Alderman Brian Hopkins

Alderman Brian Hopkins Brian Hopkins is Alderman of Chicago's 2nd Ward. Please follow along with Ward updates on the main website and through our newsletter, at www.aldermanhopkins.com/newsletter

Alderman Brian Hopkins was elected to Chicago’s City Council in May 2015. After graduating as a Student Regent from the University of Illinois-Springfield (Sangamon State), Hopkins interned for the Illinois State Senate, and was assigned to the Appropriations Committee. His role in the Senate helped prepare him for future positions including advising President Bill Clinton’s transition team on ways to address the national issue of homelessness, as well as serving as the Downstate Campaign Manager for Dawn Clark-Netsch’s campaign for Governor in 1994. Hopkins went on to be the Director for the Illinois Coalition to End Homelessness, and led the successful campaign to pass the Illinois Homeless Voting Rights Act, the first of its kind in the nation. He also directed the Midwest tour of “Address Unknown” a nationally known
theater company of homeless actors. A life-long Chicagoan, Hopkins returned to the downtown area and moved to Streeterville in 1999 in what is now the new 2nd Ward. He took a job in the Cook County Commissioners office, where his experience led him to serve as Chief of Staff to the Finance Committee Chairman John P. Daley, under the tenure of President Toni Preckwinkle. Along with his job at the County, Hopkins was twice voted President of the respected community group, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR). He also served as Vice President and Treasurer. At the helm of SOAR, Hopkins solved complex issues from a community perspective, and co-chaired the first-ever neighborhood music festival in SOAR’s history, StreeterFest. Hopkins served on the Lakeshore Planning Committee, a group of civil leaders advocating a bold plan to add more green space and public parkland to Chicago's Lakefront. He fought to protect the community from health risks associated with environmental contamination at former industrial sites. He advocated for open space and parkland, and served on the committee to design the proposed DuSable Park, planned for a site near Navy Pier. In conjunction with fighting to preserve open green space, Hopkins took an active role in transportation issues, serving on the Audit Committee for the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (now the Active Transportation Alliance), and previously served on the Board of Working Bikes; an organization that recycles used and unwanted bikes. Hopkins lives in the Lincoln Park area with his wife, Colleen, and their son, Ryan. They can be found enjoying numerous dining, cultural and entertainment options in the vibrant neighborhoods of the 2nd Ward, or cheering on their beloved Blackhawks as die-hard hockey fans.

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Street sweeping will resume on Thursday, April 1st. Between the months of April and November, the Department of Streets ...
03/25/2021
2nd Ward Street Sweeping

Street sweeping will resume on Thursday, April 1st.

Between the months of April and November, the Department of Streets and Sanitation Chicago utilizes street sweepers to remove debris and litter from streets. Temporary No Parking restrictions will be in place on the day that street sweeping is performed on your block.

A full street sweeping schedule and interactive map is available on my website to help you find your block's street sweeping schedule. To make sure you never miss a street sweeping day, lease click here for free text and/or email street sweeping reminders: www.aldermanhopkins.com/street-sweeping

Between the months of April and November, the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Chicago utilizes street sweepers to remove debris and litter from streets. Temporary No Parking restrictions will be in place on the day that street sweeping is performed on your block. The days on which stre...

Mayor Lightfoot and CDPH announced last week that Chicago will move to Phase 1C of COVID-19 vaccine distribution on Mond...
03/24/2021
Vaccine Finder

Mayor Lightfoot and CDPH announced last week that Chicago will move to Phase 1C of COVID-19 vaccine distribution on Monday, March 29, 2021. Chicagoans who are currently eligible under Phase 1A and 1B - including healthcare workers, front line essential workers, and residents over the age of 65 - will still be eligible.

Under Phase 1C, Chicagoans age 16 to 64 with underlying medical conditions and all essential workers will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please be advised that due to limited vaccine supply, it may take several weeks for individuals in Phase 1C to secure a vaccination appointment. Residents can use the City's Vaccine Finder Tool located here for more information: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/vaccine-finder.html

The vaccine will be offered at no cost to all Chicagoans who want it, but patience is needed while vaccine quantities increase. Be aware that most provider office locations have been instructed to start vaccination of their current patients before opening up appointments to others.

Join the Pothole Patrol!Potholes are causes by the freeze-thaw cycle that Chicago experiences every winter, which means ...
03/22/2021

Join the Pothole Patrol!

Potholes are causes by the freeze-thaw cycle that Chicago experiences every winter, which means that you will likely see more potholes over the next few weeks. If your block has potholes that need to be patched, please contact the 2nd Ward office at [email protected] or call 3-1-1 with the addresses where the potholes exist.

Be sure to include the exact address(es) that the potholes are in front of, rather than just a block number.

View real-time traffic data with the Chicago Traffic Tracker. It provides real-time traffic conditions for arterial stre...
03/19/2021
Chicago Traffic Tracker - Realtime Traffic Information for Chicago

View real-time traffic data with the Chicago Traffic Tracker. It provides real-time traffic conditions for arterial streets, locations of speed and red light cameras, Average Daily Traffic (ADT) volumes, and more. This interactive map is an initiative of the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Click below to view the Chicago Traffic Tracker.

https://webapps1.chicago.gov/traffic/

Chicago Traffic Tracker provides real-time traffic conditions, congestion projection, vehicle & pedestrian counts, signal & red light camera locations

Please be aware that Chicago will be experiencing a high wind advisory overnight through tomorrow, March 18th. Northeast...
03/17/2021

Please be aware that Chicago will be experiencing a high wind advisory overnight through tomorrow, March 18th. Northeast winds will gust to 45 to 50 mph tomorrow morning, also creating the threat of lake shore flooding through Thursday night.

Chicago Sculpture Exhibit's Richard Hunt Award: Apply By March 19Chicago Sculpture Exhibit (CSE) is proud to announce th...
03/17/2021
CSE Richard Hunt Award « Chicago Sculpture Exhibit

Chicago Sculpture Exhibit's Richard Hunt Award: Apply By March 19

Chicago Sculpture Exhibit (CSE) is proud to announce the creation of the CSE Richard Hunt Award. In recognition of the internationally-heralded artist and Chicago native Richard Hunt, CSE is offering a $10,000 prize to emerging and/or mid-career sculptors for production and installation of a sculpture at the highly-visible intersection of Halsted Street, Lincoln Avenue, and Fullerton Avenue in Lincoln Park.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 19th. Click here for more information or to apply.

The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit (CSE) is proud to announce the creation of the CSE Richard Hunt Award. In recognition of the internationally-heralded artist and Chicago native Richard Hunt, the award will help CSE bring new perspectives and added diversity to the large-scale public art world by offeri...

March 14, 2020, one year ago today. This was the last in-studio interview I did in 2020. Interestingly, the pandemic was...
03/15/2021

March 14, 2020, one year ago today. This was the last in-studio interview I did in 2020. Interestingly, the pandemic wasn't even the top story in the interview, it was second to horse drawn carriages! How naive we were about the full force of what was about to hit us. At least I was right about not needing bottled water during the lock-down to come.

Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides new and nearly-new essential children's items to children in need, has lau...
03/14/2021
Giving Factory @ Home - Cradles to Crayons - Chicago

Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides new and nearly-new essential children's items to children in need, has launched Giving Factory @ Home.

This new program offers activities that you and your family can do at home to help support Cradles to Crayons' mission, such as quality checking donations at home, shopping Cradles to Crayons' Amazon list, and much more.

For a full list of activities, visit the Cradles to Crayons website: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/chicago/at-home/

Giving Factory @ Home Stay safe while helping children in need Now more than ever, the COVID-19 crisis continues to highlight the need for our services in providing essential items for families in homeless and low-income situations. As Cradles to Crayons is currently unable to welcome large groups o...

Yesterday we held a pop up vaccine clinic that administered 2,500 doses in 9 hours. Thank you to my awesome 2nd Ward sta...
03/13/2021

Yesterday we held a pop up vaccine clinic that administered 2,500 doses in 9 hours. Thank you to my awesome 2nd Ward staff, our dedicated volunteers, Jewel-Osco, Power Construction, Special Events Management, and all the medical staff on site.

If you were unsuccessful in obtaining a dose, please subscribe to my newsletter at www.aldermanhopkins.com and follow me on Twitter @aldermanhopkins. If we can get more supply, future announcements will appear there first.

Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides new and nearly-new essential children's items to children in need, has lau...
03/11/2021
Giving Factory @ Home - Cradles to Crayons - Chicago

Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides new and nearly-new essential children's items to children in need, has launched Giving Factory @ Home.

This new program offers activities that you and your family can do at home to help support Cradles to Crayons' mission, such as quality checking donations at home, shopping Cradles to Crayons' Amazon list, and much more.

For a full list of activities, visit the Cradles to Crayons website: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/chicago/at-home/

Giving Factory @ Home Stay safe while helping children in need Now more than ever, the COVID-19 crisis continues to highlight the need for our services in providing essential items for families in homeless and low-income situations. As Cradles to Crayons is currently unable to welcome large groups o...

The new United Center COVID-19 Vaccination Site is now open for registration to Chicago senior citizens age 65 and older...
03/10/2021

The new United Center COVID-19 Vaccination Site is now open for registration to Chicago senior citizens age 65 and older, and to all residents who qualify for Phase 1b+.

For more details on how to register please visit the City's United Center Vaccination Site web page located here:
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/united-center.html

This new site will be able to provide up to 6,000 Pfizer vaccines per day, seven days per week. These vaccines will come directly from the Federal government's supply, rather than drawing from Illinois' limited supply of doses.
Vaccines will be available by appointment only, and registration for appointments at this site will be available at zocdoc.com/vaccine.

If you cannot access the registration website, please call (312) 746-4835. This hotline will be open Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Detailed travel instructions for driving, parking, taking the CTA, arriving by rideshare, and more are available on the City's United Center Vaccination Site web page. A free shuttle to and from parking and drop-off/pick-up locations will be available at Lot E.

The new immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is now open right here in the 2nd Ward at the landmark Germania Club (108 W. Germania...
03/09/2021

The new immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is now open right here in the 2nd Ward at the landmark Germania Club (108 W. Germania Place).

For more information please visit www.vangoghchicago.com

Through this exhibit, visitors will be immersed in 600,000 cubic feet of stunning projections that animate and illuminate the mind of Vincent Van Gogh - from the artist's sunny landscapes and night scenes, to his portraits and still life. Visitors will be required to wear masks and follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit has announced that it will extend the exhibit through Labor Day due to popular demand.

Join the Pothole Patrol!Potholes are causes by the freeze-thaw cycle that Chicago experiences every winter, which means ...
03/08/2021

Join the Pothole Patrol!

Potholes are causes by the freeze-thaw cycle that Chicago experiences every winter, which means that you will likely see more potholes over the next few weeks. If your block has potholes that need to be patched, please contact the 2nd Ward office at [email protected] or call 3-1-1 with the addresses where the potholes exist.

Be sure to include the exact address(es) that the potholes are in front of, rather than just a block number.

Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides new and nearly-new essential children's items to children in need, has lau...
03/07/2021
Giving Factory @ Home - Cradles to Crayons - Chicago

Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides new and nearly-new essential children's items to children in need, has launched Giving Factory @ Home.

This new program offers activities that you and your family can do at home to help support Cradles to Crayons' mission, such as quality checking donations at home, shopping Cradles to Crayons' Amazon list, and much more.

For a full list of activities, visit the Cradles to Crayons website: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/chicago/at-home/

Giving Factory @ Home Stay safe while helping children in need Now more than ever, the COVID-19 crisis continues to highlight the need for our services in providing essential items for families in homeless and low-income situations. As Cradles to Crayons is currently unable to welcome large groups o...

03/06/2021
The new United Center COVID-19 Vaccination Site is now open for registration to Chicago senior citizens age 65 and older...
03/06/2021

The new United Center COVID-19 Vaccination Site is now open for registration to Chicago senior citizens age 65 and older, and to all residents who qualify for Phase 1b+.

For more details on how to register please visit the City's United Center Vaccination Site web page located here:
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/united-center.html

This new site will be able to provide up to 6,000 Pfizer vaccines per day, seven days per week. These vaccines will come directly from the Federal government's supply, rather than drawing from Illinois' limited supply of doses.
Vaccines will be available by appointment only, and registration for appointments at this site will be available at zocdoc.com/vaccine.

If you cannot access the registration website, please call (312) 746-4835. This hotline will be open Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Detailed travel instructions for driving, parking, taking the CTA, arriving by rideshare, and more are available on the City's United Center Vaccination Site web page. A free shuttle to and from parking and drop-off/pick-up locations will be available at Lot E.

There will be a new COVID-19 Vaccination Site opening at the United Center on Tuesday, March 9th.Registration opened to ...
03/05/2021

There will be a new COVID-19 Vaccination Site opening at the United Center on Tuesday, March 9th.

Registration opened to senior citizens age 65 and older on March 4th at 8:30 am, and will open to all of Phase 1b+ on March 7th at 4:00 pm.

For more details on how to register, and get answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the City's United Center Vaccination Site web page located here: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/united-center.html

This new site will be able to provide up to 6,000 Pfizer vaccines per day, seven days per week. These vaccines will come directly from the Federal government's supply, rather than drawing from Illinois' limited supply of doses.

Vaccines will be available by appointment only, and registration for appointments at this site will be available at zocdoc.com/vaccine.

If you cannot access the registration website, please call (312) 746-4835. This hotline will open on Thursday, March 4th at 8:30 am, and will be open Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm thereafter.

Detailed travel instructions for driving, parking, taking the CTA, arriving by rideshare, and more are available on the City's United Center Vaccination Site web page. A free shuttle to and from parking and drop-off/pick-up locations will be available at Lot E.

Join the Pothole Patrol!Potholes are causes by the freeze-thaw cycle that Chicago experiences every winter, which means ...
03/04/2021

Join the Pothole Patrol!

Potholes are causes by the freeze-thaw cycle that Chicago experiences every winter, which means that you will likely see more potholes over the next few weeks. If your block has potholes that need to be patched, please contact the 2nd Ward office at [email protected] or call 3-1-1 with the addresses where the potholes exist.

Be sure to include the exact address(es) that the potholes are in front of, rather than just a block number.

There will be a new COVID-19 Vaccination Site opening at the United Center On Tuesday, March 9th.Registration opens to s...
03/03/2021

There will be a new COVID-19 Vaccination Site opening at the United Center On Tuesday, March 9th.

Registration opens to senior citizens age 65 and older on March 4th at 8:30 am, and opens to all of Phase 1b+ on March 7th at 4:00 pm.

For more details on how to register, and get answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the City's United Center Vaccination Site web page located here: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/united-center.html

This new site will be able to provide up to 6,000 Pfizer vaccines per day, seven days per week. These vaccines will come directly from the Federal government's supply, rather than drawing from Illinois' limited supply of doses.

Vaccines will be available by appointment only, and registration for appointments at this site will be available at zocdoc.com/vaccine.

If you cannot access the registration website, please call (312) 746-4835. This hotline will open on Thursday, March 4th at 8:30 am, and will be open Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm thereafter.

Detailed travel instructions for driving, parking, taking the CTA, arriving by rideshare, and more are available on the City's United Center Vaccination Site web page. A free shuttle to and from parking and drop-off/pick-up locations will be available at Lot E.

Join the Pothole Patrol!Potholes are causes by the freeze-thaw cycle that Chicago experiences every winter, which means ...
03/03/2021

Join the Pothole Patrol!

Potholes are causes by the freeze-thaw cycle that Chicago experiences every winter, which means that you will likely see more potholes over the next few weeks. If your block has potholes that need to be patched, please contact the 2nd Ward office at [email protected] or call 3-1-1 with the addresses where the potholes exist.

Be sure to include the exact address(es) that the potholes are in front of, rather than just a block number.

There will be a new COVID-19 Vaccination Site opening at the United Center on Tuesday, March 9th.Registration opens to s...
03/03/2021

There will be a new COVID-19 Vaccination Site opening at the United Center on Tuesday, March 9th.

Registration opens to senior citizens age 65 and older on March 4th at 8:30 am, and opens to all of Phase 1b+ on March 7th at 4:00 pm.

For more details on how to register, and get answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the City's United Center Vaccination Site web page located here: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/united-center.html

This new site will be able to provide up to 6,000 Pfizer vaccines per day, seven days per week. These vaccines will come directly from the Federal government's supply, rather than drawing from Illinois' limited supply of doses.

Vaccines will be available by appointment only, and registration for appointments at this site will be available at zocdoc.com/vaccine.

If you cannot access the registration website, please call (312) 746-4835. This hotline will open on Thursday, March 4th at 8:30 am, and will be open Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm thereafter.

Detailed travel instructions for driving, parking, taking the CTA, arriving by rideshare, and more are available on the City's United Center Vaccination Site web page. A free shuttle to and from parking and drop-off/pick-up locations will be available at Lot E.

Many of you have contacted my office recently to report that you have experienced delays in receiving your mail. USPS ha...
03/02/2021
Federal Agency Assistance | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois

Many of you have contacted my office recently to report that you have experienced delays in receiving your mail. USPS has informed my office that these delays are due to staff shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the extreme temperatures and heavy snowfall Chicago experienced over the past few weeks.

If you have a concern with mail delivery, questions about specific pieces of mail, and or other service issues, you can contact your local post office directly, or call the USPS Consumer Affairs office at (312) 983-8403.

My office is also working with Senator Dick Durbin to provide assistance on individual mail issues. If you are unable to resolve a service issue using the contacts provided above, please fill out this form (linked below) on Senator Durbin's website to request assistance.

https://www.durbin.senate.gov/help/services

The Official U.S. Senate website of Dick Durbin

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Thank you so much for holding the Covid Vaccination event today!! Very well organized and appreciated! 💕
Alderman Hopkins tells WGN he is also concerned about unauthorized gatherings. (St. Patrick's Day) “It’s the unlicensed parties and underground events that are the cause for concern,” he said. “People are having their own parties, booking hotels and Airbnb sites. It has the potential to get out of control and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen.” And yet Biden is sending COVID POSITIVE undocumented illegals to various locations in the US with no plans of quarantine or treatment? Sound counter productive to me.
On February 6th, a car jacking that ended in a crash at Dearborn and Schiller took out the North West stop sign. When will this be replaced? There is a pre-school here and leaves us with a very unsafe intersection. Thank you.
Feliz Navidad y un 2021 con sueños cumplidos le desea con afecto y gratitud la madre de Hugo Checo Silva.
Alderman Hopkins - do you know why is General Iron still operating? They were supposed to shut down today. Thanks.
While I appreciate your service, Alderman, I don't think your constituents or any of the residents of Chicago benefit from internal nitpicking. It's time for solutions and working together.
This is an organized crime ring and not the Mayor’s fault
Alderman Brian Hopkins U on IG ? Asking for a Friend
Alderman Hopkins, where are you on Green C’s. Chicago?
Perhaps the City Council should focus on doing something about the gun violence with 80 shot just this past weekend alone instead of focusing on whether a female dog is capable of reproduction.
What’s up with garbage collection these days? Been like this for weeks. And that’s a restaurant, which has overflowed its dumpster, now using our residential bins.
Please support CPAC. Please. The bloodshed has got to end. #CPACNow