Important City Sticker Changes
Lincoln Park Wine Fest This Weekend
School Funding Forum 
Dear Neighbor, 

Please make sure to look at your city sticker for its expiration date. Due to a change in the law, the Chicago City Clerk's office stopped sending out City Sticker renewal reminders by mail on June 1st, 2015. 

Beginning July 1, 2016,  you may be ticketed immediately following your City Sticker's expiration For example, if your vehicle sticker expires on June 30, you are eligible to be ticketed on July 1.  The $200.00 ticket can be issued daily.

However, the Clerk   announced a change in the  grace period for late fees for City Stickers. T he grace period for late fees charged when purchasing a City Sticker after the sticker's expiration will be extended from 15 to 30 days effective July 1. If your  vehicle sticker expires June 30, you will have until July 30 to purchase a sticker without  paying an additional $60.00 late fee. However, you will still be subject to a $200 expired City Sticker ticket daily until a new sticker is purchased and displayed.

Remember, City Stickers now have different expiration dates throughout the year. They generally expire six months after your license plate.  City Stickers are available for purchase online , as well as many  currency exchanges, many of which are open  on weekends and holidays. Avoid costly and  unnecessary  tickets by purchasing and displaying your City Sticker promptly.

Also effective this week, non-commercial pick-up trucks weighing less than 8,000 pounds will no longer be required to display a special truck sticker. Click here for more information.

Lincoln Park Wine Fest 

The Wrightwood Neighbors Associations' outdoor wine fest is this weekend, May 21st - 22nd from 1-6 PM daily in Jonquil Park, 1001 W. Wrightwood Visitors can sample domestic and  international wines, browse   art, and enjoy the music of
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DJ Hector and the Parkwest Strings Quartet. B rand ambassadors and sommeliers will also be on hand to share their  wine  expertise. A  one day individual  wine  tasting pass is $50, a  daily VIP pass is $75, and a 2-day pass is $90. A portion of  proceeds benefit the Wrightwood Neighbors Association. Click here t o see featured wines and purchase tickets in advance.
Equitable School Funding Forum
 
Oscar Mayer Principal Katie Konieczny will be joined by  three other school principals to discuss how the CPS budget crisis will impact our schools. Please come to learn what these cuts mean for our schools and most importantly what parents can do to support the schools.  The forum will be held on Monday , May 23th at 7 pm at Agassiz Elementary School, 2851 N Seminary.

The Chicago Public Schools faces a $1 Billion deficit and has launched the 20 for 20 Campaign seeking equal school funding for Chicago's school children.

Triangle Spring Clean  

Join the Old Town Triangle Association on  Saturday, May 21st for their Triangle Spring Clean. Volunteers are asked to report to the  OTTA office, 1763 N North Park Avenue, at 9 AM for a "jump start" with coffee, donuts, pastries, and juice for the kids prior to heading out to the local pocket parks, streets and alleys, and the neighborhood in general. Please let the association know you intend to participate by  email , or call  312-337-1938 .

St. Pauls Chapel Concert Series

Join St. Pauls United Church of Christ for a new concert series, Young Artists, Their Mentors and Teachers  for their introductory performance Tuesday, May 24th at 6:45 in the St. Pauls Sanctuary, 2335 N. Orchard. The first concert features multiple performers, including 2016 Grammy award winner Nathen Laube. A donation of $15 to the piano  maintenance  fund is suggested.  

Oscar Mayer 7th & 8th Graders Lend a Hand in the Ward

Every Oscar Mayer 7th and 8th grade student completes a community service project as part of the IB curriculum. This year, there were so many incredible projects, from educational efforts to combat stereotypes to teaching an after school course on healthy bodies. Watch these future leaders discuss using basketball to bring awareness to gun violence. 

Summer 2016 Aldermanic Internship

Do you know a college student who will be living in or nearby the neighborhood this summer and would like the opportunity to earn academic credit? The 43rd Ward Office is seeking dedicated interns to assist our office with  constituent service, business outreach, public policy, and legislative research. Interested applicants can send a resume and writing sample to yourvoice@ward43.org , or call the ward office at 773-348-9500. 

Green City Market Composting Drop-Off

Green City Market1817 N. Clark, is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7AM - 1PM for the outdoor season and is  offering a new service:  accepting household compost.  Click here   to learn more about the service, and email the market  at  admin@greencitymarket.org   with questions about composting.  
 
Lincoln Park Library Presents: Setting Up a Pet Trust

Illinois law allows you to make provisions for your pets should they outlive you. Attorney Pauline Dembicki will present a free lecture on this topic  Saturday, May 21 from 1 - 2 PM at the Lincoln Park Branch, 1150 W Fullerton Ave

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Gardening Tool Drive

Let's help the "Gardens of Edith" senior gardeners at the Edith Spurlock apartments on Sheffield get the tools they need to tend their gardens. The 43rd Ward office is accepting gently used equipment. Rakes, shovels, and spades are especially needed. Drop off contributions to  2523 N. Halsted through May 31st .  

The New Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce Website Is Live        
The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce recently launched a new website that provides a redesigned user experience - bringing newsevents and community resources from all parts of the neighborhood to one place online. The new site also includes several resources geared toward residents, including a complete list of government and public servicesfestivals and events, and local developments, as well as an upgraded directory of all of their members

Office Closed Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, our office will be closed on Monday, May 30th.

City Hall, City of Chicago governmental offices and Chicago Public Libraries will also be closed on these dates to comply with the City of Chicago mandatory  holiday schedule.
 
If you have a need for city services, please call 311 for non-emergency requests, or dial 9-1-1 if you require immediate assistance.

Sincerely, 
 
Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward 


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