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.com/events/all. 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 Bears vs. Green Bay Packers
Sunday, December 4th at noon
Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, December 18th at noon
Chicago Bears vs. Buffalo Bills
Saturday, December 24th at noon
ComEd Payment and Energy Efficiency Programs
The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program offers a FREE home energy assessment where customers receive personalized savings recommendations, plus FREE and discounted energy-saving products. If your home and household income meet qualifying guidelines, you may be eligible for free weatherization services as well. To schedule your free home energy assessment go to ComEd.com/WaysToSave.
ComEd also offers the following payment and assistance options:
Deferred Payment Arrangements (DPA) - A Deferred Payment Arrangement is available if you have a past-due balance, have not defaulted off a previous DPA in the past 12 months, and the service has not been disconnected for down payment. Make a down payment on the amount owed, and the balance is paid through installments to your regular monthly bill.
LIHEAP/PPP - LIHEAP is a federal program that provides a one-time grant to help income-eligible residents with energy bills. PIPP places customers on a Budget Billing plan that is subsidized by a monthly PIPP benefit amount, determined by a percentage of household income.
Budget Billing - Budget Billing provides a predictable monthly payment based on your electricity usage during the last 12 months. You'll know exactly what you'll pay each month to help you manage your budget. To enroll in this program go to ComEd.com/BillingOptions.
Learn more about these programs and check eligibility requirements at ComEd.com/PaymentAssistance.
Your Cook County Property Tax Bill is Now Available
Cook County’s Second Installment property tax bills have been posted at cookcountytreasurer.com, where bills can be viewed, downloaded and paid with no added surcharge.
Property tax payments are due Dec. 30. You can download your tax bill and make a payment by visiting cookcountytreasurer.com and following these steps:
- Select the blue box labeled “Pay Online for Free”
- Enter your address or Property Index Number (PIN)
There is no fee if you pay online from your bank account. However, you can also print your bill and bring it to any Chase Bank location, including those outside Cook County. You can also pay at more than 100 community banks where you have an account or at the Treasurer’s Office. You may also use the website to:
- Download a copy of your Tax Bill
- Search $84 million in available refunds
- Check property tax exemptions, which can lower your taxes
Don't Bury Critical ComEd Equipment in the Snow
Residents and businesses may have ComEd transformers and/or switchgear on their property that may need to be accessed in the winter. Occasionally after a snowstorm, snow removal efforts will result in buried or blocked access to critical ComEd equipment.
In order to be able to safely access the equipment if necessary, ComEd is asking anyone with equipment on their property to ensure that there is at least ten feet of open space in front of the equipment’s cabinet doors. Additionally, ComEd needs a foot of clearance on the remaining three sides of the equipment. Questions can be directed to ComEd at 1-800-EDISON-1
Environmental Improvements for Individuals with Asthma and COPD
The American Lung Association is able to offer FREE home assessments for individuals suffering from Asthma and COPD. During an assessment, staff will walk through a person's home, virtually or in-person, and offer suggestions of how to reduce the allergens and irritants that may be making lung disease worse. Staff can then provide supplies to reduce these allergens in the home. Schedule a visit by calling 312-445-2503 or 312-273-5891.
Christmas Card for Hospitalized Kids
Come into King Branch Library to help brighten up the day of a child who is hospitalized by creating an original Christmas Day card. Cards will be sent to the organization Card for Hospitalized Kids. The event is designed for kids 6 to 12 and their caregivers.
Where: King Branch Library (3436 S. King Dr.)
When: Thursday, December 1st from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Africa International House's annual Pre-Kwanzaa Marketplace is a celebration that strives to unify families and communities guided by seven principles. This year, the fourth principle, “Ujamaa- Cooperative Economics” recognizes the interconnectedness and importance of working together as a people to achieve economic growth and self-reliance. Vendors, entertainers, workshop presenters at the event sponsored by Africa International House and other entities will illustrate the interconnectedness and determination necessary for economic viability.
Friday is “Senior Day,” (December 2nd 11am-8pm) at the event. Help our seniors stay connected and maintain their independence through programming that addresses their physical, economic, and social well-being.
Where: Harriet Harris Park (6200 S. Drexel Blvd.)
When: Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
A Taste of the Nutcracker
Hyde Park School of Dance will perform scenes from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet The Nutcracker based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. Meet the Nutcracker-Prince, Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and other characters in this delightful production. This free program is recommended for all ages.
Where: King Branch Library (3436 S. King Dr.)
When: Saturday, December 3rd from 10:45 am to 11:15 pm
Physics with a BANG!
Physics with a BANG! is a free science event for all ages sponsored by the University of Chicago Materials Research Center. Shows are at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm with the demo alley open from noon to 4:00 pm. Additional program details can be found here.
Where: Kersten Physics Teaching Center (5720 S. Ellis Ave.)
When: Saturday, December 3rd from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
SSCFCU Preparing for Homeownership
This class will teach first time home buyers how to prepare for homeownership and learn the important steps involved in the entire homebuying process. The South Side Community Federal Credit Union will help you learn how lenders assess your readiness to purchase a home to closing on a mortgage. Register for this virtual class here.
When: Saturday, December 3rd from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Free INFO SESSION - An Introduction to CTC Services
CTC staff will introduce our holistic and personalized approach to career transition services, including all the resources and ways we support professionals to navigate to new careers and jobs: including weekly coaching, training, peer support and access to new networks. We serve diverse professionals whatever your current job status may be: unemployed, or under-employed. Click here to register for this virtual event.
When: Monday, December 5th from 11:00 am to noon
NHS Home Buyer Education Webinar
Learn about the home buying process such as the basics of budgeting, improving credit, understanding the closing process and down payment assistance programs. This is an eight-hour course delivered in two 4-hour sessions.
When: Saturday, December 3rd at 9:00 am (link to register) and Saturday, December 10th at 9:00 am (link to register)
NHS Financial Fresh Start Webinar
Whether you are planning to purchase a home or simply need to improve your finances, this webinar will
prepare you for financial security. Learn How To: develop a spending plan, reduce your debt, and increase your credit score.
When: Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00 pm (link to register), and Tuesday, December 20th at 6:00 pm (link to register)
Teen Arts Showcase
University of Chicago's Arts and Public Life (APL) is hosting a free teen arts showcase featuring APL youth artists.
Where: Green Line Performing Arts Performing Arts Center (329 E Garfield Blvd.)
When: Friday, December 9th at 6:00 pm
2nd Illinois CS Opportunity Fair
Interested in studying Computer Science and working in Chicago's dynamic tech community? Join the Discovery Partners Institute for the 2nd IL CS Opportunity Fair! This event is designed for high school students and their families to hear from city colleges, universities and non-profit organizations about how CS and tech programs in Illinois can lead to exciting and high-paying job opportunities in Chicago. Register here.
Where: Illinois Tech - McCormick Tribune Campus Center (3201 S. State St.)
When: Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Social Media Awareness Pt. II
Join the South Side Community Federal Credit Union for this virtual workshop for tips on the advantages and disadvantages of social media, how to set up social media accounts and tailor them for your use and security, best practices for online banking transactions, cell phones and its many uses, securing your computer and more. Register for this virtual event here.
When: Saturday, December 10th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Renters Rights in the Winter
If you are a renter, please join NHS for this informative webinar to learn more about the Chicago Heat Ordinance, requesting maintenance, and evictions during the winter. Register here.
When: Tuesday, December 13th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Time Management Strategies for Job Search
Having trouble managing all the tasks and action items involved in your job search? Don't know where to start? You're not alone. Job search can be daunting, with so many action items, along with everything else we have in our lives. This workshop will introduce a variety of time management models and hands-on exercises so you can customize a time management plan that works for your specific needs. Click here to register for this virtual event.
When: Thursday, December 22nd from noon to 1:00 pm