Cautious Reopening June 3
Mask Survey Results
43rd Ward Business Webinar
Park District Summer Registration Dates
Dear Neighbors,

Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced Chicago will cautiously reopen restaurants and other businesses on Wednesday, June 3. The Chicago Tribune and the Sun- Times have more details.

The Mayor stresses the pandemic is far from over and social distancing measures are still crucial in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to exercise social distancing while out in public spaces and wear facial coverings. Face coverings are the most effective means of preventing the spread of this virus. As our city opens more, and we encounter more individuals, it's more important than ever to wear a face covering. Under Phase 3 guidelines, wearing face coverings is required in all indoor venues, at restaurants when not seated, and in parks .

Businesses are to follow strict guidelines with limited capacities. You can read industry-specific details in my previous newsletter here.

The following are businesses opening on June 3:
  • Education and Childcare services
  • Restaurants/Coffee Shops (outdoor dining only)
  • Retail and Personal Services (stores, hair and nail salons, barbers, massage)
  • Health and Fitness Clubs (1:1 training and outdoor classes only
  • Hotel and Tourism
  • Healthcare
  • Offices and Commercial Buildings
  • Park Facilities (non-lakefront) and some outdoor attractions

More information will be released soon with guidance on park district facilities west of Lake Shore Drive and libraries, which are expected to reopen on June 8.
Wearing A Face Covering
Respondents to our recent survey narrowly favored wearing mask outdoors, even if people think they can maintain a six foot distance, as required by social distancing rules.

Some comments that gave nuance to the answers:

"Require runners and everyone to wear masks outside. No one can or tries to maintain 6 ft distance." 

"They should have the mask available around their neck, and when they are within six feet of another person or people, put it on."
"Provide more support for the people that should be staying at home. Teach others to be respectful of people with compromised immune systems."

"The mask should be worn, but be reasonable by allowing folks to take it off if they are more than 10 feet away and have time to put it on when someone is coming close."

"The problem with people 'thinking' they can maintain a six foot distance is that in most areas around here, you can't maintain a six foot distance if there is anyone walking in the opposite direction."
I remain fully supportive of wearing face coverings at all times possible.
43rd Ward Getting Back to Business Webinar
Alderman Michele Smith, BACP and Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
Monday, June 1
12:30 p.m.

It's time to get back to business--safely. Join me, the City's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce to learn what you need to know to re-open your business.

Register in advance for this webinar using the link above.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details about how to join the webinar and submit questions.
Chicago Recovery Task Force Survey

Take the City of Chicago Survey seeking public feedback to help guide the Recovery Task Force's plan to move the city forward after the COVID-19 crisis.

The Task Force will make recommendations in three areas: Policy & Economic Stimulus, Mental & Emotional Health, and Marketing & Business Development . This is an opportunity to include your voice in the Task Force's recommendations to the Mayor.
Park District Summer Registration Dates
View Schedule Online - June 1
Register Online - June 11 & 12
Register In-person - June 13

The Chicago Park District has adjusted its summer registration and program dates in response to the modified Stay at Home Order.  The District will offer a revised version of its Summer Day Camp beginning Monday, July 6th through Friday, July 31st.

All other summer programs are scheduled to begin July 6th.

Please note: Registration and program dates are subject to change. The Chicago Park District will contact registered participants and provide updated information on the website should any changes in registration or program dates occur.
18th District Community Alert

The 18th District has issued a Community Alert involving thefts of catalytic converters from parked vehicles. In each incident, the offender(s) cuts off and removes the catalytic converter from the victim's vehicle. These incidents are occurring in Beats 1813 and 1814.

Incidents occurred at the following locations:
  • 300 block of West North Ave., May 16
  • 1700 block of North Mohawk St., May 20
  • 500 block of West Wisconsin, May 20

About the offenders:
The offenders are described as (1) male African-American and (1) male Asian-American.

What you can do:
  • Keep vehicle doors locked and windows secure.
  • Keep valuables in the trunk or out of sight inside your vehicle.
  • If you are a victim, do not touch anything and contact the police immediately.
  • Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of any suspicious people.
  • including any vehicle description and license plate information.

If you have any information, contact Bureau of Detectives Area 3 at (312) 744-8263.
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St. Teresa of Avila Food Pantry Open
Every Saturday
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
St. Teresa of Avila Church
1950 N. Kenmore Ave.

The St. Teresa of Avila/Greater Chicago Food Depository Food Pantry is open every Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at 1950 N. Kenmore. They offer prepacked bags with meat, eggs, milk, fres h vegetables and fruit, and a variety of canned goods. Pickup is quick, and social distancing is observed. For more details visit here.
Webinars For You and Business
BACP Reopening Webinar for Businesses
TODAY, May 29
12:00 p.m. (English)
4:00 p.m. (Spanish)

Mayor Lightfoot has released a series of industry guidelines to safely and responsibly enter Phase 3 of the reopening of Chicago. Join this webinar to learn about the businesses that will reopen and the guidelines they will need to follow during Phase 3.

Please register using the webinar link above. Industry specific webinars will be scheduled the week of June 1st. Please email  for more information.
Understanding the Grief Process,
Coping with Loss
Tuesday, June 9
5:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 658-786-8395

Join Belmont Village for this virtual event on understanding the grief process and to learn about resources that guide healing and comfort after we experience loss.

Space is limited. RSVP by June 8, 2020. To RSVP or for help in setting up Zoom, contact Lauren Hollasch at   or by text at 773-484-7861.
A Pledge from the Illinois
Restaurant Association

As restaurants begin to move into the next phase and cautiously reopen, the Illinois Restaurant Association has provided a pledge to ensure the safety and well being of both staff and patrons.

Download your printable sign in English or Spanish and display your pledge and commitment to safety.
Support our Neighborhood Restaurants

Many of the restaurants that add so much to our community are struggling during this crisis. Please patronize our neighborhood businesses as much as possible and try to order directly from the restaurant.

If you are open for business, let us know.
Broken English Bodegita

Broken English Taco Pub has transformed their taco joint into a "Bodegita." Shoppers can purchase masks, other necessities, family-sized taco kits, platters and individual meals, as well as a walk-up window with ice cream. Check out this article from Block Club Chicago on their new concept! (photo credit: Block Club Chicago)
#43 Wears Masks 
Science Says Wear a Mask

Science magazine just published a peer-reviewed article entitled "Reducing Transmission of SARS-CoV-2" summarizing research about the effectiveness of face masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19. This is why facial coverings are so important in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Have a wonderful, socially distant, weekend.


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