Dickens Greenway Meeting Recap
State of the City Address Tonight
Labor Day Office Closure
Dear Neighbors,

Last week we held a second community meeting to review the proposed neighborhood greenway on Dickens Ave. The Chicago Department of Transportation presented detailed facts about our neighborhood:

  • Dickens averages 1800 cars/day vs. 9600 cars/day on Armitage.
  • Dickens averages about 115 bikes / day vs. 530/day on Armitge.
  • Cycling has increased 30% in our neighborhood.
  • Although greenways tend to increse bike use by 20%, accidents are reduced.

Please review the presentation here. As a result of the meeting, we have asked CDOT to make further refinements and will report back with next steps.
State of the City Address
6:00 p.m.

In September
Budget Town Halls

Tonight, Mayor Lightfoot will be making a State of the City Address. The Address wil be carried live on all major local TV and radio newscasts, with the City of Chicago providing a live-stream feed from its website and its social media channels.

Mayor Lightfoot will also be hosting several Budget Town Hall meetings through the month of September. The Lightfoot administration is also asking residents to fill out this survey now thru September 30. The survey will act as a tool for the administration to ascertain which priorities residents will want to focus on over the course of the discussion and will survey residents on topics ranging from public safety and infrastructure to neighborhood services and public health.

Budget Town Hall Dates & Locations:
Wednesday, September 4, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Copernicus Center
5216 W. Lawrence Ave.

Saturday, September 14, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Roberto Clemente High School
1147 N. Western Ave.
Rezoning Community Meetings on
961 W. Montana and 946 W. Wrightwood Ave.
September 10
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Belmont Village
700 W. Fullerton Ave.

Please join my office and the Wrightwood Neighbors Association (WNA) for two community meetings to discuss a proposed zoning change for 961 W. Montana St., and 946 W. Wrightwood Ave. Both sites are currently vacant buildings next to the L tracks.

Representatives of the developer / business will also be present at this meeting to provide an overview of their project, as well as to answer questions from the audience regarding the zoning approval process they would be required to go through.

We have decided to schedule both meetings on the same day to be more efficient and mindful of people's times as both proposals involve WNA. Each presentation will be 45 minutes including a Q&A session. 961 W. Montana will be from 6:00 to 6:45 and 946 W. Wrightwood from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.
Community Events
Evening on Astor
September 4
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Between Banks and Goethe

The Gold Coast Neighbors Association has hosted Evening on Astor since 1982. This annual block party and fund-raiser for GCNA brings nearly eight hundred people together for an evening of fun on Astor Street. Enjoy food via various local food trucks, along with wine/beer/soda/water for purchase. Music is provided for your entertainment.

For more information or to register  click here .

Lincoln Common Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Thursday, September 5
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Please join us in celebrating and welcoming our first Lincoln Common retailers.
Experience the New Crossroads of Lincoln Park with exclusive open houses of retail spaces as well as tours of apartments and condo sales gallery.

Free parking is available in the Lincoln Common Garage at 2316 N. Lincoln Avenue. Light refreshments will be provided and a treat from Swirlz Cupcakes! To RSVP for the event, click here .
Old Town Merchants & Residents Association
Get Ready for the Holiday Season
Friday, September 6
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Wintrust Bank Old Town
100 W. North Ave.

The Old Town Merchants and Residents Association is excited to welcome Amy Meadows, former head of the Marshall Field's window display department for 25 years to give a presentation on best practices for retailers for this upcoming holiday season. Amy will provide user and budget friendly displays and outline recommendations for common dilemmas.

Fore more information or to register, click here , or call 312-951-6106. The event is Free for OTMRA Members ($10 for non-members).
A Conversation on Clean Energy
Tuesday, September 10
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted Ave.

Join our State Representatives Ann Williams and Sara Feigenholtz and our State Senator John Cullerton, plus neighbors and clean energy experts to discuss the Clean Energy Jobs Act and strategies for tacking climate change.

Register at https://ilenviro.salsalabs.org/northchitownhall/index.htmli , or 217-544-5954. This venue is wheelchair accessible, with an elevator available to the second floor where the event is located. To request any other accessibility accommodations please email colleen@ilenviro.org
Mobile City Hall
Thursday, September 19
DePaul Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Ave.

The City Clerk will be bringing City services to you as part of the City's new Mobile City Hall. Residents will be able to purchase City Stickers, Residential Parking Permits, pay for Parking Tickets, Dog Licences, and get CityKey ID's. The Clerk will be partnering with sister agencies and City departments to bring even more of our City's services to where you live and work.

All locations and partners are subject to change, please check the website
www.chicityclerk.com or call 312-742-5375 for the most updated list of regional mobile sites.
CPS 1st Day of School - CTA Free Rides
September 3

The CTA will be providing free rides on buses and trains all day for students and parents on the first day back to school.

For more information visit cps.edu/B2S, or by telephone
at 773-553-FACE.

  • CPS serves free breakfast and lunch to every student all year long.
  • CPS students and accompanying adults can get a free ride on CTA buses and trains on the first day of school.
  • To check school hours, search for your school using the CPS School Locator.
  • Some charter school start dates differ. Find a full charter schedule here.
City Job Posting
OEMC Crossing Guard
Applications Through September 5

Under supervision, directs traffic and guides children and pedestrians across traffic intersections, and performs related duties as required. All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City of Chicago as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code.

Proof of residency will be required. Anyone who is interested in applying for this position can visit the link to DHR's website and apply.
College Interns Fall Term
Autumn / Winter Session

Be a part of the changes coming to Chicago!

We are seeking qualified interns interested in gaining valuable municipal government experience, assisting the 43rd Ward office in constituent services, business outreach, public policy, and legislative research.
The ideal intern should be motivated with strong writing skills, great attention to detail, and strong interpersonal communication skills.

If you're interested please send a copy of your resume and a 1-3 page writing sample to   yourvoice@ward43.org  or check out our posts on   LinkedIn  or Handshake.
Ward Night
Monday, September 9
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Our third Ward Night will be on Monday, September 9th due to the Labor Day holiday. Please sign up in advance at this link; walk-ins will be accomodated in the remaining time.
Office Closure / Early Hours
Labor Day Weekend

Our office will be closed on Monday, September 2nd. We will also close early on Friday, August 30th at 2 p.m. in observance of the holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 3rd with our regular business hours.
We hope you have a very happy and safe Labor Day weekend,

Michele Smith
43rd Ward Alderman
August 29, 2019
43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
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