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Rogers Park Polling Place Will Host Arts And Crafts For Kids While Parents Vote

A number of Rogers Park polling places will also be moved from senior living centers.

Chicagoans vote on Feb. 26, 2019.
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Editor’s Note: The children’s arts and crafts event has been canceled, but early voting will still take place at Pottawattomie Park.

ROGERS PARK — A Rogers Park early voting location is encouraging families to come out to the polls by offering children’s activities while parents vote.

The Pottawattomie Park Advisory Council will host a “craft for the kids” event Saturday at the park field house, 7340 N. Rogers Ave. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., parents can drop kids off at the supervised event while they early vote at the park.

Volunteers for the park advisory council will coordinate arts and crafts activities for kids, including a sock puppet workshop. The event is free and open to all families.

As of Thursday morning, the event is proceeding as scheduled, a park worker said. For any updates on the event, check the Pottawattomie Park Advisory Council’s Facebook page.

With the coronavirus outbreak, Illinois officials have asked residents to vote early or request absentee ballots as an effort to reduce large crowds on election day, which is Tuesday. Chicago residents can vote at any early voting location in the city, and same-day registration is available at the locations.

Those wishing to vote on election day must do so at their polling place. Due to the virus outbreak, a number of polling places are being relocated from nursing homes. That is the case for at least two Rogers Park polling locations, according to Ald. Maria Hadden (49th).

The polling place at the Chalet Living and Rehab Center, 7350 N. Sheridan Ave., will be moved to Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave., according to an email from Hadden’s office. The polling place at Alden Village North, 7464 N. Sheridan Ave., will be moved to Willye B. White Park, 1610 W. Howard Ave.

The Illinois Board of Elections will also likely move a polling place from Mosaic of Lakeshore, 7200 N. Sheridan Ave., to Loyola Park, but the move has not been confirmed as of Wednesday night, Hadden said.

To find your election day polling place, click here.