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Vi Daley papers

Identifier: MSS0091

Scope and Contents

The Vi Daley papers were created and maintained during Daley’s three terms as Alderman from 1999 to 2011 and her time as Chief of Staff (1994-1998) for Alderman Charles Bernardini’s term are included. The majority of her papers are materials relating to Lincoln Park urban planning regarding the Columbus Hospital, the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Armitage Station (Brown Line) and Fullerton (Red Line) redevelopment projects and the numerous historic preservation initiatives throughout the 43rd Ward during her years of service.


  • 1972-2018

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Vi Daley has been an active member of Chicago’s Lincoln Park community for many years through her work in neighborhood organizations and politics. Daley was the Executive Director at Friends of Lincoln Park before she served as Chief of Staff for 43rd Ward Alderman Charles Bernardini from 1993 to 1998. She was elected Alderman of Chicago’s 43rd Ward in 1999, reelected in 2003 and 2007 and did not seek re-election in 2011. Alderman Daley served on many city council committees: the Budget and Government Operation, Capital and Technology Development, Economic, Energy, Environmental Protection and Public Utilities, Finance, Historical Landmark Preservation (Vice-Chair), Parks and Recreation, Rules and Ethics, Special Events, and Cultural Affairs and Zoning (Vice-Chair). She promoted the preservation of unique buildings throughout the 43rd Ward. She introduced legislation to create height limits for mid-sized residential buildings and for business and commercial buildings in order to ensure continuity on residential and main streets.During her tenure as Vice-Chair of the Historical Landmark Preservation Committee and Zoning, 16 historic landmarks were designated in the 43rd Ward. Daley’s goal of creating more pedestrian friendly streets in Lincoln Park resulted in improved lighting and landscaping. She was the guiding force in the redevelopment of Cummings Playground located across from the entrance to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Since its redevelopment, Cummings Playground has become one of the most used playgrounds in the Chicago area. She created the Lakefront Sculpture Exhibit to bring large-scale contemporary sculptures to the area. In 2011, Alderman Daley was a recipient of Outstanding Community Leader Award honoring her 18 years of service to the 43rd Ward.


5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into two series: 1. Aldermanic Office; 2. Urban Planning.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2011.13

Related Materials

Lincoln Central Neighborhood Association records; Lincoln Park Conservation Association records; Allan Mellis papers; Old Town Triangle Association records

Processing Information

K. Gosa 2012

Guide to Vi Daley papers
K. Gosa 2012; M. Pitchford 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614