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49th Ward Update
October 2, 2020

Hello neighbors,

There’s a lot going on in the world and it can feel overwhelming, but the more we come together as a community, the better off we are. I want to make sure that we know our neighbors, that we know what organizations and businesses are part of our community, and that you feel empowered to take responsibility for what happens in our neighborhood because you have the support and the resources available to do something. Most of all, I want to make sure that you feel connected to my office and our community. That’s why I’m excited to announce our new community building initiative, Block by Block (BxB).

BxB is the block club, reimagined. Our block clubs will be built around the principles of inclusion, respect and action. It’s a program designed to connect neighbors to one another, local resources, and to provide a place where we can work together on neighborhood challenges at the block level.

Are you interested in being a part of a block club?
Do you want to help start one in your area?
Are you already participating in a block club?

Then please - Register here for our BxB program!

There are many other opportunities for you to get involved in the newsletter below. Check them out!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Maria Hadden
Alderwoman, 49th Ward

Celebrations & Appreciations
You didn't think we were going to allow a pandemic to make us stop celebrating and appreciating our community did you? Of course not! We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, orgs and actions that you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
New Rhythm Arts Center Opens at New Location
New Rhythm Arts Center has found a new home in Rogers Park at 1772. W Lunt. They offer piano, guitar, and electric bass lessons as well as West African and breakdance classes. They host West African drumming and concerts. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming events. Give them a call at 773-595-9900 or for more information. 
Announcing the 49th Ward Howl-oween Costume Contest!
Halloween is here - as if this year wasn’t scary enough already. With the limitations of the pandemic, there’s only so much that we can do to celebrate safely, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t get to have fun! Please join us for the first ever 49th Ward virtual pet costume contest, Howl-oween! We invite you to have some fun with us by creating halloween costumes for your pets and submitting them to be judged for best costume. 

The contest will open on Friday, October 16 and close on Friday, October 23. Entries will be judged by a panelist of experts - our 49th Ward Youth Advisory Council. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 30. First place wins a $100 grocery giftcard and the first runner-up will receive a $50 grocery giftcard. Participants are limited to one entry per household, but this can include multiple pets. Pet owners need to live in the 49th Ward & the submission can be any pet - cat, rat, bird, lizard or dog- all pets are welcome so long as they have a costume. 

When the event goes live, we will share the entry form! Stay tuned for details.
Fargo Season Four Now Airing
The premier episode of the fourth season of Fargo aired on Sunday night on FX (available to stream on Hulu), and it will hook you!

The fourth season takes place in Kansas City. However, the production company picked Chicago for filming because the city's buildings are reminiscent of the era the show takes place in. 

While scouring the streets looking for locations for this season, producers stumbled upon Rogers Park and found a home that, in the series, acts as a mortuary and will continue to be central throughout the season.

Check out the trailer above and tune in to see if you can spot scenes filmed in Rogers Park! 
Ward Updates
49th Ward 2021 Budget Survey and Town Halls
The city is heading into its budgeting season, and we want to hear from you! Please take a moment to complete the 49th Ward budget survey online (en español aquí) to help us identify the priorities of 49th Ward residents. Your responses will help inform Alderwoman Hadden we enter discussions for next year's budget. 

Our office will share the results of this survey after it closes on October 4 in our newsletter, on our social media pages, on our website, and at two 49th Ward budget town halls. 

Save the dates! We will host two 49th Ward budget town halls where we will discuss the city's process in forming its annual budget, the challenges we face this year, and the results of this survey. Residents will also have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback as we enter the budget season. 
  • First Town Hall: Saturday, October 10, at 10 am
  • Second Town Hall: Thursday, October 15, at 6 pm
Register to attend a Town Hall online at (Spanish translation available).

Do you know someone in the 49th Ward who should complete this survey? Please share the link ( with them! 

Earlier this month, our office shared an overview of the 2020 budget shortfall and projected 2021 budget gap as we gear up for the 2021 Budget season. The full summary is available on the 49th Ward website by clicking here
The Fields Schools Community Process Update
Our office hosted another meeting on Tuesday, September 29, to continue the community process for the Fields schools. During our meeting, we evaluated the proposals and ideas that have been submitted through the community process to date.  You can view the notes from the September 23 and the September 29 meeting by clicking here.  

We are still asking that stakeholders complete the Fields Schools Visioning Survey online  (en español aquí) to share their feedback and ideas. This will help inform any final recommendations made to CPS. The survey will close on Friday, October 9, at 5 pm. 

Our office will host a final meeting after the survey closes to share the results of the survey and community feedback with the Fields' communities. We will then present the information to Chicago Public Schools so we can make recommendations that will create strong and sustainable neighborhood schools in the 49th Ward. Please keep your eye on this space for information for the next meeting. 
Share Your Feedback on the Future
of the Site at Howard & Ashland 
Thank you to everyone who attended the first Community Development Initiative meeting last night for the city-owned site at Howard and Ashland! If you weren’t able to attend the first workshop, you can watch the recording and/or provide your input by taking the survey found here.

The 49th ward has partnered with the Metropolitan Planning Council, community members, and a team of development professionals to design a realistic, community-driven plan for the site near the Howard CTA Station. There will be different ways to participate (and several opportunities to engage from the comfort of your home!) Virtual meetings are recorded and available online.
The first meeting was a kick-off meeting, where an overview of the site was provided and an open discussion for participants to share their thoughts on what they would like to see developed on the parcel of land.

Beginning next week, there will be a series of Design Workshops for folks to attend. Sign up below for the workshop that best fits your schedule: 
Then on Thursday, October 29, we will wrap up the community-driven process with a virtual community design review. You can sign up below to participate in the community design review:  For more information on the community development initiative, visit the project website.
Have an Idea for Outdoor Dining this Winter? Share it with Us! 
Many of our restaurants struggle to stay afloat as their indoor capacity remains limited, and outdoor dining becomes less feasible as we enter winter months. The city held a contest that asked for idea submissions that would help get businesses through the winter. Many of the ideas that have been raised would be costly to many business owners, and we lack an answer on when they officially would be implemented. We seek creative and affordable solutions to stimulate safe outdoor dining for both customers and restaurant/bar staff during winter months. We will share the ideas with the city and, if feasible, pursue them as a community.

Before filling out the survey please take a moment to review Chicago's Fall & Winter COVID-19 Outdoor Dining Guidance. Once you've reviewed the guidelines, please fill out the online survey (in Spanish here).
Community Alert: Burglaries
The 24th District issued a community alert for a series of robberies in the 49th Ward. If you have any information, please contact the Area Three Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
2020 General Election Information 
Make Your Voting Plan Today!
Having a voting plan is paramount to successfully participating in the democratic process. Research shows that having a voting plan can increase voter turnout by as much as 4.1%. Take a moment to review a sample ballot and then determine your plan today! 
Secure Drop Box Locations for Mail Ballots 
Early Voting Starts October 1
The Chicago Board of Elections began sending mail in ballots this week to registered voters who have requested one. Voters are encouraged to drop off their completed mail ballot at any secure drop box located throughout the city to avoid delays in mailing back the completed ballot via USPS.

Beginning Thursday, September 24 through 7 pm on Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day), voters can return their mail ballot to the 24-hour drop-box located at 69 W. Washington.

Beginning Thursday, October 1 through Tuesday, October 13, voters can return their mail ballot to the secure drop-box or vote early at the Loop Super Site at 191 N. Clark. The hours for the Loop Super Site are 8:30 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. 

Beginning Wednesday, October 14 through Monday, November 2, voters can return their mail ballot to any secure drop-box or vote early at any early voting site located throughout Chicago's 50 wards. In the 49th Ward, early voting and the secure drop-box will be at New Field Elementary, 1707 W. Morse.  There will not be voting at Pottawattomie Park this year. The hours for early voting and to return a mail ballot to a drop box at early voting locations are 8:30 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

On Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day), voters will be able to drop-off their mail ballot by 7 pm CST to any of the secure drop boxes located throughout Chicago's 50 wards. However, if a person chooses to vote in person on Election Day, they are required to vote at their polling place. To locate your polling place, visit the Chicago Board of Election's Voter Information page and input the address where you're registered to vote. 

If you choose to return your mail ballot via USPS, it must be postmarked on or before November 3 to count. Any mail ballot that is postmarked November 4 or later will not count. 

A voter may opt to vote in person instead of returning their mail ballot to a drop box or through USPS. If you choose to do this, you are required to bring your mail ballot with you to an early voting location or your polling place on Election Day and turn it in to an election judge to vote in person instead.

You can track your mail ballot on the Chicago Board of Elections' website here. If you have requested a mail ballot and have not received one by October 29, please contact the Chicago Board of Elections at 312-269-7967. If you still do not receive a mail ballot in time for the Election, you can go to your polling place on Election Day. You will be asked to sign an affidavit to complete a provisional ballot. 
Flatten the Ballot Request Curve, Apply NOW to Vote by Mail! 
Photo Credit: Common Cause

Make sure to apply to vote by mail now to help the Chicago Board of Elections prepare to send out ballots in a timely and efficient manner ahead of the November 3 General Election. Those who apply now will be the first in line to receive ballots when mailings start beginning in late September and early October.

Voters can apply to receive a vote-by-mail ballot on the Chicago Board of Elections websiteThose who are requesting a vote by mail ballot this election may opt to drop off their mail ballot (and, thereby, avoid delays with USPS) at any early voting location October 14 through November 3. Those locations and hours are still being finalized and will be published on the Board of Election's website next month. 

#Vote2020 #VoteSafe #VoteByMail

Register to Vote! 
Confirm how you're going to vote this November. Visit the Chicago Board of Elections website to check your registration, to register to vote, or to update your voter registration address.

To Board of Elections also provides information for a number of options for registering to vote. Some of the easiest are:
  1.  Online
  2.  In-person at an Early Voting location. In the 49th Ward, early voting will take place at New Field Elementary, 1707 W Morse. 
  3. At your precinct polling location on election day on November 3 (check your polling location online)
  4. By mail, but you have to get it printed and postmarked by October 6!
If you are registering to vote or updating your voter registration address at an Early Voting up to November 2 or at your polling place on Election Day, you are required to have two forms of identification. The Chicago Board of Elections has a list of acceptable forms of identification on their website.

To register to vote, you must:
  • be a U.S. citizen, and
  • be born on or before Nov. 3. 2002, and
  • live in your precinct at least 30 days before the election, and
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere; and
  • not be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction. (Note: Ex-convicts who have been released from prison/jail and who meet all other requirements listed above are eligible to register and vote in Illinois. Ex-convicts who have been released and are on parole/probation ARE eligible to register and vote in Illinois.)
Through the Chicago Elections website, you can also apply to vote by mail or check the status of your vote by mail application. Mail ballots started getting mailed on September 24. 
Apply to Become an Election Judge!
COVID-19 has caused a national shortage of poll workers and election judges across Illinois. In order to have a fair, safe and secure election, it is vital to have election judges and poll workers.

I hope you'll take the opportunity, if you are able, to help further democracy and serve as an election judge. Click here to apply to serve as an election judge.
The Northside AARP Will Host a Meeting on the Upcoming Election on October 6
The Northside AARP Community Group will present a hands-on program that will provide seniors with resources and skills to help them navigate the upcoming General Election. Learn what will be on the ballot, how to find out information on candidate's positions, and how to analyze ballot issues before casting a vote. 

The meeting will take the place of their regular monthly meeting at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, October 6. The meeting will be held virtually on Zoom.

For more information and to sign up to join the meeting, visit the Northside AARP Community Group's website
Design Your Vote Community Art Project
Kids, parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to a free community art project and contribute to making a mosaic of our state.

WHO: YOU!  All ages, No skill needed
WHAT: 6”x6” artwork 
WHEN: The deadline for submission is October 14, 2020
WHERE: Take a picture of your art and email it to
WHY: Picture your Power then Use Your Power: Register to Vote;  Apply to Vote by Mail; Vote Early!

EXTRA CREDIT: Submit your art with your name and Ward 49, and Design Your Vote will include all the ward entries together on their Facebook Page with a little sentence highlighting our neighborhood. 

See website for additional details:
Community Aid
Rogers Park Community Response Team Among Finalists to Recieve $25,000 State Farm Grant. Vote today! 

Help your neighbors win $25,000 for Rogers Park Community Response Team by voting online today!

In March, a group of Rogers Park community members started RPCRT to help their neighbors who needed basic necessities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, hundreds of volunteers and donors were able to supply food, cleaning supplies, baby supplies, emergency cash, connections to resources, and someone to call. These funds will help them to continue meeting the needs of the community as the pandemic continues to impact all of us.

Community Support Drive
Care for Real is hosting a Community Support Drive. The event will take place on Saturday, October 3, from noon to 3 pm at the Ismaili Jamthkhana parking lot located at 6259 N. Broadway. 

Care for Real helps an average of 150 Rogers Park households each week at their pop-up location at the United Church of Rogers Park. Help our neighbors in need by donating household cleaning items, canned and boxed food and beverages, personal hygiene items, and face masks and gloves. Please place donated items in your trunk for the event, and a volunteer wearing a face mask and gloves will unload them when you drive up to practice safe social distancing. If you don't have a car and still would like to donate, they are still accepting walk-up donations. Please just make sure to wear a mask. 
Centro Romero's Purple Chandelier Gala October 15
Centro Romero has serviced the community of immigrants and refugees seeking an improved quality life in our neighborhood for 36 years. The lives, prosperity, and enthusiasm of the members of the community have always been the utmost importance to Centro Romero.

This year's annual event and their first "online fundraising gala" is titled The Purple Chandelier and focuses on their Women’s Department’s continuing work to empower individuals and families engaging the next step of their lives.

The online event will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit Centro Romero's website
Participate in CIADC's Online Relief Auction
Since opening our doors on May 11, 2015 - Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center has filled a void within the Chicagoland community by providing continuing education, working access, and community for 3D object makers working with materials and processes requiring industrial workspace, specialized skill-sets, and shop equipment.
In 2019, CIADC was able to increase Teen Programming across the organization; provide hands-on, experiential learning to nearly 250 Chicago Public School students from underserved neighborhoods; establish more scholarships and financial programs for both Adults and Teens; and invest in educational opportunities including the recent addition of a CNC Plasma Cutter, allowing students and members to learn about 21st-century manufacturing.
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected CIADC. They lost 3 full months of revenue during the stay-at-home mandate, and continue to experience losses as everyone navigates this new health safety norm. Today, Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center needs the support of our local community more than ever to help them continue our momentum and provide Teens and Adults the enriching experience of industrial arts and object making.
Help CIADC return to the same level of community service while also seeing first-hand the creativity and talent of their community by bidding in the CIADC COVID Relief Auction!

More information is available online
Tril-a-Thon October 21
Tril-a-thon, Trilogy's fundraiser to support its vital programs, premieres Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 7 pm! Trilogy helps people recover from mental illness and changes lives every day, but they need your support to make our vital work possible. Join them to learn about how our programs are improving lives across Chicagoland! More information is available online
Raise a Glass for Raise Your Hand October 13-23
Ten years, seven superintendents, three mayors and one recession ago, parents facing a billion-dollar budget cut to Chicago Public Schools came together. They stopped the cut and started a movement of parents organizing for fairer, better schools. Since then, Raise Your Hand (RYH) has become a megaphone for the voices of parents and caregivers and guaranteed them a seat at the table when Chicago makes decisions about public education.

The pandemic and police violence have put an exclamation point on systemic inequities in our schools and communities and the harm done to so many families over the years. RYH responded since March with 50 programs for more than 2,000 participants. 

Parents and caregivers have had a helluva year this year. Join Raise Your Hand's virtual Raise A Glass fundraiser from Tuesday, October 13 to Friday, October 23 to celebrate all we've overcome in 2020. 

Raise Your Hand's goal this year is to raise $50,000. As an organization that was born out of the Great Recession, RYH knows the fight to protect education will be even more critical as we enter another recession. We must continue to train the next generation of parent leaders to fight and win.

Community Engagement Opportunities
24th District Community Conversation October 7
The 24th Police District is hosting a Community Conversation to help inform their 2021 strategic plan. The more voices that are heard during the meeting, the better the police can develop a Strategic Plan for 2021 that encompasses the concerns of the community.

The conversation will take place virtually on Wednesday, October 7, from 6  pm to 9 pm. Register online at Eventbrite. Those who cannot join virtually are asked to call into the meeting by dialing the number on the flyer. 
Virtual TIP Fest
The Chicago Park District is taking TIP (Teens in the Park) Fest to the big stage, online! TIP Fest is the largest platform for Chicago’s young artists to showcase their talent, connect to resources, and most of all, celebrate one another's talents. 

Artists,  between the ages of 14 & 24, living in Chicago, may audition to be a part of this year's TIP Fest. Submissions will be accepted through October 9. They're looking for dancers, singers, musicians, spoken word artists, and more.  All forms of talent are welcome. Learn more about how to audition and view event details here
Howard Area Community Center Mural Unveiling
Howard Area Community Center is hosting a virtual Mural Unveiling event on October 12th at 6:30 pm. 

Share in a special moment, virtually, as HACC unveils the moving artwork from their artist-in-residence, Molly Costello. This is a community occasion in which the stories from their Adult Education program will be shared through art.

Learn more and RSVP online.
Pitch In for Loyola Park!

This fall, the Chicago Parks Foundation is leading a citywide volunteer initiative to help keep the parks clean in partnership with the Chicago Park District and our communities.

Our local Loyola Park Advisory Council will participate in this citywide effort on October 14 and November 24 to help clean up the park as we head into the winter months. 

Loyola Park is located on the lakefront, covering a little over a mile of beach-front with tennis courts, basketball courts, sculptures, and a dog beach. It is one of the best-hidden secrets on the far northeast side. 


Over the past few months, park budgets have been stretched, and there are fewer seasonal employees. The Chicago Parks Foundation will provide cleanup supplies and safety guidelines throughout the city to help support the parks’ ongoing maintenance.

Please sign-up online today and come experience the beauty of Rogers Park at Loyola Beach!

Share Your Input to Inform CPD Policies

The Chicago Police Department is looking for public feedback and lived experiences to help inform them how they can better improve their policies. With your help, the police will work to create policies that improve the interactions by Chicago Police officers with people, and the training officers receive on the best way to interact with them. Part of the community input process will involve the use of online public surveys and the creation of community focus groups that will use a web-based communication platform to create a collaborative space for sharing feedback. Please consider taking one of CPD's surveys and signing up to be considered for a focus group. 

CPD is currently asking for your input on the following surveys:

For more information or to sign-up for a focus group on one of these topics, please click here.

Locked Out: A Closer Look at Our Eviction Crisis 

On October 15, community members interested in learning about the timely topic of eviction will come together virtually to join Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW) for the organization’s annual fall luncheon. The event, Locked Out: A Closer Look at Our Eviction Crisis, will feature a panel discussion with four experts from diverse fields, in conversation about the current eviction crisis and its intersection with housing, racial, and economic justice. Additionally, Locked Out will explore the impact of eviction through personal narratives and cover possible solutions to the country’s growing need for affordable housing. 

Panelists for the event include Sol Flores, Deputy Governor, State of Illinois; Dennericka Brooks, Director of the Housing Practice Group at Legal Aid Chicago; Steve Thomas, President, 5T Construction Inc.; and Wendell Harris, Vice President of Lending Operations at Chicago Community Loan Fund. The event will be moderated by WBEZ’s Steve Bynum and will include a Q&A session, allowing attendees to submit their questions live. 

You can learn more about the event and how to register at

Open House Chicago October 16-25

The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is pleased to announce nearly 50 online programs and trails for self-guided biking, driving, and walking during the CAC’s 10th annual Open House Chicago (OHC) festival. 20 Chicago neighborhoods (including the Lang House and the Emil Bach House in Rogers Park!) and two suburbs will be featured this year. 

The OHC festival is reconfigured for outdoor and remote attendance. Participants will be able to explore and select routes on a variety of themes, learn about buildings and sites of interest in each neighborhood, browse and register for related OHC online programs, and more through resources available online at, as well as through their free OHC 2020 app on your smartphone. 

Free Days at the Shedd Aquarium Throughout October!
The  Shedd Aquarium will offer twelve days in October when Illinois residents can visit the aquarium free of charge. Illinois Resident Free Days will look different than previous years, as Shedd has adopted several stringent measures to ensure guests have a safe and enjoyable visit. This includes a severely limited building capacity, timed-ticketing, one-directional pathways throughout the building, mandatory face coverings, readily available hand sanitizer stations and more.

Most notably, guests looking to take advantage of the free admission must secure their tickets in advance via Shedd’s website or by phone at 312-939-2438.. Free admission will not be granted to guests who walk up without a reservation.
WHEN: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays through the month of October
WHERE: Shedd Aquarium
TICKETS: Tickets must be secured ahead of a visit. This can be done on Shedd’s website or by phone: 312-939-2438.
All adults must provide proof of residency in-person when redeeming tickets at the discounted rate. For the latest information about the aquarium hours and discounts, please visit the Shedd Aquarium's “Plan a Visit” page or call 312-939-2438.
Please note: A $3 transaction fee applies to Illinois Resident Free Day tickets reserved online. This helps ensure access to as many neighbors as possible by validating orders.

While the aquarium is now open to guests, financial support remains critical to Shedd’s continued success. Beyond planning a visit, there are several ways that the public can make a contribution to fuel Shedd’s mission.
Apna Ghar's (Virtual) Fitness Challenge
to End Gender Violence October 1 - October 31
This October, during national domestic violence awareness month, Apna Ghar’s Virtual Fitness Challenge will allow you to stay connected and show your support as they mark 30 years of realizing gender justice. 

Register for only $30 in 3 quick steps and ask family and friends to participate and donate towards your hustle! Download the free Kilter Rewards App and track any activity for at least 30 minutes every day. Connect to your preferred health apps and earn points to win prizes.

The event will kick-off on October 1, 2020, with Bollywood Groove hosting a workout. Register online today! 
Complete the Census Online!
Court Orders Census Efforts can Continue through October
The federal courts have ruled against the Trump administration's efforts to stop the census count on September 30. This means there is one more month to ensure that we have an accurate count and receive our fair share of federal funding. 

Our ward response rate has remained stagnant at slightly over 64%.  Please take five minutes to complete your census online, and then encourage a neighbor or a friend to do it too. Finally, please answer the door for our Census enumerators and allow them to access your building to knock on doors. Below you will find information on how to spot a Census worker. 
Census Enumerators Going Door-to-Door to Gather Census Data
This month you might notice Census enumerators going door-to-door to encourage Census participation. All Census enumerators will be wearing masks and a valid ID badge. Please help us get an accurate count this year by taking 5 minutes to fill out the 2020 Census online
Do You Part! Complete the 2020 Census Online!

Amid the rapid changes we are implementing, there is still a Census count underway. A public health crisis like COVID-19 really drives home the urgency to have an accurate count. These counts help determine state and local funding as well as draw legislative districts.

Right now, only about 64% of households in the 49th Ward have completed the census. That amounts to 15,079 households in our ward having responded to the 2020 Census. This means there are about 8,483 households that still have yet respond!

For every person who completes the census, the city will receive approximately $1,400 in federal funding. That's money that goes back to our everyday infrastructure needs, our schools, our parks, and more. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete. 

You should have received information in the mail on how to complete the Census. Please take a moment to look at the U.S. Census Bureau's website and complete yours online today.
Government Corner
With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of information and resources available to people at all levels of government. To make sure you're receiving all the information to help you through this time, please consider signing up for the following newsletters or keeping your eye on the following pages. See something that should be added to this section? Email it to the office at 

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

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

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

Federal Government:
Sign-up for Congresswoman Schakowsky's newsletter
Federal Government COVID-19 Response Website
Need to Know Info
Each week we've been updating this section with the rapid information coming down from all levels of government. This has resulted in a long email with the information running for several weeks. To shorten the length of the newsletter and provide the freshest content, we have archived all the COVID-19 newsletters on the 49th Ward website. You can also refer to the Rogers Park Community Response Team's website, where resources and information are abundantly available for our neighbors. 
Get a Free Flu Shot at a CDPH Location
now through Mid- November 
The Chicago Department of Public Health will again host their annual flu shot vaccination clinics throughout the city. Our office is working with CDPH to secure an event for the 49th Ward and will share details as soon as they are confirmed.

In the meantime, CDPH will host over 40 recurring flu clinics at large locations across the City, such as Chicago’s City Colleges, and multiple smaller, one-time clinics in high-risk communities. The full schedule is available online at Walk-ins are welcome, but residents will soon be able to register in advance on the website.

CDPH recommends everyone six months and older receive a yearly flu vaccine as the first, and most important step, in protecting against the flu. While the flu vaccination is always important, this season getting vaccinated is more important than ever. This is especially true for people who are at higher risk of being exposed to or developing serious complications from flu and COVID-19, as well as those who are caregivers of people who are at higher risk from these two diseases. This includes: 
  • People 65 and older, who account for the majority of hospitalizations and deaths from flu and COVID-19. 
  • People with underlying medical conditions like lung disease, heart disease, neurologic disorders, weakened immune systems and diabetes, who also are more likely to have serious flu and COVID-19 outcomes. 
  • African Americans and Hispanics, who are disproportionally affected by diseases like asthma, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic conditions that can increase the risk for serious flu and COVID-19 complications. 
  • Caregivers in long-term care facilities—in addition to residents—who are in daily close contact with people who are most vulnerable to serious flu and COVID-19 illness and death. 
  • Essential workers who have frequent interactions with the public and are therefore more likely to be exposed to flu and COVID-19. 
Residents are best served when they receive vaccines as part of a routine visit with a primary care provider. If you do not have a doctor, find a nearby pharmacy that offers the flu vaccine or call 311 to locate a CDPH Community Flu Clinic. To make it easier for residents to find a location to be vaccinated, CDPH has relaunched the Chicago Flu Vaccine Finder. This web-based app shows the closest location where the flu shot is available.

For 49th Ward residents, the closest CDPH flu shot vaccination clinic is at Harry Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. Flu shot events at Truman College are scheduled as follows:
  • October 14 (12 pm - 6 pm)
  • October 15 (12 pm - 6 pm)
  • October 17 (9 am - 3 pm)
  • November 11 (12 pm - 6 pm)
  • November 12 (12 pm - 6 pm)
  • November 14 (9 am - 3 pm)
For more information about the flu and to view the full list of community flu clinics in Chicago, visit
City Announces Changes for Restaurants, Bars,
and Health and Beauty Facilities
Photo Credit: Block Club Chicago
The following changes went into effect Thursday, October 1 as we transition into phase 4 reopening:
  • Restaurants, health and fitness centers, and all other establishments that have been limited to 25% indoor capacity will now be able to increase their maximum indoor capacity to 40%
    • The limit remains 50 total individuals within one room or space.
  • Bars, taverns, brewers, and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption without a retail food license may reopen indoor seating at 25% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer
    • Service remains limited to no more than two hours per party, and customers must be seated when eating, drinking, or ordering – patrons cannot walk up to the bar to order
    • The establishment must partner with a food provider so that food is always available to patrons (e.g., making menus available and allowing delivery, allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services)
  • Maximum party size and table occupancy at restaurants, bars, taverns, breweries and event venues will remain at six people (indoor or outdoor)
  • Additional food service and bar updates include:
    • When dining out at a food service establishment or bar, customers must wear face coverings while seated at all times (including when interacting with staff), except when actively eating or drinking
    • When making reservations and seating walk-in customers, restaurants and bars should retain an email and/or phone number for possible contact tracing
    • Bars, restaurants, and other establishments that serve alcohol will now be able to sell alcohol for on-site or off-site consumption until 1:00 a.m. and may remain open until 1:30 a.m. (liquor stores, grocery stores, and other establishments that sell alcohol to-go through a Package Goods license must continue to cease alcohol sales at 9:00 p.m.)
  • Maximum group size for health and fitness classes, and after-school- programs increased from 10 to 15 people
  • Personal services that require the removal of face coverings permitted to reopen (e.g., facials, beard trims)
    • Services are recommended to be kept under 15 minutes and the employee conducting the service must always wear a face covering
  • All places of business should provide hand sanitizer for patrons and employees to use upon entry
  • Residential property managers are asked to continue limiting guest entry to five additional people for single-member households such that total indoor gatherings and parties do not exceed six people.
These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. You can also visit the city's Covid-19 website for updates here.
Submit Feedback on What the
OIG Should Audit in 2021 through November 15
The APR 2021 Draft Plan Survey seeks your input regarding concerns about the economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of City programs and your priorities for improvement. Your opinions will help inform and prioritize which projects appear on the Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) 2021 Audit Plan. 

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

Survey in English
Survey in Spanish
Submit Feedback on the
Lake Shore Drive Study through November 9
Let your voice be heard! The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation invite you to provide feedback concerning the improvement of U.S. 41 (North Lake Shore Drive) from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue in Chicago. Since the last public meeting, the project team has evaluated criteria and narrowed the range of alternatives. They want to hear from you! 

Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this Public Meeting (#4) will be conducted online through an interactive website. There are multiple opportunities to provide feedback! 

Interactive Website:

They have created a clearinghouse of materials, interactive exhibits, and an audio-visual presentation to provide a refresher on the project and help you review project updates. The interactive site is live:

Input can be provided through the interactive website in multiple ways: 
  • Use the interactive map to comment and provide input on the proposed improvements  
  • Complete a survey to tell us how you use the Drive and lakefront and share your priorities  
  • Review the project exhibits and leave notes in the comment area  
  • Sign up for a small group discussion with the project team 
Virtual Public Meeting Flyer (English) 
Virtual Public Meeting Flyer (Spanish) 
Written comments can be submitted through the interactive websiteproject website, or mailed to the project team. Comments received by November 9, 2020, will become part of the official public meeting record. 
Speak Up Hosts 8-Week Course on
How to Talk to Children about Race

Children are internalizing implicit messages about race every day. Research shows that children begin to adopt society’s harmful racial biases at an early age even when their parents and teachers don’t share those biases. Talking with children explicitly about race and racism is the only thing that has been proven to interrupt problematic comprehensive racial learning experiences. 

Join Speak Up's 8-week virtual course for Chicago area parents/caregivers on engaging in antiracist conversation and practice with children.

Learn more and sign up online

ComEd Resumes Disconnections for Past Due Bills
ComEd announced that they resumed disconnections for past due bills this week. 

As many Illinois families and businesses continue to struggle with the financial challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, ComEd wants to remind customers in need that a variety of options remain available to assist with past-due balances, but many of these enhanced financial assistance options are only available for a limited time.

Customers who are challenged in paying their outstanding balances and energy bills should contact ComEd's customer care team as soon as possible at 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to take advantage of assistance options. Information on each of these options is available at

ComEd worked with the Illinois Attorney General’s office, the staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission and a broad group of stakeholders in June to offer the following customer-assistance options that are available for a limited time:
  • Bill Assistance for Eligible Low-Income Customers. To help customers who are past due on their ComEd accounts, ComEd provides additional bill assistance – up to $500 –for eligible, low-income households earning 200 percent or less of the federal poverty level.
  • More Flexible Payment Arrangements. For a limited time, ComEd offers payment plans of up to 18 installment payments with a 25% down payment for eligible residential customers. Low-income residential customers and those facing financial hardship can spread amounts they owe over 24 installment payments with no down payment.
These customer assistance options supplement the extensive relief that ComEd already offers
customers in need, including:
  • Flexible Payment Options. These include budget billing, which averages payments over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly energy bills.
  • CARE Financial Assistance Grants. For customers who struggle to cover energy expenses, ComEd offers a wide range of financial assistance programs.
  • Supplemental Arrearage Assistance. Recognizing that customers facing economic hardship may be challenged to quickly pay off debt accrued during a period of nonpayment, ComEd also offers arrearage assistance through its Supplemental Arrearage Protection Program (SARP).
ComEd also offers usage alerts and energy-management tips to help customers manage energy use to save money now and on future energy bills. For more information, visit

ComEd understands the most vulnerable customers are hardest hit by the economic impacts of the pandemic, as such, they are suspending disconnects until March 2021 for their low-income customers.  Please note the moratorium only applies to LIHEAP eligible customers or customers experiencing financial hardship. 
Submit Your Feedback on the
Inclusionary Housing Task Force Report thru October 29
The Chicago Department of Housing (DOH) recently published its Inclusionary Housing Task Force Staff Report. The report focuses on a future rewrite of the Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO), which mandates that affordable housing be included in new market-rate residential buildings. 

Review the report online and submit public comments to through October 29.
State Eviction Moratorium Extended to October 22
Governor Pritzker announced this week that the State's eviction moratorium will be extended to October 22 as the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our state and our country. 

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

The Department of Housing has put together a Know Your Rights website for tenants who are facing illegal lockouts during the eviction moratorium. The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing has also put together information for tenants facing an illegal lockout and may be able to provide legal assistance to income-eligible tenants. Learn more on their website here
Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment with the
Cook County Board of Review Through October 13

Rogers Park residents can appeal their 2020 assessments to the Cook County Board of Review until Tuesday, October 13. 

The 2020 assessment is used to calculate the tax bill residents will receive in July 2021 and does not affect the property tax bill received in July 2020.  

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi, Alderwomen Maria Hadden and Debra Silverstein, State Senators Heather Steans and Ram Villivalam, and State Representatives Kelly Cassidy and Yehiel “Mark” Kalish will host a “drive-thru” appeal event and two “appeal overviews” via Zoom. 

The drive-thru event will take place at the Devon Bank parking lot, located at 6445 N. Western Ave. in Chicago on Wednesday, September 30 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.  

The drive-thru event will allow residents to fill out an appeal without leaving their cars. Upon entering the parking lot, residents will receive an appeal from a Board of Review employee that the resident can fill out and return immediately. Residents who have questions can also ask the Board of Review employees at this time. Residents are encouraged to bring their own pen and a flat surface, such as a clipboard or magazine, to write on, although pens and clipboards will be provided. Residents must wear masks when interacting with the Board of Review staff.   

The appeal overviews will take place on Tuesday, September 29 at 5 pm and Thursday, October 1 at 1 pm. The Zoom overviews will allow residents to learn more about how to appeal through the Board of Review in addition to answering any procedural questions. Residents can sign up by clicking here or by calling Commissioner Suffredin’s office at 847-864-1209 to sign up.  

“We will continue to virtually help constituents appeal their property assessments and file for exemptions during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Commissioner Suffredin. “I encourage you to reach out to my office so we can assist with your appeal or answer your questions.” 

Commissioner Suffredin's office will not be taking in-person appointments but will continue to help residents via phone and email. Commissioner Suffredin's office can be reached at 847-864-1209 or   

As a reminder, the deadline for Rogers Park residents to appeal to the Board of Review is Tuesday, October 13.  

Residents can also visit the Board of Review website at 

Emergency Quarantine Order for
People Returning from Out of State
In July, Commissioner Arwardy issued an Emergency Travel Order for travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period. The list of designated states is updated every Tuesday and goes into effect the Friday of that same week. 

This order pertains to both Chicago residents returning from travel to a designated state, and travelers arriving in Chicago from a hard-hit state. 

For the latest list of affected states, click here. For an FAQ on the Emergency Travel Order, click here.  Read the latest COVID updates here.
Latest Information on COVID-19 from the
Chicago Department of Public Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more eligibility requirements and information on how to apply, please visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development's website
Cook County Small Business Assistance

The Rogers Park Business Alliance is a part of the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Small Business Assistance program. The program is two-fold, offering both business advising and grants. All businesses located within the City of Chicago or suburban Cook County are eligible for business advising programming to help address the unique needs arising from the pandemic.

Businesses located within suburban Cook County with 20 or fewer employees who saw sales reductions as a result of COVID-19 may also qualify for $10,000 recovery grants.

Visit to learn more and find out if you qualify. 

More information here

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

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

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

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

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

CPS Child Learning Hubs

CPS is offering Child Learning Hubs from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. These are sites hosted by either CPS or community-based organizations where a limited number of students are able to attend remote classes while being supervised by an adult in a safe environment. 

The learning hubs are available for K-8 students enrolled in CPS schools. Priority will be given to families living in high-need communities according to UIC’s Hardship Index, students living in temporary housing, and children of essential workers. Interested families can fill out an online survey, though completing it does not mean your child is enrolled. Child Learning Hubs are opened and filled on a rolling basis.

To learn more about the Child Learning Hubs, visit CPS's website.

Sign Up for a Teaching Buddy
Teaching Buddies was founded in the Summer of 2020 to provide a free weekly reading and writing enrichment program for students most negatively affected by COVID-19. Their trained college volunteers (“teaching buddies”) will lead free classes in writing and critical thinking for rising 1st - 8th graders in classes of 1-5 students. Together, they will help your child write short stories, read deeply, and learn important thinking skills to be prepared for the future.

For more information, visit their website
Adyssen Offering Tutoring Services for K-3 Grade Students
Rogers Park fifth-grader Adyssen McClendon is offering tutoring services for students in kindergarten through third grade. Adyssen is a driven student who can help others with math, literacy, and social studies. If you're interested, send an email to or call 773-234-6702. 
Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest
Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin is proud to announce the 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest!

This scholarship recognizes a senior in high school who has displayed outstanding academic achievement or community involvement and writes a thoughtful and impactful essay (500 words or less) on a Hispanic American who has played a role in shaping Chicago's culture and how you plan to use your college experience to build on that legacy.

Participating students must also provide a description of their college plans. Winners will receive a $1,500 and $1,000 award, respectively.

Students can apply at the CPS Academic Works website or submit their essay and other required materials to
Raise Your Hand Hosting
LSC Support and Empowerment Series

CPS has re-opened the opportunity for parents and the community to apply for seats on LSCs. This gives school communities, particularly those with less than a quorum, an opportunity to be fully empowered and create more community connectedness. The new deadline to apply is Friday, October 2 by 3:00 pm for the school you intend to serve. 

Ahead of LSC election, Raise Your Hand is hosting LSC awareness workshops covering topics such as the basics, history, and how empowered LSCs can have a positive impact on community connectedness. 

LSC Elections Support

Tue, October 6th at 6:00 pm | Register:

Wed, October 14th at 7:00 pm | Register:

Employment Opportunities
Contract Tracers Needed
The Cook County Department of Public Health has opportunities available for individuals and community-based organizations to support contract tracing in suburban Cook County.

Job Opportunities:

Contact Tracing Case Investigation Supervisor:
  1. One position - Bilingual English/Polish - closing date October 5
  2. One position - Bilingual English/Gujarati - closing date October 8
For more information and to apply, visit the Cook County Careers website
Trilogy Behavioral Health Hiring a Community Linkage Liaison

Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is seeking a Community Linkage Liaison. 

The Community Linkage Liaison supports the needs of individuals in the community seeking behavioral health services.  They are responsible for providing assessment services through intakes at various open access points, hospital emergency rooms, inpatient units, and short-term focused case management and treatment planning.  The Community Linkage Liaison will provide client-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed services to clients with severe mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse/addiction disorders utilizing a harm reduction approach.

For more information on qualifications and how to apply, visit Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare's website

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

Office Hours*

Monday: 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

*Please note the physical office remains closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Our staff is working virtually from home and is happy to answer calls and emails.

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