- Election Day is Today! -
- City Budget Hearings Continue -
Also In This Issue
Fullerton Shoreline Update
Bag your Leaves
Chicago Budget
Lincoln Avenue Update



November Street Sweeping

Waste Hauling Delayed Next Week due to City Holiday

All City of Chicago offices, including the 43rd Ward Office, will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. 

As such, waste hauling services will be delayed and trash will be picked up on Wednesday, November 12th. 

Start Bagging Your Leaves

City Pickup Nov. 3 - 21


The Department of Streets and Sanitation is  providing a dedicated bagged leaf collection for three weeks this November, if you call 311 to request it.


From November 3 through November 21, call 311 to request yard waste collection. A truck will collect leaves and other yard waste separately based on the 311 calls and take the yard waste to be composted.  Collection will occur during the week it is called into 311.


The Department of Streets and Sanitation asks that you bag the yard waste separately from garbage in the Black Carts and recycling in the Blue Carts, and leave the bagged yard waste in the alley or on the curb.  

Fullerton Shoreline Project Update

As I reported in a previous newsletter, work is ongoing to revitalize the shoreline at Fullerton.  

Crews will continue installation of the temporary trail  and directional signage will be posted to direct cyclists and pedestrians around the construction site.  

An 8-foot construction fence is being erected and to ensure that when large scale work begins, it is done with minimal impact to users of the lakefront trail.

43rd Ward Office

2523 N. Halsted


Office Hours:






9a.m.-12p.m. & 2p.m.-6p.m.


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Dear Friends,


Today is election day! Polls are open today from 6:00 am - 7:00 pm throughout the 43rd Ward.  The polls will close promptly at 7:00 pm; however, voters that are in line at that point will be allowed to cast their ballots.   


Please check your polling place location - many have changed. Click here  to go to the Chicago Board of Elections website. You will be prompted to enter your address and your polling location will be provided for you, as well as a sample ballot for your convenience.    


Additionally, even if you are not a registered voter (or need to update your voter registration information) and you wish to participate in today's election, the Chicago Board of Elections offers "Same Day Registration" between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm.  There are five Chicago locations that will offer this amenity, with the closest location being the Chicago Board of Elections Headquarters at 69 W. Washington Street, in the Lower Level Conference Room. 


Be sure to take the time to vote and make your voice count!


City of Chicago Budget Update


As you know, over the last two weeks the City Council has been hearing budget presentations from every City department. I have had the opportunity to ask questions of each Department, address spending issues and gain a better understanding of the operations of each department. You may have seen some of my questions and statements from the various commissioners on Twitter


The City Council must approve a balanced budget by December 31st, at which point the approved Budget Recommendations become the Annual Appropriation Ordinance.


You can see the remaining schedule at this link.  All meetings are public, and I invite you to attend.

Lincoln Avenue Resurfacing


As I reported in a previous newsletter, Lincoln Avenue is in the process of being resurfaced. Curb and gutter replacements on Lincoln Avenue from Wells Street to Larrabee Street, and from Fullerton Avenue to Diversey Avenue are expected to be finished this Friday, weather permitting. 


Unfortunately, construction is taking longer than planned because "No Parking" signage posted by the contractor is being frequently removed without authorization. The contractor has attempted to block these locations with barricades, but in some locations, the barricades are also being moved.  If you see "No Parking" signage being removed, please call my office or 911.  


The removal of pre-existing asphalt is tentatively scheduled to begin early next week, which will be followed by drainage structure adjustment and finally, resurfacing.


I'm looking forward to a newly resurfaced Lincoln Avenue and ask that residents work with the contractor to ensure these repairs can be completed. Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact my office at 773-348-9500. 



Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman