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Documentary Film Workshop at Chicago Filmmakers

Think you’ve got the idea for the next great documentary? Or maybe you’re just looking to make that Kickstarter video pop.

Chicago Filmmakers, at 5720 N. Ridge in Edgewater, is hosting a two-day workshop in the genre March 15 and 16.

Students will learn from professional teachers working in the industry, and will “develop the foundational skill-sets necessary to continue crafting content on their own that looks and sounds professional regardless of production budgets,” according to an announcement from the organization. “Whether creating a crowdfunding campaign video for an independent project or piecing together a testimonial video to demonstrate a company’s new product or event, this course will provide students from all professional backgrounds and filmmaking experience levels the opportunity to master new lucrative skills under the guidance of seasoned professionals.”

The cost of the workshop is $300 for members, $315 for non-members.

Chicago Filmmakers is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to helping people acquire the tools they need to become a filmmaker.

To learn more about the upcoming workshop or others go to the co-op’s website.

Hadden Sweep Was Across the Ward

By Basma Zahid and Elvir Mujkanovich

Maria Hadden’s election night shocker over Ald. Joe Moore in the 49th Ward was decisive, with a margin of more than 3,200 votes.

On closer inspection, however, it was … even more lopsided.

Hadden won 32 of 33 precincts, losing only the 21st, which sits in the far Northwest Corner of Rogers Park, west of Ridge and North of Jarvis.

Hadden rolled up two-to-one margins eight precincts, with her largest margin in the 28th, where she tallied 394 votes to Moore’s 108. The 28th precinct is in the south part of the ward, around Pratt and Clark.

Here are the results by precinct:

Registered Ballots Cast Turnout % JOE MOORE MARIA HADDEN
Precinct 1 741 203 27.4 87 112
Precinct 2 545 235 43.12 62 168
Precinct 3 965 413 42.8 109 297
Precinct 4 1065 436 40.94 113 322
Precinct 5 959 421 43.9 177 236
Precinct 6 747 324 43.37 147 173
Precinct 7 760 320 42.11 122 195
Precinct 8 746 294 39.41 141 147
Precinct 9 877 379 43.22 129 242
Precinct 10 859 387 45.05 112 273
Precinct 11 991 433 43.69 151 276
Precinct 12 1023 462 45.16 129 330
Precinct 13 933 405 43.41 148 250
Precinct 14 748 338 45.19 150 182
Precinct 15 705 225 31.91 104 119
Precinct 16 863 291 33.72 137 149
Precinct 17 682 249 36.51 95 149
Precinct 18 1015 477 47 125 351
Precinct 19 877 276 31.47 118 155
Precinct 20 1115 555 49.78 148 402
Precinct 21 607 202 33.28 131 68
Precinct 22 965 353 36.58 153 191
Precinct 23 1064 456 42.86 122 326
Precinct 24 815 269 33.01 122 142
Precinct 25 1049 477 45.47 158 314
Precinct 26 959 419 43.69 136 275
Precinct 27 990 367 37.07 151 212
Precinct 28 1099 508 46.22 108 394
Precinct 29 992 443 44.66 143 295
Precinct 30 995 399 40.1 166 228
Precinct 31 708 290 40.96 134 145
Precinct 32 917 343 37.4 126 210
Precinct 33 784 312 39.8 135 173
Total 29160 11961 41.02 4289 7501

New Vending Machine Options Coming to CTA Red Line

Red Line riders will get a variety of new vending machine options, thanks to a new pilot program announced by the Chicago Transit Authority Tuesday.

Portable charging, fresh organic food, and a photo booth will be among the options installed this Spring along the Red Line and at other stops.

“It has been my goal since day one to further enhance the transit rider experience and these pilots keep CTA on the cutting-edge of offering transit riders unique and practical services as part of any trip on our system,” said CTA President Carter

MobileQubes vending machines will dispense battery charging packs for iPhones and other mobile devices, either for sale or for rent. Rentals will charge a one-time $4.99 fee. with a 99-cent perday charge after that. The machines will be installed at 26 CTA stations, mostly along the Red Line.

Farmer’s Fridge is a Chicago-based healthy food startup. It offers fresh, ready-to-eat snacks and meals. Four of their machines will be installed, including at the Grand and Fullerton stops on the Red Line. Other machines will be at Indiana on the Green Line, and Damen on the Pink Line.

Another new vending machine will be a DNP Photo Booth at the Chicago station on the Red Line. It will dispense photos that could be used for recreational, travel, and business uses, including passport and ID photos. 

All three vendors will cover the costs of installation and upkeep, according to a statement from the CTA.

Free Workshop for Pop-Up Business Licenses

If you are a small business thinking you might want to open a pop-up shop, the City of Chicago will hold a workshop on the licensing process Wednesday, Feb. 13. at 1227 W Devon Ave.

As a retail user, you can receive a license for between five days and one year at a cost of $25 – $150. This license allows you to pop up at various indoor or outdoor locations throughout the City to sell your goods or services, according to the Rogers Park Business Alliance.

As a food establishment, you have the option of applying for a license for between five and 90 days at a cost of $50 – $150. This will allow you to serve your food at locations throughout the City.The new licensing system is expected to make it easier to open a pop-up shop of your choosing.

The “pop up workshop” is free of charge, and will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m.. For more information or RSVP for the event, click here

It’s All Musicals This Month As Edge Theater Presents Annual Festival

If you’re a fan of musicals, Edge Theater is the place to be this month.

Nine shows in all will take the stage at the theater, at 5451 N. Broadway, part of its fifth annual Chicago Musical Theater Festival.

OH HI JOHNNY: The Roomsical, kicks off the month. Remaining shows are Feb. 14, 17 and 23. It’s described as “unauthorized musical parody” of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, the Citizen Kane of bad movies,” according to the Edge Theater’s website.

Showings of An Artist and the Ember: A Self-Love Story, are also underway. Remaining shows are Feb. 17, 19, and 22. It’s billed as the story of Eve, a composer who struggles with anxiety and wishes to create a beautiful piece of work, but just can’t.

My Dear Watson, a Sherlock Holmes musical, has shows remaining Feb. 15, 20, and 23. The dramatic musical revolves around Sherlock Holmes and John Watson’s many adventures, but also explores their friendship and love for one another through the perspective of  Watson, according to the Edge Theater’s website.

Then there is Unison, with remaining shows Feb. 15, 21, 23. It is described as a story that tells the tale of a tight-knit high school wind ensemble that struggles to find its groove after the infection of senioritis, with a mixing pot of rehearsal preparation, partying, essays, and personal problems. They’ll need to pull through together if they want any chance at sticking to post-graduation plans that won’t lead to the demise of the group’s friendship.

On Feb. 14, 16, 17, 19, 23, there will be a showing of INCREDIBLE SIX THOUSAND-FOOT LADDER TO HEAVEN: A New Musical Fairy Tale. After the passing of Hadley Breaker’s father, many adults in her life were quick to offer their condolences and offered some not-so-pleasant piece of advice: Move on. Instead, Hadley Breaker and her friend, Spider, decide to build a six thousand-foot ladder to meet Hadley Breaker’s father in Heaven.

On Feb 6, 10, 16, 22, 24, there will be showings Cancerman, about a man with cancer wishes to reconnect with his granddaughter by writing a song, before it’s too late.

On Feb 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, and 24, there will be showings of Moonshiner: A Musical Fabulism. Set in Chicago during the 1950s, Selene Orb goes to private eye detective Nicodemus Silver to try to find out where her missing husband has gone. 

On Feb. 13, 17, 22, there will be showings of Lucky: A Musical. It is described as a story about a girl whose whole understanding of the universe is based off of a copy of “The Care and Keeping of You,” a book given to her by her absent mother. Upon entering college, she realizes that every problem that she faces can’t be solved by her trusted book.

Finally, Brooke Astor’s Last Affair takes the stage Feb. 13, 16, and 20. Based on the true story of Brooke Astor, it tells the tale of her rise and fall in New York City life.

If you want to learn more about the festival, go to to learn more.

$12K Reward for Information on Grad Student’s Murder

Northwestern University grad student Shane Columbo’s three murderers remain at-large nearly six months after killing Columbo in gang crossfire. And there is now a $12,000 reward for anyone with information regarding the murder.  

Columbo’s mother, Tonya Columbo, and community activist Andrew Holmes, have contributed $1,000 each to add to the $10,000 anonymous donation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 800-883-5587.

For the full story visit Block Club Chicago.

Hadden and Moore Debate Before Packed Hall at Sullivan

More than 700 Rogers Park residents turned out Tuesday night for a debate between incumbent 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore and challenger Maria Hadden.

There were no fireworks in the 90-minute back-and-forth at Sullivan High School, as candidates traded answers to audience questions – sometimes agreeing, sometimes disagreeing – politely.

Moore touted his record as an “agent for progressive change,” as well as the clout that comes with 28 years on the job.

Hadden focused on education and inclusion, and said too many neighborhood improvements have come thanks to hard work by residents rather than the alderman.

Elections for Chicago City Council, as well as Mayor and other city offices, will be Feb. 26.

You can watch a live stream of the entire debate, courtesy of Network 49, here.  

Meanwhile, here are the opening and closing statements from each candidate.

Hadden’s opening:

“I’m running for alderman here in the 49th ward because I want to bring an independent progressive voice to the city council on our behalf. I’ve lived in the 49th Ward for 11 years. And over the last decade, I’ve worked in the non-profit world with community organizations and local governments in Chicago and around the country to make sure that we can bring communities and elected (officials) together, so that we can have a more inclusive and accountable government, the government that we deserve.

“One of the reasons that I choose to call the 49th Ward home, is because here we value community voice, we value diversity and inclusion, over almost everything else. And I’m proud to be a part of what I see as an independent, progressive tradition of strong leadership and community.

“There are some issues where my opponent and I, you know, agree, and some issues where I think he’s lived up to that legacy. He’s brought participatory budgeting to the 49th Ward, and he also fought for a living wage. But in recent years I think he’s fallen short of being the independent progressive leader that we deserve. I’m going to be a champion for our neighborhood public schools. I’m going to stand by and abide by the referendum asking for a freeze to charter expansions or new charters. And I’m also going to work for development without displacement in our community, so that the people who live here can stay here. I believe in centering community voice. And I want to bring that independent progressive voice back to the 49th Ward, and back to Chicago City Council.

Moore’s opening:

“I’m here tonight to ask you for another four years as your alderman, so that I can continue my fight for progressive change in City Hall and Rogers Park. Lots of candidates these days call themselves progressive. But words mean nothing if they are not accompanied by results that actually benefit real people.

“Working in partnership with labor and community activists I was one of the leaders in the battle for Chicago’s first minimum wage. I worked with affordable housing advocates, to require developers to provide more affordable housing. I joined forces with environmental groups to close two dirty power plants that harmed our environment and our health. I was a pioneer for community policing, fought to release the names of police officers accused of violence, and helped secure reparations for the victims of police torture.

“Here in the 49th ward, I was the first elected official to adopt participatory budgeting, to give you the taxpayer, not the politicians, the power to decide how to spend your tax dollars. I’ve worked hard to preserve our neighborhood’s diversity by creating and preserving over 1,000 units of affordable housing, and secured over $80 million to improve our local schools.

“In short, I’ve been an agent for progressive change, working with you and our neighbors, we’ve made Rogers Park a far better place than when I first took office. Our streets are safer. Our schools are better. And our business climate has improved. All the while we’ve kept our economic, cultural and racial diversity.”

Hadden’s closing statement:

Thank you all for being here for so long, for those fantastic questions. I think it’s time for a change. So, I’m not running for alderman because I think everything is terrible. I’m running for alderman because I think we have had a lot of progress. There are a lot of good things here in our community. But most of what I see that I love most, is what you’ve done. It’s community organization. It’s neighbors who care. It’s local institutions. It’s our schools.

“The Chicago that we have is one where leaders take a lot of credit for the accomplishments of others. What I want to offer you is a pedestal to amplify and lift up your work. That’s what I’ve done for 10 years, working with community organizations and local governments around the country. It’s what I want to do here at home.

“And also, I think that I want a Chicago here for the next 50 years. Joe said that words are great but results are better, and I don’t think that the results we’re getting are enough. I decided to run because I am concerned about where our city’s going. We’re facing a pension crisis. We’re facing a housing crisis. We’re facing gun violence. But these issues aren’t new. And having the experience of working with local governments, around the country, I’m embarrassed and appalled that we’ve got a City Council of 50 people that aren’t making these issues prominent every day. I want to work at least as hard as you work.”

Moore’s closing statement:

“I want to start by thanking Maria for waging a spirited campaign. Though I kinda wish she hadn’t run, I’ve got to admit competition is good. And she’s keeping me on my toes. And it’s given me a chance to reflect on how much I really love this job and our community.

“Being alderman is truly a labor of love. I could have retired, collected my pension, and secured a well-paying job. But money has never been a goal of mine. Public service is my passion. This neighborhood is my passion. Helping others is my passion. All the money in the world couldn’t match the feeling I had when I told those seniors in the Levy House that their homes were safe, and they could continue to live with their friends. Did I change the world? No. But I certainly made a huge difference in the lives of 56 senior citizens.

“My ward staff and ward (supervisor) Dan Murphy also make a huge difference every day in the lives of our residents. Between them they have 63 years of accumulated experience, and share my passion for our neighborhood. Sadly, if I go, they go, a giant loss for Rogers Park. As a freshman, Maria will have a staff half the size of mine, with none of the experience – something to keep in mind when you go to the polls.

“I hope you honor us with another four years. But, regardless of your decision, I know I speak for my staff in thanking you for the privilege of serving this very special community call home.”

Sad to See Heartland Cafe Go? You Can Own a Piece of It

If you’re still mourning the loss of the venerable Heartland Cafe, the Rogers Park health-food staple that closed at the end of last year, fear not.

The restaurant is hosting a garage sale this weekend.

“That’s right, we are having a garage sale!” restaurant management said in a Facebook Post. “Own a piece of the historic Heartland Cafe. Everything from glasses, plates, bar stools, fixtures, stoves, fridges and so much more! Wow!”

The sale will run Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The restaurant is located at 7000 N. Glenwood.

The Heartland opened in 1976, and quickly became a magnet for vegetarians and lovers of natural food options. It also grew into a neighborhood gathering place, hosting music, as well as cultural and political gatherings.

Sale of the building forced owner Tom Rosenfeld to sell. The restaurant closed Dec. 31.

In a post last year, Rosenfeld paid tribute to the spirit of the cafe, which he said was instilled by the original owners, Katy Hogan and Michael James.

“Heartland has always been a reflection of you –outspoken, politically active, funny, lovable, a little rough around the edges, served with a splash of opinion and some veggies with black beans and rice. On behalf of the neighborhood who holds up your creation as an iconic symbol of Rogers Park, I thank you for what you created here,” Rosenfeld said.

49th Ward Aldermanic Debate Tonight at Sullivan High School

Aldermanic candidates have been invited to debate tonight at Sullivan High School.

The event, moderated by the League of Women Voters, is expected to run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the school, located at 6631 N. Bosworth Ave. All four candidates have been invited: Incumbent Joe Moore, Maria Hadden, Nathan Myers, and Bill Morton.

Sullivan High students serving as timekeepers and audience question screeners. The event co-sponsors are Good News Partners, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, Network 49, Protect RP, and Rise 49.

Translation services will be provided.


Soon-to-Open Rogers Park Target is Hiring

The Target store set to open this Spring at Sheridan and Devon is hiring.

Ald. Joe Moore (49th) hosted a job fair Monday. And area Targets will be taking applications this weekend, from Friday, Jan. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 20, according to Moore.

The new Target is located on the on the Northwest corner of Sheridan and Devon, in the Concord Sheridan development. The Concord will mix housing and retail, anchored by the Target. The development is expected to be completed next month, with the Target opening sometime in the Spring, according to Moore’s website.

“As part of the new community review process for this development, I secured a commitment from Target to hire residents from the Rogers Park and Edgewater communities,” Moore said in a statement. Monday’s job fair was part of that commitment, Moore said.

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