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48th Ward Plans Community Events To Deter Crime And Bring Residents Together


Photo: 48th Ward FB

There is hardly a day — sometimes even part of a day — that goes by without hearing about some kind of trouble in our city. Maybe it is a robbery, an assault or a shooting. How many lives have been altered forever by these events? The 48th Ward and Alderman Harry Osterman are trying to do something about this, and it is called Summer Nights.

“We can’t do it ourselves,” spokeswoman Janet Franz of the 48th ward office said. “We work with the schools, the Chicago police, the park district and businesses for these activities. Maybe they are bike rides, ice cream socials or movies.”

While community problems exist, having residents be out and visible may help deter crime. More importantly, though, it helps provide positive outlets for people of all ages throughout the area.

“These events have expanded over the years,” Franz said. “Last year, we worked with Swift School on Thorndale. This year, we have added the area around Buttercup Park in Uptown. There are a lot of kids over there and a lot of activities. The idea is to get people out to meet neighbors and have activities for the kids.”

Alderman Osterman’s newsletter says:

“This year, we will partner with dozens of community organizations and businesses to sponsor over 100 fun, entertaining and engaging events for all ages. Highlights include the Argyle Night Market, featuring great food and entertainment, on Thursdays; community bike rides and movie nights on Tuesdays; and CAPS Night Out, with police and residents connecting over sports and games, on Wednesdays. This year, we’re expanding CAPS Night Out locations to include not only Swift School at Thorndale and Winthrop, where it has been very effective in helping improve safety around Thorndale, but also Buttercup Park in Uptown, a part of our ward that we are actively focusing on this year. We also will have Family Night Out at the Broadway Armory, playstreets, ice cream socials, One Long Table community meals and much, much more. You can find more information on Summer Nights events on our website.”

So whether it is enjoying a pleasant day’s bike ride with your neighbors or attending a movie in the park, come out to appreciate and enjoy all Edgewater has to offer.

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