November 19th, 2021
40th Forward Issue #119

Dear Neighbors,

Happy Thanksgiving!

I felt extremely blessed and fortunate to be able to help some of our neighbors in need out with this year's turkey giveaway, the third I've participated in since taking office. 

We hope that in this season of celebration and of giving, everyone will remember those less fortunate and help as best they're able. We've included links to a number of donation drives and special holiday events below, and encourage everyone to participate!

The Ward office will be closed Wed-Fri, Nov. 24-26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope everyone will enjoy this time with their families. As always, you can call 311 for city services, and please call 911 directly for any emergencies.
Yours in Service and Solidarity,

Alder Andre Vasquez, 40th Ward 

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Ward Resources & Updates

Zoning Updates: Details on all zoning proposals and decisions, and a link to the feedback form for any requests open for comment, can be found at:

Participatory Budgeting 2022

Every year, each alderman receives $1.5 million for ward infrastructure improvements. Alderman Andre Vasquez built a really big table to create space for neighbors to decide how to spend $1 million improving their neighborhoods - whether it be repaving alleys, repairing sidewalks, or creating designated bike lanes - through the People’s Budget! 

The People’s Budget is Alderman Vasquez’s take on Participatory Budgeting, a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend $1 million of menu money. 

There are two ways to ensure your voice is heard in 2022: 
  1. Register to vote right now to cast your vote before Tuesday, December 14 at
  2. Let us know how you’d spend $100,000 on future 40th Ward projects via the PB project proposal webform.
While idea submissions are open to everyone associated with the 40th ward, voting is limited to those who live here and are over 14 years old. You read that correctly, as long as you were born before 12/14/2007, you’re old enough to vote! 

2021 voting results will be announced Friday, December 17.

One of the bright spots amidst the COVID pandemic has been the growth of the 40th Ward's volunteer program. The Neighbor Network has done amazing work for the ward - from making reusable masks, to delivering PPE and groceries, to making thousands of wellness calls, and helping callers with service requests - we are so grateful for their help. Now that our office has reopened, we need your help more than ever! If you would like to be part of the Neighbor Network, you can join us at

As winter approaches, we have reactivated our highly successful Shovel Squad! Help out a nearby neighbor who is unable to shovel their residence by signing up at


2021-22 Emergency Heating Repair Program (EHRP) kick-off November 01, 2021

EHRP provides one-time grants for emergency furnace or boiler repairs to
income-eligible homeowners.

There are several ways that residents can apply for service:

• Call City’s 311 service line to complete a service request for which the Department of Housing
will follow up (or call 312-744-3653 directly and request a mailed application)
• Go online to and download an application package
• Completed application packages can be returned by

A) Mail: Chicago Department of Housing, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, 10th flr. Rm 1006
B) Email to In Subject Line: EHRP application
C) Faxed to: DOH at (312) 742-0264, Attn: Emergency Heating Repair Program

Chicago Housing Waitlist Update: CHA is conducting a waitlist update to ensure we have current contact information for all applicants on the Public Housing and Project Based Voucher program waitlists and to verify whether applicants are still interested in CHA housing. In January 2021, initial communications went out to all families on these waitlists. This fall, CHA is sending additional communications to families on our lists that have yet to complete the update. If applicants have not completed the update yet, they must log in to CHA's online web portal to complete the update by December 31, 2021.
Skip the chains and put your money where your house is – right here in your community!

The 4th Quarter is essential to so many small businesses’ bottom lines, which makes it even more important during a time period when we've been dealing with a pandemic.  Luckily for us, the shops and restaurants of Lincoln Square and Ravenswood have been resilient and pivoted their business models to ensure you can support local safely all year long!

Check back throughout the holiday season for the latest and greatest ways to support the local economy and save money by shopping small.


In partnership with the 40th Ward and SSA #21, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is developing the Lincoln Avenue Streetscape and Plaza improvements project, between Lawrence Avenue and Catalpa Avenue as shown on the map below. The project is focused on areas located within the public rights of way, including the street spaces, sidewalk spaces and parkways along North Lincoln Avenue and Catalpa Avenue. Help shape the future of Lincoln Avenue by participating in the second public survey for the project!

ONE Northside's street outreach team, Communities Partnering for Peace welcomes contributions to support our Turkey Giveaway this month. If you and your family have extra resources, please consider sharing with families in Rogers Park and Uptown who could use an extra blessing. Contribute here: We'll have a toy drive in December too - please stay tuned for more opportunities! For more info call / text Darrell at 773 999 1630.

GRO's HOLIDAY TOY and CLOTHING DRIVE - Sunday, November 7th thru Sunday December 12th!!!

The Greater Rockwell Organization is collecting NEW and UNWRAPPED items to brighten the holidays for those served by our local foster care agency Lawrence Hall and Toys for Tots.

Drop-off Locations:
Monti’s Cheesesteaks, 4757 N Talman (11AM - 10:30PM)
Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen, 2701 W Lawrence Ave (12 PM - 9 PM)
Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill, 4632 N Rockwell (11AM - 11 PM)

Items in need:
- Toys (all ages, no toy weapons please)
- Baby items
- Warm clothing in infant, child, young adult - especially husky and plus-sizes
 (Coats, snow suits, snow boots, long underwear, wool socks, sweaters, etc.)
- Household items for youth aging out of foster care  
 (Towels, sheets, and small appliances like slow cookers, coffee pots, air fryers,  etc.)
- Hygiene items (Fragrances, shave sets, toiletries, etc.)
- Gift Cards (please email to arrange a drop-off if you prefer)

more gift ideas, visit:

Last year was an amazing donation and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Let's do it again Rockwell!!!

Your Friends at GRO
Care for Real is experiencing a surge in need for food assistance. We've had more than 42,000 pantry visits so far this year compared to 24,000 during the same period last year. Care for Real distributes food 6 days a week to approximately 150-200 families each day. With the eviction moratorium ending and food costs rising, we expect the need to continue to grow. Help Care for Real provide fresh and nutritious foods to our neighbors who need it most by signing up to volunteer, hosting a collection drive for high-need items, or make a financial contribution. Learn more at or email to get involved today. Thanks for joining us in caring for real!

Please join the Culper Ring Agent 355 Chapter of the DAR in honoring veterans laid to rest at Rosehill Cemetery with a holiday wreath. Go to the link below to sponsor a wreath by November 30th, or learn more about volunteering to join us to lay the wreaths on December 18th at the cemetery.
Our Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Community Justice Center North, located in the 40th Ward at 5333 N Western Ave, is taking donations for veterans in need. Items can be dropped off at the Community Justice Center 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.
The Chicago Police Department is once again participating in Toys for Tots. Donations can be dropped at any police district station now through December 8th.
Join ONE Northside and Communities Partnering for Peace (CP4P) to Bring Holiday Cheer to Our Neighborhood Kids

Gifts will be distributed to families on Chicago’s Northside who can use some extra support this holiday season. Items can be ordered online and shipped directly to arrive before December 12th; please email for shipping address.

Drop-off Locations and Times – Wearing a Mask is Required:
ONE Northside Office, 4648 N Racine Saturday, December 11, 11:00am - 1:00pm
CP4P Office, 1766 W Devon, Saturday, December 11, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

40th Ward Events

On Mondays Alderman Vasquez hosts Virtual 40th Ward Night. Residents are welcome to join the open forum for city and ward updates; it is also an opportunity to bring up topics that matter to you and ask Ald. Vasquez questions. Register at

Monday, November 29, 10am-2pm: Lakeview Township property tax appeals help will be available at the 40th Ward office. Please call (773) 654-1867 or email to schedule a session with the Cook County Commissioner's office.

Friday, December 3rd, 5-8pm: The Uptown Chamber of Commerce is hosting our 7th Annual WINTER WALK ON WILSON on Friday, December 3, 2021 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. This FREE event features sweet treats, warm drinks, and menu samples offered by local Uptown businesses and organizations, live holiday music along the Wilson, Broadway, and Clark commercial corridors, pop-up holiday markets, and photo ops with Uptown’s own Panda Claus!
FREE parking available until 8:30pm in Truman College’s parking garage located off of Racine Street just south of Wilson Avenue (directions).  

Strolling performances by The People’s Music SchoolLakeside Pride Music EnsemblesOld Town School of Folk MusicAloha Center Chicago, and more!

Saturday, December 11, 11am-6pm: DANK Haus Weinachtsmarkt Chistmas Market! Come shop over 15 unique, local vendors, enjoy a hot mug of Glühwein, have some delicious food, and enjoy holiday activities

Saturday, December 11, 11am-1pm: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago is proud to present Brunch with Santa Claus 2021! Enjoy our delicious Lenten Brunch while your little ones get their pictures taken with Good ‘Ole St. Nick. They will also have the opportunity to meet one of Santa’s Elves.

COVID-19 Update and Health Information


At-home vaccinations are now available for all Chicago residents age 12 and up! Get vaccinated for your health, and for a $100 gift card: call (312) 746-4835 or register online for an at-home vaccination timeslot.

Vaccine doses for kids ages 5-11 have already begun to arrive in Chicago, and will be available at several locations across the city.

All COVID-19 vaccinations are free, no insurance or government ID required.

Make your plan to get your family vaccinated. Visit to find more information.

Free Public Vaccine Clinics for children ages 5-11: 

1st Dose: Chicago Friends School: 1246 W. Thorndale, Saturday 11/13/21 10am-2pm
2nd Does: Rogers Park Montessori, 1800 W. Balmoral, Saturday 12/4/21 10am-2pm

Free COVID-19 testing - 20th District police station, 5400 N Lincoln Ave, Tuesdays and Fridays 5pm-7pm.

Public Safety Information

Community Conversations: Participate in a two-part series of conversations to help create your local police district's 2022 strategic plan. 

The 19th District's second meeting will be held via Zoom Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, 6-8pm. 

Register online at:

24th District CAPS reminds residents not to leave their car running to warm up in cold weather. Historically, throughout the City and suburbs, car thieves go in search of vehicles that are left running and "warming up."  They are very easy to locate by the exhaust coming from the vehicles and empty drivers' seats. Don't be an invitation to theft -- keep the car locked and off until you're ready to go, and then let it warm up as you drive. (The car warms faster when it's in motion, as well!)

Small Business and Employment Resources

City Colleges of Chicago is currently offering Future Ready. Through Future Ready, City Colleges provides 60+ programs in select high-demand fields at no cost to eligible Chicagoans. To learn more and see the list of Future Ready programs, go to:


CTA Bus Operator Virtual Career Fair: This event will focus on our Bus Operator role and will be a chance for attendees to learn more about the position and hiring process. We’ll also welcome some special guests from our Bus Operations department – two current managers who literally started their careers in the driver’s seat as Bus Operators!

This event will be held Wednesday, December 1 from 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM and is open to the public. Interested parties may register here via Zoom:

Local health center Hamdard Health Alliance is hiring! For more information, visit

CPS is hiring at local schools for the following positions:

Associate Manager: Responsibilities include supervising lunchroom staff, monitoring the lunchroom sanitation, training new employees, monitoring and approving menus, receiving shipments, etc. This position requires a high school diploma or GED, one year of proven supervisory/food service experience, and a Chicago Department of Public Health Certified Food Service Manager Certificate. The Associate Manager position pays $16 per hour.  


Cook: Responsibilities include preparing food for potentially 1 to 499 people, washing, chopping, and slicing food items, maintaining records, minimizing waste, maximizing ingredients, sanitation of work space, etc. This position requires a high school diploma or GED, and a  Chicago Department of Public Health Certified Food Service Manager Certificate. The Cook position pays $16 per hour.


Porter: The duties primarily consist of heavy lifting from 50-100 lbs, dishwashing, emptying trash, stock rotation, sweeping, mopping, and food prep and more. A high school diploma and Food Handler's License is required for this position.This position pays $15.64 per hour.


Lunchroom Attendant: This position consists of lifting 20-40 lbs, cleaning and sanitizing food equipment, food preparation, restocking shelves, cleaning tables, sweeping and mopping floors, and serving food, etc. A Food Handler's License is required for this position.  position pays $15 per hour. 


Please apply here: 


Please search for the positions listed below: 

Lunchroom Attendant 200001WT

Porter 200001WU

Cook 200001WS

Associate Lunchroom Manager 200001WO

WORK LOCAL! Visit the websites of our neighboring Chambers of Commerce site for their listings of current job offerings:

Chicago Police Department is hiring! Visit for more information.

CTA is hiring! View job postings and apply on line at

For Students and Families


Child Tax Credit/Crédito tributario por hijos: Most Illinois residents are eligible for a tax credit of $3000 or $3600! For more information, visit

Winter classes begin at the Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center the week of January 3, FREE for CPS students in grades 6-12. Register today!

The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center (CIADC) is a Rogers Park non-profit organization providing creative industrial arts education to Chicagoland Youth and Adults. CIADC offers FREE afterschool classes to Chicago Public School students in grades 6-12, giving more accessibility to hands-on applications relating to STEM, Trade, and Art/Design career pathways. 

More information on our Youth Pathways Program can be found at

Senn High School Principal Search Survey: The Senn High School Local School Council invites all residents of the Senn attendance boundaries to participate in an informational survey as part of their search for a new principal. 

Boundary Map:

Chicago Public Library offers homework help with teachers at the Budlong Woods Library Sunday-Wednesday. For more information, call 312-742-9590.


Free, online children's programming via Zoom available from the Budlong Woods Library! For more information, call 312-742-9590.

For CHA Residents: CHA Scattered Site Housing has a social and support group for young girls to have open discussion without judgement. We meet every third Thursday of the month until January.

For Seniors
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) Senior Services Division offers a variety of citywide programs designed to address the diverse needs and interests of older Chicagoans and their caregivers. In general, all Chicagoans aged 60 and older are eligible for services. Some programs have lower ages of eligibility, call us!

Call Information and Assistance at 312-744-4016, or call 311 Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or email

Small Accessibility Repairs for Seniors (SARFS) - The SARFS program provides safety, security, and accessibility improvements and repairs that may include grab bars, lever faucets, door repairs, floor repairs, bathroom repairs, kitchen repairs, and carbon monoxide detectors. Contact Violet Espinoza (773-338-7722 ext. 21 or Northside Community Resources, for more information.


More Community Events and Resources


Helping Cats Near You is a “Trapping 101” workshop, a great introduction for people who are new to trapping cats or are interested in learning more about helping outdoor cats. Workshops are held via Zoom meeting:

Meeting ID: 829 4988 9124
Password: feralcats
Zoom Link

Chicago Therapy Collective TDOR 2021
Stand with Chicago Therapy Collective in solidarity this Transgender Day of Resilience (TDOR) as we confront the violence rampant in Chicago and across the country. Political, religious, and institutional contempt for Trans people threatens the physical and emotional safety of Trans lives everywhere. Rates of Trans suicide and homicide are at record highs. In response to this violence, we will raise up the talent, beauty, and power of our Trans communities and invite our allies to engage in concrete action steps to love, support, and protect Trans lives.
Attend our Facebook Live Premiere and witness our passionate performance of Wildfires (Sault, 2020) featuring all Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender-Expansive BIPOC Artists. The performance reflects the epidemic of transphobia and its intersections with racism and criminal injustice that takes so many Trans Lives every year. 


On January 1st, Legal Aid Chicago officially began operating its federally funded Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC). The LITC represents low-income clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and educates individuals about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers through community outreach programs. We also strive to assist low-income taxpayers whose primary language is not English.

We provide free tax advice and representation to individuals and families in Cook County whose income is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (currently $32,200 for a household of 1, $43,550 for a household of 2, etc.) with active disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding their federal income taxes, including:
  • IRS audits, including audits based on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) & Child or Dependent Credit
  • IRS debt collection attempts, including federal tax liens
  • Employee/Independent Contractor Misclassifications and 1099 income reporting issues
  • Tax return preparer fraud
  • Innocent and injured spouse relief
  • Tax-related identity theft
  • Representation before the U.S Tax Court
Our LITC creates presentations, workshops, and seminars on a variety of different income tax topics that impact low income taxpayers. Additionally, We work with our community partners to tailor the informational workshops so that they meet the greatest needs of their taxpayer audience, including taxpayers who speak English as a second language.

Taxpayers needing assistance can call us at (312)341-1070 or apply on-line at

Utility Billing Relief (UBR) provides low-income City of Chicago residents with a reduced rate on their water, sewer, and water-sewer tax as well as debt relief for those who demonstrate they can manage the reduced rate bills for one year. Benefits for UBR participants include:

  • A reduced rate on water, sewer, and water-sewer tax
  • No late payment penalties or debt collection activity including water shut-off
  • Debt forgiveness after successfully completing one year with no past due balance

Operating in partnership with the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), who operates the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the UBR program will utilize their expertise and extensive network of partner organizations to conduct outreach and enroll homeowners.


40th Ward Office Staff

Jessica Peters, Chief of Staff:
Geoffrey Cubbage, Director of Development & Legislation:
Pooja Ravindran, Director of Constituent Services & Community Building:
Jose Manuel Almanza, Constituent Services Manager:
Daniel Strom, Constituent Services Manager:
Bill Hohenadel, Ward Superintendent:
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