49th Ward Update
April 9, 2021

Good morning neighbors,

It was a jam-packed week filled with legislative and local work for my staff and I. Sorry for the delay in the newsletter, but my Friday schedule was a bit busier than usual. I'll keep my intro short this week because there's so much for you to read in celebrations, ward updates, and more below. However, I do want to highlight two things for you:

1. Covid numbers are still rapidly increasing and we need people to continue to wear masks, practice physical distancing and not rush "getting back to normal." Even once vaccinated, you need to keep up the public health habits we've been practicing for a year now. Handshakes, hugs, and contact with people outside of your household is still not recommended. Remember, only at 18.7% of Chicagoans have been fully vaccinated and only 34.5% have started their vaccine sequence. Also, being vaccinated drastically reduces your risk of getting really sick from covid should you be infected; it does not mean that you can't get it or or spread it to others. You should also know that the more contagious and deadly variant of covid from the UK is becoming the dominant strain here in Chicago. Lastly, there are other health concerns to keep in mind even if you get and recover from covid. This week a study was released that shows that, "1 in 3 Covid survivors suffers neurological or mental disorders." The pandemic isn't over and we need to take care to keep ourselves and each other safe.

2. I am so proud of our Youth Advisory Council and our staff lead for the YAC, Grayson Alexander, for their virtual art gallery, 49 Expressions. This virtual gallery features the work of local artists aged 6 - 68 years old and has been a labor of love for our emerging young leaders. If you missed the premier on Facebook last night, check it out sometime today. It'll make you smile.

Have a good weekend,

Maria Hadden

49 Expressions - A Virtual Art Gallery
View the full gallery here. Featured in the photos, artwork by (clockwise from top left) Yvette Wesley, Lewis Lain, Erika Iris, and Melanie Johnson.
Celebrations & Appreciations
Let's celebrate and appreciate what's wonderful about our ward, the people, the places and accomplishments. We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, orgs and actions that you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Welcome to the Crazy Greek!
Welcome to Niko and The Crazy Greek! We're so happy to have you in the 49th Ward. The Crazy Greek had their soft opening this week and moved here from their Skokie location. You can find them at 6808 N Sheridan, just north of Pratt. Check out their menu and look out for their grand opening, coming soon.
Andy's Art, Antiques & Oddities Now Open
Photo Credit: Block Club Chicago
Local Rogers Park resident Andrew Johnston always had a passion for supporting local arts and sourcing antique goods, and it created a special bond between him and his late mother. When she passed away in 2019, he decided it was time to honor her by pursuing their shared passion with a career change. 

Andrew found a location at 1253 W. Devon, within walking distance to his home. Since opening, he has found creative ways to attract customers, from hosting a DJ night to having an Easter egg hunt with unique gifts from other local businesses. 

Make sure to swing by and show your support to our newest business. They're open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 pm. For more information, visit their website.

Block Club Chicago also wrote a nice article about the business and Andy's inspiration to open it. You can read the full article here.
Glenwood Sunday Market Partnering with
Loyola Farmers Market for a June Return 
Photo Credit: Glenwood Sunday Market
Two of the regular Rogers Park farmers market will join forces this summer to provide an expanded market for neighbors this summer.

The Glenwood Sunday Market is partnering with the Loyola Farmers Market to host the weekly Sunday market at the lot located at 1233 W. Pratt. Last summer, the Glenwood Sunday Market transitioned to this site to allow for more social distancing amid the COVID-19 crisis. They plan on using this site again to allow for increased social distancing. The site continues to remain vacant while the developer finalizes a permanent plan for the location. Our office has been in regular communication with the owner and hopes to have an update in the coming weeks for residents. 

The Loyola's Farmers Market took a hiatus last summer due to the pandemic and is planning on continuing that hiatus this summer. However, some of the regular vendors from Loyola's Farmers Market, including Loyola's Urban Farm, will set up at the Glenwood Sunday Market this summer instead. 

The Sunday Market will once again implement mitigation protocols, including a prescribed walking route, a face mask requirement, and managed capacity. They will continue to offer microgrants for shoppers in the SNAP program as well. 

The season will kick off on Sunday, June 6. The Glenwood Sunday Market will run from 9 am to 2 pm on Sundays through October 24, except for July 4.  For more information on the upcoming season, vendors, and more, visit the Glenwood Sunday Market's website
Ward Updates
Community Meeting on 1415 W. Morse April 12
The owner of 1415 W. Morse, Mark Falanga, will join the 49th Ward office for a community meeting on Monday, April 12, at 6 pm. 

The developer will share updated plans based on the community feedback residents submitted to our office, from conversations with the adjacent property owner and tenants, and based on feedback from the city's Department of Buildings and Department of Planning and Development.  

Register to attend the meeting online at Spanish translation will be available. More information on the development and the community process to date is available on the 49th Ward website
24th District Wraps Major Operation
This week, the 24th District and the Area 3 narcotics officers successfully wrapped an operation to shut down the open air drug dealing happening on Howard Street especially near the red line station. Since last September, hundreds of neighbors have called my office to voice their complaints and concerns about the open air drug dealing and increased gun violence on Howard St and in the North of Howard community. We shared these concerns and complaints with Commander Brennan and his team at the 24th District and they have been nothing but responsive and we thank him. I also must give a big thank you to all of the neighbors and businesses who have been so patient during this months long process. A special thanks to Sgt. Sisk, Mayra Gomez and Officers Kline, Hardy and Ghalib as well as to the Rogers Park Business Alliance for your support.

Creating a safe and welcoming community for all of our residents is complex work and it takes a multitude of partnerships and creative solutions. Economic development and bringing more investment and city services to neighbors here is a top priority for my office. Though the pandemic has complicated a lot of things, my team and I have continued to work to serve neighbors around Howard Street. We have spent months working on the first participatory community development process for Howard Street in more than a decade the with our Corridor Development Initiative for the Howard/Ashland lot; last year my office set up an anti-violence table with community organizations and the 24th District to work on violence reduction; and this year we’ve launched Block by Block, a new block club initiative to get people to take control of activities in their part of the ward. Groups like A Just Harvest, Family Matters Chicago, Howard Area Community Center and C24/7 Father's Arms Ministries have been building relationships with residents and engaging in the kind of personal coaching that fundamentally supports our community safety and work. A big shout out to ONE Northside's Communities Partnering for Peace led by Ralph Edwards for your time and investment over these months as well. It takes many partners and the 49th Ward is fortunate to have you all.

Thank you as well to Fr. Noel Reyes of St. Jerome's Parish and Principal Leal and the 6th grade class of Gale Community Academy for coming out to meet the many city service providers from Streets and Sanitation, CDOT, Dept. of Buildings, and Dept. of Water Management this morning.
Howard Road Work Update
On Tuesday, April 6, the 49th Ward office joined representatives from the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Evanston Department of Transportation to discuss an upcoming project slated for Howard Street.

The project is the result of coordination between the two departments that began in 2016. Since then, they engaged stakeholders in Chicago and Evanston through a series of community meetings. In March 2020, they replaced the water main on Howard from Western to Ridge and from Sacramento to California. 

Beginning this month, they will begin the final phases of the project, which include:
  • Streetscape and roadway improvements
  • Improvements to pedestrian mobility, safety, and access
  • Improvements to traffic signals
  • New/Upgraded street lighting
  • Bike lane installation
  • Resurfacing 
During the meeting, representatives from the Evanston Department of Transportation stated work will begin on Howard from Ridge to Winchester in April and May. From there, they will transition from Ridge to Western through July. In August and September, they will focus on Western to Sacramento. Beginning in September through October, crews will install bump-outs (at Howard and Hoyne, Howard and Seeley, & Howard and Oakley) and finish street resurfacing. 

While the project is underway, there will be areas where parking is impacted along Howard. Additionally,  the traffic flow might be shifted to the other side of the street to accommodate crews and construction. 

Throughout construction, crews will work with businesses to ensure that they're still accessible and able to accommodate customers. Crews will replace sidewalks in stages to keep businesses open. Some businesses may receive construction ramps while new concrete is being poured. Our office will work closely with 49th Ward businesses and crews to disrupt business as little as possible while the project is underway. 

The full meeting is available to view on Facebook by clicking here. The project presentation is available to view on the 49th Ward website. Questions about the project can be sent to the 49th Ward office at or by calling 773-338-5796. 
1952 W. Morse Survey Results and Update
Thank you for taking the time to engage with our office by attending the community meeting last month and providing feedback on the proposal for 1952 W. Morse.

Our office received 78 responses to the online survey, with 56.5% of respondents supporting the proposal in its current iteration. As reflected in the infographic, the lack of density, lack of affordable units, and the building's design were the biggest concerns 49th Ward residents have about the proposal. Others, however, expressed strong support for additional single-family homes in the neighborhood. 

Our office shared the feedback and input with the developer to see how it can be incorporated into the proposal. We will keep the community apprised of any proposed changes from the developer and continue to solicit feedback and host community meetings. The first meeting was only the first step in creating a long-term plan for the site. 

Stay tuned for further updates and the next steps. Please don't hesitate to contact us directly with questions at or 
Sullivan Capital Improvements Update
Crews are progressing on the capital improvements to Sullivan High School.

On March 29, crews began installing a new elevator, which will help make the building ADA compliant. The work comprises exterior earthwork for the elevator superstructure. This includes excavation, micropiles, and sheeting. As a result of the work, the neighborhood might see an uptick in noise during this time. 

In May, crews will begin to take down the 75-feet of the existing stack at the boiler house. Demolition will occur internal to the stack. However, for safety purposes, foot traffic may be guided away from Greenview during this time. 

The ongoing work is part of $25 million in capital improvements at Sullivan High School. The project was a part of CPS's allocation of the 2020 Capital Improvement Program. The project includes replacing the leaky roof, exterior facade refinishing, new windows, and a new elevator installation. The expected completion date for all the improvements is November 2021. 

These important improvements will continue to build pride in our neighborhood schools while providing students with the shelter they need to succeed in school. 
Community Alert: Robberies
The 19th and 24th District released a joint community alert this week after identifying a series of robberies in the area. If you or anyone you know has any information on these incidents, please contact the Area Three Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
Examining the Indian Boundary Line Marker
The 49th Ward Office is partnering with the Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society to host a discussion on the Indian Boundary Line Marker located at Rogers and Clark in the 49th Ward. This discussion is a part of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Monuments Project

The Chicago Monuments Project focuses on the often unacknowledged – or forgotten – history associated with the City’s various municipal art collections to address the ways in which that history has been told. One of the 41 public monuments that are part of the assessment is the plaque marking the Indian Boundary Line in Rogers Park. Join us and three expert panelists to gain a better understanding of the historic significance of the Indian Boundary Line, the purpose of historical monuments, and perspectives on whether and how this particular marker serves its intended purpose, For details on the meeting and panel see


  • Dr. James Akerman, Director of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography and Curator of Maps at the Newberry Library.
  • Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin, Associate Professor of History at Loyola University.
  • Dr. Dorene P. Wiese, founder and Chief Executive Officer of the American Indian Association of Illinois.

Free and open to all. Pre-registration required. Spanish translation available.

Where: The comfort of your home via Zoom
When: Monday, April 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

Register Now to get Your Zoom Link
Eugene Field Parent Support Circles
Eugene Field's Parent and Family Support Circles provide a space for parents & family members to exchange ideas, share information, and give and receive support from other parents in the community. This event is open to all parents in Rogers Park! Currently, sessions are held online. They host two sessions every month to accommodate different work schedules. 

On April 21, Dr. Renfro from Loyola University will join to discuss parenting during COVID-19 and answer any questions you may have.
The Spanish meeting will take place at 10:30 am on Google Meet at this link. The English meeting will take place at 5 pm on Google Meet at this link.

If you have any questions, email Evette Escobar at
Collective Healing:
The Saving Power of Community (Round Table Offerings)
A Just Harvest is known for being a resource for feeding much more than hunger. In 2021 and beyond, they recognize that we will never manifest true community wellness until we set our intentions toward collective healing. And they want to do that with you.

On May 5, 2021, at 12 pm, A Just Harvest invites you to pull up a virtual chair and join their Roundtable Offerings on Collective Healing: the Saving Power of Community.

A Just Harvest invites the community to join this annual meeting as a call to awareness. Moving past the injustice and trauma of 2020 and instead toward abundance, healing, and change will require all of us. The healing work we must all do together will be discussed by panelists, including Keynote Speaker Reverend Traci Blackmon.

Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ. As a featured voice on many local, national, and international platforms, Rev. Blackmon's life’s work focuses on communal resistance to systemic injustice through the redemptive power of love.

To register to attend, click here
Did you Lose a Tree to the Rogers Park Tornado?
Contact Us to Request a New One! 
Photo credit: ABC7 Chicago
2020 threw us a lot of curveballs. Among those was a tornado in our neighborhood that, unfortunately, uprooted some of our long-standing trees in its path. Our office is working closely with the Bureau of Forestry to identify locations where trees should be replaced. 

We are looking for tenants or owners in affected areas who will be able to care for a new tree once it's planted. Caring for a new tree means an individual can commit to caring for its first three years. That care includes watering the tree, not laying down fertilizer, not pruning the tree, and making sure that you don't hit the tree with a lawnmower when caring for the parkway grass. 

If you would like to request a tree, please contact the 49th Ward office by emailing or calling 773-338-5796. Please make sure to provide the address when requesting a new tree. 
10-Week Entrepreneurial  Program
GROW is an entrepreneurial training program of Rogers Park Business Alliance. GROW helps entrepreneurs and existing business owners develop a comprehensive and implementable plan that's right for them. GROW helps entrepreneurs hone in their business plan and expand their understanding of how to navigate the always-changing business environment. Additionally, GROW provides expert guidance on implementing best practices and models that are key to business sustainability.

GROW: The Complete Program is 10 weeks long and takes place Wednesdays from April 7 to June 9, 2021 from 6 - 8 p.m.
All sessions are virtual and they include 3 foundation sessions and 7 specialty sessions. The sessions are designed to take a new business concept from idea to reality OR an existing business from normal to extraordinary!

An interview is needed in order to register. For more information contact Sheree Moratto at
COVID-19 Updates
As we continue to combat COVID-19 across the city, state, and country, we are bringing back our section with the most up-to-date information on the ongoing public health crisis and any changes that are being implemented to address it. Information on aid and relief programs will continue to be housed in the "Need to Know Info" section of this newsletter. 
Illinois Vaccine Finder
Looking for an available vaccine appointment? can help you locate appointments throughout the state of Illinois. The website does allow users to filter available appointments by county and offers links to providers' sites where users can sign up for available appointments. 
Protections for Workers Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine
On March 24, an ordinance was introduced to City Council that would establish labor protections for Chicago workers that take time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Under the proposal, employers are prohibited from taking any adverse action – including termination, demotion, layoff or punitive schedule changes – against an employee for taking time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Furthermore, if a worker has paid sick leave or other accrued time available, employers must allow their employees to use that time off to receive the vaccine. Finally, if an employer requires a worker to be vaccinated, it must compensate the worker for the time taken to receive the vaccine if it is during a shift, up to two hours per dose.

The proposed ordinance would expand the protections guaranteed under the Anti-Retaliation Ordinance that passed City Council in May 2020. That ordinance, which remains in effect, protects all workers from any retaliatory action from their employer if they are unable to work due to public health directive or COVID-19 related illness. Employers that violate this ordinance are subject to fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 per offense. 
CDPH Partners with Zocdoc to
Launch Vaccine Appointment Scheduler
The Chicago Department of Public Health has partnered with Zocdoc to create a more centralized platform where people can schedule vaccination appointments when they’re available. To view available appointments through Zocdoc at

At this time, this platform is showing available appointments at the city's Point of Distributions sites (PODS) and Rush University Medical Center. More information on where to locate other vaccination sites is contained below in this newsletter.
United Center Vaccine Updates

The United Center, 1724 W. Madison, began to operate as a Federally-run vaccination site on Tuesday.  The site is open to individuals in groups 1a, 1b, and 1b+ of the vaccine rollout. The Department of Public Health is reporting that despite lower doses than initially expected, the site will eventually be able to administer up to 6,000 doses of the vaccine per day. 

The city will begin to post additional appointments on Zocdoc as they become available; however, CDPH is encouraging that seniors use the call center to book their appointments. The call center is receiving a large volume of calls and residents are encouraged to stay on the line despite the hold times. 

How to Book an Appointment

Book through the Call Center at 312-746-4835

  • The appointment call center (312-746-4835) is open only to Chicago residents ages 65 and older or those living in zip codes 60608, 60619, 60620, 60649, and 60652.
  • The call center hours are as follows:
    8 am - 8 pm Monday thru Saturday
    8 am - 4 pm on Sunday

Book through Zocdoc at

  • Residents in group 1a, 1b, and 1b+ can still book their appointments on Zocdoc's website. This includes anyone 65 and older. 

There is no onsite registration and you must have an appointment to receive a vaccine at the United Center.

How to get to the United Center:

Driving: Entrance to the vaccine site is in Lot E of the United Center, off of Madison. Parking is available in Lot A with a free shuttle to the vaccination site.

Uber: Offering ride credits

Uber is providing 20,000 Chicagoans with $40 ride credits to get to the United Center. After a Chicago resident books an appointment via Zocdoc, they will receive an appointment confirmation email which will also ask if they need transportation to their visit. If they answer yes, they'll receive ride credits from Uber which will work only for rides to and from the United Center that are within Chicago city limits. 

CTA: The closest L station to the United Center is the Ashland Green & Pink Line station. The closest bus stop to the United Center is at Madison and Paulina on route 20. You can get directions from your destination to the United Center on CTA's Plan My Trip website or using Google Maps.

Three Ways Chicago Residents can Receive a COVID-19 Vaccine:
The City of Chicago began inoculating people in phase 1b of the vaccine rollout this week. Individuals in this group include essential frontline workers and residents aged 65 and older. 

There are three ways Chicago residents can receive a COVID-19 vaccine:
1. Your health care provider
Your first contact should be your health care provider, including your primary care provider, health clinic, or hospital where you have gotten medical care in the past. Over 350 health care providers have signed up with CDPH to distribute vaccine. Providers are also reaching out directly to schedule appointments with their existing patients, prioritizing those who are older with more underlying conditions. Health care providers can still sign-up to be vaccine providers.
2. Your pharmacy
The City of Chicago has provided vaccines to pharmacies across Chicago. These pharmacies each have their own registration link which can be found below.
The City of Chicago does not endorse any of the listed organizations. This list is provided only as a convenience. See the full disclaimer here.
3. Your employer
Specific employers in prioritized essential workers groups will be able to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to their employees in 1b. CDPH is working directly with employers as vaccines become available. For example, first responders are already being vaccinated and others will begin soon. If you receive your vaccine through your employer, you will not need to take any other action. 
For those that have insurance but do not have a primary care provider, please check with your insurance company for a list of providers accepting new patients. One option is to enroll with one of Chicago’s many Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) if you do not have insurance. 

For especially vulnerable populations (e.g., those facing housing insecurity or undocumented immigrants), the city will partner with city colleges to set up PODs (points of distribution) to vaccinate residents. At this time, PODs are continuing to vaccinate health care workers included in phase 1a, and no appointments are available yet to those included in phase 1b. 

While the city has transitioned to phase 1b of the vaccination rollout, supply remains limited. Last week, CDPH informed aldermanic offices that they're currently receiving 34,000 doses of the vaccine a week, which amounts to roughly 5% of people in group 1b. This means that appointments are filling up fast. On Tuesday, President Biden announced that his administration is working to purchase an additional 200 million doses of the vaccine. Their goal is to have enough vaccine supply for the entire adult U.S. population by the end of the summer. 

You can track the vaccine data for the city of Chicago on CDPH's website by clicking here
Vaccination Appointments for Homebound Persons

People who are homebound can sign up online to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at their residence. Caregivers will also be vaccinated under the program.

To be eligible, a person must not be able to leave their home because it “requires considerable and taxing effort," and must fit one of these categories:

  • Be a senior OR a person with a disability that requires in-home assistance, and

  • Be a person who has to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, wheelchair, etc.) and/or accessible transportation to leave home.

​Homebound vaccinations will be administered by Chicago Firefighter emergency medical personnel. Vaccines are limited to those who are truly homebound and meet the above eligibility requirements. 

Fill out the homebound vaccine form online by clicking here

Howard Brown Health Vaccine Appointments

Howard Brown Health is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to established patients and community members who are essential frontline workers or age 65 or older. Reserve your vaccine appointment online.

Appointments may be rescheduled based on the availability of the vaccine. Due to supply, vaccination appointments are available at limited clinic locations in Chicago. The appointment for the second dose will be scheduled at the end of your first appointment.

All appointments are subject to change based on vaccine availability.

Details regarding the Howard Brown vaccination rollout plan will continue to change in the coming days. Please visit for the latest information regarding scheduling and availability.

Rush Medical Vaccine Appointments
Rush has been working with local and city officials to begin delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to its community, following the guidelines outlined by the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health. Based on those guidelines, eligible people will include those 65 years of age or older and essential workers, including health care workers. 

To view available appointments at Rush Medical, visit their website.
Heartland Health Vaccine Survey
Heartland Health Center, located at 1300 W. Devon in Rogers Park, is a designated Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). As we continue with the vaccine rollout for phase 1b, they will be giving the vaccine to established patients who meet CDC and IDPH guidance. 

At this time, Heartland Health has limited vaccines. They are currently contacting their highest risk patients in 1b to ensure that they're receiving their dose. As they receive more vaccines, they'll continue to reach out to the remaining eligible 1b patients. This meant that they're not currently accepting calls for vaccine appointments until they have a steadier supply of vaccines.

However, they are looking to support residents while they await more supplies. If you are interested in receiving the vaccine from Heartland Health Centers, please take a moment to complete their online survey. As soon as more doses become available, they will contact individuals who have completed this survey. 
Swedish Covenant Vaccine Waitlist Registry
Swedish Hospital has created a waitlist to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at their facility. At this time, they are preparing to vaccinate seniors ages 65 and older and those that still remain in group 1A. However, you may complete their online waitlist to receive more information as vaccine appointments become available. 

For more information and to sign up, visit Swedish Hospital's website.
Transportation for COVID-19 Vaccines
For seniors and people with disabilities who need assistance to access their COVID-19 vaccine appointment will be able to take advantage of transportation resources. 

Special Needs Chicago

Special Needs Chicago has wheelchair accessible transportation throughout the Chicagoland area (city and suburbs) to assist people with getting to their COVID vaccine appointment. Call 630-668-9999 for more information or click here to book a reservation

Uber to Provide Free Rides to Vaccine Appointments

Uber has partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy to make it easier for people who don't have a car or a nearby pharmacy to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Uber will offer free rides to Walgreens stores and clinics for those who book an appointment and live in an underserved community. Uber will work with community organizations, such as the Urban League, to determine underserved communities that will be eligible for free rides. Those organizations will then work to distribute codes that community members can use to get the free rides. 
Sign Up for CDPH's E-Newsletter
The Chicago Department of Public Health is dedicated to ensuring that all Chicagoans get trusted information about its local COVID-19 response. Sign up online for their email list and be among the first to receive press releases, current guidance, and other important information. 
How the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Works
The approved COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not contain any live virus of COVID-19. Instead, scientists used the genetic sequence of the virus to create a blueprint of the COVID-19 virus. The vaccine will trigger the body to produce the spike protein in the COVID-19 virus, which will signal our immune systems to produce the proper antibodies and T cells to combat the RNA blueprint. This means that should an individual contract the COVID-19 virus after being inoculated, the body's immune system will already have stored the information necessary to combat the virus. 

When people receive a vaccination, they might feel some side effects as their immune systems respond to the spike protein. The most common side effects include swelling and some pain at the injection site as well as fever, chills, headaches, and fatigue. These side effects are temporary and indicate that the immune system is imprinting its response to combat COVID-19. 
State Eviction Moratorium Extended to May 1
Governor Pritzker announced that the State's eviction moratorium will be extended to May 1, 2021, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our state and our country. 

On November 14, protections for Illinois tenants were changed under the latest eviction moratorium extension. Landlords can now file evictions unless tenants give them a written declaration that they should be protected by the COVID Eviction Moratorium. Tenants can use IDHA's declaration template to provide their landlord with written notice that they've been financially impacted due to COVID-19. That declaration is available online

The Department of Housing has put together a Know Your Rights website for tenants who are facing illegal lockouts during the eviction moratorium. The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing has also put together information for tenants facing an illegal lockout and may be able to provide legal assistance to income-eligible tenants. Learn more on their website here
Updates to the Emergency Travel Order

The Chicago Department of Public Health announced updates to the Chicago Emergency Travel Order. Effective Friday, January 15, 2021, states will only be categorized as yellow or orange. Previously, the city had three category levels for the Emergency Travel Order.

The updates to the order are meant to simplify the message by putting states into one of two categories. Regardless of which category a state falls into, CDPH is still advising that people avoid any kind of travel as we see COVID-10 cases surging across most of the U.S. Additionally, the new COVID variant that is more transmissible has now been detected in at least 8 states, including Indiana and Wisconsin. 

Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter).  They must practice strict social distancing, mask-wearing, and avoid any in-person gathering. Anyone traveling from a state on the Yellow list is not required to quarantine or provide a pre-arrival test. However, they should practice strict mask-wearing and social distancing.

The lists are updated every two weeks based on state and Chicago case averages. There are no travel restrictions within Illinois. However, non-essential travel to the areas of high incidence is discouraged. If essential travel is needed, follow the prevention techniques such as using a face covering, frequent hand washing/sanitization, and maintaining social distancing.

Please visit for additional information and to view the latest information on travel restrictions. 
Latest Information on COVID-19 from the
Chicago Department of Public Health

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Chicago, visit the Chicago Department of Health's (CDPH) website at For the latest information on COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) website

Community Aid
Help Save Our Ombudsmen
and Protect Nursing Home Residents

April marks thirteen months of congregate settings being shut down to visitors, while being infested with different strains of COVID-19 in closed settings where the residents of these different settings have very little control over what they are allowed to do in a period of subjugating isolation. IRRC remains committed to a rescue and recovery approach from every angle of the congregate setting issue. 

What exactly is an ombudsman? An ombudsman (or ombudsperson, or just ombud) is an official appointed to investigate individuals' complaints against maladministration, especially that of public authorities. It is their duty to hold facilities accountable, and many of IRRC’s resident advocates have developed close relationships with their ombuds. Ombudsmen are oftentimes the only advocate the residents have access to during the pandemic when other visitors and family members are restricted from entering the building.

Despite long-term care facility residents making up almost half of all COVID-related deaths in Illinois (48% as of 3/31/2021, per IDPH), the City of Chicago left the ombudsman program understaffed by 50% during the entirety of the pandemic: Check out this story in WBEZ that details how the City of Chicago has left our ombudsmen and residents behind in this time of tremendous need. The City could have used federal COVID relief funds to hire more ombudsmen - they chose not to.

On top of that, we recently became aware of an attempt to privatize the powerful ombudsman program of the City of Chicago. The very people who have acted as lifelines for residents are now being told to look for other employment before it’s too late. We have seen that when it comes to nursing homes, privatization can be deadly. We need this program to remain public, and we are asking that you help us save this program

Steps to help #SaveOurOmbudsmen:

Write a letter to the Mayor’s office via Action Network

Click here to send your letter - an automatic letter will be generated for you, but feel free to personalize your message! The more varied and personal our message is, the better our impact will be.

2) Fill out the Right to Recovery Survey

The American Rescue Act will send over $4 billion in relief funding to the city of Chicago, City Colleges, Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Transit Authority, and state and county agencies serving Chicago residents—including $1.8 billion in unrestricted funding to the city of Chicago. Right to Recovery, a coalition of organizations and elected officials, is running a survey on how this money should be spent.

Click here to fill out the survey - at the very bottom, there is a section that asks: “What other relief and recovery programs do you think should be funded?” Reply that the ombudsman program must be fully staffed - feel free to personalize your message, or copy and paste the one below:

The City of Chicago must use these funds to fully staff the long-term care ombudsman program. Ombudsmen are a lifeline to residents of long-term care facilities, which have made up almost half of all COVID-related deaths in Illinois; despite this, the ombudsmen program has been operating at 50% staff capacity throughout the entire pandemic, leaving residents without an advocate at a time when they needed it most. Not only that, but the City of Chicago is looking to privatize this program, which will lead to even less accountability. The Mayor must immediately fill all vacant positions of the long-term care ombudsman program and most commit to keeping this program public.”

3) Contact Your Alderman

Call and/or email your alderman! We have already been in touch with a few aldermen who have expressed their support for us - let’s make it clear to them that this is an issue that WILL NOT be ignored and needs to be remedied IMMEDIATELY!

If you wish, you can use the script below:

I am calling to demand that the City of Chicago fully staff its long-term care ombudsman program immediately, and to keep this program public. Ombudsmen are a lifeline to residents of long-term care facilities, which have made up almost half of all COVID-related deaths in Illinois; despite this, the ombudsmen program has been operating at 50% staff capacity throughout the entire pandemic, leaving residents without an advocate at a time when they needed it most. Not only that, but the City of Chicago is looking to privatize this program, which will lead to even less accountability. The Mayor must immediately fill all vacant positions of the long-term care ombudsman program and most commit to keeping this program public.”

4) Share on social media - #SaveOurOmbudsmen

Use this image and the hashtag #SaveOurOmbudsmen to let your networks know about this issue and help us in our fight! Feel free to tag @IRRCoalition on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and we’ll boost your post!

Questions? Press inquiries? Want to help us in the fight? Email and connect with us on social media. We’d love to hear from you!

CommUnity Makery Launches Soccer Equipment GoFundMe
Northside Chicago AYSO awarded 10 scholarships (registration & uniforms) to Howard area youth for Spring Soccer!

With the help of generous donors, CommUnity Makery is helping to take care of insurance costs, soccer cleats, snacks and drinks, and transportation. But they need your help to do so! Please consider making a monetary contribution to help our Howard-area youth play soccer this spring. 

What will your donation provide?
  • $20: insurance to play
  • $50: insurance to play + soccer cleats
  • $75: insurance to play, soccer cleats, & transportation to and from practices/games
  • $100: insurance to play, soccer cleats, transportation to and from practice/games, and healthy snacks and bottled water 
Please consider making an online contribution today to help a 49th Ward child play soccer! 
Save the Date for Family Matters' Drive-In Movie Fundraiser

Join Family Matters youth, families, and community members at the movies while raising funds for Family Matters’ Youth Development and Community Engagement programs and The Family Matters School. This fun-filled evening will include pre-movie entertainment, a silent auction and raffle, and the opportunity to support Family Matters to infinity and beyond!

Enjoy the classic family-friendly Pixar hit, Toy Story, from the comfort and COVID safety of your car. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $125 per car. All revenue from ticket sales and 40% of food and refreshment sales will benefit Family Matters’ activities, including one-to-one tutor/mentoring, teen leadership and job-readiness activities, hands-on experiential summer camps, community building, and their cooperative micro-school.

When: May 22, 2021 | 6:30 PM
Where: CHITOWN Movies | 2343 S Throop St | Chicago, IL 60608
What: Toy Story
Price: $125.00 per car

More information and tickets are available on Family Matters' website.

Volunteers Needed at Syrian Community Network
The Syrian Community Network is seeking 14 new after-school volunteer tutors. They are aiming to onboard and train these volunteers over the next few weeks to start working with kindergarten through 8th-grade students by the week of April 26th. There are no Arabic language skills required, and the volunteer commitment consists of two one-hour tutoring sessions per week until June 17th.

For more info on the tutoring program, as well as the next steps to sign up, please check out SCN's Volunteer Opportunities Site. There is a form there they ask all prospective volunteers to complete in order to initiate the onboarding and training process.
Commissioner Gainer's Women's Toiletry Drive
Extended through May 7
Commissioner Bridget Gainer is hosting her annual women's toiletry drive. The drive has been extended and now they are accepting donated items through May 7.

Please consider donating travel-sized products of shampoo and conditioner, soap, shower gel, deodorant, and body location to a drop-off location to help women that are currently incarcerated. For more information, call Commissioner Gainer's office at 312-603-4210 or email 
Community Engagement Opportunities
Rogers Park Senior Film Series: Compulsion
The 24th District will feature Compulsion as a part of its monthly Chicago in FIlm series. The 1959 courtroom drama is based on the 1924 Chicago murder trial of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. 

The movie will be streamed over Zoom on Wednesday, April 28, at 2 pm.

No registration is required, and all are welcome to stay in the Zoom space afterward for a discussion. Guest speaker Nina Barrett will be discussing her book "The Leopold and Loeb Files" after the movie. 

Use the information below to join the Zoom on April 28:


Zoom Meeting ID: 844 3006 2082  
Meeting Passcode: 543155

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type
Premieres this Friday at Lifeline Theatre! 
From April 2-22, join us for a live-action animated, virtual adaptation of Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's beloved book, Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type!

The animals on Farmer Brown’s farm have had enough! They work all day to provide milk and eggs, but when their request for electric blankets to warm the drafty barn is ignored, action must be taken. Join Duck, Hen, the Cows – and their trusty typewriter – as they engage in peaceful protest to improve their working conditions. From the same team that brought you Duck for President and Dooby Dooby Moo!

Based on the popular bestseller by Doreen Cronin; illustrated by Betsy Lewin, and adapted by James E. Grote. The music by George Howe, and the show is directed by Shole Milos.

Upon purchase, ticket holders will receive a password to view the production for the week of purchase (Friday–Thursday).

Get your Name Your Price ticket here or by calling Lifeline Theatre's Box Office at 773-761-4477!
Black Beauty Festival April 10-11

Victory Gardens Theater is excited to bring you the 5th edition of the Black Beauty Festival, April 10-11, 2021! In partnership with the Black Women’s Expo and Black Owned Chicago, Black Beauty Festival: Joy & Magic is a free two-day event that uplifts Black-owned businesses while creating conversations around beauty, health, and wellness.

This year’s theme is Joy & Magic, two words that perfectly encompass the BBF experience. Join them for their first virtual festival! BBF will include online shopping from Black-owned businessesfree performances from The Black Monologues, a Jam Session with up-and-coming artists, a Haircut Tutorial, Yoga Hour, Paint & Sip afternoon, Vendor Chat, raffle giveaways, and much more! Register here:

Have questions about the festival? Contact 

Government Corner
With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of information and resources available to people at all levels of government. To make sure you're receiving all the information to help you through this time, please consider signing up for the following newsletters or keeping your eye on the following pages. See something that should be added to this section? Email it to the office at 

City of Chicago Resources:
City of Chicago Coronavirus Resource Center Website
City of Chicago Coronavirus Updates Distribution Sign-Up
CPS COVID-19 Resources & Updates
Chicago Park District COVID-19 Response Page
BACP COVID-19 Resource Page

Cook County:
Cook County COVID-19 Response Website
Contact Commissioner Suffredin's Office
Commissioner Gainer Newsletter Sign-Up

State of Illinois:
State of Illinois COVID-19 Response Website
Sen. Steans Newsletter Sign-Up
Rep. Cassidy Newsletter

Federal Government:
Sign-up for Congresswoman Schakowsky's newsletter
Federal Government COVID-19 Response Website
Need to Know Info
Each week we've been updating this section with the rapid information coming down from all levels of government. This has resulted in a long email with the information running for several weeks. To shorten the length of the newsletter and provide the freshest content, we have archived all the COVID-19 newsletters on the 49th Ward website. You can also refer to the Rogers Park Community Response Team's website, where resources and information are abundantly available for our neighbors. 
Apply for the Rental Assistance Program thru April 16
Chicago's Rental Assistance Program (RAP) is now open. RAP helps Chicagoans who have housing, but who may become homeless soon due to lost income or another eligible emergency that prevents them from paying rent. Apply by 11:59 pm on April 16.

For more information and to apply, click here
Moratorium on Utility Shut-Offs Expired April 1
Last year, state regulators and consumer advocates negotiated protections for utility customers having a hard time affording their bills. This coalition has since regrouped to negotiate post-moratorium issues. With a moratorium on disconnections ending April 1, it is vital people contact their utilities to learn what protections are available. 

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) has compiled some helpful resources for Illinois consumers. Click here to access their fact sheet. 

Additionally, they have shared recordings of recent presentations giving helpful information about energy assistance by CUB and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO): 
Peoples Gas Offers $6 Million in COVID-19 Bill Pay Assistance
Peoples Gas is offering an additional $6 million in bill-payment assistance to its residential customers facing hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The assistance is the result of collaboration between Illinois gas and electric utilities, the State of Illinois, consumer groups, and other stakeholders. It was approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). The additional assistance is being offered in the form of a one-time credit of up to $500 on customer bills, plus other support to help pay bills.

Customers who may be eligible for the new assistance will receive a letter with additional details from Peoples Gas in April. They can also get information at or by calling Peoples Gas at 866-556-6001. The programs will be offered for a limited time.

Financial assistance, for a limited time, will include:
  • Bill Payment Assistance: $6 million in additional funds are available to provide one-time bill credits of up to $500 through the Peoples Gas Bill Payment Assistance Program (BPAP).
  • Flexible Payment Arrangements: Peoples Gas is offering flexible payment arrangements. Depending on residential customers’ eligibility status, these may include plans of 0% or 10% down, with payments spread across 18 months.
  • Service Reconnections: Customers whose service has been disconnected may be eligible for reconnections by providing a reduced down-payment of 25% of their outstanding balances. Customers may also be eligible for down-payment assistance through BPAP, the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or other federal, state or local assistance programs.
In addition to the newly added support, millions of dollars in financial assistance remain available through ongoing Share the Warmth and LIHEAP programs. Customers can contact the Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) directly at or 800-571-2332 for more information. Customers can also monitor the CEDA website and for any additional assistance made available in the future through federal, state and local programs.
The Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) presents: Know Your Rights Free Webinar Series
The Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) will host a webinar on the many types of housing discrimination how to protect yourself from it. 

English Webinar: Wednesday, April 7 at 1 pm
Spanish Webinar: Wednesday, April 14 at 1 pm

ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be available. Please request any additional accommodations in advance of the webinar by emailing 

The webinars will be recorded and available on CCHR's website. Register for a webinar by clicking here.
DPD Accepting Applications for its Committee on Design
In an effort to celebrate and reconfirm Chicago’s unique architectural and urban design legacy, DPD is establishing the Committee on Design (COD).

The COD will foster design innovation, promote projects that create thoughtful places, push the envelope of sustainability, and encourage collaboration and engagement with the public and other city departments and agencies through an open, peer-review process.

Members of the COD are expected to be highly experienced, well-regarded individuals in their field, with at least 15 years of professional experience in one or more of the following fields:
  • Architecture
  • Community development
  • Engineering
  • Fine art
  • Landscape architecture
  • Preservation
  • Public art
  • Urban design
  • Urban planning
Applicants to the Committee on Design should be able to demonstrate a history of peer reviewed design excellence. Applicants must also be residents of the City of Chicago.

The COD will meet monthly, either virtually or at City Hall. Members of the COD will initially serve a pilot term of two years.

Applications are due by Wednesday, April 14. Additional information is available at Questions and comments should be directed to
IHDA Offering Student Loan Forgiveness
for Aspiring Homeowners
The Illinois Housing Development Authority has launched a $25 million Smart Buy program that will help 500 to 1,000 young individuals buy homes by forgiving some of their student loans. The program would allow those who meet income requirements may receive up to $40,000 to pay their loans to purchase a home. Recipients would be required to live in the home for at least three years. 

For eligibility requirements, FAQs, and to apply, visit IHDA's Smart Buy website.
File Your Taxes with Tax Prep Chicago
The City of Chicago will offer free, confidential tax help through mid-April in partnership with Ladder Up. Trained volunteer tax preparers can assist you in completing and electronically filing Federal and Illinois tax returns for Tax Year 2020 and, in some cases, for prior years. They'll also be able to help determine if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and other tax credits!

The IRS has extended the tax filing deadline to Monday, May 17! For more information, visit or call (312) 588-6900 to schedule an appointment and see if you qualify.
Need Help?
Call or email the Rogers Park Community Response Team!

The Rogers Park Community Response Team is an action-oriented group created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. RPCRT was created by 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden in coordination with local service providers and community organizations. Partners include IL State Representative Kelly Cassidy, Protect RP, Northside Community Resources, Loyola Community Nursing Center, and hundreds of deeply committed community volunteers.

We are working together to support each other. We will do so, to the best of our combined ability care for all of our RP family, with fierce love and compassion. We want every Rogers Park resident to know that you are cared for and not alone.

Contact us at or call our Support Hotline at 773-831-7668. Volunteers are available to answer your questions and direct you to resources now.

Please also take a moment to look at the Rogers Park Community Response Team's robust website, This website acts as a centralized location where a variety of resources can live to help residents in the wake of COVID-19. 

Business Updates
Corridor Improvements RFP

The State of Illinois and its community partners are releasing a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) that will make $10 million available for corridor improvement projects to address the ongoing needs of impacted communities.

The Corridor Improvements for Rebuild Distressed Communities will support capital investment in commercial corridors that have experienced property damage. This will fund projects that will spark long-term economic growth while helping further support the economic recovery of small businesses affected by civil unrest.

Who should apply: DCEO and partners are calling on community-based organizations in communities that experienced civil unrest to apply – including, but not limited to nonprofits, local governments, business improvement districts, special service areas, and others.

All applicants must be in one of the eligible zip codes described above and demonstrate that the proposed improvements will occur at a location where businesses experienced property damage due to civil unrest during the relevant period on or after May 25, 2020.

When to apply: DCEO and partners have made a pre-solicitation available and will begin accepting applications on April 5th through June 7th. An informational webinar will be held on March 26th for interested applicants.

To view the draft RFP, click here.

How to apply: Questions about the draft RFP may be directed to LISC at or CNI at

For more information, visit the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity's website.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund
As part of the American Rescue Plan passage, $28.6 billion is earmarked for a new “Restaurant Revitalization Fund.”  
Click here for information from the National Restaurant Association about how the fund, administered by the Small Business Administration, works and eligibility requirements. 
NBRHD Restaurant Development Program
Reef has launched a NBRHD Restaurant Development Program. The program is a $1M commitment to help local restaurants expand their delivery business. Program participants will receive a dedicated marketing campaign valued at $10,000, mentorship and support services, food photography and creative production resources, and a NBHRD Kitchens partnership.
Applications are only open to restaurants in Cook County with fewer than three locations. Reef is especially looking to support BIPOC- and women-owned chefs.  

For more information and to apply, visit Reef's website. Applications are open until April 4, 2021.  
Chicago Vendor Impact Fund

As part of the City’s efforts to increase the capacity and competitiveness of our local, diverse vendor community, the City is pleased to announce the launch of the $25 million Vendor Impact Fund. The Vendor Impact Fund will provide priority access for City vendors certified as Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises (VBE), and Business Enterprises Owned or Operated by People with Disabilities (BEPD) to loans from the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and 7(a) loan program. The City and its partners will seek to provide all Vendor Impact Fund loan applicants with the best offer available and will work with applicants to determine which product is the best fit. All loan applications will be administered through Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) with the support of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.

For more information, eligibility requirements, and to apply, click here.  

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

For eligibility requirements, more information, and to apply, visit the SBA's website.

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners, including agricultural businesses and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

For eligibility requirements, more information, and to apply, visit the SBA's website.
Rogers Park Business Alliance COVID-19 Resources

The site maintains updated information on how we can support our small business community as well as resources for businesses in how they can adapt during this unique and challenging time. From their site:

Rogers Park Business Alliance is proud of the caring, work ethic, dedication and resiliency of our community. We firmly believe that, together, we will meet the challenge that we are all faced with today and going forward.  

Out of an abundance of love and concern for the health of our community we are closing our offices. Based on recommended precautionary measures and public health guidelines, team RPBA will be working remotely until given the all clear. We are available via phone and email. We appreciate your patience at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (773) 508-5885 or

You can view our growing list of Rogers Park businesses that are open and/or receiving donations. You can also checkout the Chicagoland Dining at a Distance list.

Youth can Apply for a Summer Job with One Summer Chicago
One Summer Chicago will run from July 5 to August 13 and will include remote and socially distanced, in-person job and life-skills training for youth ages 14 to 24. The application deadline is Friday, June 11, and can be found at More than 21,000 slots are available for youth this summer. Returning this year under the OSC portfolio are the Chicago Youth Service Corps (CYSC), Everyone Can Code, Photography for All programs, and more. One Summer Chicago is an integral part of My CHI. My Future.
Apply to be a Mikva Summer Fellow
Mikva Challenge is seeking 17-20-year-olds for its Summer Fellows internship program. As a part of the Mikva Summer Fellows (MSF) program, you will be placed in a paid summer internship in the office of a city, county, state, or federal lawmaker. You will work 30 hours a week for 6 weeks between late June and early August, and be paid $15 per hour.

In addition to working in an elected official’s office, Mikva Summer Fellows will be part of a professional development cohort focused on developing work readiness skills including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, public speaking, and teamwork. Fellows will meet weekly with Mikva staff to create career goals, complete workforce readiness assessments, and track their progress in the program. Please submit your initial application HERE by April 10th. 
Employment Opportunities
Chicago Upholstery & Drapery Co. Hiring

Chicago Upholstery & Drapery Co. has immediate openings for part-time (PT) General Laborers wanting to learn a trade or for those individuals just wanting a PT job. These PT positions can lead to full-time positions for qualified and interested candidates.

These positions require individuals to lift furniture, remove fabric as needed, stain/polish wood as requested, clean as you go, clean shop/empty garbage, and/or any other tasks requested. Chicago Upholstery & Drapery is a workshop environment.

More information here

Chicago Park District Now Hiring for Seasonal Positions
The Chicago Park District is now hiring for a number of seasonal positions. For more information, openings, and to apply, visit the Park District's website.
Serenity Home Healthcare is Hiring Caregivers
Serenity Home Healthcare is hiring caregivers in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Serenity Healthcare offers flexible schedules, and no car is required to apply. For more information, call 773-588-4000.
Chicago SAFE Ambassadors Now Hiring
Job Title: Chicago’s SAFE (Streets Are For Everybody) Ambassador
Employment status: Part-time, Non-exempt, Seasonal
Compensation: Hourly, $17.50
Hours: Up to 24 hours/week
Start Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
End Date: Friday, September 10, 2021

MUSE Community + Design is seeking outgoing, well-organized, and committed advocates for transportation safety education, biking, and social equity to join the team as a SAFE (Streets Are For Everybody) Ambassador from late May to late September.

As a SAFE Ambassador, you will represent the Chicago Department of Transportation in its efforts to support and promote Vision Zero Chicago initiatives. The goal of Vision Zero is to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from traffic crashes by 2026. To learn more about Vision Zero, click here. Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on our city’s transportation systems and mobility options, Ambassadors will educate the public on current best practices, recommendations and guidelines for safe mobility in both shelter-in-place and post quarantine conditions.

Chicago’s SAFE Ambassadors work both individually and as a team to deliver traffic safety expertise through presentations and demonstrations online or in-person, as appropriate, following strict safety guidelines from the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health and the CDC. It is likely that this year, our program will implement a hybrid engagement model, meaning that the Ambassadors’ time will be split between creating innovative online materials using social media, videos, livestream events, and video conferencing, and participating in in-person events/activities to educate the public.

This is a part-time, seasonal position up to 24 hours per week.

  • Represent the City of Chicago Department of Transportation and Vision Zero at assigned virtual events or in-person events, if conditions allow.
  • Participate as a member of Chicago’s SAFE Ambassadors team in making events successful by effectively disseminating information, encouraging safe street and road usage.
  • Create and share online and interactive resources with schools, senior living facilities, and community partners to educate students and residents of all ages about the importance of traffic safety and sharing the road.
  • Accurately input information in the required format at the conclusion of every event.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Skills and Experience:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, bending, stooping, standing long hours, and lifting up to 40 lbs
  • Communicate effectively with all people, regardless of age, ability, cultural groups, economic status, sexual orientation, and/or disabilities.
  • Comfortable speaking with strangers and in public.
  • Comfortable facilitating video conferences and webinars.
  • Familiarity with the City of Chicago, its neighborhoods and public transit system.
  • Comfortable using and navigating public transit.
  • Comfortable working in any neighborhood in the City of Chicago.
  • Outgoing and energetic.
  • Works well in a team and fosters team spirit.
  • Prompt, punctual and professional.
  • Access to the internet and a laptop. Willing to work remotely.
  • Works well individually in an unstructured and informal environment, with limited supervision.
  • Good at solving problems and thinking creatively.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to take direction and to learn basic facts about the Chicago Department of Transportation and Vision Zero.
  • Comfortable biking in the city.
  • Willingness and ability to work off hours and/or weekends.
Preferred skills and experiences:
  • Fluency in other languages such as Spanish, Polish and Mandarin highly preferred.
  • Experience working or volunteering in a community engagement role.
  • Experience teaching, children, youth or adults.
  • Knowledgeable in video recording, editing and formatting.
  • Experience working with or supervising teenagers.
  • Experience in facilitating online learning tools.
  • Experience working in Public Health related programs
Ambassadors are expected to bike or take public transit to and from events.

Successful completion of a paid five-day training course that covers bicycle handling, all forms of traffic safety, media relations, cultural sensitivity, and conflict resolution.

This is a drug-free workplace, and we are proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage applications from women and people of color.

SAFE (Streets Are For Everybody) Ambassadors are not employees of the City of Chicago.
Ambassadors are employed and managed by MUSE Community + Design.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by Friday, April 30, 2021, to Aaron Gatudla at No calls, please.
Chicago Botanic Garden Employment Opportunities
The Chicago Botanic Garden has a variety of seasonal and year-round job opportunities. For more information, visit their careers page at Applications are accepted online only via  
Greencorps is Now Hiring!
Greencorps offers seven to nine months of employment and on-the-job training in ecological restoration, green infrastructure, tree care, and landscaping. Training happens both in the classroom and in the field with the Chicago Park District, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and other project partners. Graduates of the Greencorps program have gone on to work for major companies such as Cardno, Christy Webber, Safety Kleen, and AES. Typical job titles include Landscape Maintenance Foreman, Restoration Technician, Driver, Groundskeeper, Pesticide Applicator, and Hazardous Material Technician. To learn more about Greencorps and apply, click here.
LUCHA Hiring Outreach & Engagement Specialist
Organization Overview
Since 1982, LUCHA (Latin United Community Housing Association) an Illinois 501(c)(3) corporation has served thousands of moderate and low-income families with Affordable Housing Development, Emergency Housing Repair and Assistance, Home Buyer Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention and Legal Assistance.  LUCHA owns and operates 198 units of affordable housing in the West Town, Humboldt Park and Logan Square Communities of Chicago.

Program Overview
The Community Alliance Initiative is a program conducted in collaboration with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to work in targeted communities (Armour Square, Humboldt Park, Jefferson Park, Logan Square, and Rogers Park) with the goal of increasing the participation of Latinx, and other underrepresented groups taking advantage of CHA housing, business, and employment opportunities.

Job Role
  • Conduct outreach to targeted households and local community organizations, agencies, institutions, and elected officials
  • Schedule, promote, and hold workshops on CHA housing, business, and employment related programs.
  • Conduct follow up services with interested workshop participants
  • Enter and manage data regarding program participation
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with local collaborating groups
  • Support other LUCHA housing related initiatives when called upon
Educational Requirements
Required: Undergraduate degree (BA/BS).

Other Qualifications/Requirements
  • Bilingual (not limited to Spanish/English) highly desired.
  • Familiarity with client management systems
  • Experience with MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Must be effective public speaker
  • Social service, educational, or community organizing experience working in diverse lower income communities
  • Must be able to work in client centered manner and be able to identify and respond to specific client needs
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Willing to work flexible hours.
  • Owning a car with a valid driver’s license a plus.
  • Ability to represent LUCHA in a positive and professional manner at all times.
  • Residents of the target communities are encouraged to apply.
Contact: Maria Galarza, 773-276-5338 ext.#239 or
LUCHA is 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and an equal opportunity employer.  To learn more about LUCHA, please visit
City of Chicago Hiring:
Asphalt & Concrete Construction Positions
The City of Chicago is looking to fill positions for asphalt and concrete jobs. The city offers competitive compensation as well as benefits, including a pension and healthcare. For more information and to apply, visit the City of Chicago's careers page
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is hiring several key positions to join their team. S&C Electric is a 100% employee-owned team seeking several team members in the Rogers Park community to keep the lights on across the globe.

To learn more and apply, visit
Doctors Test Centers (DTC) Job Opportunities

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has long been an economic engine for the City and region at large. They recently announced that they will begin offering the most comprehensive COVID-19 testing of any airport in the country at O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

The program will require a workforce to fill the more than 100 available positions.  Doctors Test Centers (DTC) has been selected as the vendor to assist the CDA with the endeavor. They have a variety of employment opportunities open and are seeking applicants. For more information, visit DTC's website here

Alderwoman Maria Hadden | 49th Ward Service Office
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*Please note the physical office remains closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Our staff is working virtually from home and is happy to answer calls and emails.

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