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39th Ward Newsletter
November 6, 2020

Dear neighbor,

Chicago is in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. To mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, Governor Pritzker has ordered a ban on indoor dining. To support our local restaurants through this trying time, my office has rolled out the "Where to #DineIn39" campaign. We showcase 39th Ward restaurants that you can support by ordering takeout. Our local restaurants need our help now more than ever. Share your restaurant and menu recommendations with us at as we feature restaurants in the Ward. 

Budget hearings for the 2021 City of Chicago Municipal Budget have finished their second week. I'm focused on making sure our neighborhood schools have the resources they need, our streets are safe, and high-quality city services are delivered to everyone. I encourage you to listen to the hearings 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

with Mayor Lightfoot
Mayor Lightfoot joined State Representative John D'Amico and me in the 39th Ward on Election Day. We had a lovely outdoor lunch at Pasta D'Arte Trattoria Italiana, and then we headed over to say hello to voters and poll workers at Colletti's.
 Welcome to the 39th Ward
I joined my partners from the Sauganash Community Association, Peterson Pulaski Business Industrial Corridor, and Edgebrook Sauganash Chamber of Commerce for ribbon cuttings at two new #39thWard Businesses.
Congratulations to Ewa Chaberski on opening the Farmers Insurance Agency located at 4140 West Peterson Avenue.
The community gave a warm welcome to Glenda and Milton Munoz, who opened Sauganash Grill at 6005 North Sauganash Avenue.
Please support our local restaurants by ordering takeout. Below are restaurants that we featured in my Where to #DineIn39 campaign. To follow this campaign, please "Like" our Facebook page
Pasta D'Arte
6311 N. Milwaukee Ave. 
Marie's Pizza
4129 W. Lawrence Ave.
Old Irving Brewing Co.
4419 W. Montrose Ave.
Eden's The Orginal
6045 N. Cicero Ave.
Señor Pan Cafe
4821 N. Elston. Ave.
Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club
3348 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
The Garage Bar & Sandwiches
6154 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Tre Kronor
3258 W. Foster Ave.
Infrastructure Improvement Updates
New Construction: Gas Main Installation
Peoples Gas will begin gas main installation on Monday, November 16th. Work will start at West Peterson Avenue and continue north to West Devon Avenue. Construction will go through the end of the year and likely into 2021. Final restoration will happen in spring 2021. This schedule is weather dependent. 
Update: Peoples Gas Construction
Starting Saturday, November 7th, Peoples Gas will begin installing gas mains on the 6100 and 6200 blocks of North Moody Avenue.
Starting Saturday, November 7th, Peoples Gas will continue its work on gas mains. Work will occur on the 4900 block of North Kilpatrick Avenue. Additionally, work will occur from the 4900 block through the 5100 block of North Kenneth.

Near the end of November/early December, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will commence demolition on the Montrose Bridge's north end. As a result, the sidewalks through the "triangle" between W. Agatite Avenue and W. Montrose Avenue immediately east of the Kennedy Expressway (I-90) will be closed. Signage will be posted to denote the closure and to route pedestrians to N. Kilbourn Avenue. To cross W. Montrose Avenue and access the Blue Line Station, pedestrians need to use the sidewalk on the south side of the newly-constructed bridge deck.

81 Lawrence Bus: Temporary Bus Stop Closure
Due to construction, the 81 Lawrence westbound bus stop at North Kostner Avenue is temporarily closed thru Thursday, November 26th. 
News from the 39th Ward
St. Edward School Christmas Tree & 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.
8th Grade Poinsettia Fundraiser
Support the 8th Grade class of St. Edward School by purchasing your holiday poinsettia from their fundraiser. This sale ends Friday, November 27th, and pick-up is on Friday, December 4th. To place your order, click here
Business Seminar with Everyday Edgebrook
Everyday Edgebrook is offering a free business seminar to all Edgebrook businesses! Email to register.
COVID-19 Updates
Chi COVID Coach
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
Testing Updates
If you are looking for a testing site for COVID-19, visit the City of Chicago’s interactive testing map. The map is updated frequently, as locations are continuously added. Please note different testing sites might have different requirements to be tested.
Emergency Travel Order

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 14 days from the time of the last contact within the identified state. 

As of November 2nd, there have been no changes to the Chicago Travel order. Thirty-one states and Puerto Rico must quarantine upon arrival in Chicago. To review the comprehensive list of states, click here

Learn More
Remember the Fundamentals
As you take precautionary measures to protect yourself from COVID-19, remember the fundamental steps you can take! Wearing a face covering, maintaining social distancing, and washing hands have proven to stop the spread of the COVID-19. 
How to Keep Safe this Holiday Season
This holiday season, the Illinois Department of Public Health has provided safety tips to ensure we are celebrating safely with our loved ones. See these tips below or click here
Get Help with Rent during COVID-19

The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) provides funding to Chicagoans who are at risk of becoming homeless. RAP helps Chicagoans who have housing right now but may become homeless soon because they lost income or had another eligible emergency that prevents them from paying rent. For more information and to apply, click below.

Apply for Rental Assistance Here
Updates 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 prepare proactively:

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:

  • 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.
Monthly Nonmetered Utility Billing Update

Effective December 1, 2020, nonmetered utility bills will be switched from semi-annually to monthly. 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

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
Virtual Concessionaire, Small Business & Vendor Expo

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) will host a Virtual Concessionaire, Small Business & Vendor Expo, for local companies to learn about doing business with the CDA. To learn more about this event, click here. To register for this event, click here

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.
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.
Local School Council Elections 
Chicago Public Schools will be hosting Local School Council (LSC) elections for elementary schools on November 18th and high schools on November 19th. All in-person voters will need to bring two current forms of identification with them to vote. To learn more about your LSC election, visit
Flavors of Albany Park Extended
Flavors of Albany Park has been extended thru November 30th. "Attendees" are encouraged to visit and order from the local restaurants via outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery. To be entered into a weekly raffle to win local prizes, submit a copy of your receipt to There is no limit to the number of times you can enter the raffle.
Quarantine Cuisine Raffle
Remote Learning Lunchbox
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