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Dear Neighbor,

In addition to reading my newsletter or visiting the 43rd Ward website, you can now like our new Facebook page  here. You can also receive quick alerts in 140 character format from Twitter here. We want to communicate with you across many platforms. Of course, the staff and I look forward to seeing you at the Ward office, 2523 N Halsted. More office information is at the bottom of this newsletter.

Bring Your Own Bag, Chicago!

Starting today, February 1st, 2017, remember to bring your own bag - a $.07 Chicago Checkout Bag Tax begins  on all disposable paper and plastic bags used in Chicago. R eview this   flyer for information about the Bag Tax. 

Stop by my office, at 2523 N. Halsted Street, today for free reusable ChiBags. All Chicago locations of Jewel-Osco, Mariano's, Target, and Whole Foods will also be participating in reusable bag giveaways.

Cardinal Blase Cupich and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Council Chambers
Cardinal Blase Cupich Honored

City Council celebrated the elevation of His Eminence Blase Cupich to  Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Cardinal Cupich became archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2014 and was elevated to cardinal last November in a ceremony in Rome. 
African-American History Month Lecture 

Come to the Lincoln Park Branch Library, 1150 W Fullerton Ave, on Saturday, February 4th from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM for a lecture on Fugitive Slaves, Race, and the Mexican-American War with Dr. Cranston Ramirez-Knight, Ph.D.

Our present-day controversies surrounding immigration share historical patterns in the African-American and Latino communities.  Dr. Cranston Ramirez-Knight will the period leading up to the Mexican-American War through the lens of Mexican sovereignty, American slavery and racial ideology.

Chicago Restaurant Week in Lincoln Park

Celebrate Chicago Restaurant Week in Lincoln Park  now through Thursday, February 9th. Visit some of your favorite neighborhood restaurants and discover new ones! Click here for the list of Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce members participating in this year's culinary celebration and here   for a complete listing of restaurants. 

Presenting Jorge Albarran with resolution celebrating 35 years of Las Fuentes
35 Years of Good Eating

It was a pleasure to join Jorge Albarran, owner of Las Fuentes at 2558 N Halsted Street, along with his friends and family in celebrating 35 years of Las Fuentes in our neighborhood. 

City Council honored Jorge with a resolution recognizing this milestone and sending best wishes for Las Fuentes to continue to grow and contribute to the unique character of Lincoln Park.

Free Chicago Arts + Events for February

Enjoy free programs, events and activities in the Ward and throughout Chicago at libraries, museums, cultural centers and parks during  February.

At the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Illinois resident receive free basic admission this month. Special exhibit prices still apply.

Come out to the Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Avenue for free winter weekdays all day long through February 16th.

On Thursday, February 2nd at 10:30 AM and Noon the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St, Preston Bradley Hall offers a free performance from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

And join the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street, in celebrating President's Day and the closing of the "Lincoln's Undying Words" exhibit on Monday, February 20th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Enjoy live music, family crafts, and storytelling for kids. 


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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