Advocating for Gun Control and Hurricane Relief
Industrial Corridor Development Update
Fall Celebrations
Dear Neighbor,

In light of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, we again join the calls for effective gun control. There is something you can do  - join  the  Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence in supporting passage of SB1657, the Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing Act.  The law, already passed in the Illinois Senate, is awaiting a vote in the Illinois House of Representatives.  Sign the petition  here, and urge your friends to contact their state legislators, which can be identified  here. You can also find a synopsis of the law here.

In wake of the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Maria, H arvey, and Irma and the earthquake in Mexico City, the City has identified several relief organizations for donations.See Please help.  

Locally, stop by the Bourgeois Pig, 736 W. Fullerton for great coffee and also get a pumpkin - profits go to hurricane relief.  

Industrial Corridor Development Update

Sterling Bay concept drawing. Courtesy of DNAinfo

Renderings of Sterling Bay's vision for the North Branch Industrial Corridor were unveiled to a small crowd last week. While the developer seems willing to pledge to include 10 acres of open space to the site plans, there is no commitment for contiguous parkland of at least 15 acres, with 10 acres committed to recreational fields, in the vast 750-acre development area.  Unfortunately, the renderings that were shown to the pubic omitted buildings that would have accurately revealed the type of mixed-use and volume of density the developer is seeking. 

In light of this most recent development update, we will continue to advocate for meaningful open space to adequately serve the new population and surrounding communities. Please join your neighbors in the fight for open space and sign the online petition here
Running for Lincoln Park High School

Support Principal Michael Boraz and Guidance Counseling Chair,  Chris Merle, of Lincoln Park High School, as they run the 40th An nual  Chicago Marathon  to raise $10,000 for the LPHS  Physical
Education & Athletics departments. 

DNAinfo featured the efforts of Boraz and Merle to inspire their students   here.

Read more  here  about Principal Boraz in Chicago Athlete and  ma ke an online donation   here.   Let's help him reach the goal!

And mark your calendar to see the first ever Lincoln Park High School Homecoming Parade, next week on Oct. 12 (see below).

Upcoming Community Events

TONIGHT! Thursday, October 5, 2017 
Lincoln Park Uncorked, A Lincoln Avenue Wine Stroll 
Check-In at Burnt City Brewing
2747 N. Lincoln Avenue
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Enjoy wine samples from local wine shop, Bodega  Ramos, paired with appetizers from local restaurants, hosted by  the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.

Friday, October 6, 2017
Tutoring Program  at LPHS
2001 N. Orchard Street
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sign up to tutor at The Colleen Henry Writing Center at Lincoln Park High School  and help students with their academic writing after school.  Training will be available for tutors. Contact Nancy Brandt,

Friday, October 6, 2017  
Lincoln Park Conservatory Docent Program

The Lincoln Park Conservatory and Chicago Park District need volunteers docents at the Lincoln  Park Conservatory and Gardens, located at 2391 N. Stockton Drive. The deadline to register is Friday, October 6. T raining starts  Saturday, October 14 . Click here for more details. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017  
Pumpkin Patch
2045 N. Lincoln Park West
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Lincoln Park Cultural Center will be hosting their annual pumpkin fest on Saturday, October 7. Enjoy Halloween-themed carnival games, petting zoos, and pony rides. Activities range from $2-$4. Click here for more details. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017  
Open House
1300 W. Jackson Boulevard
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Celebrate the Chicago Police Department's service to the community and meet your local police staff and representatives from CPD's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. Click here for details. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Best in Gold Coast Dog Show 
Corner of Astor Street and North Avenue
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

I am excited to be a celebrity guest judge again at this year's Best in Gold Coast Dog Show, presented by Gold Coast Neighbors Association.  
Click here for details.  There's still time to enter your prize-winning pooch!

Sunday, October 8, 2017
40th Chicago Marathon

More than 40,000 runners will be racing through the streets of Chicago. Cheer them on along the route, which will be closed to traffic beginning at 7:00 a.m. and concluding between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.:
  • Stockton: LaSalle to Fullerton 
  • Fullerton: Stockton to Cannon 
  • Cannon: Fullerton to Sheridan 
  • Sheridan: Diversey to Belmont 
  • Broadway: Addison to Diversey 
  • Clark: Diversey to Webster 
  • Webster: Clark to Sedgwick 
  • Sedgwick: Webster to North 
  • North: Sedgwick to Wells 

Thursday, October 12, 2017
First Ever Lincoln Park High School
Homecoming Parade
Larrabee Street to Webster Street to
Sheffield Avenue to Dickens Avenue
Parade Steps Off at 3:45 PM

Make sure to come out and see the Lincoln Park High School Athletes, Cheerleaders and award-winning Marching Band for its first-ever Homecoming Parade!  This is a chance to show community support for our wonderful school.  It's timed for right after school, so bring your kids out to cheer on the parade.

There will be rolling closures along the route.

Friday, October 13, 2017
The Story of 'The Little School Under the 'L' - Under the 'L'  Ceremony
Approximately 940 W. Belden Avenue 
(behind  Sullivan Athletic Center, under Fullerton Station 'L' tracks)
Ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m.

Join DePaul University to dedicate this year's pillar mural, part of a multi-year publi c art project as described in the DNAinfo article here

Representatives from the  Sheffield Neighborhood Association  and other community members will be speaking at this ceremony. Click here for more details on this project.

See you in the neighborhood and Go Cubs, 

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward 

43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T-F 9 AM - 6 PM 
 2523 N Halsted | 773-348-9500||