35 Year Housing Gap Ended
New City Services App
Office Closure Monday April 22
Dear Neighbors,

Over the weekend the first new Affordable Housing units in 35 years in our ward became available. More than 100 people, most who live or work in Lincoln Park, signed up to live in one of the 54 units at the new Lincoln Common development. Those eligible must earn 60% of the area median income. Applicants included employees at our schools, day care workers, parents who have their kids at St. Vincent DePaul day care, seniors from the neighborhood and others in public service or the arts.

A community process was initiated by former Alderman Vi Daley before Children's Memorial Hospital sold its property. A group of committed volunteers advocated for and won a commitment from Lurie Children's to include affordable housing in any future development.

Thanks to McCaffery Interests who worked closely with my office and the Coalition for Affordable Housing in Lincoln Park to make the process transparent and respectful. No taxpayer dollars or incentives used to build these units.

A very special thanks to the people of the coalition: Deidre Graziano, Sara Flosi, Kathy Moore, Alan Cravitz, Helen Berlin, Peter Landon, Karen Kane, and Mary Tarullo and Jennifer Ritter of One Northside, and others, who worked tirelessly for twelve years to pass the affordable set-aside ordinance and then helped bring these units to Lincoln Park. We are a community of wide-ranging incomes and this is an important achievement.

If you think you might be qualified for these units, and did not make the event, please contact awinstead@realtymortgageco.com and ask if there are still openings on the wait list. To see the income criteria, click here.
Download the New CHI 311 App

A major innovation designed to put City services in the palm of your hand is being rolled out. Request City services on the go with a new App. Download the new CHI 311 App from the Apple or Google Play Store.

How it Works:

Submit: Request a service or report an issue. Anything from Rodent Control, Abandoned Vehicles, Potholes and Graffiti removal, etc..
Schedule: Once you’ve submitted, your request is reviewed by the appropriate City department, and the work is assigned or scheduled.
Work: Service request is assigned to the proper City Department. Estimated times to complete vary by request type.
Update : I f you sign up, 311 will send you updates as work is completed on your request.

Visit the new CHI 311 website for more information.

Public Safety
Community Alert
Strong Arm Robberies
District 019 (Town Hall)
About the Crime:
This alert gives notice to the residents in the 19 th  District of two recent strong-arm robberies. In those robberies, the offenders targeted victims carrying cellular phones in the morning hours. The offenders then hit the victims and took the victims' phones before fleeing on foot.
Incident times and locations:
  • 2800 block of North Sheridan Rd on 30 Mar, 2019 at 11:40AM.
  • 2700 block of North Clark St on 07 Apr, 2019 at 10:10AM.
Offender Description(s):
  • #1 An African American male; 18-21 years of age; height of  5'05"; weighing 125lbs
  • #2 An African American male; 18-21 years of age
What you can do:
  • Be aware of these crimes and alert other family and friends who live in the area.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and free from distractions.
  • Pay special attention to suspicious individuals in the area and alert the Police.
  • Call 911 immediately if you are a victim or witness to a crime and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information.
If you have any information Contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area North
(312) 744-8263
Reference: P19-N-103
Chicago's Building Code Modernization Ordinance

L ast week the City Council approved a major update to the Chicago Building Code to better mesh construction requirements with up-to-date codes and national standards. The new code will make construction in Chicago more affordable by expanding options to design and build with a wider range of materials and technologies. 

More specifically, the rewritten code will:

  • Adopt specific, up-to-date requirements for a wide range of building materials such as walls, roofs, and other construction.
  • Enhance safety by requiring sprinkler systems in new construction including most apartment buildings with 4+ units.
  • Allow for more cost-effective construction of single-family homes by adopting risk-based structural design requirements so that a 2-story single-family home will not need to meet the same structural requirements as a 15-story hospital.
  • Create greater opportunities for conversion of existing basements and attics as livable space without costly structural alterations by reducing minimum ceiling heights, as well as providing more options to meet light and ventilation requirements.
  • Encourage preservation of Chicago’s existing building stock, including historic buildings, by providing additional flexibility and options for rehab work.

The full ordinance is available on the City Clerk's website.
News For Parents
CPS Launching New Parent Portal
April 22, 2019

Parent Portal will be replaced with a new system called Aspen.

Aspen will provide capabilities of the current Portal while adding new features as well.
Click here for more details and steps on how to sign up.
CPS Accelerated Placement Policy
April 25th
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Lincoln Park High School
2001 N. Orchard St.

CPS is proposing a new Accelerated Placement Policy, which will provide opportunities to accelerate your child's education, such as skipping a grade. Come to a CPS Parent Engagement Forum to learn more. Click on this link to find out more information.
Park District Registration for Summer Camp

The Chicago Park District offers a 6 week summer camp program that begins June 24 - August 2, 2019.

2019 Summer Online Registration
  • Parks located east of California Avenue (2800 W.) will begin registration on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9 a.m.

In-person registration begins Saturday, April 27 at most parks.
Some parks will begin in-person registration on Monday, April 29. 

Please visit the Chicago Park District for more details on summer camp at this link.
Community Events
Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce Presents Sharing Success: Women in Business
Wednesday, April 24th
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.

From owning your own business to climbing the corporate ladder, find inspiration, and practical professional advice. Panelists include: Stylist and Salon Owner Edda Coscioni of Salon Edda Shop, Owner Esther Fishman of Art Effect, Bank President Amy Lemar of Wintrust Bank Old Town, and General Manager Susan Nicholl of Theater on the Lake. 

Tickets are $20.   Click here to reserve tickets.
Lincoln Park Night Out at Victory Gardens Theater

TONIGHT, April 18th
Victory Gardens Theater at 7:00 p.m
2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

Join us on Thursday, April 18th at 7:30 p.m. for  Lincoln Park Night Out  at  Victory Gardens Theater  (2433 N. Lincoln) for a performance of  Cambodian Rock Band . Use the code LPCC to receive 20% off tickets PLUS one free drink per ticket from the bar.

Click here to reserve your tickets.
Earth Day Collection Drive
Saturday, April 27th
8:00-1:00 p.m.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.

Join Cradles to Crayons to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 27th. When you clean out your closets and donate children’s essentials to Cradles to Crayons, you’re not only supporting kids in need with the clothing, books, toys, and other items they need to thrive, but you’re also keeping valuable resources from becoming landfill waste.

Items most in need:
  • Clothing (sizes newborn to adult medium)
  • Rain Jackets and Rain Boots (size newborn to adult medium and 10)
  • Sneakers (sizes newborn to adult 10)
  • Toys (ages 0-12 months and 10-12 years)
  • Books (ages 0-2 and 11-12)

For more information on Cradles to Crayons check out their website here .
On Saturday, April 27, you and your neighbors can make an immediate difference in your community by volunteering for Chicago’s citywide Clean & Green Day of Service. Clean and Green is a great opportunity for residents, school groups and community organizations to team up and beautify areas in their neighborhood. The City will provide the brooms, rakes, shovels and bags needed for clean-up projects.

To register, call 311 or visit the Department of Streets and Sanitation here.
Construction Updates
Current Construction Projects and Notices

Fullerton and Geneva Terrace Restoration
Restoration resurfacing for the Fullerton Parkway and 2400 N. Geneva Terrace has commenced and is estimated to be complete in approximately 7 days. Please take note when planning your travel over the next week.

Halsted and Wrightwood Telecommunications Work
This project comes as an effort by MCI/Verizon to build up their infrastructure in order to bring advanced fiber technology to the area.

Diversey/Halsted Sewer Project Continues Closure

The Diversey Sewer Project from Halsted to Burling continues with a temporary closure of Diversey. This location may allow intermittent through traffic while working north on N Burling St, but please consider this closure while making travel plans.
Street Sweeping Schedule
For street sweeping details for your street, click on the month April and May.

Wanted: College Summer Interns for the
43rd Ward Office

If you or someone you know is interested in interning at the ward office this summer, please send your resume and writing sample to Rocio Varela, Director of Communications, at rocio@ward43.org. The internship requirements are at least 15-20 hours per week.

Learn firsthand how city government works, get involved in the community and public service.

Office Closed for Spring Cleaning
Monday, April 22nd

We truly do apologize, but we must close our office to complete a thorough Spring cleaning! We will reopen with our regular business hours on Tuesday, April 23rd from 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Additionally, we will close the office at 4:45 p.m on Friday, April 19th to begin the Passover and Easter weekend.

Hoping you all have a joyous Passover and Easter,


Michele Smith
43rd Ward Alderman
43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
  2523 N Halsted  |  773-348-9500 yourvoice@ward43.org www.ward43.org
Text Us for Constituent Services: 773-906-4333