Resident Service Fairs

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City of Chicago 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Invites

ALL Chicago Residents to Attend the Chicago Resident Service Fairs


Resident Service Fairs Flyer

Workshop Schedule







A wide range of services and resources, including:

  • Home Buyer Assistance Programs
  • Youth and Senior Programs
  • Job and Skills Training
  • Income Tax and Financial Assistance
  • Blood Pressure Checks and Vaccines
  • Basic Neighborhood Services and Much More!

These free Resident Service Fairs will begin on Saturday, November 19th and run over the next five months in different locations throughout Chicago. These will be one-stop workshops where residents can speak with experts from different city agencies to learn more about the many services that are already available, as well as new initiatives that we are launching. These include everything from basic neighborhood services like recycling and garbage collection to programs offering tax guidance, financial advice, job and skills training, and much more. Information will also be available on new City initiatives like our new Homebuyer Assistance program, which helps homebuyers access financial assistance for their down payment and closing costs on a new home.

At these events, personal wellness services will be available for you and your family, including blood pressure screenings and vaccines. Representatives from different city agencies will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about these programs. We hope to see you there!

ATTEND ANY OF THE UPCOMING EVENTS: A man and woman with kids

    • Saturday, November 19th, 2016
      10 am to 1 pm
      Wells High School
      936 N. Ashland Ave. 
            • Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
              10 am to 1 pm
              ORR High School
              730 N. Pulaski Rd.
            • Thursday, January 26th, 2017
              5 pm to 8 pm
              West Ridge Elementary
              6700 N. Whipple St. 
            • Saturday, February 25th, 2017
              10 am to 1 pm
              Kelly High School
              4136 S. California Ave. 
            • Saturday, March 11th, 2017
              10 am to 1 pm
              Olive Harvey College
              10001 S. Woodlawn Ave. 

Each location will offer a range of workshops:

                • Introduction to Home Buying Process and Home Buyer Assistance Program
                • Jump Start Your Job Search
                • Community Policing
                • Mentoring Opportunities


Home Ownership

            1. Home Buyer Assistance Program: Residents interested in applying for a home loan can apply for down payment loan on the spot. The Home Buyer Assistance program will encourage homeownership by providing down payment assistance. The Department of Planning and Development along with partner agencies and lenders will provide workshops and be on hand to answer questions and walk residents through the process.
            2. Home buying Process: Residents can learn what it takes to purchase a home. Everything from home purchase process, affordability, mortgage-readiness and other considerations in purchasing a home. Attend a workshop or talk to representatives from the Department of Planning and Development and partner agencies will be there to answer questions and walk residents through the process.

Economic Growth

            1. Did you know the City is selling vacant lots for $1? There are two programs available to residents who want to buy vacant land, either in your neighborhood or in other parts to the City, talk to the experts and learn the steps to own your own piece of Chicago! The Department of Planning and Development will be on hand to answer questions and walk residents through the process.
            2. Job skills and training opportunities: The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership will be at every location providing information and help orientate you on job opportunities and training programs. Did you know that the City of Chicago requires city construction project to hire local. Learn how the program works, where to apply for future construction jobs in or near your community. Residents can also learn about other job opportunities and workforce training programs available to you.
            3. Summer Jobs: One Summer Chicago is Chicago's largest youth jobs program. Youth can learn about OSC job opportunities and apply online right on site. The Department of Family and Support Services will have staff available to address questions and register online.
            4. Tax assistance and Financial Advice: The City of Chicago offers Earned Income Tax Credit /EITC program to qualified residents at various locations throughout the city. Residents can learn where to go forget free tax preparation tips and free financial advice from the Center for Economic Progress (CEP). CEP will only be on hand at select locations and offer workshops and staff from the Department of Family and Support Services will be on hand to provide information.

Building Blocks, Communities

            1. Building or rehabbing your home? Get information about building requirements, building permits and remain compliant. Are you working with a licensed contractor/architect? Learn how to look them up. Report an abandoned property on your block. The Department of Buildings can look up your property right on the spot. You may also file a complaint or get information about the inspection process and more!
            2. Are you saving money on your water bill? If you have not installed your water meter, come and sign up, in doing so you will save money and water! You can also learn about repairs to your home's water drains and when the City is required to fix it! Representatives from the Department of Water Management will be on-hand to sign you up for the Meter Program and answer your questions.
            3. Recycling! Get the facts on recycling "using Blue Bags" and help promote a healthy environment. Your entire family can learn about recycling the right way, and explain what goes in the Blue Carts and the Blue Bags. Representatives from the Department of Streets and Sanitation will be on hand to provide you all the details!

Personal Wellness

            1. Senior Citizens are among the Chicago's most active residents. The city offers an array of services to senior at several locations throughout the City - everything from free meals, dance lessons and health and fitness. There are also essential city services and resources available to seniors across several agencies.
            2. Accessible home modification services: Make your home accessible, apply for home modification! You can also learn about homemaker services and other important services for people with disabilities. The Department of People With Disabilities will have staff on hand to explain about all the programs available to people with disabilities and the elderly.
            3. Need a companion, how about a puppy? Come and adopt a dog and get information on being a responsible pet ownership. The Commission on Animal Care and Control will be at each location providing information about their adoption programs, reduced spay and neuter and vaccines. They also have important information about preventive measures residents can take to keep their pets safe from the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV).

There will be many more agencies and services to serve you at the service fairs.

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