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EBGA SPRING GARDEN PARTY, May 13 at The Breakers

EBGA SPRING GARDEN PARTY, May 13 at The Breakers!

Join us for food, drink, entertainment and more at the Edgewater Beach Gardeners Association SPRING GARDEN PARTY, Saturday, May 13, 4:00pm-6:00pm at The Breakers.

A portion of the proceeds benefit Care for Real.

Last year, the EBGA donated hundreds of lbs. of fresh, locally grown produce to Care for Real reaching so many of our neighbors in need.  We are very grateful for the generous support!

See you May 13!

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Cheetah Gym Hosts Annual Prom Dress Drive

Cheetah Gym Hosts Annual Prom Dress Drive

For the second year, Care for Real is hosting our Prom Dress Drive for teens in need. From now until April 30, drop off dresses, jewelry, makeup, accessories or shoes at Care for Real or the lobby at Cheetah Gym, 5248 N Clark St. This year, Care for Real is also accepting tuxedos, suits and other formal shoes! Donations at Care for Real will be accepted Monday-Friday from 9am – 3:30pm and Saturday 9am – 12:30pm at the back door only.

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Care For Real Sets June Food Assistance Record, Cash Donations Critically Needed

Care For Real Sets June Food Assistance Record, Cash Donations Critically Needed

Edgeville Buzz

It was a record-setting June this year for Edgewater’s food pantry, Care For Real at 5339 N. Sheridan Ave. Not only did they provide 125,000 lbs. of food to more than 5,389 folks in 2,947 households last month, they also distributed more than 11,000 articles of clothing.


Established in 1970 by Rev. William Johnson of the Epsicopal Church of the Atonement, Rabbi Herman Schaalman of Emanuel Congregation and other members of the Edgewater Clerical Rabbinical Association, Care For Real has since grown to be one of Chicago’s largest food and clothing distributors to those in need. In 2007, they were serving approximately 10,000 people annually. However, after our country’s financial collapse, they have seen their numbers steadily grow and expect to serve 100,000 by the end of 2016.

According to Lyle Allen, Executive Director of Care For Real, the June increase in the number of people needing assistance has many reasons. He said, “Seniors have experienced cuts in a number of programs. Families are turning to us because kids are out of class for the summer and many children count on the two meals they receive when schools are in session.  Basic costs of living and running a household are on the rise. And so many social service agencies are closing their doors or eliminating staff and programs causing a real struggle for us as we try our best to keep up with what has become a daunting time for our own organization.”

Though food and clothing drives have been successful for the organization – cash, corporate and foundation donations have sharply decreased. The reality is, the much needed financial donations are crucial to the organization’s survival as they continue to survive on a shoe string budget.

Allen explained, “While we are grateful for food and clothing donations, we also need financial contributions in order to operate. Day to day operations are overseen by a team of four and a few hard working individuals in the back that see we keep up with the labor intensive and other grueling requirements associated with running our food distribution programs.  We need cash donations. And we need them now.”

Even though these crucial funds have dwindled, Care For Real still provides the assistance so many of our neighbors need. The work is emotional, physical and non-stop, but the team at the organization keep the less fortunate in the community hopeful with every food and clothing distribution.

“The love we receive from our community is astonishing.  We really are a family coming together in these turbulent times to feed our community with compassion and commitment”, said Allen. “Sometimes you wonder about your life path and where things are taking you. I’m lucky that I found my way to Care for Real.”

Care for Real accepts donations online at www.careforreal.org/donate

Contributions can also be mailed to:
Care for Real
5339 North Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60640
Attn: Lyle Allen

Allen can be reached by email at lyle@careforreal.org or by phone 773-769-6182.


22nd Annual Edgewater Neighborhood Garage Sale Saturday, June 4, 9:00am-4:00pm

22nd Annual Edgewater Neighborhood Garage Sale Saturday, June 4, 9:00am-4:00pm


EPIC 2016



The 22nd annual Edgewater Neighborhood Yard Sale sponsored by a record number of eight block clubs will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 pm. Saturday, June 4, no rain date.  Boundaries:  Foster to Devon on the south and north and Clark and Sheridan on the west and east.   Over 200 households are expected to participate in the annual community-wide undertaking which has evolved into an Edgewater tradition.

Locations are in garages and front, side and rear yards and maps of all locations will be distributed at participating households day of the sale and also will be posted online.  To accommodate those who drive to Edgewater for the annual sale, St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church is providing free parking at its Hollywood/Sheridan lot.

For the second year, Special Services Area 26 (SSA), managed by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, will organize sidewalk sales on the Broadway corridor and the intersecting business districts of Devon, Granville, Thorndale, Bryn Mawr and Berwyn.

Yard Sale deals will be offered by theatre companies, antique stores, health and wellness businesses and additional retailers.  A list of participants also will be distributed to browsers and buyers the day of the sale.

Four group sites are available to participants who are unable to sell where they live.  They are the Barr Funeral Home parking lot at 1228 Granville; parking lot at 6044 N. Winthrop; Church of Atonement at 5749 N. Kenmore and Swift School at 5900 Winthrop.

For links to register for the sale, e-mail edgewateryardsale@gmail.com.

A record number of 12 non-profit organizations are participating in the sale this year.  They are and their locations:

Berger Park Advisory Council, 6205 N. Sheridan

Care for Real, 1254 W. Elmdale

Check Your Ability, 1228 Granville

Chicago Friends School, 5944 Magnolia

Chicago Police Department 24th District CAPS program, 1242 W. Elmdale

Families Together Cooperative Nursery School, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale

Granville United Methodist Church, 1307 W. Granville

St. Gertrude’s Church, 6200 N. Glenwood.

Swift School Parents Advisory Council, Pivot Arts, Rivendell Theatre, 5900 N. Winthrop

Here are special activities planned by non-profit participants:

  • Check Your Ability, an organization for the disabled, will sell handmade totes.
  • Chicago Friends School will offer a petting zoo from 1 to 3 p.m. and sell homemade bakery goods, proceeds going to Heartland Alliance for refugee services.
  • Pivot Arts will culminate a week-long festival with a 1:30 p.m. parade on Winthrop between Thorndale and Ardmore and performances on the Swift School playground from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • St. Gertrude’s youth group will sell hot dogs and chips from 1 to 3 p.m. to benefit an annual mission trip.
  • Swift School’s Parents Advisory Council will conduct a rummage sale in the school cafeteria.

For the first time this year EPIC Block Club sellers are contributing one item to a Care for Real table at 1254 Elmdale, all proceeds going to Edgewater’s food and clothing pantry.

The eight sponsoring block clubs are BARGE Neighbors Community Organization, Edgewater Beach Neighbors Association (EBNA), Edgewater Glen Association (EGA), Edgewater North Neighbors (ENN), EPIC Block Club, North Edgewater Beach Association (NEBA), Northeast Organization of Neighbors (NEON) and TAHBS Citizens Council.  Edgewater Beach Apartments, the co-op at 5555 N. Sheridan rd., also is participating for the fourth time in 2016.

Edgewater Beach Community Gardens Ground Breaking Ceremony, Saturday, May 7

Edgewater Beach Community Gardens Ground Breaking Ceremony, Saturday, May 7


Join us Saturday, May 7 at 10:00am, for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Edgewater Beach Community Gardens.  Honored to have 2 garden plots dedicated to Care for Real helping us provide locally grown fresh produce to the nearly 6,000 we feed each month. Invite, location and more info below!

ECRA Thanksgiving Service at St. Gertrude’s, Sunday, November 22, 3:00pm

ECRA Thanksgiving Service at St. Gertrude’s, Sunday, November 22, 3:00pm

Join us for the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Sunday, November 22, 2015, 3:00pm at St. Gertrude’s, 1420 W. Granville.  Sponsored by Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA), we invite you to celebrate our community’s diversity through music, service, devotion and togetherness.  Last year, more than $2500 and an abundance of food and supplies were donated to Care for Real, and this year, we’re honored to once again be the beneficiary of a special collection taken at the service.  Be sure to come out and connect with friends and neighbors!