Serving the Cragin, Hermosa,
Humboldt Park & N. Austin Communities
July 8th, 2020 - $ 4.1M Grant to Fund Women's Apprenticeship Programs - $56M for COVID Contact Tracing Jobs - COVID Guidelines for Businesses - List of COVID Testing Sites - Resource Pages - New NWCC Members
Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Awarded
$56M to Create Jobs

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health recently announced a $56M grant to the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. The two-year grant requires the Partnership to oversee the creation of a community-based Contact Tracing Corps focused on stemming the transmission of COVID-19 in the City’s hardest hit neighborhoods.

P er the grant terms, 85% of the funds will be sub-granted to up to 30 community-based organizations for corps member wages and agency administrative costs. Ideal recruits/trainees will be individuals who have historically faced barriers to employment. The RFP process will open in late July.
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A good starting point for information, assistance and news about the community you live or do business in, is your local alderman's office. If you're not sure which Ward you're located in, a quick trip to the NW Connection's website can 'link' you up. If you already know, contact information for the alderman's office is also a lot of other helpful information. Make sure while you're on their website to sign up to receive their eNewsletters.
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Swedish Hospital, 5140 N. California-part of NorthShore University Health System
In a recent 33rd Ward eNews, Alderman Rossana Rodriguez shared a conversation and information from a discussion with Dr. Shameen Abbasy, Medical Director at Swedish Hospital, part of the NorthShore University Health System. Dr. Abbasy described how Swedish was founded in 1886 to care for immigrants. It has found itself immersed in this work again, particularly as they began seeing Covid-19 cases surge among the Latinx community.

Swedish Hospital's Intermediate Care Unit Team was included for their life-saving work in C rain's/Chicago "Healthcare Heroes" f or converting their unit into a COVID-19 Critical Care Unit, taking on the most critically ill COVID patients.

Anyone exhibiting one or more symptoms of COVID can get tested at Swedish Hospital's Drive-through testing tent, regardless of insurance or immigration status, by calling their helpline: 773-907-7700. Also, by
clicking here to complete an online screening on the hospital's website.

Symptoms to look for include fever, cough, congestion, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss or decrease of smell or taste, muscle aches, loss of appetite, chills or shaking chills, headache, diarrhea, nausea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
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Other Testing Facilities
In addition to Swedish Hospital's Drive-through testing tent, free COVID-19 testing is also available at multiple city sites. Anyone in Illinois can now
get tested, regardless of insurance or citizenship status. 

Click HERE to View list of test sites; HERE to schedule an appointment
COVID Guidelines for Businesses

Now that Chicago is in phase four of "Protecting Chicago," the Department of Public Health (CDPH) has guidelines for what to do if you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 associated with your establishment.

Within the guidelines are step-by-step instructions on what to do when an individual with COVID-19 has been in your facility, including notification of close contacts, cleaning steps, and reporting clusters of cases to CDPH. The guidance document also includes templates for notifying staff and other health resources to support businesses as they reopen. 
Download/View CDPH COVID Guidelines

If two or more COVID-19 cases are identified at your facility within 14 calendar days, you are encouraged to report to CDPH with this confidential online reporting form  allowing CDPH to conduct an investigation and provide additional support and recommendations if needed.

WANTO - The Women in Apprenticeship &Nontraditional Occupations grant program will award $4.1 million to up to 11 community-based organizations to encourage women’s employment in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations. To be eligible, applicants must provide one or more of the following types of technical assistance:
  • Developing pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship or nontraditional skills training programs to prepare women for those careers;
  • Providing ongoing orientations for employers, unions and workers on creating a successful environment to succeed in those careers; and
  • Setting up support groups, facilitating networks and/or providing supportive services for women to improve their retention.
Click here to learn more about WANTO
Click here for a list of FAQs about the program.
NW Connection New Members
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1664 N California Avenue - 773) 683-1782
3911 W. Armitage Avenue - 773) 342-4616
Thank You to These Members
for Renewing the Partnership...

Almances Mexico - Andersen Funeral Home Services - Belmont-Central Chamber - Bionic Auto Parts - Carnicerias Jimenez - Chicago Auto Radiator Service - Community Savings Bank - Cozy Corner Restaurant - Diamond Garden Hall Banquets - Dunkin' Donuts - ESP Tax Service - Elliott’s Augusta Pizza - European American Association - Helpico Insurance - Insurance Adjustment Group - Let’s Change Resale - Liberty Bank - Matthews Roofing - McDonald’s/4338 West North - McDonald’s/3241 West North - Midwest Fence - Norford Hotel - North-Pulaski Fresh Market - Nowak Farmer's Market - Oak Street Health/Hermosa - Parkside Liquors - Portage Park Chamber - R & S Car Wash - Roeser’s Bakery - Saranecki Banquets - Second City Roofing - State Farm/Mark Hanson Agency - State Farm/Joe Wilson Agency - U-Haul - 4 Yolks Restaurant
NWCC's Commercial Real Estate Inventory

The NW Connection Chamber maintains an inventory of commercial and industrial properties for sale and lease. Agents, brokers, and owners are invited to send their listings for inclusion.
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection sponsors a wide range of webinars. Whether you're starting a new business, or managing an existing ones - Make BACP a starting point. Click for a schedule of webinars
Follow NWCC on Facebook for daily posts of breaking news,
up-to-date info' about programs, resources, events and
webinars. Click HERE to Check out our website
Get Your Free Copy of NWCC's
Business & Shopping Resource Guide
Click HERE to view or download a copy;
for a softcover print copy, call Pete Schmugge
773/558-8743 or email
The NW Connection Chamber of Commerce, a delegate agency of the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs, is funded to provide assistance to the
Cragin, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, and North Austin Communities.