NBC Chicago and Ward Room bring you profiles on all 50 wards this election season. As candidates face off in the Feb. 24 election, they are also facing a new ward map, which takes effect when the winners assume office.
In this profile, learn all about the 44th ward, which covers most of Lakeview.
- Total Population: 56,058
- White: 82.57 percent
- Black: 3.22 percent
- Hispanic: 6.36 percent
- Asian: 6.99 percent (Source: WBEZ)
Current Alderman: Tom Tunney
Ward Committeemen: Tom Tunney (democratic committeeman) and Scott M. Davis (republican committeeman)
Who Else is Running: Robin Cook (withdrawn), Scott Davis and Mark Thomas
Adjectives that Describe the Ward: Vibrant, young and lively
Economic Engine: Tourism associated with Wrigley Field, Wrigleyville and Boystown as well as the numerous restaurants and bars in the ward
Where People Eat: Restaurants include Sushi Mura, Tango Sur, Milt's Barbeque for the Perplexed, Chicago Diner, HB Home Bistro, Mia Francesco, Rebel Bar and Grill, Old Crowe Smokehouse, Mystic Celt, Wheel House Wrigleyville, Ukai Japanese, Cheesie's, Wilde Bar and Restaurant and DMK Burger.
Where People Drink: Bars include Toons Bar and Grill, The Ginerman Tavern, Casey Moran's, The Cubby Bear, Murphy's Bleachers, Roscoe's, Sidetrack, Blokes and Birds Public House and Karaoke Lounge, Sheffield's Beer and Wine Gardens, Slugger's World Class Sports Bar, Higgins' Tavern, Schoolyard Tavern, Trader Tod's, Headquarters Beercade and Mad River.
Where People Pray: Churches and places of worship include Destination Church Chicago, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Missio Dei Chicago, Anshe Sholom Bnai Israel Congregation, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church and Resurrection Lutheran Church.
How the Ward Typically Votes: Tom Tunny was first elected in 2003 and is the first openly gay alderman in Chicago. He ran unopposed in 2007 and 2011.
Landmark: Wrigley Field
Ward Expert: William DeMille, president of the Lake View Citizens' Council