Development Update: 523 W. Diversey and Lincoln Centre
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Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Sat. & Sun., July 25-26

 12pm to 10 pm daily

Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton & Wrightwood


The Taste of Lincoln Avenue, the Wrightwood Neighbors Association annual fundraiser, features nearly 100 neighborhood vendors and the Lill Street Craft Fair showcases the creativity of two dozen artists. 

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Please be aware of tow alerts associated with the event. Click here for more information.

Lincoln Park Kidical Mass
Sunday, July 28
Meet at Oz Park
4:00 pm

Lincoln Park  Kidical   Mass r ides are  family friendly bike rides through the streets of Lincoln Park. 

Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce is Hiring

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting resumes for the position of Marketing and Outreach Manager. This position works primarily with the two Special Services Areas on Clark Street and Lincoln Avenue.


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Goethe Street Closures: Dearborn west to alley before Clark


Goethe Street from the corner of Dearborn west to the alley before Clark Street will be closed on seven dates between 7/21 and 7/31 between the hours of 7am and 4pm.


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Volunteer for the Summer 2015 Downtown Bike Count
Tues., July 28: 7am - 9am
Tues., July 28: 4pm - 6pm
Sat., August 1: 12pm- 2 pm

The Chicago Department of Transportation's  Bike Program needs volunteers for the Summer 2015 Downtown Bike Count. 

If you are interested in volunteering contact

David Smith, CDOT Bikeways Planner via email at

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Dear Neighbors, 

My office has received a tremendous amount of feedback on the developer's proposal to redevelop 523 W. Diversey / 2775 N. Hampden Court, currently the site of the Market Place Food Store.   


The developer's proposal sought to replace the current Market Place with a 17-story, 78 residential unit structure containing ground level retail and 81 parking stalls, and 4 single-family homes on Hampden.  


After several months of discussion and prolonged negotiations among my office, the Park West Community Association, local neighbors and the developer to explore potential changes, it became clear that the current proposal could not be realistically modified to address neighborhood concerns. As a result, the proposal will not be going forward. 


I am grateful to the many members of the community who gave their time to participate in our public process. The property owners are being encouraged to carefully consider the feedback they received as they contemplate future development concepts.


Lincoln Centre Update


As was reported previously, the proposed redevelopment of Lincoln Centre, located at 2518-2552 N. Lincoln Avenue, proceeded to final review by City of Chicago departments.


On July 16th, 2015 the development proposal received unanimous approval by the Chicago Plan Commission, and on July 22, 2015, also received unanimous approval by the City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards


Several public meetings, most recently on May 26th. and an extensive community process led to a significant redesign of the proposal and additional community benefits.


In particular, new parking has been created for local businesses along Lincoln Ave. Plus, residents of the new development will not be eligible for residential permit parking or guest passes, preserving street parking for current residents. A summary of additional concessions and modifications  is here.


The developer has also agreed to a significant community agreement to govern construction.  You can see the community agreement, as well as the approved planned development statements on my website.


The redevelopment will proceed to full City Council review on July 29, 2015. I want to again thank all residents who participated in this rigorous community review process. 

Kicking Off the Sheffield Garden Walk

We joined Congressman Quigley, Senate President CullertonRep. Ann Williams, and the Sheffield Neighbors Association to kick off the Sheffield Garden Walk this past weekend! 

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Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman