Fullerton Ave Streetscape Improvements
Bauler Playlot Redesign Community Meeting
Dear Neighbor,

I am pleased to announce that this week a series of infrastructure improvements to W. Fullerton Ave between Ashland and Racine begins. This  project will make the Fullerton Ave. business area more attractive, with street resurfacing, widened sidewalks, railroad track removal, installation of trees and tree grates, and updated lighting.

Construction starts  at the corner of Ashland and Fullerton and moves eastward on the south side of Fullerton for the first three months. Then, work shifts to the north side of the street at Fullerton and Racine and moves westward for the final three months. Pedestrian access will not be impeded during the project, though parking will be restricted in work zones. Major infrastructure is expected to be completed by November. Car traffic each way will not be impeded, but we suggest that cyclists take an alternate route.  

Weekly public meetings will take place at 11 AM on Tuesdays at 1851 N. Elston starting April 26th.  Click here to view the project plans.

Please contact CDOT with any inquiries by phone at  312-744-5900, or email  cdotnews@cityofchicago.org.

Bauler Playlot Redesign Community Meeting

The Lincoln Central Association, the Bauler Park Advisory Council and my office have worked to secure Chicago Park District "Chicago Plays!" funds for playground equipment at the Bauler Park playlot. Our goal is to begin renovations later this year. Click here for a larger view of the rendering of the initial design.

Please give your feedback at a public meeting on the initial redesign and discuss possible improvements beyond the Park District funding.

WHAT:      Bauler Playlot Redesign Community Meeting

WHO:      Hosted by Alderman Michele Smith, Lincoln Central Community                                   Association, the Bauler Park Advisory Council, and the Chicago Park                           District

WHEN:    Wednesday, April 27th at 6:30 PM

WHERE:  The Church of the Three Crosses, 333 W. Wisconsin St.

If you have comments or questions about the design, please contact our office at 773-348-9500 or email  yourvoice@ward43.org, or Lincoln Central Association.

Proposed Vacation Rental Community Meeting

Please join my office and the Park West Community Association at a  community meeting to review a proposed short term vacation rental at 2525 North Orchard Street. My office will attend the meeting to monitor the discussion and record your feedback.

WHAT: Vacation Rental Proposal for 2525 North Orchard Street

WHO: Hosted by Alderman Michele Smith and the Park West                                                  Community  Association

WHEN: Monday, May 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM

WHERE: Alcott Elementary School - School Cafeteria
  2625 N. Orchard

I hope you can join us for this in-depth discussion with the proposed vacation rental team to gain a better understanding of this proposal and short term rentals, and get answers to your questions. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions by phone at (773) 348-9500 or, or email yourvoice@ward43.org.
Community Meeting for Proposed J9 Wine Bar 

Join my office and the Lincoln Central Association at a community meeting to review a proposed new wine bar at 1961 North Halsted Street. The "J9 Wine Bar" seeks  a Tavern liquor license from the City of Chicago and there will not be a full kitchen.

My office will attend this meeting to monitor the discussion and record your feedback. This is an opportunity to engage in a direct dialogue with the business owner to gain a better understanding of the concept and hear answers to any questions the community may have.

WHAT: J9 Wine Bar proposal at 1961 North Halsted Street 

WHO: Hosted by Alderman Michele Smith and the Lincoln Central Association 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM 

WHERE: Newberry Math & Science Academy School Auditorium 
  700 W. Willow

Click here for more information about the meeting. Please contact my office with any questions by phone at (773) 348-9500, or email yourvoice@ward43.org

Oz Park Utility Vault Repaired

At the request of the Oz Park Advisory Council, we sought to repair a collapsed utility vault along a walking path in Oz Park that posed a tripping hazard. Thanks to CDOT for reinforcing the vault and replacing the sidewalk.
The collapsed vault.
The newly repaired valut.

Jumping Jack Application Form Now Online
Apply Now

Looking to have a jumping jack at your block party? Apply now! The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced that the 2016 Jumping Jack application will now be strictly an online process, and applications will no longer be accepted in paper form, email, or fax. Jumping Jack applications will continue to be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Notice of availability will be received within about 48 hours of submission.  The Jumping Jack Program operates Saturdays and Sundays from May 28th through August 28th. 

Celebrate the James Beard Awards with Chez Moi

Our own Chez Moi and local Read It & Eat invite you to participate in the James Beard Awards! It's an unforgettable dining experience, including a cooking demonstration and dinner. Thursday, April 28th from 6:30PM - 9:30PM at Read It & Eat, 2142 North Halsted. Tickets are $70 and can be purchased here

Financial Planning Seminars at Lincoln Park Library

Check out these free informational events featuring financial planning consultants taking place at the Lincoln Park Library, 1150 W Fullerton (no registration required):
  • Life Settlements: Unlocking the Value of Your Life Insurance Policy - Wednesday, April 27, 2 to 3 PM with Kenneth Kelly of Windsor Life Settlements, L.L.C.
  • Retirement Has Changed. What's Your Next Move?  - Thursday, April 28, 6:30 to 7:30 PM  with Jason Clarke of Edward Jones.
  • Savvy Social Security Planning - Saturday, April 30, 2 to 3:30 PM with 
    Susan Hall of Raymond James Financial Services Inc. 
Windy City Winds Presents "A Lincoln Portrait"

Windy City Winds, "Chicago's Community Band", gives its free spring concert on Friday, April 29th at 7:30 PM at St. Paul's Church, 2335 N. Orchard. The evening's theme is President Lincoln, and features the music of Aaron Copland. Free, with parking  available in the church lot and the CMH Garage on Lincoln Ave. 

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The Chicago Police Department is hosting a  prescription collection drive on Saturday,  April 30th. Bring your expired, unwanted or unused controlled substances and other medications to the 18th District, Near North Station, 1160 N. Larrabee . You can dispose of medications in the Drug Disposal Boxes any time at all Chicago Police Stations. 

Residential Parking Permit Inventory Audit
On  Monday, May 2, 2016  between the hours of  9 AM -12 PM, our office will not be able to sell any Residential Parking Pass stickers due to a regularly scheduled audit. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Street Sweeping Schedule
Street sweeping began April 1st and is scheduled on a five to six week rotation.  Click here  to view the 2016 schedule.

Garbage and Recycling Collection Schedule

Remember, trash pickup day is now WEDNESDAY. Recycling will remain the same, except recycling at homes with curbside pickup will also be collected on Wednesdays.  Click here  to view the 43rd Ward collection map. 

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward