$20 Million Investment in
 Lincoln Park High School
Dear Neighbor:

Me, LSC Member Cindy Schnoll, Mayor Emanuel, and #1school1community leaders Jennifer Fardy and Amy Zemnick celebrating the announcement
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that the Chicago Public Schools will be  investing $20 million dollars in Lincoln Park High School

Over the next two summers, the main building will be substantially renovated, with new computer facilities, a new "maker's lab" for drama and video production, new cafeteria, new weight room and music room, as well as rehabbing of the exterior and many other interior spaces, including the gym.  And, finally - air conditioning!

Example of a Maker's Lab 

LPHS  will not only  have a modern look, but also the latest computer wiring and equipment for wi-fi and "distance learning," allowing students to communicate with teachers, students and experiences world-wide. 

Click  here  to view renderings of some of the other planned changes.

This renaissance caps the tremendous achievements of our LPHS students:
  • 80% of LPHS students take at least 1 Advanced Placement class
  • LPHS has the largest International Baccalaureate program in the United States
  • LPHS has the top performing arts program in the City of Chicago
Principal Mike Boraz captured the excitement saying, "The Cubs won after 108 years of waiting. We have waited 117 years, and now our World Series Championship is here too."  For the full text of his remarks, click here.

LPHS Jazz Band and Instructor Chad Smith performing at the announcement
None of this would have been possible without the terrific work of the Friends of Lincoln Park High, the Local School Council, and our  #1school1community group.

Get involved in the building excitement around Lincoln Park High School - contact me.

For more pictures of the day, click my  Facebook page.
Finkl Steel's Future

I am continuing to advocate for park space to be included in the redevelopment of the North Branch Industrial Corridor which includes the Finkl Steel site. You can read about our call for recreational space here and listen here.

Althought the  Department of Planning and Development recently posted its Summary of the September 29th Community Meeting regarding the site (click here), the community's desire for signficant open and recreational space is not fully reflected. Send your comments to dpd@cityofchicago.org and copy yourvoice@ward43.org. Keep an eye out for critical upcoming public meetings that will be posted on DPD's website.

Breaking ground with Baker Development Corp, WNA, and others.
ELEVATE Lincoln Park Groundbreaking

I was proud to join Baker Development Corporation, Wrightwood Neighbors Association (WNA), and others for the groundbreaking of ELEVATE Lincoln Park last Tuesday. 

ELEVATE is a welcome addition to our neighborhood and  will be an
economic engine to help revitalize Lincoln Avenue.

18th District CAPS Beat Meeting 1811/12/13/14

The 18th District Chicago Police District CAPS meeting for beats 1811, 1812, 1813 and 1814 is tonight, Thursday, November 10th at 6:30 PM at St. James Lutheran Church at 2101 N. Fremont Street. 

18th District CAPS Beat 1811/12/13/14 meets the 2nd Thursday every odd month. St. James Lutheran Church at 2101 N. Any changes will be noted on the 18th District Events Calendar at www.chicagopolice.org.

Veterans Day Office Closure

In observance of the Veterans Day Holiday, the 43rd Ward office will be  closed on Friday, November 11th. We will re-open at 9:00 AM on Monday, November 14th.

Please call 3-1-1 if you have service requests during that time or 9-1-1 for emergency situations.

More Lincoln Park this Weekend

For more great happenings, check out the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce's  weekend guide  for  Thursday, November 10th through Sunday, November 13th. 

Wrightwood Neighbors Association (WNA) School Forum

Join Wrightwood Neighbors Association (WNA) for an informal neighborhood meeting at  5:30 PM on Monday, November 14th at New Life Church, 1110 W Lill Street where local families with school age children can meet the Principals of Agassiz, Mayer, Alcott Elementary and High School, and Lincoln Park High School can learn about these schools. 

Complimentary pizza and drinks begin at  5:30  PM with the Schools Forum starting at  6:00 PM.  This event is sponsored by Wrightwood Neighbors Association and is possible, in part, from the donations received at Taste of Lincoln Avenue and also from the generosity of the Principals. There will be a CAPS meeting for Beat 1932 to follow immediately after the forum.

Apply for the Chicago Property Tax Rebate

Eligible Chicago homeowners can apply for the  City of Chicago Property Tax Rebate   at any of these  26 neighborhood locations ,   including City Hall,  now through Wednesday, November 30th

Homeowners must apply for the rebate in person. Review this previous newsletter for further information  and visit the city's webpage on the Chicago Property Tax Rebate to see if you qualify. 


Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward 

43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T-F 9 AM - 6 PM 
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