Last week the Chicago City Council voted to approve a new city ward map. Prior to the vote SOAR met with Alderman Brendan Reilly and requested that Streeterville be kept intact within a single ward. SOAR also reached out to Alderman Richard Mell who was spearheading the ward remap with the same request. In spite of this logical request, the council voted to split Streeterville into the 2nd and 42nd wards. 42nd Ward Alderman Reilly voted in favor of the remap. 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti voted against it.
Under the new map, 51 existing Streeterville residential buildings are shifted to the 2nd Ward, leaving 48 Streeterville residential buildings in the 42nd Ward. In short, just over 50% of Streeterville residential buildings have been shifted to the 2nd Ward, which stretches west to Ashland Avenue.
Whether represented by one or more alderman in the City Council, Streeterville, naturally bounded on three sides by water, remains a community and an integral, vibrant part of downtown Chicago. While the remap will pose practical and logistical challenges, SOAR will continue to be the voice for our collective Streeterville residential community as it has for the past thirty-six years.
As SOAR continues to work on behalf of ALL Streeterville residents - now with two Alderman - to preserve, promote, and enhance the quality of life and community, your continued support and involvement in SOAR is more important than ever before.
We will keep you informed of our efforts with both Alderman Brendan Reilly and Alderman Bob Fioretti in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, if you have questions or comments, please send us an email.