49th Ward Update
January 14, 2023
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Good Morning All,

I hope that all of our students and their families had a great first week back to school! Next Wednesday is our January City Council meeting, don't forget that you can livestream the meetings, sign up for public comment, and find out how to attend in person all at City Clerk Valencia's website,

In this first month of the year I wanted to take some time to share some updates on some of the highest priority work I've been doing. Please feel free to email or call the office with any questions you have about the following issues.

Touhy Park
The work to house our neighbors experiencing homelessness and bring Touhy Park back online for recreation services continues to be a complex issue, but we are making progress as planned. The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) has reported there are approximately 8 people still waiting to move into their apartments from the November 18, 2022 Rapid Rehousing Event. The organization coordinating the housing is working with some new housing providers and it has taken a bit longer than usual to prepare and finalize some of the housing, but they are in constant communication with the residents seeking housing. People are still receiving wellness checks and outreach services from the City and our partners on a regular basis. DFSS believes that they should have people housed within the next 30 days. The contract for the port-a-potty expired at the end of the year, but after DFSS explained the new timeline to the Park District, they agreed to renew the contract so that there is a toilet present for people while they await housing. I have also requested estimates from the Park District for park restoration so that we could invest funds to have the recreation spaces restored for Spring programming. With the rising cost of housing and an unstable economy, homelessness will continue to be a crisis for our city that I'm committed to addressing.

Asylum Seekers
Our city continues to receive asylum seekers from the Southern border. The migrants are still being sent from the Governor of Texas on buses, but some are also arriving from other cities or coming on their own. On average, we're seeing 10-15 people a day come to the city. The situation has created even more of a shelter crisis than we were already facing. We didn't have enough shelter beds or spaces for people experiencing homelessness before. In October and throughout our city budget hearings, I requested that the Mayor declare a Shelter Crisis in order to allow the city to address the issue of homelessness by opening up emergency shelter spaces and drawing on additional funds to do so. The Mayor decided to maintain two separate systems while pressing for more support from the State. While the State provided support and even activated National Guard members to help staff some facilities in the beginning, by November they were winding down those services.

The City has requested $53M in additional aid from the State to continue to meet the growing need for this year; the State only agreed to $20M and we're still waiting for the funds. The State is also closing down some the facilities they set up in suburban hotels and plan to relocate the migrants they are sheltering to another facility in Chicago. In talks with the Federal government, their guidance is that the States should be the ones coordinating services and shelter for the new arrivals.

We have 3 emergency shelters in our Rogers Park and West Ridge neighborhoods, with one in our ward. The asylum seekers in our shelters are doing well, and are provided with food and access to services, but it's not enough. Without the State funded services that are supposed to be providing staff to help them complete legal paperwork and make a resettlement plan, these temporary shelters are becoming permanent. The other challenge is that the number of people arriving has quickly overwhelmed our already insufficient shelter system. The City tried to keep the shelter process separate for migrants but the demand has forced them to use existing shelter resources for our local homeless population for the migrants as well. Without the State or Federal government stepping up to provide us with more financial or human resources, I fear we will see this crisis escalate quickly.

This week, I hosted a meeting with the 24th District and neighboring alderpersons to discuss the latest challenge presented by the lack of shelter - newly arriving asylum seekers are being turned away from shelters at capacity and are being directed to the local police districts. There, the police call 311 to request shelter for them, but as shelters are full we're seeing people staying overnight at the police stations waiting for beds. This is not a sustainable situation. Next week, myself and alderpersons from the 48th, 50th, 40th, and 47th wards will be meeting with key City officials (again) to press for the opening of more spaces for shelter for both our local population of people experiencing homelessness as well as the asylum seekers. I will hopefully have more to share with our community in the coming week.
In 2023, there are two large development projects that will dominate our time. The first is the 30-40 unit cooperative housing development at Howard and Ashland. The second is the proposal for 110 units of affordable housing and commercial space at Howard and Paulina. Both projects are seeking to provide much needed housing that is big enough for families with children, is accessible, and designed to meet the affordability needs of 49th Ward residents, many of whom say it's increasing difficult to find housing they can afford to stay in our community. 

The cooperative development started with an in-depth community planning process about what the best use of the only two City-owned lots in the ward. We worked for more than a year with our community and the Metropolitan Planning Council to create this plan. Since then, we've been meeting with local community foundations, university and development partners to gather the information and experience needed to model the development of a new construction limited-equity cooperative. The work has been slow but steady and I look forward to sharing some exciting updates about this project in the first half of this 2023.

The Howard Paulina development you can read more about here. The development team working on this project purchased the two properties last fall. We have not had a community meeting about this project yet because there is no zoning change required for this project. My community zoning and development process revolves around zoning changes. Many times, a zoning change is required in order for the developer to move forward with their project so they often seek that change (or a commitment to it from the alderperson) before they purchase property. That's why typically our community participation is heavy on the front end. This proposal is very large development that will require a process outside of aldermanic control - it will go through a Planned Development Process. That means that we will still have community participation and involvement, but there are several processes they're going through with the City before we get there. So far, they have received initial approval of the funding they need from the State in order to finance the project and have gone through an initial compliance review with the City. We have also put them in contact with the City's Historic Preservation team to look at how they can save the Werner Building which is the beautiful old storage building on the north of the site. Other priorities that they're working on before coming with a presentation to the community is how to successfully relocate the existing businesses including Redz Belizean, the Post Office, and the Currency Exchange. There will be ample time for community input on several aspects of this project. Stay tuned.

Maintaining our infrastructure is a constant part of my work, but I wanted to highlight a few major initiatives underway as we work to improve pedestrian and traffic safety, our lakeshore, and the ward overall. First and foremost, PB49 is happening now and we have Project Expos starting next week - see below on how to learn more about the projects your neighbors have been working on and about how you can decide how $1M is spent to improve our ward.

Also check out info below on another sewer main replacement project starting around Rogers and Ashland. We'll be doing a community meeting in the next couple of weeks with neighbors in the impacted area with the construction team so that you have all the info you need about this major project.

This week we submitted our letter of support discussing the type of community input we'd like to see in the Army Corps of Engineers' assessment of our shoreline as they study the lake and weather patterns over the next three years to provide solutions for stabilization to prevent further erosion and risk to infrastructure like we saw in 2019-2020.

And lastly, we're still waiting for CDOT to provide us with some proposals for the stretch of Glenwood Ave between Devon and Pratt. We asked them to review Glenwood, Newgard and Arthur for potential safety improvements and to review the possibility of making Glenwood one-way going north to improve safety.

I know that was a lot, but don't forget to check out the rest of the newsletter for important events, programs, job opportunities, and infrastructure updates. Also, I hope to see some of you at the 3rd Annual MLK Day Middle School Basketball Tournament at Sullivan High School this Monday! Come out to support our Gale Elementary School athletes (details below).

Have a great weekend,

Alderwoman Maria Hadden
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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 Public Library Celebrates its 150th Anniversary!

2023 marks the Chicago Public Library’s 150th anniversary of providing learning, entertainment, and opportunity to millions of people in our great city. Throughout 2023, the Chicago Public Library will commemorate and celebrate its anniversary.

The Chicago Public Library (CPL) opened its doors for the first time in 1873, just over a year after The Great Chicago Fire. Initially housed in a humble water tank that survived that fire, CPL has always been a beacon of hope, pride, and opportunity. It now welcomes more than 4.2 million visitors every month into 81 branches across Chicago, providing open access to information, ideas and knowledge through our inspiring spaces, books, programs, and other resources.

At a time when book bans are on the rise across the country, we need to make sure that we're protecting access to a diverse range of literature and education across our city. CPL's belief in the freedom to read, learn, and discover hasn’t wavered for 150 years; and it continues to remain committed to its mission to welcome and support all people in their enjoyment of reading and pursuit of lifelong learning.  

Make sure to show your support for our public libraries in the following ways:

  • Watch 150 years at CPL in under a minute
  • View CPL's visual timeline of unseen historic images
  • Tag CPL on social media using the hashtag #CPL150.
  • Please check out its anniversary page, which will be updated with exhibitions, activities, and events for constituents of all ages.
Three New Playgrounds for Eyes on the Future!
Congratulations to Eyes on the Future, a long-time childcare center in our ward, on the grand opening of three new playgrounds for your students! Mama Azieb and her team have been providing a loving and enriching learning environment for our youngest kids for over 30 years. Thank you for your continued investment in our community.
Ward Updates
Ward Office Closed Monday in Observance of Martin Luther King Day

Please be advised that the 49th Ward office will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. As we have been confronted with unique and unprecedented challenges over the past three years, we hope that our neighbors can take this time to reflect on the Poor People's Campaign efforts, which fought to create a more fair and equitable society. 

Please note that there may be delays in garbage and city recycling collection due to the holiday. All city-collected refuse and recycling services will resume on Tuesday following the holiday. Residents should ensure all black and blue carts are accessible throughout the week next week and not solely on their regular day of collection. 
Attend a PB49 Project Expo!

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

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

Please register in advance for both meetings at

Spanish translation services will be available for both meetings. 

Rogers Park Township Property Tax Appeal Workshop January 18
The 49th Ward office is partnering with Board of Review Commissioner Samantha Steele to host a property tax appeal workshop. The property tax assessment appeals window for tax year 2022 is open for the Rogers Park Township through January 25.

Staff from the Board of Review will be in attendance to share a brief presentation on how to file an appeal. Following the presentation, analysts will be available to answer questions. Representatives from the Hana Center will also be at the event to share information on IHDA's mortgage relief program. Property owners who are delinquent on their property tax bill may be eligible for relief. Make sure to bring a copy of your second installment Property Tax Bill to the event. 

Learn more about the appeals process through the Board of Review at the following links:
Commissioner Morita Listening Tour January 19
Please join State Representative Kelly Cassity and me to meet our new Cook County Commissioner, Josina Morita, as she embarks on her listening tour. The kick-off event will take place on Thursday, January 19, at 6 pm, at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard.

Register for a listening tour and take an online survey at
File an Appeal with the Cook County Board of Review by January 25
The property tax assessment appeals window for tax year 2022 is open for the Rogers Park Township through January 25. Learn more about the appeals process through the Board of Review at the following links: Residential homeowners saw substantial increases in their property's assessed values this year, picking up approximately 60% of the increase. The increases are due to an overhaul of the formula and model used to determine assessments, a large number of appeals being accepted for commercial properties, and freezes that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic being lifted. According to a report issued by the Cook County Treasurer, these increases disproportionately impacted fast-gentrifying communities and majority-minority communities, including Rogers Park and West Ridge.

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

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

You can read more about the ordinance in the December 17 newsletter by clicking here
Infrastructure Updates
Sullivan High School Elevator Installation:

As crews began to peel away the exterior of the existing school to install a new elevator, they found issues with the existing structure. They are working to correct those issues, with the remainder of the work happening over the next three weeks. Once the corrections are made, they can continue to install the new steel structure and eventually enclose it. They are on track to have the elevator installation completed in early 2023. 

Sewer Main Replacement Project (PN7439):

Crews continue to await for 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 from its original start date in early September. Crews anticipate having a new permit issued on Monday and for the project to commence on the week of January 16

Continue to keep your eye on this space for updates on this project. Chicagoans may also visit to register for notifications. You will need to enter your name, email address, and project identification number (7439) to sign up.

Sewer Main Replacement Project (PN7432):

Through the Building a New Chicago infrastructure improvement program, the Department of Water Management (DWM) is installing a new sewer in parts of the 48th and 49th Wards. This week, DWM crews began pre-construction for the sewer main replacement project.

Work is beginning on Highland Avenue in the 48th Ward and will transition to parts of the 49th Ward upon completion (likely early to mid-February). DWM will begin to install a new mainline sewer, structures, and pavement in the following areas:
  • Highland Avenue from Greenview to Clark (48th Ward);
  • Magnolia from 430' north of Devon to 300' south;
  • Lakewood from 430' north of Devon to 300'south; and
  • Wayne from 430' north of Devon to 30' south
Crews will work in phases through the footprint of the project, only shifting to a new area after replacing the sewer main along a different leg of the project. Crews plan on starting the work on Highland between Greenview and Clark in the 48th Ward (not pictured in the footprint map below). Once the temporary concrete sewer trench is poured on Highland, crews will transition to the Magnolia, Lakewood, and Wayne legs of the project in the 49th Ward. 
Construction crews have begun preparing the site for the sewer installation already, including marking the location for utility lines. Residents may start to notice construction equipment and materials placed in the area ahead of the project start date. 

As construction is underway, crews may close the streets to through traffic for safety reasons. Local traffic for area residents and business owners will be allowed in the area of construction. 

Throughout the project, crews will post "No Parking" signs as needed during work hours (generally 7 am - 4 pm). Crews will work to preserve as much parking as possible. "No Parking" signs will only be posted where crews are actively working and the parking restrictions will move along as the crew makes progress in the project. 

Once the pipe has been installed, the street will be temporarily restored with a concrete trench until they are able to completely restore the street with new asphalt. ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps will be repaired or installed where needed, along with repairs to damaged parkways and sidewalks. The final restoration of the street will include milling the surfacing, placing new asphalt, and prepainting the street markings. The project will not be considered complete until damaged sidewalks, parkways, and streets have been repaired. 

Inclement weather and unexpected underground conditions may cause delays to the project. Asphalt plants also close in the winter, which can create delays to the final restoration of the street. 

Before the project starts, the Department of Water Management will take photographs of the streets and the surrounding properties. These photographs help them restore the area to its preconstruction state. DWM does not assume, however, responsibility for damage to privately installed parkway improvements, including sprinkler systems, fences, flower beds, and shrubbery.

To receive updates about the project, visit to register for notifications. You will need to enter your name, email address, and project identification number (7432) to sign up. The 49th Ward has also compiled a list of FAQs that residents may review by clicking here
Register for Notifications
Frequently Asked Questions
Clark/Ridge Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) Applications open February 1
The Clark/Ridge TIF district will open the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) applications beginning on February 1. SBIF promotes economic development by providing small businesses with reimbursable grants for permanent building improvement costs (interior or exterior) for businesses and commercial properties located in the TIF district. Residential projects are not eligible for the SBIF program, and residential developers should not apply. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Engagement
Lifeline Theatre's Fillet of Solo Returns January 13-22
Celebrating the breadth of Chicago's enduring storytelling and live lit scene, Lifeline brings together a dozen storytelling collectives and numerous solo performers for a two-week, multi-venue selection of powerful personal stories.

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

Performance times are: Fridays at 7:00 and 8:30 pm at both venues, Saturdays at 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, and 8:30 p.m. at both venues, and Sundays at 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, and 5:30 p.m. at both venues.
Legacy Barber College Open House January 18
Legacy Barber College, 1546 W. Howard, is hosting a Winter Open House on Wednesday, January 18, from 3 pm to 6 pm. During the open house, learn more about Legacy Barber College and its upcoming Winter '23 Barber Program.

Legacy Barber College goes beyond a barbering education; they are committed to supporting their students and community through educational seminars that focus on financial literacy, resume development, job placement, marketing, website development, and entrepreneurial training.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glenwood Comedy 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at The Glenwood Bar
Enjoy some laughs and libations every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at The Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood. The bar will host Glenwood Comedy, featuring comics and performers sure to keep you entertained. 

Glenwood Comedy runs from 7:30-9:30 pm, with sign-ups beginning at 7 pm. Those interested in performing or hosting should contact Anthony at 312-788-4309.
Events at the Rogers Park Branch Library
The Rogers Park Branch Library, 6907 N. Clark, offers a variety of events and programming for people of all ages. Make sure to check out a list of their upcoming events and register to attend one. More information is available on its website here
Community Aid
Donate to Funeral Fund for Unexpected and Tragic Deaths of Community Members
We need your help in supporting a member of our community. Isela, whose parents Maribel and Armando owned Isel's Cleaners, lost both of her parents in a tragic car accident on New Year's Day. Maribel and Armando were much-loved members of our community. Not only did Isela lose both of her parents, but now she is solely responsible for the business and caring for her grandmother. It is during times like this that we have to pull together. Please, donate what you can to support her during this unimaginably difficult time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information and to nominate a teacher, click here

Seek Medical Debt Relief with Dollar For
Dollar For is a national nonprofit that helps eliminate or reduce medical bills by making charity care known, easy, and fair. The Affordable Care Act included a provision that requires nonprofit hospitals to offer financial assistance programs to keep their tax-exempt status. These charity programs reduce or eliminate medical bills for low and middle-income patients. 

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

To learn more and schedule a consultation, visit
Donate to Help Leone Beach Park Advisory Council with its Mission of Conservation
This year, over 150 people participated in Leone Beach Park Advisory Council (LB PAC) educational outings, which included a wider range of topics than ever before: birding walks, learning about lichens, an exploration of native flowers, and building mindfulness in nature.

In addition to shared learning, the LB PAC worked together to protect and restore our remarkable lakefront. Forty-four additional community member volunteers joined for work days in the sand prairie and black oak savanna, removing invasive plants and supporting the health of Leone habitats.

Also, Nature Play got underway! In partnership with the Park District and TruGreen, LB PAC broke ground and is making progress toward bringing nature play to children in the Leone Beach Park playground.

With your support, they can build on this success in 2023! They hope to further engage community members in the continued exploration of our natural areas and investment in what Leone Beach Park can offer people of all ages.
Please make a gift today to be part of their work in the year ahead!
Chicago Park District Financial Assistance Fund
The Chicago Park District Financial Assistance Fund provides support to make out-of-school time programs possible for all children regardless of their family's financial situation. 

The Chicago Park District provides thousands of children ages 6-12 years old with a  variety of programming in a safe and supervised environment. The programs also provide kids with access to healthy meals and a way to stay engaged. These programs offer a lifeline to working-class families who need safe and affordable youth programming for their children. 

Consider making a tax-deductible donation to help connect youth to programming opportunities. For more information and to make a donation, click here
Help Newly Arrived Migrants By Purchasing Wish List Items
Thank you to all our neighbors who have donated items to help the newly arrived migrants settle in. We have had an outpouring of support and generosity from our neighbors in the 49th Ward, resulting in several truckloads delivered to the City's sorting center.

The City is now shifting its donation process and will no longer accept donated items through ward offices. Instead, they are partnering with the Instituto del Progreso Latino to create an Amazon Wishlist to facilitate and expedite the donations of new items. 

This means that our office will no longer accept items, as the sorting center will no longer be able to take them. Instead, our neighbors who would like to donate to the newly arrived migrants can purchase items from the Amazon Wishlist. For more information and to view the Wishlist, click here.  
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!
Cook County:
Call Cook County Commissioner Josina Morita:

State of Illinois:
Rep. Cassidy Newsletter
Rep. Cassidy Website
Sen. Simmons Newsletter
Sen. Simmons Website

Federal Government:
Congresswoman Schakowsky's website

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You may download and pay your bill online by:
  • Going to
  • Select the blue box labeled "Pay Online for Free"
  • Enter your address or Property Index Number (PIN)
There is no fee if you pay online from your bank account. However, you can also print your bill and bring it to any Chase Bank location, including those outside Cook County. Payments made at before 11:59 PM on April 3 will be recorded as on time. Late payments are charged 1.5% per month, as required by Illinois law. 
New Rules for Chicago Rock-Crushing Facilities
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced its proposed new rules for rock-crushing facilities that better protect public health and the environment. CDPH is seeking public comments on the proposed new rules through Friday, January 20, 2023. 

To view the full proposed new rules for rock-crushing facilities and provide your comment, visit
DCASE Launches Inaugural Chicago Poet Laureate Program

This week, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Poetry Foundation announced the creation of the Chicago Poet Laureate program. The program comes from the advocacy of the city’s creative and civic communities. It aims to increase awareness of Chicago’s historic contributions to the literary arts while celebrating and honoring the efforts of Chicago’s working artists. 

The Chicago Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term and be awarded a grant of $50,000 for the commissioning of new poems and to create a public program series, including programs for youth and students. The Poet Laureate will serve as an ambassador for the city’s literary and creative communities. 

Chicagoans are invited to submit their nominations for Poet Laureate through January 18, 2023. The nominee can be a poet in either written or spoken traditions. To nominate a poet, complete the nomination form available at this link.

After January 18th, all nominees will be reviewed according to the eligibility criteria. Those who are eligible will be invited to apply. To view eligibility criteria, visit

Public Health Updates
Order Free COVID Tests
The federal government is reopening its program to offer free COVID-19 tests as case numbers are rising with the cold weather and people gathering inside for holiday gatherings.

People can visit to request four tests for free. Those will begin to ship the week of December 19.

Public health officials recommend people test themselves when they have symptoms and before visiting family. 
Updated Bivalent Boosters Now Available!
The City of Chicago received the free updated bivalent COVID boosters this week.

The new boosters offer greater protection against common COVID-19 variants than the original shots and are available to anyone aged 12 and older who have already received their initial vaccine shots. People age 12 and up who have completed a primary vaccine series should receive a bivalent booster two months after the second dose of their last booster shot. 

The updated booster is widely available throughout the city, including at doctors' offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and community health centers. To find a location where you can receive the bivalent booster shot, visit the Chicago Department of Public Health's website.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, click here
Fina a Monkeypox Vaccine Appointment
The City has secured Monkeypox vaccines. Secure your appointment by visiting the City's Monkeypox vaccine website
Latest Information on COVID-19 from the
Chicago Department of Public Health

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

Need to Know Info
Snow Removal Reminders
Snow Plowing:

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

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

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

Sidewalk Shoveling:

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

If you have a neighbor who needs assistance clearing the sidewalk, pitch in to help out! The 49th Ward also has a Snow Buddies volunteer program that helps connect volunteers to addresses that need a little extra help with snow removal in the winter. If you are interested in volunteering, please email to sign up. 
Overnight Parking in Effect through April 1
The City's winter overnight parking ban is in effect from December 1, 2022, through April 1, 2023, to ensure that Streets and Sanitation crews can quickly salt and plow streets during winter storms. The overnight bans are in effect from 3 am to 7 am, and signage is permanently posted along the affected routes. In the 49th Ward, Clark is a dedicated snow route. For a map of areas in the 49th Ward that have a 2-inch ban in effect, visit the 49th Ward's parking page by clicking here.
Cold Weather Tips
Winter is approaching and it's time to prepare for extreme cold, snow, and ice. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) monitors weather conditions and collaborates with city departments to assist residents during the winter months. Please review the helpful winter resources available including Warming CentersSmart 911, and Notify Chicago
IHDA Mortage Assistance Program
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is reopening its mortgage assistance program designed to assist homeowners financially impacted by the pandemic. Applications will open on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. The Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF) provides up to $60,000 in mortgage assistance to eligible homeowners—paid directly to the servicer, taxing body, or other approved entity—while homeowners work to regain their financial footing. Whether homeowners have a mortgage, a reverse mortgage, or are mortgage-free, the program can fund past due housing payments and up to three months of prospective mortgage payments.

The program is free, and funds do not need to be repaid. Application, program information and updates can be found at or by calling the ILHAF hotline at 1-866-IL-HELP (866-454-3571). Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
Home and Business Protection Program Income-Based Application
The City of Chicago has expanded the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to remove barriers and ensure that more Chicago residents have access to the tools needed to protect their properties and feel safe. Through the new HBPP Income-Based Application, eligible Chicagoans can apply for private security devices at no cost based on income and pick them up at a designated community distribution site. The program is first-come, first-serve. It will run through December 31, 2024, or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first.

For more information and to apply, click here
Home and Business Protection Program
The City of Chicago has launched the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to ensure that Chicagoans have access to private security equipment to protect their property and feel safe. Starting today, the City will provide select rebates to cover costs associated with outdoor security camera systems, cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion-sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs.

Only security devices purchased on or after Monday, June 6, 2022, qualify for reimbursement. No rebates will be provided for private security equipment purchased prior to this date. Installation costs of cameras, lighting, and GPS tracking devices are currently not eligible for reimbursement. 
Learn more about the program and apply for rebates at If you have any questions, feel free to email or call (312) 742-3317.
Business Updates
CTA's Driving Small Businesses the Distance
Join The CTA’s Driving Small Businesses the Distance program on January 18, 2023, at 10:00 am on zoom for tips and best practices on bookkeeping and recordkeeping in order to have your business organized and ready for its next big opportunity.  

Register to attend at
ARPA Funding Opportunities
Information about all active city, county, and state ARPA RFPs and grant opportunities can be found at Information on City programs can be by clicking here.
Chicago Youth Service Corps Program
Are you between the ages of 16-24 and interested in youth-led public service? Apply to the Chicago Youth Service Corps, a year-round program that provides paid opportunities for youth to engage in community services, project-based learning, and leadership development. 

For more information and to apply, click here
3rd Annual MLK Middle School Hoops Tournament
Come out to cheer on the 7th and 8th grade Gale Eagles as they participate in the 3rd annual MLK Middle School Hoops Tournament. Games will kick off at 8:30 am on Monday, January 16, at Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth. 
Follow Eugene Field School on Social
Keep up to date on everything happening at Eugene Field School by following their social media accounts!
Employment Opportunities
Heartland Alliance Medical Interpreter Program

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

Heartland Alliance is now enrolling new participants. 

Some important notes:
  • Enrollees need to be completely fluent in both languages they will use for interpreting. 
  • The course materials are in English.
  • The course is completely online and independent.
  • Basic computer skills are necessary as participants will need to navigate through the online materials independently
  • No medical experience is needed.
  • The College and Career Pathways program covers the cost of the course for eligible participants
For more information, contact Dionn McDonald at 708-943-8664 or 
Free Online English Classes at Howard Area Community Center
Howard Area Community Center, 7648 N. Paulina, is offering free online English classes to help individuals in the workforce. The classes will help participants with their communication skills for the workplace and provide support in job training and searches. 

The classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm. To sign up, click here. For more information, contact Moon Parker at or 312-768-8046. 
Trilogy Behavioral Health is Hiring!
Trilogy Behavioral Health is looking to hire key mental health positions in its organization. Trilogy offers generous benefits and training opportunities. To learn more about openings, visit its website here
Greencorps is Recruiting
Interested in landscaping, construction, or ecological restoration? Greencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago’s green-industry employment program with on-the-job training for individuals with barriers to employment. Apply to their 10-month green industry employment opportunity, where you will receive training, earn licenses, certifications, and more! 

For more information and to apply, click here
Work for the CTA
Are you looking for a career change, a new job, or know someone who is? Look to the CTA each Friday to see newly posted positions as you seek a new career opportunity! Visit to find a full list of jobs!
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
Misericordia is Now Hiring
Misericordia seeks to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

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

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

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

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

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

Applications and a list of open positions can be found at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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