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Happy New Year! As it is every year, my January newsletter is a combination of a Year in Review for the previous year, and a brief update about what is happening this month (January 2020!). 

The Year in Review section highlights important initiatives from 2019, like all of the community meetings I've hosted and attended, transportation and infrastructure projects completed, commercial and residential developments announced, school updates, park improvements and much much more.  The remainder of the newsletter has the typical information included in all newsletters updated for the month of January.

I hope you had a safe and fun New Years and wish you the best in 2020. As always, if there is anything my staff or I can do to assist you, please contact my office at 773-373-9273 or at T hank you for reading this newsletter. Please share it with a neighbor or friend. 


Pat Dowell
Alderman, 3rd Ward
2019 Year in Review                                         
Community Engagement
Ward Night and Ward Outreach Events
Every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm Alderman Dowell's office is open for Ward Night. During Ward Night, residents can meet with the Alderman and her staff, no appointment necessary, on any topic of their choosing. In addition to Ward Night, Alderman Dowell visits countless block clubs, resident organizations, senior buildings and community groups from all parts of the ward. Often, the Alderman participates in existing group-led events, but regardless of what is happening at the event, she always speaks with constituents about the issues affecting their lives and takes questions and comments on a variety of important ward topics. Last, Alderman Dowell is also always available on various social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Nextdoor) and via email for invaluable constituent engagement.

Third Ward Town Hall Meetings
CTA Red Line Station Meeting Hosted by Alderman Dowell
In response Related Midwest's (the developers of the "78") proposal to create a new CTA Red Line Station at the intersection of 15th St. and Clark St., Alderman Dowell hosted community meetings to gather feedback on the idea. Once the location was announced, Alderman Dowell held subsequent large and small group meetings which culminated in Alderman Dowell - by the request of the community - asking Related Midwest to shift the station to the southwest corner of 15th St. and Clark St. This counter proposal was accepted by the developer and their current plan for the "78" now includes a new CTA Red Line Station on the southwest corner of Clark St. and 15th St.

Dowell Hosts Disruptive Design Town Hall Meeting
On March 27th, Alderman Dowell welcomed Neighborhood Housing  Services and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives to present the three  finalists for the Disruptive Design Affordable Housing Competition. Thank you to the architects and residents who shared their thoughts on the future of affordable single-family housing in Bronzeville. This is a very exciting opportunity to fill a need in the community - single-family homes for under $300,000. Bronzeville is already seeing an expansion of market-rate housing and the continued construction of CHA Plan for  Transformation units. This design competition will fit right in between those two types of homes ensuring that the neighborhood has an adequate mix of housing price points. 
In addition, at the town hall meeting Alderman Dowell welcomed Walter Katz from former Mayor Emanuel's office to discuss the Police Consent Decree, as well as the developers of the new town homes located at 43rd and Vincennes Ave. The town homes are a beautiful addition to the community. The detailed explanation of the new Police Consent Decree helped empower residents to know what their city is doing to restore the relationship between the police and the community. 

Disruptive Design Affordable Housing Competition Picks Winner
At a subsequent Town Hall meeting in July, the Chicago Housing Policy Task Force announced the winner of the Disruptive Design Competition. Congratulations to Adaptable House by Greg Tamborino, AIA, for being selected as the winning design! Tamborino's design will create an innovative, sustainable prototype that will transform vacant lots into affordable homeownership opportunities. Thank you to all of the architects who worked to bring their amazing ideas to Bronzeville. Also, thank you to Sarah Brune of NHS, Ciere Boatright of Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives and the countless community members who came out to the numerous meetings on this topic for your work, input and dedication to creating a reproducible model for  affordable single-family housing in Chicago. In 2020, a location will be identified to build the housing prototype.
Know Your Rights Seminars
In conjunction with the Chicago Urban League,  Alderman Dowell's office hosted Know Your Rights Seminars at Bronzeville Scholastic High School, Chicago Military Academy, Phillips High School, and Ray Graham Training Center High School. As part of First Defense Legal Aid's (FDLA) Street Law Education Initiative, this workshop is designed to build  community members' knowledge of their constitutional rights and how to invoke them when in contact with the police. Thank you to Malik Malon, Intern Youth  Outreach Specialist for the Chicago Urban League for presenting at these events. Students and teachers had an opportunity to tell their stories and ask questions about their rights. First Defense Legal Aid offers these workshops free of charge. For more information call First Defense Legal Aid at (708) 797-3066.

Dowell Delivers State of the Ward Address
On May 30th, Alderman Dowell gave a State of the Ward address for the Bronzeville, Fuller Park and Washington Park communities at the Illinois College of Optometry (3241 S. Michigan Ave.). Thank you to the ICO, Neighborhood Housing Services, Chicago Neighborhoods Initiatives and all the residents who came out to make this a very productive meeting. The State of the Ward presentation covered all of the great work happening across the 3rd Ward from the beginning of 2018 to May 30, 2019, including: public safety upgrades, educational initiatives, housing and commercial development, infrastructure investments, legislative accomplishments and more.

Multiple One Central Meetings Held in 2019
Throughout 2019 Alderman Dowell invited the relevant departments within the City of Chicago and Landmark, the developer of the proposed One Central project, to meet with the community to discuss the potential development. At these meetings, Landmark introduced their proposal and solicited feedback, while the City talked about the ground-rules for any development over the Metra tracks along Lake Shore Drive in the South Loop. Currently, there are no plans or updates about the One Central project. 

Throughout this process Alderman Dowell has tried to work with residents to inform the community  on what the current "as of right" regulations are for the site, meaning what can be built on the privately-owned site today  without further City authorization. This includes density  regulations, height restrictions, allowed uses, unit mixes and more. However, the last proposal presented to the community by Landmark would require extensive oversight and authorization by the City and Alderman Dowell prior to any development taking place. No additional meetings are planned until Landmark submits their amended planned development application to the Department of Planning and Development.

Provident Hospital Community Meeting
Alderman Dowell attended a community meeting organized by President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Bill Lowry to discuss plans for the  construction of the new Provident Hospital in the west lot adjacent to the current facility in the 3rd Ward. At the meeting, community concerns regarding timeline, MBE/WBE contractor participation, new services to be offered, traffic studies, zoned parking, County Care and a bench at the bus stop were raised by residents. The $240 million hospital will be paid for by Cook County taxpayers. There will be more community meetings scheduled as this process moves  forward. Also attending were Senators Robert Peters and Mattie Hunter and a representative from Rep. Kam Bucknor's office.

South Loop Public Safety Meeting 
Alderman Dowell joined her colleague Alderman Sophia King (4th) to discuss public safety issues in the South Loop community which is shared by both aldermen. Thank you to 1st Police District Commander Michael Pigott, the entire 1st  District Police staff and everyone who came out to share their thoughts on this important issue. At the event, the  aldermen addressed safety and cleanliness issues around the Roosevelt Rd. CTA station. Improvements made to the station in response to community concerns include : a newly purchased gum removal machine to clean the sidewalks adjacent to the station, the installation of additional lights on the soffits at station entrances and exits, and upgraded LED lights under the elevated track above the four support columns lights to improve safety and visibility.

Citywide crime rates, and specifically crime rates for the districts that cover the 3rd Ward were down in 2019. In the 1st Police District, which covers the South Loop and portions of the Douglas communities, murders were down 67% from last year and 41% over the last 2 years. Robberies were down 21% last year and 41% over the last two years. While burglaries were up 6% in 2019, they were down 25% total over the last two years. This was the only category where the 1st Police District saw an increase in 2019. Thefts were flat last year but down 3% over two years, and finally vehicle thefts were down 8% in 2019 and 16% over the last two years. Thank you to all the hard working officers of the 1st District who have done such a fantastic job keeping our neighborhood safe.

This mirrors the progress the City has made fighting crime. 2019 finished with the lowest number of murders citywide in four years - fewer than 500 -  and the lowest number of shootings since 2014. Robberies, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts all were at 20-year lows citywide and overall crime is at its lowest level since 2015, registering a 10% reduction from the prior year.

Alderman Dowell Hosts Town Hall Meeting at BCS
The new Bronzeville Classical School (8 W. Root St.) hosted Alderman Dowell's Town Hall meeting in November. This informative discussion included presentations on: the new development proposed for 39th St. and King Drive, an update on CPS Network 9 schools, a Pete's Fresh  Market update, an overview of the proposed development for 43rd St., an introduction to Chicago fines and fees reform and a recreational cannabis policy overview. 
Aldermen Dowell and King Host Bronzeville Safety and Security Meeting
On November 18th Bronzeville Aldermen Pat Dowell and Sophia King together hosted a Safety and Security meeting at GN Bank (4619 S. King Drive). Thank you to 2nd  District Commander Dion Boyd who was on hand to discuss crime reduction  strategies for the neighborhood. He also shared that crime in Bronzeville is trending downwards across all categories. This was an informative discussion where residents were able to hear about the public safety initiatives that are underway in the area and have their questions answered directly by the Commander of the local police district and his staff.

The 2nd Police District, which covers the Bronzeville community, saw a decrease in the number of murders in the district in 2019 to 16 total from 31 the year before. There was also a corresponding decline in shootings from 96 in 2018 to 71 in 2019. Robberies, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts are all down significantly in the 2nd District as well. Thank you to the officers of the 2nd District for your leadership and sacrifice in keeping our community safe.
City of Chicago Inaugurates New Mayor, City Council
In 2019, the City of Chicago celebrated the inauguration of a new Mayor and City Council at Wintrust Arena in the 3rd Ward. This gala event welcomed Lori Lightfoot as  Chicago's first African American female LGBTQ+ mayor, who was joined on stage by the new City Council, which included 12 new Alderman. Congratulations to Mayor Lightfoot and to all of Alderman Dowell's colleagues, new and old. As part of the transition process to a new City Council, Mayor Lightfoot announced new City Council Committee Chairman for many of the  Council's Committees, which included the appointment of Alderman Pat Dowell as the Chairman of the Committee on the Budget and Government  Operations. The Budget Committee has jurisdiction over the expenditure of all funds appropriated and expended by the City of Chicago. The Committee also oversees all matters concerning the organization, reorganization and efficient management of City government, and federal and state legislation and  administrative regulations in which the City may have an interest. This was truly a wonderful and historic day for the City of Chicago. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it so special.

Mayor Lightfoot and Alderman Dowell Tour 3rd Ward for "Our City, Our Safety"
As part of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's "Our City, Our Safety" Chicago initiative, various city departments, city agencies (Park District, CPS, and CHA) and community partners collaborated on safe activities available to our youth over the busy  Memorial Day weekend. To kick-off the initiative, Mayor Lightfoot stopped by Taylor Park (39 W. 47th St.) to watch  basketball, boxing and talk to the many folks from our community who stopped in to greet the new Mayor. Also in attendance was 2nd District Commander Dion Boyd and thank you to Ivan Simmons, Park Supervisor, Alonzo Williams from CPD, and 3rd Ward Superintendent Thomas L. E. Stovall for getting things in order for the visit. The treat of the day was meeting Aaliyah Johnson, an up and coming 12 year old boxer and seeing the art work of Ramell Sellers who work was displayed on the 2nd floor. Also stopping by during the day was Afrika Porter, Kublai Toure and Zakiyah Muhammad. After visiting Taylor Park, Mayor Lightfoot and Alderman Dowell stopped at Shawn Michelle's Homemade Ice Cream (46 E. 47th St.) to enjoy some chocolate ice cream and discuss the needs of our parks.
3rd Ward Braves Weather for Clean and Green Day
Despite the inclement weather, residents across the ward participated in the City's Annual Clean and Green Day on Saturday, April 27. Thank you to everyone who came out to help beautify the community, including groups led by Bethel AME Church, the Greater South Loop Association, the 4500 S. Forrestville Block Club, the Fuller Park CDC, the 4600 S. Vincennes Block Club, South Loop Elementary School/Dearborn Park II PAC and Donnell Spencer. A very special thanks to the Bronzeville Neighborhood Collaborative/Gallery Guichard for their large clean-up of 47th St. which spanned two wards from State St. all the way to Cottage Grove Ave. Children, families, businesses and residents all braved the cold to make our community a little nicer. Local businesses like Chicken and Waffles, Trader Joe's, Pete's Coffee and Sip & Savor contributed food and (most  importantly) hot drinks to many Clean and Green participants. This could not have happened without the hard work of 3rd Ward Superintendent  Thomas Stovall and Allyson Allison from the 3rd Ward staff. Thank you both for coordinating this important day's events.
If you would like to schedule your own Clean and Green event, you can call 311 or the 3rd Ward Public Service Office at 773-373-9273 to set it up. The City will provide you tools, bags and bagged trash pickup so you can make your neighborhood beautiful in time for spring!

Animal Care and Control Rolls Into Bronzeville for Pet Vaccine Clinic
Animal Care and Control was in the 3rd Ward for the annual pet  vaccination clinic on July 20th. It was a well-attended dog and cat friendly event.  Alderman Dowell's dog Toots got her shots and registration tag. Everyone there was looking forward to the opening of the new dog park on the 3900 block of Indiana which was completed later in 2019! Thank you to GN Bank for hosting the event in their parking lot (4619 S. King Drive). Also, thank you to the wonderful  Animal Care and Control workers who took such great care of the dozens of neighborhood pets that attended the clinic. And a big thank you to  everyone who braved the extreme heat for their health of their pets!

3rd Ward Shred-a-Thon
The 3rd Ward held two more successful shredding events in 2019, one at our office at 5046 S. State St. and another at Long Grove House located at 2001 S. Michigan. Close to 400 people stopped by in total to throw away months and years of paper and records!! Thank you to Midway Moving and Storage for providing the professional document destruction services, and to the management of Long Grove House and South Side Medical for offering their parking lots for the event. 

3rd Ward Job Fair
The Annual 3rd Ward Job Fair was a success with a steady flow of people seeking employment  opportunities. 35 employers participated  in the event and approximately 200 residents came through to find their potential next place of employment. Thank you to Employment and Employer Services, Greater Bronzeville Neighborhood Network, Chicago Cook Workshop Partnership and Lucy Macedo from the 3rd Ward Office for your work in organizing this annual event. A special thank you to the participating employers. We appreciate you.
Dowell Hosts Back-To-School Festival
On September 17th, Alderman Dowell hosted her annual Back-to-School Event in Fuller Park (331 W. 45th St.). Despite  the soggy weather, neighborhood families came out to get their students ready for the school year with free backpacks  and school supplies, and to enjoy an afternoon full of food, music and fun! Thank you Mr. Brown, Park Supervisor for  Taylor Park for  hosting this wonderful event, and to everyone who came out to support our neighborhood children.

This year's event was bigger and better than ever with a game truck, horseback riding, face painting, music, free food,  raffles, programs, services and resources for children and families.  Thank you to White  Castle, the Shedd Aquarium, Shawn Michelle's Ice Cream, Red Clay Dance Company, Intonation Music, ComEd and  everyone who came out to make this event so special.

Al derman Dowell also partnered on a separate Back-to-School event with Issues Salon in the South Loop, Bamani Obadele and Acclivus, Senator Mattie Hunter, Rep. Lamont Robinson and others for another year of providing free  haircuts, book bags and school supplies to children as they head back to school!
13th Annual Third Ward Senior Update
For the 13th year in a row, Alderman Dowell honored neighborhood seniors at her 3rd Ward Senior Extravaganza. Thank you once again to De La Salle Institute (3434 S. Michigan Ave.) for being a fantastic host. A special thank you also to Father Paul Novak, Lawrence Blakely and the entire De La Salle team for making this day so special for everyone involved. And to all the volunteers from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the 2nd and 9th District Police, your hard work serving our ward's seniors is greatly appreciated. This event truly could not have happened without you. Last, thank you to Chicken and Waffles for the delicious lunch!
In addition to bingo and food, the 3rd Ward Senior Extravaganza featured wellness resources, senior information, music, food, dancing and special guest visits! Congratulations to all of the bingo winners and best of luck next year!

Dowell Attends National Night Out Events
National Night Out at Washington Park in the 2nd Police District provided an  opportunity for community members and the police to interact with each other and build more sustainable partnerships. Kudos to Officer Dahlia Goree, Officer Denise Gathings and Bronzeville resident Noel Martinez Mickelson for organizing a fun set of activities, including games, a petting zoo, the Jesse White Tumblers, bouncy houses, food, book bags and school supplies giveaways, and social services and medical resources. Special thanks to Yolanda Travis and the Black McDonalds Owners Association for the school supplies they provided.

Flu Shot Clinic
Partnering with the Department of Public Health (CDPH), Alderman Dowell hosted the CDPH mobile unit at the 3rd Ward Office (5046 S. State) on Friday, October 23rd.  The mobile clinic helps residents protect themselves and their loved ones by offering free flu shots.

Alderman Dowell Visits Block Club Events
Alderman Dowell visited the 42nd Street Garden Club and the 400 East Block Club for the dedication and renaming ceremony of the garden oasis at 42nd St. and Vincennes Ave. The Joy Garden was named after Falona Joy who was  instrumental in transforming an empty lot into a beautiful community garden where neighbors and families connect. The garden was also dedicated to the memory of Xavier Omari Joy, son of Ra and Falona, who was a victim of  Chicago's gun violence in 2017. Alderman Dowell also stopped by to meet with the 46th Street Block Club. This close knit group of neighbors turned a vacant city lot into a neighborhood amenity and for the last several years have  an annual block celebration!

Dowell Participates in King Day Events Across the Ward
A lderman Pat Dowell attended multiple Martin Luther King Jr. Day events including a panel discussion on the topic of fair housing and segregation, and a celebration at Liberty Baptist Church.
To celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, Alderman Dowell attended the Community Renewal Society's Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly held at the historic Liberty Baptist Church at 49th and King Drive. It was a full house! Thanks Pastor Damon Smith for the introduction to the new Pastor of Liberty Rev. Andrew Hunt, Jr. Powerful and  inspiring event.
Later that day, Alderman Dowell participated a panel discussion sponsored by the Cook County Bar Association at the offices of the Bronzeville Law Group at 29th and Wabash.  On the panel she was joined by Kate Walz of the Shriver Center, Sara Doran of Neighbors for  Affordable Housing, Rob Breymaier of Heartland Alliance and moderator Jessica Hartshorn. This spirited discussion was posted on the CCBA website at

Alderman Dowell Honors Black History Month
In honor of Black History Month, Alderman Dowell participated in numerous community events throughout the 3rd Ward. These events included the  annual Black History celebration of the history of Chicago's Black Firefighters and Paramedics. This year's honoree is Richard C. Ford II, the 3rd black  firefighter to be appointed Chicago's Fire Commissioner.
She was also honored to attend the book signing and discussion with the  author of Black Heroes Of Fire, retired fireman DeKalb Walcott, Jr. Bronzeville Historian Dr. Christopher Reed and DeKalb's son Matthew were also on the panel. The discussion highlighted the beginning of Chicago Engine Company Number 21, the first Negro fire company in Chicago. The 3rd Ward is proud to host the Chicago African American Firefighters Museum at 5349 South Wabash.
In addition, the First Church of Deliverance is in the process of making  major interior and exterior repairs to the building. It's been a pleasure working with Pastor Bryson and the congregation on this project. The First Church of Deliverance is a historic Art Moderne-style landmark designed by Walter Bailey in 1939. Mr. Bailey was the first black architect registered in Illinois. 
Finally, Alderman Dowell participated in the Black History Month Program at the Paul G. Stewart Apartments (400 E. 41st St.). This event honored all the black music genres - jazz, opera, calypso, gospel, reggae, and blues - where she received a certificate of appreciation from the senior residents of Paul G.  Stewart Apartments. 

Alderman Dowell Participates in Veterans Day Parade
Alderman Dowell proudly participated in the 90th Annual Veterans Day  Parade and Program at the former 8th Regiment Armory, which is now the Chicago Military Academy in the 3rd Ward. At the event, participants  remembered the extraordinary sacrifices of the many men and women who served in defense of  our country. Big salute to Colonel Eugene Scott, Beverly Reed Scott, Commander Ashley Shine of Giles Post #87 for organizing this solemn and  uplifting event every year. This year's guest speaker was Brigadier General Richard Neely, Director of the Illinois National Guard.

Alderman Dowell Participates in Easter Events 
Easter events for neighborhood children were held all across the 3rd Ward! Alderman Dowell visited Easter Egg Hunts at Dearborn Homes (2960 S.  Federal St.) and Women's Park and Gardens (1801 S. Indiana Ave.). Kudos to Carol Wallace and the Dearborn LAC, St. James Catholic Church, Family Works and the Rotary Club for sponsoring a fun filled happening to celebrate the holiday, Easter Bunny and all. And, high five to the Prairie District  Neighborhood Alliance, led by Tina Feldstein and all the dedicated and hard working-volunteers for what has to be the biggest Easter Egg Hunt in the city. 
Alderman Dowell Speaks at Ida's Legacy Event
Alderman Dowell was delighted to participate on a panel with Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton and Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx at the March meeting of the  Business Leadership Council. At the event, Delmarie Cobb of The Publicity Works, spoke about the founding and work of the Ida B. Wells Legacy Committee and the  importance of women supporting women. As the former chairman of the City Council  Committee on Human Relations, Alderman Dowell has championed the rights of women and minorities within the committee and throughout City Council.

Hadiya's Promise Event Attended by Alderman Dowell
What a celebration of Hadiya Pendleton at the park named in her honor located at 4345 S. Calumet Ave. Orange was the color of the day and everybody was beautiful and peaceful. Everyday should be like that day! Thanks Nate, Cleo and Nate Jr. for reminding us of our humanity.

2nd District Unity Festival
Alderman Dowell enjoyed a festive afternoon at the 2nd District Unity Festival after the Domestic Violence March. Pumpkin carving, apple bobbin', jambalaya and meat pies with house music mix by Farley Jackmaster Funk. Commander Dion Boyd and Sgt. Walton made all feel at home. If you or anyone you know is in need of domestic violence information, options, counseling, legal and shelter services, please call the toll-free, 24-hour, confidential multilingual hotline at 877-863-6338
Dowell Attends Momma Earth Soul GardenEvent
Alderman Dowell attended a soulful, inspirational afternoon viewing of a documentary about author Toni Morrison at the Momma Earth Soul Garden event organized by Beverly Reed Scott. At the event Alderman Dowell, Paula Robinson, Lanette  Warbington and others were honored with an Invincible Harvest Woman 2019 award. 

Alderman Dowell Volunteers for Thanksgiving 
Alderman Dowell participated in the 2nd Police District's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for those in need. Thank you so much to the 2nd District CAPS Office, and in particular Sgt. Walton and  Officer Rodriguez for hosting this wonderful community event. Also a big thank you to Darnell Johnson, owner of Chicago's Chicken and Waffles, who provided the food for dozens of people in need. This was inspirational for everyone who had the opportunity to participate!
3rd Ward Commemorates 1919 Chicago Race Riots
In remembrance of the Red Summer 1919 Chicago Race Riots, Alderman Dowell cosponsored a resolution and made an impassioned speech in City Council, attended neighborhood events, and joined a workshop at IIT. Thank you to everyone who made this important day such a success.
The conditions that lead to the 1919 Chicago riots are still with us today. What was recommended in a 1922 report, prepared by the State of Illinois in response to the unrest, applies now. Kudos to Dr. Franklin Cosey Gay and Dr. Peter Cole for your leadership in pulling together all the collaborators to make the 1919 Chicago Race Riots Day of Remembrance happen and thank you Lee Bey for your powerful look at the past and connection to the present.
Dowell Hosts Southbridge Pre-Construction Meeting
On March 27th, Alderman Dowell and the Community Builders held another pre-bid construction meeting for the Southbridge development project which is part of the CHA Plan for Transformation of the former Ickes site at 22nd and State. Visit    for more info on this mixed use development.

Dowell Named Chairman of the Committee on the Budget and Government Operations

In 2019, Alderman Dowell was honored to be selected by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her City Council colleagues to serve as the chairman of the Committee on the budget and Government Operations. As chairman, Alderman Dowell oversees the City's yearly budget process as well as budgetary and government reform initiatives considered by the City Council throughout the year. 

To that end, o n October 28th, Alderman Dowell opened the City's 2020 Budget Hearing process. Over the subsequent two weeks, every City  department - from the Chicago Department of Aviation to the Department of Water Management - appeared before the  committee to discuss their 2020 Budget request. These hearings are an opportunity for aldermen to address the leadership of all City departments to ensure they are delivering the services that resident's expect within the constraints laid out by the City's budget. 

This being Alderman Dowell's first year as Budget Committee Chairman, she took the opportunity to make certain changes to the budget hearing process in order to better serve the public and her fellow aldermen. First, public testimony was taken after each day's hearing as well as after the City Council meeting that was held to defer and publish the budget. Second, extensive outreach was conducted through neighborhood-based open public meetings. Third, Chairman Dowell, along with Budget Director Susie Park and CFO  Jennie Bennett, hosted meetings with all the members of the City Council to introduce the budget and solicit budgetary ideas. Fourth, Chairman Dowell's committee served as a repository for budget information which included making all budget hearing documents and written responses to questions asked by aldermen available as quickly as possible. The principle behind these changes was to make the process as open, transparent and communal as possible.
At the outset of the budget process, Mayor Lightfoot outlined an existing $838 million budget gap for fiscal year 2020. Through structural changes like Zero Based Budgeting ($148.7 million in savings), debt refunding ($200 million in savings), improved fiscal management ($141 in savings), vehicle congestion  reduction initiatives ($47 million in new revenue), a TIF surplus ($31 million in new revenue) and  other reforms, the City Council had under consideration a budget that was not only balanced, but one that makes its actuarially defined pension payments for police and fire for the first time. 
At the conclusion of this lengthy and in-depth process, the full City Council voted to approve the 2020 Budget on Tuesday, November 26th by a 39-11 vote.

Infrastructure Improvements

2019 Street Resurfacing
Bowen Ave.
King Dr. Vincennes Ave.
Prairie Ave.
16th St.
18th St.
48th St. Wabash  Michigan Ave.
Swann St. 346 Swann  Shields Ave.
45th St. Prairie Ave. King Dr.
Wallace St. 53rd St. 54th St.
42nd St. Indiana Ave. Prairie Ave.
Federal St. 13th St. 14th St.
Shields Ave. 43rd St. 44th Pl.
Federal St. 14th St. 1450 Federal
Garfield Blvd. Normal  Shields Ave.
State St. 31st St.  35th St.
51st St. (2020 carryover) Halsted St. Lowe Ave.
Dowell Cuts Ribbon on Garfield Gateway Project
Alderman Dowell was proud to cut the ribbon on the opening of the newly renovated and art rich Garfield Greenline Station at 55th and Prairie. Former Mayor Emanuel, CTA President Dorval Carter, XS Tennis Village CEO Kamau Murrary, International Artist Nick Cave, and KLEO Center Director Leslie Honore were welcomed the Washington Park community at the  celebration which began at Chef Cliff Rome's Peach's at Currency Exchange Cafe. $43 million in federal funds was invested in the total renovation of the station which included: a bigger platform and canopy, elevator and  escalator improvements, renovation of the historic 1892 CTA station house, artwork, streetscape improvements and more. Thanks to CTA Board Member Terry Peterson and Gerald Nichols of the CTA for working closely with Alderman Dowell and the  community on this project which will be another catalyst  for the continued growth and development of  Washington Park.
During construction, the CTA's efforts to promote workforce development and community opportunity have led to notable success on the Garfield Green Gateway project. As it does with all projects, CTA worked with its project contractor Walsh Construction to promote a diverse and inclusive workforce on the Garfield project. Thanks to those efforts, CTA  exceeded the goals for the project:
*   Minority hiring participation: goal of 19.6 percent; attained 63 percent
*   Neighborhood hiring: goal of 7.5 percent; attained: 19 percent
*   Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA):
o   Federal program to provide training and employment services to unemployed and under-employed workers.
o   Set a goal of 10 percent; attained 18 percent
*   Union apprentices: 13 percent from six construction trades
  *   City of Chicago residents: 51 percent, including two from Washington Park

St. Charles Air Line Bridge Work
For those residents who live in the South Loop or travel through the neighborhood, Canadian National's (CN) proposed reconstruction of the  St. Charles Air Line has raised many questions and concerns. Alderman Dowell has tried to work with the railroad to  address these issues, but there is still a lot of confusion regarding the project. In 2019, CN began to remove limited sections of the existing bridge work, as well as continue the replacement and removal of tracks on their right-of-way. Because of Alderman Dowell's advocacy with CN, updated projects notifications are sent to the community when new sections of the track are under construction, modifications to the planned work schedule have been made to better address community concerns, and beautification efforts will be undertaken to improve the ascetic appeal of the area around the track. As work continues, Alderman Dowell will continue to send updates to the community. If you would like to receive email updates on this project, please contact to be added to the distribution list.

35th St. Walk to Transit Project
Beginning in Mid-April, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) began the implementation of a landscaped pedestrian plaza on the north side of 35th Street at State Street. The infrastructure  improvements are part of a federally funded Walk to Transit package that has improved pedestrian safety and accessibility for those using the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT CTA Station. 

Roosevelt CTA Station Cleanliness and Safety Upgrades
The highly trafficked Roosevelt CTA Station has received extensive upgrades to improve the cleanliness and safety of this important station. These include: a newly purchased gum removal machine to clean the sidewalks adjacent to the station, the installation of additional lights on the soffits at station entrances and exits, and upgraded LED lights under the elevated track above the four support columns lights to improve safety and visibility.
2019 Sidewalk Replacement

Street From
Shields Ave. 43rd St. 43rd Pl.
State St. 1240 State 1330 State
Prairie Ave. 1406 Prairie

1444 S. Prairie

Prairie Ave. 5300 Prairie 5330 Prairie
41st St. Indiana

Left Turn Arrow Installation - State St. and 31st St.
The Chicago Department of Transportation, at Alderman Dowell's direction, is in the process of installing a left turn arrow for the 31st St. and State St. intersection. Construction began in November 2019 and is scheduled to be completed by  January 2020. A left turn arrow will be installed for  eastbound traffic  along 31st St. to alleviate traffic backups  associated with the nearby Dan Ryan Expressway and the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

ComEd and Alderman Dowell Present New ARIS Lighting System
In early-February, Alderman Dowell cut the ribbon on two new off-grid wind/solar LED streetlights installed at Beethoven Elementary School. Thanks to a partnership with ComEd, the Bronzeville community is a leader in sustainable and renewable energy technologies as part of the Communities of the Future initiative. Now the students of Beethoven will have more light for safe passage as they leave the school especially during the winter months. And, during the summer months, the parking lot will be illuminated. Special thank you to  Principal Mellodie Brown, ComEd VP Melissa Washington and her team (Shay, Cory, Michael, Sandor), 2nd District Commander Dion Boyd, and Senator Mattie Hunter. 

#31 and #39 Ridership Update
Alderman Dowell's office, along with the CTA, continues to monitor ridership on the Route #31 bus and the Route #39 weekend bus service. For the months of March and April, the Route #31 bus's  daily ridership is down slightly for March 2019 versus 2018 and down 9% in April 2019 as compared to April 2018. The #31 bus is meeting 62% and 67% of its ridership target for these two months. Similarly, the Route #39 bus, which  supplies weekend bus service, is below target on both days for March and April. In March, Saturday ridership on the #39 on Saturday is up 5% over 2018 with 66% of the ridership target being met. On Sundays, the March ridership on the #39 was down 15% year-over-year, with 44% of the ridership target being met. The April numbers were up, with Saturday ridership up 12% over 2018, with 69% of ridership target being met. On Sundays, ridership is unchanged with ridership reaching 47% of the target.
2019 Alley Resurfacing
34th St. and Michigan Ave./35th St. and Indiana Ave.
41st St. and Michigan Ave./42nd St. and Wabash Ave.
51st St. and Michigan Ave./53rd St. and Michigan Ave.
40th St. and Indiana Ave./41st St. and Prairie Ave.
Speed Indicator Signs
King Dr. and 42nd St.
King Dr. and 48th St.
Indiana Ave. and 32nd St. 
Indiana Ave. and 42nd St.
Indiana Ave. and 48th St.
Michigan Ave. and 44th St.
Michigan Ave. and 48th St.


2019 New Residential Lighting
Wabash Ave.
Cermak Rd. 24th Pl.
24th St.
State St.
Wabash Ave.
23rd St. State St. Wabash Ave.

CTA Bus Stop Permanent Change - State St. at 33rd St.
The CTA is permanently changing the location of two bus stops in the 3rd Ward. The Route #29 CTA Bus stop located on State St. at 33rd St. will now stop on the far side of the street (after the traffic signal) on both the northbound and southbound sides of the street. This change is being made in accordance with the CTA's standard bus stop policy that attempts to place all bus stops after intersections, whenever possible, to improve route efficiency. For all CTA updates please visit

21st and Indiana Traffic Signal
As part of the Wintrust Arena and Marriott Marquis Hotel at McCormick Place developments, a series of traffic and crosswalk signal modernization improvements were agreed upon to protect pedestrians and improve traffic safety. McCormick Place, who is funding these improvements, has completed the necessary pre-project work for the new  signal at 21st St. and Indiana Ave., and has released the following schedule for installation: CDOT review and  approval, subcontract procurement, and subcontractor approvals were completed in late-June 2019; subcontractor materials procurement and CDOT final approval were completed in October 2019; and installation of the new signal will finish by late-March 2020.

2019 New Water Mains
42nd St, King Dr. Vincennes Ave.
Princeton Ave. Garfield Blvd. 59th St.
Garfield Blvd. Princeton Ave. Wells St.
38th St. State St. Wabash Ave.
Wabash Ave.
37th St. 
Pershing Rd.
Wabash Ave. 40th St. 41st St.
Wabash Ave. 36th Pl. 37th St.
Wells St. 51st St. 53rd St.
35th St. Deaborn St. Michigan Ave.
35th St. Federal St. Dearborn St.

2019 New Sewer Mains
46th Pl. Princeton Ave. Wells St.
Wells St. 43rd St. 44th Pl.
Federal St.
43rd Pl. 
75' North of 44th St.
Perry Ave. Alley South of Garfield Blvd. 110' West of 57th St.

2019 Sewer Main Repairs
20 E. 13th St. 400 E. 41st St. 348 W. 42nd St. 1841 S. Calumet Ave. 1901 S. Calumet Ave.
1911 S. Calumet Ave.
4736 S. Calumet Ave.
1920 S. Federal St.
4700 S. Forrestville Ave.
153 W. Garfield Blvd.
5213 S. Indiana Ave.
300 E. Pershing Rd.
2023 S. Prairie Ave.
4456 S. Princeton Ave.
4500 S. Princeton Ave.
4517 S. State St.
4605 S. State St.
4615 S. State St.
3766 S. Wentworth Ave.
5498 S. Wentworth Ave.

2019 Catch Basin Cleanings
1 E. 47th St.
100 E. 14th St. 101 E. 23rd St. 101 E. 51st St. 102 e. 24th St.
102 E. 47th St. 103 E. 47th St. 106 E. Garfield 11 E. 47th St. 115 E. 18th St.
120 E. Cullerton St. 129 E. 51st st. 131 E. 47th St. 148 W. Pershing 1601 S. Indiana 
1759 S. State St. 1844 S. Michigan  1911 S. Indiana 2 E. 16th St. 20 E. 36th Pl.
200 E. Cullerton 200 W. 44th Pl. 201 E. Cullerton 2030 S. Indiana 2035 S. Indiana
2035 S. State St. 207 E. 47th St. 208 E. 47th St. 2100 S. Indiana  2101 S. Indiana
2110 S. Indiana 2120 S. Indiana 2129 S. Indiana 2131 S. Indiana 2133 S. Indiana
2134 S. Indiana 226 E. 47th St. 227 E. 47th St. 2306 S. Federal 236 W. 47th St.
2559 S. State St. 259 W. Swann 26 W. 16th St. 28 E. 47th St. 2899 S. Prairie 
2900 S. State St. 3 E. 47th St. 300 W. Swann St. 3010 S. Michigan 307 E. 47th St.
31 E. 47th St. 320 E. 47th St. 321 E. 18th St. 3218 S. State St. 3230 S. State St.
325 W. 47th St. 327 W. 43rd St. 33 E. 31st St. 3300 S. State St. 331 W. 43rd St.
3329 S. Indiana 335 W. 47th St. 3399 S. State St. 344 E. 45th St. 345 E. 47th St.
348 E. 47th St. 349 E. 43rd St. 349 W. Root St. 3523 S. Indiana  3601 S. Prairie 
3607 S. Prairie 3619 S. State St. 369 E. 47th St. 3707 S. Wabash 3732 S. King Dr.
3804 S. Calumet 3813 S. Giles 3814 S. Giles 3850 S. Giles 3851 S. Giles
3900 S. State St. 3901 S. King Dr. 3901 S. State St. 3902 S. King Dr. 3902 S. Vincennes 
3916 S. King Dr. 3920 S. State St. 3931 S. Wells 3940 S. State St. 3942 S. King Dr.
3960 S. State St. 4 W. Cermak 400 E. 47th St. 400 E. Oakwood 4000 S. State St.
4001 S. State St. 401 E. 40th St. 4016 S. State St. 4016 S. Vincennes 402 E. 47th St.
402 E. Oakwood 4021 S. State St. 4022 S. Federal 403 E. 40th St. 4034 S. State St.
4036 S. Vincennes 4039 S. State St. 405 E. 40th St. 4052 S. State St. 4058 S. King Dr.
41 E. 47th St. 4102 S. King Dr. 4105 S. State St. 4108 S. King Dr. 411 E. 46th St.
4120 S. State St. 4127 S. State St. 4129 S. State St. 4136 S. King Dr. 4140 S. State St.
4144 S. King Dr. 4144 S. State St. 4152 S. King Dr. 416 E. 47th St. 419 E. 40th St.
420 E. Oakwood 4200 S. King Dr. 4200 S. Princeton  4200 S. Wabash 4201 S. Michigan
4206 S. State St. 4209 S. State St. 4214 S. King Dr. 4219 S. State St. 4220 S. State St.
4228 S. Princeton Ave. 4230 S. King Dr. 4230 S. Princeton  4233 S. State St. 4237 S. Michigan
4238 S. Michigan 4240 S. King Dr. 4244 S. King Dr. 4247 S. State St. 426 E. 47th St.
429 E. 50th St. 4300 S. King Dr. 4300 S. Princeton  431 W. 47th St. 4311 S. State St.
4314 S. Vincennes 4316 S. King Dr. 4318 S. State St. 4325 S. State St. 4328 S. Princeton
4330 S. Princeton  4331 S. King Dr. 4336 S. King Dr. 4341 S. State St. 4347 S. Vincennes
4348 S. Vincennes 435 E. 45th St. 435 W. 47th St. 4352 S. State St. 4354 S. King Dr.
4358 S. King Dr, 436 E. 45th St. 436 E. 47th St. 439 E. 41st St. 4400 S. Shields
4400 S. Wentworth 4401 S. Michigan 4404 S. King Dr. 4409 S. State St. 4412 S. State ST.
4418 S. Vincennes 4420 S. Wentworth 4423 S. State St. 4424 S. Shields Ave. 4430 S. King Dr.
4430 S. Shields Ave. 4431 S. Stewart 4434 S. State St. 4441 S. State St. 4446 S. Princeton
4446 S. Wentworth 449 E. 40th St. 449 W. 47th St. 4500 S. King Dr. 4502 S. Wentworth
451 W. 47th St. 4510 S. State St. 452 E. 47th St. 4520 S. King Dr. 4527 S. Prairie 
453 E. 50th St. 4531 S. State St. 4536 S. King Dr. 454 E. 42nd St. 4540 S. Michigan 
4540 S. State St. 4553 S. State St. 4554 S. State St. 4557 S. St. Lawrence 456 E. 46th St.
4565 S. King Dr. 4600 S. State St. 4605 S. State St. 4606 S. State St. 4616 S. Vincennes 
4617 S. Vincennes 4637 S. Michigan 4639 S. State St. 4640 S. State St. 4641 S. Michigan
4642 S. Vincennes 4645 S. Vincennes 4647 S. Michigan 4659 S. State St. 4660 S. State St.
471 E. 47th St. 4743 S. Wabash  4744 S. Shields 48 E. 47th St. 4818 S. Princeton
4825 S. Wabash 4744 S. Shields 48 E. 47th St. 4818 S. Princeton  4825 S. Wabash
4856 S. Princeton 4905 S. Princeton 50 E. 24th St. 5000 S. Prairie 501 E. 40th St.
5021 S. Vincennes 5022 S. State St. 504 E. 47th St. 5149 S. Dearborn 515 E. 46th St.
5157 S. Michigan 519 W. 47th St. 52 E. Cermak 520 E. 47th St. 521 E. 47th St.
522 E. 47th St. 5222 S. Michigan 5230 S. Michigan 5232 S. Wells 5238 S. Michigan
5252 S. Wells 5253 S. Prairie 5257 S. Prairie 5258 S. Princeton 5300 S. Michigan
532 E. 44th Pl. 5346 S. Michigan 539 E. 44th St. 539 E. 47th St. 540 E. 47th St.
5438 S. Indiana  559 W. 47th St. 62 E. 47th St. 67 E. 47th St. 78 E. 47th St.
8 E. 47th St. 80 E. Cermak 99 E. 24th Pl.

Commercial Development

3rd Ward Welcomes Sip and Savor, Shawn Michelle's Ice Cream and Evanston Technology Partners to the Rosenwald
The redeveloped historic Rosenwald Courts Apartments welcomed Sip and Savor (78 E. 47th St.), Shawn Michelle's Homemade Ice Cream (56 E. 47th St.) and Evanston Technology Partners (54 E. 47th St.) into the property in 2019! This Sip and Savor location is the third installment of Trez Pugh's highly successful coffee franchise. Shawn Michelle's Homemade Ice Cream is a Chicago staple back open in the new Rosenwald. They feature signature homemade ice cream flavors that are sure to take you back down memory lane. Evanston Technology Partners is a cyber security company and the country's ONLY black owned firm of this type. We are so glad to have such great businesses anchoring the commercial development in the Rosenwald. Sip and Savor, Shawn Michelle's Homemade Ice Cream and Evanston Technology Partners will be joined by future retail tenant Team Dental Family.
3rd Ward Businesses Receive NOF Grants 
Several businesses in the 3rd Ward have been past recipients of  Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants including Gallery Guichard, Iyanze Bronze, Shawn Michelle's Homemade Ice Cream, Sip and Savor, Bronzeville Culinary Kitchens, South Side Community Art Center, Bronzeville Salon Suites and 51st Street Restaurant Row.  In April, new grant winners were announced and they were 13th Flow - a fitness facility at 30 W. Garfield, GN Bank at 4619 S. King Drive, The Reading Room Cafe (vegan restaurant) slated for 335 E. 51st Street and the 57th Street Bookcase - a furniture production business and gallery to be located at 4130 South Wabash. M Lounge was also awarded a grant to build-out a restaurant and private event space at 69 E. Garfield in the neighboring 20th Ward. NOF grant funds must be used for new construction or the rehabilitation of existing buildings. Congrats to all the winners. 

2300 S. Indiana - Motor Row Hotel
Naganat Guru of Financial Guru International LLC has proposed turning the vacant building at 2300 S. Indiana  Avenue in Motor Row into a 200-key hotel. This $36 million renovation would be home to a Studio 6 branded  extended stay hotel, the first urban Studio 6 in Chicago. Building designs and construction schedules have not yet been established. Please keep in contact with Alderman Dowell's office for updates on this project.

Moody Tongue Brewing Moves to South Loop
Formerly located in Pilsen, Moody Tongue Brewing has moved to the South Loop! Taking over the old Baderbrau space at 2515 S. Wabash Ave., Moody Tongue has been able to double its existing beer production capacity in the new space in order to meet orders from nine states plus China and Brazil. Owners Jared Rouben and Jeremy Cohn moved in June and just recently opened their taproom to guests.

Central Arms Hotel Vacated
A significant milestone has been achieved in regards to the Central Arms Hotel (520 E. 47th St.). As of January 24th, the building has remained vacant and secured. All tenants have been relocated, the approximately 20 cats found in the building have been  removed, and the building itself has been boarded up. This was done after the judge presiding over the case took the very unusual step of visiting the property herself. Upon inspecting the property, the judge immediately upheld the previously scheduled vacate order. The owners of the Central Arms Hotel still do not have permits to fully rehabilitate the property and the building must remain  vacant and no one should be entering or exiting the property. The former tenants have been provided monetary relocation assistance to ease their transition, as well as transportation to a new place to live if necessary. The City of Chicago is maintaining contact with the former tenants moving forward to see that their needs are being met.
This was just the first step in what has already been, and going to continue to be, a long and difficult process. The City's goal continues to be the full rehabilitation of the property so that it can serve as an asset to the neighborhood. The continued vacate order ensures that the former tenants are safe from the very dangerous conditions at the property and the neighborhood no longer has to endure the numerous daily issues associated with the poor operation of this building. To get the property back in working order, the City of Chicago will continue to pursue legal action against the building's owners. The hope is that through the court process, or outside of court, the owners will be compelled to either sell the property to someone who will redevelop the building, or, lose the property by court order.

35th and Indiana McDonald's Gets Renovation and New Owner
Alderman Dowell celebrated the new ownership and a renovation of the McDonald's at 35th St. and Indiana Ave. Congratulations to Tonnette (Toni ) Williams and the Black McDonald's Owners Association! So good to see an African American woman owner with a heart for Bronzeville hiring young men and women from our community. 

New Harold's in the South Loop
Everyone was all smiles at the grand opening of the new Harold's Chicken in the South Loop at 1450 S. Michigan Ave. Alderman Pat Dowell was on hand to welcome the new business to the ward. This is owners James & Angel Elliott Denman's second Harold's location in the 3rd Ward. Their other store is located at 124 E. 35th St.

New Business - Wingz Around the World
Alderman Dowell welcomed Wingz Around the World (4300 S. Michigan Ave.) to the 3rd Ward! Nichole  Johnson is bringing her wing expertise to Bronzeville by offering over 30 sauce flavors inspired by 10 countries around the world. Wingz Around the World was created out of the concept of making "chicken with a difference." Nicole does this by helping to feed the homeless every 1st Sunday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. So if you are interested in great food or helping a great cause, stop on by Wingz Around the World!
New Business - The Fitness Annex
A new gym has opened up in the Washington Park Community - The Fitness Annex (5401 S. Wentworth Ave.). Owned by Jamaal Burris, The Fitness Annex offers a wide variety of classes like cycling, boot camp, kickboxing cardio,  kettlebell and more, as well as personal training! Monthly memberships are $99 with discounts for youth and law  enforcement. You can also pay per class. Check them out at
Housing Developments
KLEO Art Residences Open in Washington Park  
Congratulations to KLEO Center's Torrey Barrett and Brinshore Development's Rich Sciortino on the opening of KLEO Art Residences at 5508 South Michigan Avenue. This colorful state of the art mixed-income residential rental building offers a mix of 58 studio, one and two bedroom apartments and 4 retail spaces. This development sits adjacent to Garfield Boulevard and is close to the newly renovated Garfield Green Line Station and Washington Park Arts Incubator.

Bronzeville Salon Suites 
Bronzeville Salon Suites (80 E. Pershing Rd.) is a three-story, masonry, steel framed, new construction building designed to accommodate 18 fully equipped Salon Suites for salon professionals in Bronzeville and  surrounding communities.  
The building will cover an area of 6500 square feet with 18 salons suites, (4 double occupancy, 2 corner unit suites and 12 single occupancy suites).  All suites will be equipped with the chosen salon professionals needed equipment (example - wash/shampoo bowl, tool station for irons/brushes/color, hair dryer, pedicure hair, massage table, facial chair, etc.). In addition, all utilities - water, electricity, gas, and wireless is included in their lease.  Salon professionals will have the option to decorate the  interior of their unit.  Laundry and vending services will be provided to enhance the utility for the salon professionals. 
The building's developers, Eric and Sheila Dantzler, are residents of the community and are committed to its growth and development. They received $720,000 from the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund for this project which recently passed City Council for approval. 

Park Developments
Williams Park Field House Ribbon Cutting
The ribbon was cut at the new $7.3 million Williams Park Fieldhouse at Dearborn Homes (2850 S. State St.)! Big thanks to the Chicago Housing  Authority, Chicago Park District, Public Building Commission, Burling Builders, STL Architects (what a design!) and LAC President Carol Wallace, Park Advisory Committee member Kim Ambrose, and Park Supervisor Keith Jones for being on this journey along with Alderman Pat Dowell. Gratifying to see the youth enjoying the beautiful natural light filled recreational space.

Bronzeville's First Dog Park Officially Opens
Alderman Dowell proudly opened Bronzeville's first dog park which is located at 3940 South Indiana Ave. This dog park is the first of three to open in 2019 with the other two located in the 4th Ward at Pershing Rd. and Lake Park Ave. and 42nd St. and Vincennes Ave. Big thanks to the Chicago Park District, Department of Planning and  Development, Bronzeville Association of Recreation With Canines, State Rep. Kam Buckner and the Department of Animal Care and Control. Now dogs, big and small have a place to run and socialize while creating community among their owners.

Metcalfe Park Gets New Basketball Court
Thanks to NBA/EA Sports Basketball and the Chicago Park District, one of the basketball courts at Ralph Metcalfe Park was refurbished and dedicated to the memory of Darius Brown and the legacy of Ralph Metcalfe. Renowned artist Hebru Brantley provided the  artwork for the court and new backboards and nets were installed. Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Sky guard Kahleah Cooper, Chicago Bulls Center Wendell Carter, Jr and Alderman Dowell participated in the dedication ceremony. Stephanie Brown, Darius' mother was presented with a bouquet of flowers and recognized by the Mayor for her violence prevention efforts in the City. Special thanks to Art Richardson and Ivan Simmons of the Park District. There were many young boys and girls from the community who participated in the Jr. NBA clinic. 

Dowell Cuts Ribbon for New South Loop Elementary School
Building on the opening of the new Bronzeville Classical School in September 2018, in February 2019 Alderman Dowell cut the ribbon to open the new South Loop Elementary School Building located at 16th St. and Dearborn Ave. The new building is a 120,000 square foot, four-story facility with 32 classrooms and computer labs, science labs, art rooms, a gymnasium with stage, a student services center, a multipurpose room, and a rooftop play area. The site also includes a playlot, parking lot and landscaping.
The new campus will accommodate Grades 4-8, and the facility at 1212 S. Plymouth Ct. will hold Grades K-3. Between both buildings, South Loop Elementary School has the capacity to serve approximately 1770 students. Principal Tara Shelton, the LSC, and the Space Planning Committee worked so hard to address the persistent overcrowding at the Plymouth Street location. Thanks to CPS and the Public Building Commission for your support of our students.

Chicago Military Academy, Beasley get Academic Expansion
As part of a citywide initiative to bring high-quality educational programming to neighborhood schools, Chicago  Military Academy received an Early College STEM Program and Beasley Elementary is now a STEM neighborhood school. Nearly 18,000 elementary and high school students across the district will engage in modern STEM and STEAM programming at 36 schools to prepare them to thrive in a technology-driven world. New programs will be  created at 11 schools, including one new Early College STEM High School, serving more than 6,100 students and  creating and strengthening five STEM Neighborhoods.
CPS is invested in the success of these programs, which will benefit a student population that is 80 percent low  income. CPS will be providing the 32 schools a total of $32 million over the next six years to support staffing, training, learning resources, and other elements needed to ensure programs are successfully implemented.

Bronzeville Classical School Safety Upgrades
Learning from its first year operating at 8 W. Root St., Bronzeville Classical School received upgrades around the outside of the property to improve pedestrian and traffic safety for students, parents and teachers on this busy arterial corner. These improvements include:
  •  Concrete bollards for the plaza located on northwest corner of Root St. and State St.
  •  Redesigned curb on the northwest corner of Root St. and State St.
  •  Suggested drop-off pattern for parents located on Dearborn St. through the parking lot
  •  Reserved parking for buses on the north side of Root St. out front of the school
Protecting everyone at the school during the busy drop-off and pick-up times is critically important. Alderman Dowell works with each school individually to meet the schools safety needs, which includes the new improvements for Bronzeville Classical School.

Daystar Academy Opens New High School
Alderman Dowell participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Daystar Academy High School located at 1550 South State. There are 11 students in the inaugural freshman class. Congratulations to Tami Doig, Principal, for your leadership to provide a high school option in the South Loop.
Full-Day Pre-K comes to NTA
As part of a $27 million increase in CPS Pre-K spending, the district is opening more than 100 free, full-day pre-k classes next year, including at National Teachers Academy.  Access to universal full-day pre-kindergarten will roll out to additional communities each year, prioritizing communities with the most children in need. By the fall of 2021 pre-k will be universally accessible for all 4-year-olds in Chicago. 
All current early learning site locations can be found on the City's easy-to-use, interactive online portal at

Beasley to Get New Playground
Beasley Academic Center (5255 S. State St.) is getting a brand new playground! Alderman Dowell worked with  parents from the school, faculty and neighborhood residents to get this much needed improvement for the Beasley community. The current playground is significantly outdated and made primarily of concrete. The new playground will offer students and residents beautiful new place to enjoy the outdoors. 
The project has been funded as part of CPS FY2020 Capital Budget. Designs for the new playground have not been finalized by CPS and will be brought to the community for comment before construction moves forward. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters to CPS and advocated for this new playground. All the hard work paid off!

People's Music School Opens
Alderman Dowell visited the opening of the People's Music School (PSM) occupies space in the Bronzeville Classical School at Root St. and State St. Bronzeville Classical School is under the leadership of Principal Nicole Spicer and she and her staff are doing a phenomenal job educating our students.  PSM is a 44 year old free music education school that is  expanding its Greater Southside Program. Natalie Butler is Dean of Learning and Teaching and she is no stranger to the Bronzeville community. Turnout was  tremendous! Bronzeville's music tradition continues. 


Renovated Bee Library Reopens
Alderman Dowell was proud to help open the new and  improved Chicago Bee Branch Library located at 3647 South State Street. The building was the original home of the Chicago Bee newspaper, founded by  Anthony Overton, serving the African American community and was landmarked in 1998. The $2.3 million renovation was invested to  expand the children's library with more books, new furniture and  bookshelves, create interactive learning spaces with a digital media room and recording studio for the teenagers. The 2nd floor was completely r enovated as an adult reading room with new computer equipment and community meeting room and a small kitchen. The 3rd floor has been built out for possible community uses. Thanks to the staff of the Chicago Public Library, Department of Fleets and Facility Management and the Chicago Housing Authority for working with the 3rd Ward Office to create a more useful and welcoming library for our Bronzeville community. Special thanks to former First Lady Amy Rule for  attending and also to Nicole Spicer, Principal of the Bronzeville Classical School for bringing students to the event  today to enjoy the new facility and Marvin Bowen, Manager of the library for welcoming everyone. 

The Forum Receives $100,000 Grant for Renovation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund has awarded Urban Juncture Foundation a $100,000 grant to help restore the Forum building located at 318-24 E. 43rd St. This grant will accelerate restoration of Bronzeville's oldest performance and meeting hall, which played an essential role in nurturing the artists and thinkers of the Chicago Black Renaissance, including such musical greats as Nat King Cole and B.B. King.
This recent investment in the Forum complements the Action Fund's ongoing partnership with the South Side  Community Art Center, where last month, a National Trust HOPE Crew of African American young people gave the building's façade its first-ever deep clean. Work also got underway to restore the building's historic windows, thanks to funding support from a 2018 Action Fund grant.

Bee Library Wins Landmark Award
The newly renovated Chicago Bee Library at 3647 S. State St. has been selected to receive a 2019 "Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence. These awards, selected by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, honor outstanding projects that involve the notable improvements to individual Chicago Landmarks or to buildings within Chicago Landmark Districts.
2nd Presbyterian Church Wins Sacred Places Grant
The National Fund for Sacred Places is a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Through this partnership at least 50 houses of worship will be awarded $10 million over four years beginning in 2016. The Fund provides grants for the planning and execution of urgent capital projects at historic churches that are valued for their cultural importance as well as their role in providing human services, strengthening communities, and revitalizing neighborhoods. In addition the grant can be used for training, capacity-building and technical assistance to ensure that grant-funded projects are successfully planned and implemented. Congratulations to Pastor Neff and the entire 2nd Presbyterian Church community who are always wonderful partners and contributors to the South Loop neighborhood.
Alderman Dowell Crafts Ordinance to Make Critical Changes to the Council Office of Financial Analysis
As Chairman of the Committee on the Budget and Government Operations, Alderman Dowell has oversight of the Council Office of Financial Analysis (COFA). This relatively new office provides critical reports on the financial impact of ordinances and programs under consideration by the City Council. However, in order for COFA to run more effectively, a series of changes, authored by Alderman Dowell, were needed. These changes include technical amendments as well as substantial changes to the way the office is run, such as:
  • Appointment of the Director is made by the Chairman of the Committee on the Budget and Government Operations and approved by a two-thirds vote of all members of the City Council. Previously, a small committee selected the COFA Chairman, which caused unnecessary delays in the appointment process.
  • Updating the powers and duties of the COFA Director and requires COFA to produce a summary and analysis of the City's consolidated annual financial report, a financial analysis of the Mayor's proposed annual budget, a quarterly report of the Office's activities, a review of the annual budget forecast and other reports upon request of a member of the City Council.
  • Eliminating the requirement that Aldermanic requests for COFA analysis must go through the Budget Committee Chairman. Now all requests can be made directly to COFA.
  • Requiring all reports be posted on COFA's website.
  • Allowing the director to have read-only access to the City's budget, financial and other related systems in order to export data and run reports.
In 2020, Alderman Dowell will work with her colleagues to appoint a permanent COFA Director and ensure the changes that were made through her ordinance meet the needs of both the office and her fellow Aldermen.

Alderman Dowell Authors Amendment to City Vehicle Impoundment Law
Previously, impounded vehicles that went unclaimed for 18 days after notice was provided were sold for scrap or at  auction, with a small amount of the proceeds of the vehicle's sale going towards the debt of the previous owner of the  vehicle. Alderman Dowell's amendment would allow for the proceeds of the vehicle sale to be applied to existing vehicle fines and penalties as well as other City debt if the sale amount is more than the costs associated with the impoundment. Any remaining funds shall be paid to the registered owner of the vehicle. In addition, the amendment allows for vehicle owners to relinquish title to the vehicle to the City voluntarily if the vehicle is impounded.

Dowell Calls for Public Hearings on Motorcycles
Alderman Dowell has authored a resolution calling for hearings concerning the Chicago Police Department and Office of Emergency Management's plans for stopping dangerous high speed and large group motorcycle riders, and the  performing of motorcycle tricks on city streets. Throughout the warmer months in Chicago, large groups of individuals riding motorcycles swarm area highways and residential streets, speed through the neighborhood, perform tricks and cause large disruptions. This is a safety issue not just for the riders but for other people on the street who are  endangered by these practices. To combat this issue, Alderman Dowell is asking for a hearing to coordinate a policy and procedural response based on best practices with the two agencies who oversee the issue, the Police and the Office of Emergency Management and Communication.
New Building Code Adopted by the City of Chicago
Chicago is now among the first major jurisdictions in the U.S. to adopt the 2018 International Building Code. The new code will enable safer, more affordable, sustainable and innovation construction.

This was truly a team effort. For over a year, the Department of Buildings (DOB) worked closely with the Departments of Fire, Health, Planning and Development, and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities along with more than 150 volunteer technical experts and industry leaders to review and refine several drafts of the Chicago Building Code. The proposed changes will be phased in gradually, beginning June 1 and completely replacing the current Building Code by August 1, 2020. During the implementation period, DOB will continue to work with a wide range of  stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition.

DOB created a code modernization booklet that highlights the significant changes that will take effect under the new code.
Dowell Cosponsors Ordinance Expanding Municipal Depository Qualifications
Alderman Dowell cosponsored an ordinance designating Credit Unions as qualified to serve as municipal  depositories. Municipal depositories are financial institutions that are legally allowed to hold City funds. Currently, only banks and savings and loans were eligible to serve as municipal depositories. 
Dowell Co-Sponsors Two Ordinances Strengthening Ethics Reforms
To further strengthen the ethics ordinances that govern the City of Chicago, Alderman Pat Dowell supported an  addition to the Chicago Municipal Code that would ban mayoral appointees serving on committees, commissions, boards or similar bodies from soliciting or accepting a political contribution. This strengthens the exiting ban by  including additional members - individuals appointed by the mayor who serve on powerful boards or committees - in the ordinance prohibiting soliciting or receiving political contributions. 
Furthermore, Alderman Dowell added her name as a co-sponsor to extend the powers and duties of the Office of the Inspector General to include all City Council committees, task forces, aldermanic offices and election campaigns for all candidates for elected office in the City of Chicago. This change will allow the Inspector General to investigate potential corruption and ethics violations within City Council. 

Dowell Sponsors Ordinance to Prevent Residential Displacement Due to  Obama Library
The construction of the Obama Presidential Library in Jackson Park will have many great benefits to the City of  Chicago. However, it also has the potential to displace residents in the immediate area of the library should it attract expected market-rate and luxury development. In order to keep longtime residents of the area in the community,  Alderman Dowell is supporting an ordinance to establish modified affordable housing requirements for designated neighborhoods near the proposed Obama Presidential Center that are at risk of displacement. 
To accomplish this goal, the ordinance modifies the Affordable Requirements Ordinance to prohibit making a payment into the Affordable Housing Trust Fund instead of building affordable units on site, increases the percentage of a new development's affordable unit count from 10 percent to 30 percent and makes significant changes to the eligibility
requirements for affordable units so that more units are affordable to individuals with a lower annual income. 
Finally, the ordinance creates a Obama CBA Community Trust Fund to assist with creating and preserving affordable housing, supporting homeownership for qualified residents, increasing employment assess for local residents,  supporting small businesses and preventing the displacement of low, moderate and middle income residents in the area around the Obama Presidential Center.
Dowell Calls for Pilot Program on Alternative Water Main Replacement Option
With the extremely high cost and negative impact associated with replacing the City's old water mains, Alderman  Dowell has joined her colleagues in asking for the Chicago Department of Water Management and the Chicago  Department of Public Health to commission a pilot program to test the viability and safety of cured-in-place pipe (CIPP). Unlike the traditional method of water main replacement, which requires the City to dig into the ground and replace the existing pipe, CIPP which is used in other cities, allows for the injection of a resin into the existing pipe which then cures inside the pipe for a new, seamless cover within the existing structure.

Other Third Ward Improvements

Bronzeville Alliance Community Farm
The Bronzeville Alliance celebrated the Spring Awakening of the Bronzeville Neighborhood Farm located at 42nd and Calumet. Lots of fresh vegetables like spinach, kale, greens, corn, tomatoes and more were peeking anew through the soil. Kudos to Johnnie Owens, Amandilo Cuzan and others for their commitment to community engagement and healthy garden full of fresh produce.

Chicago Reforming Fines, Fees and Ticketing Practices
Led by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, and with the help of Aldermen citywide, the City of Chicago made significant changes to the fines, fees and ticketing structure for motor vehicles. Reforms include the introduction of a  Reduced Term City Sticker (four months), and a one-month forgiveness program that would waive late fees and back charges for residents for City Stickers.
3rd Ward Operation Clean
Thank you to all the city workers who participated in the 3rd Ward's Operation Clean. The focused concentration of city services from the Departments of Water Management, Streets and Sanitation, Transportation, Buildings, Business Affairs, Police and Fire in two areas in the 3rd Ward: 47th St. to 55th St. from King Drive to Indiana Ave., and 44th St. to 51st St. from Wells St. to Shields Ave.  From towing abandoned cars, painting fire hydrants, cleaning vacant lots, trimming trees and more, lots of impactful City work was completed by everyone on site. Thank you to 3rd Ward Supt. Thomas L. E. Stovall and Allyso n Allison from my office for your commitment to our constituents.
Third Ward Update                                           

Shared Cost Sidewalk Program
Applications open on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 for the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. This popular program provides homeowners the  opportunity to repair the sidewalk in front of home for a significantly reduced cost from what a private contractor would charge. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities may qualify for a further discounted rate.
Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of participants is based on availability of funds. The program typically reaches capacity quickly, so you are encouraged to apply early. Please note that if you  applied for the program in previous years, you must apply again in 2018 if you wish to be considered for the 2018  program. Applications will only be accepted through the City's 311 system by calling 311 or through the City's service request website The property owner's contact information and the property address are  required at the time of request.

Property Tax Appeal Forum
Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers Jr., in partnership with Alderman Pat Dowell, State Senator Mattie Hunter, Commissioner Dennis Deer, is hosting a property tax appeal forum for the South Chicago Township. Come learn how to appeal your property taxes! The event is at National Teacher Academy (55 W. Cermak Rd.) on Monday, January 6th at 6:30 pm.

Be a Part of the "78" Advisory Council
Alderman Dowell, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) have come together with 78 developer Related Midwest to announce the formation of a Community Advisory Council for the 78 development. Alderman Dowell encourages neighborhood residents who are interested in being part of the development discussion apply to join the newly formed advisory council. 

Click here for the full press release announcing  the formation of the advisory council and here for the advisory council application. 

Alderman Dowell Brings Holiday Cheer Across the 3rd Ward
For the 2019 holidays, Alderman Dowell participated and contributed to a variety of neighborhood celebrations. This includes holiday parties at Long Grove House, Williams Park, the Washington Park Chamber of Commerce, Pioneer Village, South Park Baptist Church, Studio Apartments, Dearborn Homes, Paul G. Stewart Apartments, Hilliard Homes, Senior Suites and Christmas in the Wards. Thank you to Issues Barber and Beauty Salon, Succezz, Senior Suites, 2nd Presbyterian Church, Bamani Obadele, Long Grove, Justice Nathaniel Howse and Patricia Howse, Larry Huggins, Everett and Tim Rand, Donna Hampton-Smith, Pastor Craig Williams and the dozens of other people who made this season special. What a joy to watch the smiles on all of the children's faces as they picked toys, dolls, games, puzzles and stuffed animals. This is truly an inspirational time of year! 

3rd Ward Christmas Toy Drive
The annual 3rd Ward Holiday Toy Drive was a great success. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously this year. Big thanks to Frank Bertucci and Tim Shanley who collected toys during a Chicago Bears tailgating party in December. Because of everyone's hard work, the 3rd Ward was able to bring a Merry Christmas to dozens of families in need.

Vends and Vibes 
Kudos to the University of Chicago's Arts and Public Life for their successful Vends and Vibes Arts Marketplace featuring vendors and DJs at the Arts Incubator and Green Line Performing Arts Center in Washington Park. Alderman Dowell attended the event to support local entrepreneurs and artists old and new. While at the event, Alderman Dowell took a moment to tour the neighboring L1 Creative Business Incubator - 700 sq. ft. of space in the historic Garfield station. For more info visit

Chicago Women's March 2020
Alderman Dowell will once again be walking along side thousands of fellow politically active women (and women-supporting) Chicagoans for Women's March 2020. Heading into the 2020 election year, there is no better time than now to show the nation the importance of issues affecting women in America through a vibrant and successful march. Join the event on Saturday, January 18th at 11:00 am at Grant Park to have your voice heard! 

Dowell Attends South Loop Chabad Chanukah
At the invitation of Rabbi Mordechai Gershon of Chabad of South Loop, Alderman Dowell attended the lighting of the Menorah on this first night of Hanukkah. Along with her colleague, Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, she offered remarks and lit the the first candle. Thanks to Dr. Dale Benjamin of the Chicago Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics for your hospitality. This high holiday reminds the Jewish people of their victory over the Greek-Syrian army. "One for each night to shed a sweet light to remind us of days long ago"

State Expands Benefit Eligibility for Seniors by Increasing Income Limits
Starting January 1, 2020, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will implement new annual income limits, making it possible for more individuals to qualify for the Secretary of State License Plate Discount, Seniors Ride Free Transit Benefit, and Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride.

For Applications Submitted:
Before January 1, 2020
On or After January 1, 2020
Households containing one person
less than $27,610
less than $33,562
Households containing two persons
less than $36,635
less than $44,533
Households containing three or more persons
less than $45,657
less than $55,500

The increase in income eligibility limitations reflect the annual cost of living adjustment in Social Security and supplemental security income benefits. Without Social Security, it is estimated that an additional 36% of older Illinoisans would fall into poverty. There has not been an increase in income eligibility limitations in the Benefit Access Program since 2010.

To be determined eligible for these benefits, individuals must submit a Benefit Access Application online. Visit, and click on the " Benefit Access" tab near the top. Paper applications are not available. Individuals who don't have access to a computer are encouraged to contact their local Area Agency on Aging, visit a local senior center, public library, or community center. For assistance locating your Area Agency on Aging or a local senior center, please call the IDoA Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 (hearing impaired call 1-888-206-1327).

Chicago Baptist Institute Chairman Retires
Reverend Dr. Willie L. Wilson has resigned as Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Baptist Institute (CBI) after serving for 7 years. He has been replaced by Reverend Stephen Thurston.  Philanthropist, entrepreneur, and recording artist Willie Lee Wilson grew up in impoverished conditions and rose to found multiple successful enterprises, including Singsation! , the first nationally syndicated gospel program on commercial television to be African-American owned and produced. The show broadcasts internationally on WGN-TV. Wilson is also one of the first black owners of a McDonald's™ restaurant.

Chicago Baptist Institute International is a nonprofit educational institution that provides adult education and Bible training for Christian vocations. They serve as a Bible college for students who want to be pastors, ministers, and Sunday school teachers. For those who are already leading a ministry, they offer the perfect way to deepen one's understanding and broaden their horizons. 

35th and State Intersection Improvement
The Chicago Department of Transportation has removed the median that previously divided State St. south of 35th Street. The median was old and deteriorating, and because of the intersection improvements made as part of 35th St. Walk to Transit, the median was no longer necessary. 
Fiber Optic Conduit Installation: 47th St. and Princeton Ave / 1800 S. Prairie Ave.
Alderman Dowell would like to notify residents of the following construction projecst. Sunesys is installing  fiber  optic conduit cable in the intersection of 47th St. and Princeton Ave. This project comes as an effort by Sunesys to build up infrastructure to bring advanced cellular technology to the area. The project is scheduled to start in the 1st Quarter of 2020. A full construction schedule will follow. In addition, Comcast has proposed a construction project for 1800 S. Prairie Ave. to bring service to a new building. The project is also schedule for the 1st Quarter of 2020.  Please contact the 3rd Ward Public Service Office should you have any questions.

Zaid Certified Foods Agreed Plan of Operation
As a result of the community nuisance meetings beginning on October 1, 2019, Zaid Certified Foods (513 E. 47th St.) has agreed to a plan of operation effective January 1, 2020. A plan of operation is a specific guideline for how the business must operate in order to stay open. For Zaid Certified Foods, this includes: 
  • Restricting sales of fortified wines, special brews (all high-gravity malt liquors), single serve alcoholic beverages, single use cups in packages of less than 50 cups
  • Cleaning the interior and exterior of the business a minimum of 3 times a day
  • Hiring dedicated security staff
  • Performing staff and employee training
  • Ensuring all patrons purchasing alcohol have proper ID
  • Installing a video surveillance system
  • Working with the police on incident monitoring and reporting
  • Attending CAPS and community meetings
These conditions are legally binding and must be followed at all times.

Closed Business - Vice District Taproom
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is providing an update on the license for Vice District Taproom (1454 S. Michigan Ave.). Please be advised that effective December 2, 2019 the business has voluntarily surrendered all licenses. The location will continue to be monitored by BACP periodically.
Problem Business - Five One Food Mart
A hearing was held at the the Department of Administrative Hearings  on December 3, 2019 resulting in a judgement being entered against Five One Food Mart (51 E. 51st St.) in the amount of $240. 

Problem Business - Hyde Park Food and Liquor
A hearing was held at the the Department of Administrative Hearings  on December 3, 2019 resulting in a judgement being entered against Hyde Park Food and Liquor (126-8 E. 51st St.) in the amount of $12,240. 

Census Hiring Fair
Become part of the nationwide effort! Accilvus Inc., in partnership with the U.S. Census Office, is hosting a hiring fair for potential census workers. Your work is needed to ensure an accurate count! 

Where: 5036 S. State St.
When: Saturday, January 4th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Planning for the Future Part I: Estate Planning, Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives
The Circuit Court of Cook County's  Elder  Justice  Center, as part of their Free Senior Enrichment Seminar Series, is hosting " Planning for the Future Part I: Estate Planning, Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives. " Topics include: power of attorney for health care, power of attorney for property, Illinois Living Will declaration, DNR/POLST, and the Healthcare Surrogate Act. To register call 312-603-9233.

Where: Richard J. Daley  Center (50 W. Washington St., Room 2005)
When: Thursday, January 9th from noon to 1:30 pm

Financial Fresh Start
Learn the importance of developing a spending plan, reducing your debt and increasing your credit score. To register visit

Where: Kennedy King College (6343 S. Halsted St.)
When: Tuesday, January 14th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Dowell Cosponsors Ordinance on Lake Shore Drive Noise
Along with other aldermen who represent lakefront wards, Alderman Dowell has cosponsored an ordinance to install noise monitoring equipment along Lake Shore Drive. As many 3rd Ward residents experience - especially during the summer months - Lake Shore Drive has become a destination for drag racing and showboating, which is extremely noisy and negatively affects the quality of life for anyone in the area. The police have an especially difficult time addressing this issue as chasing drag racing vehicles - especially motorcycles - is extremely dangerous. Noise monitoring devices (the design and placement of this equipment has not yet been established) will go a long way to stop this illegal activity and keep residents and motorists in the area safe.

S is for Soul Sister
Arts + Public Life presents S is for Soul Sister, an exhibition showcasing photographs by Okunola Jeyifous, an independent photographer and neurobiologist, at the University of Chicago. 2020 will mark 50 years since children living in the Harold Ickes Homes sat for portraits that were used as visual aides in Chicago classrooms and libraries. Inspired by those portraits taken in 1970, Jeyifous has photographed the children of the "Black ABCs" today as adults, celebrating the beauty and historic impact that those images and individuals still hold. Expanding on the definition of portraiture, Jeyifous blurs his practice as a photographer and scientist by creating rare digital art works. The collages, a combination of overlaid visualizations, includes the individuals' cells combined with traditionally styled portraits. This blend of artistic, medical, and clinical styles of portraiture raises questions and critiques about the complicated and often problematic history of science, medicine and Black subjectivity. Click here to register. This is a free event.

Where: Arts Incubator (301 E. Garfield Blvd.)
When: Friday, January 17th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Popcorn Party
The Chicago Park District is hosting a Popcorn Party - an afternoon of fun and games celebrating our favorite snack! Join for popcorn-themed crafts and games, a bounce house and a popcorn pit. Call 312-328, 0821 for more information. This is a free event.

Where: Chicago Women's Park and Gardens (1801 S. Indiana Ave.)
When: Sunday, January 19th from noon to 4:00 pm

Planning for the Future Part II: Decedent's Estates, Transfer of Death Instruments (TODI), Small Estate Affidavits
The Circuit Court of Cook County's Elder Justice Center, as part of their Free Senior Enrichment Seminar Series, is hosting " Planning for the Future Part II: Decedent's Estates, Transfer of Death Instruments (TODI), Small Estate Affidavits. " Topics include: collection of decedent's assets, paying decedent's debts and taxes, and transfer of property. To register call 312-603-9233.

Where: Richard J. Daley Center (50 W. Washington St., Room 2005)
When: Thursday, January 23rd from noon to 1:30 pm

Home Buyer Education
Learn about the home buying process such as the basics of budgeting, improving credit, understanding the closing process and down payment assistance programs. (This is a one day, eight hour class). Register at

Where: Chatham Neighborhood Housing Services (639 E. 87th St.)
When: Saturday, January 25th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

We Got Game: Cabin Fever Edition
The We Got Game Series invites guests on an exploration of game design and game culture through experiences curated by Chicago-based artists and game-makers, paired with thorny, heavy, and humorous conversations. Cabin Fever Edition, presented in partnership with Weston Game Lab, is an evening of free game play and challenging conversations in a space set up for fun and creativity. Game players are encouraged to engage on topics that are taboo through healthy, enlightened and entertaining discussions. Click here to register. This is a free event.

Where: Arts Incubator (301 E. Garfield Blvd.)
When: Wednesday, January 29th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

CPS School Funding Forums
In order to solicit feedback from stakeholders across Chicago, the district will host six school funding forums that will seek to both inform and engage members of the community. These forums will provide an overview of its current funding methodologies and gather feedback from the community. At these meetings, parents and other school stakeholders will be able to share the needs of their school communities and offer suggestions on how to make the school funding process more equitable, transparent and sustainable. For more information visit

School Name:
Amundsen High School: 
5110 N. Damen Ave, 60625
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Michele Clark High School:
5101 W. Harrison St, 60644
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Corliss High School: 
821 E. 103rd St, 60628
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hammond Elementary:
2819 W. 21st Pl, 60623
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dyett High School:
555 E. 51st St, 60615
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Roberto Clemente High School:
1147 N. Western Ave, 60622
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Important Announcements                             

Soldier Field Events 
Parking restrictions are in place for the South Loop from Roosevelt Road to Cermak Rd. from Lake Shore Drive to Clark St. during all Chicago Bears football games and many other Soldier Field events,  Wintrust Arena events have been removed from the parking restrictions . Vehicles parked in the South Loop without a valid South Loop Event  Parking Pass, South Loop Event Guest Pass or Residential Permit Parking pass (for Residential Permit Parking Streets ONLY) are subject to ticketing or towing.
For a complete list of Soldier Field events, please visit . The 3rd Ward is providing the list below as a courtesy to residents and visitors and does not assume liability for the accuracy of the monthly list of South Loop events.  All Soldier Field events are subject to change, including cancellation or the scheduling of additional events.  It is your responsibility to adhere to the parking restrictions in place. 
DePaul Men's Basketball vs Providence  - Saturday, January 4th at 1:00 pm  (Wintrust Arena)
DePaul Men's Basketball vs. Butler University  - Saturday, January 18th at 12:00 pm ( Wintrust Arena )
DePaul Men's Basketball vs. Creighton University  - Wednesday, January 22th at 8:00 pm ( Wintrust Arena )
DePaul Men's Basketball vs. St. John's  - Saturday, January 25th at 1:00 pm ( Wintrust Arena )
DePaul Women's Basketball vs. Creighton University  - Friday, January 31st at 7:00 pm ( Wintrust Arena )

DCASE RFP Opportunities for Promotional Merchandise and Beverage Management Services
The City of Chicago ("City") Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ("DCASE") invites the submission of proposals for the following two opportunities:

Development and Sales of Event Promotional Merchandise.
If you have demonstrated experience operating a comparable business and are interested in this opportunity, please click here to download the RFP and register as a document holder.

Please note, there is a non-mandatory pre-proposal conference for respondents on Wednesday, January 8th at 10:00 a.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Room 426, Chicago, IL 60601
Beverage Management Services for Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
If you have demonstrated experience operating a comparable business and are interested in this opportunity, please click here to download the RFP and register as a document holder.

Please note, there is a non-mandatory pre-proposal conference for respondents January 15th at 10 a.m., at 201 E. Randolph St., Jay Pritzker Pavilion (upper east entrance), Choral Rehearsal Room, Chicago, IL 60601

City Upgrading to 4G Cameras
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) has begun the process of upgrading 3G cellular cameras citywide to 4G technology. The OEMC is performing upgrades and/or replacements on the cameras within the 3rd Ward, located at: 2100 S. Prairie Ave., 2800 S. Wabash Ave., 3500 S. Giles Ave., 3500 S. Michigan Ave., 3600 S. Michigan Ave., and 5501 S. Calumet Ave.). These upgrades will provide enhanced, high-definition fidelity for the cameras in the ward, which will better enable public safety and law-enforcement officers to monitor and review activity. The goal is for the upgrades to be completed by the end of the year.

Open Positions with UChicago Arts
Part-time Teaching Artist for Arts + Public Life Youth Program
The Arts + Public Life Education Department is seeking a teaching artist to teach theater art to teens ages 13-19 in an out-of-school-time setting. In addition to theater arts, the teaching artist will work to cultivate local teens' creative identity, social development, and leadership growth while motivating them to make a positive difference in their community through the arts. 
Learn more and apply

Deputy Director, Arts and Public Life
The Deputy Director provides senior day-to-day leadership to the Arts and Public Life Initiative. Under the leadership of the Director, the Deputy Director manages all staff, develops and executes organizational operational and strategic plans, manages capital development initiatives, oversees all financial budget administration of the unit, direct APL's daily operations including finance, fundraising, marketing, communications, and human resources. 
Learn more and apply

Theater and Performance Programming Manager, Arts and Public Life
The Theater and Performance Programming Manager is a full-time, benefits eligible position that helps create sustainable partnerships with community artists and performing arts organizations to develop robust performing arts programming, in addition to collaborating with University-based arts partners. Works closely with APL team to develop and implement programs at the Green Line Performing Arts Center. 
Learn more and apply

Booth Civic Scholars Program
Chicago Booth's Civic Scholars Program is designed for public and social sector professionals. In addition to taking courses with other MBA students, Civic Scholar students experience specialized programming, dedicated faculty, and networking opportunities. All Civic Scholars will receive a partial- or full-tuition award. Application deadlines range from January 7 to February 17. Click here for more information and the application.

UChicago Medicine: ResearchHStart
ResearcHStart welcomes high school juniors and seniors from the Chicago and Urbana-Champaign areas to explore careers in cancer research. Participants get hands-on experience and work full-time for eight weeks in the labs of cancer researchers. Applications are due January 20. Click here for more information and the application.

Collegiate Scholars Program
The Collegiate Scholars Program is accepting applications from current 9th grade CPS students for this free, three-year enrichment program for high-achieving students. The application deadline is February 18. Click here for more information and the application.
January CAPS                                                    

Attending and participating in the Chicago Police's Community Policing Program (CAPS) is one of the best ways to address crime and quality of life issues in your neighborhood. By attending CAPS meetings, you can share important information with the police that will assist them in making arrests and preventing crime as well as receive valuable information about resources that promote homeowner and community safety. Visit to find out what district you live in and click on each district title to learn more about what is happening in your neighborhood.

* The 2nd Police District will not be holding individual beat meetings in January. Instead, they will be holding sector meetings. All sector meetings will be held at the 2nd District Police Station (5101 S. Wentworth Ave.) from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The 10-Sector meeting is on Tuesday, January 28th, the 20-Sector meeting is Wednesday, January 29th, the 30-Sector meeting is Thursday, January 30th. 

1st District
7th District
2nd District
Wednesday, January 21st @ 6:30 pm
(2722 S. King Dr.)
Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 pm 
Kelly Library
(6151 S. Normal)
9th District
Tuesday, January 14th @ 6:30 pm
9th District Station
(3120 S. Halsted)
Tuesday, January 7th @ 6:00 pm
Davis Square Park
(4430 S. Marshfield)
Thursday, January 9th @ 6:00 pm
Cornell Square Park (1809 W. 50th St.)
Wednesday, January 15th @ 6:00 pm
St. Gabriel's 
(4500 S. Wallace)
Tuesday, January 21th @ 6:00 pm
Sherman Park
(1301 W. 52nd)