49th Ward Update
May 28, 2021

Good morning neighbors,

I’m keeping my comments short today because there’s a lot to read in the Council and Ward Updates sections this week. Also, the team and I are at Chicago Math and Science Academy today hosting our second shot vaccine event with Heartland Health. Please leave us a message, send us an email and will get back to you next week. If it's a simple service request, please consider calling 311. I hope that everyone has a good Memorial Day holiday. We’ll return to normal hours on Tuesday, June 1.

Also, I hope to see some of you at our 49th ward Bike Ride this Sunday! We will depart from Willye B. White Park at 10am sharp.

Take care and stay safe,

Alderwoman Maria Hadden

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, orgs and actions that you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Remembering Fallen Soldiers this Memorial Day Weekend
As you are barbecuing, camping, and celebrating the holiday weekend, please take a moment to honor our fallen heroes who dedicated their lives to serving our nation. 

In observance of Memorial Day, my office will be closed on Monday, May 31. We will re-open on Tuesday, June 1 at 9 am. 
Share Some Love with Nibbles and Nosh During Their Final Days

Not all of our appreciations come with celebration. Sadly, Nibbles and Nosh is closing. Kat and Lindzi made the announcement on social this week. We're sad to see them go, but you still have some time to show them some love and enjoy their delicious treats. The cafe is open this weekend from 8AM-4PM daily and the final Girl Gang Pop-Up to support women owned businesses starts at 10AM both Sat & Sun.

This weekend they’ve got vintage style (@lineagevintage) and adorable totes (@shopmeeca) as well as art (@rachelrillus) and your fave neighborhood candles (@blackbird.goods). Thank you Nibble and Nosh for being a cherished part of Rogers Park; you'll be missed.

City Council Updates
Empowering Communities for Public Safety

On May 21, the Committee on Public Safety accepted a direct introduction of the substitute ordinance Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS). This ordinance results from a partnership between the coalitions behind the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) and the  Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) after delays by the Lightfoot administration to consider or enact meaningful police accountability reform. Chairman Taliaferro committed to a vote on the ECPS ordinance in June. 

On Wednesday, Mayor Lightfoot introduced her civilian oversight ordinance to the City Council for consideration. The Mayor's proposal would strip the seven-member commission of decisions on policy-making, setting the police budget, and hiring and firing the police superintendent. Instead, the commission would act in an advisory capacity, making recommendations on these items. The mayor would have the final decision-making power on who serves as the superintendent, only allowing the commission to recommend candidates and take a vote of no confidence on the matter. The mayor and the police department would consider policy recommendations; the commission would have no final word on any disputes over police policy. The Budget Director and the mayor would review budget recommendations prepared by the commission before any changes are made to the Police Department's budget. 

I am a co-sponsor on the ECPS ordinance and will continue to work with my colleagues in the Black and Progressive Caucuses to pass it. Our ordinance is the result of years of community organizing, expert engagement, and was written with the direct input of victims of police brutality. ECPS will bring real, not symbolic, civilian oversight to the Chicago Police Department.

My No Vote on the Park View Lofts Zoning Change
During Wednesday's City Council meeting, I voted no on a zoning change proposal in McKinley Park in the 12th Ward. The zoning change would allow Code Real Estate Partners and Hispanic Housing Development to convert two warehouses into apartments and offices into 120 affordable units and 39 market-rate apartments.

While the city continues to need to develop more affordable housing units, the location of this proposal poses environmental and quality of life concerns for prospective tenants. The proposal is 600 feet from MAT Asphalt facility, which emits harmful pollutants into the air. Due to its proximity to the asphalt facility, the Department of Housing rejected an application for funding for affordable units. Furthermore, the Illinois EPA did not go through their normal channels to approve the placement of the asphalt plant.  

As the city faces a HUD investigation for discriminatory and land-use practices from administrations past, we must do better. We must implement a system that considers environmental racism when reviewing developments. 
Honoring DuSable with Lake Shore Drive Renaming

This week in council, a proposal to rename the outer portion of Lake Shore Drive was deferred and published by Aldermen Hopkins (2nd) and Reboyras (30th). The ordinance was introduced to City Council in 2019 by lead sponsors Aldermen David Moore (17th) and Sophia King (4th). If passed, the portion of the drive that will be renamed is the outer drive from Hollywood to 67th street. Our Department of Transportation staff has ensured that only the outer portion of the drive that would not force residents to change their addresses will be affected.

The effort to rename the drive after the first, permanent settler of our city, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable is being driven by Black residents who believe that it’s long past time for the founder to have a place of prominence in our city. A previous effort to rename Lake Shore Drive after DuSable in 1993 was thwarted by Mayor Daley. An attempt to rename City Hall after DuSable was also blocked by political leaders of the time. 

Monuments and namings matter; what we choose to celebrate and who we choose to honor speaks volumes about our values. We name prominent features like buildings and streets after people of similar prominence to show respect and importance. While there are a couple buildings and a small, undeveloped park named after DuSable, the reason behind this proposal was to name something iconic, something significant after our founding father. It is important to remember that the proposal in council is to rename the outer portion of LSD only. The other parts of Lake Shore Drive will remain the same. For those who have concerns about the cost of the project, the sponsors of the ordinance are still in conversations to determine how much the renaming will cost, though it is likely below the $2M figure quoted in the media. The costs involved are to the City, CTA, and the State in making new signs and updating maps and schedules, that's all. Alternatively, the Mayor is proposing a $40M plan. I look forward to seeing the details, but for those concerned with costs; renaming LSD is the plan with the least cost to the City.

No matter where you stand on this issue, the facts remain. This city’s founding father was a Black man from Haiti, and though it is a significant fact, it is not a well known one. Too often, Black history - immigrant history - is hidden in our nation. Residents of this city have organized, built support and introduced a plan to honor DuSable in a way that reflects the amount of recognition he deserves and to address the fact that previous generations of Chicagoans have tried to hide or diminish his importance to our city’s history. We are being asked at this moment whether we will right the wrongs of the past. The question that the City Council is being asked to consider next month is this: Do we believe that a Black man deserves the honor of having one of our most iconic features bear his name? I do, and so I will be voting yes. 

About DuSable:
Born in Haiti of African descent, DuSable migrated to Eschecagou (what the land was called by idigenous people) around 1770. He married a Native American woman, Kitiwaha, a member of the Potawatomi tribe, and joined the tribe. He most notably established a successful trading post at the mouth of the Chicago River, now the heart of downtown, in what would eventually become incorporated as Chicago. Learn more here.

Ward Updates
Refuse Collection for the Memorial Day Holiday
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will be making minor changes to the refuse and recycling schedule the week of May 31. Streets and Sanitation will collect all refuse Tuesday through Friday. To ensure refuse is collected, residents should leave their black carts accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on the regular day of collection. 

With the shift in the regular collection schedule, residents might see a slight delay in their regular trash collection. For more information on your regular collection day, you can email my office at, call 773-338-5796, or check the schedule on the 49th Ward map
49th Ward Bike Ride May 30
The 49th Ward office is partnering with local business The Recyclery, 7628 N. Paulina, and our ward Block Clubs to host a community bike ride on Sunday, May 30.

Residents are invited to meet at 9 am at Willye B White Park for bike safety checks and tips from a Chicago Bike Ambassador. We will then kick off on a bike ride around the neighborhood at 10 am.

This is a family-friendly event, so please bring along your kids! We hope you'll join us for a nice tour of the ward and some light activity.
Zoning Change for 1415 W. Morse Passes City Council
During Thursday's City Council meeting, the zoning proposal for 1415 W. Morse was approved. The owner, Mark Falanga, requested a zoning change from B3-2 to B3-3 and a rear setback variation. The changes will allow him to construct a five-story building on the rear of the existing building. The building would add 16 residential 1-bedroom/1-bathroom units. The owner has committed to maintaining the below-market-rate rents for the existing 14 units, which are set at $680-$750/month. The new units would also be priced just below market rate, at $1,000-$1,100/month, with two units set aside as affordable units under the ARO at $932-$979/month. 

I want to thank Mark Falanga for his thoughtful engagement with the community, adjacent property owners, and my office in developing this proposal. More information on the community process and the development is available on the 49th Ward website
Community Meeting for St. Scholastica Monastery
Zoning Change Scheduled for June 7
Over the past several years, the Benedictine community has been engaged in an in-depth study and discernment of who they are as a community and what their future might look like. As a part of this study, they have connected with the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and outside consultants to assist them in looking at their life and retirement needs, ministry and legacy considerations, and property concerns. Prior to engagement with these consultants, it was evident that the building is too large for their community. This was affirmed by the consultants. 

It was with great consideration and a heavy heart that the St. Scholastica community came to the conclusion that the residence at their long-time home, as it is, is not sustainable. As it continues to age, it has also become increasingly difficult for them to staff, maintain, and oversee the operation of the campus. As it is, the monastery building is too large and expensive to maintain. With this conclusion, they recognize the need to modernize their housing. 

With counsel from NRRO and their consultants, the Benedictine community has decided that to address their needs, they will need to sell a parcel of land at the north end of the campus to a quality and experienced senior living residential developer. This developer would build, own, and operate a senior living facility on the land. The proposal would include 80-100 modern, senior residential units. The Benedictine Sisters would live in the units so they wouldn't be displaced from their community. The remaining units would be made available to other interested seniors. The proposal will help address the needs of the Benedictine community, allow the sisters to remain in their community, and address the need for senior and affordable housing in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

Please join the Benedictine community and my office for a virtual community meeting to discuss the proposed zoning change on Monday, June 7, at 6 pm to discuss the plans and the future of the Benedictine campus. Register online for the meeting at
Indian Boundary Line Marker Survey Results
On April 19, the 49th Ward office partnered with the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society to discuss the Indian Boundary Lines Marker at Clark and Rogers. The marker is one of 41 monuments under evaluation as a part of the Chicago Monuments Project, and it is the only monument on this list in Rogers Park. 

After the community meeting (available to view on YouTube), we asked the public to provide feedback via an online survey on how we should address this marker in our neighborhood and how we memorialize the past. Over 300 people responded to that survey, indicating that this conversation and discussion are important to our community. 

At this time, no decision has been made. The survey results (depicted in the infographic above) will be shared with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as they continue to work with communities to make decisions on the monuments included in the Chicago Monuments Project. As more information on the next steps becomes available, we will make sure to share them with our community. 
Sewer Improvement Project Slated to Begin June 1
Beginning June 1, the Department of Water Management's private contractor will begin work to install a new mainline sewer, structures, and pavement in the following areas:
  • Morse from Bell to Hamilton
  • Hamilton from Farwell to Lunt
  • Lunt from Bell to Oakley
  • Farwell from Ridge to the alley west 
  • Farwell from Wolcott to the alley west
  • Farwell from Wolcott to Ravenswood
  • Morse from Wolcott to the alley west
  • Lunt from Wolcott to the alley west
  • Greenleaf from Wolcott to the alley west
  • Estes from Wolcott to Ravenswood
  • Estes from Damen to the alley west
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. 

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. The project will not be considered complete until damaged sidewalks, parkways and streets have been repaired. 

To receive updates about the project, visit to register for notifications. You will need to enter your name, email address, and project identification number (PN 7155) to sign up. 

The sewer main replacement in these areas is projected to be completed at the end of May 2022. 
Glenwood Sunday Market Opens June 6
The Glenwood Sunday Market comes back for its 12th season this summer. Join them on Sunday, June 6 for their opening day. They will be at the parking lot located at 1233 W. Pratt once again this summer, where they can safely spread out vendors. This summer they're also joining forces with the Loyola Farmers Market to offer an expanded variety of options for neighbors.

The market runs every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. Learn more about the Sunday Market, volunteer opportunities, and vendors on their website here.
Clark Street Revitalization Virtual Community Meeting June 10
The Department of Transportation (CDOT) is conducting a streetscape improvement project along Clark Street from Devon Avenue to Arthur Avenue. Building off the Vision Clark Street Corridor Master Plan, the project aims to increase safety, improve walkability, improve traffic flow, and enhance community identity and public space. The project design has progressed since the first public meeting and CDOT is pleased to update the community on the progress. 

Please join in for the second virtual community meeting for the Clark Street Streetscape project. At this meeting, the project team will present the design and coordination to date as well as provide an opportunity for questions and answers. Questions can be submitted in advance of the community meeting to the project team on the project website or by calling 312-744-5900. Please make sure to reference Clark Street in your message. 

Following the community meeting, an online survey will be made available for stakeholders to provide input and feedback. That survey will be made available on the project website here. The official comment period and survey will be open through July 2, 2021. 
Mark Your Calendars: Artists of the Wall Returns to Loyola Park this Father's Day Weekend!
The Loyola Park Advisory Council (LPAC) has been hard at work to safely resume the neighborhood tradition of the Artists of the Wall event this summer! The event will take place 3 days over Father's Day weekend, June 18 through June 20. 

This year's fest looks a little different than in previous years. To ensure the safety of the artists, the LPAC has limited the event to 50 participants per day. Over the three days, a total of 150 spaces will be painted. At the center of the wall where the staircase is located, there will be a dedicated COVID-19 memorial space where people can paint a name or a message about this past year to share with our community. 

Artist spaces are sold out, but the community is still invited to swing by over the weekend to enjoy free live music performances between 9 am and 4 pm. 

For more information on the event, visit LPAC's website
Book Studio Time with Circles & Ciphers
Circles and Ciphers is accepting appointments for their Kaba $tudios. Contact their studio manager Marko Stat$ at to book your time slot today! 
Theatre Above the Law Presents World Premiere of
War of the Worlds 
The winner of the 2019 24 hour Adaptation festival, W.o.W. was commissioned into a full length play by Theatre Above the Law. This modern comedic adaptation connects the threat of world destruction by aliens in H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds to the modern-day threat of ruined party plans, creepy bosses, and dead-end relationships for two lifelong BFFs. Set in three bathrooms across twenty-two years, two girls take on everything the men in their lives throw at them, risking jobs and relationships to save their own little world.
Streaming May-17th-June 13th
Streaming courtesy of ShowTix4U
Tickets are $20 and available online at

Community Water Safety Training Sessions
The Chicago Park District is hosting a series of Community Water Safety Training sessions across Chicago's park in May and June. These sessions will help provide residents with tools to keep them and others safe when enjoying our greatest asset this summer - Lake Michigan. 

Leone Beach Trainings:
  • Thursday, May 20 at 5 pm
  • Saturday, May 29 at 1 pm
  • Sunday, June 12 at 11:15 pm
  • Every Friday thru June 25 at 5 pm
Hartigan Beach (1050 W. Pratt) Trainings:
  • Sunday, May 30 at 1 pm
  • Saturday, June 5 at 11:45 am
  • Every Wednesday thru June 23 at 6 pm
Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus Foundation
2021 Scholarships
The Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus (CABC) is proud to announce the 2021 Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus Foundation Scholarships! In my role as Alderwoman of the 49 th Ward, it’s important to increase the power of young students and support them as they embark on their journey of higher education. We're excited to continue to invest in our local youth with this initiative.

Our annual scholarship program is a four-year renewable award available to students pursuing a two or four-year degree from an accredited college or university. The scholarships total $10,000 over a 4-year period and are given to students to help alleviate the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, and books.

In order to be considered for these awards, an application and essay must be completed and submitted by no later than June 1, 2021. Awards will be announced to students on June 15,
2021 and all awardees will be asked to attend our Juneteenth Fundraiser Gala on Saturday, June 19, 2021, to receive their award.

Description of Eligibility:
  • Attend (or plan to attend) a 2 or 4-year accredited college or university as a full-time student
  • Complete the required electronic application
  • Submit ONE recommendation from a teacher, faculty member, coach, or community leader
  • Complete the 500-word essay prompt about your City of Chicago policy change
  • Submit completed application no later than June 1, 2021, at 11:59 PM CT
Link to application:

The CABC scholarship committee will determine the selection of scholarships from objective and non-discriminatory criteria. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion,
sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

Please contact for any additional details needed before submission. 
COVID-19 Updates
As we continue to combat COVID-19 across the city, state, and country, we are bringing back our section with the most up-to-date information on the ongoing public health crisis and any changes that are being implemented to address it. Information on aid and relief programs will continue to be housed in the "Need to Know Info" section of this newsletter. 
Become a Vaccine Ambassador!
The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) have launched a Vaccine Ambassador Course that provides free online training to educate people to become trusted vaccine education ambassadors in their communities. Community members can complete the two-hour online Vaccine Ambassador Course (VAC) at no cost. It is offered through the Malcolm X College Continuing Education Department in English and Spanish. In the course, students will learn:
  • Background on COVID-19 and the United States healthcare system
  • History of mistrust and the root causes of vaccine hesitancy
  • Answers to the most frequently asked COVID-19 vaccine questions
  • How to approach difficult vaccine conversations
Chicago community members who complete this course will receive a certificate of completion and be recognized as trusted messengers of COVID-19 vaccine education. Upon completion, Partners In Health will provide these trusted messengers access to an online learning community where they will have opportunities to connect with other Vaccine Ambassadors and receive support through additional training, and stay involved in community health activities. For more information and to sign-up for the free two-hour online class visit
CDPH Offers Pop-Up Vaccine Events Across the City
The City of Chicago has made it easy to get vaccinated – at a city site, pop-up locations throughout the city, and other special events. Check out upcoming events where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine!
Updated Mask Guidance from BACP
following guidance from the CDC and the State of Illinois, and recognizing how safe and effective the COVID vaccine is, the City of Chicago announced that it will no longer require masks for fully vaccinated people in most settings, including businesses. In alignment with federal and state guidelines, masks will still be required, regardless of vaccination status, in health care settings, schools, correctional/congregate settings and on public transportation.
As a reminder, fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second vaccine dose if you got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after your single dose if you got the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. If you are not fully vaccinated, you need to continue to wear your mask in all indoor settings.
Businesses are strongly encouraged to verify vaccination status before allowing customers and/or employees to not wear face coverings.
The City also strongly encourages businesses to continue requiring face coverings in all indoor settings in Chicago until we enter Phase Five and all regulations are lifted, especially if businesses do not have the capacity to verify vaccination status or if employees, clients or attendees are not all known to be vaccinated. Businesses should also indicate their current masking policy via signage or other communication to customers prior to entry.
Please see here for an FAQ on the new Mask Guidance and how it relates to businesses. Additionally, please visit or call 312-746-4835 to get the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. While we have made tremendous progress, at this point, 48% of all Chicagoans (and 60% of Chicago adults) have gotten a first dose of vaccine, but only 38% of all Chicagoans (and 47% of Chicago adults) are fully vaccinated. Many of our communities that have been the hardest-hit by COVID have even lower vaccination rates. Children aged 12-15 just became eligible for vaccination last week and none of them are fully vaccinated.  
Please be advised that businesses are still required to verify that customers are fully vaccinated if they would like to increase their COVID-19 capacity through the Vaccine Exemption. Read this FAQ for more information, and also note two changes to the COVID-19 regulations that are effective immediately:
Dance Floors
  • Dance floors can reopen at private social events such as weddings, with fully vaccinated individuals allowed to dance without face coverings and without physical distancing.
  • Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks and maintain physical distancing while dancing.
  • Venues are required to verify that guests that are dancing without face coverings and without physical distancing are fully vaccinated, and guests should be prepared to show proof of vaccination that matches the information tracked by the venue. 
Fully Vaccinated Establishments
  • Businesses can operate without any COVID-19 restrictions within their entire establishment or a designated room/floor if they only allow customers and employees that are fully vaccinated within that area. This means that six feet of social distancing would not be required between parties, provided that all customers or employees within the establishment or within that specific room or floor are fully vaccinated.
  • In order to take advantage of this exemption and operate without COVID-19 restrictions, a business must verify that all customers within the establishment or within any room or floor is fully vaccinated, and customers should be prepared to show proof of vaccination that matches the information tracked by the establishment. 
  • If any of the customers within an establishment or a room or floor are not fully vaccinated, then six feet of distancing must be maintained between all parties within that area. 
The latest overview of COVID-19 regulations in Chicago will be posted at
Children Ages 12+ Now Eligible to Receive the
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
The FDA authorized use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in youth 12 years and older last week. With the authorization, the City of Chicago will now offer the Pfizer vaccine to youth aged 12 to 15 years old at all of its City-operated vaccination sites. 

The following City-operated sites have  opened to youth ages 12 and older for walk-in appointments. A parent or guardian must accompany any minor under the age of 18. While appointments aren't necessary, it is still encouraged that residents book one at or by calling the city's call center at 312-746-4835.
CDPH Partners with Zocdoc to
Launch Vaccine Appointment Scheduler
The Chicago Department of Public Health has partnered with Zocdoc to create a more centralized platform where people can schedule vaccination appointments when they’re available. To view available appointments through Zocdoc at

At this time, this platform is showing available appointments at the city's Point of Distributions sites (PODS) and Rush University Medical Center. More information on where to locate other vaccination sites is contained below in this newsletter.
Vaccination Appointments for Homebound Persons

People who are homebound can sign up online to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at their residence. Caregivers will also be vaccinated under the program.

To be eligible, a person must not be able to leave their home because it “requires considerable and taxing effort," and must fit one of these categories:

  • Be a senior OR a person with a disability that requires in-home assistance, and

  • Be a person who has to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, wheelchair, etc.) and/or accessible transportation to leave home.

​Homebound vaccinations will be administered by Chicago Firefighter emergency medical personnel. Vaccines are limited to those who are truly homebound and meet the above eligibility requirements. 

Fill out the homebound vaccine form online by clicking here

IDHS Launches Crisis Counseling Program to Support Communities Hardest Hit by COVID-19
Following the federal declaration of a major disaster area in Illinois due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Mental Health was awarded a $2.3 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to kickstart the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program. This unique program allows individuals negatively impacted by COVID-19 to access resources from community behavioral health clinics, which includes screening and referrals for residents struggling with mental health and substance use disorders.

The Illinois Crisis Counseling Program aims to increase disaster-related services in Cook, Winnebago, and St. Clair counties, which have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. IDHS’ Division of Mental Health, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and local behavioral health clinics, will continue to offer support and resources for residents struggling with increased stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic.

Please visit for more information and resources available near you.
Protections for Workers Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine
On April 21, an ordinance passed City Council that established labor protections for Chicago workers that take time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Under the ordinance, employers are prohibited from taking any adverse action – including termination, demotion, layoff or punitive schedule changes – against an employee for taking time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Furthermore, if a worker has paid sick leave or other accrued time available, employers must allow their employees to use that time off to receive the vaccine. Finally, if an employer requires a worker to be vaccinated, it must compensate the worker for the time taken to receive the vaccine if it is during a shift, up to two hours per dose.

The ordinance expands the protections guaranteed under the Anti-Retaliation Ordinance that passed City Council in May 2020. That ordinance, which remains in effect, protects all workers from any retaliatory action from their employer if they are unable to work due to public health directive or COVID-19 related illness. Employers that violate this ordinance are subject to fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 per offense. 
Reimbursement for Funeral Expenses
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now processing applications for reimbursements up to $9000 for funeral expenses for a loved one who died due to COVID-19.

Eligible funeral expenses include but are not limited to:
  • Transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individual
  • Transfer of remains
  • Casket or urn
  • Burial plot or cremation niche
  • Marker or headstone 
  • Clergy or officiant services 
  • Arrangement of the funeral ceremony
  • Use of funeral home equipment or staff
  • Cremation or interment costs
  • Costs associated with producing and certifying multiple death certificates
  • Additional expenses mandated by any applicable local or state government laws or ordinances.

It is important to coordinate with friends, family members, and anyone else who incurred an expense on who will submit the claim. FEMA will only accept one claim per deceased individual so it is vitally important everyone who helped cover the funeral and cemetery expenses work together on one application and wait until all the expenses have been incurred. 

More information is available on FEMA's website. You may also call 844-684-6333 to apply. 

Transportation for COVID-19 Vaccines
For seniors and people with disabilities who need assistance to access their COVID-19 vaccine appointment will be able to take advantage of transportation resources. 

Special Needs Chicago

Special Needs Chicago has wheelchair accessible transportation throughout the Chicagoland area (city and suburbs) to assist people with getting to their COVID vaccine appointment. Call 630-668-9999 for more information or click here to book a reservation

Uber to Provide Free Rides to Vaccine Appointments

Uber has partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy to make it easier for people who don't have a car or a nearby pharmacy to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Uber will offer free rides to Walgreens stores and clinics for those who book an appointment and live in an underserved community. Uber will work with community organizations, such as the Urban League, to determine underserved communities that will be eligible for free rides. Those organizations will then work to distribute codes that community members can use to get the free rides. 
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How the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Works
The approved COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not contain any live virus of COVID-19. Instead, scientists used the genetic sequence of the virus to create a blueprint of the COVID-19 virus. The vaccine will trigger the body to produce the spike protein in the COVID-19 virus, which will signal our immune systems to produce the proper antibodies and T cells to combat the RNA blueprint. This means that should an individual contract the COVID-19 virus after being inoculated, the body's immune system will already have stored the information necessary to combat the virus. 

When people receive a vaccination, they might feel some side effects as their immune systems respond to the spike protein. The most common side effects include swelling and some pain at the injection site as well as fever, chills, headaches, and fatigue. These side effects are temporary and indicate that the immune system is imprinting its response to combat COVID-19. 
State Eviction Moratorium to be Phased Out by August
Governor Pritzker announced this week that the state's ban on evictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will be phased out during the next three months, with an expiration date of August 2021. More information on the details will become available in the coming weeks. 

On November 14, protections for Illinois tenants changed under the latest eviction moratorium extension. Landlords can now file evictions unless tenants give them a written declaration that they should be protected by the COVID Eviction Moratorium. Tenants can use IDHA's declaration template to provide their landlord with written notice that they've been financially impacted due to COVID-19. That declaration is available online

The Department of Housing has put together a Know Your Rights website for tenants 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

Tenants who faced a financial impact due to the COVD-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive state and local rent relief. The Illinois Housing Development Authority has put together some resources to help residents with housing assistance. More information is available on Additionally, the City will open its Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Monday. More information on that program is available at   
Updates to the Emergency Travel Order

The Chicago Department of Public Health announced updates to the Chicago Emergency Travel Order. Effective Friday, January 15, 2021, states will only be categorized as yellow or orange. Previously, the city had three category levels for the Emergency Travel Order.

The updates to the order are meant to simplify the message by putting states into one of two categories. Regardless of which category a state falls into, CDPH is still advising that people avoid any kind of travel as we see COVID-10 cases surging across most of the U.S. Additionally, the new COVID variant that is more transmissible has now been detected in at least 8 states, including Indiana and Wisconsin. 

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 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter).  They must practice strict social distancing, mask-wearing, and avoid any in-person gathering. Anyone traveling from a state on the Yellow list is not required to quarantine or provide a pre-arrival test. However, they should practice strict mask-wearing and social distancing.

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 and to view the latest information on travel restrictions. 
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

Community Aid
Care for Real Food Pantry Adds More Hours and Drive-Thru Location in Rogers Park

Nearly one year to the day after launching a pop-up pantry in Rogers Park to respond to increased food insecurity, Care for Real will add a second day of food distribution beginning on May 20th. The additional day will offer a new format: a drive-thru pantry.  

Beginning May 20th, Care for Real will provide free food via a drive-thru in the parking lot of Misíon Cristiana Elim at 1615 W. Morse each Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 pm. Vehicles will enter the parking lot from southbound Ashland Ave. Individuals must be in a vehicle and remain in their vehicle during distribution. Staff and volunteers will collect household information and dietary needs from individuals prior to bringing groceries to their vehicle. 

For those without a vehicle or who prefer not to drive, the Tuesday afternoon hours will remain a walk-up pantry. The Tuesday Care for Real distribution takes place at United Church of Rogers Park, at 1545 W Morse Ave, from noon to 2 pm. Volunteers and support are needed. Visit

Lake Shore School Donation Drive
Lake Shore School is helping families in need by hosting a donation drive. They're accepting donations of clothing, food, toilet paper, diapers, wipes, tooth brushes, tooth paste, paper towels, and other basic essentials. Drop your donation off at their Rogers Park location at 6759 N. Greenview. For more information, call 773-743-1118.
Sponsor A Just Harvest's 5 Week Challenge for
Community Wellness and Help Fight Hunger in Rogers Park
 A Just Harvest has worked to end hunger and poverty in the Rogers Park area for over 38 years. This summer, they're aiming to raise $45k to keep their doors open and continue to feed the community every single day, even during the pandemic.

On May 5, they're kicking off their 5 Week Challenge for Community Wellness, their peer-to-peer fundraising event!

Like last year, this is a chance for anyone & everyone to engage with their personal and communal wellness. Self-care looks different for everyone, so there's no wrong way for folx to participate. Run, bike, pray, cook, meditate, write, sing, eat-- they want people to do whatever gets them connected to loving themselves and others. There is no fee to participate in the virtual portion! They just ask that folx set a fundraising goal in their challenge.

Since things are slowly starting to open back up, they will be including an optional 5K for participants to run on June 12th as a finale to the 5 week-long virtual wellness challenge. The fee for this registration is $25.00.  

Please consider sponsoring their event to achieve their goal and continue their great work in the community.  Take a moment to review their sponsorship packet (linked here) for details on available sponsorship levels.

For more information on the 5 Week Challenge for Community Wellness, visit A Just Harvest's website.
Volunteer for Care for Real
Care for Real, a neighborhood food pantry, is in need of volunteers! Help is needed in Rogers Park on Tuesday mornings and afternoons as well as Thursday mornings and evenings. In Edgewater (5339 N Sheridan), volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday mornings and afternoons. The Rogers Park location (1545 W Morse) will soon be launching an outdoor Thursday evening food distribution, and many additional volunteers are needed. Volunteers can sign up to serve occasionally, weekly, or more! Getting started volunteering is quick and easy. Send an email to or sign up at Thank you for helping feed our neighbors in need!
Community Engagement Opportunities
Howard Street Window Painting Event May 29
CommUnity Makery is partnering with My Block My Hood My City on May 29 to host a Celebrate Spring Window Painting event on Howard Street. From noon until 3 pm that day, young people are invited to join in on the fun and spruce up Howard Street as warmer weather approaches.

Meet at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard, to pick up your paint and brushes. Then pick a striped window to use as your artistic canvas. 

This event is for children in kindergarten through 8th grade. No registration is required; just show up and celebrate spring! 
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. Simmons Newsletter
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. 
CPD Unveils Revisions to its Foot Pursuit Policy
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Police Department unveiled a revised foot pursuit policy this week (full text of the policy is available here). Highlights of the revised policy include:
  • The new foot pursuit policy reminds officers to begin any interaction with tactics meant to reduce the possibility of a foot pursuit.
  • Tactics to avoid a foot pursuit include: continual communication with a subject and encouraging officers to position themselves in such a way to reduce the opportunity for a foot chase.
  • The circumstances also must be considered before any foot pursuit takes place. Officers need to ask themselves if they need to apprehend the subject worth the risk to responding officers, the public, or the subject.
  • The policy also spells out that foot pursuits are only appropriate when it is believed an individual has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime or there is probable cause for an arrest.
  • According to the new policy, foot pursuits can no longer be initiated for criminal offenses less than a Class A misdemeanor.
  • Foot pursuits also must be discontinued if someone is injured and requires immediate medical assistance; if officers are unaware of their location; and if the need to apprehend the subject is not worth the risk to responding officers, the public, or the subject.
  • Supervisors can also instruct officers to discontinue a foot pursuit at any time.
  • All officers are required to notify the Office of Emergency Management and Communications of a foot pursuit and will activate their body-worn cameras to record the entire incident.
The Chicago Police Department will collect public feedback on the policy revisions through July 15, 2021. They have also said that they will facilitate community meetings throughout the city, as well as targeted discussions with community organizations and individuals who have
direct experiences. The Department will hold a live virtual webinar on June 1, 2021, to review the policy and answer general questions from the public.

For more information on the policy proposal, how to attend community meetings, and to submit a feedback form, visit the City of Chicago's website.
Applications for Chicago Works Community Challenge Open June 1
The city announced the Chicago Works Community Challenge last week. The Mayor’s Reimagine Chicago award is a $10M community investment award that will make seven awards of up to $1.5M for each of Chicago’s 7 planning regions. Awards will be issued to fund community-identified enhancements to city-owned properties including, public parks, schools, libraries, or city-owned vacant lots in residential zones through the Chicago Works capital plan. The City expects the projects like playground improvements in parks, co-working space or meeting room upgrades in libraries, and community gardens or playgrounds on vacant lots. 

Starting June 1, applications will be available for proposals until September 1. Finalists in each region will partake in community feedback and engagement sessions between October and December. Winners will be selected for funding based on a range of criteria, including financial feasibility, community preferences, project design, and impact. The City will aim to break ground on many of the projects in 2022.   
Awardees will be selected through a multi-phase process. First, eligibility will be determined by a prescreening process that will confirm if the land or facility proposed can receive funding under Chicago Works capital plan guidelines. After the initial screening, the proposals will be subject to deep community engagement and an evaluation process based on feasibility, design, community input, and impact.   

Eligible projects must be located on residentially zoned City-owned vacant lots (directory here) or in facilities operated by Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, or Chicago Public Library.   
For more information on the Chicago Works Community Challenge or to submit a proposal, visit
Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance Program Now Open
The application period for the Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will open for tenants and landlords at 9 am on Monday, May 24. The application will close at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, June 8.

ERAP will provide grants of up to 12 months of unpaid rent and three months of future rent for eligible tenants and landlords.

To be eligible, tenants must:
  • Live in Chicago
  • Have suffered a hardship due to COVID-19, such as job loss, reduced hours, or illness within the household
  • Be at risk of housing instability
  • Have earned less than the maximum household income listed below during 2020 or at the time of application 
More information, frequently asked questions, and the application are all available on the city's website at
2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program Now Open
The Illinois Housing Development Authority began to accept applications for its 2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program on Monday, May 17. 

ILRPP is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants are eligible for up to 15 months of assistance. The grant can cover the past due rent from the previous 12 months and future rental assistance for the next three months, if deemed necessary. The maximum grant amount is $25,000. The emergency rental assistance is provided by the Federal government and is free to tenant and housing provider. If approved, the grant will be paid to the housing provider in the form of a check.

For eligibility requirements and more information, visit IHDA's website
Mortgage Assistance Grants Now Available

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago has approximately 450 mortgage assistance grants remaining that they are trying to distribute by December 10th to City of Chicago homeowners in need of mortgage assistance. 

The maximum assistance for homeowners (1-4-unit properties only) is $3,300.  The following are general program requirements:

  • Must reside within the Chicago city limits
  • Provide a government-issued photo ID
  • For Homeowners: Demonstrate their total household income was at 120% or below the Area Median Income (AMI) prior to March 1, 2020
  • Have experienced a change in their financial status (after March 1, 2020) due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Mortgage must be in arrears or in a forbearance plan

For more information and to apply, visit

Interested City of Chicago residents may also call NHS at 800-831-7949 or email, with questions or for assistance with applying for the program.

CTA Reducing Fares for 1, 3, and 7-day Passes this Summer 
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced a promotion on fares that will make public transit even more affordable and convenient for residents and visitors.

As part of the City’s “Open Chicago” initiative to reopen the city and bring back events, festivals, dining, and other indoor and outdoor activities, the CTA is reducing the price on three of its existing unlimited-ride pass products to welcome back customers, attract new riders and encourage existing customers to use transit more often.

From Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 28) through Labor Day (Monday, September 6), the CTA will offer attractive discounts on three of its unlimited-ride passes:
  • One-day pass: $5 (down from $10)
  • Three-day pass: $15 (down from $20)
  • Seven-day pass: $20 (down from $28)
The promotional fares will be available for purchase at Ventra Vending Machines at CTA rail stations, on the Ventra app, on the Ventra website, at over 1,000 retail locations, and by calling Ventra customer service at (877) NOW-VENTRA (669.8368).
Care for Real Wants to Hear from You!
Care for Real has provided a food pantry in Rogers Park for the past year and primarily in Edgewater before this. This year, they are celebrating 50 years of service to our community.

In order to help them plan for the future, they have begun a strategic planning process. The first step in this is a survey. They aspire to bring the broadest range of voices and perspectives into their process, and this is one of the ways they are doing that. They'd love to hear from you as well! Your responses are anonymous and will be kept in the strictest of confidence to aid them in their planning.

Please take a moment to complete the online survey by clicking here
The City is Seeking Feedback on Electricity Franchise Agreement
The City of Chicago is seeking public feedback on the electricity franchise agreement. Through a Request for Information (RFI) process, the City is evaluating whether to enter into a new franchise with the current electricity delivery company (ComEd) or to explore awarding a franchise to a new franchisee(s).

The City anticipates moving to the next stage of its franchising process later in 2021. That stage of the process will include a successful negotiation of the following with the prospective franchisee(s):

  1. A Franchise Agreement that grants an entity the right to provide electricity and use the public way, and
  2. An Energy and Equity Agreement that establishes environmental and consumer objectives that an entity and the City will pursue together.

Public input will be a critical part of the negotiation process. You can submit comments to:

Volunteer & Community Partner Applications
Now Open for We Will Chicago

The City of Chicago's We Will planning team is seeking individuals and organizations to help develop the major themes, issues, and policy guidelines that will be included in the citywide plan.

The team is being led by staff from the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the Office of the Mayor, and other City departments, public agencies and stakeholders.

For individuals:

Individuals can join the conversation on by registering and creating a profile. Registrants can share thoughts and ideas, comment on ongoing discussion topics, and receive regular updates about the planning process. 

Individuals can apply to be a volunteer on pillar research teams or with the We Will Advisory Committee. All interested Chicagoans are eligible to apply. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities with We Will Chicago.

For organizations:

We Will’s Community Partner program is recruiting up to 14 community-oriented groups to help develop the citywide planning process. 

Each selected Community Partner will be paid $15,000 for its participation. 

Community Partners can be organizations, teams, individuals, businesses, unincorporated nonprofits, and other types of entities. 

Click here to learn more about becoming a community partner with We Will Chicago

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Starting May 12, 2021, eligible households can begin applying for the Emergency Broadband Benefit through the FCC.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?
A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.


Northside Community Resources Offers Help to Seniors Applying for Illinois Health Benefits
Northside Community Resources' multicultural program is helping seniors apply for the new free Illinois health benefits for immigrant seniors. This program offers health benefits to seniors regardless of their immigration status.

For more information and assistance, call 773-338-7722 ext. 25. 
Nominate a Senior for the 2021 Senior Hall of Fame thru June 1
The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is accepting nominations for the 2021 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame Awards. These awards recognize adults, 65 years of age and older, and highlight the meaningful contributions they have made in Illinois.
Award nominations are being accepted for the following categories:
  • Community Service: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have shown support for the public and community-based programs in their area or at large.
  • Education: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have shown a dedication to instruction and the world of academia.
  • Labor Force: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have a record of accomplishment in their employment or professional career.
  • Performance / Graphic Arts: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have a commitment to health and the promotion of well-being or a record of accomplishment in artistic expression.
The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.  You can nominate an individual for the Senior Hall of Fame online. Please note that you will only be allowed to upload one file, so please combine all items into one document.  

For more information on how to nominate someone, please the Illinois Department on Aging's website.
Business Updates
ComEd Small Business Assistance Program

ComEd's Small Business Assistance Program provides eligible small business customers, with a one-time grant of up to $1,000 towards a past due balance, once every 12 months. Eligible customers may also place a remaining balance into a payment plan of up to six months.


Small business customers applying for this program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have an active ComEd service account (includes customers disconnected within the past 30 days).
  • Use less than 1400 kilowatts (kWs) of peak demand. This includes customers who are
    0-100kW or watt hour. To confirm the amount of kWs your business uses, reference your ComEd bill (see sample bill).
  • Have a past balance, per the bill due date.
  • Have not received Nonprofit Special Hardship grants in 2020.
For more information and to apply, visit ComEd's website.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is now open to provide emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19. Venues can learn more about this grant and submit their application here

Venues can receive support with their application at any of the state's Small Business Development Centers, which can be located here

For any questions related to this grant, please reach out to State Representative Cassidy's office at

Chicago Vendor Impact Fund

As part of the City’s efforts to increase the capacity and competitiveness of our local, diverse vendor community, the City is pleased to announce the launch of the $25 million Vendor Impact Fund. The Vendor Impact Fund will provide priority access for City vendors certified as Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises (VBE), and Business Enterprises Owned or Operated by People with Disabilities (BEPD) to loans from the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and 7(a) loan program. The City and its partners will seek to provide all Vendor Impact Fund loan applicants with the best offer available and will work with applicants to determine which product is the best fit. All loan applications will be administered through Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) with the support of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.

For more information, eligibility requirements, and to apply, click here.  

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners, including agricultural businesses and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

For eligibility requirements, more information, and to apply, visit the SBA's website.
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.

Illinois Beverage Association Scholarship Opportunities
The Illinois Beverage Association and Pepsi Co. have partnered with the City Colleges of Chicago to provide scholarships and professional
mentoring to residents seeking post-secondary education degrees or trade certificates. It is based on a successful three (3) year pilot program between PepsiCo and City Colleges of Chicago.

This initiative is designed to prepare local students for the current and future job market by training them in the skills employers are looking for. It will also provide students with financial support in the form of scholarships and mentoring and leadership training from PepsiCo employees.

Students will also have the opportunity to apply for internships and jobs at PepsiCo. As part of that program, PepsiCo committed to hiring 40 new employees annually from Richard J. Daley College and Olive-Harvey College.

The program is comprised of two types of scholarships:
Apply for a Four Week Youth Financial Empowerment Program Through the Badu Foundation
The Badu Foundation offers a four-week financial literacy summer program to underserved youth ages 6-18. Students that complete the program will become eligible for a college scholarship. 

For more information on the Badu Foundation and the program, visit their website by clicking here
Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Project

Legal Aid Chicago’s unveiled a new Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Project to address issues intersecting with education justice and legal advocacy for young people.

Across the United States, students of color, students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, and youth in foster care are disproportionately disciplined in school and more likely to be involved in the criminal legal system. Legal Aid Chicago's project seeks to disrupt these trends through representing young people in school discipline cases - which includes suspensions, expulsions, informal school pushout, transfers to alternative schools, and discipline during remote learning - and supporting with juvenile records expungement.

Legal Aid Chicago is currently accepting school discipline and juvenile records expungement cases and their services are FREE. If you have any questions, please reach out via email to If a caregiver or student is interested in Leal Aid's services, they should call (312) 341-1070.

Youth can Apply for a Summer Job with One Summer Chicago
One Summer Chicago will run from July 5 to August 13 and will include remote and socially distanced, in-person job and life-skills training for youth ages 14 to 24. The application deadline is Friday, June 11, and can be found at More than 21,000 slots are available for youth this summer. Returning this year under the OSC portfolio are the Chicago Youth Service Corps (CYSC), Everyone Can Code, Photography for All programs, and more. One Summer Chicago is an integral part of My CHI. My Future.
Employment Opportunities
CTA Second Chance Program
The Chicago Transit Authority's Second Chance Program provides Chicago residents with barriers to employment a life-changing job opportunity. Along with work experience, participants will receive professional development and career coaching to prepare for sustainable employment in the workforce.

People interested in the program are asked to complete a short online survey to receive an invitation for a direct hiring event at the CTA Headquarters in June. For questions, contact the Second Chance Program at 312-681-2293 or
CPS Hiring Crossing Guards
CPS is now hiring anyone 19 and older as crossing guards. Be a part of your school community by helping students safely get to and return from school.

Crossing Guard Application Process: 
  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, and follow the instructions to fill out the application.
  6. If you have any questions, please contact
Work for PACTT
PACTT Learning Center is hiring! They are looking to hire Rogers Park neighbors to join their dynamic team. Work with individuals on the spectrum in the Rogers Park neighborhood. PACTT is offing a starting wage of $16/hour and a signing bonus of $250 after 30 days and $500 after six months! For more information, email 
Northside Community Resources
Hiring Full-Time Housing Counselor
Northside Community Development Corporation has an immediate full-time employment opportunity for a Housing Counselor in its Homebuyer/Foreclosure Prevention Department. The housing counselor will provide counseling services to resident who need help obtaining and retaining stable permanent housing. The counselor will also provide services to homeowners trying to resolve mortgage delinquency, or default, and foreclosure prevention, avoiding
mortgage scams and predatory lending. Additionally, the counselor will inform and educate new homebuyers on the home buying process and all the basic rights and obligations of owning a home.

Potential candidate must be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, attention to detail and have good people skills. Candidate must be comfortable working independently as well as in a team environment and be able to engage with a diverse population.

The Housing Counselor will work under the supervision of the Director.

Responsibilities include:
  • Working with Emergency Mortgage Assistance program with application processing and follow up on status.
  • Provide group workshops including but not limited to first-time homebuyer, condo training, credit and budget counseling, foreclosure prevention, post purchase and financial literacy.
  • Provide face to face counseling services on pre-purchase, foreclosure prevention, financial literacy, and post purchase.
  • Documentation of all client interactions and develop sustainable budgets, action plans and provide appropriate follow up.
  • Enter all required data in agency counseling management system (CMS) promptly and submit all group and individual intakes to appropriate staff.
  • Maintain organized files and record keeping as required by HUD and other funders.
  • Prepare timely reports to director consisting of monthly reports, quarterly reports, and require data for grant applications or any other data requested.
  • Meets goals and objectives of contracts from state, federal and local institutions.
  • Provide marketing and outreach in service area to promote housing counseling services.
  • Establishes and maintains good public relations in all sectors.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Associates or bachelor’s degree in counseling, education, business or finance-related field from an accredited college or university preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of housing experience or related field preferred.
  • Strong communication skills with bilingual Fluency in Spanish is required (oral and written).
  • Comfortable with public speaking and presenting materials to a group.
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population from all backgrounds.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Computer literacy is required, with proficiency in MS Office applications: Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Launch Pad-Salesforce is a plus.
  • Travel to offsite locations in a timely manner to provide counseling.
  • Ability to work flexible hours occasionally during evenings and/or weekends as needed.
  • HUD Certified Housing Counselor is a plus, but not required. If not HUD Certified, must be able to pass the HUD Certification exam within 6 months of employment.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience, plus benefits.

Job Type: This is a temporary Full Time (40 hours per week) Grant Funded and Exempt Position. Local Travel, standing, bending, or lifting up to 25lbs may be occasionally required.

Salary Range: $36,000.00 to $42,000.00 /year plus benefits (Commensurate with experience)

To apply: please email cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to:
Apna Ghar is Hiring!
Join Apna Ghar's dynamic team of hard-working, creative, problem solvers advocating to end gender violence in our communities. To view current open positions, visit their website by clicking here. For more information on employment opportunities at Apna Ghar, email
Chicago Women in Trades
The Chicago Women in Trades are offering a free 12-week She Can Build It training program. This program offers a great opportunity for women to pursue a career in the trades. For more information and to register for an information session, visit
Communities in Schools Hiring a School Partner Specialist
Communities in Schools (CIS) is seeking a School Partnership Specialist. The School Partnership Specialist is a relationship builder and an integral part of the organization’s Partnership Team, a group of professionals who manage our school partnerships and relationships, and others that manage the partnerships of more than 200 agencies, institutions, and individuals that provide services mainly in the areas of the arts, college and career readiness, physical health, and behavioral and mental health. CIS of Chicago seeks a highly motivated and skilled professional for this role. The preferred candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, experience working with or in urban school districts, and an understanding of quality teaching and program delivery practices.

For more information on this opportunity, visit CIS's website by clicking here.
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is hiring several key positions to join their team. 

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

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

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


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

Heartland Alliance works to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society. Heartland Alliance's mission is to advance human rights and respond to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Their 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
Apprenticeship Programs Announce Openings
HIRE360 announced two apprenticeship programs that are now accepting applications:

1) The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters' apprenticeship program opened its application period from April 26 through May 27, 2021, for general construction. For those individuals interested in applying, please contact your case manager or email

2) IBEW Local 9's outdoor electrical worker/line maintainers apprenticeship program will be accepting applications in May 2021. Applications will be accepted by appointment only starting May 17-21 and May 24-28. All applicants must have a CDL-A permit with a medical cart. For those individuals interested in applying, please contact your case manager today or email 

If you haven't already signed up for HIRE360, enroll now at
CDL Drivers Wanted
The Chicago Federation of Labor Workforce & Community Initiative announced that a Chicago area moving company seeking CDL drivers. Willing to train. Safely drive all company vehicles (owned or rented) as assigned - across region or long-haul. Drug screening and background checks will be performed. Pay $23 to $25 per hour plus benefits. Send resume to and you will receive a response.
Chicago Park District Now Hiring for Seasonal Positions
The Chicago Park District is now hiring for a number of seasonal positions. For more information, openings, and to apply, visit the Park District's website.
Serenity Home Healthcare is Hiring Caregivers
Serenity Home Healthcare is hiring caregivers in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Serenity Healthcare offers flexible schedules, and no car is required to apply. For more information, call 773-588-4000.
Chicago Botanic Garden Employment Opportunities
The Chicago Botanic Garden has a variety of seasonal and year-round job opportunities. For more information, visit their careers page at Applications are accepted online only via  
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is hiring several key positions to join their team. 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
Doctors Test Centers (DTC) Job Opportunities

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has long been an economic engine for the City and region at large. They recently announced that they will begin offering the most comprehensive COVID-19 testing of any airport in the country at O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

The program will require a workforce to fill the more than 100 available positions.  Doctors Test Centers (DTC) has been selected as the vendor to assist the CDA with the endeavor. They have a variety of employment opportunities open and are seeking applicants. For more information, visit DTC's website here

Alderwoman Maria Hadden | 49th Ward Service Office
1447 W. Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
773-338-5796 |

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