Category Archives: Community News

Donate books for CPS students in the Chicago Cubs Toyota Prius Lot, 1106 West Waveland Avenue

With Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students continuing to learn virtually, it is critical to build at-home libraries to increase independent reading time, especially in homes with limited financial resources.

To support students in Lakeview-area CPS schools, the Chicago Cubs and Cubs Charities are hosting a drive-in book drive for community members to drop off new and gently used books in the Toyota Prius Lot from noon to 3 p.m. CST Saturday, November 7. Books should be appropriate for students from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade, including books suitable for primary grades, novels appropriate for middle school and books in Spanish for elementary school students. Please note community members will not need to leave their cars to donate books in the Toyota Prius Lot, located across from the Cubs’ front office building on Waveland Avenue.

If you can’t make it to the drive, the Cubs Store at Gallagher Way will accept book donations between Friday, October 30, through Sunday, November 15. The Cubs Store is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST. Members of the community who donate books at the Book Drive or the Cubs Store at Gallagher will receive a 20% discount to redeem at the Cubs Store at Gallagher Way.

Drive-In Flu Shot Event

Good morning,

The offices of Rep. Yoni Pizer, Sen. Sara Feigenholtz, Rep. Ann Williams, MWRD Commissioner Kim Neely DuBuclet, and County Commissioner Bridget Degnen invite you and your organization to participate in our Drive-In Flu Shot event, begin held on Sunday, November 8th at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Center parking lot, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

At the event, participants will be able to queue in their cars to receive a free flu shot, provided they wear a mask or face covering and present their insurance card.

Please share the promotional flyer attached with your newsletter and/or social media audiences, so that we can best promote the event and ensure the most people get vaccinated this flu season!

RSVP here.

Best, Cameron Rich 12th District Office of State Rep. Yoni Pizer 3223 N. Sheffield Ave. Suite A (773) 348-8974

Understanding the Cycle of Violence, Orders of Protection and Domestic Violence Resources

Hello Community Partner,

This Thursday, October 29 at 5:30 pm, our office will be cohosting Understanding the Cycle of Violence, Orders of Protection and Domestic Violence Resources with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office’s Community Justice Center and State Representative Yoni Pizer. Community partner Apna Ghar will also present at this event.

We encourage you to attend this event and to spread the word to your various clients and partners so that we can continue to spread awareness and resources surrounding domestic violence.

If you are interested in attending this virtual event, please register here. A flyer is also attached for your distribution.

Thank you in advance for your interest and for spreading the word!

Kylie Ruscheinski
Director of Educational Affairs & Park Services
Alderman James Cappleman
Ward 46
4544 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
773-878-4646
she/her/hers

North Lake Shore Drive Study Public Input Opportunity

Help us continue to improve North Lake Shore Drive!

Let your voice be heard! The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation invite you to provide feedback concerning the improvement of U.S. 41 (North Lake Shore Drive) from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue in Chicago. Since the last public meeting, the project team has evaluated criteria and narrowed the range of alternatives. We want to hear from you! Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this Public Meeting (#4) will be conducted online through an interactive website. There are multiple opportunities to provide feedback!

Interactive Website

We have created a clearinghouse of materials, interactive exhibits, and an audio-visual presentation to provide a refresher on the project and help you review project updates. The interactive site is live.

Input can be provided through the interactive website in multiple ways:

  • Use the interactive map to comment and provide input on the proposed improvements
  • Complete a survey to tell us how you use the Drive and lakefront and share your priorities
  • Review the project exhibits and leave notes in the comment area
  • Sign up for a small group discussion with the project team

Written comments can be submitted through the interactive website, project website, or mailed to the project team. Comments received by November 9, 2020 will become part of the official public meeting record.

Sincerely,

The North Lake Shore Drive Project Team

Please stay up to date with the project with the social media links below and our website.

Remote Learning Practices Forum

Majority leader Greg Harris & Representative Yoni Pizer invite you to a virtual event with CPS administrators, policy experts, and community stakeholders to address the challenges and potential solutions regarding remote learning curriculum.

September 30, 2020 | 6pm

RSVP via Google Form for the Zoom Link.

With special guests:

  • Pr. Patrina Singleton, Brenneman Elementary
  • Social worker Jakub Faron & counselor Olivia Haas
  • Courtenay Language Arts Center
  • Cassandra Kaczocha, Illinois Raise Your Hand

Join us for our final event of the season!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Neighborhood Grounds Crew will get together one final time for the season on Saturday October 3, 2020 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The details are below. If you plan to attend and you have not already sent an RSVP to the Cubs, please send one to Michael Zink at mizink9@hotmail.com with the names of any friends or family members who will join you. Thank you as always to the Cubs for their work in organizing the event!

Saturday, October 3, 2020

9:30 AM -11:30 AM

Meet at Wilton & Waveland

Please bring your own gloves. Wear your Grounds Crew shirt and a mask.We will supply bags.

We kindly request an RSVP for this event. Please e-mail Michael Zink at mizink9@hotmail.com if you plan to attend and include the names of any friends or family who will join you.

Thank you for your support of the Neighborhood Grounds Crew!

Kelly Park Volunteer Clean-Up Effort

Saturday, September 5th • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT

John H. Kelly Park • 3800 N. Seminary Avenue

Chicago’s parks need you to pitch in!

This summer, the Chicago Parks Foundation is leading a citywide volunteer initiative to help keep the parks clean. In partnership with the Chicago Park District and our communities, we look forward to coming together to pitch in for the parks.

Over the past few months, park budgets have been stretched and there are fewer seasonal employees. The Chicago Parks Foundation is providing cleanup supplies and safety guidelines throughout the city to help support the parks’ ongoing maintenance. Please join us and share the park love!

The Chicago Parks Foundation is the 501c3 partner of the Chicago Parks.

How it works

  1. REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER at the park(s) of your choice by selecting the dates/times you will show up to volunteer.

  2. SHOW UP SAFELY! Cleanup supplies will be provided for you onsite, and you can do your part by:

    • wearing a face mask/covering (required at all times; supplies are limited, please bring your own!)
    • sticking to a group of fifty (50) people or less and consciously practicing physical distancing
    • wearing protective gloves and avoiding hazardous materials like glass and needles
    • review the full Volunteer Safety Guidelines prior to your cleanup
    • if you are feeling unwell or exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms at the time of your cleanup, please stay home – no need to alert us!
  3. Check back on the Chicago Parks Foundation’s website throughout the summer as more parks sign up to join us and additional dates/times are listed, or contact info@chicagoparksfoundation.org about organizing a cleanup effort for your park.

The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program

As part of the FY20 and FY21 DCEO budget the department is appropriated funds from the Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) Fund to support expenses associated with economic support in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program will reimburse costs incurred by businesses due to business interruption caused by required closures. All spending related to this program must be reimbursable by the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund, as prescribed by 601(a) of the Social Security Act and added by section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act including all subsequent federal guidance.

  1. Program Basics
    • Using one or more intermediaries, DCEO will issue grants to businesses to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures or limited operational capacity under one of Governor Pritzker’s Executive Orders or public health guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
    • Businesses which demonstrate an interruption may receive a grant to reimburse expenditures incurred during periods of limited capacity or closure. The program focuses on reimbursing expenses associated with the business’s operations (“operating costs”) which include, but are not limited to: a. payroll & benefit payments on behalf of retained employees; b. lease & mortgage payments for business location(s), as well as related utility expenses; c. variable costs for the goods or services provided; as well as d. expenses related to personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees.
    • The period in which businesses may claim eligible expenditures is March 21, 2020 through December 30, 2020.
    • From appropriated amounts, 50% of funding will be released to businesses that enable critical support services such as childcare, day care, and early childhood education.
    • From appropriated amounts, a minimum of 30% will be released to businesses with ZIP codes located in the most disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs) of Illinois.
    • Awards will be made with the following focuses:
      • Funding will be prioritized for industries and businesses most greatly impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
      • Funding will be prioritized for businesses which did not received assistance from the Federal Payment Protection Program.
    • Awards will be made in accordance with General Assembly appropriations:
      • For General Business Interruption Grants
        • $159 million for areas outside of Chicago, Cook County, and the collar counties
        • $157 million for statewide distribution
        • $60 million for disproportionately impacted areas of Illinois
      • For Business interruption Grants for Childcare and Daycare providers
        • $70 million for areas outside of Chicago, Cook County, and the collar counties
        • $165 million for statewide distribution
        • $25 million for disproportionately impacted areas (DIA) of Illinois
      • To meet the 50% Childcare requirement in statute, amounts will be released to Childcare and Daycare provides from “General” appropriations.
      • To meet the 30% DIA requirement in statute, amounts will be released to DIA regions from the non-DIA related appropriations.
  2. Qualifying Businesses: As well as meeting the Program’s basic criteria above, a Qualifying Business is:
    • Eligible for reimbursement as prescribed by 601(a) of the Social Security Act and added by section 5001 of the CARES Act.
    • Experiencing business interruption due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
    • Registered and in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State.
    • Licensed to do business within their industry (if applicable). Qualifying Businesses will be more exactly defined through subsequent funding notices based on business type, industry, and region.
  3. Planned Funding Rounds:
    1. Disproportionately impacted business, Bars, Restaurants, Barbershops & Salons, and Fitness Centers – $60 million Eligibility: up to $20,000 per business
      • Eligibility: up to $20,000 per business
        • $20M for Business located within a disproportionately impacted area and experienced significant business losses as Illinois entered Phase 3 of Restore Illinois.
        • $20M for Bars & Restaurants with under $3M in revenue in 2019, or pro-rated amount if in business for less than a year. Must have been an operating business for at least three months prior to March 2020. Only bars and restaurants that have not provided outdoor food and beverage service during Phase 3 will be eligible. This could be for any reason including prohibition by local ordinance, lack of access to outdoor space, or financial infeasibility.
        • $10M for Barbershops & Salons with under $500K in revenue in 2019, or pro-rated amount if in business for less than a year. Must have been an operating business for at least three months prior to March 2020.
        • $10M for Fitness centers with under $2M in revenue in 2019, or pro-rated amount if in business for less than a year. Must have been an operating business for at least three months prior to March 2020.
    2. Child Care Restoration Grants – $270 million
      • The Child Care Restoration grant program will dedicate at least $270 million of the state’s Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) Fund to support the economic health of childcare providers as the state’s economy continues to reopen in the coming weeks and months. As part of CURE, the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program is specifically designed to support businesses who endure lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The first program of its kind in the nation, supporting Illinois’ vast network of childcare providers as they continue to provide care to children across the state through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Future Funding Rounds:
    • Future funding rounds of the BIG program are being planned and the main industries of consideration are ones which will not re-open to full capacity until phases four or five of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan. Examples of these industries are:
      • Theaters, concert halls, event venues & event industries
      • Indoor amusements and other arts
      • Neighborhood-oriented independent retail
      • Independently owned/operated personal services
      • Additional industries as identified by DCEO

Thank you, Wrigley Field Neighbors

Thank you to the Wrigley Field Neighbors for their generous support to donate food and supplies during last week’s Chicago Cares Supply Drive in our Toyota Camry Lot. Together, we collected and donated more than 1,700 groceries and supplies for individuals and families in the South and West sides who have had little to no access to groceries and essential items.

The Cubs’ Toyota Camry Lot is now an official host site for a second Chicago Cares Supply Drive taking place Saturday, June 13. Wrigley Field Neighbors can drop off much-needed items in the Toyota Camry Lot (1126 W. Grace St.) from 9 a.m. to noon CDT Saturday, June 13, including:

  • Groceries (no frozen items or items requiring refrigeration): Packaged and canned meals, pantry staples, shelf-stable nonperishables and drinking water

  • Infant Items: Diapers, wipes, baby formula, baby food, distilled water and powdered milk

  • Household and Hygiene Products: Hand and body soap, sanitary pads, toilet paper, facial tissue/Kleenex, dish soap, laundry detergent, dryer sheets and box fans

  • First-Aid and PPE: 70% isopropyl alcohol, face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, first-aid kits, bandages and tape

  • Cleaning Supplies: Garbage bags, push brooms, cleaning solvents (like bleach, Pine-Sol, Clorox Wipes), Magic Erasers, rags and sponges

Please note items donated should be new and unopened. Perishable items or glass bottles will not be accepted. While dropping off items, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Cubs associates will be present to help maintain social distancing guidelines, facilitate drop-off and address any questions.

Please feel free to share this information with friends and family if they are interested in supporting. We hope that you will support in any way you can.

Chicago Cares Supply Drive

Cubs Charities will be hosting a mini-supply drive at Wrigley TODAY (June 5) and TOMORROW morning for Chicago Cares’ supply drive to collect food, household and hygiene items, diapers, etc… These items will be distributed to community-based organizations & residents who are unable to access these essentials due to store closures and safety concerns.
Here is the info for today, June 5 (2 – 6 p.m.) and tomorrow’s mini-drive at Wrigley (8 -10 a.m.) – Toyota Camry Lot (1126 W. Grace):

These much-needed items include:

  • Groceries (no frozen items or items requiring refrigeration): Packaged and canned meals, pantry staples, shelf-stable non-perishables and drinking water
  • Infant Items: Diapers, wipes, baby formula, baby food, distilled water and powered milk
  • Household and Hygiene Products: Hand and body soap, sanitary pads, toilet paper, facial tissue/Kleenex, dish soap, laundry detergent, dryer sheets and box fans
  • First-Aid and PPE: 70% isopropyl alcohol, face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, first-aid kits, bandages and tape
  • Cleaning Supplies: Garbage bags, push brooms, cleaning solvents (like bleach, Pine-Sol, Clorox Wipes), Magic Erasers, rags, sponges and squidges
  • Please note items donated should be new and unopened. Perishable items or glass bottles will not be accepted.

NO DONATION AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL! PLEASE SHARE THIS POST IF YOU CAN. OUR CHICAGO FAMILIES NEED OUR SUPPORT MORE THAN EVER!

If you cannot donate at Wrigley, please donate at the locations below tomorrow for the main supply drive. Thank you for your support!