Category Archives: Neighborhood News

From the Neighbors: Edgewater Artists In Motion Is Seeking Volunteers

Hi Folks!

Our neighbor Patricia, Edgewater Artists in Motion Board Member & Volunteer Coordinator, is seeking neighborhood volunteers for this year’s Edgewater Arts Festival. If you are interested in helping support our neighborhood Arts Festival see Patricia’s note below.

You can contact Patricia at

“Edgewater Artists In Motion (EAIM), a 501c3 organization, will have its annual Edgewater Arts Festival (EAF) on September 23 and 24, 2017. The EAF is held on Granville between Broadway and Sheridan Rd. This 3-block community and family focused fair will sponsor 100 arts and crafts tents, youth art and performance gallery, kid’s activity corner, 3 performing stages with popular acts, beer garden, and a pet stage.

We are proud to have the support of Alderman Harry Osterman, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Loyola University and many local businesses. Last year we had more than 12,000 attendees at our fair.

I hope you join us again as an EAF volunteer. We plan to have great acts and food vendors and lots of great performers from the community. Many of your neighbors and friends will display their artistic talents.

As you know this fair does not happen without your support so if you can help and bring a friend or relative too, we have a place for you. There are opportunities for teens and adults. Put us on your calendar and I will be back at a date closer to the fair to get your committed participation as a volunteer. For more about us visit our website shown below.”

Patricia Levine
EAIM Board Member/Volunteer Coordinator


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Around the Hood: Garden Entries For This Year’s Edgewater Glen Garden Walk

There is still time to register folks! If you live on the 1200 or 1300 blocks of Norwood, Glenlake, Hood or Granville and would be willing to enter your garden, you can signup online or email Kim Kaulas directly at

Online registration:

The ‘Gardens of East Edgewater Glen’ Garden Walk will take place Sunday, July 9, 2017. Applications will be accepted through July 4th.

If you are interested in checking them out, included below are links to some of the vintage Garden Walk Maps created by our neighbor Dick Merrill that are posted on the EGA website.

Pretty cool!

Vintage Edgewater Glen Garden Walk Maps

Edgewater Glen Garden Walk Map 1974

Edgewater Glen Garden Walk Map 1975

Edgewater Glen Garden Walk Map 1978

Alderman and CDOT Solicit Community Input on Edgewater Neighborhood Bike Network

We had a number of neighbors attend the neighborhood bike network community input meeting at the Broadway Armory this morning. Thanks for sending this in.

Representatives of CDOT, Alderman Osterman, and several 48th Ward staff were joined by over 60 local residents to discuss the proposed Edgewater Neighborhood Bike Network. CDOT staff provided an overview of the project and upcoming information gathering activities which will include bicycle, pedestrian, and car traffic surveys throughout the summer. Alderman Osterman also announced a number of upcoming 48th Ward events to promote active transportation in coordination with the City of Chicago Bicycle Ambassador program.

Participants at the meeting were provided the opportunity to mark up local street maps to identify potential additional bike routes, call out specific areas of concern about pedestrian and bicycle safety, and provide feedback on popular destinations for cycling within and outside the project boundaries. While the specific project is focused on the areas North to South between Devon and Argyle and East to West from Clark to the lakefront, CDOT was interested in feedback on ensuring coordination with other proposed projects in other adjoining neighborhoods.

Additional information, including a copy of the CDOT presentation which includes information on project timelines and funding as well as some of the innovative ideas under consideration, will be available on the City of Chicago and 48th Ward Alderman’s official websites.

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Edgewater Chosen To Participate In Pilot Project To Develop A Neighborhood Network Of Bikeways

Edgewater Chosen To Participate In Pilot Project To Develop A Neighborhood Network Of Bikeways

CDOT was very impressed with the level of community participation in the public meeting about biking & walking in the 48th Ward back in February. As a result, the 48th Ward has been chosen to participate in a pilot project to develop a neighborhood network of bikeways, ensuring residents can safely navigate throughout the community on their bikes.

If you are interested, there will be a community meeting to begin the planning process on Saturday, June 24, 10am, at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. This meeting will be led by representatives of CDOT and will begin with a presentation by CDOT followed by small group breakout sessions.

To help the Alderman’s office and CDOT prepare for the meeting, you can RSVP to if you plan to attend the meeting.

Sounds like an innovative approach to bikeway planning in the neighborhood!

Around the Hood: Chicago Spirit Brigade At Midsommarfest (Video)

Great vibe down on Clark yesterday.

If you are heading out for round two this afternoon, lineup below.

Video Link: Chicago Spirit Brigade @ Andersonville Midsommarfest 2017


11:00 AM Lakeside Pride Strayhorns Jazz Combo

12:00 PM Gussied

2:00 PM Brooke and Nice Things– Reflecting the Golden Era of Rythm and Blues, BNTNT brings true Soul music to life in their set. They’re too young to be old school and too old to be new school.

3:30 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade

4:00 PM Libido Funk Circus– Chicago’s premier dance and party band

6:00 PM The Hair Band Night

8:00 PM 16 Candles


11:00 AM The Deliverance Singers- Gospel Brunch

1:00 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade

1:30 PM The Shades– Equipped primarily with their voices and acoustic guitars, The Shades have developed a signature sound that encompasses elements of popular music from folk & rock, to soul & R&B.

2:30 PM She’s Crafty– Chicago’s all-female Beastie Boys tribute

3:30 PM Second City Outlaws

4:00 PM Stache

6:00 PM Maggie Speaks– Dance and sing to your favorites, from that 80s song you love to hear to songs played at concerts in Chicago reaching back to the 50s to Top 40 hits released just last week.

8:00 PM 7th Heaven



3:00 PM BoiseNoise

4:00 PM Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats

6:00 PM The Hat Guys– The Hat Guys bring a taste of the soulful exuberance, pageantry, and revelry of a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade.

8:00 PM- Chicago Jazz Orchestra



1:00 PM Acoustic Brunch

3:00 PM Drag Show with DJ Laura B, Tasha Salad, Ruff N Stuff & Friends

5:00 PM Tea Dance with DJ Moose

8:30 PM The Hits with DJ Jorge



12:00 PM LiveWire

2:00 PM Hodie Snitch– Hodie Snitch plays the songs you know and love from the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and many more.

4:00 PM The New Invaders– The Ultimate 60s flashback show

6:00 PM Lynne Jordan and the Shivers

8:00 PM The Gold Coast All Stars

Edgewater’s Little Free Library System Approaches A Record Number Of Libraries

Ever wonder how many little free libraries have been constructed in the neighborhood?

Since neighbors started constructing the libraries, we have a grand total of 70 that have popped up in the neighborhood so far. To help them reach their goal of 100 Little Free Libraries, Edgewater Reads will be hosting another Community Build Day on June 17th at 10 am behind Senn High School.

Little Free Library kits will be provided. You can just bring yourself, a building friend, and a few tools you may have around. The kits are free for residents of Edgewater and a $50 donation for builders joining in from outside Edgewater.

RSVP is required for the event due to limited materials. You can RSVP to Taylor at

Edgewater Reads runs completely off of donations and volunteer hours.

Acting Up Awards – Edgewater Youth Little Free Library Initiative Video below:

“In May 2016, The Chicago Community Trust hosted its annual On the Table event – a day when 55,000 people around the region took part in honest mealtime conversations about community. Afterward, the Trust invited On the Table participants to share their actionable ideas for community impact. This video was one of the winning submissions, whose creators were awarded $1,000 each to bring their ideas to life on behalf of a better Chicago.” – The Chicago Community (YouTube)

2017 Edgewater Living Treasures Recognition: Saturday, June 10th (Video)

The Edgewater Historical Society will be recognizing four of our neighbors this Saturday. If you would like to attend, you are invited to the formal induction of Andrew Park, Tom Welch, Gregg Rojewski and Steve Pryor into the Living Treasures of Edgewater for their outstanding service to the Edgewater community.

The event will take place on June 10 at 1:00 pm at the Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N Broadway. Light refreshments will be served.

We included a few of EHS’ video links below:

Tom Welch: Creating Opportunities For Connections

Gregg Rojewski and Steve Pryor: Giving Back to the Community We Love


Andrew Park: A Moment Where Anything is Possible

Direct Video Links:

Creating Opportunities For Connections

Giving Back to the Community We Love

A Moment Where Anything is Possible