-Industrial Corridor Park Push-
-Public Safety Meetings-
Dear Neighbor,

On Tuesday, February 21st, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) hosted the last formal public meeting for the North Branch Industrial Corridor at UI Labs.

Many residents who attended to express support for public recreational space said they were disappointed with the plans that emerged. I too found DPD's vision creating only a possibility, not a requirement for recreational space completely lacking. This is particularly concerning in light of suggested mix of of up to 50% residential uses for the areas north of North Avenue.  If allowed, this will only create more congestion in the existing parks within our Ward as new residents flock to our neighborhood parks for true recreational space for sports and other leisure activities.

You can see the full presentation from the February 21st public meeting here. DPD claimed at the meeting that it has received only 62 emails and letters to date.  Please email your comments on our need for park space to DPD@cityofchicago.org and copy me at yourvoice@ward43.org. Previous presentations and meeting summaries can be found here

Two community open house events in March will provide additional question-and-answer opportunities involving the draft framework plan. Both events will involve the same information and purpose. The first open house is on Tuesday, March 7th from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter Street and attendees should RSVP here. The second open house is on Tuesday, March 14th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at UI Labs, 1415 N. Cherry Avenue and residents can RSVP here

Public comments will be accepted until Monday, April 10th. DPD will be presenting the overall redevelopment concept to the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday, April 20th. This once in a lifetime opportunity to create park space is still possible and I urge you to get involved to preserve the quality of life in our neighborhood for current and future residents.

Community Safety Forums - SAVE THE DATE

We are holding three public safety forums across our ward for  police and other agencies to hear constituent concerns and to showcase the best ways we can work together to keep our community safe.  We will have Chicago Police Commanders, representatives from the State's Attorney's Office and others.

Watch for a public safety survey in an upcoming newsletter and, in the meantime, feel free to email us with your concerns and suggestions.


Monday, March 13th, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
New Life Church
1111 W Lill Street

Wednesday, March 15th, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Latin School of Chicago
59 W North Avenue

Tuesday, March 21st, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. James Lutheran Church
2050 N Fremont Street

Sheffield Neighborhood and RANCH Triangle Association Request Planter Donations

The Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA) and Ranch Triangle Association are seeking support for their Award-Winning Beautification program. Since 2000, SNA has designed and installed 58 wrought iron planter boxes at many intersections along Webster, Halsted, Armitage, Clybourn and Southport. RANCH maintains 11 planters along its northern and western borders (the south side of Armitage and west side of Halsted). 

For $375 per planter, neighbors or businesses can "adopt" one planter for the year. SNA and RANCH are 501(c)-3 not-for-profit organizations and all contributions are fully tax deductible. Each patron will receive acknowledgement on the organization's website as well as in upcoming organizational newsletter. Contributions to SNA can be made by check or credit card using this form. Please contact the SNA at info@sheffieldneighborhood.org with any questions.

If you would like to adopt a planter in the RANCH area, please contact RANCH at  info@ranchtriangle.org Contributions should be by check to RANCH Triangle Community Conservation Association, P.O. Box 14780, Chicago, IL 60614-0780. Please write "planter fund" in the memo section of checks. 

Contributions of any amount are gratefully accepted. Please indicate the address or intersection of the planter you'd like to support.

Noise Monitoring Legislation Passes House Committee

Motorcycle noise has been a persistent issue along Lake Shore Drive, but developing enforcement mechanisms has been a challenge. As a means of beginning to attack this issue, Representative Sara Feigenholtz has sponsored legislation to allow the City of Chicago to install a noise monitoring system along Lake Shore Drive. Last Thursday, February 23rd this legislation passed a House Committee. This noise monitoring system would be capable of recording noise levels 24 hours per day and would be equipped with computer software capable of processing the data. We look forward to passage of this law through the State Legislature so that we can gather the data required for stricter enforcement.  

Congratulations to Moonlight

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the Academy Award Winning Best Picture "Moonlight" and particularly to Tarell Alvin McCraney who won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Moonlight" and is a graduate of the DePaul Theatre School. In April 2010, Mr. McCraney also became the 43rd member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble. Special congratulations as well to Ashton Sanders, one of the stars of the movie and a student at DePaul University.

50 x 50 Neighborhood Arts Project Call for Artists Application Date Extended

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have declared 2017 as the "Year of Public Art" in Chicago with a new 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project. For details, visit here.

The city will be qualifying artists to participate in the project.  If you are an artist, please apply. Sculptors, painters, muralists, and multi-media artists can refer to this link and can apply by Friday, March 10th.

Cortland Bridge Street Closure Continues

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced that the Cortland Street bridge westbound lane and north sidewalk will be closed until Friday,  March 3rd for utility tunnel repair work.

Westbound car traffic is being detoured to Webster Avenue via Clybourn Avenue and Ashland Avenue/Elston Avenue.

Office Closure for Casimir Pulaski Day

In observance of Casimir Pulaski Day the 43rd Ward Office will be closed on Monday, March 6th.

We will re-open at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, March 7th.

Please call 3-1-1 if you have service requests during this office closure or 9-1-1 for emergency situations.

See You in the Neighborhood,

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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