Arrest in Lincoln Central Crimes
Tier Three Covid Mitigations
ZooLights 2020
Dear Neighbors:

Last week, there were five incidents that occurred around Willow and Orchard. When these incidents occurred, our 18th District immediately assigned undercover officers to investigate and support the victims.

Police arrested a male juvenile on November 21st, 2020 at approximately 3:00 p.m. in the 1700 Block of N. Orchard. The arrest was made after he was observed by a relative of one of the victims standing across the street from where he had committed two robberies; the victim also identified him. The suspect has been charged with one felony count of Robbery, one felony count of robbery count of Armed-Other Dangerous Weapon, and one misdemeanor count of Sale or Possession of Deadly Weapon. Fortunately, no one was injured.

The suspect is charged in connection with incidents in the 700 Block of W. Willow on November 16th and November 17th, 2020, both at approximately 11:30 a.m. The other incidents remain under investigation.

We are thankful for the quick arrest in this case. We will be following this case to make sure that justice is done.
Tier Three Covid Mitigations

On Friday, reimplementation of Governor Pritzker’s Tier Three resurgence mitigations went into effect statewide. The following industries or activities closed as of 12:01 AM:
  • Movie Theaters
  • Indoor Recreational Facilities (i.e. bowling alleys, arcades)
  • Performance Venues
  • Museums
  • Indoor Group Sports and Recreational Activities
  • Meeting Rooms, Banquet Centers, Private Party Rooms, Private Clubs and Country Clubs may not host gatherings
  • Special events at places of worship or funeral homes, such as weddings, funerals, Bar Mitzvahs, or wakes, limited to 10 people
The following industries or activities may continue operating subject to following additional regulations:
  • Bars and Restaurants: outdoor service, take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery can continue under existing regulations; private event spaces must be closed
  • Retail stores: 25% capacity
  • Grocery Stores and Pharmacies: 50% capacity; (big box store that sell a combination of general retail, groceries and/or pharmacies among other goods must operate at 25% capacity)
  • Health and Fitness Centers: 25% capacity; reservations are required; indoor fitness classes must cease; outdoor activities allowed at 25% capacity with group activities limited to 10 people or less; locker room areas should be closed.
  • Hotels: Limited to registered guests only
  • Personal Services: 25% capacity or 25 people, whichever is less; services that require the removal of face coverings must cease
  • Offices: Work remotely if possible
  • Outdoor Activities: Outdoor museums, performance venues and other outdoor activities can continue at 25% capacity; group size limited to 10 people or less; total capacity limited to 100 people.

For more details, visit here.
 Businesses and the Stay at Home Advisory

The mayor is strongly encouraging everyone to take needed steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Businesses can remain open if abiding by the new 10-person event size limit.
For rules on outdoor dining, click here. Find the latest information on all business regulations here. 
Lakeview Township Property Tax Appeals

The Cook County Board of Review is open for property valuation appeals for Lakeview Township (north of Fullerton) through December 15, 2020. You can learn how to file an appeal at the Cook County Assessor's website.
Time to Order New Parking Passes

Your current residential guest parking passes will expire on Dec. 31. To make sure you don't get a ticket, stay safe, and avoid unnecessary contact, please purchase parking passes and city stickers online right now.

If you order today, you will receive them in plenty of time.

Buying City Stickers and Parking Passes on-line is convenient and you can order 24 hours a day at

You can learn how to order online by using our Guest Parking Passes 101 guide or
watch our video below for step-by-step details on how to purchase your passes or stickers online.
Buying Passes at City Hall

You can buy passes in person at any of the Chicago City Clerk offices including City Hall and its Northside Office at 5340 W. Gale Street, which are open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please plan for increased wait times due to social distancing protocols. Increased safety measures have been put in place to mitigate the exposure of COVID-19. Make sure you have the list of required documents before you go in-person.
ZooLights 2020
November 21–January 3
4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Reservations Required

Zoolights is open and safe! Learn more about this year's ZooLights. So many people have worked hard to ensure that this important neighborhood tradition will continue this year.

Watch this video to learn more about ZooLights2020. Reservations are required and can be made here.
Chicago History Museum Temporarily Closed

In support of the new COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the Chicago History Museum will be closed to the public until further notice.

The Museum said the health of their visitors and staff is their top priority and will reopen with guidance from city and state officials.

In the meantime, the Museum offers many excellent digital features that you are invited to discover here.
Mortgage, Rental and Utility Assistance

Mortgage and Rental

The city is working with Neighborhood Housing Services to assist residents suffering additional financial burdens from the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here, or call the grant hotline at (800) 831-7949.

Utility Relief and Re-connection

We have learned there has been an increase in residents being disconnected from their gas and/or electric service.

Any resident facing disconnection from electricity or gas service who is experiencing financial hardship or meet eligibility requirements for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, can call ComEd at 800-334-7661 or Peoples Gas at 866-556-6001 to prevent disconnection or have your utilities reconnected. 

The Citizens Utility Board at 1-800-669-5556 between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday is available to help residents navigate the process. Additional details on the benefits provided through the protections can be found here.  

Covid Eviction Moratorium

Since March 2020, the Governor has put a moratorium on most eviction case filings in Illinois. However, as of November 14, 2020 the protections for tenants have changed. Landlords can now file evictions, unless tenants give them a written declaration that whey should be protected by the COVID eviction moratorium. This applies until at least December 14, 2020.

To learn more about what is required, click here.
North Pond Restoration Donation Match

The Lincoln Park Conservancy has announced that donations to the North Pond restoration project will be matched through year’s end by a generous anonymous donor.

This means during their annual appeal you can double your impact to make this important Park project a reality. The Conservancy is more than 60% to their fundraising goal for the North Pond restoration, but still need your help. Donate today. 
Support Our Local Stores and Restaurants
Christmas Shopping Season is Underway
Please Shop Local

With the holiday season upon us, we want to encourage you to buy one of our local businesses. Almost all have their own online presence, so it's just as easy to buy local as national. Please send us an email at and let us know you're open for business!
Support our Neighborhood Restaurants
This Thanksgiving

Many of our neighborhood restaurants are offering special meals for Thanksgiving - why not do something a bit different this year! Enjoy a great meal and Zoom with your friends and relatives. Just click the links and find the interesting ways to celebrate the holiday.
43rd Ward Office Closure

In observation of the Thanksgiving Holiday, our virtual office will be closing Wednesday, November 25th at 2:00 p.m. We will return to our phones on Monday, November 26th at 9:00 a.m.

If you have a need for city services, please call 3-1-1 for non-emergency requests, or dial 9-1-1 if you require immediate assistance.

This has been a tough year. But we still have much for which to be thankful. Most important, stay safe. Please have a healthy Thanksgiving,

43rd Ward Virtual Office Hours: M - F 9 AM - 5 PM 
 2523 N Halsted | 773-348-9500