48th Ward Update
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March 16, 2020

Dear Neighbor:

Our community is banding together to prepare for and address the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you to the many neighbors and business owners who have reached out to learn how they can help. My office continues to remain in close communication with the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Mayor's Office about the City's efforts to contain the virus.

I will be sending a COVID-19 email update every day around 4pm with updates from the day. Click here to view past updates my office has shared. Additionally, CDPH Commissioner Alison Arwady is holding a daily "The Doc Is In: Live Q&A" livestream everyday at 11am on the Chicago Mayor's Office Facebook Live. Governor Pritzker is holding a daily press conference, which can be viewed on Facebook Live and on the State of Illinois website.

Please visit or for the most up to date guidance and information regarding COVID-19. If you are experiencing symptoms, do not leave your house. Call your physician before seeking treatment.

Today's update:

Meals for Students
While all Illinois K-12 schools are closed, all Chicago Public Schools locations will serve as food distribution sites. Regardless of where a student is currently enrolled, parents can visit the school nearest to their home between 9am and 1pm to pick up two meals per child per day, with the option to collect three days' worth at a time. If 
you need assistance, please call the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or email

48th Ward Schools:
McCutcheon Elementary, 4865 N. Sheridan
Goudy Elementary, 5120 N. Winthrop
Peirce Elementary, 1423 W. Bryn Mawr
Swift Elementary, 5900 N. Winthrop
Hayt Elementary, 1518 W. Granville
Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood

Meals for Seniors
The Edgewater Satellite Senior Center at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, is a food distribution site for seniors. All meals will be provided in to-go boxes and seniors are not able to eat them on site. All programming at the Senior Center has been suspended, and the recommendation from the CDC is that senior citizens should stay home if they are able.

Voting Information
Election Day is still scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17. If your polling place is closed tomorrow, you may report to the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway, to vote. Early Voting will remain open until 5pm today at the Edgewater Library. Anyone who gets in line by 5pm will be able to vote. Visit the Chicago Board of Elections website for more information.

We have heard concerns from many neighbors about sanitizing at the polls. Please wash your hands immediately before and after voting, and bring hand sanitizer with you to the polls.

Restaurant Operations
In his daily Press Conference yesterday, Governor Pritzker ordered all restaurants and bars close dine-in operations effective 9pm tonight through Monday, March 30. Restaurants will be able to offer delivery and curbside pickup during this time, but consumption of food and beverage is not allowed inside their facility. Social congregation is not allowed inside, as social distancing is essential. 

My office is working with the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protections (BACP) to get clarification on these regulations so we can share them with operators and customers. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for more updates.

How You Can Help

Thank you to the 300+ neighbors who have signed up for our 48th Ward Community Response Team! We are working diligently to make individual contact with each volunteer to identify how we can best use your skills. If you are interested in signing up to support your neighbors during this time, please sign up at

Now, more than ever, we need to be good neighbors. Please take the opportunity to check in on your elderly, disabled, and homebound neighbors daily to see if there is anything they need. And while we all practice social distancing, if you do find yourself out for walk in the community, please give a smile and friendly "hello" to your neighbors!

My office has limited staffing during this time, with the majority of the team working remotely. Please do not come into our office for services, but call or email us with your needs. If we are able, we can help you via these channels.

Be well.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
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