Do you need a valid government photo ID regardless of your immigration status?
I am partnering with Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia and Centro Romero to offer Rogers Park residents a free Chicago CityKey ID Card next Tuesday, July 17th, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., at St. Jerome’s Church Parish Center, 1709 W. Lunt (at Paulina).
The CityKey Card is an optional, officially recognized government-issued identification card that you can use to access a range of public and private services. It is designed to reduce barriers to those who have difficulty accessing traditional government-issued identification, such as undocumented immigrants, youth, the homeless, transgender residents, domestic violence survivors, and those recently released from incarceration.
The Program’s goals have since grown to include discounts and other benefits for all of Chicago’s 2.7 million residents. This means that not only does the Chicago CityKey give Chicagoans the dignity and peace of mind that comes with having a government-issued ID, but it also serves as your key to Chicago– serving as your library card, Ventra card and benefits card for cultural institutions, sports teams and local businesses.
Review the full range of CityKey benefits HERE.
I received my own CityKey ID Card on the first day it was issued.
The CityKey ID program is extremely popular with long wait times for the ID at some locations. The ID will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, so I suggest you arrive earlier than the noon start time to ensure your chance at receiving it.
Please be patient–bring water and a snack–and make sure you have all of your documents with you to speed up processing time. You will need at least three documents establishing your identity and one document proving residency in the City of Chicago. Read the Applicant Document Guide HERE for eligible documents.
Approximately 125 CityKey IDs will be issued at this event, so again, come early! If you can’t make it to this event or they run out of cards, you’ll have another chance to get a CityKey ID at my annual 49th Ward Back to School Picnic on Sunday, August 26th, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., in Loyola Park at Farwell and the Lake.
If you have questions or need additional information, reply to this email or call my 49th Ward Service Office at 773-338-5796.