Around the Hood: 48th Ward Community Day (May 2 at Senn High School)

community day

Ok, this looks pretty awesome. Checkout the great line up of community building workshops that are going to be happening in the neighborhood next weekend.

See you there!


“Dear Neighbor,

The 48th Ward communities of Edgewater, Andersonville and Uptown are comprised of engaged, smart and giving citizens. Personally, I’ve seen what great things are possible when a few neighbors are brought together. My hope is to execute this vision on a larger scale all in one day. If you have been involved in our community for decades, or have always wanted to get involved, this day is for you!

Overview of the Day
All attendees will have a chance to win a prize from each of Andersonville, Edgewater, and Uptown courtesy of those neighborhood Chambers of Commerce!

  • Kids are invited to play in the Senn Gymnasium from 9:00 – 1:00pm, under teen supervision
  • Community members will lead 19 different workshops/conversations (listing below) in Senn High Classrooms
  • Throughout the morning, visit community organizations’ resource tables along Senn High Hallways for mingling and sharing information between workshops,

Workshop/Conversation Schedule
9:00 – 9:45: MEET ONE ANOTHER – Senn Auditorium

  • Meet the Alderman, Local School Principals, Block Club Leaders, Chamber of Commerce and Development Corporation Leaders, and Local District Police Commanders

10:00 – 10:40: SHARE WITH ONE ANOTHER

  • Choosing a Local School for your Children. Meet parents and teachers to share thoughts on when and how to start planning your child’s education in pre-school, kindergarten, and High School.
  • Meet Edgewater’s New Businesses. The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce will host a panel discussion with the owners/managers from Whole Foods, Revival, Audio Archaeology and Edgewater Workbench. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the owners and ask questions.
  • Green Living. Engage in conversation with knowledgeable neighbors about greening your property and the neighborhood; how you can save money on energy; as well as
    decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering your environmental footprint.
  • Aging in Community. As “baby boomers” become “older adults”, the values of family, home and community are re-emerging. Learn about current local resources and discuss how we can help each other remain healthy, active and engaged in the community..
  • Self Defense and Situational Awareness. Learn from Alice Hall from the 20th Police District and Frank Roman from Bosen Martial Arts Academy about street smarts and self defense tips. From putting your cell phone away, to keeping an eye out for your neighbors, learn what key aspects to pay attention to on your day to day to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
  • Youth Roundtable. This conversation is for young teenagers, led by Elephant Rebellion coach Elgin Smith. Come together with others and discover organizations and activities in your communities for middle school students and teens.

11:00 – 11:40: LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER

  • Edgewater Reads. Have you always wondered about those Little Libraries popping up all over Edgewater? Learn how to build one of your own or join efforts to connect our community through literacy.
  • Helping New Businesses Grow and Succeed. The Edgewater Development Corporation and Gina Caruso from the Chicago Department of Business and Consumer Affairs will offer information about services available to start or grow your business.
  • Community Gardening. Our neighborhood parks are already home to several successful community gardens. Learn about starting a community garden in your park, including how to identify an appropriate location, and tips on making your community garden a success. Besides the parks, we’ll also look at other ways to garden in the community.
  • Block Clubs and Block Parties. The best way to meet neighbors and strengthen community is to come together on your block. From block parties and garden walks to facebook, there are many ways to bring neighbors together. Successful block club leaders and others will be on hand to talk about ways to strengthen your block club and organize support to build community.
  • Gang Awareness and Education. Public safety is everyone’s concern, and this session offered by States Attorney Anita Alvarez’ Community Justice Center led by Assistant States Attorney Joy Repella and 20th Police district CAPS Sargent Wilfredo Lapitan will offer information about gangs and what you should know about them.
  • Our Parks – Plans and Programs. Join Advisory Council leaders from Berger and Buttercup Park and find out ways you can influence programs for all age groups, and work to improve our parks.
  • Building and Activating Community through Placemaking. Kara Riggio from the Metropolitan Planning Council and Sara Dinges, the CEO/President of Uptown United will talk about tools a community can use to build better places, the Argyle Night Market, the shared street concept, and how placemaking principles are transforming our streets.

12:00 – 12:40: ACTIVATE OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER

  • How to Best Support your Local School. Talk with parents and Local School Council leaders about programs and organizations in place to support improvements in schools.
  • Going Local: The Art & Science of Building Strong Community. Ellen Shepard, Executive Director of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will discuss how local businesses build thriving communities, citing examples from across the globe.
  • Biking to Build Community. We’ll share with you our plans for GO EDGEWATER! including our launch event BIKE PARADE! and ask for your ideas of how to help build community and explore the neighborhood through active transportation (bike, walk, transit).
  • Art in the Community. From live performances to pop-up galleries in store front windows and beautiful murals on public buildings, join this discussion on ways to improve the look and feel of any street with all forms of art.
  • Making your Block Safer. Sargent Lapitan from the 20th District Police Department discusses how neighbors can join together to improve the safety on our streets.
  • Interactive Infrastructure Planning. Join Dan Luna, 48th Ward Chief of Staff, to discuss and request ways to fix, build, or replace city infrastructure elements such as streets, lighting, and landscaping.”

Alderman Harry Osterman

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