Bennett Lawson is a lifelong public servant, having served the people of the 44th Ward as Chief of Staff to Alderman Tom Tunney for nearly 15 years. He’s become known in the community as someone who is trusted to get things done. As your Alderman, he will bring unmatched experience, relationships, and knowledge of the community to continue strong, steady leadership for the 44th Ward while continuing to advocate for safe and welcoming neighborhoods, balanced development, quality public education, and a more inclusive, transparent government.
In November of 2013, CNN Money Magazine named Lakeview the third best big-city neighborhood in the country. While Lakeview will always be number one to me, it is a wonderful recognition and showcases many of the things that make our neighborhood so great. Whether it be our close proximity to Lake Michigan, our endless entertainment options including first class theaters, concert venues, restaurants and Wrigley Field or the accessibility to public transportation and many local parks, Lakeview has so much to offer residents and visitors alike.
The 44th Ward is also home to the “Best Gay Neighborhood in the World!”
Boystown has been voted the world’s most “incomparable” gay neighborhood by readers of Out Traveler Magazine.
“Chicago’s sizable and friendly LGBT neighborhood, referred to as “Boystown,” was voted best gay neighborhood in the world, beating areas in other cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Madrid. Chicago’s Boystown, centered around Halsted Street, was the nation’s first officially-recognized gay village in the U.S. and is the home to a large Pride celebration, as well as Market Days, an unrivaled August street party. The neighborhood has everything you could want: bars, clubs, restaurants, architecture, walk ability, its own El stop, and now marriage equality (Illinois legalized same-sex unions in 2013). It also seems more welcoming than some other gayborhoods that shall remain nameless.”
This huge distinction truly showcases all of the things that make our neighborhood great and all we have to offer to both residents and visitors alike.