Inauguration Day
Bike the Drive
Holiday Weekend Office Closure
Dear Neighbor,

Monday, I took the oath of office to represent you for a third term, we welcomed a new mayor, and a new Ethics and Good Governance Committee was created to help foster much-needed reform.

I am honored to be chosen by Mayor Lightfoot to chair this new Ethics Committee, and to work with my colleagues to help make our government more transparent and fair. Chairs will be voted on at first new City Council meeting on Wednesday, May 29.
Mayor Lightfoot Signs her First Executive Order, surrounded by reform advocates
Mayor Lightfoot began her administration with an executive order that gives city departments the autonomy to decide the outcome of administrative decisions, rather than automatically deferring to an alderman. This decades-long, outdated custom allowed abuse of power by a few aldermen and cooperating city department workers. While I will continue to fiercely advocate on your behalf in all matters, I believe it is necessary that aldermen comply with basic administrative and legal standards. This ensures better government for everyone. This executive order requires city departments, within sixty days, to devise protocols for decision-making and to document all input by aldermen.
I fully support this executive order which will curb elected officials from personally profiting from elected office. You can hear more about the new administration and City Council in a panel discussion on WTTW in which I participated with my fellow aldermen Scott Waguespack (32nd), Raymond Lopez (15th), and Daniel LaSpata (1st). You can read further coverage of the incoming administration in The Chicago Tribune and the New York Times .

You can see our photos from the inauguration here .
Community Events
Lincoln Park Night Out with Remy Bumppo Theater Company
Thursday, May 23
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Theatre Wit Company
1229 W. Belmont

Join the Chamber for   Lincoln Park Night Ou t   with   Remy Bumppo Theatre Company  at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont). Use the code DUBLIN to receive $10 off tickets of Bloomsday on Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Fifth Third Bike the Drive
Sunday, May 26

Participants will enjoy a car-free Lake Shore Drive and experience all the magical moments for which that this event has become famous. T he full route stretches 30 miles and participants are encouraged to ride as little or as much of the course as they would like. Riders who want to tackle the full route can sign up for the 30-mile challenge during registration. 

T he event benefits  Active Transportation Alliance  which is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit safe, convenient and fun. 

Click here to register for the event.
Become A Crossing Guard
Or a 911 Operator

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is hiring for new crossing guards in the 60614 zip code! Help your community and schools by applying for this part-time position.

OEMC is also seeking new Police Communications Operators. Help improve police communications with the public by seeking this important position. You must apply by May 28.

To apply, visit the City of Chicago career site here .
Nominate Your Favorite Businesses
for the
Best of Lincoln Park Awards

Get ready to nominate your neighborhood favorites for the  2019 Best of Lincoln Park Awards ! Nominations can be submitted  online  and winners will be announced on Facebook Live on Thursday, June 20. Nominations accepted through Friday, May 31st.

The 2019 Best of Lincoln Park Award categories are :

  • Best Place to Brunch
  • Best Place to Grab Coffee and/or Sweets
  • Best Place to Get Fit
  • Best Specialty Shop
  • Best Neighborhood Service Provider
  • Best Place to Get Refreshed
  • Best Place to Shop For Your Home
  • Best Place for Arts, Culture & Entertainment
  • Best Place to Get Dressed
  • Best Place to Dine
  • Best Place to Drink
Memorial Day Weekend Office Closure

Our office will be closing early on Friday, May 24th at 2 p.m. and closed on Monday, May 26th for the holiday weekend. We will reopen with our regular hours on Tuesday. We hope you have a very happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!

See you in the neighborhood and have a safe, enjoyable holiday,


Michele Smith
43rd Ward Alderman
43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
  2523 N Halsted  |  773-348-9500
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