Lakefront Path Will Be Reopening - June 22
Bars and Tavern Reopen Outside - June 17
Shared Street Program
Dear Neighbors,

The mayor announced today that on June 22, the 18-mile Lakefront Trail east of Lake Shore Drive will be reopened from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The trail will be open for exercise and transit only. Everyone who uses the trail will have to abide by a "keep it moving" strategy.

Signage will be installed which will remind users of the rules and social distancing "ambassadors" will staff the trail to educate trail users and manage traffic flow.

Beaches and parks will remain closed for the time being. The Park District will not allow congregating, gathering, or the use of park amenities, including barbecues, picnic areas, and stationary activities.

Not every entrance to the trail will be open. We will share that information when it is available. Due to the significant lakefront storm damage and high lake levels, three sections of the lakefront trail will merge to accommodate users. From Fullerton to North Avenue will be a shared trail. North Avenue to Ohio Street, trail users will be redirected to an on-street detour. From 43rd Street to 51st Street, users will merge onto one trail.

To learn more, read here.

Bars and Breweries Reopen June 17

Mayor Lightfoot also announced today that bars and breweries will be allowed to reopen Wednesday, and they will be allowed to expand their outdoor seating areas under the same rules as restaurants. Patrons must be seated at tables at least six feet apart, with six or fewer people per table.

Patrons will be limited to remain at a bar or brewery for two hours or less and on-site consumption must cease at 11 p.m.; carryout sales of alcohol must cease at 9 p.m.
Shared Streets Program

The City is expanding the Shared Streets program in neighborhoods across Chicago. This program is a city-wide effort to create more space for people to safely enjoy more outdoor activities. The program will close off residential streets to through traffic allowing pedestrians to bike, run, walk, and enjoy the outdoors safely.

Click on the interactive map below to give us your feedback about what streets you think might be good for this initiative, and we will get back to you with CDOT's feedback soon.

Here are some FAQs about Shared Streets.
Delinquent Property Tax Extension

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas announced that under a new law, property owners with delinquent taxes will now have 13 months rather than nine to pay.

“This additional time can make the difference between keeping your home and seeing it taken away,” said Pappas. A copy of the news release is here

Visit the 
website to learn more and to pay your taxes online.
Secretary of State Open with Limited Services

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced his office is now open - with the next
two months (until July 31) focused on serving only the following:  
  • new drivers
  • customers with expired driver's licenses/ID cards 
  • vehicle transactions

The reopening dates and locations for Driver Services facilities in Chicago are as follows: 
  • Monday through Saturday facilities (Chicago North, Chicago South and Chicago West) will open Monday, June 1. 
  • Chicago Central located at the James R. Thompson Center and Chicago Loop Express located at 69 W. Washington will reopen July 1 because these buildings will not be opened to the public until that date.  
  • Expanded hours of operations are Monday 7:30 to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit to learn more and to take advantage of many online services.
Juneteenth Day Virtual Celebration
Friday, June 19
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Watch Live on Social Media Sites

Little Sisters of the Poor Seeking Donations

The Little Sisters of the Poor still need more help to provide services to all who are in need:

If you can donate, please send the following:
  • A variety of sodas in individual cans 
  • Disinfecting wipes 
  • Disposable isolation gowns
  • Regular bottled water
  • Cranberry juice and apple juice
  • Individual apple sauce cups and pudding cups 
  • Tissues

Please contact Brian Comer if you have restaurant connections. The Sheffield Neighborhood Association is purchasing 100 meals per day and are planning to continue the effort for a few months. Please email Brian  or 312.282.0071. Art projects are welcome, the residents and staff love seeing them! Or,  monetary donations are acceptable.
What's Open for Business?

With a slow and steady return to business, we wanted to highlight businesses that are up and running. Please send us an email at  and let us know you're open for business!
Support our Neighborhood Restaurants

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.

New City Dapper Dad
Saturday, June 20
Sunday, June 21

In celebration of Father’s Day, NEWCITY Restaurants has partnered with Tie Bar to recognize all fathers who have been working overtime to keep their families healthy and safe. In appreciation, they are giving "Dapper Dads" a Tie Bar Gift Set which includes a tie and fun pair of socks.

NEWCITY restaurants  Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya Earls Kitchen + Bar  and  Nando’s PERi-PERi  will be offering one complimentary  Tie Bar Gift Set  with all carry-out, delivery and patio-dining orders that have Dads present on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21.
Congratulations Class of 2020

Congratulations to the class of 2020! This has been a challenging year and a peculiar, unforgettable graduation season. But we are as proud as ever of our graduates.
Even though things are opening up, COVID is still among us. Please wear a face covering whenever you are near others.

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