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Uptown Art Week is Here, June is Pride Month!
June 2nd, 2022

Dear Neighbor,

June is Pride Month, and it's a time we once again recognize that LOVE is LOVE. We've come a long ways, but we still have far to go. 

LGBTQ+ youth are more than 4 times as likely to attempt suicide than their peers, and more than half of them are youth who identify as transgender and nonbinary. 52% of LGBTQ+ youth enrolled in middle or high school reported being bullied either in person or on social media in the past year, and those who did had three times greater odds of attempting suicide. At least 15 states are considering bills in the 2021-22 legislative session that would affect ways of discussing, addressing, or interacting with LGBTQ youth in schools. 

Please join me this month in making a special effort to be supportive of someone you know who's struggling with coming out. You could end up saving a life. 

The 46th Ward has a disproportionately high percentage of residents who are members of the LGBTQ+ community and we are lucky to have so many non-profits that provide support. June is the month where we all try to provide extra time and care to uplift LGBTQ+ voices, businesses, social service agencies, and friends and family. This is a month to celebrate, to commemorate those we have lost, and to continue fighting for those who are still not free to be themselves. 

Here's a list of opportunities and programming for the LGBTQ+ community during June:
Chicago Public Library
Chicago Women's Health Center
Broadway Youth Center
Howard Brown Health
NorthHalsted's Pride Fest
Uptown United's Pride Parade Participation
PrideArts
The Baton Show Lounge

UPTOWN ART WEEK
Happening now, Uptown Art Week was an idea formed during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic to rally and celebrate our vibrant community in a way that made it safe for everyone to enjoy. The 3rd Annual Uptown Art Week features over 150 pieces of public art including more than 50 new works painted live around the neighborhood, art exhibits being hosted by local businesses, and interactive art activities for all ages. This is a great way to start out the start of summer! The full schedule of events can be found here. I hope to see you there!


Best,


 
 
LIMITED OFFICE HOURS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15th 
The 46th Ward Office will be closed from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, June 15th for Trilogy Mental Health Certification training in order to better serve our constituents. The office will be open from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for the sale of guest parking passes and other constituent services.

The office will reopen with regular hours (9:00am-5:00pm) on Thursday, June 16th. 
PUBLIC SAFETY 
COMMUNITY ALERTS
Over the weekend, the Lakeview/Buena Park area experienced two robberies; both robberies were done by offenders who held their victims at gunpoint (a handgun). The first occurred on the 3800 block of Pine Grove on Sunday, May 29th at 11:30 pm and the second occurred on the 1100 block of Grace on Monday, May 30th at 1:20 am. Area Three Detectives are investigating and have connected these two robberies to others that have occurred throughout the Northside. 

If you see anything connected to any of these cases (see community alert below) please contact the Bureau of Detectives, 312-744-8263. 

We are working with the 19th District, and will continue to attend every single beat meeting to work with the community and local beat officers on solutions. Commander Jessani has activated "mission teams" to work with neighbors in the community to speed up investigations and streamline evidence to detectives assigned to the case. 

We ask that you join us at your local beat meetings so that we can all continue to coordinate efforts and stay informed. Click here to find the date of your next beat meeting. The Buena Park neighbors beat meeting (Beat 1915) will be happening TONIGHT at 6:30pm (Please check the beat meeting image below for the zoom information). 

COFFEE WITH A COP
Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Starbucks, 1070 W Bryn Mawr.

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. 

LAKEFRONT/BEACH SAFETY: 

  • 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.     
CAMERA REGISTRATION PROGRAM
The City of Chicago has launched a free and voluntary camera registration program open to anyone who lives or operates a business in Chicago. By registering your camera, you are allowing the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to contact you in the event of a crime in your area. CPD will not have direct access to your camera system and cannot access the footage without your consent. Learn more about the program and sign up for camera registration here.


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. If there is snow in a protected bike lane, please make a 311 report. 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.

HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS

Please join Ald. Cappleman in echoing the concerns he brought to the Mayor's Office and City Departments about allowing encampments with propane tanks under DuSable Lake Shore Drive, along with other combustible items.  
Reach out to the Mayor's Office at CommunityEngagement@cityofchicago.org or call 312-744-3300. If you reach out by email, copy Ald. Cappleman at ward46@cityofchicago.org

 

If you weren't able to attend the April 26th webinar on homelessness, click here to view it. Once we have answers to the questions we didn't get to live we will post it on our website

The Mayor's Office and other City departments will be doing the following:

  • Pass out fliers to people living under the viaducts to warn them about the dangers of propane tanks used under the viaducts.
  • Craft legislation that would allow the City to fine those who give out propane tanks to people living under the viaducts.
  • Create a task force to explore other ideas to discourage the use of propane tanks and anything else that could lead to serious fires.
MEET WITH ALD. JAMES CAPPLEMAN
SPEAK WITH ALDERMAN CAPPLEMAN EVERY TUESDAY
Open 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.
CALL FOR CHICAGO ARTISTS
Apply for the DCASE Chicago public Art Pre-Qualified List by Sunday, June 12th. More information can be found here.
UPCOMING EVENTS
UPTOWN ART WEEK
Uptown Art Week is here! Find the full list of programming and volunteer opportunities here.


AARP MONTHLY MEETING
First Tuesday of the Month (June 7th), 12:30pm. 716 W Addison St Lower Level, handicap accessible. This is an in-person meeting, for Zoom participation email request to northsideaarpcommunitygroup@gmail.com.


PHILOSOPHY SALONS
Saturday, June 18th, 2022. 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Emerald City Coffee 1224 W. Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL. 60640.
Join inspired speaker and published author Justin Carmien at Emerald City Coffee on Saturday, June 18th for an Enlightenment salon-styled event. In this salon we will prepare ourselves for answering what it means to “be” political. To do so, we will recount a history of the essence of the political, beginning with interpretations of Ancient Greek texts. Specifically, we will cite Plato and Aristotle. Our historical account will conclude with a few considers on the German socialist philosophers, Karl Marx and Martin Heidegger. This is in order to further pronounce the ancients’ conception of the essence of the political. Equipped with this history, we will seek to answer our initial questions. What does it mean to “be” political? And what does it mean to be political, particularly in today's economy?


Please let Brian @ Emerald City Coffee and Justin know about your interest in this event by RSVPing through the Meet Up group “Governance Futurism” here.
CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS & CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT 
UPLIFT HIGH SCHOOL SPRING PROJECT EXHIBITION
Tomorrow, Friday, June 3rd, 2022 from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm


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.

CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT 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. 

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. A meeting will be scheduled with Magnolia Malden Block Club, the developer, and Ald. Cappleman to review the plans and then provide feedback to assist Ald. Cappleman with his final decision. 

640 W. IRVING PARK ROAD - 46TH WARD Z&D COMMITTEE MEETING JUNE 14TH
Please mark your calendars for the next 46th Ward Zoning and Development Advisory Committee meeting, Tuesday, June 14th at 6:30pm over Zoom. This meeting will be to discuss the proposal for 640 W Irving Park Rd, the current site for the American Islamic College.  As always, the plans and additional information for this proposal can be found on our website's development page, including the Zoom link for community members interested in attending this Z&D Committee meeting. 


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.

4555 N. DOVER
In response to some of the concerns voiced by neighboring residents, this proposal will be reducing their unit count from 30 apartments to 28, and their parking from 30 spaces to 26 in order to create more setback on Dover. Rather than requesting an upzone, the developer is seeking a zoning variance, which means it will not go before the City's Zoning Committee and City Council, and instead, go before the Zoning Board of Appeals. Before that can happen, the developer is going through the Dept. of Planning and Development to get more clarification on required setbacks.

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

Track Structure Abatement and Painting
Timing: Weekdays and weekends, throughout the month of May
Street and Alley Closure: Sidewalk and parking lane closures with lane shifts under the CTA tracks at Montrose Ave; The parking lot under the CTA tracks, west of the east alley behind 4406-4564 N Broadway, will be inaccessible.
More Information: Notice May 17 - May 27 | May 9 - September 30


BETTER STREETS FOR BUSES
When streets work better for buses, buses work better for people. Help shape the 'Better Streets for Buses Plan'. You can find the online survey here.

REDEFINE THE DRIVE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Volunteer to be a community researcher for the Public Life Study on June 16 or June 18, 2022! As part of the Public Life Study, you will be observing human behavior along the lakefront.
 
Task Force Small Group Meetings
To allow for more interactive discussion, the project team is interested in holding a few in-person small group meetings with Task Force members this summer. During these meetings, we will further discuss topics that came up during Task Force meeting #13 and ask for Task Force member input on remaining Level 3 screening analyses, such as equity and climate change. We will then spend the majority of the meeting answering your specific questions and reviewing exhibits and renderings of the remaining alternatives. No new Level 3 Screening results will be presented in these meetings. If you are interested in participating, please email the project team, info@ndlsd.org









 

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

SOUTH-EAST ASIA CENTER
Volunteer with South-East Asia Center teaching English. Call or email Leona, 773-989-1141 seacesl@se-asiacenter.net.

SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMMING
Sign up for school programming this Summer! More information can be found here.


AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS 

Applications for ASM's summer session are now open, and we still have hundreds of slots available across our programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports, and STEM. As always, our participants of all ages will earn a stipend for their participation, and teens 16 and older will have the opportunity to earn $15 an hour! Apply online here.


YDAC YOUTH EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Apply online by June 10th, call 312-745-5900 for more information, the application can be found here.


SPONSOR A CHILD FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB SUMMER PROGRAMMING
Call Cas from Voice of the People at 773-769-2442.

ComEd EV RALLY
This year, ComEd are evolving the Icebox Derby to become the EV Rally. Much like Icebox Derby, six teams of young women will work with ComEd mentors to build an EV race cart over four build nights. The event will culminate in a race this summer. The locations for the race as well as the build nights are still being finalized. Each participant who completes the program will receive a $2,000 scholarship and an iPad. More information on the event can be found here.
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