Dear Neighbor,

Recently there was news coverage that the City's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) issued two citations to the Ann Sather Restaurant on Belmont Avenue for allowing indoor dining. On a sporadic basis, I have allowed a very limited number of our regular diners to eat inside the restaurant while observing social distancing and mask-wearing rules. This was an error in judgment and won't happen again.

Following allegations of indoor dining, BACP conducted an investigation of all three Ann Sather locations. While no COVID-19 violations were found during these investigations, it was determined that the Ann Sather Restaurant located at 909 W. Belmont Ave. had previously allowed indoor dining. Therefore, BACP issued the establishment two citations for violating the statewide order prohibiting indoor dining. This enforcement is consistent with the measures BACP has taken when similar violations were found during the thousands of COVID-19 investigations that have been conducted in 2020.

Ann Sather Restaurants cooperated fully with BACP's investigation. Since the case will not be heard until February, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time. 

I will continue to work with the Mayor and others to ensure that the statewide order prohibiting indoor dining be relaxed as soon as possible.  The situation bar and restaurant owners find themselves in through no fault of their own is untenable and must be resolved before additional businesses are forced to close permanently.
Updated Office Hours for Holidays and 2021

Starting on December 21, 2020 my ward office will be open Monday through Friday, 9am-2pm. These updated hours can also be found on the website. Having more consistent hours during the week will allow my staff to better serve you. Below you can find our office holiday schedule.

2020 Holiday Office Hours

Monday, December 21st: 9am- 2pm
Tuesday, December 22nd: 9am- 2pm
Wednesday, December 23rd: 9am- 2pm
Thursday, December 24th: CLOSED
Friday, December 25th: CLOSED
Monday, December 28th: 9am- 2pm
Tuesday, December 29th: 9am- 2pm
Wednesday, December 30th: 9am- 2pm
Thursday, December 31st:9am- 2pm
Friday, January 1st: CLOSED
While the 44th Ward office remains open all of our functions can be done digitally or by calling the office. For general inquiries you can email You can find the names, responsibilities, emails and extension numbers of ward staff by visiting our website or clicking here.
Winterizing the Ward

With the holidays nearly upon us and the weather changing fast, now is the time to begin winterizing your property. Check below in the newsletter to find helpful tips on how to avoid frozen pipes and information on required shoveling of your sidewalks.  
GoCPS Application Deadline Extended

The pandemic has impacted every aspect of the CPS school year, including the important process Lakeview families go through when choosing the best public school for their children. To ensure all students have the time they need to make this important decision, the GoCPS application deadline has been extended to Friday, January 8, 2021. Visit GoCPS  to fill out the application by clicking here.
Protect Your Holiday Packages

The holidays are here and my office has been alerted about a number of package thefts in the 19th Police District. For ways to thwart package thieves, check out this video from the Chicago Police Department and consider these tips:
  • Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery.
  • Check the package's delivery status online so you can be home when it arrives.
  • Leave a note asking the delivery service to leave the package with a neighbor  who is home and willing to accept delivery.
  • Have the package shipped to another location where someone can receive it, such as your place of employment.
  • Ask the delivery service to hold your package for customer pick-up.
  • Remind friends and family shipping packages to you to use an alternative shipping address or provide you with the tracking number so you can manage the package directly with the delivery service.
  • File a theft report immediately by calling 311 if you think your package was stolen.
  • Contact your credit card company and ask if it offers a purchase-protection service that may reimburse you for stolen purchases.

Time to Order New Parking Passes

Your current yellow residential guest parking passes will expire on December 31, 2020. New, pink parking passes are now available and will be good from now through 2021.

Purchasing city stickers and parking passes online is convenient and you can order them 24-hours a day at

Cubs Holiday Food Drive

Show your support during the season of giving by donating non-perishable food items to Lakeview Pantry. The Cubs and Cubs Charities will be collecting food and supplies now through Sunday, December 20th with drop off at The Cubs Store, which is open Thursday through Sunday from 11am-6pm.

The most needed items include pasta, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, boxed cereal, oatmeal and canned tuna. Thank you for helping provide meals to those in need this holiday season!

Happy Hanukkah

Wishing everyone who celebrates a Hanukkah full of light. This year more than ever I am thankful for the Festival of Lights to remind us all that light overcomes darkness, even during the darkest seasons. Chag Sameach to you and your family!
You will find information and updates on public safety, infrastructure, and more below.
Chag Sameach and happy weekend,

Tom Tunney
Alderman, 44th Ward
NOTE: Beginning on December 21, 2020 the office will be open from 9am-2pm, Monday - Friday.

44th Ward Service Office 
3223 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Current Office Hours
Monday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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

Public Safety Update

You will find the updated 19th District crime statistics below. Click the image to view a larger version.

NOTE: Vehicle thefts are down 25%. Please continue to follow the safety tips below to help prevent vehicle thefts. The 19th Police District also had zero reported aggravated battery and or burglaries in the last week!

Community Policing Meetings

Beat 1934 & 1935
Monday, December 14th
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Beat 1933
Tuesday, January 12th
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Beat 1922
Wednesday, January 20th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Beats 1923, 1924 & 1925
Sunday, January 3rd
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Find your beat here here.

NOTE: Beginning in 2021 there will be separate meetings for every individual beat. My office will share the updated schedule soon.  
If you would like to attend CAPS Beat meetings virtually, email the CAPS office here with your name and address. 
Red-Purple Line Modernization - Temporary Track Construction

Preparatory work for the next phase of the Red-Purple Bypass Project – building a temporary track structure – will begin this month.

In order to continue to provide Red, Purple, and Brown Line service throughout Phase One construction (2019-2025), a temporary track structure will need to be built parallel to the Red, Purple, and Brown Line tracks between W. Belmont Avenue and W. Roscoe St. Construction of this temporary track is expected to begin in December 2020. Trains will use this track for several years during construction.

Ongoing Construction at Illinois Masonic
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center continues pre-cast installation for their approved parking garage. This work is scheduled to be complete the week of December 21st.
Semi-trucks will be backing into the NW corner of Sheffield and Nelson. Work should be ongoing through mid-December from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
More details can be found here.
2021 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program
The Chicago Department of Transportation's 2021 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program will open to new applicants starting at 6am on January 11, 2021.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is an extremely popular voluntary program in which property owners share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City. Thousands of Chicagoans have been a part of this popular program, taking advantage of the low cost, exceptional value and ease of participation.

The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program's cost per square foot charged to property owners is well below what a private contractor would charge. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities may qualify for a further discounted rate. While the Department's program opens on January 11th, my office is accepting contact information of interested applicants today.

If you are interested in taking part in this program, fill out the application on our website and my office will handle the rest when the program re-opens. 

Should you have specific questions about this program, please contact Dionisios "Dan" Manoli in my office at

Thank you for your patience during these important projects.
Utility Projects
AT&T 5G: Addison & Lakewood
Electric Conduit crews are scheduled to begin work installing underground conduit at Addison and Lakewood on Monday, December 14th. Crews will be impacting sections of the the north sidewalk of 1300-1302 Addison, west sidewalk of 3600-3615 N. Lakewood, the alley behind 3613-3619 N. Lakewood and the alley behind 1242-1258 W. Addison. During this work, vehicular traffic will be managed around the work zone.

Underground work is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, December 23rd.

Parking Restrictions: "No Parking" signs will be posted, at the following locations, Monday through Friday during work hours.
  • 1240 - 1258 W. Addison (North Side)
  • 3600 - 3615 N. Lakewood (Both Sides)
Work Hours: 9am-4pm
2021 County Property Tax Bills Now Available

The first installment of next year's property taxes bills, which covers 55 percent of the 2020 tax totals, will be due March 2nd. The Cook County Board last week also decided to delay late charges until May 3rd.

You can download your tax bill or make a payment by visiting and following these steps:
  • Select the blue box labeled “Pay Online for Free.”
  • Enter your address or 14-digit Property Index Number (PIN).
  • There is no fee if you pay from your bank account.
Small Business ComEd Assistance

Small businesses who either recently received a disconnect notice or were recently disconnected are eligible for grants through the Small Business Assistance Program. Interested businesses can visit for more details.
Request Garbage Cart
Request Recycling Bin
Garbage and Recycling
Garbage and recycling pickup continues as an essential service. The next recycling pick up in the 44th Ward will begin next week on December 14th. If you are a part of the City's Blue Cart Program, your recyclables are picked up every other week. Blue carts must be accessible throughout the week.

Avoid Frozen Pipes And Shovel Your Sidewalks

It getting colder outside and the Department of Water Management wants to remind you that a few simple steps can prevent lots of costly damage. To prevent pipes from freezing:
  1. Maintain proper heat in your home.
  2. Make sure that there is warm air circulating in any area where there are water pipes.
    This includes garages and unheated areas of your home.
  3. Insulate pipes, particularly those outside or on the perimeter of the house.
  4. Remove all garden hoses from hose bibs and cover the bibs with Styrofoam insulating caps.
If pipes do freeze, do not use candles or any open flame to thaw them. Try a hair dryer or heating pad instead.
CPS' "Ask the Expert" Series

Please join CPS’ Family and Community Engagement (FACE) team for their "Ask the Expert" series which covers topics ranging from what investments CPS has made to make buildings safer for in-person instruction to how CPS prepares to bring back Pre-K students. The video-chats are on Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. All sessions are can be found of the CPS FACE YouTube page by clicking here. 
Lakeview and Roscoe Village Chambers of Commerce Merger in 2021

The newly announced Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce (LRVCC) will serve Lakeview and Roscoe Village, two historically-interconnected neighborhoods that share many similar interests. The chambers already share a border along Ravenswood Ave. and collaborate on many programs.

See the boundaries of LRVCC here.

Chicago Parks Foundation Fundraiser and Wine Tasting

Sip some red and white at home, and raise some green for the parks!

Jumpstart the holidays with a special set of T. Berkley Wines to benefit the Chicago Parks Foundation.

The wine will be shipped directly to your home, and on December 16th, you can join us for an interactive virtual wine tasting with two experts: vinter Taylor Boydstun, owner and maker of the T. Berkley Wines you'll be enjoying, and James Hill III, CPA by day and awarded wine educator by night. Your gift directly supports the Chicago Parks Foundation.

Purchase your tickets here.
Lakeview Holiday Guides
Have you seen the Lakeview Holiday Gift Guide Online Market? There is a wide variety of gift packages from local businesses that you can shop from all on one site. Order gifts for everyone on your list with FREE delivery funded by SSA 27. Shop by clicking here. 
Heartland Holiday Drive
Help Heartland Health Centers, a nonprofit healthcare center that offers affordable and comprehensive health services on Chicago's northside, with their holiday drive. Monetary donations to the toy drive can be given here. Or a direct toy purchase via Amazon wish list can be done here.
Chicago Park District Toy Give Away
This year the Chicago Park District is giving away new, unwrapped toys to families who come to one of 18 parks in the City. From 10am-12pm on December 19th there will be a COVID-safe, socially distanced grab and go event for families to pick up toys while supplies last. The closest participating park to the 44th Ward is Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave.
Lakeview East Tree of Hope Ornament Donations
As the holidays approach, we look for hope for the future and spread our love to our families, friends, and community. This year, the Lakeview East Community Partnership would like to spread the love for our community by displaying your personal messages of hope on our Tree of Hope. Your message of hope could be sent to a person, business, or the Lakeview East community.

For a $20 donation to the Lakeview East Community Partnership, your message will be displayed on an ornament on the Tree of Hope. Your donation helps support local nonprofits and brings programming to our community. 

Ornaments can be donated here.

GMan Tavern Holiday Food Drive
GMan Tavern at 3740 N. Clark St is hosting a food and supply driver for the Lakeview Pantry this weekend. Join them in supporting our local food pantry by dropping off donations at the corner of Racine and Clark. 
Wrigleyville Wonderland Holiday Happy Hour
The bars in Wrigleyville are continuing to spread holiday cheer, despite the hard times we’ve experienced this year. Join the festivities (safely, of course) every Friday in December from 4-7pm as your favorite neighborhood bars offer holiday happy hour specials sure to warm your spirits!

Learn more about the participating bars by clicking here.
Friends of Lakeview Raffle
The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is hosting the inaugural the Split the Pot Raffle benefiting Friends of Lakeview. Half of each raffle ticket sold supports Friends of Lakeview and its efforts to improve our neighborhood through public art and community-focused initiatives like the Low-Line Farmers Market and Dine Out West Lakeview. The pot starts at $1,000 today and grows with each raffle ticket sold until the drawing on December 16th! Your support is more important than ever, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Friends of Lakeview's ability to raise critical funding to support our community through our regular programming and events.

Purchase your tickets by clicking here.
CIVLization Concert Series Supporting Independent Venues
This virtual concert series raises funds to support Chicago's independent venues and their staffs. CIVL acts to secure the long-term future of these and other venues for the benefit of our communities and emerging artists. Member venues have played a crucial role in the development of Chicago’s music over the last 50 years by nurturing local, national and international talent, and providing a platform for these artists to build their careers and develop their music. Chicago's independent venues provide thousands of jobs, as well as millions of dollars in salaries, revenues, charitable donations and taxes. CIVL strives to gain recognition for the essential role these venues have played in defining the music culture as it exists in Chicago today.

Watch and donate here.
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