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About the Program

  • Chicago Moves will issue up to 50,000 prepaid gas cards of $150 and 100,000 prepaid transit cards of $50 to eligible residents across the city.
  • The transit cards may be used to purchase fare for public transportation purposes at Ventra vending machines located at CTA stations, Ventra retail locations located across the city or digitally via the Ventra website or mobile app. Use of the gas card will be limited to the purchase of gas at pumps located at any filling station within the City of Chicago.
  • 75% of these cards will prioritize residents in community areas that face higher mobility hardship. 
  • The remaining 25% of cards will be distributed citywide in equal amounts to each ward.
  • Applications for Chicago Moves will open on April 27, 2022, and cards will be distributed every month from May through September.
  • The Lottery will be conducted in the second week of May – September. To be considered for each month’s lottery, applications must be submitted by the first day of that month.

Increase your chances by applying early.

If you are not selected in the month's drawing you are automatically entered into the next. Only one application will be accepted.

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at Chicago.Gov/ChicagoMoves

at any Chicago Public Library Location

You CANNOT apply at City Hall.


Send a letter containing a completed application (pdf) to:

ATTN: Dept. of Finance: Chicago Moves
121 N. LaSalle St., 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

You CANNOT apply at City Hall. 

Note: Mail must have sufficient postage and delivery is NOT guaranteed, must be RECEIVED by the Dept. of Finance before the deadline.

PDF Applications in multiple languages can be found here to download.
  • Be a Chicago resident
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a current and valid City sticker with correct mailing information for the vehicle
    (only required for gas card applicants)

City Sticker Sample

  • Have a household income at or below 100% of the Area Median Income for Chicago
Area Median Income by Household Size
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
$65,300 $74,600 $83,900 $93,200 $100,700 $108,200 $115,600 $123,100
  • The transit card will be mailed to the address provided on your initial application.
  • The gas card will be mailed to the current address on file for your vehicle’s city sticker number.
  • If necessary, cards can be made available for pickup at City Hall, you must have indicated this preference on your initial application.

Residents in community areas that face higher mobility hardship (areas shaded in red and orange) will receive 75% of available gas cards.

Click on the map for a larger map view.

Mobility Hardship Index