48th Ward Weekly Update – April 22, 2022

April 22nd, 2022

Dear Neighbors, 
I hope you have been enjoying the warm weather this week! This weekend will be even nicer, so try to stop by some of the events happening across our community, including ways to celebrate Earth Day today! 

Our annual Clean & Green is happening tomorrow, and we have a number of locations in the ward where you can volunteer. Want to join us? Meet at the Ward Yard at 5853 N. Broadway at 9am to pick up supplies, and join us back at the Ward Yard at 12pm for lunch. If you want to participate or need a group to be paired with, email alan@48thward.org. If you aren’t able to help us tomorrow morning but still want to help clean up our community, take a walk down your street and pick up debris you notice from the winter.Cochran Playlot Park, 5550 N MagnoliaSwift Elementary School, 5900 N WinthropButtercup Park, 4901 N SheridanNorthside Catholic Academy, 6216 N GlenwoodIsmaili Community Center, 6259 N BroadwayVedgewater Garden, 6306 N BroadwaySteep Theatre, 1044 W BerwynPeirce Elementary School, 1423 W Bryn Mawr
If you visit Bryn Mawr this weekend, check out the new wayfinder installed by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, highlighting local organizations, including the Edgewater Historical Society, the Broadway Armory, and a number of theaters in our neighborhood!

Andersonville in Bloom is happening this month, which is a way to celebrate Earth Month and the start of spring with specials and events at businesses across Andersonville! The Buffalo Exchange is having a sale tomorrow benefitting the Pollinator Partnership non-profit, and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is hosting a family-friendly scavenger hunt, where you can search for ten letters on Blommas throughout Andersonville. Find them all and unscramble them for a prize! For more information on the Andersonville in Bloom programming this month, click here.

Earlier this week, I met with the Association of Sheridan Condominium/Co-Op Owners (ASCO) to discuss lakefront protection, safety, and other issues impacting Sheridan Road residents. I appreciate the leadership of the ASCO Board and their collaborative work with my office on behalf of Sheridan Road residents.

Over the last ten years, the number of Single Room Occupancy buildings (SROs) in Chicago has been cut in half. These buildings provide shelter to people at a low cost and help prevent homelessness. This week, the Budget Committee approved an ordinance, a City-funded loan program that would support SRO developers and low-income residents. This ordinance and the funding that it supports will help the residents living in SROs get a better quality of life as they transition to permanent stable housing. I worked closely with the Department of Housing, ONE Northside, and SRO advocates and residents to create and fund this important initiative. 

Later today, we’ll be planting a tree at Pierce School in memory of Julie Wlach, a friend and community leader from East Andersonville who passed last year. Pierce students and Julie’s friends and neighbors will be there to plant this tree in memory of a woman who was deeply committed to her neighbors and our community. 

Registration is now live for the second Broadway Visioning meeting, which will be held on April 30th from 10am-12:30pm at the Broadway Armory, at 5917 N Broadway. This will be an opportunity to hear and discuss the results and themes that arose during the first visioning meeting. Speakers including Housing Commissioner Novara, Bickerdike Development’s Joy Aruguete, and a representative from the Department of Transportation will be attending the meeting. Please register in advance here.

Have a safe and peaceful weekend, and try to enjoy the wonderful weather!

Harry Osterman, 
Alderman, 48th Ward
Stay connected with us on social media!
COVID-19 Information and Resources 

If you require assistance in verifying your COVID-19 vaccination, please click this link for helpful resources and answers to commonly asked questions, courtesy of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Broadway Visioning Meetings

Join me this spring for a series of community visioning meetings focused on the future of the Broadway corridor in the 48th Ward.

This will be a three-part proactive community planning process where we will work together to consider opportunities for affordable housing, economic development, roadway, sidewalks, bike lanes, public art, place making, environmental sustainability and public transit. See below for event information. 
Free Smoke Detectors

As winter approaches, please make sure to check all of your smoke detectors and install new batteries to those that need it. Currently, our office has smoke detectors available for neighbors who do not have one in their home. Please email us at harry@48thward.org to claim a smoke detector.
More At-Home COVID-19 Tests Available

Every home is eligible to receive 4 additional at-home COVID-19 testing kits. If you already ordered tests, you can get 4 more, and if you have not ordered testing kits, you are able to order 8. Place your order here.

At-home tests, or “self tests,” give rapid results and can be taken anywhere, regardless of your vaccination status or whether or not you have symptoms. Visit CDC.gov to learn when to test yourself, how to use an at-home test, and what your test results mean.
The Chicago Department of Family Support Services shared an update on their Rental Assistance Program (RAP), a fund for all Chicagoans who are at risk of becoming homeless due to loss of income or other eligible emergency which prevents them from paying rent. The RAP deadline has now been extended and can be applied for on the DFSS website at  http://chicago.gov/fss/RAP  . Click here for FAQs on the eligibility for the RAP program. DFSS is processing applications on an ongoing basis and working to process applications to help connect people with their RAP services. You can also visit the DFSS North Area Community Center, 845 W Wilson Ave, open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, to file your application in person. 

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People’s Gas Construction UpdatesHollywood between Glenwood & Ridge along the west side of Ridge in the next couple weeks: Services where the main has been completed should be available at the end of April and parking should be available in these areas.
CTA Red Purple Modernization Project UpdatesSee below for resources on getting connected to receive construction alerts, view archived footage of community meetings, and other information about this once-in-a-lifetime project for our community:1/1-4/30: Extended Street Closure –W. Ardmore Ave between CTA tracks and N. Winthrop Ave3/14-4/30: Intermittent Alley Closure – The alley behind 5600 – 5658 N. Winthrop AvenueSee below for resources on getting connected to receive construction alerts, view archived footage of community meetings, and other information about this once-in-a-lifetime project for our community:Sign up for RPM construction alertsFollow CTA RPM on TwitterFacebook, and InstagramBookmark this link to an interactive map that shows street/alley closures & CTA service impactsCheck out recordings from last week’s Station-by-Station meetingsVisit transitchicago.com/rpm for comprehensive information about the projectCheck out the Open for Business microsite to see how you can support impacted businesses
Attend a local beat meeting!

To find your local beat, click here.
Beat 20133rd Wednesday of every even month (Feb, Apr, etc)Philadelphia Church, 5437 N Clark St.Beat 2022 & Beat 2023This year 20th district has consolidated BEAT 2022 and BEAT 2023 meeting to the second Thursday of every odd month. They will both take place simultaneously.2nd Thursday of every odd month (Jan, March, etc)Kenmore Plaza, 5225 N Kenmore Ave.Beat 20243rd Thursday of even months (Feb, Apr, etc)Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 N Marine Dr.Beat 24333rd Tuesday of every monthChicago Fire Department, 6030 N Clark St.
2022 Street Sweeping Schedule

Click here to view the 2022 Street Sweeping schedule! 

To view a map version, click here.
Grants available for Condo Owners

Condo owners can apply for grants if they are behind in mortgages AND HOA assessments (and taxes and utilities).  This involves getting substantiation from the HOA and reaching out to a housing counseling agency.  Most importantly, owners need to sign-up at ILHAF (illinoishousinghelp.org) in order to be notified when the program opens in April. Residents can find workshops and other application resources there.

Owners should:
1) Sign Up for information at https://www.illinoishousinghelp.org/ilhaf#idhs-section-ID
2) Register for a workshop or watch video.
3) Contact a housing counseling agency – this is required
4) Gather documentation as listed.
Peoples Gas Wants You to Stay Connected
Additional relief available to help residential customers stay connected.

Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced $150 million in utility bill assistance through the Help Illinois Families Program.

Customers who receive utility bill assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) will automatically receive additional benefits. We will apply the assistance after we receive the funds from the program.

If you have not applied for LIHEAP or PIPP, but qualify (see below chart), you have until May 31, 2022, to apply. Low-income households can receive utility bill assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Customers should go to helpillinoisfamilies.com or call 833-711-0374 for more information or to apply.

Reconnection fees waived
Reconnection fees for qualifying low-income customers will be waived through June 30, 2022. However, any balance due must be repaid before reconnection.

Extended deferred payment arrangements
For low-income households that participate in LIHEAPPIPP or have applied for assistance, deferred payment arrangements are available for 18 months with a 0% down payment.
For all other residential customers, deferred payment arrangements are available for 18 months with a 25% down payment. Customers can apply online, with the Peoples Gas app, or by calling 866-556-6001, through July 31, 2022.

Energy-saving programs
Peoples Gas offers energy-saving tips and free programs that will help you reduce your energy use. For more information, go to peoplesgasdelivery.com/savings/.

Please act now to stay connected while these assistance options are available!
Tutoring at the Loyola Literacy Center
Monday-Thursday evenings, 7:20pm-9pm when school is in session

We offer assistance in English with conversation and listening skills, writing, reading, and with the GED, citizenship exam, TOEFL, or IELTS.

We are now accepting applications from adult learners who would like to join us.  If you know of any adult who may be interested in doing so, please ask them to send an email to literacy@luc.edu, mentioning your organization and giving us the following information: 

1) Your Name, Address, and Phone Number  
2) Your E-mail address  
3) Your Goals – what you want to learn 
4) If you have been tutored at the Literacy Center before and when 
5) When you are free and can be tutored this Fall: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings.
Resource for Immigrants

The Chinese Mutual Aid Association is beginning its winter term of classes geared towards adults seeking English education and skills for the citizenship naturalization interview. See the flyer below for more information and to sign up for classes.
At Home Vaccination Program

ComEd Financial Assistance – PIPP and LIHEAP 

PIPP funds through the state of Illinois are now available on a first-come-first-serve basis while available to eligible customers. Apply now through March 31, 2022. Apply Today.

Federally-funded LIHEAP provides eligible customers energy bill assistance. Applications will be accepted now through March 31, 2022 on a first-come-first-serve basis while funds are available. Apply Today.
Utility Bill Assistance by CEDA

The ongoing pandemic has made the need for financial assistance even more prevalent and with CEDA’s numerous offered services, the financial burden on so many can be lessened. Here is a recent webinar covering the Utility Assistance Programs offered at CEDA in addition to the flyer included below.
Lawyers Committee for Better Housing Rental Assistance Information

Eviction Assistance Resources from the Chinese Mutual Aid Association

We Will Chicago
Click here for more information

We Will Chicago pillar research teams are seeking the public’s input on a series of questions drafted over the past several weeks. These questions are being developed for every pillar to help the We Will Chicago teams frame the issues, direct their research, and provide the basis for objectives and recommendations. This will provide the objectives and recommendations for the citywide plan.
The EDW Senior Satellite Center is open for seniors to pick up their to-go dining of box lunches
Monday – Friday
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

If anyone has questions, they should contact the director, Debra Northey at dnorthey@catholiccharities.net.
(312) 742-5187 Office
(312) 742-5323 Lobby
2022 Illinois Senior Hall of Fame

Is there an older adult in your life who has a history of helping and inspiring others? Nominate them for induction into the Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame! The Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame was established by the General Assembly in 1994 to honor older adults’ accomplishments and contributions to their communities. Each year, four Illinoisans age 65 or older are inducted into the Hall of Fame for their work in community service, education, arts or the labor force.
Nominees must be:At least 65 years old.A current Illinois resident or a former resident who lived in Illinois for the majority of their life.Posthumous nominees will also be considered.

Nominations must be submitted by June 1, 2022 to be considered. The online submission form is accessible here, or you can submit a completed nomination form via email to Purnell.Bordersiii@Illinois.gov.
In-Home Appointments for Covid Booster Vaccines Available 

The Protect Chicago at Home program is reaching out to homebound Chicagoans and seniors who received their in-home vaccines earliest to schedule their booster shot appointment. To make an appointment for a visit, call 312-746-4835 or register at Protect Chicago at Home.
For more information, visit the Chicago Booster Shot Program’s website here.
Muslim Women Resource Center seeking housing for new residents

In February, 100 Afghan adults and children arrived in Chicago. They were welcomed by the Muslim Women Resource Center which is coordinating the Afghan settlement in Chicago.

Twenty of those Afghans have been living nearby in temporary housing. Like any other family, they are anxious to find a permanent place to call home. The adults are also in need of jobs so they can be self-supporting.

A tall order? Yes, but one with which you may be able to help. If you know of any low-income rental apartments for a single man or a family or of job vacancies, please contact Ayesha Quraishi, Director of Muslim Women Resource Center at 773-764-1686. 
Chainbite Gang’s Happy Hour Fundraiser
Friday, April 22: 6:30-7:30pm
My Buddy’s, 4416 N Clark Street
Join team Chainbite Gang Ride For Life Chicago Team for a hosted hour of cocktails at My Buddy’s where you can catch up with old friends and make new ones! They will also have a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds go to TPAN’s Ride for Life Chicago to support the much needed work of TPAN (www.tpan.com).

TPAN and UI Health Present an Amateur Drag Queen Turn About in Support of HIV Services!
Saturday, April 23: 6:00-8:00pm
Hydrate Nightclub, 3458 N Halsted
With the generous support of Steamworks and Hydrate Nightclub, the UI Health Community Clinic Network (UCCN) will be hosting an Amateur Drag Turn About fundraiser to support HIV/AIDS services at TPAN and in our community clinics! Your $10 donation at the door includes tickets for 2 drinks courtesy of Hydrate. 100% of tips and money raised will go to support our cause. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show starts at 6:30 PM! Come see Dr. Richard Novak, the Chief of Infectious Diseases at UIC, and other members of the UI Health staff dance and sing for your donations! We will be selling jello shots and hosting a 50/50 raffle during the event, so please bring LOTS OF CASH and donate generously! No Donation is too big and no donation is too small! For more information on TPAN, please visit their website: https://www.tpan.com/. You can read more about UCCN at https://hospital.uillinois.edu/…/community-clinic…. Finally, if you can’t make the event, but still want to support our great cause, please consider making a donation to our 2022 TPAN Ride for Life team fund on the following page: https://bit.ly/3JzHd9i. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out on Facebook. Thanks, and we hope to see you there.
Join the NAAAP Mentoring Program as a Mentor or Mentee!

In promoting the career advancement and leadership development within the Pan-Asian American community, NAAAP-Chicago is pleased to announce the launch of its Mentoring Program. Designed to make a lasting impact and create laudable leaders through quality programming, learning and networking events among a carefully selected group of mentors and mentees, the NAAAP-Chicago Mentoring Program strives to accomplish a mutually beneficial relationship among its cohort. The program will take place from April 26th-July 26th!

For more information and to sign up, click here.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago is looking for adults to help match local youth with caring, committed mentors! You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by inspiring positive change and empowering them to achieve what they never dreamed possible. And the best part is, it’s a lot of fun! Help start one of our waiting Little’s on their path to Big things at: https://bbbschgo.org/volunteer/
Donate supplies to Berger Park’s Nature Club!

Berger Park is starting up an afterschool Nature Club this spring and looking to expand sustainability practices. We are looking to collect a few things from the community:

1) Paper – we are going to make recycled paper projects so we would love your used paper scraps! Please make sure there are no staples, tape, or plastic. We’ll accept fully intact paper and/or shredded!
2) Plastic bags – we’ll be making ropes and mats out of single use plastic bags, the kind you would get from the grocery store. Any color is fine! Please make sure bags are empty and clean.
3) Art supplies – we are always looking for gently used markers, crayons, paints, canvases, paper, etc. We have a lot of creative kids who would definitely put these things to good use!

All items can be dropped off at Berger Park (6205 N Sheridan) in the front entryway or with staff. Please call the park with any questions – 773-761-0376.
Senior Connections with Chicago Methodist Senior Service

We are currently looking for more seniors and volunteers to participate in Senior Connections, a program that matches vetted volunteers with older adults who are experiencing isolation and loneliness.  The volunteers visit (or call) the seniors weekly, providing companionship and a connection to community. For more information, click here.
The Emanuel Congregation Stitching Ladies 

Women of all ages and religions volunteer their time and knitting and crocheting skills to craft handmade gifts for those in need or ill. The Stitching Ladies meet Tuesdays at Emanual Congregation (5959 N Sheridan Rd) from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, except for the first Tuesday of each month where meetings are held over Zoom. All are welcome to join when able. Also, donations of fabric and yarn are always appreciated. To request or suggest items or for more information, contact Sandy Pakin, the Stitching Ladies coordinator, at rsvp5959@gmail.com
Volunteer or Donate Food to Care for Real 

With a surge in need for food assistance, Care for Real is calling for the community to provide aid in any way possible. You can get involved by signing up to volunteer, hosting a collection drive for high-need items, or by making a financial contribution. To learn more, click here or email info@careforreal.org.
Donate Your Used Cooking Oil

After use, vegetable, canola, peanut, or whatever other cooking oils you may use are poured down the sink or into the trash can. Instead of disposing of it, you can recycle your used cooking oil to be made into biofuel, via Loyola University’s recycling program. To learn more, click here.
Volunteer to be an English Tutor

The Chinese Mutual Aid Association is looking for volunteers to give individualized tutoring sessions to students learning English as a second language. If interested, please contact CMAA’s Literacy Associate at tutoring@chinesemutualaid.org.
Andersonville is Hiring!

Are you looking for a job in our neighborhood? Check out the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce’s Jobs page for opportunities in your neighborhood.
Misercordia Job Fair

On Monday, April 25th,  Misericordia will be hosting our first on-site, in-person Job Fair for the year! This is very good news and we are overjoyed to announce this to you and any possible candidates that are looking to join our team. Please see the attached flyer for details.
We will be doing on-site interviews for Direct Service Professional (DSP) and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) positions. Each candidate will need to be fully vaccinated including having received a booster, (if they are booster eligible); they will be required to present proof of vaccination prior to entry (a clear photo is acceptable).  
What you need to know:No experience necessary!Starting pay for entry level positions: $17 base pay/$18 with a Bachelor’s Degree, including a shift differential for working evenings, overnights and weekendsPaid training provided – we teach all the skills needed as a DSP.Full benefits package including health insurance, PTO, 401k plan, tuition reimbursement, opportunities for growth 
If you know that you want to make an impact on the lives of others and contribute to a community that makes a difference …come join our team! Please bring an updated resume, and join us on April 25 from 11-3 at 2001 W. Devon Chicago, IL 60659 for an opportunity to work for our amazing company! 
If you have questions? Please email me: kristinal@misericordia.com 
11th Annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair
Saturday, May 7, 12–5pm
UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.
Free and open to the public

Parents of kids with special needs are invited to this free fair! Hosted by Chicago non-profit Neighborhood Parents Network, the fair brings together therapy providers, schools, camps and more resources for kids with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Attend free workshops about IEPs; Medicaid and government grants; and fun enrichment activities. Register at npnparents.org/ddrf.
Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability JobsExecutive Administrative Assistant IIDeputy Director for the CommissionFirst Deputy Director
Greencorps Chicago Job Training Program

Greencorps seeks to train those with barriers to employment in green industry, that is environmentally conscious or sustainable industry. Greencorps Chicago is currently recruiting potential candidates for this year’s Employment & Training Program. During the nine-month program, Greencorps Chicago trainees earn Chicago minimum wage (currently $15). Greencorps Chicago trainees receive practical experience, professional development, and classroom & field training in a variety of environmentally-related jobs with skills that are easily transferable to other industries.  Trainees are offered a number of professional certifications including Defensive Driving, First Aid/CPR, HAZWOPER, OSHA 10-Hour Safety, Chicago Wilderness Prescription Burn Class, and the Illinois Pesticide license.  Throughout the program, trainees are supported with wrap-around social services, a stable income, and assistance finding full-time employment upon completion of the program. For more information, view the flyer below or visit Greencorps’ website here.
BID/Jobs announcement for the Department of Water Management

For more information, click here.
To apply, click here.

Time Keeper
For more information, click here.
To apply, click here.

Hoisting Engineer
For more information, click here.
To apply, click here.

Sanitary Engineer
For more information, click here.
To apply, click here.
Job Opportunities at Misericordia

Misericordia is home to over 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have a 31 acre campus where we provide ‘round the clock care and support to our residents. We strive to find compassionate and hardworking individuals to join our team.  We offer competitive pay rates and great employee benefits. You can find out more information about our organization by clicking this link: https://www.misericordia.com/

Available positions include:The Direct Support Professional position. Experience in this field is not a requirement for this position and we provide paid training for employees hired.C.N.As and we provide paid training for Certified Nursing Assistants who have passed their state boards.LPN/RN/BSN positions and would be delighted to welcome your new graduates that have an interest in working in our field.  More information can be found at: https://www.misericordia.com/employment/career-opportunities/ 

We are also currently hiring for a number of auxiliary positions. These are positions within departments that have specialized functions to operate in support of our overall mission. Examples of these positions include, but are not limited to, opportunities within our Kitchen, Bakery, Laundry, and Housekeeping departments. For more information, click here.
Job Opportunities with AMOpportunities

AMOpportunities (AMO) is a Chicago-based start-up company that connects international medical students and graduates, as well as domestic DO and PA students, with U.S. physicians and institutions for clinical experiences. Since our founding in 2013, over 3,500 medical trainees have benefited from our 250+ clinical experiences. We’re changing the future by providing a learning model that empowers healthcare trainees to learn and work anywhere.

Please see the link below for our current job postings, https://amopportunities.applytojob.com/apply

You can read more about us here: https://www.amopportunities.org/press
Space Sharing & Office Manager at Unity Lutheran Church & Community Center

The Space Sharing & Office Manager is responsible for overseeing various space operations and office tasks. For a complete job description, click here.
CPS Now Hiring Crossing Guards!

CPS Hiring in the Food/Nutritional Department

CPS is hiring associate manager, cook, porter, and lunchroom attendant positions.
Please apply here.

A Food Handlers Card is required to work in a cafeteria. To obtain this certification, visit any of the following links:https://www.servsafe.com/ServSafe-Food-Handlerhttps://www.statefoodsafety.com/food-handler/illinois/state-of-illinoishttps://www.premierfoodsafety.com
Be a Lifeguard with the Chicago Parks District!

As the Park District gears up for this summer, they are looking for qualified candidates to join the aquatics team. The Chicago Park District employs 300 lifeguards yearly to offer aquatics programming, and hires an additional 500 lifeguards to safeguard beaches and pools during our busiest season, the summer.  The benefits of becoming a Chicago lifeguard are bountiful. Lifeguards are part of a talented workforce that is essential in providing vital services to Chicago’s residents and visitors. 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. To apply today, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/lifeguards.
CTA Second Chance Program 

The Second Chance Program is an opportunity for those facing challenges in reentering the workforce. Along with a career opportunity, Chicago residents may be provided with valuable job skills, training, education, and mentoring. Click here to learn more and how to apply.
Exelon/ComEd Internships Available for College Students 

College students pursuing either engineering or non-engineering career paths are encouraged to apply for an internship offering life skills and industry experience. Those interested, click here for more details or to apply.
Per Scholas Free Tech Career Training

Per Scholas provides rigorous tech skills training, professional development, IT industry certifications, and job placement with reputable tech employers all at NO COST to learners. Free courses begin in March. See link below for more information.

IT Support Course
End User Desktop Support Course
General Information
Serve as an Election Judge!

The application to serve as an election judge is OPEN NOW! Students (and adults) can apply at pollworker.chicagoelections.gov before the application closes on May 1st. Election Judges earn $230 for completing training and working on election day. This is a great way for young people to get involved in the electoral process even if they are too young to vote. Current Sophomores and Juniors are eligible to apply (seniors must apply as adult judges since the election takes place after the school year).
City Colleges’ Summer Start Program

CPS 2022 GRADS! Take your first step to college success with City Colleges’ Summer Start program! Students who graduate from a Chicago Public Schools high school, options, or charter school during the 2021-2022 academic year can:Get paid to learn!Become more confident in reading and mathChoose an elective course and earn college credits – for freeIn addition to class, students can take advantage of other optional resources and opportunities, such as mentorship, tutoring, a campus tour, and social events. To be eligible, students must:Graduate from a CPS/charter/options school in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022Intend to enroll in City Colleges courses during the Fall 2022 Semester Be available to participate in Summer Start from 9am -1pm Monday-Thursday on June 27th through August 5thFor more information, visit: www.ccc.edu/start
Technology and Design Classes

Take classes in Metalworking, Casting, Woodworking, and CNC Technology & Design at the Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center – FREE for CPS students in grades 6-12. A new Spring session begins  May 9. Register today!
Fiesta del Sol Scholarship

Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, Fiesta del Sol, and the University Round Table announce the application process for the Guadalupe A. Reyes Fiesta del Sol Scholarship is officially open until May 13th.

We are happy to announce that starting today, Latino students from Chicago’s South-West side are welcome to start their application process, to become one of the Guadalupe. A Reyes Fiesta del Sol Scholarship 2022 recipients!

If you are a student interested in applying for this scholarship, you can start your application or find the complete information in the following link.
Apply for The Odyssey Project are now open!

Applications are now open for The Odyssey Project, an annual academic program that offers free college courses in the humanities (literature, philosophy, art, history). Illinois Humanities provides this opportunity through UIC and in partnership with Rebuild Foundation, The University of Chicago’s Civic Knowledge Project, the Seabury Foundation, and Northwestern University’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn college credits in the humanities (4 credits each in HUM 110 and HUM 111) from the University of Illinois Chicago. All credits earned are fully transferable to accredited colleges and universities. Courses are available in English and Spanish. 

Qualifications to apply:Be 18 years of age or older.Read at an adult level. (We do a lot of reading in the program, so being able to read a newspaper in English — or in Spanish for the Spanish-language course — is a good measure of reading readiness for this course.)Live at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guideline. (See the application for income guidelines, or refer to this  link: https://aspe.hhs.gov/topics/poverty-economic-mobility/poverty-guidelines.)Interested applicants can learn more at ILHumanities.org/Odyssey.
Summer Camp with Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club

Summer camp will be packed full of events, crafts, games, theme days, sports, and field trips. Each age group will have fun activities specifically geared towards entertaining them and their peers! Programs are available on a weekly or seasonal basis, with camp beginning June 15th and going through August 19th.

For more information and to register, click here.
Chicago Builds Application Open

If you are an 11th or 12th grade student, you can apply for the Chicago Builds program. While providing challenging and intentional programming, Chicago Builds’ mission is to provide students pathways to the building trades after high school. Our passion is to inspire students to do incredible things. Chicago Builds serves as a model for specialized trade schools for high school students interested in working in the building trades as a post-secondary career.

For more information, please visit www.chicagobuilds.org.
Stand Up For Each Other (SUFEO) Chicago Resources
SUFEO is a group of law students at Loyola University Chicago who provide free legal information and services to K-12 students in a variety of areas. Under attorney supervision, SUFEO offers support and representation to students experiencing:Inadequate special education servicesBullying, harassment, or discriminationSuspension, expulsion, or other disciplineBarriers related to COVID-19 and remote learningContact the SUFEO helpline at 773-800-0338 or email sufeo-chicago@luc.edu.
Vaccine Options for Children

The Chicago Department of Public Health recommends getting vaccinated through your normal healthcare provider or pediatrician. However, here are more options in our local community:

5625 N. Ridge

5440 N. Clark

Swedish Hospital 
2751 W Winona, Anderson Pavilion Auditorium
7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Mon-Fri
Walk-ins accepted, or
Register for appt  online or call 773-907-7700

Senn HS: School Health Center
5900 N Glenwood Ave. Chicago, IL 60660
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Mon-Fri
 Appointments required. Pfizer (12+)
Open to Heartland Patients Only
Call 773-751-1860 to make an appointment
Youth GED Program 

The Safer Foundation’s Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) offers free GED training and testing for youth aged 16-24. For more information, call 312-575-3285.
Join us on Wednesday, April 27th from 5:30 to 7:00 for the Virtual Community Workshop, when we will recap findings of our first poll that received over 640+ responses on priorities – and dive into discussions regarding emerging project priorities and future visioning!Facebook Event: Let us know your attending this by RSVPing on FB; please share this event link provided by Rogers Park Business Alliance!Not on social? Here is the link to the Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86310325445 — it should already be on your calendar, but please forward the information and invite others.We hope you will stop by the rescheduled Pop Ups on Monday, April 25th at 2:30-4:00 at Nori Sushi or at Devon Market at 4:30-6:00. It’s a great way to talk with your neighbors and hear their thoughts on how to improve Devon.Don’t forget to take the Placemaking Poll and spread the word to your friends, neighbors, and associates! Priorities and design preferences are taking shape thanks to the 100+ folks who have already completed it.Mark your calendar for the next Elevate Devon Steering Committee meeting on June 14th from 3:00-4:30. At the meeting, we will be sharing preliminary concept plans for improvements along the corridor based on input we have received from all of the channels of engagement.
One Earth Earth Week Mini Film Fest

Join us for the One Earth Earth Week Mini Film Fest, in partnership with the city of Chicago, April 18-24, 2022. We are the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, and we have an exciting lineup of top films for Earth Day. Show our Earth some love and join us for 7 virtual watch parties screening nationally and internationally, and 3 in-person screening events and a neighborhood cleanup event in the Chicago area. Each watch party includes expert panel discussions that will equip you with ways to take action on climate change and environmental injustice. Registration highly recommended, tickets are free (suggested $8 donation to keep these events free for everyone). Get tickets at https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/earth-day.
Rewired Pizza Cafe and Bar

Rewired has a wide variety of events hosted weekly that make it the perfect place to visit. They have Easter Brunch this Sunday, trivia on Monday, and a Colvin Concert Series all in one place! View their website here for a look at the menu and other deals and dining experiences.
Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning Basics
Friday, April 29 from 1–2 p.m.
Edgewater Branch (6000 N. Broadway)

Learn about wills, trusts, powers of attorney probate and guardianship. Take the first step to create or update a plan that is appropriate for you. Attorney Jacob K. Ehrensaft will explain how to ensure your final wishes can be protected. This program will discuss how to select the correct person to make healthcare and financial decisions on your behalf when you cannot. The importance of updating existing documents to reflect changes in the law and personal circumstances shall also be reviewed. This event takes place on Zoom. Please register on the Edgewater Village Chicago website at https://www.evchicago.org/.
Free Days at the Chicago Children’s Museum and Navy Pier

Chicago Children’s Museum and Navy Pier are excited to host 3 FREE fun-filled days of family activities and performances for children up to ten years old on Thursday April 21 and Thursday May 19. Admission to Chicago Children’s Museum will be free. $10 discounted parking at Navy Pier with validation. 
The Luckiest at Raven Theatre
May 4 – June 19, 2022

Raven Theatre closes their 39th season with a Chicago premiere that will make you laugh your ass off, cry your heart out, and immediately call your loved ones. Lissette and Peter are best friends living their best lives. But when an out-of-nowhere diagnosis shatters Lissette’s world, Peter and Lisette’s mom are left trying to pick up the pieces. This modern story follows the highs and lows of friendship, family, and life. Save $5 off full price, non-preview tickets with the code EDGE5. For tickets, click here.
Heartland Alliance Free ESL Courses

Heartland Alliance will offer free online English as a Second Language courses, citizenship prep classes, vocational courses, and GED prep courses. They have classes available at different English language levels and at various times, including Saturdays. 
This Month at the Swedish American Museum 

Visit a virtual cooking class, attend an art talk, or enjoy a pop-up cafe. There’s something for everyone at the Swedish American Museum. Please click here for more information on upcoming activities.
Homework Help at Edgewater Library
Teacher in the Library homework help is available (excluding holidays and CPS breaks):
Monday: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Get homework help from a certified teacher and learn about library resources with our expert librarians. Teacher in the Library Jeffrey will be able to help children with homework in all subject areas and even caregivers can get help with focus, learning strategies, and resources for their child. To contact the Edgewater Branch Library for more information, please visit our website.
Adult’s Night Out at the Chicago Children’s Museum
Saturday, May 7, 5-9pm

Come party in Chicago Children’s Museum! Sponsors and ticket holders (ages 21+) will enjoy a challenging in-museum scavenger hunt, 2 floors of playful activities, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, raffle, silent auction, and much more… 
Toast of Uptown:  A Buena Park Wine Walk
Sunday, May 1  |  1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Check-in: 4101 N. Broadway

Join us for the 4th annual Toast of Uptown: A Buena Park Wine Walk – an afternoon of strolling and sipping in beautiful Buena Park – on Sunday, May 1st from 1:30pm – 5:00pm!

All attendees will receive a wine tasting glass which is your ticket to this event—simply present it at each stop along the route for delicious wine samples. This wine walk will take you on a tour through the many businesses that call Buena Park home. Wine selections have been generously curated by North Buena Deli & Wine as well as local restaurants and cafes. Small bites from local eateries will be provided along the route as well.

This year, the Uptown Chamber has partnered with Lakeview Pantry to host a Virtual Food Drive during the 4th annual Toast of Uptown! Lakeview Pantry works to reduce the barriers to accessing fresh groceries, social services, and free mental health counseling programs.  By making a donation of $10 or more by May 1, 2022, you will be entered to win the Toast of Uptown Gift Package – a collection of gift cards and merchandise from Buena Park businesses valued at $250!

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Enrollment for Classes at Chicago Filmmakers 

Chicago Filmmakers’ winter classes will soon begin. Classes range in skill level and offer a variety of dates for these short, crash-course-style classes. To view a list of courses or to enroll, visit their site here. For younger creatives, a variety of summer classes will run anywhere from June to August. Click here for a head start on registration.
Helping Cats Near You 

4th Sunday of every month
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Zoom Link Here
Password: feralcats

With temperatures dropping, stray and feral cats need more assistance than ever. Cats in Action has begun hosting monthly community workshops over Zoom to educate the community on how best to help stray cats. If interested, please join us every 4th Sunday of the month via the Zoom link above.
Enter the Reeling: 40th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

The 40th LGBTQ+ film festival, produced by the Chicago Filmmakers, will take place from September 22 – October 2, 2022. If interested in submitting your cinematic work to the festival, click here. The submission dates are listed below with those who enter by the early bird deadline receiving a discount on their submission. 

Regular Deadline: May 5, 2022
Late Deadline: June 9, 2022

We look forward to receiving a wide variety of talented and material!
COVID-19 ResourcesChicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 page (Comprehensive information, one-stop shop)
48th Ward COVID19 Resource Guide
Small Business Resources, for Business Owners, Employees, & Consumers – Chicago BACP
Small Business Resources – Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Guidance: What to do when COVID-19 Has Been in Your Establishment
Guidance for Older Adults & Others with High Risk
Cook County Health Guide to Walking & Biking 
Cook County Health Transit Guide
Chicago Public Schools Permanent Vaccine Sites
CPS Mobile Vaccination Events
CPS School-Based Health Centers