Community Alert - Cell Phone Thefts
Holiday Meet and Treat - Vanille Patisserie
Holiday Office Hours
Dear Neighbors,

Area Central Detectives are investigating a rash of cell phone thefts in our community. In each incident, the offenders approach the victims and forcibly grab cell phones from their hands. The offenders then flee the scene in a black sedan vehicle. These incidents are occurring in retail shops and on the street. Detectives working on the case believe that the same particular group of individuals are committing these crimes in our neighborhood and throughout the city . WGN reported on the latest last night.

We can work together as a community and stay on top of this during this holiday season.

  • Please be extra vigilant about your phone while police track down the offenders.
  • If you have any video footage or information regarding these incidents, please send them to the 18th District CAPS office at They can send the footage to the detectives assigned to the case.
  • If you were a victim of a cell phone theft, please report it to 911, and help the investigators.

Incident times and locations, all of which occurred in afternoon hours:
  • 100 block of W. Armitage, Tuesday, December 3
  • 1300 block of W. Fullerton, Tuesday, December 3
  • 2300 block of N. Lincoln, Wednesday, December 4
  • 2200 block of N. Clark, Wednesday, December 4
  • 600 block of N. Wells, Wednesday, December 4
  • 0-100 block of E. Walton, Thursday, December 5
  • 900 block of N. Michigan, Thursday, December 5
  • 1000 block of W. North, Thursday, December 5

About the Offenders:
2-4 Male, African Americans, 5'10"-6'00", 150-180lbs, 17-20 years of age

What you can do:
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • If confronted by an assailant, remain calm.
  • Remember any unique physical characteristics (scars, tattoos, acne, limps, etc).
  • Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of any suspicious people
  • including any vehicle description and license plate information.

If you have any information, contact Bureau of Detectives – Area Central
(312) 747-8380.
JC532984, JC533437, JC534499, JC534521, JC534551, JC535769, JC535831,
What to do if Your Phone is
Lost or Stolen

We were made aware that there are new scams that attempt to steal your Apple ID or Google Play password in order to unlock the phone and retrieve valuable and personal information. These are fake attempts by scammers so please be aware and do not provide your information. You can read about it further in this article. In the unfortunate event that you are a victim of a stolen phone, we recommend the following tips to protect yourself from further compromising personal information.

Here are key actions to take:
  • Seek and Destroy - Try locating your phone using a secure "find my phone" service and erase information from your phone.
  • Change Important Passwords - Immediately change financial and shopping accounts with stored credit card information.
  • Call your Institutions - Inform and notify your bank institutions, so they are aware and can monitor your account.
  • Make a Police Report - Notifying the police launches an official investigation and will be needed in order to freeze your credit, in the event that your credit has been compromised.
Holiday Meet and Treat
with Alderman Smith
Thursday, December 12
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Vanille Patisserie
2108 N. Clark

Come chat with me and discuss matters concerning our neighborhood, or just stop by and mingle. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided from Vanille Patisserie. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
Friends of the Parks'
Netsch Lecture
Featuring Architect Richard Wilson
Thursday, December 12
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.

Architect Richard Wilson, of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, an AIA award winner, will present the case for including public parks in Chicago's mega developments -- in our "new neighborhoods."   In addition to being the lead planner for the Pullman National Monument, and the Riverwalk, Wilson and his firm have been partnering with me, community and civic leaders to propose the North Branch Park and Preserve adjacent to Lincoln Yards, where a massive residential, retail and office development is slated to replace an industrial corridor.

As they approved plans for Lincoln Yards and The 78 – and TIF districts to fund new infrastructure on each site – the Emanuel administration did  not  leverage new public parks. Instead, City planners asked the developers to include "privately owned public spaces." But experience shows that these "POPS" are no substitute for public parks.

Our mission to achieve this park continues. If you are interested in attending, please register here . And email me if you want to join our effort to make the North Branch Park and Preserve a reality.
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program
January 7, 2019
6:00 a.m.

The 2020 Program opens to new applicants on  January 7th, 2020 starting at 6:00 am and closes at 5:59 am on January 8th, 2020.

To apply, please use  the 311 Service Request Type : "Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Request."

The  Shared Cost Sidewalk Program  is a voluntary program in which property owners share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City. Thousands of Chicagoans have been a part of this popular program, taking advantage of the low cost, exceptional value, and ease of participation. The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program cost per square foot charged to property owners is well below what a private contractor would charge. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities may qualify for a further discounted rate.

Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Early applications prior to the start of the program will not be accepted. The number of participants is based on availability of funds. The program typically reaches capacity quickly, so you are encouraged to apply early. Please note that if you applied for the program in previous years, you must apply again in 2020 if you wish to be considered for the 2020 program. The property owner’s contact information and the property’s complete address are required (first name, last name, address, city, zip, phone, and email address if available) at the time of request.
GoCPS Application Deadline Extended
Extended Through December 13

The GoCPS application deadline has been extended to December 13th, 2019. Families can apply to Pre-K, Elementary, and High Schools using the online application or a paper application that can be downloaded from the site. The online application is highly recommended and available in English and Spanish

 More information about the application process and GoCPS can be found  here  or in Frequently Asked Questions For Families .
Holiday Events

Holiday Train and Visit with Santa
Sunday, December 15
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
1110 W. Lill St.

The holiday train will be passing through the Wrightwood neighborhood! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there as well to sit with children for photos. *Bring your own camera and a $10 suggested donation is appreciated.
Park West Community Association and Casati's Present:
Monday, December 16
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
444 W. Fullerton Ave

Spread the word and bring family, friends and neighbors. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Ugly sweaters are encouraged! Please RSVP to
St. Paul's United Church of Christ Presents:
Cookies with Santa
Monday, December 16
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
St. Paul's Church
2335 N. Orchard St.

Stop by for cookies with Santa at St. Paul's gymnasium. Families and guests will enjoy live Christmas music, cookie decorating, face painting, crafts and a hot chocolate bar. And of course there will be pictures with Santa, and candy canes for all.

The event is free to attend, however, please bring a box of cereal, oatmeal, or grits to benefit Lincoln Park Community Services. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Sarah Garcia at
New City Hosts Ho-Ho Holiday Fun
Saturday's December 15 - December 22

Take selfies with Santa, Snowglobes, Jingle Walk and more holiday fun at the New City Complex. In the spirit of the holiday, NEWCITY is currently featuring a giant Christmas tree, life-size Snow Globe lounges in the plaza, Rockin’ Around NEWCITY Jingle Walk, Polar Express photo experience and NEWCITY Post where letters to Santa can be mailed. Fore more details click here .
Menorah Lighting at
Lincoln Common Plaza
Sunday, December 22
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Lincoln Common Plaza
2335 N. Lincoln

Lincoln Common and Belmont Village Senior Living will mark the first night of Hanukkah with the Festival of Lights, a family-friendly evening of activities. Guests will gather and enjoy lite bites at Belmont Village then proceed to the Lincoln Common Plaza for the lighting of the menorah at 5:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
Holiday Guide
Through the Holidays

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce has put together a holiday guide to help us navigate this eventful time of the year. Is ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo on your Holiday Must Do List? Download the 2019 Lincoln Park Holiday Visitors Guide to find useful information for parking and transit options, special local promotions, featured items at great shops, and restaurants in the area.
DePaul School of Music
Through December
The Academic quarter may be over, however, the School of Music has a roster of events at the Holtshnieder Performance Center this December. This month enjoy a variety of performances from Ensembles in Residence, Community Music Division and companies presenting as part of On Stage at HPC. Click on the calendar of events for details.
Holiday Office Hours

Our office will have modified working hours during the holidays, we will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. beginning Monday, December 23rd through January 1st. We will also be closed December 24th-26th, as well as on New Years Day. We will resume with our regular hours Thursday, January 2.
Hope you're enjoying the holiday season,

43rd Ward Office Hours: M - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
  2523 N Halsted  |  773-348-9500