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Also In This Issue
Weekend Halloween Happenings
Early Voting Information
City Pickup for Leaves



October Street Sweeping

Weekend Halloween Happenings!


There's a lot of Halloween fun going on this weekend. On Saturday, start at Green City Market, then head over to Hotel Lincoln.  In the afternoon, check out the Clark Street Spooktacular.  End the afternoon at Lincoln Central's Howler at Bauler Park. 


On Sunday, come to Armitage for costume contests for kids and pets and fun along Armitage Avenue!

Here's the full schedule (click on the name of the event for more details): 

Green City Market Family Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25th

Green City Market, Clark and Lincoln

8:00am - 1:00pm


8:00am: Paint a pumpkin and learn to make a healthy snack

10:00am:  Performance by Miss Jamie

11:00am: Costume contest

Hotel Lincoln Bring Your Own Pumpkin Party

Saturday, October 25th

Hotel Lincoln, 1816 N. Clark

9:00am - 1:00pm


9:00am - 1:00pm: Bring your own pumpkin to decorate and watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

9:00am - 1:00pm: Trick or treating on the first floor

11:30am: Dog costume contest 

Saturday, October 25th

Clark Street from Diversey to Armitage

1:00pm - 5:00pm


1:00pm - 5:00pm: Trick or treating, magic, and roaming entertainment

1:30pm - 4:00pm: Live theatrical entertainment and photo session presented by Nothing Without A Company

3:00pm - 5:00pm: Costume contest at 2558 N Clark

Howler at Bauler

Saturday, October 25th

Bauler Park, Corner of Wisconsin & Cleveland 

3:00pm - 5:30pm


Put on your costumes and join the Lincoln Central Association for games, balloons, crafts, and music! 

Saturday, October 25th

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark

11:00am - 2:00pm


11:00am - 2:00pm: Family entertainment on the main stage, toddler activities in Regenstein Center for African Apes 


12:00pm - 2:00pm:  Haunted house in the Kovler Lion House and trick-or-treating

Tricks and Treats on Armitage

Sunday, October 26th

Bridgeview Bank Parking Lot: 1970 N. Halsted 

Begins at 11:00am


Bridgeview Bank and Barker and Meowsky present:


11:30am:  Kid Costume contest

12:30pm:  Dog Costume contest


Also featuring games, face painting, and trick-or-treating on Armitage, Halsted and Webster. 

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Dear Friends,


As I announced last week, the City of Chicago budget hearings started yesterday, and continue through next week. All hearings are open to the public. At budget hearings, aldermen will hear presentations from every City department and have the opportunity to ask questions about City spending. The entire schedule is online, as is the Mayor's Executive Budget Recommendations for City Council, the Budget Overview and the 2015 Draft Action Plan.

I will keep you updated throughout the budgeting process and you can follow me on Twitter at @AldermanSmith43 for live updates. Of course, feel free to e-mail me at or call us at 773-348-9500 with any questions or comments. 

Early Voting Information


Early voting for the November 4th General Election runs now through November 2nd. 


Voters registered in the City of Chicago may vote early at any of the  51 early voting sites throughout the City, regardless of home address. 


The 43rd Ward's early voting site is the Lincoln Park Library, located at 1150 W. Fullerton. Voting hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9am - 5pm. 


In the Loop, ballots can be cast at the Board of Elections, located at 69 W. Washington. Hours are as follows: 

  • October 20-25: Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 26: 10 am - 4 pm
  • October 27-31: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 7 pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 1: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday, November 2: 10 am - 4 pm
Grace Period Registration


Not registered to vote? There is a safety net for voters who missed the Oct. 7 registration deadline.


From now through November 1st, all early voting sites are open for Grace Period Registration, allowing voters to register to vote, and vote immediately during the same visit. 


A Grace Period voter must present two forms of identification, at least one of which shows the current address. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Driver's license
  • State identification card
  • Passport
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck stub, or other government document that shows your name and address. 

Not sure if you're registered to vote? Click here to check your registration status. 


Vote By Mail


Illinois law now allows voters to vote by mail. Simply complete the application to vote by mail, and mail it to the Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60602. All applications must be received by 5:00pm on October 30th. 


When you receive your ballot in the mail, follow instructions to fill it out and return it to the Board of Elections. 


Vote on Election Day


You may also vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th, between 6am and 7pm at your polling place. Click here to find your polling place.


Start Bagging Your Leaves

City Pickup Nov. 3 - 21


As part of this year's effort to clean up leaves and other debris before winter, 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, you can call 311 to request yard waste collectionA 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.  


As a reminder, yard waste should not be thrown in the Blue Cart as it contaminates the recycling stream. And please don't sweep leaves into the street as leaves clog the sewers.

So don't just watch those leaves accumulate - bag them and help the environment at the same time!


Further, on Saturday, November 8th, you can join to help beautify our community by cleaning up and recycling fall leaves and other yard debris as part of the Clean and Green Volunteer Program.  Residents can call 311 by October 31st to register your team and sign up to clean an area. Streets and Sanitation will provide bags, rakes, shovels and brooms for your team. 


Please call my office at 773-348-9500 with any questions about these initiatives and we will be happy to assist!


Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman