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39th Ward Newsletter
May 13, 2021
Dear Neighbor,

While there is no official guidance saying when block parties will begin this year, the Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Arwady, has said that she expects block parties to return this summer. My office is accepting block party applications and will submit them when the portal opens. You can fill out a block party application here.

The City has issued newly updated COVID-19 guidelines for Garage and Yard Sales. My office issues all Yard and Garage Sale Permits for the Ward. Residents are allowed to hold two sales per year, and a third sale if they are moving. Unpermitted sales may be asked to close. You can apply for a permit and view the guidelines here. Completed applications can be emailed or brought into our office for review and permit approval. Please reach out to our office if you have any questions.

You may have noticed construction crews around your neighborhood. The Ward has some major infrastructure improvements happening this spring and summer. ChiStreetWork is the City of Chicago's infrastructure map portal that can tell you about the work that is happening on your block and around the neighborhood. Click here to enter your address and see what is happening near you.

The 39th Ward Public Service Office is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. While the office is open for walk-ins, appointments are encouraged. You can schedule an appointment by calling or emailing our office. Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us via phone at 773.736.5594 or email

Very truly yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugnet
39th Ward Updates
Your safety is my top priority. I continue to work with the Chicago Police Department and the Mayor's Office to secure additional resources for our Ward. This week, I attended the 17th District roll call outside of Gompers Park. Thank you to our community for coming together for this event.
Spend Some Time in 39
Neighbors continue to volunteer their time to clean and green the 39th Ward. This weekend, I joined the Old Irving Park Community Association to clean up the neighborhood. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event.
Thank you to Friends of the Chicago River, North Mayfair Improvement Association, and 17th District Police for being a part of the Gompers Park clean-up event.  It was a great day to work together to keep our community beautiful.
It's Your Park Day 2021
Pitch in for our Park! On Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m., join the North Park Village Nature Center PAC for a clean-up of North Park Village. Meet in front of the Nature Center building to register and pick up supplies.
Learn More Here
Congratulations to Mr. Gazija on 100 Years!
This weekend, I celebrated longtime 39th Ward resident Mr. Nurko "Norm" Gazija's 100th Birthday! I was honored to present him a resolution from the City Council. We extend to him congratulations on reaching a remarkable milestone and wish him the best.
Neighborhood Update: Block Parties
While there is no official guidance saying when block parties will begin this year, the Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Arwady, has said that she expects block parties to return this summer. My office is accepting block party applications in the form below, and we will submit them with CDOT when the portal opens. You can fill out our block party application here.
Block Party Application
Neighborhood Update: Yard Sales
Yard sale season is now upon us! While we are returning to normal, it is important to keep in mind the importance of physical distancing and hand hygiene when holding a sale to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Department of Public Health has laid out guidelines to help keep us safe. To review these guidelines, click here

To access the yard sale application, click below. Once completed, submit the application to our office via email ( or in-person (4200 W Lawrence Ave) with proof of residency (such as a driver's license or utility bill in your name). 
Yard Sale Application
Neighborhood Reminder: Community Turf Fields
Please protect our community spaces by keeping your dogs off all Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Park District turf fields.

Your adherence to this policy will help maintain these spaces for future generations.
Palmer Elementary School Update
Congratulations St. Edward School!
Principal Lasica of St. Edward School recently received the Civitate Dei Award. Thank you, Principal Lasica, for making our community a better place.
Northeastern Illinois University Opportunity
Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is preparing to welcome students to campus for Fall 2021, and they have a one-time initiative for incoming first-year, full-time students attending Northeastern!

NEIU will cover the costs of tuition and mandatory fees for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 after all federal, state, institutional, internal/external scholarships and grants have been applied. This means a student can earn a four-year degree for the cost of three years!
Learn More Here
Temporary Relocation: Divvy Station
Due to a resurfacing project, the Divvy station currently located on the 5500 block of N Kedzie Ave (just south of W Bryn Mawr) will be temporarily relocated to the 3200 block of W Catalpa Ave (just west of N Kedzie Ave).
39th Ward Resident Recognized for Blues Talent
Congratulations to 39th Ward resident Matthew Skoller for once again being recognized by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) for his blues talent! Click below to learn more about Matthew's work and to enjoy his music.
City of Chicago Announcements
Vaccine Age Eligibility Expansion
Effective today, Thursday, May 13th, City-operated vaccination sites offering the Pfizer vaccine will be open to youth age 12 to 15. You can book an appointment via phone at 312.746.4835 or online at
Vaccine Ambassadorship
The City Colleges of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced a Vaccine Ambassador Course that provides free online training to become a trusted vaccine education ambassador. Residents can complete the two-hour online Vaccine Ambassador Course at no cost. It is offered through the Malcolm X College in English and Spanish.
Become an Ambassador
BACP Workshops
Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) offers free workshops to entrepreneurs and business owners. Visit to learn more and register for their free workshops. 
She Can Build It!
Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) has been supporting, advocating, and training women in the Chicagoland area for the last 40 years. They are now offering a FREE 12-week training program. To learn more and register for an info session, visit
Now Hiring: O'Hare International Airport
O'Hare International Airport is now hiring! To meet with potential employers, attend their career fair on Wednesday, May 18th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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