Chicago Property Tax Rebate Update

Early Voting Begins Today
Dear Neighbor,

Beginning Saturday,  October 1st through Wednesday, November 30th  eligible Chicago homeowners can apply for the City of Chicago Property Tax Rebate at any of the 26 neighborhood locations, including City Hall. Click here  for a map of the rebate processing center locations. Homeowners must apply for the rebate in person. The closest locations to the 43rd Ward are:
  • 721 N. LaSalle Street, Catholic Charities open  Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM 
  • 121 N. LaSalle Street, City Hall open  Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 1011 W. Lawrence Avenue, North Side Community Federal Credit Union open  Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Saturday from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The City of Chicago Property Tax Rebate Program provides eligible families and seniors some property tax relief through a City-funded rebate.  I co-sponsored this rebate plan to make sure that if any tax relief was offered to some Chicago homeowners, it would extend to taxpayers in our Ward. I encourage all property owners in our Ward to review the  checklist  of required documentation and eligibility requirements before deciding to go to a rebate processing center location.

For more information about the Chicago Property Tax Rebate Program and answers to frequently asked questions click  here.

Early Voting Begins Today

Beginning today, September 29th, the Chicago Board of Elections (located at 69 W. Washington Street) will be open for Early Voting. Cast your ballot at this address through Sunday, October 9th. Then, Monday, October 10th and lasting through Monday, November 7th the voting location moves to 15 W. Washington Street. 

Hours for Early Voting at 69 W Washington Street:
  • Monday through Saturday - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sundays - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Hours for Early Voting at 15 W Washington Street:
  • Monday through Saturday - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sundays - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Beginning on Monday, October 24th and lasting through Monday, November 7th, Early Voting will begin in all fifty (50) City of Chicago Wards, and our local Early Voting location can be found at 1150 W. Fullerton Avenue.

Hours for Early Voting at Ward Sites:
  • Monday, October 24th - Saturday, October 29th: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
  • Sunday, October 30th: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
  • Monday, October 31st - Saturday, November 5th: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM 
  • Sunday, November 6th: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Monday, November 7th: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Visit the Chicago Board of Elections for more information about Early Voting.

43rd Ward Academic Internship

Our office is accepting applications for interested college students to participate in our academic internship program for the fall quarter of 2016 as well as the winter, spring and summer quarters of 2017.  Our program offers participants the opportunity to assist our office and gain helpful experience in constituent service, community outreach, public policy, legislative research as well as zoning and urban development. Interested applicants can send a resume and a writing sample to  or contact our office directly at  773-348-9500 .

18th District CAPS Positive Loitering Event

Join friends, neighbors, other community stakeholders, and the Chicago Police
Department for positive loitering at the southwest corner of Clark and Division today, September 29th at 1:00 PM.

Share information about  things happening in the community and learn how you can prevent and reduce  crime and disorder.

For more information, contact the 18th District Community Relations Office at (312)-742-5778.
North Branch Industrial Corridor Modernization Open Meeting

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will host an open house next week for Mayor Emanuel's North Branch Industrial Corridor Modernization today, September 29th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter Street.

Local stakeholders are invited to visit with DPD staff and consultants and share their ideas on the proposed land use plans to date, which include the concepts of mixed use, "buffer" uses, transportation, river access, job creation and other corridor issues.
An RSVP is required for this meeting due to facility requirements.

Shredding and Recycling Event

Come out and join Representative Sara Feigenholtz,  LaSalle Language Academy and AT&T for a free paper shredding event on Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 AM to Noon at the LaSalle Language Academy, 1734 N. Orleans Street in the south parking lot. 

During "Shred Day," neighborhood residents can bring personal or sensitive documents to be shredded safely and securely.  AT&T is providing free on-site shredding to the public. Residents can bring mixed office paper, light cardboard and other soft paper-based recyclables. They cannot shred plastic, compact disks, DVDs or metal.

For more information about these events, please contact Rep. Feigenholtz's constituent services office at  (773) 296-4141  or visit .

Midwest Buddhist Temple and Crilly Court Yard Sales

The Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee Street invites you on Saturday, October 1st to their annual yard sale from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Also on Saturday, October 1st from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM is the Crilly Court Yard Sale. The yard sale will take place in the courtyard between Eugenie Terrace and St. Paul Street.

Chicago's Solar Homes are Open for the Illinois Solar Tour

Explore solar in Lincoln Park. The Illinois Solar Energy Association is hosting the 10 th  annual Illinois Solar Tour on Saturday, October 1st from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 2120 N. Bissell Street; the home of Lisa and Ron Elkins, founders of 2 Point Perspective Architecture.

The tour affords participants a direct perspective on the costs, processes, as well as the economic and environmental benefits of going solar.  Visit the Tour's website to find other sites to explore near you.

Walk the Pond

Join the Lincoln Park Conservancy for a free  family fun-raiser on Saturday, October 1st at 10:30 AM in front of North Pond Restaurant. Enjoy face painting, carnival games, a magician, a sing along and costume walk around the pond to raise awareness of the Master Plan for the North Pond Nature Sanctuary and its new natural playscape.

Consider becoming a host family to help underwrite the celebration. The suggested amount is $100.  Please email Luciana Bonifazi, Development and Communications Assistant at  or call (773) 883-PARK.

Pre-Register online and receive a free child-size Walk the Pond logo t-shirt (while supplies last). For more information about the event or to pre-register, click here .

Elevated Songwriter Series

On  Saturday, October 1st at 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:30 PM)  at  Holy Covenant UMC, 925 W. Diversey Parkway, it's the Elevated Songwriter Series' first fall concert. Enjoy this double-bill of Rebecca Pronsky and Katie Dahl.

Please visit the facebook page for more info. Tickets are on a  $15-$20 sliding scale donation, payable at the door (cash) or online here.

New Patio at Geja's Cafe

Congratulations to Geja's Cafe, located at 340 W Armitage Avenue, and owner Jeff Lawler on the new outdoor patio coming in mid-October. 

Read the recent article about the patio here.

Happy Fall!

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward 

43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T-F 9 AM - 6 PM 
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