Chicago Ward Maps Finalized

Shred Event Returns This Sunday 

Mayfest this Weekend

Armitage Street Closure

Dear Neighbors,

The remap of the Wards required by the 2020 U.S. Census was completed with a City Council vote during a special meeting Monday, May 16.  A planned referendum on two competing maps was avoided because 43 aldermen (two more than a required 41) agreed to one map. 

The expected date for the new maps to take effect will be May 2023, after the aldermanic elections of 2023 take place. Until then, please expect your current alderman to provide constituent services.

Effect On Our Neighborhoods

As you can see from the drawings below, we were able to hold firm and retain our ward largely untouched, except that the 43rd Ward had to shrink to get closer to the average population per ward of 55,000 people.  We therefore made the painful decision to shrink our western boundary and a bit of our Gold Coast area to comply with the Constitutional duty to keep wards generally the same population. (A 5% deviation either way is viewed as acceptable).

The areas that we could not keep largely return to 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack. The 32nd Ward was altered in the last remap, and this map restores the ward to its more compact boundaries from Western Avenue to the 43rd Ward. The map also restores the 32nd Ward’s jurisdiction over the Chicago River, including the Lincoln Yards and former General Iron sites.

Our neighbor, Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins, was able to reshape his ward substantially from the “lobster” of the existing 2010 map.  No doubt more could have been accomplished, because of the enormous population growth of the River North area. However, because Alderman Hopkins lives in the western part of his ward, the map retains that area as the ward's edge and therefore had to maintain the "bridge" to Streeterville, which comprises most of his Ward.

With our northern neighbor, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, Diversey is retained as the traditional boundary between Lincoln Park and Lakeview.

Importantly, we kept our traditional portion of the Gold Coast, maintaining the 43rd Ward's stewardship of Lincoln Park from North Avenue to Diversey. The park is a city treasure, and we work hard to balance the popularity of the park and beach to the entire city with our residents' needs for recreation and quiet access.

Thanks to University of Illinois Professor Chris Kanich for this treasure trove of all the iterations of the maps that were discussed in the remap process. (The "May 9" map is the one just passed). Professor Kanich also created this great tool to check which ward you live in now, and the future ward which will govern your choices for Alderman in the next election in February 2023.


The Process

We appreciate the efforts of some organizations to attempt to change our redistricting process. As we discussed in our earlier newsletterour job was to protect our Ward and put us in the best position for the next ten years. 

We learned how to effectively resist gerrymanding ten years ago by organizing our community against attempts to cut up the 43rd Ward into 5 different wards in 2011. (A banner from that fight is above). All seven of our community groups came together and we achieved the ward boundaries we have today.

Similarly, persistent organizing by the Asian-American community resulted in the first Asian-American majority ward in the city's history. This kind of community activism is what makes change, and we encourage other communities to do the same. 

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Shredding, Recycling, and Prescription Drug Take-Back

This Sunday, May 22nd 

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

2001 N. Orchard St.

Lincoln Park High School

(West Side of Parking Lot)

Our rescheduled shredding event will be at Lincoln Park High School. This event will feature paper shredding, electronic recycling, tree sapling giveaway, and prescription drug take-back.

There is a limit of two bankers' boxes of paper per person. Thank you to R4 Services for providing both the shredding and electronic recycling.


June 28th Primary Elections

Early Voting Begins

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

191 N. Clark St

The primary is just around the corner and early voting in Chicago for the 2022 Primary Election will start on May 26, 2022, at the Chicago Board of Elections Supersite at 191 N. Clark. 

The hours for this location are: 

  • Weekdays: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Election Day: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm (June 28th)

Early Voting at the Lincoln Park Library, 1150 W. Fullerton, and sites in all 50 Wards will begin on June 13, 2022 with the same hours. Please bring ID with you to early vote in

Remember, you can register to vote and immediately vote at every Early Voting site. Two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter's current address, are needed to register for the first time or to file a name change or an address update.

Block Party Applications Now Open!


2022 block party season is officially upon us and we encourage you to submit your applications to our office for your annual block parties.

In keeping with last year's COVID-19 protocols, you will still have to have a volunteer designated as the COVID Captain to enforce safety protocols. All applications can be sent to and the application can be found here.

This summer will also see the return of the Jumping Jack program which is particularly popular for blocks with young children. Requests are filled on a first come first serve basis. Apply here.

Infrastructure Update: New North Avenue Sidewalk

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We were pleased to use our ward menu funds to install new sidewalks on the north side of North Avenue from Dearborn east to the cul-de-sac.  These paths were made wider and poured deeper than normal to accommodate Park District maintenance vehicles. 

This improvement to the Gold Coast follows the reconstruction of the cul-de-sac last year.  

Public Safety Updates

More Information About the Webster Shooting 

Prosecutors revealed many facts about the crimes charged in the Webster shooting, reported in detail by Block Club. At the bond hearing Tuesday, prosecutors described Tyshon Brownlee as holding up five different people using the same pattern - holding up victims at gunpoint and demanding their phones and the phones' password. Three of the attacks occurred within thirty minutes on May 5.

The court ordered Brownlee held without bail. The facts here show outstanding detective work by our Chicago Police, and extraordinary cooperation by our neighbors who were both victims and witnesses to these crimes. 

Please join the court advocacy program so that these victims can be supported by our presence at court.  Please contact to join.

Bike Patrols on the Lakefront

The 18th and 19th Districts have announced new bicycle squads devoted to those districts.  These officers will be patrolling the lakefront and our community areas on bikes all summer and will be a regular presence throughout our community. 

Thank you to our area commanders and the CPD for this additional resource.


City of Chicago Camera Registration

Register the Location of Your Private Camera Here.

The recent breakthrough in solving the shooting on Webster might not have been possible without the help of citizens with cameras on their homes. Now, anyone who lives or operates a business in Chicago can now register private security cameras that captures the public way with the Chicago Police Department to help solve crime faster. 

When you register the location of your camera, you simply allow the Chicago Police Department to contact you if a crime occurs on your block. 

  • CPD will not have direct access to your camera system.  
  • CPD cannot access camera footage without your consent.
  • There is no requirement to provide footage to CPD at any time.

Learn more here.

Community Events

RANCH Triangle's Mayfest

Friday, May 20th - Sunday, May 22nd

Armitage from Sheffield to Racine

Friday: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

More info here.

Mayfest will take place on Armitage from Sheffield to Racine and will include live pop rock, jazz and everything in between. Join your neighbors for food, free wine tastings, kids entertainment and games, sidewalk sales and arts and crafts.

This festival features many more family and neighborhood-like attractions than many typical street festivals. There is a special "Artist's Lounge" stage of family and independent entertainment, including Teatro Zinzanni, the Oh Yeahs, plus top jazz singer Paul Marinaro (and Disney princesses). More than 15 of Chicago’s top tribute bands will perform.  Check out all the things to do here. (An Amy Winehouse tribute band? - Yes!)

A suggested donation of $10 supports the RANCH Triangle Association and the Armitage Avenue shopping district. See you there!

Street Closures for Mayfest

Armitage Avenue will be closed from Sheffield to Racine starting Friday morning at about 9:00 am and through the weekend. The 2100 blocks of Clifton, Seminary and Kenmore will be closed north to the first alley. Seminary and Clifton will be closed south to the first alley. Please use alternative routes on Sheffield, Racine and Willow to reach Clybourn. See map below.

This is the first time any part of Armitage Avenue has been closed in well over a decade. RANCH has asked for the opportunity to test out this festival for the community to celebrate the Armitage Avenue corridor. Come on over and check it out.

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Lincoln Central Summer Social

Wednesday, May 25

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Fire Station Park

(Armitage & Larrabee)

Welcome back to Lincoln Central's Summer Socials - a casual gathering of friends and neighbors to socialize and meet new people. Kids and dogs are welcome. We encourage you to bring the beverage of your choice, as well as snacks or a picnic. The events are free and open to all.  But please join Lincoln Central to support their wonderful work.

Ward Office Early Closure for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is coming up soon, so buy your guest parking passes now.  Our office will close at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27 and will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31.

Support Local Restaurants

3rd Coast Cafe

Angela's Burrito Style

Angry Octopus

Armitage Ale House



The Bagelers

Basil Leaf Cafe

Batter & Berries

Blooming Baker Company

Blue Door Farm Stand

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

Bocadillo Cafe and Market

Brown Bag Seafood

Bourgeois Pig Cafe

Branko's Sandwich Shop

Broken English Taco Pub

Butcher and Burger



Cedar Palace

Chengdu Impression

Chez Moi

Chicago History Museum Cafe

Chicago's Dog House

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder


Cluck It (new!)

Cocoa + Co.

Cold Stone Creamery (new!)

Collectivo Coffee


Corey's NYC Bagel Deli

Crepe Twist

Daily Harvest

Dash of Salt and Pepper

Deep Purpl Acai


D Cuisine

Del Seoul


Dom's Kitchen and Market (new!)

Don Pez Fish Tacos

Elephant + Vine

Ella's BBQ





Fons Empanadas


French Quiche


Ganbeii Asian Fusion

Geja's Cafe


Golden Dagger Coffee

Green Tea

Herb & Alchemy Coffee Shop

Himalayan Curry & Pizza

Jam 'n Honey

Jerk Shak BBQ

Toro Sushi (new!)
Verzaney Patisserie
WhatsGood Farm Shop
Support Local Businesses


Alice and Wonder

A Matter of Sight

Apotheco Pharmacy

Aroma Workshop

art effect

Art of Pure

Artist's Frame Service

Athletico Lincoln Commons

B Salon

Bangin' Brows

Bedside Manor Ltd

Beautiful Rugs

BeautyCult Nails

Be Polished Nail and Spa

Big Green Egg Chicago

Bliss and Belle

Blowout Junkie

Blush Boutique de Fleurs

Chicago Cannabis Company

Chicago Costume

Clare V. handbags/accessories

Clark Pawner & Jewelers



Dave's Records

Dearborn Denim

Dilly Lily

Dr. Steven K Kajita, Optometrist

Eddie Z's Blinds

Ella Nails

Elliott Consignment

Eminere Hair


Essential Nail Spa

Eye Mechanix

Fleet Feet

Ford General Clothier

Floyd’s Barbershop

Flow Studio Pilates

German Kitchen Center

Gorjana Jewelry

Hair Studio 5



Interior Define

Jayson Home

J. Gordon Designs

Joseph Michael's Salon and Spa


Kohler Water's Spa

Lapin Systems

LightSpace Pilates & Wellness

Lincoln Park Baseball Academy 

Lincoln Park Crossfit

Lincoln Park Hair Salon and Spa

Lush Cosmetics

Massage Envy

Mid North Animal Hospital

Monograms On Webster


Mugsy Men's Jeans and Shirts


Nancy Krause Floral Design

Naturepedic Mattress

New Balance

Now Massage

Margaret O’Leary 




Pure Barre


Sage Theory Gifts

Salvage Grooming Lounge

Salon Edda

Scottfree Salon

See Eyewear

Simonmed Imaging

Sister Arts Studio

Specialized Bicycles

Steve Quick Jeweler


Studio Hair Trends

Tea Gshwendner

The Second Child

Toss and Spin



Verve Wine

Visual Effects Optical

V Italia Footwear

Viva La Med Spa

Wahler Brothers Hardware

Wink Optical

Old Town Featured on WTTW

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Several Old Town residents and business owners spoke with Joanna Hernandez from WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" feature "In Your Neighborhood” about the history and development of Old Town. Watch here and share our love of our community.

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See you at Mayfest and our recycling event this weekend!

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