Chicago COVID-19 Resources


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Chicago Public Schools Grab-and-Go Meal Sites
Meal sites are subject to change daily so please check this map before you go. All sites are open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Families may pick up three days worth of meals for every child in their household. ID is not necessary.

Greater Chicago Food Depository
Program hours sometimes change. We recommend calling the program before you go to confirm hours and requirements.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The SNAP program (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. Administered through the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Grocery Delivery & Discounts:

  • Albertsons — Delivery is free for your first online order of $30.
  • Farmbox Direct — Use coupon code PALEOMOM10 to get 30% off your first order.
  • Farm Fresh — Completely customizable shipments of fruits & veggies. Use coupon code ORGANIC to get $15 off your first box.
  • Full Circle — Farm-fresh produce to your doorstep. $15 off your first box with coupon code ORGANIC or get $10 off your first four boxes with coupon code ORG40.
  • Target — Order groceries online and get it delivered for free. Uses Shipt (4 weeks free).
  • Walmart — Walmart Grocery Delivery is free if you sign up for a 15-day trial of Delivery Unlimited.

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Augrented: Tenant Rights, Safe Housing & Rental Transparency
National list of of tenant protections during COVID-19 emergency.

COVID-19: What’s legal for renters and landlords?
Article from Chicago Mag.

Housing Action Illinois
COVID-19 resources related to housing and homelessness. Updated daily.

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Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund
The City of Chicago has established the $100 million Resiliency Fund, which will provide small businesses and non-profits with emergency cash flow during this health crisis. Funds will be provided to eligible businesses as low-interest loans.

Relief for Gig Economy Workers & Freelancers
Article & resource list from Forbes Magazine.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
The TANF program provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent children. TANF provides financial assistance to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical.

Worker Protections During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Overview from the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection.

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Lyft / LyftUp Program
Free transportation for essential workers as well as free rides or delivery for access to groceries or medical services.

Chicago Transit Authority
To help ensure the men and women of CTA can continue to keep our city moving, please limit your travel on our bus and rail system to essential trips only (e.g. medical appointments, trips to the pharmacy or to essential work locations, etc.). If a trip is not essential, please do not take it.

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AT&T Hotspots and Public WiFi
Free for non-customers during the next 60 days.

Comcast “Internet Essentials”
2 months free internet for qualifying low-income new customers impacted by COVID-19

Spectrum / Charter Communications
Customers can access internet service free for 60 days with waived installation fees. Broadband and WiFi are free for families with children in grades K-12 or college students who are homebound due to COVID-19. Call (833) 267-6094 for info.

Xfinity Public WiFi Hotspots
Free for non-customers for the next 60 days.

Special notices from wireless companies:

  • AT&T has promised to waive late fees and not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer who is unable to pay their bills because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  • T-mobile is giving all current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers unlimited data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming), an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service, and free international calling to any country listed as a Level 3 during the pandemic.
  • Verizon & Xfinity have agreed to waive late fees and not terminate the service of any customer who can’t pay their bill because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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City of Chicago Coronavirus Response Center
Frequent updates, check daily.

Once you’ve signed up for Smart911, first responders will be aware of important information you have provided that will help Police, Fire, and EMS locate and help you in an emergency.

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Aid for artists

Actors Fund
National human services organization (with a Chicago office) that provides emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, senior care, secondary career development. These services are designed for performing arts and entertainment professionals.

Artist Relief
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19

Artist Relief Project
Anyone pursuing the arts as a career (any discipline, any level of experience) can request financial support from the Artist Relief Project, which will provide applicants on a first-come, first-served basis with a one-time emergency stipend of $200 and free resources and support to pursue alternative economic opportunities.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
All money raised will be distributed to BIPOC individual artists/teaching artists who have met the requirements as stated in the application form. At this time, the emergency fund is only for arts leaders of color based in the United States.

Audio Assemble PLUGGED IN From-Home Music Festival
A live-streaming music festival employing artists and providing relief during the COVID-19 outbreak. Each setlist gets $200 per performance.

CERF+ Artists Safety Net
In light of the anticipated volume of requests for assistance, for the time-being, CERF+’s emergency relief grants related to COVID-19 will focus on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care.

Chicago Artists Relief Fund
An independent group of artists in the Chicago area is more than halfway to its goal of raising $50,000 for local artists impacted by the crisis (including not just musicians but painters, dancers, actors and more).

Chicago Federation of Musicians
Emergency financial relief for members in good standing of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208. Specifically, the fund will supply financial relief to those members affected by the loss of work and wages as of 03/12/20 – 05/17/20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

DCASE COVID-19 Arts Relief & Resources
Information hub organized by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE).

Jazz Foundation of America: Musicians’ Emergency Fund
Provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support in times of crisis.

MusiCares (Recording Academy)
To help address the concerns of the industry during this time, we have expanded our services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures

Musicians Foundation CV19 Emergency Aid Grant Program
For professional musicians experiencing coronavirus-related loss of work.

New Music Solidarity Fund
Emergency funds to support freelance artists in the new/creative/improvised music community.

SheShreds: Supporting Musicians & Live Professionals During COVID-19
A list of resources for musicians, live music professionals, and those who wish to support.

Soze Foundation Artist + Activist Relief Fund
This fund will support artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19. They will be making $250-$750 grants to selected applicants on an on going basis.

Stratera Arts Emergency Response
Offers an Emergency Response Directory for artists during COVID-19 that covers topics such as advocacy, social justice action, travel/visa information, funding, best practices for online teaching/learning/gathering, etc.

Sweet Relief Musicians’ Fund
Funds raised will go toward medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food, and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.

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Education & activities
Free audiobooks for kids & teens during school closures.

Chicago Public Schools Enrichment Learning Resources
CPS has prepared standards-aligned activities to support student learning while schools are closed due to COVID-19. Includes remote learning packets and guidance for parents.

Cosmic Kids Yoga
Free online yoga lessons for young learners.

Experience Chicago Online
Virtual tours and digital experiences of local museums and educational attractions.

Free movement & mindfulness games and lesson plans for kids.

Little Kids Rock: Music Resources for School Closures
Lesson plans with and without instruments, games, technology tools and more.

NPR: List of live virtual concerts
Updated daily.

Pineapple Street Studios “Stuck at Home” Podcast
Calling all kids! It’s easy to create and submit your own podcast.

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