Important Heart of the City Program Update

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic there are many precautions that are taking place. We are frequently checking the Lake County Health Department and CDC website for updates.

As of right now, Heart of the City's program offices are closed until May 30th, but staff are still available through phone and email. Please dial the main line, 847-623-6200, if you have questions or need any information.

Program updates can be found below:

  • IYSA sanctioned activities are postponed until May 30th. Activities include but are not limited to games, practices, tournaments, tryouts, travel permits, tournament passes, events, etc. Any activities conducted prior to May 30th, 2020 would be considered not sanctioned by Illinois Youth Soccer and will not be covered by Illinois Youth Soccer insurance.
  • Spring Soccer Academy has been moved to the summer with a start date of June 1. All Spring Academy registrations will be transferred over. Please contact staff if you have any questions.
  • All grassroots programs (clinics) are suspended until further notice.
  • All volunteer sessions and college visits have been cancelled.
  • Heart of the City Elite is proud to be partnering with Techne Futbol to provide virtual training for our athletes. Please contact Mayrani Rios at if you did NOT receive your Techne Futbol email invitation or are having trouble downloading.

Covid-19 Information & Resources

The Lake County Health Department is monitoring the number of people in Lake County who have tested positive for COVID-19, and posts a daily update here

  • Need Help? Call 211 or text your zip code to 898211 United Way’s 211 Resource Directory connects you to a variety of services within the community, whether it’s food, housing, crisis help, and more.
  • Community-sourced list of resources for undocumented communities - nationally and by state.
  • ICIRR list of resources for immigrant communities. 
  • Lake County Heath Department has additional resources on how to get help and how you can help others
  • Meals for Families - Many schools and churches are offering free meals during this time. Use this interactive map and type in your address to find the nearest school serving breakfast/lunch.
  • A Safe Place of Lake County- A Safe Place has a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, housing, counseling and more for those impacted by domestic violence.
  • Unemployment Compensation: The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Learn more.
  • The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0.