More Vaccine Events
Restaurant Revitilization Grants Online Soon
Mental Health Services
Farmers Markets Open Saturday
Dear Neighbors,

More arrests in Carjacking Cases
Police announced the April 22, 2021 arrest of Leonard Johnson, 22 of the 5300 block of S. Sacramento, for the robbery and vehicular hijacking of a 27 year old male in the 900 block of W Armitage.  It is great that the detectives have followed up in this case and made an arrest.  We will be following this case in court advocacy. 
During April, police also announced arrests of 4 juveniles for 8 carjacking incidents and one other adult for a December 2019 incident. 
In addition, we are pleased that the Police are continuing to make arrests in connection with last summer’s looting, including the case of Marcellars Boyce, 22, of the 4300 block W Flournoy.  He is charged with felony burglary and looting for looting in the 1600 block of N. Wells on August 10, 2020.  
Jewel-Osco COVID-19 Vaccine Event
Ages 16+
Hosted at the Moody Church
1630 N Clark Street
May 4th
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Schedule appointments for the 1st dose:

2nd dose will be the same time on Tuesday, May 25th.

Bring One form of identification (preferably photo-ID) and insurance card (if available). Printed and completed consent form which will be sent to your email.

Parking or Transportation: Surrounding metered streets or nearest pay to park garage is at 1730 N Stockton Drive, Chicago, IL, 60614. Recommend using a taxi-cab, ride-share, public transportation, or arrange for pick-up and drop-off.

Instructions: Wear loose clothing (short-sleeves or no sleeves) to allow for ease of vaccine administration on the upper left or right arm. Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the appointment. Plan for up to 1 hour from start to finish.

Questions? Contact:

Other Vaccination Options

The United Center and Wrigley Field vaccination sites are now open for all adults 18+ without an appointment. Those under 18 can go with a parent.

All other sites still require an appointment. Contact the sites directly or use Zocdoc. Other sites are:

If you need help navigating some of this, please call our office at 773-348-9500, and we will help you.
Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants Webinars
Commissioner Bridget Gainer

TODAY, Friday, 4/30 at noon
Tuesday, 5/4 at noon
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.
Reopening Chicago

Yesterday, Mayor Lightfoot announced that Chicago was entering a new phase of re-opening. Based on improving metrics and the dramatic rise in vaccinations, the City is allowing increased capacities and more events. This great news will allow new opportunities for life to begin to return to normal.

Most of these new guidelines apply to businesses and special events, which can be viewed here. Please review them carefully to make sure your business or event complies.

For most of us, the biggest changes will apply if we get vaccinated. More people can attend private events if they are vaccinated, and vaccinated people don't have to wear masks outdoors under many circumstances.

Fortunately, our Ward's case numbers are coming down again - but please know that the numbers are still higher than they were last summer. If you haven't been vaccinated, do it now. And continue to wear your masks until you are fully vaccinated,
Two Upcoming Meetings Regarding Clark Street SSA Renewal
May 4 at 5 p.m.
 May 7 at 9 a.m.

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting two community meetings about the Clark Street Special Service Area (SSA). The SSA provides special services to the Clark and Diversey area, and promotes businesses there.
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.
City Clerk Expanded Hours for Seniors

The Office of the City Clerk will have expanded hours to serve seniors every Tuesday through July 27th, 2021
Senior hours are 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. for individuals 65+ at the Archer and Gale satellite office locations. Additional details can be found here.
Community News
Lincoln Park Farmers Market
Opens May 1
The Lincoln Park Farmers Market opens this Saturday, May 1 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Lincoln Park High School, rain or shine. This is the 40th anniversary season for the market, please come out and show your support.
The market is seeking volunteers; to sign up or for more information contact Elsa Jacobson.
City Green Market Returns May 1

Green City Market will return to Lincoln Park on Saturday, May 1, 2021. The market will open at 7 a.m. and run every Wednesday and Saturday through the end of October.

James Beard Award-winning chef Beverly Kim of Parachute and Wherewithall will attend the opening and chat with shoppers to share her favorite farm-fresh finds of Green City Market.

Among this year’s new vendors: Star Farm Chicago, an urban farm established in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, offering fresh seasonal vegetables; Frillman Farms, an heirloom-only operation growing on the land of former GCM vendor, Leaning Shed Farm; and Daisies, an acclaimed restaurant in Logan Square, now selling ragu, pesto and fresh pasta at retail.
For more information, visit here.
Divvy is Hiring

Divvy is hiring for more than 200 positions. These include Valets, Bike Mechanics, and Driver positions. The majority of these jobs are Full Time, though some have Part Time flexibility. Pay ranges from $15.50 to $16.75. Apply here.
One Summer Chicago Jobs

One Summer Chicago 2021 will run from July 5 to August 13 and will include remote and socially distanced, in-person job and life-skills training for youth ages 14 to 24. More than 21,000 jobs are available. The application deadline is Friday, June 11. Apply here.
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.
Covid Mortgage Relief

Through the CARES Act, homeowners with federally-backed mortgages can put their loans into forbearance for six months to a year.

At the end of the forbearance, the missed payments are either recapitalized through a modification or are put on the end of the loan as a non-interest-bearing balloon payment. Reverse mortgage borrowers, and borrowers who are already behind on their mortgage (or are even in foreclosure) are eligible. Although the CARES Act set a Dec. 31 deadline for signing up for this option, President Biden has extended those deadlines to the end of June. 
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services has a self-help tool on its website: COVID-19 Mortgage Relief - Chicago Volunteer Legal Services ( There, homeowners can check if their loan is federally-backed and fill out form letters to send to their lender. A dedicated hotline and email for homeowners who have trouble navigating the internet: 312-332-8785; FAQs and referrals to other resources are also posted. 
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Huili Feng of Tumu Studio is raising money to support Chicago K-12 public schools with a wider selection of books that promote awareness of Asian American history and their contributions to our communities and country.   

Learn more here and donate here.

Our Local Restaurants
Patio on Schubert
Reopens Tonight

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.
Tonic Room Reopens as
The Golden Dagger
2447 N Halsted
Everyday from 7 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Special Vintage and Plant Sale
May 1st 12 noon - 4 p.m.

We are thrilled that the The Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted, has reopened as the Golden Dagger with service as a coffeehouse! Live entertainment will return as soon as it's safe.

While you can certainly walk up to get cocktails or Skylight Coffee, please make reservations to sit on the new patio. They do not have a kitchen on site, but will be offering pastries and light snacks. You are encouraged to bring your own food or order from pick up from the neighbors: Parson's Chicken & FishNoodles In The Pot & Paula's Thai Kitchen. You can also order delivery from a mobile app service to our Patio. Read the the Block Club Chicago story about this community institution and check out their website for all the news. See you there!
Savor Lincoln Park Continues Through May 2 

Savor Lincoln Park returns with a diverse line-up of locally owned restaurants and eateries featuring unique prix fixe menus, tasting menus and take-home kits available for carry-out.
There's also a silent auction!

A portion of every meal ordered supports our resilient restaurant community and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.

For more information and to place an order, visit here.
Support Local Businesses
43rd Ward Shredding & Recycling Event

The photo at right shows just some of the more than 10,000 pounds of paper (over 5 tons!) we shredded and recycled at our event on Sunday. Our ward resident Trisha Rooney heads up R4 Services, which provides Chicago businesses with document records storage and management as well as document destruction.

Paper shredded at our event is sold directly to paper mills. According to the EPA, our event saved 88 trees, 36,306 gallons of water. 960 gallons of gas, 17.12 cubic yards of landfill space, and 21,265 Kilowatt Hours of Energy, as well as 311 pounds of air particulates.
Let's get vaccinated,

43rd Ward Virtual Office Hours: M - F 9 AM - 5 PM 
 2523 N Halsted | 773-348-9500