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39th Ward Newsletter
October 13, 2020

Dear neighbor,

With the arrival of fall, we have seen the leaves change and the temperatures drop. For many, Halloween preparations have begun. Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Arwady have shared the following guidelines to celebrate Halloween in the City safely: 

  1. Everyone, including people giving out candy, must wear a face covering. 
  2. If you plan to give out candy, leave a light on or put a sign up in your window that indicates your home is participating in safe trick-or-treating.
  3. Maintain social distancing and have hand sanitizer available. 
  4. Keep it moving — don’t congregate in front of one stoop or on the sidewalk.
  5. Make sure children only eat candy after an adult has checked it carefully, and children have washed their hands thoroughly.
  6. No haunted houses.
  7. Keep your trick-or-treating group small, specifically six people or fewer. 
  8. No house parties.

To read more details about Halloween in Chicago and the City’s week-long celebration, “Halloweek,” visit:

Last Friday, I was honored to join Principal Dixon, Friends of Palmer, the Palmer Local School Council, Chicago Public Schools, and fellow elected officials at the Palmer School Construction Dedication Ceremony. These much-needed improvements include a playground/turf field, landscaping, an elevator, bathrooms, new classrooms, lab and studio space, a library, and a cafeteria.  This is a tremendous accomplishment for the entire Palmer School community. I am looking forward to seeing our students enjoy all of these improvements when we are able to return to school. 

Also, last Friday I had the opportunity to join my partners at the Department of Water Management, Streets and Sanitation, Bureau of Forestry, the Chicago Parks Department, and the Chicago Police Department for a Clean & Green in Albany Park. A Clean & Green brings multiple city partners together to collectively beautify a neighborhood. It was a powerful day.  

Recently, I hosted a 39th Ward tour for Commissioner Maurice Cox from the City's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and colleagues from both DPD and Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. We made several stops in both business and residential districts, visited our beautiful parks, and walked along the North Branch Trail. Our partners in these departments are excellent resources to help us think creatively about the challenges facing our Ward in terms of economic growth, business attraction and retention, and sustainable, long-term development.

The uptick in crime in our community remains my top priority. Your safety and well-being are my number one focus. My office hosted a Ward-wide safety meeting on zoom with Mayor Lightfoot, the 16th and 17th Chicago Police Districts, representatives from the Mayor’s Office for Public Safety, and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Thank you to those who attended and participated in the conversation. I have worked to secure more Rapid Response officers to include tactical and gang units in the Ward. The City and County have also deployed additional street outreach and violence interrupter personnel across our neighborhood. Additionally, your help in keeping our community safe is crucial. If you see something suspicious, please call 911 immediately. Click here to see the welcome video from Mayor Lightfoot.

The 39th Ward Public Service Office is open virtually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday. Our office will be open to the public every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scheduled appointments are preferred. Walk-ins are welcome using precautionary measures as recommended by the Chicago Department of Public Health. Masks are required, and social distancing guidelines will be followed. 

As always, my office is here to help. Please reach out should you have any questions, comments, or concerns to or 773.736.5594. 

Very Truly Yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent

News from the 39th Ward

Photos from our 39th Ward tour with Commissioner Maurice Cox from the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and colleagues from both DPD and Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.
It was a beautiful day for the Palmer Construction dedication. These infrastructure improvements at Palmer Elementary are incredible. Thank you to everyone who worked to make this happen! 
While the past few weeks have been difficult for our community, I am pleased to share that the 17th Districts will receive additional officers. We thank Mayor Lightfoot, Police Superintendent Brown, 17th District Commander Pontecore, and the officers of the 17th District for their partnership.
Our City partners were out and working hard in Albany Park for the 17th District Clean & Green. Learn more below.
Clean & Green Coverage from CBS Chicago
Welcome to the 39th Ward! 

Mariscos El Barbas opened this month at 4569 North Elston Avenue. Their expansive menu offers delicious seafood and steaks. Stop by for dinner on their back patio or pick up dinner! 

To view their menu, visit their Facebook by clicking here.
Music From Mayfair
Composer and pianist Michael Oldham will perform for a free online event from the Chicago Public Library Mayfair Branch, sponsored by the North River Commission

This event will take place Wednesday, October 14th, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Attendee spots are limited. 
Register to Attend Music From Mayfair
Are You One of the 6,643 Households in the 39th Ward that Needs to Complete the Census?

70% of the 39th Ward has responded to the Census. I would like to see 100% of our Ward respond so that we can be 100% funded.

It is not too late to complete the 2020 Census! If you have yet to do so, please take the next five minutes to fill out the Census. To complete the Census, visit or call 844.330.2020.

Census door knockers are now visiting your neighborhood to ensure you completed the 2020 Census. Here's how to verify a Census worker's identity:

Covid-19 Updates

Chicago's Travel Quarantine List

The City of Chicago's Emergency Travel Order directs travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of the last contact within the identified state. 

Travelers from the following states and territories should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
Learn More
Chi COVID Coach is a guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care related to COVID-19. Registering for the program has three benefits: Symptom Coach, Testing Information, and Vaccination Registration. To learn more and sign up for Chi COVID Coach, click below.
Chi COVID Coach

News from the City of Chicago

Monthly Nonmetered Utility Billing Update
Effective December 1, 2020, nonmetered utility billing will be switched from a semi-annual to a monthly basis. Monthly billing will provide customers with a smaller monthly bill which can be more easily budgeted.
  • Your overall bill amount is not increasing due to this change.
  • The monthly bill may vary slightly from one-sixth of your semi-annual bill due to rate changes and other charges, such as penalties for late payment.
Every month, starting in December, you will receive a bill for the previous month of service. In December, you will receive a bill for the November service period. In January, you will receive a bill for the December service period, and so forth. You will still have 21 days to pay after the bill date.
If you have enrolled in AutoPay, you don’t need to take any action. The payments will be switched to the monthly schedule automatically. If you haven’t enrolled in AutoPay, this is an opportunity to do so. Visit and click on the Online Utility Billing Portal link to get started.
If you have any questions about this change or your utility billing account, please contact Utility Billing & Customer Service at 312.744.4426 or
Get Your Flu Shot

Audit & Program Review 2021 Survey

The Office of Inspector General's Audit and Program Review 2021 Draft Plan Survey seeks your input regarding concerns about the economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of City programs and your priorities for improvement.  Your opinions will help inform and prioritize which projects appear on the 2021 Audit Plan. 

See the draft plan here for more information on proposed projects and reports that were published in 2020.

The survey will take approximately four minutes to complete and will be open through November 15th. Your time and perspective are appreciated! 

Take APR 2021 Draft Plan Survey

News from City Partners

Chicago voters can now apply to Vote By Mail for the November 3, 2020, General Election. Apply for a Vote By Mail ballot through 5 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 29, 2020. 

If you have already applied to Vote By Mail and prefer to go in person, there will be drop off boxes for Vote-By-Mail ballots at all early voting locations. 

For any questions, contact the Chicago Board of Elections at 312.269.7900, via email at, or by clicking the link below.
Apply to Vote By Mail
Vote By Mail Secured Drop Boxes -
Sites & Hours
There's a new option for Vote By Mail voters! Submit your Ballot Return Envelopes at any of the Chicago Election Board's Secured Drop Boxes. Chicago voters may use any Secured Drop Box in the City.

Please note: Whether you use the US mail or a Drop Box, you must use the signed and sealed Ballot Return Envelope with your name on it to submit your ballot.
From September 24th through November 3rd: 24-HOUR Drop Box - 69 West Washington Street
  • Through 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3rd
From October 1st through October 13th: Loop Super Site at Clark & Lake - 191 North Clark Street 
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
From October 14th through November 3rd: Use the Drop Box at any Early Voting sites
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
  • Election Day, November 3rd: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The 39th Ward's Early Voting Site is Sauganash Elementary School (6040 North Kilpatrick Avenue). To view a list of all early voting sites, click here.
October: Free Museum Days
Through the month of October, Shedd Aquarium is offering free admission to Illinois residents on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Tickets must be secured ahead of a visit. To reserve tickets, visit the Shedd’s website or call the Shedd at 312.939.2438. Free admission will not be granted to guests who walk up without a reservation.
Reserve Your Tickets Today
Register for the 17th District Community Conversation
Auto Theft Prevention
The number of reported auto thefts in Chicago has declined thanks to greater awareness by drivers and increased enforcement by police. To review measures you can take to help prevent your vehicle from being stolen, click here.
Round 2 for Illinois 
Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Funds
A $220 million second round of BIG aims to provide relief for small businesses. This round focuses on businesses downstate, in disproportionately impacted areas, and on heavily impacted industries and regions.  

This program runs state-wide and is a lottery. All business types are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling, on-going basis until funds are depleted, so apply now! 
Businesses: Apply Now
Learn More about BIG Funds
Save Money on Facemasks
Teaching Buddies: Free Classes
Teaching Buddies provides free weekly reading and writing enrichment programs for Chicago Public School students affected by COVID-19.

Trained volunteers lead free online classes in writing and critical thinking for 1st – 8th graders in classes of 1 – 5 students. Learn more here.
Register for Free Classes
Supervision During E-Learning Survey

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the City of Chicago are surveying families to better understand who may need help finding a safe space for their children during traditional school hours.

As CPS assesses parental needs throughout the city, they are evaluating opportunities to provide potential support with child supervision for families who have school-age children under 14 years of age.

While the priority deadline has passed, families are still encouraged to complete the survey.

Complete the Survey
Enter Essay Contest
Register for Schurz Schuffle
Sign Up Here
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