49th Ward Update
June 18, 2022

Good morning neighbors,

What a wonderful week for our community! On Monday, I spoke on behalf of the Black Caucus and as the lead in Council on making Juneteenth a holiday in our city. We gathered with leaders from all level of government and community to raise the Juneteenth flag in Daley Plaza. It was wonderful to share the stage with former staffer, Torrence Gardner who has been instrumental in the expanded Juneteenth celebrations in our city. Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, marks the day when enslaved people in Galveston, TX learned that they had been freed under the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862. It was until June 19, 1864 that news arrived in Galveston. Learn more about the history and significance of this holiday through the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation.

We also passed my resolution in the Committee on Housing calling for hearings on the heat related deaths of three women in the James Sneider Apartments on Monday.

Tuesday, we had another meeting with neighbors living around and in in Touhy Park with representatives from the Dept. of Family and Support Services (DFSS) and the Chicago Park District. We are continually working to house our houseless neighbors while also addressing sanitation or safety concerns in the park. This week, the Park District finally installed portable toilet to address some of those concerns. DFSS has contact with neighbors living in the park three times a week bringing physical and mental health services as well as working to get people set up with permanent supportive housing. Since our first accelerated housing event last November, 65 people have been paired with housing in our area.

Wednesday was our monthly, virtual town hall where I had tons of updates to share. As well as the launch of a new 49th Ward Climate Action Taskforce! The taskforce will be asked to study the City's Climate Action Plan, present information to our ward about it and also to select 2-3 recommendations from the plan that they would like me to spearhead in the ward or the city. If you or someone in your household would be interested in volunteering on this effort, please sign up here. You can also watch the recording of the meeting here. Our July Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, July 13 at 6pm. You can register here:

This morning, I'll be joining many community organizations and residents for the 20th Annual World Refugee Day Celebration in Pottawattomie Park (see more info below). Our area of the city is the first home in the United States for so many people forced to leave their countries of origin and we are made stronger and richer by their presence. I look forward to celebrating alongside our neighbors and hope to see you there. 

After speaking at World Refugee Day celebration, I'll be headed over to Glenwood and Morse for the official ribbon cutting for our new community plaza, the Glenwood Alfresco! Join us at 11am for comments from Deputy Commissioner Samir Mayekar and Dept. of Transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi.

Finally, I'll be headed over to Loyola Park to participate in the 29th Annual Artists of the Wall Festival! Natalia and I will be painting a space for the first time in a few years - the theme is World of Tomorrow. Even if you're not painting tomorrow or Sunday, come by for the live music, kid's activities and for the ceremony to honor those we've lost to drowning and celebrate the community-driven campaign that led to the installation of life rings.

City Council is this coming Wednesday, June 22 at 10am. We will be taking a vote on the new heating and cooling ordinance amendments I've been working on after the tragic deaths of three residents in the James Sneider Apartments last month. We are pushing for some big updates to the code to give building owners and managers better guidance taking into account climate change and building systems. This ordinance will also ensure that tenants have more protections from the hot temperatures in our changing climate. You can read the full text of the ordinance here. And you can tune in to watch live, sign up for public comment or to attend in person via our city clerk's site

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 Father's Day!
Happy Father's Day to all of our fathers and father figures. You're such an integral part of our families and communities - we celebrate you today, but appreciate you every day. Have a wonderful weekend, Dads!
City Hosts Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony
On Monday, I joined the Juneteenth Coalition for a flag-raising ceremony in the Daley Plaza. Last year, I spearheaded the effort in City Council to make Juneteenth an official holiday and this was our first year it took effect. Thanks to Torrence Gardner, LaCreshia Birts and TJ Crawford of the Citywide planning team and to Candace Moore, our city's Chief Equity Officer for all of your hard work in planning this beautiful event.

The Chicago Juneteenth Planning Coalition also interviewed with ABC7. The special will air on Sunday, June 19, at 4:30 pm, so make sure to tune in! 
This Juneteenth, Make A Difference in Rogers Park
Be the change you want to see and help us make a difference in the life of a Rogers Park high school student. When you support the businesses below during this Juneteenth weekend, a portion of the proceeds will support a 2023 scholarship for an African American student in Rogers Park! Thanks to ward resident Nicola Copeland for organizing this wonderful scholarship opportunity and to our local businesses for participating. Happy Juneteenth!
Lifeline Theatre Turns 40!
Lifeline Theatre is celebrating its 40th birthday this year! Help celebrate alongside them as they announce their 40th anniversary season: 40 Years of BIG STORIES, UP CLOSE

Thank you to Lifeline Theatre for bringing rich and diverse stories to life all these years. Here's to another 40! 
Ward Updates
Ward Office Closed Monday in Observance
of the Juneteenth Holiday
In observance of the Juneteeth holiday, the 49th Ward office will be closed on Monday, June 20. It will re-open on Tuesday, June 21, at 9 am. 

In observance of the holiday, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will be making minor changes to the refuse and recycling schedule for the week of June 20. To ensure refuse is collected, residents should leave their black carts accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on the regular day of collection. 

With the shift in the regular collection schedule, residents might see a slight delay in their regular trash collection. For more information on your regular collection day, you can email my office at, call 773-338-5796, or check the schedule on the 49th Ward map
A Just Harvest and Good News Partners Host Juneteenth Event
A Just Harvest and Good News Partners are partnering to host a Juneteenth event. The event will take place between 2 pm and 5 pm at 7649 N. Paulina. There will be entertainment and snacks for those in attendance. 
Chicago Juneteenth Events
Celebrate Juneteenth this year at one or several of the Juneteenth celebration events being held across the city. Juneteenth is a federally-recognized holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. 

More information on events across the city is available online at
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
Water Rescue Bill Ceremony June 18
In honor of the passing of HB 4165, in partnership with Artists of the Wall, our office will be joining State Representative Kelly Cassity to host a ceremony and memorial to honor all we have lost to drownings in Lake Michigan. We will also celebrate the passage of the water safety bill that recently passed at the State requiring life rings to be installed across the shoreline of Lake Michigan.   Join us at Loyola Beach near the entrance of the pier off Farwell for an interactive memorial service.
Artists of the Wall Returns Over Father's Day Weekend
The annual Artists of the Wall festival is back in full swing this summer!  Make sure to mark your calendars to attend the event, which takes place over Father's Day Weekend (June 18-19) at Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf. This year's theme is "World of Tomorrow."  Registration for 150 reserved mural spaces is sold out, but a limited number of walk-up spaces will be available. 

You don’t need to pick up a paintbrush to enjoy this arts fest. Pack a picnic and bring the family. Enjoy live musical performances as you sit on the lawn at Pratt. This year's event will feature 12 bands with an eclectic offering of music, from indie rock to jazz, to folk music, and more. There will also be dancers and opportunities for kids to participate with spray chalk around the circular garden beds. Performances and painting run from 10 AM-5 PM Saturday and 10 AM-3 PM Sunday.

Volunteers are needed for this event.  Sign up here.
Pre-purchase an event t-shirt or poster here.

For more information, visit the Loyola Park Advisory Council's website.  
Join the 49th Ward North Side Housing & Supportive Services for a Community Meeting on June 21
Join North Side Housing and Supportive Services and the 49th Ward for a community meeting on a proposal to relocate its emergency shelter to 7464 N. Clark Street. The site is currently zoned as B3-3, which allows for emergency shelters with a special use permit. 

North Side Housing agency has been assisting individuals find permanent housing solutions in Lakeview, Uptown, and Ravenswood since 1983. They currently operate four programs to help their clients: one shelter in Rogers Park, permanent supportive housing for 200 clients, a Housing Navigation program to help clients find affordable and permanent housing, and a Drop-In Center in Ravenswood to help people experiencing homelessness receive immediate support. 

North Side Housing and Supportive Services currently operates a 50-bed shelter for men in the Super 8 Hotel at 7300 N. Sheridan Road in Rogers Park. They embarked on a search across the north side to find a new location after the owner their previous shelter in Uptown failed to bring building code violations into compliance to keep the residents safe. 

After looking at properties across several wards and working closely with a realtor, they were able to enter into an agreement to use the former medical care center at 7464 N. Clark. The plans include creating an emergency shelter for men with a total of 72 beds. The site would also host a Drop-In Center to help homeless people in the neighborhood get a meal and clean clothes, take a shower, and other immediate support services.

Join the 49th Ward for a community meeting on Tuesday, June 21, at 6 pm to learn more. To register for the meeting, visit
RPBA Presents The Best of Rogers Park June 22
After 2 years, the Rogers Park Business Alliance will host its annual Best of Rogers Park Awards ceremony in person. Join them in celebrating the outstanding Rogers Park community members who make our neighborhood special.

The event will take place on Wednesday, June 22, at 5:30 pm in the McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall (Loyola University), 1000 W. Sheridan. Tickets cost $20 each (RPBA members receive 2 complimentary tickets, RSVP required). For more information and to register, click here
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
Rhapsody Theater Opens Inaugural Season!
Tickets are on sale for the first show at the brand new Rhapsody Theater! Get your tickets today for the inaugural season featuring Lucy Darling.

Known across the world for her wit, her charm, and her exceptionally good hair, Lucy’s shows are a wonderful mix of playful improvisational comedy, hilarious witty writing, and impossible magical feats.
Miss Darling is an 10-time Award-Winning Entertainer featured in the Guinness Book of World Records (2014), Ripley’s Believe it or Not (2015) and the star of the Super Channel documentary Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire, which tells the true story of the struggle to create her 2016 Las Vegas magic show. In 2019 she was the recipient of the prestigious Allan Slaight award and voted Stage Magician of the Year at the Magic Castle.
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.
At-Home COVID Tests Available at 49th Ward Office
The 49th Ward office has a limited number of at-home COVID tests available for constituents. 

Residents can pick up tests from the 49th Ward office (1447 W. Morse) during office hours, 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. 

49th Ward residents can have one test per person in their household and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
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. 
Apply to be an Election Worker!
The Chicago Poll Worker Connection allows Election Judges to apply online, see their assignment details, and see training details. The Board of Elections is specifically seeking Spanish-speaking election judges to serve in the upcoming primary. Those interested can apply at

Election judges are paid $230 for completing the online training and then serves as an election judge on Election Day. Election judges are paid $170 for serving on Election Day without completing the online training. Returning election judges who completed online training prior to the November 2020 election will be paid $255 for serving on Election Day.
Apply here today!

Also hiring Bilingual Early Voting Workers
You must be bilingual in English and Spanish, be at least 18 years old and fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Weekday Schedule:
  • Monday thru Friday Hours
    • CBOEC personnel arrive at 8:30 a.m., depart at 7:00 p.m. (or until election process is completed)
    • Voting open to public from 9:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.
Weekend Schedule:
  • Saturdays Hours
    • CBOEC personnel arrive at 8:30 a.m., depart at 6:00 p.m.  (or until election processing is complete)
    • Voting open to public from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.
  • Sundays Hours
    • CBOEC personnel arrive at 9:30 a.m., depart at 5:00 p.m.
    • Voting open to public from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.
Election Day Schedule:
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2022
    • CBOEC personnel arrive at 5:00 a.m., depart at 9:00 p.m. (or until election processing is complete)
    • Voting open to public from 6:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m.
 Looking to become an Early Voting Official for the June 28, 2022 Primary Election? Click here to apply!
Apply to be an Election Judge through the MIKVA Challenge
Mikva Challenge is partnering with the Chicago Board of Elections to recruit high school students to serve as Election Judges for the June 28th primary election. They hope to have over 2,000 students serve across the city. 

The application is now open. Students (and adults) can apply at before the application closes on May 1. Election Judges earn $230 for completing training and working on election day.

This is a great way for young people to get involved in the electoral process even if they are too young to vote. Current Sophomores and Juniors are eligible to apply (seniors must apply as adult judges since the election takes place after the school year).
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! 
Celebrate World Refugee Day at Pottawattomie Park June 18
Join the Unity March to be held on Saturday, June 18, to celebrate World Refugee Day in Chicago in the beautiful Pottawatomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers. 
This event is a celebration that brings together the diverse communities in our city. The event will take place from 9 am to 4 pm. 
Chicago Public Artists List Re-Opens
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has a new RFQ for the 2023/2024 Prequalified List that is due on June 12th. The prequalified list is a catalogue that contains the list of artists and arts organizations who reside in Chicago. Alderman and sister agencies use this list to select an artist for a public art project that is menu funded  or created on city owned/managed property. DCASE also shares this list with developers. Apply Today!
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!
West Ridge Nature Park Archeological Dig

Did you know that there was an archeological dig at West Ridge Nature Park?  The Illinois State Archeological Survey began testing the area in 2012 and discovered that the park was once home to a vast prehistoric village. Join the Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society over Zoom for a presentation from archeological specialist Paula Bryant on the dig's findings, and archeology in Cook County.  Not much is known about the indigenous peoples who once lived in our neighborhood, and this talk is an exciting opportunity to learn more. You won't want to miss it.  Registration is free and open to all.  

Where: Zoom (not an underground prehistoric fortress)
When: June 15th, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: Free, registration required to get your Zoom link.

Join Glenna Eaves for a Tour of St. Henry's Cemetery

Cemeteries are popular spots for the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society (RPWRHS) walking tours, and they haven't offered this one for several years. St. Henry’s is Chicago’s only surviving churchyard cemetery, the final resting place for many of the original settlers of our community.

Join RPWRHS' favorite cemetery historian Glenna Eaves for a tour that features farmers, builders, merchants, entrepreneurs and artisans laid to rest in this intimate, beautifully-maintained graveyard. You’ll learn how their lives and accomplishments shaped our history and discover surprising stories that include a tragic unsolved murder mystery, the inspiration for a well-known ballpark treat, and a romance sparked by the Great Chicago Fire.

Where: St. Henry's Cemetery, 1929 West Devon Avenue at Ridge. 
Saturday, June 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $20, with $5 discount for RPWRHS members 
Register: Online

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! 
Sign Up to Perform at Make Music Chicago on June 21
Please join the Willye White Park Advisory Council as they host their Make Music Chicago event on Tuesday, June 21st from 4pm - 9pm at Willye White Park! Feel free to bring your own folding chair, blanket, or tarp to sit on and enjoy the music performances. You may also bring your own snacks to have a picnic while the music plays! 

Here is the list of performers: 
  • Alison Gross, 4:00 pm, Genre: Folk Fusion, Neo-Soul
  • Joyce Renee Walker, 5:00 pm, Genre:  Jazz, Blues, Soul
  • Resounding Waves, 6:00 pm, Genre:  Rock
  • Gary Thomas Ward, 7:00 pm, Genre:  Frank Sinatra-style Jazz
  • Fiddle Club of the World, 8:00 pm, Genre:  Fiddle Music from around the World
  • Mark Dunn, 20 minutes (between sets while setting up), Genre: R & B Cover songs, Old School
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
Chicago Bar Association Offering Free Legal Advice June 18
Are you struggling with a legal issue and need some free, expert advice? Attorneys with The Chicago Bar Association’s Call-A-Lawyer Program are ready and available to take calls from the public and offer brief legal advice on Saturday, June 18. The CBA is here to help as part of an ongoing legal public service program.   
Calls will be accepted on June 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at (312) 554-2001.   
Citizens can call in and briefly explain their situation to an attorney who will then work to suggest self-help strategies or provide advice to help resolve their issues.  If callers need further legal services or have questions beyond the scope of the attorney’s practice area, they will be advised to contact the CBA Lawyer Referral Service during the week for a referral to an attorney in the appropriate area of law.  
The CBA’s Lawyer Referral Service has more than 200 prescreened, qualified lawyers experienced in almost every area of law that offer their services to the public.  When contacting the LRS during normal business hours Monday through Friday, callers can be referred to attorneys practicing in numerous areas of law including: 

  • Domestic Relations - including divorce, custody, support, and other family law matters. 
  • Personal Injury - including auto accidents, slip and falls, product liability, wrongful death, malpractice, and other types of injury cases. 
  • Estate Planning - including will and trust drafting, probate, and will contest. 
  • Real Estate - including buying or selling real estate, foreclosure defense, and landlord/tenant issues. 
  • Employment Law - including wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination. 
 To reach a lawyer after normal business hours, the CBA offers an On-Call service that provides callers access to attorneys in three different areas of law.  You can reach a lawyer 24/7 for help with criminal defense, personal injury, and family law matters by calling (312) 554-2001 or visiting
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. 
Good News Partners Charity Golf Outing June 20
Good News Partners will host a Swing into Summer charity golf outing on Monday, June 20. This event will help Good News Partners continue their important work of providing affordable housing to our lowest-income neighbors. They also oversee a women's and family shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness. 

For more information and for tickets, contact Christina Calderon at or call 773-764-4998. 
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
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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
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
Submit Feedback on How to Make the CTA's Bus System Better

The CTA and CDOT have partnered on the “Better Streets for Buses” joint project to develop the City’s first framework plan to leverage street infrastructure to improve the CTA bus experience. The goal of this effort is to lay the groundwork for ongoing bus infrastructure improvements by establishing a network of corridors to prioritize and a toolbox of street treatments to consider as solutions.

The CTA has extended the public comment deadline to Friday, June 10Visit to learn more about the project, view interactive maps, and submit feedback. Comments and questions may also be sent via email, text, or phone to or (312) 772-5496

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Chicago Public Art Prequalified List
Deadline to Submit: Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 11:59pm, CST
The Chicago Public Art Program – a division of the DCASE – invites Chicago-based professional artists, professional artist teams and nonprofit arts organizations to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in the 2023/2024 Chicago Public Art Prequalified List (the “2023/2024 List”). For more information and to download the RFQ, visit
Multi-Family Energy Savings Program
The Multi-Family Energy Savings program provides multi-family property owners the opportunity to save money and energy through rebates and products for their buildings.

To start the process, schedule an appointment for an energy advisory to perform a free energy assessment. For more information and to schedule an assessment, 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
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
CPS Paraprofessional Job Fair June 15
Chicago Public Schools Talent Office is hosting a CPS Job Fair in the community for paraprofessional positions with Chicago Public Schools for this school year and next school year.  

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 
Time: 10am - 1pm 
Location: Malcolm X College Gymnasium, 1900 West Jackson Boulevard
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.
CTA Bus Operator Job Fair June 22
The Chicago Transit Authority hosts a Full-Time Bus Operator Virtual Career Fair, on June 22 at 12:00 PM CST! During this career fair, attendees will learn more about this crucial role and the perks that come with it, including paid training and CDL training if needed. Representatives from ATU Local 241 and the CTA's Bus Operations department will be in attendance to share their insights about this position.

Register to attend online
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 School Custodians
Chicago Public Schools is hosting four Custodial Hiring Events for the month of June! Walk-ins are welcomed for the in-person events. There's a virtual event as well.

Hiring Event Details
Date: June 9, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Garfield Park Office
Address:  2651 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago IL 60612

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
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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