Phase 4 Reopening Expansion
Dickens Greenway Update Virtual Meeting
The Old Town Art Fair Is Back
Help LPHS Teachers
Dear Neighbors,

Mayor Lightfoot announced that the city may be fully reopened by July 4, and that some of the city's most beloved events will be returning - and one of the first will be our own Old Town Art Fair on Jun 12-13.

Lori Lightfoot lauded OTTA's, “ thoughtful application and adherence to city and state guidelines for re-opening.”

Safety measures for the 2021 Art Fair include a larger footprint for adequate room to move around, placing artist booths six feet apart, hand sanitizing stations throughout the Fair, signs encouraging social distancing and mask-wearing, and designated space for food vendors.

Because of capacity limit regulations, pre-registration will be required for entry to the Fair. Pre-registration will open on Saturday, May 8 here.

The OTAF suggests a $12 donation to allow the Old Town Triangle to continue funding for multiple organizations throughout Chicago. Proceeds from the Art Fair are returned to the community through grants to schools, charities, and other non-profit organizations. Give more!

Congratulations to the Old Town Triangle Association. They exercised great prudence when they cancelled the Art Fair last year, and are demonstrating the same prudence in carefully pre-planning this year's event. See you there!

Grant Park Music Festival Returns

Another ward favorite, the Grant Park Music Festival will return, with 21 classical concerts at the Pritzker Pavilion. Like the Art Fair, reservations will be required.

There's so much more. Here is the latest news.

Additionally, individuals who are fully vaccinated--two weeks after receiving final dose-- will not count toward limits at private events. Officials said the city would consider expanding the exemption to other industries in the coming weeks if metrics continue to be met.

We are heading towards full opening. Please continue to stay vigilant and to encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated, so all of Chicago can enjoy our city this summer.
CPS Virtual Parent Town Hall
TODAY, Thursday, May 6
6 p.m.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will be hosting an informational Town Hall meeting for parents to provide more information about how CPS will begin the transition after the departure of CEO Janice Jackson, information regarding summer programs, and plans for the next school year.

Mayor Lightfoot, Board President Miguel del Valle, and Janice Jackson will discuss additional academic support opportunities and safe space to stay active this summer, as well as discussing guiding principles and approach for the upcoming school year.

You may submit questions in advance here.
Dickens Greenway Update Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, May 18
6 p.m.
Join our office and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) for an update on the Dickens Greenway.
CDOT will provide an overview of the project and take questions from the community,
My office will conduct the discussion, take notes, and record your comments.
Please use an email associated with a Zoom account to register here.
After you register, you will receive an email with the link to access the meeting within an hour of the start time. If you have not received a Zoom link by then, please email for assistance.
Community Events
Meeting Regarding Clark Street SSA Renewal
 Tomorrow, May 7 at 9 a.m.

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting a second community meeting about the proposed renewal of the Clark Street Special Service Area (SSA). The SSA provides special services to the Clark and Diversey area, and promotes businesses there, and is supported by property taxpayers within its boundaries.
Learn more about the Clark Street SSA Renewal, how an SSA is funded, and share your ideas on programs and services including landscaping, beautification, sidewalk cleaning and maintenance, sidewalk snow removal, events and marketing.
The Clark Street SSA boundaries include all properties fronting Clark Street from Armitage on the south to Diversey on the north; and all properties fronting the south side of Diversey from Orchard to Lakeview, as reflected on the above map.
1871: The Great Fire Comes to
Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative
TONIGHT, Thursday, May 6, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative, a partnership between DePaul University and the Lincoln Park community that documents the shared history between the neighborhood and the university, is presenting this year’s Spring program virtually.
Hear accounts of the Chicago Fire from the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. In “Night of Judgement for Chicago,” they describe how the spirit of Chicago and the winds of change reshaped Lincoln Park and Chicago forever.

Presented by Betty Ann McNeil, D.C., moderated by Edward Udovic, C.M., this event is free and open to the public. .
Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants Webinars
Commissioner Bridget Gainer
Friday, 5/7 at noon

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grant program will begin accepting applications this Monday, May 3. Applicants can log on to SBA’s RRF page beginning today to create an account and download the latest forms.

County Commissioner Bridget Gainer is hosting several very helpful webinars to help you get your application ready for the new federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants. These is a terrific program for which the industry fought long and hard.

Please sign up for one of these webinars so you can get your application in as soon as possible, as funds are limited. For more info, click here. These grants apply to most businesses in the food and hospitality sector.
Month of May Events
Shop Local for Mothers Day

Celebrate mothers, celebrate reopening, and support our local businesses on Mothers Day.

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce has put together a shopper's guide, available here.
Move for Kids
May 15-16

Lincoln Common is hosting Move for Kids for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago--A Weekend of Activities for All. Saturday May 15 and Sunday May 16

Join us for a weekend of activities on the plaza. Participate in one of the many family-friendly and adult-focused events including workouts, performances and more. Reservations are required, learn more here.
Park Clean Up Days
Begin May 22

So many of you turned out for Earth Day events here and throughout the city. The Chicago Parks Foundation continues the efforts by providing volunteer groups with supplies and support to safely, independently host clean-ups at any of Chicago's 600+ parks.

The season of independent clean ups begins Saturday, May 22
Participating parks kick off the season with a special one-day community volunteer event hosted by Park Advisory Councils on Saturday, May 22nd, then from June through October anyone can host a clean-up or volunteer for one.
To learn more and register, visit here.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Taking care of your mental health is as critical as taking care of your physical health. The Kennedy Forum Illinois is providing resources to help you address mental health issues openly and honestly in your home, workplace, house of faith, and community.

Please take advantage of these free resources:

  • The Kennedy Forum Illinois’ Toolkits, here 
  • Mental Health America Mental Health Toolkit, here
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, here

If you, or someone you know, needs immediate help:

  • Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741
  • Call4Calm, Illinois: text TALK to 552020; for Spanish text HABLAR to 552020
  • National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Free Crisis Counseling Services
The Illinois Department of Human Services has partnered with local behavioral health clinics to offer free crisis counseling and other mental health services for Illinois residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
All crisis counseling sessions are confidential and include a free screening and referral for individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. In addition, crisis counseling sessions can offer reassurance, practical assistance, emotional support and teach behavioral techniques for coping with stress.
Learn more about these critical mental health services here.
Our Local Restaurants
Patio on Schubert Continues this Weekend

As a part of celebration of the reopening of so many of our community's favorite dining spots, Schubert Avenue will be closed from Halsted street heading east to the alley.

Please join the celebration and visit some of our great restaurants.

This portion of Schubert will be closed from 9 a.m. Friday until 11 p.m. Sunday the next four weekends.
Support Local Businesses
Have a great Mother's Day and shop local,

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