The 46th Ward is home to a wide variety of entertainment and recreational venues that combine to shape the character of our community. As your alderman, I pledge to support and expand our Ward’s attractions.
From the Green Mill to the Kit Kat Lounge to the Batton Show Lounge, from Carol’s Pub to Charlie’s, from Demera to Angelina’s, from Michael’s Pizza to the PR Italian Bistro, from the Aragon Ballroom to the Riviera, Uptown and Lakeview provide music, entertainment, and dining experiences unlike any other Chicago neighborhoods. Our next great project is restoration of the Uptown Theater, the largest remaining movie palace in Chicago, but it also is important to maintain and expand the small businesses that make our ward so diverse.
We are adjacent to a long stretch of Lake Michigan shore, including Montrose Beach and Harbor, Lincoln Park softball and soccer fields, basketball courts, dog-friendly areas, a bird sanctuary, running and bike paths, and even the nine-hole Sydney Marovitz city golf course.
Harry S. Truman College on Wilson Avenue offers high quality education at low or no cost. Regular transfer and career courses are a staple of the Chicago Community College system, and Truman also offers a wide array of Continuing Education Courses, Adult Education classes leading to the GED (high school equivalency) and free ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. Truman is also home to the Pegasus Players dramatic group.
The Northalsted business district is home to the largest LGBT communities in the Midwest. Just outside our ward boundaries, but also important to our neighborhood, is the Black Ensemble Theater at Clark and Sunnyside, and the Wrigleyville District featuring the Chicago Cubs and many restaurants and events.
Through further economic development and creative collaborations, we can maintain our existing amenities and add new ones. For example, I will look for opportunities to work with the Park District and area non-profit organizations to develop partnerships that will allow us to improve our baseball/softball lots. I am committed to finding realistic solutions to making our Ward a better place for its residents.