The Weather is Nice
Stay Home Anyway
CARA Says, "Runners, Wear a Mask"
Dear Neighbors,

The City has mapped the number of COVID-19 cases by community. As you can see from the map, Lincoln Park is in almost the top tier – and we have 100 cases. You can search COVID19 cases by zip code here.

That number if only going to grow if we don’t follow best practices – Stay at Home, Maintain Social Distance, and Wear a Mask.  

Yet yesterday, a large number of people congregated at Oz Park and Jonquil Park, ignoring social distancing, tearing down basketball guards, climbing into the tennis courts and not wearing masks. The Park District has now removed the hoops. The Chicago Tribune put our park on its front page

“Please do not head to the lakefront. Please do not congregate in the park,” Governor Pritzker has said. You can go outside for a walk or in your backyard, Pritzker said, “but do not go meet people. Do not.”

Every day , our state adds 1000 cases. Every day , another 100 people die. This is the heart of the outbreak, and we must do everything we can to slow its expansion.

Our staff are all wearing masks when we go outside.   Now send us a picture of you and your family Staying Home, and Wearing Masks outside. Tag the photo #43WearsMasks and share it with all your friends.  

Need help making a mask? Look at our last newsletter .  
CARA Says: Limit Your Running
Wear A Mask

Greg Hipp, the Executive Director of the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) says:

"If you do come across another person on your run, make room for safe passing. Always
maintain at least six feet of separation, even if this means you have to slow down or stop.

The best thing you can do is avoid running where you may interact with others. But if you are in
the city, that may not be possible. In this case, run with a mask." Learn more at
Webinar: Options to Navigate Your Business
During the Pandemic 
TODAY, April 8
3:00 p.m.

ChiBizHub, an initiative of World Business Chicago, provides Chicago entrepreneurs and small businesses with free, easy access to a large network of service providers offering a wide variety of business-building services for small businesses. This webinar is intended to help you easily understand what you can do NOW to stay afloat. 
Click here  to register for the webinar.
No Fee Senior Shopping for Seniors

Students are shopping for seniors during this pandemic and are providing help for those that need groceries delivered. You can click on this link to register.
Friends of the Park Top Ten Parks for Physical Distancing

With warmer weather upon us, Friends of the Park (FOTP) has came up with a top ten list of parks that you can visit during this pandemic without the fear of overcrowding. FOTP staff recommend you check out these parks in an effort to physically distance yourself, while still enjoying the physical and mental health benefits of our parks for as long as possible.  

Friends of the Park focused on the criteria below:
  • Have at least been called underutilized
  • We actually think might not be too crowded
  • Accessible from lots of directions (as in you’re not too likely to get trapped on along, overcrowded trail with no way to escape)

  • Garfield Park - 300 N. Central Park
  • Schafer Park/Urban Growers Collective 9000 S. Green Bay Ave 
  • Big Marsh Park 11555 S. Stony Island Ave
  • Douglas(s) Park 1401 S. Sacramento
  • Dunning Read Conservation Area 4200 N. Oak Park Ave
  • Marquette Park 6700 S. Kedzie
  • Sherman Park 1301 W. 52nd
  • Riis Park 6100 W. Fullerton
  • West Ridge Natural Area 5601 N. Western
  • Dan Ryan Woods S. Western Ave. and 83rd
How to Properly Handle Your Face Mask

How to Wear a Cloth Face Mask:

  • Fit it snugly but comfortably against the side of your face
  • Cover your nose and mouth
  • Secure with ties or ear loops
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Don't put a mask on a child under 2

How to Remove and Clean Your Mask:
  • Don't touch the outside of your face mask when removing - that's where the germs are!
  • Do not not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing your face maskand wash hands immediately after removing
  • Wash your face mask every day you wear it.
  • Wash your mask with hot water and soap - by washing machine of course, but by hand if you need too. Just be sure to clean and disinfect the area where you are washing it.

Coronavirus Testing Sites

If you or anyone you know may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, check out the list of sites below that are testing for COVID-19 on the North side of Chicago. Please, only go if you are experiencing symptoms. Unfortunately, Chicago does not yet have the supplies to test everyone. Please note: we will continue to update our list as more test sites become available.

Innovative Express Care
2400 N. Ashland #100
Chicago, IL. 60614

Physicians Immediate Care
2077 N. Clybourn
Chicago, IL. 60614

Aayu Clinic - Lakeview Location: 
1645 W. School St suite A,
Chicago, IL 60657

Aayu Clinic - Wicker Park Location:
1601 W. Division St,
Chicago, IL 60622

Midwest Express Clinic Chicago - Roscoe Village
3301 N. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(312) 429-5725

NorthShore University HealthSystem's Evanston Hospital 
2650 Ridge Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 570-2000
Spring Break Information
Spring Break Meal Sites and Activities for CPS Students
April 6 - 9

Families may pick up grab-and-go meals at one of the 136 school sites across the city from  Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Meal sites will not be open on Friday, April 10 to give staff members off for Good Friday , and they ask families to plan accordingly. 

Meal sites in our area include LaSalle Language Academy (1734 N. Orleans) and Walter Payton High School (1034 N. Wells).

To find meal sites near you visit

Here are some fun digital and indoor activities families can do during the break:
  • Crayola arts and craft projects Here Other Crayola Activities HERE
  • Fun STEM projects HERE
  • PBS Kids activities HERE
  • Take a Digital Trip to a Museum HERE
  • Audible FREE Books HERE 
Have a wonderful Passover,

Coronavirus Resources :

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