CPS Contingency Sites
Astor Alley Reconstruction
April 1st CTU Strike Contingency Sites

Chicago Public Schools has  announced more than 250 contingency sites to send school aged children who cannot stay home or have an alternative care option during the Chicago Teacher's Union Strike Friday, April 1st. CPS has partnered with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, and Safe Haven to provide students a safe environment, meals, and activities during the strike.

The contingency sites located in the 43rd Ward are Lincoln Park, Lincoln Park Public Library, Newberry E lementary School, and Payton High School. Advance registration is required for some site s. Click here  for more information and to view the city -wide site map.

Street Sweeping Schedule
Street sweeping begins  April 1st. Sweeping locations are assigned on a five to six week rotation.  Click here  to view the 2016 schedule

Waste Pick-Up Schedule Change

You may have noticed an orange sticker on your garbage carts informing you that there has been a change to the 43rd Ward pick up schedule. Though the City Website may not have posted the new map, the 43rd Ward will have garbage pick up change from Tuesdays to  Wednesdays , starting Wednesday, April 6th.

Friends of Lincoln Park  Gal a

Supp ort our neighborhood high school by joining Friends of Lincoln Park on April 1st from 7 - 10 PM for their Lion Pride Night Gala at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 2701 N Sheffield.  Click here  to purchase ticke ts.

DePaul Art Museum Presents: Gallery talk with Angel Otero

On  April 2nd at 2 PMDePaul Art Museum will feature New York-based painter, Angel Otero, who will speak about hi s work in the DPAM's current exhibition "Nexo/Nexus: Latin American Connections in the Midwest."

Astor Alley Reconstruction

Reconstruction of the alley bounded by Burton Pl., Astor St., Schiller St., and Inner Lake Shore Drive  will begin  Monday, April 4th, funded by 43rd Ward Aldermanic Menu money. 

The project will involve excavation, regrading, and reconstruction of the alley with concrete. During the first three weeks, there will be daily mid-alley closures to accommodate necessary water service insulation work. Both ends of the alley will remain open and full access to the alley will be maintained during non-work hours.

My office will keep neighbors notified via our newsletter and website of additional phases of the project and any impact it will have to alley access and waste pick up. Please contact CDOT at (312) 255-7848 or the project contractor at (773) 276-4600  with any questions .

Musical Performance by Mocrep

Hear Chicago-based experimental music ensemble Mocrep perform a brand new work at the DePaul Art Musuem for the current exhibition "Dianna Frid & Richard Rezac: Split Complementary." The free performance, in the galleries alongside works of art, is on  April 5th at 6:00 PM. Space is limited.  Click here to RSVP.

Lakeview Row Houses Landmark Hearing

We're pleased to announce that, at my urging, the City of Chicago will make a preliminary landmark recommendation of  the historic David Adler row houses at 2700-2710 N Lakeview Ave. The Chicago Commission on Landmarks (CCL) considers the request on April 7th at 12:45 PM, Rm 201A, City Hall.

The meeting, to begin the landmark, is open to the public, and I invite you to come and join me in voicing your support
It Happens Through the Village

Lincoln Park Village is hosting an informal prospective members lunch at the Village office, 2502 N. Clark Street on  Saturday, April 9  from 12:30-2:00 PM . Call  773-248-8700 to RSVP

North Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Rehabilitation

Starting  April 11th,  CDOT will  begin rehabilitating the Lake Shore Drive pedestrian bridge that connects Lincoln Park to North Avenue Beach over Lake Shore Drive. The bridge will be closed during construction, and there will be lane closures on LSD beginning April 18th. Two lanes of traffic will remain open during the project which is scheduled to wrap June 30th.  Click here for more information about the project and traffic impact.

Prom with a Purpose

The Chicago Police Department CAPS office is  accepting  donated party dresses, prom gowns, tuxedos, suits, shoes and accessories to help underprivileged students enjoy their prom in style. The donation deadline is Wednesday,  April 13th, and donations can be received at the 18th District Community Room, 1160 N. Larrabee. Please contact the 18th District CAPS Office at 312- 742-5778 for additional information or to schedule a drop off. 

Chicago's citywide Clean & Green Day of Service is Saturday, April 16th. Join your neighbors and community organizations in beautifying the 43rd Ward.

Call 3-1-1 to register your community group or locate a community group to join. Tools and cleaning supplies are provided by the City, and  groups must register their Clean and Green event by noon on  Wednesday, April 13.
Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward