Do you need a valid government photo ID regardless of your immigration status?
This is a reminder that I am partnering with Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, Northside Community Resources (NCR), Centro Romero, and Heartland Health Centers to offer Rogers Park residents a free Chicago CityKey ID Card TOMORROW (Thursday, January 31st), 11:00 a.m., at Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks). Doors will open at 10:00 a.m.
Important weather safety note: We decided to move ahead with the CityKey event despite the weather forecast. Given the high demand for CityKey events, we would not have been able to reschedule the event for the 49th Ward until late spring, and I know a lot of 49th Ward residents are eager to obtain the ID.
Keep in mind, however, that wind chill readings as low as 50-55 below zero are expected Thursday morning. The wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as five minutes and there is an increased risk of hypothermia. It goes without saying that you should NOT wait outside before the 10:00 a.m. door opening time. No ID is worth risking your safety.
The doors will open at 10:00 a.m., an hour before the event, and you will be allowed to wait in the fieldhouse gym before the 11:00 a.m. start time.
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. But again, I suggest you arrive no sooner than 10:00 a.m. due to the severe cold.
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 150 CityKey IDs will be issued at this event. 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. Please check the City Clerk’s website to find out about the schedule of any other events like this.
If you have questions or need additional information, reply to this email or call my 49th Ward Service Office at 773-338-5796.