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Dear Neighbors,
Movies in the Park on the turf field at Hawthorne School (3319 N. Clifton) will be featuring Big Hero 6 on Saturday at dusk.   Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this free movie sponsored by my office, Cental Lakeview Merchants, Central Lake View Neighbors and Hawthorne Neighbors.  Hope to see you there!

Rosecrance will present their proposal to open a counseling center and recovery residence at 3701 North Ashland Avenue at the Southport Neighbors Meeting on Monday, July 20 at 7:00pm at the Mercury Theatre , 3745 N. Southport Avenue.  On the first floor in the commercial office space, Rosecrance proposes to operate a counseling center for individuals and families affected by substance use. The center will offer individual and group counseling to these individuals and families, as well as outpatient and day treatment services. No medicines will be distributed at the clinic. The outpatient services that Rosecrance currently offers at their 2835 North Sheffield location will be moved to this new site.  The proposed use of this space is consistent with the existing zoning and approved building permits, but requires a special use permit by the Zoning Board of Appeals.  For more details on this proposal, click here.

The 44th Ward Hispanocare Senior Fair will be held on Thursday, July 23 from 10:00am-2:00pm at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital, 836 W. Wellington.  Free health screenings will be provided, State identificatio and license renewals will be offered as well as information on senior housing, home health care and medicare.
Have a great weekend!

Tom Tunney
44th Ward Alderman
Southport Art & Music Fest
July 18 & 19, 2015
Southport at Waveland | Chicago
Saturday: 10am-10pm (Art ends at 5pm)
Sunday: 10am-9pm (Art ends at 5pm)
The Southport Art Festival will take place this weekend on Southport from Waveland to Grace and will offer attendees an eccentric mix of the culinary, visual, and performing arts. Showcasing local artisans wares as well as area restaurants and eateries serving up summer classics, the Southport Art Festival will also provide live music.   Families will have the opportunity to bring their children, and enjoy all that Southport Art Festival has to offer. A special kids area has been designed with interactive games and activities.

Parking will be restricted on the following streets from Saturday, July 18 at 12:00AM until Monday, July 20 at 6:00AM:
  • 3700-3900 N. Southport
  • 1360-1440 W. Grace  
Southport Art Festival benefits the Southport Neighbors Association. Since 1988, Southport Neighbors Association (SNA) has represented the residents and businesses of the unique and energetic neighborhood, in the heart of Lakeview. 

If you have any concerns or issues over the weekend regarding Southport Art & Music Fest, please contact Star Events at 773-665-4682.
Pride Parade Recap Meeting
Each year, City departments meet after the Pride Parade to recap how it went and discuss strategies for improvement.   We met this week and I wanted to provide statistics on this year's parade:
  • Parade lasted from 12:00pm-4:42pm (The extended duration of the parade was because of an unanticipated protest)
  • Streets & Sanitation began cleaning along the parade route immediately after the last float and the streets were opened to traffic at 7:42pm
  • 52 Pride Parade related arrests were made
  • 206 cars were towed
  • 115 ambulance runs, 60 transport
  • 90 additional off-duty officers were hired by the parade organizers and stationed throughout the entire route and remained in place until 7:00pm.
Overall, it was noted that there was a significant decrease in the number of open containers along the parade route which was attibuted to a greater security presence along the route and the alcohol checkpoints implemented this year.  The CTA institued an improved transportation and safety strategy as well.  Due to these improvements, the Belmont 'L' stop did not need to to close like it has in previous years due to overcrowding.  

We appreciate your feedback on this year's parade and discussions will continue over the next few months.
Read Local

Congratulations to Mary Osborne, a long-time 44th Ward resident on the release of her most recent book, Alchemy’s Daughter.  Alchemy's Daughter is historical fiction set in medieval San Gimignano, near the time of the great plague.  It is the story of a young woman who apprentices to the village midwife, a suspected witch. The book won the Literary Classics Gold Award and the Midwestern Book Festival Award for Fiction and has received many positive reviews. 

I look forward to reading it and you can pick up a copy at many of our neighborhood bookstores.
CDPH Increases Public Outreach and Vaccination Efforts amid Ongoing Meningitis Outbreak
The Chicago Department of Public Health announced last week that another person has become sick with meningococcal disease. The latest case makes the 6th in Chicago and the 7th in Illinois since the outbreak among men who have sex with men (MSM) began in early June 2015. CDPH also announced that the majority of individuals who have been identified as having meningitis have been African American gay men.  Since identifying this outbreak in early June, CDPH has been investigating and closely monitoring each case and is directing efforts to the population impacted.
"Even though the number of cases is small, due to the severity of disease, we must continue our intensive, focused response," said CDPH Commissioner Julie Morita, MD. "We know that vaccination is the best tool to end this outbreak and we continue to partner with local community advocates and healthcare providers to find and vaccinate our most vulnerable residents."
Commissioner Morita convened a group of Aldermen from the LGBT and African American caucuses and members of the Health Committee today to provide updates on CDPH's local response efforts including ongoing awareness and vaccination activities. Alderman Tom Tunney, LBGT Caucus Chairman has been a vocal supporter of the vaccination campaign and was vaccinated by Commissioner Morita to encourage others to get vaccinated before the Pride parade.
 "We applaud CDPH's ongoing efforts to stop the spread of meningitis," said Alderman Will Burns, member of the African American caucus who attended this morning's briefing. "We will continue to work with CDPH and community organizations to encourage residents to get vaccinated."
Over the past month, CDPH has distributed 11,000 vaccines to community partners and provided 5,190 vaccines to residents directly. 
Following the latest case in the outbreak, CDPH has also expanded vaccination locations and continues to administer vaccine at special events each weekend. A list of upcoming special events are listed here.
A complete list of all Chicago locations where vaccines are available for little or no cost are available on the new app,, as well as the CDPH website.
Individuals who are at risk should talk to their healthcare provider or a pharmacist about getting vaccinated. No cost vaccines are available at Walgreens for uninsured 14-55 year olds.  Vaccines are available for individuals of all ages who have insurance, but a co-pay may apply. If individuals do not have insurance that covers vaccine or a healthcare provider they can call 311 or click here for a list of vaccination locations.

Meningitis can cause symptoms including fever, headache and a stiff neck. Some people may experience nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and altered mental status or confusion. If you experience these symptoms, please consult a medical provider immediately. The disease spreads through prolonged, close contact with saliva that can include intimate kissing, sexual contact, sharing drinks or sharing marijuana and cigarettes.
For more information on meningitis and how to protect yourself, download this CDPH fact sheet.
44th Ward Service Office
3223 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Office Hours
Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm

Contact Us:
Phone: 773-525-6034
Fax: 773-525-5058

CAPS Meetings

Beats 1923, 1924 & 1925
Wednesday, September 2
7:00-8:00 pm
19th District Police Station
850 W. Addison
Beat 1933
Tuesday, September 8

6:30-7:00 pm
Illinois Masonic Hospital
836 W. Wellington
Beats 1934 & 1935
Thursday, July 16
7:00-8:00 pm
Inn at Lincoln Park
601 W. Diversey

Upcoming Street Cleaning
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If you are a part of the City's Blue Cart Program, your recyclables
are picked up every other week on the same day as your garbage pick up.  The next recycling pick up in the 44th Ward will be the week of July 20.

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