CDOT on this intersection and cyclist safety throughout the ward while we continue work on long-term infrastructure improvements that will continue to prioritize pedestrian and cyclist safety. 


The 46th Ward Office has also requested that ticketing agents send teams down Leland to ticket and report any vehicle that is illegally parked, and we have also contacted CPD to ticket any illegally parked cars, especially along Leland. You can join us with making our streets safer by calling 911 when you observe a vehicle that is illegally parked, including vehicles parked in bike lanes or obstructing intersections (911 calls are for situations needing an immediate response, and 311 calls are best when the situation can be addressed 24 hours or later). Please make note of the vehicle description, and please specify that you witnessed a vehicle violation; 911 calls must be reported firsthand. 

As part of our 2022 Menu infrastructure planning, funds were directed towards a traffic study for the stretch of Leland within the 46th Ward (from N Clark to N Sheridan). We listened to neighbors who had concerns about vehicular speed and high traffic, and requested that CDOT traffic engineers provide us with solutions that can combat those concerns and increase pedestrian and cyclist safety. Earlier this year, we requested bump outs for the intersection of Leland and Beacon, and that work should be completed by the end of July.

Alderman Cappleman strongly supports a master plan for an equitable, city-wide network of bike lanes crafted by traffic safety experts that would have the final say rather than from the local aldermen. Per Ald. Cappleman, decisions about bike safety are best left to the experts in this field. The 46th Ward Office will continue to provide updates on progress to implement further safety measures to make our streets safer for everyone. 


CLARK STREET COMPLETE STREET IMPROVEMENTS
Virtual meeting on Tuesday, June 28th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is working with the 46th and 47th Wards to implement safety improvements to make Clark Street between Irving Park Road and Montrose Avenue safer for people walking, biking, using mass transit, and driving. Join CDOT staff, 46th Ward Ald. Cappleman, and 47th Ward Ald. Martin for a virtual meeting to learn more about the project. Sign up for the Zoom meeting here.

CDOT SAFE AMBASSADORS PROGRAM
The Chicago Department of Transportation and Chicago Park District have partnered up each summer to create a program to educate the public, young and old, about bicycle safety and awareness. This is a 6-week summer job opportunity starting July 5th, right after Independence day. Also, there is a paid orientation in the last week of June, but the date is not confirmed. Contact angel@chicagocompletestreets.org to learn more. The application can be found here.
CIRCESTEEM NEWS

Yesterday, CircEsteem appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show to speak nationally about how their program brings children and youth from all different backgrounds together to perform circus acts. They not only learn fun skills that develop their strength and coordination, but they also learn the valuable lesson of working as a team to accomplish great things. The 46th Ward is fortunate to have them located here.
EARLY VOTING

Early Voting in Chicago for the 2022 Primary Election will start on May 31 through June 28, 2022 (Election Day) 

CHICAGO BOARD OF ELECTIONS SUPERSITE - 191 N. CLARK STREET
Weekdays: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Election Day: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm (June 28th)

Early Voting in all 50 Wards will begin on June 13 through June 28, 2022 (Election Day). For the 46th ward, Truman College is the early voting site (1145 W. Wilson).

TRUMAN COLLEGE - 1145 W WILSON
Weekdays: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Election Day: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm (June 28th)

Find where to vote early here. Find out if you are registered here. Full list of polling places for the June 28th election can be found here. Click here to download our Chicago Early Voting flyer with all locations and hours

UPCOMING EVENTS
PRIDE FEST AND PRIDE PARADE
PrideFest, organized by the Northalsted Business Alliance, will be June 18th and 19th, 11:00 am - 10:00 pm. Waveland and Bradley will be closed beginning at 8am on the 17th for set-up.  Halsted will be closed from 11:00 pm Friday, June 17th through 6:00 am Monday, June 20th.

The Pride Parade will be June 26th. Line-up begins at 11:00 am with the parade starting at 12:00 pm. Please plan your travel plans accordingly and have a safe and happy Pride! More information can be found here.

PITCH IN FOR THE PARKS

Saturday, June 18th at  9:00 am. Sign up for the Waveland Picnic Field and Jarvis Bird Sanctuary clean up! Registration for the event can be found here.

Meeting Location: Waveland Parking Lot - 3600N N Recreation Dr.
Event Day Contact: Emily Cantafio - emily.fio88@gmail.com
Event Activities: Trash pick up

1) Register to volunteer using the 'REGISTER' button on the right
2) Show up safely! Clean-up supplies will be onsite for all events, you can do your part by:
  • coming prepared. We strongly encourage long pants, closed toed shoes, sun protection, bug protection, wearing a face mask and bringing your own reusable water bottle.
  • sticking to a group of fifty (50) or less and consciously practicing social distancing
  • wearing protective gloves (provided) and avoiding hazardous materials such as glass, needles, and germs
If you are feeling unwell or exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms at the time of the clean-up, please stay home - no need to alert us!
PHILOSOPHY SALONS
Saturday, June 18th, 2022. 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Emerald City Coffee 1224 W. Wilson Ave.
Join inspired speaker and published author Justin Carmien for an Enlightenment salon-styled event. In this salon we will prepare ourselves for answering what it means to “be” political. They will recount a history of the essence of the political, beginning with interpretations of Ancient Greek texts. RSVP for this
 Meet Up group “Governance Futurism” by clicking here.


BUENA PARK CLEAN UP
Saturday, July 9th, 2022 at 10:00 am. 
Meet at the Uptown Branch Library (929 W Buena Ave) and bring gloves and some garbage bags (we’ll have some to supply, too). Choose a few blocks within the neighborhood, and help clean the sidewalks of Buena Park!

THE UPTOWN BRANCH LIBRARY IS REOPENED! Join them for their first event!
Uptown Branch is hosting musical performances on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022, starting at 1:00 pm. Make Music Chicago, at the Uptown Branch- 929 W. Buena Ave. 
CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS & CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT 
MCCUTCHEON ELEMENTARY
The Middle School at McCutcheon Elementary located in the branch building on Kenmore has never had lockers. Students are required to carry all of their belongings from classroom to classroom all day. Let's fix this. In collaboration with the Assistant Principal Kahinde Longmire and the Local School Council, they are looking to raise $15,000 in the next 50 days to provide the needed funds to order and install the lockers that will bless the students for decades. Let's work together to make this long-lasting change and support the growth of executive functioning for the students as they progress towards high school.

Their 50 days ends on June 30. They need to order these lockers as soon as possible so they arrive in time for the new school year. Reach out to them at friendsofmccutcheon@gmail.com with any questions. To give, visit here.

DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION UPDATES
DEVELOPMENT NEWS
AFFORDABLE RENTAL UNITS IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS
If you have questions on any of these projects or other work taking place in the 46th Ward please reach out to our office at 
ward46@cityofchicago.org or 773-878-4646. When asking about developments or construction work, it is helpful to have the address of where the proposal or work is taking place. 

640 W. IRVING PARK ROAD - ALD. CAPPLEMAN DECISION & STATEMENT

I want to thank the 46th Ward Zoning and Development Committee for participating in a 3-hour meeting to discuss the 640 W. Irving Park Road proposal. Click here to view a videotaped recording of this meeting. A special thanks to Alex Wolking from Buena Park Neighbors for all the work he put into this with negotiations with the developers, his block club, and all the many neighbors who live in close proximity to this proposed site. Alex started working on this in early 2020, right before the COVID pandemic broke out.

Each zoning committee member provided a reasoning for their vote which both gave me a better understanding of the varying positions around this development along with the potential negative and positive repercussions of this proposal. 

The concerns were primarily centered on the building's height that would block other people’s views, the increased traffic, parking strains in an area that’s already clamoring for more parking, the increased number of delivery trucks navigating through Bittersweet, and the belief that additional senior housing was not needed for the area. I didn't take lightly the concerns expressed by residents who live close to this proposed site. They are the ones who would bear the brunt of the negative repercussions of this development, and I am thankful for their continued engagement, negotiations, and suggestions throughout this process. 

Other residents mentioned the benefit of a proposal that would provide the needed funds to restore the historical buildings on that site that were estimated to cost around $50M to restore. Additional benefits included the rehab of the historic theater space that would also be accessible to the community, housing that would allow area seniors to remain in the community, having 20% of the onsite units remain affordable at 60% of the Area Median Income, and how this development would allow the American Islamic College to create an endowment fund that would allow them to provide education opportunities to the Chicago Islamic community. It was also stated that if this proposal didn’t pass, another plan with a similar size high-rise would still have to be built in order to supplement the costs of the $50M needed to rehab the historic buildings on this property.

After hearing many residents weigh in on this proposal, I have decided to support this development for the following reasons:

  • I was impressed with the negotiations that took place between the community and the development team. There was a lot of give and take, with both sides scoring wins and providing concessions.
  • This proposal will provide sorely needed housing that will address the high demand we see on the Northside. More housing will help keep in check the rising rents as the supply of housing increases.
  • This proposal will address the growing demand for more senior housing, and it will allow more seniors to remain in the community as their needs increase.
  • Chicago is a city that values diversity, and the funds from the sale of this property allows the American Islamic College to continue its mission. Chicago benefits from the presence of our Islamic neighbors.
  • A Good Neighbor Agreement was created to address the concerns of some of the closest neighbors.
  • As one zoning member stated, "The property has been on the market for many years and this may easily be the last chance to save the historic landmarked buildings that are on this property." We are lucky to have so many beautiful and historically significant buildings in the 46th Ward and the risk of losing these buildings is too great if we wait much longer to restore them.
  • With a vote of 21 in favor, 7 opposed, and 3 abstaining, I agree with the 46th Ward Zoning and Development Committee that the benefits outweigh the negative repercussions that are also present.

As this project continues to move through the process, I will continue to work with residents to ensure that concerns about construction and operations are addressed. Next steps will involve this planned development going before the Chicago Plan Commission, then the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks, and Building Standards, and finally to the full City Council. Thank you to everyone who has dedicated their time and energy to this in-depth process.

4701 N. CLARK

Developer Platinum Homes is requesting a zoning change from B3-2 to B2-3 in order to construct a five-story residential building. The proposal would have 38 dwelling units (29 two-bedroom, 2 bath units and 9 two-bedroom, 1 bath units with parking for 21 vehicles and 62 bicycles. The Department of Planning and Development has not yet provided final approval for the design, and more feedback is needed from Clark Street Block Club and Uptown United before going forward. Because the proposal is under $10M, it will not go before the full 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee. This development proposal is along Clark Street, which is currently undergoing a retail corridor study led by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, which is why this department's input is also crucial. Click here for more information.

UPZONING PROPOSAL AT 4642 N. MAGNOLIA
Developer Finan Development, Corp is requesting a zoning change from R-3 to R-4 in order to build a 6-unit residential building on a double lot. Ald. Cappleman has reached out to the developer to set a date for a meeting to discuss this proposal with him and the Magnolia-Malden Block Club. After the block club provides their feedback, Ald. Cappleman will make his decision about this project. 

4555 N. DOVER UPDATE
In response to a need for a 50' setback on Dover, the developer will need to increase the density of his proposal in order to meet the demands of his lender for a loan. Once a plan has been submitted, Ald. Cappleman will host a meeting with Dover Street Neighbors and the developer to discuss this proposal. After community input has been obtained, Ald. Cappleman will provide his decision on whether or not to approve an upzone.

MORE RECENTLY SCHEDULED 46TH WARD MENU PROJECTS


CTA & RED PURPLE LINE MODERNIZATION (RPM) UPDATES
If you have questions, comments, or concerns about the RPM project please contact RPM@transitchicago.com or call 331-303-2499. 

DRIP PAN INSTALLATION
Today, Thursday June 16th to Friday, July 29th. CTA tracks under the CTA tracks, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

JOB LISTINGS & COMMUNITY RESOURCES
JOB LISTINGS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Find up-to-date job listings here, and find more information about employment & volunteer resources here

CIRCUIT COURT JOB OPPORTUNITY
Visit the website here.

EMT CAREER OPPORTUNITY
Visit their website here.
HOUSING OPPORTUNITY
North Eastwood Shores Apartments is opening a lottery for their waiting list. Please call 773-275-6877 for more information. They request that applicants complete the pre-application which can be picked up at their office at 850 W. Eastwood. Please fill out and return by July 15th. 
PUBLIC SAFETY 

COOLING CENTERS & BEATING THE HEAT
As we are in the midst of the transitional period between the Spring and Summer, Chicago is prone to experience more drastic fluctuations in temperatures. During times of extreme heat the City of Chicago offers various ways to help residents check in on their neighbors and beat the heat as a community. 

Cooling Areas at Community Service Centers
Cooling areas at Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services six community service centers are activated when the City’s emergency response plan is in place or as conditions warrant. When online, cooling centers operate from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Mondays – Fridays. The nearest Community Service Center located in the 46th Ward is the Northside Community Service Center located at 845 W. Wilson Ave. Chicago, IL 60640 which can be reached at 312-744-2580. 

Public Libraries in the 46th Ward 
Utilizing Chicago Public Library facilities is another way to beat the heat during extreme temperatures. 46th Ward residents are welcome to utilize the Bezazian Library branch at 1226 W. Ainslie Street which can be reached via phone at 312-744-0019. More information on their hours of operation can be found on our website here. 

Senior Centers
Senior residents of the 46th Ward who are looking to beat the heat are encouraged to visit any of the Department of Family and Support Services Senior Center locations. 

Northeast (Levy) Senior Center
2019 W. Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
312.744.0784(voice)
Edgewater Satellite Senior Center
5917 N. Broadway 60660
312.742.5323
Monday through Friday
8:30 – 4:30

Well-being Checks
City resources and plans are more impactful with the support of every Chicagoan. We all should make a special effort to check on friends and neighbors during heat waves, especially older adults, young children, and residents with special needs. If you are unable to make contact, you can request a well-being check by downloading the CHI311 app, visiting 311.chicago.gov, or calling 3-1-1.

Public Health Guidance
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. A heatstroke is more serious and occurs when the body starts to lose its ability to regulate itself. The telltale signs of a heatstroke are:

  • An extremely high body temperature, such as 103 degrees or above
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • A throbbing headache and a pulse that is rapid and strong
  • Skin that is red, hot and dry

Some populations are at a higher risk in cases of extreme heat and should take extra precautions to protect themselves from heat, monitor their wellbeing, and access city cooling services. This includes people who:

  • Are pregnant
  • Live alone
  • Work outside
  • Are elderly
  • Have young children

If you see someone suffering from heatstroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and then try to move the person into a cool place and cool the person with water. Water fountains are available at Chicago Public Library locations.

OEMC LAKEFRONT/BEACH SAFETY
City of Chicago beaches are now open! The Chicago Park District urges patrons to enjoy the beaches safely and responsibly and look for “No Swimming Allowed” signage that indicates that swimming is not sanctioned in that area. Visitors should consult the district’s website or social media platforms to ensure water conditions are safe for swimming before heading out to the beach and only enter the water when a lifeguard is on duty. Swim hours are 11am to 7pm, daily, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day: 

  • Wear a Life Jacket!  Not only having a life jacket but wearing it properly is the first defense against drownings. Life jackets come in numerous sizes and types designed for different activities. The life jacket you wear to the pool may not be suitable for kayaking on a river. Always check the manufacturer tag for any weight maximums and usage designation as well as the United States Coast Guard Life Jacket requirements. 
  • Boaters should be mindful of break wall locations at all times; When water levels rise high enough to cover the walls, boaters may be at risk of serious injury and vessel damage.  
  • Boating Under the Influence is just as deadly as drinking and driving!  It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. The Coast Guard also enforces a federal law that prohibits BUI. This law pertains to ALL boats including canoes and rowboats. 
  • Learn to Swim-learning to swim can be fun and easy, no matter your age. Check out local swim programs at schools, community centers, and the Park District. Go to the Chicago Park District website for further details on Swimming Lessons offered in your area.  
  • Never Swim Alone or at night! - Swimming alone or in the dark is extremely dangerous and can end in tragedy. Even when at personal pools and spas, swimming without a buddy is never safe and should not be done.  
  • Swim Near Lifeguards-Swimming at a Lifeguard protected pool or beach is essential to safety. Lifeguards are trained in numerous rescue skills, CPR, AED usage, and much more. Listen to their rules and instructions as they are there for your safety and enjoyment. Never rely on lifeguards as “babysitters” for children in the water, if your child is in the water, you should be too.  
  • Take a CPR class! - Learning CPR is easy and an essential skill for the bystander who may witness an aquatic emergency. Take a CPR class this summer at your local Fire Station, Hospital, or other agency and increase your readiness to help a loved one or someone else in need. Visit the American Heart Association or American Red Cross websites for details on how and where to sign up for a class near you!  
  • Report suspicious activity-Protecting our beaches and pools is a public effort and reporting any unwanted or suspicious activity to first responders immediately can help save lives. If you ever see something unusual or are ever unsure, please call 9-1-1 right away.  
  • Wear sunscreen, drink plenty of fluids, and have fun! Be Safe Chicago!   
  • Rip Currents: Learn how to escape a rip current:  Relax, swim to shore but don’t swim against current; If you can’t escape, float or tread water.
  • Lakefront Paths: Heed the warnings and obey signage or officials on path closures; Do NOT navigate around barricades or closures – they are there for your safety to avoid risks of falls or being swept into the water, requiring rescue. During thunderstorms, being near bodies of water such as the lakefront paths or Riverwalk can pose threats of flooding and being swept into currents, especially with high lake levels. Heed any warnings to avoid the lakefront and Riverwalk when these are issued.     
HOME & BUSINESS PROTECTION PROGRAM

If you live in or operate a business in Chicago you can now apply to receive reimbursement for your security cameras and other security devices.  Since the offer is "first-come, first serve," we encourage people who want to buy cameras to do so now. Learn more here.

The rebate includes: 

  • Up to $225 per camera for a maximum of 2 cameras
  • Up to $150 per one year of subscription costs for cloud-based video storage systems 
  • Up to $100 per light for a maximum of 2 lights
  • Up to $50 per vehicle GPS tracking device for a maximum of 2 devices
  • Up to $120 per one year of subscription costs for GPS tracking applications 

To get reimbursed, you must provide:

  • Proof of address
  • Proof of purchase
  • Photo of installed device

PUBLIC SAFETY TIPS & INFORMATION 
For more public safety tips, including how to make a 911 call, please visit the public safety page on our website


BIKE SAFETY & COOK COUNTY BIKE PLAN
If you see a parked car in the bike lane please call 911 to report this traffic violation, this is essential in boosting cyclist safety in 46th Ward. Click here to view the Cook County Bike Plan where you will find various resources and a survey.

UPDATES ON THE LATEST COMMUNITY ALERTS
Click here for more up-to-date information on the latest community alerts. If you have any questions about past crimes, please contact the 19th District CAPS Office at 312-744-0064 or the 20th District CAPS Office at 312-742-8770.

THE CITY'S PLAN TO ADDRESS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
The Chicago Police Department's website provides detailed information about current crime statistics as well as an outline of their plan to address violence. Click here to view that information.


19th DISTRICT (south of Lawrence)
P: 312-744-0064
E: CAPS019District@chicagopolice.org
See the Beat Meeting listing below for the Zoom meeting I.D. number and passcode.


20th DISTRICT (north of Lawrence)
P: 312-744-8714
E: CAPS020District@chicagopolice.org
Click here to join a 20th District CAPS meeting.

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