Committee on Special Events

Alderman Nicholas Sposato

38th Ward Alderman Nicholas (Nick) Sposato grew up around Belmont and Harlem, and is a life-long resident of Chicago's northwest side. Alderman Sposato is currently serving his third term. He was the first firefighter elected to the City Council and the first alderman elected to two different wards. In 2011, he beat the machine in a runoff to become Alderman of the 36th Ward. After being mapped out of his district, he ran for 38th Ward Alderman in 2015. Against seven opponents, he won the race outright without needing a runoff. For his present term, he ran unopposed.

Alderman Sposato has the privilege and responsibility to serve as the Chairman of the Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation Committee of the City Council. Some of Alderman Sposato's accomplishments include building new playgrounds at Shabbona and Hiawatha Parks, building additions at Canty and Bridge Elementary Schools and bringing Taft Freshman Academy and Rickover Naval Academy to the 38th Ward.

Alderman Sposato distinguished himself as a Chicago Park District Junior Citizen Leader award recipient in 1975 and has continued to dedicate his life to serving and assisting others. He has a comprehensive understanding of our political process and knows how the decisions made in city government impact the lives of average citizens. His many years of community service and work with civic leaders have provided him with an in-depth understanding of the diverse aspects of the 38th Ward.

Alderman Sposato served on the Sayre Language Academy, LSC, (the first CPS to re-establish itself as a community school from a magnet school), with the firm belief in the importance of education and the need to invest in public schools to assure a high quality education for our future community leaders. As a parent volunteer, he also spent many years as the President of the Trinity High School Fathers' Club.

Alderman Sposato was a recognized member of both the Montclare-Elmwood Park Chamber of Commerce and the Montclare-Elmwood Park Lions Club, who has worked diligently to build trust and maintain positive relationships among area businesses and residents. As a Chicago Firefighter of 18 years and a 5-term elected steward, Alderman Sposato forged strong relationships with his fellow firefighters.

Known as a dedicated public servant and a man of strong convictions, he strives to promote equality for his fellow citizens by serving as an advocate for the less fortunate in the community. Alderman Sposato is a firm supporter of the police. He hosts yearly "Support Your Local Police" rallies and raises money for police charities. He was a devoted volunteer for the Knights of Columbus food pantry, Chicago Fire Fighters/Catholic Charities Christmas Toy Parade, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Salvation Army and the Lions Club. Alderman Sposato and his wife of 38 years, Diana, are supporters of Animal Care and Control having adopted three dogs, Dexter, Stella, and Hazel.

Alderman Sposato was recognized by Concordia University-Chicago with the 2010 Outstanding Community Leader Award for his continued and enthusiastic support of his community. He was honored as Man of the Year by the Mont Clare Elmwood Park Chamber of Commerce in 2005 as well as Man of the Year by the Mont Clare Elmwood Park Lions Club in 2007. In 2013, he received a legislative award from the Friends of the Park. He was named Civilian of the Year by the Polish American Police Association in May 2019 and Man of the Year by the Italian American Police Association in October 2019. Alderman Sposato remains an independent thinker and fierce advocate for the people of the 38th Ward.