South Loop Event Parking Restrictions
Parking restrictions are in place for the South Loop from Roosevelt Road to Cermak Rd. from Lake Shore Drive to Clark St. during all Chicago Bears football games and many other Soldier Field events. Wintrust Arena events have been removed from the parking restrictions. Vehicles parked in the South Loop without a valid South Loop Event Parking Pass, South Loop Event Guest Pass or Residential Permit Parking pass (for Residential Permit Parking Streets ONLY) are subject to ticketing or towing.
For a complete list of Soldier Field events, please visit www.soldierfield.com/events/all. The 3rd Ward is providing the list below as a courtesy to residents and visitors and does not assume liability for the accuracy of the monthly list of South Loop events. All Soldier Field events are subject to change, including cancellation or the scheduling of additional events. It is your responsibility to adhere to the parking restrictions in place.
Chicago Fire vs. Minnesota FC
Saturday, April 8th at 7:30 pm
Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union
Saturday, April 15th at 7:30 pm
Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls
Saturday, April 29th at 7:30 pm
White Sox Preliminary 2023 Fireworks Schedule
For the health, safety, and comfort of neighborhood residents near Guaranteed Rate Field, Alderman Dowell's office is sharing a preliminary schedule of White Sox Firework nights for the 2023 season. Fireworks shows will last approximately 10 minutes and begin following the conclusion of each game listed below. This schedule is subject to change, and does not include fireworks shot after all homeruns hit by White Sox players, and immediately after every White Sox victory.
Game date and time:
- Monday, April 3rd at 3:10
- Friday, April 28th at 6:10 pm
- Friday, May 12th at 7:10 pm
- Friday, May 19th at 7:10 pm
- Friday, June 2nd at 7:10 pm
- Friday, June 9th at 7:10 pm
- Friday, June 23rd at 7:10 pm
- Tuesday, July 4th at 7:10 pm
- Friday, July 7th at 7:10 pm
- Friday, August 11th at 7:10 pm
- Friday, September 1st at 7:10 pm
- Friday, September 15th at 6:40 pm
- Friday, September 29th at 6:40 pm
- Saturday, September 30th at 6:10 pm
43rd/Cottage Grove SBIF Opens April 3rd
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and SomerCor will roll out the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) grant program for applications in the following TIF districts in April.
Applications open: 9 a.m. Monday, April 3
Applications close: 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 2
The SBIF program uses revenue from TIF districts to help owners of commercial and industrial properties to repair or remodel their facilities for their own business or on behalf of tenants. Tenant businesses are also eligible to apply on their own. Please note that residential projects are not eligible for the SBIF program, and residential developers should not apply.
Program participants can receive grants for 30 to 90 percent of project costs, with a maximum grant of $150,000 for commercial properties and $250,000 for industrial properties. The grants are administered by SomerCor on the City's behalf and do not have to be repaid.
NSP Homework Help Program
The NSP Homework Help Initiative is growing! Starting Tuesday, April 4th, NSP and MTM tutors will provide FREE 30-minute homework help sessions to K-12 students interested in support. This service is available to any K-12 student in need of help with all core subject areas (math, reading, science, etc.) – students MUST provide their own materials. Tutoring will be held every Tuesday and Thursday 4:00pm – 7:00pm at Apostolic Church of God located at 6320 S. Dorchester Ave.
If you’re interested in signing up for tutoring, please sign up at this link. Any questions about the program, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Lynn Kidd at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fresh Moves Bus is Back!
The Fresh Moves Mobile Market resumes full operations on Monday, April 3rd! This mobile farmers’ market brings healthy food to schools, community centers, churches, and health clinics—places that folks already frequent. Customers board the retrofitted bus to shop for hyperlocal fresh produce, value-added products and household staples from UGC own growing operations and their network of BIPOC and local growing operations. The products are priced to be affordable for all and to provide a fair return for the farmers and makers. The Mobile Market's schedule and further information can be found here.
Culinary Apprenticeship with UNITE HERE
Are you ready to take your career to the next level? UNITE HERE's Culinary Apprenticeship program offers 8-weeks of intensive instruction taught by accomplished Executive Chef instructors. This is a free program. Apply at bit.ly/UHCHI.
CTA is Hiring Trackworkers
CTA hires trackworkers who are confident in their basic skills and eager to master new challenges. CTA provides candidates with worksite tools and access to exciting new technologies that promote your continued development. Visit transitchicago.com/careers to see all of their career opportunities, job requirements, and to submit an application.
Commercial Driver's License Free Training Program
Jumpstart your career in the transportation industry by earning your Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Permit. Sponsored by the Chicago Urban League. Preliminary requirements for enrollment include: a valid Illinois Driver's License, a clean driving history, a High School Diploma or G.E.D., passing a TABE test, no felony convictions, and passing a drug screening, background check, and other program requirements. Sign up at form.jotform.com/230474847321153.
Back to Business (B2B) Program Grants
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced that $175 million is available in grant funding through the Back to Business (B2B) program. The latest American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)-funded opportunity is designed to provide additional support for the hardest-hit sectors, including restaurants (B2B Restaurants), hotels (B2B Hotels), and businesses or organizations in the creative arts sector (B2B Arts). To provide hands-on support and raise awareness about the program, the State has mobilized a network of more than 100 community navigators across Illinois.
NHS Home Buyer Education Webinar
Learn about the home buying process such as the basics of budgeting, improving credit, understanding the closing process and down payment assistance programs. This is an eight-hour course delivered in two 4-hour sessions.
When: Saturday, April 1st at 9:00 am (link to register) and Saturday, April 8th at 9:00 am (link to register)
Financial Management Series for Small Business Owners
QCDC is proud to present two events in April as part of their Financial Management Series for Small Business Owners. Participants will learn how to properly manage financial statements, enhance your business decision-making, and increase revenue. The sessions are free. Register at qcdcbronzeville.eventbrite.com.
Making Sense of the Key Financial Statements for Freelancers & Entrepreneurs
Where: QCDC (4210 S. Berkeley Ave.)
When: Monday, April 3rd from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Techniques for Creating a 12-Month Business Budget
Where: QCDC (4210 S. Berkeley Ave.)
When: Monday, April 17th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
NHS Financial Fresh Start Webinar
Whether you are planning to purchase a home or simply need to improve your finances, this webinar will
prepare you for financial security. Learn How To: develop a spending plan, reduce your debt, and increase your credit score.
When: Tuesday, April 4th at 6:00 pm (link to register)
Lunch and Learn
Join QCDC to learn more about the City Incentives for Small Business SBIF (Small Business Improvement Fund) Program. This is a free event. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/588203702107.
Where: QCDC (4210 S. Berkeley Ave.)
When: Wednesday, April 6th from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
CTA Second Chance Program Hiring Event
Since 2011, the CTA Second Chance Program has served more than 1,000 of the City's justice involved residents. Over 500 participants have become permanent CTA employees, and even more have secured jobs at other organizations. Candidates must submit an online interest survey to be considered. Invited candidates will be notified by email. Submit your interest survey at transitchicago.questionpro.com/SCPJobFair.
Where: CTA Headquarters (567 W. Lake St.)
When: Saturday, April 8th from 8:00 am to 11:00 am & 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
The Beautiful Ones are not Yet Born
Arts + Public Life presents artist zakkiyyah najeebah dumas-o'neal's new body of work. Focusing extensively on notions of embodiment, alternative modes of movement, imagining technologies, intimacy, and collectivity in physical and digital spaces, dumas-o'neal, an APL artists-in-residence alumnae, debuts new video and photo work. A supplementary exhibition at the Arts Incubator Gallery (301 E. Garfield Blvd) will celebrate the start of EXPO CHICAGO and open for exclusive EXPO VIP viewing on April 11, 2023.
Where: Arts Incubator Gallery (301 E. Garfield Blvd.)
When: Tuesday, April 11th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Intersection of Public Space, Art and Social Justice
Illinois Institute of Technology's Alfred Caldwell Lecture for this month is the Intersection of Public Space, Art, and Social Justice. Hear from Devon Henry, Franklin Cosey-Gay, and Makeba Kedem DuBose on the panel moderated by Ron Henderson. Signup at bit.ly/ACLHENRY.
Where: S.R. Crown Hall (3360 S. State St.)
When: Wednesday, April 12th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Hospitality Hires Chicago
Interview for entry-level and management positions with great benefits at Hospitality Hires Chicago. Register for the event at ChiCookWorks.org/HHC.
Where: The Palmer House Hilton (17 E. Monroe St.)
When: Tuesday, April 18th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
CPS Job Fair
Chicago Public Schools Talent Office is hosting a CPS Job Fair in the community for positions with CPS. Positions include teacher assistant, special education classroom assistant, nurse, security officer, cook, porter, crossing guard, tutor, bus aide, substitute teacher and many more. To register for the event, please visit bit.ly/CPSJobFair41923.
Where: White Park Fieldhouse (1610 W. Howard St.)
When: Wednesday, April 19th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm