Working together with community members, business owners, and City of Chicago partners, Alderman Joe Moore has made many improvements in the 49th Ward during his current aldermanic term. Nationwide, people are noticing these improvements. In 2016, Trulia named Rogers Park the 11th best neighborhood in the nation to live in.
Alderman Moore is committed to preserving and creating affordable housing in Rogers Park. In the last two years alone, he has worked to create 119 new units and preserve 56 units of affordable housing.
2018: Convinced the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to purchase Levy House at 1221 W. Sherwin, thus preserving 56 units affordable senior housing so the senior citizens living there may remain in their homes.
2017: Helped developer secure City of Chicago Low Income Housing Tax Credits to build 54 affordable housing units on top of 3,300 square feet of retail storefront space at Clark and Estes. Construction started in October 2018 with completion set for the end of 2019.
2017: Approved a 30-unit accessible redevelopment that includes 3 units of accessible affordable housing. The proposal preserves the historic terra cotta façade of this Orange-rated building.
2016: Worked with the CHA and developer to create 65 CHA and 46 market rate units above a Target, all due to open in 2019 on Sheridan just north of Devon.
2015: Approved zoning changes for property owners to build three units of affordable accessible housing in the garden level of two-flat and six-flat buildings.
Alderman Moore has supported and encouraged commercial development on our key commercial corridors.
2018: Groundbreaking for Howard/Rogers Lofts at 1531 W. Howard, six stories of market rate housing, with first floor commercial, and 38 units of “condo-grade” quality rental apartments. This is the first new residential development on Howard in decades.
2017: Supported transit-oriented development at 1730 W. Greenleaf, with 30 rental units – three of them affordable.
2016: Helped FactoryTheater relocate at 1621-23 W. Howard. This theater company offers original works written and produced by members of its ensemble. It moved from Avondale.
2015: Approved zoning change for eight story apartment building at 1323 W. Morse with five floors of 45 market rate units. First three floors with 75 parking spaces; some parking will be available for the general public. Construction currently underway with completion set for 2019.
2015: Supported three-story, mixed use residential apartment building at 1240-44 W. Devon. The building consists of 7,000 square feet of storefront commercial retail space on the ground floor. Ten multi-family residential apartment rental units on the second and third floor, consisting of six three-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units.
2015: Backed development of the Hampton Inn at Sheridan and Albion, a six-story, 145-room hotel, opened in 2016. The site also is home to three new businesses: Argo Tea, Raising Cain, and Onward, a family restaurant.
Alderman Moore knows the importance of improving streets, alleys, sidewalks, and our sewer and water mains. These improvement have been made since 2015:
- 108 streets resurfaced
- 47 alleys and alley aprons resurfaced
- 38 new sidewalks installed
- 7 blocks with new streetlights
- 14 blocks with new water mains
- 11 blocks with new sewer mains
- 8 blocks with new bike lanes
Other Ward Infrastructure Improvements:
2018: Construction of 49th Ward Greenway – Bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
2017: Touhy/Ridge/Rogers intersection improvements.
All 49th Ward parks were renovated with new play equipment in the last six years. Most recent:
2018: New mini soccer field at Willye White Park.
2018: First fruit tree orchard installed by the Chicago Park District at Triangle Park
2018: Assembled Lakefront Safety task force to improve water safety.
2015-16: New playgrounds at Hartigan Beach Park (2015); Langdon and Touhy Parks (2015), and Loyola/Leone Beach (2016)
Alderman Moore brought Participatory Budgeting to the United States when he introduced it to the 49th Ward in 2009-10. Here are the major projects that ward residents voted to approve recently.
For 2019 budget year: One hundred new trees, bus benches, artistic murals on CTA embankment walls and Metra viaducts, a public plaza/stage in Touhy Park, and partial funding for an artificial turf field and running track at Sullivan High School (the remaining funds will be proposed on future PB election ballots).
2018: Seven new benches at Loyola, Touhy and Pottawattomie parks, and one at Sherwin Beach; Pratt Avenue bike lane extension.
2017: 100 more new trees for Rogers Park; Learning Garden at Gale Academy; updated streetlights on Clark Street; lean bars in heat lamp shelters on CTA platforms.
2016: 100 new trees in Rogers Park; new streetlights around Kilmer, Sullivan schools; improvements at Dubkin, Paschen and Loyola parks.
2015: 100 new trees planted in Rogers Park; park improvements at Pottawattomie Park, and Goldberg and Washington playlots; five new murals at CTA and Metra underpasses, and a mini artificial turf soccer field at Langdon Park.
Since 2015, almost 1,500 citizens shared ward improvement ideas; almost 10,000 citizens voted.
Schools are the lifeblood of our community and educate our future leaders. Alderman Moore has fought for investments in their futures.
2018: New roof at Eugene Field School
2018: New turf field and playground at Eugene Field School
2018: New health clinic at Gale Community Academy
2017: $2 million in various modernization efforts at Sullivan High School
Coming in 2019-20: $5 million investment in new roof at Kilmer School.
2011-2019: At total of $16.7 million in capital improvements at six public schools in Rogers Park.
Annually: Gave away more than 1,000 back packs with school supplies at Back to School Picnics.
Rogers Park also is home to Chicago Math and Science Academy, currently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 public charter school in the state of Illinois. Acero Cruz school serves kindergarten through high school students.
Rogers Park is chock full of dining choices – from the exotic elegance of Ethiopian Diamond to the tasty burgers and beer at Bulldog Ale House. Alderman Moore helps entrepreneurs navigate the licensing process and promotes new businesses – especially restaurants at his Follow Me Friday events.
Here’s a sampling of some of the new restaurants that recently opened in Rogers Park: