COVID-19 Reopening Update
43rd Ward Mask Giveaway
Thank You for Helping
the Southeast Side Food Pantry
Dear Neighbors,

As the beautiful weather draws us all outside, please continue to wear a mask, maintain a safe social distance, and stay home if you are feeling sick. COVID-19 is still a real threat.

We receive many calls and emails from concerned neighbors who observe many people, in their enthusiasm about being outdoors, not wearing face masks.

People over the age of 55 are the fasted growing demographic in our ward. Those of us who have lived our lives here have been joined by others who have returned to downtown living. While most are very healthy, many are at some risk due to the infirmities of aging. The people you pass on the street may not be your parents, but they are someone's.

Chicago continues to experience a declining number of new COVID-19 cases. In many states where restrictions have been lifted , more people have become sick and restrictions have been re-imposed. Let's not let that happen to us.  The latest data can be found  here  
Be Safe, Be Smart Mask Give Away
43rd Ward Will Hand out Face Masks
Friday, June 19
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Both the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) and Chicago Sport and Social have endorsed wearing face coverings while in the parks and during exercise. We are pleased that they are partnering with our office to distribute masks to people out in the parks this week.

We will be handing out masks in high-traffic areas throughout the ward on Friday, June 19 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Meet up points:
  • Oz Park - near the picnic benches
  • Jonquil Park - near the picnic benches
  • Cannon Drive - near the CARA water fountain
  • South Lincoln Park - near the Lincoln statue
  • Lincoln Park Farmers Market (LP High School) - Saturday morning
Wear It Right Chicago

As we begin to cautiously reopen and visit our favorite restaurants and businesses, please remember to properly wear your face covering! Many people continue to wear their mask as a chin guard-- which will not help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wear your mask all the way down under your chin.
  • Tighten the loops so it's snug around your face.
  • Wear the mask all the way up to the bridge of your nose.
Southeast Side Food Pantry Donation Success

Thank you all very much for contributing to our Go Fund Me project for the Tenth Ward's  Southeast Side Food Pantry.  Thanks to you, we raised over $60,000, which will keep the pantry stocked with the supplies we contributed for almost two months.

Tuesday, we brought food and hygiene products for the 400 families the pantry serves every week. Watch the NBC5 story.

A huge thank you to Arthur Paris, owner of  Carnival Foods, who is using his buying power to purchase donated goods at wholesale so the money raised can help even more people.

There is so much we can do together as a neighborhood - we will be providing more opportunities in the future.

Photos: The staff and volunteers of Southeast Chicago Food Pantry

Arthur Paris of Carnival Foods, Alderman Sue Garza (10th Ward) and me
Here are some of the quotes from donors as to why they gave:

In Honor of All Southside Moms
Happy to be a small part of this worthy cause.
Tribute to hard working citizens of the 10th Ward!
In Memory of Jesse
Black Lives Matter
For the neighborhood I called home as a kid.
For those who have suffered during this tumultuous time.
No matter the miles between our neighborhoods, we stand with you and care about you.
In memory of my grandfather who was a proud member of
the United Steel Workers union.
Holding each other’s hand in unity
The kids of Roslyn Place and Arlington Place biked around North Pond to raise money for the 10th Ward. Sponsors pledged money for laps completed around the pond. In total, the children completed 84 laps, totaling 63 miles in 30 minutes.over
In memory of Bea
In memory of my mother
We all do better when we all do better
Tribute to Erwin Helfer
From an old Southsider
In memory of wonderful years spent in the Manors.
Jeffrey Manor resident in 10th Ward 1954-1968
In memory of Rafael, a 10th Ward friend
In solidarity with our neighbors
In memory of my beautiful mother, who fought for equal wages and social justice
For George Floyd
CPS Grab and Go Meal Sites
Monday June 22 - August 28
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Chicago Public Schools have announced Grab and Go Meal Sites will continue during summer break. Distribution begins on Monday, June 22 and continue through Friday, August 28.

In order to find the most up-to-date list of meal sites near you, please visit . If you have any questions contact the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or .
Juneteenth Holiday

City Council yesterday passed a r esolution recognizing June 19 as Juneteenth, a commemoration of the ending of slavery of African-American people in the United States . Juneteenth began in Texas to celebrate June 19, 1865, the day Union troops took control of Confederate-controlled Texas and announced the emancipation of enslaved people throughout the state.

Over two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, after the 13th Amendment banning slavery had passed Congress (but had not been yet ratified) and after his assassination, the last enslaved African-Americans were freed. I am proud to support the creation of this holiday in Chicago and thank Alderwoman Maria Hadden (49th) for championing its creation.

Learn more about this important day from the Chicago History Museum .
Juneteenth Day Virtual Celebration
Friday, June 19
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

I will be participating in a radio and live streamed event celebrating Juneteenth on Senior Talk Radio. Join me for an informative and fun hour.
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.
Happy Father's Day,

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