49th Ward Update
March 24, 2023
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Good Afternoon,

The Alderwoman is still on her well-deserved vacation with her wife, Natalia, through the weekend. She looks forward to returning the week of March 27 well-rested and energized for the work that lies ahead as we look towards a second term in May.

This week's newsletter includes important updates on 7650 N. Sheridan and Touhy Park. Don’t forget to complete the surveys for Perception Cannabis ( and ZenLeaf ( by April 2! Scroll down or use the table of contents to learn more about these important updates.

We hope everyone has a restful weekend!

49th Ward Staff
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- CELEBRATIONS & APPRECIATIONS - good news for the week
- WARD UPDATES - infrastructure updates and community announcements
- 2023 MUNICIPAL ELECTION- how to participate in the democratic process
- COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - local events and ways to get involved
- COMMUNITY AID - organizational and personal requests for support
- GOVERNMENT CORNER - connect to your other elected officials
- PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES - Important public health resources
- NEED TO KNOW INFO - alerts, services and government aid
- BUSINESS NEWS - local announcements and services for small businesses
- SCHOOLS SHINE IN 49 - school news and updates
- EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - hiring events and job postings
Celebrations & Appreciations
Let's celebrate and appreciate what's wonderful about our ward, the people, the places, and accomplishments. We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, organizations, and actions you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Alderwoman Hadden Joins Senn Students at Loyola University
Alderwoman Hadden had the opportunity to meet with juniors from Senn High School for Loyola University's March2College event. Approximately 180 students convened in the Galivin Auditorium to learn more about the college experience while in the environment at a college campus. They were able to engage in activities that built connections and relationships and deepened their understanding of areas of study that they find interesting. Alderwoman Hadden shared her experience serving as the 49th Ward alderperson and her work in participatory democracy that led her here. We're excited to see what the future holds for these future leaders! 
Vote for Theatre Above the Law to Win $15,000
Our local community theatre, Theatre Above the Law, has been nominated to receive up to $15,000 award from One National Bank. Theatre Above the Law connects with its audience in its intimate theater setting through classic and unique stories. Theatre Above the Law also connects with our neighborhood schools to host student matinees, where students can experience live theater.

The award would help Theatre Above the Law continue its mission of sharing these storing and mentoring current and future artists. Please cast a vote for them. You can cast one vote every day through March 31 online by clicking here
Neighbor Snaps RogersParkHenge Picture for Spring Equinox
Neighbor and photographer David White snapped a beautiful picture of the lakefront during the Spring Equinox to capture pictures of the sunrise. During the fall and spring equinox, the sun rises and sets in the precise direction of Chicago's east/west streets. Thanks to our neighbor for capturing this beautiful moment in our backyard! 
Ward Updates
Update on 7650 N. Sherdian

At 3:30 am on Tuesday, March 21, a 45-year-year-old man visiting from out of town was killed inside a private residence at 7650 N. Sheridan. The police are investigating the shooting and believe that it was a targeted incident, possibly related to a domestic or drug-related dispute.

The building where the shooting occurred has been the subject of other issues, and the 49th Ward Office has been working to address the concerns with neighbors on the block, the Chicago Police Department, the Department of Law, and the Department of Buildings. 

In late February 2022, our office began receiving concerns from neighbors in the area that illicit activity at the building seemed to be getting progressively more concerning. At that time, our office engaged the 24th District to ensure this building was on their radar as a potential problem building. We also requested a report containing the number of 911 calls to the property and their call codes.

After learning the number and nature of the calls, the ward office engaged the Department of Law to ask whether this was on their radar and if it would be eligible for the Drug and Gang House court process. The Drug and Gang House ordinance is among the most severe actions the City can take against a property owner that encourages or permits illegal activity on their property or fails to implement reasonable abatement measures for the safety of their tenants and surrounding neighbors. The ordinance further authorizes the Commissioner of Buildings, the Superintendent of Police, or any other authorized representative of the city to enter the process when they reasonably believe that any premises present a public nuisance.

During the conversation with the Department of Law, we learned that the building and its owner had previously been through the Drug and Gang house process in 2018. As a result of that process, the owners were required to install "No Trespassing" and "No Loitering" signs on the property, conduct criminal background checks on all potential tenants, maintain written lease agreements with all tenants, and complete a criminal trespass affidavit the with 24th District Chicago Police Department. In our conversations with neighbors, they remarked that conditions initially improved after the process wrapped up in 2018. However, those improvements didn't last, and the building deteriorated to a similar condition just a few years later. 

In April 2022, the Department of Law confirmed that the property was approved as a non-target referral through the Drug and Gang House program and would be referred to the Department of Buildings for an inspection due to the referral. The inspection report was a critical component in drafting a case for court, where abatement measures are determined and fines are imposed.

Following the Department of Law referral, Alderwoman Hadden met with Commander Brennan at the 24th District to discuss a myriad of public safety topics in the ward, including the reports of drug and other concerning activity stemming from this property. Following that meeting, an officer from the 24th District joined Alderwoman Hadden and neighbors for a meeting to discuss the issues they were experiencing at the building and how neighbors could work with police on addressing the problems in the building.

In August 2022, the northern half of the building at 7654 N. Sheridan caught fire, triggering another building inspection. Due to the fire, the Department of Buildings ordered a vacation of the tenants in that portion of the building and required owners to secure the building as the Drug and Gang House and building violations cases continued through court proceedings. Following the fire, Alderwoman Hadden met with neighbors again in the area to hear their concerns and update them on the Drug and Gang House process.

Since then, our office has continued to engage with the Department of Law to request updates on the progress of the court case and advocate for specific safety measures to be implemented at the building as a part of the Drugs and Gang House process. These measures include:

  • Installing security cameras around and in the building that connect with the Office of Emergency Management and Communications systems,
  • Eliminating month-to-month leases and requiring signed leases for tenants with a minimum length of no less than six months,
  • Requiring all tenants to undergo background checks as a requirement to rent a unit,
  • Securing the building to ensure all entryways and exits lock,
  • Requiring the owner have on-site property management or security personnel,
  • Complete a criminal trespass affidavit with the 24th District,
  • Establish a long-term maintenance plan for the building, and
  • The exploration of penalties for their failure to comply with 2018 court orders. 

Our office remains committed to turning this building around and holding the owner responsible. We are frustrated with the owner's negligence and disregard for his tenants and neighbors which have led to the proliferation of criminal activity in the area. This negligence has a negative effect on the community at large and reduces public safety. This week, Alderwoman Hadden met again with the Department of Law and the 24th District to discuss what options are available to the City to ensure that the building owner is held responsible and the pattern of criminal activity at the building comes to an end. 

Update on Touhy Park
On Friday, the Park District begins reinforcing its curfew and no camping policy at Touhy Park. This week, crews began landscape restoration of the park, including tree trimming, aerating, and seeding. The Park District will resume its registration-based park programming on April 3.
In the 30 days leading up to the reinstatement of the policy, my office and the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) have worked tirelessly to engage neighbors to notify them of the policy changes and connect them to housing resources; DFSS teams visited the park daily with outreach efforts. As a result, the remaining two individuals from the Accelerated Moving Event moved into their housing units, and the other two individuals in the park informed workers that they had alternative housing they could use before policy changes on March 24. By Tuesday, March 21, all tents had been cleared out of the park, and no unhoused individuals remained. 
As the Park District begins to enforce its policies, we have asked that their security staff and the Chicago Police Department engage our unhoused neighbors with compassion and kindness and work with my office to connect them to resources. My office has compiled a list of resources that all Park staff, security and police will disseminate to individuals in the park that appear to be in need of resources. 
Since the encampment started to appear in the park during the Summer of 2021, my team and I have worked in coordination with DFSS to provide individuals with services and connect them to housing resources. As a result of those efforts, we matched 84 individuals in our community experiencing homelessness with housing. 
While we have made incredible progress on this issue in our own backyard, homelessness remains a crisis for our city. I remain committed to advocating for more funds to be allocated toward homelessness and affordable housing. I will also continue to push for a dedicated revenue stream for homelessness prevention programs with the Bring Chicago Home resolution. 
I want to thank all those who have assisted in the efforts to support houseless neighbors in our ward. We saw an outpouring of generosity from our neighbors, from those who provided weekly meals to those who supplied our unhoused neighbors with supplies to get through the winters. Every act made a difference, and I am proud to be a part of a community that addresses crises from a place of compassion and action. I look forward to continuing this work with all of our neighbors and city partners to make our city one where we can all live humanely and have our needs met. We will need to continue to support neighbors experiencing homelessness and work for better solutions to this citywide issue.
Share Your Feedback on Perception Cannabis' Proposed Dispensary
On Tuesday, March 14, the 49th Ward office hosted a community meeting to discuss Perception Cannabis' proposal to open a dispensary at 7000 N. Clark. 7000 N. Clark is currently zoned as C1-2, so no zoning change is required. However, in Chicago, dispensaries are required to obtain a Special Use Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals in order to operate. 

Perception Cannabis is a social equity license holder looking to open a location in the 49th Ward. It's CEO, Charles Cherqui, is a long-term 49th Ward resident and is committed to hiring within the community. 

More information on the proposal and Perception Cannabis' plans are available on the 49th Ward website at A recording of the community meeting is available to view by clicking here

We would like to hear residents' feedback on the proposal. Please take a moment to complete the online feedback form at Feedback will be accepted through April 2. 
Share Your Feedback on Zenleaf's Proposed Dispensary
On March 8, our office hosted a community meeting to discuss Zenleaf's medical and recreational dispensary proposal at 7541 N. Clark in the Gateway Center. The proposal would require an amendment to the planned development that governs the zoning for the property to allow for the establishment of a dispensary. No other changes to the bulk or density of the planned development are proposed. If ownership is successful in amending the planned development, it would still need to secure special use approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals. 

More information on the proposal and Zenleaf's plans are available on the 49th Ward website at A recording of the community meeting is available to view by clicking here

We would like to hear residents' feedback on the proposal. Please take a moment to complete the online feedback form at Feedback will be accepted through April 2. 
Howard Street Makers Studio Culminating Reception & Celebration March 25
Join Kindred and RPBA for a Howard Street Makers Studio celebration. After 4 months, the Makers Studio is closing its doors and Kindred is thrilled to invite you to their closing reception, where they will showcase all of the incredible work they have created together over the past months. They will also share a sneak peek into what's next for their creative community. Plus, there will be light refreshments and a gallery show to enjoy! The event is Saturday, March 25, from 3 - 6 pm. More information here.
Chicago Police Department Urging Kia and Hyundai Owners to Contact Manufacturers for Free Updates
The Chicago Police Department is encouraging owners of Kia and Hyundai vehicles to contact manufacturers for a free update. Both Kias and Hyundai models have been targeted for theft following a TikTok social media challenge that encourages people to steal the vehicles. The Kia models being targeted are from 2011-2021, and the Hyundai models are from 2015-2021. 

Contact Hyundai at 800-633-5151. Contact Kia at 800-333-4542. 
Help Support Gale's Earth Day Garden Project
Girl Scout Troop 26156, Girls on the Run, Gale Athletics, Gale Student Voice Committee, and B.A.M. (Becoming a Man) are partnering to host an Earth Day garden project at Gale Community Academy. The two-day event will take place on Wednesday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 26, from 3:45-5:15 pm. 

In advance of the event, Gale Community Academy is seeking donations of garden supplies, garden cleaning supplies, plants, seedlings, mulch, paint, and paint supplies. Community members can also help by dedicating their time to beautifying the gardens. Donations will be accepted Monday through Friday between 8 am and 3:30 pm in the main building, 1631 W. Jonquil, or from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the annex building, 7650 N. Marshfield.

For more information, contact N. Ivette Morales at 312-554-5748 or
Street Sweeping Begins April 1
The Department of Streets and Sanitation will begin its residential street cleaning schedule starting in April. Street cleaning runs through mid-November, weather permitting.

The city hangs bright orange temporary parking restrictions the day before sweeping service is scheduled to begin. Those who fail to move their vehicle during the restricted hours, between 9 am and 2 pm, will be eligible to receive a $60 ticket.

The street sweeping schedule is available to view on the 49th Ward website
Host an Event in an Alfresco Space!
Spring is here, which means it's a great time to start thinking about events for our community alfresco spaces! In Rogers Park, we have two public spaces available for community use. Both spaces, one on Glenwood between Morse & Lunt and the other at Jarvis Square (Jarvis Red Line) are available for anyone in the community, including businesses in the area, to use.

Because both spaces are open to the public and are located in the public way, admission to any events must be free. Food, drinks, or merchandise can be sold with proper permitting and licensing.

Request event approval a minimum of 2 weeks in advance. Learn more about hosting an event here
Temporary Reroute for CTA Bus #147
Due to ongoing work in the Rogers/Howard area, the CTA has rerouted the #147 bus route until work in the area is complete (which is anticipated to occur in mid-May). The route will now be the following: 

NB) #147 Outer Drive Express
Operate regular route to Sheridan/Touhy, (turn left) West on Touhy to Clark, (turn right) North on Clark to Rogers, (turn right) Northeast on Rogers to Paulina, (turn left) North on Paulina into Howard Terminal. Exit Howard Terminal onto Howard, (turn left) West on Howard to Clark, (turn left) South on Clark to Touhy, (turn left) East on Touhy to Sheridan, (turn right) South on Sheridan over the regular route.

SB) #147 OuterDriveExpress
Exit Howard Terminal onto Howard, (turn left)
West on Howard to Clark, (turn left)
South on Clark to Touhy, (turn left)
East on Touhy to Sheridan, (turn right)
South on Sheridan over the regular route.
Operate regular route to Sheridan/Touhy, (turn left) West on Touhy to Clark, (turn right) North on Clark to Rogers, (turn right) Northeast on Rogers to Paulina, (turn left) North on Paulina into Howard Terminal. Exit Howard Terminal onto Howard, (turn left) West on Howard to Clark, (turn left) South on Clark to Touhy, (turn left) East on Touhy to Sheridan, (turn right) South on Sheridan over the regular route.SB)
Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Project (PN7439):

New traffic control stages have been set up at the intersection of Rogers and Greenview. The south leg of Greenview has closed at Howard for work. The contractor is performing a water main cut and cap at the intersection of Rogers and Greenview and will continue working on installing the new sewer pipes. 

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 (PN7342):

The contractor has finished the exploratory work. Concrete restoration and patching will continue in the area for at least two weeks.

Crews are still finalizing a date to begin the sewer main project. Once that date has been scheduled, we will share it here.

For more information on the footprint of the project and to review an FAQ, visit the 49th Ward by clicking here
Use the Army Corps of Engineers Crowdsource Interactive Map to Submit Feedback on its Shoreline Study through March 31
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has launched an interactive Crowdsource map for the public to leave comments on its Chicago Shoreline Study. The map is available on the Army Corps' website by clicking here. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome to open the site. 

On the map, users can pinpoint a specific location along the shoreline and submit a comment for consideration. Comments must be submitted by March 31, 2023.

The USACE will be preparing a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document on the impacts associated with a Coastal Storm Risk Management study in the City of Chicago. The City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District partnered with the Corps to study ongoing shoreline erosion and coastal storm due to variable lake levels and storm-driven waves that impact our shoreline. 

The proposed study area includes Chicago's entire shoreline, from our border with Evanston to our border with Indiana. 

As a part of the study, the Army Corps will explore various measures that could be implemented along our shoreline to reduce coastal storm risks. These measures include the following:
  • Structural (e.g., breakwaters, seawalls, revetments, and groins)
  • Natural and Nature-based features (e.g., beach nourishment, submerged reefs, vegetation, ecologically enhanced structures)
  • Non-structural (e.g., floodproofing, flood warning plans, emergency evacuation plans)
As part of the NEPA scoping process, the Army Corps is seeking comments or concerns stakeholders have about potential impacts from the various measures that could be implemented. This could include impacts to various habitats, threatened and endangered species, or cultural, historical, and social resources. 

Our office has submitted preliminary feedback to the Army Corps for this critical study and has called for the following as they embark on this process: 
  • Commit to a robust community engagement process to allow Chicagoans to provide insight and feedback
    The 49th Ward was excluded from the 1994 Chicago Shoreline Storm Damage Reduction Project, which provided infrastructure and protections for just 8 miles of the City’s shoreline. In Rogers Park, private properties are located directly adjacent to the lake, which means they feel the impact of high lake levels and wave action on a much more intimate basis than other parts of the city that have public land barriers and other infrastructure (such as sea walls) to absorb or deflect wave impact. Residents are owed the opportunity to share their personal experiences and ideas to help inform the future of the shoreline.

  • Restore beach access to Juneway, Rogers, and Howard beaches and repurpose emergency revetments as breakwaters
    As Lake Michigan reached historically high levels in 2019, the Department of Transportation was able to secure emergency funding from FEMA to install armor rock revetments at Juneway, Howard, and Rogers beaches. The revetments were critical in curtailing further erosion of public property and keeping park property safe. However, the installation of revetments restricted access to what had previously been beaches. Rogers Park has a unique history of being the last affordable neighborhood on the north side with access to the lakefront. Roger Park residents have enjoyed this access for generations, offering a more quiet opportunity to enjoy our greatest natural asset. As USACE studies potential solutions for Chicago’s shoreline, I ask that you look at restoring beach access and repurposing the armor rocks to act as breakwaters.

  • Implement sustainable native, deep-rooted vegetation on the lakefront to combat erosion
    With a unique opportunity to shape the future of Chicago’s shoreline, we would like the Army Corps to explore sustainable options to combat erosion, such as planting marram grass or other native deep-rooted plants that have a track record of withstanding wave impact and mitigating the impacts of erosion. In the 49th Ward, a group of volunteers acts as stewards to the Loyola Park Sand Dunes. The natural vegetation abutting the lake proved resilient at the peak of Lake Michigan’s lake levels, with less damage at Loyola Park than at other parks to its north. In addition to providing a natural barrier to wave action, the plants help the ecosystem along Lake Michigan, allowing natural wildlife and insects to thrive. 

Individuals, organizations, and groups may also submit written comments to Ms. Samantha Belcik. Comments and questions will be accepted through the end of March and can be directed via email to Ms. Belcik at

More on the Shoreline Study and its current status is available on the USACE website here.
Information on the 2023 Run-Off Election
The April 4 Municipal Run-Off Election is just around the corner. This year, the Board of Elections consolidated polling places, so please check its website for your voting location

Voting early is easier than ever either at an early voting location or by mail for those looking to vote ahead of Election Day. Below are the resources to help you participate in the democratic process. 
Early Voting Begins March 20 in All 50 Wards
Early voting for the 2023 Municipal Run-Off Election begins on Monday, March 20, in all 50 wards. Chicago voters may vote at any Early Voting location through April 4. 

Any voter who needs to register to vote for the first time or file an address update or name change must show two forms of ID, one of which reflects the voter's current address. A list of acceptable forms of ID is available on the Board of Election's website.

In the 49th Ward, voters can vote early at Willye B. White Park, 1610 W. Howard. A full list of early voting locations is available on the Chicago Board of Election's website

Early voting hours are:
Weekdays: 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
Election Day (April 4): 6 am - 7 pm

Voters are allowed to bring in notes with them to a polling place when casting their ballot. 
Apply to Vote by Mail by March 30
Any Chicago voter can file an online application to vote by mail for the 2023 Municipal Run-Off Election. A voter does not need a reason or an excuse to vote by mail.

Thanks to a new Illinois law, voters now have the option to join a permanent vote-by-mail roster to have their ballots sent directly to their preferred mailing address ahead of every election. Voters can opt into this option when applying for a Vote by Mail ballot online. Please note that unless you are already on the Permanent Vote By Mail Roster, you will not automatically receive a mail ballot for the April 4 Run-Off Election. If you want a mail ballot, you will need to apply again. 

Voters will receive a ballot in the mail with instructions on how to fill it out and return it. Any ballot that is postmarked Wednesday, April 5, or later cannot be counted by law. If a voter places a ballot envelope in a mail drop box on April 4 in the afternoon or evening, they risk the chance of the envelope being postmarked on April 5 and, therefore, being considered ineligible to be counted. 

Voters may also return their mailed ballot to a Secured Drop Box at any Chicago Early Voting location before Election Day. Mail ballots may also be delivered personally to the Election Board at 69 W. Washington, Sixth Floor. 

Voters who request a mail ballot but would prefer to vote in person can surrender their mail ballot at any early voting location or their polling place on Election Day to opt for an in-person ballot instead. Voters are NOT allowed to vote by mail and at an in-person location; they must choose only one method of voting. 

If a person requests a mail ballot and it is not received by Election Day, voters will still have the opportunity to cast their ballot. Voters who do not receive or lose their mail ballot may complete an affidavit at their polling place on Election Day saying that the ballot was never received or that it was lost. 

For more information and to complete the vote-by-mail application, visit the Board of Elections website hereThe deadline to apply for a mail ballot is Thursday, March 30, at 5 pm
Find Your Polling Place on Election Day
Voters who want to vote at their polling place on Election Day can find their polling location by entering their information on the Board of Election's website. The 49th Ward office has also created an interactive map of the voting precinct and polling places that residents may access by clicking here

Precinct polling locations will be open from 6 am to 7 pm on Election Day, February 4, only. Voters may also vote at any early voting location in the city on Election Day.

You may register to vote at your polling place on Election Day. To do so, you must provide two forms of identification, one of which must show a current address. A list of acceptable forms of ID is available to view on the Chicago Board of Election's website.

Voters are allowed to bring in notes with them to the polling place when casting their ballot. 
How to Pull a Sample Ballot
Voters wanting to view a sample ballot ahead of casting their vote may obtain one on the Chicago Board of Election's website.

Simply input your information on the Board of Election's "Your Voter Information" page and click on "Search." From there, a new page will appear with information containing your polling place, ward, precinct, and more. From there, you will want to click on the second tab located at the top of the box that reads "Sample Ballot." This tab will contain the sample ballots for your address. 
Community Engagement
Rogers Park MOVES Event with Tessine Murji
Rogers Park MOVES, 1445 W. Morse, will host conservation organizer Tessine Murji for an hour of learning and dialogue on the efforts to shut down Enbridges Line 5 in Upper Michigan and how it affects you as a resident of Chicago. Masks are required to attend the event. For more information and to register to attend, click here.  
Trilogy Behavioral Health Hosting Community in Conversation March 30
One year ago, Trilogy Behavioral Health launched the First-response Alternative Crisis Team (FACT), a mobile crisis response unit, to address the local need for mental health crisis intervention. 

Join Trilogy for a panel conversation with community leaders as they discuss key findings from the first year of this community program and learn what's in store next. Learn more about Trilogy's array of integrated programs that enable people in mental health recovery to build meaningful and independent lives. 

The event will take place at 5:30 pm on Thursday, March 30, at 1400 W. Greenleaf. The event is free to attend but does require pre-registration. RSVP by emailing
Registration Now Open for Dating Safety & Sex Ed for Young Teens Program
Do you have a young teen in your life?  Are you confident they're ready to navigate the exciting but potentially perilous world of dating and sex?  If you'd like to increase both your confidence and theirs, consider registering them for our Dating Safety and Sex Ed Two-Weekend Intensive.  Over the course of 15 hours, young teens will have the opportunity to learn (or reinforce) age-appropriate comprehensive sex ed, as well as communication strategies that will enhance their safety in a variety of situations.  And just in case something goes terribly wrong, they’ll also learn how to physically defend themselves.

Dates & Times
The course runs Friday - Sun, April 14th – 23rd, at our Center in Chicago, at 6961 N Clark St.
  • Friday, April 14th and 21st,  sessions are 6 - 7:30. 
  • Saturday, April 15th & 22nd, sessions are 4:30 - 6:30
  • Sunday, April 16th and 23rd, sessions are 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (lunch provided)
What's Covered
Drawing from the well-respected Our Whole Lives curriculum as well as Empowerment Self-Defense,  the series will cover:
  • Sexual Anatomy
  • Puberty
  • Gender Identity
  • Recognizing Healthy Relationships
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Consent
  • Boundary Setting Skills
  • Assertive Communication Skills
  • Sexual Decision-Making
  • Physical Resistance Skills in case of emergency, including easy-to-learn ways to get out of a hold or grab, striking and kicking an opponent, and fighting from the ground or a prone position
The standard fee for this intensive 2-weekend series is $200.  Reduced is $150, and Supporter is $250.

Ready to sign up?  Register at
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Artists of the Wall Essay Contest
The Loyola Park Advisory Council (LPAC) is celebrating a very special 30th Anniversary of the Artists of the Wall Festival!  As they celebrate the 30th Anniversary, they're excited to announce this year's theme,  "Stories of the Wall."  LPAC picked this theme because of the many stories they hear from people enjoying the park.  Whether new to the area and experiencing it for the first time or a long-time resident who has participated since the beginning, the wall has some great stories. 

The Artists of the Wall Festival got its start in 1993 when a group of Rogers Park neighbors came up with a brilliant idea. Gangs had been continually tagging the 600-foot sea wall to the point where the Chicago park district couldn’t keep up maintenance. The group thought if the wall was painted by the community with art, that it would be respected and could be enjoyed by all throughout the year. 

Now the LPAC is looking to hear your stories with a short essay contest. Tell the LPAC your story about why the wall on Pratt Beach has been meaningful to you. Ten winners will be offered early registration (winners must still pay for the spot - $35 for the spot, $8 for paint).

For more information and to submit your essay, click here.
Theatre Above the Law Presents: Cry it Out
Theatre Above the Law presents Cry it Out. An honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work, and the effect class has on parenthood in America.

The show will run March 10 through April 12 at Theatre Above the Law, 1439 W. Jarvis. There is a special Ward 29 coupon code for limited online sales. Use the code C-Ward49Cry for $15 tickets. For more information and to purchase ticket, click here
Rhapsody Theater Presents: Physician Magician

In his new show, “Physician Magician,” Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz pulls inspiration from his own life as the grandchild of European immigrants to Mexico, as well as his career as a physician and professor, to create an enchanting new spectacle. Check out the fresh review from the Chicago Reader!

Sunday performances are in Spanish and are called El Medico Mago. “Physician Magician” runs through April 2, with performances of “El Mago Medico” every Sun at 2 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

Nominate a Senior for the 2023 Senior Hall of Fame
Is there an older adult in your life who has a history of helping and inspiring others? Nominate them for induction into the Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame!

The Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame was established by the General Assembly in 1994 to honor older adults' accomplishments and contributions to their communities. Each year, four Illinoisans age 65 or older are inducted into the Hall of Fame for their work in community service, education, arts, or the labor force. 

Nominees must be:
  • At least 65 years old
  • A current Illinois resident or a former resident who lived in Illinois for the majority of their life
Posthumous nominees will also be considered. 

Illinois Department of Aging staff will thoroughly review all applications an ultimately submit no more than 44 finalists per category to the judges. The judges will select one winner in each category for induction into the 2022 Hall of Fame.

Nominations must be submitted by June 1, 2023 to be considered. The online submission form is available here, or you can submit a completed nomination form via email to Purness.Bordersiii@illinoi.og or by mail to:

Illinois Department on Aging
Division of Community Relations and Outreach
One Natural Resources Way, #100
Springfield, Illinois 62702-1271

For more information on the program, click here
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
Help Beloved Oasis Bartender in her Fight against Cancer
Beloved Oasis daytime bartender Michelle Dremon has recently been diagnosed with cancer. To many in Rogers Park, she's served as a neighborhood mom, especially for those without a family in the city. Michelle is known for organizing annual Super Bowl parties and holiday celebrations. She also coordinates and puts on neighborhood potlucks, helping build a strong community in Rogers Park.

Michelle has always been the first to help anyone, and now she needs our help. Michelle had to stop working in order to fight cancer. She still has bills and living expenses to pay. Please consider making a donation to give back to someone who has done so much to build community in Rogers Park.

You can make a financial contribution to Michelle on GoFundMe by clicking here
Free Seminar: Legal Issues Women May Encounter in the Workplace
The Chicago Bar Association is partnering with the Chicago Public Library and the Evanston Public Library to present a free virtual event for your Chicagoans on Tuesday, March 28 at 6 p.m.  Attorney Jill O’Brien of Laner Muchin will host an interactive discussion on legal issues women may encounter in the workplace. Jill will review the many recent developments in Illinois laws related to employment issues, like paid and unpaid time off work for medical or personal reasons and expanded time off for victims of domestic violence or other crimes. There will be a 30-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q & A.  
Each Law at the Library program features a presentation by an experienced attorney, followed by a brief question and answer session. All events are free, open to the public, and conducted via Zoom. Registration is required. To register or for additional information, visit or For a referral to a CBA lawyer, visit   
Have Your Donation to Care For Real Matched through March 31

A generous donor agreed to match all gifts made up to $20,000 for Care for Real until midnight on March 31. To make the most of this challenge, don't wait. Give today.

The need for food assistance continues to be high, but financial support is down. Your support will close the gap and help Care for Real help more neighbors.

Care for Real has over 1,500 families visiting each month who can't afford groceries. They need your help, and so does Care for Real. Give what you can today and help them reach their goal!

Nominate a Teacher for the We Appreciate Teachers Contest
Back 2 School America has launched 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. This contest is designed to draw attention to the hard work of teachers and what an important role they play in our society, and the ways they positively impact our children.

Consider nominating a teacher by April 1, 2023!  Twenty-five winning teachers will each receive Back 2 School kits for their classroom, a gift basket of goodies, and will be guests at a champagne reception in their honor.

Learn more about the contest and how to nominate a teacher at Back 2 School's website.
New Leaf Cannabis Expungement Program
CARPLS legal aid is rolling out its New Leaf program, a free expungement program. New Leaf is a statewide, state-funded initiative, made up of 19 non-profit organizations throughout Illinois, which provide free legal representation or legal information to people who want their cannabis convictions expunged from their record.

For more information and to register, visit
Volunteer for Animal Care and Control
Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) is seeking volunteers to help connect families with pets, walk and play with dogs, care for cats, provide one-on-one enrichment, and assist at special events. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old and attend an orientation. For more information, click here
Chicago Resiliency Fund 2.0
The City opened another round of direct cash payments to residents who didn't receive a COVID-19 stimulus check. 

The following groups are eligible for a one-time payment of $500:
  • Households who claimed dependents 17 years or older in their 2019 taxes,
  • Domestic workers, and/or
  • Undocumented residents. 
For more information and to apply, visit The deadline to apply is March 31. 
Volunteer as a Tutor at Howard Area Community Center
Howard Area Community Center is seeking adult education tutor volunteers. This is an excellent opportunity to give back to our community. For more information and to sign up, contact Katherine at 773-262-6622 ext 131 or email
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
Sponsor Refugees through Welcome Corps
The Welcome Corps is a new service opportunity for Americans to welcome refugees seeking freedom and safety and, in turn, make a difference in their own communities. Together, sponsor groups welcome refugee newcomers by securing and preparing initial housing, greeting refugee newcomers at the airport, enrolling children in school, and helping adults to find employment. You already have the most important skill you need to succeed—knowledge about daily life in your community. Experts will be there to guide you each step of the way.

Learn more at
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:
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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
Apply for the Community Growers Program
The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and partner agency NeighborSpace announced the first round of applications for the City’s Community Growers Program is open until April 1, 2023. 

This program, designed in partnership with the City of Chicago Food Equity Council, is a $2M investment in urban agriculture with the goal of increasing food equity in communities with a history of disinvestment by encouraging the development of urban agriculture sites by local growers. This support for urban agriculture in communities with limited food access will provide residents with more options for accessing fresh produce, while also creating wealth-building opportunities for growers.  

Through this program, BACP and NeighborSpace expect to reduce the barriers to urban agriculture by supporting urban growers with access to land and water, resources to build long-term sites, and technical support. This program will increase equitable community access to healthy foods by creating new food access points in neighborhoods experiencing food insecurity.  

As the lead delegate agency of the Community Growers Program, NeighborSpace will provide grants and ongoing technical assistance to growers, understand the specific needs of each project site, and provide the appropriate guidance. As a part of this program, NeighborSpace will be responsible for managing the development of multiple urban agriculture sites. By providing financial and technical assistance to urban growers, NeighborSpace can best support existing urban agricultural sites and build urban gardens and farms on vacant lots. 

To learn more about the Community Growers Program and BACP’s Recovery Plan efforts, please visit  
Share your Feedback on CPD's Racial Equity Plan

The Chicago Police Department is developing a Racial Equity Action Plan (REAP). This is part of a citywide effort aligned with Municipal Code 2-4-100 that requires all city departments to create a Racial Equity Action Plan. All City departments are responsible for creating and reporting progress on their REAPs.

The REAP will be a three-year roadmap outlining strategies and actions that the CPD will take to close racial equity gaps, ensure equitable and constitutional policing services for all Chicagoans, and measure progress toward a more equitable City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department.

The Chicago Police Department is inviting the public to provide feedback through a survey on what you believe should be included in the REAP. Currently, the first draft of the REAP is being developed. CPD expects to publish the draft in early May 2023 and will invite the community to review the draft plan and provide additional feedback on it then.

Click here to begin the survey

Responses to this survey are entirely anonymous and all questions are optional. This survey will be open until April 9th, 2023.  

Submit Feedback on Policy Training Needs
Every year, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) provides training to CPD officers to ensure they are performing their jobs safely and fairly. Community feedback is important in identifying training needs for police officers. The CPD would like YOUR input about the areas that you think CPD officers would benefit from training. In partnership with the University of Chicago Survey Lab, the CPD is conducting a survey to learn what people think police training should focus on.

To take this voluntary and confidential survey, click here. The survey takes just 5-10 minutes to complete. Please add your voice to help CPD identify training priorities and goals. 
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
Chicago Early Learning Preschool Application Opens April 11
The Chicago Early Learning preschool application will open on Tuesday, April 11. There are no-cost and low-cost early education options for every child from birth through 5 years old. Full-day and half-day options are available.

For more information, visit or call 312-229-1690.
Chore Services Program for Seniors
The Chore Services Program supports older adults 60 years old and older recently released from the hospital, experiencing illness, and/or experiencing difficulty with completing household tasks due to physical or cognitive limitations. Short-term in-home support (assistance with cleaning, laundry, and self-care) and heavy-duty cleaning, including the removal of excessive clutter, is offered. This year, the program is expanding services to also include extermination, lawn care, and snow removal services to older adults that are homeowners and that meet existing Chore program eligibility requirements. Rental apartment units are not included under the newly expanded services, given that rental property maintenance is the responsibility of landlord property owners.

For referral and a scheduled eligibility assessment, older adults or their caregivers may contact the Senior Services Division Information and Assistance call center at 312-744-4016 or email
LadderUp Providing Tax Preparation Services to Low-Income Earners
What: Ladder Up is preparing to open several pop-up Tax Assistance Program (TAP) sites in hard-to-reach areas around Chicago. These sites offer free tax preparation services to those who qualify through mid-April. Additionally, Ladder Up will host Tax-a-Thon on February 4 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Olive-Harvey College.

Why: Ladder Up serves families and individuals often marginalized by today’s financial systems due to race, gender, and class identifications. The clients are less able to understand how to prepare an accurate tax return and are most at risk of making costly mistakes. Without Ladder Up’s support, clients are more likely to be taken advantage of by predatory financial providers charging unnecessary fees.

Who: Founded in 1994, Ladder Up has served 750,000 clients and returned $1.42 billion to them. During the 2022 tax season, the nonprofit organization assisted over 15,000 individuals to secure over $21.8 million in refunds. Ladder Up offers a variety of financial services including tax preparation, financial aid for college, financial education, and Individual Taxpayer Identification Number services.
IHDA Mortgage Assistance Program
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has extended its mortgage assistance program designed to assist homeowners financially impacted by the pandemic. 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).

The HANA Center can also assist homeowners with their application. To contact the HANA Center, call 773-583-5501 or email
ComEd Launches New Assistance Programs
ComEd recently issued the attached news release to announce new and enhanced customer assistance options that will make more customers aware of the help available, provide more grants to help with electric bills, and remove barriers customers sometimes face when accessing assistance options.
ComEd’s new assistance offerings include:
  • Catch Up and Save: A two-part program that first provides monthly credits to a customer’s bill to eliminate past-due balances. To help families save on future energy bills, the program also provides a free energy savings kit while supplies last. Each kit includes home products designed to help lower home energy use while improving the efficiency of the home.
  • Fresh Start Services: To help customers become aware of and navigate the options available to manage bills and energy use, ComEd offers both online and person-to-person help. This service also offers customers tools that will alert them when their energy use is trending higher than usual and help them be aware of financial assistance programs they may be eligible for.
  • Your Neighbor Fund: To be funded by donations from ComEd’s 6,000 employees who proudly work and live in the communities the energy company serves. This fund, managed in collaboration with Neighborhood Housing Services, provides another needed source of grant money to help limited-income families pay their ComEd bill.
For more information and to enroll, visit
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
Back to Business (B2B) Grants for Creative Arts, Hotels & Restaurants

The Back to Business (B2B) grant program provides recovery grants for businesses in the hardest-hit industries.  Through the state’s B2B and Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Programs, DCEO has provided more than $535 million to more than 15,000 businesses since the start of the pandemic.

Eligible restaurants, hotels, and creative arts businesses are eligible to apply for $175 million in available grant funding as part of our efforts to support ongoing recovery in hard-hit industries. All applicants will receive a grant as long as they meet eligibility requirements, and submit proper documentation and attestations required by the program. 

Applications will be open from April 5 to May 10, 2023, and there are informational webinars scheduled for March 24, March 30, and April 6, 2023. For more information and to apply, click here

CTA's Building Small Business Program
Is your small business in need of access to capital?  Do you need technical assistance and back-office support with your small business?  If so, please join for the Chicago Transit Authority’s Building Small Businesses Program orientation on Thursday, March 30, at 5:30 pm at HACIA,  located at  650 W. Lake St, Suite 230.

Register at  to attend. 
Sign-Up to be a Vendor at Chalk Howard Street Festival

Are you a vendor interested in participating at Chalk Howard Street? The Rogers Park Business Alliance just launched the vendor sign-up forms. These are available for artists, merchants, and food vendors. The deadline to apply is July 14th; priority will be given to Rogers Park vendors.

Learn more and apply by clicking here.

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.
Black College Expo April 1
The National College Resources Foundation is hosting a Black College Expo on Saturday, April 1, from 10 am to 4 pm at Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Drive.

Over 50 colleges and universities will be in attendance to let prospective students know about their programs, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities. For more information and to register to attend, visit The National College Resources Foundation's website by clicking here
One Summer Chicago Now Accepting Applications
The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) welcomes Chicago youth with new summer opportunities as we reopen the application portal for One Summer Chicago (OSC) at
This year, there are thousands of opportunities available for young people ages 14-24, with opportunities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Young people can apply at up until the June 2nd deadline.
  • Summer Youth Employment Program provides employment and internship opportunities for 16 to 24 year-olds, earning $15.40 an hour while working with partners like the Chicago Park District, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and Lurie’s Children’s Hospital.
  • For our 14–15-year-olds who are not quite old enough to work, our Chicagobility program helps young people explore career pathways, participate in project-based learning and field trips, and earn a $450 stipend for the summer.
Apply here!
Apply for ComEd STEM Scholarships
ComEd is now accepting applications from college students pursuing careers in STEM for the next round of Future of Energy scholarships through March 31, 2023. For more information or to apply for the ComEd Future of Energy STEM scholarship, visit:
To be eligible for the Future of Energy scholarship, students must be enrolled in an eligible college degree program, have a minimum 2.8 GPA, and submit an application. Priority consideration will be given to people of color and women, Illinois residents enrolled in an Illinois university or college or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country, and those demonstrating financial need. ComEd is partnering with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project to administer the scholarship fund.
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
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
Apply to be a General Laborer with the
Department of Streets and Sanitation
The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation is looking to hire key general laborer positions. The starting pay is $21.73/hour and includes additional benefits. 

Applicants who have questions about hot to apply can contact the Department of Human Resources at 312-744-4976 or

Apply on the City of Chicago's careers website by clicking here. The deadline to apply is March 28.  
CTA Second Chance Program Hiring Event April 8
The CTA is hosting a Second Chance Program hiring event on Saturday, April 8. They will provide two sessions, the first from 8 am to 11 am and the second from 1 pm to 4 pm. The event will take place at CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake. Submit your interest survey to secure a spot by clicking here. For questions, email
Hospitality Hires Chicago 2023

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) and event sponsors are hosting the sixth annual Hospitality Hires Chicago (HHC) on Tuesday, April 18, at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago from 9 am to 3 pm.

This year’s theme is Hospitality is a State of Mind. Having a positive attitude and finding a career that you enjoy with good wages and benefits is what leads to success! To date, HHC events have helped more than 900 people get hired or secure conditional job offers and have provided more than 200 employers with access to more than a thousand pre-screened work-ready candidates.

Pre-registration for the event is required. Learn more and register by clicking here

Swissport Chicago is Hiring
Swissport Chicago is looking to hire key passenger services positions at O'Hare airport. They are especially in need of representatives that speak Spanish. To learn more about openings, visit its website here
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. 
Free Culinary Arts Training Program 
Howard Area Community Center is opening registration for the Spring cohort of its Culinary Arts Program. The program provides a free, paid 12-week job training program to prepare students for success in Chicagoland's vibrant food service industry.

The training dates are April 10 - June 30. Individuals who may be interested can sign up for one of two information sessions (Feb 20 or Mar 6) by scanning the QR code on the attached flyer or by clicking here.
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!
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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