49th Ward Update
May 1, 2021

Good morning neighbors,

It's been an exciting week! Last Saturday we had more than a hundred residents participate in our annual Clean and Green event. Block clubs around the ward organized events in their areas, recruited volunteers, pick up supplies from my office and spent hours cleaning up our community. Thank you to everyone who participated this year. If you want to get involved with our Block by Block program to meet and organize with neighbors in your area, sign up here: Our May event will be the 49th Ward Bike Ride, so sign up soon!

Yesterday, my team working with Heartland Health, the Chicago Covid Response Team, the Chicago Vaccine Brigade, Centro Romero and several other community organizations vaccinated over 500 people! Our first pop up vaccine event in February targeted senior citizens and essential workers, we supported an event for restaurant and hospitality workers this past Monday and yesterday's event worked to reach our neighbors with some of the highest barriers to accessing the vaccine. It was a wonderfully successful event and for those who came out to get vaccinated, thank you - and don't forget to come back for your second dose on Friday, May 28!

We couldn't have pulled this off without our community partners reaching out to their clients and networks; Principal Kuran and Irene Bermudez of Chicago Math and Science Academy for generously sharing your space with us; Dalia Galvan Morales of Heartland Health for keeping Rogers Park on your mind; Emily, Javonte, and Laura from the Heartland team for making it all work; Jackie, Leslie, Torrence and Gina from the 49th Ward team for the planning and physical labor; Natalia and Jim providing the additional logistical and planning support; the DOZENS of volunteers (experienced and new) who stepped up, showed up and went out of their way to make our patients comfortable and our operation safe; and last but not least, a special thank you to RP daughter, Sara Izquierdo, a Public Health teacher and professional at UIC without whom this event wouldn't have been nearly as impactful as it was.

Clockwise from top left: Ald. Hadden and volunteers; Isabel, Tony and Sara Izquierdo; volunteer vaccinator Aaron Brosier; some of the Heartland Health team.

Our city is making great progress on vaccinations, but we still need everyone's help to keep covid infection down. If you haven't been vaccinated yet, please do so soon. You can find vaccine appointments using ZocDoc and walk-ins are possible at all City of Chicago sites for those 16 and older. Also, please remember to continue with your mask wearing, hand washing and safe distancing practices to keep spread down. Even vaccinated, you can spread covid to unvaccinated people and there are several more contagious variants circulating - be cautious. Protect yourself and protect our community. 

This week's newsletter is filled with some great opportunities to get engaged in our City, support individuals and organizations in our community and there are some new employment listings as well. Make sure to open in your browser and scroll through to the end!


Have a good weekend,

Maria Hadden
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
Happy May Day!
Happy May Day ✊🏽 This day is about workers’ hard won rights - what was fought for and what we are still fighting for. A thank you to the countless individuals who struggle every day to make sure workers have protections, and that their voices - ALL of their voices- are heard.
Good News Partners Offers Vaccines to all
New Life Interim Housing Residents and Staff
Good News Partners has been working alongside Heartland Alliance Health to administer vaccinations to all the New Life Interim Housing residents and staff. 

Colleen Ryan, Family Nurse Practitioner at Heartland who has worked personally with Good News Partners for many years, took the time to answer some questions about how they've been administering vaccines to various homeless shelters throughout Chicago: 

"We have been tasked by CDPH to administer 1000 doses of vaccine over a 4 week period of time- and we are at approximately 800 doses this week! We have been able to do this because of the amount of support our shelter partners have provided. So much of the effort [is] about engaging and educating people - we want to make sure people feel comfortable and confident in their decision to get a vaccine."

Thank you to Good News Partners and Heartland Alliance Health for educating and vaccinating our residents and employees! 
Neighbors Spruce Up the 49th Ward During the Clean and Green
49th Ward neighbors showed up last weekend for the annual Spring and Green event! I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all the Block by Block participants who came out last Saturday to pitch in. It was our best turnout yet! The neighborhood looks great, thanks to each of you. As always, we are better together.

I’m looking forward to our next block club event. If you haven’t signed up for Block by Block yet, you can do so now at
Ward Updates
Indian Boundary Lines Marker Survey
On April 19, the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society co-hosted a community meeting with my office to discuss the Indian Boundary Lines Marker that is being evaluated as part of the Chicago Monuments Project. It is one of 41 monuments currently under evaluation citywide, and the only one in Rogers Park.

The purpose of the project, as stated on the Monuments Project Website: "Monuments and memorials have become a focal point for conversation, protest, and activism in the city of Chicago. In response, the city has created a committee to review the city’s collection of monuments and recommend solutions."

If you were unable to attend or had difficulties due to the technical problems we experienced during the meeting, or if you want to review what the panelists had to say, you can view the recorded meeting on YouTube.

Text of the Plaque located at 7400 N Rogers Avenue (Indian Boundary Lines Marker - pictured above)

"Clark Street honors George Rogers Clark, whose brother William Clark with Ninian Edwards and Auguste Chouteau in 1816 negotiated Indian treaty ceding land including Chicago site from Rogers Ave to Lake Calumet.

Erected by Chicago’s Charter Jubilee

Authenticated by Chicago Historical Society, 1937."

Please take a moment to complete an online survey to help us decide how we grapple with this marker as a community.
Complete the Survey
How Do You Decide Where to Send Your Child to School?

CPS has recently begun reevaluating its school accountability system (called the SQRP or School Quality Rating Policy). One of the primary goals is to determine what parents need to know to select the best school for their child, be it right in their neighborhood or beyond. In order to assist with this process, we are asking Rogers Park parents how YOU make this decision, whether you are a parent of a current elementary or high school student or a parent with a young child soon to enter school.

Complete the Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete an online survey to help our office and LSC members understand how you make these important decisions. Your responses will help us advocate for reforms to CPS's SQRP process.

Virtual Town Hall: Anjanette Young Ordinance
We all saw what happened to Anjanette Young; how police raided her home and forced her to stand handcuffed and naked for 40min while they searched her home. Learn about how we're trying to end these wrong raids and protect the human and civil rights of Chicagoans with the Anjanette Young Ordinance. Join us on Tuesday, May 4 at 6pm to learn more about the ordinance and to hear from Ms. Young and others about why reform is necessary.

Event is co-hosted by Ald. Hadden, Ald. King, Ald. Hairston, Ald. Coleman and Ald. Taylor as well as community partners Network 49, Westside Branch of the NAACP, the Chicago Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Workers Center for Racial Justice, SEIU Healthcare Illinois/Indiana, Cook County Democratic Women, Women's All Points Bulletin, Progressive Baptist Church and United Working Families.

Register now:
Loyola University Move-Out Day Scheduled for May 7-10
Loyola University has scheduled their student move-out day for May 7-10. In preparing for the move-out, Loyola has worked closely with the Department of Transportation and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications to try and make the process easier for neighbors living in the Loyola area. 

During the move-out dates, you will see "No Parking" signs posted in the following areas:
  • Loyola Ave (Kenmore to Lake) for Santa Clara Hall
  • North Shore (Sheridan to alley, both sides) for Bellarmine
  • Winthrop from West Sheridan to Granville on different days and times (Simpson, Regis, Francis, LeMoyne, Seattle, Xavier, Fairfield, and Spring Hill)
  • Kenmore (Granville to Rosemont, east side only)
Please be advised that upper-class students rent apartments in the area that are not operated by the university. While Loyola does not make special arrangements for those moves, they have requested special attention to no-parking areas around Loyola with Streets and Sanitation. This means that students who park in the tow zones, block fire hydrants, or block driveways and alleys will face the same consequences as residents living in the Loyola area. 

Loyola residents and their families are expected to wear masks and practice social distancing during move-outs to protect each other and our communities. 

Loyola University has made itself available to discuss Loyola students and their presence in the neighborhood to try and foster a positive relationship between the school and neighbors. They can be contacted during business hours at 773-508-8840 or via email at If it is after business hours and you need to report an issue, their Campus Safety office can be reached at 773-508-6039.
Artists of the Wall Returns to Loyola Park
this Year over Father's Day Weekend
The Loyola Park Advisory Council (LPAC) worked closely with the Park District to resume the tradition of the Artists of the Wall event this summer! The event will take place 3 days over Father's Day weekend, or June 18 through June 20.

This year, the fest will look a little different than in previous years. The LPAC will adhere to the safety protocols put forward by the City and the Park District to make sure that participants are safe as we continue to combat COVID-19. 

This means that the event will be limited to 50 participants per day. The fest will take place over 3 days to allow for more social distance for painters. Throughout the 3 days, participants will also be required to wear a mask. 

A total of 150 spaces will be painted over the 3 days, or 50 spaces per day. There is a staircase at the center of the wall that leads into the park with odd-shaped spaced. The LPAC is designating this area as a COVID memorial where people can paint a name or a message about the past year to share with our community. 

Registration for the fest will open on May 1. More information and registration are available on the LPAC's website by clicking here

The LPAC is also seeking volunteers to help make this year's fest a success. Those interested in volunteering can email the LPAC at
Pottawattomie Park Spring Plant Sale May 1
On Saturday, May 1 (the weekend before Mother's Day), the Pottawattomie Park Advisory Council will host a plant sale. They will be selling annuals, perennials, and houseplants. Free sunflower seeds will also be available for those wanting to plant them in their garden. 

The sale will take place from 11 am until 2 pm at Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N Rogers. The event is outside, but please wear your mask, and there is free parking at the park. Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase art and craft supplies for after-school and summer camp programs.
Foreword Turning the Page: A Benefit for Lifeline Theatre
Join Lifeline Theatre virtually for their 38th Anniversary Benefit. Come together virtually to reflect on this past year, look boldly to our future, and celebrate everything the Lifeline Theatre community has accomplished. 

Register here to donate, purchase raffle tickets, & bid on auction items!

The benefit will include a $2,000 cash raffle, and you do not need to be present to win. If you're unable to join Lifeline Theatre for the big day, you can still throw your hat in the ring for cash prizes.

The FOREWORD Cash Raffle!
First Prize: $2,000
Second Prize: 750
Third Prize: 250
Tickets are only one for $10, or three for $25

To purchase raffle tickets, you must register, but you need to attend the event to win.
*Prizes dependent on the number of tickets sold. Prizes may vary.

For more information and to register to attend, click here
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. 
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. 
Chicago Residents 18+ Now Eligible
to Receive a Vaccine at the United Center

All Chicago residents (18 and older) are now eligible to be vaccinated at the United Center. Residents may register online at using voucher code: CHIZIPVAX21 (case sensitive).

Appointments may also be made by calling the City’s vaccine call center at 312-746-4835 (Monday to Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm).

The United Center will be administering the Pfizer vaccine.

Chicago Department of Public Health Extends
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility at City-Run Sites

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced this week that it was extending vaccine eligibility at all City-operated vaccination sites to Chicagoans 16 and 17 years old starting immediately. Chicagoans under 18 must have a parent or guardian present during their appointment, and those 16 and 17 can only receive a Pfizer dose.

With an increase in vaccine supply, City-run sites will also start accepting walk-ins beginning Friday, April 23, as availability allows. People are still encouraged to make appointments ahead of time to guarantee themselves a dose. With the expanded eligibility, young people are encouraged to bring older relatives along to be vaccinated, too.

The City moved to Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility on April 19, but initially limited eligibility at City-run sites to those 18 and over. Anyone 16+ living in the City of Chicago can look for vaccine appointments at or use the City's COVID-19 Vaccine Finder to identify additional vaccine providers. To book an appointment on Zocdoc, Chicagoans under 18 must have a parent or guardian book vaccine appointments on their behalf. For City of Chicago sites, individuals under the age of 18 seeking vaccination need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The City-run sites will vaccinate emancipated minors, although they need to bring their court order confirming their status. Married minors can also get vaccinated and need to bring their marriage certificates.

New appointments will be added frequently, and people are encouraged to check back regularly. Chicagoans can also book vaccine appointments by calling the City’s COVID-19 Help Line at (312) 746-4835.

The vaccine is offered at no cost, and insurance is not required. Documentation regarding immigration status is also not required. Proof of address is required for all first dose appointments at City sites, with the exception of United Center. Please see the list of documents one can provide to prove a Chicago address.

To learn more about Chicago’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, visit

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.
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. 
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

IDHS Launches Crisis Counseling Program to Support Communities Hardest Hit by COVID-19
Following the federal declaration of a major disaster area in Illinois due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Mental Health was awarded a $2.3 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to kickstart the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program. This unique program allows individuals negatively impacted by COVID-19 to access resources from community behavioral health clinics, which includes screening and referrals for residents struggling with mental health and substance use disorders.

The Illinois Crisis Counseling Program aims to increase disaster-related services in Cook, Winnebago, and St. Clair counties, which have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. IDHS’ Division of Mental Health, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and local behavioral health clinics, will continue to offer support and resources for residents struggling with increased stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic.

Please visit for more information and resources available near you.
Protections for Workers Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine
On April 21, an ordinance passed City Council that established labor protections for Chicago workers that take time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Under the ordinance, 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 ordinance expands 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. 
Reimbursement for Funeral Expenses
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now processing applications for reimbursements up to $9000 for funeral expenses for a loved one who died due to COVID-19.

Eligible funeral expenses include but are not limited to:
  • Transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individual
  • Transfer of remains
  • Casket or urn
  • Burial plot or cremation niche
  • Marker or headstone 
  • Clergy or officiant services 
  • Arrangement of the funeral ceremony
  • Use of funeral home equipment or staff
  • Cremation or interment costs
  • Costs associated with producing and certifying multiple death certificates
  • Additional expenses mandated by any applicable local or state government laws or ordinances.

It is important to coordinate with friends, family members, and anyone else who incurred an expense on who will submit the claim. FEMA will only accept one claim per deceased individual so it is vitally important everyone who helped cover the funeral and cemetery expenses work together on one application and wait until all the expenses have been incurred. 

More information is available on FEMA's website. You may also call 844-684-6333 to apply. 

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 29
Governor Pritzker announced that the State's eviction moratorium will be extended to May 29, 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 Felipe Vallarta Recover
Felipe Vallarta needs our help; he's sick with covid and needs financial support for his care. He is a longtime community member who loves his work and shares good food and positive energy with everyone. Check out the SunTimes feature on him above. Info from the GoFundMe from Jany Andrade, Felipe's daughter.

"He's been a hard worker his whole life trying his hardest to provide and for our family to live the American dream. He worked 2 jobs, his favorite job was to sell corn. A lot of Evanston and Chicago residents would always come by to buy his corn but more importantly to socialize with my dad. My dad loves socializing with people! He wanted to continue to sell corn and socialize with his friends even with the pandemic. He wouldn't even care about the amount of corn he would sell daily, he cared more about seeing his daily friends while providing for his family. We ask you guys kindly to donate what you can... anything helps as well as keeping my dad in your prayers. Thank you kindly from the bottom of our hearts."
Contribute if you can:
Sponsor A Just Harvest's 5 Week Challenge for
Community Wellness and Help Fight Hunger in Rogers Park
 A Just Harvest has worked to end hunger and poverty in the Rogers Park area for over 38 years. This summer, they're aiming to raise $45k to keep their doors open and continue to feed the community every single day, even during the pandemic.

On May 5, they're kicking off their 5 Week Challenge for Community Wellness, their peer-to-peer fundraising event!

Like last year, this is a chance for anyone & everyone to engage with their personal and communal wellness. Self-care looks different for everyone, so there's no wrong way for folx to participate. Run, bike, pray, cook, meditate, write, sing, eat-- they want people to do whatever gets them connected to loving themselves and others. There is no fee to participate in the virtual portion! They just ask that folx set a fundraising goal in their challenge.

Since things are slowly starting to open back up, they will be including an optional 5K for participants to run on June 12th as a finale to the 5 week-long virtual wellness challenge. The fee for this registration is $25.00.  

Please consider sponsoring their event to achieve their goal and continue their great work in the community.  Take a moment to review their sponsorship packet (linked here) for details on available sponsorship levels.

For more information on the 5 Week Challenge for Community Wellness, visit A Just Harvest's website.
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.

Donate to the Leather Archives & Museum's
Landscaping Fundraiser
It's the 30th anniversary of Leather Archives and Museum and the 21st year in its building on Greenview Ave, a former Synagogue that now provides sanctuary to its collective history.

The exterior is showing its age and needs a little love! The Leather Archives and Museum is raising funds to go towards the cleaning and landscaping to make their home shine! Generous volunteers are available to do the work, so your donations will go towards buying soil, plants, flowers, and cleaning tools.

The work is underway, and by the end of May, it will be sexy on the outside and sultry on the inside. Or vice versa!

To make a contribution, visit the Leather Archives and Museum's website by clicking here
Sign the Petition to Support Just Cause Eviction in Chicago
Just Cause to Evict is a well-tried and tested solution to protecting tenants' right to housing. ​Just Cause for Eviction exists in some form in 7 states and more than 15 cities, including New Jersey, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. ​In addition, tens of thousands of Chicago subsidizing housing units have been under Just Cause requirements for decades.

Just Cause requires a landlord to demonstrate one of two reasons for eviction:

1. Tenant fault. Examples include:
  • Non-payment of rent
  • Causing damage or disruptance
  • Unlawful activity
2. A reason independent of the tenant. Examples include:
  • Taking the unit off the marking
  • Renting to relatives
The landlord is required to pay relocation assistance to the renter when evicting due to an independent reason. If the tenant is at fault, the landlord does not have to pay relocation assistance. It is a common misconception that landlords are unable to evict "problem tenants" under Just Cause. 

Sign an online petition to show your support for Just Cause Eviction in Chicago. To learn more about the proposal, visit
SGA Youth & Family Services Seeking Senior Volunteers
SGA Youth & Family Services is seeking senior volunteers who are 55 years for their Retired & Senior Volunteer Program. 
 SGA Youth & Family Services offers volunteer opportunities that can be done from the comfort of your own home. For more information and to sign up, contact Hector Arellano at 773-708-3648 or 
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
Registration for Park District Spring Programs Now Open
The Chicago Park District's spring programming registration is open. Programs run through June 13 and offer a wide range of activities; from baseball at Loyola Park to Online Circuit Training, the Park District has something for everyone. 

The Chicago Park District is committed to providing Chicagoans the opportunity to keep active this spring and has designed a well-balanced selection of in-person and online programs for all ages and interests.

All in-person programs will run in accordance with state and city guidelines, limiting the number of guests they can safely program for at each park.  For those who prefer online classes, a variety of virtual classes are available. These programs provide the opportunity to stay active, both mentally and physically, while socializing with others from the comfort and safety of your home.

For more information and to view the spring programs, visit the Park District's website
Chicago Northside AARP Community Meeting May 4
The Chicago Northside AARP Community Group will hold their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 4, at 12:30 pm. 

To register to join the Zoom meeting, email For more information on the AARP community group, click here
Outdoor Yoga with Kate Begins May 2

A local Rogers Park neighbor, Kate, has secured a permit to host outdoor yoga classes at Juneway Beach, 7751 N. Eastlake Terrace. 

To help cover the costs of the permit and insurance, Kate is asking that folks contribute $5-$10 per class. The classes will take place from 3-4 pm every Sunday beginning May 2. Masks are required to attend and participants will be socially distanced.

For more information, visit Kate's Facebook page.

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. 
Northside Community Resources Offers Help to Seniors Applying for Illinois Health Benefits
Northside Community Resources' multicultural program is helping seniors apply for the new free Illinois health benefits for immigrant seniors. This program offers health benefits to seniors regardless of their immigration status.

For more information and assistance, call 773-338-7722 ext. 25. 
Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Station Reconstruction Projects Begin May 16
The CTA will begin the first of two construction phases as part of the Red and Purple Modernization Project next month. The plans call to rebuild the tracks and four "L" stations located from Lawrence to Bryn Mawr. 

As a result of the major improvements to the Red/Purple Line, the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, and Bryn Mawr station will close beginning on May 16. Temporary stations at Argyle and Bryn Mawr will be opened that same day according to the CTA. Red and Purple lines will continue to run throughout the construction, though riders may experience occasional delays. 

For more information on the Red and Purple Modernization Project and to sign up for alerts, visit the CTA's website
City Launches Arts 77 Program
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, DCASE, the Chicago Park District, and other City of Chicago departments recently announced “Arts 77” — a citywide arts recovery and reopening plan for all of Chicago’s 77 community areas, representing an initial investment of over $60 million to support local artists and organizations. Additional updates regarding financial grants and programs to support arts recovery will follow in the upcoming weeks.

“Arts 77” signals a new direction for Chicago’s cultural policy, in which the arts are embedded in initiatives and strategies across City government. This plan seeks to expand access and participation in the arts citywide, prioritize the employment of creative workers through City programs and services, and deepen public sector investment in the creative sector through financial support and cultural policy. Yesterday's announcement launches new and expanded programs, including the Neighborhood Access Program, the Chicago Band Roster and Chicago Presents grant programs, Culture in My Neighborhood (a $40 million collaboration by DCASE, the Chicago Park District, and Chicago Public Library), Individual Artists Program grants, Artist Response Program grants, and $18.5 million in art and infrastructure investments. For details and upcoming Arts 77 webinars for the cultural community, visit
Nominate a Senior for the 2021 Senior Hall of Fame thru June 1
The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is accepting nominations for the 2021 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame Awards. These awards recognize adults, 65 years of age and older, and highlight the meaningful contributions they have made in Illinois.
Award nominations are being accepted for the following categories:
  • Community Service: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have shown support for the public and community-based programs in their area or at large.
  • Education: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have shown a dedication to instruction and the world of academia.
  • Labor Force: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have a record of accomplishment in their employment or professional career.
  • Performance / Graphic Arts: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have a commitment to health and the promotion of well-being or a record of accomplishment in artistic expression.
The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.  You can nominate an individual for the Senior Hall of Fame online. Please note that you will only be allowed to upload one file, so please combine all items into one document.  

For more information on how to nominate someone, please the Illinois Department on Aging's website.
Construction Activity Notice: CTA Retaining Wall Work
CTA's Structural Maintenance Department will be repairing the North Main retaining wall alongside the alley at North Main and Chase Avenue in the 49th Ward. 

The CTA will do its best to keep inconveniences to a minimum while performing work. While progress sometimes comes with inconveniences, we will do our best to keep them to a minimum.” 
Dates:  Weekdays (Monday- Friday)
           April 19-23. 2021
           April 26-30, 2021
           May 3-7, 2021
           May 10-14, 2021
          Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays)
           April 17-18, 2021
           April 24-25, 2021
           May 1-2, 2021
           May 8-9, 2021
Location: Red Line- CTA's Structure (East side) on W. Chase Ave. (alongside the alley)
Work Hours: 6 am to 6 pm
Work Activity:   Structural Maintenance
Local Impact: 
  • There will be curb/parking restrictions next to the Structure while the work is being performed.
  • There will be noise while the work is being performed.
Noise may include:
  • Use of pneumatic tools
  • Truck traffic
  • Beeping from backup alarms on maintenance equipment and vehicles
  • Concrete disposal and removal
  • Rolling traffic closures
Comment on the Chicago Blueprint for Fair Housing thru May 28
The Chicago Commission on Human Relations released its Blueprint for Fair Housing this week. The blueprint is the result of input from a broad coalition of stakeholders, city departments, and organizations to develop a five-year plan to address the city's housing challenges. 

The Blueprint identified eight goals for the City and the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to tackle over the next five years to make housing in Chicago more equitable. Those goals are: 
  1. Increase and preserve affordable, accessible housing options 
  2. Prevent involuntary displacement and stabilize neighborhoods 
  3. Increase opportunities and community integration for people with disabilities 
  4. Address the segregation of opportunity and related inequitable distribution of resources 
  5. Enhance housing policies and programs to increase fair housing choice 
  6. Expand fair housing outreach, education, and enforcement 
  7. Preserve existing and expand affordable homeownership 
  8. Ensure that internal policies and practices advance equity and address the history of structural racism
The Blueprint for Fair Housing is now available to review online at People have until May 28, 2021, to submit a public comment and feedback on the blueprint. 
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
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is now open to provide emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19. Venues can learn more about this grant and submit their application here

Venues can receive support with their application at any of the state's Small Business Development Centers, which can be located here

For any questions related to this grant, please reach out to State Representative Cassidy's office at

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. 
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.  

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.

CPS Announces Virtual Capital Budget Community Meetings

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that it will hold five virtual meetings to engage communities on capital priorities as the district works to develop its FY22 Capital Plan, which will be released this summer. The meetings — which will be hosted by the CPS Capital Department, Office of Equity, and Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) — are intended to provide communities with an understanding of the district’s capital planning process and collect input to help the district prioritize critical capital needs.

Consistent with prior years, the district will also hold public hearings to discuss the FY22 capital plan after the district’s budget proposal is developed and released later this summer. 

Four of the citywide meetings will be held in English with real-time Spanish translation and ASL interpretation. One citywide meeting will be held entirely in Spanish to create an improved community engagement experience for Spanish-speaking families. For families unable to participate, the meetings will be live-streamed on the district’s YouTube channel. Additionally, the presentation materials will be available at in Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Polish, Urdu, and Arabic. Video recordings will be posted to

Information on Virtual Capital Meetings:

Five capital meetings will be held during the first week of May. Participants for any of the meetings should register here:, or tune in to the live stream on CPS’ YouTube Channel

Citywide English-Language Meetings

  • Tuesday, May 4, 2020, 3:00 — 4:30 p.m. 

  • Tuesday, May 4, 2020, 5:00 — 6:30 p.m.  

  • Thursday, May 6, 3:00 — 4:30 p.m. 

  • Thursday, May 6, 5:00 — 6:30 p.m.  

Citywide Spanish-Language Meeting

  • Friday, May 7, 3:00 — 4:30 p.m. 

Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Project

Legal Aid Chicago’s unveiled a new Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Project to address issues intersecting with education justice and legal advocacy for young people.

Across the United States, students of color, students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, and youth in foster care are disproportionately disciplined in school and more likely to be involved in the criminal legal system. Legal Aid Chicago's project seeks to disrupt these trends through representing young people in school discipline cases - which includes suspensions, expulsions, informal school pushout, transfers to alternative schools, and discipline during remote learning - and supporting with juvenile records expungement.

Legal Aid Chicago is currently accepting school discipline and juvenile records expungement cases and their services are FREE. If you have any questions, please reach out via email to If a caregiver or student is interested in Leal Aid's services, they should call (312) 341-1070.

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.
Employment Opportunities
Communities in Schools Hiring a School Partner Specialist
Communities in Schools (CIS) is seeking a School Partnership Specialist. The School Partnership Specialist is a relationship builder and an integral part of the organization’s Partnership Team, a group of professionals who manage our school partnerships and relationships, and others that manage the partnerships of more than 200 agencies, institutions, and individuals that provide services mainly in the areas of the arts, college and career readiness, physical health, and behavioral and mental health. CIS of Chicago seeks a highly motivated and skilled professional for this role. The preferred candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, experience working with or in urban school districts, and an understanding of quality teaching and program delivery practices.

For more information on this opportunity, visit CIS's website by clicking here.
Trilogy Job Information Session
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. will host a Job Information Session on Wednesday, May 5th from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm.  Trilogy is a non-profit, behavioral healthcare organization that provides counseling, case management, housing, employment, and substance use services to people who experience mental health illnesses.  They're seek Mental Health Professionals, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Nurses, and Team Leaders, who are passionate about making a difference and eliminating the stigma of mental illness.

To RSVP, visit
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is hiring several key positions to join their team. 

As one of the leading community mental health organizations in Illinois, Trilogy is committed to excellence, diversity, and opportunity. They are a mission-driven organization as committed to innovative practice models in mental health treatment as they are to helping our employees do their best work.

Working at Trilogy is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and help strengthen the community.

For more information on current job openings, visit Trilogy's Careers website at


Heartland Alliance Job Openings
Heartland Alliance has several positions open across Chicago. These positions include a bilingual mental health clinical practitioner, a clinical supervisor, an LPN, case managers, and more. 

Heartland Alliance works to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society. Heartland Alliance's mission is to advance human rights and respond to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Their approach is multi-faceted and intentional and intersects through three focus areas: health and healing, safety and justice, and economic opportunity.

For more information on job openings, visit Heartland Alliance's Careers website by clicking here
Apprenticeship Programs Announce Openings
HIRE360 announced two apprenticeship programs that are now accepting applications:

1) The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters' apprenticeship program opened its application period from April 26 through May 27, 2021, for general construction. For those individuals interested in applying, please contact your case manager or email

2) IBEW Local 9's outdoor electrical worker/line maintainers apprenticeship program will be accepting applications in May 2021. Applications will be accepted by appointment only starting May 17-21 and May 24-28. All applicants must have a CDL-A permit with a medical cart. For those individuals interested in applying, please contact your case manager today or email 

If you haven't already signed up for HIRE360, enroll now at
CDL Drivers Wanted
The Chicago Federation of Labor Workforce & Community Initiative announced that a Chicago area moving company seeking CDL drivers. Willing to train. Safely drive all company vehicles (owned or rented) as assigned - across region or long-haul. Drug screening and background checks will be performed. Pay $23 to $25 per hour plus benefits. Send resume to and you will receive a response.
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  
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
1447 W. Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
773-338-5796 |

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