49th Ward Update
August 12, 2022
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Good afternoon neighbors,

Two years ago, this week, a tornado ripped through our neighborhood and devastated many streets, houses and a large number of our beautiful, old trees. What it did not devastate was the people of our neighborhood. I will never forget the efforts of everyone coming together after the storm, or the countless hours we spent together making sure that everyone was safe. People pulled out chain saws, our very own Ward Superintendent Dan Murphy was up in a cherry picker assessing and helping with damage, and so many of you asked the most important question: what can I do to help?

This neighborhood is one of a kind. Through a global pandemic, we came together. Through a once in a lifetime tornado that impacted us during the global pandemic (because 2020 decided Covid wasn’t enough!), we again came together. In every challenge, we come together and we survive together.
Today I am thankful for all of you. A very special thanks again to all of the Ward staff who made getting through this tragedy possible. 

There's a lot to read this week in the newsletter with the city budget process beginning, updates on St. Ignatius, and a meeting on Monday and Metra renovations! Check out everything below.

Take care,

Alderwoman Hadden

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- 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
Thank you, Gina!
Gina Parra-Hughes' last day in the 49th Ward office was Friday, August 12. Gina recently graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago with a degree in industrial design. She decided to transition out of the ward office to pursue a career in her field.

Gina has been an invaluable asset to the ward office, helping constituents connect with a variety of services and resources since 2019. While we will miss her greatly, we wish her nothing but the best as she embarks on this next chapter in her journey. 

Thank you, Gina! 
Camilo Pedro Joins 49th Ward Team as the New
Manager of Constituent Services
Last week, Camilo Pedro joined the 49th Ward office as the new Manager of Constituent Services, filling the position formerly held by Tiffany Liner. Camilo is a veteran, having served in the Marine Corps. He grew up in Rogers Park and is excited to work giving back to his community. Make sure to greet him if you see him around the neighborhood. 
2023 Budget Updates
Mayor Lightfoot Unveils 2023 Budget Proposal
On Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled her budget proposal for the 2023 fiscal year.

We continue to see the impact of national and global events on Chicago's economy as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. These include historically high inflation rates and the Federal Reserve's efforts to curtail it with rising interest rates, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the drying up of federal COVID relief funds.

Despite these challenges, Chicago has seen some growth to help generate revenue, especially in the tourism industry, and with better than anticipated revenue from the Real Estate Transfer Tax. Other industries have been slower to recover, especially as rising prices due to inflation limit individuals' purchasing power. Despite these challenges, the budget forecast projects revenues to increase by $100.3 million in 2023. 

The Office of Budget Management currently projects the Corporate Fund to end 2022 with budgeted revenue exceeding expenses by $134 million. Of these, $130 million will be allocated to the Assigned Fund Balance Reserve. This is a reserve that the city maintains to mitigate future risks and preserve financial stability.

The Office of Budget Management projects spending to increase by $228.8 million over the 2022 budget levels. Based on current revenue and expenditure projections, the city faces a better than expected shortfall in 2023, with a $127.9 million estimated budget gap (the smallest gap the city has faced since I took office in 2019). The gap is driven by several factors, including personnel, pension, and contractual costs. Contractual services costs are expected to increase by $53.9 million from 2022. The increase in the expenses is a result of inflationary impacts as well as planned contractual increases for new and expanded information technology services.

To close the gap, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is proposing a 2.5% increase in property taxes. Property tax increases are tied to inflation in the City's Municipal Code. The 2.5% is less than the 7% Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate and half of the 5% CPI cap set forth in the Municipal Code. With the increase in property taxes, the city projects providing an additional $42.7 million in property taxes that will help close the gap and support pension obligations. This amounts to approximately $34 a year for a property valued at $250,000. 

A payment of $40 million from the casino also will help reduce the Corporate Fund subsidy as we enter into 2023. Other proposed measures to close the gap include TIF surplus and department efficiencies. 

As we enter the 2023 budget season, I will be scrutinizing the line-by-line budget proposal closely to ensure that we are prioritizing the health and safety of Chicagoans. 

To view all of the 2023 budget documents, visit the City's website by clicking here
Ward Updates
St. Ignatius Updates
Photo Credit: Block Club Chicago
During Wednesday's town hall, we shared updates on the closed St. Ignatius church site with the community. A video of the recording is available to view on our Facebook page by clicking here

Our office has had the opportunity to meet with a group of parishioners from St. Ignatius. The group has been working on a plan to save the church and the rectory to have it serve as an Ignatian Mission Center, which would serve as a resource center and give back to the community. They have had productive conversations with the Archdiocese about their plan and will soon launch a feasibility study with the blessing of the Archdiocese. 

In preliminary talks with the Archdiocese and Loyola University, Loyola has expressed interest in purchasing the former Waldorf School to transform it into student housing. Loyola has not yet purchased the building and is only in the beginning stages of discussion.

Should Loyola move forward with the purchase and request a zoning change, they would be subject to the 49th Ward community-driven zoning change process like any other development. We have shared our commitment to a transparent and open process with Loyola and the Archdiocese, and will provide ample opportunities for community input should the property be sold.

At our town hall, many constituents shared ideas for the property that could best serve our ward including landmarking the church, rectory and school building; pursuing adaptive reuse of the Waldorf site for an arts and performance space or for housing. Thanks to everyone who turned out and if you're interested in being a part of any continuing community conversations, please email us at so we can connect you with your neighbors.
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. 
Submit an Idea for Participatory Budgeting
Didn't have an opportunity to attend one of the PB49 idea assemblies? No problem! There's still time to submit an idea of what projects you'd like to see in the 49th Ward. 

Take a moment to fill out an online idea submission form by clicking here
Film Notice for Birchwood and Oakley
Please be advised that film crews will be in the neighborhood beginning next week to film a CDC anti-smoking campaign. 

In order to park essential vehicles and equipment, streets in areas will be posted as a "No Parking/Tow Zone" during the following dates/times:
  • Monday, August 15, 4 am through Tuesday, August 16, at 11 pm: both sides of Oakley from Birchwood to 7533 N. Oakley
  • Tuesday, August 16 from 4 am to 11 pm: the north side of Birchwood from Oakley to Western, and the east side of Oakley from 7533 N. Oakley to Howard
Contact Adam Boor at 630-564-9554 the on-site coordinator is available should any questions or concerns arise.
Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival Returns August 19-21
For over two decades, The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) has presented a free, weekend-long arts festival featuring 120+ artists, open studios, and live entertainment on two outdoor stages.  Attendees view and purchase handmade artworks directly from the creators.  The Fest brings free live music, performances, and art demonstrations — along with street food and craft beer from local merchants on the cobblestone streets of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Chicago’s historic Rogers Park neighborhood.

This favorite neighborhood tradition will return August 19-21. For more information, visit the festival's website
Save the Date: Chalk Howard Street Returns August 27
The popular 3D chalk fest will return to Rogers Park this month! National and local street artists will convene on Howard between Paulina and Ashland, using the street as a canvas to bring vibrant and colorful pieces of art to life. 

The free event will take place on Saturday, August 27, from 11 am to 8 pm. For more information, visit the Rogers Park Business Alliance's website
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!
Trilogy Crisis Response Team
Will Expand to 24/7 Starting August 29
Trilogy Behavioral Health's mental health mobile crisis response team has some data from calls to its hotline from April through June. Over 96% of the engagements from the response team don't require police interaction. 

Beginning on Monday, August 29, the crisis response team will scale up its services to be available 24/7. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call 800-FACT-400 (800-322-8400) to talk to a crisis response worker. 
Community Engagement
Attend Community Events at Leone Beach Throughout August
Join the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council for a variety of programming throughout the month of August! There's something for everyone.
  • Thursday, August 18, 7:30 pm - All that Glows Bioluminescence (meet at Loyola Park)
  • Saturday, August 20, 9:30 am - Workday (meet at the Dune restoration site pier)
  • Saturday, August 27, 1 pm - Mindfulness in Nature (meeting location TBA)
  • Sunday, August 28, at 9:30 am - Workday (meet at Leone Park, 1222 W. Touhy)
For more information and to sign up to receive emails from the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council, email
Register for Fall Park District Programs Now Open
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.
Mujeres on the Run August 13
Centro Romero invites you to the first 5KM marathon this Saturday, August 3rd. The Latina Women will make a presence in North Chicago/Lincon Park.

The race kicks off at 9 am in Lincoln Park Grove 2. For more information and to register to attend, visit
P&J Footwear Back to School Bash August 13
PJ Footwear will host its first annual Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 13, from 11 am to 4 pm at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard. There will be something for everyone, from hair cuts to arts and crafts. They will also be giving away school supplies to prepare students as they enter the upcoming school year. 
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. 
Sullivan High School Community Conversation
Teachers at Sullivan High School are hosting a Community Conversation in the Sky Room in the field house at Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf, on Saturday, August 12, from 2 pm to 4 pm. The Community Conversation will focus on increasing employment opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities. 

To sign up to attend, click here.
ECPS District Council Teach-In August 18

On Thursday, August 18th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, the Empowering Communities for Public Safety coalition is holding an ECPS Ordinance and District Council Teach In. There is a zoom and an in person (4648 N. Racine) option for attending this teach in. 

This is a space to learn and ask questions about the new civilian oversight ECPS ordinance. They will share how ECPS was passed, highlights of the ordinance and focus on the new elected positions that the ordinance created.

If you care about public safety in Chicago, this is for you. If you care about how people are treated by the police, this is for you. If you care about bringing more community members into solution-oriented spaces, this is for you. If you are curious about how your own voice, experiences and ideas can make an impact on public safety in your neighborhood, this is for you.

Register and here’s a one pager about the Empowering Communities for Public Safety ordinance.

Gale Community Academy will Host a Back to School Block Pary on August 19
Gale Community Academy, 1631 W. Jonquil, is hosting a Back-to-School Block Party for students and families to celebrate and prepare for the start of the new school year.  Join in on the fun on Friday, August 19, from 12 pm to 3 pm. There will be music, food, raffles, and games. 
Newgard Community Yard Sale August 20
The annual Newgard yard sale will take place on Saturday, August 20, from 9 am to 4 pm, on the 6400-6700 blocks of Newgard. This annual yard sale was crowned the Reader's Best Neighborhood Yard Sale in the past. Swing by and see what great deals you can snag! 
Picnic & a Movie at Pottawattomie Park August 26
On Friday, August 26th the Pottawattomie Park Advisory Council will host its annual Picnic and Movie In the Park featuring 42, The Jackie Robinson Story.

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

Join in on the fun at Pottawattomie Park, 7340 North Rogers on Friday, August 26. The fun kicks off at 6:00 pm with music, crafts, games, and more. The movie will start at 8:30 pm. 
North Side AARP Meeting September 6
The Chicago Northside AARP Community Group will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 6, at 12:30 pm. Congressman Mike Quigley will join to share what's new in Washington. Make sure to submit questions in advance of the meeting. 

Participants are welcome to join the meeting in person at the Lake View Presbyterian Church, 716 W. Addison, or via Zoom. To register to join the Zoom meeting, email For more information on the AARP community group, click here
The Factory Theater Presents The H.O.A.
The Factory Theater presents The H.O.A. Cassie and Steve, both successful professionals, are moving to a new city after Steve receives a promotion. Their new neighbors seem nice, but it becomes clear to Cassie that something is really off. See what happens when a local couple finds their dream home in a neighborhood that’s not quite right.

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

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

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

Things to know:
  • Practice will start on Tuesday, September 6th
  • Practice will be twice (2) a week
  • Practice will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Practice time will be 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM
  • The 5K has not been scheduled yet BUT is usually a Saturday morning in November
  • RECRUIT GIRLS! FALL 2022 Girl Registration is OPEN!
Community Aid
Back to School Supply Drive

We're partnering with State Representative Kelly Cassidy's Office and Alderman Osterman's office to host a back-to-school supplies drive for CPS students.

We are collecting book bags and other school supplies for CPS students from now until August 19th before their new school year begins on August 22nd.

Please drop off any donations at:

  • Rep. Cassidy's Office -- 5533 N. Broadway
  • 49th Ward Office -- 1447 W. Morse
  • Women & Children First -- 5233 N. Clark
  • R Public House -- 1508 W. Jarvis
Visit Howard Area Community Center's Computer Lab
Howard Area Community Center has a community computer lab. The community computer lab is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at 7468 N. Paulina. 
Volunteer for Care for Real
Care for Real is excited to welcome new volunteers at both its Edgewater and Rogers Park food pantries! Volunteer opportunities are available for the entire family seven days a week, offering both day time and evening shifts that are client-facing and behind-the-scenes. To learn more about how to get involved and give back to the community, visit
Help Care for Real Fight Hunger in Rogers Park
Care for Real is facing a 332% increase in first-time pantry visits. More neighbors are experiencing food insecurity for the first time. When one couple who have supported Care for Real for more than 20 years learned about the surge in need, they we were inspired to act. Together, we set a $33,200 goal to help us feed more neighbors this summer. The couple will match the first $15,000 to double the impact of gifts from neighbors like you this month. We need your support today. Double your impact and give now at
Support Meals on Wheels
On August 10th, Meals on Wheels Chicago is celebrating an important milestone of 35 years of service, helping seniors and people with disabilities in every neighborhood of Chicago!

Food not only nourishes us but it also brings us together as a community. “Breaking bread together” can address conflict and build critical relationships. For many of us, food is love.
For 35 years, the home meal delivery program has helped food-insecure neighbors stay healthy, nourished, and independent in their own homes.
What started so many years ago in 1987 was a program that served 1,218 seniors a hot Thanksgiving meal. Today, Meals on Wheels is a program that serves over 13,000 distinct clients and delivers over 4.7 million meals each year.
Consider making a financial contribution to Meals on Wheels so it can continue to help feed hungry seniors in need. Online contributions can be made at
Help Support the Rogers Park Free Store
The Rogers Park Free Store is a community mutual aid group, currently operating out of the Living Water Church at the corner of Pratt & Ashland. They've been supporting neighbors with household, personal, and baby supplies since March of 2021, & invite you to join them!  On an average week, it provides supplies to 100-130 families & neighbors in Rogers Park!

If you're able to donate, consider making a monthly or one-time contribution at Rogers Park Open Collective. Your generosity will ensure they can continue providing resources on a weekly and, if possible, twice-weekly basis. 
  • Monthly contributions are a really impactful way of building support for your neighbors into your monthly budget.  We take care of each other.
  • Help the Rogers Park Free Store find space: it has been lucky enough to have had space offered by Living Water, however, it welcomes any leads on free-to-use space in Rogers Park (e.g. empty storefronts, etc.); whatever connections you have would be helpful.  Email if you have any information!
  • Spread the word: follow the Rogers Park Free Store on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinktree, and let your neighbors know about this resource in Rogers Park. Its current open hours are Saturdays from 12:30 - 2 PM at Living Water and all are welcome!
  • Volunteer your time or skills: email to get connected or ask questions.
Thank you for your consideration and the Rogers Park Free Store hopes you'll be part of supporting our community!
Government Connect
Property Tax Assistance Workshop August 16
Join the Cook County Assessor's Office for a workshop to learn about recent reassessments in the Rogers Park Township. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, August 16, at 6 pm. Register to attend at

During the workshop you will learn:
  • Understand your reassessment notice
  • How to determine if an appeal should be filed
  • How to file for missing exemptions
  • Participate in a live Q&A session
Connect with Your Elected Officials
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Monkeypox Need to Know Info
CDPH Provides Resources for Monkeypox (MPV)

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

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

For more information, visit

What is Monkeypox?
Get Your Monkeypox Vaccine

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

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
COVID-19 Updates
At-Home Vaccine Program Now Offering Vaccines for Anyone 6 Months and Older
The City's At Home vaccination program is now offering vaccines for children as young as 6 months of age. Additional information, including registration links by community area, is available on the City's website by clicking here
Heartland Health Offering COVID-19 Testing to Non-Patients
Heartland Health Centers is offering COVID-19 testing for non-patients starting this week.

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

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

Need to Know Info
Home and Business Protection Program
The City of Chicago has launched the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to ensure that Chicagoans have access to private security equipment to protect their property and feel safe. Starting today, the City will provide select rebates to cover costs associated with outdoor security camera systems, cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion-sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs.

Only security devices purchased on or after Monday, June 6, qualify for reimbursement. No rebates will be provided for private security equipment purchased prior to this date. Installation costs of cameras, lighting, and GPS tracking devices are currently not eligible for reimbursement. 
Learn more about the program and apply for rebates at If you have any questions, feel free to email or call (312) 742-3317.
Home and Business Protection Program
Elevate, an energy equity non-profit, is conducting outreach for the Multifamily Energy Savings Program. The goal is to have buildings with 3 units or more assessed to determine the energy-saving projects they qualify for. Projects such as air sealing and insulation, pipe insulation, and HVAC equipment replacements are examples of projects that can be completed from start to finish via the program at little to no cost.

The best way to initiate a free energy assessment is to go directly to and fill out the online form.
Business Updates
Community Development Grant Deadline August 19

The Chicago Recovery Plan provides additional opportunities for the City to invest in catalytic local development, expanding upon DPD’s existing investments and support.

DPD is now accepting applications for grant funding to support local commercial, mixed-use, and light manufacturing development. All are welcome to apply. City staff will prioritize projects in areas of Chicago where there is a history of disinvestment or limited private investment.

The final round of 2022 Community Development Grants closes on August 19th at 11:59 pm. For more information, eligibility requirements, and to apply, click here. 

Register for Loyola's Part Time Job, Internship, and Service Fair
The Part-Time Job, Internship & Service Fair offers students of all majors and levels part-time opportunities (paid or unpaid) while balancing their studies but is also open to the public. There will be 60 employers at the fair with part-time, full-time, internship, and service positions available for those looking for employment. The fair will take place Wednesday, September 7th, in person at Damen Student Center located at 6511 N. Sheridan Rd. Visit the website for additional information and employer registration.
ARPA Funding Opportunities
Information about all active city, county, and state ARPA RFPs and grant opportunities can be found at Information on City programs can be by clicking here.
Sign Up for Loyola's inQbate Program
inQbate is a Loyola Limited venture devoted to helping small businesses, organizations, and startups in Chicago expand their reach and multiply their impact through strategic, data-driven marketing solutions.

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

Clients can contact them any time of day or night at
Community Services Block Grant Applications
The Department of Family Support Services is currently accepting applications for scholarships for the 2022 fall semester/quarter. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and can be used for the purchase of tuition, books, uniforms, and fees related to course study paid directly to the designated institution on behalf of the applicant.
DFSS highly encourages any Chicago student aspiring to achieve higher education and employment to apply, including displaced and under-employed workers, adult learners, high school graduates (or equivalent), undocumented individuals, and others.
Students enrolled full-time in an Illinois college, university, or vocational/certificate program by September 15th may qualify for a scholarship.  Applicants must reside in the city of Chicago and meet the established income guidelines (at or below 200% FPL) based upon one month (July of 2022) of gross income. 
Applications must be received by the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services via the web-based CSBG Scholarship Application Platform on Friday, August 26, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. 
DFSS will host a webinar on August 15th (at 12:00 pm and at 3:00 pm). To register for a webinar, applicants should email their choice of date and time to, as well as any further questions.  

The link to the web-based application can be found at
My CHI. My Future. App Has Officially Launched!
The city has launched the My CHI. My Future. app. Chicago teens and parents can access over 7,000 opportunities with customized recommendations based on age, interests, and locations. Teens ages 16-24 can enter to win a FREE Lolla 4-day pass by downloading the MCMF app! Download it now in your device's app store!
Employment Opportunities
CTA Virtual Job Fair August 24
CTA Human Resources is hosting a Virtual Career Fair for career opportunities in its Law, Engineering, and Training & Workforce Development departments on Wednesday, August 14, at 12 pm. 

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

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

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

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

Mary Crane Center Now Hiring!

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

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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