Major Improvements - 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor | 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor

Major Improvements

Major Improvements

Over the years we have successfully brought many large scale improvements to our community.
These improvements are not inclusive of the 1.3 million dollar menu money that is spent annually on street repair, street lights, curbs and gutters, trees, etc.


Demolition of Lincoln Motel
5900 N. Lincoln Avenue – 2007
land now being utilized by the Peterson Garden Project

Demolition of Spa Motel – now 20th District Police Station
5400 N. Lincoln Avenue – 2000

Demolition of Acres Motel – now Budlong Woods Public Library
5630 N. Lincoln Avenue – 2000

Demolition of Riverside Motel – now Legion Park Gateway and Fountain and
extension of Bike Path
Lincoln and Peterson – 1999

Police and Fire

New 24th District Police Station
6464 N. Clark Street

New 20th District Police Station – 2002
5400 N. Lincoln Avenue

New Engine Company 70 – 2008
6030 N. Clark Street


Stephen T. Mather High School
5835 N. Lincoln Avenue
Natatorium – 1998
Renovation – 1994
New Library and Greenhouse – 2010

Northside Prep High School
5501 N. Kedzie Avenue
Built – 1999

Roger C. Sullivan
6631 N. Bosworth Avenue
Renovation and Improvements – 2004

Mary Gage Peterson Elementary School
5510 N. Christiana Avenue
New Addition – 2006

Lyman Trumbull Elementary School
5200 North Ashland Avenue
Renovation and Improvements – 2003

Lyman A. Budlong Elementary School
2701 W. Foster Avenue
New Annexes – 2006
Renovation and Improvements – 2006
New Bathrooms, Playground and Air Conditioning – 2014

Joyce Kilmer Elementary School
6700 N. Greenview Avenue
Addition – 1996
Campus Park – 1998
Play lot – 1999

Minnie Mars Jamieson Elementary School
5650 N. Mozart Street
Modulars – 2004
Renovation and Improvements – 2004
New Annex – Renovations – New Playlot – 2016 Completion

Stephan K. Hayt Elementary School
1518 W. Granville Avenue
Renovation – 1993
Addition – 1996
Upgraded Athletic Fields


Legion Park Gateway Plaza Fountain and Extension of Bike Path – 1999
Corner of Lincoln & Peterson Avenues
Note: This site was formerly the location of the Riverside Motel

Peaches Memorial Fountain – 1998
5850 N. Ashland Avenue

Park District Improvements

West Ridge Nature Center
Gross Park – New Playground and Fencing
River Park – New Playground, Dog Park and New River Park Boat House
Schreiber Park – New playground and Expansion
*Alderman O’Connor facilitated the purchase of a multi-unit apartment building and one story auto repair adjacent to Schreiber Park. This purchase with the city allowed for the expansion of the park by one acre. 

Mather Interactive Water Park
Green Briar – New Playground
Mellin Playlot – Renovated
Legion Park at Catalpa Avenue – New Playground
Legion Park at Hollywood Avenue – New Playground
Legion Park at Thorndale – New Playground – 2015
Emerson Playground – 2015
Korczak Playlot – 2015


Devon Avenue Streetscape – Ravenswood to Clark
Bryn Mawr Avenue Streetscape – Kedzie to Bernard
Clark Street Streetscape – Andersonville
Clark Street Median – Rosehill to Devon
Foster Avenue Streetscape – Kimball to the River
Note: Project includes new sidewalks, paved crosswalks, street lights, decorative lamp posts, trees and tree grates as well as new trash receptacles and bike racks.
Lincoln Avenue Median – 2010
Devon to Catalpa – 3.3 million
Note: New lights, trees and tree grates as well as new trash bins and bike racks

Businesses brought into our community

Target – 2006
1212 W. Peterson Avenue

Dominick’s Finer Foods – 2010
5230 N. Lincoln Avenue

Bank of America
Note: Installed Green Roof

Walgreens – Peterson Avenue

Tony’s Finer Foods – 2014

Starbucks – 2014
Devon and Broadway

Swedish Covenant New Women’s Health Center

Griffin Theater
1940 W. Foster Avenue
Location of the former 20th District Police Station

Community Gardens
Peterson Victory Garden
Ruby Garden @ Schreiber Park
Neighbors Edgewater West Community Garden

Porous Alleys
Berwyn, Balmoral, Sawyer and Kedzie
Devon, Highland, Greenview and Clark
Balmoral, Rascher, Damen and Hoyne
Arthur, Albion, Newgard and Glenwood