49th Ward Update
November 19, 2021
Good Afternoon Neighbors,

As we near Thanksgiving next week, I am grateful for so many things. Yesterday, with the help of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, All Chicago and neighbors with the Rogers Park Solidarity Network we helped match 19 houseless neighbors with homes.

We had 20 apartments available and 19 were matched with neighbor who need them. The one person who turned down the available housing had to do so because it was too far away from his current place of employment; he needs something closer. I spoke with two neighbors who wanted to apply through the event but didn't get signed up in time. I made sure to get their contact info and have put them in touch with DFSS. We will have another event in December to try and match them with homes at that time.

Even though 19 of our houseless neighbors were matched with homes, they still have to wait 2-4 weeks to move into their apartments. This means that many will still be living in Touhy Park until the homes are ready. We are working to bring temporary bathrooms and hand washing stations to the park to improve sanitary conditions until individuals are homed. We are also assessing material needs people have for surviving the colder weather and are working with community and the City to provide it.
I know that we still have much work to do but I am grateful for what we've been able to achieve together in a relatively short time period.

Thank you to our neighbors, my staff and our city partners for all of your care and coordination in working to house our neighbors. I'm grateful to serve a caring and resourceful community.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Alderwoman Maria Hadden
Celebrations & Appreciations
Let's celebrate and appreciate what's wonderful about our ward, the people, the places, and accomplishments. We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, organizations, and actions you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Director of Economic Development, Torrence Gardner, to Join State Rep. Kelly Cassidy as Chief of Staff
49th Ward Director of Economic Development Torrence Gardner will depart the ward office at the end of the month to join State Representative Kelly Cassidy as her new Chief of Staff. We can't overstate Torrence's contribution to the office and the community. From helping get Juneteenth as an official City of Chicago holiday to ushering in new development and businesses, he has profoundly impacted our community and our city. His departure is bittersweet, but we couldn't be prouder of him.

We look forward to seeing all the things he will accomplish alongside Rep. Cassidy and are thrilled that we will still get to work with him closely on a number of issues facing our community. Thank you for your service to our ward, Torrence, and good luck as you embark on the next chapter in your journey! 
Sam Leone Beach Breaks Ground on New Nature Play Area
Leone Beach Park Advisory Council broke ground on a new nature play area over the weekend. The nature play area will be added to the perimeter of the playlot, which allows the current playground equipment to stay in place. The new additions will be built from reclaimed and natural materials, including fallen trees and braided robes. The elements will form a circuit of tunnels, balance beams, steppers, and other kid-configured ways of navigating the edges of the park. A new hedge of native, edible plans will also wind along the fence line near Sheridan Road.

The addition of the nature play area at Sam Leone Beach is another step towards the Park Advisory Council's vision of having the park serve as an area that preserves and celebrates our natural resources. Thank you to the Park Advisory Council for your dedication and advocacy for such a prized community asset. 
The Night Ministry Receives 2021 Make it Better Foundation Philanthropy Award
The Night Ministry received the 2021 Make it Better Foundation Philanthropy Award in the Social Services category. 

The award recognizes the work they do to serve people struggling with homelessness and poverty across Chicago. The Night Ministry has been a community partner in the 49th Ward, having their street medicine team help connect our homeless neighbors to medical services and housing resources. Congratulations to The Night Ministry for this well-deserved recognition! 
Ward Updates
Ward Office Closed November 25 & 26
Please be advised that in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the 49th Ward office will be closed on Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26. The ward office will reopen on Monday, November 29, at 9 am. We hope that everyone has a safe and fun holiday!
49th Ward Flu Shot & COVID Vaccine Event November 20
The 49th Ward office, Rush Medical College, and the Illinois Department of Public Health are partnering to provide flu shots and COVID vaccines to ward residents. The event will take place on Saturday, November 20, from 9 am - 1 pm, at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard. 

Pre-registration is required due to the limited number of vaccines available. Make sure to register online at Please note that the registration form will close as soon as all the appointments have been filled.
Update on Howard Street Fresh Market
Our office supports the request to lift the liquor moratorium at 2033 W. Howard based on the robust community feedback we received. 

The proposal comes from Gaurav Patel, who originally contacted our office with a proposal to open a liquor store at the location. After reviewing the initial plans, Mr. Patel modified the proposal to instead serve as a grocery store. The store will dedicate 20% of its sales to liquor sales, which will be codified through a Plan of Operations submitted to the city. If the Plan of Operations is violated, Mr. Patel would face suspension of the liquor license. 

The grocery store will offer area residents a variety of fresh produce, prepared items, and children's school supplies. Mr. Patel has committed to not selling malt liquor or fortified wine out of the store. Additionally, Mr. Patel will allocate 10% of annual profits towards violence intervention programs for the neighborhood and provide internship opportunities for high school teenagers who live in the community. 

I want to thank Mr. Patel for working closely with my office to develop a proposal that reflects the community's values. Mr. Patel has taken the feedback and concerns to create a proposal that will help revitalization efforts along the Howard corridor.
Love Rogers Park Small Business Saturday
Join the Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) as it launches its annual Live Love Shop Rogers Park rebate program. This program encourages people to shop local for the holiday season while providing them with the opportunity to save big. 

On Small Business Saturday, many of our local businesses will be offering discounts. Additionally, several participating businesses will donate a percentage of their Small Business Saturday sales to a local non-profit or charity for the first time. 

The event will kick off at the RPBA Love Rogers Park Small Business Saturday Welcome Station (located at The New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan) on Saturday, November 27, at 10 am. 

For more information and to view a list of participating businesses, visit RPBA's website. Click here for information on the Live Love Shop Rogers Park rebate program (which continues through December 31st). 
Join the Campaign to Rename the Park at
1932 W. Lunt after the Pollard Family
The 49th Ward Office has partnered with the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society to rename Paschen Park at 1932 W. Lunt Pollard Park after the Pollard Family.

John and Amanda Pollard brought their small but growing family to the Village of Rogers Park in the 1880s, becoming the first African American residents of the community. John opened a successful barbershop in the center of the village business district, and the family lived at 1928 West Lunt for more than 60 years. There, they raised eight children who went on to distinguished careers and a host of civic accomplishments in sports, the arts, the medical profession, and other fields. The Pollards are a family whose story can inspire us all.

The Pollard home is next door to Paschen Park at 1932 West Lunt. Renaming the park is a way to recognize the Pollard family and their historic achievements and contributions to our city and country. Please take a moment to learn more about the incredible Pollard family and how you can support the effort to rename the park after them. 

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49th Ward Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Updates:

Lunt/Wolcott replacement (PN 7155):
  • Sewer work has been completed on Lunt from Wolcott to the alley to the west
  • Crews will begin concrete restoration next week, weather permitting
Greenleaf/Wolcott (PN 7155):
  • Work on the sewer is ongoing on Greenleaf from Damen to the alley to the west
  • Crews anticipate completing the sewer work by next week
  • Once sewer work has been completed, crews will begin with concrete restoration
Thanksgiving in the 49th Ward
St. Jerome Parish Thanksgiving Dinner
St. Jerome's Parish, 1709 W. Lunt, is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner for our unhoused neighbors on Monday, November 22. The parish is seeking donations to make this event possible. Please consider making a food or monetary donation to help feed our neighbors this holiday. For more information, call 773-262-3170.
A Just Harvest Thanksgiving
A Just Harvest will be distributing free frozen turkeys and Thanksgiving meal kits tomorrow, Saturday November 20 at the community kitchen 7649 N Paulina between 10am - 12pm or until they run out.  Remember, you can also get a delicious, hot meal to go from the community kitchen every day between 12pm - 2pm. They will be serving a Thanksgiving Day meal on Thursday, November 25.
ONE Northside Turkey Giveaway
ONE Northside's street outreach team, Communities Partnering for Peace, will be giving away frozen turkeys for your Thanksgiving meal tomorrow, Saturday, November 20 in Rogers Park and Uptown. Below is their Rogers Park schedule:
  • 4:00pm - Damen and Rogers
  • 4:30pm - Howard and Ashland
  • 5:00pm - Morse and Ashland
For more info, call or text Darrell at 773-999-1630.
Let South of The Border Take Care of Thanksgiving this Year
Take the stress out of cooking this Thanksgiving by ordering from South of the Border. South of the Border is selling Thanksgiving meals that include turkey, sage dressing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and cranberry sauce. Customers also have the option of ordering dessert and wine separately. All orders must be placed at least two days in advance. For more information, visit South of the Border's website.
Order from Smack Dab this Thanksgiving
Smack Dab, 6730 N. Clark, is accepting pre-orders for Thanksgiving meals. Smack Dab has something for everyone this holiday season, with vegan, gluten-free, and traditional items to make your Thanksgiving extra special. 

Pick-up will take place on Wednesday, November 24, between 9 am and 2:30 pm. Smack Dab is dedicating 5% of its sales to the Lakota Law Project for indigenous land rights. 

For more information and a menu, visit Smack Dab's website
Get Your Dessert on at Life's Sweet
No pie? No problem! Life's Sweet, 6621 N. Clark, has got all your dessert needs covered this holiday season. From pies, to cookies, to cake and everything in between, you'll be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Orders can be placed until Saturday, November 20, for Thanksgiving desserts. Pick-up will be on Wednesday, November 24, between 8 am and 3 pm.

For more information, visit Life's Sweet's website.
COVID-19 Updates
As we continue to combat COVID-19 across the city, state, and country, we are bringing back our section with the most up-to-date information on the ongoing public health crisis and any changes that are being implemented to address it. Information on aid and relief programs will continue to be housed in the "Need to Know Info" section of this newsletter. 
Kids Ages 5-11 Now Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CD) has approved the vaccine for children 5-11 years old. This exciting news allows our young children to be protected from COVID-19. Pediatric vaccine doses already arrived in Chicago with more being delivered this week. Providers can begin to administer them immediately.

The Pfizer dose for 5-to-11-year-olds is one-third the dose administered to adults. Like adult vaccinations, the pediatric vaccine includes two doses that should be administered three weeks apart. All COVID-19 vaccines for children are free, no insurance or government ID is required.

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends families first reach out to their pediatrician or family medical provider to see if appointments are available. The vaccine will also be available at Chicago Public Schools sites, at pharmacies, and through CDPH events. Visit for more information.

Get Vaxxed at Home & Get a $100 Gift Card
All Chicagoans  aged 12+ are eligible to be vaccinated at home. Up to 10 people can be vaccinated at a time, so Chicagoans can invite family, friends or neighbors to their home to be vaccinated together. Each person who gets vaccinated through the City's At Home program is eligible to receive a $100 Visa gift card. 

To schedule your home vaccination appointment, call 312-746-4835 or visit
Resources for Tenants Facing Eviction
With the eviction moratorium having expired, the Department of Housing has compiled eviction and lockout resources on its website at

They also have highlighted three points for tenants at risk of eviction. These three points are: 
  1. Don't self-evict. A notice of eviction from your landlord does not mean you need to leave your home right away. Only the Sheriff can legally remove you from your home.
  2. Get legal help. Free legal assistance is available to Chicago renters. Go to, which is provided by the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, a DOH delegate agency.
  3. Get financial help. DOH maintains a current list of places residents can apply for emergency rental assistance at
Furthermore, next week, the Department of Housing is launching a court-based rental assistance program in coordination with the Chief Judge's office, Cook County, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Chicago Bar Foundation. 

The court-based rental assistance program is an offshoot of the city's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), and will serve as a safety net of last resort for tenants and landlords in eviction court who have either applied for assistance but not yet received help, in which case their applications will be expedited; or who have not yet applied, in which case applications will be created for them if they are eligible. Receiving this direct rental assistance should have a significant impact on deterring evictions. Landlords who have received rental assistance already from the DOH program have agreed not to file evictions for at least 90 days after the period of assistance, and by Court policy, must attest that they have not received rental assistance at the time that they file for eviction for nonpayment. 

Finally, a Rogers Park neighbor and housing justice advocate, David Zoltan, applied his expertise in all things housing to create a comprehensive guide for residents facing eviction. This guide will help individuals facing a potential eviction understand their rights and what resources might be available to them. That guide is available to review by visiting Also available now in Spanish!
Protections for Workers Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine
On April 21, an ordinance passed City Council that established labor protections for Chicago workers who take time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Under the ordinance, employers are prohibited from taking any adverse action – including termination, demotion, layoff or punitive schedule changes – against an employee for taking time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

The ordinance expands the protections guaranteed under the Anti-Retaliation Ordinance that passed City Council in May 2020. That ordinance, which remains in effect, protects all workers from any retaliatory action from their employer if they are unable to work due to a public health directive or a COVID-19 related illness. Employers that violate this ordinance are subject to fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 per offense. 
Latest Information on COVID-19 from the
Chicago Department of Public Health

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

Community Aid
Fight Hunger with Care for Real
Care for Real is experiencing a surge in need for food assistance. They've had more than 42,000 pantry visits so far this year compared to 24,000 during the same period last year. Care for Real distributes food six days a week to approximately 150-200 families each day. With the eviction moratorium ending and food costs rising, they expect the need to continue to grow. Help Care for Real provide fresh and nutritious foods to our neighbors who need it most by signing up to volunteer, hosting a collection drive for high-need items, or making a financial contribution. Learn more at or email to get involved today.
Howard Area Community Center Winter Gifts Program
Howard Area Community Center (which is now a part of Metropolitan Family Services) is helping our neighbors this holiday season. Consider making a contribution online by clicking here.
Annual Fall Coat Drive
Every year, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy's office hosts a coat drive to keep our most vulnerable neighbors warm during the winter months. Consider donating coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and other winter clothing to help our neighbors in need. 

Gently used or new items can be dropped off through December 10 at Robert Jeffrey Hair Studio (5412 N. Clark), R Public House (1508 W. Jarvis), or the District Office (5533 N. Broadway. To view a wish list on Amazon, click here
Winter Coat Drive for Afghan Refugees
Help Afghan refugees stay warm this winter by donating new or gently used coats. Donations are accepted every Saturday in November from 1-4 pm at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western. 
Brighten the Lives of Survivors this Holiday Season!
It's important for people who have survived domestic violence to be able to make their own choices. Between Friends believes that survivors know their own needs better than anybody. That’s why every holiday season, they ask for gift cards to be donated to give directly to clients so they can make their own purchases.

This year their client need cards from the following places:

Visa gift cards:

Please consider supporting Between Friends' clients in this way! These can either be electronic cards that are sent to, or physical cards that are mailed to:

Gift Card Drive
Between Friends
PO Box 608548
Chicago, IL 60660
Community Engagement Opportunities
Join in on a Conversation about Indigenous Peoples' Day
In partnership with Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, the Illinois Indigenous Peoples' Day will host a conversation on why Indigenous Peoples' Day is an important holiday for us to recognize. Join Tuesday, November 30, at 7 pm on Cook County President Preckwinkle's Facebook page
Become an Owner with the Wild Onion Market
A food co-op is coming to the Rogers Park/West Ridge/Evanston area! It’s a very exciting moment, and continuing to grow the ownership base is a priority. Helping to make this dream a reality is something that many have been eagerly anticipating.
Wild Onion Market has been organizing and is very close to finding a site for the store. This community-owned, democratically run, full-service grocery store will offer a values-based alternative to the traditional grocery store model. It will provide a place to shop for locally farmed and produced food, a store that cares about food access, equity, and justice. Wild Onion Market will keep food dollars in our community, employ locally, and prioritize food production and packaging sustainability. 
Momentum is building, and as of today, there are 969 Owners. Co-ops are powered by the community (without a corporate headquarters or parent company). The first 1,000 Owners will be forever known as the "Founding Owners," the visionaries who stood in support of the dream and helped lay the foundation for the cooperative. Founding Owners will be honored in-store with a permanent visual display and on the website with a page recognizing their support. 
Joining the co-op costs $250 for a lifetime ownership share (one share = one vote). Monthly installment payments start at $10/month and scholarships are available, making ownership accessible.
Learn more about the project, subscribe to email updates, and become an owner at wildonionmarket.comIt only takes 2 minutes to join the co-op online using a credit card or PayPal. There is information about scholarships and instructions for paying by check on the website, as well. 
For those on social media, follow Wild Onion Market on Facebook and Instagram.
Theatre Above the Law Features: Eb & Belle
Starting November 18 and running through December 19, Theatre Above the Law will feature Eb & Belle by Ryan Stevens. 

A unique spin on a classic Christmas tale, Eb & Belle tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his first love Belle. The story takes place before he became the curmudgeon we recognize today. For more information and tickets, visit
Join Lifeline Theatre's Board!
Lifeline Theatre is seeking individuals who have experience and/or interest in the fields of fundraising, event planning, strategic planning, law, marketing, or real estate/development.  Ideal candidates have diverse networks and/or ties to art-supporting companies in the Chicago area.  They are encouraging people of all backgrounds to inquire, as they hope to build a Board that reflects our diverse community.

Board members contribute, on average, about 6-10 hours per month attending board/committee meetings and other board-related events. In exchange for your service, you have the opportunity to work with a dynamic group of people and play a vital role in Chicago’s cultural community. From their board members, to their artists, and to their patrons, Lifeline Theatre attracts a remarkable group of creative and diverse personalities.

For more information on joining Lifeline’s board or host committee, please contact Vashti Emigh, Managing Director at 773.761.4477 or
Government Corner
With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of information and resources available to people at all levels of government. To make sure you're receiving all the information to help you through this time, please consider signing up for the following newsletters or keeping your eye on the following pages. See something that should be added to this section? Email it to the office at 

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

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

State of Illinois:
State of Illinois COVID-19 Response Website
Sen. Simmons Newsletter
Rep. Cassidy Newsletter

Federal Government:
Sign-up for Congresswoman Schakowsky's newsletter
Federal Government COVID-19 Response Website
Need to Know Info
IHDA Rental Payment Program Application Opens December 6
The Illinois Housing Development Authority will open another round of rent relief on December 6. Recipients can receive up to $25,000 in rent (12 months of back rent and three months of future rent). More information and applications can be completed at

Additionally, Northside Community Resources can assist tenants with their applications. For more information on Northside Community Resources and their contact information, visit their website.
Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace Enrollment is Open
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace Enrollment is open from November 1, 2021, through January 15, 2022. (In order to have coverage that begins January 1, you must still enroll by December 15). These plans cover essential health services, including behavioral health screenings, maternity care, hospital care, and medications. More financial help is available this year to make these plans very affordable, with more than 80% of people qualifying for assistance.

Visit, or call the marketplace at 1-800-318-2596. Get the Covered Connector app at

To learn more about Medicaid and enroll, go to
Veterans may be Eligible to Receive a No-Fee City Sticker
Did you know the Office of the City Clerk offers a No-Fee Veterans City Sticker option?

To qualify for a No-Fee Veterans City Sticker, you must:
  • Be an Ex-Prisoner of War, Purple-Heart Veteran, or disabled Veteran with an unexpired Illinois PW, PR, IS, or DV plate.
  • Present an unexpired Illinois Driver’s License or State ID with a “VETERAN” designation
*Annual Residential Zone Parking may be added for $25.00 if the purchaser resides in a Residential Parking Zone.

Visit to check your eligibility.
Call for Artists: Night Out in the Parks
The Chicago Park District is seeking proposals from Chicago-based organizations, collectives, and individual artists to participate in the 10th year of the Night Out in the Parks program. The season runs from June 1 - December 31, 2022. Proposals are due by midnight Wednesday, December 8, 2021, for 2022 season consideration. Further information on this opportunity can be found on the Park District's website,
Lead Service Line Replacement Program Expansion Announced
To be eligible for a free lead service line replacement, residents must:
  • Have kids 18 and under at home OR
  • Have elevated lead levels in their drinking water; 
  • Reside in a single-family house or two-flat that they own;
  • Meet income requirements of $74,550 or less for a family of four
To learn more about the Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program, visit
Save the Date: 11/22 Housing and Eviction Virtual Town Hall
The City of Chicago is hosting a free virtual information session on Monday, November 22nd at 5 pm about housing and eviction supports. This event is free and aimed at connecting Chicagoans with resources to help them stay in their homes. Participants can learn about their housing rights, how to apply for rental assistance, and understand how the eviction court system works, including how to access free legal aid. There will be time for residents to ask any questions they may have about housing and evictions.  

Event Details:
Monday, November 22nd, 2021 at 5 pm    
Join on Zoom for all languages: 
Watch the live stream on Chicago Department of Housing’s Facebook or Twitter (in English only) at and
CTA Virtual Community Meetings
On December 7th and 8th, CTA will host two virtual community meetings from 6-7:30 pm. Each meeting will cover two of the four Red Line Extension station areas. These meetings will focus on presenting development concepts for each of the proposed station areas. For more information about the TSD Plan, please visit For questions about the RLE Project and/or the TSD Plan, please contact the project team at
CHA Updating its Waitlist
The CHA is conducting a waitlist update to ensure they have current contact information for all applicants who applied for either Public Housing and/or Project-Based Voucher program on or before December 31, 2020. This helps the CHA verify the contact information for applicants and confirm that they're still interested in CHA housing. 

In January 2021, initial communications went out to all families on these waitlists. This fall, the CHA is sending additional communications to families on its lists that have yet to complete the update. If applicants have not completed the update yet, they must log in to CHA's online web portal to complete the update by December 31, 2021.

Applicants on CHA's waitlists can call 312-913-7400 or email with any questions.
LCBH Rental Assistance Programs
The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) is helping connect eligible Chicago residents to rental assistance. If you are experiencing financial hardship and are having a hard time paying rent and utilities, you may qualify for rental assistance. Call LCBH's Social Services Department at 312-784-3527 and ask to speak to a case manager to see if you are eligible. 
Emergency Rental Assistance Application Open
All Chicago opened a streamlined, online application for rental assistance under the Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) through the Illinois Department of Human Services. The online application is available at

Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of rental and utility arrears assistance, plus an additional 3 months if needed to ensure housing stability.

An eligible household is a rental household in the City of Chicago in which one or more individuals meets the following criteria: 
  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; 
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and 
  • Has a household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI).
The application requires limited documentation to reduce barriers to the assistance. For tenants and landlords who need help or do not have sufficient internet access, All Chicago has partnered with Catholic Charities, Heartland Human Care Services, Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, Phalanx Family Services, and Spanish Coalition for Housing to provide assistance with the application process.

We encourage our community partners to spread the word for eligible households to apply directly online, by calling 311 or 312-744-5000 and asking for short-term assistance, or by contacting one of our tenant/landlord representative partners listed above.
Nationwide Natural Gas Price Spike Expected to
Mean Higher Heating Bills this Winter
As we head into winter, Peoples Gas is letting customers know that their heating bills will likely rise as the temperatures fall due to a nationwide spike in natural gas prices.

The price of natural gas has more than doubled this year and currently sits at the highest level in a decade. The increase is due mainly to tight supplies and a worldwide increase in demand for natural gas.

An analysis done by Peoples Gas predicts the typical residential customer will pay $60 more a month this winter compared to last winter. The analysis assumes typical winter weather. 

Peoples Gas uses a proactive, multi-pronged approach to make sure customers have reliable and affordable energy while limiting the impact of sudden price changes. The company buys and stores gas when it is typically lower-priced, locks in guaranteed natural gas contracts at fixed prices, and purchases gas in the market. By using this approach, Peoples Gas hopes that this will lower this winter's gas costs for its customers by approximately 20%

In order to help customers in the greatest need, bill assistance is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Share the Warmth program. To see if you are eligible and to apply, Peoples Gas customers can call the Community Economic Development Association (CEDA) at 800-571-2332 or go to

Separate from financial assistance programs, Peoples Gas will work with customers to arrange a payment plan that best fits their needs and set up budget billing that keeps bills stable from month to month. Customers can call Peoples Gas or go to to discuss available options. 

Customers can take steps to manage their energy use by turning down their thermostats, using programmable thermostats, sealing gaps around windows and doors, and scheduling an annual furnace tune up. Peoples Gas also offers free energy efficiency consultation. For more low and no-cost energy-saving tips, go to
Peoples Gas Heating Assistance Program
Peoples Gas has options to help customers struggling to pay their natural gas bills. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance to help customers with limited income pay their energy bills. Grants are also available through the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth program.

The Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) manages both programs and is taking applications by phone. To see if you are eligible or to apply, call CEDA at 800-571-2332.
PIPP/LIHEAP Offer Customers Assistance with Utility Bills
To help eligible customers stay current on their bills and help them avoid unnecessary fees come spring, ComEd regularly works with state and federal agencies to provide assistance options to those facing financial hardship.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that can help you stay warm during winter by providing eligible customers with a one-time payment towards your energy bills. Benefits are available once per program year, from September 2021 through May 2022, or until funds are exhausted. Whether you rent or own your home, LIHEAP offers financial help to limited-income households to pay heat and electric bills.
The Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) is a choice within Illinois LIHEAP to help manage energy bills year-round. You will be placed on a budget billing plan that is subsidized by a monthly PIPP benefit amount, determined by a percentage of your household income. Each month, you receive a PIPP benefit towards a portion of your budget bill amount. If an on-time and in-full payment is received, you may also receive a monthly arrearage credit, if applicable.
Applications for LIHEAP and PIPP can be submitted online, by phone, or in person and are available at your Local Administering Agency. Visit for details. Prefer to call instead? Residents of Chicago and Cook County can call 800-571-2332 for information. 
Utility Billing Relief

Utility Billing Relief (UBR) provides low-income City of Chicago residents with a reduced rate on their water, sewer, and water-sewer tax as well as debt relief for those who demonstrate they can manage the reduced rate bills for one year. Benefits for UBR participants include:

  • A reduced rate on water, sewer, and water-sewer tax.
  • No late payment penalties or debt collection activity including water shut-off.
  • Debt forgiveness after successfully completing one year with no past due balance.

Operating in partnership with the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), who operates the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the UBR program will utilize their expertise and extensive network of partner organizations to conduct outreach and enroll homeowners.

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Business Updates
Chicago Park Concessions & Alfresco Dining
Grant Applications Now Open
The Chicago Park Districted opened its Notice of Application for new concession opportunities for the 2022 park season as well as the Alfresco Outdoor Dining Grant Program.  

Small business owners are encouraged to apply for these unique opportunities. The deadline to apply is November 22. For more information and to submit an application, visit
Energy Efficiency Workshop December 8

The City of Chicago, ComEd, Peoples Gas, and EPA Region 5 are co-hosting an Energy Efficiency Workshop on Wednesday, December 8, at 8 am. The workshop will focus on industrial energy savings for Chicago facilities. The workshop will help companies reduce operating costs, increase profit margins, lower their greenhouse gas footprint, and earn incentives through energy efficiency. This two-hour workshop will cover:

  • Successful industrial energy efficiency case studies.
  • Energy management planning for your facility, including an introduction to Strategic Energy Management.
  • Incentives and recognition programs from ComEd, Peoples Gas, and ENERGY STAR.
  • Free resources for improving energy efficiency at your facility.

Interested businesses and industry partners can register to attend the workshop by clicking here.

ComEd Small Business Assistance Program

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


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

  • Have an active ComEd service account (includes customers disconnected within the past 30 days).
  • Use less than 1400 kilowatts (kWs) of peak demand. This includes customers who are 0-100kW or watt hour. To confirm the amount of kWs your business uses, reference your ComEd bill (see sample bill).
  • Have a past balance, per the bill due date.
  • Have not received Nonprofit Special Hardship grants in 2020.
For more information and to apply, visit ComEd's website.
Senn Principal Candidate Forum
The Senn High School Local School Council is in the process of selecting a new principal after Ms. Beck started a new position within CPS at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Before the LSC makes a decision on which candidate is offered the position, they are hosting a community forum where stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, and community members) can ask questions and provide the LSC with feedback on which candidate they believe would be the best fit for Senn. 

The forum will take place on Monday, November 22, from 6-8 pm in the Senn North Gymnasium, 5900 N. Glenwood. 
Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center Winter Classes
Winter classes begin at the Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center the week of January 3. The program is FREE for CPS students in grades 6-12. Learn more and register today at!
Safer Foundation Youth Empowerment Program (YEP)
The Safer Foundation's Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) is a not-for-profit organization that assists young adults with criminal records. The program prepares youth between the ages of 16-24 for their High School Equivalency test to obtain a GED. For more information and to register, call 312-575-3285.
Moran Center for Youth Advocacy Launches a Rogers Park Education Advocacy Program

The Moran Center for Youth Advocacy has launched the Rogers Park Project. The project is a pilot program that will provide free educational advocacy to students living in and/or attending school in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

To learn more, call 847-492-1410. 

SUFEO Helpline Provides Free Legal Help on School Issues
Loyola's free legal helpline for the 2021-2022 school year is now OPEN. Stand Up For Each Other (SUFEO) Chicago is a group of law students that provides free legal assistance, all under attorney supervision, to K-12 students facing:
  • Inadequate special education services
  • Suspension, expulsion, and other discipline
  • Bullying, harassment, and discrimination
  • COVID-19 issues and remote learning barriers
  • Other school-related legal issues

If you work with any K-12 students or their parents/guardians who need help understanding their school rights, please encourage them to call the helpline at 773-800-0338.

Additionally, SUFEO Chicago offers free know-your-rights trainings and education law workshops to students and their parents/guardians and service providers, both virtually and in-person. Please contact SUFEO's Outreach Coordinators Sarah Bianchi and Brittany Haracz at with the subject line "Outreach Inquiry" for more information. 

CPS Launches a Children & Family Benefits Unit
Chicago Public Schools has launched a new program, the Children and Benefits Family Unit. The goal of the unit is to make sure that every student has proper medical care. They achieve this by focusing on 3 points: enroll, engage, and utilize. The Children and Benefits Family Unit help parents understand their options for Medicaid and other government benefits and helps them apply for and/or renew their benefits. The program also helps families utilize their benefits by connecting them with a primary care physician.

For more information, visit or call 773-553-KIDS (5437).
Employment Opportunities
CTA Bus Operator Career Fair December 1
Join the CTA for its last virtual career fair of 2021! This event will focus on the Bus Operator role and will be a chance for attendees to learn more about the position and hiring process. The CTA will also welcome some special guests from its Bus Operations department – two current managers who literally started their careers in the driver’s seat as Bus Operators!
This event will be held Wednesday, December 1, from 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM and is open to the public. To register to attend, click here.
Kokua is Hiring Substitute Teachers
Kokua is hiring substitute teachers. Kokua is a social impact start-up organization - made of former teachers - driven to support the education of students when their teacher is away.  Kokua works with several schools across the city, including Acero Cruz in the 49th Ward. For more information and to apply, visit the job description website
Apply to Work at Hamdard Health Alliance
Hamdard Health Alliance has several positions open. Located in Rogers Park, Hamdard Health presents an excellent opportunity to pursue a fulfilling career that gives back to the community. To learn more, visit
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
Heartland Alliance Seeking Employees that Speak Farsi, Dari and/or Pashto to Help with Afghan Refugees
Heartland Alliance is working closely with Afghan refugees who recently arrived in Chicago. They're seeking employees and/or volunteers who speak Farsi, Dari, and Pashto to help with their efforts. 

For more information, visit or email 
Madonna Mission is Hiring an ESL Language Instructor
Part-Time English as a Second Language Instructor                                                         
Madonna Mission is a not-for-profit organization providing educational and resettlement programs for refugee individuals and their families. Madonna Mission is located at 1706 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL 60626.
Madonna Mission is seeking a part-time ESL Instructor to support its Adult Education program. The ESL Instructor will prepare limited English proficient adult learners to succeed in the workforce, access postsecondary education or training opportunities, and otherwise participate in their communities. The part-time ESL Instructor will deliver English-language instruction classes, in person, to adult ESL students at Madonna Mission 2 days per week.

This position is part-time (approximately 7 hours per week). Pay is $20/hour.      
Job Responsibilities
The English as a Second Language Instructor is responsible for the following:
  • Planning, organizing, and providing English-language instruction classes, in person, to adult ESL students at Madonna Mission.
  • Developing and delivering lesson plans that utilize a broad range of differentiated techniques.
  • Monitoring student attendance, goals, referrals, and testing; administering assessments for the purpose of evaluating student progress
Key Competencies
We’re seeking candidates who have excellent organizational skills, demonstrate initiative and strong critical thinking skills, and are strong communicators. The candidate should have:
  • Previous experience teaching English as a Second Language to adults (required)
  • A bachelor’s degree (required)
  • Ability to teach multiple levels (beginning, intermediate, advanced)
  • Experience managing multiple projects, the ability to keep concise and accurate records, the ability to adapt to changing work priorities
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member, cooperating with and demonstrating cultural sensitivity to staff and constituents
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to Peggy Forbes, Executive Director, at by November 19, 2021.
Wild Onion Market is Hiring a Social Media Coordinator
Wild Onion Market is a food co-op in development that will be located in either West Ridge, Rogers Park, or south Evanston. A food co-op is a values-driven alternative to a conventional grocery store model. Their values of sustainability, access to fresh food, and supporting local farmers and producers drive their decisions. People before profit.  
Wild Onion Market is seeking a Social Media Coordinator on a contract basis starting immediately. Approximately 5-7 hours per week over 3-4 days each week.  $25/hour
  • Understand and embrace the mission of a food co-op (values-centered)
  • Assist in managing the co-op's social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram)
  • Work with specific project teams to assist in the development and management of social media strategies for Wild Onion Market constituents
  • Edit content for social media
  • Tag, comment, and engage social media followers and constituents
Qualifications / Skills:
  • interest in sustainability, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • understanding of online engagement techniques
  • excellent verbal and written communication
  • organized, experience with project management
  • demonstrated experience in social media strategy and implementation
Please email your resume and a writing sample to
Mary Crane Center is Now Hiring
Mary Crane Center is hiring a full-time teacher assistant and a classroom floater. Start a fulfilling career today in early childhood development. More information on the positions and how to apply can be found by clicking on the corresponding links below. 

Teacher Assistant
Classroom Floater
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:
NAMI Chicago Now Hiring

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago has three exciting employment opportunities in their organization. NAMI Chicago is an inclusive employer that welcomes and encourages everyone who is guided by compassion, integrity, and the desire to create connections, to consider joining its dedicated team. 

Below are links to the details of the current vacant positions in the Training and Education Department at NAMI Chicago. This department provides information and tools to communities on mental health awareness and crisis Intervention. 

Training and Education Instructional Designer
Training & Education Manager I
Training and Education Manager II

Please apply 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
Thresholds is Hiring
Thresholds provides services and resources for persons with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. They work with many populations, including youth and young adults, veterans, young mothers, deaf, and individuals experiencing homelessness, among others.

Learn more and apply today at
Care for Real is Hiring
Care for Real is adding to its team! The new position, Bilingual Program Associate, will work directly with clients of the Rogers Park Food Pantry. Over a third of the guests to the pantry are Spanish-speaking and this position works with them and all guests to the pantry to ensure all are served with dignity and compassion.

For more information and to apply, visit Care for Real's website.
Howard Area Community Center is Hiring
Howard Area Community Center is seeking qualified candidates for several positions. They're currently seeking two part-time administrative assistants for its early childhood program, teachers for early childhood learning, a reentry coach, and a reentry navigator. 

For more information, email
Apply to be a Parent Mentor
Loyola University Chicago is seeking well-qualified individuals to serve as part-time, seasonal Parent Mentor Coordinators in four Chicago Public Schools: Sullivan High School, New Field Primary, McCutcheon Elementary, and Clinton Elementary.

Each school will host one Parent Mentor Coordinator who will supervise a cohort of eight Parent Mentors in their assigned school. The Parent Mentor Coordinator position will pay $18/hour for up to 18 hours a week for the entirety of the 2021-2022 school year. Ideally, Parent Mentor Coordinators are parent leaders, meaning they come to the work with a parent perspective.

Interested candidates can email Mitch Hendrickson at with their resume and brief cover letter.
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
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare sees to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

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

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

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


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

Heartland Alliance works to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society. Heartland Alliance's mission is to advance human rights and respond to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. 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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