49th Ward Update
July 30, 2022
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Good morning neighbors,

August is around the corner and that means we're nearing the end of our summer season. But it also means that we've got several community festivals and celebrations happening as well as back to school events happening soon. If you're interested in volunteering with us at upcoming events, please sign up here!

This week, our city took a firm stance on protecting reproductive rights and abortion access for all when Mayor Lightfoot signed an executive order directing Chicago police and public health workers to NOT cooperate or aid other government agencies in any enforcement efforts related to abortion and reproductive health bans. We've seen a surge in people seeking abortion care from neighboring states and anticipate this trend to continue. While the Mayor's executive order is a great start, just like with our Sanctuary City status, we need to codify these protections with legislation. That's why last week, Alds. Rodriguez-Sanchez, Ramirez-Rosa, Martin and I submitted the Bodily Autonomy Ordinance to change our local laws so that people seeking reproductive healthcare and gender affirming care can do so in our city knowing that Chicago will protect their rights. We hope to be able to pass this legislation in September when we next meet. Thank you to Chicago Abortion Fund, Midwest Access Coalition, Planned Parenthood, Equality Illinois and ACLU Illinois for your guidance and partnership on this important legislation.

We have a busy couple of weeks ahead with discussions on the North Side Housing shelter proposal, the monthly town hall where we'll hear some updates about St. Ignatius Church, a community meeting with Metra about improvements coming to our RP station, and participatory budgeting idea collection. So please check out the rest of the newsletter!

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
New Playground Installation at New Field Elementary!
The installation of the new playground is underway at New Field Elementary! The improvements were a part of the 2022 CPS Capital Budget. The playground will be installed in time for the kids to enjoy when they return to school in late summer!
Check Out the Street Murals on Greenleaf!
A special thank you to the Rogers Park Business Alliance for making the Metra station beautiful with your street mural project! You’re always beautifying the neighborhood - thank you to every person who is a part of RPBA for your hard work in making our neighborhood great.
Rogers Park Senior Tech-Help Project!
With the support of our Community Engagement Coordinator, Jeff Gonzalez, two community members and Loyola Academy high-school students, Vaughn Jozwiak and Francesca Dibble, have created and implemented a program to help local Seniors resolve the technology issues they are experiencing! After noticing the difficulties that being unfamiliar with technology can cause, the Rogers Park Senior Tech-Help Project team jumped into action to help Seniors become more comfortable with using technology.

The Rogers Park Senior Tech-Help team has already hosted four help sessions at the Nathalie Salmon House where they have helped Seniors learn essential technology skills such as how to customize computer settings and how to register for meetings. We appreciate the cooperation of the Nathalie Salmon House team, especially Beth LaBrosse who's the Housing Support Specialist there, for allowing Vaughn and Francesca to provide their assistance. Vaughn and Francesca plan to expand their program to additional senior buildings in our ward. Thank you Rogers Park Senior Tech-Help team!
Ward Updates
View the Survey Results for North Side Housing
& Supportive Services, Attend an Upcoming Community Meeting
On June 22, 2022, our office hosted a community meeting to discuss North Side Housing's proposal for a special use permit to open an emergency men's shelter at 7464 N. Clark. The site is currently zoned as B3-3, which allows for emergency shelters with a special use permit. 

Following a community meeting on June 21, the 49th Ward solicited feedback on the proposal from neighbors via an online survey. Constituents also provided feedback over the phone, by email, and during the meeting. The feedback survey was open from June 24 through July 8.

After sifting through the data, we have compiled the information into a series of infographics, breaking down the data by aggregate responses, respondents within the ward, respondents farther than 4 blocks (but still within the ward), respondents within 4 blocks, respondents within 2 blocks, respondents within 1 block, and respondents outside of the ward. 

To view the results of the survey, click here.

In August, we will host two additional community meetings on the proposal. Join Alderwoman Hadden for an in-person meeting on Monday, August 1, at Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers, at 6 pm. Out of an abundance of caution due to the covid risk factors, this meeting will take place outdoors. We will have a limited number of chairs for folks who need seating. Spanish interpretation will be available.

On Wednesday, August 3, we will host a virtual community meeting at 6 pm. To register to attend the meeting, visit

To learn more about the proposal, review the survey results, and review the FAQ, visit
Back 2 School Bash August 5
Save the Date! On Friday, August 5, join Alderwoman Hadden and CPS for a Back 2 School Bash. The event will take place from 2-5 pm on the 1500-block of West Lunt, adjacent to Eugene Field Elementary. 

CPS, elected officials, community partners, and others will be there to pass out school supplies, provide fun and games, and offer resources.

I hope to see you there!  
49th Ward Town Hall August 10
Join Alderwoman Hadden and the 49th Ward team for the monthly virtual town hall on Wednesday, August 10, at 6 pm. Attendees will hear important updates for the ward and the city. This month, representatives from a parishioners group from St. Ignatius and Loyola University will join the meeting to discuss the St. Ignatius site. 

The meeting will start at 6pm. Register to attend the meeting by visiting Spanish translation will be available. 
Community Meeting on Rogers Park Metra Renovation August 15
The Rogers Park Metra station is slated for renovation. Join Alderwoman Hadden's office and representatives from the Metra to learn more about the scope of the project, timeline, and how to provide feedback to help inform the final design. 

The meeting will take place on Monday, August 15, at 6 pm over Zoom. To register to attend, visit Spanish translation will be available. 
Friendly Reminder: Keep Dogs Leashed, Playgrounds are for Kids!
The 49th Ward office has received an uptick in complaints about off leash dogs in fenced-in playgrounds throughout the ward. We want to remind our neighbors that dogs must remain leashed in the City of Chicago except for when visiting a designated Dog-Friendly Area.

Letting dogs off leash in our playground spaces creates safety hazards, from health and sanitation to the risk of an encounter going awry. Please be considerate dog owners and let these spaces remain for children. 

The 49th ward has a designated Dog-Friendly Area at Pottawattomie Park, located at 7340 N. Rogers. 
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!
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.
  • Saturday, August 6, 11 am -1 pm - 1610 W. Howard (Willye White Park)
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.
49th Ward Infrastructure Updates
Quarry Workers Strike Labor Deal with Material Producing Companies:

This week, members from the IUOE Local 150 struck a deal with three material-producing companies responsible for producing aggregate materials for infrastructure projects, including sand, gravel, and stone that are needed for asphalt and concrete. 

The workers went on strike on June 7, asking that the companies work with them on a labor agreement. After stalling negotiations with the quarry workers, the material producers finally came to the table and worked on an agreement this week. 

We are glad that the union was able to strike this deal and support its efforts in advocating for the rights of its members.

The strike, however, impacted small and large projects across the entire city, from filling potholes to completing the restoration of sewer main replacement projects. 

Now that the strike has ended, work will resume across the city. However, a large backlog remains, which means residents may continue to experience longer delays than normal on infrastructure projects.

Our office is working closely with the Department of Transportation and the Department of Water Management to address the urgent infrastructure issues in our ward and identify projects that need to be prioritized this construction season. 
Package Delivery Safety Tips
The 24th District advises the community to be aware of these tips about how to make sure your packages are delivered and received safely: 
  • Have packages delivered to your workplace or a business drop off/pick-up.
  • Track your items when the information is available, to know when they are due to be delivered.
  • If you will not be home to receive your package, ask a neighbor to watch for the delivery truck and give them permission to take possession of the item until you return.
  • Avoid letting deliveries sit out in the open on your porch or door steps.
  • Ask the delivery company to place items in inconspicuous areas, such as the back door area, or behind fixtures or plantings where they cannot be readily observed from your sidewalk or street views.
  • Consider adding a surveillance device to catch deliveries when they occur, so that you can notify a neighbor to help you, or to help catch a thief in the act of taking the parcels.
  • Be alert to vehicles that pass by your home several times in a short period of time. Many thieves case the neighborhood before they act.
  • Weather is not a factor: don't believe that the cold will keep thieves away!
  • Many people do not hear or see what is happening outside their front door. Be a good neighbor; when a delivery truck stops outside their home, inform them. Ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your property as well!
  • Keep your doors locked, even when you are home.
  • Consider installing a strongbox at your entryway to keep packages secure and out of sight. 
Community Engagement
Theatre Above the Law Summertime Carnival July 31

Join Theatre Above the Law for its all-ages carnival on Sunday, July 31 from 12:00-4:00 pm in Jarvis Square. The carnival will feature booths and games that are fun for the whole family!

Admission to the event is FREE! Tickets for the raffle, booths, and games are $10 for 10 on carnival day. If purchased in advance through Eventbrite, you can take advantage of a special deal: $20 for 25 tickets! That's 5 tickets FREE!!

Purchase advance tickets by clicking here. Questions about the event can be directed to

The Sin-Sational Goddess Brunch Revue Joins R Public House on July 31
Switch up your brunch routine on July 31 by joining R Public House for the Sin-Sational Goddess Brunch Revue. 

Sip mimosas while listening to classics from the '60s and '70s. Brunch begins at 10 am, with shows following at 11 am and again at 1 pm. 

Reservations are recommended. Call 872-208-7916 to secure your table! 
Leone Beach Native Flower Walk July 31
The native wildflowers at Leone Beach Park are on full display! Join the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council at 1 pm on Sunday, July 31, for a walk through the restored prairie and savanna nature areas. Participants will also learn more about native plants and their role in our local ecology. The tour will be led by educator and native plant gardener and enthusiast Hewlett Ann Prucher.

All programs are free of charge and start at the Leone Beach Field House at Touhy Avenue and the Lake, 1222 W. Touhy. Registration is not required.
Join a Trans & Gender Diverse Community Choir!

Join in on this virtual open forum to be part of starting a community choir for transgender and gender-diverse people in Chicago! This will be a time to connect and discuss what this kind of choir could look like and how we can build it together. The forum will be held on Monday, August 1 at 6:30 PM. Make sure to RSVP to get the Zoom link:

The organizers are not affiliated with any established organization or group – they're just a couple of community members wanting to get this going! If you have any questions or forum topic suggestions, please email

National Night Out August 2
The 24th District will host its National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western, from 5 pm to 7 pm. The event will have food, games, resources, and plenty of fun for everyone. This is a great opportunity to get to know your local officers and neighbors. 
Watch Encanto at Touhy Park on August 5
The Touhy Park Advisory Council hosts Encanto as a part of the Movies in the Parks series. Gather your friends, family, snacks, and blankets and enjoy this free family-friendly movie. The show will start at dusk at Touhy Park, 7438 N. Paulina on Friday, August 5.
Senator Simmons Hosts a Talk and Chalk Event August 6
Senator Mike Simmons' office is hosting a Chalk and Talk event on August 6th, 2022, from 10 AM to 2 PM at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard.. Families across the 7th District are invited to meet Senator Simmons and discuss issues facing the district and state. Folks are also invited to tap into their creative side by chalking the sidewalks at Willye White Park. 
Marshfield Block Club Party August 6
The Marshfield Block Club is hosting a block party on Saturday, August 6, from 12-2 pm at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard. This is a perfect opportunity to meet neighbors and build community. For more information, email 
Register for Fall Park District Programs Beginning August 8
Fall is around the corner! Start viewing the Chicago Park District fall program offerings beginning August 1. Registration will begin online starting August 8 and August 9. Most fall programs begin the week of September 12, with the exception of the Park Kids After School Program starting on August 22. Visit Chicago Park District's registration page for more information.
24th District Senior Film Series Presents:
My Best Friend's Wedding
The 24th District's Senior Film Series will present My Best Friend's Wedding this month. The screening will take place on Wednesday, August 10, at 2 pm. Free parking is available on Schreiber Avenue just south of the station, and parking restrictions will temporarily be lifted during the event. Pre-registration is required to attend this film due to a 30-person limit. Please email Officer DeWinter in the 24th District Community Policing Office to RSVP at
24th District Back 2 School Supply Giveaway August 13
The 24th District is hosting a Back 2 School Supply Giveaway. The event will take place on Saturday, August 13, from 11 am to 1 pm at Green Briar Park, 2650 W. Peterson. Officers will be handing out free school supplies for students in K-8th grade while supplies last. 
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!
The Comedy Social at Rogers Park Social
Enjoy some laughs and libations every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood. The bar will host The Comedy Social, featuring comics and performers sure to keep you entertained. 

The Comedy Social runs from 9-11 pm, with sign-ups beginning at 8 pm. Those interested in performing or hosting should contact Anthony at 312-788-4309.
Community Aid
CARPLS Now Offering Legal Aid Services in Spanish

CARPLS legal aid is Cook County’s largest provider of free legal services. It provides over one million legal consultations to low- and moderate-income residents to help them find solutions to their everyday legal matters. CARPLS operates a legal aid hotline and three court-based advice desks for Cook County. They are also partners with the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing & Debt Early Resolution Program (ERP). For its statewide projects, they are partners with New Leaf Illinois, COVID HELP Illinois, Eviction Help Illinois, and the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network. 

CARPLS recently launched a Spanish services initiative and is working on getting the word out in the Latino/a/x community about the services they provide. They currently have a staff of eight bilingual attorneys and four paralegals.  To learn more about services for Spanish speaking clients, visit

Apply for a Free Bike thru August 4!

This week, CDOT announced details for the Bike Chicago, a new program that will provide 5,000 free bikes, as well as maintenance and safety equipment, to Chicagoans by 2026. Supported by Mayor Lightfoot’s historic $188 million investment in climate mitigation and environmental justice initiatives through the Chicago Recovery Plan, Bike Chicago will kick off this summer, with at least 500 bikes distributed to age and income-eligible Chicagoans throughout the program’s first year. Over the next four years, CDOT will gradually increase distribution until 5,000 free bikes have been provided, as part of Chicago’s goal to increase affordable and climate-friendly mobility options.


Online and paper applications will be accepted beginning July 18th at 11 am and until August 4th at 11:59 pm, and bike distribution will begin in August. For more information, please visit

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. 
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
C24/7 Hosts 2nd Annual The Great Giveaway July 30
C24/7 is hosting its second annual Great Giveaway event. The event will take place on Saturday, July 30, from 2-6 pm at Willey White Park, 1610 W. Howard. There will be bikes, toys, carnival games, and activities for all to enjoy. 

Want to donate to the event? Consider making an online cash contribution to C24/7 to go towards gifts and prizes. 
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. 
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
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2023 Chicago Budget Engagement Forums
The Mayor's Office and Office of Budget Management (OBM) are hosting three Budget Engagement Forums this month. Each public engagement forum will begin with presentations from Budget Director Susie Park and other City leaders, followed with small roundtable sessions, and public comment. OBM will also provide an update on last year’s Responsive Initiatives that
provided specific programs and services responsive to community engagement feedback. Participants in the forum will have an opportunity to provide input and ask questions. 

Feedback from the forums will be incorporated into the 2023 Responsive Initiatives, developed from the public report published by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Great Cities Institute, detailing the data collected from public input. Once finalized, these inputs will be presented with the 2023 Budget Recommendations.

Doors open an hour before the forums begin to allow participants time to attend the City Resource Fair where representatives from the City’s departments and sister agencies will be available to answer questions and provide information on City services and programs.

Saturday, July 30 | 10:00am - 12:00 pm 
Harry S. Truman College, 1145 West Wilson Avenue

The Budget Engagement Forums will be live-streamed on the City of Chicago’s social media channels. For residents unable to attend an in-person forum, an online version of the roundtable exercise will be made available beginning July 21, found on the 2023 Budget site at

Monkeypox Need to Know Info
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
Medicaid Expansion Allows Illinois Residents to Receive Medicaid Regardless of Immigration Status
As of July 1, 2022, the State of Illinois expanded Medicaid coverage to residents ages 42 and up regardless of immigration status. To be eligible, a resident has to meet the following guidelines:
  1. Be a resident of the State of Illinois;
  2. Be a Green Card holder of fewer than five years or an undocumented resident (including individuals in a Temporary Protected Status);
  3. Be 42 years of age or older;
  4. Meet income requirements (determined by age):
    1. For residents aged 65 and older, an individual's gross income cannot exceed $13,590/year ($1,133/month). A household with two people cannot have a gross household income that exceeds $18,310/year ($1,526/month). Additionally, assets for one person cannot be more than $2,000; or more than $3,000 for two people.
    2. For residents ages 42 to 64, an individual's gross income cannot exceed $18,754/year ($1,563/month). A household with two people cannot have a gross household income that exceeds $25,268/year ($2,106/month). 
South-East Asia Center (5120 N. Broadway, 2nd Floor) is helping individuals apply for coverage. If you need assistance, please contact South-East by phone at 773-989-6927 or email at
Seal Eviction Records by July 31

Having an eviction record can make it hard to find housing. Tenants need to act now to erase their eviction records. A new law makes it possible to seal old eviction records, but only until July 31st 2022. Renny, the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing's (LCBH) helpful chatbot, can assist tenants in generating a motion to seal your eviction records anytime, anywhere. 

Visit before July 14th for step-by-step instructions.

Please note: LCBH cannot start any new cases after July 14th. While we cannot guarantee representation, a law student may be able to help Cook County residents complete the motion or appear with tenants in court. This sealing law only applies to eviction cases filed in Illinois.

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
Social Equity Cannabis Licensing Information
Juan Aguirre joined the 49th Ward for a community town hall on Wednesday to share information on the social equity licensing process for adult use cannabis in the State of Illinois.

You can view the community meeting by clicking here. To view the slide deck, click here. For more information on social equity applicant criteria, visit the State of Illinois website here
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
CPS Summer Meal Program

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

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

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


WHAT: CPS LunchStop - Free Summer Meals

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

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

  • LunchStop Meal Site Finder:

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

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

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

My CHI. My Future. App Has Officially Launched!
The city has launched the My CHI. My Future. app. Chicago teens and parents can access over 7,000 opportunities with customized recommendations based on age, interests, and locations. Teens ages 16-24 can enter to win a FREE Lolla 4-day pass by downloading the MCMF app! Download it now in your device's app store!
CPS Summer Programs
CPS created a website - — with the district's summer programming information and links to programs that are offered through CPS and through other city agencies.
Employment Opportunities
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:
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

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.
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.  
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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