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Have A Favorite Crossing Guard? Here’s Your Chance To Nominate Them

Who is the crossing guard that makes your neighborhood better? Nominations for the Outstanding Crossing Guard Award are due May 1.

The crossing guard, stationed at Palmer and Kedzie, ushering people across the street on Sept. 3, 2019.
Courtesy of Robin Marchant
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CHICAGO — Crossing guards wear many hats. They’re mentors. Therapists. Parents. So it’s fitting there’s a Crossing Guard Appreciation Month to honor the unsung heroes who keep us safe.

Now it’s time to take that appreciation one step further.

From now until March 31, you can nominate your favorite crossing guard for an Outstanding Crossing Guard Award.

Launched in 2018 by former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the award is sponsored by Chicago Public Schools, the city’s Office of Emergency and Communications, the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Mayor’s Office. The Outstanding Crossing Guard Award recognizes the one crossing guard who goes above and beyond the call of duty to help others.

You can send nominations via email to, or via post, with a letter addressed to: Traffic Management Authority — Crossing Guard Program, 2045 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL, 60612.

All nominees will receive an acknowledgment, and the winner will be announced in June.