49th Ward Update
January 7, 2023
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Happy 2023!

It's good to be back to work in the New Year. The 49th Ward team and I took some time to organize the office and make plans for programs and services for the year. There's already a lot happening in 2023, so make sure to check out the newsletter for this week to make sure you're up to date. 

As a special note, the Cook County Board of Review has reopened our township for property tax appeals through January 25 - read more about it in Ward Updates below.

CPS students return to school on Monday. At the end of last year, my team and I delivered a second round of school supplies, including backpacks, to all of our neighborhood schools to help resupply our kids for the second half of the year.

I look forward to seeing you all in this new year and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Alderwoman Maria Hadden
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- CELEBRATIONS & APPRECIATIONS - good news for the week
- CITY COUNCIL UPDATES - the latest news from City Hall
- 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
- PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES - Important public health resources
- 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
Happy Christmas!
Have a wonderful Orthodox Christmas to all who celebrate! Wishing you a safe and warm time with family.
Lifeline Theatre's Fillet of Solo Returns January 13-22
Celebrating the breadth of Chicago's enduring storytelling and live lit scene, Lifeline brings together a dozen storytelling collectives and numerous solo performers for a two-week, multi-venue selection of powerful personal stories.

The 26th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival features solo performances by:
80 Minutes Around the World: Immigration Stories, Back Room Stories, Jimmy Carrane, Julie Danis, Ann Filmer, GeNarrations, Kevin Gladish, John Hahm, June Huitt, Is this a thing?, Loose Chicks, The Lifeline Storytelling Project, Maria Kostas, Mia McCullough, Errol McLendon, Geneva Norman, OUTspoken!, Paul Pasulka, R.C. Riley, Sarah Ruthless, Serving the Sentence, Connie Shirakawa, Tony Smith, Francesca Sorbrer, Mike Speller, Story Neighborhood w/ Lily Be, Story Sessions, Molly Surowitz, Sweat Girls, and Tellin' Tales w/ Tekki Lomnicki
  • Tickets for individual performances are only $12!
  • Festival Passes (see as many performances as you like) are only $60! 
Performances are at Lifeline Theatre and South of the Border (1416 W. Morse - a new location this year!). Free parking and a shuttle are available.

Performance times are: Fridays at 7:00 and 8:30 pm at both venues, Saturdays at 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, and 8:30 p.m. at both venues, and Sundays at 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, and 5:30 p.m. at both venues.
Ward Updates
Attend a PB49 Project Expo!

Join us for the upcoming virtual Project Expos for the 13th Cycle of Participatory Budgeting in the 49th ward! Our PB49 Community Representatives have been hard at work developing the ideas that the community submitted in the fall and are ready to showcase the projects that will be on the ballot. Come learn about the projects and meet the community members who help make it happen! 

First PB Expo: Saturday, January 21st at 11 am 
Second PB Expo: Monday, January 23rd at 7 pm 

Please register in advance for both meetings at

Spanish translation services will be available for both meetings. 

Recycle Your Christmas Tree January 7-22

Beginning Saturday, January 7, and continuing through Sunday, January 22, Chicago residents can begin to recycle their Christmas tree at any of the city’s 25 locations.

The city has partnered with the Chicago Park District to provide residents with this free service. Trees can be dropped off anytime during regular business hours. Free mulch will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting January 6 at Warren Park, Margate Park, Margate Park, Mt. Greenwood Park, North Park Village, and the Forestry Site.

Only live/natural trees free of flocking will be accepted (this means no garland or wreaths). All trees must have any tinsel, ornaments, lights, and strands removed in order to be recycled. Any plastic bags used to transport the tree to a drop-off location must also be removed.

A map of all drop-off locations is available to view online. The closest recycling location for 49th Ward residents is at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western.

File an Appeal with the Cook County Board of Review by January 25
The property tax assessment appeals window for tax year 2022 is open for the Rogers Park Township through January 25. Learn more about the appeals process through the Board of Review at the following links: Residential homeowners saw substantial increases in their property's assessed values this year, picking up approximately 60% of the increase. The increases are due to an overhaul of the formula and model used to determine assessments, a large number of appeals being accepted for commercial properties, and freezes that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic being lifted. According to a report issued by the Cook County Treasurer, these increases disproportionately impacted fast-gentrifying communities and majority-minority communities, including Rogers Park and West Ridge.

To help provide property tax relief for Chicago's lower-income homeowners who have been impacted by these increases, Alderman Mike Rodriguez and I introduced an ordinance in December that would establish a $10,000,000 forgivable loan program.

This week, Alderman Rodriguez and I met with Chairman Osterman, Budget Director Susie Park, and Department of Housing Commissioner Marissa Novara to discuss the proposal. As we get data from the Cook County Treasurer's office, we are determining if we need to amend the original eligibility requirements and the funding source. We are working diligently to provide this critical relief for property owners so that they can remain in their communities.

You can read more about the ordinance in the December 17 newsletter by clicking here
Clark/Ridge Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) Applications open February 1
The Clark/Ridge TIF district will open the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) applications beginning on February 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 SomerCor on the City's behalf and do not have to be repaid.

The Department of Development and Planning will host an informational webinar on February 1 at 1 1 PM. Click here to register to attend. To view recordings of previous webinars, click here
Infrastructure Updates
Sullivan High School Elevator Installation:

As crews began to peel away the exterior of the existing school to install a new elevator, they found issues with the existing structure. They are working to correct those issues, with the remainder of the work happening over the next three weeks. Once the corrections are made, they can continue to install the new steel structure and eventually enclose it. They are on track to have the elevator installation completed in early 2023. 

Sewer Main Replacement Project (PN7439):

Crews continue to await for approval from the Office of Underground Coordination. Once they receive that approval, permits will be issued for the sewer main replacement. This has caused the start date of the project to be pushed back from its original start date in early September. Crews anticipate having a new permit issued on Monday and for the project to commence on the week of January 16

Continue to keep your eye on this space for updates on this project. Chicagoans may also visit to register for notifications. You will need to enter your name, email address, and project identification number (PN7439) to sign up.
Community Engagement
Register for Chicago Park District Winter Programs
Registration is open for Chicago Park District's 2023 winter programs. The Chicago Park District offers an extensive array of programs for all ages this winter. You'll find a variety of in-person programming options along with its popular virtual programs. Browse available openings and register here
Legacy Barber College Open House January 18
Legacy Barber College, 1546 W. Howard, is hosting a Winter Open House on Wednesday, January 18, from 3 pm to 6 pm. During the open house, learn more about Legacy Barber College and its upcoming Winter '23 Barber Program.

Legacy Barber College goes beyond a barbering education; they are committed to supporting their students and community through educational seminars that focus on financial literacy, resume development, job placement, marketing, website development, and entrepreneurial training.

To learn more, visit their website or email
GeNarrations Returns to Willye White Park
Goodman Theatre is bringing another session of GeNarrations to Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard. Registration for the next session of GeNarrations will open to past and current students at 10:00 am on Monday, January 9. New GeNarrations students can register beginning January 16. The link to register is

The next session of GeNarrations will begin on January 31. Final performances will take place between March 13 and 17.
Be a Girls on the Run Coach!

Give back to the community by becoming a Girls on the Run Coach! Gale needs your help this spring to bring a motivated attitude, uplifting spirit, and desire to empower our next generation of leaders!

Start Date: March 7th, 2023
Practice Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Practice Times: 3:45 to 5:15
Practice Location: TBA

So much more than running, Girls on the Run has been proven to enrich students’ lives in the long term. Between increasing social-emotional intelligence to fostering healthy relationships, Girls on the Run supports the whole girl when she needs it most!

If you're interested in signing up, please click here.

Glenwood Comedy 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at The Glenwood Bar
Enjoy some laughs and libations every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at The Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood. The bar will host Glenwood Comedy, featuring comics and performers sure to keep you entertained. 

Glenwood Comedy runs from 7:30-9:30 pm, with sign-ups beginning at 7 pm. Those interested in performing or hosting should contact Anthony at 312-788-4309.
Events at the Rogers Park Branch Library
The Rogers Park Branch Library, 6907 N. Clark, offers a variety of events and programming for people of all ages. Make sure to check out a list of their upcoming events and register to attend one. More information is available on its website here
Community Aid
Donate to Funeral Fund for Unexpected and Tragic Deaths of Community Members
We need your help in supporting a member of our community. Isela, whose parents Maribel and Armando owned Isel's Cleaners, lost both of her parents in a tragic car accident on New Year's Day. Maribel and Armando were much-loved members of our community. Not only did Isela lose both of her parents, but now she is solely responsible for the business and caring for her grandmother. It is during times like this that we have to pull together. Please, donate what you can to support her during this unimaginably difficult time.

Consider making an online contribution on the GoFundMe page by clicking here
Law at the Library January 10
The CBA is partnering with the Chicago Public Library and the Evanston Public Library to present a free, virtual event for your residents on Tuesday, January 10, at 6 p.m. The topic is Changes in the Tax Law: What you need to know before you file. There will be a 30-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q & A.

Each Law at the Library program features a presentation by an experienced attorney, followed by a brief question and answer session. All events are free, open to the public, and conducted via Zoom. Registration is required. To register or for additional information, visit or For a referral to a CBA lawyer, visit  
Volunteer for the City's Annual Point-In-Time Count on January 26
The City of Chicago's 2023 homeless count will take place on Thursday, January 26, from 9 PM to 3 AM. The Department of Family Support and Services (DFSS) is asking for your help in assisting with the count.

Chicago's homeless count is a point-in-time tally and survey of individuals in shelters and on the street conducted by trained volunteers. Information gathered from the count is used for service and resource planning, advocating for federal funding for the city's programs to prevent and reduce homelessness, and raising public awareness about homelessness in Chicago.

Volunteers will meet at designated sites in the city at 9 PM before being matched to small teams of 2-4 individuals and heading out to count and tally their assigned areas across the City at 10 PM. To mitigate Covid risks, the Count will be carried out by small teams of fully vaccinated volunteers, and all volunteers will be required to follow Covid-safe protocols and self-monitor before and after the Count for any signs or symptoms of Covid-19. 

More information on the point-in-time count is available on the City's website by clicking here. A volunteer FAQ for the 2023 count is available here.

To sign up to volunteer, click here. For more information and questions, email
Fundraiser for Theatre Above the Law February 6
Join in on the fun and help our local theater company, Theatre Above the Law, during a BINGO fundraiser. The event will take place at R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis, on Monday, February 6, at 7 pm.  The event will help its education programming, which provides free residencies, after-school programs, and field trips to local schools. 

If you're not able to attend the event, consider making an online contribution by clicking here
Volunteer with the LivingWorks After-School Program
Are you looking for ways to give back to your community? Consider volunteering with the LivingWorks after-school program at Kilmer Elementary School, 6700 N. Greenview. LivingWorks is seeking tutors that can commit to 1-2 days a week (Mondays through Thursdays) from 4-5:30 pm at Kilmer. They also are seeking tutors to help students in grades 9-12 in person at 6808 N. Ashland or online. 

LivingWorks seeks to foster the development of the whole child -- mind, body, and spirit -- by providing academic support and extra-curricular enrichment to students. Those interested in volunteering should contact Kathy at The deadline to apply is January 21.

For more information, visit LivingWorks' website
Volunteer for Howard Area Community Center's Pantry
Howard Area Community Center is recruiting volunteers for its Friday food pantry delivery day. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs and work inside and outside. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes.

The Friday volunteer hours are from 8 am to 12 pm. Volunteers can also volunteer on Mondays from 12-4:30 pm and Wednesdays from 8-12:30 pm.

For more information and to sign up, all 773-262-6622 ext 106, email, or click here
Anixter Center Offers New Substance Abuse Program
Anixter Center opened a community-based Substance Use Disorder Program. The program is fully accredited and located at 6610 N. Clark. Anixter Center saw the need for a program, especially after the pandemic, and responded to that need to support the Rogers Park Community.

The Community Substance Use Disorders Treatment program provides treatment services for individuals with substance use disorders and dual diagnoses. It offers individualized treatment on an intensive outpatient basis. CADC and licensed staff provide all treatment services.

For more information, email To schedule an intake assessment, call 773-929-8200 ext. 205. 
Donate to Help Leone Beach Park Advisory Council with its Mission of Conservation
This year, over 150 people participated in Leone Beach Park Advisory Council (LB PAC) educational outings, which included a wider range of topics than ever before: birding walks, learning about lichens, an exploration of native flowers, and building mindfulness in nature.

In addition to shared learning, the LB PAC worked together to protect and restore our remarkable lakefront. Forty-four additional community member volunteers joined for work days in the sand prairie and black oak savanna, removing invasive plants and supporting the health of Leone habitats.

Also, Nature Play got underway! In partnership with the Park District and TruGreen, LB PAC broke ground and is making progress toward bringing nature play to children in the Leone Beach Park playground.

With your support, they can build on this success in 2023! They hope to further engage community members in the continued exploration of our natural areas and investment in what Leone Beach Park can offer people of all ages.
Please make a gift today to be part of their work in the year ahead!
Chicago Park District Financial Assistance Fund
The Chicago Park District Financial Assistance Fund provides support to make out-of-school time programs possible for all children regardless of their family's financial situation. 

The Chicago Park District provides thousands of children ages 6-12 years old with a  variety of programming in a safe and supervised environment. The programs also provide kids with access to healthy meals and a way to stay engaged. These programs offer a lifeline to working-class families who need safe and affordable youth programming for their children. 

Consider making a tax-deductible donation to help connect youth to programming opportunities. For more information and to make a donation, click here
Help Newly Arrived Migrants By Purchasing Wish List Items
Thank you to all our neighbors who have donated items to help the newly arrived migrants settle in. We have had an outpouring of support and generosity from our neighbors in the 49th Ward, resulting in several truckloads delivered to the City's sorting center.

The City is now shifting its donation process and will no longer accept donated items through ward offices. Instead, they are partnering with the Instituto del Progreso Latino to create an Amazon Wishlist to facilitate and expedite the donations of new items. 

This means that our office will no longer accept items, as the sorting center will no longer be able to take them. Instead, our neighbors who would like to donate to the newly arrived migrants can purchase items from the Amazon Wishlist. For more information and to view the Wishlist, click here.  
Government Connect
Connect with Your Elected Officials
Want to get connected with your other elected officials? Find links to sign up to their newsletters and website information below!
Cook County:
Call Cook County Commissioner Josina Morita:

State of Illinois:
Rep. Cassidy Newsletter
Rep. Cassidy Website
Sen. Simmons Newsletter
Sen. Simmons Website

Federal Government:
Congresswoman Schakowsky's website

Senator Durbin's website
Senator Duckworth's website
First Installment of Property Taxes Due Date Pushed to April 3 
Last month, Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 5189 into law, making Monday, April 3, 2023, the new due date. First installment bills are usually due on March 1, and are 55% of the previous year's total amount. 

First installment bills will be mailed out in late February or early March; however, first installment property tax bills for 2022 have been posted at Property tax bills can be viewed, downloaded, and paid with no added surcharge on the Cook County Treasurer's website.

You may download and pay your bill online by:
  • Going to
  • Select the blue box labeled "Pay Online for Free"
  • Enter your address or Property Index Number (PIN)
There is no fee if you pay online from your bank account. However, you can also print your bill and bring it to any Chase Bank location, including those outside Cook County. Payments made at before 11:59 PM on April 3 will be recorded as on time. Late payments are charged 1.5% per month, as required by Illinois law. 
DCASE Grant Opportunities
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Individual Artists Program grant is now open.
2023 Individual Artists Program:
DCASE’s 2023 Individual Artists Program (IAP) grant application is now open. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2023, at 5:00 pm CT. IAP Grants support the creation, development, or presentation of artwork, and professional development, for artists across all disciplines, including Film & Media Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts (Theatre/Dance), Music, and Visual Arts/Design. Visit to sign up for an info session and apply.
New Rules for Chicago Rock-Crushing Facilities
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced its proposed new rules for rock-crushing facilities that better protect public health and the environment. CDPH is seeking public comments on the proposed new rules through Friday, January 20, 2023. 

To view the full proposed new rules for rock-crushing facilities and provide your comment, visit
DCASE Launches Inaugural Chicago Poet Laureate Program

This week, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Poetry Foundation announced the creation of the Chicago Poet Laureate program. The program comes from the advocacy of the city’s creative and civic communities. It aims to increase awareness of Chicago’s historic contributions to the literary arts while celebrating and honoring the efforts of Chicago’s working artists. 

The Chicago Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term and be awarded a grant of $50,000 for the commissioning of new poems and to create a public program series, including programs for youth and students. The Poet Laureate will serve as an ambassador for the city’s literary and creative communities. 

Chicagoans are invited to submit their nominations for Poet Laureate through January 18, 2023. The nominee can be a poet in either written or spoken traditions. To nominate a poet, complete the nomination form available at this link.

After January 18th, all nominees will be reviewed according to the eligibility criteria. Those who are eligible will be invited to apply. To view eligibility criteria, visit

Public Health Updates
Order Free COVID Tests
The federal government is reopening its program to offer free COVID-19 tests as case numbers are rising with the cold weather and people gathering inside for holiday gatherings.

People can visit to request four tests for free. Those will begin to ship the week of December 19.

Public health officials recommend people test themselves when they have symptoms and before visiting family. 
Updated Bivalent Boosters Now Available!
The City of Chicago received the free updated bivalent COVID boosters this week.

The new boosters offer greater protection against common COVID-19 variants than the original shots and are available to anyone aged 12 and older who have already received their initial vaccine shots. People age 12 and up who have completed a primary vaccine series should receive a bivalent booster two months after the second dose of their last booster shot. 

The updated booster is widely available throughout the city, including at doctors' offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and community health centers. To find a location where you can receive the bivalent booster shot, visit the Chicago Department of Public Health's website.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, click here
Fina a Monkeypox Vaccine Appointment
The City has secured Monkeypox vaccines. Secure your appointment by visiting the City's Monkeypox vaccine website
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
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens January 9
The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program offers an opportunity for owners/occupants to share the cost of replacing sidewalks with the city. This voluntary program allows residents to replace sidewalks at a much lower cost than if they were to hire a private contractor.

The program covers the main walk, the courtesy walk, and existing catwalks/landing steps (the narrow strip of concrete adjacent to some curbs). Owner-occupants of corner houses will be charged for both the main (address) side and the sidewalk on the side of the house. CDOT will build ADA-compliant ramps where applicable, with the City paying the entire cost of the ramps.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program will open on Monday, January 9, from 6 am to 10 pm. Applications will only be accepted through the City’s 311 system or at the city’s Shared Cost Sidewalk website. Owner information and the property address must be provided at the time of the request. The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is very popular and is handled on a first-come, first-served basis. The funds are limited, and the program closes for the year once the funds are allocated.

Further information on the program is available by clicking here.
Snow Removal Reminders
Snow Plowing:

The Department of Streets and Sanitation oversees snowplowing of over 9,400 miles of roads throughout the City of Chicago and maintains a fleet of over 300 snow plows to respond to winter weather events. You can track snow plows throughout the city using the City's snowplow tracking website

As a reminder, throughout the duration of a storm, plow trucks prioritize major arterial streets across the entire city. Once the storm has passed and all major arterial streets have been cleared, plow trucks will then shift to clear residential streets. This means that you might not see a plow truck on a residential street until some time on Saturday after the storm passes. 

Many of the City's plow drivers are also drivers that collect refuse and recycling. Those drivers will be back on City recycling and garbage pickup services one-to-two days after the storm, which may result in some delays to garbage collection. Please make sure not to blow or shovel snow in front of your garbage and recycling bins so workers can easily access them. 

Sidewalk Shoveling:

As a reminder to all residents and businesses, per the Municipal Code of Chicago, property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice. Many of our neighbors rely on walking and public transportation as their primary way to get around the city. Without a wide, clear path through the snow and ice, it makes it difficult for pedestrians (especially people with disabilities, seniors, and children) to walk to their destination safely. 

If you have a neighbor who needs assistance clearing the sidewalk, pitch in to help out! The 49th Ward also has a Snow Buddies volunteer program that helps connect volunteers to addresses that need a little extra help with snow removal in the winter. If you are interested in volunteering, please email to sign up. 
Overnight Parking in Effect through April 1
The City's winter overnight parking ban is in effect from December 1, 2022, through April 1, 2023, to ensure that Streets and Sanitation crews can quickly salt and plow streets during winter storms. The overnight bans are in effect from 3 am to 7 am, and signage is permanently posted along the affected routes. In the 49th Ward, Clark is a dedicated snow route. For a map of areas in the 49th Ward that have a 2-inch ban in effect, visit the 49th Ward's parking page by clicking here.
Cold Weather Tips
Winter is approaching and it's time to prepare for extreme cold, snow, and ice. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) monitors weather conditions and collaborates with city departments to assist residents during the winter months. Please review the helpful winter resources available including Warming CentersSmart 911, and Notify Chicago
Affordable Connectivity Program
Chicago residents could be eligible for $30 off monthly internet bill through the federal government's Affordable Connectivity Program. The Affordable Connectivity Program ("ACP") is a government benefit program that helps low-income households pay for internet services and connected devices like a laptop. For information visit Application can be found by clicking here.
IHDA Mortage Assistance Program
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is reopening its mortgage assistance program designed to assist homeowners financially impacted by the pandemic. Applications will open on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. The Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF) provides up to $60,000 in mortgage assistance to eligible homeowners—paid directly to the servicer, taxing body, or other approved entity—while homeowners work to regain their financial footing. Whether homeowners have a mortgage, a reverse mortgage, or are mortgage-free, the program can fund past due housing payments and up to three months of prospective mortgage payments.

The program is free, and funds do not need to be repaid. Application, program information and updates can be found at or by calling the ILHAF hotline at 1-866-IL-HELP (866-454-3571). Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
Home and Business Protection Program Income-Based Application
The City of Chicago has expanded the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to remove barriers and ensure that more Chicago residents have access to the tools needed to protect their properties and feel safe. Through the new HBPP Income-Based Application, eligible Chicagoans can apply for private security devices at no cost based on income and pick them up at a designated community distribution site. The program is first-come, first-serve. It will run through December 31, 2024, or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first.

For more information and to apply, click here
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.
Business Updates
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.
Chicago Youth Service Corps Program
Are you between the ages of 16-24 and interested in youth-led public service? Apply to the Chicago Youth Service Corps, a year-round program that provides paid opportunities for youth to engage in community services, project-based learning, and leadership development. 

For more information and to apply, click here
Follow Eugene Field School on Social
Keep up to date on everything happening at Eugene Field School by following their social media accounts!
CIADC Offers Free After School Program for Youth in Grades 6-12
The Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center (CIADC) Youth Pathways Program is a school-year educational series for grades 6-12 that exposes Students to hands-on industrial arts and nurtures interests that can lead to post-secondary pathway opportunities in STEM, Trade, and Art/Design.
CIADC offers FREE afterschool classes for CPS students.
Register your youth/Teen today! More information at
Employment Opportunities
Free Online English Classes at Howard Area Community Center
Howard Area Community Center, 7648 N. Paulina, is offering free online English classes to help individuals in the workforce. The classes will help participants with their communication skills for the workplace and provide support in job training and searches. 

The classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm. To sign up, click here. For more information, contact Moon Parker at or 312-768-8046. 
Trilogy Behavioral Health is Hiring!
Trilogy Behavioral Health is looking to hire key mental health positions in its organization. Trilogy offers generous benefits and training opportunities. To learn more about openings, visit its website here
Greencorps is Recruiting
Interested in landscaping, construction, or ecological restoration? Greencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago’s green-industry employment program with on-the-job training for individuals with barriers to employment. Apply to their 10-month green industry employment opportunity, where you will receive training, earn licenses, certifications, and more! 

For more information and to apply, click here
Work for the CTA
Are you looking for a career change, a new job, or know someone who is? Look to the CTA each Friday to see newly posted positions as you seek a new career opportunity! Visit to find a full list of jobs!
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
Misericordia is Now Hiring
Misericordia seeks to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

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

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

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

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

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

Applications and a list of open positions can be found at

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more and apply, visit
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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