- Demand Grows for Recreation 
Space  at Industrial Corridor -
Earth Day Cleanups -
Dear Neighbor,

More people and organizations are calling for recreational space as part of the city plan for the North Branch Industrial Corridor.  The Department of Planning has admitted that two-thirds of the comments on the plan are calls for open space. And now, the Oz Park Baseball League, serving 1350 kids, says, " the only limiter our community faces is outdoor space . . . for teams of children . . . for lighted ball fields . . .for our high school teams to practice and compete. We hope part of the North Branch corridor can be used for open,  usable, outdoor recreation space."

Friends of the Chicago River, says: 

"Given the size of the parcels within the corridor, . . . including only references to the 30 foot setback represents the bare minimum  already required of new developments. . . .T his seems inadequate when so much stands to be gained from the protection of more space. During the many public meetings about the plan residents from the surrounding neighborhoods made it clear that there is a demand for more open space. . . .The framework should require a greater amount green open space from developers."
The Department of Planning and Development has one last comment session on Tuesday, April 25th between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM at St.  John Cantius Church,  825 North Carpenter. You can give comments to the staff, however,  this will not be a formal presentation and no new information will be provided at the open house.  Public comments by email about the framework and design guidelines are still being accepted through  May 1st at  DPD@cityofchicago.org .I urge you to offer feedback. On May 18th, at City Hall, t he  plan  is scheduled to be considered by the Chicago Plan Commission at its public meeting.  

Lincoln 11 Threatened - Again

As reported in DNA today, the future of the Lincoln #11 bus remains in doubt. Though the original hours were not re-established,  there is hope if ridership increases before  the test period ending in June,  the bus route can continue and expand hours of service. Please remember to ride the  Lincoln 11 this Spring. And, let CTA know your feelings.

See You at These Earth Day Cleanups in the 43rd Ward:

Mayer Elementary and Trebes Park

Join the Friends of Mayer, Trebes Park Advisory Council, and Sheffield Neighborhood Association on Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM for a Earth Day Cleanup of Trebes Park. Click here to sign up.

RANCH Triangle Parks and Jonquil Park

Friends of the Parks (FOTP) are also coordinating park cleanup events at parks across the city on Saturday, April 22nd between 9:00 AM to Noon.  Join RANCH Triangle to beautify the Wisconsin/Halsted Pocket Park, Privet Park, Adams Playlot, and Clybourn Park. And Wrightwood Neighbors and volunteers will be out in force at Jonquil Park. Let them know you are coming by clicking here  to register at the park of your choice. 

TWO Recycling Events:

DePaul University Electronic & Household Recycling Event

Today, April 21st from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Sheffield and Fullerton parking lot DePaul University will have a free electronic & household waste recycling event. See the flyer here for more details on what items you can bring.

If you have any questions, please contact DePaul's office of Environmental Health & Safety at 773-325-8985 or ehsoffice@depaul.edu

Gold Coast Shredding and Recycling Event

Come out to the State Street Parking Lot, 1254 N State Parkway on Saturday, April 22nd between 9:00 AM to Noon for free paper shredding, electronics recycling, prescription drug take-back and donation drop off with State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, Alderman Brian Hopkins, State Sen. Mattie Hunter, and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Limit three boxes of paper shredding per household. Visit here for a full list of recyclable items. Click here for more details.

 Household Chemical and Computer Recycling Facility

In addition to the above special events, chemicals and electronics can be regularly brought  to the Household Chemical and Computer Recycling Facility, 1150 N. North Branch Street. Here are  the items accepted.  This facility is open Tuesdays from 7:00 AM - Noon, Thursdays from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM and the 1st Saturday of the month from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM .

Spring Yard Waste Collection 

Citywide spring yard waste collection runs now through Saturday, April 22nd, and residents may request a pick-up by calling 311.

Residents should bag yard waste and leave it next to the refuse and recycling carts in the alley or at the curb. A Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) truck will collect the bags based on 311 requests and take it to be composted.

As a reminder, yard waste should not be thrown into the blue recycling cart as it contaminates the recycling stream.

Earth Day Weekend Happenings 

Check out the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce's  weekend guide  here  for now  through Sunday, April 23rd .

43rd Ward Property Tax Assistance 

Lakeview Township (north of Fullerton Avenue) is now open for appeals! Property owners who have questions and need assistance with their tax assessment are welcome to stop by my office, 2523 N Halsted Street on  Thursday, April 27th, for assistance. Commissioner Bridget Gainer's staff will be available from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM to assist you with your appeal. Please call Shay Robinson at Commissioner Gainer's Office with any questions you may have at 312-603-4210.

Jumping Jack Application Form Available Now

Apply now to have a jumping jack at your block party. The 2017 Jumping Jack application will now be strictly an online process, and applications will no longer be accepted by paper, email, or fax. Jumping Jack applications are accepted first come, first serve and you'll be given notice of availability within about 48 hours of submission.  The Jumping Jack Program operates Saturdays and Sundays from May 27th through August 27th. If a date is not listed in the drop down menu on the application, no more Jumping Jacks are available for that date. Jumping Jacks are limited to Residential Block Parties. Private parties, church picnics, or other community events do not apply.

If you are applying for a block party for the first time or a block party renewal please download the form here and drop it off at my office or email yourvoice@ward43.org.

Art in the Park 

Join Bridgeview Bank - Lincoln Park, 1970 N Halsted Street on  Thursday, April 27th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM for an evening of wonderful food and fine art.  Art in the Park  is a free event featuring our own 43rd Ward artists  Bob Segal, Donellen Designs and  Mel Thompson. For details call Jill Valentine at 773-975-5307 or at rsvp@bridgeviewbank.com. The exhibit runs through May.

Residential Investment Property Seminar 

Hear from industry professionals and discuss the benefits and steps of buying an investment property during a Residential Investment Property Seminar on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Wintrust Bank - Old Town, 100 W North Avenue. RSVP to Amy Lemar at 312-291-2918 or ALemar@Wintrust.com.

Have a wonderful weekend and Earth Day,

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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