- Check your Polling Place -
- State Grants Awarded to Lincoln Park 
Cultural Center and Alcott Elementary-
Also In This Issue
Fullerton Shoreline Update
Bag your Leaves
SWAT Training at Lurie
Chicago-Detroit Rail Program
LP Cultural Center Grant
Field of Dreams Grant



October Street Sweeping

November Street Sweeping

Fullerton Shoreline Project Update

As I reported in a previous newsletter, work is ongoing to revitalize the shoreline at Fullerton.  

This week, a temporary trail will be completed and directional signage will be posted to direct cyclists and pedestrians around the construction site.  

An 8-foot construction fence is being erected and the site is being prepared to ensure that when large scale work begins, it is done so safely, and with minimal impact to users of the lakefront trail and surrounding park land.

Start Bagging Your Leaves

City Pickup Nov. 3 - 21


The Department of Streets and Sanitation is  providing a dedicated bagged leaf collection for three weeks this November, if you call 311 to request it.


From November 3 through November 21, call 311 to request yard waste collection. A truck will collect leaves and other yard waste separately based on the 311 calls and take the yard waste to be composted.  Collection will occur during the week it is called into 311.


The Department of Streets and Sanitation asks that you bag the yard waste separately from garbage in the Black Carts and recycling in the Blue Carts, and leave the bagged yard waste in the alley or on the curb.  

SWAT Training at former Children's Hospital Site


Lurie Children's is assisting the Chicago Police Department SWAT  by providing them access to the vacant property located at 2300 N. Lincoln to conduct training exercises.


Training will continue periodically over the next two months. Each day of training will occur during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The training will not be visible to the public with the exception of the parked vehicles and entering/exiting the building. During training exercises, there may multiple police vehicles present on site, and many SWAT officers present. Safety will be the main priority for all aspects of the training.

Chicago-Detroit Passenger Rail Public Meeting
Wednesday, October 29th
Chicago Union Station Gallery Room
4:00p - 7:00p

Attend a public hearing and comment on the Chicago-Detroit/Pontiac Passenger Rail Corridor Program.  Doors open at 4 p.m. with a presentation given at 5:30 p.m. and public testimony at 6 p.m. 

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Dear Friends,


While early voting continues, most conveniently at the Lincoln Park Library, please bear in mind that many polling places have changed in the 43rd Ward fro the Nov. 4 election. Before heading to the polls, be sure to check your polling place.


Your polling place information is found on your voter registration card.  You can also look it up at the Chicago Board of Elections website.  Just enter your address and you will be provided your precinct number and polling place location. You will also be able to view a sample ballot in advance of voting. The direct link is here:


Early voting continues through November 2nd and registered voters may vote early at any early voting site in the City. Additional information on early voting can be found by clicking here.  Don't forget to vote!


Grant Awarded to Lincoln Park 

Cultural Center


On Saturday, I joined Governor Pat Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton and Representative Sara Feigenholtz to announce that the Governor's Illinois Jobs Now! construction program had awarded $937,500 to the Chicago Park District to rehabilitate the Lincoln Park Cultural Center


The project includes tuck pointing, roof replacement, gutters and downspouts, improvements to exterior brick masonry and stone walls, rehabilitation of interior water damaged finishes, clearing all roof drain lines and restoring collapsed underground drain lines. 


The Lincoln Park Cultural Center offers classes in art, music, dance, ceramics, jewelry-making, stained-glass, and woodshop, as  well as a full-range of exercise, mom-and-tot, after school, teen and senior activities.  It's the "cultural gem" of the Chicago Parks District, and we're proud that this grant will allow the Center to continue to offer its full range of programming.  


Press Conference at Lincoln Park Cultural Center with Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton, State Representative Sara Feigenholtz and me

Alcott Field of Dreams One Step Closer to Becoming A Reality


As I reported last week, Alcott Elementary School was awarded a $750,000 Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant (IGIG) from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The IGIG grant will use best practices to turn the dilapidated field into a modern field that collects storm water from the surrounding area and helps to prevent neighborhood flooding, all while converting the field into a modern turf surface.


The Alcott community turned out in force to celebrate the announcement on Saturday! I look forward to working together with parents and the community to achieve  the remaining funding that is needed to ensure  the field is a place students and community members can enjoy.  If you'd like to support the Field of Dreams, click here.



43rd Ward families joined Senate President John Cullerton, State Representative Ann Williams, Congressman Mike Quigley and me at Saturday's press conference to announce the IEPA grant




Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman