CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES [Last Updated: 5:45 pm on Thursday, April 9th]

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES [Last Updated: 5:45 pm on Thursday, April 9th]

This page will be updated as the situation changes. Please also look for specific updates coming from your healthcare providers, local school, businesses, and community organizations.

You may continually refer to the City’s coronavirus webpage, which will post the most recent updates:

The Governor’s office has launched a new state website for information around coronavirus. 

The 46th Ward Office staff continue to work remotely and are available by phone at 773-878-4646 and by email at

Please read the following information to stay up-to-date on the latest developments and information for our community.


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Recent Updates and Announcements

There are currently 16,422 identified cases of COVID-19 in Illinois. There have been 528 COVID-19 deaths reported in Illinois. It is critical that we all follow the guidance and new restrictions provided by Governor Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot, President Preckwinkle and the Illinois, Chicago and Cook County Departments of Health.

Get some of the latest COVID-19 updates from the COVID-19 Community Newsletter.

Governor Pritzker has announced that the Stay at Home Order for the State of Illinois has been extended until April 30th.  Click here for stay-at-home order FAQs. Please also refer to the state’s IL Essential Business FAQs. Read the open letter from nearly 30 health departments (including Chicago) urging all residents to stay home for the health and safety of everyone. 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new recommendations around wearing cloth face coverings for individuals in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

The Arts for Illinois Relief Fund grant applications are open. The fund will provide financial assistance to artists, artisans and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about the fund and apply at

The application for the Resiliency Fund for Small Businesses is now live. Apply here.

Learn options for your business or nonprofit with the Federal Resources for Small Businesses and Non-Profits guide. Deadlines are fast-approaching for certain lending options, so learn more and contact your banks now.

Seniors can have groceries delivered to their home without a delivery fee! Learn more at

Effective Thursday, April 9, all liquor sales in Chicago are prohibited after 9:00 pm. Read the press release.

Support Uptown’s restaurants and enjoy a variety of specials during Restaurant Week, April 10 – 19!

Mayor Lightfoot Announces CTA To Provide Rear Door Boarding, New System to Reduce Crowding on All Buses

City of Chicago Partners with Lyft and Uber to Address an Increase in Victims Needing to Flee Violence

Updates from the Chicago and Illinois Department of Public Health

You may continually refer to the City’s coronavirus webpage, which will post the most recent updates: You can also sign up for the Chicago Department of Public Health email list regarding coronavirus to receive trusted information and guidance to share with your networks. Livestreamed daily at 11:00 am on Facebook and Twitter, Chicagoans can tweet #AskDrArwady or comment on livestreams to ask questions to the City’s Commissioner of Public Health.

The Governor’s office has launched a new state website for information around coronavirus, and you can also call the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 1-800-889-3931. The daily press conference from the Illinois Governor’s Office is at 3:00 pm and can be accessed on Facebook or on the governor’s website.

You can receive Cook County public health updates by texting ALERTCOOK to 888-777, calling the Cook County Hotline at 708-633-3319, or emailing

Please also take time to review applicable recommendations and fact sheets from the Chicago Department of Public Health around actions that Chicagoans can start taking now: (click here for additional languages)

What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms, what to do if you were exposed, finding care when uninsured, and COVID-19 prevention steps

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) you can:

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new recommendations around wearing cloth face coverings for individuals in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). Based on recent studies, public health officials are now advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting to others.

Please note that any printed materials may no longer be relevant, and that the City’s coronavirus website will contain the most up-to-date information. 

Purchasing Guest Parking Passes Online

The city will stop debt collection, ticketing, and impound practices through at least April 30. All booting will stop, late fees on defaulted payments on city debts will be paused, and no interest will be accrued during this time. The city will also limit ticketing, towing, and impounding and focus its efforts on public safety-related issues. As part of this program, city utility bills will not be due until May 1. Tickets will still be issued for safety-related issues, and parking must still be paid for at meters. Read the full statement from the Mayor here

As of Thursday, March 19, the City Clerk’s Office will no longer conduct in-person sales of guest parking passes through Tuesday, March 31st. Residents can only purchase guest parking passes from the City Clerk’s Office at

Please note that you will need your customer code/resident code to purchase passes online. If you do not know your customer code, you may email the City Clerk’s Office at

Before you get started, here are a few helpful tips:

  • In order to purchase online, you must now create a Profile;
  • Your Profile must be an exact match to your Renewal Information;
  • After adding products to your Profile, find them in the Active Products section;
  • and then Create a Profile

City Stickers are also available for purchase on EZBuy, and they can also be purchased at almost 400 third party sellers across the city. To find a third party seller, click here.

Dog Licenses are also currently available for purchase on EZBuy.


Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

Have your groceries delivered to your home without a delivery fee! Learn more at Many stores have announced special “senior only” shopping hours to reduce senior risk while shopping for needed supplies. The Illinois Retail Merchants Association continues to update their full list of options.

Take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease:

  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

The Department of Family and Support Services senior centers will remain open for seniors to come in daily during regular hours.

Northeast (Levy) Senior Center
2019 W. Lawrence Ave.

Certain services will remain available:

  • Dining Program: Seniors in need of home-delivered meals can call 312-744-4016 any time between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm,  Monday through Friday.
  • Technical assistance programs for seniors interested in applying for public benefits, including RTA benefits.
    • All RTA cardholders (reduced fare and ride free) permits expiring through April 30th will automatically get renewed and do not have to do anything further.
  • Food Pantry Program

Meals on Wheels Chicago meal service will continue to clients, but all volunteering and group activities are cancelled. Learn more here.

The 19th Police District has compiled a list of COVID-19 Senior Resources.

Learn about more support options in the Community Support section below.

Crisis Intervention and Stabilization

Apply for:

The Illinois Department of Human Services encourages customers to apply for and adjust benefits online or by calling 1-833-2-FIND-HELP.

Unemployment benefits are available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. Learn more on the COVID-10 and Unemployment Benefits page on the Illinois Department of Employment Security site. Review the FAQs below to learn more, including how self-employed and independent contractors may be eligible.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago Hotline is available 7 days a week at 833-626-4244. The CDC has released guidelines around Managing Anxiety and Stress during coronavirus disease 2019.

The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) will remain open.

Individuals in need of crisis management, rent assistance, resources for those experiencing homelessness, senior services, and overall crisis and emergency support can contact the North Area DFSS Community Center:

North Area Community Center
845 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

Cigna Health is waiving all co-pays and out-of-pocket costs for all COVID-19 testing and related medical visits.

Mayor Lightfoot, the Department of Housing and Family Independence Initiative (FII) Launch COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program. One time grants are available for rent and mortgage payments of Chicago residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more in the press release.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository has a network of 700 partner agencies and programs, almost all of which remain open. These sites are modifying their distributions to promote social distancing, including offering pre-packaged boxes of groceries. Their outreach team can also help you apply for SNAP and Medicaid and make referrals for other public benefits. You can call their hotline at 773-843-5416 for a free confidential interview Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Find Emergency Food

The Salvation Army’s 19 Chicagoland food pantries remain open to provide curbside service. The Salvation Army is prepared to serve individuals who are in shelters or quarantine/isolation, as well as first responders. For more information on emergency assistance, call 773-725-1100 or visit

The Archdiocese of Chicago offers 120 sites to support residents, which includes schools open for drive-by meal pick up Monday-Friday. Catholic Charities will continue to serve residents at their Food Pantries and Evening Meal Programs. To access other services, please call 312-655-7700.

There are resources for undocumented/Spanish speaking individuals during the pandemic:

  • El alcalde Lightfoot firma la orden ejecutiva para proteger a las comunidades de inmigrantes y refugiados durante Covid-19gee Communities During Covid-19 (Mayor Lightfoot Signs Executive Order to Protect Immigrant and Refugee Communities During Covid-19)
  • Centros Para El Control De Enfermedades
  • Proteger a las familias inmigrantes de Illinois (PIFI-IL) tiene una hoja informativa sobre el acceso a la atención médica si usted o un ser querido está sujeto a la regla de Cargo Público que se implementó en febrero (Protecting Immigrant Families Illinois (PIFI-IL) has a fact sheet on accessing medical care if you or a loved one is subject to the Public Charge rule that was implemented in February).
  • Durante la pandemia COVID-19, todos los residentes de Illinois tendrán el mismo acceso a la atención médica, ya sea indocumentada o documentada. Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí (During the COVID-19 Pandemic all Illinois residents will have the same access to healthcare whether undocumented or documented. For more information click here).
  • ICIRR ha publicado una guía para inmigrantes en Illinois con recursos para la vivienda, la salud, la salud, la seguridad alimentaria y los recursos de fondos de emergencia (ICIRR has released a guide for immigrants in Illinois with resources for housing, healthcare, legal, food security and emergency fund resources).
  • DACA, TPS y otros inmigrantes son elegibles para beneficios de desempleo, siempre y cuando tengan la autorización de trabajo adecuada y los registros para el tiempo indicado. Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí (DACA, TPS and other immigrants are eligible for Unemployment benefits as long as they have proper work authorization and records for the time stated. For more information please click here).
  • Una lista de clínicas de atención médica en Chicago que brindan atención de costo gratuito o de bajo costo, independientemente del estatus migratorio (A list of healthcare clinics in Chicago that provide care for free or low cost regardless of immigration status)

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Center on Halsted can help with emergency financial assistance (rent, utility payments, COVID-19-related support) for people who are living with HIV and who are HIV-negative and taking PrEP. They can also link people living with HIV to medications, case management, medical care, food, mental health, substance abuse treatment and more, or connect people vulnerable to HIV to PrEP, HIV testing, medical care and more. Call the HIV Resource Hub at 1-844-HUB-4040 or learn more online.

The Cook County Assessor’s Office has announced the temporary suspension of assessment notice mailings and appeal deadlines. This suspension will remain in place until further notice while the office remains closed to the public. Additional details can be found in the March 19 Press Release.

Eviction orders are suspended for 30 days as of March 14, and foreclosure & eviction notices are suspended for the next 60 days. There is a moratorium on utility shut offs in the state, and Mayor Lightfoot suspended non-public safety ticketing.

Apartment owners get mortgage relief if they delay evictions for all Fannie-and Freddie-backed loans in situations where renters can’t afford to make their monthly payments due to coronavirus. is offering up to $50 reimbursements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food payments.
1. Purchase food as normal with your SNAP card.
2. Download Expensify on iOS or Android, for free.
3. Join the policy.
4. SmartScan the receipt, which will tell Expensify how much you paid and show that it was paid for with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.
5. Submit it to
6. Set up your bank account to receive the funds.

Restaurants, Bars, and Businesses

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that all bars and restaurants in Illinois will be closed to the public. Bars and restaurants will remain open for delivery, drive-through, and curbside pick-up orders. You may also purchase gift cards if you would like to support your local businesses without currently patronizing them.
Please also refer to the state’s IL Essential Business FAQs.

Learn options for your business or nonprofit with the Federal Resources for Small Businesses and Non-Profits guide. Deadlines are fast-approaching for certain lending options, so learn more and contact your banks now. Check out this Assistance for Small Businesses guide from Congressman Mike Quigley’s office. 

Support Uptown’s restaurants and enjoy a variety of specials during Restaurant Week, April 10 – 19!


The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reminding businesses that remain open during the State’s Stay at Home order to comply with social distancing requirements. The most effective measures to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace remain social distancing, routine environmental cleaning, and good hand hygiene and sending sick employees home. Please follow CDPH’s recommendations for preventing transmission in the workplace and help Chicago flatten the curve.

Our Chambers of Commerce continue to provide guidance for restaurants and businesses and are updating lists about which locations are still open and which services they are currently providing:
Uptown United
Lake View East
Northalsted Business Alliance

Bars and Restaurants can also reference guidance from the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

Congress just passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Check out The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.

Learn more about the Resiliency Fund for Small Businesses. Obtenga más información sobre el Fondo de Resiliencia para las Pequeñas Empresas.
The application for the loan fund is now live. Apply here.

New Guidance: Interim Guidance for Food Service and Updated Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Short-Term Relief from Penalties for Late Sales Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

The Office of the City Clerk is closed, and the following licenses are on hold and will resume when the Office of the City Clerk re-opens to the public:

  • Business Licenses for BACP
  • Food Truck Licenses and Peddlers Licenses

Read Mayor Lightfoot’s 3/16 Press Release: City of Chicago Issues Guidance and Supports for Covid-19 Restrictions on Restaurant Dining and Taverns, and Guidance for Businesses and Employers.

Business owners and non-profit leaders can apply state low-interest loans here. Learn more about the sales tax payment deferment here.
The Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund Application is now open. Learn more and apply now.

Many professional license renewal deadlines have been extended, and you can find the full list here.

Child Care Providers: apply for the COVID-19 Attendance Exemption to lessen financial burdens on providers whose attendance has fallen below normal levels.

Share how the outbreak has impacted your business so that the State of Illinois can better allocate funds.


The Chicago Park District is altering programming in response to COVID-19. Effective Sunday, March 15th, all regularly scheduled Chicago Park District programs will be suspended until further notice.

No access is allowed to Chicago’s lakefront, adjoining parks, fieldhouses, playlots, school playgrounds, the Chicago Riverwalk, and the 606 trail are now closed to the public. These steps were taking to further limit COVID-19 restrictions due to current projection rates.


Chicago Public Schools are closed through April 30. Remote learning will begin April 13. 

Need help accessing the internet for e-learning and other resources? Check out, along with our Online Resources and Opportunities from Home webpage.

If you have questions, email or call CPS Command Center at 773-553-5437. CPS is working to update their Frequently Asked Questions, and encourages you to check the CPS website. You can also follow alerts on CPS Social Media. If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness at or by calling the CPS Command Center at 773-553-5437.

Healthy meals are still available for students. We recognize that our schools provide healthy meals to many of our students, and we will be providing free food boxes that will contain three days of breakfast and lunches for every student in the household. All families will be able to pick up meals at their nearest CPS school between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm daily. Lunchroom staff will prep, bag, and provide meals outside of the school building.

CPS announced a Pre-K–12 remote learning plan that will begin April 13 as part of the response to the COVID-19 health emergency. 

Check out Staying Connected: Online Resources and Opportunities from Home for information about network/Wi-Fi access and other ideas for at-home activities.

During Spring Break, certain schools will still be open for Grab-and-Go Meal Sites. These locations will operate Monday, April 6 – Thursday, April 9 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. After Spring Break, not every school will distribute meals to students. You can see all CPS Spring Break Meal Sites and all CPS Post-Spring Break Meal Sites online.

As a result of school closures, Local School Council Elections, previously scheduled for April 22nd and April 23rd, are postponed until further notice.

Community Support

The coronavirus has the greatest impact on the elderly and most vulnerable. Please find a way to be a helper if you feel healthy and can assist in a safe way. Check in on your neighbors, and remember our local businesses and closings will hurt them and their employees – remember to shop local if possible.

Some community groups and organizations are available to assist. Please contact the below groups if you are interested in assisting with their coronavirus efforts or if you would like to request assistance. If you would like your organization to be added to this list, please contact Kylie in the 46th Ward Office at 

The Greater Chicago Food Depository
Do you need food or health insurance? Contact the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Find Emergency Food

Center on Halsted
Check out the Center on Halsted’s Coronavirus Resource Guide

4730 N. Sheridan Rd.
Food is in the lobby of the Alternatives building every day between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, provided by the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

St. Thomas of Canterbury 
4827 N. Kenmore Ave.

Services remain open:

  • Food Pantry (every Tuesday and 2nd & 4th Friday 9:30 am – 12:00 pm)
  • Soup Kitchen (every Tuesday and Friday 5:30 pm – take away only)

St. Mary of the Lake Roman Catholic Church
4200 N. Sheridan Rd.

St. Mary’s is developing a team to assist seniors in the community with grocery shopping and any assistance they may need while they are at home. Please refer to the link above to both sign up to support or to request assistance.

Missio Dei Uptown
941 W. Lawrence Ave, 4th Floor
Online Form to Request or Offer Help

Missio Dei Uptown is offering several channels of help:

  • For the Food Insecure: On Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, they will be handing out boxed dinners to people in need of food. They will also be handing out flyers pointing people to the. many food pantries in the area, if they are still operating, and at what times.
  • Nursing Homes: They are working with both Alden Lakeland Rehabilitation Center and Bryn Mawr Care to provide gift baskets to residents and have offered to run any needed errands.
  • Volunteers: There are many people that are willing to help those in Uptown with health conditions or vulnerable immune systems. They are happy to run errands, provide meals, make phone calls, write encouragement.
  • Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO): Through challenging during this time, they have partnered with CCO to try and provide extra toilet paper, hand sanitizer, tissue, and disinfectant wipes for the shelter as they navigate this difficult time.

Swedish Hospital has a COVID-19 hotline staffed by trained clinicians to answer your questions and offer assistance.
Support Swedish Hospital by donating unused gloves and face masks toward their continued coronavirus efforts.

Uptown Church
939 W. Wilson Ave.

Uptown Church would like to offer their assistance in any way they can for individuals who may need additional support during this time. They have a group of volunteers on hand and would like to help in any way that they can. Picking up groceries, medications and other essentials, serving as a friendly voice/presence for those in isolation, and navigating this moment together are some of the services they are able to offer.

Lakeview Pantry’s Response to Coronavirus
Distribution hours will be extended at the Sheridan site (3945 N. Sheridan):

  • 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm on Tueday/Thursday
  • 10:30 – 3:00 pm on Saturday

Read Lakeview Pantry’s Emergency Note for clients and others in need of assistance. Learn more about Lakeview Pantry’s response and changes here.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Lakeview Pantry will continue to serve residents in need! The Pantry has modified its food distribution and social service model in order to limit unnecessary contact while at the same time ensuring folks get the food they need to feed themselves and their families! There is no shame in asking for help. Food distribution hours can be found on their website at If you are in a position to support these critical programs during the crisis, Lakeview Pantry is also in need of monetary donations and volunteers. For ever $1 donated, they can provide 8 meals to our neighbors struggling to put food on the table during this difficult time. Thank you for your help!

New Seed Food Pantry at Lakeview Church of Christ
Last 2 Sundays of every month from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. As weather permits, distribution will occur outside.
4716 N. Malden
Pat Paul, 312-450-5021
NEW: The New Seed Food Pantry (4716 N. Malden St.) will be open an additional week, this Sunday, April 5 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.

Chicago Public Library: Bezazian and Uptown Branch Social Worker
Margaret Ann Paauw, LCSW;

City of Chicago Donations
Learn about ways to lend a helping hand to fellow Chicagoans:
Donate PPE & Medical Supplies:

Legal Help

Legal Aid Chicago
Download the Legal Aid Chicago free legal services document found below (English and Español)

CARPLS Legal Aid
Legal Aid Hotline for Cook County, Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and until 7:30 pm Monday & Wednesday nights)

ICIRR has released a guide for immigrants in Illinois with resources for housing, healthcare, legal, food security and emergency fund resources.

Other Updates and Closures:

Applications are now open for One Summer Chicago! Summer jobs are available for youth ages 14 to 24. Go to to learn more and apply.

The City of Chicago is encouraging residents to sign up for Smart911, a free, voluntary and secure service that allows individuals and families to provide critical medical information when they call 9-1-1. To learn more, check out this video.

You can track closures and cancellations related to COVID-19 as reported by WGN and the Chicago Tribune.

Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Encourage Residents to be Cautious of Consumer Fraud Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Divvy is offering steeply discounted memberships through April 30, 2020, including discounted single rides. They are launching a 30-day program to give critical healthcare workers free bikeshare rides. Starting March 24 through April 30, eligible healthcare workers can sign up through their employer to access unlimited 45-minute trips on classic bikes for 30 days. Interested health care companies can email to learn how to receive free memberships for employees.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) continues to closely monitor recommendations from the Chicago Department of Public Health, and has implemented additional cleaning measures. You can learn more on the CTA website. Ventra is offering a one-time credit for any remaining days left on active 7-day or 30-day passes. Find out if you are eligible, and learn more about ways to make the best use of existing inactive passes and cost burdens here.

U.S. and Illinois Tax Filing Day have moved from April 15 to July 15.

All Chicago Public Library (CPL) are closed through April 7. CPL cardholders can access library resources and information, including eBooks, audiobooks, music, video and online resources, 24/7 on the website.

Metra announced that they will be cutting their service in half starting on Monday, March 23rd.

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, all Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) offices will be closed to the public until further notice. BACP will continue processing business licenses, where applicable, online or over the phone. Please visit or call 312-74-GOBIZ. Please allow for extra time as BACP staff are working hard to keep City services going under this disruption.

The Northside American Job Center at Truman College is closed until further notice, but staff are working remotely and still available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. They can be reached at 773-334-4747.

Chicago Animal Care and Control services may only be accessed by appointment until further notice. All services must be made by emailing

The Following Ward 46 Events Have Been Postponed:

  • Senior Series, March 23
  • Electronics Recycling, April 4
  • State ID, April 10

Howard Brown Health has announced service updates and temporary location hours in response to COVID-19. Please note that any patient that is experiencing flu-like symptoms or believes that they have been exposed to COVID-19 should call ahead at 773-388-1600 for a nurse to triage you over the phone or offer alternatives if a visit isn’t necessary. Please refer to the Howard Brown Health website for additional updates, including Guidance for People Living with HIV.

City Council has been postponed until April 15. You can read the entire press release from the Mayor’s office here. City Hall will be closed to the public effective Friday, March 20.

Effective immediately, all scheduled Beat Meetings, and Chicago Police Department organized engagements (include of DAC meetings, DV meetings, Youth meetings, etc.) are hereby postponed.