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Happy Holidays & A Joyful 2023
December 22nd, 2022

Dear Neighbor,

Happy Holidays! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year!

As we enjoy the holiday season and end of the year, please take a moment to review the winter weather reminders below given the blizzard conditions and subzero temperatures we are expecting. Please also take note of the resources and warming centers available for neighbors who need extra support during extreme cold. 

Our office will be closed for the year starting tomorrow Friday, December 23rd. Today is the last day to purchase guest parking passes from our office - City Clerk Office locations will be open every weekday other than Monday, December 26th and January 2nd. The 46th Ward Office will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd. 

Just in case you missed it, our 2022 Year in Review can be found here.  Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season, looking forward to seeing you in 2023!


Extreme Winter Weather & Supporting Neighbors 
The City of Chicago is expecting extreme winter weather including blizzard conditions and bitter cold. Please take a moment to review the full guidance on snow removal, warming centers, and support for neighbors. 

Sidewalks must be kept clear of snow and ice and must be cleared as soon as possible after it falls. Snow that falls between 7am and 7pm must be cleared no later than 10pm. Snow that falls between 7pm and 7am must be cleared by 10am. A path must be cleared 5 feet wide on all of the sidewalks adjacent to your property, including crosswalks. Do not shovel snow into other right-of-way areas including the street, transit stops and bus pads, parking spaces, bike lanes, bike racks, and any other space where snow impedes traffic of any kind. 
  • Learn more about the City Ordinance on our website and on the CDOT snow removal webpage
  • Help shovel the sidewalks of neighbors who need support with sidewalk maintenance. Many block clubs coordinate shoveling volunteers to help neighbors who need extra shoveling assistance. If you are in need of shoveling support, please contact your local block club or our office to help connect you with the right neighbors. 
  • Report uncleared sidewalks and bike lanes by calling 311. 
  • Follow snow plow routes and times by using the Chicago Plow Tracker.

City of Chicago warming centers go into effect when temperatures are at 32 degrees or below. Warming areas are available 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Click here for a full list of DFSS Citywide Warming Centers and reference the flyer below. Call 311 to connect with available warming centers and services and to request emergency shelter. Call 911 for urgent medical care. 

The DFSS North Area Center at 845 W Wilson is our primary warming center Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The Garfield Community Service Center at 10 South Kedzie is open 24/7 to connect families and residents to emergency shelter. Other city-operated facilities, including Chicago Parks, Libraries, and Police Stations also serve as warming centers in extreme cold on evenings, weekends or holidays. 
  • Uptown Library, 929 W Buena Ave
    • Open Monday/Wednesday, 10am-6pm, Tuesday/Thursday, 12pm-8pm, Friday-Saturday, 9am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm.
  • Bezazian Library, 1226 W Ainslie
    • Open Monday/Wednesday, 12pm-8pm, Tuesday/Thursday, 10am-6pm, Friday-Saturday, 9am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm.
  • Gill Park, 825 W Sheridan Rd
    • Open Monday- Friday, 8am-9pm, Saturday, 9am-5pm. 
  • 19th District Police Station, 850 W Addison
  • Weiss Hospital, 4646 N Marine
  • Thorek Hospital, 850 W Irving Park

Below are signs of Hypothermia: 

  • Shivering 
  • Exhaustion or feeling very tired 
  • Confusion, slurred speech, and memory loss 
  • Fumbling Hands 
Call 911 if you see someone who may be experiencing these symptoms.

Call 311:
  • to locate the warming area nearest to you
  • to request a well-being check for a neighbor, loved one or a friend
  • to report inadequate heat in a residential building that violates the Chicago Heat Ordinance


Public safety is paramount, and ComEd encourages customers to take the following precautions: 

  • ComEd urges customers to contact the company immediately if they experience a power outage. Customers can text OUT to 26633 (COMED) to report an outage and receive restoration information and can follow the company on Twitter @ComEd or on Facebook at Customers can also call 1-800 EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), or report outages via the website at Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237).
  • If a downed power line is spotted, immediately call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON1 (1- 800-334-7661). Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800- 955-8237). 
  • Never approach a downed power line. Always assume a power line is extremely dangerous and energized. 
  • In the event of an outage, do not approach ComEd crews working to restore power to ask about restoration times. Crews may be working on live electrical equipment, and the perimeter of the work zone may be hazardous. Additionally, for the safety of themselves and the public, crews are practicing social distancing.

When you are ready to recycle you Christmas Tree be sure to drop it off at any of the designated parks listed here. Margate Park & Lincoln Park are the closest to the 46th Ward. Drop off period is January 7th to January 22nd.


The 'You Name a Snowplow' Contest is open to Chicago residents, who are encouraged to use their creativity to submit names by January 6, 2023

The contest has two phases. First, the City will gather names from the submissions, which are limited to one per person* and 50 characters in length. When the submission period closes on January 6, 2023, or when the City receives 20,000 submissions whichever comes first, DSS will chose 50 finalists. In the second phase, which will begin on January 15, 2023, residents may vote for up to six names of their choice by January 31, 2023.

The top six vote-getting names will be featured on one snowplow in each of the City's six snow districts

*Only one submission is allowed per device. Submit your entry here.


The 2023 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program (SCSP) will be open for applications on Monday, January 9, 2023, from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. The SCSP is an extremely popular program that allows property owners to share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City. Applications are taken first-come, first-served basis. Learn more here.


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