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Lincoln Park Branch Programming
Park District Budget Forum
Zoovies at Lincoln Park Zoo
Pumpkin Patch at Lincoln Park
Great Chicago Fire Festival
Nature Museum Harvest Festival
Register to Vote
Lincoln Avenue Resurfacing
Fullerton and Racine Improvements
Condo Visits

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September Street Sweeping


October Street Sweeping

Lincoln Park Library Presents Giants in the Park

Tonight! September 30 

6:30 to 7:30pm


Join author Krista August to discuss her book Giants in the Park:  A Guide to Portrait Statues in Chicago's Lincoln Park.


Click here for more information and upcoming library events.

Chicago Park District Budget Forum

Tonight! September 30th

Fosco Park

1312 S. Racine



The public is invited to attend the Chicago Park District's budget hearing for the 2015 budget. Can't attend? Submit feedback online.


Zoovies at Lincoln Park Zoo

Friday, October 3rd

Lincoln Park Zoo South Lawn

Ghostbusters: 6:30-8:10pm
The Shining: 8:20-11 pm 


Come to the zoo after hours and enjoy movies on the zoo's scenic South Lawn. Admission is free. 
Pumpkin Patch at 

2045 N Lincoln Park West

Saturday, October 4th

10:30am - 2pm


Pick your favorite pumpkin at the Chicago Park District's pumpkin patch and enjoy Halloween-themed carnival games, a petting zoo and pony rides!


Click here for more information.

Great Chicago Fire Festival

Saturday, October 4th

Chicago River - between State and Columbus 

8pm: Grand Spectacle 


The inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival will light up the city with a spectacle of fire on the Chicago River. The Grand Spectacle begins at 8pm, but there are exciting events taking place throughout the day. 


Welcome the arrival of autumn at the Harvest Festival! Listen to a live bluegrass band and participate in games for the whole family. 

Register to Vote by October 7th


October 7th is the deadline to register to vote or update your registration in time to vote in the November 4 general election.


 Register to vote or update your registration online.

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Dear Friends,


I'm excited to share with you that Lincoln Park is the first neighborhood listed in the 'Chicago Neighborhoods' section of the fall and winter edition of the Choose Chicago Guide! Take a look at pages 18 and 19 to read the feature about our community. 


The Choose Chicago Guide is widely distributed to visitors and residents alike, and I'm pleased our community is represented. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Victory Gardens Theater, Floriole Cafe and Bakery, Balena and R.J. Grunts are all named as don't-miss places to visit in Lincoln Park. 


I look forward to continued growth of Lincoln Park's reputation as cultural hub to ensure local businesses, restaurants and cultural institutions can  thrive. As always, a big thanks to the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce for their continued advocacy!

Lincoln Avenue to be Resurfaced


Many residents can attest to the poor condition of Lincoln Avenue for drivers and cyclists alike. Throughout the past several months, I've been working closely with Governor Quinn to lobby for funding to resurface Lincoln Avenue, which is a state road.  I'm pleased to report that, thanks to Governor Quinn and his team, state funding has been allocated to proceed with this much-needed project.  


The Illinois Department of Transportation will begin the first phase of resurfacing on October 6th, weather conditions permitting, and the second phase will begin on October 9th. 

  • Phase 1:  Lincoln Avenue, between Wells Street and Webster Street
  • Phase 2: Lincoln Avenue, between Fullerton Avenue and Diversey Parkway
This large-scale resurfacing will include sidewalk improvements, curb and gutter removals and concrete bus pad construction. 
All work is expected to be completed by December 5th, 2014 and, of course, I will keep you updated as this project progresses. 
Fullerton and Racine Improvements


During the construction of the Theatre School at DePaul University, the intersection of Fullerton and Racine underwent significant deterioration due to the heavy machinery and construction taking place at the site. Following the school's construction, this location was resurfaced. 


However, even after resurfacing, challenges remained associated with the utility  infrastructure at this location, including problems with the water infrastructure and street lighting.   


I met with Commissioner Rebecca Scheinfeld of the Department of Transportation's Division of Electrical Operations, as well as Commissioner Tom Powers of the Department of Water Management and instructed the Departments to coordinate in order to identify the problem and have repairs completed by the end of this summer. 


I'm pleased to report the infrastructure issues at this location were resolved, and it was resurfaced in early September. The following photo illustrates the restored condition of the intersection of Fullerton and Racine Avenues. 





Condo Visits

As part of ongoing efforts to keep residents updated on current events and to provide open lines of communication between residents and my office, I have been visiting condominium associations and residential complexes throughout the ward. 

At these events, I meet with residents, address concerns and answer any questions attendees may have. If you would like me to visit your building, townhouse complex 0r condominium association in the near future, please email me and we will be happy to set up a visit. 


Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman