Citywide Cloth Mask Drive
“Chicago Together! Make a Mask, Give a Mask, Wear a Mask.”
Beginning Saturday, April 25 through Saturday, May 16.
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) today announced that the City of Chicago is launching the “Chicago Together! Make a Mask, Give a Mask, Wear a Mask” citywide cloth mask drive.
Through the citywide drive, residents can make and donate homemade cloth masks that will be provided to homeless shelters, community health clinics, essential public sector workers, and other organizations to prevent outbreaks among the City’s most high-risk residents, which data has shown to be vulnerable residents on Chicago’s South and West Side communities.
To be sure your masks are protective and don’t provide a false sense of safety, please follow these instructions carefully.
Use the specifications we provide, which can be found here.
Some of the things to remember - but by no means all - are to:
- Wash your hands before starting and do it frequently throughout the process.
- Wash and dry the fabric first so it’s pre-shrunk and clean.
- Use three layers of fabric. The ones on the inside and outside should be tightly woven cotton; the layer in the middle will preferably be a non-woven fabric.
- Bring the masks to drop-off points in tightly closed, clean boxes or bags that won't open if they're tossed into and out of a bin. Wear gloves and a mask when you do so.
- Label the number of masks in each container with clear, large markings that won't fall off.
- You can also use these drop-off sites to donate disposable masks if they are in their own packaging.
Completed masks should be placed in a clear, sealable plastic bag. When residents are dropping off the masks, they must put them in tightly closed, clean boxes or bags while wearing gloves and a mask. Residents should indicate the quantity they will be donating.
Drop Off Locations
Donations will be accepted at the following locations from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays beginning Saturday, April 25 through Saturday, May 16.
- Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st Ward) | 1958 N. Milwaukee Avenue
- Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th Ward) | 2325 E. 71st Street
- Ald. George Cardenas (12th Ward) | 2458 W. 38th Street
- Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th Ward) | 6272 W. North Avenue a
- Ald. Felix Cardona (31st Ward) | 4605 W. Diversey Avenue
- Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) | 2657 N. Clybourn Avenue
- Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33rd Ward) | 3001 Irving Park Road
- Ald. Samantha Nugent (39th Ward) and State Rep. John C. D'Amico | 4200 W. Lawrence Avenue
- Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st Ward) | 7442 N. Harlem Avenue
- Ald. Tom Tunney (44th Ward) | 3223 N. Sheffield Ave.
- Ald. James Cappleman (46th Ward) | 4544 N. Broadway Avenue
- Ald. Harry Osterman (48th Ward) |5533 N. Broadway Avenue
Participating Churches as part of the First Ladies Health Initiative (FLHI)
- Apostolic Faith Church | 3823 S. Indiana Avenue
- Austin Church of Christ | 4750 W Washington Boulevard
- Blackwell-Israel Samuel AME Zion Church | 3956 S. Langley Avenue
- Canaan Community Church | 1701 W. Garfield
- Concord Baptist Church | 6319 S. Kimbark Avenue
- Commonwealth Community Church | 140 W. 81st Street
- Cosmopolitan Community Church | 5249 S. Wabash Avenue
- Greater St. John Bible Church | 1256 N. Waller
- Heritage International Food Distribution Center | 5312 W. North Avenue
- Mount Carmel Bible Church | 740 E 42nd Street
- Mount Vernon Baptist Church | 2622 W. Jackson Boulevard
- New Mount Calvary | 1850 W. Marquette Road
- Original Philadelphia M.B. Church | 6558 S. Carpenter Street
- Park Manor Baptist Church | 8328 S. Green Street
- People’s Church of the Harvest | 3750 West Fifth Avenue
- Salem Baptist Church of Chicago | 752 E. 114th Street
- St. James Unity Baptist | 900 S. Sacramento BoulevardTrinity United Church of Christ | 400 W. 95th Street
- Unity Fellowship Baptist Church | 211 N. Cicero Avenue
The City will pick up the donated cloth masks and deliver them to the United Center, where they will be included in kits packed by TEAM Rubicon, a veteran-led global disaster response organization and distributed as needed.