Vaccine Site at United Center
Important Business Updates
Theatre and Restaurant Week
Continued Progress on Carjackings
Indoor Dining Expanded
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Dear Neighbors,

A vaccine site at the United Center capable of vaccinating up to 6,000 people per day will open March 10.

This site is made possible through Federal funding, and will receive its own allotment of vaccine doses, adding to the City's and State's capacity to vaccinate neighbors. Senior citizens aged 65+ will have first access to making appointments at this site, followed by others in Category 1B. If you have not done so yet, please register at ZocDoc so that you will be notified with appointment availability.

The City is developing a plan to transport people to and from the United Center. Read more here, and we will keep you updated.

PLEASE continue to wear masks and observe social distancing.
Playgrounds Opening

Playgrounds, lakefront parking lots and roadways are reopened.

Let’s all enjoy our green spaces and get out for exercise and sunshine, both critical for physical and mental health.

But please remember to follow these guidelines and stay safe. Adults AND children are required to wear masks.
Property Tax Exemptions 1:1 Office Hours
Monday, March 8th
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Please join Commissioner Bridget Gainer and my office to get your questions answered about property tax exemptions.

We are not taking reservations in advance, simply join the meeting on March 8th, and you will be placed into a virtual "breakout room" with a representative.
Carjacking Arrests

Four more offenders were arrested for 7 carjackings as part of stepped-up policing to prevent carjackings and arrest offenders,

  • Veronica Harden, 36, charged in connection with 2 different carjackings on Feb. 6 and 24 and other violent crimes on the West Side                                                                
  • Male juvenile, 17, charged in connection with 2 carjackings on Sept. 20 and Nov. 19, 2020 on the West Side
  • Male juvenile, 17, charged with a carjacking and shooting in Humbolt Park on Feb. 24
  • Juan Ortiz Posos, 24, charged with two carjackings and battery of a police officer on Feb. 24 in Back of the Yards
  • Male juvenile, 17, charged with a carjacking and battery in the Fulton Market area on Feb. 28
Upcoming CAPS Meetings

The 19th District CAPS meeting schedule has been released. CAPS meetings remain virtual. Click here to view the entire schedule.

The next CAPS meeting for Beat 1932 is March 8th via Zoom, Zoom Meeting ID: 847 8850 1324
Passcode: 503502

The 18th District CAPS meeting schedule for our ward is here.
Upcoming Meetings are:

March 9 - Beats 1811-1814 (Lincoln Park South of Fullerton) via Zoom.

March 18 - Beat 1824 (Gold Coast) via Zoom.

To sign up for the 18th District CAPS meeting, please email CAPS.018District@chicagopolice.org

To find your beat, click here.
Indoor Dining Expanded, Closing Times Extended

Mayor Lightfoot has announced today that restaurants and bars can expand to 50% capacity, capped at 50, and remain open until 1 a.m.

Additionally, liquor stores can stay open until 11, and fitness classes can be expanded to 20.

Read more here.
School Parking Restrictions Reminder

A reminder that with elementary schools reopening for hybrid learning all regular regulations that govern school days are in force.

If you are parked in a school zone, you will likely get a ticket, so please help make the transition to school easier by moving your car. Thank you.
Business News
Special PPP Loans for Business with Fewer Than 20 Employees
Apply NOW through Mar. 9

The federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will be open only to businesses with fewer than 20 employees through Tuesday, March 9. During this time, lenders will be able to focus on our smallest and most vulnerable businesses. Learn more about this program administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration here.

The Small Business Administration has made several improvements to the PPP program in order to reach more businesses in need, such as including sole proprietors, independent contracts and self-employed individuals.
Restaurant Relief Webinar
National Restaurant Association
Thursday, March 4
12:00 p.m.
 
Congress has created a number of relief programs benefitting the restaurant industry. From the Paycheck Protection Program to the Employee Retention Tax Credit and soon the Restaurant Revitalization Fund – there is a lot of overlap and ways to maximize relief from each.
 
Join the National Restaurant Association this Thursday, March 4th at 12 noon CST for a in-depth webinar that will describe the interplay between these programs and what is – and isn’t – allowed. Please register and in addition to the live program, you will receive a weblink to watch a recording 48 hours later. 
Community News
Chicago Theatre Week
Now - March 7

Ditch Netflix and watch LIVE theatre during the virtual Chicago Theatre Week! Browse 100+ theatre companies in Chicago – see what’s new at your favorites and check out ones you’ve never heard of before.

Many performances are presented free or for a nominal charge. More information is available here.
Giving Day - Chicago History Museum
March 4

The Chicago History Museum will reopen this week. During the pandemic it expanded access to digital resources, created virtual programming, launched a digital collecting initiative, and connected audiences with daily history encounters.

Now, the Museum needs our support. Please donate on or before March 4 as part of the second annual CHM Giving Day. Click here to learn more and give.
International Women's Day Restaurant Let's Talk and Dine Together Event
March 8

Women Restaurateurs across the city--including several here in our community--have organized an exciting event for International Women's Day on March 8th.
 
They have pulled together to create special take-out and delivery dinners featuring a mix of food from participating restaurants and a zoom panel of women in the industry.

You can register for the event here--the deadline to register is Thursday, March 4.
March 19 - April 4
 
During Chicago Restaurant Week, March 19 - April 4, you can enjoy special prix fixe menus across the city. Participating Lincoln Park restaurants include:
 

Cafe Ba Ba-Reeba
Casati's Modern Italian
Earls Kitchen + Bar
Galit
Gemini
King Crab
Mon Ami Gabi
Oyster Bah
RJ GRunts
Rosati's
Sappori's
Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar
Summer House Santa Monica
Takito Street Lincoln Park
Tandoor Char House
The Lakefront Restaurant
Willow Room

If your restaurant is taking part, please let us know here and we will include you in upcoming newsletters.

Marillac St. Vincent DePaul Early Learning Program 

Interested in enrolling your child into an Early Childhood or School Age program? Enrollment is easy, just visit here or click on the image for more information and to enroll your chil
New Business Spotlight
705 W. Belden

Squeez Juice Bar is a health-conscious eatery, and the menu is crafted with organic and colorful ingredients. Whether you're stopping in after a workout or for brunch, they have a tasty juice to help you recharge. 
2616 N. Clark

Their new Lincoln Park location offers the same authentic and delicious Puerto Rican food as Jibaritos in Pilsen. Jibaritos are sandwiches made with plantains instead of bread. Order them with anything from vegetables to octopus! Yummy.
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Order From Our Local Restaurants
Support Local Businesses
Local Artist Supports Community Bars and Restaurants

Josh Moulton, of Josh Moulton Fine Art Gallery at 2218 N. Clark St., is raising thousands of dollars for local businesses including Geja’s Cafe, Twin Anchors, by selling paintings of our local businesses.

Thank you, Josh for your commitment to our community. Read the full story here in Block Club Chicago.
Enjoy the weather and our reopened parks and businesses, but remain vigilant and stay safe,






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