49th Ward Update
September 10, 2022
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Good Morning Neighbors,

There are a lot of great events happening in the ward this weekend - check them out below! We had our PB Community Representative Orientation this week for those volunteers who take your PB ideas and turn them into project proposals for the ballot. Are you interested in serving on one of our committees? Email Jeff Gonzalez, to join.

Also, this Wednesday at 6pm will be our monthly town hall. Make sure to join for important ward updates and information and to ask questions or share announcements with us. You can sign up here:

Have a great weekend!

Alderwoman Hadden

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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.
- 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
Chicago Uphostery & Drapery Restores Gale Teachers' Lounge Chairs
49th Ward business Chicago Upholstery and Drapery, located at 7101 N. Ridge, generously donated their time and resources to repair and restore two chairs in the teachers' lounge at Gale Community Academy. The project was a part of a larger effort to breathe new life into the space. Thank you to Chicago Upholstery and Drapery for your donation to help one of our local schools! 
Eugene Field Students Share Feedback on CPS School Lunches
Photo Credit: ABC
ABC visited Eugene Field Elementary at 7019 N. Ashland to hear feedback from students on the school lunches provided by CPS. Eugene Field students volunteered over the summer to participate in taste testing for the school lunch program in order to improve the quality of lunches students receive, both health-wise and taste-wise. 

The students have seen progress since working directly with CPS' Nutrition Programmer but weren't shy to hold back on providing constructive criticism as well. 

You can watch the whole segment on ABC's website by clicking here
Rogers Park Free Store Secures Temporary Location on Clark
The Rogers Park Free Store is a community mutual aid group that has 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!

After months of searching for a new home, the building owner at 6525 N. Clark has generously offered to let them operate out of there for the next three months. They will officially open that location at 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 17. 

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.
  • 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 to get connected or ask questions.
Thanks to all our wonderful neighbors who continue to help support and provide for one another! 
Ward Updates
49th Ward Town Hall September 14
Join Alderwoman Hadden and the 49th Ward team for the monthly virtual town hall on Wednesday, September 14, at 6 pm. Attendees will hear important updates for the ward and the city.

These meetings now take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. Register to attend the meeting by visiting Spanish translation will be available. 
49th Ward Shred-a-Thon September 24
The annual 49th Ward shredding event will take place on Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in the parking lot on the Southwest corner of Clark and Morse (6934 N Clark St). Please keep the following things in mind: 
  • Only bring sensitive paper documents to shred.
  • Limit is 2 Bankers Boxes per person.
  • The shredding service is only for private residents (no businesses or organizations).
  • Please remove all paper clips and binder clips from your documents. Staples are fine!
  • You must stay until your documents are reviewed and approved for shredding.
Empowerment Self-Defense for Teens at Culture of Safety
What’s that new business that just opened up on Clark?  Why, it’s Culture of Safety!  Culture of Safety has existed since 2019, but just opened its first storefront at 6961 N. Clark.  Check out the new space while helping your teen get off to a good start this school year by signing them up for this workshop to help them feel and be safer, stronger, and more self-confident.  Saturday, September 17th from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.  Open to teens of all genders ages 12 – 18. The standard rate is $50/teen; reduced and supporter rates also available. 

Limited slots, register now by clicking here.   Check out Culture of Safety at , call or text 847-790-4226, or email with questions or for more information.
Glenwood Sunday Market to Serve as
Senior Voucher Distribution Site

Illinois Department of Human Services, Experimental Station and The Chicago Farmers Market Collective are pleased to partner together on the Senior Farmer Market Nutrition Program in 2022!

Glenwood Sunday Market's director, manager, staff, and volunteers will aid in distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) benefits.

Seniors who are at least 60 years and older and are at or below 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines qualify to receive a booklet valued at $25 to spend with participating farmers now through October 31. Farmers will have the above image at their booth to show customers they accept the checks.

Stop by the Glenwood Sunday Market information booth this week to fill out the application to receive your coupon book for the farmers market. The market takes place every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm on Glenwood between Morse and Lunt. 

Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Project (PN7439):

Crews are awaiting approval from the Office of Underground Coordination. Once they receive that approval, permits will be issued for the sewer main replacement. This has caused the start date of the project to be pushed back slightly.

Continue to keep your eye on this space for updates on this project. Chicagoans may also visit to register for notifications. You will need to enter your name, email address, and project identification number (PN7439) to sign up.
Community Engagement
Heartland Health Experiential Health Crawl September 10
Heartland Health is hosting an Experiential Health Crawl on Saturday, September 10, from 1 pm to 4 pm at their center located at 1300 W. Devon. During the event, participants will have the opportunity to receive resources on healthcare services, enter a raffle for prices, register to receive free groceries, and enjoy a variety of food from local businesses. There will also be opportunities to try acupuncture, yoga, and Zumba! 

For more questions or more information, email or
North of Howard hosts 2nd Annual Community Clean-Up and BBQ September 17
Jon North Of Howard Together for its 2nd Annual Community Clean-Up and BBQ on Saturday, September 17. 

Folks will meet at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard, beginning at 9:30 am to register for the event. Between 10 am and noon, participants will help beautify the area. Then convene back at the park beginning at noon for a BBQ picnic. Make sure to bring lawn chairs and games!

For more information and to register to attend, click here
Sign up for GeNarrations at Willye White Park
The Goodman Theatre is partnering with Willye White Park to host the GeNarrations program. This program will allow participants 55+ to meet once a week and write five-minute stories based on themes raised by Goodman productions. 

The in-person classes will take place at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am to noon beginning September 27. 

To learn more and sign up for a class, call 312-443-3811 ext. 119 or visit
Workday Event at the Hello Howard Garden September 24
The Peterson Garden Project (PGP) is hosting a volunteer workday event for the Hello Howard garden located at Howard and Ashland. 

Workday tasks include:
  • trash pick up in common areas
  • organizing communication station
  • cleaning tools and watering cans
  • cleaning water troughs
  • weeding around perimeter
What to bring:
  • Garden or construction gloves (PGP will have extras handy)
  • Water to drink
  • Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty; layers are good. 
The workday event will take place on Saturday, September 24, from 10 am to 12 pm. Volunteers are welcome to participate. For more information and to register to attend, click here
Attend Community Events at Leone Beach in September
Join the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council for a variety of programming throughout the month of August! There's something for everyone.
  • Sunday, September 11, 8 am - Fall Bird Walk (meet at Leone Beach Park, 1222 W. Touhy, at the end of the parking lot by the lake)
  • Sunday, September 25, at 9:30 am - Workday (meet at Leone Beach Park, 1222 W. Touhy, in the nature area)
For more information and to sign up to receive emails from the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council, email
2nd Annual Care for Real Community Celebration September 18
Care for Real is excited to welcome every member of the community to their Second Annual Community Celebration taking place during Hunger Action Month on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 2-4 pm at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, in the parking lot.

The free event will feature delicious snacks, entertainment from DJ Dan Luna and School of Rock Evanston, remarks from Care for Real leaders, and an exciting raffle featuring prizes from local businesses and an overnight stay at the Peninsula Chicago in a Deluxe Guestroom with breakfast for 2! 

Contact Care for Real for more information at See you there!
Conversations with a Commander September 20
Join Commander Brennan from the 24th District for a conversation on public safety in the ward during a Conversations with a Commander event. The next conversation will take place on Tuesday, September 20, from 11 am to noon at Cermak Market, 6623 N. Damen.

To view upcoming events, click here
24th District Senior Film Series Presents: The Blues Brothers
The 24th District's Senior Film Series will present The Blues Brothers this month. Following the movie, attendees are invited to stay for a discussion with Julie Chandler, who was involved in the staging of the film.

The screening will take place on Wednesday, September 21 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
NieghborsTables Art Markets Sundays at the Glenwood Bar
 Join your creative neighbors every Sunday at The Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood, for the NeighborsTables Art Markets! Makers and creators of all sorts share their talents and gifts with you! The NeighborsTables Markets take place every Sunday between 11 am and 2:30 pm. 

For more information or to share your artistic skills with the community, contact Sarah via email at
36th Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society
Historic House Walk: Newgard's Hidden Gems

Did you know that four-block long Newgard Avenue is sometimes called Chicago's shortest street? Once named Lincoln Avenue, the short street runs through the Henry Newgard "farm" (called that even though he wasn't a farmer), where Newgard built one of the first homes in 1892. The lush trees and large post-Victorian houses that line the streets of Newgard's original property have wide sweeping porches, beautiful interiors, and elaborate backyard spaces that make the six homes on the Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society's 36th Annual House Walk true treasures.

Take this opportunity to look inside, behind the graceful porches of these lovely homes, and meet the homeowners who have maintained and restored their hidden gems from the turn of the 20th Century while updating them to suit 21st Century living.

Where: The self-guided tour covers two blocks of Newgard and Greenview Avenues between North Shore and Pratt. The total walking distance between homes is less than a quarter of a mile. Tour check-in and parking will be available at Sullivan High School.

When: Sunday, September 18, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Appropriate Covid-19 precautions will be in place based on guidelines from the Chicago Department of Health and the preferences of the homeowner hosts.

Cost: Tickers are $30 per person, $25 with RPWRHS Member Discount.

For more information and to register for the event, click here. Proceeds from this annual fundraising event are used to support the ongoing educational and outreach activities of the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society.

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
Apply to be a 2023 Fellow with Disability Lead
Disability Lead is gearing up for its 2023 Recruitment season and that means they're seeking leaders with disabilities to connect with.
Disability Lead builds a network of positive disruptors with disabilities to increase civic engagement and diverse leadership. As the leading disability leadership nonprofit, Disability Lead commits to advancing leaders in an ever-evolving world where the need is high for disabled innovators who are positive disruptors. 

The deadline to apply is October 14, and the early bird deadline is September 23. The early bird applications guarantee an interview.

For more information and to apply, click here
Attend The Year of Healing 2022 Summit on September 22
The Year of Healing Summit is a lively and reflective exploration of the City’s Year of Healing Work. The event will feature performances from local artists, presentations from the City, and reflections from community leaders. For more information and to register for the online event, click here
Community Aid
How to Help New Migrant Arrivals from Texas
On Wednesday, August 31 the City of Chicago first began welcoming migrants bused from Texas to Chicago. Our city greeted them with dignity and respect and the City government, in collaboration with local, state, federal, and community partners, took action to ensure they had access to shelter, food and other resources. We anticipate that the state of Texas will continue to bus migrants to Chicago and we remain committed to providing support and resources to our newly arrive neighbors during this transition period. Because of this, the City of Chicago has set up a website with information on how to become a volunteer or make a donation,
As a welcoming city, we know Chicagoans are ready to show their generosity and are looking for ways to support these individuals. However, our shelter partners at this time cannot accept “walk-up” volunteers, and due to security and safety concerns for minors on-site, there is a registration process to become a volunteer. If you wish to volunteer, please complete the volunteer registration form found on the website. 
We also know that Chicagoans have already begun collecting donations for these individuals. The City is in the process of identifying drop-off locations and will have more to share soon. A list of essential items that will be accepted can be found below. Please note that food or used items will not be accepted. 
  • Gift cards 
  • New clothing (including cold weather clothing, underwear is a priority) 
  • Athletic shoes 
  • New hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo) 
  • Feminine hygiene products 
  • Diapers 
  • Reusable bags (duffle bags and suitcases) 
  • Backpacks  
  • Baby formula  
  • Blankets 
  • Books for kids (Spanish) 
  • Strollers 
The city will update this list as it continues a more detailed needs assessments. For additional inquiries, please email:
Donate Items for Asylum Seekers
Rincon Family Services, 3942 W. North, and ICIRR, 228 S. Wabash, are seeking support and donations to go directly to families that have recently arrived in Chicago. 

The organization is seeking gift cards, large suitcases/duffle bags, clothing (in new or like-new condition), undergarments, strollers, toys, sippy cups and toddler plates, and reusable water bottles. 

For more information, please email
Volunteer for Howard Area Community Center's Food 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
Volunteer to Tutor Kilmer Students!
LivingWorks AfterSchool is seeking volunteers to tutor students each week. Volunteers will meet with students in grades 1-8 at Kilmer School, 6700 N. Greenview, Mondays through Thursdays from 4-5:30 pm. 

LivingWorks is also seeking volunteers to help students in grades 9-12, with online or in-person options. 

LivingWorks' mission is to develop the whole person, cultivating within each of our students a desire to learn and equipping them through mentoring, one-on-one teaching, and play. 

For more information or to volunteer, contact Kathy Amstutz at The deadline to apply is September 11, 2022. For more information, visit LivingWorks' website by clicking here
Trilogy's Changing Lives Fundraiser September 29
For more than 50 years, Trilogy, based right here in the 49th Ward, has provided people in our Rogers Park community and beyond with support to recover from mental illness and move toward stability. Trilogy provides clients with an array of essential services and support that help them live independently and thrive ian our community. Their big fundraiser of the year is coming up on September 29! Trilogy’s Changing Lives presented by Armitage Pharmacy, is a celebration of 50+ years of mental wellness. Tickets and sponsorships are available online.
Trilogy is also seeking donations for their event auction! Can you help them out with a donation of a memorable meal, tickets to an event, or maybe even a getaway? Please let them know at
Two fantastic local businesses, Independent Spirits, Inc. and Picnic Wine & Provisions, are supporting the event by taking bottle donations to donate to their wine pull (a fundraiser where attendees buy a ticket to select a mystery bottle of wine). Stop in today and donate a bottle or two for Trilogy – or you can purchase wine to donate at the stores’ websites – just select "in-store pickup" and add a note in the comment section of your cart to let the shop know that your purchase is for Trilogy – the store will handle the rest!
Independent Spirits, Inc is located at 5947 N. Broadway. Independent Spirits, Inc., is offering a 10% discount for all wine bottles purchased for Trilogy. If ordering online, use code TRILOGY at checkout for 10% off your order!
Picnic Wine & Provisions is located at 7301 N. Sheridan Road. Picnic Wine & Provisions is offering $2 off a glass of wine or beer in-store when you purchase a bottle of wine for Trilogy.
Host an AFS Exchange Student this Fall
AFS-USA is a non-profit organization that promotes peace through the exchange of high school students. AFS was founded 75 years ago by volunteer ambulance drivers from WWI & WWII. Students come on J-1 visas and stay for 5 or 10 months and attend high school in their host communities. AFS-USA has a variety of students who still need a family to host them.

What’s involved in hosting an AFS student?  
  • The program is 10.5 months long. Students arrive in August/September 2022 and depart in June 2023.  
  • Students attend a local high school while living with their host family. AFS can help facilitate school approval. Academics are a top priority for our students, though they are also excited for cultural exchange! 
  • Host families are responsible for providing 3 meals a day, basics of household expenses, and treating the AFS student as you would any other member of your family. Compensation is not provided for hosting.  
  • AFS provides regular orientations for families and students, a volunteer liaison who supports both family and student throughout the experience, and 24/7/365 staff support in case of emergency.  
Learn more and sign up at or by calling 800-AFS-INFO. 
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
Government Connect
Connect with Your Elected Officials
Want to get connected with your other elected officials? Find links to sign up to their newsletters and website information below!
Apply to be an Election Judge for the November General Election
The Chicago Board of Elections is seeking election judges and election coordinators ahead of the November 8 general election. Election judges can earn up to $230 and election coordinators can earn up to $450 for 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
City Launching 2-1-1 Health and Social Service Information Line
In partnership with Cook County, the City will soon launch a 2-1-1 health and social service information and referral line covering Chicago and suburban Cook County. The 2-1-1 system will be operated by United Way of Metro Chicago and jointly funded by the City, the County, and private philanthropy.

What is 2-1-1?
  • A free, easy-to-access helpline
  • An information and referral resource, helping people who need access to food, housing, utility payment assistance, health care, transportation, childcare, employment, mental health, and more
  • A go-to resource for any health or social service needs, utilizing comprehensive, accurate information and delivering a user-friendly experience.
When will 2-1-1 be available?
  • 2-1-1 will have a phased launch. The following services will be available on the following dates:
    • September 15, 2022: the 2-1-1 website ( will be live, and individuals will be able to search for food, housing, and utility support services
    • November 15, 2022: Individuals will be able to search for a full range of health and social services as well as web chat or text with a live operator for assistance.
    • January 2023: the 2-1-1 call center will be live with representatives handling live 2-1-1 calls in addition to the web-based services. 
What 2-1-1 is NOT
  • A non-emergency request form of direct service; that is, it does not replace 3-1-1 or other non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies
  • An emergency medical assistance or dispatch line. For medical and public safety emergencies, individuals should continue to call 9-1-1.
  • A tool for surveillance, evaluation of services, or reporting on individuals or agencies
  • A counseling or mental health support service
What is the difference between 2-1-1, 3-11-, 9-11, and 9-8-8?
  • 2-1-1 is an information and referral hotline for health and social services
  • 3-1-1 is the number to call if you need a city service related to infrastructure or other government services. It also serves as a number for non-emergency safety-related requests.
  • 9-1-1 should be called in an emergency - for things like health emergencies and criminal activity
  • 9-8-8 is a support line for individuals experiencing a crisis related to mental health and emotional well-being. Individuals can call 9-8-8 if they are experiencing a crisis and need immediate phone support. 
City Key ID Event September 23
State Representative Kelly Cassidy will host a City Key ID event on Friday, September 23, from 10 am to 1 pm at her office located at 5533 N. Broadway. The City Key ID is a low-barrier ID program available to Chicagoans regardless of age, gender, immigration status, or housing status. 

For more information on the City Key, visit the City Clerk's website
CTA Will Host "Ask CTA Events" through First Week of October
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is hosting "Ask CTA" events at key rail stops beginning August 30 through the first week of October (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of each week). At each event, CTA will have at least two CTA Senior Staff Members available to address customers’ comments and feedback during the AM (7:30-9:30 am) and PM (4:30-6:30 pm) rush hours. 

Below is the schedule and location for the events:

  • September 13, Cermak Chinatown, PM rush hour
  • September 14, Belmont Red Line, PM rush hour
  • September 15, Howard Red Line, AM rush hour
  • September 20, Forest Park, AM rush hour
  • September 21, Western Brown Line, PM rush hour
  • September 22, 35th IIT Green Line, AM rush hour
  • September 27, Damen Pink Line, PM rush hour
  • September 28, Roosevelt, AM rush hour
  • September 29, Davis Evanston, PM rush hour
  • October 4, Midway, PM rush hour
  • October 5, Garfield Green Line, AM rush hour
  • October 6, Jefferson Park Blue Line, AM rush hour
Provide Feedback on the
We Will Chicago Draft Plan thru November 1
The Chicago Department of Planning and Development released the draft We Will Chicago Framework Plan—Chicago’s first citywide plan since 1966. This document is a community-driven and data-informed 10-year vision for Chicago that is rooted in the principles of equity and resiliency.

Read it & contribute your voice here: Feedback will be accepted through November 1. 

Public Health Updates
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
CDPH Provides Resources for Monkeypox (MPV)

Monkeypox Virus (MPV) is spread through close contact with body fluids, sores, shared bedding or clothing, or respiratory droplets (kissing, coughing, sneezing). Common symptoms include a rash or unusual sores that look like pimples or blisters on the face, body, and genitals. Symptoms also include fever, head or muscle aches, chills, and swelling of the lymph nodes. If you think you have the MPV or are showing symptoms, it's time to reach out to your healthcare provider.

If you do not have a doctor or health insurance, then please contact CDPH at 312-746-4835 or the HIV/STI Resource Hub at 844-482-4040 for assistance.

For more information, visit

What is Monkeypox?

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
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

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.
Need to Know Info
ComEd Offering 30% Higher Project Incentive for a Limited Time
ComEd wants to help make energy efficiency upgrades more affordable for residential, small businesses and public facilities, especially now while the cost of doing business is more expensive. Simply apply between August 15, 2022, and September 15, 2022 (October 31 for residential). Your home or business can receive this increased incentive to help lower the cost of your upgrades so you can ultimately save energy and reduce your energy costs.
Be sure to ask ComEd about the Comprehensive Campaign incentives, too. You can stack this promotional 30% incentive on top of the comprehensive incentives to help you save even more. It’s easy to take advantage of these incentives that can cover up to 75% of your project costs. The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program will perform a free facility assessment, make recommendations that are right for your home or business and install the upgrades you choose.
Get started today!  Email, call 855-433-2700 or visit
Home and Business Protection Program
The City of Chicago has launched the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to ensure that Chicagoans have access to private security equipment to protect their property and feel safe. Starting today, the City will provide select rebates to cover costs associated with outdoor security camera systems, cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion-sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs.

Only security devices purchased on or after Monday, June 6, qualify for reimbursement. No rebates will be provided for private security equipment purchased prior to this date. Installation costs of cameras, lighting, and GPS tracking devices are currently not eligible for reimbursement. 
Learn more about the program and apply for rebates at If you have any questions, feel free to email or call (312) 742-3317.
Home and Business Protection Program
Elevate, an energy equity non-profit, is conducting outreach for the Multifamily Energy Savings Program. The goal is to have buildings with 3 units or more assessed to determine the energy-saving projects they qualify for. Projects such as air sealing and insulation, pipe insulation, and HVAC equipment replacements are examples of projects that can be completed from start to finish via the program at little to no cost.

The best way to initiate a free energy assessment is to go directly to and fill out the online form.
Business Updates
BACP to Host Small Business Expo at Truman College Sept 17
The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection's (BACP) free Small Business Expo will take place on Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Truman College, McKeon Building, in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

The expo will feature resources from nonprofit and government agencies, workshops presented by local business service organizations, and a networking hour to meet and connect with other current and aspiring business owners.  A keynote address by entrepreneur Corey Gilkey, will leave attendees with tangible takeaways to pursue their dreams of business ownership.

For more information and to register to attend, visit
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.
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
Sign Up for Polished Pebbles
Polished Pebbles will host its Every Girl is a CEO Global Career Conference for 8th graders through college-aged young women On Saturday, October 15. The theme is "One Million Girl CEOs". The global career conference will kick off with an in-person Pink Hard Hat Symposium exclusively for young women in the Chicagoland area to learn about careers in construction, manufacturing, and the trades on Saturday, October 1, from 10 am to 2 pm. 

In order to make this a reality, Polished Pebbles is individual and corporate support
Apply for a Spring 2023 Internship with COPA
COPA announced it is now seeking applicants for internship opportunities for the 2023 Spring semester. It is accepting applications for internships in its Legal, Investigations, and Policy, Research & Analysis Division (PRAD). This is a great opportunity for young people who are interested in investigations, criminal justice, legal or policy-related careers. Applications or further information are available on COPA's website:

Applications will be accepted through September 16, 2022.
CIADC Offers Free After School Program for Youth in Grades 6-12
Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, a Rogers Park non-profit offering classes for youth and adults in industrial arts: Metal Casting, Welding & Forging, CNC Technology, and Woodworking, is offering FREE afterschool classes to all CPS students grades 6-12 this Fall!
Learn more by clicking here
Employment Opportunities
Chicago Police Written Exam Scheduled for September 22-24
The Chicago Police Department has upcoming test dates in an effort to onboard qualified applicants to be Chicago Police Officers. Testing will take place at all City Colleges on September 22-4. 

Chicago Police Officers earn a competitive salary and benefits. For more information and to apply, visit
A Just Harvest is Hiring!
A Just Harvest is hiring a Case Manager / Employment Coach for its new The Accompaniment Project (TAP).  The Case Manager will work with 11 apprentices that have barriers to employment, such as being justice-involved. 

For a full job description and information on how to apply, click here
Apply for an Apprenticeship with A Just Harvest
A Just Harvest (AJH)  is seeking apprentices for AJH’s  The Accompaniment Project (TAP). TAP provides participants one to two year apprenticeship opportunities to Rogers Park area residents who face employment barriers.  Barriers may include those who are justice-involved or face other obstacles to gainful employment. TAP apprentices will work with one of three AJH programs: Urban Agriculture, Community Kitchen, or Community Engagement programs.  During their participation in TAP, apprentices will learn program specific job skills.  In addition, TAP will offer holistic support for apprentices, including employer paid healthcare, case manager support and coaching,  workforce training, and life skills workshops.  Apprenticeships are hourly positions for 30 hours per week at $15 per hour, including coaching and training sessions.
More information on apprentice positions can be found on the TAP Google form application at:

Purpose Workforce Solutions is Hiring!
Purpose Workforce Solutions is hiring youth positions. For more information, call 312-549-8360 ext 121 for more information. 
Start a Career in Aviation Mechanics
Train to become skilled, employable and essential. At Aviation Institute of Maintenance, we train tomorrow’s technicians. The demand for skilled technicians in Aviation, Manufacturing, Welding, Energy, and other industries is outpacing those entering these career fields. Our nation needs men and women to develop technical trade skills for today and the future. AIM campuses are proud to teach these skills. Find out more and apply here:
NAMI Chicago is Hiring!

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

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

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

Mary Crane Center Now Hiring!

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

State Farm is Hiring
Successful Local State Farm Agency is looking for an entry-level Part-Time Customer Service Representative. Duties would include premium payment follow-up via phone, text, and email.  Also various customer service-related follow-up tasks. State Insurance Producers License is not required but would be helpful for future promotion and commission eligibility
Please send resumes to for consideration.
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service Now Hiring
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance is now hiring for EMT positions. The program includes 12 weeks of training, a free accelerated EMT course, and a guaranteed job. For more information, visit or email 
i.c. stars Tech Training and Job Placement Opportunity
 i.c.stars. is an immersive technology training not-for-profit attracting, training, and putting Chicagoans to work in the Information Technology field. It pays candidates a weekly stipend upon being accepted into its rigorous 16-week program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications and a list of open positions can be found at

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

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

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

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

To apply to become a crossing guard, please follow the steps below:
  1. Please visit the CPS Careers Website at
  2. Click on "CPS Job Board" at the bottom of the page.
  3. On the top of the next page, click on "Basic Search."
  4. Type "Crossing Guard" into the "Keywords" field.
  5. Click on the Crossing Guard job posting for the location you want to apply to, and follow the instructions to fill out the applications.
If you have any questions, please contact
Greater West Town Training Programs
Greater West Town Community Development and Project has over 30 years of expanding economic opportunities in education, job training, and job placement for Chicagoans. Check out the academic and location opportunities available to Chicago residents now, then schedule your orientation today. For more information, please call 312-563-9044 or visit
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is seeking to hire team members for several key positions in their organization. S&C Electric is a 100% employee-owned team seeking several team members in the Rogers Park community to keep the lights on across the globe.

To learn more and apply, visit
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare sees to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

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

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

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


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

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

For more information on job openings, visit Heartland Alliance's Careers website by clicking here
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