49th Ward Update
August 20, 2022
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Back to school events with Gale Community Academy and Kilmer Elementary School.

Good Morning Neighbors,

It was a great week in the 49th Ward! We had the last of our back to school events to prepare our students and families for the return to school THIS MONDAY, August 22. Thank you to all of our teachers, staff, administrators and volunteers for you work in making this a wonderful return to school experience full of hope and opportunities for our kids. We appreciate you.

This weekend is also full of opportunities for community engagement and fun - The Glenwood Ave Arts Fest, the celebration of Krishna's Birthday with the Iskcon Temple, The Newgard Neighbors Yard Sale, and the Parable in the Park Event at Schreiber Park are all happening this weekend and FREE to ALL.

I hope to see you out there this weekend. Check out the rest of the newsletter for important public health updates, infrastructure news and info on the Metra Station Renovation project.

Take care,

Alderwoman Hadden

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- CELEBRATIONS & APPRECIATIONS - good news for the week
- WARD UPDATES - infrastructure updates and community announcements
- COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - local events and ways to get involved
- COMMUNITY AID - organizational and personal requests for support
- GOVERNMENT CORNER - connect to your other elected officials
- COVID-19 UPDATES - latest news on covid from the Public Health Dept.
- SPECIAL ALERT: MONKEYPOX - what you need to know
- NEED TO KNOW INFO - alerts, services and government aid
- BUSINESS NEWS - local announcements and services for small businesses
- SCHOOLS SHINE IN 49 - school news and updates
- EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - hiring events and job postings
Celebrations & Appreciations
Let's celebrate and appreciate what's wonderful about our ward, the people, the places, and accomplishments. We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, organizations, and actions you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Sister Jean Turns 103!
On Sunday, August 21st, Loyola will help Sr. Jean celebrate her 103rd Birthday. The celebration begins with a Mass on campus, followed by re-naming the plaza at the Loyola CTA Station in her honor. Learn more about Sister Jean through a timeline of her life and the Getting to Know her page. 

This year, Loyola is hoping to get more well-wishes than ever before – so, if you haven’t yet, sign Sr. Jean’s digital birthday card! You can include well wishes and a photo (if you’ve been lucky enough to get one with our Loyola celebrity). Loyola be displaying some of our favorites on her special birthday website.
Welcome Principal Huls, Thank you Principal Kuran!

This month, Chicago Math and Science Academy welcomed a new principal, Ms. Angela Huls. Principal Huls has been at the school since it opened its door in 2004. She takes the helm from former principal Michael Kuran, who served as principal for seven years, and joins Concept Schools, CMSA’s charter management company, as Assistant Chief Academic Officer. Last year, Principal Kuran was one of the finalists for the Golden Apple Award for Principal of the Year.

Principal Huls began her career in education as a middle school teacher. She taught 8th and 9th grade Language Arts for eight years and served as Assistant Principal of Culture in both the middle and high school at CMSA. Her knowledge of the school’s internal operations, the dedicated teachers and staff who comprise the school family, and CMSA’s mission of achieving excellence and providing a first-class education to its students make her the natural choice to lead CMSA to its next chapters.

Congratulations to Principal Huls, and best of luck to former Principal Kuran! 

Trilogy Crisis Response Team
Will Expand to 24/7 Starting August 29
Alternative Crisis Response service is something that every person should have access to in our city. Our ward has been fortunate to be included in a pilot program of Trilogy Behavioral Health. Beginning on Monday, August 29, the crisis response team will scale up its services to be available 24/7!

Trilogy's mental health mobile crisis response team has done amazing work as you can see by the data shared here from calls to its hotline from April through June. Over 96% of the engagements from the response team don't require police interaction. You can support this work by helping them to celebrate their anniversary with the annual gala - Changing Lives, A Celebration of Mental Wellness on Sept. 29.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call 800-FACT-400 (800-322-8400) to talk to a crisis response worker. 
Ward Updates
Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival Returns August 19-21
For over two decades, The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) has presented a free, weekend-long arts festival featuring 120+ artists, open studios, and live entertainment on two outdoor stages.  Attendees view and purchase handmade artworks directly from the creators.  The Fest brings free live music, performances, and art demonstrations — along with street food and craft beer from local merchants on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago’s historic Rogers Park neighborhood.

This favorite neighborhood tradition will return August 19-21. For more information, visit the festival's website
Parables in the Park at Schreiber Park August 21
Join in on the fun during Parables in the Park at Schreiber Park, 1552 W. Schreiber. This is a free and family-friendly event, a part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in The Parks, aimed to promote and enrich the Chicago Cultural Plan. Mandala South Asian Performing Arts’ artists will share the South Asian cultures through dance, music and storytelling. The event will take place on Sunday, August 21, at 2 pm.
Share Your Feedback to Inform the Metra Renovation Design
The Rogers Park Metra station is slated for renovation. On Monday, representatives from Metra joined our office for a community meeting to share information about the scope and timeline of the project. You can view that community meeting on our Facebook page by clicking here

Our office is now working with Metra to provide community feedback to inform the final design plans. Please take a moment to share your feedback and ideas to improve the Rogers Park Metra station. Feedback will be accepted through September 5 and can be submitted online at
Public Safety Alert - Attempted Kidnapping
On Wednesday, August 17, there was an attempted kidnapping just outside of the 49th Ward at the Cermak Fresh Market located at 6623 N. Damen. 

At approximately 10 am, an unknown man grabbed a 9-year-old girl in the parking lot. Thankfully, the girl was able to escape after biting the assailant. Witnesses also intervened and made sure that she was safely reunited with her mother. 

The Chicago Police Department is investigating this incident closely and reviewing security camera footage from the area to try and find the offender. The offender is described as a Black man, approximately 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds. He has short dreadlocks and glasses. At the time of the offense, he was wearing a white shirt, gray pants, white gym shoes, and a camouflage baseball hat. Pictures of the suspect have been shared above. 

If you have any information, please contact the 24th District at 312-744-5907 or the Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8261.
Loyola University Student Move-In August 22-27
Loyola is gearing up to welcome back students for in-person learning ahead of their fall semester. In preparing for the new semester, Loyola has worked closely with the Department of Transportation and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications to try and make the process easier for neighbors living in the Loyola area. 

In order to balance the hardships of parking in the area with the students needing to move into campus living, Loyola has eliminated Friday and Sunday as move-in days. They have also streamlined and reduced the overall number of streets and amount of days with parking restrictions by 35% to further alleviate the strain of on-street parking. 

If a vehicle is parked on one of the streets during the days and time listed below, it will be relocated at the vehicle owner's expense. If your vehicle has been towed, you may contact Campus Safety at 773-508-6039, the City's non-emergency number at 311, or my office at 773-338-5796 to locate it. 
Furthermore, Loyola University works closely with OEMC to temporarily make the 1100-block of West Loyola Avenue a one-way street headed west. This enables upwards of 1,000 vehicles to quickly unload to residences halls (Merts and St. Joseph's Seminary). "Do Not Enter" and "No Left Turn" signage will be posted at the Loyola and Sheridan intersection to prevent cars from turning east on Loyola. Loyola will also have a barricade and campus safety officer posted on-site to help with traffic flows. 

Please be advised that upper-class students rent apartments in the area that are not operated by the university. While Loyola does not make special arrangements for those moves, they have requested special attention to no-parking areas around Loyola with Streets and Sanitation. This means that students who park in the tow zones, block fire hydrants, or block driveways and alleys will face the same consequences as residents living in the Loyola area. 

Loyola University has made itself available to discuss Loyola students and their presence in the neighborhood to try and foster a positive relationship between the school and neighbors. They can be contacted during business hours at 773-508-8840 or via email at If it is after business hours and you need to report an issue, their Campus Safety office can be reached at 773-508-6039.
Submit an Idea for Participatory Budgeting
Didn't have an opportunity to attend one of the PB49 idea assemblies? No problem! There's still time to submit an idea of what projects you'd like to see in the 49th Ward. 

Take a moment to fill out an online idea submission form by clicking here
Save the Date: Chalk Howard Street Returns August 27
The popular 3D chalk fest will return to Rogers Park this month! National and local street artists will convene on Howard between Paulina and Ashland, using the street as a canvas to bring vibrant and colorful pieces of art to life. 

The free event will take place on Saturday, August 27, from 11 am to 8 pm. For more information, visit the Rogers Park Business Alliance's website
Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Project (PN7439):

Through the Building a New Chicago infrastructure improvement program, the Department of Water Management (DWM) is installing a new sewer in the 49th Ward.

Scheduled to begin tentatively on Tuesday, September 6, DWM's private contractor will begin to install a new mainline sewer, structures, and pavement in the following areas:
  • On Greenview from 330 feet north of Rogers to Rogers
  • On Greenview from Howard to Birchwood
  • On Rogers from Greenview to Ashland
  • On Birchwood from 300 ft east of Greenview to Greenview
Crews will work in phases through the footprint of the project, only shifting to a new area after replacing the sewer main along a separate leg of the project. Crews plan on starting the work on Rogers between Rogers and Greenview. Once the temporary concrete sewer trench is poured on Rogers, crews will then transition to the Greenview and Birchwood legs of the project. 
Construction crews have begun preparing the site for the sewer installation already, including marking the location for utility lines. Residents may start to notice construction equipment and materials placed in the area ahead of the project start date. 

As construction is underway, crews may close the streets to through traffic for safety reasons. Local traffic for area residents and business owners will be allowed in the area of construction. 

Throughout the project, crews will post "No Parking" signs as needed during work hours (generally 7 am - 4 pm). Crews will work to preserve as much parking as possible. "No Parking" signs will only be posted where crews are actively working and the parking restrictions will move along as the crew makes progress in the project. 

Once the pipe has been installed, the street will be temporarily restored with a concrete trench until they are able to completely restore the street with new ashpalt. ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps will be repaired or installed where needed, along with repairs to damaged parkways and sidewalks. The final restoration of the street will include milling the surfacing, placing new asphalt, and prepainting the street markings. The project will not be considered complete until damaged sidewalks, parkways, and streets have been repaired. 

Inclement weather and unexpected underground conditions may cause delays to the project. Asphalt plants also close in the winter, which can create delays to the final restoration of the street. 

Before the project starts, the Department of Water Management will take photographs of the streets and the surrounding properties. These photographs help them restore the area to its preconstruction state. DWM does not assume, however, responsibility for damage to privately installed parkway improvements, including sprinkler systems, fences, flower beds, and shrubbery.

To receive updates about the project, visit to register for notifications. You will need to enter your name, email address, and project identification number (PN7439) to sign up. The 49th Ward has also compiled a list of FAQs that residents may review by clicking here
Plan a Community Event in Our Public Plazas
The Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) have dedicated public space ready for you to use for community events and programming at Jarvis Square and Glenwood Ave Alfresco Plazas and the Clark Street People Spot! Want to hold an open mic? Interested in meeting with your book club or knitting circle in an open environment? Want to teach a host a car tournament? RPBA is excited to be able to provide public spaces for community programming. We are looking forward to experiencing the creativity or our community and transformation of our pubic plazas.

Keep in mind that times are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, and that the public spaces are only available for events between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. (10 p.m. on weekends). Sign up TODAY!
Community Engagement
Attend Community Events at Leone Beach Throughout August
Join the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council for a variety of programming throughout the month of August! There's something for everyone.
  • Saturday, August 20, 9:30 am - Workday (meet at the Dune restoration site pier)
  • Saturday, August 27, 1 pm - Mindfulness in Nature (meeting location TBA)
  • Sunday, August 28, at 9:30 am - Workday (meet at Leone Park, 1222 W. Touhy)
For more information and to sign up to receive emails from the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council, email
Newgard Community Yard Sale August 20
The annual Newgard yard sale will take place on Saturday, August 20, from 9 am to 4 pm, on the 6400-6700 blocks of Newgard. This annual yard sale was crowned the Reader's Best Neighborhood Yard Sale in the past. Swing by and see what great deals you can snag! 
Picnic & a Movie at Pottawattomie Park August 26
On Friday, August 26th the Pottawattomie Park Advisory Council will host its annual Picnic and Movie In the Park featuring 42, The Jackie Robinson Story.

Come celebrate the generous grant the park received from the Cubs Charities Diamond Project with a groundbreaking of the new infield. After the groundbreaking, the movie will be screened.  

Join in on the fun at Pottawattomie Park, 7340 North Rogers on Friday, August 26. The fun kicks off at 6:00 pm with music, crafts, games, and more. The movie will start at 8:30 pm. 
The Conductors Comes to Triangle Park August 31
All aboard the magic train! On Wednesday, August 31, grab a blanket or a chair and join in on the fun at Triangle Park, 1750 W. Juneway, as Kerfuffle presents The Conductors. This new play is for very young children and FREE! Join in on the fun starting at 6 pm. 

For more information,
North Side AARP Meeting September 6
The Chicago Northside AARP Community Group will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 6, at 12:30 pm. Congressman Mike Quigley will join to share what's new in Washington. Make sure to submit questions in advance of the meeting. 

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
36th Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society
Historic House Walk: Newgard's Hidden Gems

Did you know that four-block long Newgard Avenue is sometimes called Chicago's shortest street? Once named Lincoln Avenue, the short street runs through the Henry Newgard "farm" (called that even though he wasn't a farmer), where Newgard built one of the first homes in 1892. The lush trees and large post-Victorian houses that line the streets of Newgard's original property have wide sweeping porches, beautiful interiors, and elaborate backyard spaces that make the six homes on the Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society's 36th Annual House Walk true treasures.

Take this opportunity to look inside, behind the graceful porches of these lovely homes, and meet the homeowners who have maintained and restored their hidden gems from the turn of the 20th Century while updating them to suit 21st Century living.

Where: The self-guided tour covers two blocks of Newgard and Greenview Avenues between North Shore and Pratt. The total walking distance between homes is less than a quarter of a mile. Tour check-in and parking will be available at Sullivan High School.

When: Sunday, September 18, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Appropriate Covid-19 precautions will be in place based on guidelines from the Chicago Department of Health and the preferences of the homeowner hosts.

Cost: Tickers are $30 per person, $25 with RPWRHS Member Discount.

For more information and to register for the event, click here. Proceeds from this annual fundraising event are used to support the ongoing educational and outreach activities of the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society.

The Factory Theater Presents The H.O.A.
The Factory Theater presents The H.O.A. Cassie and Steve, both successful professionals, are moving to a new city after Steve receives a promotion. Their new neighbors seem nice, but it becomes clear to Cassie that something is really off. See what happens when a local couple finds their dream home in a neighborhood that’s not quite right.

Written by Angelina Martinez and directed by Christy Arington, The H.O.A. will preview Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11. Opening night will be on Friday, September 16, at 8 pm. The show will run on Fridays and Saturdays through October 22. Tickets cost $25. More information is available on The Factory Theater's website
Apply to be a 2023 Fellow with Disability Lead
Disability Lead is gearing up for its 2023 Recruitment season and that means they're seeking leaders with disabilities to connect with.
Disability Lead builds a network of positive disruptors with disabilities to increase civic engagement and diverse leadership. As the leading disability leadership nonprofit, Disability Lead commits to advancing leaders in an ever-evolving world where the need is high for disabled innovators who are positive disruptors. 

The deadline to apply is October 14, and the early bird deadline is September 23. The early bird applications guarantee an interview.

For more information and to apply, click here
Volunteer as a Coach for Gale's Girls on the Run Team in the Fall
Gale Community Academy is seeking coaches for its 
  • Girls on the Run (Grades 3-5)
  • Heart & Sole (Grades 6-8) 
Gale needs a minimum of 2 COACHES per team. New and returning coaches must submit the 22/23 Volunteer Application and begin moving through the training and requirements.

Things to know:
  • Practice will start on Tuesday, September 6th
  • Practice will be twice (2) a week
  • Practice will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Practice time will be 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM
  • The 5K has not been scheduled yet BUT is usually a Saturday morning in November
  • RECRUIT GIRLS! FALL 2022 Girl Registration is OPEN!
Community Aid
Visit Howard Area Community Center's Computer Lab
Howard Area Community Center has a community computer lab. The community computer lab is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at 7468 N. Paulina. 
Volunteer for Care for Real
Care for Real is excited to welcome new volunteers at both its Edgewater and Rogers Park food pantries! Volunteer opportunities are available for the entire family seven days a week, offering both day time and evening shifts that are client-facing and behind-the-scenes. To learn more about how to get involved and give back to the community, visit
Help Care for Real Fight Hunger in Rogers Park
Care for Real is facing a 332% increase in first-time pantry visits. More neighbors are experiencing food insecurity for the first time. When one couple who have supported Care for Real for more than 20 years learned about the surge in need, they we were inspired to act. Together, we set a $33,200 goal to help us feed more neighbors this summer. The couple will match the first $15,000 to double the impact of gifts from neighbors like you this month. We need your support today. Double your impact and give now at
Support Meals on Wheels
On August 10th, Meals on Wheels Chicago is celebrating an important milestone of 35 years of service, helping seniors and people with disabilities in every neighborhood of Chicago!

Food not only nourishes us but it also brings us together as a community. “Breaking bread together” can address conflict and build critical relationships. For many of us, food is love.
For 35 years, the home meal delivery program has helped food-insecure neighbors stay healthy, nourished, and independent in their own homes.
What started so many years ago in 1987 was a program that served 1,218 seniors a hot Thanksgiving meal. Today, Meals on Wheels is a program that serves over 13,000 distinct clients and delivers over 4.7 million meals each year.
Consider making a financial contribution to Meals on Wheels so it can continue to help feed hungry seniors in need. Online contributions can be made at
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!
Government Connect
Connect with Your Elected Officials
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Monkeypox Need to Know Info
CDPH Provides Resources for Monkeypox (MPV)

Monkeypox Virus (MPV) is spread through close contact with body fluids, sores, shared bedding or clothing, or respiratory droplets (kissing, coughing, sneezing). Common symptoms include a rash or unusual sores that look like pimples or blisters on the face, body, and genitals. Symptoms also include fever, head or muscle aches, chills, and swelling of the lymph nodes. If you think you have the MPV or are showing symptoms, it's time to reach out to your healthcare provider.

If you do not have a doctor or health insurance, then please contact CDPH at 312-746-4835 or the HIV/STI Resource Hub at 844-482-4040 for assistance.

For more information, visit

What is Monkeypox?
Get Your Monkeypox Vaccine

We are starting to see an increase in monkeypox infections. Monkeypox is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  According to Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Arwady "The city has already received 5,409 doses. Distribution has targeted those in close physical contact with people diagnosed with monkeypox, as well as people who may be at higher risk of contracting the disease because of their sexual activity."

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
COVID-19 Updates
At-Home Vaccine Program Now Offering Vaccines for Anyone 6 Months and Older
The City's At Home vaccination program is now offering vaccines for children as young as 6 months of age. Additional information, including registration links by community area, is available on the City's website by clicking here
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
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.
Home and Business Protection Program
Elevate, an energy equity non-profit, is conducting outreach for the Multifamily Energy Savings Program. The goal is to have buildings with 3 units or more assessed to determine the energy-saving projects they qualify for. Projects such as air sealing and insulation, pipe insulation, and HVAC equipment replacements are examples of projects that can be completed from start to finish via the program at little to no cost.

The best way to initiate a free energy assessment is to go directly to and fill out the online form.
Business Updates
Register for Loyola's Part Time Job, Internship, and Service Fair
The Part-Time Job, Internship & Service Fair offers students of all majors and levels part-time opportunities (paid or unpaid) while balancing their studies but is also open to the public. There will be 60 employers at the fair with part-time, full-time, internship, and service positions available for those looking for employment. The fair will take place Wednesday, September 7th, in person at Damen Student Center located at 6511 N. Sheridan Rd. Visit the website for additional information and employer registration.
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.
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
CIADC Offers Free After School Program for Youth in Grades 6-12
Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, a Rogers Park non-profit offering classes for youth and adults in industrial arts: Metal Casting, Welding & Forging, CNC Technology, and Woodworking, is offering FREE afterschool classes to all CPS students grades 6-12 this Fall!
Learn more by clicking here
Community Services Block Grant Applications
The Department of Family Support Services is currently accepting applications for scholarships for the 2022 fall semester/quarter. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and can be used for the purchase of tuition, books, uniforms, and fees related to course study paid directly to the designated institution on behalf of the applicant.
DFSS highly encourages any Chicago student aspiring to achieve higher education and employment to apply, including displaced and under-employed workers, adult learners, high school graduates (or equivalent), undocumented individuals, and others.
Students enrolled full-time in an Illinois college, university, or vocational/certificate program by September 15th may qualify for a scholarship.  Applicants must reside in the city of Chicago and meet the established income guidelines (at or below 200% FPL) based upon one month (July of 2022) of gross income. 
Applications must be received by the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services via the web-based CSBG Scholarship Application Platform on Friday, August 26, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. 
DFSS will host a webinar on August 15th (at 12:00 pm and at 3:00 pm). To register for a webinar, applicants should email their choice of date and time to, as well as any further questions.  

The link to the web-based application can be found at
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!
Employment Opportunities
Pace Bus Hiring Event August 23
Pace Bus is hosting a hiring event at Olive-Harvey College, 10001 S. Woodlawn, on Tuesday, August 23, from 6-9 pm. Potential students must have a valid Illinois driver's license and a court-ordered Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) with no more than two infractions/tickets (excluding red light tickets) in the last 5 years. MVRs may be obtained from the DMV or Secretary of State for $12. Qualified candidates will have the cost of a 2-week CDL permit course covered by Pace. 
CTA Virtual Job Fair August 24
CTA Human Resources is hosting a Virtual Career Fair for career opportunities in its Law, Engineering, and Training & Workforce Development departments on Wednesday, August 14, at 12 pm. 

To learn more or register to attend, visit
Purpose Workforce Solutions is Hiring!
Purpose Workforce Solutions is hiring youth positions. For more information, call 312-549-8360 ext 121 for more information. 
Start a Career in Aviation Mechanics
Train to become skilled, employable and essential. At Aviation Institute of Maintenance, we train tomorrow’s technicians. The demand for skilled technicians in Aviation, Manufacturing, Welding, Energy, and other industries is outpacing those entering these career fields. Our nation needs men and women to develop technical trade skills for today and the future. AIM campuses are proud to teach these skills. Find out more and apply here:
NAMI Chicago is Hiring!

NAMI Chicago has positions in Mental Health Services and is looking for outstanding and dedicated people to join its growing team. 

Since 1979, NAMI Chicago has fought for families and individuals impacted by mental health conditions. It promotes community wellness, breaks down barriers to mental health care, and provides support and expertise for families, professionals, and individuals in Chicago and beyond.

NAMI Chicago currently has openings for the following positions (click on the job title to view the job descriptions):      

Mary Crane Center Now Hiring!

Mary Crane Center at 1545 W. Morse is now hiring key positions in the organization. For more information or to send your resume, email

State Farm is Hiring
Successful Local State Farm Agency is looking for an entry-level Part-Time Customer Service Representative. Duties would include premium payment follow-up via phone, text, and email.  Also various customer service-related follow-up tasks. State Insurance Producers License is not required but would be helpful for future promotion and commission eligibility
Please send resumes to for consideration.
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 
i.c. stars Tech Training and Job Placement Opportunity
 i.c.stars. is an immersive technology training not-for-profit attracting, training, and putting Chicagoans to work in the Information Technology field. It pays candidates a weekly stipend upon being accepted into its rigorous 16-week program.

i.c. stars is currently recruiting for its next cycle, which will start on August 8, 2022. Interested residents can apply directly on its website at
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.
CTA Second Chance Program
The CTA Second Chance Program allows individuals with a barrier to employment an opportunity for a fulfilling and stable career with the CTA. Those interested in the program should complete a survey of interest by clicking here. More information on the Second Chance Program is available on the CTA's website here
Join the Chicago Park District Team
The Chicago Park District is seeking to hire several key year-round and seasonal positions. To view all openings, visit
PACE Bus is Hiring

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

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

Applications and a list of open positions can be found at

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more and apply, visit
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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