Parks, Libraries Reopen
Our Friends on the Southeast Side
Go Fund Me Project
Cocktails to Go
Dear Neighbors,

The Citywide curfew has been lifted. Access to downtown has been fully restored. Lake Shore Drive is open and downtown expressway ramps are now open. CTA rail and bus service downtown has also been fully restored.
Parks Reopen: Phase 3 Plan

The Chicago Park District has reopened parks west of Lakeshore Drive, including our beloved Lincoln Park.

The following parks west of Lake Shore Drive that have been closed also reopened. These parks are:
  • Lake Shore Park
  • Loyola Park
  • Berger Park
  • Lincoln Park (west of LSD)
  • Grant Park (west of LSD)
  • Burnham Park (west of LSD)
  • Harold Washington Park
  • Jackson Park (west of LSD)
  • The Midway Plaisance
  • Washington Park
  • Arthur Ashe Park
  • Rainbow Beach Park
  • Park 566
  • Steelworkers Park
  • Calumet Park
Parks east of Lake Shore Drive, including the Lakefront Trail and the beaches, remain closed. The 606 Bloomingdale Trail will remain closed. Maggie Daley Park will reopen Monday, June 15. Millennium Park, managed by the City's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will reopen in mid-June. In parks with beaches, the beaches remain closed, while the parkland and field houses will open.
For parks west of Lake Shore Drive, field houses will reopen from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for restrooms and cooling stations/shelter from rain only. Neighborhood concessions will be opening as well.

Sports Facilities

  • The Chicago Park District’s inland golf facilities and Diversey Driving Range will reopen to the public, but the Marovitz Golf Course will remain closed for the time being. Please visit for details, including reservations.
  • Tennis Courts are open.
  • Basketball courts and volleyball courts remain closed.
  • Ballfields, artificial surface fields, and general open greenspace will begin to open for the public to enjoy. Activities will be limited to non-contact sport in small groups only with an emphasis on skill development, health, and positive interaction. Scrimmages, organized practices and games are not allowed.

Summer Programs
There will be no park programming offered in the field houses at this time. Programming is expected to start on July 6th. There will be a limited number of day camps, although some other activities, such as tennis for children and adults, are available at McFetridge. A complete listing of summer programs and registration is available  here . Online registration will begin June 11 for parks west of California Avenue and June 12 for parks east of California Avenue.

Playgrounds, pools, and water features will remain closed. Water fountains will also remain closed. Equipment is not being cleaned or sanitized. The Park District asks that parents keep children away from equipment to prevent the spread of the virus.

Here is what you can expect:
  • You are expected to maintain 6 feet of distance.
  • Face coverings are required at all times.
  • Clean up your garbage. 
  • Social Distancing Ambassadors will be spaced throughout providing a positive presence and ensuring safety measures are being observed.
  • Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Be courteous and allow people to pass, ensuring a safe social distance.
  • Keep moving while on paths and trails.
  • Avoid crowded areas and if it is hard to maintain a safe social space, please visit at another time.

The Park District also has a full menu of online activities at their YouTube channel. For an informative list of Chicago Park District reopening guidelines, click here.
Chicago Public Library Open for In-Person Services
Monday & Wednesday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Lincoln Park Branch
1150 W. Fullerton Ave.

We are pleased that the Chicago Public Library is now open.

Patrons are encouraged to place items on hold and pick them up at the library. Only 25 people are allowed to enter at one time with a one hour time limit while inside.

Computers are available for use, however, please note--library staff have limited capabilities to assist patrons, with regards to current social distancing measures in place due to COVID-19. As with all public indoor locations, you must wear a face mask when in the library

Please see this FAQ page for more information.
Places of Worship Reopen with Limited Capacity

Places of worship are now allowed to provide in-person services of 50 people or fewer. Spaces that are smaller are limited to 25 percent occupancy. BlockClub Chicago has more.

Several protocols include:
  • Limited capacity to 50 people or fewer
  • Maintain 6 feet distance when seated
  • Facial coverings must be worn inside
  • Disinfecting stations throughout facility
  • Provide PPE signage regarding hygiene and safe distancing
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 have raised almost $50,000!

We have one more day for our initial effort. The funds we donate now will be used to purchase goods to be delivered on Thursday.

Art Paris, the owner of Carnival Foods , has offered to use his buying power to purchase these goods at wholesale so we can deliver them to the pantry. We are incredibly grateful to Art.

As we said yesterday, the Tenth Ward is located on the far southeast side of the city. It was once the city's industrial center, but many jobs have been lost and never replaced. My hardworking colleague Alderman Sue Garza has worked hard to uplift her community.which was hit hard by COVID-19. Nearly all of her ward's grocery stores and pharmacies were looted and vandalized.

They have asked for our help for specific products to help moms with small children.
100% of donated funds will go to purchase large quantities of the following, specifically requested items for moms:

Baby Formula
Women's Hygiene Products

If we raise more, we can keep this going for longer, and buy additional items. Please help now!
Grab and Go Food Pantry Drop Off for Donations
Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 9
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tonic Room
2447 N. Halsted

Have groceries to donate? The Tonic Room will be collecting donations for the Grab-N-Go Cookout/Food Pantry at St. Columbanus Church at 331 E. 71 St. You can also send money via CashApp to $FEEDCHICAGO.

Donations needed:
  • Non-perishable food
  • Baby formula
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Water
  • Masks
  • Gloves
  • Juice boxes

Cocktails to Go

Today, the City Council License Committee approved a new ordinance which temporarily allows taverns to serve “Cocktails to Go.” Under the ordinance , all premixed cocktails must be served in sealed, tamper evident containers and must be labeled with ingredients, serving size, and the liquor license holder’s information. “Cocktails to Go” can be available for carry out or delivery, but all deliveries must be made by an employee of the establishment. The ordinance is expected to pass at next week's City Council meeting. This is a needed help to our taverns, which have been closed since the COVID pandemic began. The Chicago Sun-Times has more.
Virtual Webinars
Gold Coast Neighbors Virtual Summer Neighborhood Update
TODAY, Tuesday, June 9
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Join the Gold Coast Neighborhood Association as they discuss the impact of COVID-19 on our community..

Other topics will include public safety, including their Public Safety Patrol, and plans for operation during the summer, as well as issues related to cannabis dispensaries.

Please register in advance using the link above, a zoom link will be emailed to you before the meeting starts.
Health and Sanitation Practices in the Age of COVID19: PP What? - The Protection Needed to Reopen Your Business
Thursday, June 11
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Join the LPCC and their guest Dr. Rahul Khare, Founder & President of Innovative Express Care, who will discuss the importance of Personal Protective Equipment and why it’s important to have it available in your business.

Dr. Khare will also discuss the best ways to conduct health screenings of your employees.
BACP Industry-Specific Webinars on YouTube

Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) has a series of informative videos to help guide businesses. Be Safe Chicago Phase III: Cautiously Reopen webinars provide an overview of industry-specific guidelines for safely operating within Phase III.

Visit the YouTube Channel for the playlist of webinars.

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.

Please give generously to our GoFundMe campaign.

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