City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Response Center

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Food Pantries & Resources

Need help finding food? Find resources through the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Follow these steps on (scroll to bottom of linked page) to be reimbursed for essential goods and groceries purchased with your SNAP card.

Apply for food assistance benefits through SNAP

View grocery store chains with special hours for the elderly, those who are pregnant, and other vulnerable populations.

Lakeview Pantry has expanded their Sheridan Market hours.

Chicago Public Schools will be providing free food boxes that will contain three days of breakfast and lunches at a time for every student in the household. All families will be able to pick up meals at their nearest CPS school beginning Tuesday, March 17, between 9 a.m and 1 p.m. daily. Lunchroom staff will prep, bag, and provide meals outside of the school building. For more information on COVID-19 and Chicago Public Schools, consult this FAQ.

City of Chicago Food Resources

If you live on the South or West sides, receive public assistance (especially EBT/SNAP), and/or are 60 years or older, you can apply for one-time grocery delivery through Chicago Delivers.

Unemployment Assistance

You may be eligible for unemployment assistance if your loss of employment is due to COVID-19. Learn more.

Submit a claim here.

Resources for bartenders, their spouses, and their children

Resources for restaurant workers, delivery drivers, or Uber/Lyft drivers

Resources for US citizens who are blind, disabled, or over 64 years old.

Emergency Rental & Utilities Assistance

Illinois Department of Housing Services Homeless Prevention Service

City of Evanston Emergency Assistance

City of Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has suspended all court-ordered evictions for the next 30 days.

ComEd has voluntarily implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment, effective immediately.

People’s Gas has suspended shutoffs and waived late payment charges.

Support Groups & Mental Health Resources

Online Narcotics Anonymous

Online Alcoholics Anonymous

NAMI Chicago Helpline and virtual support groups

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 for 24/7 access to a trained crisis counselor.

Bright Star Community Outreach’s trauma helpline has extended service during COVID-19.

Chicago Department of Public Health mental health centers are offering free teletherapy services.

Illinois Call4Calm 24/7 Text Line: Text TALK to 552020 (HABLAR for Spanish).

Illinois Warm Line: Mental health and substance use support. Call 866.359.7953.

Domestic Violence Resources – Recursos de la Violencia Doméstica

Between Friends

Contact:  800-603-4357

Services:  24 hour hotline, counseling, legal assistance, information & resources


Center for Advancing Domestic Peace

Location:  813 S Western Ave, 60612

Contact:  312-265-0206


text: 312-834-7277

Connections for Abused Women & their Children

Location:  1116 N Kedzie Ave, 60651 (5th floor)

Contact:  773-489-9081

Services:  crisis intervention, counseling, safety planning, information, referrals, legal advocacy & child services.


Family Rescue

Contact:  800-630-6619 or  773-375-8400

Services:  24/7 hotline for crisis intervention, individual counseling, advocacy, information and referrals.


H.O.P.E. Domestic Violence Counseling – St. Pius V – Chicago

Contact:  312-226-6161

Services:  Counseling and comprehensive services.


Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline

Contact: 877-863-6338

Services:  24/7 hotline staffed by trained advocates; speak confidentially about safety plans and resources.


Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Contact:  877-863-6338

Metropolitan Family Services

Contact:  312-986-4265  or  630-469-5650 (24/7 hotline)

Internet Assistance

Comcast is offering new low-income families two months of free internet service through their Internet Essentials program. Apply and find more details.

AT&T is offering discounted internet for $10/mo through its Access plan.

Xfinity is currently offering free WiFi hotspots.

Legal Support

Many criminal and civil cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County will be postponed for a 30-day period starting on Tuesday, March 17, due to the spread of the COVID-19. Court will resume on Thursday, April 16. Call 312.603.6000 to confirm whether your case is temporarily paused. Domestic violence orders of protections will continue. No eviction orders will be entered or enforced during this time. Hearings that will proceed in the 30 days include bail hearings, arraignments and preliminary hearings. In addition, defendants may continue to enter into plea agreements to conclude their case. Any pretrial defendant may also request a bail review during this time. Only high-risk clients will still be required to report to their probation officers in person.

Legal Aid Chicago is open and working remotely. Clients can contact Legal Aid at 312.341.1070 or go to their website.

Other legal resources, including FAQs about labor laws relating to COVID-19:

COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers

Legal Aid at Work Coronavirus FAQs (available in English, Spanish, and Chinese)

City of Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Friends or family of people being held in pre-trial detention can request bond money through the Chicago Community Bond Fund.

Westside Justice Center is open and providing services remotely. To contact WJC, call 773.940.2213.