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49th Ward Update
November 13, 2020

Good afternoon neighbors,

This week, the Governor and the Mayor announced new Stay-at-home advisories. Our hospitals are nearing capacity, our COVID rates are soaring and this means we are in a very dangerous place. Beginning Monday at 6am, the Mayor's advisory goes into effect. You can read below for the specifics of the additional restrictions, but the bottom line is this: Eliminate non-essential trips and interactions with people outside of your household.

Remember, if you've been exposed to someone with COVID or have traveled recently, you should get a test. We've heard from residents that lines and waits have been long for COVID-19 testing at facilities in our area so please plan accordingly. If you have a primary care physician, scheduling a test with them is still strongly recommended. We are reaching out to health care partners to try and schedule additional mobile testing like we did during the summer.

The pandemic continues to create great financial challenges for our residents and businesses, but your local representatives are working hard to bring you relief. This morning we hosted Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky for a meeting with small businesses in our ward. She was optimistic about the second relief package from D.C. being a top priority for most of her colleagues in both parties. She heads back to D.C. next week and will keep us posted on developments. In the meantime, if you are a business who needs assistance in following up on a SBA or PPP loan, please don't hesitate to reach out to her office (773) 506-7100.

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin was also present and announced new County resources for legal assistance to residents fighting eviction or foreclosure that will be included in the County Budget up for a vote next week. To learn more about the new assistance that will be available, please contact his office (312) 603-6383.

Representative Kelly Cassidy attended as well and if you are a business that needs help following up a State grant program like the Illinois Arts Council grant or the Businesses Interruption Grants (BIG) please reach out to her office at (773) 784-2002.

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 14, at 10 am we will host our final Budget Town Hall. While the November 14 town hall will be in English, Spanish translation will still be available. Please join to hear about why I don't support the current recommendation and what I've been working on to get us to a budget that's better for our residents. To review the budget forecast, the Mayor's proposal and 49th Ward survey results, visit the 49th Ward 2021 Budget page. To register to attend a budget town hall, visit

Please check out some important info throughout this week's newsletter and I hope to see you tomorrow!


Have a safe and restful weekend,

Maria Hadden
Alderwoman, 49th Ward

Celebrations & Appreciations
You didn't think we were going to allow a pandemic to make us stop celebrating and appreciating our community did you? Of course not! We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, orgs and actions that you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Neighbors and Friends Honor the Life of Stephen Gehm
Friends, family, and neighbors shared memories and thoughts of Rogers Park resident Stephen Gehm over the weekend. Steve tragically passed away on October 29 after having suffered injuries from the fire in August on Wayne. Steve will be missed dearly by his community. Our deepest condolences go out to his loved ones. 
Rogers Park Welcomes Burgoo Chicago
Burgoo Chicago, 1736 W Greenleaf, is an eclectic mix of local art, homemade jam, gifts, and antiques. 

Owner Allison Gerlach is originally from Kentucky and named the shop after the hearty stew known for having ”a little bit of everything” in it. 

It is the showroom for rock poster artist Steve Walters of Screwball Press and Alex Pataky of High Lonesome Print.

Make sure to follow them on Instagram at @burgoochicago and then swing by to welcome them to the neighborhood! 
Artist Freshens Up You Are Beautiful Mural after being Defaced
Mathew Hoffman, the artist who painted the You Are Beautiful mural under the viaduct on Morse, added a fresh paint of coat and some color to it last weekend after it had been defaced. The mural is now brighter than ever and reviving the message of hope and positivity in our neighborhood. Thank you, Mathew! 
Field Museum features Plant Medicine Exhibition based on Research Conducted by a Rogers Park Resident
Local Rogers Park resident Dr. Molly Doane helped collaborate on the Field Museum's latest exhibition on the many ways plants are used for health and wellness. 

The exhibit is based on the findings from research conducted by Dr. Molly Doane of the University of Chicago. Learn more about this exhibit online and sign up to visit before it closes on December 5.

Congratulations, Dr. Doane! 
Ward Updates
City and State Issue Stay-at-Home Advisories as
COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket 
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb across the city at an alarming rate. This week, our city hit a positivity rate of 14.1%, up from 10.9% last week and 8.7% the week of October 26. 

The spread of COVID-19 is spreading across all demographics and all zip codes in the city. The main driver of the spread of COVID-19 appears to be coming from within households, where people let down their guards the most.

Hospitalizations, the number of occupied ICU beds, and the number of people on ventilators have tripled since October. Chicago is on track of having 1,000 more deaths due to COVID-19 at the rate we're currently on. Dr. Arwady stated on Thursday that she is more nervous about the state of COVID-19 this week than she has been at any point during the pandemic.

In Rogers Park, we're seeing the number of positive cases increasing. As of Saturday, November 7, 1 in 25 people in our community have tested positive for COVID-19. 
Because the situation grows more dire by the day, the city is implementing measures to bend the curve once again. 

Mayor Lightfoot announced a new Protect Chicago plan to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The plan includes a new stay-at-home advisory for the city that will be in effect for 30 days beginning on Monday, November 16, at 6 am. The advisory also includes additional restrictions, including:
  • No guests in private residences (except essential homeworkers such as healthcare workers or educators);
  • Avoid all social gatherings;
  • Avoid all non-essential travel;
  • Cancel traditional Thanksgiving celebrations with non-household members; and
  • Create a COVID-19 protection plan for your family (tool kit available online soon).
The Department of Public Health is also asking that social events and meetings do not take place in-person unless absolutely necessary. If absolutely necessary, those meetings should be limited to ten people who should be socially distanced and wearing masks. These restrictions also apply to houses of worship for funerals and other ceremonial events. 

Fitness clubs, retail, and movie theatres will be allowed to continue to operate under the current restrictions in place. Employees and patrons will need to continue to wear masks when going to these businesses. 

Workers who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, have a positive COVID-19 test, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, or have been in contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 should stay home. Employers cannot retaliate against workers who stay home because they are positive with COVID-19. Any violations of the anti-retaliation ordinance can be reported to 311, by filling out an online complaint form or contacting our office ( or 773-338-5796). 

While folks are experiencing COVID-19 fatigue, everyone must continue to take all necessary precautions to protect our family and neighbors. Wear a mask, social distance, and regularly wash your hands.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the city's Coronavirus Response Center website. For more information on the Restore Illinois plan, visit the State of Illinois' Coronavirus Response website
Support Our Local Restaurants
New restrictions have been implemented to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in our city. With these new restrictions, it's more important than ever to continue to help support our local small businesses so they can survive. 

The City of Chicago has launched a new challenge called the Take Out Chicago Campaign. Order from 10 different restaurants between now and December 15 then email with your name and the name of 10 restaurants that you ordered from to be entered to win one of 10 VIP tours of select Chicago destinations.

If you can, order directly from the restaurants. Third-party delivery apps can charge restaurants up to 30% of the final bill. An ordinance is being reintroduced to City Council to cap those fees at 15% after the initial attempt failed to pass in April. Alderman Waguespack and Mayor Lightfoot expect the capped fees to go into effect later this month.
Loyola University Announces
Preliminary Plans for its Spring Semester
Loyola University announced preliminary plans for their Spring semester last week. The plans would include having 1,200 freshmen return to campus to live. Students would not be assigned a roommate and would instead have single occupancy dorm rooms. The number of students that would potentially return to campus amounts to about 25% of the overall on-campus housing capacity. 

The plans call for regular testing of students and staff so any COVID cases can be quickly identified, contact traced, and stymied before an outbreak occurs. Loyola University is applying to become a part of the University of Illinois's Shield Illinois program, which would allow rapid saliva tests to be conducted on the Loyola community. 

Loyola came to this decision after surveying their student body about the impact COVID-19 has had on their educational experience and personal lives. They found that juniors and seniors were faring better because they already had the social fabric component of their college experience established before the COVID-19 crisis. However, they found that freshmen were struggling academically, emotionally, and socially. Many freshmen feel that they are missing out on a major transition in their life by not being on the university's campus. 

At this time, no plans have been finalized. The decision is contingent on several factors, including if they're accepted into the Shield Illinois program as well as the positivity rate in January 2021. Our office is working with Loyola University to schedule a community meeting in early January to discuss their plans. 

Ahead of that meeting, we ask residents to share any feedback or concerns they have with our office so we can catalog it and share it with Loyola University. Please take a moment to fill out a feedback form online to share your thoughts or concerns.
Property Tax Levy Hearing November 17
As part of the budget process, the Committee on Finance will meet on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 10 am to discuss the city's proposed property tax levy as a part of the 2021 budget proposal. 

Attendance at this meeting will be by remote means only. You can view the agenda, learn how to attend the meeting, and participate in public comments by visiting the City Clerk's website. Written questions and comments will also be accepted until 3 pm on Monday, November 16, and can be submitted online by clicking here.
Changes in CTA Service Between
Howard & Berwyn Red Line Stations
Please be advised of changes impacting Red Line service between the Howard and Berwyn stations due to the ongoing Red/Purple Modernization work.

Southbound trains departing from the Howard stop will bypass Jarvis through Bryn Mawr stations. Southbound trains will run express between the Howard and Berwyn stations. A free shuttle bus will be provided between Howard and Berwyn. Northbound Red Line trains will continue to make all stops.

The service changes will be in place starting at 10 PM on Friday, November 13, through 4 AM on Monday, November 16, or when work is completed.
Community Aid
Support the 49th Ward Team in
Covenant House's Annual Sleep Out Event
The 49th Ward office has accepted Covenant House’s challenge to spend a night sleeping out so that, one day, homeless youth won’t have to.

The Sleep Out is not about pretending to be homeless. It’s an act of solidarity with the 4.2 million young people who experience homelessness each year.

As part of our Sleep Out, we are raising funds and awareness for Covenant House Illinois (CHIL), a place of community, safety, and trust for youth experiencing homelessness and trafficking. 

To help raise funds for Covenant House Illinois so they can continue serving homeless youth, visit the 49th Ward team's fundraising page

Volunteer with CommUnity Makery
CommUnity Makery provides a maker-centered out-of-school learning extension where youth discover, create, and share projects focused on Literacy, Social Emotional Learning & Youth Voice throughout STEAM+ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math & More) as well as Career and College Exploration.

Community Makery has four afterschool programs at Gale and is looking to implement more beginning in January, including participating in the Chicago Student Invention Convention.   

To volunteer, click here, and for more information, contact
Community Partners 4 Peace/ONE Northside Turkey Giveaway
To help families in need celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this year, Community Partners 4 Peace has partnered with ONE Northside to give away free turkeys on November 20.  Alderwoman Hadden is happy to be a financial sponsor of this event.

Rogers Park residents can collect their turkey from:
  • 3 pm - 4 pm at Morse and Ashland;
  • 4 pm - 5 pm at Howard and Marshfield; and
  • 5 pm - 6 pm at Howard and Damen
Please make sure to wear a mask and social distance when picking up a turkey. If you don't have a mask, you will be provided with one. If you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend this event. 
Donate to RP Together

From November 1 through December 1, The Coleman Foundation will match $250+ donations made to RPBA.

Small Businesses in Rogers Park need help to adapt to stay in business and thrive during and after the pandemic.

RPBA is on top of the news, understands opportunities, and provides no-cost guidance and support businesses need to make it through today and continue tomorrow.

Small businesses are integral to our community. They develop financial interdependence webs that result in vibrant, sustainable prosperity; they provide the quality of a “real” place experience that draws the community together; diversity of community = sustainability.

For more information and to donate, visit RPBA's website

Volunteer for Care for Real's Rogers Park's Food Pantry
Care for Real is seeking volunteers to help provide food to stock the pantry, prepare food for distribution, and distribute food to our neighbors. They're seeking volunteers for Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. Register to volunteer online.

If you or someone you know needs fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy, bread, grains, or canned food, visit the Care for Real food pantry located at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse, Tuesdays between 12 pm and 2 pm. 
Community Engagement Opportunities
Looking for Volunteer Opportunities? Sign-Up Here!
We are always looking for volunteers for the 49th Ward office to help with flyering, school supply distribution events, tabling events, data analysis, event facilitation, among other activities! If you're interested in helping out, we'd love to get your information. Sign-up online, and we'll reach out as opportunities come up!
Virtual Health & Wellness Expo
100 Black Men of Chicago is hosting a 2020 Health & Wellness Expo. The expo is designed to raise awareness of the critical healthcare challenges facing minority communities through strategic partnerships with various healthcare organizations, physicians, nutritionists, community leaders, and advocates. This expo builds off of the momentous success of their eight-part series, COVID-19: A Black Perspective, which took place in the spring. 

The 2020 Health & Wellness Expo will be an excellent opportunity for community members to engage in public conversation and learn effective ways to help keep themselves and their families safe during these challenging times. The event will take place on Saturday, November 14, at 10 am. For more information and to register, visit
24th District Community Conversation November 23
The 24th Police District is hosting a Community Conversation to help inform their 2021 strategic plan. The more voices that are heard during the meeting, the better the police can develop a Strategic Plan for 2021 that encompasses the concerns of the community.

The conversation will take place virtually on Monday, November 23, from 6  pm to 9 pm. Register online at Eventbrite. Those who cannot join virtually are asked to call into the meeting by dialing the number on the flyer. 
Edgewater Village Chicago Happenings
There's something in it for you! Participate virtually in a wide variety of informational, social, and cultural programs. Meet new people, join the fun, and learn something new. Check out Edgewater Village's programs, and sign up for the weekly newsletter to learn about more activities, including community events. In this week's issue, read about a senior home repair program and rental assistance for qualified individuals and a Telehealth Device Drive for Smartphones, tablets, and other electronics that will be given to lower-income older adults. 

Edgewater Village Chicago is a volunteer, non-profit organization. It offers programs, social activities, and resources geared toward older adults to enable them to age well in community. There are no membership dues; its programs are free and open to everyone
Government Corner
With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of information and resources available to people at all levels of government. To make sure you're receiving all the information to help you through this time, please consider signing up for the following newsletters or keeping your eye on the following pages. See something that should be added to this section? Email it to the office at 

City of Chicago Resources:
City of Chicago Coronavirus Resource Center Website
City of Chicago Coronavirus Updates Distribution Sign-Up
CPS COVID-19 Resources & Updates
Chicago Park District COVID-19 Response Page
BACP COVID-19 Resource Page

Cook County:
Cook County COVID-19 Response Website
Contact Commissioner Suffredin's Office
Commissioner Gainer Newsletter Sign-Up

State of Illinois:
State of Illinois COVID-19 Response Website
Sen. Steans Newsletter Sign-Up
Rep. Cassidy Newsletter

Federal Government:
Sign-up for Congresswoman Schakowsky's newsletter
Federal Government COVID-19 Response Website
Need to Know Info
Each week we've been updating this section with the rapid information coming down from all levels of government. This has resulted in a long email with the information running for several weeks. To shorten the length of the newsletter and provide the freshest content, we have archived all the COVID-19 newsletters on the 49th Ward website. You can also refer to the Rogers Park Community Response Team's website, where resources and information are abundantly available for our neighbors. 
Updates to the Emergency Travel Order

The Chicago Department of Public Health announced updates to the Chicago Emergency Travel Order.  A new Travel Order is effective as of Friday, November 13, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.

All states and territories will be categorized into three risk levels: Red, Orange, and Yellow. Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 14-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter). Anyone traveling from a state on the Red list must quarantine for a 14-day period or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter.

The lists are updated every two weeks based on state and Chicago case averages. There are no travel restrictions within Illinois. However, non-essential travel to the areas of high incidence is discouraged. If essential travel is needed, follow the prevention techniques such as using a face covering, frequent hand washing/sanitization, and maintaining social distancing.

Please visit for additional information.

Pop-Up COVID Testing in Lincolnwood

The Illinois Department of Public Health is hosting a free pop-up COVID-19 testing site in the Lincolnwood Town Center parking lot, 3333 W. Touhy, through November 16, from 9 am to 5 pm daily. 

No symptoms are required to receive a test. Tests can be administered inside or outside of a car. The public health professionals will use simple swabs that go just a few centimeters into the nose. Those tested will be called with results 4-7 days after the test.

Testing is free, no insurance required. If you do have insurance, please bring your card. Advance registration is encouraged. RSVP online.
Emergency Housing Assistance Grants
The Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago has approximately 600 rental assistance grants and 600 mortgage assistance grants remaining that
they need to distribute by December 1.

The grants are available to Chicago residents who have suffered a financial hardship due to COVID-19. 
The maximum assistance for renters is $2,500, and the maximum assistance for homeowners (1-4-unit properties only) is $3,300.   

For eligibility requirements and to apply, visit the NHS website. Residents may also call NHS at 800-831-7949 or email for more information or assistance.
Rental Assistance Program
The Department of Family Support Services launched a second open application period for its Rental Assistance Program on Monday. This application period will close on Sunday, November 15, at 11:59 pm. For eligibility requirements, FAQs, and more information, visit
Chicago Hospitality Grant Application Now Open
The City of Chicago is now accepting applications for the $10 million Chicago Hospitality Grant Program. The program provides grants of $10,000 each to Chicago bars and restaurants that have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The application will remain open until 11:59 pm central time on Monday, November 23. Recipients will be selected via lottery, with a portion reserved for businesses in low- and moderate-income community areas.

To be eligible, bars or restaurants must be located in Chicago, have no more than $3 million in annual revenues, and have experienced at least a 25% revenue loss due to COVID-19.

For the full list of eligibility criteria, frequently asked questions, and to apply, visit
Grants for Restaurant Workers
The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's Restaurant Employee Relief Fund is providing one-time $500 cash assistance grants to eligible restaurant workers who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Applications, full eligibility requirements, and a list of required documents are available in English and in Spanish. If you would like to help restaurant workers in need, you may make a tax-deductible donation to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund online.
Peoples Gas Bill Assistance Available
Some residents may be eligible to receive financial assistance with their gas bill through Peoples Gas. To check your availability for assistance, call CEDA at 800-571-2332. 
Disability and Immigration Taskforce of Illinois Survey
Access Living's Disability and Immigration Taskforce of Illinois (DITI) is conducting a survey to find data about immigrants with disabilities. DITI empowers and supports immigrants, refugees, and/or asylees with disabilities and their families to access culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

The DITI survey covers topics such as housing, personal assistant needs, public charge, and more. The information collected will only be utilized by the DITI to determine immigrants' needs with disabilities and their support persons. With this information, they hope to develop legislation at the state level to address unmet needs in the immigrant/disability community.

The survey is in five languages:

For questions or more information, email Jennifer at 
ComEd Helping Hands Program

ComEd's Helping Hand program provides the most in-need customers a one-time grant of up to $300 towards a past due balance. The program is available until funds are exhausted.


Combined household income for the 30 days prior to application (gross income for all household members, before taxes are deducted) is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level, and one of the following concerns is expressed:

  • An unexpected loss of income or reduction in income (including job loss or furlough)
  • Sudden illness to you or family member
  • Other stated COVID-19 impacts

To apply for the one-time bill assistance, call 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661) and mention the Helping Hand program. To learn more, visit ComEd's website

ComEd Bill Assistance Program

ComEd is providing bill assistance for eligible, limited-income households earning up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. To verify if you meet the income criteria, visit

The ​Bill Payment Assistance program runs through December 31, 2020, or when program funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.

Eligible customers can receive a one-time bill assistance of up to $500 for past due balances, up to the amount of the balance. Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


  • LIHEAP qualified residential customers with a past due balance
  • Undocumented residential customers with a past due balance may also apply for LIHEAP

If you have not yet applied for LIHEAP, please visit or call 1-877-411-9276 to start your LIHEAP pre-application. Once approved for LIHEAP funds, please fill out your information below.

To apply for the one-time bill assistance or learn more, visit ComEd's website.

CEDA Utility Program
Cook County residents are qualified to get help paying their light and gas bills than Check out the new, expanded income guidelines to see if you qualify. To fill out the application click here. Open to residents of the City of Chicago and suburban Cook County. To get more information about other CEDA utility programs to help you through COVID-19 recovery click here.
SARFS Program
The SARFS program provides safety, security, and accessibility improvements and repairs that may include grab bars, lever faucets, door repairs, floor repairs, bathroom repairs, kitchen repairs, and carbon monoxide detectors.

To be eligible for this program, seniors must be a resident of the City of Chicago, live in Wards 38, 39, 40, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, be 60+ years old, be a homeowner in a single-family home or condo with 7 or less units, and have an income of less than 80% of Median Income.

For more information, visit the Northside Community Resources website
Now Enrolling: Mary Crane Center
Mary Crane Center at 1545 W. Morse is now enrolling children from 15 months to 5 years old. They offer Head Start, Pre-K, and Child Care Programs. Call them at 773-262-1390 to learn more!
State Eviction Moratorium Extended to November 22
Governor Pritzker announced that the State's eviction moratorium will be extended to November 22 as the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our state and our country. 

State officials are working on securing grants to help residents who have experienced a financial hit due to the global pandemic. Efforts to pass relief at the federal level came to an impasse over the summer before Congress recessed. Negotiations have resumed now that they are back in session.  

The Department of Housing has put together a Know Your Rights website for tenants who are facing illegal lockouts during the eviction moratorium. The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing has also put together information for tenants facing an illegal lockout and may be able to provide legal assistance to income-eligible tenants. Learn more on their website here
2021 Individual Artists Program Grants
DCASE announced the timeline for the 2021 Individual Artists Program (IAP) grant cycle. IAP grants aim to assist Chicago's practicing artists in creating work that develops their craft and elevates their careers while adding to Chicago's cultural vitality. IAP grants support artists across all artistic disciplines, including Film & Media Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts (Theatre/Dance), Music, and Visual Arts/Design. For eligibility requirements and grant calendar and to RSVP for virtual application assistance workshops, please visit
Request for Qualifications: Chicago Aviation Artist Pool
DCASE, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), invites Chicago-based professional artists and artist teams to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in Chicago’s Aviation Artist Pool. The Aviation Artist Pool is a mechanism for selecting artists for public art opportunities at Chicago O’Hare and Midway Airports.

The deadline to apply is November 29. More information is available on DCASE's website
Submit Feedback on What the
OIG Should Audit in 2021 through November 15
The APR 2021 Draft Plan Survey seeks your input regarding concerns about the economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of City programs and your priorities for improvement. Your opinions will help inform and prioritize which projects appear on the Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) 2021 Audit Plan. 

See the draft plan here for more information on proposed projects and reports that were published in 2020. The survey takes approximately four (4) minutes to complete and will be open through November 15th. 

Survey in English
Survey in Spanish
Latest Information on COVID-19 from the
Chicago Department of Public Health

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Chicago, visit the Chicago Department of Health's (CDPH) website at For the latest information on COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) website

Need Help?
Call or email the Rogers Park Community Response Team!

The Rogers Park Community Response Team is an action-oriented group created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. RPCRT was created by 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden in coordination with local service providers and community organizations. Partners include IL State Representative Kelly Cassidy, Protect RP, Northside Community Resources, Loyola Community Nursing Center, and hundreds of deeply committed community volunteers.

We are working together to support each other. We will do so, to the best of our combined ability care for all of our RP family, with fierce love and compassion. We want every Rogers Park resident to know that you are cared for and not alone.

Contact us at or call our Support Hotline at 773-831-7668. Volunteers are available to answer your questions and direct you to resources now.

Please also take a moment to look at the Rogers Park Community Response Team's robust website, This website acts as a centralized location where a variety of resources can live to help residents in the wake of COVID-19. 

Business Updates
Apply for an SBA Economic Disaster Loan
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering small businesses impacted by civil unrest between May 36 and July 30 low-interest economic disaster loans (EIDLs). The loans are available to businesses of all sizes and small agricultural cooperates that suffered economic losses during this period. 

Businesses can apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at . Businesses may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.
Surge of New COVID Cases & Hospitalizations
Results in New Restrictions on Businesses
New mitigation efforts went into effect for the city of Chicago on Friday. The restrictions come as the city sees an increase in hospitalizations and after eight consecutive days of an increase in the positivity rate, triggering a shift in Chicago to Tier I of the Restore Illinois plan. The restrictions are necessary to curtail the spread and not overwhelm healthcare workers. 

The new restrictions are as follows: 

  • No indoor service.
  • All outside bar service closes at 11 p.m. 
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside.
  • No ordering, seating or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed).
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart.
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting.
  • No dancing or standing indoors.
  • Reservations required for each party.
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table.
  • No indoor dining or bar service.
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11 p.m.
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart.
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting.
  • Reservations required for each party.
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table.
  • Takeout and deliveries allowed.
Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings 
  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity.
  • No party buses.
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable.
The curfew (that is, they must close between 10 pm and 6 am) for all non-essential businesses will still be in effect nightly in Chicago. Essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, are exempt from the curfew. Additionally, the curfew for liquor sales will remain in place for 9 pm. This curfew applies to to-go cocktails as well.
PPP Loan Forgiveness for Small Loans
If your business borrowed $50,000 or less through the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), you can be eligible for speedy loan forgiveness. To learn how you can qualify, click here. 

You can click here for the instructions and here for the form needed to apply.
State Opens Second Round of Business Interruption Grants
Governor JB Pritzker joined the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) this week to announce the latest in a series of grants made available for small businesses in Illinois. These grants will be made available to businesses suffering losses as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as communities impacted by the recent civil unrest. 

Applications for the second round of the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) program are now open and will offer $220 million in funds for small businesses hit hardest by the ongoing pandemic.

One of the criteria for applicants in the second round of grants is for disproportionately affected areas, which does include the 60626 zip code. 

For more eligibility requirements and information on how to apply, please visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development's website
BACP Issues Outdoor Dining Guidelines for Winter
As we enter the fall and winter months, BACP has issued guidance for safe and responsible outdoor dining and drinking. Please read this flyer for the latest information on structures, heating devices, and other safety considerations for outdoor service. Specifically, please note the following guidelines:
  • Temporary structures that fit multiple parties must have at least 50% of the sides open to be considered outdoors
  • Enclosed structures, such as plastic domes, may be used for individual parties and must have adequate ventilation to allow for air circulation
  • Temporary structures must be weighted, anchored or secured to the ground, but cannot be anchored with any method that requires screwing, cutting or drilling into the public way (i.e. on streets or sidewalks)
  • Electrically powered heating devices are permitted in open or enclosed areas
  • Natural gas heaters or any device fueled by propane are only permitted in open, uncovered areas 
Please read the full flyer for all relevant information to ensure safe operations.
Rogers Park Business Alliance COVID-19 Resources

The site maintains updated information on how we can support our small business community as well as resources for businesses in how they can adapt during this unique and challenging time. From their site:

Rogers Park Business Alliance is proud of the caring, work ethic, dedication and resiliency of our community. We firmly believe that, together, we will meet the challenge that we are all faced with today and going forward.  

Out of an abundance of love and concern for the health of our community we are closing our offices. Based on recommended precautionary measures and public health guidelines, team RPBA will be working remotely until given the all clear. We are available via phone and email. We appreciate your patience at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (773) 508-5885 or

You can view our growing list of Rogers Park businesses that are open and/or receiving donations. You can also checkout the Chicagoland Dining at a Distance list.

Go CPS Application Now Open
GoCPS is now open. GoCPS allows families to learn, research, explore, and apply to nearly every CPS school and program through one online platform. Parents can select the grade level for their student to get an overview of the application process and timeline by visiting The Round 1 application period is open and closes on December 11, 2020.  
CPS Local School Council Elections Updates

Chicago Public Schools announced updates to the district’s 2020 LSC elections, including offering mail-in voting for CPS parents, guardians, and staff for the first time. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents, guardians, and staff can choose between either voting in-person at their respective school, submitting their ballot by mail, or dropping off their mail ballot at their school.  For in-person voting, the district is implementing stringent health and safety measures, including social distancing, face-covering requirements, and completing a health screener and temperature check prior to entering school buildings. The district will also offer curbside voting for individuals with disabilities.

Community members will still be required to vote in person because the district does not have access to information for every prospective community voter living within a school’s boundary in order to provide a mail-in ballot. Additionally, high schoolers will participate in elections using a digital format. The chart below provides key information for each voting constituency:

In-Person Election Times and Dates: 

  • Elementary Schools: November 18 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

  • High Schools: November 19 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

For all parents, community members who will be voting in-person, the district has implemented stringent health protocols to ensure the safety of voting in a school building. These include: 

  • Requiring voters to wear a cloth face covering, sanitize their hands, maintain social distancing, and complete a health screener and temperature check prior to entering the building.

  • Offering curbside voting for individuals with disabilities, individuals who cannot wear a mask, or individuals who choose not to enter the polling place due to pre-existing health conditions.

  • Utilizing sneeze guards and other physical barriers to protect staff when voters arrive, and using posted signage throughout school facilities to emphasize new policies and procedures.

Important Policies and Dates:

All in-person voters will need to bring two current forms of identification with them to vote. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver's license, Illinois ID, public library card, MediPlan or Medicare card, permanent resident card, matricula consular, voter registration card, current lease, utility bill, credit or debit card, or court documents. The district does not track or check immigration status, and eligible voters do not need to be U.S. Citizens in order to vote. Specific identification requirements for voter type is included below: 

  • Parent and Guardian Voters (In-person or Mail-in): 

    • Parents and guardians will receive a mail-in ballot. Parents who choose to participate in-person must present at least one form of identification that confirms their child is enrolled at the CPS school where they are voting. No ID is required for parents and guardians who drop off a mail-in ballot. 

  • Community Voters (In-person)

    • At least one form of identification must confirm residential address (examples: lease or utility bill).

  • High School Student Voters (Virtual):

    • Students will receive the digital survey from their principal. Students must use their accounts to access the poll.

  • Staff Voters (In-person or Mail-in)

    • Staff will receive a mail-in ballot. Staff who choose to participate in-person must present at least one form of identification to confirm their employment at the CPS school where they are voting. No ID is required for staff who drop off a mail-in ballot. 

CPS Unveils Plan for Phased Re-Opening
Last week, Chicago Public Schools unveiled a plan to begin a phased re-opening starting in the second quarter. The plans call to re-open school buildings for pre-k at the beginning of the quarter, and then students enrolled in moderate and intensive cluster programs later in the quarter.

CPS pointed to concerns about declining enrollment and attendance among pre-k students and students enrolled in cluster programs in making this decision. They also cited concerns about equity as enrollment and engagement among Black and Latinx students are at significantly lower rates than in previous years.

The announcement comes at a time when cases of COVID-19 are surging across the state, and public officials and health experts warn of a second wave. It also comes after arbitrators sided with CTU's concerns of requiring clerks be in the physical building while remote learning is underway.

While our office shares CPS's concerns about declining enrollment and engagement among these groups of students, we would like to see a plan that addresses, instead, closing the digital gap that still exists in these communities, creating a robust online experience for our students, and allowing flexibility in learning plans as other cities have.  Our office co-signed a letter that CTU sent to Mayor Lightfoot, the Chicago Board of Education, and Chicago Public Schools, encouraging them to rethink their decision and delay re-introducing students to in-person learning while COVID cases rise.   
Sign Up for a Teaching Buddy
Teaching Buddies was founded in the Summer of 2020 to provide a free weekly reading and writing enrichment program for students most negatively affected by COVID-19. Their trained college volunteers (“teaching buddies”) will lead free classes in writing and critical thinking for rising 1st - 8th graders in classes of 1-5 students. Together, they will help your child write short stories, read deeply, and learn important thinking skills to be prepared for the future.

For more information, visit their website
Employment Opportunities
DPS Hosting a Virtual Vendor Fair

The Chicago Department of Procurement Services is hosting a Procurement Vendor Fairs on November 19, from 10 am to 5 pm. Attendees will learn about contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago.

For more information and to register, visit DPS's website

CPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers
CPS is hiring substitute teachers. If you enjoy working with children while maintaining a flexible work schedule, consider becoming a substitute teacher with the third-largest school district in the United States.

License Information
Visit the Illinois State Board of Education website for information and instruction on obtaining a substitute teacher license and to apply online. All applicants are required to hold a bachelor's degree.

Substitute Teacher Application
To apply online, visit and click on "APPLY NOW" under Substitute Teacher. Upload your resume and a screenshot of your license issued by the Illinois State Board of Education. 
CTA Now Hiring Bus Operators
The Chicago Transit Authority is hiring bus operators. The position offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and paid training. No CDL is required to apply. For more information and to apply, visit the CTA's Careers website
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