44th Ward Newsletter - April 30th, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

Governor Pritzker announced an extension of the Stay at Home Order to the end of May with important modifications that will come into effect tomorrow,  May 1st. These modifications provide increased flexibility for certain businesses and important new guidelines to protect workers and consumers.  Most notable, all individuals over the age of two that can medically tolerate face covering will be required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are in a public space and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance and in all indoor public spaces.

Also beginning tomorrow, retail stores that are not designated as essential may re-open to fulfill online or telephone orders. These orders must be completed through pick-up outside of the store or through delivery. All non-essential and essential businesses must follow the social distancing requirements and must:

  • Provide employees with face coverings
  • Require that employees wear face coverings in circumstances where they are unable to maintain a six-foot distance at all times
  • Where work circumstances require it, provide additional Personal Protective Equipment
  • Evaluate whether employees are able to work from home

In addition to the requirements outlined above, all retail businesses are required to take the following steps to the greatest extent possible beginning tomorrow:

  • Cap occupancy at 50 percent of store capacity or occupancy limits
  • Set up store aisles to be one-way where practicable
  • Communicate with customers through in-store signage, public service announcements and advertisements about the social distancing requirements
  • Discontinue use of reusable bags

Additional information on the Stay at Home Order can be found here and on the Chicago Coronavirus page here.

My office continues to collect donations of handmade masks. A staff member will be in the office solely to collect these donations each Saturday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please adhere to these guidelines if you plan to donate handmade cloth masks/face coverings:
  • Completed masks should be placed in a clear, clean and sealable bag
  • When dropping off masks, you should be wearing a mask or face covering and gloves
  • Donated masks should be made of machine washable fabric
  • Follow these CDC guidelines on how to wear and sew masks
The Central Lake View Neighbors Flower Sale is back and moving forward! All proceeds from the sale go to CLVN beautification programs. Order forms are available here and must be submitted by Sunday, May 24th. For more information and to download the the order form, click here.
While this remains a difficult and stressful time, many amazing examples of support, partnership and charity continue to be found in Lakeview. The Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field host Lakeview Pantry in an effort to better support the increased need and many 44th Ward residents are volunteering their time to help.  Thanks to Vince Fetsch for volunteering and sharing the photos from Wrigley Field above, and thank you Koval Distillery for procuring sanitizer for some of our senior housing facilities. You can support Koval's efforts, order sanitizer or request a donation herePlease continue to send me examples and photos of partnership and charity in the 44th Ward and I will celebrate them here.
The City's Department of Public Health continues to provide regular COVID-19 updates here. You will find more on public safety, infrastructure, supporting local business, ways to help out and information for CPS families below.

Enjoy your weekend,

Tom Tunney
Alderman, 44th Ward

44th Ward Service Office 
3223 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Office Closed Until Further Notice

Contact Us:
Phone: 773-525-6034
Fax: 773-525-5058
The 44th Ward office and the Committee on Zoning office remain closed, Staff continue working remotely and are available to serve you.  You will find a list of 44th Ward staff, their specific duties, phone extensions and contact emails here. For assistance with general issues, email
Ticket enforcement on compliance-related violations, including City Stickers and Residential Parking Permits, has now been suspended until June 1stClick here for more information. You must still feed parking meters as tickets are still being written. 
Public Safety Update
You will find the recent 19th District crime statistics here and below. We will continue to share these statistics, staffing levels and CPD updates and alerts as they are received.
Chicago's Lakefront, Riverwalk and 606 Trail remain closed to the public until further notice. Additionally, all CPS and park district playgrounds and parks are closed. The Chicago Police Department is empowered to enforce the Mayor’s new order through citations up to $500 and arrest if residents do not comply with the order. Read more about the order here.
Please note that all CAPS meetings and CAPS events have been cancelled until further notice. 

The 19th District shares regular updates on its Twitter page. Be sure to check out their updates and follow them on Twitter, @ChicagoCAPS19.
Barry Sewer Main Replacement (Broadway to Pine Grove)
Department of Water Management (DWM) and Sumit Construction crews have completed concrete restoration of the sewer main trench, curbs and sidewalks. Crews will have all construction related materials removed from the area by Tuesday, May 5th.

Asphalt resurfacing of Barry from Broadway to Sheridan is scheduled to take place in mid-May.

Neighborhood Impacts:
  • Parking: Crews have posted 24-hour “No Parking” signs from on Barry from Broadway to 440 W. Barry through Friday, May 8th.
  • A traffic lane, one-way eastbound, will be maintained in the curb lane.
AT&T Infrastructure Project (Addison & Halsted)

This project comes as an effort by AT&T to build up their infrastructure in order to bring advanced cellular technology to the area. Electric Conduit Construction (E.C.C.) crews are scheduled to begin installing underground conduit along the west side Halsted starting approx. 25' north of Addison to the first alley north of Addison on the east side of Halsted, across Halsted and into the alley on Monday, May11th with all underground work scheduled to be complete by Thursday, May 21st.

Impacts to Parking: “No Parking” signs will be posted, as needed, during working hours at the following locations:

  • 3604-3617 N. Halsted
  • 746-756 W. Addison

Impacts to Traffic: While working, vehicular traffic will be adjusted to accommodate crews in the curb and traffic lanes. Sidewalk access will be closed to pedestrian traffic along the west side of Halsted during work hours while crews are working. Alternative pedestrian access will be made around the work area.

Please note that the Department of Streets and Sanitation will continue to sweep streets without imposing on residents who are staying home.  They will not be posting or ticketing and there will not be scheduled cleanings.
Garbage and recycling pickup is an essential service and will continue. The next recycling pick up in the 44th Ward will be next week, the week of May 4th. If you are a part of the City's Blue Cart Program, your recyclables are picked up every other week.  Blue carts must be accessible throughout the week. Only residents with curb-side pickup will have both Black and Blue cart pick up on the same day.
Supporting Businesses

The Federal government has approved additional funds to help small businesses meet their payroll needs for the next several weeks. While many businesses have already submitted applications, it is likely that federal officials will continue to take action to support small businesses, especially as more information comes out about how the initial loans were given. All small business owners are encouraged to submit their applications with a local bank, credit union, Community Development Financial Institution or one of the other companies that are approved lenders. A full list can be found here.

Facebook has pledged $100 million to help businesses in communities across the country, including Chicago. The application, made available in the past few days, can be found here

City Extending Tax Payment Due Dates for Business Until June 1st

The City of Chicago is offering additional financial relief for the business community impacted by COVID-19 by further extending tax payment due dates for restaurants, hotels and other taxpayers by an additional 30 days. To mitigate some of the economic pressure being felt by local businesses, the City will extend tax payment remittances for the months of February, March and April 2020 until June.

There are a number of other local and federal resources available, with more expected in the coming weeks. Click here to learn about and keep updated on Employment and Financial Support.
To help direct residents and business owners, our chambers have also set up COVID19 webpages with business assistance information and local business updates. Click the links above for each chamber's page.
Introducing a weekly video series brought to you by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Citadel that takes you inside Chicago's educational and cultural institutions. Watch the first episode here, featuring Mayor Lightfoot at the Shedd Aquarium.

Governor Pritzker has announced that all schools will remain closed and remote learning will continue through the end of the school year. This closure will not prevent CPS from providing children with the quality education they deserve. Robust remote learning plans will continue through June 18, 2020—the last day of scheduled classes. Click here for the most up-to-date information on remote learning and to access valuable learning resources.

grab-and-go meals will be available for the rest of the school year. For residents in and around the 44th Ward, Greeley Elementary at 832 W. Sheridan Road is the closest location offering meals for children. You can pick up three days worth of meals for your child at any site from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Give Help and Give Back
The Governor has made a call for donations from citizens and a variety of industries and businesses who utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This includes dental offices, tattoo and piercing parlors, and construction companies that may have unused gloves and face masks in stock.Health care workers are running low on critical protective equipment they need to keep them safe as they treat patients. If you have any protective equipment you can donate email

The region's health and human service organizations are experiencing a surge in demand for services from neighbors and communities significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. 

It’s critical that these organizations have the resources they need to continue to operate at the highest capacity. Your donation will support the agencies that are ensuring our neighbors can access basic needs in this time of crisis. Click here to learn more and give.


Since the COVID-19 outbreak hit the city, visitors to Lakeview Pantry’s programs (which include physical sites, Online Market and Home Delivery programs) have increased by over 80% and social services programs (including mental health counseling) have risen by 25%. More volunteers are needed to help serve our community members in need. To learn more, sign up to volunteer and donate, click here.



There are more ways to help. Are you a CPS teacher or childcare worker? Volunteer to watch children of Chicago's first responders and essential workers. You can register with Sittercity here

Are you a nurse or other healthcare provider? You can help the most vulnerable in our city. Sign-up with Illinois Medical Reserve Corps here.
Swedish Covenant Hospital is offering COVID-19 testing to anyone who wants to take the test, including individuals without health insurance, at no cost to the patient. Click here to learn more. 
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