This page features general announcements, while short-term programs/events are listed on our “Events” page, and longer-term programs/events will appear on our “Events Ongoing & Recurring Page.”  To the extent possible, the items posted here will be listed from most recent start date to most distant start date.

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September 12, 2017:

The 2018 Roof and Porch Repair program Open enrollment date for this year will be on September 14, 2017 starting at 9am, promptly and ending at 5pm. On this day, residents can initiate the registration process by calling the City's 311 service line.

Registration does not guarantee automatic participation in the program. A random lottery drawing will take place for registered participants on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Those selected will be formally notified by mail, and the addresses of selected participants will be posted on this webpage.

Lines may be very busy so we encourage residents to register online at

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My office has partnered with Growing Power to get the Fresh Foods Bus out to the Hegewisch Community- 13301 S. Baltimore Avenue. (Every Saturday from 10:00am- 2:00pm.)

Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Constituents can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy pre-packaged food items.

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CDOT Notice: ADA ramp construction project on S. Torrence Ave. from E. 97th St. to E. 106th St and on S. Commercial Ave. from E. 100th St. to E. 104th St. This work is part of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s Arterial Street ADA Ramp Project Nos. 58 and 62 – Far South Area in the 10th Ward. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin on September 11, 2017 pending receipt of City permits, coordination with existing utilities, and suitable weather. MQ Sewer & Water Contractors is the general contractor for this project and DB Sterlin Consultants is providing resident engineering services for the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The work will include ADA sidewalk improvements, curb and gutter removal and replacement, minor milling of the existing asphalt pavement at the intersections of affected ramps, asphalt paving, and striping. The concrete work will take place first followed by the milling and paving at the intersections. The tentative plan is to complete work on the west side of S. Torrence Ave. from E. 97th St. to E. 106th St and on the west side of S. Commercial Ave. from E. 100th St. to E. 104th St. before moving operations to the opposite side of these streets.

Below is the Schedule Change Reminder Press Release for the new Metra Electric and Rock Island beginning on Monday, Sept. 11. 2017. As you know, Metra hosted a series of community meetings in June to present the schedule changes, answer questions about alternative transportation options and gather feedback. Several adjustments were made in response to customer feedback.

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The 10th Ward's very own, Lalo BeasUriel De La Huerta, and Carlos Castaneda will be hosting the SouthSide Rumble on Saturday- Sept. 23rd at St. Simeon Church (3737 E. 114th Street). Food vendors include Tony's Shish-Ka-BobsTom Strom Traveling Pizza Parties, & Los Tres Amigos Inc. $10 cover, kids under 12 are free. For Tickets call: 773-895-7323

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