Category Archives: Ward 44

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival – June 7 & 8

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, June 7-8, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
WHERE: N. Sheffield from Belmont to School

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest will kick off Chicago's outdoor street fest season when it again welcomes the start of summer and warm weather. Located just steps from the bustling Belmont Red Line "El" stop, this wildly popular street festival in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood will again showcase the region's favorite tribute bands. This iconic fest (sponsored by the Central Lakeview Merchants Association) also features plenty of food and libations as well as artisans who will be rolling out their newest creative handiwork. – See more at:

ELVN Community Meeting – Tuesday, June 3

East Lake View Neighbors will be holding a Community Meeting. Please join us.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 3rd @ 7:00 PM
WHERE: 19th District Police Station Community Room, 850 W. Addison

**Limited Parking available in the garage.

Preliminary Agenda

  • Introductions/Chamber Reports
  • East Lake View Criminal Activity Update – 19th Police District
  • 46th Ward Updates

    • Chicago Pride Fest – June 21 & 22, 2014
  • 44th Ward Updates

    • Gay Pride Parade – Sunday, June 29, 2014
  • Wrigley Field Redevelopment Updates and Related Issues

    • Proposed changes to Wrigley Field Redevelopment Plans
    • 2014 Concerts
  • New Business/Old Business

    • Proposed Wrigley Field Sports Plaza – General Discussion
    • 3824 N Racine zoning change

Send agenda comments/suggestions to Jim Spencer, ELVN Chair, at, by Friday, May 30, 2014.

**REMINDER: There is a Cubs night game at Wrigley Field on June 3rd, and there will be tow enforcement of Zone 383 resident parking restrictions on area streets.

ELVN Community/General Meeting – March 4, 2014

ELVN will be hosting a Community/General meeting at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the 19th District Police Station Community Room (850 W. Addison). We will be holding our Annual ELVN Board Election. A list of candidates can be found on our website.

Agenda items will include:

  • ELVN Board Elections
  • 44th Ward Updates
    Proposed Sports Plaza Ordinance (SportsPlazaOrdinance.pdf)
    2013 Annual City Wrigley Field Community Meeting (March 12, 2014)
  • 46th Ward Updates
    Proposed 3936 N Sheridan/Dakin Development (This is a proposed 8-story building that will have 60 residential units with some retail. The development will require a zoning change from B1-2 to B3-5.)
  • Wrigley Field Redevelopment Update and Related Issues
    2014 Schedule
    Proposed Sports Plaza Operational Parameters (SportsPlazaProposedOperations.pdf)
    Green Lot Improvements (including discussion of impacts to Racine Avenue)
  • Presentation of Holiday Party/Fundraiser Donations to Unity Green at Gill Park
    Unity Green –

Community Alert

Please read these important messages sent to ELVN by the 44th Ward Aldermanic Office:

Community Alert – Strongarm Robbery


Crime Prevention Tips


Please note, you have an opportunity to express your concerns regarding criminal activity in our community at CAPS meetings.  CAPS meetings that include Beats 1923 and 1925, the Beats that East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) is in, are normally held at 7 PM on the 1st Wednesday of the month at the 19th District Police Station Community Room (850 W. Addison).  ELVN is represented at these meetings.

Because of the New Year’s Day Holiday (Wednesday, January 1, 2014), we anticipate the first 2014 CAPS meeting will be held on January 8, 2014.  When confirmed, we will advise you.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon this Sunday, October 13

Via Alderman Tom Tunney

Bank of America Chicago Marathon logoIt’s that time of year again! Come out and cheer on all the dedicated athletes participating in this year’s Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 13, 2013.

To help you navigate around the 44th Ward, please be aware of the following street closures:

Sheridan Road: from Diversey Parkway to Belmont Avenue
7:00 am – 10:45 am

Inner Lakeshore Drive: from Belmont Avenue to Addison Street
7:00 am – 10:45 am

Addison Street: from Inner Lakeshore Drive to Broadway
7:00 am – 10:45 am

Broadway: from Addison Street to Diversey Parkway
7:00 am – 10:45 am

Clark Street: from Diversey Parkway to Webster Avenue
7:00 am – 11:00 am

Get more information on street closures for the Chicago Marathon citywide.

44th Ward Mobile App for Android & iPhone Now Available

aldtunneyappVia Alderman Tom Tunney

Alderman Tom Tunney welcomes you to download the official 44th Ward App.  Our goal is to provide updated information to residents about the community and provide an easy way to communicate with our office.

The 44th Ward app allows users to report potholes and place city service requests such as graffiti removal, a street/alley light out and rodent baiting. It also provides information on street cleaning, residential parking, Cubs games, community alerts and important City programs.

Android users: Download the app in Google Play
iPhone users: Download the app in iTunes

44th Ward Property Tax Assistance by Commissioner Bridget Gainer

Via Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer

Last week, the Cook County Treasurer’s Office mailed out the 2012 second installment property tax bills to all Cook County Homeowners.

On Tuesday, July 23 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, staff from Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office will be available at Alderman Tom Tunney’s 44th Ward office (3223 N Sheffield Ave.) to offer onsite property tax assistance. Homeowners can visit Commissioner Gainer’s staff to ensure all eligible exemptions are being applied and to answer any questions.


2013 Pride Parade: this Sunday, June 30th

PrideLogo2013RVia Alderman Tom Tunney, 44th Ward

DATE: Sunday, June 30th, 2013

TIME: 12 Noon

STARTS AT: Broadway & Montrose

LINE UP: North Broadway (both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Wilson); West Montrose (both the north and south curb lanes from Broadway to Clark) and North Sheridan Road (both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Windsor).

PARADE ROUTE CLOSURES: There will be rolling closure times. The parade starts
at 12:00 Noon at the Broadway/Montrose corner proceeding south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive. Cross streets will close as the parade travels south down the route.


  • Montrose Ave.-Greenview Ave. to Hazel St.
  • Broadway St.- Leland Ave. to Grace St.
  • Sheridan Rd.- Windsor Ave. to Buena Ave.
  • Sunnyside Ave.- Sheridan Rd. to Grace St.
  • Halsted St.- Grace St. to to Belmont Ave.
  • Belmont Ave.- Sheffield Ave. to Broadway St.
  • Broadway St.- Belmont Ave. to Diversey Pkwy.
  • Diversey Pkwy.- Broadway St. to Cannon Dr. (Sheridan)
  • Cannon Dr.- Diversey Pkwy to Fullerton Pkwy
  • Addison St.- 736 W. Addison to Sheffield Ave.
  • Waveland Ave.- Halsted St. to Broadway St.
  • Grace St.- Halsted St. to Fremont St.

TOWING: Due to the volume of vehicles involved, towing will begin promptly at 5:00AM.

PEDESTRIAN CROSS-OVER STREETS: At each corner of the streets listed below, there will be four police officers assigned to assist pedestrians to cross the parade route:

  • Montrose Ave.
  • Irving Park Rd.
  • Addison St.
  • Grace St.
  • Roscoe St.
  • Wellington Ave.

PARADE INFORMATION: The parade will feature 200 registered entries including floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, a marching band and walking contingents. The entries represent community organizations, businesses, governmental officials and individual community members. Crowd estimates each year are in the hundreds of thousands. The parade route will be lined with barricades on both sides of the street from beginning to the end of the parade route. Spectators will be required to remain behind the barricades. (Only parade registrants traveling down the middle of the street, police officers, other city officials, parade marshals and credentialed media reps will be allowed in the street).

After stepping off at 12:00 PM, the parade will take approximately two and one-half hours to finish crossing the Broadway & Montrose corner. After this time, the floats will still be winding their way to the end of the parade route at Diversey & Sheridan.  Police officers along with the parade marshals will be present along the route.

This year there will NOT be a Buffer Zone on Halsted Street after the parade ends. Police will work to re-open the streets to vehicular traffic as soon as cleaning crews are finished and the streets will not remain open to foot traffic. The streets on the parade route will begin to be cleaned by Streets and Sanitation immediately after the last float has passed.  Streets and Sanitation will continue to clean the residential side streets through the end of Monday, June 25th.

Alcohol consumption WILL NOT be tolerated under any circumstances. Open containers containing alcohol are illegal on the streets and sidewalks in Chicago. You will be subject to receiving a costly ticket and/or arrest from the Chicago Police Department.

Click here for the “Ten Tips for Spectators.”

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The parade route accommodates several CTA El Stations.  Please look at the map below.  The Wilson, Sheridan and Addison stations all provide convenient access via a short walk to the parade route.  From the Brown Line, the Wellington and Diversey Stations provide convenient access as well.

Please note that the area around Belmont has historically been very crowded, so we urge you to consider areas near the new start of the parade route, such as Broadway Avenue south of Montrose.

The following bus routes will be rerouted:

2013_Chicago_Pride_Parade_CTA_Details.pdf (238 KB)

Additional information on the reroutes can be obtained by calling the CTA customer service at 1-312-836-7000 or visiting


1. Portable Restrooms – are stationed along both the parade line-up street and the parade route – sponsored by various businesses, organizations and individuals. Included at several locations are restrooms for the physically challenged.

2. Physically Challenged Area/Wheel chair Accessible Area – for people who need or want more space: the sidewalks of West Diversey Parkway (near 600 W. Diversey). Traditionally this area of the parade route has fewer spectators than other sections of the parade route. Spectators in these areas generally arrive there early on parade morning to secure their viewing spots. Included there are restrooms for the physically challenged.

For all additional information, please visit the Chicago Pride Parade website.


May 11th Street Closures for Race to Wrigley 5K

racetowrigleyPlease be advised that the Cubs Charities Race to Wrigley will take place this Saturday, May 11, beginning at 8am at Wrigley Field.  The course runs through the neighborhood and ends back at the ballpark.

No Parking will be in effect on affected streets from 4:00 AM until 12:00 PM.

The streets will be closed beginning at 7:45 AM.  After the runners pass through, walkers will be moved to the sidewalks and streets will be reopened to traffic. The course route and timeline are below:

Start Time Ending Time Street Route
7:45am 8:30am Addison-1000w to 1800w
(Addison/Sheffield to Ravenswood)
7:45am 8:40am Ravenswood-3600n to 4000n
(Ravenswood to Irving Park)
7:45am 9:00am Irving Park- 1800w-1100w
(Irving Park from Ravenswood to Seminary)
7:45am 9:15am Clark- 4000n to 3700n
(Clark/Irving to Waveland)
7:45am 9:30am Waveland- 1000w to 1100w
(Waveland from Clark to Sheffield)