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Also In This Issue
Register Bikes at the Chicago Police Department


To help deter bike thefts in the area, the 19th District of the Chicago Police Department's Alternative Policing Strategy team is offering a new measure to help return stolen bicycles to their owners.


Now, when cyclists register their bicycles with the police department, they will be provided a sticker stating, "This bicycle is registered with the Chicago Police Department."


Register your bicycle online and pick up the sticker at 19th District Headquarters, located at 850 West Addison St. At present time, stickers are available only at this location, but the police plan to expand this effort citywide. 


If your large group wants multiple stickers for an event, please contact the 19th District CAPS office at 312-744-8320, and they will be able to assist.


  The Great Parker Garage Sale

 Sat. and Sun., May 16 & 17

Francis W. Parker, 2233 N. Clark St.
9am - 4pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm

The Great Parker Garage Sale is a rummage sale extraordinaire, with two gymnasiums and a cafeteria full of bargains.

St. George Church Rummage Sale
Saturday, May 16th
Saint George Greek Orthodox Church:  2701 N. Sheffield 
9:00am - 2:00pm

Looking for something special? You'll find housewares, furniture, clothing and toys at the St. George rummage sale.

Lincoln Park Conservancy Glass House Gala
Saturday, May 16th
Langham Hotel

Join the LP Conservancy for their 8th Annual Glass House Gala.  Proceeds benefit the nonprofit's operations and programs to restore and preserve the park!

Midwest Buddhist Temple Hawaiian Party
Saturday, May 16th
Midwest Buddhist Temple: 435 W. Menomonee
5:00pm - 8:00pm

The hawaiian party features dance, singing, ukulele accompaniment and flaming knife tosses!

The Chapel Concert Series: From Scripture to Song 
Monday, May 18
St. Pauls United Church of Christ: 2335 N. Orchard St. 
6:45 PM

Hear St. Pauls Choir and Christopher Martin, Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, playing Baroque music with young world-renowned organist Nathan Laube.

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Dear Friends,


The inauguration ceremonies for Mayor Rahm Emanuel,  City Clerk Susana Mendoza, City Treasurer Kurt Summers and the entire City Council will take place on   Monday, May 18 . The following is a schedule of inaugural festivities that will take place this weekend .


Inaugural Weekend Details:

  • Saturday, May 16, 2015:

    The weekend kicks off with a city-wide Day of Service. At sites throughout the City, Chicagoans will be able to choose from projects to serve their community.  Here in the 43rd Ward, we'll be cleaning up and putting out mulch in Oz Park!   Sign up and fi nd additional  projects posted at the inaugural website .  
  • Sunday, May 17, 2015:

    The City and Chicago Park District will launch the third annual "Night Out In The Parks" arts programming in parks across the city. In our ward, visit the Lincoln Park Cultural Center for a picnic, nature walk and kite making from 10:00 AM t o 1:00 PM. Contact  Lauren Quinn at  (312) 742-7726 for more information.
  • Monday, May 18, 2015, 10:30am:

    The inauguration ceremony will be held at The Chicago Theatre, 175 North State Street. Tickets are available to the public.   Click here to request tickets.
  • Monday, May 18, 2015, 2:00pm - 4:00pm: 
    Mayor Emanuel and his wife Amy Rule host a public open house in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 5th Floor.

Please join us at one of these events.  I'll be honored to be serving as your alderman for the next four years.  

Brown Line Construction

Continues this Weekend


The CTA is working to rehabilitate the Ravenswood Connector--the elevated part of the 'L' between Armitage and the Loop, currently used by Brown Line and Purple Line Express service, which will lead to several street closures in the ward.  Please take notice of these closures as you plan your weekend travel.


Street closures will take place from 7p Thursday to 4am Friday and 6pm Friday to 5am Monday at the following locations

  • 1623 - 1639 N. Dayton
  • 1609 - 1626 N. Halsted
  • 1501 - 1556 N. Larrabee
  • 1501 - 1556 N. Mohawk
  • 1501 - 1554 N. Hudson

"No Parking" restrictions will be in effect from 7p Thursday to 5am Monday at the following locations

  • 1623 - 1639 N. Dayton
  • 1609 - 1626 N. Halsted
  • 1501 - 1556 N. Larrabee
  • 1501 - 1556 N. Mohawk
  • 1501 - 1554 N. Hudson

Alley access will be restricted from 9am Friday to 9am Monday at the following location: 

  • 1636 - 1638 N. Bissell
Alley access adjacent to the CTA right-of-way will be reduced from 8pm Friday to 4am Monday at the following location: 
  •  Dayton to Hudson 
Train Re-Routes


Brown Line Trains will be rerouted to the Red Line subway between Fullerton and Downtown. Armitage, Sedgwick, Chicago, and Merchandise Mart Brown Line stations will be closed and free shuttle buses will open operate between these stations. 


If you have questions or concerns during construction this weekend, you may contact LaTrice Phillips-Thompson, CTA Government and Community Relations Officer, at 312-681-2709 or via email at

  • Click here  to read more about the Ravenswood Loop Connector Project. 
  • Click here and here to view the CTA activity notices.
While this work produces unavoidable inconvenience in our neighborhood, this work will eliminate over two miles of slow zones where trains slow to as little as 15 mph to ensure safe operation, and will continue during select weekends through September.  We will keep you apprised throughout the scope of this important project to update our transit system. 

Please be sure to plan ahead and allow extra travel time this weekend.  Thank you for your patience.



Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman