View Lincoln Yards Plans Thursday
Oz Park Tree Lighting
Meet & Treats
Dear Neighbors,

Sterling Bay is expected to present plans for the Lincoln Yards development this Thursday at a second public meeting called by Alderman Brian Hopkins, see details below. This week we learned about a 3D model of the project suggesting density that far exceeds what was publicly disclosed during the Planned Development process. You can read about the Skimore Ownings and Merrill model and what it reveals here.
November 29th Lincoln Yards Plans Revealed

Plans and questions from the audience are scheduled at this very important meeting. It is expected to fill up, so plan to get there early. There is parking in the building and just down the street. Please call my office if you need transportation to the meeting.
Community Meeting for Lincoln Yard Development
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Park Community Church
1001 N. Crosby Street 
6 p.m.

Friends of North Branch Park and Chicago Tribune Warn Against Rushing on Lincoln Yards / TIF
The Chicago Tribune cautions an ($800M) Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District needs "thorough vetting," especially in light of its failure to include funding for new open space and schools. The editorial slams the city's open space vision as "scattered patches ...including green rooftops, bike paths, riverfront setbacks and tot lots."
Friends of the North Branch Park and Preserve issued a press release criticizing the public process thus far. 

For more information in regards to the North Branch Park Preserve Coalition see their website here.

The Coalition can also be found on social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Oz Park's Second Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 1, 2018
5:00 p.m.

The Oz Park Advisory Council and Lincoln Central Association (LCA) are pleased to host the 2nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Oz Park on Saturday, December 1st at 5:00 PM. Don't miss this special event, along with caroling by Lincoln Park High School singers.

Come early for the Pre-Lighting festivities from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Meet Santa Claus! The Pre-Lighting is hosted by the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce & LCA.

This event is free, but please help the Oz Park Advisory Council. They will be accepting donations. Your support invests in Oz Park, and helps the Lincoln Central Association buy holiday lights, which need to replaced often.
Holiday Meet and Treats
with Alderman Smith

Another holiday tradition continues - our annual Meet & Treats. Let's chat over coffee cocoa and a delectable treat at these neighborhood favorites. 
Le Pain Quotidien
2001 N Sheffield
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Vanille Pastisserie
2108 N Clark St.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Recycling Guide

Let's remember this holiday season to avoid putting the wrong things in our blue cart that can prevent the entire contents from being recycled.

  • NO pizza boxes: the grease contaminates the paper fibers and the separators can't distinguish between boxes. Throw them out completely (or be a Champion recycler and tear off the parts that are contaminated and recycle the rest). 
  • NO plastic bags: the plastic bags tear up the recycling equipment. Better to carry your plastic bag to the blue cart, emptying out the items, and reuse the bag.

To look up your recycling and garbage schedule for your specific address at any time, click here.  
Aldermanic Internship
Winter 2018

Our office is seeking dedicated part-time & full-time interns. This role is a rewarding opportunity for college students and recent graduates. Interns assist our office with constituent services, business outreach, community outreach, event coordination, public policy, and legislative research. Interested applicants can send a resume and writing sample to
Sidewalk Snow Removal
Chicago winters can be especially challenging when sidewalks are not cleared of snow and ice. Without a wide, clear path through snow and ice, it is especially difficult for seniors, children, and people with disabilities. We all are pedestrians at some point in the day, and all benefit from a clear sidewalk. Please help make our neighborhood a safer place for everyone to get around this winter.

How much snow do I need to clear to be in compliance?
The City of Chicago municipal code requires individuals to clear a 5 foot wide path along the sidewalk, where conditions allow. This width allows pedestrians in wheelchairs, people with children in strollers, students walking to school, and individuals with assistive devices optimum mobility and access. 

What is the best way to remove snow from the sidewalk?
• Remove snow along ALL of the sidewalks adjacent to your property.
• Move snow to your yard or the parkway adjacent to your property.
• Do not push snow from the sidewalk into the street.
• Do not cover the crosswalks with snow.
• Do not block alley entrances with snow.

Who is responsible for clearing the snow and ice from the sidewalks?
According to the City of Chicago municipal code, “ Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any building or lot of ground abutting upon any public way or public space shall remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk...” It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure the sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. We are all pedestrians and benefit from having a safe, clear, and continuous path to travel. 

How much time do I have to clear the sidewalks?
If the snow stops falling before 4 p.m. you have three hours to clear (except on Sunday). If the snow stops falling after 4 p.m. or on a Sunday, clear before 10 a.m. on the next day.

How can I report locations that do not clear their sidewalks?
Make a “Snow - Uncleared Sidewalk” request to the City of Chicago 311 Service Request line. Dial 311 or go to the website.

When making a “Snow - Uncleared Sidewalk” request:
• Make sure the problem occurs on the sidewalk. DO NOT use this category to report snow on streets, parking lots, or alleys.
• Provide a specific address where the issue occurs.
• Request a reference number from the operator, this will help you track the status and resolution of your request.

For more guidance and/or to view the City of Chicago Brochure visit here.
Construction Updates
Fullerton and Geneva Terrace:
Water Main replacement and connections are almost complete. A final shut off was made to move a fire hydrant. Over the next two weeks we will see all the equipment and concrete poured to grade for the winter season. In the Spring, asphalt will be laid curb to curb.

Telecom companies have also been pushing for concrete to grade at all their work sites to create a safe driving surface until asphalt is available again.

Pothole Patrol: 
Please email us or call 3-1-1 regarding potholes as soon as possible so we can make requests promptly for the ward.

Webster and Clark Street:
After several emergent leaks at Webster and Clark St, People's Gas is being required to repair a large section of their service lines between Dickens and Webster. Please be cautious moving through this location. Businesses remain open and we encourage you to support them at this time.
More Upcoming Events
Gold Coast Neighbors Presents
Fire Safety—Up Close And Personal
The Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street, November 28, 2018
From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy beverages and appetizers in the Chicago History Museum, while learning about fire safety in buildings and homes from the Chicago Fire Department. The program will also include information on life-saving measures from the American Red Cross, including the AED, the portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia and treats it through the application of electricity.

Admission is complimentary for GCNA members, $20 for non-members. For questions please email , call 773.510.7327, or visit our website
FROM PRAIRIE TO PERFORMANCE HALL: An Architectural History of the 2300 Block of North Halsted Street
Holtschneider Performance Center
DePaul University
2330 N. Halsted St.,
Thursday, November 29th 
   6:15pm Reception, 7:00pm Program

The succession of buildings on the site of the new Holtschneider Performance Center reflects 150 years of Lincoln Park's evolving needs and changing architectural tastes. Presented by Jeremy Mulderig, an emeritus professor of English at DePaul University who, for twenty-five years, was a docent with the Chicago Architectural Foundation. He also lived and worked for more than two decades in the now-vanished McGaw Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public. Please  RSVP​.
2018-2019 Chicago Police Beat Meetings
Mark Your Calendars
CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) - Meet with your local police officers to engage in direct dialogue, discuss safety procedures, crime statistics, and report on the progress of community policing. Attend the meeting closest to your home. If you are unsure of your beat district, you can find it here.
19th District BEAT 1932
Monday, January 14th at the New Life Church, located at 1110 W. Lill Avenue. The meetings begin at 6:30 PM.

19th District BEAT 1935
Monday, December 10th at the 2nd Unitarian Church, located at 656 W. Barry Avenue. The meetings begin at 6:30 PM.

19th District CAPS Office: 312-744-0064
18th District BEAT 1811, BEAT 1812, BEAT 1813, BEAT 1814
Thursday, January 10th located at the Old Town Triangle Association, 1763 N. North Park Avenue starting at 6:00 PM.
18th District BEAT 1824 (Gold Coast)
Tuesday, January 8th located at the 018 District Chicago Police Department, 1160 N. Larrabee Street starting at 6:00 PM.

18th District CAPS Office: 312-742-5778
Hope to see you in the neighborhood,

Michele Smith
43rd Ward Alderman
43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
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