Albany Park Community Center


5101 N. Kimball Ave 

The state of IL has decided to close its schools due to COVID-19 concerns until April 30th. As a result of this, and through conversations with key stakeholders, funders, and health officials, APCC has decided to close for that same time period. While regrettable, APCC feels this is the most responsible course of action based on the need to consider the health and well-being of our children, families and the community. Below are programs that are happening virtually, and contact information if you questions for different departments. 

Early Education:

Maintaining weekly communication with families to ensure that their families are in good health, and have access to food, housing, medical support etc. Also providing, learning activities/curriculum for parents to implement from home. Leadership at APCC is considering opening as an Emergency Childcare Facility but has not made the decision to do so at this point.  Tentative Program Return: May 1

Youth Development:

Maintaining weekly communication with families to ensure that their families are in good health, and have access to food, housing, medical support etc. Also providing, learning activities/curriculum for parents to implement from home.  Tentative Program Return: May 1

Community-Based Counseling

Continuing to provide remote counseling sessions to existing clients on our caseload. Our case load is currently full. 

Adult Education & Immigrant Services

Students previously enrolled in APCC's Winter Adult Education term will have the opportunity to continue their course work into our spring term. Remote classes will begin on April 13th. We are working to set up an online registration process so that community members interested in ESL, Citizenship, and Career Bridge Courses may enroll in online courses. Please check back at the website for updates. 

Workforce Development & Housing Assistance

APCC's Workforce Development & Housing Assistance staff continue to support clients remotely. Community members in need of workforce services may contact Angela Harris,, for assistance. Community members who are in need of housing assistance/support may contact Brooke Smith, English and Arabic translation support available.

Business Planning & Development

APCC's Business Planning and Development program is continuing to support small business who are in need of assistance. APCC is being considered as an applicant to support the City of Chicago as one of BACP Small Business Navigator Program. Small Businesses in need of support may contact Jin Lee,, or call for assistance. Korean translation support available.

Chicago Public Library

Pursuant to Governor Pritzker's order for the State of Illinois to shelter in place, Chicago Public Library is closed from noon Saturday, March 21 through Thursday, April 30.

CPL cardholders can access library resources and information, including eBooks, audiobooks, music, video and online resources, 24/7 on the CPL website.

See more at the Chicago Public Library Response to Covid-19 Page.

Common Pantry


3744 N. Damen Ave. 

Common Pantry will remain open for normal distribution hours. However, they will be modifying the process, so that Wednesday pantry service from 1-4pm and 6-8pm, as well as Thursday 1pm-4pm, will be distributed at the outside door of the pantry.

Clients will not be allowed into the building and unfortunately there will be no client choice model until conditions improve. Food will be bagged up for them and handed out first come, first serve. They have plenty of supplies, so there is no worry about running out of food.

The Wednesday hot lunch will be given out in to go containers to clients starting at 11am. Clients will not be able to come in and eat.

This is for the safety of clients, staff, and volunteers and was not a decision made lightly. They will proceed in this way until further notice.

The Friendship Center 


2711 W. Lawrence 

  • If you need food: They are open during regular hours for "grab and go" groceries and meals.  They will not have our usual coffee and snacks, dining room and bathroom access are suspended.  They are also loosening our registration requirements, so anyone in need should come by for groceries, whether they have ever been in before or not.  They would especially like to extend a welcome to hourly and shift workers who are involuntarily unemployed at the moment. No need to worry about geographic location or ID cards.
  • If you want to Volunteer: With love and appreciation, they are asking volunteers over the age of 60 to refrain from coming right now for their own safety.  They are also not accepting new volunteers at this time. If you have volunteered with them before, and are young and healthy and comfortable volunteering, please contact to arrange a time.  Please do not just show up to volunteer. They are keeping groups down to just the size they need to execute each shift, and are taking precautions to ensure the safety of all volunteers and clients.
  • Other Ways to help: They have three key needs right now - physical donations can be dropped off at 2711 W. Lawrence on Tues & Thurs from 12 to 7pm.
  1. Soap - They are giving bars and bottles of soap out to clients to encourage hand washing on their part. 
  2. Bags - As they are currently pre-bagging groceries for clients, the need for bags of all kinds is greater than ever.
  3. Donations - They are expecting a surge in need, as well as a major drop-off in the summer festivals which help fund our work.  Your donation now makes a huge impact.

To make a financial donation or to find more detailed information, please visit our website at - you can also call Ross at 312-415-2044 with questions.

Erie Family Health Centers

4747 N. Kedzie


If you believe that you were exposed to someone confirmed to have coronavirus, or have traveled outside of the country or within the US in the last 14 days, and have a fever AND respiratory symptom call Erie at 312.666.3494 to discuss your symptoms with our team of healthcare providers. PLEASE DO NOT WALK INTO THE HEALTH CENTER WITHOUT CALLING AHEAD.

Telehealth Appointments are available.
To help Erie patients still get the healthcare they need at this time, we are now offering what are called “telehealth” appointments. This is the chance to meet with your healthcare provider over a video chat or phone call, right from your own home.

HANA Center


4300 N. California Ave. 

HANA Center has suspended in-person services from now through 4/30/2020.

They will continue to provide all services through telephone/webinar/email, as much as possible. They will be actively monitoring and redirecting calls from their main line 773-583-5501 to the appropriate personnel.

Hanul Family Alliance 


5008 N. Kedzie Ave. 

All Hanul Family Alliance classes and activities have been suspended, which includes their ESL programs (ICCB and SOS grants). 

They are currently still open for their lunch program from 11 AM to 12 PM, but only doing packaged to-go homemade Korean lunches for seniors. They are also still taking one on one appointments. As of now, the office will only be open from 9 AM to 1:30 PM Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Appointments can only be taken from 9 AM to 10 AM. 

Since Hanul works and is in close contact with seniors who are at a higher risk of getting very sick from the coronavirus, they are practicing extra caution by cleaning their handles daily and asking all their incoming seniors who come in to get lunch to provide them with their name and contact information.

Heartland Health Centers 


3737 W. Lawrence Ave. 

FREE COVID-19 testing for those that are uninsured regardless of immigration status. Call 773-751-7800 for an appointment. For the most up-to-date information, please go here:

All health services; primary care, mental health, dental health, health insurance enrollment will continue. 

Changes to services: 

  • Health & Wellness groups and classes have been suspended, until further notice
  • Health insurance enrollment assistance will be done over the phone, unless absolutely necessary to come in person, until further notice.
  • Community outreach engagements are limited, until further notice

For all health services and appointments, first call Heartland Health Centers Scheduling Center: (773) 751-7800.

  • If anyone has respiratory infection symptoms, please call first, do not go in-person to their health centers. They will receive instructions over the phones
  • Callers will be screened to ensure their safety and the safety of others
  • For health insurance applications/assistance call:
    • (773) 751-7062 for Spanish/English and other languages
    • (773) 751-7043 Hindi/Gujurati/Urdu/English,
    • (773) 751-7045 Arabic/English
    • We do provide assistance in other languages with the use of a telephonic interpreter.

For any other questions please contact: Dalia Galvan Morales

The Kedzie Center


4141 N. Kedzie Ave. 

The Kedzie Center has suspended in person therapy and psychiatry sessions. They are still providing phone sessions, and are communicating via email and social media. Clinicians are contacting clients and they are posting updates and resources on their website and social media outlets.  

They would like to provide group support to partners who remain on the front lines, namely health care workers, first responders and older adult providers. If you think any of your staff would be interested in an ongoing virtual support group or check-in, they would be happy to support you. Call or email

InTouch & Motion 

main office: 773-850-9046

direct line: 773-850-0712 (Amanda Mitchell) 

4028 W Irving Park Rd. Loft B

Accepting clients and offering services via Telehealth! They use a HIPAA compliant platform, Clocktree, and no installation or app is required. Clients get an appointment link via email, and all you need is a computer, tablet, or smart phone with a microphone and camera. 

Triology Behavioral Healthcare


3737 W. Lawrence 

Trilogy will continue to provide all services remotely. Current clients need to contact their providers.

Trilogy is still accepting new clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Children/adolescents & adults can access services via our telehealth platform. Medicaid is accepted! Those looking for services can reach out to the intake line- 773-382-4060, or complete this intake form:

Trilogy is not currently aware of any clients or staff who have Coronavirus. They want to assure everyone that they will continue to be as transparent as possible should they learn of a presumptive or confirmed case. Take care of yourselves and rest assured they will continue updates online and in person as they get new information.

For more information or updates, please visit our website at

World Relief Chicago


3507 W. Lawrence Ave. 

World Relief's office will be closed for the foreseeable future and staff will be working remotely.  People can still reach staff in all of the usual ways (calls to their work phones will be forwarded to their Google Voice accounts), and they will be providing support for their clients remotely. 

English Classes Are Suspended

To ensure the safety of staff, students, and volunteers, World Relief has decided to suspend English Language Learning classes until Monday, April 30. They hope to resume classes on this date, but are constantly reassessing the situation and may extend the suspension of classes beyond April 30. They will keep you informed of all changes as they happen.

The rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic means that new information is always being made available. Please stay tuned to their website and social media channels for any news pertaining to programs and services. We are all in this together.

NAMI Chicago

Call (833) 626-4244

Available Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-5pm in English & Spanish

NAMI Chicago refers community members to over 700 resources through our free Helpline, open seven days a week. Call for mental health support, expertise, and guidance. We are here for all Chicagoans, and have created new resources for healthcare frontline workers.

Learn more here:

Swedish Hospital

Community Testing for COVID-19

Swedish Hospital has expanded COVID-19 testing for patients who meet the CDC and IDPH criteria. To determine if you need a COVID-19 test, call Swedish Hospital’s free COVID-19 Help Line at 773-907-7700 (several languages available) or begin screening online

Your results will be evaluated by a Swedish Hospital clinical expert, who may recommend testing in our convenient drive-through tent. APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR TESTING. Learn more at

Testing at Swedish Hospital will come at no cost to patients. Uninsured will be offered free testing and follow up care will be managed through the hospital’s financial assistance and charity program. Those who are insured will not be responsible for any out-of-pocket costs related to being tested for COVID-19. 

For information about COVID-19, safety behaviors and prevention, please visit

Medical Supplies Needed
Swedish Hospital needs everyone’s help to obtain masks, gloves and more during the Coronavirus Emergency. If you are or know a local dentist, oral surgeon, surgical center, construction crew or others who at this time may have reduced operations or are closed and either not utilizing items or have a supply on hand of the following, please reach out to them.
Fill in the the form to tell Swedish Hospital what you have to donate:

Are You a Physician, Advanced Practice Provider or Nurse?
Swedish Hospital is seeking nurses, advanced practice providers, and physicians to help care for patients. If you would like to help, please complete the appropriate form based on your credentials. Click the links below:

Chicago Public Schools

CPS Remote Learning 

CPS has a Pre-K–12 remote learning plan as part of their response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. While this plan does not replace the classroom learning experience or completely bridge the digital divide that exists in our city, it is a full-throttle effort from the district to empower educators and provide them with the resources they need to engage students in high-quality learning opportunities while schools are closed.

This plan is not a one-size-fits-all approach—every school community is different. Schools are continually developing plans in alignment with guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education. Remote learning began on Monday, April 13 and has replaced in person instruction for the remainder of the year.

  • Remote learning will only improve students' academic standings, and will not affect them negatively.
  • Students are expected to complete assignments during this remote learning period.
  • Digital and non-digital resources are available to parents and students.
  • Teachers are in contact with students via several online methods as well as by phone. They are  offering office hours too.
  • 100,000 devices have been distributed to families in need via coordination by individual schools. Please contact your principal if you are still in need.
  • The city is working with internet providers to ensure all students have internet access. If you are in need of internet you can apply for two free month of Comcast here:

Resources are being updated regularly for the duration of the remote learning period- Here are remote learning recommendations offered by the Illinois State Board of Education-

For up to date information regarding CPS's response to COVID-19, technical assistance, and resources visit:

CPS Food Distribution Update

The district has launched a consolidated meal plan under which 276 schools that were most frequented by families continue to provide free meals, and schools that were less utilized by families no longer serve as distribution sites. That list can be found here.

CPS Meal Sites
9am - 1pm

Please visit or call 773-553-KIDS to find school sites nearest you. If you are unable to pick up food from your child's school, you can fill out the home delivery form here. Please note one form submission equals one delivery.

Raise Your Hand IL Guidance & Resources

Raise Your Hand Illinois, as always, is working to support and empower parents, and strengthen public education during this crisis. Below are links with information and resources:

Chicago Teachers Union

Chicago Teachers Union members are painfully aware of the inequitable opportunities and supports for CPS students and their families. We’ve heard from educators all over that they’re looking for ways to help students and families get what they need to survive and even thrive through this crisis. They've vetted the resources below, so they can provide members with the highest quality, best organized set of resources at their disposal. If you want to get involved in efforts organized by the union, email Jhoanna Maldonado at or email Rebecca Martinez at for more information.

Please visit this site for a variety of resources including food, housing, utilities, lesson plans, activities, relief and more:

Resources for Immigrants and Refugees

Mayor Lori Lightfoot signed an executive order ensuring all undocumented Chicagoans are eligible for the city’s coronavirus relief funds and benefits — since undocumented taxpayers are not eligible for federal assistance. This applies to grants, small business loans and other programs. Read more here.

Other resources for our immigrant and refugee neighbors include:

Unemployment Insurance: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

  1. Self Employed, Gig Workers, and Independent Contractors (IC):
    • UPDATE as of May 8th: IDES is now recommending that ALL unemployed individuals to apply for benefits immediately, regardless of worker designation.
      • Independent contractors, self-employed individuals, sole proprietors, and 1099 workers are now eligible for up to 39 weeks of benefits under the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program in the CARES Act.
      • However, IDES has emphasized that an individual must first be denied unemployment benefits in order to qualify for PUA unemployment. Once an individual receives a denial letter, it will become the basis for approval under a subsequent PUA application.
      • IDES will begin accepting applications for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program beginning Monday, May 11.
  • Here's how to prepare:
    1. Apply for regular unemployment before you apply for PUA
    2. If you applied for regular unemployment and have been denied between April 1, 2019 and today, do not reapply. Go into your regular unemployment account and set up direct deposit for payment.
    3. Have your 2019 tax return or proof of income ready and available
    4. Be prepared to certify
    5. Remember: You must submit a new application for PUA. The two systems are not transferrable.

  • For more information, visit


IL Department of Employment Security (IDES)

  • Share with your employees, and see if you qualify as a business owner
  • Read the March 11th press release from the Governor's office here on benefits to cover workers without access to paid sick leave impacted by COVID-19.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - Creates a temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through December 31, 2020 to provide payment to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.
  • Supplemental Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation -Through July 31, 2020, the federal government would provide an additional temporary Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) of $600 a week for any worker eligible for state or federal unemployment compensation (UC) benefits
  • Allows employers to receive an advance on the tax credit for required paid family leave implemented in Families First Coronavirus Response Ac from Treasury instead of having to be reimbursed on the back end
  • The bill includes $360 million for the Department of Labor to invest in programs that provide training and supportive services for dislocated workers, seniors, migrant farmworkers, and homeless veterans. This also includes funding for DOL agencies to ensure new Paid Leave and UI benefits are implemented swiftly and effectively.
UI steps

Immediate Hiring Opportunities

Support Students at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU)

Mutual Aid Efforts: Receive Help or Volunteer

Public Agencies

Restore Illinois: Plan to reopen the state 

On Tuesday May 5th Governor Pritzker announced a plan to reopen the state by regions called  RESTORE ILLINOISReview the 5 phases of reopening and more details, PDF download here. The two charts are included here as an introduction. Chicago is Area #11 in the Northeast Region, and the plan anticipates that Regions will open at different times depending on the health risks and conditions.


Press Releases from Government & Businesses

  • Governor Pritzker Stay at Home Order, March 20
  • Mayor Lightfoot Stay at Home Order, March 20
  • City of Chicago, March 16
  • City of Chicago, March 19
  • Block Club Chicago, March 20
  • GrubHub:  announcement on fees
  • Square: refunding all software subscription fees for the month of March for existing sellers who currently use Square Appointments, Retail, Restaurants, Loyalty, Team Management, Payroll, Marketing, and Square Online Store.
  • Crain's Chicago Business: paywall has been removed, allowing for free use of its COVID-19 coverage. Go directly to their coverage here
  • Zoom Basic Plan: Host up to 100 participants in a meeting and hold unlimited one-on-one meetings with the video-conference provider’s complimentary plan. This does provide a 40-minute limit on group meetings, though you’re not limited to the number of meetings.
  • Yelp: CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced the company is providing $25 million in coronavirus relief for independent restaurant and nightlife businesses in the form of waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products and services.
  • Facebook announced a $100 million grant for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and launched the Business Resource Hub, which features recommendations to help small businesses stay connected to customers and stay on track. Click here to sign up to receive notice when the application is open.
  • Kabbage launched an online hub to help boost sales for U.S small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date.


COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding for Nonprofits

Please visit this comprehensive resource list, which has explanations and instructions and is updated regularly, compiled by Open Door Advisors, Inc.

Chicago COVID-19 Response Fund

DESCRIPTION: This unified fund of the City of Chicago in collaboration with The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago will provide flexible resources to community-based organizations across the metropolitan Chicago region to supply essential aid to the individuals and households who are most impacted by the pandemic. Those resources currently include access to emergency food and basic supplies, rent and mortgage assistance and utility assistance. Fundraising for the Fund is ongoing and more than 70 foundations and businesses have contributed.

TARGET PARTNERS: All funds will be allocated to local nonprofit organizations who will disperse services and supplies. A list of funded nonprofit agencies included in the initial round of funding is located here.

NEXT STEPS: There is currently not an open application process for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund. Please provide your information in the linked Google Form and the Response Fund Team will provide updates as they become available.

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

3Arts is a partner in the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund (AIRF), a statewide effort that provides financial relief to artists and arts organizations with urgent need due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is a public-private partnership between the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, the broader philanthropic community, and the residents of Illinois. The fund is managed by Arts Alliance Illinois and implemented by partnering organizations 3Arts and Arts Work Fund.

FOCUS: Illinois-based artists

PROGRAM PROVISIONS: Through AIRF, 3Arts will issue $1,500 unrestricted, one-time grants to as many eligible artists as possible, given the total funding available.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, you must be able to answer “Yes” to all of these questions.

  • Illinois is my home base and geographic focus.
  • I am legally eligible for employment in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and Social Security number).
  • I am a practicing artist capable of providing examples of creative work made within the last two years.
  • I am at least 18 years of age.
  • I am not currently enrolled in a degree program (e.g. Bachelor’s or Master’s; if pursuing a Ph.D., coursework must be completed).
  • I am experiencing financial loss and/or hardship due to the COVID--19 pandemic.

NEXT STEPS: Refer to the full FAQ about eligibility and the selection process.

Chicago's Resources for Nonprofits

List of specific resources and webinars in response to the pandemic.

Also, check out this free listing of COVID-19 relief from Open Door Advisors
Google doc link - updated regularly

Forefront just announced a virtual summit for nonprofits:
Solidarity & Resilience in Illinois’ Social Impact Sector, June 24th
"Forefront is proud to announce that we will replace our traditional Annual Luncheon with a virtual summit on Wednesday, June 24, from 11am to 1pm. Our virtual summit, titled Solidarity & Resilience in Illinois’ Social Impact Sector, will feature diverse voices and points of view from the philanthropic, nonprofit, civic, and corporate communities, and discuss the collective future of our sector."
RSVP here:

Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

The United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, together with the Office of Governor J.B. Pritzker, have established the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, which will raise funds from individual, corporate and foundation donors to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the state serving individuals, families, and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund will support residents in need of emergency food and basic supplies, interim housing and shelter, primary health care services, utility assistance, direct financial assistance for household expenses, supports for children and other vulnerable populations, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance. This fund will work in tandem with other funds set up around the State ensuring that resources go where they are needed most.

The goal of Illinois’ COVID-19 Response Fund is to support all of Illinois, especially regions that are not supported by the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund or other relief mechanisms. However, Illinois Covid-19 Response Fund works closely with Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund and conceivably could allocate some funds in the Chicago and collar county area if the Steering Committee identifies discrete needs not otherwise being met. The majority will be spent across the state.

FOCUS: Local community foundations and nonprofits.

Key Takeaways: Key areas for consideration are emergency food and basic supplies; interim housing and shelter; primary health care services; utility and financial assistance; supports for children and other vulnerable populations; and nonprofit safety and operations assistance. Funds will be distributed across geographies in Illinois, will focus on basic needs, and will provide relief to the most vulnerable populations.

NEXT STEPS: There is currently not an open application process for the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF). Please provide your information in the linked Google Form and the Response Fund Team will provide updates as they become available. The Fund’s Steering Committee will be working to identify organizations for its first round of funding soon.

Hispanics in Philanthropy COVID-19 Rapid Response
Migration Fund

The COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund (currently totaling $200,000) will provide emergency mini-grants to frontline organizations responding to the immediate needs of migrants and refugees to respond to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FOCUS: Front-line immigrant serving organizations

PROGRAM PROVISIONS: Mini-grant funds will help bring front-line immigrant serving organizations the resources they need to develop and launch emergency protocols, cover unexpected costs due to office closures or disrupted revenue streams, shift their service provisions, and address other unforeseen impacts of the ongoing pandemic.

ELIGIBILITY: The Fund will support HIP’s current Migration and Forced Displacement grantees and other organizations nominated by HIP’s current funders and partner organizations.


Chicago's Resources for Nonprofits

Arts Alliance Illinois

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund applications are now closed. There may be additional rounds of funding to fulfill more of the unmet need from current applications. Follow Arts Alliance Illinois on social media or sign up for their newsletter to receive updates about the fund and engage with advocacy efforts on behalf of artists across Illinois.

City of Chicago DCASE

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

Americans for the Arts

Illinois Humanities Relief Grants & Resources

Illinois Arts Council Agency Grants & Resources

"Essential" Businesses & Operations (per the Illinois "Stay at Home" order):

  • As of MAY 1: NEW ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES: Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries may re-open as essential businesses. These stores must follow social distancing requirements and must require that employees and customers wear a face covering. Animal grooming services may also re-open.
  • As of May 1: NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL: Retail stores not designated as non-essential businesses and operations may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.
  • Healthcare and Public Health Operations: Working at or obtaining services from hospitals; clinics; dental offices; pharmacies; public health entities; healthcare manufacturers and suppliers; blood banks; medical cannabis facilities; reproductive health care providers; eye care centers; home healthcare services providers; mental health and substance use providers; ancillary healthcare services — including veterinary care but excluding fitness and exercise gyms, spas, salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, and similar facilities
  • Human Services Operations: any provider funded by DHS, DCFS or Medicaid; long-term care facilities; home-based and residential settings for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with disabilities or mental illness; transitional facilities; field offices for food, cash assistance, medical coverage, child care, vocational services or rehabilitation services; developmental centers; adoption agencies; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services and other necessities of life for needy individuals — excluding day care centers, day care homes, group day care homes and day care centers licensed as specified in Section 12(s) of the order
  • Essential Infrastructure: Working in food production, distribution and sale; construction; building management and maintenance; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, and gas; electrical; distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; and internet, video, and telecommunications systems
  • Stores that sell groceries and medicine
  • Food, beverage, and cannabis production and agriculture
  • Organizations that provide charitable and social services
  • Media
  • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
  • Financial institutions
  • Hardware and supply stores
  • Critical trades, including plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers that maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, essential activities, and essential businesses and operations
  • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services
  • Educational institutions, for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurants for consumption off-premises
  • Supplies to work from home
  • Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
  • Transportation, for purposes of Essential Travel
  • Home-based care and services
  • Residential facilities and shelters
  • Professional services
  • Day care centers for employees exempted by this Executive Order
  • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
  • Critical labor union functions
  • Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services
  • Funeral services

Face Covering Mandate

Beginning on May 1, individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can't maintain a six-foot social distance in the State of Illinois.

Face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask.

Mask and Face Covering Resources

IDPH Guidance on the Use of Masks and Face Coverings

Chicago Department of Public Healthy: COVID-19: Guidance on the Use of Face Covering

CDC - Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19                                    

Order Chicago made masks here: or

"The 4 best masks you can make yourself"
For DIY mask making with science behind the design, check out
3 more options in the article:

Visit our "How to support local businesses" page. This lists Go Fund Me's, restaurants open for delivery/takeout, operation notices, and more. There are so many ways you can support businesses with your time or money.

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