Community Safety Updates
2017 Chicago Pride Parade
Save the #11 Lincoln Bus  
Dear Neighbor,

Warm weather brings us out to enjoy all our community and city have to offer.
Summer also means we must stay alert to our surroundings, walk in well-lit public places and call 9-1-1 if anything seems suspicious or threatening.
I want to share two recent incidents highlighting the rapid response of our local police in the 43rd Ward resulting in the quick apprehension several offenders.
On Tuesday evening, June 13, 2017, an altercation between two men broke out at North Avenue Beach. Increased police presence on the beach reached the scene immediately and ended the incident preventing further injury. Charges have been filed.
Also on Tuesday evening, after four juveniles stole a victim's cell phone in the 1900 block of North Dayton Street, police used the iPhone tracking feature to locate the suspects at the North and Clybourn Red Line station. Officers raced to the Grand Avenue stop,  arresting the four offenders on the train and seizing the BB gun used in the robbery. These youths have been linked to another robbery as well.
As we reported in our Public Safety meetings, community awareness and close cooperation with the police are key to neighborhood safety.
Remember not to tune out walking on the street when you "plug in" your electronic devices - especially if you are alone at night.  This common sense rule of city living  was true when I first moved to the 43rd Ward almost 40 years ago. Back in 1979, the "distraction" of the day was a Walkman, not a cell phone, but the advice still holds true. 

Save the #11 Lincoln Avenue Bus

After a pilot program to continue the #11 Lincoln Bus, the CTA is extending the test 90 days to boost ridership before deciding whether to continue the run permanently. It's an important bus route for many of our local businesses and residents and I urge you to ride the #11 this summer.   Click  here for more information. 
Summer Energy Efficiency Workshop

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is hosting an energy efficiency workshop for 43rd Ward residents. Join us Monday, June 19, 2017 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM at the Nature Museum, located at 2430 N. Cannon Drive,  to learn about rebate programs and to discuss the environmental impact of energy use.  RSVP here.
March in the Pride Parade

I am again looking forward to participating in the Pride Parade which takes place on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

If you'd like to march with us, please contact Alyssa at to sign up.

Hope to see you there! 

Lincoln Park High School Renovation Job Fair

General Contractor Blinderman Construction Company is accepting job applications to work on the Lincoln Park High School renovation project. The Public Building Commission (PBC) will be hosting two community hiring sessions at Next Door Chicago, located at 659 W. Diversey Pkwy, and the Lincoln Park Library, located at 1150 W. Fullerton Avenue.  Sessions run  10:30 AM - 2:30 PM on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 and Wednesday, June 28, 2017 . Questions? Contact Lori Ann Lypson at 312-744-2800.
Kids Summer Theater at the Lincoln Park Zoo

The family-friendly Kids Summer Theater is back at the Lincoln Park Zoo!  Interactive live performances are perfect for children ages 3-9 years old.   Shows run  20 minutes at Lincoln Park Zoo's Main Mall on Tuesday and Thursday now through August 17.  Details here.
Free entry and parking passes to the Brookfield Zoo!

Come to the 43rd Ward office and for complimentary General Admission and Parking passes to the Brookfield Zoo. The Ward office is located a t 2523 N. Halsted Street, and there are a limited number of passes. Email  Carrie at  for additional details and availability. 
Operation Help A Hero

Join the 43rd Ward and Operation Help A Hero in aiding homeless veterans in Chicago through  Tuesday, July 4, 2017. New, store bought items are accepted. Click  here to view needed donations.

Have a wonderful Father's Day weekend,

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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