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39th Ward Newsletter
May 21, 2021

Dear Neighbor,

This week the City of Chicago announced that it will no longer require masks for fully vaccinated people in most settings, including businesses. Following federal and state guidelines, masks will still be required, regardless of vaccination status, in health care settings, schools, correctional/congregate settings, and on public transportation.

While we have made tremendous progress, at this point 49% of residents in zip codes that make up the 39th ward have gotten the first dose of vaccine, and 39% are fully vaccinated. City-wide 48% of Chicagoans have gotten the first dose of vaccine but only 38% are fully vaccinated. While these numbers are promising, I encourage you to stay safe and mindful while we work to protect our community. 

Block Parties are back this summer in Chicago! On June 6th, the Permit Office will begin accepting block party applications for events scheduled for July 5th or later in the year. Please click here to read the Chicago Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Block Party Guidelines. You can apply for a block party permit here. If you have already submitted an application, my office will contact you once the permit has been issued. 

Lakeshore Recycling Systems, now known as LRS, will be the new service provider for our residential Blue Cart recycling program in the 39th Ward beginning Monday, June 7th. Your week and day of pick-up will not change. While we do not anticipate any service interruptions, if there is a missed pick-up, please call my office at 773.736.5594 or email 

Chicago has one of the worst recycling rates of any U.S. city at just 9%. Please be mindful about the best bin to use when disposing of an item. Click here to find a list of recyclable household items accepted by our recycling provider.

On Monday, May 24th, at 9 a.m., tenants and landlords can apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which provides grants of up to 12 months of unpaid rent and three months of future rent for eligible tenants and landlords. To learn more about the application process, click here. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, June 8th. 

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 Nugent

39th Ward Updates
I joined business and community leaders from the Gladstone Park area on Monday to talk about what's next in a post-COVID-19 economy. A coordinated reopening will bring our businesses back stronger and even better than before. 
Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer and I met with the 16th and 17th District Police at the sites of newly installed Police Observation Devices (PODs) that also include license plate readers (LPRs). Your safety remains my top priority.
Vaccination Opportunity
On Saturday, May 22nd, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., youth ages 12 - 15 can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Palmer Elementary School. Click below to schedule an appointment.
Schedule an Appointment
Utility Relief Application Seminar
On Thursday, May 27th, at 5 p.m., I am co-hosting a seminar on how to apply to the Low Income Heat Energy Program. This program assists eligible low-income households with heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization and energy-related home repairs. This seminar is in person at Eden United Church of Christ (5051 W Gunnison St).
Learn More
Block Club Chicago Celebrates 39th Ward Resident
Longtime 39th Ward resident Mr. Nurko "Norm" Gazija was featured in a Block Club Chicago article celebrating his 100th Birthday. Click here to read the article detailing Norm's incredible life. Congratulations Norm on reaching this remarkable milestone. 
39th Ward Artist Recognized for Musical Talent
Congratulations to 39th Ward resident Gilles Aniorte-Tomassian for being recognized by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for his music. To explore Giilles' work, click below.
Explore Gilles' Work
Early Childhood Learning Opportunity
St. Edward School offers early childhood learning options for children 3 and 4 years of age. See below to learn more about what their program has to offer.
Football Camp Opportunity
Registration is now open for St. Patrick's Football Camps. Click here to learn more about what their programs have to offer students. 
39th Ward Business Now Hiring!
New World Van Lines is now hiring for the summer!

Located in the 39th Ward, they offer competitive compensation at $15 per hour (starting pay). Eligible candidates must be able to work at least 40 hours per week. Responsibilities include warehouse and office work.

Interested candidates 16 years of age and older can apply at or call human resources at 773.509.5936.
Construction Updates
Mayfair Sewer Improvement
The Department of Water Management has begun a new sewer project that will benefit the area bounded by N Kildare Ave on the west, W Bryn Mawr Ave on the north, N Pulaski Rd on the east, and W Carmen Ave on the south. No Parking signs will be posted in advance. Click here to learn more.
Edgebrook Sewer Improvement
The Department of Water Management has begun a sewer lining project on N Legett Ave, from W Devon Ave to N Caldwell Ave. Weather dependent, this project is expected to be completed by mid-June 2021. Learn more here
Find Construction Projects Near You
ChiStreetWork is the City of Chicago’s infrastructure map portal and will tell you about the construction project happening in your neighborhood or in any part of the City. Click below for more.
City of Chicago Announcements
Business Vaccine Exemption
The City of Chicago has entered the Chicago Bridge Phase. In addition to the broad loosening of regulations, all businesses will have the opportunity to take advantage of the Vaccine Exemption. To learn more about this new phase and what it means to you, visit
Know Your Work Rights
The Department of Labor wants you to know your rights.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees must receive at least the minimum wage and may not be employed for more than 40 hours in a week without receiving at least one and one-half times their regular pay rates for the overtime hours. To learn more about FSLA, click here.

Additionally, under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees can take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. Click here to learn more about your rights under FMLA.
Text a 9-1-1 Call Taker
The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications wants to make sure you and your family are ready when emergencies occur. You can now text a 9-1-1 call taker in an emergency.
Business Webinar
On Monday, May 24th, at 4 p.m., the North River Commission and Albany Park Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a business webinar in Spanish. Learn more below.
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