Chicago Ald. John Arena (45th) will kick off the 2015 participatory budgeting process in his ward later this month.

Through the participatory budgeting process, residents in the 45th Ward will decide how to spend $1 million of the aldermans menu money for infrastructure needs. The 2015 participatory budgeting cycle represents the third straight year the alderman has used the community-driven budgeting system in his ward. 

Arena is set to hold the first of several neighborhood assemblies for his wards participatory budgeting process at 7 pm on November 17 at the Filament Theater, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The alderman will hold four additional neighborhood assemblies this month:

November 18, 7 pm, Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings Ave.
November 19, 7 pm, Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker Ave.
November 20, 7 pm, Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield Ave.
November 22, 10:30 am, St. John Lutheran School, 4939 W. Montrose Ave.