Illegal Airbnb Crack Down
60th Air & Water Show
43rd Ward Shredding Event
Dear Neighbors,

This week the City of Chicago sent out violation notices to almost 2,500 AirBnB operators warning they must remove their listing within 7 days or face heavy fines. You can read the Chicago Tribune story here.

While this action is welcome, it has been more than 2 years since AirBnB regulations were passed under an ordinance that I believe falls short of adequately protecting residents rights in our Ward. Tahe City's reveals a flaw in Airbnb's system - units can be listed on its site without a proper street address. This poses a potential safety as well as a regulatory issue. Airbnb should fix this issue and not burden the City or its hosts with this compliance issue. Read more here.

Currently, there are 6,000 legal short term rentals in Chicago but, overall, the number of AirBnB's have grown almost 100% every year since 2009. This, coupled with our 2% vacancy rate in the 43rd Ward, means we will remain vigilant in efforts to curtail the proliferation of unlicensed short term rentals that have been devastating to the neighborhood character of other destination cities around the world.

Chicago voters can now apply for mail ballots for the General Elections on November 6th. Chicago voters can request their mail-in ballot  online . Ballots will be mailed in early October.

The deadline to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot is  November 1st .

By law, any mail ballot postmarked November 7th or later cannot be counted which might include ballots slipped in the mail on the afternoon or evening of Election Day, November 6th.
43rd Ward School Supplies Drive
Monday, August 20th - Friday, August 31st
2523 N. Halsted Street

School begins for all CPS students on Tuesday, September 4, and our office wants it to be the first day to a great year. Many children will arrive on the first day without the supplies they need, especially those in temporary living situations. Our 43rd Ward Office will be collecting back to school items for CPS students from Monday, August 20th, 2018 to Friday, August 31st, 2018.

Students need:

  • Backpacks
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Kleenex/Paper towels
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Washable markers
  • Rulers
  • Wide-ruled notebook Paper
  • Calculators

For a full list of suggested school supplies by grade, please visit: .

If you would like to purchase a school supply kit instead of individual items, please visit: .
Upcoming Events
Charlie Trotter Days
August 15 -19
Restaurants Around Chicago

Charlie Trotter, whose namesake restaurant on Armitage Avenue changed the world of cooking, trained a generation of chefs. This week, restaurants around the city honor the legacy of our neighbor by offering special items on their menus to support the Trotter Project's Pillars of Excellence Program, which provides scholarships for the next generation of culinary talent. To learn more about the Charlie Trotter Project, please visit their website.
60th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show
Saturday, August 18th & Sunday, August 19th
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The Chicago Air and Water Show celebrates its 60th Anniversary returning to the lakefront this weekend - the largest free show of its kind in the country! Shows will run on Saturday, August 18, 2018 and Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, weather conditions permitting. Practice flights will be starting at 2:00 PM Thursday, August 16th.

Please note the following street closures for August 18 - 19:
  • Ramps on Lake Shore Drive at North Avenue and Fullerton will be closed during the show.
  • North Avenue will be closed from Clark to Inner Lake Shore Drive toward the end of the show.
  • LaSalle Extension at Clark and Stockton to east to Lake Shore will be closed toward the end of the show. 
  • Fullerton Avenue will be closed from Clark to Lake Shore Drive toward the end of the show. 
  • Inner Lake Shore Drive will be closed both days during the entire show for shuttle bus service only, from Burton to the LaSalle Extension.

Full street closures will begin at approximately 2:45 PM on August 18 and August 19. 

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) recommends allowing plenty of travel time, purchasing fares, and unlimited-ride passes ahead of time. There will be event service and extra service for the following:
  • Rail: Longer trains on the Blue, Brown, Green and Orange Lines
  • Bus: Extra service on the #72 North and #151 Sheridan bus routes  

Ride Share Services:
  • All Rideshare pick-ups and drop-offs are restricted to Wells or Armitage, south of North Ave and west of Clark

Please note that drones are not permitted anywhere in the area near the show. 

Click  here  to plan your route to and from the show. The City may also enact "rolling closures" on additional streets as needed.
Chicago Tribune Food Bowl Night Market
Friday, August 24th | Saturday, August 25th | Sunday, August 26th
3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Lakefront Green at Theater on the Lake
Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton

Along our city's lake shore, the Food Bowl will be featuring more than 25 curated food vendors and live entertainment. The $5.00 suggested donation will benefit the Green City Market and The Trotter Project, both based here in the 43rd Ward.

For more information about Chicago Tribune Food Bowl please visit their website .
Movies in the Parks

Rollin' Rec at Jonquil
Jonquil Playlot Park
Friday, Aug, 17 2018 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1001 W. Wrightwood Ave

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Friday, Aug 24, 2018 from 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Wrightwood Park
2534 N. Greenview Ave

The Wizard of Oz
Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 from 8:00 PM - 9:40 PM
Oz Park
2021 N. Burling Street

Mary Poppins
Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 from 8:00 PM - 10:19 PM
Jonquil Playlot Park
1001 W. Wrightwood Ave
43rd Ward Shredding Event
Saturday, August 25th
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Peggy Notebaert Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive

Our popular shredding event is back again!  R4 Services  and   Friends of Epilepsy Foundation  team up with the 43rd Ward on Saturday, August 25th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM to offer document shredding on-site and a clothing drive at the  Peggy Notebaert Museum , located at  2430 N. Cannon Drive.  

Turn in paper documents and unwanted electronics but please note, no televisions, printer's, microwaves, monitors, cords, or expired medications.
See you in the neighborhood and hope you enjoy our many wonderful summer events.

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
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