• Scott Waguespack

Note from Alderman

Effective immediately, City-managed vaccination sites will be offering vaccines to all individuals 16 years of age or older (under 18 requires a parent or guardian on site to consent). Visit http://chi.gov/covidvax to find a vax site near you. #ProtectChicago. There were some residents with questions about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and the Chicago Dept. of Public Health via the CDC has issued this statement about the vaccines safety and resumption of use.


Take note that the Armitage Water Main replacement crews (90/94 to Western Ave.) starts digging on Monday with work already being done on some side corners in anticipation of the work. Please read below for the details on this important project. Please check signage for work locations.

SLVN will also be reviewing the Ashland/Wolfram redevelopment project at their next community meeting on May 11th, see below for details about the community meeting and how to join the meeting.


Mayor Lightfoot announced that there is a lot of optimism that the City of Chicago will be fully reopened by July. Last week, the City launched Open Chicago which is an initiative to start reintroducing events and opening other public amenities and private venues that promote art, culture, and recreation safely. In addition, the City is working on more outdoor dining opportunities. Events are already lining up, but will still have to follow strict guidelines on participation and probably be limited in size as compared to prior years. While we are providing more open spaces for dining on our ward business corridors, we are carefully considering the safety aspects of each business proposal. We're looking forward to much more open air/Al Fresco dining opportunities this summer!


Recently, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events selected grantees for two Cultural Grant programs: The Individual Artists Program and the Artist Response Program.

The Individual Artists Program provides project grants to Chicago-based, individual artists. The program seeks to discover, nurture, and expand Chicago’s individual artists and creative professionals through the provision of project-specific support. We are pleased to announce and congratulate the following artists residing in our ward who were selected for funding:

TARINA AUMILLER (MUSIC)

KATE O’HANON BRUNS (PERFORMING ARTS – THEATRE/DANCE)

JOSEPH DURST (PERFORMING ARTS – THEATRE/DANCE)

AMIR GEORGE (FILM & MEDIA ARTS)

YONI GOLDSTEIN (FILM & MEDIA ARTS)

LISABETH WEINER (LITERARY ARTS)

The Artist Response Program supports artists in ambitious projects that directly engage the public in a constructive dialogue about current events that have deeply impacted our city. We are pleased to announce that Kartemquin Educational Films from the 32nd Ward was selected as a re-granting partner to distribute funds hyper-locally for smaller projects. Kartemquin is known for such films as Hoop Dreams, Finding Yingying and many others.


Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms! If you are looking for some flowers or a nice plant to send to Mom, visit the Wicker Park Advisory Council and Garden Club plant sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. All proceeds go to supporting the Wicker Park gardens you see throughout the park. You can find GMO FREE herbs, vegetables, flowering annuals, hanging baskets, house plants, and perennial plants at this event while supporting the park gardens.


Alderman Scott Waguespack