Meet Nick Banner

Nick Ward is a community organizer, artist, renter, and restaurant worker. He is running for 48th Ward Alderman to fight for a Chicago where every resident has the resources they need to thrive. 

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Nick serves as a Community Representative on the Goudy Technology Academy Local School Council, where he fought for Covid-19 safety protocols and formed a Housing and Enrollment Subcommittee that examined the devastating effects of the lack of affordable housing on school enrollment. As an organizer with the 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice, he campaigned for the Civilian Police Accountability Council and affordable housing for Edgewater and Uptown families.

Nick with a sign about CPD accountability

Nick has produced, acted in, cast, and worked the box office at dozens of events and plays in performance spaces across Chicago. While pursuing his artistic career, Nick waited tables at restaurants throughout the city for nearly two decades. As a waiter, with his income based on tips, he worried constantly about making enough money for rent, bills, and groceries. He worked alongside bussers, food runners, and cooks who worked multiple jobs just to feed their families. He saw how our world is organized to privilege the few over the many, which is why he is determined to build a Chicago where working families are centered and supported. 

The child of two unionized public school teachers, Nick was raised in the suburbs outside Detroit. He earned a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Miami University in Ohio and currently lives in Uptown.