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 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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The City of Chicago has allocated CARES Act funds to make housing assistance grants available to assist those experienci...
11/24/2020
Emergency Assistance | NHS Chicago

The City of Chicago has allocated CARES Act funds to make housing assistance grants available to assist those experiencing ongoing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) is administering the allocation of 600 rental assistance grants and 600 mortgage assistance grants.

Click here for more information or to apply: https://nhschicago.org/emergencyassistance

For your safety, and the safety of our staff members, we are not accepting visitors at our physical offices, and no in-person classes or workshops are being held.We are here to serve you remotely via telephone (773) 329-4111, email, our client portal, and virtually through secure online homebuyer ed...

Garbage service will operate on a short week this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, with no pickup occurring on Than...
11/24/2020
NEW: Get your pickup schedule and reminders too.

Garbage service will operate on a short week this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, with no pickup occurring on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26). To ensure your garage is serviced this week, the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) is asking residents whose garbage is picked up on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday to put their garbage out the day before their normal pickup day:

- If your garbage is normally picked up on Tuesday, please put your garbage out Monday morning. If your garbage is not picked up Monday, it will be still be serviced on Tuesday.
- If your garbage is normally picked up on Wednesday, please put your garbage out Tuesday morning. If your garbage is not picked up Tuesday, it will still be serviced on Wednesday.
- If your garbage is normally picked up on Thursday, please put your garbage out Wednesday morning. If your garbage is not picked up Wednesday, it will be serviced on Friday.
- Friday garbage service will be unaffected.

Putting your garbage out one day prior to your normal pick up day with help DSS ensure that everyone's garbage is picked up in a timely manner during the shortened holiday week. If you are not sure what day your pickup day is, you can use Recycle By City's address lookup tool to find your pickup day: https://www.recyclebycity.com/chicago/schedule

View your collection schedule and get a reminder before each pickup. You decide how and when you want them. #knowyourday

11/24/2020
North Dearborn Association

Donations Needed: The North Dearborn Association (NDA) will host its 27th annual Joy of Toys event on Saturday, December 5 at Mario's Table (21 W. Goethe). Joy of Toys provides Christmas gifts to children in need, and this year's beneficiaries are the George Manierre Elementary School and the Catherine Ferguson Parent Center.

Neighbors can participate by dropping off a gift, or by making a tax-deductible donation to the NDA to help purchase gifts. More information is available on the NDA's website - https://www.dearborngardenwalk.com/

Applications are now open for a new round of funding through the City’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Program. This progr...
11/23/2020
Performing Arts Venue Relief Grants Program

Applications are now open for a new round of funding through the City’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Program. This program will distribute grants of $10,000 to up to 120 performing for-profit and nonprofit arts venues, including music venues, dance venues, theaters, comedy clubs, and night clubs that feature DJs.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 3 at 5:00 pm CST. Visit chicago.gov/artsvenuerelief to review important updates to the guidelines for this round of funding and to apply.

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented strain on the arts and cultural community.

Garbage service will operate on a short week this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, with no pickup occurring on Than...
11/23/2020
NEW: Get your pickup schedule and reminders too.

Garbage service will operate on a short week this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, with no pickup occurring on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26). To ensure your garage is serviced this week, the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) is asking residents whose garbage is picked up on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday to put their garbage out the day before their normal pickup day:

- If your garbage is normally picked up on Tuesday, please put your garbage out Monday morning. If your garbage is not picked up Monday, it will be still be serviced on Tuesday.
- If your garbage is normally picked up on Wednesday, please put your garbage out Tuesday morning. If your garbage is not picked up Tuesday, it will still be serviced on Wednesday.
- If your garbage is normally picked up on Thursday, please put your garbage out Wednesday morning. If your garbage is not picked up Wednesday, it will be serviced on Friday.
- Friday garbage service will be unaffected.

Putting your garbage out one day prior to your normal pick up day with help DSS ensure that everyone's garbage is picked up in a timely manner during the shortened holiday week. If you are not sure what day your pickup day is, you can use Recycle By City's address lookup tool to find your pickup day: https://www.recyclebycity.com/chicago/schedule

View your collection schedule and get a reminder before each pickup. You decide how and when you want them. #knowyourday

Just in time for the holidays, "Art on theMART" resumes its projections with an all-new program. The program includes mo...
11/21/2020

Just in time for the holidays, "Art on theMART" resumes its projections with an all-new program. The program includes moving-image projections from The Joffrey Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, and images from the Art Institute of Chicago. Projections will be shown nightly at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm through December 30. For details, visit https://artonthemart.com/

Northwestern Settlement, along with Catering by Michaels, will be able to give 700 Thanksgiving Meals to the community o...
11/20/2020
Food Pantry and Support Services – Northwestern Settlement

Northwestern Settlement, along with Catering by Michaels, will be able to give 700 Thanksgiving Meals to the community on Saturday, November 21st from 12-3pm at 1400 W. Augusta. Boxes are first come first served, and face masks are required.

For more than 125 years, Northwestern Settlement has nurtured, educated, and inspired children and families in need in Chicago.

For more information please visit https://northwesternsettlement.org/food-pantry-3/

Throughout its history, Northwestern Settlment has provided food and emergency services to residents of the West Town community. In 1933, Settlement board members began distributing meals to neighborhood schools to feed students coping with the Great Depression, dealing an average of 4,000 meals eac...

New COVID-19 State Mitigation Measures: Effective November 20thDue to a rise in COVID-19 cases throughout Illinois, Gove...
11/19/2020
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New COVID-19 State Mitigation Measures: Effective November 20th

Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases throughout Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the reimplementation of Tier Three resurgence mitigations statewide, effective Friday, November 20 at 12:01 am.

The following industries or activities must close:
- Movie theaters
- Indoor recreational facilities (i.e. bowling alleys, arcades, casinos, etc.)
- Performance venues
- Museums
- Indoor group sports and recreational activities
- Meeting rooms, banquet centers, private party rooms, private clubs, and country clubs may not host gatherings.

Special events at places of worship or funeral homes, such as weddings, funerals, Bar Mitzvahs, or wakes, are limited to 10 people.

Industries or activities may continue operating under these additional regulations found here:
https://mcusercontent.com/936879b99e79c41d6215b423f/files/58faaf19-e103-45bc-8b78-8212595b8535/Tier_3_Resurgence_Migitations.pdf

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is in need of volunteers for its "repack sessions" as part of its on-going COVID-19 ...
11/19/2020
Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is in need of volunteers for its "repack sessions" as part of its on-going COVID-19 response. This involves putting quantities of bulk food into packages that individuals and families can use.

Tasks include repacking bulk products like pasta or rice, assembling food boxes, checking expiration dates, labeling products, and gleaning produce.

Click below to view the volunteer calendar.
https://volunteers.chicagosfoodbank.org/index.php?section=IndividualOpportunities&action=calendar

Groups are now welcome to register for Repack sessions. Group members will still be asked to practice social distancing during the session. Please ensure that all group members use your group link to sign up before the session. If your group will be more than 30 people, please contact Nicole Ramos (...

Based on feedback from Chicagoans, the Department of Finance on December 1st, 2020, will begin to bill non-metered water...
11/17/2020
Finance

Based on feedback from Chicagoans, the Department of Finance on December 1st, 2020, will begin to bill non-metered water connections monthly instead of every six months. Residents with non-metered water connections will receive a letter later this month in regards to this change.

Beginning December 1, 2020, you will receive a monthly bill for the prior month of service. You will still have 21 days to pay after the bill date, and your overall bill amount will not increase due to this change. If you have enrolled in AutoPay, you do not need to take any action - your payments will be switched to the monthly schedule automatically.

If you have any questions about this change or your utility billing account, please contact Utility Billing & Customer Service at (312) 744-4426 or [email protected].

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/fin.html

The official website of the City of Chicago Department of Finance, otherwise know as the Comptroller’s Office

Just in time for the holidays, "Art on theMART" resumes its projections with an all-new program. The program includes mo...
11/14/2020

Just in time for the holidays, "Art on theMART" resumes its projections with an all-new program. The program includes moving-image projections from The Joffrey Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, and images from the Art Institute of Chicago. Projections will be shown nightly at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm through December 30. For details, visit https://artonthemart.com/

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is in need of volunteers for its "repack sessions" as part of its on-going COVID-19 ...
11/13/2020
Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is in need of volunteers for its "repack sessions" as part of its on-going COVID-19 response. This involves putting quantities of bulk food into packages that individuals and families can use.

Tasks include repacking bulk products like pasta or rice, assembling food boxes, checking expiration dates, labeling products, and gleaning produce.

Click below to view the volunteer calendar.
https://volunteers.chicagosfoodbank.org/index.php?section=IndividualOpportunities&action=calendar

Groups are now welcome to register for Repack sessions. Group members will still be asked to practice social distancing during the session. Please ensure that all group members use your group link to sign up before the session. If your group will be more than 30 people, please contact Nicole Ramos (...

Tonight at 6:00pm: I will be co-sponsoring an online community meeting with Alderman Walter Burnett Jr and the City of C...
11/12/2020
North Union

Tonight at 6:00pm: I will be co-sponsoring an online community meeting with Alderman Walter Burnett Jr and the City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development to review the proposed plan for JDL Development’s North Union site on the Near North Side.

The meeting will stream live on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/c/chicagodpd

JDL proposes to purchase and redevelop 8.1 acres of land from the Moody Bible Institute, which would continue to own and operate an educational institution and media ministry on its remaining 9.4 acres.

For more information on this project, please visit: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/north-union.html

The City of Chicago is currently in Phase Four: "Gradually Resume." Many City services have adjusted hours or locations and may require health screens prior to entering their physical

If you are a ComEd customer, you can see what options are available to you to reduce your energy use with a free energy ...
11/12/2020
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If you are a ComEd customer, you can see what options are available to you to reduce your energy use with a free energy assessment for your home or business. The assessment can be done virtually or in-person, includes recommendations on energy-saving projects, and identifies available incentives.

For more information or to schedule an assessment, visit comed.com/waystosave.

We offer programs, rebates, instant discounts and online tools designed to help you reduce energy usage and save money on your monthly bill.

The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's Restaurant Employee Relief Fund is providing one-time $500 ...
11/11/2020
IRAEF Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's Restaurant Employee Relief Fund is providing one-time $500 cash assistance grants to eligible restaurant workers who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Priority will be given to applicants who:
- Have been out of work for at least three weeks without unemployment benefits, OR
- Who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or served as a caregiver for an immediate family member with COVID-19,
- Or had to quarantine with a doctor's note

Applications, full eligibility requirements, and a list of required documents are available in English and in Spanish. If you would like to help restaurant workers in need, you may make a tax-deductible donation to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund online: https://www.illinoisrestaurants.org/page/IRAEFReliefFund

As the restaurant industry continues to be impacted by the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF) has developed the   to provide financial support to restaurant workers in need.

All City Offices will be closed this Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day, including the 2nd Ward Servic...
11/11/2020

All City Offices will be closed this Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day, including the 2nd Ward Service Office. To file a Service Request during this time, please visit 311.chicago.gov.

Thank you to all of our service members, both present and past, who have served our country and fought for the freedoms we hold dear. With hearts full of gratitude, we wish you a happy Veterans Day.

There is a fire this afternoon at General Iron Industries, located at 1909 N. Clifton Ave. A Hazardous Materials Respons...
11/10/2020

There is a fire this afternoon at General Iron Industries, located at 1909 N. Clifton Ave. A Hazardous Materials Response Team is on site. Please avoid the area this afternoon and evening.

I invite you to join me tonight, Tuesday, November 10th, for a Property Tax Appeal Online Webinar with the Cook County B...
11/10/2020

I invite you to join me tonight, Tuesday, November 10th, for a Property Tax Appeal Online Webinar with the Cook County Board of Review at 5:00 pm.

This workshop is another opportunity to decrease your taxes, in addition to any savings you may receive from appealing your property taxes through the Cook County Assessor's Office. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A with staff members.

Should you have additional questions, you may contact my office at (312) 643-2299, or contact Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Mike Cabonargi's office at (312) 603-5562.

To sign up for tonight's webinar, please click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNxdoy5HDEPgI_NkzTaxbhrJLMEoZkHA0OIBfRS2RWX5g63g/viewform

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is in need of volunteers for its "repack sessions" as part of its on-going COVID-19 ...
11/09/2020
Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is in need of volunteers for its "repack sessions" as part of its on-going COVID-19 response. This involves putting quantities of bulk food into packages that individuals and families can use.

Tasks include repacking bulk products like pasta or rice, assembling food boxes, checking expiration dates, labeling products, and gleaning produce.

Click below to view the volunteer calendar.
https://volunteers.chicagosfoodbank.org/index.php?section=IndividualOpportunities&action=calendar

Groups are now welcome to register for Repack sessions. Group members will still be asked to practice social distancing during the session. Please ensure that all group members use your group link to sign up before the session. If your group will be more than 30 people, please contact Nicole Ramos (...

Just in time for the holidays, "Art on theMART" resumes its projections on November 12 with an all-new program. The prog...
11/08/2020

Just in time for the holidays, "Art on theMART" resumes its projections on November 12 with an all-new program. The program includes moving-image projections from The Joffrey Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, and images from the Art Institute of Chicago. Projections will be shown nightly at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm through December 30. For details, visit https://artonthemart.com/

Reminder: Please Clean Up Leaves And Other Lawn DebrisHelp to keep your parkways clear of leaves. If there is a catch ba...
11/07/2020

Reminder: Please Clean Up Leaves And Other Lawn Debris

Help to keep your parkways clear of leaves. If there is a catch basin on the street in front of your property, please help remove debris from the grating so rain water will properly drain. DO NOT sweep or blow leaves into the streets - street sweepers are not designed to pick up entire lawns worth of leaves.

The Department of Streets and Sanitation will pick up your bagged leaves on garbage day at no cost to you - simply put them out with your garbage on garbage day, or call the 2nd Ward Service Office to arrange for a pickup at 312-643-2299.

Just in time for the holidays, "Art on theMART" resumes its projections on November 12 with an all-new program. The prog...
11/06/2020

Just in time for the holidays, "Art on theMART" resumes its projections on November 12 with an all-new program. The program includes moving-image projections from The Joffrey Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, and images from the Art Institute of Chicago. Projections will be shown nightly at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm through December 30. For details, visit https://artonthemart.com/

The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's Restaurant Employee Relief Fund is providing one-time $500 ...
11/06/2020
IRAEF Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's Restaurant Employee Relief Fund is providing one-time $500 cash assistance grants to eligible restaurant workers who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Priority will be given to applicants who:
- Have been out of work for at least three weeks without unemployment benefits, OR
- Who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or served as a caregiver for an immediate family member with COVID-19,
- Or had to quarantine with a doctor's note

Applications, full eligibility requirements, and a list of required documents are available in English and in Spanish.

If you would like to help restaurant workers in need, you may make a tax-deductible donation to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund online: https://www.illinoisrestaurants.org/page/IRAEFReliefFund

As the restaurant industry continues to be impacted by the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF) has developed the   to provide financial support to restaurant workers in need.

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Alderman Hokpins, on the Gold Coast we also need police accountability, not increased police presence! Support #CPACNow #GoodMorningBrian, #GoodMorning2ndWard, #CPACnow, #2ndWard4CPAC, #peopleoverproperty, #Carenotcops
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
Alderman Hopkins - It is time to give the citizens of this city the power to determine how their neighborhoods are policed, how they are protected. Please support real police reform. Please support #CPACnow.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just saw your interview with Alderman Brendan Reilly on NBC about cracking down on motorcyclists. I was planning to contact your office and start calling 911 because it's gotten so out of control the last few years. But know it's not just Lake Shore Drive and it's not just large groups. I live between LaSalle and Clark and I feel like I live in a war zone even when one or a small group tears through this area, now about 30-40 times a day. No joke, it's non-stop. My heart literally skips a beat and I can't hear people on the phone or on TV. We shouldn't have to live like this. If there's anything I can do to help stop this, please let me know.
Thank you for the masks that someone from your office dropped off. The doorman called up and we have them. Great service from the City that Works.
Alderman Hopkins, will you please remind 2nd Ward dog owners to please pick up after their dogs? It's a mess out there and we don't need a rodent problem on top of everything else. Thank you!