Category Archives: Edgewater

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.

RogersEdge Eats: Edgewater Tacos

We at the RogersEdgeReporter love to eat, and we’re happy our office straddles two neighborhoods that have so many great places to do it. We used the ratings on Yelp to find the top 10 restaurants in both Rogers Park and Edgewater. We will visit them all and, in the name of investigative journalism, report back.

Here’s our first installment: Edgewater Tacos. Provecho!

Hadden Romps; Osterman Rolls

Challenger Maria Hadden scored a stunning and overwhelming upset in Rogers Park Tuesday, ousting 28-year incumbent Ald. Joe Moore in the 49th Ward.

Harry Osterman, meanwhile, cruised to an easy victory over David Earl Williams III.

Hadden, running an energized, well-organized campaign against Moore, won by more than 3,000 votes – 7,191 to Moore’s 4,032.

Osterman, meanwhile, won easily over Williams, collecting 11,607 votes to the challenger’s 4,032.

In the Chicago mayoral race, both Rogers Park and Edgewater gave the edge to Lori Lightfoot, who also won citywide. Both neighborhoods also placed Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle second.

In Rogers Park, the mayoral race results were as follows: Lightfoot, 2,529; Preckwinkle, 2.224; Amara Enyia, 1.315; William Daley, 828; Susana Mendoza, 785; Paul Vallas, 359; Gary Chico, 338; Willie Wilson, 322; Jerry Joyce, 268; Garry McCarthy, 139; Bob Fioretti, 59; La Shawn Ford, 58; Neal Sales-Griffen, 28; Kozlar, 25.

In Edgewater, the mayoral results were as follows: Lightfoot, 4,529; Preckwinkle, 2,723; Daley, 1,665; Enyia, 1,349; Mendoza, 917; Vallas, 611; Joyce, 560; Chico, 522; Wilson, 373; McCarthy, 275; Fioretti, 74; Ford, 65; Kozlar, 49; Sales-Griffen, 30.

Here is coverage of the race from Block Club Chicago.

Here are results from the Chicago Tribune, including an excellent ward-by-ward map showing results in the mayor’s race.

Here is coverage in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Here is a nice story in the Loyola Phoenix.

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.

Meet the Candidates: David Earl Williams III running for 48th Ward Alderman

We’re asking local candidates in Rogers Park and Edgewater to introduce themselves to voters. First on the list is David Earl Williams III, who is running for Alderman in the 48th Ward. You can find out more about him and his candidacy here. Meanwhile, here is our interview.

We asked Ald. Harry Osterman to sit down for an interview. But he said he could not be available before Feb. 26, which is Election Day.

Look for interviews with 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore and challenger Maria Hadden next week.

New documentary focuses on Senn TV

By RogersEdge Reporter Staff

A new short documentary, “Behind the Scenes at SennTV,” has been released to the public.

The short news feature, produced and directed by Kendall L. Jackson Jr., highlights the digital journalism program at Nicholas Senn High School in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.


Jackson, a journalism student at Loyola University Chicago, shot the documentary at Senn, his alma mater.

The documentary shows the work of a dedicated group of high school students who produce a weekly newscast at Senn. Since its inception, SennTV has provided informative video pieces that revolve around the culture at Senn High School and Edgewater/Andersonville/Rogers Park area.

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