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Party Guidelines

Hosting a party during the Garden Walk? Learn about safety and the 18th District Police's Zero Tolerance Policy on all illegal behaviors.

18th District Commander's Letter re Zero Tolerance Policy

18th District Garden Walk Community Notice

Sheffield neighbors planning parties during Garden Walk Weekend, July 18 & 19, should remember that the following are prohibited by city ordinance:

  • DRINKING ON THE PUBLIC WAY
  • BLOCKING THE PUBLIC WAY, INCLUDING SIDEWALKS
  • LITTERING ON THE PUBLIC WAY, INCLUDING PARKWAYS
  • EXCESSIVE NOISE
    • sound cannot be louder than an average conversational level between 10 pm and 8 am if it can be heard at a distance of 100 feet or more from the property line
    • sound cannot be audible from a distance of 200 feet or more from the point of generation
    • no person can operate a radio or tape recorder or similar device on the public way if the sound generated is audible at a distance of greater than 75 feet

And don't forget to

  • BE SAFE
    • Read the city's porch safety info at the bottom of the page
  • BE COURTEOUS
    • to neighbors - residential & business - and to Garden Walk visitors

The Police Department is aware of the numerous complaints lodged regarding parties in this area and intends to closely monitor the situation.

If you have any questions, please call Alderman Smith's office at 773-348-9500, Alderman Waguespack's office at 773-248-1330, or email the Sheffield Neighborhood Association at info@sheffieldneighborhood.org. Thank you for your cooperation,

32ND WARD ALDERMAN SCOTT WAGUESPACK
43RD WARD ALDERMAN MICHELE SMITH
SHEFFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

EXCERPTED FROM THE CITY OF CHICAGO'S WARNING
REGARDING DANGER OF OVERLOADING PORCHES/DECKS WITH PEOPLE, GRILLS, AND HEAVY LAWN FURNITURE:

"Porches are not designed for large parties or as storage areas. Their purpose is to provide access and exits to a dwelling unit.

Building owners and tenants should be aware of the following signs of a structurally unsound porch/deck system:

  • Decks pulling away from the exterior wall
  • Weak footing at ground level
  • Extensive exterior peeling paint
  • Loose handrails
  • Cracked or rotted members (i.e., steps, handrails, decking, etc.)
  • Leaking roof structures, gutters and downspouts above porch systems
  • Loose and rotting decking and floor joists
  • Improper connection of structural members (e.g., upright and lookouts)
  • Balusters improperly installed and maintained
  • If you notice any signs of structural problems with an exterior porch system, please contact 311 and a building inspector will investigate the property."