Dear 27th Ward Residents & Business Owners,

We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community very seriously. Like you, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will practice social distancing. We have temporarily closed our offices to protect our staff and the public.

27th Ward Staff are working from home checking emails   ( and responding to your questions and requests.
We will continue to inform you of the resources available in our community.

For more information about COVD-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at   or 

Walter Burnett, Jr.
Alderman, 27th Ward
Food Resources
Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago
1111 N. Wells
Chicago, IL 60610

*Wednesday 6pm - 8pm

(Grab & Go Warm Meals)

Breakthrough Fresh Market
3334 W. Carroll
Chicago, IL 60624

*Tuesday 2pm - 4pm

*Thursday 10am - 12pm

*Saturday 10am - 12pm

The Salvation Army Freedom Center
825 N. Christiana
Chicago, IL 60651

*Monday *Wednesday *Friday 1pm - 3pm

*Tuesday *Thursday 9am - 12pm

Marillac House Food Pantry
2859 W. Jackson
Chicago, IL 60612

*Monday 11am - 1:30pm

*Wednesday 2pm - 6pm

*Friday 10am - 12:30pm

(Handing Out Food Boxes)

Northwest Settlement
1400 W. Augusta
Chicago, IL 60642

*Monday *Thursday 9am - 12pm

Greater Chicago Food Depository
To Find Food or Support GCFD visit:
Missionaries Of Charity St. Joseph's Home
115 N. Oakley Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612

*Everyday Beginning At: 10am

(Soup Kitchen Serving Food To Go)
St. Malachy Catholic Church
2248 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612

April 18, 2020
Beginning At: 10am (Outside)

(Food Pantry)

Community Newsletters

April News
Announcing the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund
DCASE is a proud partner and contributor of $1M to the  Arts for Illinois Relief Fund  - providing financial relief to workers and organizations in the creative industries impacted by COVID-19. The fund is a partnership between the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the broader philanthropic community. The Arts for Illinois Relief Fund is administered by Arts Alliance Illinois in partnership with 3Arts and Arts Work Fund, long-standing and trusted service organizations and grant makers. 
Donate or apply at . Arts for Illinois also launched an online platform that features talented artists - performers, singers, poets, painters, writers and other creatives from across Illinois - who have generously made their works available for the public's enjoyment while at home during these challenging times.
COVID-19 Arts Community Resources
The COVID-19 outbreak is having an enormous economic impact on our local arts community. For anyone looking for resources, in addition to the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, please also visit  DCASE's COVID-19 Arts Community Resources  - a partial list of the many local and national efforts to support our artists and arts organizations.
Recognizing that the music industry has moved to #DoStuffAtHome, DCASE is partnering with Do312 to continue celebrating the 2020 Year of Chicago Music. A new listing of virtual events and concerts has just launched at to highlight the local music venues and musicians sharing "Music in the Key of Chicago." Are you hosting a virtual concert or music-related event? Please share the link to your event details and artwork to .  
Cultural Grants Program
All of the cultural grants programs managed by DCASE are continuing as planned, with notifications of the Individual Artists Program (IAP) grants taking place this week. Visit  for updates.  
Venue Closures and Event Cancellations
As previously announced, following the recommendation from the CDC and the guidance of City and State officials, DCASE will not issue Special Event permits through May 15.
Additionally, the Chicago Film Office is not issuing film permits through May 15. 
All DCASE programming is canceled through May 15, including the following:
  • Millennium Park is closed to the public. All events and programs are canceled;  
  • The Chicago Cultural Center is closed to the general public, and all programs and tours are canceled; 
  • The Clarke House Museum is closed, and all tours are canceled; 
  • Expo72 and the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, including exhibitions, are closed;
  • Maxwell Street Market is canceled.
Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Health's website , for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19. 
Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Economic Impact Payments

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts. 
The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to generate $1,200 Economic Impact Payments to Social Security recipients who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Recipients will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits.
Chicago Public Schools recently released the  Remote Learning Guidance  for students and families. We understand you may have a lot of questions regarding the materials and we’re reaching out to see how our team can support.
We are asking our partners, parents, and families to  take this 3-minute survey  to help us better understand your families’ needs.
Cigna is waiving all co-pays and out-of-pocket costs for all
COVID-19 testing and related medical visits.

For more information visit:
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Treasury and SBA announced that the SBA Paycheck Protection Program application process will begin April 3. More information can be found at SBA and Treasury websites.

SBA is a loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Assistance for Small Businesses
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
·        For a top-line overview of the program  CLICK HERE
·        If you’re a lender, more information can be found  HERE
·        If you’re a borrower, more information can be found  HERE
·        The application for borrowers can be found  HERE
The National Restaurant Association has created a relief fund for employees in the food and beverage industry who have been temporarily laid off or had income severely decreased due to COVID19.
Each grant will be $500 per person processed as a one-time check. Applications are open now for those eligible.
We encourage filling out these applications in a separate document to keep information safe should your device crash. It also allows you the opportunity to recycle answers from previous applications, as new funding resources will continue to become available.
For more information click here:
Let’s find you a place to call home during your COVID-19 support work

We’ve partnered with hosts to connect 100,000 healthcare staff and first responders with places to stay so they can be close to their patients and safely distanced from their own families.

When you book a stay for your COVID-19 support work, Airbnb will waive all our fees up to the first 100K responders invited to book.
Let’s find you a place to call home during your COVID-19 support work
  • We’ll ask a few questions about your work and the type of accommodations you need. You’ll need to log in to your Airbnb account to do this.
  • Once you’re done, we’ll verify your info
  • Lastly, we’ll invite you to book a stay on Airbnb when and if accommodations become available based on your info.

Visit for more information.