Bennett Lawson is a lifelong public servant, having served the people of the 44th Ward as Chief of Staff to Alderman Tom Tunney for nearly 15 years. He’s become known in the community as someone who is trusted to get things done. As your Alderman, he will bring unmatched experience, relationships, and knowledge of the community to continue strong, steady leadership for the 44th Ward while continuing to advocate for safe and welcoming neighborhoods, balanced development, quality public education, and a more inclusive, transparent government.
In November of 2013, CNN Money Magazine named Lakeview the third best big-city neighborhood in the country. While Lakeview will always be number one to me, it is a wonderful recognition and showcases many of the things that make our neighborhood so great. Whether it be our close proximity to Lake Michigan, our endless entertainment options including first class theaters, concert venues, restaurants and Wrigley Field or the accessibility to public transportation and many local parks, Lakeview has so much to offer residents and visitors alike.
Angela Clay was born and raised in the 46th Ward, where her family has lived for over 80 years. Angela has a deep understanding of the diverse communities across this ward and has been working since she was a teenager to bring people together and implement policies that improve the lives of neighbors all across the ward.
The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) promotes fire safety, provides emergency care, and extinguishes fires. CFD is the largest fire department in the Midwest and one of the oldest major organized fire departments, established before 1833. Engine Company 78 has been fighting fires in our neighborhood since 1894, ten years before Wrigley Field was built across the street.
If you have a fire emergency, please call 911.
19th District Police Station 850 W Addison St., 312-744-8320
In the fall of 2010, East Lakeview welcomed our first new police station in 80 years, replacing the historic but small Town Hall building. In addition to containing state-of-the-art police facilities, the building includes environmental LEED features such as includes a turbine generator waste heat recovery system, drought resistant landscaping, and a sophisticated building energy management system.
The partnership between police and community is the foundation of Chicago’s own philosophy of community policing, known as CAPS – the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy. Meetings provide an opportunity for police and community residents to exchange information about conditions in the neighborhood, to identify crime and disorder problems, and to develop strategies to combat those problems. ELVN area beats include #1923 and #1925, which meetings on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Most of the meetings are at 7pm at the 19th District Police Station, 850 W Addison St. Please check the website calendar because all are subject to change.
National, State, and County Representatives
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois, the state’s senior senator, and the convener of Illinois’ partisan congressional delegation. Durbin also serves as Assistant Majority Leader, the second highest ranking position in the Senate. Also known as the Majority Whip, Senator Durbin has been elected to this leadership post by his Democratic colleagues every two years since 2006. In 2004, he was elected as Minority Whip. Durbin is only the fifth Illinois Senator in history to serve as a Senate leader. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Durbin sits on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, Foreign Relations, and Rules Committees. He is the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights and the Appropriation Committee’s Financial Services and General Government subcommittee. Senator Durbin is married to Loretta Schaefer Durbin. Their family consists of three children – Christine (deceased), Paul, and Jennifer – as well as three grandchildren. They reside in Springfield.
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was among the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Duckworth served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring from military service in 2014 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after representing Illinois’s Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms.
A native of Chicagoland, State Senator John Cullerton earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago, as well as a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University’s prestigious School of Law. While a student, he served as President of the Loyola University Chicago Student Bar Association. Cullerton began his career in law by serving as a Cook County Assistant Public Defender for five years before he went into private practice. He currently is a partner with the law firm of Thompson Coburn, LLP. On January 14, 2009, Cullerton was elected inaugurated to his first two-year term as President of the Illinois Senate. Since then, President Cullerton has labored to change the political tone of Springfield by encouraging bipartisanship and cooperation among leaders. In 2013, Cullerton was reelected Senate President of the Illinois Senate. He now presides over the largest senate caucus in America and the largest senate Democratic caucus in the history of Illinois.
Bridget Gainer serves as Cook County Commissioner for the 10th District, representing the North Lakefront and portions of the northwest side. She lives on the northside of Chicago with her husband, Dennis, and their three children. Gainer came to Cook County government with 20 years of experience in the non-profit, public, and private sectors, a career that has provided a strong foundation in finance, human services and the workings of local government. While at the County, Gainer has voted to repeal a portion of the Cook County Sales Tax and voted to make the Independent Hospital Board permanent. She helped create funding for HIV and STD testing at the Cook County Jail. Gainer also created an independent bureau within the State’s Attorney’s office to allow County litigation to be handled by State’s attorneys rather than outside private counsel, saving the county millions of dollars each year.
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School is an indpendent, community Jewish day school that combines a multidisciplinary, layered curriculum of general studies and Jewish studies.
Horace Greeley Elementary School
Horace Greeley Elementary School is part of the Lake View North Magnet Cluster and offers a school-wide World Language Program. Their educational programs include: full-day kindergarten classes, a Heritage Language Program which encompasses the World Language, Spanish Bilingual Program, and a Bilingual Gifted Program for Polish, Russian, and Spanish-speaking English Language Learners.
Inter-American Magnet School
Inter-American Magnet School offers excellent academic instruction and the opportunity to develop a high level of linguistic proficiency in both English and Spanish. IAMS students develop a sense of responsibility for their local and global communities and actively seek to use their talents to promote social change.
Center on Halsted
As the most comprehensive LGBT community center in the Midwest, their mission is simple: In a safe and nurturing environment, the Center on Halsted serves as a catalyst for the LGBT community that links and provides community resources and enriches life experiences.
Howard Brown Health Center
Howard Brown Health Center exists to eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people through research, education, and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. The revenue generated by donations and purchases at the Brown Elephant Resale Shops help fund services for the more than 50% of Howard Brown clients who are under- or uninsured.
Friends of the Parks
Friends of the Parks is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and improving Chicago’s parks and forest preserves for all citizens. Since 1975, FOTP has increase private and public commitment to Chicago’s parks through establishing park advisory councils, developing new parks, renovating playlots, and presenting public workshops and lectures to create and informed citizenry.
Gill Park sits on more than two Lakeview acres encompassing a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, assembly hall, kitchen, and several clubrooms.. Outside, the t-ball field and playground makes it an excellent site for the popular Park Kids after school program for youth.
House of the Good Shepherd
House of the Good Shepherd is a shelter for battered women and their children that seeks to end the cycle of domestic violence in families. Their comprehensive recovery program, based on counseling and education, helps violence survivors to heal, regain their dignity and become self-sufficient.
Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary sits along the city’s lakefront and provides eight acres of essential woodland and wetland habitat for migratory and resident birds. Each spring and summer, millions of migratory birds spot over in Chicago to rest and refuel on their route from northern breeding grounds to southern wintering grounds. More than 150 different species of birds have been seen at the sanctuary, including herons, bitterns, wood ducks, snipes, hawks, yellow-billed cuckoos, hummingbirds, thrushes; vireos, warblers, native sparrows and many more. Volunteer information available at jarvissanctuary.org.
Lakefront Sculpture Exhibit
The Lakefront Sculpture Exhibit, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, is funded entirely by private donations. Sponsors include neighborhood organizations, chambers of commerce, individual residents and cultural institutions. Their dedication to improving the community is the heart of this program.
Lake View Citizens’ Council
The Lake View Citizens Council (LVCC) was established in 1952 to provide citizens in Lake View with the opportunity to work together for the common good of their community. LVCC has played a key role in property tax reforms, developing the Jarvis bird sanctuary, creating the Neighborhood Protection Plan, coordinating the Thanksgiving food drive, spearheading “Operation Mitten” to provide winter outerwear for needy children, and sponsoring social events to showcase our businesses, provide fun for the neighborhood, and raise funds for their ongoing operations.
The Lakeview Pantry’s mission is to eliminate hunger in our community by: providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people, increasing the independence of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs, and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them.
Tax Reform Action Coalition
The Tax Reform Action Coalition (TRAC), is a community based advocacy Group whose mission is to reform the property tax system in Illinois, making it fair and predictable for all property owners, so that they will remain in their neighborhoods long-term. TRAC’s goals are to promote stability, and to preserve diversity and continued growth in our communities.
Houses of Worship
Anshe Emet Synagogue
Anshe Emet Synagogue is committed to meeting the religious, educational, social, and cultural needs of its members within the framework of the Conservative Movement. In keeping with the teachings of Judaism and the spirit of Klal Yisrael, Anshe Emet recognizes its responsibility to serve the Jewish Community, the wider community, and the State of Israel.
Lake View Presbyterian Church
Throughout many cycles of growth, Lakeview Presbyterian Church has been responsive to the needs of the community. Teaching English to immigrant populations, providing sanctuary for Central American refugees, providing alternative education for at-risk youth, serving a hot lunch to neighborhood senior citizens are strong evidence of a church history that proclaims the gospel in actualized missions that serve both neighborhood and city.
Open Arms Worship Center
Open Arms United Worship Center prepares people to live faith-filled lives, making impact through maximizing God’s Word, perfect plan and prosperity for the purpose of expanding the Kingdom of God on earth. A Kingdom Driven Church, they are determined to Live with Purpose and teach God’s word to empower with the Vision to See, Faith to Believe and the Courage to Do.
Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field
It’s just a year away from the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs for the past 98 years. Go, Cubs, go!
Night Permit Baseball Parking Program
Zone 383 residential permit parking is now in place on all Lake View residential streets in the area bounded by Irving Park Road, Addison Street, and Ashland Avenue. These streets will continue to be a Cubs night game tow zone from 5pm to 10pm on night game dates.
Wrigley Field Neighborhood Protection Program
The Chicago Cubs and the City of Chicago, with extensive input from the community of residents and businesses around Wrigley Field, maintain an aggressive neighborhood protection program aimed at addressing issues of parking, traffic and public behavior in our community during Cubs games.
Chambers of Commerce
Central Lake View Merchants Association
Central Lake View Merchants Association (CMLA) is a group of businesses dedicated to improving their community, working with their neighbors, and providing their customers and clients with the very best!
Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is organized so that the local business community will prosper, with particular emphasis given to retail, professional, educational, and economic interests of the area.
Lake View East Chamber of Commerce
The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is a broad community based organization designed to represent and help merchants and other business people in the community. It is a policy of the organization to promote goodwill and a pleasant business environment for merchants, consumers, and area residents.
Northalsted Business Alliance
The Northalsted Business Alliance represents 80 businesses along the Halsted Street corridor from Barry Street to West Sheridan Road. Northalsted has achieved leadership status with the City of Chicago, the Lakeview business and residential community, and the media.