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PB49: Cycle 14 (2023)

Project Development - Pending

Idea collection for the 14th cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB) closed on Monday, August 14th. Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas!

We are now moving into the next phase of PB: project development. Once people have submitted their ideas during the idea collection phase, the ideas are then sent to committees made up of volunteers. Those volunteers vet the projects and conduct research on feasibility and cost. The volunteers then develop the projects so they may be placed on the ballot.

In the fall, the projects proposed for the ballot are presented to the community at project expos, explaining how those projects came about and answering questions from the community.

The project development phase lasts two months. Keep an eye on this section in the upcoming weeks for more information on the time, date, and locations of community presentations. 

Questions? Please contact Mr. Jeff Gonzalez, Community Outreach and PB Coordinator, via email at, or by calling the 49th Ward Service office at 773-338-5796.

Idea Collection Phase - COMPLETE!

There is still time for you to submit Participatory Budgeting ideas! 


Here is the guiding question: If you could change one thing about our community that would make life better for you, what would it be?

Please keep in mind that Participatory Budgeting (PB) can only fund projects that are:

  • Infrastructure/physical installations

  • Low-maintenance -- PB cannot pay for staffing

  • Accessible and easy-to-use

  • And open to the public!

Examples of past PB projects include: outdoor exercise equipment at Loyola Park, improved street lighting, turf field at Mary Margaret Langdon Park, public benches, resurfacing of streets & alleys, and much more!

To view the presentation from the PB Community Assemblies, please click the button above.


How to submit an idea:

  • Visit, or click the button above, to access the online PB Idea Collection Google Form. 

  • Stop by the 49th Ward Services Office at 1447 W Morse Ave between Monday - Thursday, 9am - 5pm and Friday, 9am - 3pm to fill out an Idea Collection paper form. 

  • Or stop by a PB Idea Collection Event! Here are the dates and more dates will be announced soon:

      • Monday, August 7th: Outside of the Ward Office (1447 W Morse Ave), 6pm - 7:30pm

      • Thursday, August 10th: Willye B White Park (1610 W. Howard), 6pm - 7:30pm

      • Saturday, August 12th: Loyola Park (next to the fieldhouse at 1230 W Greenleaf Ave), 5pm - 6:30pm

      • Sunday, August 13th: Glenwood Sunday Market (Morse-end), 10am - 1pm 

 PB Idea Collection closes at the end of the day on Monday, August 14th.

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