YNPN Chicago Municipal Election Guide

On Tuesday, February 26th, Chicago will be electing a new Mayor, 50 Aldermen, and a new city Treasurer.

The decisions made at City Hall have a profound effect on our organizations and the people that we serve.The Mayor appoints the Board of Education, who govern Chicago Public Schools. They propose a budget and makes decisions about allocations of city resources. Aldermen propose legislation, vote on the budget, approval of mayoral appointees.

We’ve done our best to compile a list of resources and links to some non-profit organizations doing great work around voter education and amplifying the voices of the nonprofit sector.

Board of Election Resources

Register to Vote or Change Address

You can do this online until February 10th. You can register to vote or change your address in person up to and on Election Day.

Vote by Mail

It’s really cold! Avoid the outside by having your ballot sent to your mailbox.

What Ward do I Live In?

Plug in your street address and you will know the answer to this question through the magic of the internet!

Online Resources


A self-described “one-stop-shop for the Chicago election“. The founding partners of the Collective include some stellar non-profits; Better Government Association, Block Club Chicago, The Chicago Reporter, and The Triibe. You can ask questions, learn about the candidates, and get the full picture on the election from a nonpartisan perspective.

Chicago For All

Chicago United for Equity created the Vote Equity Project to learn more about what voters care about. They compiled questions to send to the Mayoral candidates and you can read their answers here

WBEZ Election Guide

They played “20 Questions”with each Mayoral candidate. See where they stand on issues like rideshare fees, a city-run casino, and the Obama Presidential Center

Chicagoist Video

A hilarious and accurate take on Chicago politics from Chance the Rapper and company. What does an Alderman do? Why are there so many of them?

Candidate Forums


A project of City Bureau, Documenters has aggregated a list of all the Mayoral and Aldermanic forums across the city. This is updated regularly, so keep an eye out.

Non-Profit Election Events

Chicago Communities Mayoral Forum

Tuesday, February 5, 7 - 9pm

Hosted by North River Commission in Albany Park, a mayoral candidates forum, focusing on Chicago communities and topics such as economic development, housing, education, public health and social services, public safety, arts & culture, and the environment.

South Side Weekly / City Bureau Ballot Party

Friday, February 8, 6:30-8:30pm

A pay-what-you-can ballot party dinner, where Weekly staff will help us research and fill out our ballot together.