Get to Know Your Ward: 32nd Ward

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 32nd ward, which covers parts of Wicker Park, Logan Square, Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Roscoe Village.


  • Total Population: 55,184
  • White: 72.55 percent
  • Black: 3.02 percent
  • Hispanic: 18.11 percent
  • Asian: 5.52 percent (Source: WBEZ)

Current Alderman: Scott Waguespack

Ward Committeemen: Scott Waguespack (democratic committeeman) and John Curry (republican committeeman)

Who Else is Running: Elise Doody-Jones

Adjectives that Descriibe the Ward: Young, trendy, vibrant and middle to upper class

Economic Engine: Restaurants, bars and retail

Where People Eat: Restaurants include Dante's Pizzeria, Tropi Cuba, El Rinconcito Cubano, Suite 25, Lula Cafe, El Cid, 90 Miles Cuban Cafe, Turquoise, Sub-Normous Subs, Piazza Bella Trattoria and Osteria, Village Tap Bar, Commonwealth, 24 Karrots Juice Bar, 6 Degrees, Chipotle, Choppers, Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana, Sofra Turkish Kitchen and Golden Apple.

Where People Drink: Bars include The Map Room, Whirlaway Lounge, The Rocking Horse, The Owl, Webster's Wine Bar Chicago, Underbar, Bue Light, Liberty Lounge, Beat Kitchen, Riverview Tavern, The Four Treys Bar, Glascott's, Danny's, Lemmings, Millie's Tavern Chciago, Bucktown Pub, Four Shadows, Schuba's and Liar's Club.

Where People Pray: Churches and places of worship include St. Hedwig Roman Catholic Church, Old Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, Romanian Catholic Mission, Sts. Peter and Paul Romanian Catholic Church, Armitage Baptist Church, Church of the Advent, Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square, St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Mission Church, Fourth Congregational Church, Iglesia Pentecostal Mision Voz, Lakeview Seventh Day Adventist Church, Christian Fellowship Free Church, Iglesia Presbiteriana, St. Mary's of the Angels Roman Catholic Church, Church of Scientology Chicago and St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.

How the Ward Typically Votes: Scott Waguespack has been alderman of the 32nd ward since 2007 when he won 50.7 percent of the vote, defeating Ted Matlak in a runoff. In 2011, Waguespack won 66 percent of the vote, defeating David Pavlik (17 percent), Bryan Lynch (11 percent) and Brian Gorman (6 percent).

Landmark: St. Hedwig's Church, a symbol of the area's Polish history and a staple in the surrounding community

Ward Expert: Steve Jensen, president of the Bucktown Community Organization

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