CPD Community Alerts
Dear Neighbors,

The 18th District of the Chicago Police Department has issued a  notice  about five armed robberies in our Ward last month which may be related. In these incidents, two offenders approached a victim, displayed a handgun and took personal property at the following locations: 
  • 1200 Block of W. Belden on Sunday, July 24th at 5:00 PM
  • 1700 Block of N. Cleveland on Wednesday, July 27th at 7:00 AM
  • 1600 Block of N. Burling on Thursday, July 28th at 10:30 PM
  • 1900 Block of N. Clybourn on Saturday, July 30th at 5:00 AM
  • 2000 Block of N. Dayton on Saturday, July 30th at 12:00 AM 
Obviously, we are extremely concerned about these incidents.  18th District Commander Paul Bauer has assured me he is assigning additional tactical teams to our regular complement of beat patrols. If you have any information about these robberies please call Area Central Detectives at 312-787-8382.

Additionally, the 19th District has issued a  notice  about three CTA robberies during July. In these incidents, the below offenders  robbed CTA passengers either on the train or at the station. The offenders displayed a black handgun, sprayed the victim with pepper spray and either exited at the next stop, or jumped the turnstile and fled the station. The   incident that took place in our ward was at the Fullerton Station  on Sunday, July 24th at 5:00 PM.

Please take extra precautions by locking your doors, windows and cars and, remember to always be aware of your surroundings.  We are the eyes of the neighborhood, so, if you see something suspicious dial 9-1-1 immediately. 
Updated Short-Term Rental Opt-Out Form

As part of the new Short Term Rental Ordinance which passed this Summer, 
the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs is offering an  updated affidavit to opt-out of STRS and place your building on the "prohibited buildings" list.  Here are the instructions. I encourage all rental buildings, condo and co-op buildings and townhouse associations to consider this issue carefully and, if you want to "opt out," submit this form. 

If your association would like to schedule a seminar on compliance with the new STR regulations, contact  us.

Unveiling honorary street sign with Polly & John Kelly, family and friends
Polly & John Kelly Way Honorary Sign Dedication

I was honored to join Polly and John Kelly along with their family and friends to unveil the Polly & John Kelly Way Honorary Street sign this past Saturday at the corner of Kenmore and Webster. Polly & John have been leaders in the Sheffield neighborhood of Lincoln Park for over 50 years. John and his family have owned and operated Kelly's Pub in the neighborhood since 1933. Polly helped found the Sheffield Neighborhood Garden Walk in 1967 which just celebrated its 48th year this July.
11 Lincoln Ave Bars Encouraging Ridership on No. 11 Bus

Starting Monday, August 1st through Wednesday, August 31st,  eleven  Lincoln Ave bars are encouraging ridership of the No. 11 Bus with a special neighborhood promotion The No. 11 bus runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays from Howard/McCormick to the Fullerton "L" station with stops roughly every 20 minutes. We are delighted this route has been returned for a pilot program and encourage everyone to take advantage of it.

18th District National Night Out Tomorrow

Join the 18th District of the Chicago Police Department, in partnership with Target, for the 2016 National Night Out  tomorrow, August 2nd from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the 18th District west parking lot located at 1160 N Larrabee. Programming will include guest speakers, literature, resources, give-a-ways and a family style barbecue.

Concert at Trebes Park

Come out tomorrow, August 2nd from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM and join the Sheffield Neighborhood Association at Trebes Park to listen to Whiskey Jezebel. 

Taste of Lincoln Ave

The Wrightwood Neighborhood Association is hosting  Taste of Lincoln Avenue on  Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th from Noon to 10:00 PM on  Lincoln between Fullerton and Wrightwood. Highlights  include nearly 20 music acts, a stand-alone "Kids' Carnival" area, plus plenty of food, drinks and arts & crafts.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest

You are invited to the 4th Chicago History Museum Hot Dog Fest running Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th from 11 AM - 9 PM and Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM - 8 PM at Clark and LaSalle. FREE Admission to hear live music, play games, and of course sample hot dogs! Purchase  Dog Dollars in advance to save up to 20%.

Public Hearing: Lakeview Avenue Row House Landmark District

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is holding a public hearing on Monday, August 8th at 10:00 AM in room 201-A of City Hall, 121 N LaSalle St. regarding the proposed designation of the Lakeview Avenue Row House District (2700-2710 N. Lakeview Avenue) as a Chicago Landmark District. For more info. please call the Commission on Chicago Landmarks at (312) 744-3200.

Lincoln Park High School Community Painting Project

We are delighted to invited you to join neighbors, alumni, parents, teachers, students, businesses, corporations, and friends in the fourth   project to enhance the physical facilities of Lincoln Park High School. We'll keep painting classrooms and in the future hope to refresh several main hallways.  The next dates are: 
  • Wednesday, August 10th
  • Friday, August 12th
  • Saturday, August 13th
  • Wednesday, August 17th
  • Sunday, August 21th  

Hope to see you there for this fun and easy project. Sign up here!

Congratulations to Lincoln Central Association

Congratulations to Lincoln Central Association whose newsletter,  From the Heart , recently won an APEX Award for Publication Excellence. You can sign up to receive this free newsletter here .

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward