- City of Chicago 2015 Budget-
- Fullerton Shoreline Revitalization -
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Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative
Park West Pumpkin Party
Early Voting
Nature Museum Free Sundays
Button & Zipper Coat Drive
Shoreline Revitalization

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October Street Sweeping

Farm to Table: The Creation of the Green City Market 


2250 N Sheffield Ave, 

 Rm 120 - Lincoln Park Student Center

6:30pm Reception


The Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative presents its fall program, "From Farm to Table: The Creation of the Green City Market and Its City-wide Impact." 

Park West Pumpkin Party

Saturday, October 18th

12 - 2 pm

Park West Playlot - Buring at Wrightwood


Join the Park West Community Association for the annual Halloween Pumpkin Party. 


Click here for more information. 

Early Voting


From October 8 through October 19, you can register to vote, and vote immediately, at the Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington. Hours are 9-5, Monday through Saturday, and 9-3 on Sunday.

From Oct. 20 through Nov. 1, all 51 Early Voting sites will be open for Grace Period registration. Our Early Voting site is the Lincoln Park Library, 1150 W. Fullerton.


Visit for more details.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Offers Free Admision on Sundays in October


As part of a celebration of its 15th anniversary, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will offer free museum admission every Sunday in October.   


 Click here for more information. 

Button & Zipper
 Coat Drive

2523 N.Halsted


My office is pleased to be a drop-off site for this year's Button & Zipper Coat Drive! Donate your gently used coats at my office or at a drop off site throughout Chicago.


Click here for more information.

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Dear Friends,


Halloween is fast approaching, and there are many family friendly events being hosted throughout the 43rd Ward in coming weeks. Visit my website to view upcoming events, and in next week's newsletter, I will include a round-up of Halloween activities in our community. 


Further, tomorrow Mayor Emanuel releases the budget for 2015, beginning weeks of budget hearings as my colleagues and I analyze each line of the budget and review City departments' operations.


As pension and budget challenges must be addressed, there will be tough choices to make for our future. I will fully vet all budget proposals put forth to ensure the best options possible are identified for our City and the 43rd Ward. 


I will keep you informed throughout the City's budget process, and should you have any questions, feel free to email me


Fullerton Shoreline Revitalization

I'm excited to announce the Chicago Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the Army Corps of Engineers, on Monday broke ground on the first phase of a project to revitalize a quarter mile stretch of Chicago's lakefront at Fullerton Parkway.  

In order to provide storm damage protection to the Lake Michigan shoreline, adjacent parkland and Lake Shore Drive, 1,700 feet of new revetment, which is essentially a retention wall, will be installed along the lakefront.  

Not only will the the redevelopment preserve the shoreline, it will also create 5.8 acres of new open space, ensuring the lakefront remains a place all can enjoy for years to come. 


The Theater on the Lake, located at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, will also undergo a complete renovation to convert the theater to a year-round venue. By offering year-round programming, more residents and visitors will have the opportunity to visit a celebrated Lincoln Park institution.


Click here and here to view plans for this project. Please be aware the City's infrastructure departments may make modifications as the project moves forward. 


Construction Schedule


Beginning this week, the restroom facilities at the Theater on the Lake will be closed to the public, three weeks in advance of when the Park District turns off plumbing annually. 

Next week, the Lakefront Trail will be diverted around the Theater on the Lake, reconnecting with the existing path at Fullerton Beach.  Contractors will be performing asphalt and aggregate work to create a temporary trail that will be safe for use by pedestrians and cyclists.  

As all staging of materials will take place on Park District property, impact to residents at this time will be minimal. I have also instructed the contractor to utilize Lake Shore Drive as an access point for any large trucks and equipment  in order to reduce impacts of construction on the residential population along the lakefront at Fullerton Parkway.  

I will continue to provide updates on this project and I look forward to working closely with the Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Park District and the Army Corps of Engineers as work gets underway on these exciting improvements. 


Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman