Get to Know Your Ward: 46th 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 46th ward, which covers parts of Uptown, Buena Park and Lakeview.


  • Total Population: 53,784
  • White: 57.24 percent
  • Black: 20.28 percent
  • Hispanic: 11.51 percent
  • Asian: 9.54 percent (Source: WBEZ)

Current Alderman: James Cappleman

Ward Committeemen: James Cappleman (democratic committeeman), Diane Shapiro (republican committeeman) and Nadine Bopp (Green Party committeeman)

Who Else is Running: Amy Crawford and Denice Davis

Adjectives that Describe the Ward: Historic, gentrifying, divided and low-income

Economic Engine: The Target store in Wilson Yard opened in 2010, bringing in jobs and people who do not reside in the ward.

Where People Eat: Restaurants include Furama, Demera Ethiopian, Splice Kitchen, Agami, Gigio's Pizzeria, 42 Grams, Tiztal Cafe, Magnolia Cafe, Harold's Chicken Shack, El Mariachi Tequila Bar and Grill, Horizon Cafe, OH Fusion, Pizza Rustica Chicago, Rocks Lakeview, Angelica Ristorante and Waffles Cafe.

Where People Drink: Bars include Fat Cat, Carol's Pub, Driftwood, Wrigleyville North, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club, Holiday Club and Octavarius. Coffee shops include Heritage Outpost, Baker and Nosh and Everybody's Coffee.

Where People Pray: Churches and places of worship include New Hope Christian Center, Narrow Way Ministries, Manna Food Co-Op Chinese Christian Church, Buddhist Temple of Chicago, Crossroads Christian Church, Jesus People USA Covenant Church, Immanuel Anglican Church, Assyrian Evangelical United Church, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Temple Sholom of Chicago and Lake View Presbyterian Church.

How the Ward Typically Votes: James Cappleman was first elected alderman of the 46th ward in 2011. Priot to Cappleman's election, Helen Shiller had been alderman since 1987. In 2007, Shiller won 53 percent of the vote, defeating Cappleman. In 2011, Cappleman won 55 percent of the vote, defeating Molly Phelan in a runoff. Shiller did not run that year.

Landmark: The Green Mill and Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary

Resident's Voice: Rhys Owen, a former resident of Uptown who currently works in the neighborhood, said the ward needs more local restaurants and businesses.

Ward Expert: Cindi Anderson, board member of the Uptown Chicago Commission and member of the Lake Side Area Neighbors' Association and the Uptown Historical Society

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