Chicago is the CITY THAT WORKS! I am the Alderman that WORKS for you, the Residents of the 16th Ward. Listed below are the most common requests for city services. I encourage you to call my office at 773-863-0220 to submit your request or use the links below. We look forward to providing you professional, prompt and accurate service.
Tow trucks owned by the City of Chicago performed abandoned vehicle removals until 1989, when the City implemented a privatization program that contracted a private firm to perform this work. The abandoned vehicles are taken to auto pound 3S or 3N where they are -- if not redeemed by the owners -- sold for scrap. Please call 311 to locate your car. Since this privatization program began, more than 500,000 abandoned vehicles have been towed and impounded.
A vehicle can be classified as abandoned if it meets one or more of the following criteria:
- On a public way in a state of disrepair as to be incapable of being driven in its present condition.
- Has not been moved or used for more than seven consecutive days and is apparently deserted.
- Has been left on the public way without state registration or a temporary state registration placard for two or more days.
- Is a hazardous dilapidated vehicle left in full view of the general public, whether on public or private property.
Abandoned vehicles should be reported by calling the 16th Ward Office at 773-836-0220 or by completing a Abandoned Vehicle Service Request by clicking here.
BLOCK PARTY & JUMPING JACK APPS
Block Parties are recreational street closures for residents to hold an annual event for their neighborhood. Residents may apply to close their stretch of a residential side street between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Permits are issued by the Department of Transportation.
We encourage you to submit your application at least 30 days in advance. This will also give you plenty of time to plan and notify residents. Our office can supply “No Parking” signs once the event is permitted. Barricades and are available on a first-come first-served basis. Please confirm with the 16th Ward office regarding availability. You will need to arrange pick-up and drop-off of these items.
Jumping Jacks for Block Parties are offered through the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. Once the applications issued for the 2014 season, we will make the available to you. It is offered on a first-come first-served basis and as the schedule fills up very quickly, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only original application forms are accepted so please pick one up from the 16th Ward office or call a staff member to fill one out for you once you have submitted your Block Party application.
GARAGE & YARD SALES
Residents of the 16th Ward planning to hold garage, yard and apartment sales can obtain their required permits by calling the 16th Ward Office, 773-863-0220.
As of October 1, 1996, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance requiring such permits to guard against seemingly perpetual yard sales that actually were serving as unlicensed retail operations in residential neighborhoods. The ordinance limits each household to two per calendar year, unless a third sale is needed because the applicant is moving permanently from their residence.
All such sales are limited in duration to three consecutive days between 9:00 a.m. and sunset. In case of rain, the sale can be held during the next three days after the permit period, but is still limited to three total days. If more than one household is joining in a single sale, each household needs its own permit even if the sale is at the address of only one participating household.
The ordinance specifically prohibits advertising these sales with signs posted anywhere except on the property where the sale is taking place. Violators face fines ranging from $50 to $500 with each day representing a separate offense. Charitable organizations, churches and schools are exempt from the ordinance. To get your permit, complete the attached application form and mail it at least two weeks prior to the starting date.
There is no fee for obtaining these permits.
Graffiti is vandalism. It scars the community, hurts property values and diminishes our quality of life. The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation offers free graffiti removal services to private property owners to help maintain the beauty of our communities.
The Graffiti Removal Program employs "blast" trucks that use baking soda under high water pressure to remove painted graffiti from brick, stone and other mineral surfaces. The program also deploys paint trucks to cover graffiti on surfaces such as metal or wood.
As with the City's many anti-crime and beautification programs, we depend on community groups, block clubs, chambers of commerce and individual residents to reach out to us for this invaluable service. If a cleaned building is struck again, we make every effort to return and remove the new graffiti quickly.
The Department of Streets and Sanitation also works very closely with the Chicago Police Department who will apprehend graffiti vandals caught defacing property. Parents or guardians may be liable for monetary damages, if a minor in the same household commits any type of vandalism, including graffiti.
No community in Chicago has to tolerate graffiti. Please join us in eliminating graffiti and maintaining the beauty of Chicago.
To report Graffiti and/or Graffit removal, call the 16th Ward Office at 773-836-0220 or use the 3-1-1 Service Request Tool by clicking here.
Trees are one of Chicago's most important natural resources. They provide beauty, shade and help to clean the air. But like any natural resource in an urban setting, they need care. Chicago has more than 500,000 parkway trees and each is maintained by the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Bureau of Forestry.
The Bureau of Forestry trims thousands of trees a year, plants new trees along the public right-of-way, addresses insect and disease problems, and otherwise promotes tree health throughout the City of Chicago.
The Bureau of Forestry also responds to tree emergencies in the public way at all hours.
The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, Bureau of Forestry works in cooperation with the US Forest Service and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
To have Tree Debris removed call the 16th Ward Office at 773-836-0220 or use the 3-1-1 Service Request Tool by clicking here.
Residential Garbage produced from 600,000 households in single-family homes or apartment buildings of four units or less (others must arrange for private garbage collection).
Chicago collects approximately 1.1 million tons of residential garbage and recyclables annually. Pick-ups are weekly, Mondays through Fridays.
The average number of living units collected daily by each garbage truck has been increased, in part due to the creation of a "night shuttle" program. Previously, the garbage trucks needed to leave their alleys in time to dump their loads and return to their assigned yards by the end of each shift.
Now, the truck crews skip their last dumping and remain longer on their routes. Parked fully loaded at the end of the day, they are then shuttled to their dump sites by specially assigned second-shift drivers. This results in greater productivity from the laborers on each truck, who no longer are idle while their vehicles are off to dump the loads.
If your garbage has not been removed or would like to order replacement or additional carts, call the 16th Ward Office at 773-836-0220 or use the 3-1-1 Service Request Tool by clicking here.
RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING PROGRAM
The Blue Cart program provides bi-weekly recycling services to single family homes and multi-unit buildings with four or fewer units. By recycling regularly, you can help reduce the need for landfills, lower disposal costs, reduce pollution and conserve natural resources, such as timber, water and minerals.
Blue Cart Recycling - The City of Chicago manages waste collection for approximately 600,000 households. In 2007, it introduced the Blue Cart Recycling program in seven communities and has since expanded it to more than 260,000 households.
If after using the program, you find that you need an additional blue cart, please call 311 to request one. When the additional blue cart is delivered, an existing black garbage cart will eventually be taken away to manage space in the alley. There is no charge for the addition or removal of carts.
Private waste haulers provide waste collection services for the city’s remaining commercial and industrial businesses and residents who live in multi-unit buildings or high-rises. Visit the Chicago Recycles home page to learn about recycling regulations and recommendations for these groups.
Because Chicago uses a single stream recycling system, all recyclable materials are collected and transported together. Recyclables are picked up and transported in specially designated recycling trucks to avoid contamination with regular garbage.
Materials are taken to a city-approved recycling center where they are sorted into separate materials, called commodities, then baled or packaged for delivery to manufacturers who reprocess or reuse the materials to make new products.
There are many regulations regarding parking in the City of Chicago. Here are links to provide information on many of the requirements imposed on drivers in the city. As always, feel free to contact the 16th Ward Office at 773-836-0220 or click on any of the following if you have any questions.
Our neighbors rely on walking and transit as their primary way to get around, and without a wide, clear path through snow and ice, it is especially difficult for people with disabilities, seniors, and children to walk safely. According to the Municipal Code of Chicago (4-4-310 & 10-8-180), property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice.Let's all do our part to ensure a safe passage through the Winter.
Download Sidewalk Snow Removal Guidance for Residents and Businesses by clicking here.
Like so many other cities throughout the world, Chicago was once infested with rats. Unlike many other cities, Chicago reacted by mounting a systematic attack on the rat problems thanks to a very aggressive rodent control program.
Chicago's Bureau of Rodent Control investigates every reported rat sighting. Alley conditions are investigated and damaged carts are replaced. Rodenticide is placed in rat burrows to eradicate the nest.
The Department of Streets & Sanitation need the cooperation of residents to keep alleys rat free. You can help by making sure your trash is properly contained. Exposed garbage is the primary reason rodents proliferate. When garbage carts are securely closed, rats will eat the rodenticide and die.
To request rodent baiting, call the 16th Ward Office at 773-836-0220 or use the 3-1-1 Service Request Tool by clicking here.
From April 1st through mid-November, bright orange temporary parking restrictions are posted the day before sweeping service is scheduled to begin on any street to ensure curb-to-curb cleaning. Some arterial streets have permanently posted signs that specify a once-per-week period when parking is prohibited for street sweeping.
Persons needing more than one day notice of street cleaning should contact their local ward sanitation office. Street sweeping requests should be made to city's request line at 3-1-1 or click on the button below to make your request.
Click here to view the 16th Ward Street Sweeping Schedule and Map.
We have applications in our office that you can mail into the Board of Elections. You can also register at libraries and the Board of Election Headquarters (map).
You can also download the application at the Board of Election website (click here).
ROOF & PORCH REPAIR PROGRAM SUMMARY
The Roof and Porch Repair Program (formally known as EHAP program) provide grants from $5,000 to $30,000 to low-moderate income owner occupants of 1-4 unit residential buildings. The program is limited to the repair and/or replacement of roofs or porches. Remedies will commensurate to the level of damage determined by Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Rehab Construction Specialist upon inspection (assistance limited to funding availability). A property can receive service one-time only.
How to Apply:
You must register your property on the current year’s enrollment date in September (please check DPD’s website or contact our office).
Applicants who registered their property on the enrollment date will be placed in a lottery drawing for selection. Only one registration per property will be allowed.
Selected lottery applicants will be mailed out an application package.
Selected applicants MUST return their completed application by the deadline date determined by DPD.
Household members gross income earning’s (including existing rental income, earning for minors and any other source of income) that total 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) are eligible to participate in the program.
If the property is jointly owned, the total gross income of all owners shall be included and may not exceed 80% of AMI.
Current Income Limits (2016)
Eligible owner-occupied property must be located in the city of Chicago, in habitable condition, a one to four (1-4) property unit, and not in risk of foreclosure. Condominiums, Commercial and Mixed-use units (apartment plus business or commercial units) do not qualify for program. Property that received assistance in the past under the program (formerly known as EHAP) is ineligible to participate again.
All utilities must be current and the homeowner(s) must be on property deed (ownership) for a minimum of one year at time of application. If the owner sells, transfers title, or no longer occupies the unit within one year of the grant, the owner will be required to pay back a prorated amount of the funds.