- Holiday Office Closures-
- Last Minute Shopping on
Armitage and Halsted -
Also In This Issue
White Oak Tavern and Inn
Comm. Gainer's Donation Driver
Property Tax Update
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens January 13
Holiday Shopping
Little Free Library

Local Restaurants


We have an addition to our last newsletter about local restaurants.


The White Oak Tavern and Inn opened on Webster on December 9th and is focused on locally sourced food. Be sure to check them out!

Commissioner Gainer Holiday Donation Drive

Help Commissioner Gainer collect items for women in the Cook County Justice System. 

My office is pleased to be serving as a drop-off site for donations. 

 Property Tax Update for 43rd Ward Homeowners: North Chicago Township Open for Appeals


From now until December 30th, 43rd Ward homeowners who live in North Chicago Township (south of Fullerton Avenue) may appeal their property tax assessment to the Cook County Board of Review. 


Appealing your property tax assessment is an opportunity to ensure your property tax bills are fair and accurate. The most common reason to appeal is over-valuation. 


File appeals online at


Contact the following offices with questions about the appeal process or for assistance to file an appeal.  

  • Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi's (2nd District) Office at 312-603-5560

2015 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program


The Chicago Department of Transportation administers the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program each year. Traditionally, the program has opened to Chicago property owners on New Year's Day.


In response to resident requests, CDOT has changed the opening date to Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 12:01 a.m.


Applicants can begin calling the City's 311 System or access the City's service request website at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.




43rd Ward Office

2523 N. Halsted


Office Hours:






9a.m.-12p.m. & 2p.m.-6p.m.


Contact us:




Dear Friends,


In observance of the holidays, the 43rd Ward office will be closing at 2pm today, Tuesday, December 23rd.


The office will remain closed Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th.


The office will be open from 10am - 2pm on Friday, December 26th. 


On Monday, December 29th and Tuesday, December 30th, the office will be open for regular hours.


My office will then be closed Wednesday, December 31st through Friday, January 2nd and will reopen for regular hours on Monday, January 5th.


Should you need assistance while our office is closed, please call 3-1-1. You may also send us an email at or leave a voicemail at 773-348-9500 and we will assist upon return. 


I wish you and your family a happy, healthy holiday season!

Last Minute Holiday Shopping on Armitage and Halsted

Do you have last minute holiday shopping to do? Head to the Armitage and Halsted corridor for unique gifts at a wide variety of merchants. 

Whether the last person on your list is a chocolate lover or pet lover, writernew parent or foodie, the Armitage and Halsted corridor has something for everyone on your list. 

Little Free Library

Thanks to local Girl Scouts and members of Lincoln Park Village, there's a new Little Free Library at the Bourgeois Pig, located at 738 W. Fullerton Pkwy! 


I was pleased to have been able to introduce Girl Scouts Sophia Rodriguez-Day and Olivia Zindel to Lincoln Park Village members Tom Hall and Diane Graham-Henry. The four worked together to build the library as part of the girls' efforts to earn their Bronze Award. 


Read more about the Little Free Library at DNAinfo and be sure to stop by!


Have a wonderful holiday season!



Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman