Chicagoans deserve aldermanic wards created to best represent communities and businesses rather than private interests and backroom dealings. The Lincoln Yards project, which is the largest TIF in the history of Chicago, prioritizes developers’ revenue over neighborhoods’ benefit. In the name of transparency and accountability, Lincoln Yards cannot remain in Chicago’s 2nd Ward which has earned the reputation as the city's most gerrymandered ward.

Chicago Independent Venue League was formed in 2018 to fight against Lincoln Yards and its outside interests. We stood up to Live Nation as the multinational conglomerate threatened Chicago’s independent music venues and worked with City Hall to keep tax dollars in Chicago’s communities. While we are recovering from the pandemic shutdown, Live Nation is once again threatening to deliver a crushing blow to the communities in which they have no interest other than financial.

The Chicago City Council will hold meetings on Monday 11/29, Tuesday 11/30, and Wednesday 12/1 to redraw Chicago’s wards. Chicagoans can make their voices heard:

*Submit public comment for Monday’s meeting by emailing before 10am on Friday, November 26, 2021.

*Sign up to testify during Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday’s meeting by calling (312) 744-6800.

*Use this link to contact your alderman today and let them know that you don’t support putting Lincoln Yards in the 2nd Ward.

About CIVL | Chicago Independent Venue League

Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL) advocates on behalf of Chicago’s independently owned and operated concert venues and music halls. Founded in 2018, CIVL works to ensure the long-term viability of its member venues so they may continue to provide event-goers with enjoyable live music experiences.

Chicago’s reputation as a world renowned live music hub is largely due to independently owned and operated music venues’ legacies of nurturing homegrown talent. Performers from every genre are afforded opportunities to earn national recognition. More than 50 CIVL member venues proudly represent Chicago’s culture and musical style.

CIVL is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization. Visit for more information or to contribute.


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