49th Ward Update
November 23, 2022
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Tomorrow is the Thanksgiving holiday and I look forward to celebrating in the tradition of our family. Natalia and I will spend the day cooking together and the food we prepare we'll share with friends and family. We spend the days around Thanksgiving reflecting on the people in our lives because we're so grateful for community. From blood relatives to chosen family, we're fortunate to be in relationship with so many and appreciate every single one of you. 
In this role as your Alderwoman, I am provided with an opportunity to be in relationship with many members of our community - to expand my circle of relationships. The constituents who come to us for help, who call with service requests, who reach out to us with ideas, and even those that call with complaints are all opportunities to learn, to grow and deepen the connection with our community - to be a better neighbor and representative. So as we enter the holiday weekend, I would like to take a moment to recognize our wonderful community.

The 49th Ward continues to demonstrate what we can accomplish when we come together. Over the past year, we've seen an outpouring of support to help one another. Whether it's by donating items to help newly arrived migrants, supporting neighbors experiencing homelessness, or pitching in on a neighborhood clean up effort, time and time again, the people of the 49th Ward shows up. This Thanksgiving, I continue to be grateful for this wonderful community and the opportunity to serve as your Alderwoman.

Have a good Thanksgiving,

Alderwoman Maria Hadden
49th Ward Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
Please be advised that in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the 49th Ward Office will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25. The office will reopen on Monday, November 28, at 9 am. We wish everyone a good Thanksgiving. 
Native American and Indigenous Perspectives on Thanksgiving

As a nation who's founding is rooted in colonialism, many of our holidays and how we celebrate them can be complicated - Thanksgiving is one of the most complex. Thank you to the team at Northwestern University's Center for Native American and Indigenous Research for putting together some resources for us to read and reflect upon sharing Indigenous perspectives on this holiday.

"Thanksgiving can be a complicated time for Native Americans in this country. Celebrating with loved ones and offering thanks to the land, water, animals, and people that sustain our lives and home is a core value of many Native communities. However, Thanksgiving can place Native Americans in the past while not paying much consideration for contemporary Indigenous Peoples. School reenactments, arts and crafts projects, and false narratives can make this time triggering for Native Peoples.

This year, in addition to giving thanks, spending time with family, eating turkey, and watching football, consider your relationships with the land, water animals, community, and your relationships with the people that have been here since time immemorial."

Community Thanksgiving Meal at St. Jerome Parish November 23
St. Jerome Parish, 1709 W. Lunt, will host a community Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, November 23, at 6 pm. Come by to fill your bellies with delicious food and your hearts with warmth from meeting new neighbors. All are welcome to join. 

For more information, call the parish at 773-262-3170.
A Just Harvest Thanksgiving
A Just Harvest will have its regular hot meal from noon until 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Join to enjoy a warm meal with neighbors while you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. 
Live Love Shop Rogers Park this Holiday Season!
Join the Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) as it launches its annual Live Love Shop Rogers Park rebate program. This program encourages people to shop local for the holiday season while providing them with the opportunity to save big. Collect $150 or more in receipts from at least 4 different independently-owned businesses in Rogers Park between Saturday, November 26, and Saturday, December 31, and receive a $50 rebate (or a $75 rebate for collecting $200 in receipts). 

Kick off your holiday shopping spree on Small Business Saturday (November 26), where many local businesses will offer discounts. Swing by RPBA's Welcome Station at the Common Cup, 1501 W. Morse, to enjoy crepes, coffee, and live music. While you're there, pick up a shopping bag filled with giveaways, coupons, and a list of special offers from local businesses before you head out to do your shopping. The event will take place from 10 am to 2 pm. 

For more information and a list of participating businesses for Small Business Saturday, visit RPBA's websiteClick here for details on the Live Love Shop Rogers Park rebate program (which continues through December 31st). 
Howard Street Makers Studio Kick-Off Event December 3
A new pop-up market showcasing local artists and makers is coming to Howard Street. The Howard Street Makers Studio will host a kick-off event on Saturday, December 3, at 1609 W. Howard, with a ribbon-cutting at 12:30 pm followed by an open house until 5 pm.

The market will be open through February and be staffed by rotating artists-in-residence. The store will be open at least four days a week and offer a variety of events, including art workshops, movement classes, sip-and-paint night, and open art studio time. 

For more information and a list of participating artists, click here
Share Your Input to Inform New Murals in the 49th Ward! 
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is working with my office on two new murals in the 49th Ward! The two locations will be along retaining walls located at 1523 W. Jarvis and 7442 N. Ashland. Join us for a community meeting to learn more and share feedback on Saturday, December 3, at 11 am at Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers.

Not able to attend the meeting? You can still share your feedback to inform the final designs of murals. Please take a moment to submit your feedback online at You may review DCASE's presentation from our first meeting at
Next 49th Ward Town Hall December 14
Join Alderwoman Hadden and the 49th Ward team for the next monthly virtual town hall on Wednesday, December 14, at 6 pm. Attendees will hear important updates for the ward and the city as well as have the opportunity to ask questions. A representative from the Chicago Commission on Human Relations will be present to discuss the office's role in tracking hate crimes across the city. 

There will not be a Town Hall on November 9 as we hosted it on November 2 to discuss the City of Chicago budget. You can view a recording of November's Town Hall by clicking here

Register to attend the meeting by visiting Spanish translation will be available. 
Turk-Reoke at The Glenwood November 23 & 24
The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood, will host Turk-Reoke to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. On Wednesday, November 23, there will be a Pre Turkey Bash with DJ Lawrence beginning at 9 pm. Then on Thanksgiving, there will be Turkey Day Kareoke starting at 7 pm. 
NeighborsTable Holiday Art Markets at RP Social
NeighborsTables will host a series of holiday art markets at RP Social, 6920 N. Glenwood. This is a great opportunity to snag unique holiday gifts for your loved ones and support local artists while enjoying RP Social's Sunday Bloody Mary special. 

The art market will run the following Sundays from 11 am-2 pm:
November 27
December 4
December 11
December 18
Support Local Artists during Small Business Saturday
The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood, is supporting local artists this holiday season. Swing by during Small Business Saturday to purchase unique presents created by neighborhood artists. While you're there, take advantage of The Glenwood's drink specials. They'll be serving up $7 Hot Toddies and $5 Revolution seasonals, drafts, and Anti Hero. 
Howard Area Community Center Winter Gifts Program
Howard Area Community Center is making it easier than ever to spread generosity this holiday season. Consider sponsoring a gift card to empower Howard Area Community Center's participants to make this holiday season magical. For more information and to make a donation, visit
Support A Just Harvest this Giving Tuesday
November 29th is the official commemoration of Giving Tuesday, a "global generosity movement" that began in 2012.

This year, A Just Harvest is raising money to serve more than 55,000 meals for families facing food insecurity and expand its urban agriculture program. A Just Harvest has a dollar-for-dollar match for every donation up to $200,000. Every dollar counts visit to donate. 
How to Support Care For Real this Holiday Season
Care for Real knows that you have many options when it comes to where you share your support this time of year. Care For Real has organized many opportunities to support their work AND our community on Giving Tuesday this year!  
  • Help Care For Real reach its Food Rescue Program fundraising goal with a donation of any size. Share with friends and family to take them over the finish line by Giving Tuesday on November 29.  
  • Grab a slice at Blaze Pizza located at 6550 N. Sheridan Rd between 1-8 pm on Giving Tuesday on November 29. 20% of dine-in, delivery, and takeout sales will be donated to CfR when you mention Care for Real! Help them reach the minimum registration required to secure support and register in advance.
  • Enjoy a wine tasting at Uvae’s Fromagerie & Tasting Room from 6-8 pm on Giving Tuesday, November 29, at 5553 N. Clark St. $5 with 100% of proceeds donated to Care for Real!  
  • Shop-to-donate at Edgewater Candles. They will donate 10% of their online sales on Giving Tuesday, November 29!  
 Visit to learn about the many ways to support Care for Real through the holiday season.
Gale Community Academy Toy Drive
Gale Community Academy is hosting a Christmas toy drive for its students. Help make Christmas special for our neighborhood children this year by donating books, puzzles, board games, slime, dolls, action figures, bikes, scooters, and other toys this holiday season. Gale will accept donations at 1631 W. Jonquil through December 19. 

For more information, call 773-534-2100 or email
Communities Partnering 4 Peace Holiday Toy Drive
Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) is hosting a holiday toy drive for kids impacted by gun violence through December 10. CP4P is looking for gifts for kids from newborn to 16 years old. 

For more information, including a shipping address where items can be sent, email
Donate Gently Used Clothing to Gale's Care Closet
The Gale community is working to meet the needs of its students, both in and out of the classroom. They understand that there are barriers students face when trying to get to school and focusing on school work. 

In 2019, Gale Student Ambassadors surveyed students to determine what were some challenges they faced when trying to get their education. They were able to identify one of the barriers to learning as bullying and another as low attendance. The students felt like they didn't have clothes or items to come to school in, or when they came in clothing not clean or fitting, they were bullied. These things led to them staying home. Every year, Gale has conducted this survey and gotten the same results. 

In 2021, Gale decided to do something and started a small care closet. HOW? A teacher at Gale brought in all of her children's gently used items and then began speaking to family, friends, and coworkers to do the same. Those efforts helped launch the Gale Care Closet, where over 30 students grab everyday items, personal hygiene products, as well as 8th-grade event outfits. This year, they would like to reach even more students and Gale student alumni who are still in need. 

How can you help? Donate gently used items you may have, or drop off personal hygiene items to Gale's Care Closet at 7650 N. Marshfield Mondays through Thursdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Trilogy Behavioral Health Winter Coat Drive
Trilogy Behavioral Health is seeking new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for its clients this winter season. They are especially in need of larger sizes (L, XL, and XXL). 

Consider helping a neighbor stay warm this winter by donating a coat. Donations will be accepted at their Rogers Park Location, 1400 W. Greenleaf, between 11 am and 4 pm Mondays through Fridays.
Housing Opportunities for Women Winter Coat Drive
The Senn High School auditorium, 5900 N. Glenwood, will turn into a winter wonderland when CirquesExperience presents Wheel thru the Season, a fun-filled, high energy holiday show. The "rolltastic" show features acrobatics, gymnastics, feats on the gym circus wheel and aerial thrills all set to the music of the season. 

Exploring the theme of "Where is Home," the show will incorporate iconic Chicago landmarks and fictional characters as the show team soars and rolls through the Senn auditorium. 

CirquesExperience welcomes people of all ages, from 5 to 99 years old, who want to learn and participate in a wide variety of circus arts programs. The Circus School is located in the Edgewater community and also holds classes at Willye White Park in Rogers Park. 

The show will take place on Saturday, December 10, at 5 pm. For tickets, click here
Chicago Resiliency Fund 2.0
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services is providing one-time $500 relief payments to eligible Chicago residents. The Chicago Resiliency Fund 2.0 is a $14.68 million commitment to help residents who had difficulty accessing and qualifying for federal relief payments, including COVID-19 Relief Funds.

Through the fund, 25,500 eligible residents will receive a one-time payment of $500. Residents must submit an online application to be considered for the fund. Recipients will be selected by lottery. Apply online at before the deadline of Friday, December 9.

Eligible applicants must:
  • Reside in the City of Chicago
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a household income level at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
  • Have filed taxes in 2019 AND claimed a dependent 17 years or older
For more information or to apply, visit
Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW) is hosting a winter coat drive to help their clients stay warm as winter nears. Many of HOW's clients are desperately in need of a winter coat in order to safely go about their daily activities as temperatures drop. 

For specific donation information, click here. You can also drop off a winter coat at HOW's office at 1607 W. Howard, 3rd Floor, every Thursday between 9 am and 4 pm. 

For more information, call 773-465-5770.
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is reopening its mortgage assistance program designed to assist homeowners financially impacted by the pandemic. Applications will open on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. The Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF) provides up to $60,000 in mortgage assistance to eligible homeowners—paid directly to the servicer, taxing body, or other approved entity—while homeowners work to regain their financial footing. Whether homeowners have a mortgage, a reverse mortgage, or are mortgage-free, the program can fund past due housing payments and up to three months of prospective mortgage payments.

The program is free, and funds do not need to be repaid. Application, program information and updates can be found at or by calling the ILHAF hotline at 1-866-IL-HELP (866-454-3571). Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
ONE Northside is hiring a Police Accountability Organizer. The Police Accountability Organizer will have the opportunity to work with community members and partners across Chicago to implement a new civilian structure to oversee policing in the city, engage the community as new civilian oversight policies are created, and help create a Chicago that is safe for everyone. They will also have the opportunity to work with ONE People’s Campaign to help elect our first-ever District Council Representatives in Chicago in February 2023.

For more information and to apply, visit
Purpose Workforce Solutions is Hiring!
Alderwoman Maria Hadden | 49th Ward Service Office
1447 W. Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
773-338-5796 |

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