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49th Ward Update
August 6, 2022
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Good morning neighbors,

It's been such a busy week! Catch up on what you missed in the rest of the newsletter below and I hope to see some of you out at Willye B White Park this morning for our final Alderwoman on the Block Summer Mobile Office Hours. This morning, we're joined by State Senator Mike Simmons too! We'll be there from 11am - 1pm today. 

It's also going to be pretty hot today and tomorrow so make sure to find ways to cool down and check on friends and neighbors today to make sure they're okay.

Take care,


Alderwoman Hadden

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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- CELEBRATIONS & APPRECIATIONS - good news for the week
- 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
- COVID-19 UPDATES - latest news on covid from the Public Health Dept.
- SPECIAL ALERT: MONKEYPOX - what you need to know
- 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 office@49thward.org
Back to School Kicks Off in the 49th Ward
For the first time, Chicago Public Schools held their regional Back to School Bash in Rogers Park at Eugene Field School. With free food, backpacks, supplies, and resources for students and their families, over 2,000 people turned out to celebrate back to school which is August 22 this year. Thanks to Principal Dobbins, AP Williams, and the entire Eugene Field School team for hosting the event.

If you missed our ward-wide back to school event, don't worry - you can still get a backpack and supplies from Alderwoman Hadden at your school's back to school event. We hope to see you there!
Alderwoman Hadden Visits Madonna Mission
Alderwoman Hadden joined Madonna Mission Founder Lynn Gordon and After School Program Director Andy Larson for a tour of the facility out of St. Jerome's. Alderwoman Hadden was able to view the Learning in Action summer program for refugee students and to learn about their successes over their first 10 years.

Madonna Mission is a non-profit organization that helps provide resources and resettlement programs for refugees and their families. You can learn more about the organization, volunteer, and donate to support them by clicking here.
Alderwoman Hadden Joins the Rogers Park Business Alliance for a Ribbon Cutting Extravaganza!
Alderwoman Hadden joined State Senator Simmons, Torrence Gardener from State Representative Kelly Cassidy's Office, and Sandi Price from the Rogers Park Business Alliance for a series of ribbon cuttings for new businesses across the ward. Please make sure to take the time to swing by our newest additions and support local businesses! 

The new businesses are:
  • Howard Street Brewing Company, 1617 W. Howard 
  • Identity Salon by Ana, 6642 N. Clark
  • Jet's Pizza, 7070 N. Clark
  • Khmai Cambodian Cuisine, 2043 W. Howard
  • Morse Liquor, 1420 W. Morse
  • My Clever Canine, 6624 N. Clark
  • Pure Brite Janitorial Services, 1523 W. Morse
  • Such a Jerk, 1947 W. Howard
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 5448 N. Sheridan
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Ward Updates
Decision on North Side Housing & Supportive Services Request for a Special Use Permit
Alderwoman Hadden is supporting North Side Housing's request for a special use permit to relocate its men's shelter to 7464 N. Clark. 

The decision comes after the 49th Ward office conducted robust community engagement, including hosting three community meetings and circulating a survey that received the highest response rate of any proposal that has come through the ward office to date. 49th Ward residents overwhelmingly support the proposal, with 72.6% of 49th Ward respondents saying outright that they support North Side Housing's request for a special use permit at this location. 

The original proposal included plans for a drop-in center at the location as well. While I know that many constituents expressed support for these services, I am committed to an incremental approach to welcoming North Side Housing into the ward. I would like to see North Side Housing operate in the ward before revisiting the proposal for the drop-in services. This approach allows us to ensure that operations run smoothly at the shelter before making a decision on the drop-in shelter. 

In December 2021, North Side Housing was faced with a tough reality: they had to relocate the men living in the shelter at the Preston Bradley Center to a new location because of grave building violations that their landlord failed to bring into compliance. Since then, they have been housing 50 men out of the Super 8 Hotel located at 7300 N. Sheridan without incident. 

After closing its shelter at the Preston Bradley Center, North Side Housing embarked on a search for a permanent location across the northside, with Aldermen Vasquez, Tunney, Cappleman, Martin, and Osterman all giving their support to relocate the shelter to their respective wards. After searching across several wards and working closely with a realtor, they were able to enter into an agreement to use the former (and long-vacant) medical care center at 7464 N. Clark. 

Unlike other emergency shelters in the city, North Side Housing will be open for its clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that men will not be forced to leave the shelter in the morning and can receive 3 meals a day, access to a shower, and other resources and services through the shelter. 

With over 40 years of experience, North Side Housing knows the formula to run a successful program. North Side Housing reports that only 3% of its clients return to the shelter after being connected to permanent supportive housing. The average stay of a typical client in the shelter is approximately 80 days.

North Side Housing manages over 200 permanent supportive housing units across the city, and they work closely with their shelter clients to transition them from the shelter to these units. Once in the units, the clients continue to receive the wraparound services they need to remain housed. 

To learn more about the proposal, review the survey results, and review the FAQ, visit 49thward.org/northsidehousing. The third community meeting is available to view on Facebook by clicking here
49th Ward Town Hall August 10
Join Alderwoman Hadden and the 49th Ward team for the monthly virtual town hall on Wednesday, August 10, at 6 pm. Attendees will hear important updates for the ward and the city. This month, Alderwoman Hadden will share updates on the St. Ignatius site. 

The meeting will start at 6pm. Register to attend the meeting by visiting bit.ly/2022TownHalls. Spanish translation will be available. 
Community Meeting on Rogers Park Metra Renovation August 15
The Rogers Park Metra station is slated for renovation. Join Alderwoman Hadden's office and representatives from the Metra to learn more about the scope of the project, timeline, and how to provide feedback to help inform the final design. 

The meeting will take place on Monday, August 15, at 6 pm over Zoom. To register to attend, visit bit.ly/RPMetra. Spanish translation will be available. 
Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival Returns August 19-21
For over two decades, The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) has presented a free, weekend-long arts festival featuring 120+ artists, open studios, and live entertainment on two outdoor stages.  Attendees view and purchase handmade artworks directly from the creators.  The Fest brings free live music, performances, and art demonstrations — along with street food and craft beer from local merchants on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago’s historic Rogers Park neighborhood.

This favorite neighborhood tradition will return August 19-21. For more information, visit the festival's website
Save the Date: Chalk Howard Street Returns August 27
The popular 3D chalk fest will return to Rogers Park this month! National and local street artists will convene on Howard between Paulina and Ashland, using the street as a canvas to bring vibrant and colorful pieces of art to life. 

The free event will take place on Saturday, August 27, from 11 am to 8 pm. For more information, visit the Rogers Park Business Alliance's website
Friendly Reminder: Keep Dogs Leashed, Playgrounds are for Kids!
The 49th Ward office has received an uptick in complaints about off leash dogs in fenced-in playgrounds throughout the ward. We want to remind our neighbors that dogs must remain leashed in the City of Chicago except for when visiting a designated Dog-Friendly Area.

Letting dogs off leash in our playground spaces creates safety hazards, from health and sanitation to the risk of an encounter going awry. Please be considerate dog owners and let these spaces remain for children. 

The 49th ward has a designated Dog-Friendly Area at Pottawattomie Park, located at 7340 N. Rogers. 
Plan a Community Event in Our Public Plazas
The Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) have dedicated public space ready for you to use for community events and programming at Jarvis Square and Glenwood Ave Alfresco Plazas and the Clark Street People Spot! Want to hold an open mic? Interested in meeting with your book club or knitting circle in an open environment? Want to teach a host a car tournament? RPBA is excited to be able to provide public spaces for community programming. We are looking forward to experiencing the creativity or our community and transformation of our pubic plazas.

Keep in mind that times are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, and that the public spaces are only available for events between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. (10 p.m. on weekends). Sign up TODAY!
49th Ward Infrastructure Updates
Quarry Workers Strike Labor Deal with Material Producing Companies:

Last week, members from the IUOE Local 150 struck a deal with three material-producing companies responsible for producing aggregate materials for infrastructure projects, including sand, gravel, and stone that are needed for asphalt and concrete. 

The workers went on strike on June 7, asking that the companies work with them on a labor agreement. After stalling negotiations with the quarry workers, the material producers finally came to the table and worked on an agreement this week. 

We are glad that the union was able to strike this deal and support its efforts in advocating for the rights of its members.

The strike, however, impacted small and large projects across the entire city, from filling potholes to completing the restoration of sewer main replacement projects. 

Now that the strike has ended, work will resume across the city. However, a large backlog remains, which means residents may continue to experience longer delays than normal on infrastructure projects.

Our office is working closely with the Department of Transportation and the Department of Water Management to address the urgent infrastructure issues in our ward and identify projects that need to be prioritized this construction season. 
Trilogy Crisis Response Team
Will Expand to 24/7 Starting August 29
Trilogy Behavioral Health's mental health mobile crisis response team has some data from calls to its hotline from April through June. Over 96% of the engagements from the response team don't require police interaction. 

Beginning on Monday, August 29, the crisis response team will scale up its services to be available 24/7. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call 800-FACT-400 (800-322-8400) to talk to a crisis response worker. 
Package Delivery Safety Tips
The 24th District advises the community to be aware of these tips about how to make sure your packages are delivered and received safely: 
  • Have packages delivered to your workplace or a business drop off/pick-up.
  • Track your items when the information is available, to know when they are due to be delivered.
  • If you will not be home to receive your package, ask a neighbor to watch for the delivery truck and give them permission to take possession of the item until you return.
  • Avoid letting deliveries sit out in the open on your porch or door steps.
  • Ask the delivery company to place items in inconspicuous areas, such as the back door area, or behind fixtures or plantings where they cannot be readily observed from your sidewalk or street views.
  • Consider adding a surveillance device to catch deliveries when they occur, so that you can notify a neighbor to help you, or to help catch a thief in the act of taking the parcels.
  • Be alert to vehicles that pass by your home several times in a short period of time. Many thieves case the neighborhood before they act.
  • Weather is not a factor: don't believe that the cold will keep thieves away!
  • Many people do not hear or see what is happening outside their front door. Be a good neighbor; when a delivery truck stops outside their home, inform them. Ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your property as well!
  • Keep your doors locked, even when you are home.
  • Consider installing a strongbox at your entryway to keep packages secure and out of sight. 
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Community Engagement
Watch Encanto at Touhy Park on August 5
The Touhy Park Advisory Council hosts Encanto as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. The show will start at dusk at Touhy Park, 7438 N. Paulina on Friday, August 5.
Attend Community Events at Leone Beach Throughout August
Join the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council for a variety of programming throughout the month of August! There's something for everyone.
  • Saturday, August 6, 12 pm - Dune tour (meet at the Loyola Park tennis courts)
  • Thursday, August 18, 7:30 pm - All that Glows Bioluminescence (meet at Loyola Park)
  • Saturday, August 20, 9:30 am - Workday (meet at the Dune restoration site pier)
  • Saturday, August 27, 1 pm - Mindfulness in Nature (meeting location TBA)
  • Sunday, August 28, at 9:30 am - Workday (meet at Leone Park, 1222 W. Touhy)
For more information and to sign up to receive emails from the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council, email leone.nature@gmail.com
Senator Simmons Hosts a Talk and Chalk Event August 6
Senator Mike Simmons' office is hosting a Chalk and Talk event on August 6th, 2022, from 10 AM to 2 PM at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard.. Families across the 7th District are invited to meet Senator Simmons and discuss issues facing the district and state. Folks are also invited to tap into their creative side by chalking the sidewalks at Willye White Park. 
Marshfield Block Club Party August 6
The Marshfield Block Club is hosting a block party on Saturday, August 6, from 12-2 pm at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard. This is a perfect opportunity to meet neighbors and build community. For more information, email marshfieldblockclub@gmail.com. 
Register for Fall Park District Programs Beginning August 8
Fall is around the corner! Start viewing the Chicago Park District fall program offerings beginning August 1. Registration will begin online starting August 8 and August 9. Most fall programs begin the week of September 12, with the exception of the Park Kids After School Program starting on August 22. Visit Chicago Park District's registration page for more information.
24th District Senior Film Series Presents:
My Best Friend's Wedding
The 24th District's Senior Film Series will present My Best Friend's Wedding this month. The screening will take place on Wednesday, August 10, at 2 pm. Free parking is available on Schreiber Avenue just south of the station, and parking restrictions will temporarily be lifted during the event. Pre-registration is required to attend this film due to a 30-person limit. Please email Officer DeWinter in the 24th District Community Policing Office to RSVP at caroline.dewinter@chicagopolice.org.
Advanced Care Planning Workshop August 10
The HAP Foundation is hosting an Advanced Care Planning Workshop. Attend the workshop to learn why it's important to have an advance directive for healthcare. 

The event will take place on Wednesday, August 10, at 6 pm, via Zoom. Learn more and register to attend by clicking here.
P&J Footwear Back to School Bash August 13
PJ Footwear will host its first annual Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 13, from 11 am to 4 pm at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard. There will be something for everyone, from hair cuts to arts and crafts. They will also be giving away school supplies to prepare students as they enter the upcoming school year. 
24th District Back 2 School Supply Giveaway August 13
The 24th District is hosting a Back 2 School Supply Giveaway. The event will take place on Saturday, August 13, from 11 am to 1 pm at Green Briar Park, 2650 W. Peterson. Officers will be handing out free school supplies for students in K-8th grade while supplies last. 
Sullivan High School Community Conversation
Teachers at Sullivan High School are hosting a Community Conversation in the Sky Room in the field house at Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf, on Saturday, August 12, from 2 pm to 4 pm. The Community Conversation will focus on increasing employment opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities. 

To sign up to attend, click here.
Gale Community Academy will Host a Back to School Block Pary on August 19
Gale Community Academy, 1631 W. Jonquil, is hosting a Back-to-School Block Party for students and families to celebrate and prepare for the start of the new school year.  Join in on the fun on Friday, August 19, from 12 pm to 3 pm. There will be music, food, raffles, and games. 
Newgard Community Yard Sale August 20
The annual Newgard yard sale will take place on Saturday, August 20, from 9 am to 4 pm, on the 6400-6700 blocks of Newgard. This annual yard sale was crowned the Reader's Best Neighborhood Yard Sale in the past. Swing by and see what great deals you can snag! 
The Factory Theater Presents The H.O.A.
The Factory Theater presents The H.O.A. Cassie and Steve, both successful professionals, are moving to a new city after Steve receives a promotion. Their new neighbors seem nice, but it becomes clear to Cassie that something is really off. See what happens when a local couple finds their dream home in a neighborhood that’s not quite right.

Written by Angelina Martinez and directed by Christy Arington, The H.O.A. will preview Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11. Opening night will be on Friday, September 16, at 8 pm. The show will run on Fridays and Saturdays through October 22. Tickets cost $25. More information is available on The Factory Theater's website
Volunteer as a Coach for Gale's Girls on the Run Team in the Fall
Gale Community Academy is seeking coaches for its 
  • Girls on the Run (Grades 3-5)
  • Heart & Sole (Grades 6-8) 
Gale needs a minimum of 2 COACHES per team. New and returning coaches must submit the 22/23 Volunteer Application and begin moving through the training and requirements.

Things to know:
  • Practice will start on Tuesday, September 6th
  • Practice will be twice (2) a week
  • Practice will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Practice time will be 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM
  • The 5K has not been scheduled yet BUT is usually a Saturday morning in November
  • RECRUIT GIRLS! FALL 2022 Girl Registration is OPEN!
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Community Aid
Back to School Supply Drive

We're partnering with State Representative Kelly Cassidy's Office and Alderman Osterman's office to host a back-to-school supplies drive for CPS students.

We are collecting book bags and other school supplies for CPS students from now until August 19th before their new school year begins on August 22nd.

Please drop off any donations at:

  • Rep. Cassidy's Office -- 5533 N. Broadway
  • 49th Ward Office -- 1447 W. Morse
  • Women & Children First -- 5233 N. Clark
  • R Public House -- 1508 W. Jarvis
Visit Howard Area Community Center's Computer Lab
Howard Area Community Center has a community computer lab. The community computer lab is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at 7468 N. Paulina. 
Volunteer for Care for Real
Care for Real is excited to welcome new volunteers at both its Edgewater and Rogers Park food pantries! Volunteer opportunities are available for the entire family seven days a week, offering both day time and evening shifts that are client-facing and behind-the-scenes. To learn more about how to get involved and give back to the community, visit www.careforreal.org/volunteer.
Help Care for Real Fight Hunger in Rogers Park
Care for Real is facing a 332% increase in first-time pantry visits. More neighbors are experiencing food insecurity for the first time. When one couple who have supported Care for Real for more than 20 years learned about the surge in need, they we were inspired to act. Together, we set a $33,200 goal to help us feed more neighbors this summer. The couple will match the first $15,000 to double the impact of gifts from neighbors like you this month. We need your support today. Double your impact and give now at https://bit.ly/The332Challenge.
Help Support the Rogers Park Free Store
The Rogers Park Free Store is a community mutual aid group, currently operating out of the Living Water Church at the corner of Pratt & Ashland. They've been supporting neighbors with household, personal, and baby supplies since March of 2021, & invite you to join them!  On an average week, it provides supplies to 100-130 families & neighbors in Rogers Park!

If you're able to donate, consider making a monthly or one-time contribution at Rogers Park Open Collective. Your generosity will ensure they can continue providing resources on a weekly and, if possible, twice-weekly basis. 
  • Monthly contributions are a really impactful way of building support for your neighbors into your monthly budget.  We take care of each other.
     
  • Help the Rogers Park Free Store find space: it has been lucky enough to have had space offered by Living Water, however, it welcomes any leads on free-to-use space in Rogers Park (e.g. empty storefronts, etc.); whatever connections you have would be helpful.  Email rpfreestore@gmail.com if you have any information!
     
  • Spread the word: follow the Rogers Park Free Store on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinktree, and let your neighbors know about this resource in Rogers Park. Its current open hours are Saturdays from 12:30 - 2 PM at Living Water and all are welcome!
     
  • Volunteer your time or skills: email rpfreestore@gmail.com to get connected or ask questions.
Thank you for your consideration and the Rogers Park Free Store hopes you'll be part of supporting our community!
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Government Connect
Want to get connected with your other elected officials? Find links to sign up to their newsletters and website information below!
 
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Monkeypox Need to Know Info
What is Monkeypox?
Get Your Monkeypox Vaccine

We are starting to see an increase in monkeypox infections. Monkeypox is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  According to Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Arwady "The city has already received 5,409 doses. Distribution has targeted those in close physical contact with people diagnosed with monkeypox, as well as people who may be at higher risk of contracting the disease because of their sexual activity."

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
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COVID-19 Updates
At-Home Vaccine Program Now Offering Vaccines for Anyone 6 Months and Older
The City's At Home vaccination program is now offering vaccines for children as young as 6 months of age. Additional information, including registration links by community area, is available on the City's website by clicking here
Heartland Health Offering COVID-19 Testing to Non-Patients
Heartland Health Centers is offering COVID-19 testing for non-patients starting this week.

What do you need to know?
  • The test is a PCR test, and the results are available in 2-3 days.
  • This service is available only by appointment
  • It is open only Wednesday from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
To make an appointment, call 872-245-3790.
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 chicago.gov/coronavirus. For the latest information on COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) website

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Need to Know Info
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 Chicago.gov/HBPP. If you have any questions, feel free to email HBPP@cityofchicago.org or call (312) 742-3317.
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 www.multifamilyportal.com and fill out the online form.
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Business Updates
What's Next for Devon Avenue? Join Elevate Devon for Two Special Events in August!
Over the past few months, the project team has been working diligently to translate the extensive community feedback received as part of Elevate Devon into achievable, high-quality design concepts and corridor recommendations. Join us in August to view these materials, share input and ask questions!
 
Event #1: Virtual Community Open House · August 1st to August 15th
Visit ElevateDevon.Org or scan the QR code to attend the open house, explore corridor concepts, watch mini video modules, and share feedback.
 
Event #2: Live Q+A Session on Zoom · August 11th at 5:30pm (Register Online)
After exploring the Virtual Open House, register for the Live Q+A Session to learn more about the corridor concepts, ask questions and interact with the team.
ARPA Funding Opportunities
Information about all active city, county, and state ARPA RFPs and grant opportunities can be found at greaterchicagotogether.org. Information on City programs can be by clicking here.
Sign Up for Loyola's inQbate Program
inQbate is a Loyola Limited venture devoted to helping small businesses, organizations, and startups in Chicago expand their reach and multiply their impact through strategic, data-driven marketing solutions.

Subsidized by the university and its other student-led businesses, inQbate is able to provide marketing services that are both affordable and effective. inQbate is available to serve businesses year-round.

Clients can contact them any time of day or night at inqbate@luc.edu.
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#SchoolsShineIn49
CPS Summer Meal Program

Chicago Public Schools today announced the launch of its Summer Meals and LunchStop Programs to support students and their families during the break. As it has done in the past, the District will continue to offer free, nutritionally-balanced meals at various locations across the District this summer, beginning Monday, June 27.

CPS will provide meals at no cost to students in summer school programs through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a program administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

In addition to summer meals served indoors, CPS also offers meals at outdoor school locations throughout the summer through the District's LunchStop program. The LunchStop program provides free, healthy meals across Chicago to children ages one to 18, even if they are not enrolled as a CPS student. Parents can look up the meal distribution sites outside schools via the District’s LunchStop Meal Finder


PROGRAM DETAILS: 

WHAT: CPS LunchStop - Free Summer Meals

WHO: Open to children ages one to 18 and. Children do not need to be CPS students to receive a free meal.

WHEN/WHERE: June 27 - August 12; Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. @ Locations across the city"

  • LunchStop Meal Site Finder: cps.edu/mealsites

  • Parents and students can also text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 304-304 and type in a zip code to find nearby summer meals sites, along with operating days and times.  

The Office of Student Health and Wellness hotline, 773-553-KIDS, can also help connect families to SNAP and WIC if they are in need of additional assistance. 

For additional information, flyers, and location cards, please visit cps.edu/summermeals.

My CHI. My Future. App Has Officially Launched!
The city has launched the My CHI. My Future. app. Chicago teens and parents can access over 7,000 opportunities with customized recommendations based on age, interests, and locations. Teens ages 16-24 can enter to win a FREE Lolla 4-day pass by downloading the MCMF app! Download it now in your device's app store!
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Employment Opportunities
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: https://aviationmaintenance.edu/
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 enorthern@marycrane.org

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 emsjobs.org or email emtclass@superiorambulance.com. 
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 icstars.org/program.
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 ashaki@compudopt.org 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.
Apply to Become a Lifeguard!
The Chicago Park District launched a new marketing campaign featuring the dedicated lifeguards who serve across the city and make Chicago’s vibrant aquatics recreation and programming possible. Entitled the “I am a Chicago Lifeguard” campaign, this marketing push features a diverse group of talented lifeguards who work tirelessly to keep our beaches and pools safe and enrich the lives of thousands of kids, adults, and families who use Chicago Park District pools and beaches. The “I am a Chicago Lifeguard” digital and print campaign features a dedicated webpage, social media profiles, and posters at our fieldhouses and on billboards throughout the city.
 
As the Chicago Park District gears up for this summer, they are looking for qualified candidates to join their team. Candidates for Seasonal Lifeguard positions must be 16 years old and over, a resident of Chicago, and fully vaccinated. Future lifeguards must also pass the swim skills test and become American Red Cross certified. Pay for entry-level lifeguards starts at $15.88. Click here to apply today.  
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 ChicagoParkDistrict.com/Jobs.
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 PaceBus.com/health 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 PaceBus.com/Careers

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.edu/iwanttosub
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 HRFacilities@cps.edu
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: collectiveresource.us/join-our-team/.
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 cps.edu/careers
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 cps.edu/careers
  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 Crossingguard@cps.edu.
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 http://GWTP.org
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 ww.sandc.com/careers.
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 trilogyinc.org/careers.

 

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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