Unemployment Benefits Update
Support our Local Businesses
Belden-Stratford Meeting
Dear Neighbors,

You can now file for benefits under the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which provides benefits for many who are ineligible for state unemployment benefits, including self-employed workers and 1099 tax filers.

Using this guide can help you get your benefits faster – especially if you are self-employed, partially self-employed, an independent contractor, or a worker whose wages and hours are not reported to IDES.

For more details, please visit the newly-redesigned IDES website.
Preparing to Re-Open: Redefining Customer Loyalty & Setting Up Your Business Plan
Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce Webinar
May 13, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

How do we prepare to re-open our businesses? Join Edda Coscioni of Salon Edda and Steve Yastrow of Yastrow & Company for a presentation on how to responsibly re-open your business. From rebuilding customer loyalty and driving sales to setting new goals for your business in the age of COVID-19. Edda and Steve will share strategies to help you begin preparations to re-open. Sign up here .
Do You Make Masks or other
PPE for Sale?
Join the City's "PPE Listing Exchange" For B2B Sales

As businesses begin to reopen around Chicagoland, it is important that the individuals who own and run these businesses exercise caution, per the guidance of public health officials. The City of Chicago wants to help these individuals connect with local manufacturers and small businesses that can provide protective equipment. The “PPE Exchange” is an online platform that will allow small-business owners, nonprofits, and other community organizations to connect directly with local suppliers to purchase PPE and prepare to reopen. The initial focus is on three categories of protective materials: reusable cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and protective barriers (e.g. plexiglass in front of cashiers/tellers).

The City has some basic requirements that you can read here. If you are interested in being listed as a supplier, please complete this form.
Belden Stratford Construction Meeting
Monday, May 16
6:00 p.m.

J oin my office and the Belden Stratford team at a virtual meeting to provide information about the renovation and construction for the building located at 2300 N. Lincoln Park West. The Belden Stratford was built in 1923 and is historically significant, although not a Chicago Landmark.

The project does not require a zoning change or any type of zoning relief. The purpose of the meeting is to inform the community about this renovation project, the proposed changes to the public way surrounding the property, possible construction phase impacts on immediate neighbors and the operations of the commercial spaces in the building once the work is complete.

If you'd like to attend, email zoomregistration@ward43.org . You will receive an email with the link to access the Zoom meeting within an hour of the start of the scheduled community meeting.
Community Alert: Motorcycle Thefts

The 19th District has issued an alert regarding motorcycle thefts in the district. Two incidents occurred on the 400 and 500 block of West Wrightwood. In these thefts, the offender(s) take motorcycles parked on the public way as well as from inside of large parking complexes.

Incident times and locations:
  • 500 block of W. Wrightwood Ave on 08 Apr 2020 at 9AM.
  • 400 block of W. Wrightwood Ave on 09 May 2020 at 1:30PM.

The offender is described as an African American male wearing a yellow vest.

What you can do:
  • Be aware of these crimes and alert family and friends who live in the area.
  • Park in well-lit areas whenever possible.
  • Pay special attention to suspicious individuals in the area and alert the Police.
  • Call 911 immediately if you are a victim or witness to a crime and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information.

If you have any information Contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area 3 (312) 744-8263.
Noisy Motorcycles - Enforcement Actions

Commander Jill Stevens of the 18th District reports that last weekend, the Traffic Section and Detail Section, along with the 18th District, 12th and 1st District conducted their first motorcycle abatement mission of the season, seizing five motorcycles. "Chicago Police Officers patrolled on motorcycles, the helicopter was used to keep an eye from the sky and we used squad cars as part of the mission enforcement personnel," according to Commander Stevens.

Commander Stevens tells us that these enforcement actions will continue. Thanks so much from our neighbors along the lakefront.
Neighborhood Restaurants
Join the 43rd Ward Phone Volunteers

Our 43rd Ward Volunteers are busy making calls to hundreds of seniors in our community, checking to make sure that they in our community can run errands, have ready access to food and are aware of the programs to help senior citizens during the pandemic - or just get a friendly phone call. 

We have training sessions open this week, including tonight. Sign up at  Calendly   to join us! Sessions are available 

  • TODAY, Wednesday, May 13th: 3 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 14th: 3 PM & 7:30 PM 

To help with our phone bank,   you must have a home computer  and a phone, as the calling information will be provided on a computer only. 
Support our Neighborhood Restaurants

Many of the restaurants that add so much to our community are struggling during this crisis. We will be featuring more neighborhood restaurants that are open for business in upcoming newsletters. If you are re-opening for business, let us know.

Please also check out Dining At a Distance as a great source for neighborhood restaurants.
Just re-opening:

Prost - Our local German Beer Hall, selling German Food and growlers. Try their schnitzel and giant pretzels!
Sapori Trattoria - The Italian favorite on North Halsted.
Cafe Vienna - The wonderful Austrian bakery (dark rye bread!) pastries, and breakfast and lunch.
Geja's Cafe Virtual Winemaker Dinner Featuring Penfolds Wine - Live from Australia
Saturday, May 16
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Join Geja's Cafe and Penfolds Wine Australia for a live dinner event!

Participants will be provided with one bottle each of the four featured wines, Geja’s beef, shrimp and chicken complete premier dinner with vegetables and sauces, Swiss Gruyere cheese fondue, and Belgian chocolate fondue and dippers (substitutions can be made). You will also receive specific set-up instructions and schedule for the evening. All you will need to provide is the device to sign-in to the virtual event.

To reserve your spot or for more information please call Geja’s Cafe at 773-281-9101 between 11 AM and 8 PM or email Adam at adam@gejascafe.com .
Lincoln Park Food Pantry Open
Every Saturday
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
St. Teresa of Avila
1950 N. Kenmore

In these unprecedented times, if you or someone you know is having a tough time making ends meet during the month, one way to reduce stress is the St. Teresa of Avila and Greater Chicago Food Depository Food Pantry. It is open every Saturday from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. at 1950 N. Kenmore Avenue

The pantry offers pre-packed bags with meat, eggs, milk, fresh vegetables and fruit, and a variety of canned goods.There is no shortage of food and can serve all. Pickup is quick, and social distancing is observed.
Donate and Volunteer
Support Local Businesses and Their Staff

Many Lincoln Park businesses are in need of support as the Illinois stay at home order continues. Below is a list of online fundraisers to support local businesses and staff.
Sewing Masks for a Safe Chicago
Donates 13,000 Masks to Chicago Police

Thank you to Sewing Masks for a Safer Chicago which produced 13,000 reusable cotton masks for the Chicago Police. The masks are handmade by local seamstresses and tailors who are working full time because of the initiative. We are truly grateful to 43rd Ward resident Tanya Polsky, who spearheads this effort.

If you can't sew yourself, donate to this very efficient organization at its Gofundme page. Watch the CPD video here.
Remember, supporting our local businesses helps make sure they will still be here when this is over.



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