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 33rd ward, which covers parts of Albany Park, Irving Park and Avondale.
- Total Population: 55,598
- White: 32.3 percent
- Black: 3.9 percent
- Hispanic: 52.9 percent
- Asian: 9.64 percent (Source: WBEZ)
Current Alderman: Deborah Mell
Ward Committeemen: Richard Mell (democratic committeeman) and Gregory Eidukas (republican committeeman)
Who Else is Running: Tim Meegan, Tyler Solorio (removed) and Annisa Wanat
Adjectives that Describe the Ward: Diverse, international, residential and family-oriented
Economic Engine: Local businesses and shops
Where People Eat: Restaurants include Charcoal Delights, Taqueria Los Magotes, Pita House Bakery, Modelo Club House, Resto Pinoy, Cardona's, Peking Mandarin, La Fogata, Danaderia Tolita, Tortuga's Cantina, Al-Khayam, Lindo Michoacan, Dos Picantes, Lee's Seafood Co., Salam, Noon O Kabab, Thai Valley, El Velero De Nayarit, Mariscos El Caribe, La Casa de Roy Moy, Brasa Roja, Angelo's Pizza and Restaurant, Michoacanito, Serbian Village, Pitchfork Food and Saloon, Coquito Cocina Puertorriquena and Kuma's Corner.
Where People Drink: Bars include Point 1, Match Milenko Tavern, Templestowe Pub Chicago, Montrose Saloon, Break Room Brewery, Fuller's Pub, Peek Inn, Christina's Place, Nelly's Saloon and Reed's Local.
Where People Pray: Churches and places of worship include Alliance Holiness Church, Makki Masjid Mosque, First Vietnamese United Methodist Church, Green Pastures Covenant Church, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Life Community Church, Our Lady of Mercy Church, Jesus House Chicago for All, Celestial Church of Christ, Word fo Grace, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Philippines American Ecumenical and Iglesia Rehobot.
How the Ward Typically Votes: Deb Mell was appointed alderman in 2013 when the previous alderman, her father Richard Mell, resigned. Richard Mell had been alderman of the 33rd ward since 1975. He ran unopposed in 2007 and 2011.
Landmark: Horner Park
Ward Expert: Liz Griffiths, former director of the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce