About Alderman Patrick D. Thompson


Alderman Patrick D. Thompson

Patrick was born to wonderful parents, Patricia Daley, a school teacher, and Bill Thompson, a real estate developer. Following his parent’s divorce, Patrick and his siblings moved to Bridgeport with their mother to be closer to her family. Patrick’s parents played an important and influential role in his life. Patrick also learned many life lessons on 35th and Lowe, especially the importance of family, of being a good neighbor and of community.

Patrick made lifelong friendships while attending kindergarten at McClellan School and then at Nativity of Our Lord. He played football at the school and graduated in 1983. During his childhood, Patrick could be found playing basketball or swimming at the Valentine Boys and Girls Club.  He also participated in the McGuane Park tumbling show and played in both the Wallace Softball League and Donovan Park Little League.

Community Involvement

Louis L. Valentine Boys and Girls Club of Chicago

Louis L. Valentine Boys and Girls
Club of Chicago

Patrick has always been involved in our community. Volunteering for organizations is a large part of Patrick’s life. Whether it is tutoring, coaching, providing pro bono legal services or volunteering for numerous boards, Patrick has been committed to making our community the best in the City.  Patrick is active in a number of civic and charitable organizations and is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations.

In 2003 he was appointed to the Illinois Attorney General’s Business Advisory Council. He is a board member of the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, past President and Board member of the Louis L. Valentine Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, past Chairman and current board member of the Aquinas Literacy Center, Secretary of the South Loop Chamber of Commerce, Fellow of the Leadership Greater Chicago, member of the John Marshall Law School Board of Visitors and finance Council member of Nativity of our Lord parish.

He is now an active Board member of the Current. Current is a not-for-profit organization, launched in 2016 as a partnership of the City of Chicago, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and World Business Chicago (WBC). Current aims to build upon the Chicago region’s robust water economy to accelerate research, development and commercialization of next-generation water solutions to address regional, national and global water and energy challenges while creating jobs and driving economic growth in Chicago.

Public Service

MWRD-commissioners-300x240In 2015, voters of the 11th Ward elected Patrick as Alderman. He was inaugurated on May 18th, 2015.

Prior to serving as 11th Ward Alderman, Patrick was a Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. 

The Board of Commissioners oversees a $1 Billion government agency that protects our drinking water and manages storm water throughout Cook County.  His experience as an attorney has helped him provide value to the taxpayers. He currently chairs the Industrial Waste and Water Pollution and Monitoring and Research committees and is Vice Chair of the Information Technology and Judiciary committees.


Thompson-Family-Photo-300x300Patrick and his wife Katie, a school teacher, are raising their children on the same block where Patrick was raised.  Their oldest daughter, Nora, is a senior at St. Ignatius, Patrick’s alma mater. Their other two children, Grace and Patrick, attend Bridgeport Catholic Academy.