49th Ward Update
June 24, 2022

Good afternoon neighbors,

It is devastating to realize that we live in a time when our children will have fewer rights than those which we had. But this is not a time to give up hope. This is a time to fight back as a state and to protect the rights that other states are losing. Here, in Illinois, Governor Pritzker has promised to “further enshrine our commitment to reproductive health care rights and protections.” So what can we do in the meantime? VOTE. Can’t vote? You can still help people by offering services they need- and by donating to organizations like the Chicago Abortion Fund or the Midwest Access Coalition, who work with clients one on one to make sure they have access to what they need. Speak UP. There will be a protest at Federal Plaza today at 5:30 PM.

Now isn’t the time for despair, now is the time to act. As individuals we can only do so much, but together we can accomplish anything. Keep your heads up, 49th Ward, we are fighters. And as your elected representative I promise to continue to do everything I can to make sure our city protects and cares for the rights of individuals who can bear children- not just today, or tomorrow but every single day because as we saw today, we cannot rely on federal protections to keep us safe.

Have a good weekend, 

Alderwoman 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
Happy Pride!
It's the end of Pride Month and we have many celebrations in the ward. Check out events below and have a safe and happy pride weekend! I'm proud to serve out community.
Ward Superintendent Danny Murphy Honored with Friend of Rogers Park Award
49th Ward Superintendent Dan Murphy was the recipient of a Friends of Rogers Park Award from the Rogers Park Business Alliance. Dan goes above and beyond every day to help our community be a safe, clean, and healthy environment for everyone. This recognition was well deserved. Thank you, Danny, for all your hard work and commitment to Rogers Park! 
Rhapsody Theatre Celebrates Grand Opening!
Photo Credit: CBS2
It's official! The Rhapsody Theater, 1328 W. Morse, is now open! On Tuesday, Dr. Rosenkranz and his business partner Tim Friedman celebrated the grand opening of the theater, which was formerly the Mayne Stage Theatre.

There is something for everyone at the Rhapsody Theater! The theater will feature chamber music, magic shows, and cabaret.

Make sure to check out their upcoming shows and secure tickets by visiting their website at
City Council Updates
Cooling Ordinance Passes Full City Council
On Wednesday, the revised cooling ordinance I introduced unanimously passed the full City Council.

The changes now require senior buildings, buildings with over 100 units, and all new construction to install cooling equipment. It further stipulates that the cooling equipment be turned on when the outdoor heat index reaches or exceeds 80 degrees Fahrenheit and establishes cooling centers for residents to seek relief from extreme temperatures. 

The new provisions go into effect 10 days after the ordinance passing. Building owners who do not have existing cooling facilities will be able to purchase temporary portable air conditioners to use while they install the cooling equipment. All cooling equipment must be installed by May 1, 2024. 

During the Committee on Zoning meeting on Tuesday, the changes to the heating ordinance were separated from the cooling provisions after some of my colleagues expressed concerns about how it would impact buildings that use two-pipe systems. I have agreed to meet with alderpeople to discuss their concerns and work towards a compromise that will address their concerns but also works to keep our residents safe. 

I am glad my colleagues understood the importance of acting swiftly to enact the expansion of the city's cooling ordinance to keep our most vulnerable residents safe as we continue to experience hotter summers as a result of Climate Change. My office is prioritizing the changes to the heating ordinance and is looking forward to continuing conversations on this important issue. 
Changes to Speed Cameras Ordinance Stalls in City Council
On Wednesday, an ordinance introduced by Alderman Beale to increase the speed threshold for when citations are issued by cameras was deferred and published, stalling the vote. On Tuesday, the item narrowly passed out of the Committee on Finance.

As we have already needlessly lost three young lives this summer in pedestrian-involved traffic crashes, I cannot support a measure that would further reduce the safety of pedestrians. After the city lowered the threshold to 6 MPH in 2021, severe crashes were reduced by 13%. This reduction prevented 36 individuals from being seriously injured or killed according to Commissioner Biagi from the Department of Transportation. 

Speed cameras continue to be one of the most contentious issues in our city, and some of the known concerns about their inequitable impact on low-income residents have gone unaddressed. After lowering the threshold to 6 MPH in 2021, ProPublica discovered that the issuance of these tickets continued to disproportionately impact households in majority Black ZIP codes.

While I don't support changes that could potentially compromise the safety of all users of the street, I believe there is work to be done addressing the equitable placement and distribution of the speed cameras so as to not disproportionately impact one demographic. For this reason, Alderman Martin and I introduced an order on Wednesday calling on the Department of Transportation to produce a report identifying the racial and geographic disparities in camera ticketing. It further calls on CDOT to establish a comprehensive plan to equitably distribute their placement and enforcement practices. The order requires that they produce the report and plan within 90 days followed by a subsequent hearing in the Committee on Finance to discuss the report's findings and make recommendations. 
Ward Updates
Share Your Feedback on North Side Housing's
Homeless Shelter Special Use Permit Request
On June 22, our office hosted a community meeting to discuss North Side Housing's proposal for a special use permit to open an emergency men's shelter at 7464 N. Clark. The site is currently zoned as B3-3, which allows for emergency shelters with a special use permit. 

More information on the proposal and North Side Housing's presentation are available on the 49th Ward website at You can watch the community meeting on Facebook by clicking here

We would like to hear residents' feedback on the proposal. Please take a moment to complete the online feedback form at Feedback will be accepted through Tuesday, July 5. 

Our office is still in the early stages of the decision-making process for this proposal. There will be additional community meetings and ample opportunities for input before any final decision is made. 
49th Ward Office Hiring Key Constituent Services Positions
Alderwoman Hadden is hiring key Constituent Services positions for the 49th Ward governmental services office. Applicants must be organized, have project management skills, ability to seek out solutions and resources to unique problems, and possess conflict resolution and customer service skills. Bilingual candidates are preferred.  Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and references to
Police Looking for Man Involved in Attempted Sexual Assualt
Police are looking for a man who attempted to sexually assault a woman in her building on the 6900-block of North Greenview last month. 

On May 11, the man pictured above walked into the laundry room of the building around 4:45 pm and tried to sexually assault the woman. The woman managed to scare off the man but incurred several injuries during the attack. 

At the time of the incident, the man was wearing a white t-shirt with black square lettering on the sleeves, was in white pants, white gym shoes, and wearing a black baseball cap backward. He also had his arm in a sling.

Anyone with any information is should call the Area Three Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8261.
Family Pride in Jarvis Square
There are so many ways to celebrate Pride in our neighborhood!
Join R Public House in Jarvis Square on Sunday for their annual Family Pride event. It's always a fun time! Stop by on your way home after the parade or come out in the afternoon with your littles to enjoy Miss Aimee’s musical adventure!
Pride North Returns to Glenwood Avenue
Pride North is back this weekend and will be happening on Glenwood Ave. Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26. In response to last year, festival organizers have agreed not to collect donations at all, have worked with other community stakeholders in addressing previous issues, and have met security concerns.

As the Alderwoman, I am always working to help try and solve issues so that our community can enjoy all the wonderful things our neighborhood has to offer. Thank you to the team at The Glenwood for working with us and hosting this event every year.
Wine & Conversation with State Rep. Cassidy June 30
Join State Representative Kelly Cassidy for some libations and updates on the legislative session. The event will take place on Thursday, June 30, at 6:00 pm at Taste Food & Wine, 1506 W. Jarvis. Register in advance at
Save the Date July 8 & 9 for the Rogers Park Music & Arts Fest
Flatts' & Sharpe is at it again! For 2 days, Friday, July 8th & Saturday, July 9, the RPM&A festival will bring together thousands of people from surrounding communities to celebrate the ethnic diversity and bohemian art of the Rogers Park neighborhood.
Check out the music line up here.

Become a vendor!
Volunteer for the Fest!
49th Ward Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Updates:

IUOE Local 150 has gone on strike against Vulcan Materials, Lehigh Hanson, and Lafarge Wholesome (material producer companies). The material producer companies are stalling their negotiations with union operators, which has caused delays on infrastructure work in the 49th Ward and across the city. 

After the strike ends, street resurfacing where the sewer main was replaced will resume. Along with resurfacing, crews will restore and clean up any curbs and parkways disturbed during the project. 

East End of Howard Street Repairs

CDOT completed the work to repair a sinkhole at the end of the street adjacent to the lake this week. Crews will be returning in the coming week to remove concrete barriers. The chainlink fence that is on-site will remain until Divvy can relocate its bike station.
Summer Mobile Office Hours are Back!
Summer Mobile Office hours are back! Come out to talk to your Alderwoman in person. Submit service requests, ask questions and catch up on community events.
  • Wednesday, June 29, 5-7pm - 1447 W. Morse Ave (ward Office)
  • Saturday, July 9, 11a-1pm - 7340 N Rogers (Pottawattomie Park)
  • Wednesday, July 27, 5-7pm - 1447 W. Morse Ave (Ward Office)
Interested in volunteering with the Ward Office this summer? We need people who can help post flyers, help staff outdoor events, and help with Ward clean-ups.  Take a moment to fill out this Volunteer Sign Up form.
Information on the 2022 Primary Election
Voting for the 2022 Primary Election kicked off on May 31. The 49th Ward office wants to make sure that you have all the helpful information you need so you can easily participate in the democratic process. 
Early Voting Begins June 13 in All 50 Wards
Early voting for the 2022 Primary Election begins on Monday, June 13, in all 50 wards. Chicago voters may vote at any Early Voting location from June 13 through June 28.

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

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

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

Simply input your information on the Board of Election's "Your Voter Information" page and click on "Search." From there, a new page will appear with information containing your polling place, ward, precinct, and more. From there, you will want to click on the second tab located at the top of the box that reads "Sample Ballot." This tab will contain the sample ballots for your address. 
Apply to Vote by Mail by June 23
Any Chicago voter can file an online application to vote by mail for the 2022 Primary Election. A voter does not need a reason or an excuse to vote by mail.

Thanks to a new Illinois law, voters now have the option to join a permanent vote by mail roster to have their ballots sent directly to their preferred mailing address ahead of every election. Voters can opt in to this option when applying for a Vote by Mail ballot online. 

Voters will receive a ballot in the mail with instructions on how to fill it out and return it. Any ballot that is postmarked Wednesday, June 29, or later cannot be counted by law. If a voter places a ballot envelope in a mail drop box on June 28 in the afternoon or evening, they risk the chance of the envelope being postmarked on June 29 and, therefore, being considered as ineligible to be counted. 

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

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

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

For more information and to complete the vote by mail application, visit the Board of Elections website here. The deadline to apply for a mail ballot is Thursday, June 23, at 5 pm
Find Your Polling Place on June 28
Voters who want to vote on Election Day are required to do so at their polling place. Voters can find their polling place and voter registration status by entering their information on the Board of Election's website

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

Voters are allowed to bring in notes with them to the polling place when casting their ballot. 
Community Engagement Opportunities
Join the 49th Ward Climate Action Taskforce
Our City released a Climate Action Plan for our future, but what does it all mean? Join a volunteer taskforce to work with 49th Ward neighbors to read and study the climate action plan, present the information back to our community and identify 2-3 recommendations that Ald. Hadden should focus on implementing in the coming years. The change we need is great, but no task is too big for a community working together. Sign up for the taskforce today! 
The Comedy Social at Rogers Park Social
Enjoy some laughs and libations every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood. The bar will host The Comedy Social, featuring comics and performers sure to keep you entertained. 

The Comedy Social runs from 9-11 pm, with sign-ups beginning at 8 pm. Those interested in performing or hosting should contact Anthony at 312-788-4309.
Sign Up for a Research Interview
Ph.D. candidate and Rogers Park neighbor Tasha Williams is conducting interviews as a part of their research. Tasha is seeking to interview young adult Black LGB in Chicago and Washington, D.C. about their mental health. 

For more information and to sign up for an interview, click here. You may also email Tasha at
RainbowNeighborsTables at the Glenwood in June
Nodd Pottery will be hosting the RainbowNeighborsTables Pride Market Series at the Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood. The market will be held on June 4, 11, and 18 and all vendors will be LGBTQ-owned and rainbow allies.

Make sure to mark your calendar and swing by to check out the artisan-made items! 
North Side AARP Meeting July 5
The Chicago Northside AARP Community Group will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 5, at 12:30 pm. Ed Spire will share a non-partisan presentation on restoring our democracy. 

Participants are welcome to join the meeting in person at the Lake View Presbyterian Church, 716 W. Addison, or via Zoom. To register to join the Zoom meeting, email For more information on the AARP community group, click here
CFD Cares Community Pop-Up
The Chicago Fire Department is hosting a community event on Saturday, July 9, at Engine 70's Quarters, 6030 N. Clark, from 11:30 am until 3:30 pm. 

Get free blood pressure testing, car seat inspections, hand-only CPR training, information on the upcoming CFD Firefighter entrance exam, and more! 
Community Tickets for the Shedd Aquarium
The Shedd Aquarium has made available community tickets to visit the aquarium. Community members can take advantage of this opportunity by following the steps below: Write: "Museums in the Park "
2022 Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards
After a two-year hiatus, the Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards (CEGA) is back in 2022…once again free and in person! CEGA judges will visit city backyards, patios, school lots, and more looking for gardens that best exemplify our citizens’ efforts to make Chicago neighborhoods more beautiful and sustainable.

Applications will be accepted online from May 1 through July 1, 2022. Judging will occur from June through July. Recipients will be notified by late summer. The 2022 awards ceremony will take place in September at a venue to be announced. The contest is open to residents of the City of Chicago. Only one entry per garden will be accepted. There is no entry fee. There are no cash prizes, though award-winning entries receive certificates and permanent, all-weather signs that can be displayed year-round in the gardens.

To enter, go to For gardener and garden profiles, information, and much more, visit CEGA online at Follow the awards as the season progresses on Facebook at
Community Aid
Help Angel Lopez Replace his Ice Cream Cart
Photo Credit: Block Club Chicago
Rogers Park has banded together to help a neighbor replace his ice cream cart. Angel Lopez has become a neighborhood fixture, known for his good spirit and for selling ice cream along the lakefront in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, his cart is damaged and he doesn't have the financial means to fix it.

Please consider making a financial contribution on GoFundMe so Angel can continue serving up sweet treats at the beach this summer. 
The Chicago Bar Association Hosts Law at the Library June 28
The Chicago Bar Association has partnered with the Chicago and Evanston Public Libraries to present a free, virtual event in honor of Pride Month on Tuesday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. I've attached a social media graphic promoting the event. 

The event will feature members of the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois. They will discuss legal issues and needs affecting the Trans community. 

This event is part of the Law at the Library informational series which answers legal questions and provides practical resources and insights into today’s most prevalent legal issues.

Each Law at the Library program features a presentation by experienced attorneys, followed by a brief question and answer session.  All events are free, open to the public, and conducted via Zoom.  For additional information, visit

Nominate a School to Win Free School Supplies for an Entire Year
Back 2 School Illinois has opened applications for its "Win School Supplies for an Entire School" contest in which low-income Chicago schools can be nominated to receive school supplies kits. Two or three schools will be selected and every student will be awarded their school supplies kits the first week of classes this fall.

Take the time to nominate a school before the application closes on July 25, 2022. To learn more and nominate a school, click here. 
24th District Pride Drive
The 24th District Chicago Police Department is hosting a Pride Drive to assist LGBTQ+ organizations in collecting items to help youth who are experiencing housing instability or housing insecurity. Please review their flyer which includes the list of items that they are collecting. Items can be dropped off between now and June 30th at the 24th District police station at 6464 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

Feel free to email Officer Roca from the 24th District CAPS office at with any questions. 
Help Support the Rogers Park Free Store
The Rogers Park Free Store is a community mutual aid group, currently operating out of the Living Water Church at the corner of Pratt & Ashland. They've been supporting neighbors with household, personal, and baby supplies since March of 2021, & invite you to join them!  On an average week, it provides supplies to 100-130 families & neighbors in Rogers Park!

If you're able to donate, consider making a monthly or one-time contribution at Rogers Park Open Collective. Your generosity will ensure they can continue providing resources on a weekly and, if possible, twice-weekly basis. 
  • Monthly contributions are a really impactful way of building support for your neighbors into your monthly budget.  We take care of each other.
  • Help the Rogers Park Free Store find space: it has been lucky enough to have had space offered by Living Water, however, it welcomes any leads on free-to-use space in Rogers Park (e.g. empty storefronts, etc.); whatever connections you have would be helpful.  Email if you have any information!
  • Spread the word: follow the Rogers Park Free Store on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinktree, and let your neighbors know about this resource in Rogers Park. Its current open hours are Saturdays from 12:30 - 2 PM at Living Water and all are welcome!
  • Volunteer your time or skills: email to get connected or ask questions.
Thank you for your consideration and the Rogers Park Free Store hopes you'll be part of supporting our community!
Clear Path Relief Pilot Program
Chicago launched a Clear Path Relief (CPR) pilot program to provide low-income motorists with relief for vehicle-related debt (excluding meter tickets). 

Benefits of CPR include:

  • Pay off the original fine amount for tickets issued in the last 3 years and all eligible older debt will be waived.
  • 50% reduction of new tickets issued within 365 days from down payment of debt relief payment plan.
  • New unpaid tickets will not be assessed penalties until after December 31, 2023.

Applicants are required to have outstanding vehicle-related debt and be the registered owner of the vehicle associated with the debt. In order to qualify, an applicant has to be a member of a household currently enrolled in the Utility Billing Relief program or have a household income of less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

For more information and to apply, visit

ARPA Funding Opportunities
Information about all active city, county, and state ARPA RFPs and grant opportunities can be found at Information on City programs can be by clicking here.
Civic Engagement
Want to get connected with your other elected officials? Find links to sign up to their newsletters and website information below!
COVID-19 Updates
Heartland Health Offering COVID-19 Testing to Non-Patients
Heartland Health Centers is offering COVID-19 testing for non-patients starting this week.

What do you need to know?
  • The test is a PCR test, and the results are available in 2-3 days.
  • This service is available only by appointment
  • It is open only Wednesday from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
To make an appointment, call 872-245-3790.
Latest Information on COVID-19 from the
Chicago Department of Public Health

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

Need to Know Info
Department of Water Management Resumes Meter Installations
The Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) announced that they are installing free water meters once again after approval by the City Council of some additions to the program. The program was paused in 2019 as some homes showed a slight increase in lead in their water after getting a water meter. Meter installers will now perform an intensive flush of resident’s water system immediately after the meter is placed to minimize any potential lead issues.

Those on the MeterSave waiting list will be prioritized when the program begins again but anyone interested in receiving a meter can join the list by registering at: The program in its current form will end in January of 2023 when state law changes to require lead service line replacement as part of any meter installation.
Department of Water Management Expands its
Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program
The Department of Water Management has expanded its Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program in order to assist more residents who wish to replace their lines. Now, it is a completely income-based program. If a resident who lives in a home they own qualifies as low income ($83,350 for a family of four), they may be eligible for a completely free replacement. More information and applications are available at:
Home and Business Protection Program
The City of Chicago has launched the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to ensure that Chicagoans have access to private security equipment to protect their property and feel safe. Starting today, the City will provide select rebates to cover costs associated with outdoor security camera systems, cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion-sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs.

Only security devices purchased on or after Monday, June 6, qualify for reimbursement. No rebates will be provided for private security equipment purchased prior to this date. Installation costs of cameras, lighting, and GPS tracking devices are currently not eligible for reimbursement. 
Learn more about the program and apply for rebates at If you have any questions, feel free to email or call (312) 742-3317.
CDPH Issues Monkeypox Health Advisory
Public Health officials have recently identified cases of the Monkeypox virus in Eugue and the US. In some cases, but not all cases, the infected individuals have been identified as gay or bisexual men who have sex with other men. 

Monkeypox appears as a rash or unusual sores on the face, body, and genitals. People may experience fever, chills, swelling of lymph nodes, and head or muscle aches. Monkeypox is spread through close contact, such as by touching someone's rash or sores, sharing bedding or towels, or via respiratory droplets. 

Symptoms typically last between 2 to 4 weeks and go away on their own without treatment. If you think you have symptoms that could be Monkeypox, seek advice from your health care provider and let them know if you've had close contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed Monkeypox. 

If you or a recent partner (from the last 21 days) have been exposed or have symptoms, you should see a healthcare provider (remind them Monkeypox is circulating), cover rash/sores, wear a mask, and avoid close contact with others. 

For more information, visit
Business Updates
Apply for SBIF Funds in the Clark/Ridge & Sheridan/Devon TIFs Beginning in June
The Clark/Ridge TIF and the Sheridan/Devon TIF districts will open the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) applications beginning June 1. SBIF promotes economic development by providing small businesses with reimbursable grants for permanent building improvement costs (interior or exterior) for businesses and commercial properties located in the TIF district. Residential projects are not eligible for the SBIF program, and residential developers should not apply.

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

The city will host an informational webinar on June 1. Click here to register to attend. To view recordings of previous webinars, click here
Sign Up for Loyola's inQbate Program
inQbate is a Loyola Limited venture devoted to helping small businesses, organizations, and startups in Chicago expand their reach and multiply their impact through strategic, data-driven marketing solutions.

Subsidized by the university and its other student-led businesses, inQbate is able to provide marketing services that are both affordable and effective. inQbate is available to serve businesses year-round.

Clients can contact them any time of day or night at
CPS Summer Meal Program

Chicago Public Schools today announced the launch of its Summer Meals and LunchStop Programs to support students and their families during the break. As it has done in the past, the District will continue to offer free, nutritionally-balanced meals at various locations across the District this summer, beginning Monday, June 27.

CPS will provide meals at no cost to students in summer school programs through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a program administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

In addition to summer meals served indoors, CPS also offers meals at outdoor school locations throughout the summer through the District's LunchStop program. The LunchStop program provides free, healthy meals across Chicago to children ages one to 18, even if they are not enrolled as a CPS student. Parents can look up the meal distribution sites outside schools via the District’s LunchStop Meal Finder


WHAT: CPS LunchStop - Free Summer Meals

WHO: Open to children ages one to 18 and. Children do not need to be CPS students to receive a free meal.

WHEN/WHERE: June 27 - August 12; Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. @ Locations across the city"

  • LunchStop Meal Site Finder:

  • Parents and students can also text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 304-304 and type in a zip code to find nearby summer meals sites, along with operating days and times.  

The Office of Student Health and Wellness hotline, 773-553-KIDS, can also help connect families to SNAP and WIC if they are in need of additional assistance. 

For additional information, flyers, and location cards, please visit

My CHI. My Future. App Has Officially Launched!
The city has launched the My CHI. My Future. app. Chicago teens and parents can access over 7,000 opportunities with customized recommendations based on age, interests, and locations. Teens ages 16-24 can enter to win a FREE Lolla 4-day pass by downloading the MCMF app! Download it now in your device's app store!
CPS Summer Programs
CPS created a website - — with the district's summer programming information and links to programs that are offered through CPS and through other city agencies.
Apply for a Free After School Matters Program
Applications for the After School Matters summer session are now open! The thousands of teens who participate in its innovative programs this summer will explore their passions, develop mentoring relationships, and grow in a youth-centered environment, all while earning a stipend—teens ages 16+ will have the opportunity to earn up to $15 an hour for their participation. 

For more information and to apply, click here.
ComEd EV Rally Application Now Open

After a two-year COVID hiatus, ComEd is bringing back its big summer STEM event!

This year, they're are evolving the Icebox Derby to become the EV Rally. Much like Icebox Derby, six teams of young women will work with ComEd mentors to build an EV race cart over four build nights. The event will culminate in a race this summer. Each participant who completes the program will receive a $2,000 scholarship and an iPad

ComEd is recruiting 30 young women, aged 13-18, to participate. They can be in middle school or high school but they must be at least 13 by June 1 and no older than 18 on race day. Young women from anywhere in Illinois are eligible to apply.

Information about the event and the application are available at

Employment Opportunities
We Will Chicago Now Hiring!

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD), MUSE Community + Design is hiring a promotion team to represent We Will Chicago at community events this summer and fall.

They are looking for outgoing, enthusiastic, and organized people to help with public engagement and education. 

Available positions:

We Will Chicago Promotion Captain ($35/hour – up to 24 hours per week)

Promotion Captains will provide logistical support to We Will Chicago Promoters at events and will be responsible for transporting equipment and materials to events. 

We Will Chicago Promoter ($20/hour – up to 12 hours per week)

Promoters will staff tents and tables at community events, talking with attendees about We Will Chicago and collecting feedback. Promoters will use digital tablets at events for the public to take digital surveys. Promoters should be comfortable helping neighbors use a digital device if needed.

Please email with any questions. To learn more visit

UI Health Nurse Recruiting Events
UI Health is hosting a series of Nurse Recruiting events. Learn about nursing career opportunities and benefits during one of the events. 

For more information and questions, email 
CPS Custodial Hiring Events
The CPS is hosting Custodial Hiring Events for the month of June. Walk-ins are welcomed for the in-person events.

Hiring Event Details

Date: June 16, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Skinner North Classical School
Address:  640 W Scott St. Chicago, IL 60610   

Date: June 23, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Virtual Fair

Date: June 30, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: CPS District Office
Address:  42 W Madison St. Chicago IL 60602   

To register for an event, click here. For more information, email or call 773-553-2100.
Clark Devon Hardware Now Hiring

Clark Devon Hardware is looking to fill a full time driver to deliver to downtown Chicago and surrounding suburbs. You will need Non-CDL Class C license, clean driving record, professional and positive attitude, and strong attention to detail. Previous delivery driver experience preferred, but will train highly motivated candidates. Starting pay is $18.00 per hour.  You'll enjoy an exciting, fast paced environment with competitive pay and generous benefits.

A driver's full-time schedule is Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the possibility of Saturday's 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Clark-Devon Hardware offers employees a generous benefits package: 

Part-time and Full-time benefits:
Paid Sick Time 
Health Insurance (must work 30 or more hours per week) 
Retirement Plan 
Annual Discretionary Bonuses 

Additional Full-time benefits: 
Paid Vacation Time 
Paid Holidays 
Overtime and overtime pay 

Email resumes to or deliver to the manager at Clark Devon Hardware. 

Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service Now Hiring
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance is now hiring for EMT positions. The program includes 12 weeks of training, a free accelerated EMT course, and a guaranteed job. For more information, visit or email 
Compudopt Now Hiring
Compudopt is now hiring part-time technology instructors. Compudopt's mission is to provide technology education and access to under-resourced youth in Chicago and Northern Illinois. 

The position is a seasonal trainer for its educational programming for elementary, middle, and high school students. The role is anticipated to require up to 20 hours per week of instruction and will span afternoons, evenings, and weekends depending on partner requirements. Programming may be facilitated in-person or virtually depending on partner requirements.

The pay range is $20-$25/hour depending on experience and qualifications. To apply, email and include your name, phone, email, resume, and two references. 
Misericordia is Now Hiring
Misericordia seeks to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

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

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

More information on the program is available on the Greater Chicago Food Depository's website by clicking here.
Apply to Become a Lifeguard!
The Chicago Park District launched a new marketing campaign featuring the dedicated lifeguards who serve across the city and make Chicago’s vibrant aquatics recreation and programming possible. Entitled the “I am a Chicago Lifeguard” campaign, this marketing push features a diverse group of talented lifeguards who work tirelessly to keep our beaches and pools safe and enrich the lives of thousands of kids, adults, and families who use Chicago Park District pools and beaches. The “I am a Chicago Lifeguard” digital and print campaign features a dedicated webpage, social media profiles, and posters at our fieldhouses and on billboards throughout the city.
As the Chicago Park District gears up for this summer, they are looking for qualified candidates to join their team. Candidates for Seasonal Lifeguard positions must be 16 years old and over, a resident of Chicago, and fully vaccinated. Future lifeguards must also pass the swim skills test and become American Red Cross certified. Pay for entry-level lifeguards starts at $15.88. Click here to apply today.  
SAFE Ambassadors Are Hiring!

Join the SAFE Ambassador team for the summer! CDOT is looking for outgoing advocates to work with them in helping Chicagoans envision and achieve a safe, comfortable, and healthy public transportation space—no matter how they get around.

Learn more by clicking here

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

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

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

Applications and a list of open positions can be found at

Greencorps Chicago is Recruiting!

Greencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago’s green industry job training program for individuals with barriers to employment. Greencorps Chicago is currently recruiting potential candidates for this year’s Employment & Training Program.  

During the nine-month program, Greencorps Chicago trainees earn Chicago minimum wage (currently $15). Greencorps Chicago trainees receive practical experience, professional development, and classroom & field training in various environmentally-related jobs with skills that are easily transferable to other industries. Trainees are offered a number of professional certifications, including Defensive Driving, First Aid/CPR, HAZWOPER, OSHA 10-Hour Safety, Chicago Wilderness Prescription Burn Class, and the Illinois Pesticide license. Throughout the program, trainees are supported with wrap-around social services, a stable income, and assistance finding full-time employment upon completion of the program. 

For more info, please visit

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more and apply, visit
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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