- 43rd Ward Schools Rated Higher -
- Property Tax Appeals Update -
Also In This Issue
WNA Sleigh Ride
Mochi-Tsuki Festival
Parks Program Registration
Unwrap Clark Street
Property Tax Update
Stockton Pedestrian Underpassl


Wrightwood Neighbors Sleigh Ride

Saturday, December 13th

 1110 West Lill Avenue

4:30 - 7:30pm


Join the Wrightwood Neighbors Association for horse drawn sleigh rides, pictures with Santa and a cookie exchange. 


Click here for more information. 


 Midwest Buddhist Temple Mochi-Tsuki Festival
Saturday, December 13th
Midwest Buddhist Temple: 435 W. Menomonee
8:30am - 12:45pm


Join the Midwest Buddhist Temple and friends to pound sweet rice to make mochi, or sweet rice cakes, in the traditional Japanese manner. 


Click here for more information. 


Online Registration for Chicago Park District Winter Programs


Online registration for winter park district programming is now open! Residents can register for programs online

by clicking here


Shop Local this Holiday Season and Get Rewarded!

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting Lincoln Park's first ever holiday reward program. The program, called Unwrap Clark Street, kicks off on Black Friday and runs through December 31st. 

Spend $300 or more at a minimum of 3 businesses (restrictions apply) on Clark Street, mail in your receipts and receive a $50 gift certificate to a Clark Street restaurant!

43rd Ward Office

2523 N. Halsted


Office Hours:






9a.m.-12p.m. & 2p.m.-6p.m.


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Dear Friends,


Last week, Chicago Public Schools unveiled new school ratings for the 2013-14 school year, showing that 43rd Ward schools continue to be high-performing and among the best schools in the City. 


Schools are ranked under a new system, with 1+ being the highest performance level, followed by 1, 2+, 2 and 3, and


I'm pleased to report our local schools were all rated as a "1" or better!


Following are CPS performance levels for 43rd Ward schools.

Click here to view ratings for schools throughout the City.

Strong schools are vital to our City and these ratings are the result of years of effort by our principals, parents and teachers.  

I'm pleased that I've been able to support our schools by advocating for all-school IB at Lincoln Park High School, for the expansion of Lincoln Elementary, continuation of the LaSalle Language program, and new playgrounds and fields for Newberry Academy and Alcott.  

I look forward to continuing to work with local LSC's and parent groups in the 43rd Ward to ensure that every parent has high-quality educational options for their children. 

Property Tax Update for 43rd Ward Homeowners: North Chicago Township Open for Appeals


From now until December 30th, 43rd Ward homeowners who live in North Chicago Township (south of Fullerton Avenue) may appeal their property tax assessment to the Cook County Board of Review. 


Appealing your property tax assessment is an opportunity to ensure your property tax bills are fair and accurate. The most common reason to appeal is over-valuation. 


File appeals online at 


Contact the following offices with questions about the appeal process or for assistance to file an appeal.  

Stockton Pedestrian Underpass Complete

I'm pleased to report the City of Chicago's Department of Transportation has completed the rehabilitation of the third and final pedestrian tunnel under Stockton Drive, located at 2050 N. Lincoln Park West. 


With the completion of this tunnel, all three pedestrian tunnels are now open to the public. As reported previously, restoration of the first two tunnels was completed in the beginning of October. Thank you to pedestrians for their patience as these repairs were enacted. 



Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman