Welcome to the 40th Ward – Home

Alder Andre Vasquez presides over a 40th Ward Town Hall Meeting

Welcome to the 40th Ward

Chicago’s 40th Ward is a beautiful mix of neighborhoods. Folks of every culture, identity, income, and residency status live and work here. Above all, we are a community, and we welcome you as our constituents and neighbors.

Topics and Services

The 40th Ward Office can help support and connect you to city services.

  • Businesses and Self-Employed

    Doing business in the City of Chicago: business licenses and permits, support for small businesses, links to local Chambers of Commerce.

  • Community Driven Zoning

    Community-Driven Zoning process and guidelines: submit a zoning change request or submit feedback to current proposed zoning changes.

  • Community Safety

    Find your police district and beat, learn about police accountability and get Community Safety Updates.

  • Housing

    For renters (tenants rights) and homeowners (property tax exemptions, Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance, Home and Business Protection Program). Get Utility Bill Relief, housing insecurity support.

  • Immigrant and Refugee Resources

    The 40th Ward Office is a safe haven for undocumented neighbors in our ward. Find free and low-cost legal and emergency support services as well as access to City services through the CityKey program.

  • Neighborhood Development

    Learn about strategic neighborhood development initiatives and local construction that address issues like bike and pedestrian safety, affordable housing, accessible transit, and economic development.

  • Public Health

    Resources and support for general public health concerns and special notifications as issued by the Chicago Department of Public Health.

  • Seniors, Veterans, People with Disabilities

    Connect with City, State and nonprofit programs and resources for seniors, veterans and people with disabilities.

  • Street and Alley Maintenance

    Trees (trims, planting, removal), garbage and recycling, street sweeping, snow plowing, vehicle towing, rodent control and grafitti removal.

  • Traffic and Transportation

    Learn about traffic studies and Safe Streets Initiatives, repairs and special projects, as well as information about public transportation and Metra.

  • Vehicle Stickers, Residential Parking, Tickets

    Vehicle stickers, residential parking information, and parking restrictions related to weather and events.

  • Water Management: Sewers, Stormwater, Quality and Conservation

    Pay your water bill, learn about the utility bill relief program, stormwater management, water quality and conservation.

Learn how to request 3-1-1 City Services and get support from our Solutions Team.

A group of neighbors enjoying a Block Party outside

Block Party season is here!

Spring has arrived, which means that it’s a great time to book your block party! Hosting a block party is a great way to meet your neighbors, build community connections, and enjoy the warmer Chicago weather.

Hosting a block party does require a permit and requests for block party permits must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. The good news is, the permit application process is FREE and we’re here to help you with any questions you might have!

Community of Neighbors

Plan your next block party or garage sale, explore neighborhood parks and green spaces, find a local school, and more. The 40th Ward is a community of neighbors and we are glad you are here! Meet your neighbors.

Volunteer opportunities

From ongoing Precinct Partner Programs to seasonal needs like our successful Shovel Squad field team, your volunteer efforts make the community stronger and safer for everyone.

Community event calendar

Find local events and happenings on our community calendar. We encourage you to submit your community events too! We often feature events in our newsletter and on social.

Job opportunities

Check out our job board for opportunities within the Ward and beyond. Looking to hire? Use the Job Posting feature to submit a FREE listing to our job board.

What we’re working on

Our office works to make all of our City services more accessible, transparent and accountable.

Learn more about Our Office and meet Our Team. Please contact us if you have a question or concern.

40th Ward Team stands outside of their Western Ave Office

Neighborhood Network Slack Channel

We encourage you to join the 40th Ward Neighbor Network Slack group. The 40th Ward office uses slack to post messages about ward happenings and volunteer opportunities. This channel is also a great way to stay in touch and communicate with your neighbors and community. New to Slack? Learn how to use the platform.