Ward Wise

Neighborhood Infrastructure Spending in Chicago

Chicago spends $75 million a year on neighborhood infrastructure improvements like sidewalk repairs, residential street resurfacing, and bike lanes. Who decides where and how the money is spent?

Scroll down to find out!

Map of Chicago Wards

Chicago is split up into 50 wards. Each ward elects an alder.

Find your ward and alder

Items on the Infrastructure Menu

CDOT sends ward offices a neighborhood infrastructure menu.

View the 2023 neighborhood infrastructure menu

Alder Ward Spending Chart Example

Every year, each ward receives a $1.5 million budget for “menu money” through the aldermanic menu program.

Alders decide how to spend this money on neighborhood infrastructure in their ward, choosing between menu and non-menu projects.

View ward spending breakdowns

See spending on a map

You can influence infrastructure spending in your ward!

Get involved with participatory budgeting

or speak directly with your alder.

Learn about participatory budgeting

Contact your alder

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Read about the Ward Wise project