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49th Ward Update
August 14, 2020
Ald. Hadden with representatives from ComEd on the 1600 block of W. Jarvis Ave.

Hello neighbors,

This week a tornado landed in our ward and ripped some of it to pieces. But this is the 49th Ward so before the storm passed people were out in the streets cleaning up and checking on their neighbors. It’s an honor to serve a community that consistently demonstrates such resilience, compassion and spirit.

Thank you to everyone who moved branches, cleared streets and sidewalks and helped businesses. Thank you to our City workers from the Departments of Streets and Sanitation, Transportation, and Water for helping us to pick up the pieces and address the infrastructure damage left in the wake of the tornado - we appreciate your swift response and hard work. And thank you to our neighbors who had trees on their homes, vehicles and other property for exercising patience and understanding while waiting for the City to get to you. 

To Lizbeth and Luis from ComEd who took every call and answered every question 24/7 over the last week, the residents and staff of the 49th Ward appreciate your dedication and concern. Immediately after the storm passed, we had about 2,000 people without power, but the storm and tornado did so much structural damage, that number quickly went up to nearly 6,000 homes without power just in our ward. There were 150,000 homes without power across the city. As of this email, fewer than 5 homes are still without power.

Lastly, a special thank you from the bottom of my heart to the 49th Ward team. Office staff, Tiffany Liner, Gina Parra, Torrence Gardner, Leslie Perkins and Ward Superintendent Danny Murphy, handled hundreds of emergency service requests this week. They worked late and started early nearly every day this week to make sure that we could handle the flood of urgent requests and take care of the regular workload. They’re simply the best.

The tornado took up a lot of space and energy this week, but please know that we have other important events coming up - read about it below!

Take care,

Maria Hadden

Ward Updates
49th Ward Virtual Town Hall August 22
Our office will host a virtual town hall on Saturday, August 22 at 10 am. Tune in to hear from Alderwoman Hadden, the new Commander at the 24th District, Joseph Brennan and a representative from the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). 

Preregister to join the Zoom town hall online at Please email questions in advance of the town hall to by Wednesday, August 19, at noon. Questions will then be answered by our office, COPA, and the Commander Brennan during the Saturday virtual town hall. 
49th Ward Back to School Supply Drive
The fall semester is going to look a lot different for our students this year. To help prepare them for success and get them in the school mentality, our office is partnering with our local schools to host a Back to School Supply Drive. 

Due to COVID-19, we won't be able to host the annual Back to School Picnic where supplies would have otherwise been distributed to students. Instead, this year we're asking that community members and organizations drop their donations off at our schools directly. 

Below you will find a list of school supplies that students and teachers need of this year as well as the addresses, days, and hours for our schools where these items can be donated. Folks may also opt to purchase items online to be delivered to the schools in lieu of delivering them in-person if they so choose. 

School Supplies:
  • Bookbags
  • Binders
  • Folders
  • Wide-ruled notebooks
  • Composition notebooks
  • Graph paper
  • Lined loose-leaf paper
  • Construction paper
  • Sheet protectors
  • Index cards
  • Post It notes
  • Clipboards
  • Protractors
  • Calculators
  • Scientific calculators (grades 6+)
  • Pencil bags
  • Pencils
  • Individual pencil sharpeners with shaving receptacle 
  • Erasers
  • Red pens
  • Black pens
  • Blue pens
  • Highlighters
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers (not permanent)
  • Glue sticks
  • Elmers glue
  • Scotch tape
  • Mini stapler
  • Staples
  • Scissors
  • Dry erase markers
  • Kleenex
  • Paper towels
  • Gallon size Ziploc bags
  • Sandwich size Ziploc bags
  • Baby wipes
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Headphones
Donation Drop off addresses, hours, and days information:
Acero Cruz
7416 N. Ridge
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
9 am - 3 pm

Chicago Math and Science Academy
7212 N. Clark
Monday - Friday 9am - 3:30pm

Eugene Field Community School
7019 N Ashland Blvd
Monday - Friday 10am-1pm

Gale Community Academy
1631 W. Jonquil Terrace
Monday - Friday 8am-3pm

Jordan Elementary Community School
7414 N. Wolcott Ave
Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm

Joyce Kilmer Elementary School
6700 N. Greenview
Monday - Friday 9am-2pm

New Field Primary School
1707 W. Morse
Monday - Friday
9am - 1pm (in the cafeteria)

Additionally, our office is looking to connect volunteers to our neighborhood schools to assist them with distribution of devices and supplies to our students. If you are interested in volunteering, please email and we will connect you to our neighborhood schools.

Please keep your eye out for more volunteer opportunities this fall to help students and parents succeed with remote learning! 
Sullivan School Resource Officer Contract Vote Update
On Friday, August 7, the Sullivan LSC convened to hold a vote on whether to retain or terminate the contract for the School Resource Officer (SRO) at the school. During the meeting on Friday, however, the Sullivan LSC didn't have a quorum and wasn't able to vote.  

The Sullivan LSC had previously voted to retain the positions in February, but given the recent climate as well as community and student questions, had decided to revisit it. The Chicago Board of Education will revote on the issue August 26.*

During the meeting on Friday, however, the Sullivan LSC didn't have a quorum and wasn't able to vote.  The Chicago Board of Education will revote on the issue August 26. 

The Chicago Board of Education had voted in June to retain the $33 million intergovernmental contract with CPD. During that meeting, I spoke in favor of terminating the contract to reduce the school to prison pipeline and instead fund the wraparound services our students deserve to be successful. I also co-sponsor an ordinance introduced to City Council that calls for the termination of the contract. That ordinance was sent to the Committee on Rules. 

*Please note last week's newsletter incorrectly stated the date of the meeting as August 14. August 14 was the deadline for schools to revote on their individual SROs. 
49th Ward Office Launches Youth Committee
I am excited to announce that my office is launching a Youth Committee to involve High School students who live and/or attend school in the legislative process and community projects. This committee will be youth led, with students deciding the direction of the committee democratically. If you are a student or  if you know a student who is interested in joining, please visit to sign up for a prospective members meeting. 
Celebrations & Appreciations
You didn't think we were going to allow a pandemic to make us stop celebrating and appreciating our community did you? Of course not! 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
Thank You, Neighbors, for Your Resiliency & Generosity!
After the tornado, neighbors banded together with handsaws, hatchets, brooms and rakes to clean up and lend a hand. We are a resilient, beautiful community - thank you for being a part of what makes us great.
Thank You, City Workers!
This week, city workers labored tirelessly in our ward to clear streets and repair damage after a tornado hit on Monday evening. The Bureau of Forestry, Streets and Sanitation, and the Department of Transportation worked around the clock to remove felled trees, clean up debris, and restore electricity to our neighbors. The damage from the tornado was extensive, and crews were on top of it. Thank you all for your dedication and service.
Community Engagement Opportunities
Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest Returns to
Rogers Park with New Mobile Edition
The popular Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) returns to Rogers Park for its 19th year in a new format to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines prohibiting large public gatherings. This year on Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16, 2020, the festival becomes the Glenwood Avenue (Mobile) Arts Fest, taking place as four two-hour tours of the streets of Rogers Park surrounding the Glenwood Avenue Arts District at Glenwood and Morse Avenues.

Local bands will perform live on a mobile stage along with large-scale video screens showcasing GAAF artists’ works, which will be available in “booths” in a corresponding virtual festival. Brief stops along the GAAF mobile tour routes will allow residents to enjoy art and music at a safe distance along the sidewalks and from the windows of their homes. Check out the website for more info!

Saturday, Aug 15
12pm Flatbed & Scruggs, featuring former and current members of Henhouse Prowlers
Central / East Rogers Park
click here for the tour route

4pm –  Amazing Heeby Jeebies
West Rogers Park
(the western streets of Rogers Park, not West Ridge)
click here for the tour route
Sunday, Aug 16
12pm – Joyce Renee Walker Band 
South Rogers Park
click here for the tour route

4pm –  Urban Rhythm Band
North Rogers Park
click here for the tour route
The Fields Community Process Resumes August 19
The 49th Ward office is resuming the community process on the future of the Fields schools. In March, the community process was forced to take an abrupt hiatus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to thank community members who were engaged with us on this issue previously and who provided the necessary space for our office to respond to the emergency of the global pandemic. However, knowing that this community process continues to remain a priority for our parents, we are looking to pick it back up.

As a reminder, during the last meeting, our office asked participants to complete SWOT analyses of both of the schools. The results of those analyses are below:
Since having to halt the community process, our office has contacted Chicago Public Schools to discuss resuming it. During our meeting on August 19, we will discuss the revised timeline for the community process and review the engagement to date. 

For those looking for a refresher on the Fields process ahead of the meeting can visit the 49th Ward website here

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 19 at 6 pm via Zoom. Online preregistration is required at
My Chi My Mask Contest has partnered with the city to launch a citywide kids' mask design contest. ​The contest is an extension of the "My Chicago, My Future"  program.

Kids are invited to draw, paint, or design on a computer their best interpretation of the theme “My Chicago”. The grand prize mask design will be produced for and worn by Chicago’s First Lady, Amy Eshleman. will also donate 50 winning masks to the artist for distribution to their family, friends, and classmates. 

The deadline to submit a design is August 31. Submissions can be emailed to

For more information, rules, and to download mask templates, visit the contest page on's website.
Kids are Invited to Complete Chicago Public Library's
 Summer Learning Challenge to Earn a Prize
Share how your kids have been Building Stories by reading and learning throughout the summer. Complete the Summer Learning Challenge to Earn Your Prize! Kids who read at least 500 minutes, completed at least one hands-on Discover activity and did at least one Create activity by making something cool can pick up their prize tote bag and a certificate at their neighborhood library.

Be sure to tell the Chicago Public Library about all those extra minutes of reading and additional activities completed! Keep learning all summer by trying activities at and trying new online programs.

Parents and caregivers, remember to turn in your completed Family Learning Log (available in English or Spanish) for a chance to win a technology prize package to keep your family learning throughout the year! Summer Learning Challenge entries will be accepted through September 5.
Drive-In Movies Continue Throughout the City this Summer
New this summer - drive-in movies in the parks! Drive-in screenings will continue in park parking lots every Tuesday and Thursday through August 27.  Parking lots open at 7 pm, movies begin at 8 pm.

Movies are free, but pre-registration is required. Registration is available one week prior to each movie.  Capacity varies between 40 and  60 cars per lot based on parking lot size.  Participants are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times while outside their vehicle.  

For more information, movie schedules, and guidelines, visit the Chicago Park District's website.
Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks
Moves from the Greens to Your Screens
This summer, due to COVID-19 health and safety measures mandated by the City, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks is going digital—on social, online, and on the air, now through August 28.

Carrying their community-building spirit into 2020, Chicago Shaespeare in the Parks is introducing new ways to connect with the vitality of our city’s neighborhoods—from inviting all of Chicago to share a favorite Midsummer moment to an online Virtual Tour, August 10–27, spotlighting a new park and its surrounding neighborhood every day.

There are so many grassroots organizations doing extraordinary work in service of their communities, and they'd love to hear about the ones that are important to YOU so they can help amplify their efforts, highlighting them in our Virtual Tour. Please send recommendations to
Community Aid
Pitch in and help clean up debris from Monday's tornado on your block this weekend! Help clear our streets, sidewalks, and yards of debris. Any debris you collect can be bagged and placed on the parkway for collection. Large branches can remain unbagged.

Once you have placed the items on a parkway for collection, please send an email to with an address so we can dispatch crews. 

Thank you, neighbors, for all you do for our community! 
Complete the Census Online!
Census Enumerators Going Door-to-Door to Gather Census Data
This month you might notice Census enumerators going door-to-door to encourage Census participation. All Census enumerators will be wearing masks and a valid ID badge. Please help us get an accurate count this year by taking 5 minutes to fill out the 2020 Census online
Census Bureau Announces
Plans to Stop Count a Month Early
On August 3rd, the Census Bureau announced their plan to stop conducting end field data collection by September 30, 2020, a month earlier than previously anticipated. All residents are encouraged to complete the Census online at to ensure our community receives proper levels of funding and legislative representation during the next round of redistricting.
Do You Part! Complete the 2020 Census Online!

Amid the rapid changes we are implementing, there is still a Census count underway. A public health crisis like COVID-19 really drives home the urgency to have an accurate count. These counts help determine state and local funding as well as draw legislative districts.

Right now, only about 60.4% of households in the 49th Ward have completed the census. That amounts to 13,124 households in our ward having responded to the 2020 Census. This means there are about 10,438 households that still have yet respond!

For every person who completes the census, the city will receive approximately $1,400 in federal funding. That's money that goes back to our everyday infrastructure needs, our schools, our parks, and more. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete. 

You should have received information in the mail on how to complete the Census. Please take a moment to look at the U.S. Census Bureau's website and complete yours online today.
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. 
LAST DAY TO APPLY - Chicago Rental Assistance Program
The Department of Family and Support Services has announced the Rental Assistance Program (RAP) in an effort to prevent homelessness due to financial hardship. This program will provide payment of rent arrears for Cook County residents to prevent eviction and assistance in rent payment for those experiencing crisis or emergencies such as temporary loss of income, eviction notices, fire or flood, and domestic violence. This program only assists those currently in housing and is not designed to relocate homeless families from shelter to housing. More information about RAP can be found here.
Scooter Pilot Program Starting
Beginning Wednesday, electric scooters will appear across the city including in our Ward to participate in a 4-month pilot. Scooters will be available everywhere in Chicago except Downtown, the 606, and Lakefront Trail. 

In response to the concerns the city received from the 2019 program, the CDOT has indicated:
  • Each scooter is equipped with a cable lock to secure the scooter to a fixed object.  Scooters can legally be locked to bike racks, street signs, light poles, and other fixed objects in the public right of way.
  • Based on the information received from the scooter companies, if you cut the lock on a scooter, the scooter can still be operated, but only by renting through the app. The app does give a higher degree of confidence because the scooter companies can verify identities and phone numbers. Because each scooter weighs ~ 50 lbs., it’s not practical for someone to use the e-scooter as a manual scooter.
Scooters MUST be driven in the street. They are not allowed on sidewalks - including in the parks.

For more information on the pilot, visit the city's website.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
IHDA launched a rental assistance program for those facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. In Rogers Park, Northside Community Resources can assist people with the application process. Call (773) 262-2290 Ext. 714 to speak to someone at Northside Community Resources.

Applications will be open August 10-21. To learn more, visit
Chicago Housing Assistance Portal

The City launched the Chicago Housing Assitance Portal last week. The Portal is available at and serves as a tool to match residents with the rental or mortgage assistance program that will best meet their needs. After completing an inquiry survey, residents will be routed to either the DFSS Rental Assistance Program (RAP); DOH COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program; DOH Mortgage Assistance Program; or the Illinois Housing Development Authority Statewide Housing Assistance. Those financially impacted the hardest will be eligible for Chicago Housing Assistance grant funding that has been set aside for the lowest earners.

Apply to Become a Contact Tracer
The City of Chicago issued a $56 million grant to the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership to hire contact tracers throughout the city. Contact tracing is a critical step that we must take to identify individuals who have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 so we can contain the virus. 

Individuals can now apply to become a contact tracer. More information and the application are online.

Additionally, the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for at least 20–23 non-profit community-based organizations (CBOs) to serve as local employers of the City of Chicago COVID-19 Contact Tracing Corps. This is the second of two RFPs released under the Chicago Contact Tracing Corps grant program. More information on the RFP is available online
Cash Assistance Program
The Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project is providing one-time $500 cash assistance for those financially affected by COVID-19. Those employed in the landscaping, snow plowing, packing, cannery, farms, nursery, greenhouse, and meat and poultry industries and experiencing financial hardship due to the effort to contain COVID-19 are eligible for this assistance. To apply for this cash assistance program those affected can send their phone number, valid ID with current address, paystub, and an explanation of what you do at work to
USPS Mail Delivery Issues
Photo Credit: Chicago Sun Times
Our office has received an influx of concerns regarding mail delivery issues in the past couple of weeks. We have contacted Congresswoman Schakowsky's office to discuss the problem and how we can partner with her to remediate this matter. We will also be reaching out to the Postmaster for Chicago to escalate the concerns our office has been fielding.

The Associated Press published an article this week addressing the issue of nationwide mail delivery, and the likelihood of continued delays in services. In May 2020, Trump appointed Louis DeJoy to serve as Postmaster for the United States Postal Services. At the time of DeJoy's appointment, House members expressed concerns about his ties to private postal contractors.

In memos obtained by the Associated Press, mail carriers will be told to leave behind parcels of mail if it causes delays to their routes. Additionally, postal carriers will no longer be provided with overtime pay to finish deliveries. These changes may continue to cause delays in mail delivery services across the nation. 

Additionally, USPS has faced significant financial issues in the past decade due to private competitors ramping up their services. Last year, the agency saw an $8.8 billion loss in revenue. USPS is on track to run out of funding by the end of September if Congress doesn't take action to provide supplemental funding. 

In an early Coronavirus relief package, the House of Representatives authorized $10 billion in supplemental funding for USPS. USPS has not yet accessed that funding due to a stipulation that would provide the U.S. Department of Treasury much control over the operations of the agency, which has been independent and apolitical since its inception.

While the delay might not seem like a significant issue at first glance, many people rely on USPS for critical needs, including medication refills and other important documentation. The dependence on our independent mail system has only increased since the start of the pandemic as well. Additionally, many remote places cannot rely on private carriers to deliver their mail, and USPS remains their only option. 

Congresswoman Schakowsky's office has communicated to our office that they are trying to figure out how they, along with their colleagues in the House, can best push for improvement. They are also talking to the Lettercariers Union about their ideas to improve services. Finally, they are pushing back on the proposed changes to delivery services. 

Our office will work with them to escalate the issue locally and identify ways solutions to delivery problems. We will also discuss with USPS and the Chicago Board of Elections how we can ensure mail is delivered efficiently ahead of the November General Election and maintain the integrity of the democratic process. 

If you are experiencing issues with mail, please provide either our office or Congresswoman Schakowsky's office with the name, address, phone numbers, and the specific issue you're encountering. This information helps our offices advocate for improvements. USPS also responds to residents individually when a formal complaint is submitted. Folks may also opt to complete a complaint form on the 49th Ward website. This information is shared with USPS and Congresswoman Schakowsky's office. 

Finally, knowing what we do about the impending changes coming down from D.C., we must implore that residents request a vote-by-mail ballot sooner rather than later as not to overwhelm our local postal service and the Board of Elections. Additionally, when you receive the ballot, it is essential to return it as quickly as possible with the anticipation of potential delays in mind. 
Flatten the Ballot Request Curve, Apply NOW to Vote by Mail! 
Photo Credit: Common Cause

Make sure to apply to vote by mail now to help the Chicago Board of Elections prepare to send out ballots in a timely and efficient manner ahead of the November 3 General Election. Those who apply now will be the first in line to receive ballots when mailings start beginning in late September and early October.

Voters can apply to receive a vote-by-mail ballot on the Chicago Board of Elections website

#Vote2020 #VoteSafe #VoteByMail

State Moratorium on Evictions Extended to August 22nd
Cases in the state continue to climb this week. On Thursday, Illinois clocked in over 1,600 cases, the highest number of cases in a single day since May 25. 

In response to the growing number of cases, Governor Pritzker extended the moratorium on residential evictions through August 22. He also announced that applications for renter and homeowner assistance programs open August 10 and August 28. 

Finally, the State continues to work to expand its processing of unemployment benefits and investigate a new nationwide fraud scheme. 

For more information, visit
Emergency Quarantine Order for
People Returning from Out of State
If you have returned from any of the following states, you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days:
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida 
  • Georgia 
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas 
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
The following states are on-watch for reaching Chicago's COVID-19 positivity rate threshold for the Emergency Travel Order:
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • Virginia
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days from the time of the last contact within the identified state. This includes both Chicago residents returning from travel to a designated state, and travelers arriving in Chicago from a hard-hit state.  For more information, please click here.

Read the latest COVID updates here.
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 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
Business Mask Requirements
Governor Pritzker announced new guidelines that will require businesses to enforce mask-wearing for their employees and customers. Businesses who do not enforce mask requirements may be subject to a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to $2,500 in fines.
Welcome New Businesses!

The 49th Ward is excited to welcome a few new businesses to the neighborhood! 

Chicago Ray Records (7051 N. Clark) and Gingerslam Home (6624 N. Clark St) both opened earlier this month. At Chicago Ray Records you can beef up your personal collection of vintage vinyl, CDs, cassettes, and movies. Chicago Ray Records is currently cash only. 

GingerSlam Home, “is a small boutique Design Studio that offers uniquely curated items for your home - an authentic deviation from the big-box offerings.” 

The Halal Guys (6477 N. Sheridan) opened today, August 14. The food prepared in the restaurant will be prepared in accordance with Islamic Law, expanding the options for dining out for Muslim students and neighbors.

Make sure to swing by and welcome them to the neighborhood.

Cuneen's Partnering with J.B. Alberto's
to Open Outdoor Dining Area
A long-time favorite watering hole, Cuneen's (located at 1424 W. Devon), has partnered with J.B. Alberto's to open an outdoor dining space on their patio. This partnership is providing Cuneen's with a lifeline to continue to operate in our neighborhood during the COVID-19 crisis. Please make sure to swing by and show your support. 
Tee Mart Apparel Honors John Lewis' Life with Custom Masks 
In order to pay tribute and honor Congressman John Lewis' life, Tee Mart Apparel has created masks with his famous quote, "Get in trouble. Good trouble. Necessary trouble." 

Make sure to swing by to get yours today and support a small, locally owned business while you're there. Tee Mart Apparel is located at 1445 W. Morse.
Glenwood Sunday Market Moves to Hybrid Model
The Glenwood Sunday Market is moving to a hybrid model this weekend, incorporating both walk-through and pick-up options. The market will now allow people to walk-through and purchase directly from vendors, or to pre-order, pre-pay and pick up their purchases. 
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.

Learn in Shelter Tutoring Program
Learn in Shelter is a volunteer-based tutoring programs that aims to reach K-12 students who would benefit from tutoring services. Learn in Shelter offers help with several academic subjects, including Math, Science, English, History, Foreign Language, and Computer Science. The sessions are conducted via Zoom, and the services are completely free for students. Interested families can sign up at
CPS Grab-and-Go Meal Sites
Although the school year has come to a close, CPS’s grab-and-go meal sites will continue to provide our students with healthy meals during summer break. Beginning Monday, June 22 through Friday, August 28, hundreds of summer grab-and-go meal sites will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 

In order to find the most up-to-date list of meal sites near you,  please visit 

Please note that meal sites will be closed on Friday, June 19 due to a scheduled day off for staff.  However, meal deliveries will continue on Friday, June 19, and the meal sites will provide families with extra food on Thursday, June 18. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or
Essential Jobs/Help Wanted

Doors Opening: An Introduction to CTA Careers

The CTA will host a webinar on career opportunities within the organization on Wednesday, August 26, at 2 pm. 

For more information and registration, click here.

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Hiring Senior Grantee Auditor 

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is looking for qualified candidates to fill a Senior Grantee Auditor position. To learn more about this opening, please visit the job description here.

Trilogy Healthcare Hiring Chief Medical Officer

Triology Healthcare is looking for candidates to fill their Chief Medical Officer role. Interested candidates can find the job description and a link to the application on their website here.

A Just Harvest Hiring Census Field Director

A Just Harvest is coordinating a census outreach initiative, and is hiring a Census Field Director to oversee their 2020 Census Outreach Initiative for the North Lawndale neighborhood. The Census Field Director is a three-month position at a rate of $25/hour for 30 hours per week. Position is open immediately. 

Job Responsibilities Include:
  • Train and manage a small team of part-time Census Outreach Coordinators
  • Develop and implement a field plan to build relationships with community residents, leaders and businesses; develop and host virtual and in person events in partnership with the community leaders to raise census response rates in the North Lawndale
  • Create outreach materials, and other perform other relevant education and public relation activities
  • Track, document, and report data on work plan deliverables

Job Qualifications
  • A strong understanding of the importance of the census and the census process
  • Experience managing teams
  • Experience in community organizing, electoral campaigns, or other relevant experience.
  • Effective written and spoken communication
  • Ability to relate to a variety of personalities and cultures
  • Accurate record-keeping skills and strong attention to detail
  • Ability and willingness to travel in North Lawndale and Rogers Park Chicago
  • Reliable transportation or desire to take public transportation
Interested candidates should send a short cover letter and resume to to apply and put “Census Field Director” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls.
Alderwoman Maria Hadden | 49th Ward Service Office
1447 W. Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
773-338-5796 |

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