The Chicago mayoral election is a hotly contested race that will determine who will lead the city for the next four years.

With incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot seeking re-election, there are several challengers looking to unseat her.

One of the top challengers is former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who has criticized Lightfoot's handling of the city's crime problem. 

Another challenger is businessman Willie Wilson, who has run for mayor before and is focusing his campaign on improving economic opportunities for Chicagoans.

Lightfoot, for her part, is touting her record on police reform and affordable housing, as well as her efforts to steer the city through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

She has faced criticism, however, for her handling of protests over police brutality and racial injustice last summer.

Other candidates in the race include former Alderman Bob Fioretti, attorney Jerry Joyce, and community activist Amara Enyia. 

With so many candidates in the race, it is uncertain who will emerge as the top contenders.

Whoever wins the election will face the challenge of addressing Chicago's longstanding issues with gun violence, affordable housing, and economic inequality. 

The city's next mayor will also have to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fallout.