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Dear Neighbors,

It's gearing up to be a busy and exciting weekend in the 44th Ward.  Please take a moment to read this newsletter and familiarize yourself with parking restrictions, street closures and event schedules. Please remember to stay safe and have fun!  

The annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon will take place Sunday, October 11 with 45,000 runners expected to participate.  Motorists and pedestrians should anticipate traffic delays due to large crowds and street closures throughout the city.
 You can find more information below.

Next week, the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit will be installing 'Chevron' by John Henry in Lincoln Park at Diversey and the lake.  This monumental sculpture is sponsored by Novak Construction with the assistance and support of the Chicago Park District.  The piece will remain in place for the next year (and possibly more) and will definitely make an impact on our lakefront.  The installation will take two days and is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 and potentially Wednesday, October 14 (weather permitting).  You can find more information below.  The following pieces will also be installed on Tuesday:

  • Terrence Karpowicz 
    Title: Spire 
    Location:  3401 N Elaine Place 
    Materials: Granite/Steel/Polymer  
    Dimensions: 8.5' x 2.5' x 2.5
    Sponsor: CLK Properties   
  • Andrew Arvanetes
    Title: Fly Away Home,
    Location: 3453 N. Elaine Place 
    Stainless Steel, 10.5' x 6.25' x 4.25'
  • John Henry 
    Title: Chevron,
    Location: 100 W Diversey Parkway 
    Materials: Steel, 52' x 30' x 30'

The Chicago Cubs will play the St. Louis Cardinals in game one tonight, October 9 in a best out of five National League Division series. The games begin at 5:30 pm CDT on TBS. Both game one and game two (Saturday, October 10) will be played in St. Louis.  Game two will begin at 4:30 pm CDT. 

Even though both games are away, many fans are expected to watch from bars and restaurants in our neighborhood. We meet regularly with the hospitality businesses in the area and we reconvened on Monday with the businesses, police, fire, the Department of Business Affairs and the Cubs to go over the game plan.

At this time there are no additional anticipated parking restrictions or street closures near Wrigley Field for tonight and tomorrow's game, but all regular parking restrictions will be in place. The police may choose to close streets and implement additional street closures at their discretion, depending on the crowds. We recommend anyone visiting our neighborhood to utilize public transportation as parking is very difficult.

Starting Monday October 12th, October 13th and October 15th.  Additional parking restrictions and street closures will be in place on home game days. Parking restrictions are active for 24 hours from the posted start time.  The following streets will have have 24 hour parking restriction and street closures:

24 Hour Parking Restrictions

  • Clark - Belmont to Irving Park (both sides)
  • Sheffield - Belmont to Irving Park (both sides)
  • Addison - Halsted to Irving Park (both sides)
  • Racine - Belmont to Grace (both sides).  *Racine will be used as the Clark Street Alternative CTA Bus Route  
  • Cornelia - Halsted to Sheffield (Both Sides)
  • Wilton - Cornelia to Addison (Both Sides)
*Parking Restrictions have been established by the Police Department in preparation for “Clinch Game Celebrations”. 

Street Closures 

  • Sheffield (Addison to Waveland) - Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane). Pedestrian access will remain open on the East Side of Sheffield
  • Waveland (Sheffield to Clark) - Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane).  Pedestrian access will remain open on the North Side of Waveland

Limo and Taxi Information
In an effort to minimize the impact of traffic in the community around Wrigley Field, the 44th Ward, the Chicago Police Department, OEMC and the Chicago Department of Transportation have established the following staging and pickup procedure for Taxis, Limousines, and Car Services for the concerts:
  • Limousines and Car Services must stage along Irving Park Road.  All pickups must occur on Irving Park Road between Clark and Seminary (East of Clark).
  • Taxi Loading and Staging will be determined by CPD/OEMC  
Remote Parking Lot
Parking is available at the remote lot, located at 3900 N. Rockwell, with a free shuttle to the concerts. Lots open approximately five hours prior to each game. 

What to Expect throughout the Play-Off Run
  • Sunday October 11th-Media Day at Wrigley Field Expect Activity from approximately 10am-5pm
  • Wire Baskets throughout the security perimeter will be removed throughout post season. Bolted Wire Baskets will have secured covers placed over the tops.
  • Expect Street Closures between Belmont and Irving Park / Halsted to Southport. At the discretion of the Chicago Police and OEMC Arterial Streets MAY be closed to ALL vehicular traffic. Please have Photo ID and Proof of Residence available for presentation to either CPD or TMA Personnel.  While this may be inconvenient, public safety is of the utmost importance. 

Game Day Highlights
Monday October 12th
Gates Open 2 Hours Prior to Game Time:TBD
Tuesday October 13th
Gates Open 2 Hours Prior to Game Time: 3:37pm
  • Residential Permit Parking will be in effect. Vehicles parked in violation of the Residential Permit Parking regulations are subject to ticket.
  • Priority Towing will take place in all special areas designated as No Parking Areas
  • Vehicles parking in violation of parking regulations resulting in a public hazard, such as Bus Stops No Parking/Tow Zones, crosswalks, driveways, alleys, etc. will be strictly enforced and are subject to Ticket & Tow.
  • The Cubs Hotline will be open One Hour before until Two Hours after the concerts (1-866-427-3869). Residents are encouraged to contact either the Night Game Hotline or 911 to report problems and issues.
  •  “Hospitality Teams” an independent third party hired by the Chicago Cubs will be throughout the neighborhood. The team aims to provide a visible presence in the community and provide post-concert crowd observation and incident response. Look for the team in Bright Yellow Jerseys!

Bars and restaurants will have additional security, both inside and outside of their establishments, and will use plastic cups instead of glass. The Fire Department will be in the area checking for occupancy, overcrowding and fire exit clearance. 

Packaged Goods stores have been asked by the police to end sales at 10pm for any game that could decide a series (aka clinching games). Delivery trucks will not be allowed near Wrigley in the two hours preceding each game.

Additional clean-up is expected of all businesses during the play-offs and extra commercial garbage pick-ups are to be scheduled. These measures will be in place throughout the post season and may be enhanced as the team progresses.

We welcome additional visitors and Cub fans to our neighborhood on a regular basis. We remind everyone to be respectful of our neighborhood and celebrate responsibly. The Cubs success is good for the team, our businesses, the neighborhood and our city. I wish them great success in the next few weeks and look forward to many more post-season games at Wrigley Field.

#GoCubsGo, #FlyTheW! 


Tom Tunney
44th Ward Alderman

Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals National League Division Series Scheduled 

Game 1: Friday, Oct. 9
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis —    5:45 p.m. (CT)

Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 10
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis at 4:37 p.m. (CT)

Game 3: Monday, Oct. 12 at Wrigley Field

St. Louis @ Chicago Cubs at 3:37 p.m. (CT) or 5:07 p.m. (CT)

Scenario 1: If there are no teams eliminated in the American League Division Series, the game will be played 5:07 pm
Scenario 2: If at least one team is eliminated in the American League Division Series, the game will be played at 3:37 pm (CT)
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Wrigley Field
St. Louis @ Chicago Cubs  at 3:37 p.m. (CT)

Game 5: Thursday, Oct. 15
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis*  at  3:37 p.m.* (CT)
Game 5 will move to 7:07 p.m. if the New York Mets and LA Dodgers series has ended 

Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Sunday, October 11


It's that time of year again! Come out and cheer on all the dedicated athletes participating in this year's Chicago Marathon! Please be aware of the street closures in the 44th Ward and adjust your schedule accordingly for this citywide event.  Parking bans will be in effect along the marathon route and there will be several street closures in the 44th ward between 7:00 am - 10:45 am.  Please read below in the newsletter for more details and come out to cheer on the runners!  Please note: in prior years, residents have contacted our office to request for the City to allow 2-way traffic on Inner Lake Shore Drive between Briar and Belmont during the Marathon.  I am please to report that the City is able to accommodate this request.  Inner Lake Shore Drive will be reconfigured to allow for vehicular traffic both north and southbound during the Marathon.  Residents south of Belmont will be able drive north on the inner drive to access Belmont.  CTA buses will be rerouted during the Marathon.  CTA will provide additional bus and rail service to accommodate large crowds.
Street Closures in Lakeview:

Sheridan Road; from Diversey Parkway to Belmont Avenue
7:00 am - 10:45 am

Inner Lake Shore Drive; from Belmont Avenue to Addison Street
7:00 am - 10:45 am

Addison Street; from Inner Lake Shore Drive to Broadway Street
7:00 am - 10:45 am

Broadway Street; from Addison Street to Diversey Parkway
7:00 am - 10:45 am

Street with partial or no closures:

Lake Shore Drive

North and southbound lanes will remain open

Inner Lake Shore Drive
North and southbound lanes will remain open

Belmont & Lake Shore Drive (south of Belmont Avenue)
Please note: changes to traffic patterns will be in implemented this year:

The City will allow for temporary 2-way traffic on Inner Lake Shore Drive from Briar to Belmont during the Marathon.  Access to Inner Lake Shore Drive (both north and southbound) will remain open at Belmont Avenue.  Vehicles will have access to Belmont Ave from Inner Lake Shore Drive

Halsted Street will remain open north of Diversey Parkway. 

Clark Street north of Diversey Parkway will remain open

Irving Park Road will remain open

Parking Restrictions

Parking restrictions go into effect on the night of October 10, 2015 (please check the parking restriction signs for start and end times).  Vehicles that are not removed off the Marathon route by 1am on Saturday, October 11 will be ticketed and towed.

Marathon Start Times 

Wheelchair start time: 7:20am
Marathon start time: 7:30am
2nd Wave start time: 8:00am

  • Runners are expected to reach Sheridan Road, north of Diversey Parkway between 7:40am - 8:03am
  • Runners are expected to reach W Addison between 7:44am - 8:08 am
  • Runners are expected to reach N Broadway, south of Addison Street, between 7:44am - 8:13am 

Please be vigilant of your surroundings during the Chicago Marathon. If you see a suspicious person, object or vehicle along or near the race course, report the sighting to 911 or to law enforcement personnel.

For more information on the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, please click here.  To view the full Chicago Marathon course map click here and the full listing of street closures, please click here

Chicago Marathon Bus Reroutes

CTA will provide additional bus and rail service during the Chicago Marathon.  Bus service in the vicinity of the marathon will be affected with intermittent reroutes or delays related to lane closures. The CTA recommends that customers allow extra travel time.

#22 Clark St Bus - Buses in both directions will be rerouted between Clark/Irving Park and Clark/Division, running non-stop via Lake Shore Drive, then making local stops. Board buses north of Clark/Irving Park or south of Clark/Division, or along local streets on the reroute.  Use Red or Brown line trains for alternate service.  A special shuttle will operate between Clark/Irving Park and Belmont/Halsted. Southbound buses will operate via Clark and Belmont. Northbound buses will operate via Belmont, Clark, Southport, and Irving Park

#36 Broadway Bus
Buses will be rerouted in both directions between Broadway/Irving Park and State/Division, running non-stop via Lake Shore Drive, then making local stops.  Board north of Irving Park/Broadway or south of Division/State.  Use the Red or Brown lines for alternate service.  Allow extra travel time.

#76 Diversey Bus
Buses in both directions will begin/end their trips at Diversey/Halsted.  No service between Diversey/Halsted and the Nature Museum on Cannon Drive.

#77 Belmont Bus
Buses in both directions will begin/end their trips at Belmont/Halsted.  No service between Belmont/Halsted and Lake Shore/Diversey.

#146 Inner Drive/Michigan Exp. Bus
Buses will be rerouted in both directions between Irving Park/Marine Drive and Inner Lake Shore Drive/Belmont, running non-stop via Lake Shore Drive, then making local stops.
Board at Irving Park/Marine Drive or at Inner Lake Shore Drive/Belmont (southbound only).  Use the Red or Brown lines for alternate service.

#151 Sheridan Bus 
Buses in both directions are rerouted between West Sheridan/Broadway and LaSalle Drive/ Inner Lake Shore Drive, running non-stop via Lake Shore Drive, then making local stops.  Board southbound at West Sheridan/Broadway, Irving Park/Marine Drive, Inner Lake Shore Drive/Belmont, or LaSalle Drive/Inner Lake Shore Drive.  Board northbound at Sheridan/Inner Lake Shore Drive.  Use the Red or Brown lines for alternate service.

#152 Addison Bus
Buses in both directions will begin/end their trips at Halsted/Waveland Terminal, operating via Addison and Halsted.  No service between Addison/Halsted and Inner Lake Shore Drive/Grace.

For additional bus service reroute information, please visit CTA's website
Chicago Police Notable Arrest 

I want to commend the Chicago Police for their good work on this arrest.  We will follow the progress of this case and attend court as needed.

Diversey Sewer Main Street Closures
Due to sewer main construction on Diversey from Sheffield to Racine, the southbound lane of Sheffield is closed at the Diversey intersection and the eastbound lane of Diversey will be closed from Seminary to Sheffield for approximately 1-2 weeks.  The Diversey closure is scheduled to begin after the work has been completed at the Sheffield and Diversey intersection – approximately 1 to 2 weeks from today, October 7.  Westbound Diversey and Northbound Sheffield will remain open at all times.

To navigate around both street closures, please follow detour signs posted near the construction. The southbound Sheffield detour will have vehicles turn west onto Belmont and then south onto Racine,  The Eastbound Diversey detour will have vehicles turn south on Racine to Fullerton, east along Fullerton to Halsted, then north on Halsted to Diversey.  The 76 Diversey bus will operate along the detour route. 

In addition to the street closures, the construction will involve some inconvenience, noise, dust and parking restrictions.  The construction crew will do everything possible to minimize the inconvenience and noise, and to conduct themselves as good and thoughtful neighbors through the course of their work.  We apologize for any inconvenience the construction may cause.  Thank you for your understanding as this project proceeds.

Chicago Sculpture Exhibit (CSE)

On Saturday, October 10, the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit is partnering with the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) in celebration of Chicago Artists Month. CSE will provide a trolley, which will take guests from the Jefferson Park Blue Line Station to our base at NVAM (4041 N. Milwaukee) and explore the arts in Jefferson Park and Portage Park. As always, ADMISSION IS FREE! CSE, NVAM and guest sponsors will provide food and beverage, a video presentation of the installation process for the 2015 CSE show and introduce you to the newest show at NVAM (Tactical Formations). Teen Council members will be present to welcome and involve younger visitors. Join us for a visit to Chicago’s burgeoning northwest side art scene.

More information on CSE can be found here.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago (OHC) is the city’s annual architecture tour. On the weekend of October 17-18, you can explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. From mansions to sacred spaces, theaters to private clubs, hotels to secret rooms—OHC gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at many of the city’s great places and spaces that are rarely, if ever, open to the public.  OHC is completely free-of-charge.  The following is a list of locations OHC has selected in and near the 44th Ward:

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave.

Chicago Photography Center
621 W. Belmont Ave.

Lake View Presbyterian Church
716 W. Addison St.

Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave.

Old Chicago Inn
3222 N. Shefield Ave.

St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church
2950 N. Southport Ave. / 1429 West Wellington Ave.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church
621 W. Belmont Ave.

For more information on OHC and the full list of locations on the tour, please click here.  
Extensive Lake View High School Capital Improvements

A big congratulation to the Lake View High School (LVHS) staff, parents and students for their endless hard work and dedication to making a major renovation proposal for the school a reality.  LVHS is moving forward with a complete overhaul of dozens of classrooms and the Counseling Center, remodeled public and faculty spaces, a new College & Career Lab and a fresh look to the new “Wildcat Room.”  The improvements will be a great enhancement to our community and give LVHS the competitive edge it needs.  

 “These upgrades across the school are sending a positive and powerful signal to LVHS students, faculty, and community. The real investment corrects misconceptions of LVHS and aligns with the huge increase in parent and community involvement we’re experiencing,” says Principal Scott Grens.

Read more here.
Free Flu Vaccine at Walgreens

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.  (Centers for Disease Control)

Flu season typically starts in the fall and peaks in January or February.  Getting a flu shot is your best protection against the flu. If you have symptoms of flu and are worried about your illness contact your health care provider.  Flu signs and symptoms usually include fever and respiratory symptoms, such as cough and runny nose, and possibly other symptoms, such as body aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.  For more helpful advice and a national perspective on preparations for the 2013-2014 flu season, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with Walgreens has provided the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) with a limited number of vouchers for free seasonal influenza vaccines (flu shots) for Chicago residents. The vouchers are for Chicago residents who do not have insurance coverage for a flu shot and cannot afford to pay for a flu shot

Flu shot vouchers are valid in any Walgreens pharmacy located in the Chicago area through April 15, 2016.
The voucher will cover Walgreens cost of the flu shot and Walgreen's administration of the flu shot.  There are no cost or fees to the voucher recipient.  The vouchers are only valid for seasonal flu shots and are not redeemable for other medication, products, food, store credit or cash.

Children 10 - 18 years (with a parent/guardian) and adults can get a flu shot with these vouchers at a Walgreens pharmacy.  Children 2 through 13 years of age (with a parent/guardian) can use these vouchers to get vaccinated at a Walgreens Take Care Clinic.  Individuals may request a single voucher or multiple vouchers.  Due to the limited supply, a maximum of 3 vouchers per request.

Since the peak of influenza activity usually occurs in January and February, it is not too late to get vaccinated. If you are interested in requesting a voucher(s) for a free flu shot, please provide the following information by clicking here.
44th Ward Service Office
3223 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Office Hours
Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm

Contact Us:
Phone: 773-525-6034
Fax: 773-525-5058

CAPS Meetings

Beats 1923, 1924 & 1925
Wednesday, October 7
7:00-8:00 pm
19th District Police Station
850 W. Addison
Beat 1933
Tuesday, October 13

6:30-7:00 pm
Illinois Masonic Hospital
836 W. Wellington
Beats 1934 & 1935
Thursday, October 15
7:00-8:00 pm
Inn at Lincoln Park
601 W. Diversey

Upcoming Street Cleaning

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To sign up for street cleaning text alerts, click here.


If you are a part of the City's Blue Cart Program, your recyclables
are picked up every other week on the same day as your garbage pick up.  The next recycling pick up in the 44th Ward will be the week of October 12.


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