Upcoming Meeting:
Proposed Developments at 1720 & 1818 North Halsted Street

Property Tax Rebate Deadline Extended
Dear Neighbor:

Please join my office and the RANCH Triangle Association at a community meeting to review a proposed development at 1720 and 1818 North Halsted Street. Both addresses are currently surface parking lots.
My office will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion, take notes and record your feedback.
WHAT: Proposed Redevelopment of 1720 and 1818 N. Halsted Street

WHO: Hosted by Alderman Michele Smith and RANCH Triangle Association

WHEN: Monday, December 5th at 7:00 pm

WHERE: Adams Playlot, 1919 N. Seminary Avenue
The applicant, Laramar, is proposing two, four-story residential structures, one at 1720 North Halsted containing fourteen (14) one and two bedroom apartments, and another at 1818 North Halsted containing seven (7) two-bedroom units. 
To enable the development of these buildings, the applicant seeks to amend Sub-Area B of Planned Development #149 to an RM-5 designation to accommodate additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR). 
This planned development encompasses Vinci restaurant at 1732 North Halsted  and the Willow Room restaurant at 1800 N Halsted (formerly the Black Duck). Both buildings have been named to Landmarks Illinois' "Most Endangered List."  You may recall that in 2014, I turned down a plan for this site by a different developmer that proposed to tear down the1800 N Halsted building.  As part of the current application, Laramar proposes to preserve each of these buildings and support landmarking efforts. 

I hope you can join my office and RANCH to engage in a direct dialogue with the development team to gain a better understanding of this proposal and obtain answers to any questions the community may have.

In the meantime, if my office can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at (773) 348-9500 or visit my website at www.ward43.org.

Chicago Property Tax Rebate Application Deadline Extended

There is still time to apply for your property tax rebate from the City of Chicago. The City has extended the deadline to apply in person to Friday, December 30th. Eligible Chicago homeowners can apply for the  City of Chicago Property Tax Rebate   at any of these  26 neighborhood locations ,   including City Hall. The closest locations to the 43rd Ward are:
  • 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.
The program includes a standard rebate for qualifying homeowners, a senior supplement for eligible senior homeowners, and an enhanced grant for homeowners experiencing significant hardship.

Homeowners must apply for the rebate in person. For more information about the Chicago Property Tax Rebate Program and answers to frequently asked questions   visit the city's webpage on the Chicago Property Tax Rebate. 

Let's Support Lincoln Park High School's Annual Pledge Drive

As you know, we recently received $20 million for improvements to Lincoln Park High School.  Now, Friends of Lincoln Park High School (FOLPHS) are kicking off their  annual pledge drive  to raise money for professional development for teachers and technology to continue modernization efforts, such as computers and smartboards.

100% of your donations go to support LPHS and are 100%  tax deductible. Check with your HR department to see if your donation qualifies for a company match.

Click  here  to find out more about the pledge drive or  here  to donate. Contact  folphs@gmail.com  with questions.

The entire 43rd Ward is part of the LPHS enrollment area. Please support the best neighborhood high school in Chicago and give generously.

Arts AIDS America Chicago Exhibition Opening

Come out to the newly constructed Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted Street on World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1st at 6:30 PM for the opening night of Arts AIDS America Chicago. This ground-breaking exhibition, which will run until April 1, 2017, has been displayed in only three other American cities.  In collaboration with Victory Gardens Theater, opening night starts with a special curated tour of the exhibition and a pre-show reception followed by the performance of Karen Hartman's play Roz and Ray

This exhibit will be accompanied by a large number of events at the exhibit and elsewhere in the city. For a calendar of future events visit here.

Admission to the exhibition and all programming held at the Gallery - artist & expert talks, panel discussions, performances, gallery tours, and HIV testing - are free and open to the public.

Winter Overnight Parking Ban

The annual Chicago winter overnight parking ban  begins Thursday, December 1st and runs through Saturday, April 1st, 2017 . It will be enforced during the hours of 3:00 A.M. to 7 A.M. and impacts major arterial streets in Chicago. Here is a map   of affected streets. Be sure to move your vehicle if parked on any of these streets by Wednesday, November 30th.

Streets with a 2 inch deep No Parking sign will go into effect when the City determines there is at least 2 inches of snow on the ground. Vehicles must be moved to make way for snowplows. Please find the street map here for the 2 inch ban.

Unveiling honorary street sign with Marv Levy, family & friends
Marv Levy Way Honorary Sign Dedication

I was honored to join Marv Levy along with his family and friends to unveil the Marv Levy Way Honorary Street sign last Tuesday at the corner of Lakeview and Deming. 

The legendary football coach and member of the Football Hall of Fame won six NFL division championships, four straight AFC Championships, and lead the Buffalo Bills to the Super Bowl four times.

Bicycle Tour of 15th Annual Chicago Sculpture Exhibit

Join the Chicago Cycling Club and 43rd Ward resident Kathy Schubert for a tour of the 15th Annual Chicago Sculpture Exhibit on Sunday, December 4th starting at 10:00 AM  at 1113 W Webster Ave. 

The tour will cover most of the 43 large sculptures scattered around the north side. A brochure will be provided which lists the name of the sculpture, artists' names, and location. The tour is 25 miles long and there will be a break for lunch. Please bring a lock and money if you plan to attend. If you have any questions about the event call Kathy Schubert at 773-248-5499.

Artist Reception - Maria Cruz 

Visit the Leslie Wolfe Gallery at the Old Town Art Center on Sunday, December 4th between 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM for a reception celebrating Maria Cruz's first solo exhibition Still Life. Reservations are not required for the reception but are appreciated. Click here to send a notice if you plan on attending.

Innovation for the Ages

Celebrate with Chicago Innovation Awards and Lincoln Park Village to learn from Chicago's "ageless innovators" at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, December 6th at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street.

Weekend Happenings

Looking for fun things to do this weekend? Check out the weekend guide here for Thursday, December 1st through Sunday, December 4th.

Start the shopping season by buying local at our great shops on Clark Street, Armitage, Halsted, and Webster.   Here are some to check out.

Happy Holidays,

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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