-Industrial Corridor Final Meeting-
-Lincoln Park Identifiers- 
-Holiday Office Closures-
Dear Neighbor,

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will be hosting the last public meeting for the North Branch Industrial Corridor from  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, Feb. 21st  at UI Labs, 1415 N. Cherry Avenue. 

You are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting and express your support for public recreational space. Also if you have not done so, please email your comments on our need for park space to  DPD@cityofchicago.org and please copy me at yourvoice@ward43.org

The meeting's purpose is to review proposed new land use and redevelopment guidelines for the corridor, as well as implementation strategies. The meeting will involve presentations by City staff and consultants with time for comments, questions and answers.

An RSVP is recommended due to facility requirements. Please   click here to register.

After the Feb. 21 meeting, DPD will post the draft land use and development framework on the North Branch section of the department web site. Public comments will be accepted for 30 days and incorporated into a final framework to be posted in early spring.

Please contact DPD@cityofchicago.org with any questions.

Lincoln Park Identifiers Phase 1 Completed

New Lincoln Park identifiers
Be on the lookout for the new Lincoln Park identifiers that have been installed on either side of Fullerton Ave. between Ashland and Racine. Phase one was funded by the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Fullerton Streetscape. The second phase, which is funded via the 43rd Ward menu, will be installed on Fullerton Ave. between Racine and Halsted.

Identifiers on either side of Fullerton

LPHS Annual Social Science Fair and Open House

Help celebrate Lincoln Park High School students' achievements in historical and social scientific research at the Annual Social Science Fair and Open House  today, February 9th from 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM  in the Freshman Building, 2001 N Orchard Street. 

Exhibits, papers, and websites will be on display in the gym. Documentaries will be shown from 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM in the cafeteria. Psychology presentations are running from 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM in room 172. And a live performance is occurring at 4:40 PM in the cafeteria.

Office Closures for Lincoln's Birthday and President's Day

In observance of Lincoln's birthday the 43rd Ward Office will be closed on  Monday, February 13th .

We will re-open at  9:00 AM on Tuesday, February 14th

The 43rd Ward Office will also be closed the following  Monday, February 20th in observance of President's Day and will re-open at  9:00 AM on Tuesday, February 21st.

Please call 3-1-1 if you have service requests during this office closure or 9-1-1 for emergency situations.

Reminder: New Recycling Ordinance

The new Chicago Recycling ordinance took effect on January 1st and mandates that property owners of multi-unit residential, office and commercial establishments provide source-separated, single stream recycling (separating recyclable materials from waste before the point of collection). Property owners are also responsible for educating tenants about the changes by posting signage, providing adequate carts and sending written notices.

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation will handle enforcement of the ordinance that includes a 30-day warning period and graduated penalties for non-compliance after an inspection. Penalties include; $500-$1,000 (first offense); $1,000-$2,500 (second offense within 12-month period); and $2,500-$5,000 (third and each subsequent violation occurring within 12-months of the most recent violation).

For more information on recycling in Chicago visit here or call 312-744-2413.

Utility Scam Alert

ComEd is warning of activity where customers receive an unsolicited call from an individual alleging to be a utility representative. The scammer warns that the customer's service will be disconnected if the customer fails to make a payment - usually within a short time-frame.

Helpful tips to avoid scams include:
  • Utility representatives will never ask or require customers to purchase a prepaid debit card to avoid disconnection.
  • Customers can make payments online, by phone, automatic bank draft, mail or in person.
  • Customers with delinquent accounts receive an advance disconnection notification with month billing, never a notification one hour before disconnection.
  • If you suspect a scam, hang up and call the police and then your local utility. Never dial the phone number the scammers provide.
If you believe you've been the target of a phone scam we urge you to contact the Illinois Attorney General's office at 1-800-386-5438 or visit the website here.

RANCH Triangle  Annual Meeting

Come join me at RANCH Triangle's annual meeting this Sunday, February 12th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Vinci Restaurant, 1732 N Halsted Street. Food and drinks provided by RANCH and Vinci. Click here for a list of the nominees for the RANCH board and their bios.

10th Annual Taste of Wrightwood

Join the Wrightwood Neighbors Association on Monday, February 13th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at New Life Church, 1110 W Lill Street for the 10th Annual Taste of Wrightwood. All your favorite local restaurants are coming together under one roof to offer you a variety of top-notch samples. Event is complimentary for WNA members and a $5 donation for non-members.

Celebrating 15 Years of the Village Movement

Lincoln Park Village will be holding a virtual watch party with Dr. Atul Gawande on Monday, February 13 from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM at the Church of the Three Crosses, 333 W Wisconsin Avenue to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Village movement with the opening of Beacon Hill Village in Boston. Lincoln Park Village is celebrating its eighth anniversary and was modeled after the Beacon Hill Village.

Registration is required and can be fulfilled by calling the Village Office at (773) 248-8700 or by registering here. Members can attend for free while guest will be required to pay $10.

Valentine's Day Family Dance

Come out to celebrate the annual Valentine's Day Family Dance at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N Lincoln Park West on Tuesday, February 14th from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM. Enjoy dancing, treats, music and more for free.

Click here for more Valentine's Day events with the Chicago Park District on the Northside of the City. 

Upcoming Ward Discussion on Crime

Join 18th District Chicago Police Department Commander Paul Bauer at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, February 15th at Eva's Cafe, 1447 N Sedgwick Street for a cup of coffee and conversation. In March my office will be holding three special meetings around the Ward to discuss crime. Watch for updates and specifics in upcoming newsletters.

Free Social Security Seminar

Wintrust Bank - Old Town located at 100 W North Avenue will be hosting a free seminar, "Social Security and You", on Thursday, February 16th at 5:30 PM. Attend this seminar to learn ways to maximize your Social Security benefits.

RSVP to Amy Lemar at 312-291-2918 or alemar@wintrust.com by Monday, February 13th.

Weekend Happenings

Check out the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce's weekend guide here for Thursday, February 9th through Sunday, February 12th.


Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward 

43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T-F 9 AM - 6 PM 
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