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39th Ward Updates
November 22, 2020

Dear Neighbor,

The current COVID-19 test positivity rate for Chicago is 15.5%. In an effort to mitigate this imploding rate, the City of Chicago set new restrictions on meetings and social events and issued a "Stay at Home" advisory. All residents of the City of Chicago are advised to stay at home in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the City.

The restrictions that are now in effect are as follows:

  • Meetings and social events are limited to 10 individuals (both indoors and outdoors).
    • The limitation applies to events such as weddings, birthday parties, and other events.
  • Places of worship cannot have more than ten individuals gather for events such as weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, or wakes.
    • Regular services can continue at 40% capacity with a maximum of 50 individuals.
  • For industry-specific guidelines for fitness clubs, retail stores, personal services, movie theaters, click here.

Additionally, residents are strongly advised to:

  • Not have guests in their homes unless they are essential workers (i.e., home healthcare providers or childcare workers).
  • Cancel traditional Thanksgiving celebrations.
  • Avoid travel.

Budget Hearings have come to a close and we are preparing for a City Council vote on the 2021 Municipal Budget. I am focused on making sure our neighborhood schools and communities have the resources they need, our streets are safe, and high-quality city services are delivered to everyone.

Due in large part to COVID-19, we now face a $1.2 billion spending gap for the 2021 budget. This is the largest budget gap in the history of the City of Chicago.  Of the $1.2 billion estimated, $783 million is due to COVID-19 revenue losses, while $421 million is due to mandated spending increases.

As a City and Council, we must think pragmatically, creatively, and equitably on how to solve the $1.2 billion gap. Throughout the budget hearings, I have offered suggestions to reduce overhead costs and make our city more cost-efficient. Overall, through eliminating vacancies, furloughs, and reducing the workforce, the city has identified $430.9 million in operational savings.

I encourage you to listen to the upcoming council meetings 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

Very truly yours, 

Alderman Samantha Nugent

News from the 39th Ward
Thank You, Veterans
Last week, on Veteran's Day, we took a moment to honor all those that have served our country. 

We would like to take a moment and thank our veterans, especially our Ward Veterans. 

In gratitude, we humbly salute you.  
Holiday Hours
Arterial Roadway Lighting Improvement Citywide Program

The Chicago Department of Transportation will be making lighting improvements on:

  • West Peterson Avenue from North Cicero Avenue to Edens Expressway; and 
  • North Cicero Avenue Avenue from West Peterson Avenue to West Glenlake Avenue.
Construction is tentatively scheduled from November 19 to December 19, 2020.

Temporary "No Parking" signs will be posted periodically. These temporary signs will restrict parking during working hours while adhering to rush hour restrictions for the completion of the work.
Virtual Open House: Von Steuben High School
Von Steuben High School's virtual open house for the 2021-2022 school year is now open! Click below to learn more.
Learn More Here
Join St. John’s Episcopal Church at 3857 North Kostner Avenue for their annual free Thanksgiving Dinner. Due to the coronavirus, to-go, boxed lunches will be distributed this year. 
This holiday season, support our local businesses and St. Edward School by participating in St. Edward School's calendar fundraiser.
Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale
Tis' the Season (almost)! St. Edward School Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath sale is happening now. Click here to order online. This sale goes through Sunday, November 29th. Pick-up begins on Wednesday, November 25th.
COVID-19 Updates
UPDATE: Emergency Travel Order
In response to increased and high rates of COVID-19 transmission across the United States, and to add to Chicago’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the City has updated its Emergency Travel Order.

States are now 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
Update: Statewide Mitigations
The spread of COVID-19 is now exponential throughout the State of Illinois. To help stop the spread of the virus, the Illinois Department of Public Health has implemented Tier 3 mitigations that are effective as of November 20, 2020. To learn more about these mitigations, click here.  
Protect Chicago Initiative
Mayor Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection launched a new Citywide strategy - “Protect Chicago” - an effort to help Chicago bend the COVID-19 curve for the second time.

Residents are strongly advised to adhere to the Advisory by following these guidelines:
  • Only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up take-out food, or receiving deliveries. If you do leave home, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others and wearing a face covering at all times. 
  • Do not have gatherings in your home with anybody outside of your household (except for essential staff such as home health care workers or educators), even with trusted family or friends. 
  • Avoid all non-essential, out-of-state travel; if travel is essential, quarantining or testing negative prior to travel is required, depending on which state a traveler originates. 
  • Comply with City and State Orders, including wearing face coverings, limiting gatherings, and mandating early closure of non-essential businesses at 11 p.m. 
  • Practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others if you go outside to get fresh air. 
  • Use remote modes of communication like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family, especially on holidays such as Thanksgiving.
Holiday Safety Tips
As we approach Thanksgiving, please keep in mind these tips from the Illinois Department of Public Health on how to celebrate holidays safely this year. 
Pre-Register Here
Spread the Word. Not the Virus.

YOU can make a difference in the fight against COVID-19. Take 2 minutes today to sign NorthShore’s COVID Safety Promise and help spread the word, not the virus:

News from the City of Chicago
The application period for the Chicago Hospitality Grant Program is now open through Monday, November 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. The Chicago Hospitality Grant Program was established to provide $10,000 emergency relief grants to restaurants and bars, with revenues of $3M or less, throughout Chicago, that has been adversely impacted by the Governor's recent closures due to the COVID-19 crisis. To learn more about the program, click here
Mortgage Assistance Program
Peoples Gas Bill Assistance 
Individual Artist Program Grants
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has opened its grant application for the 2021 Individual Artists Program! The deadline to apply is December 1, 2020, at 5 p.m. To download the guideline packet and apply, please visit
Arts Venue Relief
City of Chicago Aviation Artist Pool
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Department of Aviation invites Chicago-based professional artists and artist teams to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in Chicago’s Aviation Artist Pool. The Aviation Artist Pool is a mechanism for selecting artists for public art opportunities at Chicago O’Hare and Midway Airports. 
Due to the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases across Cook County, the Forest Preserves of Cook County has taken several steps to help slow the spread of the virus, effective immediately through at least December 16. Among other things, all in-person events and volunteer workdays are canceled. To learn more about closures, click here

Friends will still be hosting virtual events. In-person events and volunteer workdays will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. 
Due to city and statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts, Shedd Aquarium has voluntarily re-closed to the public in continued responsibility and commitment to the safety and health of people, animals, and the community. The aquarium will temporarily close for six weeks with a target reopening date of Saturday, January 2, 2021.
While closed to in-person visits, the Shedd Aquarium offers digital animal encounters, camps, and other activities. To explore all the Shedd has to offer virtually, click below. 
Virtual Visits
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