Tourism and the Second Ward

Welcoming Visitors to our Neighborhoods

With its great restaurants, legendary hotels, fabulous shops and tremendous cultural attractions, the Second Ward is a great place to live, work and visit. As your Alderman, I will work with business owners, labor leaders, tourism organizations and the City to bring tourists (and their vacation dollars) beyond downtown and into our neighborhoods.

Showcasing our assets

The Second Ward presents amazing opportunities to showcase the diversity, culture, and fun that Chicago has to offer. In Streeterville, tourists can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art and experience some of the most challenging, thought-provoking art in the world, indulge in some world-class shopping at Water Tower Place, or see a spectacular show at the Lookingglass Theater Company. Visitors to Bucktown and Wicker Park can enjoy Michelin-rated cuisine at Schwa, relax with an artisanal cocktail at great local bars, explore dozens of incredible boutiques, and soon, visit the 606 Chicago – an elevated bike lane and park that will not just rival New York’s High Line, but will put it to shame!  Old Town offers the legendary sketch and comedy club The Second City, while Ukrainian Village boasts the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and the breathtaking architecture of its churches and cathedrals.  The list goes on and on, but the central message is clear: The Second Ward is a world-class tourism destination, and we need to let the world know that we’re here.

Expanding our reach

Now that the Northwest Tower – a 12-story Art Deco jewel at the intersection of North, Milwaukee and Damen ­– is being converted to a boutique hotel, the Second Ward is poised to welcome even more visitors. And as the gateway to the 606 elevated bike and pedestrian trail, we expect to draw thousands of health-conscious runners, cyclists, strollers and art lovers to the Second Ward when the first phase of the innovative new park and trail system opens later this summer.

As your Second Ward Alderman, I will work diligently and aggressively with all stakeholders, including the Mayor’s office, to promote our neighborhoods to visitors from across the country and around the world. Like you, I am proud of Chicago, and I am delighted to show off the many attractions of our beautiful city. Just as important, I am committed to promoting tourism as a key component of Chicago’s economic development strategy, creating new jobs and new opportunities.

The City of Chicago has set an ambitious tourism goal – to attract 55 million visitors to Chicago by 2020. I think the Second Ward can play a key role in reaching that goal, and I look forward to working with you to find new ways to welcome the world to our amazing beautiful and vibrant neighborhoods.