48th Ward Weekly Update- February 10, 2021

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February 10, 2021
Dear Neighbor,

Today CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady and BACP Commissioner Rosa Escareno announced that effective tomorrow, restaurants can expand indoor dining capacity to the lesser of 25% or 50 people. Click here to view today’s press conference. If Chicago’s metrics continue to steadily improve, officials expect restaurants could reopen at 50% capacity in the coming weeks. Click here to see a chart outlining the metrics the City is using to guide reopening decisions. Click here for more information about today’s announcement.

While the improvement of our metrics city-wide is encouraging, we cannot let down our guard. We each have a responsibility to continue following public health guidelines that prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to wear a mask when you go out in public, maintain at least six feet of distance between others, and wash your hands frequently. 

The Chicago Department of Public Health continues to help distribute vaccine to neighbors across the city, but the supply we are receiving is outpaced by the demand. I understand that we have many neighbors eager to get the vaccine who are experiencing frustration when trying to access appointments. I want to reassure you that everyone who is eligible will get vaccinated. This process will take time, and we need to be patient and continue to stay safe in the meantime. Click here to view resources related to getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine resources:Information from Chicago Department of Public Health: chicago.gov/covidvax48th Ward COVID-19 Resources: 48thward.org/coronavirusWatch the recording of our 48th Ward Vaccine Town Hall: https://youtu.be/V1_gepYUnowZocDoc vaccine scheduler: zocdoc.com/vaccineChicago COVID-19 Hotline: 312-746-4835Cook County Community Vaccination Program: vaccine.cookcountyil.gov // 883-308-1988This Friday marks the beginning of Lunar New Year celebrations for many of our Asian and Asian-American neighbors. One of my favorite 48th Ward traditions is the annual Argyle Lunar New Year Parade. This year the Argyle business community, community organizations, and Uptown United are collaborating for a COVID-friendly celebration, since we can’t have a parade. Visit exploreuptown.org/lunar to view a guide to celebrating the Year of the Ox in Uptown, and find out which stores and restaurants will have lucky red envelopes for guests. Part of this year’s fesitivities include the grand opening of a new bubble tea shop, Uni Uni, at 1130 W. Argyle. Read more about Uni Uni in our business highlights below.

This morning the Chicago Teachers Union announced that their membership voted to adopted the most recent agreement regarding the CPS Reopening Plan. This plan allows for a phased return to in-person learning for preK-8th grade and cluster students. Click here to see details about the plan. Tonight Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson, and CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady will host a town hall for CPS parents about plans to reopen. Tune in tonight at 6pm at chicago.gov/live.
48th Ward Business Highlights

Defloured: A Gluten Free Bakery, 1477 W Balmoral Ave
If you’re gluten-free or want to ditch gluten for the afternoon, take a trip to Defloured: A Gluten Free Bakery. Instead of wheat flour, their baked goods use a combination of brown rice flour, tapioca flour and potato starch. Defloured has a rotating assortment of bakery treats like cake pops, sandwich cookies, and cupcakes to satisfy your sweet tooth, accepts cake orders for celebrations, and bakes pizza bread, white bread, and challah. Visit Defloured this Valentine’s Day to find frosted conversation hearts and other festive treats through the end of the week. Website | Facebook | Instagram

Uncommon Ground, 1401 W Devon Ave
To celebrate Valentine’s Day with your partner, consider ordering a Valentine’s Day dinner package from Uncommon Ground in Edgewater. The package features a three-course meal, where you can choose from different appetizers (salmon cakes with lemon thyme aioli or a roasted beet salad), main courses (seared scallops, pappardelle pasta, or vegan eggplant parmesan), and dessert (chocolate hazelnut tart or a dark cherry bread pudding). All options feature contemporary comfort cuisine with seasonal and regional ingredients. Make sure to place your pre-order in advance. To accompany your meal, all bottles of wine and Greenstar Growlers and Howlers are half off. Happy Valentine’s Day!Website | Facebook | Instagram 

Uni Uni, 1130 W Argyle St
The weather is chilly, but it’s never too cold for bubble tea. Founded in Chicago, Uni Uni is led by a group of young innovators and just opened on Argyle. Their menu contains a variety of drinks made with high-quality ingredients. Step out of your comfort zone and try a drink with cheese foam, or stick to a classic milk-based tea. Uni Uni’s menu also features yogurt, smoothies, and popcorn chicken. To celebrate their grand opening and the start of the Lunar New Year on February 12th, buy one drink and get another one free. Website | Facebook | Instagram

Stay warm, stay safe, and have a peaceful night.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
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