- New Water Mains and Streetlights -
- Park Petition Online -
- Renewed Oz Park Tennis Courts -
- Community Meeting Re: Salvatore's -
Dear Neighbor,

Lill Avenue before and after it was repaved.

Lill Avenue and  Altgeld Avenue have recently been repaved after completion of new water main projects. This project is one of the many vital infrastructure improvements in the 43rd Ward this year.

These large infrastructure projects are currently underway:

Water Mains:  

As part of the Capital Improvement Program, 6 miles of 100 year old water mains will be replaced in the 43rd Ward and water main work will soon begin on Willow Street west of Larrabee Street to Halsted.  Homeowners will be notified via letter before any project work begins.  

Street Lighting Replacement:

New Street lights are being installed on Sheffield Avenue, from Armitage to North Ave., and Lincoln Park West, from Fullerton to Clark.  Planning is underway to install new streetlights on  Orchard Street, from Armitage to Willow.

Street lights will be replaced with LED fixtures, which consume 50-75% less electricity.  In addition, the new lights feature a "shielded" design to ensure the light is focused downward toward the street and sidewalk where it is needed. In addition, all LED fixtures will be limited to a maximum correlated color temperature (CCT) of 3000K or less, and most will contain power sources that can be remotely adjusted to change light levels where needed.

here to review a map outlining the current and upcoming infrastructure projects in the 43rd Ward. 

Parkland Petition is Available Online 

Join the growing coalition of neighbors and public interest groups to secure contiguous park space in the North Branch Industrial Corridor by signing the new online petition

The Chicago Tribune recently editorialized  Make Parkland a Priority in North Branch Redevelopment after City Council passed the ordinance rezoning almost 800 acres of choice riverfront without ensuring adequate park space. 

You can also sign at our office at 2523 N. Halsted St.  Petitions will also be circulated at upcoming festivals, concerts, and block parties this summer. 

Forward the link or  print the 
petition  and circulate it to your friends.

Continued community engagement can produce a much needed park. If you know of any other organizations that would like to be a park advocate, please reach out to our office at yourvoice@ward43.org and we'd be happy to update the petition. We will keep you posted on new developments.  

Street Planter Thefts in Lincoln Park

Multiple thefts of steel street planters in the Lincoln Park neighborhood have been reported within the past several weeks .The  Sheffield Neighborhood Association  has reported that 10 out of the 58 street planters in their area have been stolen.  The recently reported thefts are the highest number the neighborhood organization has seen within the past four years. 

Read the DNAinfo article  here

If you witness suspicious activity  or have information regarding these thefts, please contact the 18th District Chicago Police Department by calling 312-742-5870

And please help out Sheffield Neighbors in replacing the planters by contributing here.

Oz Celebrate Celebrates New Tennis Courts

Oz Park Advisory Council President Judy Johanson, LCA President Kenneth Dotson and some of the donors with me at the dedication of the new Oz Park Tennis Courts.  
Special thanks to our neighbors,  and the Chicago Parks Foundation for their efforts in raising funds to refurbish the tennis courts at Oz Park.

I made a lead contribution of $30,000 from my aldermanic menu towards the $100,000 raised to refurbish the courts. Congratulations to all who generously contributed to this wonderful amenity for our entire neighborhood.  

Community Meeting for Salvatore's - Tuesday, August 8

Our office will be hosting a community meeting with Park West Community Association to discuss a proposed zoning change for 525 W. Arlington Place, the current location of Salvatore's Restaurant, to accommodate their outdoor patio.

Join us at Salvatore's Restaurant on  Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM to discuss the proposal with the restaurant team. 

Click here for more information.

2017 IGNITION Festival of New Plays

Victory Gardens Theater will host the 2017 IGNITION Festival of New Plays, a national annual festival from August 4, 2017 - August 6, 2017 All readings are free and open to the public. 

See a schedule and RSVP  here .

Lincoln Park Branch Library Hosts a "Downsizing" Program
Lincoln Park Branch Library is hosting a "downsizing" program this coming Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM.  The program will provide beneficial downsizing tips to retirees and empty nesters. 

Marnie Dawson, member  of the National Association of Senior Move Managerswill share tips on how to start the downsizing process and offer practical ideas for creating a strategy.  Read more about the program here

Chicago Park District Offers Rolling Rec Program

The Rollin' Recreation activity van offers summer fun for the whole family at a number of parks throughout the city.

TODAY Thursday, August 3, Tuesday, August 8, and Thursday, August 10, Rollin' Rec will be visiting  Bauler Playlot Park and  Jonquil Park. Swing by with your family from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM and join in on the fun. 

No advance registration is required to participate.

 Chicago Hot Dog Festival Returns to Lincoln Park

The Chicago Hot Dog Fest celebrates its fifth year! The festival will take place
Friday, August 11, 2017 to Sunday, August, 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM at the corner of Stockton and LaSalle Street.

Read more about the festival here

Free Museum Admission for CPS Students This Summer

Mark your calendar -  Museums in the Park is offering free entry into all MIP institutions to Chicago Public School students for one week, starting  Sunday, August 27, 2017. 

Please click here for a full list of institutions and availability.

Hope you are enjoying your summer,

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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