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39th Ward Newsletter
March 24, 2021

Dear Neighbor,

Last night I hosted a community safety zoom webinar with Chicago Police Department Deputy Chief Roberto Nieves, Commander Ron Pontecore from the 17th District and Lieutenant Terry Forbes from the 16th District. Thank you to those who attended and participated in the conversation. Additional officers and public safety partners have been deployed to our ward and will remain here for the foreseeable future. If you see something suspicious, please call 911 immediately. I encourage you to attend your CAPS Beat meetings, check on your neighbors, and please call our office if you see lights out, graffiti or damaged signs in the neighborhood. We must stay alert and active in keeping our community safe.

Phase 1C of the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in the City of Chicago is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 29. 

This group includes:

Anyone 16-64 with underlying medical conditions 

These conditions are known to increase or may increase the risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19. 

  • Cancer (current diagnosis). 
  • Cardiac, cardiovascular, and cerebrovascular disorders (including heart disease, coronary artery disease, and hypertension or high blood pressure).
  • Chronic respiratory disorders (including cystic fibrosis, moderate to severe asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/emphysema [COPD]).
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines. 

All other essential workers 

  • Food and beverage service 
  • Higher education  
  • Clergy and religious organizations 
  • Finance 
  • Legal 
  • Media 
  • Other community- or government-based operations and essential functions 
  • Personal care services and hygiene 
  • Retail 
  • Transportation and logistics 

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is tentatively scheduled to begin Vaccination Phase 2, which includes all Chicagoans age 16 and over on May 1.

For the most up to date information, visit the CDPH website here.

While we continue making progress in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, we must all keep wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and washing our hands to keep each other safe. 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 at 773.736.5594 or via email at

Very truly yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent

39th Ward Updates
Property Tax Exemption Session
On Monday, March 29th, I am co-hosting an in-person property tax exemption session at the 39th Ward Public Service Office (4200 W. Lawrence Ave.) with Commissioner Bridget Gainer. Please call my office at 773.736.5594 to schedule a one-on-one appointment.
Street Sweeping
Street sweeping season begins April 1st! The 39th Ward is divided into sweeping zones. Click below to find your zone. After finding your zone, you can look up your schedule below. Questions? Call my office for assistance.
Real Estate Advisory Study Community Forum
Northeastern Illinois University will be holding a virtual Real Estate Advisory Study Community Forum on Monday, March 29, at 7 p.m. To learn more, click here.
Attend Zoom Meeting
Von Steuben Football Sponsorship
Von Steuben Panthers is looking for sponsors for their football team. Click here to learn more and sponsor.
Palmer Elementary's Chicken Coop Committee
Palmer Elementary School's Chicken Coop Committee is fundraising to improve the coop and surrounding area. Click here to help these chicks out!
Infrastructure Improvement Updates
Montrose Bridge Project
From Friday, March 26th to Monday, March 29th, the Illinois Department of Transportation will remove the last section of the north portion of the Montrose Avenue Bridge, over the Blue Line station and the Kennedy Expressway.

This includes removing and replacing the existing bridge and approach pavement, upgrading existing lighting, and installing lighting under the bridge and over the CTA station. The project is expected to be completed this summer.

Montrose Avenue traffic will be detoured to Cicero Avenue (Illinois 50), Irving Park Road and Pulaski Road.

Kennedy Expressway traffic will experience lane closures and 15-minute traffic stops.
Learn More Here
Sewer Upgrade
The Department of Water Management is beginning a new sewer project to create a more reliable and efficient system. This project will benefit the area bound by North Kostner Avenue on the west, West Montrose Avenue on the north, North Hamlin Avenue on the east, and West Irving Park Road on the south.
Affected residents have been notified via flyer by the Department of Water Management. Click below to receive automatic email updates about the project's progress.
Receive Updates
COVID-19 Updates
Phase 1C Rollout
The City of Chicago will move to Phase 1C of the vaccination distribution on Monday, March 29th. Under this phase, all essential workers and residents age 16-64 with underlying medical conditions will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

Chicagoans that are currently eligible under Phase 1A and 1B will still be eligible.

In Phase 1C, essential workers include:
  • Clergy and religious organizations
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Food and beverage service
  • Higher Education
  • Media
  • Legal
  • Other Community- or Government-based Operations and Essential Functions
  • Information Technology and communications
  • Personal Care Services and hygiene
  • Public health
  • Public safety
  • Retail
  • Shelter and Housing, including hotel workers
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Water and wastewater
For detailed definitions of who is eligible within these groups, click here.

Please be advised that, due to limited vaccine supply, most essential workers will be vaccinated in April and May.
Vaccine Availability and Appointments
Vaccine supply is limited at this time, but eligible Chicagoans can sign-up for vaccine availability notifications. There are a few ways to do so.
  1. Through your private medical provider and their health system.
  2. At retail pharmacies, such as Walgreens and CVS.
  3. At dedicated city and state vaccination sites. 
  4. At large employment sites. 
    • The City will reach out to large employers to offer vaccinations to all the employees that work on-site.
In-Home Vaccination
The Chicago Fire Department is providing in-home COVID-19 vaccinations for Chicago residents who are unable to leave home. Click here to register for an appointment. When vaccines become available, the City's COVID Response Center will contact you to make an appointment.
In-Home Vaccines
CDPH Survey
The Chicago Department of Public Health invites you to take a short survey to help them better understand the attitudes and evolving challenges surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine. Click here to take the survey. 
City of Chicago Announcements
Proposal Period Now Open: Chicago Alfresco
The proposal period for the Chicago Department of Transportation's Chicago Alfresco program is now open. This program aims to create active community spaces anchored by outdoor dining and highlight community-focused placemaking. To learn more and submit proposals by April 15th, visit
FREE CPS Spring Break Meals
Chicago Public Schools Spring Break is next week. Families can get FREE meal kits from Monday, March 29 – Thursday, April 1, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Families can get 3 meals per day for each child in the household. For locations, call 773.553.5437.
Now Hiring: SAFE Ambassadors
MUSE Community + Design is hiring seasonal Chicago SAFE (Streets Are for Everybody) Ambassadors. SAFE Ambassadors represent the Chicago Department of Transportation in its efforts to support and promote Vision Zero Chicago. To learn more and apply, click here.
Carjacking Prevention Tips
The Chicago Police Department has shared carjacking prevention tips. To view these tips, click below.
MWRD Citizen Reporting Incident
If you observe water pollution, water blocks, odor, or other incidents, please report this to Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD). To file a report, you can file online by clicking below or calling 1-800-332-3867.
Report Here
Lead-Safe Chicago
The Department of Water Management is now accepting applications for programs that help homeowners replace their water service line. There are two programs homeowners can apply for:
  1. Homeowner-Initiated Program: homeowners can receive up to $3,100 in permit fees waived.
  2. Equity Program: low-income homeowners with drinking water that tests above the U.S. EPA’s lead standards can receive a free lead service line replacement by the City of Chicago.
Click below to learn more and apply.
Learn More Here
Know Your Rights
The Chicago Commission on Human Relations is hosting a webinar titled Know Your Rights. This webinar will discuss the types of housing discrimination and protections you can take to prevent housing discrimination. 
English Webinar: April 7th, at 1 p.m.
Spanish Webinar: April 14th, at 1 p.m.

Webinars will be recorded and available to watch here.
Register for Webinar
BACP Business Webinars
The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers free business education webinars. To view the weekly webinars and register to attend, visit
Naturalization, Green Card and DACA Webinars
The Chicago Public Library will be streaming free online webinars on naturalization, Green Cards and DACA. Programs are scheduled for English and Spanish. To learn more and register to attend, click here.
Now Hiring: CPD
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is now hiring through April 2nd. They offer competitive compensation and benefits package. Visit to apply.
Learn More Here
Clear the Vapor Conference
On April 7th, Parents Against Vaping E-Cigarettes will be hosting a free virtual conference on protecting children from the dangers of tobacco products. Click here to learn more and register.
Resolving Conflict Webinar
Erie Family Health Centers will be hosting a webinar on resolving conflict and communicating effectively on Wednesday, March 31st, at 6 p.m. This webinar will be presented in English with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish. Click here to tune in to the webinar. 
Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards
Illinois Humanities is now accepting submissions for the fifth annual Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards! The deadline is May 31st, 2021. To learn more and submit your writing, click here.
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