COVID-19 Resources


 COVID 19 Health * Chicago Updates * CDC Updates* Illinois Updates *

City Services Suspensions * Hotlines and Guides*

 Emergency Child Care * Financial Resources and Assistance *

 Housing * Healthcare * Food Assistance* 



COVID 19 Health



  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Sore Throat

  • Difficulty Breathing

COVID-19 Medical Glossary-  A list of the key terms of Covid-19. Think of it as the footnotes to all you need to know about the coronavirus.



Where can I get tested?  List of testing sites in Illinois

Telehealth Remote Care for Mild COVID-19 Cases-NEW

If you believe you may have a mild case of COVID-19, this remote patient monitoring program is available to anyone with or without insurance in Illinois. Patients receive daily virtual visits by health care workers and receive wellness kits that include things like thermometers and pulse oximeters and blood pressure cuffs.

Patients Recovered from COVID-19

If you were diagnosed with COVID-19 and are now fully recovered, you may be able to help.

Consider Plasma Donation. Your immune system may now be producing antibodies to protect you from becoming infected again with coronavirus. If so, your plasma may be rich in these antibodies and be helpful in the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 disease in others. Donated plasma could be used right now, for compassionate treatment, even before we have scientific trials, or as part of a trial to determine definitively if this treatment works.   Visit The American Red Cross 

See Illinois Updates below for more information on the phases of opening Illinois




Emergency Travel Orders- NEW

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. This includes both Chicago residents returning from travel to a designated state, and travelers arriving in Chicago from a designated state.

For Wisconsin and Indiana, the Order applies to individuals coming from Wisconsin or Indiana to Chicago for non-work purposes and Chicago residents returning from Wisconsin or Indiana, unless they are deemed an essential worker. Exceptions to the Order for personal travel will be permitted for travel for medical care and parental shared custody. Individuals who travel to Wisconsin or Indiana, even if for less than 24 hours, still need to quarantine upon returning unless deemed an essential worker or are a student who commutes for school. Here you will find answers to common questions regarding the Emergency Travel Order and how it applies to Chicago residents and visitors.



Restore Illinois: Phase 1-5:Summary 

Restore Illinois/ Chicago Phase 4 - Currently we are in this phase. What's open? and what does this mean?) 


How to Make and Where to Donate 3D Printed Face Shields. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has approved the design






CTACoronavirus Info (COVID-19): Phase 4 Detailed Information

METRA- Metra response to the COVID-19 crisis and Schedules

City Service Suspensions

 Expiration dates for Illinois driver’s licenses, ID cards and license plate stickers have been extended an additional month, to Nov. 1, 2020

Hotlines and Guides


  • FREE emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0. Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous- 

  • Illinois Coronavirus Helpline: 1 (800) 889-3931

  • Chicago Department of Public Health: (312) 746-4835

  • ICIRR Family Services: (855) 435-7693

    • Immigrant Services

  • Cook County Department of Public Health: (708) 633-3319

    • Text “AlertCook” to 888-777 for text alerts

  • Cook County Benefits (SNAP, Medicaid, etc.): (773) 843-5416

  • Great Chicago Food Depository Benefits Hotline: (773) 843-5416

  • Illinois Warm Line. Do you just need someone to talk to? Peer and Family Support Specialists are professionals who have experienced mental health recovery in their own lives as an individual or family member. They have been trained in recovery support, mentoring, and advocacy and are ready to listen and help you. The warm line is not a crisis hotline, but is a source of support. Call: 1 (866) 359-7953



Child Care during Remote Learning - CPS 


YMCA Will Care For Out-Of-School Kids, Help With Remote Learning During PandemicThe YMCA will provide in-person care for Chicago Public Schools students while they're out of class and have parents at work.

In Chicago, eight YMCA facilities will offer remote learning support to families:

  • McCormick Y at 1834 N. Lawndale Ave.

  • Kelly Hall Y at 824 N. Hamlin Ave. 

  • Rauner Family YMCA at 2700 S. Western Ave.

  • High Ridge Y at 2424 W. Touhy Ave.

  • Lake View Y at 3333 N. Marshfield Ave.

  • South Side Y at 6330 S. Stony Island Ave.

  • Irving Park Y at 4251 W. Irving Park Road

  • North Lawndale Center at 3449 W. Arthington St.

CPS would provide free child care during remote learning under proposal

District officials say they will prioritize children younger than 14, those living in under-resourced communities and families without a permanent home.

Financial Resources and Assistance


Emergency Assistance​ 

All Chicago: 

Flexible Financial Fund

The Flexible Financial Fund is the primary program of the Emergency Fund. It is designed to prevent a sudden financial setback from becoming a long-term financial crisis.

If you are seeking Flexible Financial Fund assistance, please call 3-1-1 and ask for short-term assistance.

State Homelessness Prevention Fund

The Emergency Fund was selected to administer the State of Illinois’ Homeless Prevention Funds for residents of Chicago. These funds provide assistance for security deposits, rent, mortgages, and utilities. Individuals seeking assistance from the State Homeless Prevention Fund should call 3-1-1 and ask for short-term assistance or visit one of the Department of Family Support Services Community CentersA specialist will need to review the caller's eligibility. If they are not qualified, then referrals may be made to other community resources, ranging from short term loans to government support. In Chicago, dial 311, or in Cook County, people can dial the Homelessness Prevention Call Center at 1.877.426.6515

Catholic Charities: Financial Assistance: Visit Here  

St. Vincent DePaul -
Various locations. Visit their website to find location near you.
(773) 779-6700    Provide many services including food programs, emergency financial assistance, emergency transportation, shelters, and more.

Other Financial Resources

Housing Resources

10,000 More Chicagoans Can Get Rent, Mortgage Relief After City Expands Grant Program


What Chicago renters need to know during the coronavirus pandemic

An article filled with resources and answers for renters and homeowners most urgent concerns 


Utility Billing Relief: In partnership with the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), the City of Chicago is launching the Utility Billing Relief Program, intended to make water, sewer, and water-sewer tax bills more affordable for qualifying Chicago residents!

Additional Assistance

Caring Closet (call for information)
1745 East 71st Street, Chicago
(773) 947-9043

Serves the homeless and poverty-stricken families living between 35th & 103rd by providing free furniture, household items and clothing. REFERRAL NEEDED.

Cathedral Shelter 

1668 West Ogden, Chicago
(312) 997-2222
Provides emergency furniture assistance for individuals in current need of furniture or household items. Cathedral Shelter also may provide rental assistance, food, shelter and senior services.


8765 West Higgins Rd, Suite 450, Chicago
(773) 693-0300
Since their founding in 1894, ChildServ has played a key role in Chicagoland's child welfare services. Today, ChildServ annually provides care and nurturing to nearly 3,800 children and their families across Cook, Lake and DuPage counties.

Heartland Alliance

208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1300, Chicago
(312) 660-1300
Provide general assistance, including housing, health care, human services and human rights protection, and more.

Salvation Army

Various locations. Visit their website to find The Army near you.
(773) 725-1100
General assistance, including social services, emergency relief and adult rehabilitation, and more.


Healthcare Resources

Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence during COVID-19 









Food Assistance

Need Help Buying Food for Your School Age Children?

Apply for P-EBT SNAP Benefits. This is a special benefit that can help you buy food for your school age children 3 to 17 years old and 18 to 22 years old (in high school), who would receive National School Lunch Program free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session 

CPS has served millions of grab-and-go meals to families since spring; while students are learning at home at least through first quarter, we are committed to continuing this support.

Starting September 8, parents, guardians and students can pick up meal kits with three days worth of meals (breakfast and lunch) per student at more than 450 schools Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To find the meal distribution site nearest you, use the meals site finder here.  


1 N. State Street

Suite 400

Chicago, Illinois

Tel: 773-577-8074


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