32nd Ward Newsletter May 21, 2021
Dear Neighbor,

The friends of Clark Park are inviting the public to the Clark Park Nature Area open house ----------> The open house is tomorrow from 10-1!

City Vaccine Options: All Pfizer vaccine are open to those 12 to 15 years old. City-operated vaccine site appointments can be booked now through the City’s call center at 312-746-4835 or via zocdoc.com. All vaccine sites will accept walk-ins. A parent or guardian must accompany any minor under age 18, and unvaccinated parents and guardians will be encouraged to receive a vaccine as well. About 5 million Illinois residents have been vaccinated so far.

MOBILE VACCINATION PROGRAM FOR HOMEBOUND CHICAGOANS- Any Chicago resident who is 65 and older or has a disability or medical condition is eligible to get vaccinated at home, no questions asked. Everyone who is at the home can get vaccinated, too. You can schedule an appointment at 312-746-4835 or learn more here.

Another nearby location to get your vaccine is at the Logan Square Farmer's Market next Sunday May 30th. 3107 W. Logan from 9 a.m .to 3 p.m. No registration is required (but you may have to wait in line a little) for either a Pfizer or J&J vaccine.

Just a Reminder- schools are in session, so please make sure not to park in school tow zones and drive slowly through our school zones.

We're teaming up with the 14th District CAPS Office to provide supplies for domestic violence survivors with needs at one of our local homes. You can drop off supplies (listed on the purple flyer below) at 2150 N. California, or reach out via the contact info provided below to provide assistance.

Have a nice weekend-and don't forget to support our local businesses as they make the push to re-open out of the Covid pandemic,

Scott Waguespack
32nd Ward Alderman
Vaccination Updates
****MASK MANDATE INFO BELOW IN BUSINESS SECTION****

The City of Chicago has begun offering the Pfizer vaccine to youth ages 12 to 15 at City-operated vaccination sites. Appointments can be booked now through the City’s call center at 312.746.4835 or through www.zocdoc.com/vaccineAll vaccine sites will accept walk-ins for 12 to 15 year olds. No appointment will be necessary, although pre-registration is encouraged! A parent or guardian must accompany any minor under age 18, and unvaccinated parents and guardians will be encouraged to receive a vaccine as well.
Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber State of the Ward
I'll be joining the Wicker Park and Bucktown Chamber of Commerce for a business community annual update on June 2. Wicker Park Bucktown businesses are invited to attend to get an update on license, COVID re-opening issues and more at the WPB. The meeting includes three WPB aldermen representing the area. For more info on upcoming WPB events- see this link.
THANK YOU, VOLUNTEER CLEAN UP CREW!
A big thank you to neighbors and kids on Nelson. These folks spent last weekend joining friends on Wellington & Barry for the annual Donut Day and Clean Up. There's nothing better than a donut to get people motivated! They spent a rainy Saturday cleaning up Ravenswood & Wieboldt Park.

If you have a group who wants to do a block cleanup, please reach out to our office and we'll help get you bags, gloves, and other materials you may need to pick up trash and litter. Plus, we're happy to promote your efforts and put a call out for more volunteers.

Thanks again Nelson Neighbors!
LIHEAP DEADLINE APPROACHES!

Additional Federal & State Assistance is now available to help eligible customers pay past-due energy bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Deadline to apply is May 31, 2021. Visit HelpIllinoisFamilies.com.
Armitage Water Main Update DWM Project #2001026 
  
The Department of Water Management (DWM) has multiple water construction crews working on Armitage. This week, the first crew will continue to work to install the main on the north side of Armitage between Western and Oakley. The second crew will continue to work to install the main on the north side of Armitage between Leavitt and Hoyne.  Two more crews will be added on Monday, May 24, and will start the installation of the new water main east of Damen. There are no scheduled water service shutoffs this week. 
   
Should you have any questions or concerns, you can either ask the construction foreman during the project, or call any of the following numbers:  
 
  • 24-Hour Service and Information Line: 311 (Project 2001026) 
  • Anthony Falada, General Superintendent of Water: 312-617-2218 
  • 32nd Ward Office - 773-248-1330 

The westbound traffic lane will be closed throughout the project.  Please drive carefully and take extra time to go slowly and safely through the neighborhood! 
Lead Service Line Replacement Program

Until 1986, Chicago allowed the installation of lead water service lines in single-family and two-flat residences. While Chicago’s drinking water meets all state, federal, and industry standards for safety and cleanliness, the City is now offering two programs for those who wish to replace lead service lines. 

The Homeowner-Initiated Program will waive up to $3,100 in permit fees for standalone service line replacement projects not performed in conjunction with a larger renovation.

Those eligible for the Equity Program will receive a completely free service line replacement all the way from the water main to the house. Additionally, a free water meter will be installed if there isn’t already one present. In order to qualify for the Equity Program you must: live in a home you own, have a household income below 80% of the area median income ($72,800 for a family of 4), and have consistent results of at least 15 parts per billion of lead in your water in free testing done by the Department of Water Management.

The Chicago Department of Water Management is now taking applications for these two programs. More information on the programs and applications is available at LeadSafeChicago.org

And, as always, anyone living in Chicago can get their water tested for free. Just call 311 to have a test kit mailed out to you. 
Block Party Status

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Permit Office will resume accepting Block Party applications on June 6th for events scheduled on July 5th or later.

We are waiting for more guidance on what is required to approve a block party, but here is what we know currently:

  • You will apply through our office (we are currently updating our block party application and will send an email out soon)
  • In the past, we've approved block parties if you've had them before. This year, we will ask that all applicants provide evidence that most of the residents on the affected block(s) approve of the block party. This is now a requirement from the city and not just our office.
  • Block party organizers must notify neighbors and recommend vaccinations for all who attend. There must be a designated COVID Captain to help communicate safety protocols.
  • The COVID Captain must sign a COVID-19 safety affirmation form with the permit application that attests they will recommend vaccinations for all who attend, tell unvaccinated individuals, including children not eligible for the vaccine, to wear masks and maintain social distancing, and ensure ready access to hand sanitizer throughout the block party.
  • No Jumping Jacks/Bouncy Houses will be permitted. 

Please be aware that the City reserves the right to revoke Block Party Permits based on guidance from the Chicago Department of Public Health and CDC. Should numbers begin to rise again, cancelations could occur. So please encourage your neighbors to get vaccinated and continue to keep those hands clean!
Community Run on the Bloomingdale Trail 

On May 22, 2021, Chicago Area Runners Association and the Chicago Park District will be hosting a Go Run community fun run. Both the 1 mile and the 5K will begin and end at Walsh Park and run along the Bloomingdale Trail.

The run is free and begins at 9 am. Pre- registration is required. The trail will remain open to the public during the run.

Bucktown Community Organization (BCO)
General Membership Meeting

Please join the BCO for the first 2021 General Membership Meeting of the Bucktown Community Organization. Meet your neighbors and learn what’s coming up this summer such as the annual Garden Walk and Neighborhood Happenings. They will be providing an update on the Lincoln Yards Project.  

See you next Wednesday!

(As this is an outside event, it will be postponed to the following Wednesday, June 2 if there is rain)

The Bucktown Green
1724 N. Wilmot
May 26 at 7:00PM
Calling All Young Chicago Runners!

The Chicago Park District is teaming up with Mayor Lightfoot and the City of Chicago, Jesse Jackson, Operation Rainbow Push, and Chicago Public Schools to find Chicago's fastest kids. 5th - 12th-grade runners are invited to compete in a 60-meter qualifying competition. Those with the fastest times will advance to the 60-meter semi-qualifier and the final race at the new Track and Field Center at Gately Park on July 10. 
Participants will be required to register on ActiveWorks in advance. A limited
number of spots will be available for each location and times on designated days. The maximum number of kids per session is 60. The maximum number of kids in each group will be 12. LakeShore Athletics will provide FAT timing, hip and race numbers – along with heat information for June and July competition. Support staff will be needed to assist with registration, t-shirt distribution, and activities.

Participant Information: Each participant will receive a t-shirt, certificate, and additional awards as they advance. Everyone should leave with information for programming and resources to further their development in track and field.

Learn more here.
Pitch In for the Parks Starts June 1

Pitch In for the Parks is returning in 2021 and Chicago Parks Foundation would love for you to join. This season kicks off with It’s Your Park Day on May 22nd, and continue citywide June through October. Just like last year, the Chicago Parks Foundation provides complimentary supplies (work gloves, garbage bags, masks, hand sanitizer, and water) for small groups to safely host clean-up events independently at parks citywide. Any organization, team, or community group can host for free, and all volunteers are welcome.

Chicago's parks need our help this summer and that’s where you come in! By hosting recurring clean up events at a park in your community, June through October, we can ensure that your choice of park is taken care of this season and remains clean, green, and safe. 

To get started, please click here to register to host Pitch In events at a park in your community.

If hosting isn’t in the cards at this time, we would appreciate your assistance in promoting events that are already on our calendar to your community. Please visit our website to see all participating parks at chicagoparksfoundation.org/volunteer.
Community Meeting Notice:
Tuesday, May 25 at 6:00 p.m.
2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins, Wrightwood Neighbors Association, and Sheffield Neighborhood Association are hosting a meeting for a new development at 1320 W Fullerton (Lakeshore Fitness Club) There is a plan to do a zoning change from M1-2 to B3-3 as part of a Planned Development to develop a 14 story building on 1320 W. Fullerton. The groups have invited the public to this meeting to discuss the plan.
Webinar from Workers Center for Racial Justice

Please join the Workers Center for Racial Justice (WCRJ) on Monday, May 24th at 6 pm, as they convene members of City Council for a virtual policy briefing on 2021 policy priorities. During this online informational session, WCRJ leadership will present WCRJ’s Proposal for Equitable Public Safety Reinvestment.

For nearly a decade, WCRJ has held critical conversations with tens of thousands of local community members impacted by anti-Black policing to learn more about their visions of what real public safety could look like in their own neighborhoods, on their own terms.

Guided by community perspectives and a wide range of municipal data, WCRJ has crafted an informed and strategic policy proposal to promote equitable public safety in Chicago.

Join to learn about their findings and outline WCRJ’s key investment priorities.

Please notify WCRJ of your attendance by registering in advance
Current Guidelines for Businesses

The City of Chicago has entered the Bridge Phase last Friday. Under this phase, capacity limits increased in all industries. To read the latest capacity rules for your business, please click here.
Mask Guidance for Chicago's Businesses:
What to Know


Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Illinois, and recognizing how safe and effective the COVID-19 vaccines are, the City of Chicago will no longer require masks for fully vaccinated people in most settings. As a reminder, fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second vaccine dose if you got Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after your single dose if you got Johnson and Johnson. 
 
If you are not fully vaccinated, you need to continue to wear your mask in all indoor settings. At this point, 48 percent of all Chicagoans (and 60 percent of Chicago adults) have gotten a first dose of vaccine, but only 38 percent of all Chicagoans (and 47 percent of Chicago adults) are fully vaccinated. Many of our communities that have been the hardest-hit by COVID-19 have even lower vaccination rates. Children age 12-15 just became eligible for vaccination last week and none of them are fully vaccinated.
 
In addition, Chicago will align with federal and state guidance and will require everyone to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, in health care settings, schools, correctional/congregate settings, and on public transportation. City of Chicago buildings will continue to require masks for all who are entering, at least until COVID-19 capacity restrictions are lifted.
  
Businesses are strongly encouraged to verify vaccination status before allowing customers and/or employees to not wear face coverings.
 
The City also strongly encourages businesses to continue requiring face coverings in all indoor settings in Chicago until we enter Phase Five and all regulations are lifted, especially if businesses do not have the capacity to verify vaccination status or if employees, clients or attendees are not all known to be vaccinated. Businesses should also indicate their current masking policy via signage or other communication to customers prior to entry.
 
Please see here for an FAQ on the new Mask Guidance and how it relates to businesses. Additionally, please visit chicago.gov/vaccinefinder or call 312-746-4835 to get the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. While we have made tremendous progress, at this point, 48% of all Chicagoans (and 60% of Chicago adults) have gotten a first dose of vaccine, but only 38% of all Chicagoans (and 47% of Chicago adults) are fully vaccinated. Many of our communities that have been the hardest-hit by COVID have even lower vaccination rates. Children aged 12-15 just became eligible for vaccination last week and none of them are fully vaccinated.  

Please be advised that businesses are still required to verify that customers are fully vaccinated if they would like to increase their COVID-19 capacity through the Vaccine Exemption. Read this FAQ for more information, and also note two changes to the COVID-19 regulations that are effective immediately:
 
Dance Floors
  • Dance floors can reopen at private social events such as weddings, with fully vaccinated individuals allowed to dance without face coverings and without physical distancing.
  • Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks and maintain physical distancing while dancing.
  • Venues are required to verify that guests that are dancing without face coverings and without physical distancing are fully vaccinated, and guests should be prepared to show proof of vaccination that matches the information tracked by the venue. 
 
Fully Vaccinated Establishments
  • Businesses can operate without any COVID-19 restrictions within their entire establishment or a designated room/floor if they only allow customers and employees that are fully vaccinated within that area. This means that six feet of social distancing would not be required between parties, provided that all customers or employees within the establishment or within that specific room or floor are fully vaccinated.
  • In order to take advantage of this exemption and operate without COVID-19 restrictions, a business must verify that all customers within the establishment or within any room or floor is fully vaccinated, and customers should be prepared to show proof of vaccination that matches the information tracked by the establishment. 
  • If any of the customers within an establishment or a room or floor are not fully vaccinated, then six feet of distancing must be maintained between all parties within that area. 
 
The latest overview of COVID-19 regulations in Chicago will be posted at chicago.gov/reopening.
Last Call For Restaurant Revitalization Fund Applications
 
RRF closes on Monday, May 24th at 7 p.m. CT
Eligible eating establishments have until Monday, May 24, 7 p.m. CT, to submit applications to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The American Rescue Plan Act established the program to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. Applicants can apply at restaurants.sba.gov

Get help with your application 
Applicants can refer to the RRF Program Guide for assistance working through the application. The Call Center Support team is also available at 844-279-8898. Have questions? Review the RRF Knowledge Base for answers to frequently asked questions about the program. 

RRF application trainings
Trainings and portal tutorials can help applicants prepare and complete their RRF application online. 


Other SBA Program Updates

Paycheck Protection Program 
SBA is currently offering PPP loans through participating community financial institutions until May 31, 2021 or until remaining funds are exhausted. Please note that not all community financial institutions are participating in PPP. Find a lender

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant 
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program is open and eligible entities can apply now. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. Apply 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan 
In response to COVID-19, small business owners, including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations can apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Applications are open until December 31, 2021. Apply 
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) offers free business education workshops or webinars every Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. Due to COVID-19, all programs are currently being offered as webinars. Topics include business licensing, operations, financial resources, marketing, and more. Programs are free and open to the public and taught by industry professionals, not-for-profit agencies, and government agencies.
 
Wednesday, 5/26 Webinar at 3:00 PM
Transform Your Dream into a Real Startup
Presented by Score Chicago

Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? If so, do you know what the start-up journey is like? Or what initial steps you need to take?
This webinar will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need, and inspire you to move forward to realize your dream. The webinar will also cover pricing, promotion, competition, and marketing to give you a competitive edge.

Friday, 5/28 Webinar at 9:30 AM
(workshop will be conducted in Spanish)
Cómo Encontrar y Retener Clientes Utilizando Datos Digitales
Presentado por El Centro de Desarrollo de Pequeñas Empresas del estado de Illinois, (SBDC) de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Illinois.

Aprenda a reducir costos, aumentar la eficiencia, y tomar decisiones basadas en evidencia a través del análisis de datos. Comprender la información digital es vital para los empresarios de hoy en día sin importar el tamaño de su empresa. El análisis de información digital le ayudará a competir en un mercado más amplio y satisfacer las necesidades de sus clientes de manera precisa.

Please email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org with any webinar questions.
Funding Opportunity for Community Organizations: Expanding Capacity for Street Outreach and Violence Interruption Services

Street outreach and violence interruption is a key piece of the city’s violence reduction strategy and the City has prioritized the communities facing high levels of violence for this intervention. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot is committed to addressing violence in the city of Chicago and has supported additional funding to meet the needs of this RFP. This opportunity is designed to identify up to ten Chicago-based organizations to contribute toward street outreach efforts in twelve high priority community areas. Street Outreach efforts are typically conducted in the afternoons/evenings and late at night when violence is most prevalent. Who should apply?
This funding opportunity is open to community-based organizations who provide violence prevention services in communities in Chicago facing high levels of violence.
An additional $5,000,000 is being made available through this RFP. It is anticipated that ten contracts will be awarded through this RFP at approximately $500,000 each.
Scope of Services
• Engage and support individuals and groups at high risk of violence •Reclaim public spaces for safe activities for the entire community
•Respond to critical incidents such as shootings and homicides to de-escalate tension and rumor control
•Support victims and their families through connections with the City’s existing victim services network
•Conduct proactive peace building activities
•Mediate and resolve conflicts between street groups
•Initiative and navigate referrals for services and support
•Participate in convenings and cohort-building opportunities convened by other providers in Chicago’s street outreach network,
•Partner with community organizations and justice institutions to identify, recruit, and engage the intended population. Relevant agencies will partner with law enforcement and criminal justice institutions to support participants and effectively reduce violence dynamics
Bids due:5/18/2021 - https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/public-safety-and-violence-reduction/home.html

Until further notice, all CAPS meetings will be held virtually. If you are in the 14th or 18th District, please email your district in order to get the Zoom link to your specific meeting.

May CAPS Meetings

14th Police District- 
1432- May 27, 6:30pm


19th Police District-
1931- May 25, 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 811 8955 3379
Passcode: 995403

Catalytic Converter Theft 
 
Catalytic converter thefts have been occurring throughout Logan Square. After a catalytic converter has been removed, a car will sound loud and "gravelly" when started.  
 
Catalytic converter thefts typically occur at night or early morning hours and when vehicles are parked for prolonged periods in spots accessible to thieves. Thieves tend to target older SUVs, because they sit high off the ground and are easy prey. Converters can be cut off your vehicle within a couple minutes. If you hear cutting on your block that just doesn't sound right, try to identify any vehicle you see, get the plate and call 911 immediately.  

  • Always park in well-lit areas 
  • Purchase a vehicle security system and make sure it's set to trigger with just the slightest motion  
  • Visit a local muffler shop and have the converter secured to the vehicle's frame with hardened steel welded to the frame 
  • Check out the different types of catalytic converter theft deterrent systems at your local auto parts store or online  
  • Do not confront the offenders; call 911 immediately  
  • Report any suspicious individuals or vehicles by calling 911 immediately 
  • Suspicious vehicles include vans or trucks double parked on a street with the engine running  
  • Note any license plates of suspicious vehicles (parked in alleys, parked illegally, etc) 
  • Inform the 911 call-taker that you are calling about a suspicious person in an area with numerous thefts  
  • If you are a victim of this crime, always make sure to make a police report.  This lets the police know that this crime is happening which alerts them to focus attention on the area.  If arrests are made, they can also sometimes tie some of the cases together, which can result in a harsher punishment. 
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) Allows Residents to Opt-in to Sharing Camera Footage with the Chicago Police Department 
 
The City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC) is introducing a new feature available as part of the Smart911 platform to assist the Chicago Police Department in better serving Chicago communities. Residents with a Smart911 safety profile who have a home surveillance camera that captures the public way can partner with the Chicago Police Department in the event that a crime occurs in their neighborhood. By simply opting in on an existing Smart911 profile or by creating a new profile, residents can volunteer to share home surveillance camera footage by allowing the Chicago Police Department to contact them in the event of a crime. 
  
All Smart911 profiles are private and are not shared, opting into this feature does not authorize anyone to access your home camera(s) without your awareness. Additionally, current Smart911 users may opt out of this feature at any time. Residents can add this to their existing safety profile by logging into your Smart911 profile. To join the Smart911 community, residents can create a free safety profile by visiting www.SMART911.com or download the mobile app. 
 
About Smart911 
When calling 9-1-1 in an emergency it’s critical to provide information that aids call-takers in getting the proper help that is needed. Smart911 is a free and private service that allows residents to create a safety profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. At a time when seconds count, Smart911 provides crucial details that could impact response the second an emergency call is placed, which could mean the difference between life and death. 
 
Why is joining Smart911 the right thing to do? 

  • Save Time - Smart911 is a free, voluntary, and secure service that allows individuals and families to provide personal, medical, or situational information when they call 9-1-1 to help first responders rapidly assist in the case of an emergency. The Smart911 profile you create is displayed to the call taker when you call 9-1-1 from the registered phone number. 
  • Help with Location - Because most 9-1-1 calls are made from cell phones today and by providing home address in the profile, the call taker can possibly better verify the location of the incident, which is critical when time is of the essence. 
  • Prepare First Responder - In COVID-19 times, by including vaccination data and other household information, the first responders can know vital information prior to arrival. 
  • Get Resources Needed - Medical details and conditions such as allergies, medicines, mental health situations and autism can be provided which can help to get the resources needed. Residents can also sign up for a safety profile in ANY language and indicate that they or someone in the household has difficulty communicating in English. 9-1-1 will know to connect them with an interpreter ASAP in an emergency. 
  • Mental Health Conditions – If you are experiencing a behavioral health emergency, you may find it easier to communicate with safety professional by SMS test message. You can also include any mental health information you feel is important for 9-1-1 so first responders can communicate and assist you during difficult times. 
  • Seniors – For active seniors, a safety profile can give peace of mind that in the event of an emergency, 9-1-1- would have details on their home and medical needs. For loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other critical health matters, information can be added along with an emergency contact. 
  • Physical Disabilities – For those who have physical disability or mobility restriction, it is vital for first responders to know about the disability and what type of assistance or special equipment they may need to evacuate their home or receive transport. 
  • Save Your Pet - Do you share your home with pets or service animals? This information can assist firefighters in their search to bring everyone, including your pets, to safety.  
 
For additional information, visit Chicago.gov/OEMC. Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Facebook, Twitter, (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911) using the hashtags #ChicagoOEMC #Smart911 #Chicago911 #ThankYou911.    
Emergency Travel Order

Updated 5/4/2021
Based on data as of 5/3/2021

In response to the changing dynamics of COVID-19 transmission across the United States, and to support Chicago’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the City is issuing a Travel Order applicable to anyone coming into the City of Chicago from designated states with a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. 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). 
Street Sweeping Schedule
Street sweeping for 2021 has begun. The sections of the 32nd Ward to be swept next week will be sections 2, 3, and 4 (parts of Logan Square, Hamlin Park, and Roscoe Village).  

Please make sure to move your vehicle on your scheduled day (south and east sides of the street are normally done on the first day, north and west on the second; please watch for signs).  Please take the time to help clear the curb in front of your property. It is helpful to clear debris and clogs to keep the sewers flowing well. Please do not sweep landscaping debris into the street. Any landscaping debris should be bagged and put in the alley.