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39th Ward Newsletter
October 29, 2020

Dear neighbor,

COVID-19 cases and the test positivity rate continue to rise. By limiting the number of people we see, we can slow the spread of the virus. 

Starting Friday, October 30, restaurants and bars will stop indoor dining services per an order from Governor Pritzker. Outdoor dining must close by 11 p.m., and reservations will be required for each party. 

COVID-19 Mitigations for Chicago


  • No indoor service.
  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside.
  • There will be no ordering, seating, or congregating at the bar. 
  • The tables should be 6 feet apart.
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting.
  • No dancing or standing indoors.
  • Reservations are required for each party.
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table.


  • No indoor dining or bar service.
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart.
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting.
  • Reservations are required for each party.
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table.

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings:

  • Limit to less than 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
  • No party buses.

As we prepare for Halloween, we must continue to be diligent and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19. Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Arwady have shared guidelines to celebrate Halloween in the City safely. To read more details about Halloween in Chicago and the City's week-long celebration, "Halloweek," visit:

This week we hosted the Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Jamie Rhee, Peter Bialek from the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, and Ryan Anderson, a consultant from Landrum and Brown, to discuss the new runway at O'Hare International Airport. The new runway is scheduled to open on November 5, 2020. It is the last full runway to be built as part of the O’Hare Modernization Program. Learn more here.

Budget Hearings for the 2021 City of Chicago Budget continue this week and next week. You can listen to the Budget Hearings through the City Clerk's website by clicking here:

The 39th Ward Public Service Office is open virtually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Out of an abundance of caution, we are not open to the public. Please reach out should you have any questions, comments, or concerns at 773.736.5594 or via email at Ward39@CityOfChicago.Org. 

Very Truly Yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent

Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Arwady have shared guidelines to celebrate Halloween in the City safely. To read more details about Halloween in Chicago and the City’s week-long celebration, “Halloweek,” click below.
Learn More About Chicago Halloweek

News from the 39th Ward

October is #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth. My office participates in the 17th District CAPS Domestic Violence Advisory Committee. Last weekend, we joined our partners from Apna Ghar and the 17th District CAPS office to create awareness and provide materials at the corner of N Pulaski Rd and W Lawrence Ave.

The City of Chicago Domestic Violence Help Line is available 24/7 via call or text at 877.863.6338. Visit for more information on the Help Line.
Thank you to Solomon Elementary School's Principal Gamble and Friends of Solomon PTO for organizing a community clean-up at Peterson Park last weekend!
Last weekend I participated in #PitchInForTheParks with the Gompers Park Advisory Council and friends. Thank you to everyone who joined us to help beautify Gompers Park!
Sauganash Grill just opened at 6005 North Sauganash Avenue. Welcome to the 39th Ward!

Owners Milton and Glenda Munoz are whipping up tasty sandwiches, tacos, salads, and smoothies. You may recognize them from their popular El Chuzo food truck in Lincoln Park.

Sauaganash Grill is open:
  • Monday –⁠ Friday, 11 a.m. –⁠ 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, 11 a.m. –⁠ 6 p.m. 
Be sure to try Sauganash Grill soon! Plenty of parking can be found behind the restaurant. 
Order from Sauganash Grill
Housing Workshop Registration
Order Poinsettia Plants
See What Taft High School Has to Offer

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. 

As of October 27th, Travelers from the following states and territories should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • 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

Tips to Protect Chicago Businesses
The City of Chicago is working diligently to ensure our business community is prepared for events, large demonstrations, protest activity, and civil unrest. Here are a few steps you can take to proactively prepare for activity in your community:

1. Sign up for ChiBiz Alerts
  • Opt-in to receive targeted emergency alerts for the business community via CHIBIZ Emergency Alerts.
  •  If interested, text “CHIBIZ” to 67283 or visit

2. Join Chicago’s Public and Private Partnership Initiative (CP3)
  • Sign up at to provide critical information to first responders as they respond to incidents and assist emergency management officials in the development of citywide response plans.
  • As an added benefit, CP3 partners have access to an array of resource documents regarding general security measures and emergency planning.

3. Stay Alert
  • Call 9-1-1 if you witness suspicious activity.
  • Utilize security cameras and activate your alarm system when not on-premises.
  • Ensure proper locks on all windows and doors.
  • Designate specific staff to be responsible for contacting authorities or emergency services.
  • Conduct a thorough inspection of your property and the surrounding area to address employee and customer safety concerns.

Be prepared to take additional precautionary steps, if necessary:
Please consider these options during times of potential demonstrations and activity, including October 31st, November 3rd, and surrounding days as needed
  • Move company vehicles indoors or to a safe place off the premises during large demonstrations in your community.
  • Secure outdoor dining furniture to a permanent structure, or if space permits, move furniture indoors.
  • Remove any flammable materials or anything that could be used as a projectile from your premises and ensure sprinklers and water supply equipment are operational.
  • Consider enhanced security measures such as adding/supplementing security personnel, glass-break sensors, and motion-sensing lighting.
  • Consider temporarily altering your business hours in the event of large demonstrations in your community.
Friday, 10/30 Webinar at 9:30 a.m.
A Simple Recipe for Social Media Success
Presented by Blue Top Marketing

From understanding the different social media platforms to choosing which platform is best to utilize, this seminar will give the keys to the most effective social media marketing.
Register for Friday, 10/30 Webinar
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

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 p.m. on Election Day, November 3rd
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.
Experiencing Unexpected Utility Shut-Offs?

Since the moratorium on utility shut-offs expired back in August, a small number of residents have had their power shut off due to non-payment of bills. 

If you or someone you know has had their utilities shut off, please visit the following resource link: Additionally, you can contact the Homeless Prevention Call Center at 877.426.6515 for further assistance.

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.
Supper Club Participating Restaurants
Everyday Edgebrook Menu

Flavors of Albany Park returns for a special virtual edition! We encourage folks to visit or order from any of the restaurants and businesses in our community through October 31. Learn more below.

Flavors of Albany Park
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
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