A vehicle can be classified as abandoned if it meets one or more of the following criteria:
Is located on the public way in a state of disrepair as to be incapable of being driven in its present condition.
Has not been moved or used for more than seven consecutive days and is apparently deserted.
Has been left on the public way without state registration or a temporary state registration placard for two or more days.
Per the Municipal Code, construction work is permitted during the hours of 8 am & 8 pm, except for emergency work or city infrastructure projects. Help document after-hours noise violations by calling 9-1-1, and send the 2nd Ward Service Office an email as well.
Garbage & Recycling
Visit the Garbage & Recycling page to view an interactive map of grid-based garbage and recycling pick-up in the 2nd Ward. To request new or repair service for your garbage or recycling carts, send an email to the 2nd Ward Service Office.
Rodent Baiting Requests
One of the City's most effective ways to combat rodents is containerization. Chicago's garbage carts are made of heavy-duty plastic carts with tight-fitting lids to contain garbage, and when closed properly or not overfilled, help prevent rodents from accessing an easy food source.
These carts are free and are distributed by the department's Bureau of Sanitation. Use of these free carts, combined with the rodenticide we strategically place deep inside a rat's burrow, are the key reasons for the decline of rats in our city. If rats can't feed, rats can't breed. For more info, please call our office or visit the City's Rodent Control website.To report your block or alley, please fill out an online report here.
Sidewalk snow regulations affect all home, business, and property owners in Chicago. Business owners that rent space adjacent to sidewalks are responsible for shoveling snow under the ordinance. Some landlords for residential and commercial property hold tenants responsible for snow clearance as a part of their lease agreements, others don't -- check their rental agreements or ask your landlords for clarification.
You must shovel snow as soon as possible after it falls, seven days a week. Snow that falls between the hours of 7:00 am & 7:00 pm must be removed no later than 10:00 pm. Snow that falls between the hours of 7:00 pm & 7:00 am must be removed by 10:00 am. Clear a path at least 5 feet wide on all of the sidewalks adjacent to your property, including any crosswalk ramps. Do not shovel the snow into the right-of-way, which includes: transit stops and bus pads, parking spaces, bike lanes, bike racks, Divvy stations, and any other space where snow impedes traffic of any kind. f you are responsible for a corner lot, you must remove snow and ice from sidewalks on all sides of your building and from corner sidewalk ramps. This applies to residential property and business owners.
Trees are one of Chicago's most important natural resources, providing beauty, shade and fresh air. Chicago has more than 500,000 parkway trees and each is maintained by the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Bureau of Forestry.
The Bureau of Forestry trims thousands of trees a year, plants new trees along the public right-of-way, addresses insect and disease problems, and otherwise promotes tree health throughout the City of Chicago. For more information, please visit the Forestry website.
Block Party Information
Residents who wish to hold a block party on their street must complete and return a Block Party Application packet to the 2nd Ward Service office no later than two weeks prior to the desired date of the event, including the Block Party Petition with signatures from at least 51% of addresses on the block (unless your block has previously submitted an application and petitions to Alderman Hopkins office in past years).
Alderman Hopkins has street barricades available to block off your street for your event and can be picked up from the 2nd Ward Service Office in the week before your event.
Moving Day No Parking Signs
Commercial moving companies are required under city ordinance to obtain Residential Move permits from the Chicago Department of Transportation; if you are told by your moving company to get the permits from the Alderman's Office, this is not correct. For a fee of $25, CDOT will provide enforceable signs to eligible moving companies (via ticketing or towing) for the day of the move. For more information on commercial moving, please contact the Department of Transportation at 312-744-4652.
No Parking signs for residential moves are available to 2nd Ward residents who perform a move-in or move-out on their own. To obtain self-move signs, please visit the 2nd Ward Service Office with proof of residency and an ID. No Parking signs are available for a four-hour window between the hours of 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Residents may not reserve space for more than one day at a time. Signs must be picked up AND posted AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE MOVE.
Occasional Sales Permits (Alley, Garage, & Yard Sales)
Each address is entitled to two (2) permits annually. A third permit may be issued only after a signed & notarized affidavit is presented that shows the resident to be moving from the primary residence within six (6) months.
The permit does NOT cover sidewalk sales. Applicants that wish to sell items on the public way, and will have to obtain a permit for a Sidewalk Sale from the Chicago Department of Transportation.
Sales involving multiple households. Each address that is to be involved in the sale will need to file a separate permit application, even if the permit is only at one (1) physical address.
Each sale equals three (3) consecutive days between 9:00 am and sunset. In the event of rain, the sale can be moved to the next three (3) consecutive days.
Each address is entitled to two (2) permits annually.
Charitable organizations, nonprofits, and schools are exempt from the occasional sales permit process.
Fines for violating the rules and requirements, or for holding unpermitted sales, range from $50 to $500, with each day representing a separate offense.
Click here to download Occasional Sales Permit. Applications MUST be submitted in person to the 2nd Ward Office.
Residential Zone Parking Petition Process
Any resident living on a block seeking to establish residential zone parking on a residential street (which is defined as any street that exists along a block that is zoned R1, R2, R3, R4, or R5 ONLY) may request a Residential Zone Parking Petition from the 2nd Ward Service Office. The petition serves two purposes: to get permission from other residents who live on the block to establish such a zone; and to help raise awareness that other residents are seeking to establish a new residential zone for the block itself.
The resident(s) circulating a petition must secure signatures from 75% of the residents on the block desired for zone parking who own a city vehicle sticker before submitting a petition in person to the 2nd Ward Service Office. Once the petition has been submitted, it will undergo a review process.
Upon successful review, an ordinance will be drafted and Alderman Hopkins will introduce the ordinance before City Council. Once passed by City Council, the 2nd Ward Service Office will put in a request to the Chicago Department of Transportation to install the signs.
Residents on the block will then be notified of the newly-established residential zone and notified of the need to purchase a residential zone parking pass on the vehicle sticker.
Speed Bump Petition Process
Residents may request the installation of speed bumps on a residential street, starting with a resident-led petition process. The petition serves two purposes: to secure permission from other residents who live on the block have speed bumps installed on the block; and to help raise awareness that other residents desire speed bump installation.
The resident(s) circulating a petition must secure signatures from 65% of the addresses on the block seeking speed bumps - though it is encouraged to collect as many petition signatures beyond the minimum threshold. Once the petition has been submitted to the 2nd Ward Service Office, it will undergo a review process.
Upon successful review, a request for speed bump installation will be added to the 2nd Ward Menu for the proceeding calendar year.
Click here to download Speed Bump Petition. Applications MUST be submitted in person to the 2nd Ward Office.