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. Miami Dolphins
Sunday, November 6th at noon
Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
Sunday, November 13th at noon
Mortgage Relief Program
Behind on housing costs due to COVID-19? Apply for up to $30,000 in emergency mortgage assistance paid directly to your mortgage servicer. Eligible homeowners must have experienced a COVID-19 related hardship after January 21, 2022, be delinquent on mortgage/property taxes/association fees, and must currently own and occupy the home. Additional rules and restrictions may apply. Apply at illinoishousinghelp.org.
Join the Chicago Police Department
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has expanded the criteria to become a Chicago Police Officer. The 60 semester hour college or university education requirement will be waived for candidates with the following experience: 2 years as an active duty member of the armed forces or peace officer; or 3 years as a correctional officer, detention officer, licensed professional security or private security contractor, professional in a trade industry, or a social service, health care, or education professional.
Starting salary for a new CPD officer is $82,458 and includes excellent benefits such as a pension plan, tuition reimbursement, paid holidays/sick days/vacation, health care and much more. In-person testing at all City Colleges of Chicago is December 1-3, 2022. Apply now at chicagopolice.org.
Stormwater Management Tips for Fall
With fall and winter approaching, Chicago can still see weather conditions that can lead to flooding. No longer just a problem in spring, the Department of Water Management (DWM) encourages residents to assist in reducing excess water from reaching the sewer system.
Community-wide efforts can greatly decrease the impact of neighborhood flooding and the extent of basement backups by taking the following steps:
- Sweep up leaves from driveways, sidewalks, and streets.
- Clean roof gutters and drains of leaves.
- Keep nearby catch basin grates clear of yard waste and trash.
- Don’t litter or dump anything in storm drains. Storm drains are for rain only.
- Avoid running a dishwasher or washing machine during storms.
- Use a commercial car wash or wash your car over grass or gravel instead of on a driveway or in the street.
- Do not dump fats/oils/greases down the drain or down catch basins in the street.
- Disconnect your downspout from the sewer system. Make sure to direct flow to areas with permeable surfaces that can properly absorb the stormwater or use rain barrels to collect the rain directly from the downspouts. See DWM’s website for a guide on downspout disconnection.
- Before winter, empty your rain barrel and store in a garage or shed.
Additional information can be found here - www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/water/supp_info/conservation.html
Post Office Warns Not to Use Blue Mail Collection Boxes
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is warning residents to avoid using the blue collection boxes, as they have become targets for criminals trying to steal checks or valuable personal information. This is especially true when dropping off mail after the last collection of the day or during Sundays and holidays. Instead, please use one of USPS many retail locations or inside wall drop slots to send mail.
If you see someone inside a blue collection bin that does not look like a USPS employee, call the police or the postal inspection service at 877-876-2455. USPS is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for individuals whose tips lead to an arrest.
LIHEAP Applications are Open
Apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which can provide residents with heat and electricity assistance. Funding is available between September 1, 2022 and May 31, 2022 or until funds are exhausted. For more information go to helpillinoisfamilies.com or call 1-833-711-0374.
CPS Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
CPS hosts free vaccination clinics across the City to provide COVID-19 and flu shots to children. COVID-19 vaccinations are safe, free and the most effective way to prevent serious illness for those aged 5+. Cooler weather means more time indoors, increasing risk factors. Sign up at bit.ly/3kNvxoU.
Where: Air Force HS (3630 S. Wells St.), McClellan ES (3527 S. Wallace)
When: Tuesday, November 1st from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (Air Force); Friday, November 4th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (McClellan)
Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)
Is access to financial capital important for your business? The Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) Business Development managers Invite you to an online conversation that's open to all racial/ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQIA+ owned businesses and all other marginalized groups. Team OMEE will provide you with the latest updates on financial resources, federal and state programs, share information about other opportunities, and answer any questions you may have about your business.
Where: Register Here
When: Wednesday, November 2nd from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
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, November 5th at 9:00 am (link to register) and Saturday, November 19th 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, November 8th at 6:00 pm (link to register), and Tuesday, November 22nd at 6:00 pm (link to register)
Master Dog Trainer Toriano Sanzone - Wolfkeeper University
Please join world-renowned Master Dog Trainer Toriano Sanzone for Wolfkeeper University. This Veterans Day he will discuss how dogs are used to assist veterans during and after enlistment. Dogs are active in the military patrol/search, rescue and tracking, and after service, assist and enhance independence, emotional wellness, healing and other therapeutic access. Ask your librarian or visit chipublib.org for more information.
Where: Harold Washington Library, Lower Level (400 S. State St.)
When: Friday, November 11th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Free Mental Health First Aid Training
Sometimes, first aid is not a bandage, CPR, or 911. Sometimes, first aid is you! Learn how to efficiently take a 5-step action plan to help others during a mental health crisis. Registration is limited to 25 people. You must register for both dates to complete the 8-hour training to earn a 3 year Mental Health First Aid Training Certificate. Lunch will be provided during each session. Register at MHFABronzeville.eventbrite.com.
Where: The Bronzeville Incubator (5055 S. Prairie Ave.)
When: Sunday, November 13th and Sunday, November 20th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Illinois Women in Cannabis: Jobs and Careers in the Industry
Please join Illinois Women in Cannabis (IWC) for an enthusiastic discussion on Careers & Jobs in the Cannabis industry. Amor Montes de Oca will lead a panel with expertise in the area, and examine the opportunities that exist in this burgeoning young field. All opinions and questions are welcomed. Whether you call it pot; weed; grass; marijuana; or just cannabis … please come out and join us. Ask your librarian or visit chipublib.org for more information.
Where: Harold Washington Library, Lower Level (400 S. State St.)
When: Tuesday, November 15th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
CPS Job Fair
Chicago Public Schools Talent Office is hosting a CPS Job Fair in the community for positions with CPS. Positions include teacher assistant, special education classroom assistant, nurse, security officer, cook, porter, crossing guard, tutor, bus aide, substitute teacher and many more. To register for the event, please visit bit.ly/CPSJobFair111622.
Where: Apostolic Church of God - Gymnasium (6320 S. Dorchester Ave.)
When: Wednesday, November 16th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm