I know summer construction season can be a hassle. Even if you aren't trying to drive on torn up streets or walking around missing sidewalk squares, the construction noise certainly can be annoying. Infrastructure projects are a necessity though, whether it's replacing 100-year-old water mains, resurfacing a street that's littered with potholes from the harsh Chicago winter, or installing new fiber internet capability in an area, these projects pay off in the long run.

To minimize the impact of infrastructure projects on the community, the City has a specific set of construction and noise ordinance guidelines. These guidelines are specific to each construction type, but do provide an overarching regulatory structure by which infrastructure projects must follow. The Chicago Noise Ordinance can be found here, and full construction guidelines can be found here. Emergency projects are generally exempt from these regulations. If there are projects that aren't following these guidelines and have become a nuisance, please alert my office as soon as possible.

In addition, the Chicago Department of Transportation has set up a public portal with a map of permitted infrastructure projects citywide. This portal, which can be found at, is a great way to keep updated on what is happening wherever you are in Chicago. And as you will see later in this newsletter, my office always tries to keep residents updated on what is coming to our neighborhood by posting construction alerts in our eblasts and newsletters.

As always, the 3rd Ward Public Service Office staff and I are available to assist you by phone 773-373-9273 or via email at Thank you for reading this newsletter. Please share it with a neighbor or friend.


Pat Dowell
Alderman, 3rd Ward