Community News & Events
Dear Neighbor,

With the long weekend approaching, I'd like to take the opportunity to share some upcoming news and events of interest to ward residents:

Office Closed Monday, January 18th

In observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Alderman Smith's Office will be closed on Monday, January 18th.

City Hall, City of Chicago governmental offices, and Chicago Public Libraries will also be closed on Monday, January 18th to comply with the City of Chicago mandatory holiday schedule.

If you have a need for city services, please call 311 for non-emergency requests, or dial 9-1-1 if you require immediate assistance.

Last Chance for Christmas Tree Recycling

Chicago's annual Christmas tree recycling program is running through Saturday, January 16, 2016.

Live trees can be dropped off in Lincoln Park at the Peggy Notebaert Museum, located at 2430 N. Cannon Dr.  Ornaments, lights, and tinsel must be removed before trees are dropped off, and wreaths and garlands aren't accepted. Free mulch will be available for to pick-up beginning on January 11 at this location. Click here for more information.

Polar Peace March

Join St. Paul's Church on Sunday, January 17th as they honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and take a stand against violence. The 1 mile walk benefits UCAN and its violence prevention initiative in Chicago. This family friendly event will start at 4:00 PM and conclude with a cup of soup in the gym. You're invited to walk, raise pledges for UCAN, and volunteer on the day of the event.

Click here to learn more about the event.  To volunteer, contact
Meggan Runner at or call 312-810-6507.

Property Tax  Appeals Deadline

The Cook County Board of Review is open for property valuation appeals for the North Township (properties south of Fullerton) until  January 19th, 2016 .   Click here to download and file a appeal form. There is no fee to appeal.

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward