49th Ward Update
May 14, 2021

The Alderwoman will be back next week. Enjoy the news and updates!

Take care,

49th Ward Team

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, orgs and actions that you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Athena Board Game Cafe Celebrates its Anniversary!
Athena Board Game Cafe, 1418 W. Howard, is celebrating its first anniversary! Since opening a year ago, they've been able to grow their menu, add more retail games to the cafe, and develop their social media presence to stay afloat in a first-year unlike any other.

To celebrate their anniversary, they have an anniversary sale through May 16 - get 20% off all games! Swing by the store and pick up a game or puzzle to take home. Or make sure you reserve yours! Go to our online store ( and use the code HAPPYBDAY.

As we continue to make progress in our battle against COVID-19, Athena Board Game Cafe looks forward to participating in more events and engaging with the community. Make sure to give them a follow on Facebook to keep-up-to-date with all that's going on in the cafe! 
Ward Updates
Northside Vaccine Clinic May 23
We have another local vaccine opportunity! 48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman, 49th Ward Ald. Maria Hadden, and 50th Ward Ald. Debra Silverstein -- in partnership with Walmart, Chicago Park District, and Chicago Department of Public Health -- are joining together to host a COVID-19 Vaccination event at the Warren Park Fieldhouse, Sunday, May 23, 9am - 5pm. All adults aged 18 and older are eligible to receive the Moderna vaccine. There is no charge for the vaccination.

Register for the event at
Vote for Rogers Park Neighbor Joe Liolos in
The Greatest Baker Contest
Rogers Park neighbor Joe Liolos is a contestant in The Greatest Baker contest.Take a moment to vote for Joe online so he can use the winnings to pursue his dream of opening a doughnut shop in Rogers Park focused on inclusivity and exploring food as art.

After voting for him, make sure to give him a follow on his Instagram page at @mystery_roof_berries, where he shares his stunning doughnut creations.

You can vote for Joe by clicking here
Glenwood Sunday Market Volunteer Info Session
Join the Glenwood Sunday Market (GSM) team for a virtual volunteer info session and meet current GSM volunteers and staff as they go over plans for the upcoming farmers market season.

Learn about the many things you can do to help GSM during peak and off-season, as well as how they are handling COVID-19 protocols. Whether it's vendors set up, taking care of shoppers, raising money to support programs or take a leadership role in the market development, they welcome you.

For more information and to register, click here
Theatre Above the Law Presents World Premiere of
War of the Worlds Starting May 17
The winner of the 2019 24 hour Adaptation festival, W.o.W. was commissioned into a full length play by Theatre Above the Law. This modern comedic adaptation connects the threat of world destruction by aliens in H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds to the modern-day threat of ruined party plans, creepy bosses, and dead-end relationships for two lifelong BFFs. Set in three bathrooms across twenty-two years, two girls take on everything the men in their lives throw at them, risking jobs and relationships to save their own little world.
Streaming May-17th-June 13th
Streaming courtesy of ShowTix4U
Tickets are $20 and available online at

Community Water Safety Training Sessions
The Chicago Park District is hosting a series of Community Water Safety Training sessions across Chicago's park in May and June. These sessions will help provide residents with tools to keep them and others safe when enjoying our greatest asset this summer - Lake Michigan. 

Leone Beach Trainings:
  • Thursday, May 20 at 5 pm
  • Saturday, May 29 at 1 pm
  • Sunday, June 12 at 11:15 pm
  • Every Friday thru June 25 at 5 pm
Hartigan Beach (1050 W. Pratt) Trainings:
  • Sunday, May 30 at 1 pm
  • Saturday, June 5 at 11:45 am
  • Every Wednesday thru June 23 at 6 pm
Community Alert: Catalytic Converter Thefts
The 20th and 24th Districts issued a community alert this week for a series of catalytic converter thefts across the districts. If you or anyone you know has any information, please contact the Area Three Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
Indian Boundary Lines Marker Survey
On April 19, the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society co-hosted a community meeting with my office to discuss the Indian Boundary Lines Marker that is being evaluated as part of the Chicago Monuments Project. It is one of 41 monuments currently under evaluation citywide, and the only one in Rogers Park.

The purpose of the project, as stated on the Monuments Project Website: "Monuments and memorials have become a focal point for conversation, protest, and activism in the city of Chicago. In response, the city has created a committee to review the city’s collection of monuments and recommend solutions."

If you were unable to attend or had difficulties due to the technical problems we experienced during the meeting, or if you want to review what the panelists had to say, you can view the recorded meeting on YouTube.

Text of the Plaque located at 7400 N Rogers Avenue (Indian Boundary Lines Marker - pictured above)

"Clark Street honors George Rogers Clark, whose brother William Clark with Ninian Edwards and Auguste Chouteau in 1816 negotiated Indian treaty ceding land including Chicago site from Rogers Ave to Lake Calumet.

Erected by Chicago’s Charter Jubilee

Authenticated by Chicago Historical Society, 1937."

Please take a moment to complete an online survey to help us decide how we grapple with this marker as a community.
Complete the Survey
How Do You Decide Where to Send Your Child to School?

CPS has recently begun reevaluating its school accountability system (called the SQRP or School Quality Rating Policy). One of the primary goals is to determine what parents need to know to select the best school for their child, be it right in their neighborhood or beyond. In order to assist with this process, we are asking Rogers Park parents how YOU make this decision, whether you are a parent of a current elementary or high school student or a parent with a young child soon to enter school.

Complete the Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete an online survey to help our office and LSC members understand how you make these important decisions. Your responses will help us advocate for reforms to CPS's SQRP process.

Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus Foundation
2021 Scholarships
The Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus (CABC) is proud to announce the 2021 Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus Foundation Scholarships! In my role as Alderwoman of the 49 th Ward, it’s important to increase the power of young students and support them as they embark on their journey of higher education. We're excited to continue to invest in our local youth with this initiative.

Our annual scholarship program is a four-year renewable award available to students pursuing a two or four-year degree from an accredited college or university. The scholarships total $10,000 over a 4-year period and are given to students to help alleviate the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, and books.

In order to be considered for these awards, an application and essay must be completed and submitted by no later than June 1, 2021. Awards will be announced to students on June 15,
2021 and all awardees will be asked to attend our Juneteenth Fundraiser Gala on Saturday, June 19, 2021, to receive their award.

Description of Eligibility:
  • Attend (or plan to attend) a 2 or 4-year accredited college or university as a full-time student
  • Complete the required electronic application
  • Submit ONE recommendation from a teacher, faculty member, coach, or community leader
  • Complete the 500-word essay prompt about your City of Chicago policy change
  • Submit completed application no later than June 1, 2021, at 11:59 PM CT
Link to application:

The CABC scholarship committee will determine the selection of scholarships from objective and non-discriminatory criteria. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion,
sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

Please contact for any additional details needed before submission. 
Artists of the Wall Returns to Loyola Park
this Year over Father's Day Weekend
The Loyola Park Advisory Council (LPAC) worked closely with the Park District to resume the tradition of the Artists of the Wall event this summer! The event will take place 3 days over Father's Day weekend, or June 18 through June 20.

This year, the fest will look a little different than in previous years. The LPAC will adhere to the safety protocols put forward by the City and the Park District to make sure that participants are safe as we continue to combat COVID-19. 

This means that the event will be limited to 50 participants per day. The fest will take place over 3 days to allow for more social distance for painters. Throughout the 3 days, participants will also be required to wear a mask. 

A total of 150 spaces will be painted over the 3 days, or 50 spaces per day. There is a staircase at the center of the wall that leads into the park with odd-shaped spaced. The LPAC is designating this area as a COVID memorial where people can paint a name or a message about the past year to share with our community. 

Registration for the fest will opened May 1. More information and registration are available on the LPAC's website by clicking here

The LPAC is also seeking volunteers to help make this year's fest a success. Those interested in volunteering can email the LPAC at
COVID-19 Updates
As we continue to combat COVID-19 across the city, state, and country, we are bringing back our section with the most up-to-date information on the ongoing public health crisis and any changes that are being implemented to address it. Information on aid and relief programs will continue to be housed in the "Need to Know Info" section of this newsletter. 
Children Ages 12+ Now Eligible to Receive the
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
The FDA authorized use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in youth 12 years and older on Monday. With the authorization, the City of Chicago will now offer the Pfizer vaccine to youth aged 12 to 15 years old at all of its City-operated vaccination sites. 

The following City-operated sites have  opened to youth ages 12 and older for walk-in appointments. A parent or guardian must accompany any minor under the age of 18. While appointments aren't necessary, it is still encouraged that residents book one at or by calling the city's call center at 312-746-4835.
CDPH Partners with Zocdoc to
Launch Vaccine Appointment Scheduler
The Chicago Department of Public Health has partnered with Zocdoc to create a more centralized platform where people can schedule vaccination appointments when they’re available. To view available appointments through Zocdoc at

At this time, this platform is showing available appointments at the city's Point of Distributions sites (PODS) and Rush University Medical Center. More information on where to locate other vaccination sites is contained below in this newsletter.
Three Ways Chicago Residents can Receive a COVID-19 Vaccine:
All individuals 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to the resources listed above, there are three ways Chicago residents can receive a COVID-19 vaccine:
1. Your health care provider
Your first contact should be your health care provider, including your primary care provider, health clinic, or hospital where you have gotten medical care in the past. Over 350 health care providers have signed up with CDPH to distribute vaccine. Providers are also reaching out directly to schedule appointments with their existing patients, prioritizing those who are older with more underlying conditions. Health care providers can still sign-up to be vaccine providers.
2. Your pharmacy
The City of Chicago has provided vaccines to pharmacies across Chicago. These pharmacies each have their own registration link which can be found below.
The City of Chicago does not endorse any of the listed organizations. This list is provided only as a convenience. See the full disclaimer here.
3. Your employer
Specific employers in prioritized essential workers groups will be able to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to their employees in 1b. CDPH is working directly with employers as vaccines become available. For example, first responders are already being vaccinated and others will begin soon. If you receive your vaccine through your employer, you will not need to take any other action. 
Vaccination Appointments for Homebound Persons

People who are homebound can sign up online to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at their residence. Caregivers will also be vaccinated under the program.

To be eligible, a person must not be able to leave their home because it “requires considerable and taxing effort," and must fit one of these categories:

  • Be a senior OR a person with a disability that requires in-home assistance, and

  • Be a person who has to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, wheelchair, etc.) and/or accessible transportation to leave home.

​Homebound vaccinations will be administered by Chicago Firefighter emergency medical personnel. Vaccines are limited to those who are truly homebound and meet the above eligibility requirements. 

Fill out the homebound vaccine form online by clicking here

IDHS Launches Crisis Counseling Program to Support Communities Hardest Hit by COVID-19
Following the federal declaration of a major disaster area in Illinois due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Mental Health was awarded a $2.3 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to kickstart the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program. This unique program allows individuals negatively impacted by COVID-19 to access resources from community behavioral health clinics, which includes screening and referrals for residents struggling with mental health and substance use disorders.

The Illinois Crisis Counseling Program aims to increase disaster-related services in Cook, Winnebago, and St. Clair counties, which have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. IDHS’ Division of Mental Health, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and local behavioral health clinics, will continue to offer support and resources for residents struggling with increased stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic.

Please visit for more information and resources available near you.
Protections for Workers Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine
On April 21, an ordinance passed City Council that established labor protections for Chicago workers that take time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Under the ordinance, employers are prohibited from taking any adverse action – including termination, demotion, layoff or punitive schedule changes – against an employee for taking time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Furthermore, if a worker has paid sick leave or other accrued time available, employers must allow their employees to use that time off to receive the vaccine. Finally, if an employer requires a worker to be vaccinated, it must compensate the worker for the time taken to receive the vaccine if it is during a shift, up to two hours per dose.

The ordinance expands the protections guaranteed under the Anti-Retaliation Ordinance that passed City Council in May 2020. That ordinance, which remains in effect, protects all workers from any retaliatory action from their employer if they are unable to work due to public health directive or COVID-19 related illness. Employers that violate this ordinance are subject to fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 per offense. 
Reimbursement for Funeral Expenses
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now processing applications for reimbursements up to $9000 for funeral expenses for a loved one who died due to COVID-19.

Eligible funeral expenses include but are not limited to:
  • Transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individual
  • Transfer of remains
  • Casket or urn
  • Burial plot or cremation niche
  • Marker or headstone 
  • Clergy or officiant services 
  • Arrangement of the funeral ceremony
  • Use of funeral home equipment or staff
  • Cremation or interment costs
  • Costs associated with producing and certifying multiple death certificates
  • Additional expenses mandated by any applicable local or state government laws or ordinances.

It is important to coordinate with friends, family members, and anyone else who incurred an expense on who will submit the claim. FEMA will only accept one claim per deceased individual so it is vitally important everyone who helped cover the funeral and cemetery expenses work together on one application and wait until all the expenses have been incurred. 

More information is available on FEMA's website. You may also call 844-684-6333 to apply. 

Transportation for COVID-19 Vaccines
For seniors and people with disabilities who need assistance to access their COVID-19 vaccine appointment will be able to take advantage of transportation resources. 

Special Needs Chicago

Special Needs Chicago has wheelchair accessible transportation throughout the Chicagoland area (city and suburbs) to assist people with getting to their COVID vaccine appointment. Call 630-668-9999 for more information or click here to book a reservation

Uber to Provide Free Rides to Vaccine Appointments

Uber has partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy to make it easier for people who don't have a car or a nearby pharmacy to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Uber will offer free rides to Walgreens stores and clinics for those who book an appointment and live in an underserved community. Uber will work with community organizations, such as the Urban League, to determine underserved communities that will be eligible for free rides. Those organizations will then work to distribute codes that community members can use to get the free rides. 
Sign Up for CDPH's E-Newsletter
The Chicago Department of Public Health is dedicated to ensuring that all Chicagoans get trusted information about its local COVID-19 response. Sign up online for their email list and be among the first to receive press releases, current guidance, and other important information. 
How the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Works
The approved COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not contain any live virus of COVID-19. Instead, scientists used the genetic sequence of the virus to create a blueprint of the COVID-19 virus. The vaccine will trigger the body to produce the spike protein in the COVID-19 virus, which will signal our immune systems to produce the proper antibodies and T cells to combat the RNA blueprint. This means that should an individual contract the COVID-19 virus after being inoculated, the body's immune system will already have stored the information necessary to combat the virus. 

When people receive a vaccination, they might feel some side effects as their immune systems respond to the spike protein. The most common side effects include swelling and some pain at the injection site as well as fever, chills, headaches, and fatigue. These side effects are temporary and indicate that the immune system is imprinting its response to combat COVID-19. 
State Eviction Moratorium Extended to May 29
Governor Pritzker announced that the State's eviction moratorium will be extended to May 29, 2021, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our state and our country. 

On November 14, protections for Illinois tenants were changed under the latest eviction moratorium extension. Landlords can now file evictions unless tenants give them a written declaration that they should be protected by the COVID Eviction Moratorium. Tenants can use IDHA's declaration template to provide their landlord with written notice that they've been financially impacted due to COVID-19. That declaration is available online

The Department of Housing has put together a Know Your Rights website for tenants who are facing illegal lockouts during the eviction moratorium. The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing has also put together information for tenants facing an illegal lockout and may be able to provide legal assistance to income-eligible tenants. Learn more on their website here
Updates to the Emergency Travel Order

The Chicago Department of Public Health announced updates to the Chicago Emergency Travel Order. Effective Friday, January 15, 2021, states will only be categorized as yellow or orange. Previously, the city had three category levels for the Emergency Travel Order.

The updates to the order are meant to simplify the message by putting states into one of two categories. Regardless of which category a state falls into, CDPH is still advising that people avoid any kind of travel as we see COVID-10 cases surging across most of the U.S. Additionally, the new COVID variant that is more transmissible has now been detected in at least 8 states, including Indiana and Wisconsin. 

Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter).  They must practice strict social distancing, mask-wearing, and avoid any in-person gathering. Anyone traveling from a state on the Yellow list is not required to quarantine or provide a pre-arrival test. However, they should practice strict mask-wearing and social distancing.

The lists are updated every two weeks based on state and Chicago case averages. There are no travel restrictions within Illinois. However, non-essential travel to the areas of high incidence is discouraged. If essential travel is needed, follow the prevention techniques such as using a face covering, frequent hand washing/sanitization, and maintaining social distancing.

Please visit for additional information and to view the latest information on travel restrictions. 
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

Community Aid
Care for Real Food Pantry Adds More Hours and Drive-Thru Location in Rogers Park

Nearly one year to the day after launching a pop-up pantry in Rogers Park to respond to increased food insecurity, Care for Real will add a second day of food distribution beginning on May 20th. The additional day will offer a new format: a drive-thru pantry.  

Beginning May 20th, Care for Real will provide free food via a drive-thru in the parking lot of Misíon Cristiana Elim at 1615 W. Morse each Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 pm. Vehicles will enter the parking lot from southbound Ashland Ave. Individuals must be in a vehicle and remain in their vehicle during distribution. Staff and volunteers will collect household information and dietary needs from individuals prior to bringing groceries to their vehicle. 

For those without a vehicle or who prefer not to drive, the Tuesday afternoon hours will remain a walk-up pantry. The Tuesday Care for Real distribution takes place at United Church of Rogers Park, at 1545 W Morse Ave, from noon to 2 pm. Volunteers and support are needed. Visit

Lake Shore School Donation Drive
Lake Shore School is helping families in need by hosting a donation drive. They're accepting donations of clothing, food, toilet paper, diapers, wipes, tooth brushes, tooth paste, paper towels, and other basic essentials. Drop your donation off at their Rogers Park location at 6759 N. Greenview. For more information, call 773-743-1118.
Peterson Garden Project Hosts Edible Plant Fundraiser

Please join our friends, Peterson Garden Project, for their Edible Plant Sale this year that will be held on Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th from 10 am - 5 pm at the future Chicago Market Co-op Building (4620 N. Broadway, Chicago, 60640). 

Every purchase you make at their plant sale supports Peterson Garden Project, including Grow2Give food donations and garden scholarships. 

This sale will feature warmer weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, many herbs, and edible flowers – and by that weekend, the weather will be warm enough to plant them! 

You can help spread the word! Invite your friends, family, and share with your favorite neighborhood groups. Peterson Garden Project is sharing some sneak peeks, favorite plants, and more fun on Facebook, and they also have the list of seedlings available. 

Let them know you’re coming: RSVP!

Sponsor A Just Harvest's 5 Week Challenge for
Community Wellness and Help Fight Hunger in Rogers Park
 A Just Harvest has worked to end hunger and poverty in the Rogers Park area for over 38 years. This summer, they're aiming to raise $45k to keep their doors open and continue to feed the community every single day, even during the pandemic.

On May 5, they're kicking off their 5 Week Challenge for Community Wellness, their peer-to-peer fundraising event!

Like last year, this is a chance for anyone & everyone to engage with their personal and communal wellness. Self-care looks different for everyone, so there's no wrong way for folx to participate. Run, bike, pray, cook, meditate, write, sing, eat-- they want people to do whatever gets them connected to loving themselves and others. There is no fee to participate in the virtual portion! They just ask that folx set a fundraising goal in their challenge.

Since things are slowly starting to open back up, they will be including an optional 5K for participants to run on June 12th as a finale to the 5 week-long virtual wellness challenge. The fee for this registration is $25.00.  

Please consider sponsoring their event to achieve their goal and continue their great work in the community.  Take a moment to review their sponsorship packet (linked here) for details on available sponsorship levels.

For more information on the 5 Week Challenge for Community Wellness, visit A Just Harvest's website.
Save the Date for Family Matters' Drive-In Movie Fundraiser

Join Family Matters youth, families, and community members at the movies while raising funds for Family Matters’ Youth Development and Community Engagement programs and The Family Matters School. This fun-filled evening will include pre-movie entertainment, a silent auction and raffle, and the opportunity to support Family Matters to infinity and beyond!

Enjoy the classic family-friendly Pixar hit, Toy Story, from the comfort and COVID safety of your car. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $125 per car. All revenue from ticket sales and 40% of food and refreshment sales will benefit Family Matters’ activities, including one-to-one tutor/mentoring, teen leadership and job-readiness activities, hands-on experiential summer camps, community building, and their cooperative micro-school.

When: May 22, 2021 | 6:30 PM
Where: CHITOWN Movies | 2343 S Throop St | Chicago, IL 60608
What: Toy Story
Price: $125.00 per car

More information and tickets are available on Family Matters' website.

Donate to the Leather Archives & Museum's
Landscaping Fundraiser
It's the 30th anniversary of Leather Archives and Museum and the 21st year in its building on Greenview Ave, a former Synagogue that now provides sanctuary to its collective history.

The exterior is showing its age and needs a little love! The Leather Archives and Museum is raising funds to go towards the cleaning and landscaping to make their home shine! Generous volunteers are available to do the work, so your donations will go towards buying soil, plants, flowers, and cleaning tools.

The work is underway, and by the end of May, it will be sexy on the outside and sultry on the inside. Or vice versa!

To make a contribution, visit the Leather Archives and Museum's website by clicking here
Volunteer for Care for Real
Care for Real, a neighborhood food pantry, is in need of volunteers! Help is needed in Rogers Park on Tuesday mornings and afternoons as well as Thursday mornings and evenings. In Edgewater (5339 N Sheridan), volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday mornings and afternoons. The Rogers Park location (1545 W Morse) will soon be launching an outdoor Thursday evening food distribution, and many additional volunteers are needed. Volunteers can sign up to serve occasionally, weekly, or more! Getting started volunteering is quick and easy. Send an email to or sign up at Thank you for helping feed our neighbors in need!
Community Engagement Opportunities
Howard Street Window Painting Event May 29
CommUnity Makery is partnering with My Block My Hood My City on May 29 to host a Celebrate Spring Window Painting event on Howard Street. From noon until 3 pm that day, young people are invited to join in on the fun and spruce up Howard Street as warmer weather approaches.

Meet at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard, to pick up your paint and brushes. Then pick a striped window to use as your artistic canvas. 

This event is for children in kindergarten through 8th grade. No registration is required; just show up and celebrate spring! 
Pitch In for the Parks
Pitch In for the Parks kicks off with "It's Your Park Day" on May 22nd and continues with citywide park clean-ups June through October. The Chicago Parks Foundation provides complimentary supplies for small groups to safely, independently host clean-up events at any Chicago park. 

All of our city's 600+ parks need our help this season to stay clean, green, and safe. That's where you come in! Sign up to volunteer at one of the events in our community and help spruce up our parks ahead of summer. 

Participating parks in the 49th Ward:

Eugene Field (register here)
Juneway, Rogers, and Howard Beach Parks (register here)
Loyola & Prinz Beach (register here)
Loyola Park (register here)
Pottawattomie Park (register here)

Want to "pitch-in" for a park not listed above? Start a Pitch In group and adopt a park. As a Pitch In host, you'll lead small volunteer groups in simple 1-2 hour trash pick-ups in the parks throughout the season. 
  • You get to pick the park and the dates (June 1st is the earliest)
  • Attract more volunteers by making your clean0ups open to the public. The Chicago Parks Foundation will list your event link on their website for volunteer registration.
  • The Chicago Parks Foundation will provide your group with complimentary supplies (trash bags, face masks, gloves, water).
For more information on how to start a Pitch In group, visit the Chicago Parks Foundation website
Registration for Park District Spring Programs Now Open
The Chicago Park District's spring programming registration is open. Programs run through June 13 and offer a wide range of activities; from baseball at Loyola Park to Online Circuit Training, the Park District has something for everyone. 

The Chicago Park District is committed to providing Chicagoans the opportunity to keep active this spring and has designed a well-balanced selection of in-person and online programs for all ages and interests.

All in-person programs will run in accordance with state and city guidelines, limiting the number of guests they can safely program for at each park.  For those who prefer online classes, a variety of virtual classes are available. These programs provide the opportunity to stay active, both mentally and physically, while socializing with others from the comfort and safety of your home.

For more information and to view the spring programs, visit the Park District's website
Government Corner
With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of information and resources available to people at all levels of government. To make sure you're receiving all the information to help you through this time, please consider signing up for the following newsletters or keeping your eye on the following pages. See something that should be added to this section? Email it to the office at 

City of Chicago Resources:
City of Chicago Coronavirus Resource Center Website
City of Chicago Coronavirus Updates Distribution Sign-Up
CPS COVID-19 Resources & Updates
Chicago Park District COVID-19 Response Page
BACP COVID-19 Resource Page

Cook County:
Cook County COVID-19 Response Website
Contact Commissioner Suffredin's Office
Commissioner Gainer Newsletter Sign-Up

State of Illinois:
State of Illinois COVID-19 Response Website
Sen. Steans Newsletter Sign-Up
Rep. Cassidy Newsletter

Federal Government:
Sign-up for Congresswoman Schakowsky's newsletter
Federal Government COVID-19 Response Website
Need to Know Info
Each week we've been updating this section with the rapid information coming down from all levels of government. This has resulted in a long email with the information running for several weeks. To shorten the length of the newsletter and provide the freshest content, we have archived all the COVID-19 newsletters on the 49th Ward website. You can also refer to the Rogers Park Community Response Team's website, where resources and information are abundantly available for our neighbors. 
2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program Opens May 17
The Illinois Housing Development Authority will began to accept applications for its 2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program on Monday, May 17. 

ILRPP is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants are eligible for up to 15 months of assistance. The grant can cover the past due rent from the previous 12 months and future rental assistance for the next three months, if deemed necessary. The maximum grant amount is $25,000. The emergency rental assistance is provided by the Federal government and is free to tenant and housing provider. If approved, the grant will be paid to the housing provider in the form of a check.

For eligibility requirements and more information, visit IHDA's website
CPS Launches Selection Process for its next CEO
The Chicago Board of Education is launching a search process for the Chicago Public Schools' next CEO. As a part of this process, the Board of Education is launching stakeholders to help identify candidates for the role. 

To do this, they are inviting over 300 school community members to participate in small focus groups to gather feedback about the qualities we want in a new leader for our school district. To ensure diverse voices are heard and represented, they're asking community members to complete this interest form. There will also be Spanish-only focus groups to ensure our Latinx families are heard and engaged while they search for a new CEO. The interest form will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, so please sign up today.

For more information, visit CPS' website
Neighborhood Access Program
The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is currently accepting Idea Submissions for its new Neighborhood Access Program. The goal of this program is to support the cultural vitality of every Chicago neighborhood via grant programs and partnerships designed to be responsive to the complex needs of individual communities. Through its pilot year, this program will offer direct grants for all types of community-based arts and culture activities.

For more information, visit DCASE's website. The deadline to apply is 5 pm on Friday, May 21. 
Volunteer & Community Partner Applications
Now Open for We Will Chicago

The City of Chicago's We Will planning team is seeking individuals and organizations to help develop the major themes, issues, and policy guidelines that will be included in the citywide plan.

The team is being led by staff from the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the Office of the Mayor, and other City departments, public agencies and stakeholders.

For individuals:

Individuals can join the conversation on by registering and creating a profile. Registrants can share thoughts and ideas, comment on ongoing discussion topics, and receive regular updates about the planning process. 

Individuals can apply to be a volunteer on pillar research teams or with the We Will Advisory Committee. All interested Chicagoans are eligible to apply. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities with We Will Chicago.

For organizations:

We Will’s Community Partner program is recruiting up to 14 community-oriented groups to help develop the citywide planning process. 

Each selected Community Partner will be paid $15,000 for its participation. 

Community Partners can be organizations, teams, individuals, businesses, unincorporated nonprofits, and other types of entities. 

Click here to learn more about becoming a community partner with We Will Chicago

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Starting May 12, 2021, eligible households can begin applying for the Emergency Broadband Benefit through the FCC.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?
A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.


Native Lawn Alternatives Survey
The Chicago Parks District is working on a new, exciting conservation project in the city to create more spaces for flowering lawns, and they want your input before they get started! They have teamed up with students from the Environmental Science Department at DePaul University to research what local community members think of this new green initiative!

Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey online by clicking here. Your feedback is incredibly important and will help guide their conservation work.
Northside Community Resources Offers Help to Seniors Applying for Illinois Health Benefits
Northside Community Resources' multicultural program is helping seniors apply for the new free Illinois health benefits for immigrant seniors. This program offers health benefits to seniors regardless of their immigration status.

For more information and assistance, call 773-338-7722 ext. 25. 
Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Station Reconstruction Projects Begin May 16
The CTA will begin the first of two construction phases as part of the Red and Purple Modernization Project next month. The plans call to rebuild the tracks and four "L" stations located from Lawrence to Bryn Mawr. 

As a result of the major improvements to the Red/Purple Line, the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, and Bryn Mawr station will close beginning on May 16. Temporary stations at Argyle and Bryn Mawr will be opened that same day according to the CTA. Red and Purple lines will continue to run throughout the construction, though riders may experience occasional delays. 

For more information on the Red and Purple Modernization Project and to sign up for alerts, visit the CTA's website
Nominate a Senior for the 2021 Senior Hall of Fame thru June 1
The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is accepting nominations for the 2021 Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame Awards. These awards recognize adults, 65 years of age and older, and highlight the meaningful contributions they have made in Illinois.
Award nominations are being accepted for the following categories:
  • Community Service: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have shown support for the public and community-based programs in their area or at large.
  • Education: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have shown a dedication to instruction and the world of academia.
  • Labor Force: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have a record of accomplishment in their employment or professional career.
  • Performance / Graphic Arts: awarded to Illinois senior citizens that have a commitment to health and the promotion of well-being or a record of accomplishment in artistic expression.
The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.  You can nominate an individual for the Senior Hall of Fame online. Please note that you will only be allowed to upload one file, so please combine all items into one document.  

For more information on how to nominate someone, please the Illinois Department on Aging's website.
Comment on the Chicago Blueprint for Fair Housing thru May 28
The Chicago Commission on Human Relations released its Blueprint for Fair Housing this week. The blueprint is the result of input from a broad coalition of stakeholders, city departments, and organizations to develop a five-year plan to address the city's housing challenges. 

The Blueprint identified eight goals for the City and the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to tackle over the next five years to make housing in Chicago more equitable. Those goals are: 
  1. Increase and preserve affordable, accessible housing options 
  2. Prevent involuntary displacement and stabilize neighborhoods 
  3. Increase opportunities and community integration for people with disabilities 
  4. Address the segregation of opportunity and related inequitable distribution of resources 
  5. Enhance housing policies and programs to increase fair housing choice 
  6. Expand fair housing outreach, education, and enforcement 
  7. Preserve existing and expand affordable homeownership 
  8. Ensure that internal policies and practices advance equity and address the history of structural racism
The Blueprint for Fair Housing is now available to review online at People have until May 28, 2021, to submit a public comment and feedback on the blueprint. 
File Your Taxes with Tax Prep Chicago
The City of Chicago will offer free, confidential tax help through mid-April in partnership with Ladder Up. Trained volunteer tax preparers can assist you in completing and electronically filing Federal and Illinois tax returns for Tax Year 2020 and, in some cases, for prior years. They'll also be able to help determine if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and other tax credits!

The IRS has extended the tax filing deadline to Monday, May 17! For more information, visit or call (312) 588-6900 to schedule an appointment and see if you qualify.
Need Help?
Call or email the Rogers Park Community Response Team!

The Rogers Park Community Response Team is an action-oriented group created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. RPCRT was created by 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden in coordination with local service providers and community organizations. Partners include IL State Representative Kelly Cassidy, Protect RP, Northside Community Resources, Loyola Community Nursing Center, and hundreds of deeply committed community volunteers.

We are working together to support each other. We will do so, to the best of our combined ability care for all of our RP family, with fierce love and compassion. We want every Rogers Park resident to know that you are cared for and not alone.

Contact us at or call our Support Hotline at 773-831-7668. Volunteers are available to answer your questions and direct you to resources now.

Please also take a moment to look at the Rogers Park Community Response Team's robust website, This website acts as a centralized location where a variety of resources can live to help residents in the wake of COVID-19. 

Business Updates
ComEd Small Business Assistance Program

ComEd's Small Business Assistance Program provides eligible small business customers, with a one-time grant of up to $1,000 towards a past due balance, once every 12 months. Eligible customers may also place a remaining balance into a payment plan of up to six months.


Small business customers applying for this program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have an active ComEd service account (includes customers disconnected within the past 30 days).
  • Use less than 1400 kilowatts (kWs) of peak demand. This includes customers who are
    0-100kW or watt hour. To confirm the amount of kWs your business uses, reference your ComEd bill (see sample bill).
  • Have a past balance, per the bill due date.
  • Have not received Nonprofit Special Hardship grants in 2020.
For more information and to apply, visit ComEd's website.
Restaurant Revitalization Fund: Applications Now Open!
The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
  • Up to $5 million in assistance per location
  • First 21 days are prioritized for small business owners who are women, veterans, and minorities
  • Find more information HERE
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is now open to provide emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19. Venues can learn more about this grant and submit their application here

Venues can receive support with their application at any of the state's Small Business Development Centers, which can be located here

For any questions related to this grant, please reach out to State Representative Cassidy's office at

Chicago Vendor Impact Fund

As part of the City’s efforts to increase the capacity and competitiveness of our local, diverse vendor community, the City is pleased to announce the launch of the $25 million Vendor Impact Fund. The Vendor Impact Fund will provide priority access for City vendors certified as Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises (VBE), and Business Enterprises Owned or Operated by People with Disabilities (BEPD) to loans from the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and 7(a) loan program. The City and its partners will seek to provide all Vendor Impact Fund loan applicants with the best offer available and will work with applicants to determine which product is the best fit. All loan applications will be administered through Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) with the support of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.

For more information, eligibility requirements, and to apply, click here.  

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners, including agricultural businesses and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

For eligibility requirements, more information, and to apply, visit the SBA's website.
Rogers Park Business Alliance COVID-19 Resources

The site maintains updated information on how we can support our small business community as well as resources for businesses in how they can adapt during this unique and challenging time. From their site:

Rogers Park Business Alliance is proud of the caring, work ethic, dedication and resiliency of our community. We firmly believe that, together, we will meet the challenge that we are all faced with today and going forward.  

Out of an abundance of love and concern for the health of our community we are closing our offices. Based on recommended precautionary measures and public health guidelines, team RPBA will be working remotely until given the all clear. We are available via phone and email. We appreciate your patience at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (773) 508-5885 or

You can view our growing list of Rogers Park businesses that are open and/or receiving donations. You can also checkout the Chicagoland Dining at a Distance list.

Apply for a Four Week Youth Financial Empowerment Program Through the Badu Foundation
The Badu Foundation offers a four-week financial literacy summer program to underserved youth ages 6-18. Students that complete the program will become eligible for a college scholarship. 

For more information on the Badu Foundation and the program, visit their website by clicking here
Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Project

Legal Aid Chicago’s unveiled a new Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Project to address issues intersecting with education justice and legal advocacy for young people.

Across the United States, students of color, students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, and youth in foster care are disproportionately disciplined in school and more likely to be involved in the criminal legal system. Legal Aid Chicago's project seeks to disrupt these trends through representing young people in school discipline cases - which includes suspensions, expulsions, informal school pushout, transfers to alternative schools, and discipline during remote learning - and supporting with juvenile records expungement.

Legal Aid Chicago is currently accepting school discipline and juvenile records expungement cases and their services are FREE. If you have any questions, please reach out via email to If a caregiver or student is interested in Leal Aid's services, they should call (312) 341-1070.

Youth can Apply for a Summer Job with One Summer Chicago
One Summer Chicago will run from July 5 to August 13 and will include remote and socially distanced, in-person job and life-skills training for youth ages 14 to 24. The application deadline is Friday, June 11, and can be found at More than 21,000 slots are available for youth this summer. Returning this year under the OSC portfolio are the Chicago Youth Service Corps (CYSC), Everyone Can Code, Photography for All programs, and more. One Summer Chicago is an integral part of My CHI. My Future.
Employment Opportunities
CTA Job Fair
The CTA is hosting a Virtual Bus Operator Career Fair on Wednesday, May 26, from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm. The online event is open to the anyone who is interested in learning more about bus operator opportunities and requirements. Register to attend at
O'Hare Airport Job Fair
O'Hare International Airport is currently looking to fill both full and part-time opportunities in the following areas: airlines, cargo, concessions, hospitality, security and more. The Career Fair will take place Wednesday, May 19 from 9am-5pm at the Hilton Chicago O`Hare Airport Hotel.
Northside Community Resources
Hiring Full-Time Housing Counselor
Northside Community Development Corporation has an immediate full-time employment opportunity for a Housing Counselor in its Homebuyer/Foreclosure Prevention Department. The housing counselor will provide counseling services to resident who need help obtaining and retaining stable permanent housing. The counselor will also provide services to homeowners trying to resolve mortgage delinquency, or default, and foreclosure prevention, avoiding
mortgage scams and predatory lending. Additionally, the counselor will inform and educate new homebuyers on the home buying process and all the basic rights and obligations of owning a home.

Potential candidate must be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, attention to detail and have good people skills. Candidate must be comfortable working independently as well as in a team environment and be able to engage with a diverse population.

The Housing Counselor will work under the supervision of the Director.

Responsibilities include:
  • Working with Emergency Mortgage Assistance program with application processing and follow up on status.
  • Provide group workshops including but not limited to first-time homebuyer, condo training, credit and budget counseling, foreclosure prevention, post purchase and financial literacy.
  • Provide face to face counseling services on pre-purchase, foreclosure prevention, financial literacy, and post purchase.
  • Documentation of all client interactions and develop sustainable budgets, action plans and provide appropriate follow up.
  • Enter all required data in agency counseling management system (CMS) promptly and submit all group and individual intakes to appropriate staff.
  • Maintain organized files and record keeping as required by HUD and other funders.
  • Prepare timely reports to director consisting of monthly reports, quarterly reports, and require data for grant applications or any other data requested.
  • Meets goals and objectives of contracts from state, federal and local institutions.
  • Provide marketing and outreach in service area to promote housing counseling services.
  • Establishes and maintains good public relations in all sectors.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Associates or bachelor’s degree in counseling, education, business or finance-related field from an accredited college or university preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of housing experience or related field preferred.
  • Strong communication skills with bilingual Fluency in Spanish is required (oral and written).
  • Comfortable with public speaking and presenting materials to a group.
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population from all backgrounds.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Computer literacy is required, with proficiency in MS Office applications: Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Launch Pad-Salesforce is a plus.
  • Travel to offsite locations in a timely manner to provide counseling.
  • Ability to work flexible hours occasionally during evenings and/or weekends as needed.
  • HUD Certified Housing Counselor is a plus, but not required. If not HUD Certified, must be able to pass the HUD Certification exam within 6 months of employment.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience, plus benefits.

Job Type: This is a temporary Full Time (40 hours per week) Grant Funded and Exempt Position. Local Travel, standing, bending, or lifting up to 25lbs may be occasionally required.

Salary Range: $36,000.00 to $42,000.00 /year plus benefits (Commensurate with experience)

To apply: please email cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to:
Apna Ghar is Hiring!
Join Apna Ghar's dynamic team of hard-working, creative, problem solvers advocating to end gender violence in our communities. To view current open positions, visit their website by clicking here. For more information on employment opportunities at Apna Ghar, email
Chicago Women in Trades
The Chicago Women in Trades are offering a free 12-week She Can Build It training program. This program offers a great opportunity for women to pursue a career in the trades. For more information and to register for an information session, visit
Communities in Schools Hiring a School Partner Specialist
Communities in Schools (CIS) is seeking a School Partnership Specialist. The School Partnership Specialist is a relationship builder and an integral part of the organization’s Partnership Team, a group of professionals who manage our school partnerships and relationships, and others that manage the partnerships of more than 200 agencies, institutions, and individuals that provide services mainly in the areas of the arts, college and career readiness, physical health, and behavioral and mental health. CIS of Chicago seeks a highly motivated and skilled professional for this role. The preferred candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, experience working with or in urban school districts, and an understanding of quality teaching and program delivery practices.

For more information on this opportunity, visit CIS's website by clicking here.
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is hiring several key positions to join their team. 

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. Their 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
Apprenticeship Programs Announce Openings
HIRE360 announced two apprenticeship programs that are now accepting applications:

1) The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters' apprenticeship program opened its application period from April 26 through May 27, 2021, for general construction. For those individuals interested in applying, please contact your case manager or email

2) IBEW Local 9's outdoor electrical worker/line maintainers apprenticeship program will be accepting applications in May 2021. Applications will be accepted by appointment only starting May 17-21 and May 24-28. All applicants must have a CDL-A permit with a medical cart. For those individuals interested in applying, please contact your case manager today or email 

If you haven't already signed up for HIRE360, enroll now at
CDL Drivers Wanted
The Chicago Federation of Labor Workforce & Community Initiative announced that a Chicago area moving company seeking CDL drivers. Willing to train. Safely drive all company vehicles (owned or rented) as assigned - across region or long-haul. Drug screening and background checks will be performed. Pay $23 to $25 per hour plus benefits. Send resume to and you will receive a response.
Chicago Park District Now Hiring for Seasonal Positions
The Chicago Park District is now hiring for a number of seasonal positions. For more information, openings, and to apply, visit the Park District's website.
Serenity Home Healthcare is Hiring Caregivers
Serenity Home Healthcare is hiring caregivers in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Serenity Healthcare offers flexible schedules, and no car is required to apply. For more information, call 773-588-4000.
Chicago Botanic Garden Employment Opportunities
The Chicago Botanic Garden has a variety of seasonal and year-round job opportunities. For more information, visit their careers page at Applications are accepted online only via  
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is hiring several key positions to join their team. 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
Doctors Test Centers (DTC) Job Opportunities

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has long been an economic engine for the City and region at large. They recently announced that they will begin offering the most comprehensive COVID-19 testing of any airport in the country at O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

The program will require a workforce to fill the more than 100 available positions.  Doctors Test Centers (DTC) has been selected as the vendor to assist the CDA with the endeavor. They have a variety of employment opportunities open and are seeking applicants. For more information, visit DTC's website here

Alderwoman Maria Hadden | 49th Ward Service Office
1447 W. Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
773-338-5796 |

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Monday: 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

*Please note the physical office remains closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Our staff is working virtually from home and is happy to answer calls and emails.

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