Smith & Wesson Meeting
Sunday Funday Armitage/Halsted Continues
2019 Purple Guest Passes
Dear Neighbor,

The Chicago Tribune has reported the gun used to murder Commander Paul Bauer was sold by an online gun dealer who had been operating illegally for several years.

While City Council has banned assault weapons and increased penalties for gun crimes, calls for stricter control of gun sales have gone unanswered in both Congress and Springfield.

But other innovative measures can be taken. For example, in the 1990s I helped a non-profit group, United Power for Action and Justice, close Bell's guns, then one of the top sellers of guns linked to crime. Eventually, this lead to indictments.

Recently, I attended the Smith & Wesson stockholders meeting. The company, now called American Outdoor Brand Corporation, is the number one manufacturer of guns used in crime in Chicago. As a result of public attention, shareholders voted to require Smith & Wesson to produce reports monitoring violent events associated their products and to work to produce safer guns such as “smart guns” — that only fire with an authorized user based on technology such as fingerprint recognition. You can read the Sun-Times story here.

If you are interested in joining the "Do Not Stand Idly By" campaign to make manufacturers make and distribute guns more responsibly, click here.
Community Alert
T hefts
14th District (Shakespeare) & 19th District (Town Hall)

About the Crime:
This alert gives notice to citizens in the 14th and 19th Districts of multiple incidents
where property has been stolen from the victims while they are sitting in a restaurant
or coffee shop. The offender approaches the victims and distracts them by soliciting
for a charity or by showing the victim a piece of paper. While the victim is distracted,
the offender steals the victim's property from the table.

Incident times and locations:
• 2500 block of N. Clark St. on September 4, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
• 2500 block of N. Clark St. on September 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
• 2200 block of N Milwaukee Ave. on September 30, 2018 at 11:40 a.m.
• 1900 block of N. Milwaukee Ave. September 30, 2018 at 11:50 a.m.
• 2500 block of N. Clark St. on October 1, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
• 1400 block of N. Milwaukee Ave. on October 3, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
• 1500 block of N. Damen Ave. October 3, 2018 at 1:20 p.m.
• 2500 block of N. Clark St. on October 5, 2018 at 6:20 p.m.

About the Offenders:
The offender is described as an African-American male, 18-25 years of age, 5'08"-6'00" tall and 180lbs.

What you can do:
• Be aware of this crime.
• Do not leave your property on a restaurant table.
• Pay special attention to any suspicious persons in your area.
• Be conscious of suspicious distractions.
• Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of the offender(s)
including any vehicle description and license plate information.

If you have any information, please contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area North
(312) 744-8263

JB421702, JB450755, JB456821, JB456846, JB458812, JB460901, JB461039 &
JB464012 - Reference: P18-N-250 - Alert# P18-N-250
New 2019 RPP Guest Passes

Our office is now selling the new 2019 Guest Parking Passes in the color PURPLE. RED guest passes are legal through December 31st, 2018.

The new purple 2019 guest passes take effect immediately and will not expire till next year, December 31st of 2019.

If you have not purchased guest passes before and would like to purchase them, please create an account with the Office of the City Clerk by emailing, with the subject line saying, "Customer Code Request" and attaching a picture of your Identification Card + Proof of Residency such as a Lease, Mortgage, or Utility Bill, or USPS change of address .
Upcoming Events
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Armitage/Halsted Shopping District
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

A ccording to the Chicago Tribune , Armitage is now the " go-to destination for online retailers to open brick-and-mortar stores ."

We continue our Sunday Funday October 21st shopping event at the newly rejuvenated Armitage/Halsted corridor with more than 120 shops, restaurants and boutiques. These include the singular Chicago or the Midwest guideshops for Serena & Lily Tovala , Peruvian Connection , Black Tux , The Tie Bar flagship store , Margaret O'Leary , Via Strozzi , Pogo , State and Liberty , Helen Ficalora , May & March , essentia . Calvin Tran , Laudi Vidni , and Interior Define . And don't forget these unique Chicago merchants - Bela, Read It and Eat , All She Wrote ,and Tabula Tua , as well as dozens more.

Plus, shop at these unique Mobile Boutiques:

Shop the Thrifty Fashionista:
More Fun on Armitage TONIGHT
Armitage Avenue Open House
Thursday, October 18, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Armitage Open House featuring an eclectic blend of shops and businesses along historic Armitage Ave. Come join the fun! An array of offerings from tastings, savings, and even raffle prizes. Experience the fun of walking on Armitage in the fall evening hours and see what awaits you!

ARA Briefing - Greater Lincoln Park Region
Hosted by Chicago Public Schools
Thursday, October 18th, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Lincoln Park High School
2001 North Orchard Street

The Annual Regional Analysis (ARA) supports providing every student with a high-quality education in every neighborhood. This can be done by giving stakeholders common information  regarding: School quality, Enrollment patterns, School options, and Program offerings by region. 

Spots are still available, but could fill quickly. Walk-ins will be limited, so please pre-register. 

For more information, please visit the Briefing's Eventbrite page .
A documentary screening of
Frances Xavier Cabrini: The People’s Saint!
Thursday, October 18th, 2018
The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
2520 N. Lakeview Avenue
7:00 PM Movie Screening

The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini will host a documentary screening of Frances Xavier Cabrini: The People’s Saint. The film presents a living portrait of the Italian born saint that showcases her relevance in an ever-changing world. The Patron Saint of Immigrants and Hospital Administrators is explored as a fearless, roll-up-her sleeves woman who despite frail health, traveled the world at the turn of the 20th century to serve the less fortunate.

At 6:00 PM there will be Light Refreshments, 7:00pm will be the Movie Screening, followed by Q & A at 8:30pm. This event offers free admission and is open to the public!

For more information please visit the Film's website .
Pumpkins in the Park 5K Race
Saturday, October 20th, 2018
Lincoln Park – South Fieldhouse
1650 N Stockton Drive
5K Start 4:00 PM

The Pumpkins in the Park 5k is headed back to our historic Lincoln Park neighborhood. Runners will speed through a beautiful course running through our neighborhood park.

For more information please visit the Pumpkin Race 5K website .

Donate Blood
In Honor of Commander Bauer
Sponsored by St. Teresa of Avila Church
Sunday, October 21st, 2018
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
1950 N Kenmore, Parish Center

Heartland Blood Center will be hosting a Blood Drive at St. Teresa's Parish Center. Drink plenty of fluids and bring your photo ID. Every donor will receive a complimentary T-Shirt. Visit or call 1-800-786-4483 to schedule your appointment.

Halloween Donations for Kids
Costumes & Candy 
18th District Police 
1160 N. Larrabee

Bring a smile to a child's face by helping CPD collect items for their 7th Annual Children's Halloween Party on October 30th.

New and gently used costumes and candy for children of all ages will be collected at the police station, located at 1160 N. Larrabee. We hope that you can help make this a memorable afternoon for these deserving children. 
Domestic Violence Awareness Month  
Donations for Women's Shelters
19th District Policing Office
850 W. Addison

The 19th District will be collecting new toiletries and hygiene items on behalf of local women's shelters during October. Donations may be dropped off anytime at the 19th District police station, located at 850 W. Addison.

Hope to see you in the neighborhood,

Michele Smith
43rd Ward Alderman
43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
  2523 N Halsted  |  773-348-9500
Text Us for Constituent Services: 773-906-4333