North Avenue Shooter Update
Ethics Reforms Introduced
Assessor Fritz Kaegi Town Hall
Dear Neighbor,

At City Council yesterday, Mayor Lightfoot and I introduced several important ethics reforms:

  • Banning Aldermen from certain outside employment, included property tax appeals, that pose a potential liability or a conflict of interest with City of Chicago business.
  • Removing restrictions on the Inspector General's oversight over Aldermen and giving the IG authority to audit council administrative procedures.
  • Increasing fines for ethics violations from $500 to $1,000 for low-level violations, and $2,000 to $5,000 for high-level violations.
  • Requiring all lobbyists to register, including those representing non-profit organizations. Fees could be waived for registration.

These proposals were created with input and ideas by the City Council, the Lightfoot transition team and the Board of Ethics. We have pressed for years for some of these reforms but they have not been implemented, including the expanded OIG oversight for the City Council that lost by two votes in 2016. ( City Council Passes Watered Down Version of Oversight )( Two Votes Short )

The ethics reforms proposed will increase transparency and oversight of all programs, committees, and members of the City Council in order to hold our elected officials to the same high standards we hold city employees. I am proud to join Mayor Lightfoot in championing these reforms that will make our government more open and accessible for the residents of Chicago.

Old Town Shooting Update

Thank you to the dozen community members and court advocates who attended the bond hearing for Juan Foster, who has been charged with the shooting in Old Town last Friday . The court ordered him held without bond. The next court date is Friday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the County Courthouse in Skokie.

Court advocacy makes a real difference in bringing offenders to justice. If you would like to participate in following this or other cases on behalf of our ward,
please contact the 18th District CAPS office at
Trebes Park Community Meeting
TONIGHT, Thursday, June 13
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Oscar Mayer Gymnasium
2250 N. Clifton Ave.

The Trebes Park Advisory Council and our office will hold the first community meeting to discuss Trebes Park improvements. The field is in bad shape and needs significant repair in order to serve the entire community. 

The Advisory Council, the Chicago Park District, and CPS are jointly developing a plan to accommodate everyone. Please join us to review the proposal and help shape future work at Trebes Park. 
Community Events
An Evening with Assessor Fritz Kaegi
Tuesday, June 18
6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

Our office is excited to host Assessor Kaegi as he stops in our ward. Taxpayers will hear directly from Assessor Kaegi about his plans for the office and will answer audience questions about the property tax system and proposed reforms.
Public Safety Workshop - 18th District
Saturday, June 15
3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
18th District
1160 N. Larrabee Ave.

Please join the 18th District officers for a free workshop covering the important topics of street safety and crime prevention awareness hosted by Officer Kelly.

If you have any questions, please contact the 18th District CAPS office at 312-742-5778.
June Events at Lincoln Common
June 16 - 29
Lincoln Common
2435 N. Lincoln Ave.
Beneath the Iron Trellis

Lincoln Common, the new crossroads of Lincoln Park, is kicking off programming at the central courtyard beneath the beneath the steel trellis d esigned by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Many of the planned events are free; others require tickets.

Month of June:
  • Father’s Day - Sunday, June 16th 1:00 to 4:00 pm (free)
  • Sunset Silent Yoga with Resonation Space - Mondays & Wednesdays Starting June 17th at 7:30 p.m. (tickets required)
  • Equinox Pop-Up Workouts -Tuesdays 6:00 am & Saturdays 9:00 am Starting June 18th (RSVP requested)
  • Northside vs. Southside Tailgate - Tuesday, June 18 6:00 to 9:00 pm (Lincoln Park Young Professionals) (tickets required)
  • FROZEN Movie Night & Interactive Concert - Thursday, June 20 6:00 pm (free)
  • Kids' Open House - Saturday, June 29 9:00 to 11:00 am (free)

Check out the website for detailed descriptions and tickets.
Old Town Safety Seminar
Wednesday, June 26
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wintrust Bank Old Town
1 00 W. North Ave.

Wintrust Bank Old Town will be hosting a FREE Personal Safety Seminar on Public Safety and Situational Awareness for Everyday Living . Sgt. Chris Schenk of the Chicago Police Department will provide everyday tips and precautions that will help attendees identify, prevent and react to potentially dangerous situations in your everyday life.
RSVP by June 24th at Amy Lemar at 312-291-2918 or,
June Street Sweeping Schedule

Please click on the link for a detailed street sweeping schedule.
Lincoln Park Farmers Market Open for the Season
Now through October 26
Saturdays 7 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Lincoln Park High Parking Lot
700 W. Armitage Ave.

Stop by Chicago’s longest running Farmer’s Market at Lincoln Park High School every Saturday from 7am-1pm. It’s open for the season now through October 26 and there is plentiful free parking in the High School lot.

Pick up some cheese, vegetables, flowers and delicious seasonal fruit from vendors including Stamper Cheese, Nofke Farms and Stovers
Finalists Announced for the
Best of Lincoln Park Awards

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce (LPCC) is thrilled to announce the finalists for the  2019 Best of Lincoln Park Awards . Finalists were nominated by the community.

Voting is open from Wednesday, June 5 through Sunday, June 16. Click here to submit . Winners will be announced online on Thursday, June 20.

2019 Best of Lincoln Park Finalists
Best Place to Brunch
  • Blue Door Farm Stand
  • Bobby's Lincoln Park 
  • Cafe Vienna
  • Summer House Santa Monica

Best Place to Grab Coffee and/or Sweets
  • Printer's Row Coffee
  • Sweet Mandy B's
  • TeaGschwendner
  • Terry's Toffee 

Best Place to Get Fit
  • Barry's Bootcamp
  • DePaul Ray Meyer Fitness Center
  • Free Mvmt Shop
  • Lakeshore Sport and Fitness 

Best Specialty Shop
  • All She Wrote
  • Art Effect
  • Climate Home
  • Paper Source
Best Neighborhood Service Provider
  • Arete Renovators Inc.
  • Eyes In The Park
  • Lisa Kalous, COMPASS Realty
  • Wintrust Bank Old Town

Best Place to Get Refreshed
  • Boyce Chiropractic
  • The CryoBar
  • Salon 1800
  • SpaDerma

Best Place to Shop For Your Home
  • Arhaus
  • Hortons Home Lighting
  • Jayson Home
  • Serena & Lily
Best Place for the Arts
  • DePaul Art Museum 
  • Lincoln Hall
  • The Second City 
  • Steppenwolf Theater
  • Victory Gardens Theater

Best Place to Get Dressed
  • Alice & Wonder
  • Bliss & Belle Boutique
  • Lori's Shoes
  • The Tie Bar

Best Place to Dine
  • Bobby's Lincoln Park
  • Broken Barrel Bar
  • Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! 
  • Gemini
  • Summer House Santa Monica

Best Place to Drink
  • Broken Barrel Bar
  • Distilled Chicago
  • J9 Wine Bar 
  • Stella Barra Pizzeria
Belmont Village Career Fair
Thursday, June 20
9:00 a.m. - 6: 00 p.m.
Victory Gardens
2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

Belmont Village Senior Living is a certified GREAT PLACE TO WORK® and ranked on FORTUNE’s top 50 best workplaces in aging services. Employees commend the positive company culture, competitive pay, excellent benefits, bonuses and career growth opportunities.

Positions Available:
  • Kitchen Staff
  • Valet
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Activity Leader
  • CDL Driver

APPLY TODAY online at
Job Posting: Corporation Counsel
Opening in Aviation, Environmental, Regulatory & Contracts (AERC)
Deadline June 14

The City of Chicago Department of Law is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor in our Aviation, Environmental, Regulatory & Contracts (AERC) Division. See  (Job Number: 322041).   Submission deadline  for both the online application and hard-copy materials  is now June 14, 2019 . Submissions must meet all requirements posted on our website at the referenced site.

See you in the neighborhood,

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