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Safe Haven Program for Spring Break – 7th Ward Locations

The Office of Faith Based Initiatives of Chicago Public Schools is pleased to announce the Safe Haven Spring Break Program for 2015. Safe Haven is a partnership between CPS and the Faith Community. Safe Haven is a reliable and no cost alternative place for CPS students and parents during critical high violence periods in the city. The mission of Safe Haven is to eradicate bullying and instill practices to combat youth violence. Students will engage in workshops that focus on […]

Youth Summer Employment Opportunity

If you know a young adult, between the ages of 14 and 24, who is seeking summer employment, please encourage him or her to apply for One Summer Chicago beginning Wednesday, April 1. Young people have the opportunity to work in City, County, civic and business communities over the summer. Applicants will be notified the month of June if they have been invited for an interview. All eligible youth who are not offered an initial interview will be placed on […]

Jumping Jack Application Available!

The application for the popular Jumping Jack program is now available. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will begin accepting completed applications on Wednesday, April 1. Jumping Jack inflatables are available on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY, beginning May 23 through August 30, 2015. You can print the application from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events website or pick one up at the 7th Ward Public Service Office. Please note that rules […]

Community Input Needed to Drive Planning Process!

On Thursday, March 19, Alderman Holmes, along with Alderman Michelle Harris, hosted the first community meeting for the 79th Corridor Planning Initiative.  A panel of experts presented on issues related to housing,  development, attracting retail and on financing redevelopment projects.  Residents and concerned business owners  got involved in the discussion by asking questions about programs that could help them with abandoned properties, vacant lots, and increasing visibility for their businesses. All of those in attendance were given a survey to […]

2015 Street Sweeping

More than 40 sweepers will work during regular early morning hours in communities across the City; regular sweeping season to begin April 1. The Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) began morning street sweeping this week and is done between 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, until March 31. There will be no temporary parking restrictions related to this overnight operation. DSS is leveraging the existing overnight parking ban, still in effect until April 1, to begin cleaning […]


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    Alderman Holmes at a great meet and greet.

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    Business owner in the 7th Ward

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Community News

Apply for a Small Business Microloan

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection wants to help small businesses obtain additional funding. Loans can be used to start (less than 6 months revenue history) or grow your business, including leasehold improvements, inventory, supplies, working capital, machinery and equipment purchases. They can range from $500 to $25,000 with a no pre-payment penalty. If you are interested in more information, please call 312.744.6249.

City of Chicago’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance

As a reminder, the City offers FREE tax assistance and a variety of income tax credits and benefits available to Chicagoans. Volunteer tax preparers, certified through IRS-approved training, will assist with federal and state income tax returns for the 2014 tax year. This year, eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $6,750 from the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits with the help of these knowledgeable preparers.  The tax assistance sites will be open between January and April 15, 2015.   For more information, call 311!

Job Opportunity: Teacher or Teacher’s Aide

Higher Learning Childcare and Development Center, located at 2526 E. 73rd Street, is seeking a lead teacher or teacher’s aide to work with children from birth through 5 years of age. You must have earned an associate’s degree with at least 12 semester credit hours in early child development.  Prior teaching experience is preferred but not necessary.  For more information, please call   Ms. Hannah at 773-734-1251 or email her at ms.hannah@higher-learn.com