Improving Educational Outcomes

for Our Ward

Dear Neighbors, 

We are very proud of the quality public education available to students in our Ward. However, there remain educational gaps for some who come from within our enrollment boundaries who tend to underperform at Lincoln Park High School. This is a well-known issue, and our principals at the high school have worked hard to ensure that these children are given every opportunity and resource to succeed.

Recently, we were fortunate enough to have received two grants to help address this issue. The first is a $50,000 grant to help rising juniors at Lincoln Park High catch up from learning losses during the pandemic.

The second is to support Youth For a Better Future (YBF), which works almost exclusively with children who live at the Marshall Field Garden Apartments, a more than 600+ unit complex in the 1300-1400 blocks of N Sedgwick Ave. YBF’s students primarily attend Manierre Elementary or Franklin Fine Arts School and go on to attend Lincoln Park High School.  With direct help from our neighborhood, these students can hope to achieve equity in their schooling.

YBF supplements and supports public education with after-school, field trips, dance groups, fashion, STEAM exploration, mentoring and other programs that excite and motivate kids to discover the world and make it their own. YBF requires participation in school to keep kids involved, and teachers are reporting that it is working.

YBF’s founder and executive director, Adem Aluka, is a dedicated leader who has been working with youth in Chicago since 2010, and for the last three years at 1348 N Sedgwick. 

Adem was born in Togo in western Africa and raised on three continents, accompanying his father, a diplomat with UNICEF. Adem completed high school in Chicago. Adem later returned to Chicago, gravitating toward service and advocacy on behalf of the young people he often felt were without a voice—and, thus, without a future.

YBF’s After School program has made the greatest impact, it provides a safe educational space for children ages 7 to 14 two afternoons per week plus Saturday 10am-4pm. YBF is also providing a summer program to fill the gap between the end of school and the beginning of City and CPS summer programs.

Thanks to $75,000 in one-time City grants supported by Alderman Walter Burnett (27th) and myself, YBF has been able to hire personnel for the summer to support its camp and after-school program for most of 2022.

But much more needs to be done. YBF needs stable funding to keep its after school program growing, and it wants to hire a phonics specialist to do intensive work with its students. At the same time, YBF is looking for sponsors to donate experiences for the students which they otherwise would be unable to have. You can learn more at their website and Facebook page.

Please support an organization that will help African-American children a block away from our Ward to be able to succeed. Donate here.

YBF is also seeking to establish a Youth Career Mentor Program, in which Mentors discuss with a Student over 4 Zoom meetings a cross-cultural window into the professional working world. YBF also works with corporate partners to arrange for their professionals to participate in its Youth Career Mentor Program.  If you or your company may be interested, please contact Adem Aluka at (773) 669-5007.

Donate to YBF at  Learn more about YBF at  and

Local 150 Strike

People's Gas has informed us that their construction restoration has been halted due to the strike of the International Union of Operating Engineers' Local 150's heavy equipment operators. Approximately 300 workers in 35 quarries that collect materials to create concrete and asphalt have been on strike for the past 4-5 weeks. This union action is impacting the entire northern portion of Illinois and major Illinois Department of Transportation projects.

Our 43rd Ward menu-funded and Capital Improvement projects will also be delayed. This includes street resurfacing, potholes, alley resurfacing/rebuilds, sidewalk replacement, curb extensions, curb and gutter replacement/repair, ADA rebuilds, catch basin replacement, and any other construction that requires cement, concrete, gravel, sand or aggregate.  While the City of Chicago has been using stockpile materials on hand, construction could grind to a halt should this strike continue. 

People's Gas had informed us that they will not start projects with permits until the strike is over. ComEd and several Telecom companies who currently feel equipped with their current stockpiles to restore and continue some of their projects. 

All current projects are slowed and expected projects pushed back in the construction season. 

Our office will keep you updated as we learn more. More information about the strike here.

Chicago Minimum Wage Increase

The annual scheduled increase in Chicago’s minimum wage and a scheduled enhancement of the Fair Workweek ordinance requirements went into effect Friday, July 1, 2022.

New minimum wage requirements are: 

  •  $15.40 for employers with 21 or more employees (including all domestic workers, regardless of the number employed)
  • $14.50 for employers with 4-20 employees
  • The minimum wage for tipped employees will be $9.24 for employers with 21 or more employees, and $8.70 for employers with 4-20 employees (employers must make up the difference between any tips received and the applicable minimum wage for non-tipped workers.

More information here.

Chi Street Work Portal

The Chicago Department of Transportation has set up the Chi Street Work Portal so residents can easily look up infrastructure projects including construction projects, special events and roadway moratoriums. 

Want to learn more about construction on your street or a street closure close to you? Click here for the Street Work Portal


Filming Notices in our Ward

This Weekend

Ladie K Productions will be filming scenes for the feature film titled Schizolove on Sunday, July 10. Streets will be posted as a NO PARKING/TOW ZONE during the following dates/times:

Sunday, July 10 from 11:00 am – 11:30 pm

West side of Halsted from Armitage to Dickens

Intermittent street closures of 3-5 minutes will occur between 8pm and 11:30pm.

Power Force Productions, Inc. will be filming scenes for an upcoming television series on Monday, July 11. Streets will be posted as a NO PARKING/TOW ZONE during the following dates/times:

11:00PM of Sunday, July 10th thru

10:00PM of Monday, July 11th

East Side of Clark St from Armitage Ave SOUTH to Wisconsin

Both Sides of Stockton Dr from Fullerton Pkwy SOUTH

to Center Fountain of Garden Pl

If you have additional questions regarding these closures, please contact the City of Chicago Film Office at 312-744-6415.

Street Sweeping Schedule

The Department of Streets and Sanitation is hard at work this summer cleaning streets in our ward. Click here to access the street sweeping schedule. For other questions or concerns regarding garbage collection, rodent control and recycling contact our office at

Public Safety Updates

Upcoming CAPS Meetings in the Ward


The 19th District CAPS meeting this month is:

  • July 11- Beat 1932 at New Life Church (1110 W Lill)

The 18th District CAPS meetings this month are:

  • July 12- Beat 1811 and 1813 at Warehouse (1419 W Fullerton Ave)
  • July 14- Beat 1812 and 1814 at Wintrust Bank (100 W North Ave)
  • July 21- Beat 1824 at Clark Apartments (1201 N Clark St)

No registration is necessary for CAPS meetings

To find your beat, click here.

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City of Chicago Home and Business Protection Program

Apply here.

If you live in or operate a business in Chicago you can now apply to receive reimbursement for your security cameras and other security devices. Since the offer is "first-come, first serve", we encourage people who want to buy cameras to do so now.

The rebate includes: 

  • Up to $225 per camera for a maximum of 2 cameras
  • Up to $150 per one year of subscription costs for cloud-based video storage systems 
  • Up to $100 per light for a maximum of 2 lights
  • Up to $50 per vehicle GPS tracking device for a maximum of 2 devices
  • Up to $120 per one year of subscription costs for GPS tracking applications 

Learn more here.


City of Chicago Camera Registration

Register the Location of Your Private Camera Here.

Anyone who lives or operates a business in Chicago can now register private security cameras that captures the public way with the Chicago Police Department to help solve crime faster. 

When you register the location of your camera, you simply allow the Chicago Police Department to contact you if a crime occurs on your block. 

  • CPD will not have direct access to your camera system.  
  • CPD cannot access camera footage without your consent.
  • There is no requirement to provide footage to CPD at any time.

Learn more here.

Community Events

Lincoln Common Thursdays: 80's Dance Workout

Tonight, July 7, 5-7p.m.

Join Lincoln Common and Dance Forever for a free, fun, and sweaty 45-minute outdoor dance workout set to your favorite jams.


  • Complimentary Braids from Blowout Junkie
  • Wines by the glass from Verve Wine
  • Tacos from Velvet Taco
  • Samples from Pure Green
  • Treats for your furry friends from Fido to go

More information about Summer Thursdays lineup at

Lincoln Common Thursdays: Bastille Day French Market

July 14 , 5-7 p.m.

Summer Thursdays celebrate all things French at Lincoln Common:

Live Music from La Tosca Chicago

Food from The Bristol, Verzenay Patisserie, Vanille Patisserie, Maison-Parisienne, and Bon Appetit Creperie.

Prints from Paris by Everyday Parisian.

Children Activities from Alliance Française de Chicago.

More information about Summer Thursdays lineup at

Lincoln Park Conservancy Clean Up Day

with the 43rd Ward

July 16th 10 a.m. - noon

Join the Lincoln Park Conservancy and our office Saturday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. for a community clean up day in Lincoln Park. Help care for the Park that makes our neighborhood so spectacular! Event kicks off at the Gazebo at North Pond (2798 N. Stockton Dr.). Volunteer activities include litter removal and weeding. Drinks and snacks provided.

Sign up here. 

Armitage/Halsted Sidewalk Sale

July 16 - 17

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Enjoy open air shopping, one-of-a-kind merchandise and amazing specials at the Armitage & Halsted Sidewalk Sale. 

To kick off the event, the first 100 shoppers receive free ice cream at Terry’s Toffee (1009 W. Armitage) on Saturday, July 16 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Two New Chicago Created Businesses in the 43rd Ward

Sushi Hall

2630 N. Clark

Welcome to Sushi Hall, a new home for top sushi talent Mitch Kim. Selling the "freshest" fish, Sushi Hall is a beautiful environment for both raw fish and "I don't eat Sushi" eaters.  

Pretty Cool Ice Cream

709 W. Belden

Pretty Cool Ice Cream is a small handmade ice cream company founded by award-winning pastry chef Dana Cree and celebrated hospitality hero Michael Ciapciak, founder of Bang Bang Pie and Biscuit.

Pretty Cool Ice Cream specializes in frozen novelties, like your favorite treats from the ice cream truck, all hand-made by our talented team of skilled artisans. The flavors are delicious and unique. The storefront was even designed by local architects. Enjoy!

Support Local Restaurants

3rd Coast Cafe

Angela's Burrito Style

Angry Octopus

Armitage Ale House



The Bagelers

Basil Leaf Cafe

Batter & Berries

Blooming Baker Company

Blue Door Farm Stand

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

Bocadillo Cafe and Market

Brown Bag Seafood

Bourgeois Pig Cafe

Branko's Sandwich Shop

Broken English Taco Pub

Butcher and Burger



Cedar Palace

Chengdu Impression

Chez Moi

Chicago History Museum Cafe

Chicago's Dog House

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder


Cluck It

Cocoa + Co.

Cold Stone Creamery

Collectivo Coffee


Corey's NYC Bagel Deli

Crepe Twist

Daily Harvest

Dash of Salt and Pepper

Deep Purpl Acai


D Cuisine

Del Seoul


Dom's Kitchen and Market

Don Pez Fish Tacos

Elephant + Vine

Ella's BBQ





Fons Empanadas


French Quiche


Ganbeii Asian Fusion

Geja's Cafe


Golden Dagger Coffee

Green Tea

Herb & Alchemy Coffee Shop

Himalayan Curry & Pizza

Jam 'n Honey

Jerk Shak BBQ


J9 Wine Bar

Juno Sushi


The Kennison

King Chicago Indian Cuisine

King Crab House

Kizami Sushi

Las Fuentes

La Vaca

Lincoln Station

Local Option

Ludlow Charlington's Coffee

Maison Parisienne

Marge's Still

Mesa Urbana

Moretti's of LIncoln Park

Noodles In the Pot


North & Clark Cafe

Old Pueblo

Olor Coffee

Pars Cove

Parson's Chicken & Fish 

Pat's Pizza

Paula's Thai Kitchen

Pegasus Protein Cafe

Philz Coffee

Pizza Capri

Pita Pit

Printer's Row Coffee

Proper Pizza (new!)


Pure Green

Quality Crab and Oyster Bar

Raj Darbar Indian Restaurant


RealGood Stuff Co.

Riccardo's Trattoria

River Shannon

Sai Cafe

Sapori Trattoria

Stella Barra

Squeez Juice Bar

Sultan's Market

Summer House

Takito Street

Tandoor Char House



Theater on the Lake

The Hen

The Kismet Table

Toro Sushi (new!)

Trattoria Gianni

Twin Anchors


Velvet Taco

Verzaney Patisserie

Verve Wine


WhatsGood Farm Shop

Wild Hare

Willow Room

X'ian Dynasty Cuisine

Yoberri Gourmet


Support Local Businesses

707 Hair Studios


Alice and Wonder

A Matter of Sight

Apotheco Pharmacy

Aroma Workshop

art effect

Art of Pure

Artist's Frame Service

Athletico Lincoln Commons

B Salon

Bangin' Brows

Bedside Manor Ltd

Beautiful Rugs

BeautyCult Nails

Be Polished Nail and Spa

Big Green Egg Chicago

Bliss and Belle

Blowout Junkie

Blush Boutique de Fleurs

Chicago Cannabis Company (new!)

Chicago Costume

Clare V. handbags/accessories

Clark Pawner & Jewelers



Dave's Records

Dearborn Denim

Dilly Lily

Dr. Steven K Kajita, Optometrist

Eddie Z's Blinds

Ella Nails

Elliott Consignment

Eminere Hair


Essential Nail Spa

Eye Mechanix

Fleet Feet

Ford General Clothier

Floyd’s Barbershop

Flow Studio Pilates

German Kitchen Center

Gorjana Jewelry

Hair Studio 5



Interior Define

Jayson Home

J. Gordon Designs

Joseph Michael's Salon and Spa


Kohler Water's Spa

Lapin Systems

LightSpace Pilates & Wellness

Lincoln Park Baseball Academy 

Lincoln Park Crossfit

Lincoln Park Hair Salon and Spa

Lush Cosmetics

Massage Envy

Mid North Animal Hospital

Monograms On Webster


Mugsy Men's Jeans and Shirts


Nancy Krause Floral Design

Naturepedic Mattress

New Balance

Now Massage

Margaret O’Leary 




Pure Barre


Sage Theory Gifts

Salvage Grooming Lounge

Salon Edda

Scottfree Salon

See Eyewear

Simonmed Imaging

Sister Arts Studio

Specialized Bicycles

Steve Quick Jeweler


Studio Hair Trends

Tea Gshwendner

The Second Child

Toss and Spin



Verve Wine

Visual Effects Optical

V Italia Footwear

Viva La Med Spa

Wahler Brothers Hardware

Wink Optical

See you in the Neighborhood, 

43rd Ward Office Hours: M - F 9 AM - 5 PM
 2523 N Halsted | 773-348-9500
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