Meet Buena Park Neighbor Alex Wolking

I was born and raised in the Quad Cities area and moved to Chicago in 2010 to attend school at DePaul University to study Business-Real Estate and graduated in 2014. Uptown always felt like home, and I loved the diversity of the area and watching the neighborhood blossom. I moved back to Chicago in September of 2016 and am glad to call Buena Park home.
In the spring of 2017 I came across Buena Park Neighbors and knew I wanted to get involved. The community is so vibrant, and the 1/2 mile x 1/2 mile area truly lives and feels like a small town. While growing up, I lived in a Queen Anne style home in a large historic district. At a young age I loved the small community feeling and how the architecture played into the tapestry. I followed my father in real estate. I wanted to help other people “find their ‘place’.” I had that same feeling when I moved to Buena Park.
So far, I have volunteered as a docent for the Hutchinson Street tours in the summer and am a block captain for Hutchinson (between Clarendon & Marine). I’m also an active member of Buena Park Neighbors Young Professionals and represent Buena Park Neighbora on the 46th Ward’s Zoning and Development Committee. I now sit on the Board for the Uptown Chicago Commission. Recently, I led walking tours of the homes for sale on Hutchinson Street for Landmarks Illinois and led an extended walking tour for the Uptown Historical Society.

Author: bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

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