"The Inaugural 1st Ward Awards"  is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Thursday at 1st Ward Events, 2033 W. North Ave. inside the Chop Shop.

Before the free event, residents are asked to vote on their favorites in 11 categories including best restaurant, best bar and best local politician who isn't Joe Moreno. For a full list of categories and to vote, fill out the survey. Dress attire is "black tie, street clothes and everything in between," according to organizers.