Community Meeting  - Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Ginza Holiday, Hot Dog Festival, and other Summer Events
Lincoln 11 Pilot Program Ends
Dear Neighbor,

Our office and the  Sheffield Neighborhood Association   will be hosting a community meeting to discuss a Special Use application for 2154 North Halsted Street

Join us at DePaul University's College of Education, located at 2247 North Halsted Avenue , on Wednes day, August 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM  to discuss the proposal to change a retail store location to a high-end liquor store.

Click  here  for more information.
Park Space Push Going Strong

Our fight continues for a much needed park with more than 800 people signing the online petition demanding 15 acres of contiguous land in the North Branch Industrial Corridor. Continued community engagement is vital to achieve a much needed park for Chicago residents. 

As I've previously written during the early stages of this ordinance, parkland is vital to the future of our City and key to retaining families in our Ward

If you agree that parkland is vital to a community, join the coalition of park advocates today by si mply signing the online petition here

Forward the link or print the 
petition and circulate it to your friends.

If you know of any other organizations that would like to be a park advocate, please reach out to our office at  and we'd be happy to update the petition. 

Thank you for supporting more park land in Chicago.

Lincoln Avenue 11 Pilot Program Ends

As many residents know, CTA has decided to discontinue the #11 Lincoln Avenue bus line's extended route on September 1, 2017, after it was restored in June 2016 through a pilot program. The decision was made due to the lack of continuous ridership.

Read the Chicago Tribune article on the discontinued bus line for more information. 

 Annual Ginza Holiday Festival - August 11,12,13

Join the Midwest Buddhist Temple for the 2017 Ginza Holiday Festival. E xhibits and booths will feature Japanese textiles, clothing, artwork and jewelry.  Food offerings include an abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine and beverages.

Click  here to read more about the festival. 

 Chicago Hot Dog Festival Returns to Lincoln Park

The Chicago Hot Dog Fest celebrates its fifth year! The festival will take place  Friday, August 11, 2017 to Sunday, August, 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM at the corner of Stockton and LaSalle Street.

Click here to get your tickets.

Bugapalooza at the Notebaert Museum 

Join the Peggy Notebaert Museum for their annual celebration of bugs! 

Stop by the bug zoo,  2430 North Cannon Drive, on  Friday, August 11, 2017 to interact with live critters, both native and exotic species. Attendees will meet  an entomologist and learn how to pin an insect specimen with museum collections staff. 

All ages are welcome, register here
Upcoming Movies in the Park at Jonquil

Catch "Fantastic Beasts and  Where to Find Them" on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 8:15 PM - 10:28 PM   at Jonquil Park, thanks to the Wrightwood Neighbors Association!

No glass containers or alcoholic beverages, please. 

History Happy Hour at the Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum hosts a History Happy Hour on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. This monthly series features spirits-tasting and museum tours.   August's edition relives two spectacular wonders that were Chicago World's Fairs: The World's Columbian Expedition (1893) and A Century of Progress (1933-1934) . 

Click here to purchase tickets. 
Summer Art Workshops 

Old Town Triangle Association will offer two-day watercolor workshops this month!

Kathleen Newman will host a three-hour plein air sketchbook class on August 16, 2017 and August 17, 2017

Tom Francesconi will host day-long workshops on  August 26, 2017 and August 27, 2017 .

For more information and to register, click here

See you in the neighborhood,

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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