Full Funding Announced for
Alcott Field of Dreams
Also In This Issue
Unwrap Clark Street
Lincoln Ave Resurfacing
Stolen Property Recovered
Support Lincoln Elementary
Alcott Girls Cross Country Team Honored
Bring Back the #11 Lincoln Ave Bus



November Street Sweeping

Shop Local this Holiday Season and Get Rewarded!

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting Lincoln Park's first ever holiday reward program. The program, called Unwrap Clark Street, kicks off on Black Friday and runs through December 31st. 

Shop on Clark Street, mail in your receipts and receive a $50 gift certificate to a Clark Street restaurant!

Lincoln Ave Resurfacing Update


Resurfacing of Lincoln Avenue has resumed this week. Milling is expected to be completed this week, which will be followed by structural adjustments and paving.


Resurfacing is expected to be completed by December 5th, weather permitting. 

Robber Caught, Stolen Items Recovered -
Are They Yours?


The 19th District of the Chicago Police Department arrested a man earlier this month in connection with a series of robberies in Lincoln Park and Lakeview.


During the investigation, the police recovered a number of stolen items and are working to identify the rightful owners.


Click here to view the recovered items.  Contact the detectives at 312-744-8263 with any information you may have.


Support Lincoln Elementary


Friends of Lincoln, the nonprofit organization that provides fundraising support to Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, is hosting their annual auction.


Click here to lend your support and get more information.

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Dear Friends,


I'm thrilled to report that I have obtained $600,000 in Open Space Impact Fees to complete Phase 2 of the Alcott School Field of Dreams at Alcott College Prep!

The Open Space Impact Fees Ordinance, passed by City Council in 1998, requires developers to pay open space fees when building a residential development. These fees can then be used for open space acquisition and capital improvements in the same community area from which they were collected. (Improvements to existing Chicago Park District Parks are excluded from this program).

I have been working closely with dedicated local parents, the Chicago Public Schools, and the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development to determine whether or not the Alcott Field would be eligible for Open Space Impact Fees. 

I'm pleased to report that Wednesday, the Open Space Impact Fees Committee approved funding for the Alcott School Field of Dreams. 

A dedicated "Field of Dreams" committee has been working tirelessly for years and, as reported in earlier newsletters, has raised $960,000 from a combination of state and charitable grants, and vigorous parent and school fundraising. This final step is a great achievement for our community, and we can all look forward to a new playground, athletic field, track, and sport court that students and our entire community can enjoy!

Please join Alcott College Prep Principal Estrada, Alcott parents, students and myself on Friday afternoon to celebrate! 

Saturday, November 22nd

Alcott College Prep

 2625 North Orchard Street

2:45 p.m.

And In More Great News for Alcott

At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and I honored the 5th and 6th grade Girls Cross Country Team for winning the Chicago Public Schools City Championship.  Congratulations to Coach Keli Wildermuth and her entire team!

Ald. Smith Congratulates the Alcott Cross Country Team

Bring Back the #11 Bus

As many 43rd Ward residents and businesses were directly impacted by the elimination of the #11 Lincoln Avenue bus, I am urging the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to reinstate the Lincoln Avenue bus route between Fullerton Avenue and the Western Brown Line.  


While the CTA previously stated the Brown Line would provide an acceptable substitute, this decision has proven to have negative impacts on local businesses and on residents dependent upon public transit.


You may read my letter to  CTA President Forrest Claypool by clicking here. I will continue to work with my aldermanic colleagues and the CTA to advocate to reinstate this important transit route.  



Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman