Vaccine Rollout
Property Tax Appeal Workshop
Holiday Events
Dear Neighbors:

Chicago is making preparations for one or more COVID-19 vaccines to made available to the public as soon as possible--the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) estimates vaccines may be available as early as December 15.

The roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine will begin with a very limited supply, therefore healthcare workers will be prioritized, particularly those who treat COVID patients. Vaccine supply is expected to increase after the initial release and will become more readily available.
 Some answers to frequently asked questions can be found below:  
There is no public registration for COVID vaccine currently. The CDPH will update their website regularly with registration and clinic information as it becomes available. 
The CDPH is working with hospitals, health care providers, and community leaders on flexible COVID19 vaccination programs based on various scenarios of supply and access to vaccines. More information about the vaccination plan in Chicago can be found here. You can also sign up for Covid updates from the CDPH here. 

This Block Club Chicago article also has a very complete overview about the vaccine plan.
Help for Building Owners to Refit Buildings with Improved Ventilation and other Health Measures

Chicago PACE, a program of the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) , is inviting building owners, developers, and energy service professionals to inquire about private funding for building infrastructure measures that increase public health and resiliency.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, PACE financing can help your office, industrial, residential, hospitality, or healthcare facility with any of the following improvements:
  • Implementing ASHRAE safety standards (building air flush, increased filtration) that may stress existing HVAC infrastructure
  • Making significant changes to building automation to reduce touch points, such as elevators
  • Monitoring for airborne pathogens or other air quality data
  • Planned maintenance of HVAC systems

Each of these infrastructure improvements is an important component of adapting to the “new normal,” and because they typically save energy, they can qualify for Chicago PACE financing, which provides critical long-term non-recourse funding for energy saving and water conservation projects.

Please tell them a little about your project on the PACE website, and a program representative will contact you to assess your funding needs and program eligibility. Thank you in advance for your interest.
Community News
Lakeview Property Tax Appeal Webinars
Thursday December 10
5 p.m.

The Cook County Board of Review is open for property valuation appeals for Lakeview Township (north of Fullerton) through December 15, 2020. You can learn how to file an appeal at the Cook County Assessor's website.

In addition, County Board of Review Commissioner Carbonargi and my office are co-sponsoring a Property Tax Appeal Webinar, Thursday, December 10th at 5 PM.

Commissioner Carbonargi has works to ensure homeowners and business owners receive a full and fair review of the assessed values of their property to ensure that our communities and schools receive the revenue needed to provide services.

This webinar will take you through the property tax appeal process. There is no cost to file an appeal with the Board, and a homeowner may file their own appeal without an attorney.

Register for the webinar here.
Public Comment Period for
Use of Force Policies
Comment By Dec. 17

The Chicago Police Department has opened a 15-day public comment period on its "use of force" policy drafts.

These new versions include clear definitions around the concepts of sanctity of life and de-escalation. The Department will review all comments received for consideration at the conclusion of the public comment period before finalizing the policies, which are expected to take effect in early 2021.

The following draft policies have been posted for public review and comment through Dec. 19, 2020: • De-escalation, Response to Resistance, and Use of Force • Response to Resistance and Force Options • Incidents Requiring Completion of a Tactical Response Report • Firearm Discharge Incidents – Authorized Use and Post-Discharge Administrative Procedures • Taser Use Incidents • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Devices and Other Chemical Agent Use Incidents • Canine Use Incidents • Baton Use Incidents • Department Review Use of Force • Firearm Discharge and Officer-Involved Death Incident Response

These policies set the rules for an individual police officer's exercise of his or her duties, and is an important part of the consent decree process. Each policy draft can be reviewed and commented upon here.
Take A Survey About Shared Streets

Chicago's Shared Streets are part of CDOT's Covid-19 response to facilitate moving around while maintaining proper physical distancing.

Our Dickens shared street experiment was loved by some and loathed by others. We shared your feedback with CDOT, but this survey concerns all the shared streets. Please take this brief survey to submit your feedback and suggestions. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Let CDOT hear from you!
GoCPS Application Process Extended until January 8, 2021

The pandemic has impacted every aspect of our school year, including the important process our students go through when choosing the school options that will best match their talents, interests, and abilities. To ensure all students have the time they need to make this important decision, the GoCPS application deadline has been extended from Friday, December 11, 2020 to Friday, January 8, 2021. Visit GoCPS here.
2021 Shared Sidewalk Program
Opens January 11, 2021

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program will open for new applicants on January 11, 2021.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program costs well below what a private contractor would charge, as the city "shares" the cost with you. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities may qualify for a further discounted rate.

Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of participants is based on availability of funds. The program typically reaches capacity quickly, so you are encouraged to apply early on January 11. You must apply again in 2021 if you wish to be considered, even if you applied last year. Applications will only be accepted through the City’s 311 system by calling 311 or through the City’s service request website property owner’s contact information and the property address are required at the time of request.

Visit here for more information about the program.
Community Events
Zoom Event: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing
December 8, 2020
 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Via Zoom - Register Here.

The Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative (LPCRI).is hosting a virtual event with authors Ben Austen and Audrey Petty, as they discuss High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Ben Austen’s book is a sweeping exploration of race, class, popular culture, and politics in modern America that brilliantly considers what went wrong in our nation's effort to provide affordable housing to the poor—and what we can learn from those mistakes.

You can order the book in advance from two local booksellers: Seminary Coop and Unabridged.
Virtual Visit with Santa

Join Wrightwood Neighbors for a virtual visit with Santa, Saturday, December 12th from 3 to 3:45 PM.

Register here to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, listen to a holiday story, and sing carols.
ZooLights 2020
November 21–January 3
4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Reservations Required

Zoolights is open and safe! Learn more about this year's ZooLights. So many people have worked hard to ensure that this important neighborhood tradition will continue this year.

Watch this video to learn more about ZooLights2020. Reservations are required and can be made here.
Toy Drives

One Northside and Communities Partnering for Peace (CP4P)
Drop Off Toy Drive
4648 N Racine
Saturday, December 12
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

One Northside and Communities Partnering for Peace are collecting unwrapped gifts for boys and girls ranging from newborn to 16 years old.

Items can be ordered online and shipped directly to arrive before December 15th. Please email for shipping address.

Gift Ideas:

  • Target Gift Cards
  • Credit Card Gift Cards for Teens (Visa, Mastercard)
  • Basketballs, Footballs, Soccer Balls
  • Art Supplies
  • Books – Culturally diverse representation
  • Dolls – Culturally diverse representation
  • Chicago Sports Related Clothes
  • Games – Candyland, Boggle, Uno, Operation, Chutes & Ladders, Jenga
  • Tabletop Christmas Trees
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Hats, Gloves and Scarves

Gifts will be distributed to families on Chicago’s Northside who can use some extra support this holiday season. For more information call 773-383-7431.   
Marillac St. Vincent
Christmas Store Toy Drive
Drop Off or Send Gifts to:
Foglia Family & Youth Center
Attn: Robert Ellison
2859 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612

Lincoln Park-based Marillac St. Vincent Family Services is seeking toys for children 0-12 who participate in its social service programs.

Every year, Lincoln Park based, MSV offer parents, grandparents, and child guardians that it serves the chance to sign up for the Christmas Store. In past years, Registered families would get to "shop" for toys, stocking stuffers, books, games, clothes, and stuffed animals for each of their children have their gifts wrapped, and finally, leave with a full bag of food - enough to make a big meal on Christmas day, complete with a turkey! This year, families will receive the same gifts and food, but instead, MSV is offering a contact-free drive-through service.

Items can be ordered online and shipped directly to arrive before December 17th. To learn more, click here.  
Support Local Businesses This Holiday Season
Christmas Shopping Season is Underway
Please Shop Local

With the holiday season upon us, we want to encourage you to buy one of our local businesses. Almost all have their own online presence, so it's just as easy to buy local as national. Please send us an email at and let us know you're open for business!
Lincoln Park Holiday Wishlist

The Lincoln Park Holiday Wishlist highlights and celebrates our community’s independent businesses. 

Use this gift guide to find great gifts right here at home.

And shop at all these local stores:
Support Our Local Restaurants
Support our Neighborhood Restaurants
and Charity

Here's a great way to support our local restaurants and help our local charities. The Lincoln Park Community Shelter can no longer have volunteers on site to cook meals. They are in need of food to cover meals for 20 individuals staying at their 600 W. Fullerton shelter and 35 individuals at our 1521 N. Sedgwick shelter. Help by preparing a meal at home and drop it off or order meals from a restaurant for delivery to LPCS! Breakfasts are dropped off by 7:15 a.m. (8:00 a.m. on weekends), lunches are dropped off at 12:00 p.m. and dinners are dropped off at 5:30 p.m. Meals do not need to be individually packaged; disposable serving trays work best! The shelter can warm up food if needed.

If you’d like to donate a meal, please email to find out open meals and location specifics like Guest count and dietary restrictions.If you cannot provide a meal but would like to make a donation to support a meal or our general operations, you can do so here.

*NOTE: When you prepare food at home, please only make food if you are feeling well. Please be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before you prepare the meal.

You can order great meals for yourself, friends and family, and the needy at:

Stay safe and shop local,

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