West Old Town Neighbors

Neighborhood Association for Residents in West Old Town

Donations needed — December 20, 2020
Donations needed for kids in our community — October 29, 2020
Recycle and shred on 10/11/20 — September 29, 2020
Say Thanks with a sign — April 17, 2020
Covid-19 Resources — March 23, 2020

Covid-19 Resources

Hi Neighbors, I’ve been seeing so many wonderful acts of kindness and support in our community. There is so much information to share so I wanted to provide a resource we can all use and contribute to as we all work together to stay healthy through this crisis. Feel free to comment and add ideas and resources.

Latest info on Covid-19 and symptom checker-

Emergency assistance-

Mental health resources-

Free child care for first responders / volunteers needed too-

Small business disaster loans- https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

Support your community: volunteer, donate, order food from restaurants, buy gift certificates. Here are some links:

Blood donors needed-

Relief funds for workers around the city-


Link to spreadsheet of specific hospitality businesses raising funds for employees- https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G7-9XGDqilIPtVYpHvZYy37lSWRMu1PKOnvvOfMB_Ys



Local charities needing support-
Donate meals,supplies, etc.


Global relief funds-

Restaurant delivery options, in addition to Grubhub.com and Ubereats.com -

Social interaction apps (free from App Store and Google play) -
Consider scheduling daily time to connect with others and keep spirits bright.

Google Duo
Facebook live

Exercise and Meditation (free)

YouTube channels have something for everyone, examples-
PlanetFitness https://www.youtube.com/user/planetfitnessnh
Yoga with Adriene https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
Popsugar Fitness https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit
(one of my recommendations is the 30 min hip hop tabata https://youtu.be/kwkXyHjgoDM )
Pamela Reif https://www.youtube.com/user/PamelaRf1
(One of my favorites is 20 min full body workout: https://youtu.be/UBMk30rjy0o )

Meditation and relaxation sites, apps, channels-
Calm https://www.calm.com https://www.youtube.com/user/calmdotcom
HeadSpace https://www.headspace.com https://www.youtube.com/user/Getsomeheadspace
Say Thank You (Gratefulness) https://youtu.be/7uzynHWxn5Q

Other exercise websites (free)-
Peloton 90 day free trial for app workouts: https://www.onepeloton.com/app

Brain stimulation and activities for all ages (free)

TedTalks have something for everyone, https://www.ted.com
Podcasts have something for everyone and can be found on many platforms,news sites, and streaming services such as NPR and Spotify

E-books from the library; Chicago Public Library enables online signup here: https://chicago.polarislibrary.com/polaris/patronaccount/selfregister.aspx

Khan academy: https://www.khanacademy.org
Chicago Ideas: https://www.chicagoideas.com/watch

The Smithsonian- https://www.si.edu/OpenAccess

For parents, kids and families-

Follow Brookfield or Denver Zoo on Facebook live
Join Joy of Mom Discussion group on Facebook
Free audible books for kids: https://stories.audible.com
Ted Education: https://ed.ted.com

Cooking at home

CPS will give out free meals every day for any child in need during the closures — whether the child goes to a public school or not.
The meals will be available 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday at pickup spots outside every school. You do not need to go to your child’s school; you can go to any CPS school to pick up the food. The kits will include up to three days’ worth of breakfast and lunch for every child in a household.
Important zoning meeting on Jan. 28 at 6 pm — January 20, 2020

Important zoning meeting on Jan. 28 at 6 pm

Meeting Details:

Community Meeting on Zoning for 1513-23 N Wieland Street

When: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 6pm

Where: Catherine Cook School Studio Space (1350 N Wells Street)



Community Meeting on Zoning for 1513-23 N Wieland Street

A Community Meeting on Zoning hosted by Alderman Walter Burnett and the developers of 1513-23 N Wieland will be held on January 28th at 6:00 pm at Catherine Cook School’s Studio Space at 1350 N Wells Street (Wells Street and Schiller Street) regarding the four single family homes in the 1500 block of Wieland approved as part of Sub Area B, PMD 1335. The purpose of the meeting is to present plans to modify the approved development at 1513-23 N Wieland from 4 single-family homes to a single building containing 12 hotel suites. Consistent with the previously approved plans, there will be no curb cuts on Wieland and vehicular as well as guest access will only be from Wells Street. This change will require an amendment to the underlying planned development (PD 1335, Sub Area B). No amendments to the hotel portion of the planned development are being sought.

The new park is open and needs a name! — September 29, 2019

The new park is open and needs a name!

It’s official! The Chicago Park District has taken ownership and cleaned up Park 598! Enjoy it and take good care of it. Planning is underway for park improvements next year and we need suggestions for a new park name so make suggestions in the Comments here!

Public Safety Workshop – 18th District  — June 13, 2019
Public Safety Meeting 6/26 — June 9, 2019
June 11 WOTN meeting, 6-7 pm — June 5, 2019