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39th Ward Newsletter
December 4, 2020

Dear Neighbor,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. While this holiday season is unlike any we have experienced, I am inspired by our community's generosity and can-do attitude. I encourage everyone to continue to wear a mask, wash their hands, and practice social distancing. I am cautiously optimistic that we will soon have an approved COVID-19 vaccine, but we cannot let our guard down. The holiday season is traditionally filled with friends and family, but it is essential to remember that the more people that are a part of your "bubble," the greater the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please, stay safe.

Last week, the City Council voted to approve the 2021 City of Chicago Municipal Budget, which I supported. You can read more about my vote here.

Also, at last week's meeting, I supported an ordinance to help our local restaurants; specifically, the emergency measure caps the fees that third-party delivery companies can charge restaurants for their service. Under this legislation, which was effective immediately, fees that third-party delivery companies can charge for their delivery services will be capped at 10 percent of the purchasing price, and total fees charged to participating restaurants, which include the delivery fees, will be capped at 15 percent. This ordinance will be in effect until indoor dining is allowed in Chicago at 40% capacity for 60 days.

Our Ward's own Northside Learning Center High School just completed a series of upgrades and additions. Northside serves students ages 14 to 22 with intellectual disabilities and impaired adaptive functioning. The renovations included a complete overhaul and upgrade to a decades-old greenhouse, murals inside the school, new furniture and fixtures, and fresh coats of paint across the building. The whole campus looks incredible. You can read more about the renovation in Block Club Chicago's story by clicking here.

I know the news of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) reopening has been a topic of discussion for many families in the Ward. I have been talking to CPS leadership and facilities management, and the Mayor's office about our concerns regarding CPS reopening and fiercely advocating for all CPS students' safety and well-being. As we move closer to CPS's proposed reopening date, I will continue to work with parents, principals, and CPS leadership to ensure the students' and the individual school community's safety.

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

Very Truly Yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent
News from the 39th Ward
Welcome to the 39th Ward, State Farm!
This Thursday, I helped cut the ribbon at the opening of Andrea Aslanides's State Farm Agency at 5421 W. Devon Ave. 
Contact Andrea!
Welcome to the 39th Ward, Barbell-Life!
I welcomed Jason Pfau and his new business, Barbell-Life (4750 W. Peterson Ave.), to the Sauganash business community. Looking to find a new way to strengthen yourself? Schedule an appointment today!
Schedule an Appointment with Barbell-Life
Welcome to the 39th Ward, Mona's Sweet Spot!
Last week I helped cut the opening ribbon at Mona's Sweet Spot (5412 W. Devon Ave.) with Alderman Napolitano, Edgebrook Sauganaash Chamber of Commerce, and Everyday Edgebrook.

Owner Mona Claudia Flores imports her recipes from around the globe and has a wide variety of treats to choose from.
Visit Mona's Sweet Spot
Holiday Lighting
To kick off the holiday season, I joined the Edgebrook Sauganash Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area # 62 outside of the Polish National Alliance to flip the switch and illuminate the intersection of W. Peterson Ave. and N. Cicero Ave. 
Neighborhood Reminder
The City of Chicago’s winter overnight parking ban goes into effect today, December 1. This ban restricts parking on critical roadways between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. every day of the week, regardless of snow. This ensures crews can quickly salt and plow the streets during inclement weather. Residents are encouraged to check the posted street signs for parking restrictions. To view the affected roads and more, click here
This holiday season, support our local businesses and St. Edward School by participating in St. Edward School's calendar fundraiser. To learn more, click here
Chicago Police 17th District - Salvation Army Toy Drive
The Chicago Police 17th District would like help with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive! 

The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division distributes more than 250,000 toys, gifts, and clothing during the holiday season. Be an Angel Tree Donor and make Christmas brighter. 

Sign-up below to be an Angel Tree Donor by December 9. 
Sign-Up Today
Boy Scout Troop 904 Fundraiser
St. Edwards's Boy Scout Troop 904 is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner To Go on December 12 and 13. Proceeds will allow scouts to purchase new tents and attend summer camp next year.

Pick-up will be in front of St. Edward's Springfield Dominican Learning Center, located at 4447 N. Lowell Ave. Scouts will be on hand to bring your order to your car during:
  • Saturday, December 12, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Additionally, there is contactless delivery for Seniors who reside within 2 miles of the St. Edward campus. Deliveries will be made Sunday afternoon, December 13.

Pre-Order Here
Infrastructure Improvement Update
Peoples Gas will begin phase 2 work to install a new gas main east of N. Nagle Ave. in the alley running from W. Huntington Ave. to W. Rosedale Ave. Construction will begin on Monday, December 7.
Peoples Gas will install a new gas main at N. Kedvale Ave. and W. Glenlake Ave. on Saturday, December 5. 
COVID-19 Update
Emergency Travel Order
The City of Chicago's Emergency Travel Order remains in place. States are placed in three categories: Red, Orange, and Yellow. Colors signify what precautions are required when returning to Chicago. These designations are based on the status of the outbreak in the states and how the data compares to the situation in Chicago.

To view an expanded list of states, click here
Remember the Basics
Remember the basics— washing your hands, wearing a face covering, and remaining six feet away from others— can prevent you from getting sick.
IDPH Recommendation: Test 5-7 Days After a Large Gathering
The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends getting tested 5 - 7 days after large gatherings, regardless of symptoms. To find a FREE COVID-19 testing site, click below.
Find a Free COVID-19 Testing Site
NEW: Free COVID-19 Testing Site
As of today, December 4, a free COVID-19 testing site is open at 3003 West Touhy Avenue. 
  • Appointments are needed to avoid overcrowding and allow for social distancing as this is an indoor site. Appointments are available each day.
  • The site is open every day. 
    • Monday — Friday: 11 a.m. — 7 p.m. 
    • Saturday — Sunday: 9 a.m. — 2 p.m.
  • All can be tested. No symptoms required. 
  • Simple swabs that go just a few centimeters into the nose will be used to conduct a PCR test.
    • You will receive results in 3-5 days.
  • Testing is free. No insurance is required. If you do have insurance, please bring your card.
  • Free parking on site. There will be clear signage directing where to enter and exit the building.
Book a COVID-19 Testing Appointment
Announcements from the City of Chicago
Beat Facilitator Training 2020-2021
2 Part Mandatory Virtual Training
Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 581 352 2379
Passcode: 3510
Saturday, December 5, 2020
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gain an understanding of police protocols and learn how CPD can prepare you to address chronic issues in your neighborhood. 
Saturday, December 12, 2020
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Get the most out of your beat meeting by learning problem-solving techniques, the importance of community partnerships, and how to collaborate with other beat facilitators citywide. 
For more information, contact Area Coordinator Christine Perez at 312.296.2792.
Update: Property Tax Installment Due Date
The Cook County Board of Commissioners has waived late fees for two months on both property tax installments due in 2021.
  • The First Installment of 2020 taxes is due March 2, 2021, with the application of late charges moved back to May 3, 2021.
  • The Second Installment of 2020 taxes is due August 2, 2021, with the application of late charges moved back to October 1, 2021.
Additionally, to view NEXT year's First Installment Cook County property tax bills, visit
Winter registration for the Chicago Park District programming is right around the corner! You can now browse program offerings and start registering on December 7. Whether you choose to workout, learn how to craft, or master a new sport, there is something for all ages! The session runs from January 4 — March 20, 2021.
Browse and Register Here
RSVP Today to Win a Book Collection!
Join the Chicago Public Library Foundation for their very first Chicago Public Library Foundation Awards on December 9, at 6:30 p.m. to honor Donna LaPietra, Nate Marshall, and Isabel Wilkerson, and celebrate the impact of our public library in the community. The event is free for everyone.

RSVP now to get the chance to win a book collection from the honorees!
Housing and Utilities Assistance
From now through December 11, HANA Center is accepting applications to provide up to $5,000 in housing and utilities assistance for undocumented Illinois residents and other immigrant and refugee community members who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19.
Learn More Here
Open Enrollment Now Open

Get Covered Illinois is the official ACA Health Insurance Marketplace for the state of Illinois, helping residents shop for health insurance to fit your needs and budget. 

Open enrollment is now open through December 15, 2020. helps you:

  • Understand your health coverage options
  • Access plans from some of the top health insurance companies in the state
  • Access free enrollment help, available in multiple languages and in your community
  • Find out if you're eligible for financial help and/or Medicaid
Visit to get connected to a Certified Application Counselor in your area and to see if you qualify for financial help.
Startup Sprints Workshop
Future Founders is offering a free entrepreneur workshop to high school students. The one-day experience will be offered twice: Monday, December 21, and Tuesday, December 22.

During this time, you will get a crash course in startups, work with a team to build a creative business, and do it all with the guidance of your own startup coach (a real-life entrepreneur)! Accepted applicants are provided credit to a food delivery service as a lunch stipend and have the opportunity to compete for $125 cash among other exciting prizes!

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through Monday, December 14. Click below to apply
Learn More Here
Chicago Children's Choir
Chicago Children's Choir will be hosting virtual Open Houses to introduce students to their after school Neighborhood Choir programs on December 7 and 8 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Youth 8 and older are invited to attend. 

Students participating in the Neighborhood Choir program this year will receive beginner/intermediate choral training as well as the opportunity to participate in innovative and unique Arts Enrichment classes. 

Visit to sign-up for the virtual open house. 
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