49th Ward Update
December 17, 2022
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Good morning neighbors,

Happy holidays to everyone celebrating a winter holiday over the next couple of weeks. There's a lot of great content and information in the newsletter this week, so make sure to check out all of the sections! 

Stay warm and take care,

Alderwoman Maria Hadden
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- CELEBRATIONS & APPRECIATIONS - good news for the week
- CITY COUNCIL UPDATES - the latest news from City Hall
- WARD UPDATES - infrastructure updates and community announcements
- COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - local events and ways to get involved
- COMMUNITY AID - organizational and personal requests for support
- GOVERNMENT CORNER - connect to your other elected officials
- PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES - Important public health resources
- NEED TO KNOW INFO - alerts, services and government aid
- BUSINESS NEWS - local announcements and services for small businesses
- SCHOOLS SHINE IN 49 - school news and updates
- EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - hiring events and job postings
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, organizations, and actions you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Happy Hanukkah!
Wishing a Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate. May your days be filled with light and warmth.
CTA Elves Bring Holiday Cheer and Food to Madonna Mission
CTA Elves Elf Sugaaa, Elf Miseltoe and Elf Joy made a special detour from the Holiday Train to deliver boxes filled with food for Rogers Park families to Madonna Mission this week. Families and staff at Madonna Mission got into the holiday spirit with photos with the elves. Thank you to CTA for thinking of Rogers Park families this season and to Madonna Mission for the amazing work you do year-round.
Eugene Field Students Celebrate the Holidays Creatively
Ald. Hadden was invited to be a "celebrity judge" for Eugene Field's holiday door decorating contest this Friday! Students spent all week decorating their homeroom doors to celebrate the winter holidays. The goal was to be neat, creative, and informative - they did a fantastic job. Check out more happening in our schools in the #SchoolsShinein49 section of the newsletter.
City Council Updates
Property Tax Relief Ordinance Introduced to City Council
On Wednesday, Alderman Mike Rodriguez and I introduced an ordinance that would provide property tax relief for Chicago's lower income homeowners who have been impacted by the increases they saw on their second installment of the 2021 property tax bill. 

This year, the property tax burden increased substantially, with homeowners picking up approximately 60% of the increase. The increases are due to an overhaul by the Cook County Assessor's office of the formula and model used to determine assessments. According to a report issued by the Cook County Treasurer, these increases disproportionately impacted fast-gentrifying community and majority-minority communities, including Rogers Park and West Ridge. 

The ordinance would establish a $10,000,000 10-year loan program administered by the Department of Housing for low-income property owners. The loan program would be funded wholly by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and would provide a one-time disbursement to property owners that saw substantial increases in their 2021 property tax bill. The loan would be forgivable so long as the property owner does not sell during the 10-year loan term.

The maximum amount of a forgivable loan an eligible applicant could receive is the difference between the increased property taxes of the dwelling unit and the Citywide average. For example, if a property owner's tax bill was $2,000 and the citywide average was $1,000, they would only be eligible for a maximum loan amount of $1,000. 

In order to be eligible for a forgivable loan, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • The dwelling unit for which they are applying must be located in the City of Chicago and have been the applicant's primary residence for the preceding 5 years;
  • The dwelling unit must be an owner-occupied detached house or townhouse or must be located within an owner-occupied two-flat or three-flat;
  • The increase in the 2021 property taxes must be double or more than the 2020 Citywide average property taxes, and the increase is not the result of additions or improvements to the property since the last assessment;
  • The applicant has an income at or below 300% of the federal poverty guidelines
  • Unless otherwise required by law, the Department of Housing will not consider or require an applicant's criminal history or citizenship or immigration status when determining eligibility. 
The ordinance has been referred to the Committee on Housing and Real Estate. If passed, the ordinance will provide low-income residents with critical financial relief to remain in their communities. 
Red Line Extension Passes City Council
On Wednesday, City Council passed the creation of a new tax-increment financing district (TIF) to help pay for the $3.6 billion extension of the CTA's Red Line from 95th Street to 130th Street. The new TIF district will generate $950 million over three decades to help fund this critical infrastructure expansion. 

The extension has been in discussion in the City of Chicago for decades, first being promised by former Mayor Dayley in 1969 when the Dan Ryan terminal opened. Despite the promise made over 50 years ago, the extension continued to see delays, and our neighbors on the far south side continued to see disinvestment in their communities.

Wednesday's vote is a step towards righting our wrongs of the past and working towards investment in neighborhoods and people from historically underserved communities. 

The Red Line extension will create four new stations at 103rd Street, 111th Street, Michigan Avenue (between 115th and 116th Streets), and a new terminal at 130th Street. The CTA estimates that construction can begin in 2025.
Woman. Life. Freedom. Exhibit in City Hall Until January
A new exhibit was unveiled in the lobby of City Hall this Wednesday highlighting the human rights fight led by the women of Iran. Woman. Life. Freedom. is the global movement in solidarity with their efforts. You can see the display for yourself by visiting City Hall until mid-January and learn more about the movement here.
Ward Updates
Last Monthly Town Hall of the Year with Special Guests
We held our last virtual town hall for 2022 on Wednesday night. We were joined by special guests State Rep. Kelly Cassidy as Norman White from the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Thanks to everyone for attending! You can watch the recording here.
Update on Development Proposal at Howard and Paulina
This week, Housing For All's Preliminary Project Assessment with the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) was approved for Phase I of the site. This means that they will submit a full application to IHDA in February for consideration of tax credits. 

The proposal is to develop a mixed-use workforce housing development at the corner of Howard and Paulina. Once completed, the building will be a total of 6 stories, with 110 residential units above ground floor commercial space. The units will be 100% affordable, with 88 set aside for households earning at or below 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and the remaining 22 set aside for households earning at or below 30% of AMI.

The unit breakdown would include 70 family-sized units, which will add density to the area to support the business corridor and help Gale Community Academy, which has been historically under-enrolled and relies on CPS' student-based budgeting model for funding. 

This preliminary decision was a critical step in moving the development forward through the process and securing much-needed affordable housing as we continue to see the costs of living rise. 

Final decisions on Housing for All's application will come in the summer of 2023. For more information on the development, visit the 49th Ward's website by clicking here
Tawani to Close Hospitality Services at Emil Bach House and Lang House at the End of 2023

This week, Tawani announced plans to close its hospitality services at its two historic locations in the ward, the Emil Bach House and the Lang House, at the end of 2023. Both venues will continue to host guests and special events through 2023.

While no plans have been announced for the future of the two sites, Tawani has committed to working with the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and Frank Lloyd Wright Trust as they evaluate options for the future of the Emil Bach House. Given the historical significance of both homes, I remain committed to working with Tawani, the community, and the future owners and operators of both sites. 

I want to thank Tawani for the restoration of these two homes and for the great care they took in maintaining and preserving them over the past eight years.

What Are Your Environmental Priorities?
The 49th Ward's Climate Action Taskforce has been working for months to review the Chicago Climate Action Plan to research policies that are presented in the plan. In October, they presented their initial policy and program recommendations to the community. Now, you can take their survey to tell the Taskforce and Alderwoman Hadden what you thin the priorities should be for her to work on in 2023. Take a few minutes to complete the survey. It will be open until December 23.
Live Love Shop Rogers Park this Holiday Season!
Join the Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) as it launches its annual Live Love Shop Rogers Park rebate program. This program encourages people to shop local for the holiday season while providing them with the opportunity to save big. Collect $150 or more in receipts from at least 4 different independently-owned businesses in Rogers Park between Saturday, November 26, and Saturday, December 31, and receive a $50 rebate (or a $75 rebate for collecting $200 in receipts). 

 Click here for details on the Live Love Shop Rogers Park rebate program. 
Infrastructure Updates
Sullivan High School Elevator Installation:

As crews began to peel away the exterior of the existing school to install a new elevator, they found issues with the existing structure. They are working to correct those issues, with the remainder of the work happening over the next three weeks. Once the corrections are made, they can continue to install the new steel structure and eventually enclose it. They are on track to have the elevator installation completed in early 2023. 

Sewer Main Replacement Project (PN7439):

Crews continue to await for approval from the Office of Underground Coordination. Once they receive that approval, permits will be issued for the sewer main replacement. This has caused the start date of the project to be pushed back from its original start date in early September. Crews now expect the project to start some time in January 2023. 

Continue to keep your eye on this space for updates on this project. Chicagoans may also visit to register for notifications. You will need to enter your name, email address, and project identification number (PN7439) to sign up.
Community Engagement
NeighborsTable Holiday Art Markets at RP Social
NeighborsTables is hosting its final holiday markets at RP Social, 6920 N. Glenwood, on December 18 and December 21.

On December 18, swing by between 1 pm and 4 pm. While you're there, enjoy RP Social's Sunday Bloody Mary Social!

Then, on Wednesday, December 21, swing by between 5-7 pm for the happiest of happy hours at RP Social, where Elsie Mae's Canning and Pies will be underway. Get a drink, get some pie, and get some art while you're there!

The NeighborsTables holiday market is a great opportunity to snag unique holiday gifts for your loved ones and support local artists.
Holiday Pop-ups at Mission Control
Mission Control Arcade Bar, 1408 W. Morse, is hosting two more Holiday Pop-Up events this month. Swing by between noon and 4 pm on Sunday, December 11, and Sunday, December 18, to shop a unique selection from local artists and makers. While you're there, enjoy the variety of arcade games and drinks. 
Christmas Sing-Along at Archie's Cafe December 17
Join in on the fun during Archie's Cafe's inaugural Christmas Sing-Along! Joyce Renee Walker will serve your favorite Christmas classics on the piano. This is a great way to come together to celebrate the holiday season while supporting a local business.

Archie's Cafe is located at 1228 W. Loyola. The event will take place on Saturday, December 17, starting at 7 pm. 
Theatre Above the Law Presents:
A Night of Classic and Unique One-Acts
Theatre Above the Law is continuing its 7th season with a night of one-acts! All performances will be held at the Jarvis Square Theater, 1439 W. Jarvis. Tickets range from $15-$25 and can be purchased at

This unique production will feature 4 one-acts, each presented in the style of a different TV genre. The show is directed by Tony Lowry and will feature:
  • A Dollar by David Pinski
  • The Wreck on the 525 by Thornton Wilder
  • Fourteen by Alice Gerstenberg
  • The Proposal by Anton Chekhov
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm. Theatre Above the Law is offering Rogers Park residents $10 off online sales by using code C-T4U at check-out. There are a limited number of discount tickets, so make sure to secure yours today!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
Glenwood Comedy 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at The Glenwood Bar
Enjoy some laughs and libations every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at The Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood. The bar will host Glenwood Comedy, featuring comics and performers sure to keep you entertained. 

Glenwood Comedy runs from 7:30-9:30 pm, with sign-ups beginning at 7 pm. Those interested in performing or hosting should contact Anthony at 312-788-4309.
Events at the Rogers Park Branch Library
The Rogers Park Branch Library, 6907 N. Clark, offers a variety of events and programming for people of all ages. Make sure to check out a list of their upcoming events and register to attend one. More information is available on its website here
Patient-Centered Hearing Trial

The Patient-Centered Hearing Trial at Northwestern University is still recruiting participants!

Hearing loss is very common among American adults. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to many other health conditions, including cognitive decline. To improve access to hearing healthcare, the FDA has approved over-the-counter hearing aids. Northwestern's study is a national trial to understand how individuals can best select and fit their own hearing aids, purchased at a highly discounted rate of $650. 

Northwestern is looking to recruit individuals between 50 and 79 years old who have not tried hearing aids before but are experiencing mild to moderate hearing difficulty. For more information about the study, including federal funding, IRB approval, and the impacts of hearing loss, visit

To view its study in the National Clinical Trials Registry, visit

Community Aid
Receive Free Legal Advice from Chicago Bar Association Lawyers on December 17

Attorneys with The Chicago Bar Association’s Call-A-Lawyer Program are ready and available to take calls from the public and offer brief legal advice on Saturday, December 17. The CBA is here to help as part of an ongoing legal public service program.

Calls will be accepted on December 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at (312) 554-2001

Residents can call in and briefly explain their situation to an attorney, who will then work to suggest self-help strategies or provide advice to help resolve their issues.  If callers need further legal services or have questions beyond the scope of the attorney’s practice area, they will be advised to contact the CBA Lawyer Referral Service during the week for a referral to an attorney in the appropriate area of law.

The CBA’s Lawyer Referral Service has more than 200 prescreened and qualified lawyers experienced in almost every area of law that offers their services to the public.  When contacting the LRS during normal business hours Monday through Friday, callers can be referred to attorneys practicing in numerous areas of law, including: 

  • Domestic Relations - including divorce, custody, support, and other family law matters. 
  • Personal Injury - including auto accidents, slip and falls, product liability, wrongful death, malpractice, and other types of injury cases. 
  • Estate Planning - including will and trust drafting, probate, and will contest. 
  • Real Estate - including buying or selling real estate, foreclosure defense and landlord/tenant issues. 
  • Employment Law - including wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination. 
To reach a lawyer after normal business hours, the CBA offers an On-Call service that provides callers access to attorneys in three different areas of law.  You can reach a lawyer 24/7 for help with criminal defense, personal injury and family law matters by calling (312) 554-2001 or visiting
Gale Community Academy Toy Drive
Gale Community Academy is hosting a Christmas toy drive for its students. Help make Christmas special for our neighborhood children this year by donating books, puzzles, board games, slime, dolls, action figures, bikes, scooters, and other toys this holiday season. Gale will accept donations at 1631 W. Jonquil through December 19. 

For more information, call 773-534-2100 or email
Donate to Help Leone Beach Park Advisory Council with its Mission of Conservation
This year, over 150 people participated in Leone Beach Park Advisory Council (LB PAC) educational outings, which included a wider range of topics than ever before: birding walks, learning about lichens, an exploration of native flowers, and building mindfulness in nature.

In addition to shared learning, the LB PAC worked together to protect and restore our remarkable lakefront. Forty-four additional community member volunteers joined for work days in the sand prairie and black oak savanna, removing invasive plants and supporting the health of Leone habitats.

Also, Nature Play got underway! In partnership with the Park District and TruGreen, LB PAC broke ground and is making progress toward bringing nature play to children in the Leone Beach Park playground.

With your support, they can build on this success in 2023! They hope to further engage community members in the continued exploration of our natural areas and investment in what Leone Beach Park can offer people of all ages.
Please make a gift today to be part of their work in the year ahead!
Help The Factory Theater Repair its Boiler
For 30 years, The Factory Theater has created its shows from scratch, doing exactly the kind of theater they wanted to do. From writing workshops to the closing night bash, Factory shows are a unique experience that fits its exacting standards: original, bold, and full-tilt. Its shameless ensemble members are ambassadors of a good time, making certain that Chicago remains heartily entertained.

Due to a small fire at the theater, preview weekend for its latest show was canceled. The company was ready to open on schedule, and successfully produced an awesome show despite this setback. Thanks to all who came to support and enjoy it!

The damage from the fire continues to smolder, however, in that expenses for repairs to the heating system were sizable. The greatest expense has been replacing the boiler to ensure audience members and artists don’t freeze during The Factory Theater's performances through the winter.

While no cows, barns, or lanterns were hurt in the ignition of this particular blaze, the great tradition of local Chicago theater might be, unless The Factory Theater can get lots of support from our community and friends. 

Anyone who wishes to donate to help The Factory Theater recover from the financial loss of this fire may do so by clicking here.
Donate Gently Used Clothing to Gale's Care Closet
The Gale community is working to meet the needs of its students, both in and out of the classroom. They understand that there are barriers students face when trying to get to school and focusing on school work. 

In 2019, Gale Student Ambassadors surveyed students to determine what were some challenges they faced when trying to get their education. They were able to identify one of the barriers to learning as bullying and another as low attendance. The students felt like they didn't have clothes or items to come to school in, or when they came in clothing not clean or fitting, they were bullied. These things led to them staying home. Every year, Gale has conducted this survey and gotten the same results. 

In 2021, Gale decided to do something and started a small care closet. HOW? A teacher at Gale brought in all of her children's gently used items and then began speaking to family, friends, and coworkers to do the same. Those efforts helped launch the Gale Care Closet, where over 30 students grab everyday items, personal hygiene products, as well as 8th-grade event outfits. This year, they would like to reach even more students and Gale student alumni who are still in need. 

How can you help? Donate gently used items you may have, or drop off personal hygiene items to Gale's Care Closet at 7650 N. Marshfield Mondays through Thursdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Trilogy Behavioral Health Winter Coat Drive
Trilogy Behavioral Health is seeking new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for its clients this winter season. They are especially in need of larger sizes (L, XL, and XXL). 

Consider helping a neighbor stay warm this winter by donating a coat. Donations will be accepted at their Rogers Park Location, 1400 W. Greenleaf, between 11 am and 4 pm Mondays through Fridays.
Housing Opportunities for Women Winter Coat Drive
Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW) is hosting a winter coat drive to help their clients stay warm as winter nears. Many of HOW's clients are desperately in need of a winter coat in order to safely go about their daily activities as temperatures drop. 

For specific donation information, click here. You can also drop off a winter coat at HOW's office at 1607 W. Howard, 3rd Floor, every Thursday between 9 am and 4 pm. 

For more information, call 773-465-5770.
Help the United Church of Rogers Park Update its Exit Signs
After nearly three years in its social hall, the United Church of Rogers Park is ready to move back into its Sanctuary!

However, to pass the city’s building inspection, it needs to update the exit and security lights throughout the building. The expense is above and beyond what they have, so they are asking neighbors to help them raise $12,000 to bring the signs up to code so they can move back into the Sanctuary. 

Visit their GoFundMe page to make an online contribution
Help C24/7 Build its House of Hope
Our local non-profit, C24/7, recently acquired the vacant lot located at 1561 W. Howard, and they are looking to transform the space into a community center that will help them scale up their services and give back to the Howard-area community. 

Their vision is a community center that serves as a hub for resources, information, and building community. It will host an after-school program, a job development program, violence prevention efforts and resources, a food pantry, financial literacy classes, parenting classes, mental health support, and drug and alcohol recovery groups. It will also have a gym where people can safely participate in a variety of activities. 

C24/7 has built strong community relationships in the north of Howard area, and this will help them expand their services and fill a need in our community. 

Learn more about their vision and make an online contribution by clicking here
Help Newly Arrived Migrants By Purchasing Wish List Items
Thank you to all our neighbors who have donated items to help the newly arrived migrants settle in. We have had an outpouring of support and generosity from our neighbors in the 49th Ward, resulting in several truckloads delivered to the City's sorting center.

The City is now shifting its donation process and will no longer accept donated items through ward offices. Instead, they are partnering with the Instituto del Progreso Latino to create an Amazon Wishlist to facilitate and expedite the donations of new items. 

This means that our office will no longer accept items, as the sorting center will no longer be able to take them. Instead, our neighbors who would like to donate to the newly arrived migrants can purchase items from the Amazon Wishlist. For more information and to view the Wishlist, click here.  
Government Connect
Connect with Your Elected Officials
Want to get connected with your other elected officials? Find links to sign up to their newsletters and website information below!
Cook County:
Call Cook County Commissioner Josina Morita:

State of Illinois:
Rep. Cassidy Newsletter
Rep. Cassidy Website
Sen. Simmons Newsletter
Sen. Simmons Website

Federal Government:
Congresswoman Schakowsky's website

Senator Durbin's website
Senator Duckworth's website
DCASE Grant Opportunities
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Individual Artists Program grant is now open.
2023 Individual Artists Program:
DCASE’s 2023 Individual Artists Program (IAP) grant application is now open. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2023, at 5:00 pm CT. IAP Grants support the creation, development, or presentation of artwork, and professional development, for artists across all disciplines, including Film & Media Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts (Theatre/Dance), Music, and Visual Arts/Design. Visit to sign up for an info session and apply.
New Rules for Chicago Rock-Crushing Facilities
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced its proposed new rules for rock-crushing facilities that better protect public health and the environment. CDPH is seeking public comments on the proposed new rules through Friday, January 20, 2023. 

To view the full proposed new rules for rock-crushing facilities and provide your comment, visit
Second Installment Property Tax Bills Now Available
Cook County's second installment property tax bills have been posted at after being delayed for several months. Property tax bills can be viewed, downloaded, and paid with no added surcharge on the Cook County Treasurer's website.

Property tax payments are due December 30. You may download and pay your bill online by:
  • Going to
  • Select the blue box labeled "Pay Online for Free"
  • Enter your address or Property Index Number (PIN)
There is no fee if you pay online from your bank account. However, you can also print your bill and bring it to any Chase Bank location, including those outside Cook County. 
Public Health Updates
Order Free COVID Tests
The federal government is reopening its program to offer free COVID-19 tests as case numbers are rising with the cold weather and people gathering inside for holiday gatherings.

People can visit to request four tests for free. Those will begin to ship the week of December 19.

Public health officials recommend people test themselves when they have symptoms and before visiting family. 
Updated Bivalent Boosters Now Available!
The City of Chicago received the free updated bivalent COVID boosters this week.

The new boosters offer greater protection against common COVID-19 variants than the original shots and are available to anyone aged 12 and older who have already received their initial vaccine shots. People age 12 and up who have completed a primary vaccine series should receive a bivalent booster two months after the second dose of their last booster shot. 

The updated booster is widely available throughout the city, including at doctors' offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and community health centers. To find a location where you can receive the bivalent booster shot, visit the Chicago Department of Public Health's website.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, click here
Fina a Monkeypox Vaccine Appointment
The City has secured Monkeypox vaccines. Secure your appointment by visiting the City's Monkeypox vaccine website
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

Need to Know Info
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens January 9
The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program offers an opportunity for owners/occupants to share the cost of replacing sidewalks with the city. This voluntary program allows residents to replace sidewalks at a much lower cost than if they were to hire a private contractor.

The program covers the main walk, the courtesy walk, and existing catwalks/landing steps (the narrow strip of concrete adjacent to some curbs). Owner-occupants of corner houses will be charged for both the main (address) side and the sidewalk on the side of the house. CDOT will build ADA-compliant ramps where applicable, with the City paying the entire cost of the ramps.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program will open on Monday, January 9, from 6 am to 10 pm. Applications will only be accepted through the City’s 311 system or at the city’s Shared Cost Sidewalk website. Owner information and the property address must be provided at the time of the request. The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is very popular and is handled on a first-come, first-served basis. The funds are limited, and the program closes for the year once the funds are allocated.

Further information on the program is available by clicking here.
Cold Weather Tips
Winter is approaching and it's time to prepare for extreme cold, snow, and ice. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) monitors weather conditions and collaborates with city departments to assist residents during the winter months. Please review the helpful winter resources available including Warming CentersSmart 911, and Notify Chicago
Affordable Connectivity Program
Chicago residents could be eligible for $30 off monthly internet bill through the federal government's Affordable Connectivity Program. The Affordable Connectivity Program ("ACP") is a government benefit program that helps low-income households pay for internet services and connected devices like a laptop. For information visit Application can be found by clicking here.
Apply for Student Loan Debt Relief
Individuals looking to apply for student debt relief may do so by visiting While the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis has temporarily blocked the Biden administration from disbursing any student loan relief funds, it does not prevent borrowers from still applying for student loan debt relief. 

The Federal Student Loan Debt Relief program provides eligible borrowers with full or partial discharge of loans up to $20,000 to Federal Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 to non-Pell Grant recipients for individuals who make less than $125,000/year or families that make less than $250,000/year. 

For more information and to apply, click here
Emergency Heating Repair Program
The Emergency Heating Repair Program is now open to new applicants. This program provides grants for income-eligible Chicago homeowners to repair or replace their furnace or boiler heating system. Limited funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Emergency Heating Repair Program is available to Chicagoans who own and occupy one-to-four unit residential buildings. Households earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) are eligible to participate in the program.

Enrollment will be accepted until April 1, 2023, or until all funds have been exhausted. The application package is available online at Call (312) 744-3653 to speak with a customer service representative about the program.
IHDA Mortage Assistance Program
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is reopening its mortgage assistance program designed to assist homeowners financially impacted by the pandemic. Applications will open on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. The Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF) provides up to $60,000 in mortgage assistance to eligible homeowners—paid directly to the servicer, taxing body, or other approved entity—while homeowners work to regain their financial footing. Whether homeowners have a mortgage, a reverse mortgage, or are mortgage-free, the program can fund past due housing payments and up to three months of prospective mortgage payments.

The program is free, and funds do not need to be repaid. Application, program information and updates can be found at or by calling the ILHAF hotline at 1-866-IL-HELP (866-454-3571). Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
Home and Business Protection Program Income-Based Application
The City of Chicago has expanded the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to remove barriers and ensure that more Chicago residents have access to the tools needed to protect their properties and feel safe. Through the new HBPP Income-Based Application, eligible Chicagoans can apply for private security devices at no cost based on income and pick them up at a designated community distribution site. The program is first-come, first-serve. It will run through December 31, 2024, or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first.

For more information and to apply, click here
Home and Business Protection Program
The City of Chicago has launched the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to ensure that Chicagoans have access to private security equipment to protect their property and feel safe. Starting today, the City will provide select rebates to cover costs associated with outdoor security camera systems, cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion-sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs.

Only security devices purchased on or after Monday, June 6, qualify for reimbursement. No rebates will be provided for private security equipment purchased prior to this date. Installation costs of cameras, lighting, and GPS tracking devices are currently not eligible for reimbursement. 
Learn more about the program and apply for rebates at If you have any questions, feel free to email or call (312) 742-3317.
Apply for Peoples Gas Bill Assistance
As we head into the cooler months, and natural gas prices remain high nationwide, Peoples Gas offers  programs and resources to manage your energy costs.

Financial assistance available beginning Sept. 1
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth program are available to help income-eligible customers with heating bills this winter. To see if you are eligible and apply for bill pay assistance, go to or call theCommunity Economic Development Association at 800-571-2332.

Payment arrangements available
For customers who have fallen behind on their bills, but don’t qualify for financial assistance, arrangements are available to help pay and manage heating bills this winter. Use the Peoples Gas app or go to to learn more about your options and enroll.

Budget Billing
Budget Billing spreads seasonal variations in your natural gas bill over 12 months. While you still pay for all of the natural gas you actually use, Budget Billing gives you more consistent monthly bills. Learn more and sign up in the Peoples Gas app or at

Reduce energy use this winter
Manage energy use by using a programmable thermostat, sealing gaps around windows and doors, and scheduling an annual furnace tuneup. Peoples Gas also offers free energy efficiency consultations. For more information, go to
Home and Business Protection Program
Elevate, an energy equity non-profit, is conducting outreach for the Multifamily Energy Savings Program. The goal is to have buildings with 3 units or more assessed to determine the energy-saving projects they qualify for. Projects such as air sealing and insulation, pipe insulation, and HVAC equipment replacements are examples of projects that can be completed from start to finish via the program at little to no cost.

The best way to initiate a free energy assessment is to go directly to and fill out the online form.
Business Updates
Grubhub Winterization Grants
Grubhub is partnering with the Restaurant Strong Fund (Greg Hill Foundation) to offer winterization grants. The Greg Hill Foundation's Restaurant Strong Fund & Grubhub Community Fund are giving away $10,000 grants to support restaurant owners in Chicago, Boston, NYC & Philadelphia to winterize their outdoor dining spaces! The grant program launched on Giving Tuesday, and restaurants in Chicago, Boston, NYC, and Philly are eligible. A total of $2,000,000 will be awarded to 200 restaurants to revamp their outdoor area and make space for more guests.

For more information and to apply, click here
Black-Owned Restaurants Grant Opportunity
the U.S. Black Chambers and Grubhub have partnered to provide grants to Black-owned restaurants, made possible by the Grubhub Community Fund. The USBC Restaurant Grant program helps restaurants receive funding to seize business opportunities and address current challenges. This program offers over $500,000 in grants to Black-owned restaurants and culinary-based businesses in select cities, including Chicago.

For more information and to apply, click here.
Western Avenue Corridor Study Adopted
The Chicago Plan Commission officially adopted the Western Avenue Corridor Study recommendation this week. This has been underway for several years and involved many stakeholders, including our neighboring wards, businesses, and residents. The study includes comprehensive recommendations to improve the Western corridor from Howard to Addison.

Thank you to Kyle Ryan in the 49th Ward Office for all your work and collaboration to help finalize the recommendations on this critical business corridor. For more information, click here
ARPA Funding Opportunities
Information about all active city, county, and state ARPA RFPs and grant opportunities can be found at Information on City programs can be by clicking here.
Northwestern Women's Basketball Visits Gale Teams
Gale Elementary Community Academy's basketball teams received a special visit from the Northwestern Women's Basketball team this Friday. It was a great experience for our student athletes to meet some great role models and play. A HUGE THANK YOU to Val Buchanan for always providing positive and life changing experiences for our Gale students.
Sullivan High School Ends the Year with Spirit Week
Sullivan students and staff celebrated Spirit Week this week with style! We hope that everyone has a restful holiday break.
Follow Eugene Field School on Social
Keep up to date on everything happening at Eugene Field School by following their social media accounts!
Free Dance Classes for Kids Aged 6-12
Mandala South Asian Performing Arts and Dance Peace are partnering to offer free dance classes for children ages 6-12. The class serves children from refugee, asylee, or Indigenous families or those living in the Devon area. 

The organization needs to fill its classes by January or risk losing its funding. The classes take place on Wednesdays at 4:30 pm at the Indo-American Center located at 6328 N. California. 

To register, text 312-550-9172.
CIADC Offers Free After School Program for Youth in Grades 6-12
The Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center (CIADC) Youth Pathways Program is a school-year educational series for grades 6-12 that exposes Students to hands-on industrial arts and nurtures interests that can lead to post-secondary pathway opportunities in STEM, Trade, and Art/Design.
CIADC offers FREE afterschool classes for CPS students.
Register your youth/Teen today! More information at
Employment Opportunities
Free Online English Classes at Howard Area Community Center
Howard Area Community Center, 7648 N. Paulina, is offering free online English classes to help individuals in the workforce. The classes will help participants with their communication skills for the workplace and provide support in job training and searches. 

The classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm. To sign up, click here. For more information, contact Moon Parker at or 312-768-8046. 
Trilogy Behavioral Health is Hiring!
Trilogy Behavioral Health is looking to hire key mental health positions in its organization. Trilogy offers generous benefits and training opportunities. To learn more about openings, visit its website here
Work for the CTA
Are you looking for a career change, a new job, or know someone who is? Look to the CTA each Friday to see newly posted positions as you seek a new career opportunity! Visit to find a full list of jobs!
Purpose Workforce Solutions is Hiring!
Purpose Workforce Solutions is hiring youth positions. For more information, call 312-549-8360 ext 121 for more information. 
Start a Career in Aviation Mechanics
Train to become skilled, employable and essential. At Aviation Institute of Maintenance, we train tomorrow’s technicians. The demand for skilled technicians in Aviation, Manufacturing, Welding, Energy, and other industries is outpacing those entering these career fields. Our nation needs men and women to develop technical trade skills for today and the future. AIM campuses are proud to teach these skills. Find out more and apply here:
NAMI Chicago is Hiring!

NAMI Chicago has positions in Mental Health Services and is looking for outstanding and dedicated people to join its growing team. 

Since 1979, NAMI Chicago has fought for families and individuals impacted by mental health conditions. It promotes community wellness, breaks down barriers to mental health care, and provides support and expertise for families, professionals, and individuals in Chicago and beyond.

NAMI Chicago currently has openings for the following positions (click on the job title to view the job descriptions):      

Mary Crane Center Now Hiring!

Mary Crane Center at 1545 W. Morse is now hiring key positions in the organization. For more information or to send your resume, email

Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service Now Hiring
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance is now hiring for EMT positions. The program includes 12 weeks of training, a free accelerated EMT course, and a guaranteed job. For more information, visit or email 
i.c. stars Tech Training and Job Placement Opportunity
 i.c.stars. is an immersive technology training not-for-profit attracting, training, and putting Chicagoans to work in the Information Technology field. It pays candidates a weekly stipend upon being accepted into its rigorous 16-week program.

i.c. stars is currently recruiting for its next cycle, which will start on August 8, 2022. Interested residents can apply directly on its website at
Compudopt Now Hiring
Compudopt is now hiring part-time technology instructors. Compudopt's mission is to provide technology education and access to under-resourced youth in Chicago and Northern Illinois. 

The position is a seasonal trainer for its educational programming for elementary, middle, and high school students. The role is anticipated to require up to 20 hours per week of instruction and will span afternoons, evenings, and weekends depending on partner requirements. Programming may be facilitated in-person or virtually depending on partner requirements.

The pay range is $20-$25/hour depending on experience and qualifications. To apply, email and include your name, phone, email, resume, and two references. 
Misericordia is Now Hiring
Misericordia seeks to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

Misericordia is home to over 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It has a 31-acre campus that provides around-the-clock care to support its residents. They strive to find compassionate and hardworking individuals to join its team.  Misericordia offers competitive pay rates and excellent employee benefits. 

For more information on current job openings, visit Misericordia's Careers website.
Greater Chicago Food Depository Job Training Programs
The Greater Chicago Food Depository now offers free and paid hospitality and supply chain career path training programs. These programs are available to unemployed and underemployed adults living in Cook County. Programs are background friendly and welcoming to those without a high school diploma or GED.

More information on the program is available on the Greater Chicago Food Depository's website by clicking here.
CTA Second Chance Program
The CTA Second Chance Program allows individuals with a barrier to employment an opportunity for a fulfilling and stable career with the CTA. Those interested in the program should complete a survey of interest by clicking here. More information on the Second Chance Program is available on the CTA's website here
Join the Chicago Park District Team
The Chicago Park District is seeking to hire several key year-round and seasonal positions. To view all openings, visit
PACE Bus is Hiring

Pace Bus is hiring for bus operator and mechanic positions at its facilities across the suburbs to ensure that it can provide the level of bus service that our regional economy depends on. Working for Pace has many advantages:

  • Competitive starting pay
  • Paid on-the-job and ongoing training
  • Promotion from within
  • Working close to home
  • Health insurance benefits
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid vacation and other paid time off
  • Safe, clean work environment (visit to see all of our COVID-related safety precautions in place to protect personnel)

Applications and a list of open positions can be found at

CPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers
Chicago Public Schools is seeking committed substitute teachers to ensure our students receive quality instruction in the absence of their teacher. To apply, visit
CPS is Hiring Board Custodians
CPS is hiring Board Custodians. To apply for the position, click here. To register for an interview, click here. For more information, call 773-553-2100 or email
Getir Chicago is Now Hiring
Getir Chicago is now hiring delivery drivers and order packers for its locations throughout the city. Learn more and apply on their website
Collective Resource is Hiring
Collective Resource Compost, a specialty waste hauler that collects food scraps for composting, is hiring. They work out of a site just over the border in Skokie (near McCormick, between Howard and Touhy). The Driver / Compost Service Specialist job starts at $16 per hour and goes to $17 after a 90-day review. They're looking for people who are reliable, hard-working, tech-capable, and committed to reducing environmental harm.

Learn more at:
CPS is Hiring Lunch Attendants
CPS is hiring lunch attendants across the district! Employees get to work a regular Monday to Friday schedule with holidays off. Positions include medical, dental, and pension benefits.

For more information and to apply, visit
Apply to be a Crossing Guard
Earlier this year, the City of Chicago transferred the crossing guard program from OEMC to Chicago Public Schools. During this transition, many crossing guards decided to retire or resign while school was not operating in person due to the pandemic.

As we have CPS has returned to in-person learning, they have been working hard to fill vacant positions. They are still seeking applicants to fill the positions to help families and children safely get to and from school. 

To apply to become a crossing guard, please follow the steps below:
  1. Please visit the CPS Careers Website at
  2. Click on "CPS Job Board" at the bottom of the page.
  3. On the top of the next page, click on "Basic Search."
  4. Type "Crossing Guard" into the "Keywords" field.
  5. Click on the Crossing Guard job posting for the location you want to apply to, and follow the instructions to fill out the applications.
If you have any questions, please contact
Greater West Town Training Programs
Greater West Town Community Development and Project has over 30 years of expanding economic opportunities in education, job training, and job placement for Chicagoans. Check out the academic and location opportunities available to Chicago residents now, then schedule your orientation today. For more information, please call 312-563-9044 or visit
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is seeking to hire team members for several key positions in their organization. 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
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare sees to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

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. Its 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
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