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39th Ward Newsletter
December 9, 2020

Dear Neighbor,

I hope you are healthy and well. This time of year is typically filled with holiday traditions, friends, and family. This year, it is important that we continue to wear masks, wash our hands, and practice social distancing when we see people who live outside of our home.

The prospect of a COVID-19 vaccine is exciting. If approved, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the state would receive an initial 109,000 doses of the vaccine.  The City of Chicago will operate its own distribution plan and anticipates initially getting enough to vaccinate 20,000 to 25,000 people, followed by weekly allotments from the government.  Under phase one of the distribution plan, front-line health care workers and long-term care residents will be the first to be inoculated. The supply is expected to increase after the initial release and will become more readily available to the public.
For the most up to date information from the Chicago Department of Public Health, please check their website:

On Tuesday, December 8th, I spoke to the Committee on Housing and Real Estate in support of an ordinance that will give the necessary financing and move the renovation of Building H on the North Park Village campus forward. Formerly part of the Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium, Building H was converted into affordable senior housing in the 1980s. The renovation will bring necessary modernizations to each apartment, common spaces, and the exterior of the building, all while preserving the structure's historical integrity. New energy efficiency and greening measures will also bring the building into the 21st century.

Earlier this year, I sponsored an ordinance that preserves the North Park Village and its Nature Center in perpetuity. The land will be protected and preserved for all Chicagoans to enjoy for generations to come. The final step in the conservation of the North Park Village is the renovation of Building H and ensuring the future of affordable senior housing on the campus. The ordinance for the renovation will be up for a full City Council vote on December 16th, 2020. 

The 39th Ward Public Service Office is open virtually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please note that we will be closed for the holiday on December 23rd, 24th, and 25th. 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
New Addition!
Nature Play Space at Eugene Field Park
Last week, I walked through this new Nature Play Space at Eugene Field Park with partners from the Chicago Park District and Eugene Field Park. This space was designed by children of the 39th Ward!  The Nature Play Space will officially open when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Glandstone Park Tree Lighting
Last Friday, I joined Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce and the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association for their annual tree lighting ceremony. This year, the tree is called the "Tree of Hope." You can add an ornament to the tree, located at Chopin Plaza, in honor of loved ones who are sick or no longer with us.
Protect Sauganash Park
Our office has been receiving complaints surrounding the misuse of Sauganash Park on the weekends. We have requested additional security and the 17th Police District will continue to monitor the park. Please be respectful of our parks so we can all enjoy these community treasures safely.
On December 15th and 16th, we are working with the Illinois Department of Public Health, Representative John D'Amico, Senator Ram Villivalam, and Commissioner Bridget Degnen to offer FREE COVID-19 tests at Northeastern Illinois University (3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.). No symptoms or insurance are needed. Appointments are not needed, but it is preferred you RSVP at
Register for a FREE COVID-19 Test
Announcements from the City of Chicago
Closure Extended:
Illinois Secretary of State Driver Service Facilities
Illinois Secretary of State Driver Services Facilities are now closed until January 4, 2021.
  • Driver’s licenses and ID card expirations are extended until June 1, 2021.
  • Online renewals have been expanded. Some services include:
    • Renewing a license plate sticker;
    • Renewing a valid driver’s license for qualifying drivers; 
    • Renewing a valid ID card for those age 22 - 64 (seniors 65 and older have free, non-expiring IDs);
  • Select facilities open to serve new drivers and CDL applicants only.
To learn more, visit
BACP Workshops and Webinars
Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) offers free business education workshops or webinars every Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. All programs are open to the public and taught by industry professionals, not-for-profit agencies, and government agencies. Topics include business licensing, operations, financial resources, marketing, and more. To view upcoming webinars, click here.
BACP E-Newsletter
If you are interested in receiving e-mails on City regulations, business education events, and vital consumer protection information, sign-up for the BACP newsletter by emailing
Winter Wonderland Express
The Chicago Park District will be distributing new, unwrapped toys at Winter Wonderland Express events at 18 parks on December 19th from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Find a Nearby Park
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