I could not be more proud of the City of Chicago, my colleagues on the City Council, our Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and the countless residents, community organizations and nonprofit leaders that came together to pass a transformational ordinance to provide real, in-depth community input into the way Chicago polices its City by passing the historic Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) ordinance. Chicago has always been at the forefront of community inclusion in policing, having been the first city to institute a CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) program, and now we stand at the cutting edge of community policing once again by giving Chicago residents a real say in how their neighborhoods will work with police to improve public safety.
In short, the ECPS ordinance will allow for residents to elect representatives to serve on district councils for each of the police districts across the City. For the 3rd Ward that would include the 1st, 2nd, 7th and 9th Police Districts. These district councils will then select representatives to serve on a citywide advisory council that will work with the community, elected officials and the police department to determine police policy, resource allocation, officer accountability, community engagement, and the selection of the Police Superintendent, members of the Police Board, and the head administrator of the Civilian Office for Police Accountability. It is through the inclusion of all parties that the City will be able to move forward and address its longstanding public safety challenges.
Let me be clear, this new ordinance does not take away from the Chicago Police Department. It is funded separately from the Police Department’s budget. It will not give the public unilateral control over the police, their policies, their hiring, their leadership, or their day-to-day operations. ECPS ensures that the police and City government must work together with the community to improve public safety, with no one group being more important or powerful than the other. Collaboration must be achieved and collaboration is what is best for the City moving forward.
I fully support ECPS and fully support the Chicago Police Department. It is not an either/or choice. We need the police in our community to help stop crime and to make Chicago the best, safest City it can be. With ECPS, we can add community trust and respect back into policing in Chicago, and restore the relationship between communities of color like the ones I represent and the police that work so hard each day to keep all Chicagoans safe. ECPS will help the City do that, and now we as a community must step up and work together to meet the police at this new high water mark for collaboration.
As always, the 3rd Ward Public Service Office staff and I are available to assist you by phone 773-373-9273 or via email at Ward03@cityofchicago.org. Thank you for reading this newsletter. Please share it with a neighbor or friend.
Alderman, 3rd Ward
Third Ward Update
COVID-19 Updates from the Chicago Department of Public Health
Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and based on Chicago’s current local COVID-19 data, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) now recommends that everyone over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in public indoor settings. Masking remains optional in outdoor settings, where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is lower.
CDPH recommends businesses, employers, and event organizers require universal masking in all public indoor settings. In outdoor settings, masks remain optional, no changes are being made to the recommendations for social distancing. Vaccines have been essential in the fight against COVID-19.
The best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant continues to be vaccination, including getting both doses if you get a two-dose vaccine. CDPH strongly urges anyone age 12 and older who isn’t yet vaccinated to get vaccinated right away. Chicago residents should call 312-746-4835 or visit chi.gov/covidvax for help getting a vaccine.
In-home vaccination is now available to everyone 12 and up in Chicago. Residents can call 312.746.4835 or visit Chicago.gov/AtHome to learn more and schedule an appointment for in-home vaccination.
To find other options for vaccination, you can also call your doctor, health clinic, community health center, or hospital where you receive primary healthcare services. If you do not have a healthcare provider, go to Zocdoc.com/vaccine (the City’s vaccine appointment tool) or call 312.746.4835 Monday – Saturday 8:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday 8:00am – 4:00pm. The vaccine is free and the City of Chicago sites are now accepting walk-ins.
The COVID-19 vaccine is especially important for seniors with underlying medical conditions, and some medical conditions increase risk for severe COVID-19 infection. All seniors should receive vaccination for COVID-19, even if you think your risk of getting COVID-19 is low. Consult with your doctor if you have a history of significant allergic reactions to vaccines, food, or medicine.
3rd Ward Town Hall Meeting
Aldermen Pat Dowell is hosting a virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss a proposed development project located at 1400 S. Wabash Ave. In addition, new 1st District Police Commander Patricia O. Zuber will provide a public safety update. A question and answer session will be held following the prepared presentations.
Please join Aldermen Pat Dowell and Sophia King (4th Ward), along with the Chicago Department of Transportation for a virtual community meeting on proposed Bronzeville Corridor Improvements on 43rd St. from Prairie Ave. to Cottage Grove Ave, 47th St. from Prairie Ave. to Cottage Grove Ave, and Cottage Grove Ave. from Bowen Ave. to 47th St.
The project will provide a safe, walkable and attractive streets that will foster community and economic growth to support neighborhood growth. At the meeting, the project team will introduce the project to the community, review existing conditions, discuss potential improvements, and provide an opportunity for questions and answers. Register by clicking here. Additional project information can be found here.
When: Wednesday, August 4th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
CPS Returning to School Health Guidance
The best, safest place for our students to learn is in the classroom, and CPS is looking forward to welcoming your children back to full in-person learning five days a week beginning Monday, August 30.
CPS decisions are based on the most current health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)—who all agree that ensuring students have access to in-person learning five days a week is the highest priority. The district’s health and safety protocols are designed to provide all students with the in-person education they deserve while keeping everyone in our school communities healthy and safe.
Masks/Cloth Face Coverings
Based on feedback from our public health experts at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), CPS will require that masks/cloth face coverings continue to be worn indoors by everyone, regardless of vaccination status, except for while eating or drinking. Face coverings may be removed for outdoor activities, such as recess and some sports activities. C
CPS will ensure that three feet of social distancing is maintained wherever possible. There will be times when this is not possible due to the population of schools and classrooms, and CPS will use additional health and safety strategies, including air purifiers, hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting, contact tracing, and cloth face-coverings to maximize safety for students and staff.
To help ensure social distancing during breakfast and lunch, some students will eat in their classrooms and others will eat in their school cafeteria. When children are eating in school cafeterias or other designated meal spaces, they will stay three feet apart where possible and will be allowed to remove their masks while eating and drinking.
CPS will continue to follow public health guidance in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and update our health protocols as needed. CPS looks forward to welcoming students back on Monday, August 30 and will continue to provide updates as guidelines for the new school year are finalized.
Rental Assistance Available for Renters and Landlords
If you’re a renter having trouble paying your rent, utilities, or other housing costs – or if you’re a landlord trying to stay afloat with tenants in this situation – help may be available. State and local programs are distributing billions of dollars in rental assistance to help renters stay housed during the pandemic.
Visit the CFPB’s Rental Assistance Finder to find out what this means for you and what you can do. The CFPB’s site also includes resources to help renters and landlords understand other resources to help navigate various financial hardships related to the pandemic.
Phillips High School Annex Construction Information
The Public Building Commission has announced they have selected Burling Builders Inc. as the contractor to build the new Phillips High School Annex. This is a $12,439,000 project to build an athletic annex facility with supporting spaces, new parking lot and associated site development. An initial construction schedule is as follows:
July 2021 - Contractor mobilization
July 2021 to August 2021 - Existing school renovation work
July 2021 to March 2022 - New school annex
July 2021 to May 2022 - Site work and final parking lot
Construction is permitted to begin work at 6:00 am and must be complete by 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, work from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday (if needed), and 10:000 am to 2:00 pm on Sundays (if needed). Any issues with the construction project can be directed to the Public Building Commission at 312-742-0878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
City-owned Vacant Lot Activation
In July 2020, INVEST South/West (ISW) began a pilot project to activate 16 city-owned vacant parcels on ISW priority corridors in Auburn Gresham and North Lawndale. This year the City is expanding this pilot project by adding 150 additional parcels in South and West Side communities. We continue to work with Greencorps Chicago, the City of Chicago’s green industry job training program for individuals with barriers to employment, to activate the lots by clearing trash and fly dumping; bringing in fresh soil, trees, natural grasses, and other plantings; and installing split rail fencing around the lots. These lots will remain closed to public access and can still be developed in the future, but until then, will serve the community as sources of green space. Work to activate parcels is set to begin this summer and extend into next year.
Locations in the 3rd Ward include: 420 E. 47th St., 4652 S. Vincennes Ave., 424 E. 47th St., 454 E. 47th St., 4640 S. Vincennes Ave., 4644 S. Vincennes Ave., 4247 S. Calumet Ave., 4652 S. Vincennes Ave., and 416 E. 47th St.
Chicago Police Department Removes Illegal Guns from the Streets
In July, the men and women of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) continued their aggressive efforts to take illegal guns off the streets of Chicago. As summer continues, CPD is on pace to recover a record more than 12,000 guns by the end of the year. Officers have recovered more than 7,289 guns in 2021, up 28% over this time last year. This includes the recovery of more than 368 assault weapons. Officers also made 3,477 gun arrests through July 31, a 23% increase compared to 2020.
CPD is also committed to stopping the illegal flow of guns before the weapons even reach the streets of Chicago. This month, Superintendent David O. Brown announced the creation of the new, 50-officer Gun Investigations Team (GIT) tasked with tracing, tracking, and arresting gunrunners, gun traffickers, and others involved in the deadly business of illegal firearm sales.
As part of the CPD's efforts to curb gun violence, it is essential to do so in strong partnership with community members. Those who have information on illegal gun sales or gun possession are asked to send in tips through CPDTip.com. These tips will help the GIT in its investigations to stop the ongoing flow of guns in the city.
Street Resurfacing - Michigan Ave. from Balbo Dr. to Cermak Rd.
The Illinois Department of Transportation has released the following construction schedule for the resurfacing of Michigan Ave. from Balbo Dr. to Cermak Rd. The project is scheduled to start August 2nd with surface course placement currently scheduled by August 31st. The full schedule is below, weather permitting:
Week of August 2nd: Flatwork, structure adjustments
Week of August 9th: Patching, may start milling
Week of August 16th: Milling, level binder placement
Week of August 23rd: Surface course placement by August 31st with striping to follow
September: Remaining punch list items, clean up
Questions, contact the 3rd Ward Public Service Office at 773-373-9273 or at email@example.com.
Street Resurfacing - LaSalle St. from Pershing Rd. to 47th St.
Alderman Dowell and the Chicago Department of Transportation would like to inform you of an upcoming resurfacing project on LaSalle St. from Pershing Rd. to 47th St. This street is part of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s MFT Arterial Street Resurfacing – South Area Project, in the 3rd Ward.
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, August 2, 2021 pending clearance from and coordination with existing utilities and weather permitting. MAT Construction is the general contractor for this project with Ardmore Roderick providing Resident Engineering services for the Chicago Department of Transportation.
The work will include ADA sidewalk improvements, curb and gutter removal and replacement as needed for ADA and drainage compliance, milling the existing asphalt pavement, asphalt paving, landscaping and striping.
During construction, temporary “No Parking” signs will be periodically installed as required for each activity listed above. These temporary signs will restrict parking during working hours, while adhering to rush hour restrictions, for the completion of the work. All work on this corridor is scheduled to be completed by September 30, 2021.
Fiber Installation - 49th St. and Indiana Ave.
Netsync is providing notification for a proposed fiber optic installation construction project at 49th St. and Indiana Ave. Work consists of the installation of two (4) 4’x4’ communications manholes. This project comes as an effort by Netsync to build up their infrastructure in order to bring advanced fiber optic connectivity within the Chicago Public Schools system. This build is scheduled for Q3 2021.
Metra Bridges 40/42 - Week of August 2nd UPDATE
For the week of Monday, August 2nd through Friday, August 6th, the following work will be performed on the 40/42 Metra Bridges.
The contractors will complete earth retention and demo, mobilize drilled shaft equipment, and begin installation of drilled shafts at Bridge 40 (Root St.). This work will be done trackside and there should be no public disruptions. Please note that during for the Drilled Shafts there will be increased construction traffic coming in and out of the access gate with dump trucks and concrete placement required for this work.
For the following week, Monday August 9th through Friday, August 13th, Metra will complete Bridge 40 (Root St) drilled shafts, begin drilled shafts on Bridge 42 (43rd St), and excavate structures at Bridge 40. All of this work will occur trackside and there should be no public disruptions.
No sidewalk or road closures are expected for either week's work.
Problem Business - Jones Auto Center (5100 S. Wabash Ave.)
On June 22, 2021, a hearing was held at the Department of Administrative Hearings where Jones Auto Center at 5100 S. Wabash Ave. was found to have operated a motor vehicle repair shop without a business license, and a judgment of $3,040 was entered against the business. Questions regarding this case can be directed to the 3rd Ward Public Service Office at 773-373-9273.
Reminder! Addresses Required in the Alley
Just like in the front of a property, building addresses are required to be posted in the alley as well. This is done for safety reasons so that police, fire and other public safety officials can identify a property in case of an emergency, and for the accurate delivery of constituent services (garbage and recycling pickup, removal of debris, repairing pot holes and alley lights, etc.).
For a building with a garage in alley, numbers should be placed in a visible place on the garage. If your property has a fence or such other structure along the alley, numbers should be placed on the fence or other structure so as to be clearly visible from the alley. This requirement also applies to business.
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.net/event. 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. New York City FC
Wednesday, August 4th at 7:00 pm
Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls
Sunday, August 8th at 5:00 pm
Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew
Saturday, August 14th at 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 3rd at 7:00 pm
Lead Service Line Replacement Program Updates Qualifications
Under this program, residents may be eligible for a free lead service line replacement all the way from the water main into your home plus installation of a free water meter to save money on your water bills if:
Have a child under the age of 18 living in the home.
Live in a home you own.
Have a household income below 80% of the area median income ($74,550 for a family of 4). More info here.
Have elevated lead levels in your water as determined by free testing done by the Department of Water Management.
Live in a home you own.
Have a household income below 80% of the area median income ($74,550 for a family of 4). More info here.
World Business Chicago and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership are joining the City of Chicago to present Hire Chicago, a one-of-a-kind five-week hybrid hiring event!
Throughout August, Hire Chicago will provide real opportunities for Chicagoans to pursue their passions through free virtual career exploration, learning, and hiring events in addition to in person support if needed and provide employers the opportunity to find the diverse talent pipeline they need to remain competitive.
Each week, beginning the week of Monday, August 2nd through the week of Monday, August 30th will focus on one of Chicago’s five high-demand, high-growth industries.
Week of August 2nd: Manufacturing
Week of August 9th: Food Service/Hospitality and Tourism
Week of August 16th: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Week of August 23rd: Healthcare
Week of August 30th: Technology
There is no charge to participate and job seekers can explore as many industry sectors, and interview with as many employers, as they desire. Both employers and job seekers can visit HireChicago2021.org to register for the event.
1st Police District National Night Out
Please join the 1st Police District for an evening of family, fun and friends at the 37th Annual National Night Out! For more information email CAPS.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: The Roosevelt Collection Shops Rooftop (150 W. Roosevelt Rd. behind the ICON theater)
When: Tuesday, August 3rd from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
CPS is Hiring
Join CPS at the Nutrition Support Services hiring fair. Cooks, porters and lunchroom attendant positions are available. Applicants must bring a printed resume and printed copy of a valid City of Chicago sanitation license or food handler's license.
Where: Aramark Office (3113 S. Rhodes Ave.)
When: Thursday, August 5th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Toddlers, Tunes and Turtles
Enjoy meeting live animals, family-friendly music, and nature play for families with children 6 and under. All are welcome, feel free to bring a picnic dinner.
Where: Chicago Women's Park and Gardens (1801 S. Indiana Ave.)
When: Thursday, August 5th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Poverty Town Hall
You are invited to join State Representative Lamont Robinson, IDHS and the Chicago Urban League for an in person and virtual listening session to discuss how poverty has impacted communities on Chicago's south side and how the State of Illinois can better serve you. $25 gift card incentive for those who participate. If you plan on attending in person, please email email@example.com or call 217-836-8176.
Where: Chicago Urban League (4510 S. Michigan Ave.)
When: Thursday, August 5th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
South Loop Business Fest #2
Come out to eat, shop and support local businesses in the South Loop. Booths will be available for businesses in the South Loop. The Moderna vaccine will be offered to individuals who have not yet been vaccinated. Menu includes BBQ ribs, turkey burgers, turkey drumsticks, Italian sausage, quarter chicken and more!
Where: True Rock Ministries (57 E. 16th St.)
When: Saturday, August 7th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
17th Annual Family Health and Fitness Fair
Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter is once again hosting her annual Family Health and Fitness Fair, where she will be offering free COVID-19 testing, school physicals and dental screenings, book bags, massages, health screenings, food, entertainment, and haircuts. Featuring the Jesse White Tumblers, Free2Dance Line Dancers, and PKay Hula Hoops.
Also onsite will be the Illinois Secretary of state for State ID cards and vehicle plate stickers, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago giving away trees and seeds, the Chicago Clerk offering City Keys, and much more! Call 312-949-1908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Where: IIT Campus (33rd St. and State St.)
When: Saturday, August 7th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Park Boulevard and Pershing Back to School Bash
The Park Boulevard and Pershing Back to School Bash will feature food, a DJ, bounce house, face painter, school supplies, raffles and much more! Contact Michael Miles at 312-221-5111 with questions.
Where: 3720 S. Dearborn Ave.
When: Saturday, August 7th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
The New Front Porch
The Phyllis Weatley Home Group and T.E.R.C. invite you to the New Front Porch, a Bronzeville cultural garden revision. Opportunities for service learning, community building, volunteering, community service will be available, as well as a community meet and greet.
Where: 5138 S. Michigan Ave.
When: Sunday, August 8th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
CHOP IT UP: Black Wall Street Journey Edition
Join us for the final event of this summer's three-part conversation about the Black economy where artist Rick Lowe and journalist Natalie Moore team up to dish and dissect the intersections of race and economic development. Presented in conjunction with Black Wall Street Journey—a hub for neighborhood regeneration initiated by Lowe in Washington Park—and anchored by the centennial anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and observation of the historic Black Wall Street, guests from disparate sectors of the Black economic landscape will weigh in on cultural dimensions of Black ownership, business, self-reliance, determination and mutual aid.
When: Thursday, August 12th from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
St. Paul CME Church COVID-19 Vaccination Site
The State of Illinois is partnering with St. Paul CME Church to bring a free vaccine clinic to you! They are offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to persons 12 years of age or older. Sign up at prism.org/stpaulcme. Need to find a different clinic near you? Go to coronavirus.illinois.gov or call 833-621-1284.
Where: St. Paul CME Church (4644 S. Dearborn St.)
When: Friday, August 13th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Bronzeville Summer Nights Live
Fall in love with Bronzeville at the latest Bronzeville Summer Nights Live! Featuring performances by Corey Barksdale and music by DJ Malik Shabazz. Hosted by Jeronimo Speaks, with cohosts Clara Hubbard and comedian BLT. Register for the live stream at tinyurl.com/bsnaug13. Information at BronzevilleSummerNights.com.
Chicago Women's Park and Gardens is hosting their 2021 Star Party, featuring outdoor games and activities, roasted marshmallows over the fire, and a visit from The Chicago Astronomer and Friends.
Where: Chicago Women's Park and Gardens (1801 S. Indiana Ave.)
When: Friday, August 13th from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Save the Date - Bud Billiken Parade
Chicago's historic Bud Billiken Day Parade is back on! Details to follow, but for now save the date!
Where: Historic King Drive in Bronzeville
When: Saturday, August 14th
Into to Retail Merchandizing Principals
Display and merchandising is the way to connect the customer with your product and brand experience. These are proven basic principles that retailers use to increase sales and profits. This course will help you understand these principles and best practices.
Where: To register for this online course click here
When: Monday, August 16th from 9:30 am to 11:00 am
St. Paul COGIC COVID-19 Vaccination Site
The State of Illinois is partnering with St. Paul COGIC to bring a free vaccine clinic to you! They are offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to persons 12 years of age or older. Sign up at prism.org/stpaul. Need to find a different clinic near you? Go to coronavirus.illinois.gov or call 833-621-1284.
Where: St. Paul COGIC (4526 S. Wabash Ave.)
When: Thursday, August 19th from 6:00 am to noon
7th Annual Construction Conference and Expo
During the expo, you will get a chance to learn first-hand what it takes to become an electrician, carpenter, bricklayer, operating engineer, pipefitter or other union building trades person. Register at spcdm7thannualexpo.eventbrite.com. For more details, contact Betty Jones, Executive Director at 773-538-512.
Where: St. Paul Community Development Ministries (4550 S. Wabash Ave.)
When: Thursday, August 19th from 8:00 am to noon
CPS Back to School Bash
We are looking forward to welcoming your children back to full in-person learning five days a week beginning Monday, August 30!
As a reminder, the district is hosting Back-to-School Bashes, each of which is an opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Appointments are not required, and information about each bash can be found below. There will also be school supplies, local partnership opportunities and local information to aid all families. We will be kicking off the 2021-22 school year one week early and need your help reminding parents and students!
Where: Coleman Administrative Office (4655 S. Dearborn St.)
When: Friday, August 20th from noon to 5:00 pm
Chicago Architecture Center Story Time
Chicago Women's Park and Gardens is hosting story time by the Chicago Architecture Center. Registration is required and includes a CAC goodie bag.
Where: Women's Park and Gardens (1801 S. Indiana Ave.)
When: Saturday, August 28th at 10:00 am
Free Dog Vaccine Clinic
Alderman Dowell, the Heartland Animal Shelter and Paws Salvation are teaming up to offer a free dog vaccine clinic. Pets will be able to get free core vaccines, microchips and food. Dogs must be on a secure leash and puppies must be at least 6 weeks old. Visit bit.ly/hlclinic for details.
Where: 3rd Ward Public Service Office (5046 S. State St.)
When: Sunday, September 12th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
August CAPS Meetings
Attending and participating in the Chicago Police's Community Policing Program (CAPS) is one of the best ways to address crime and quality of life issues in your neighborhood. By attending CAPS meetings, you can share important information with the police that will assist them in making arrests and preventing crime as well as receive valuable information about resources that promote homeowner and community safety. Visit www.chicagopolice.org to find out what district you live in and click on each district title to learn more about what is happening in your neighborhood.
1st District CAPS Meetings (via Zoom, email CAPS.001District@chicagopolice.org for login info)
When: Tuesday, June 17th @ 3:00 pm
When: Wednesday, June 25th @ 3:00 pm
2nd District CAPS Meetings
When: August 17, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)