Neighborhoods throughout Chicago have been negatively affected by online, temporary home and room rentals. These online rentals are on the rise and may pose a threat to our community by facilitating pop-up parties and illegal activity. These "hotel-houses" may also have a negative impact on property values. The quality of life in our neighborhoods is paramount and we need your help banning these "hotel-houses" on your block and throughout the 41st Ward.
*CLICK HERE* and found out how you can ban hotel-houses in your precinct.
COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE
The City of Chicago has been preparing since the pandemic started to make one or more COVID-19 vaccines available as soon as possible. Currently, healthcare workers are being prioritized, particularly those who treat COVID patients. Vaccine supply is expected to continually increase in the weeks and months ahead and it will then be made available to others. The Chicago Department of Public Health is working with partners at all levels, including hospitals, health care providers, and community leaders, on flexible COVID-19 vaccination programs that can accommodate different vaccines and scenarios.

Guidelines for Distribution

Following the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) interim recommendation for vaccine allocation in Phase 1a, on December 22, 2020 the ACIP Work Group proposed vaccine allocation for Phases 1b and 1c. CDPH will follow federal guidelines for distributing the vaccine.
Phase 1a - Health care personnel and Long-term care facility residents
Phase 1b - Frontline essential workers and Persons aged ≥75 years
Phase 1c - Persons aged 65–74 years, Persons aged 16–64 years with high-risk medical conditions, and Essential workers not recommended for vaccination in Phase 1b
Phase 2 - All persons aged ≥16 years not previously recommended for vaccination


The City of Chicago currently has organized vaccination sites which have started vaccinating healthcare workers not affiliated with a hospital or healthcare system. Invitations to make an appointment for vaccination will be sent out weekly in batches, with a goal that all healthcare workers in Chicago have access to start vaccination in the first several weeks of 2021. City of Chicago vaccination sites will likely be vaccinating healthcare workers through January into February. Vaccination is by appointment only and cannot accommodate walk-ins.
Pharmacy Partners (Walgreens, CVS, and PharmScript) have started vaccinating staff and residents in long-term care facilities. It is anticipated that adults should be able to get vaccinated later in 2021.
For more information, please see below or visit www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home.html
Starting on January 9, 2021, Christmas Tree Recycling will be offered at Norwood Park located at 5801 N. Natoma.
COVID-19 UPDATE 

Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations in effect on Friday November 20th at 12:01 am. 
With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across the state of Illinois and the nation, Governor Pritzker has ordered a state-wide implementation of Tier 3 Mitigations that took effect on Friday November 20, 2020 at 12:01 am and will stay in effect until further notice. Tier 3 builds on the Resurgence Mitigation Plan first released in July to suppress the spread of the virus and ensure our hospitals do not become overrun. This new tier aims to limit gatherings and encourages people to stay home to the greatest extent possible, while permitting some industries to remain open at significantly reduced capacities with proper safety measures in place. 
 
Chicago Travel Order
 
In response to increased and high rates of COVID-19 transmission across the United States, and to add to 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 14-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter). Anyone traveling from a state on the Red list must quarantine for a 14-day period or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter. 
 
The flu vaccine has saved millions of lives. It is safe, effective, and available at no cost citywide at many doctor's offices, pharmacies, community health centers, and flu clinics. 
 CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D."What will happen this fall and winter is uncertain, but it is likely that there will be both COVID-19 and seasonal flu activity. Getting the seasonal flu vaccination before the end of October is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, your community and the global community from the flu."
Free Cloth Face Masks

We are offering free reusable cloth face masks. Masks can be picked up Monday through Friday 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at our ward office located at 7442 N. Harlem Avenue. Please enter the parking lot in front of our ward office, stay in your car, and call (773) 631-2241. A representative from our office will bring a mask out to you. Masks will be provided while supplies last.  
Business Resources

Payment Protection Program has re-opened Today!

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining Program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on January 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act.This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.
“The historically successful Paycheck Protection Program served as an economic lifeline to millions of small businesses and their employees when they needed it most,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza. “Today’s guidance builds on the success of the program and adapts to the changing needs of small business owners by providing targeted relief and a simpler forgiveness process to ensure their path to recovery.”
“The Paycheck Protection Program has successfully provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to America’s small businesses, supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “This updated guidance enhances the PPP’s targeted relief to small businesses most impacted by COVID-19. We are committed to implementing this round of PPP quickly to continue supporting American small businesses and their workers.”
Key PPP updates include:
  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. 
A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:
  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.
The new guidance released includes:
For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit sba.gov/ppp or treasury.gov/cares.


  • Illinois Business Interruption Grants $175 Million still available! *Click Here* for more information including how to apply. 

  • $10 Million Chicago Hospitality Grant Program now available as Part of Emergency Relief Package for Restaurants, Bars and Their Employees. *Click Here* for more information including how to apply.
Expanded Outdoor Seating Permits
 
This new permit has been created specifically for temporary outdoor dining on the public way or private property.
Existing, fully-licensed restaurants and food establishments may apply to temporarily use streets and private property to extend dining space, where proper social distancing and adherence to public health guidelines are observed.
For more information including how to apply click *HERE* 
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection's FREE business education workshops are now available as WEBINARS! 
 
To register visit www.chicago.gov/businessworkshops 
 
*SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES* 
 
Our local businesses desperately need our help! Many businesses have made adjustments to accommodate you during this crisis including free delivery and curbside pickup. For more information please contact: 
 
Edison Park Chamber of Commerce 
(773) 631-0063 | melissa@edisonpark.org
 
Edgebrook / Sauganash Chamber of Commerce
(773) 545-9300 | info@escc60646.com
 
Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce
(773) 763-3606 | ATriptow@norwoodpark.org
 
Everyday Edgebrook
info@everydayedgebrook.com
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