Today, CPS has officially sold Graeme Stewart School at 4525 N. Kenmore to Morningside USA. Their bid was the highest of a total of 4 bids and their plans complemented Metropolitan Planning Commission's report based on community feedback. Click here to view a copy of that document.

This development will be in 3 different phases, with the first phase focused on the rehab of the school itself into 50 residential units. Second and third phases will rely on zoning changes that will require further community feedback from residents and the 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee. The architectural firm Pappageorge Haymes Partners is doing this project.

You will see some immediate changes to the property. For liability reasons, Morningside USA will f ence the entire perimeter of the property, close the parking lot just north of the property, and remove  the existing playground equipment. Morningside has donated this equipment to Kids Around The World for reuse because neither the Chicago Park District nor CPS are able to take the equipment once it has been removed.


This particular area is going through a lot of construction with the Wilson L and two other transit-oriented developments within a few blocks of one another, which can be very inconvenient. However, I am hopeful that the lasting benefits to our community will far outweigh the temporary inconveniences. As always, please contact my office if you have any questions about this or any projects in our ward.



Constituents with any questions, concerns, or ideas are encouraged to see Ald. Cappleman during Open Office hours held every Monday evening from 5pm - 7pm.

Neighborhood organizations and larger residential buildings are also welcomed to call Ald. Cappleman's office (773-878-4646) or email ( to set up a time to meet with him after office hours.

Ms. Stoelinga wants to make math more fun by using the IXL math program that both aligns with her teaching and have loads of fun while doing it. The program also allows her students to log in from home or a library so that they can continue building their math skills. Click here to learn how you can help.

Thanks to many of you who have already provided your suggestions for the use of menu funds. Keep your ideas coming by sending them to or calling the Ward Office at 773-878-4646. As a reminder, menu items must be fixed standing objects that are expected to last 1 year or more on publicly owned property. This money is typically spent on infrastructure improvements such as the repair and upgrade of streets, alleys, curbs, sidewalks, traffic signals, street and alley lighting and street pole painting.

The Bicycling Ambassador Program is celebrating its 16th summer as the City of Chicago's bicycle safety outreach program. The goal of the program is to encourage more people to ride their bicycles and to do it in a safe manner. Click here to learn more about this program and to become a Bicycling Ambassador for the City.

The City of Chicago offers free, confidential tax help at locations across Chicago from late January through mid-April. If you are a family earning up to $50,000 or an individual earning up to $25,000, you may be eligible to take advantage of this free service. Click here for more information.

When: Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9:30am - 11:30am
Where: Uptown Public Library at 929 W. Buena Ave.
United African Organization, a community-based organization that serves African immigrants and refugees in the Chicagoland area is offering citizen workshops that will assist people with green cards (must have one for 5 years or 3 years if you are legally married to a U.S. citizen) in filling out their naturalization application to become a U.S. citizen. Click here for more information.

Public Safety Meetings
When & Where: Click here. There are changes for 2016.
Residents with concerns about public safety are encouraged to attend a CAPS meeting in their area. Efforts to promote public safety in our neighborhood works best when we have the police, residents, businesses, schools, places of worship, non-profits, and my office all working together. 
WEEKEND WORKBENCH: Sundays at 11am on WGN

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