Community Alert - Burglaries
Senior Homeowner's Exemption
Restaurant Week
February Ward Night
Dear Neighbors,

Chicago Police are alerting residents in the 18th District about recently reported burglary-related incidents. In each incident, the offender(s) forces entry into residences through the front/side door and enter the premises. Once inside, the offender(s) removes property and leaves the area.  Speaking before a recent Old Town Triangle Association, our Commander Daniel O'Shea assured residents that these cases are a pattern that is being investigated vigorously.
Incident times and locations :
  • 900 block of West Concord, Saturday, January 11, 2020 - evening.
  • 1800 block of North Orleans, Thursday, January 16, 2020 - afternoon.
  • 1100 block of North Howe, Friday, January 17, 2020 - afternoon.
  • 2100 block of North Sedgwick, Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - afternoon.
  • 1400 block of North Larrabee, Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - evening.

About the Offenders:
(2) Male, African Americans, 5'9" - 6'1", 160 - 200 lbs, between 25-30 years

What you can do:
  • Keep doors locked and windows secure.
  • Immediately repair broken windows, doors, or locks. Check your door frame.
  • If video surveillance is available, save and make a copy of the incident for investigating Detectives.
  • If you are a victim, do not touch anything and contact the police immediately.
  • Keep a record of property serial numbers.
  • Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of any suspicious people including any vehicle description and license plate information.

If you have any information, contact Bureau of Detectives – Area Central
(312) 747-8380. Reference Numbers JD112423, JD118041, JD122116, JD124886, JD124978.
Senior Homeowner's Exemption Changes

A new law championed by Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi amends the Illinois Property Tax Code so that seniors granted the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption in Cook County will not need to reapply for the exemption every year, as was previously required.

Seniors who received the exemption last year do not have to re-apply. Seniors not currently receiving the exemption, and homeowners turning 65, must apply for the senior exemption in 2020 and their exemption will then automatically renew each year. The Assessor’s Office is sending out notices to those who already receive the renewal and others who may be eligible for it. You can expect a notification sometime late February.

We thank the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Pritzker for passing this common-sense legislation.
February Ward Night
Monday, February 3
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Ward Office
2523 N Halsted Ave

Please stop by our office for ward night and discuss matters concerning our ward. Ward nights are every first Monday of each month from 5 - 7 p.m. We encourage you to sign-up using Calendly; however, walk-in's are always welcome.
Cook County State's Attorney Forum
January 30th, February 12 and February 19
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
First St. Paul's Lutheran Church
1301 N. LaSalle Dr.

Hear candidates for State's Attorney of Cook County and their plan for bringing forward community safety solutions. Lexi Sutter, Emmy Award winning journalist and Gold Coast resident will moderate.

Candidates that will be answering questions during these Community Forums are:
Pat O'Brien - January 30
Bill Conway - February 12
Donna More - February 19

Register for the forums here.
Free Museum Days
Through January

Visit Chicago's incredible museums this month during free museum days. General admission is free to Illinois residents on the following dates this month:

  • DuSable Museum - Free admission every Tuesday.
  • The Field Museum - January 29
  • Museum of Science and Industry - January 27-30.
  • Peggy Notebaert - Admission is free on Thursdays.
CPS Budget Funding Workshops

Chicago Public Schools will host six school budget funding workshops throughout the city. Attendees will also be able to share the needs of their school community and offer suggestions on how to make the district’s school funding process more equitable, transparent, and sustainable.

Community meetings in our area:

January 29, Amundsen High School 5110 N. Damen 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
February 8, Roberto Clemente High School 1147 N. Western 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Please read the  2020 Resident's Guide to the Budget   and the FY2020 budget on   for a comprehensive overview of the district’s budget.
U.S. Census is Hiring

The United States Census Bureau is hiring hundreds of thousands of people across the country for temporary jobs. Bilingual applicants are needed and encouraged to apply. Please visit the U.S. Census 2020 to apply and for more information.
Community Events
Chicago Restaurant Week
January 24 - February 9

Chicago Restaurant Week is a 17-day celebration of the city’s award-winning culinary scene. The 13th annual event brings together hundreds of the city’s top restaurants, representing a near-endless array of cuisines and making it the largest restaurant week in the nation.

Restaurant goers can enjoy a prix-fixed menu from some of the best restaurants in Chicago and the suburbs. You can explore a list of 430 restaurants that will be participating this year. For restaurants in our Ward, click here.
Stage Right CPS
Wednesday, January 29
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. LIncoln Ave.

Join Stage Right CPS Lincoln Park for a reception followed by a performance at the Victory Gardens Theater. All profits will benefit the upcoming auditorium renovations at Lincoln Park High School. At 6 pm, appetizers and wine will be provided, followed by a preview of "How to Defend Yourself" a play by Liliana Padilla.

Tickets are $50 per person. All proceeds will go directly to Lincoln Park High School.
19th District Diaper Drive
Through January 31

The 19th District Community Policing office is collecting diapers for young mothers who have children under 5 years of age and currently live in shelters. Please drop off donated items at the 19th District CAPS office located at 850 W. Addison.

Please contact Officer Megan Woods if you have any questions at 312- 937-0539 (cell), or at the CAPS office at 312-744-0064.
Lincoln Park Conservancy
Volunteers Needed
Through February 21

The Lincoln Park Conservancy and the Chicago Park District are looking for volunteers and Docents for Spring. They are looking for enthusiastic team members to assist with questions and share their knowledge of this historic landmark.

If you are interested, please contact the conservancy at 773-883-PARK, or via email at
See you in the neighborhood,

43rd Ward Office Hours: M - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
  2523 N Halsted  |  773-348-9500