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39th Ward Newsletter
March 31, 2021
Dear Neighbor,

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Chicago, especially among younger people. We must continue to wear masks, wash our hands, and keep our distance. We have come a long way in the past year and we must remain vigilant.

Please continue to get vaccinated when it is your turn. If you are over 65 and are having trouble getting an appointment, please call our office at 773.736.5594 and we will try to assist you.

Vaccine Phase 1C has begun in the City. All essential workers and adults with underlying medical conditions are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, vaccination is available by appointment only. The best way to schedule an appointment is by contacting your healthcare provider. You can also schedule an appointment through

The City has updated COVID-19 regulations. Most indoor limits remain the same, while outdoor space regulations have been updated:
  • Bars and Restaurants: Maximum outdoor table size can increase to ten people, with tables set up so that patrons are six feet from patrons at other tables. Indoor table size remains limited to no more than six people.
  • Social Events: Total outdoor capacity can increase to the lesser of 50% or 100 people.
  • Performance Venues, Theaters and Seated Spectator Events: Outdoor venues with capacity greater than or equal to 200 can operate at 25% capacity. Smaller venues can operate at no more than 50% capacity or 50 people.
  • Outdoor Recreation: Maximum groups of 50; multiple groups permitted.
  • Places of Worship: No outdoor capacity limit provided that six feet of social distancing is maintained between parties.
  • Health and Fitness Centers: Outdoor classes can increase to 100 people.
For the most current regulations, please click here.

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 via phone (773.736.5594) or email (

Very truly yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent
39th Ward Updates
I hosted Deputy Mayor for Economic and Neighborhood Development, Samir Mayekar, for a tour of the ward last week. We stopped by local businesses and discussed COVID-19 recovery, opportunities for increased city assistance and funding, and ways to connect our business community with resources across the city.  
It was an honor to host Pjer Šimunović, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States of America, and Sanja Laković, Croatian Consul General, to discuss the Croatian American community in the 39th Ward. 
Free Meal Distribution
I have partnered with State Representative Jaime Andrade and other elected officials to distribute free meals on Saturday, April 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Albank Parking Lot (3400 W Lawrence Ave). To learn more, click below.
Learn More
17th District CAPS Webinar 
The 17th Chicago Police District will be hosting a webinar on vehicular hijacking and motor vehicle theft prevention on Tuesday, April 6th, at 6:30 p.m. Click below to register in advance. 
Register Here
Chicago Metro Chorus at Marie's Pizza
Join Chicago Metro Chorus in the piazza at Marie's Pizza (4217 W Lawrence Ave) on April 11th at 2 p.m. to celebrate National Barbershop Quartet Day. Visit for more information about the quartets and the chorus. 
Update from the Chicago Park District
The Chicago Park District was notified by 39th Ward Alderman Samantha Nugent on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, that a sheen and odor observed on the North Branch of the Chicago River was traced back to a source of water flowing out of the south bank of the river at the Eugene Field Park property located southeast of the intersection of North Pulaski Rd and West Foster Ave. Within hours of notification, the Chicago Park District’s environmental consultant, Arcadis US, Inc, and their subcontractor, Hepaco, evaluated the bank and deployed absorbent booms on the river to contain the sheen. This work was done in consultation with the Chicago Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Environmental Enforcement Division and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

Since March 17, Arcadis and Hepaco have visited the site on a daily basis to observe the flow, improve the containment system, and make downstream observations of sheen and odor. Improvements to the containment include deployment of a hard boom, multiple absorbent soft booms, absorbent pads, and other materials designed to absorb oil-containing media.  This work will continue as the Park District works with CDPH and USEPA to identify the source of the petroleum contamination and do everything possible to stop the release as soon as possible.
City of Chicago Announcements
One Summer Chicago
The application period for One Summer Chicago (OSC) is now open through Friday, June 11th. OSC will run from July 5th to August 13th and will include remote and socially-distanced, in-person job and life-skills training for youth ages 14 to 24. Click below to learn more and apply.
Apply Here
ComEd Payment Assistance
ComEd is increasing financial assistance funding to help customers struggling to pay their electric bills. There are several financial assistance options:
  • ComEd Bill Payment Assistance Program
  • More Flexible Payment Arrangements
  • Service Reconnection Assistance
  • ComEd CARE Programs
To learn more and apply, click here.
COVID-19 Updates
Vaccination Distribution: Phase 1C
The City of Chicago is now in Phase 1C of vaccination distribution. 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
Vaccine Availability and Appointments
Vaccine supply is still limited, 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.  
    • Visit to sign up for notifications.
    • Continue reading below for more information on the City's new mass 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.
Mass Vaccination Site Openings
The City of Chicago announced today that two new mass vaccination sites will open on April 5th. The sites will be located at Chicago State University and the American Airlines Conference Center at Gallagher Way (next to Wrigley Field).

Registration for vaccination appointments at both vaccination sites will be available on Appointments will be posted on ZocDoc later this week. Additional appointments will be added daily. All Chicagoans eligible in phase 1A, 1B, or 1C will be able to schedule appointments. 
Vaccination Site for Union Essential Workers
In partnership with the Chicago Federation of Labor, the City of Chicago is opening a new vaccination site for union essential workers as Chicago expands eligibility under Phase 1C at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 (2260 S. Grove St.). Visit to learn more and sign up for a vaccination appointment.
Business Reopening: Phase IV
The City of Chicago is in Phase IV of Business Reopening. New updates include:
  • Libraries are open at 25% indoor capacity with protective measures in place.
  • Bars, restaurants and other establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license must have all patrons off premises by 1 a.m.
  • Liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments with a Package Goods license must cease alcohol sales at 11 p.m.
For more information on business reopening, visit
RFP: Vaccination Mobile and Strike Team Operations
The City of Chicago has announced a request for proposal (RFP) for COVID-19 vaccination mobile and strike team operations (Solicitation Number 7930,1). The application is now open through April 9th. Click here to access the RFP. 
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