Peaceful Protests Continue
The 43rd Ward Reopens
Bring Food Donations to St. Vincent DePaul Now
Dear Neighbors,

The last two nights have been peaceful with no damage other than occasional graffiti.
There is a protest planned outside Lincoln Park High School tonight at 5 p.m. We expect it to be peaceful, and that police and our neighbors respect our citizens right to peaceably assemble and protest. We want to thank our 18th and 19th District police for the terrific support they have given our community. We know they are working very hard.

Our 43rd Ward businesses are reopening now. Please come on out - wearing facemasks. Businesses open now include hair and nail salons, restaurants, retail, doctors and dentists, childcare, gyms with 1:1 training.

We are working hard to help businesses re-open and are supporting a new ordinance to allow larger sidewalk cafes, and to allow taverns to have sidewalk cafes as well for the duration of this pandemic. Let's continue to support our local businesses.

Is your business opened? Let us know at yourvoice@ward43.org and we will include you on our list?

The citywide curfew for all residents and visitors, effective from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. will remain in effect until further notice.
Parks Cautiously Reopen June 8

Parks, except for the lakefront, are expected to re-open on Monday with limited use. Equipment and playgrounds will remain closed, although we expect our tennis courts to re-open. Park District field houses will be open to the public with limited-capacity and with restricted access to locker rooms and gymnasiums. We should receive specific guidelines very shortly, so please hold your questions for a day or so.

The Chicago Park District is scheduled to begin a limited Summer Camp on June 16.

The guidelines for parks and outdoor attractions include:

  • Runners, joggers, bikers and walkers to maintain >6 ft distancing while exercising
  • ​​Outdoor activities limited to non-contact sports in small groups only
  • ​​Playgrounds are temporarily closed
  • ​Social groups maintain physical distancing in open spaces
  • ​​Participants / attendees of parks & outdoor attractions required to wear facial coverings at all times
  • Visual signage posted throughout park regarding social distancing, proper PPE, and more

Please read the entire guidelines here.

Millennium Park remains closed and the Riverwalk is open from 5 a.m. - 9 a.m. daily for "passive use."
Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit Application
Businesses, Please Apply!
Apply Online

The Expanded Outdoor Dining Online Permit Application is officially live on the City's Inspection and Permits Initiative (IPI) Porta l . If you need assistance filling out your application, visit the city's permit portal for step-by-step details on how to apply. For more information, visit the Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit FAQ page.

This new permit has been created specifically for temporary Phase 3 (Cautiously Reopening) outdoor dining. Existing, fully - licensed restaurants and food establishments may apply to temporarily use streets and private property to extend dining space, where proper social distancing and adherence to public health guidelines are observed.

Applications will be accepted from Chambers of Commerce, SSAs, Business Associations, or a minimum of three (3) establishments (on a contiguous city block) applying together for full-service restaurants, limited-service restaurants and nonalcoholic beverage bars to serve food, beverages and liquor for consumption. Applicant(s) may request full street closure (maintaining a 12-foot fire lane) or use of private property, as long as:

  • Establishments only allow outdoor dining and drinking;
  • Seating is for parties of 6 persons or fewer;
  • Food and drinks are prepared inside the licensed establishments;
  • The proper social distancing of six feet between customers is observed; and
  • Health guidelines set by public health officials are followed.

There is no processing fee to submit the application .
Central Business District, Lake Shore Drive and CTA Guidance

The following streets are open beginning today:

  • Lake Shore Drive will open with the following exits remaining closed: Michigan
Avenue, Chicago Avenue, Grand Avenue, Lower Wacker Drive and Randolph St.
  • All entrance and exit ramps on 290 and 90/94.
  • CTA train and bus service will be restored, however, some train stops located within
or near the designated boundaries in the Central Business District and Loop area
will remain closed. Closures impacting the morning rush will be posted tomorrow,
beginning at 5:00 a.m. and will be updated regularly throughout the day at
www.transitchicago.com to ensure residents and employees have access to the
latest transit information.
  • Bridges in the Central Business District will be lowered over the Chicago River on
the following streets: Clark Street, Dearborn Street, Lake Street, Randolph Street,
Wells Street and Washington Street.

Divvy Bike Sharing Stations citywide are open beginning at 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. until further notice.
Street Sweeping Resumes Friday

The Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) will begin street sweeping this Friday. DSS is expected to return to their regular schedule and section #7C will be cleaned tomorrow. Please see the street sweeping schedule for section 7C and June here.
Returning to CTA - Safety Procedures

As the city begins Phase 3 and cautiously reopening, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is preparing for an increase in passengers. The CTA is committed to providing the cleanest, most comfortable environment possible for all customers, and have employed multiple strategies to protect its customers and employees.

These strategies include:
  • Promoting social distancing and customers and CTA employees wearing masks/face coverings;
  • Running full service continuously throughout the pandemic and all re-opening phases, including adding longer trains and longer buses to some routes;
  • Establishing passenger limits on buses and trains – approximately 15 customers on standard 40-foot buses and approximately 22 customers on 60-foot articulated buses and each train car;
  • Implementing rear-door boarding to help minimize contact between customers and bus operators;
  • Launching real-time camera crowd monitoring and addressing via audio announcements; and
  • Providing public information on ridership trends and crowding by bus route.

For more information, visit TransitChicago Coronavirus webpage.
OEMC 311 Operator - Job Opportunity
Through June 15

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) has a job posting for the Communicators Operation I (311 call taker) position at OEMC. Anyone who is interested in applying for this position can visit the link to DHR's website here and apply.
Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Food Pantry
Needs Donations
Open TODAY until 2 PM
St. Vincent DePaul Center
2145 N. Halsted

The Marillac St. Vincent Food Pantry is running low and accepting food donations - except for prepared food. They are in need of bread, dairy, meat, eggs, pantry items, and canned food. They are open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., however staff is always there until 2 p.m.

At each visit, proof of name and current address is required. Households must bring their own grocery bags. If you have any questions please call 312-278-4130.
No Block Party Permits - Through July 15

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has directed that:

No Block Party Permits will be issued for dates through July 15, 2020. CDOT will begin accepting Block Party Permit applications on July 1, 2020 for dates after July 15, 2020.

Please note all summer programming and event planning, including block parties, remain under continual discussion and are subject to evolving developments.
Virtual Webinars
Understanding the Grief Process: Hosted by Belmont Village
Tuesday, June 9
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

J oin Belmont Village staff and speaker Eillen Considine Boggins for this virtual event to gain a better understanding about the grief process and to learn about resources that guide our healing and comfort after we experience loss.

Space is limited. RSVP by June 8. To RSVP or for help in setting up Zoom, contact Lauren Hollasch at   lhollasch@belmontvillage.com   or by text at 773-484-7861 .
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 as we hear from Dr. Rahul Khare, Founder & President of Innovative Express Care. He will share his knowledge and advice on the importance of PPE and why it’s important to have it available in your business. Dr. Khare will also discuss health screenings for your employees and the best ways to conduct those in the workplace.
Congratulations to Our Graduates

Congratulations to all of our graduates. It's an unusual time, and one that we will always remember. We'd love to celebrate with you!

Send your photos to Caroline@ward43.org and we will post them on our Facebook page!

#43 Wears Masks

Please continue sending us photos of you wearing your masks! As businesses cautiously reopen, please do not forget we are still in a global pandemic and it is crucial to wear a facial covering while out in public spaces. We have come a long way to flatten the curve, let's not erase the hard work we have done.


Be well,






43rd Ward Office Hours: M - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
  2523 N Halsted  |  773-348-9500 yourvoice@ward43.org www.ward43.org