- 18th District Community Alert - 
- More Calls for Open Space at 
 the Industrial Corridor -
Dear Neighbor,

The 18th District Police sent an updated community alert  about  burglaries from unlocked garages in the neighborhood.
  • 300 block of West Concord Place, early evening  (2nd Ward)
  • 1900 block of North Cleveland Ave, late evening to early morning
  • 1600 block of North Bissell St, late evening to early morning hours.
  • 1800 block of North Orleans St, early afternoon hours.
  • 400 block of West North Ave, morning(2nd Ward)
  • 200 block of West Scott St, Monday evening. (2nd Ward)
Surveillance video shows one offender,  a male African-American wearing a black hat, black jacket with red lettering, blue jeans, and black gym shoes. Other video shows a male African-American offender seen wearing a black White Sox cap, black hooded sweatshirt, and black pants. The offender is seen loading a bicycle into a grey Chevy Impala. 

If you have any information or security footage, contact the Bureau of Detectives - Area Central at (312) 747-8380.  
Police say simple measures can cut the burglary rate in half:
  • Lock your house, garage and car.  Close windows when you are gone.
  • Install an effective deadbolt on your garage door or your back porch.  
  • If you are a victim, do not touch anything. Call police.
  • Keep a record of property serial numbers.
  • Call 911 immediately with a detailed description of suspicious activity. 
Check the 43rd Ward  website  for CAPS Beat locations and meeting dates for 2017. Beat 1814 meets Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:00 PM at Latin Upper School, 59 W North Ave. Beat 1813 meets Thursday, May 11th at 6:00 PM  at St. James Lutheran Church & School, 2101 N Fremont.

More Calls for Recreational Space 
in the Industrial Corridor

I'm pleased to report that our call for more athletic fields in the Industrial Corridor is joined by my colleague Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) and more community groups and organizations including Wicker Park Committee and  Chicago Sport and Social Club, representing more than 100,000 young adults who compete in leagues across the city. 

Some of the 1300 kids from Oz Park Baseball Association on Opening Day last Saturday. 
Organizations like Oz Park Baseball Association  say they have run out of places to play and have to limit enrollment. 

Comments close soon, so please show your support for more open space in the North Branch Industrial Corridor to DPD@cityofchicago.org . And please plan on attending the May 18th Chicago Plan Commission meeting in City Hall to show your support and voice your comments about this once in a lifetime opportunity to secure critically needed recreational space. 

Lincoln Park High - Definitely Something to Brag About

In the latest U.S. News and World Report list of top schools in the state, Lincoln Park High School is now ranked # 8 in Illinois !

Perhaps even more impressive, LPHS is the highest ranked non-selective enrollment school in the city, and 3rd in the state.  This is important because in contrast to selective enrollment schools, Lincoln Park's high ranking is earned with an incredibly diverse school population that includes students who perform at all different levels - what high schools should be.   See the article  here .

Hospitality Hires Chicago 

Interested in jobs in hospitality and tourism? The Illinois Restaurant Association, Choose Chicago, Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, and the Magnificent Mile Association are hosting the first  Hospitality Hires Chicago today,  Friday, April 28th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Chicagoland Retail Sector Center, 218 S Wabash, 5th Floor. For more information, call 312-281-7925. Please email resumes to hjackson@pyramid-pci.com.

Groshek Art Gallery Opening Reception of Real Unreality 

Meet the artist Voytek Glinkowski of the Groshek Art Gallery's newest exhibit Real Unreality tonight,  Friday, April 28th from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at 2136 N Halsted St. Visit here for more information or call 773-904-7788.

Residential Investment Property Seminar 

Hear from industry professionals and discuss buying investment property during a Residential Investment Property Seminar on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Wintrust Bank - Old Town, 100 W North Avenue. RSVP to Amy Lemar at 312-291-2918 or ALemar@Wintrust.com.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is hosting a   prescription collection drive  on Saturday,  April 29th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM . Bring expired, unwanted or unused controlled substances and other medications to one of three water reclamation plants. You can also dispose of medications in the Drug Disposal Boxes any time at all Chicago Police Stations the closest in our ward is the 18th District, 1160 N Larrabee in the lobby. 

Old Town Art Fair First Sight Party

Discounted tickets for  the   Old Town Art Fair First Sight Party  on May 21st are available now  online  or in person at the Old Town Triangle Office: 1763 N. North Park through Sunday, April 30th  

The party, from  6:00 PM to 10:00 PM  at The Blanchard, 1935 N Lincoln Park West kicks off art fair season in Old Town with food, drinks and  an opportunity to bid on exclusive live and silent auction items along with terrific raffle prizes. 

An Evening with Poet Joy Harjo

Join Francis W. Parker School, Heller Auditorium, 2233 N. Clark Street on Monday, May 1st at 7:30 PM for a reading with acclaimed poet Joy Harjo, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Register at fwparker.org/register.

Honorary Joe Mantegna Way Celebration

Join me, Lodge Management Group President Lyn McKeaney, Easter Seals CEO Tim Muri and actor Joe Mantegna (a former 43rd Ward resident) at River Shannon, 425 W Armitage Ave on Wednesday, May 3rd at 4:00 PM to unveil the Honorary Joe Mantegna Way Street Sign. 100% of River Shannon Drink Sales will be donated to The Easter Seals.

Peace & Violence in Chicago: What can I do?

Saint Teresa of Avila, 1950 N Kenmore Ave is hosting an event on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30 PM  to combat the growing problem of violence. The evening showcases   10-12 different organizations who are working to fight violence and what you can do to get involved. 

Lincoln Park Uncorked 2017

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce (LPCC) welcomes spring with  Lincoln Park Uncorked: An Armitage - Halsted Wine Stroll on  Thursday, May 11th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Click here for the list of participating businesses.  Group tickets are available for $34. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 5 or more. Regular priced tickets are $40.

Have a wonderful weekend,

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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