49th Ward Update
January 21, 2023
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Good Morning All,

We had a a full week despite the MLK Holiday on Monday so the newsletter is pretty robust today. In addition to great community events, activities and employment opportunities, you'll find some updates about: our first City Council meeting of the year; the Howard/Paulina housing development; the Army Corps's lakeshore study; property tax appeals workshops; public safety; and CTA improvements.

This morning at 11am is also our first PB Project Expo - you can join the virtual meeting here.

I hope you all have a great weekend,

Alderwoman Maria Hadden

P.S. - Thank you for al of the birthday wishes!
Use the links to jump to the section of the newsletter you want to read.
- CELEBRATIONS & APPRECIATIONS - good news for the week
- CITY COUNCIL UPDATES - the latest news from City Hall
- WARD UPDATES - infrastructure updates and community announcements
- 2023 MUNICIPAL ELECTION- how to participate in the democratic process
- 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 Lunar New Year!
Sunday, January 22 marks the Lunar New Year! We are leaving behind the year of the tiger and entering the year of the rabbit. You can join our County Commissioner Josina Morita and Alderperson Nicole Lee for a joint City and County celebration this Wednesday, January 25 at 3pm at 118 N Clark St in first floor lobby.
Charmers Cafe Celebrates its 3rd Anniversary!
Charmers Cafe celebrated its 3rd anniversary in Rogers Park this week! Shortly after opening in January 2020, Charmers Cafe was met with the unprecedented challenge of COVID. They had to shut down the cafe temporarily to curtail the spread of COVID. However, they found new ways to serve Rogers Park residents as businesses were able to reopen slowly. In the summer of 2020, they installed a walk-up window on Greenview so people could safely order while staying socially distanced. They also worked closely with the Jarvis Square Tavern and R Public House to open the 49th Ward's first Alfresco space, which provided the community with a much-needed space for safely gathering while supporting local businesses throughout the pandemic. 

Charmers Cafe has shown innovation and resiliency in some of the most exceptionally challenging circumstances. We are thrilled that they picked Rogers Park as their home and continue to thrive three years later. 

Make sure to swing by to show them some love and wish them a happy anniversary! 
3rd Annual MLK Basketball Tournament a Big Success!
Sullivan High School hosted a fantastic event so-sponsored by Friends of Sullivan High School and Rogers Park Builders Group on Monday, January 16 the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The MLK Holiday Hoops Tournament is in its third year and we hope the tradition continues. Middle school teams from local schools like Kilmer, Gale and Armstrong were joined by club teams from around the northside to compete. It was a great event!
City Council Updates
Bodily Autonomy Ordinance 2.0 Passes City Council
On Wednesday, City Council passed an ordinance that provides additional protections to individuals who receive reproductive healthcare and gender-affirming care.

Known as the Bodily Autonomy Ordinance 2.0, the legislation prohibits landlords and employers from considering whether someone has undergone gender-affirming care or reproductive healthcare when making a decision about providing them housing or hiring them for a job. The ordinance builds on previous protections passed by City Council, which barred the Chicago Police Department from cooperating with other states whose residents seek reproductive healthcare and gender-affirming care in Chicago.

These protections are critical as we see a rise in attacks on individuals seeking healthcare across the country. The passage of both ordinances is critical to ensuring that individuals can continue to make the best healthcare decisions for their bodies without fear of retaliation or discrimination. 

I'm proud to have sponsored both ordinances and remain committed to continuing to fight for reproductive and gender-affirming rights in our city. 
Legislation Introduced to Hold Public Hearings on Peoples Gas and ComEd Rate Hike Requests
During January's City Council meeting, I co-sponsored an ordinance introduced that calls for hearings on ComEd and Peoples Gas' request to raise consumers' rates. 

This month, both Peoples Gas and ComEd filed for rate hikes with the Illinois Commerce Commission. ComEd is seeking a record-high $1.5 billion rate hike over the next four years, and Peoples Gas is seeking a rate hike of $402 million, the biggest hike the utility company has ever sought out. The requests also come on the heels of corruption investigations involving both utility companies that have plagued Springfield.

According to the Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), ComEd's proposed rate hike of approximately $847 million for next year is more than rates have climbed over the previous 11 years combined. 

Peoples Gas is requesting to raise its rates to offset a $15-per-month surcharge that expires at the end of 2023. The $15-a-month surcharge has been tacked on to gas bills for a gas pipe replacement program that Peoples Gas has undertaken. According to PIRG, the replacement program has fallen short of its quarterly goals since it started filing reports in 2018. Furthermore, the budget ballooned from $2 billion to $11 billion, which amounts to just shy of 600% of the original budget by the time the replacement initiative wraps up in 2040. 

While the decision to approve or deny the rate hikes lies with the State of Illinois, we want to make sure that we have more transparency around the requests and the decision-making process, especially at a time when Chicagoans are seeing costs of living increase across the board. 

The resolution has been referred to the Committee on Environmental Protection and Energy. 
Ward Updates
Attend a PB49 Project Expo!

Join us for the upcoming virtual Project Expos for the 13th Cycle of Participatory Budgeting in the 49th ward! Our PB49 Community Representatives have been hard at work developing the ideas that the community submitted in the fall and are ready to showcase the projects that will be on the ballot. Come learn about the projects and meet the community members who help make it happen! 

First PB Expo: Saturday, January 21st at 11 am 
Second PB Expo: Monday, January 23rd at 7 pm 

Please register in advance for both meetings at

Spanish translation services will be available for both meetings. 

Update on Howard and Paulina
Preliminary conceptual design
This week, the Department of Planning and Development introduced a 134-page document as the first step in the Planned Development (PD) process as they begin outlining what will be considered. If approved, it will designate the sites at 7603-7619 N. Paulina and 1646-1660 W. Howard as a unified Planned Development (PD). While the underlying zoning designation of B3-1 will remain the same, the size of the lot and the number of units planned for the site automatically trigger the PD process. This process is stricter than a traditional zoning change and requires that the developer submit a comprehensive plan to the City of Chicago for approval. 

Housing for All is still very early in an extremely extensive process, and our office will be hosting community meetings to solicit feedback before it goes before the City's Plan Commission. In addition to the 49th Ward process, The Department of Planning and Development also requires public hearings before a PD can proceed. 

Last month, we announced that Housing For All's Preliminary Project Assessment with the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) was approved for Phase I of the site. They are currently working through the full application to submit in February for consideration of tax credits. Final decisions on tax credits likely won't be announced until early summer 2023.

Housing for All has also been working with the City's historic preservation team on exploring ways to preserve the historically significant Werner Bros building on the Paulina side. 

For more information on the development, visit the 49th Ward website by clicking here. You may also contact the 49th Ward office with any questions at or 773-338-5796. Please continue to keep your eye on this space for updates and information on ways to engage with this exciting proposal. 
Community Alert: Two Loyola Students Robbed Near Campus
Over the weekend, Loyola University issued a community alert to its community after two students were robbed Friday night around 10 pm near campus at Arthur and Lakewood. No one was injured in the robberies. 

After the incidents, I spoke with Commander Brennan at the 24th District. They are investigating the robberies and have some good leads. Additionally, campus police have increased patrols in the area. 

Campus police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 773-508-7233 or the Chicago Police Department at 312-744-8263.
State Rep. Cassidy Opening New Office Location on Morse!

With the start of the new 103rd General Assembly this month, State Representative Kelly Cassidy's team is also making a fresh start with a new office! While the space they've shared with the 48th ward, 9th Congressional District, 10th County Board District, and 7th Senate district has been their home since long before State Rep. Cassidy took office, their new space on Morse Avenue will allow them to work more efficiently and safely while conserving resources.

They're excited to announce that our new space at 1507 W. Morse Avenue will be shared with our newly elected 13th District County Commissioner Josina Morita and just down the street from the 49th Ward government services office! The new space will give constituents a more effective space to seek assistance or services. One of the greatest challenges of the open floor plan of the old office on Broadway was the noise level and lack of privacy for constituents who come for assistance with deeply personal issues. The new space will provide a private space for these constituents who deserve dignity and privacy while seeking assistance.

They are not currently open to the public at the Morse office. They expect to be up and running in the new office by February 1st. Until then, they'll be operating virtually and hosting satellite service hours at 5533 N. Broadway each Wednesday from 9a-5p. Any changes will be posted on their social media and at Please continue to email the office at

Get Assistance Filing an Appeal in the
49th Ward Office January 24
There's still time to file an appeal with the Cook County Board of Review! Come by the 49th Ward office at 1447 W. Morse on Tuesday, January 24, between 9 am and 5 pm to meet with a representative from Commissioner Steele's office. The representative will help property owners file an appeal and identify if there are any exemptions missing from their bill. Please bring your second installment property tax bill to the workshop. Individuals will be helped on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
File an Appeal with the Cook County Board of Review by January 25
The property tax assessment appeals window for tax year 2022 is open for the Rogers Park Township through January 25. Learn more about the appeals process through the Board of Review at the following links: Residential homeowners saw substantial increases in their property's assessed values this year, picking up approximately 60% of the increase. The increases are due to an overhaul of the formula and model used to determine assessments, a large number of appeals being accepted for commercial properties, and freezes that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic being lifted. According to a report issued by the Cook County Treasurer, these increases disproportionately impacted fast-gentrifying communities and majority-minority communities, including Rogers Park and West Ridge.

To help provide property tax relief for Chicago's lower-income homeowners who have been impacted by these increases, Alderman Mike Rodriguez and I introduced an ordinance in December that would establish a $10,000,000 forgivable loan program.

This week, Alderman Rodriguez and I met with Chairman Osterman, Budget Director Susie Park, and Department of Housing Commissioner Marissa Novara to discuss the proposal. As we get data from the Cook County Treasurer's office, we are determining if we need to amend the original eligibility requirements and the funding source. We are working diligently to provide this critical relief for property owners so that they can remain in their communities.

You can read more about the ordinance in the December 17 newsletter by clicking here
Submit Feedback to the Army Corps of Engineers for its Chicago Shoreline Study
The Army Corps of Engineers will be preparing a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document on the impacts associated with a Coastal Storm Risk Management study in the City of Chicago. The City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District partnered with the Corps to study ongoing shoreline erosion and coastal storm due to variable lake levels and storm-driven waves that impact our shoreline. 

The proposed study area includes Chicago's entire shoreline, from our border with Evanston to our border with Indiana:
As a part of the study, the Army Corps will explore various measures that could be implemented along our shoreline to reduce coastal storm risks. These measures include the following:
  • Structural (e.g., breakwaters, seawalls, revetments, and groins)
  • Natural and Nature-based features (e.g., beach nourishment, submerged reefs, vegetation, ecologically enhanced structures)
  • Non-structural (e.g., floodproofing, flood warning plans, emergency evacuation plans)
As part of the NEPA scoping process, the Army Corps is seeking comments or concerns stakeholders have about potential impacts from the various measures that could be implemented. This could include impacts to various habitats, threatened and endangered species, or cultural, historical, and social resources. 

Our office has submitted preliminary feedback to the Army Corps for this critical study and has called for the following as they embark on this process: 

  • Commit to a robust community engagement process to allow Chicagoans to provide insight and feedback
    The 49th Ward was excluded from the 1994 Chicago Shoreline Storm Damage Reduction Project, which provided infrastructure and protections for just 8 miles of the City’s shoreline. In Rogers Park, private properties are located directly adjacent to the lake, which means they feel the impact of high lake levels and wave action on a much more intimate basis than other parts of the city that have public land barriers and other infrastructure (such as sea walls) to absorb or deflect wave impact. Residents are owed the opportunity to share their personal experiences and ideas to help inform the future of the shoreline.

  • Restore beach access to Juneway, Rogers, and Howard beaches and repurpose emergency revetments as breakwaters
    As Lake Michigan reached historically high levels in 2019, the Department of Transportation was able to secure emergency funding from FEMA to install armor rock revetments at Juneway, Howard, and Rogers beaches. The revetments were critical in curtailing further erosion of public property and keeping park property safe. However, the installation of revetments restricted access to what had previously been beaches. Rogers Park has a unique history of being the last affordable neighborhood on the north side with access to the lakefront. Roger Park residents have enjoyed this access for generations, offering a more quiet opportunity to enjoy our greatest natural asset. As USACE studies potential solutions for Chicago’s shoreline, I ask that you look at restoring beach access and repurposing the armor rocks to act as breakwaters.

  • Implement sustainable native, deep-rooted vegetation on the lakefront to combat erosion
    With a unique opportunity to shape the future of Chicago’s shoreline, we would like the Army Corps to explore sustainable options to combat erosion, such as planting marram grass or other native deep-rooted plants that have a track record of withstanding wave impact and mitigating the impacts of erosion. In the 49th Ward, a group of volunteers acts as stewards to the Loyola Park Sand Dunes. The natural vegetation abutting the lake proved resilient at the peak of Lake Michigan’s lake levels, with less damage at Loyola Park than at other parks to its north. In addition to providing a natural barrier to wave action, the plants help the ecosystem along Lake Michigan, allowing natural wildlife and insects to thrive. 

Please submit comments to Ms. Samantha Belcik. Comments and questions will be accepted through the end of February and can be directed via email to Ms. Belcik at 
CTA Hosting Stakeholder Meetings for the
Red/Purple Modernization Initiative's Next Phases

CTA is undertaking the next phase of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) program to rebuild and modernize the century-old northern portion of the Red Line and the Purple Line. Phase One of the RPM program is currently under construction (in the area just north of Belmont station and approximately between Lawrence and Bryn Mawr stations). The RPM Next Phases Planning Study initiates the planning work necessary to complete the improvements along the remaining areas within the 9.6-mile corridor, including the entirety of the 3.3-mile Purple Line Evanston Branch.  

Once realized, the RPM program would fully replace infrastructure and stations that are significantly beyond their useful life and would allow CTA to increase train capacity and improve the customer experience for generations to come.  

The RPM Next Phases Planning Study is the first step of the planning process that will set goals and objectives, engage the public, identify potential projects, and evaluate alternatives and phasing.  The RPM Next Phases Planning Study focuses on three segments of the north Red Line and the Purple Line Evanston Branch: 

  • Addison to Sheridan*  
  • Thorndale to Howard *
  • Evanston Branch  (Howard to Linden)
*Chicago Stakeholder Meetings will focus on Addison to Sheridan and Thorndale to Howard segments

Join CTA staff to learn about a planning study for the future of the Red and Purple lines and provide input about how the transit experience could be improved for you and your neighbors, clients, and network. The CTA is hosting a series of virtual Stakeholder Meetings about the project for you to learn more. 

Thursday, February 2, 2023 | 12-1 pm 
Click here to register for the Zoom meeting 

Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 6-7 pm 
Click here to register for the Zoom meeting 

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 mobilized on site this week. However, there is a water main that must be temporarily removed and replaced to allow for the new sewer to be constructed. While sewer plans accounted for the water main, crews found that the configuration in the field is different than what was in the plans. With infrastructure that is over 100 years old, crews do their best to go off of any records of what is underground or best guesses based on what they've encountered in other areas. Sometimes there are discrepancies once the ground is open. This means that crews now have to revise their plan in order to proceed with the sewer work. Crews hope to be back on site in the next week or two to continue with the sewer work. 

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 (7439) to sign up. 

Sewer Main Replacement Project (PN7432):

Construction crews have begun preparing the site for the sewer installation already, including marking the location for utility lines. Residents may start to notice construction equipment and materials placed in the area ahead of the project start date. Crews are beginning work on Highland Avenue in the 48th Ward.

When they finish the section in the 48th Ward, they will then transition to the 49th Ward to work on Magnolia, Lakewood, and Wayne. Each leg will take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. 

Once the pipe has been installed, the street will be temporarily restored with a concrete trench until they are able to completely restore the street with new asphalt. ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps will be repaired or installed where needed, along with repairs to damaged parkways and sidewalks. The final restoration of the street will include milling the surfacing, placing new asphalt, and prepainting the street markings. The project will not be considered complete until damaged sidewalks, parkways, and streets have been repaired in all areas where work is planned. 
Clark/Ridge Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) Applications open February 1
The Clark/Ridge TIF district will open the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) applications beginning on February 1. SBIF promotes economic development by providing small businesses with reimbursable grants for permanent building improvement costs (interior or exterior) for businesses and commercial properties located in the TIF district. Residential projects are not eligible for the SBIF program, and residential developers should not apply. 

Program participants can receive grants for 30-90% of project costs, with a maximum grant of $150,000 for commercial properties and $250,000 for industrial properties. The grants are administered by SomerCor on the City's behalf and do not have to be repaid.

The Department of Development and Planning will host an informational webinar on February 1 at 1 1 PM. Click here to register to attend. To view recordings of previous webinars, click here
Recycle Your Christmas Tree January 7-22

Beginning Saturday, January 7, and continuing through Sunday, January 22, Chicago residents can begin to recycle their Christmas tree at any of the city’s 25 locations.

The city has partnered with the Chicago Park District to provide residents with this free service. Trees can be dropped off anytime during regular business hours. Free mulch will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting January 6 at Warren Park, Margate Park, Margate Park, Mt. Greenwood Park, North Park Village, and the Forestry Site.

Only live/natural trees free of flocking will be accepted (this means no garland or wreaths). All trees must have any tinsel, ornaments, lights, and strands removed in order to be recycled. Any plastic bags used to transport the tree to a drop-off location must also be removed.

A map of all drop-off locations is available to view online. The closest recycling location for 49th Ward residents is at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western.

Information on the 2023 Municipal Election
The February 28 Municipal Election is just around the corner. This year, the Board of Elections has consolidated polling places, so please check its website for your voting location

Voting early is easier than ever either at an early voting location or by mail for those looking to vote ahead of Election Day. Below are the resources to help you participate in the democratic process. 
Early Voting Starts Thursday, January 26
Early voting for the 2023 Municipal Election kicks off on Thursday, January 26. Voters looking to cast their ballot early may do so at the following Chicago Board of Elections Supersites:

From January 26 through February 28
Supersite - 191 N. Clark Street

Weekdays: 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
Election Day (February 28): 6 am - 7 pm
*From February 20 through February 27, this site will be open for voting on weekdays from 9 am to 7 pm

From January 26 through February 27 (NOT open on Election Day)
Chicago Board of Elections Offices - 69 W. Washington St., 6th Floor

Weekdays: 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
*From February 20 through February 27, this site will be open for voting on weekdays from 9 am to 7 pm
Early Voting Begins February 13 in All 50 Wards
Early voting for the 2023 Municipal Election begins on Monday, February 13, in all 50 wards. Chicago voters may vote at any Early Voting location through February 28. 

Any voter who needs to register to vote for the first time or file an address update or name change must show two forms of ID, one of which reflects the voter's current address. A list of acceptable forms of ID is available on the Board of Election's website.

In the 49th Ward, voters can vote early at Willye B. White Park, 1610 W. Howard. A full list of early voting locations is available on the Chicago Board of Election's website

Voters are allowed to bring in notes with them to a polling place when casting their ballot. 
Apply to Vote by Mail by February 23
Any Chicago voter can file an online application to vote by mail for the 2023 Municipal Election. A voter does not need a reason or an excuse to vote by mail.

Thanks to a new Illinois law, voters now have the option to join a permanent vote-by-mail roster to have their ballots sent directly to their preferred mailing address ahead of every election. Voters can opt into this option when applying for a Vote by Mail ballot online. 

Voters will receive a ballot in the mail with instructions on how to fill it out and return it. Any ballot that is postmarked Wednesday, March 1, or later cannot be counted by law. If a voter places a ballot envelope in a mail drop box on February 28 in the afternoon or evening, they risk the chance of the envelope being postmarked on March 1 and, therefore, being considered ineligible to be counted. 

Voters may also return their mailed ballot to a Secured Drop Box at any Chicago Early Voting location before Election Day. Mail ballots may also be delivered personally to the Election Board at 69 W. Washington, Sixth Floor. 

Voters who request a mail ballot but would prefer to vote in person can surrender their mail ballot at any early voting location or their polling place on Election Day to opt for an in-person ballot instead. Voters are NOT allowed to vote by mail and at an in-person location; they must choose only one method of voting. 

If a person requests a mail ballot and it is not received by Election Day, voters will still have the opportunity to cast their ballot. Voters who do not receive or lose their mail ballot may complete an affidavit at their polling place on Election Day saying that the ballot was never received or that it was lost. 

For more information and to complete the vote-by-mail application, visit the Board of Elections website hereThe deadline to apply for a mail ballot is Thursday, February 23, at 5 pm
Apply to be an Election Judge for the Municipal Election
The Chicago Board of Elections is seeking election judges and election coordinators ahead of the February 28 municipal election. Election judges can earn up to $230, and election coordinators can earn up to $450 on Election Day. 

Requirements of election judges:
  • Judges must be U.S. citizens. If they are 18 or older, they must be registered voters in Cook County.
  • Judges must be able to speak, read and write in English.
  • The Board of Elections encourages bilingual judges — especially those who speak Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Korean or Tagalog — to apply right away.
  • High school and college students can also apply.

Election judges’ responsibilities Include:

  • Arriving to the polling place 5 a.m. to set up on Election Day.
  • Opening the polls at 6 a.m.
  • Issuing the correct ballots to each voter and helping voters with registration and other questions through 7 p.m.
  • Completing reports after polls close.
More information on election judges and applications is available on the Chicago Board of Elections website

Requirements of election coordinators:
  • Coordinators must be U.S. citizens. If they are 18 or older, they must be registered voters in Cook County.
  • Coordinators must have be able to speak and understand English.
  • Coordinators must have expertise in the operation, maintenance and proper use of a wide range of computer technologies.
  •  Coordinators must have a cellphone available for making and receiving calls and text messages on Election Day.
  • Coordinators have to complete all required training courses and successfully pass the examination after each class.
  • High school and college students can also apply.
Duties of election coordinators include: 
  • Ensuring the polling place is accessible to voters with disabilities by following an accessibility guideline/check-off list.
  • Serving all day on Election Day from 5 a.m. until all work is completed after the polls close and until election judges have secured their materials and are about to leave to deliver those materials to the receiving station.
  • Having extensive knowledge of the Election Day registration procedures and directing the voter-registration activities on the e-poll book in the precinct.
  • Assisting election judges with Election Day processes and procedures.
  • Troubleshooting equipment problems and making minor repairs, such as changing the paper tape rolls.
  • Assisting election judges with completing polling place closing paperwork
More information on election judges and applications is available on the Chicago Board of Elections website
Community Engagement
Lifeline Theatre's Fillet of Solo Returns January 13-22
Celebrating the breadth of Chicago's enduring storytelling and live lit scene, Lifeline brings together a dozen storytelling collectives and numerous solo performers for a two-week, multi-venue selection of powerful personal stories.

The 26th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival features solo performances by:
80 Minutes Around the World: Immigration Stories, Back Room Stories, Jimmy Carrane, Julie Danis, Ann Filmer, GeNarrations, Kevin Gladish, John Hahm, June Huitt, Is this a thing?, Loose Chicks, The Lifeline Storytelling Project, Maria Kostas, Mia McCullough, Errol McLendon, Geneva Norman, OUTspoken!, Paul Pasulka, R.C. Riley, Sarah Ruthless, Serving the Sentence, Connie Shirakawa, Tony Smith, Francesca Sorbrer, Mike Speller, Story Neighborhood w/ Lily Be, Story Sessions, Molly Surowitz, Sweat Girls, and Tellin' Tales w/ Tekki Lomnicki
  • Tickets for individual performances are only $12!
  • Festival Passes (see as many performances as you like) are only $60! 
Performances are at Lifeline Theatre and South of the Border (1416 W. Morse - a new location this year!). Free parking and a shuttle are available.

Performance times are: Fridays at 7:00 and 8:30 pm at both venues, Saturdays at 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, and 8:30 p.m. at both venues, and Sundays at 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, and 5:30 p.m. at both venues.
Parent University Open House January 27
Network 2 is hosting a Parent University Open House on Friday, January 27, from 10 am to 1 pm in room 219 at Eugene Field School, 7019 N. Ashland. Swing by to learn about free workshops and receive recourses from community organizations.

Register online by clicking here. For more information, email
Howard Street Makers Studio Weekly Schedule
Howard Street Makers Studio, a new pop-up market, located at 1609 W. Howard, showcases local artists and makers. The pop-up studio was made possible through a City of Chicago Small Business Storefront Activations program and will be open through February. The studio is staffed by rotating artists-in-residence and offers a variety of events, including art workshops, movement classes, sip-and-paint night, and open art studio time. 

For more information and a list of participating artists, click here
GeNarrations Returns to Willye White Park
Goodman Theatre is bringing another session of GeNarrations to Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard. Registration for the next session of GeNarrations will open to past and current students at 10:00 am on Monday, January 9. New GeNarrations students can register beginning January 16. The link to register is

The next session of GeNarrations will begin on January 31. Final performances will take place between March 13 and 17.
Parent and Teen Empowerment Self-Defense January 21
Saturday, January 21
4:30 – 6:30 PM
Culture of Safety Dojo & Wellness Center; 6961 N. Clark St
$10 - $75; Suggested  Price: $50
Registration Through EventBrite:
Open to teens of all genders, ages 14-18, with or without an adult (parent or caregiver).    This workshop will teach teens (and their parents) to recognize potentially dangerous situations,  use assertive communication to enhance their safety, and if necessary, physically resist and get away from people who mean them harm.  
Commissioner Morita Hosting a Series of Lunar New Year Events
Happy Year of the Rabbit! To celebrate, Commissioner Josina Morita will be hosting a number of free events in the district and downtown. Sign up at
  • Red Envelope Packaging Party: Tuesday, January 17th, 4-8p, County Building, 118 N. Clark, 10th Floor, Chicago
  • Red Envelope Packaging Party: Friday, January 20th, 4-8p, Sketchbook Brewing, 4901 Main Street, Skokie
  • Lunar New Year Celebration: Tuesday, January 24th, 3-4p, County Building, 118 N. Clark, Chicago
Be a Girls on the Run Coach!

Give back to the community by becoming a Girls on the Run Coach! Gale needs your help this spring to bring a motivated attitude, uplifting spirit, and desire to empower our next generation of leaders!

Start Date: March 7th, 2023
Practice Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Practice Times: 3:45 to 5:15
Practice Location: TBA

So much more than running, Girls on the Run has been proven to enrich students’ lives in the long term. Between increasing social-emotional intelligence to fostering healthy relationships, Girls on the Run supports the whole girl when she needs it most!

If you're interested in signing up, please click here.

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
Community Aid
The Recyclery Volunteer Orientation January 26
The Recyclery is a nonprofit collective at 7628 N Paulina that provides low-cost/no-cost workshops, technical assistance, shop time, and recycled/repaired bikes to meet the working transportation needs of underserved residents. Its goal is to empower riders of all ages and abilities to be self-sufficient riders. Volunteers are the organization's lifeblood and have a hand in its programs and leadership.

Each year, The Recyclery recycles and repurposes more than 300 bikes, provides mentoring and training to more than 120 youth and adults and salvages hundreds of bikes, parts, and accessories that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

The Recyclery's 2023 volunteer orientation series kicks off on Thursday, January 26, at 6 pm. Orientation is where you can learn about its mission, programs, and different roles for volunteers in the shop and out in the community. Current opportunities are posted at Advance reservation is requested.
Residents can get Free Legal Advice from the
Chicago Bar Association January 21

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, January 21. The CBA is here to help as part of an ongoing legal public service program.   

Calls will be accepted on January 21 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, 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

Donate to Funeral Fund for Unexpected and Tragic Deaths of Community Members
We need your help in supporting a member of our community. Isela, whose parents Maribel and Armando owned Isel's Cleaners, lost both of her parents in a tragic car accident on New Year's Day. Maribel and Armando were much-loved members of our community. Not only did Isela lose both of her parents, but now she is solely responsible for the business and caring for her grandmother. It is during times like this that we have to pull together. Please, donate what you can to support her during this unimaginably difficult time.

Consider making an online contribution on the GoFundMe page by clicking here
Volunteer for the City's Annual Point-In-Time Count on January 26
The City of Chicago's 2023 homeless count will take place on Thursday, January 26, from 9 PM to 3 AM. The Department of Family Support and Services (DFSS) is asking for your help in assisting with the count.

Chicago's homeless count is a point-in-time tally and survey of individuals in shelters and on the street conducted by trained volunteers. Information gathered from the count is used for service and resource planning, advocating for federal funding for the city's programs to prevent and reduce homelessness, and raising public awareness about homelessness in Chicago.

Volunteers will meet at designated sites in the city at 9 PM before being matched to small teams of 2-4 individuals and heading out to count and tally their assigned areas across the City at 10 PM. To mitigate Covid risks, the Count will be carried out by small teams of fully vaccinated volunteers, and all volunteers will be required to follow Covid-safe protocols and self-monitor before and after the Count for any signs or symptoms of Covid-19. 

More information on the point-in-time count is available on the City's website by clicking here. A volunteer FAQ for the 2023 count is available here.

To sign up to volunteer, click here. For more information and questions, email
Fundraiser for Theatre Above the Law February 6
Join in on the fun and help our local theater company, Theatre Above the Law, during a BINGO fundraiser. The event will take place at R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis, on Monday, February 6, at 7 pm.  The event will help its education programming, which provides free residencies, after-school programs, and field trips to local schools. 

If you're not able to attend the event, consider making an online contribution by clicking here
Volunteer with the LivingWorks After-School Program
Are you looking for ways to give back to your community? Consider volunteering with the LivingWorks after-school program at Kilmer Elementary School, 6700 N. Greenview. LivingWorks is seeking tutors that can commit to 1-2 days a week (Mondays through Thursdays) from 4-5:30 pm at Kilmer. They also are seeking tutors to help students in grades 9-12 in person at 6808 N. Ashland or online. 

LivingWorks seeks to foster the development of the whole child -- mind, body, and spirit -- by providing academic support and extra-curricular enrichment to students. Those interested in volunteering should contact Kathy at The deadline to apply is January 21.

For more information, visit LivingWorks' website
Volunteer for Howard Area Community Center's Pantry
Howard Area Community Center is recruiting volunteers for its Friday food pantry delivery day. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs and work inside and outside. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes.

The Friday volunteer hours are from 8 am to 12 pm. Volunteers can also volunteer on Mondays from 12-4:30 pm and Wednesdays from 8-12:30 pm.

For more information and to sign up, all 773-262-6622 ext 106, email, or click here
Anixter Center Offers New Substance Abuse Program
Anixter Center opened a community-based Substance Use Disorder Program. The program is fully accredited and located at 6610 N. Clark. Anixter Center saw the need for a program, especially after the pandemic, and responded to that need to support the Rogers Park Community.

The Community Substance Use Disorders Treatment program provides treatment services for individuals with substance use disorders and dual diagnoses. It offers individualized treatment on an intensive outpatient basis. CADC and licensed staff provide all treatment services.

For more information, email To schedule an intake assessment, call 773-929-8200 ext. 205. 
Nominate a Teacher to Win Free School Supplies

Back 2 School America is seeking applicants for its annual "We Appreciate Teachers Contest," which recognizes the hard work of Illinois educators. Back 2 School America is a non-profit whose mission is to create and support educational opportunities that enrich the lives of children across the USA.

The contest will run from January 10 to April 1, 2023, and the winners will be announced on April 11, 2023. The 25 winners of this contest will receive a gift basket and a luxurious evening celebration of champagne and hors d'oeuvres for themselves, as well as 30 signature Back 2 School America school supplies kits for the students in their classrooms.

For more information and to nominate a teacher, click here

Howard Area Community Center Offering Free English and GED Classes
Howard Area Community Center is now enrolling individuals for free English and GED classes. They also offer in-person or remote one-on-one tutoring.
  • ESL/English 
    • Morning Classes: Mon-Thu, 9am-1pm 
      (In person or Remote)
    • Evening "English for Work" Class: 
      Tue/Thu, 6-8pm (Remote), afternoons possible
    • Saturday ESL Classes: time of class dependent on learner's level (Remote)
  • One-on-One Tutoring (In person or remote)
To sign up for a free class, contact Moon Parker at 312-768-8046 or via email at To sign up for free tutoring, contact Katherine Erickson at 773-262-6622 ext. 131 or via email at 
Learn How to Lower Your Utility Bill
A Just Harvest is partnering with ONE Northside and the Citizens Utility Board to host an information session on how to understand your utility bill and take advantage of solar energy for future savings. Make sure to bring a utility bill and proof of income to the event. It will take place on Thursday, January 26, from 2 pm to 4 pm at 1609 W. Howard. Register in advance at
DACA Scholarships for Immigrant Youth
The Indo-American Center is offing a DACA scholarship to cover the $495 USCIS fees for eligible applicants. The scholarship is designed to alleviate the financial burden that DACA renewals place on eligible recipients. For more information and questions, contact or call 773-973-4444 ext. 103. 
Indo-American Center Offering Series of Free Legal Clinics
Indo-American Center is offering a series of free legal clinics. These clinics will provide legal assistance to community members on issues related to immigration, housing, and employment. Attorneys and legal professionals will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance.

The clinics take place on the 3rd Saturday of every month between 10 am and noon at the Indo-American Center, 6328 N. California. For pre-screening and more information, call 773-973-4444 ext 103 or email
Mini Golf Mania February 11
LivingWorks will host a Mini Golf Mania fundraiser to raise money for its after-school programs. LivingWorks helps students at Kilmer Elementary and Sullivan High School with tutoring support after the school day. This fundraiser will help them be able to continue to provide this assistance to students in need.

$20 covers a group of up to 4 golfers for 18 holes. There will also be refreshments, a raffle, and indoor fun for all ages! 

The event will take place on Saturday, February 11, from 10 am to 4 pm at 6808 N. Ashland. Sign up in advance for your tee time at
Seek Medical Debt Relief with Dollar For
Dollar For is a national nonprofit that helps eliminate or reduce medical bills by making charity care known, easy, and fair. The Affordable Care Act included a provision that requires nonprofit hospitals to offer financial assistance programs to keep their tax-exempt status. These charity programs reduce or eliminate medical bills for low and middle-income patients. 

Dollar For helps patients check if they are eligible for financial assistance at their hospital, prepare and submit applications, and eliminate medical debt. Dollar For's services are completely free of charge, and will help anyone with their hospital bill regardless of income, bill size, or citizenship status. Since each hospital sets its own policy for charity care, Dollar For helps patients navigate and determine their eligibility. 

To learn more and schedule a consultation, visit
Government Connect
Connect with Your Elected Officials
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Cook County:
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State of Illinois:
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Sen. Simmons Newsletter
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Federal Government:
Congresswoman Schakowsky's website

Senator Durbin's website
Senator Duckworth's website
Invest in the Future of Our City with the new Chicago Social Bonds Investment Opportunity
The City of Chicago has launched a new investment opportunity for residents to invest in the betterment of our city. The Chicago Social Bonds investment opportunity established a $150 million offering to fund new and existing projects throughout the city that provide positive social outcomes. The social bonds investment opportunities will be made available to individual Chicago residents before large banks and institutional investors have a chance to purchase. 

The social bonds investment opportunities include:
  • Construction of more than 2,000 units of affordable housing;
  • Establishment of safe and clean emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness;
  • Cleanup and sale of more than 5,000 vacant City lots;
  • Planting of 15,000 trees Citywide; and
  • Replacement of nearly 200 of the City's gas-powered vehicles with electric vehicles and charging stations.
In order to purchase Chicago Social Bonds, you must have an account with one of the brokerage firms listed on the City of Chicago's website. If you already have an account with a listed firm, it is recommended to contact your broker directly or content them at the number listed on the City's website. If you do not have an account with one of the listed banks, you may reach out to Fidelity at 800-544-5372 or online at, who can help you to open an account and learn more about purchasing Chicago Social Bonds. The first series of Social Bonds will be sold by the Sales Tax Securitization Corporation (STSC) through January 18.

For more information on the Chicago Social Bonds investment opportunity, partnering brokerages, and available bonds, visit the City's website at
Climate Infrastructure Fund Grant Program Now Open
The City's new Climate Infrastructure Fund is helping to mitigate the effects of climate change by providing grants up to $250,000 for green economy projects citywide.

Open to small businesses and non-profits, the Climate Fund grants are available to support capital investments in energy efficiency projects, electric vehicles and green infrastructure.

The deadline for the first round of grant applications is Feb. 24, 2023.

Visit the Climate Infrastructure Fund website or read more at WTTW
First Installment of Property Taxes Due Date Pushed to April 3 
Last month, Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 5189 into law, making Monday, April 3, 2023, the new due date. First installment bills are usually due on March 1, and are 55% of the previous year's total amount. 

First installment bills will be mailed out in late February or early March; however, first installment property tax bills for 2022 have been posted at Property tax bills can be viewed, downloaded, and paid with no added surcharge on the Cook County Treasurer's website.

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. Payments made at before 11:59 PM on April 3 will be recorded as on time. Late payments are charged 1.5% per month, as required by Illinois law. 
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
Snow Removal Reminders
Snow Plowing:

The Department of Streets and Sanitation oversees snowplowing of over 9,400 miles of roads throughout the City of Chicago and maintains a fleet of over 300 snow plows to respond to winter weather events. You can track snow plows throughout the city using the City's snowplow tracking website

As a reminder, throughout the duration of a storm, plow trucks prioritize major arterial streets across the entire city. Once the storm has passed and all major arterial streets have been cleared, plow trucks will then shift to clear residential streets.

Many of the City's plow drivers are also drivers that collect refuse and recycling. Those drivers will be back on City recycling and garbage pickup services one-to-two days after the storm, which may result in some delays to garbage collection. Please make sure not to blow or shovel snow in front of your garbage and recycling bins so workers can easily access them. 

Sidewalk Shoveling:

As a reminder to all residents and businesses, per the Municipal Code of Chicago, property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice. Many of our neighbors rely on walking and public transportation as their primary way to get around the city. Without a wide, clear path through the snow and ice, it makes it difficult for pedestrians (especially people with disabilities, seniors, and children) to walk to their destination safely. 

If you have a neighbor who needs assistance clearing the sidewalk, pitch in to help out! The 49th Ward also has a Snow Buddies volunteer program that helps connect volunteers to addresses that need a little extra help with snow removal in the winter. If you are interested in volunteering, please email to sign up. 
Overnight Parking in Effect through April 1
The City's winter overnight parking ban is in effect from December 1, 2022, through April 1, 2023, to ensure that Streets and Sanitation crews can quickly salt and plow streets during winter storms. The overnight bans are in effect from 3 am to 7 am, and signage is permanently posted along the affected routes. In the 49th Ward, Clark is a dedicated snow route. For a map of areas in the 49th Ward that have a 2-inch ban in effect, visit the 49th Ward's parking page 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
LadderUp Providing Tax Preparation Services to Low-Income Earners
What: Ladder Up is preparing to open several pop-up Tax Assistance Program (TAP) sites in hard-to-reach areas around Chicago. These sites offer free tax preparation services to those who qualify through mid-April. Additionally, Ladder Up will host Tax-a-Thon on February 4 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Olive-Harvey College.

Why: Ladder Up serves families and individuals often marginalized by today’s financial systems due to race, gender, and class identifications. The clients are less able to understand how to prepare an accurate tax return and are most at risk of making costly mistakes. Without Ladder Up’s support, clients are more likely to be taken advantage of by predatory financial providers charging unnecessary fees.

Who: Founded in 1994, Ladder Up has served 750,000 clients and returned $1.42 billion to them. During the 2022 tax season, the nonprofit organization assisted over 15,000 individuals to secure over $21.8 million in refunds. Ladder Up offers a variety of financial services including tax preparation, financial aid for college, financial education, and Individual Taxpayer Identification Number services.
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.
ComEd Launches New Assistance Programs
ComEd recently issued the attached news release to announce new and enhanced customer assistance options that will make more customers aware of the help available, provide more grants to help with electric bills, and remove barriers customers sometimes face when accessing assistance options.
ComEd’s new assistance offerings include:
  • Catch Up and Save: A two-part program that first provides monthly credits to a customer’s bill to eliminate past-due balances. To help families save on future energy bills, the program also provides a free energy savings kit while supplies last. Each kit includes home products designed to help lower home energy use while improving the efficiency of the home.
  • Fresh Start Services: To help customers become aware of and navigate the options available to manage bills and energy use, ComEd offers both online and person-to-person help. This service also offers customers tools that will alert them when their energy use is trending higher than usual and help them be aware of financial assistance programs they may be eligible for.
  • Your Neighbor Fund: To be funded by donations from ComEd’s 6,000 employees who proudly work and live in the communities the energy company serves. This fund, managed in collaboration with Neighborhood Housing Services, provides another needed source of grant money to help limited-income families pay their ComEd bill.
For more information and to enroll, visit
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, 2022, 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.
Business Updates
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.
Chicago Youth Service Corps Program
Are you between the ages of 16-24 and interested in youth-led public service? Apply to the Chicago Youth Service Corps, a year-round program that provides paid opportunities for youth to engage in community services, project-based learning, and leadership development. 

For more information and to apply, click here
Follow Eugene Field School on Social
Keep up to date on everything happening at Eugene Field School by following their social media accounts!
Employment Opportunities
Legacy Barber College Programs Begin January 23

Legacy Barber College is excited to begin the Winter '23 Barber Program on January 23rd 2023.  The 1500-hour barbering program consists of theory and hands on, practical training.  Students will learn the industry skills (e.g., hair cutting, clipper work, facial razor, and aseptic techniques) and gain the experience necessary for a career in barbering. 

Legacy goes beyond a barbering education; it is committed to supporting its students and community through educational seminars that focus on financial literacy, resume development, job placement, marketing, website development and entrepreneurial training. 

How to Enroll at Legacy:

  • Contact Legacy at 773.440.9827 or

  • Enrollment Agreement 

  • Application fee and down payment

  • Legacy Enrollment Form

  • State ID or Driver's License

CTA Hiring Event

CTA’s recruitment team is hosting an in-person career fair at CTA Headquarters on January 28 from 9 AM-1 PM.

Join to hear about career opportunities for Bus Operator and Bus Mechanic positions. New hires in these roles will receive:

  • Starting hourly rate of $28.99 for Bus Operators and $40.59 for Bus Mechanics
  • $1,000 signing bonus and up to $3,000 in additional incentives
  • Great benefits, including medical, dental, and pension
  • And more!

Presentations will happen at 9 AM, 10 AM & 11 AM. CTA staff and recruiters will be available to answer your questions about the positions. Application workshops will be available onsite, so you can submit your application at the event!

To learn more, register for the career fair at:

Heartland Alliance Medical Interpreter Program

Heartland Alliance has launched a medical interpreter training program. As one of the services of the RICS College and Career Pathways program, participants can complete this independent medical interpreting course with support provided by Heartland Alliance.  This course is free to eligible participants and is a first step to prepare for work as an interpreter.  

Heartland Alliance is now enrolling new participants. 

Some important notes:
  • Enrollees need to be completely fluent in both languages they will use for interpreting. 
  • The course materials are in English.
  • The course is completely online and independent.
  • Basic computer skills are necessary as participants will need to navigate through the online materials independently
  • No medical experience is needed.
  • The College and Career Pathways program covers the cost of the course for eligible participants
For more information, contact Dionn McDonald at 708-943-8664 or 
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
Greencorps is Recruiting
Interested in landscaping, construction, or ecological restoration? Greencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago’s green-industry employment program with on-the-job training for individuals with barriers to employment. Apply to their 10-month green industry employment opportunity, where you will receive training, earn licenses, certifications, and more! 

For more information and to apply, click 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!
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
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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