Meet Tom


Whether it is serving as Alderman or working in his restaurant, Tom Tunney believes in a hands-on approach to service and problem solving. Tom brings the same passion and love of service to elected office that he has applied to every customer who has walked through the doors of his Ann Sather Restaurants.

First elected in 2003 as Chicago's first openly gay alderman, Tom is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of 44th Ward Residents as demonstrated by the notable improvements in the community. During his last term, he:

  • Responded to community requests for more parks by building three new playgrounds across the ward.

  • Enhanced safety of community by working with the Chicago Police Department to create the Lakeview Entertainment Detail in addition to other community based solutions.

  • Secured additional affordable housing in our community, including the new LGBT senior center at Halsted and Addison

Tom has a strong belief in being a good neighbor to fellow businesses and residents alike. Whether representing the small-business community or helping to improve the quality of life for neighborhood residents, Tom has cultivated a platform of public service that reflects his leadership, commitment to improving our community, and his passion for change.

Tom's currently serves as chairman of the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Economic, Capital, and Technology Development. His public service record includes being the former chairman of the Illinois Restaurant Association, founder and former president of the Lakeview Center Business Association and founding board member and former chairman of the White Crane Senior Center. He established "Restaurant Nights" at Illinois Masonic Hospital to serve meals to AIDS patients and their families and was the former fund-raising chair for IMPACT, a gay and lesbian political action organization. Additionally, Tom was the former chair of the small business subcommittee for the City of Chicago's Economic Development Committee. Tom has taken these many great experiences and built upon them as Alderman of the 44th ward.