Business Alert - Commercial Burglaries
Commissioner Kaegi Listening Tour Tonight
Green City Market Opens!
Dear Neighbors,

The 19th District (Town Hall) has issued a Business Safety alert for commercial burglaries.

About the Crime:
This alert gives notice to businesses in the 19th District of four recent commercial burglaries where offenders entered businesses in the early morning hours through rear doors that were unsecured or forced open. The offenders took property before fleeing.
Incident times and locations:
  • 600 block of W. Diversey Ave between April 26th & 29th, 2019 between 5:00PM and 9:30PM.
  • 2500 block of N. Clark St on April 29th, 2019 between 2:00AM and 3:00AM.
  • 2500 block of N. Clark St on April 29th, 2019 between 2:00AM and 5:48AM.
  • 600 block of W. Diversey Ave between April 29th, 2019 between 2:36AM and 8:40AM.
Offender Description:
In one burglary, the offenders are described as African American Males
approximately 17-25 years of age.
What you can do:
  • Be aware of these crimes- alert employees and nearby businesses in the area
  • Ensure doors and windows are secure at closing
  • Ensure surveillance systems are working
  • Pay special attention to suspicious individuals and alert the Police
  • Call 911 immediately if you are a victim or witness to a crime, and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information

If you have any information Contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area North
(312) 744-8263.

Check out a list of good safety tips presented by the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce here.
Community Events
Cook County Assessor's Listening Tour
TONIGHT, May 1st
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Inter-American Magnet School
851 W. Waveland Ave.

Join Lakeview-area elected officials in welcoming Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi to discuss his office's new policies and procedures. The event will start off with a presentation about the new Assessor's office and the changes they are making, followed by a Q & A session.
Green City Market Lincoln Park
Opening Day
Saturday, May 4th
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1817 N. Clark 

This is the 20th anniversary of the Green City Market. In celebration, the opening this Saturday, May 4th, has a bounty of events.
Here is the line up:
  • 8:00am - 1:00pm: Club Sprouts open - Kids create biodegradable seed starters with egg cartons, along with a seasonal tasting.
  • 9:00am: Remarks from Green City Market Staff, Board Members, and Guests for 20th Anniversary cake cutting
  • 9:30am-12:30pm: Edible Gardens open
  • 10:30am: Chef Demo by Paul Virant from Vie and Vistro
  • 11:30am: Chef Demo by Sieger Bayer from The Publican

Green City Market Lincoln Park operates May - October every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For market details and future events, check here .
Community Blood Drive
Sponsored by
St. Teresa of Avila Church
Sunday, May 5th
8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Parish Center
1950 N. Kenmore Ave.

Appointments are appreciated and encouraged; walk ins are welcome. Photo ID is required - and be sure to drink plenty of fluids. For more details .
Gold Coast Neighbors'
2019 Spring Membership Event
Monday, May 6th
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mario's Table
21 W. Goethe St .

Gold Coast Neighbors' 2019 Spring Membership Event is here. If you love a great party—and who doesn’t?—join friends and soon-to-be friends for appetizers, drinks, and fun conversation at Mario’s Table. Join a great organization—Gold Coast Neighbors. Already a member? Come for a delicious, delightful evening.
Admission is $20 per person but complimentary for new members at the event. For more details and to register, check out the Gold Coast Neighbors' website .
21st Annual Francine C. Rosenberg
Memorial Lecture
Featuring Dr. Shauna Shapiro
Tuesday, May 6th
7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Francis W. Parker School
330 W. Webster Ave.

J oin mindful parenting expert Dr. Shauna Shapiro for a lecture combining the ancient wisdom of mindfulness with modern neuroscience to help raise emotionally intelligent children. For more details on the event click here .

Admission is open and free to the public. To RSVP, please click on this link .
Lincoln Park Uncorked 2019:
An Armitage - Halsted Wine Stroll
Thursday, May 9th
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
(Check-in) at Bridgeview Bank
1970 N. Halsted Ave.

The return of spring brings Lincoln Park Uncorked: An Armitage-Halsted Wine Stroll - one of Chicago’s premier wine tasting events! Enjoy curated samples of red and white wines while strolling through one of the city’s most famous shopping districts in the heart of Lincoln Park.

For more details on the event and for tickets, please check out the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce  website.
Bicycling and Safe Routes Ambassadors Needed
Apply by Monday, May 6th

The City of Chicago’s Bicycling Ambassadors are the Chicago Department of Transportation’s education, safety, and outreach team. The Ambassadors are highly motivated individuals with excellent interpersonal skills leading outreach with children, youth, adults and seniors to encourage safe transportation behaviors by all road users – bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. The Ambassadors will support and promote Vision Zero Chicago initiatives to help eliminate death and serious injuries from traffic crashes by 2026. For more details and salary, please click here.
A Fond Farewell

It is with sadness and love that we remember Dom DiFrisco, who passed away earlier this week at age 85. I had the good fortune of meeting Dom in 2012, when supporters of his long and storied career in Chicago proposed to dedicate the 1400 block of Astor in his name. From our first meeting, we became fast friends - a story I have heard repeated over and over about Dom.

Dominic DiFrisco came to Chicago in 1962 when the airline Alitalia transferred him from New York. Dominic, a second generation Italian-American, ensured his first contributions to the City were to the Italian-American population. His passion for honoring Italian-American cultural and historical contributions can be seen in his dedication to the Columbus Day Parade, for which he served as commentator on ABC every year. Dom was named Commendatore of the Republic of Italy and President Emeritus of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian-Americans in recognition of these efforts and many more.

But Dominic DiFrisco’s contributions extended far beyond the Italian-American community. Dominic was a trailblazer in the field of tolerance for decades. As a part of his long and distinguished career at Edelman Public Relations, Dominic represented the Potawatomi Tribe of Wisconsin, received numerous awards from the African-American and Native American communities, served as co-chair for an Israel Bond event, chaired two telethons benefiting the United Negro College fund, and was on the board of the Chinese-American Service League. Mr. DiFrisco was a Commissioner of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and he is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii. 

Dom's beliefs extended to his incredible group of friends who gathered around him regularly at Gene and Georgetti's. His accomplishments are overshadowed by his genuine love for people, and his ability to make the life of anyone who met him richer. 

Thank you, Dominic, for your contributions to our City and our neighborhood. We miss you already.
See you in the neighborhood this blooming Spring,


Michele Smith
43rd Ward Alderman
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