Holiday Cheer & Safety
Meet and Treat
Court Advocacy
Dear Neighbors,
Our holidays are more unifying and joyous because of the year-round efforts of our neighborhood groups, charities, and schools. Here are some of the events we've enjoyed attending. If you also participated, please post your pictures on our Facebook page.
(Right) Former Alderman Vi Daley and her husband Vince as Santa at the Old Town Triangle Association holiday Party.

(Above) Caroling with Lincoln Central Association
Tree Lighting at Oz Park
Lincoln Central Association and Oz Park Advisory Council
Children from Alcott School performing at the Wrightwood Neighbors Association Annual Holiday Party.
Holiday Meet and Treat
We hope to see you TONIGHT

See you at this upcoming Meet & Treat. Let's chat over coffee, cocoa, and delectable treats at this neighborhood favorite.

North and Clark Cafe at the Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark Street
TONIGHT - Tuesday, December 11, 2018
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The "Frozen" Chanukah Menorah at New City
2019 Christmas Tree Recycling

During the holidays, Americans spend over $1 Billion on fresh-cut trees. They brighten up our spirits and decorate our homes as a mainstay symbol of the holidays. However, after the holidays are over, keep the goodwill going by remembering to recycle your Christmas Tree! January 5-19th. Please do not toss trees into the City Trash can or leave them in the alley, as they can be a fire hazard and prevent emergency and garbage vehicles navigating the alley.

Look up a Chicago Christmas Recycling location here.

Tree Pick Up Services:
Healthy Soil Compost, a Chicago composting service, is offering Christmas Tree pickups across Chicago starting Sunday, Dec. 30th through the end of January. The cost is $35 for current Healthy Soil Compost members, $45 for non-members. For additional trees at the same location, the cost is just $15 so it can pay off to get the neighbors involved too.

Contact Healthy Soil Compost by phone 312.927.4778 or email for service. 

Ten percent of the proceeds from Healthy Soil Compost's tree pickups will be donated to support Zero Waste Chicago, a local do-good non-profit, dedicated to reducing waste. 
Red Residential Guest Parking Passes Expire Soon
Sunday, December 31, 2018

RED passes can be used overnight on New Year's Eve 2018, so long as the time indicated on the pass is before Monday, January 1, 2019.

New 2019 PURPLE residential guest parking passes are now available for purchase and can be used now. Please visit the City Clerk's website for additional information. 
Community Alert & Holiday Safety
Bureau of Detectives – Area Central, Community Alert
Thursday, December 6th, 2018 - Robbery Vehicular Hijacking
018th District (Near North)

About the Crime:
  • This alert gives notice to residents of the 18th (Near North) District of a recently reported aggravated vehicular hijacking. In this incident, the victim was unloading her vehicle when she was approached by offender(s). The offender(s) produced a handgun and announced a robbery. The offender(s) demanded their car keys. The victim complied and the offender(s) entered the victim’s vehicle and fled from the location.

Incident times and locations:
  • 1800 block of North Lincoln Park West, on Monday, November 26th, 2018, in the evening hours.
About the Offenders:
  • Male(s), African Americans 
What you can do:
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • If confronted by an assailant, remain calm.
  • Remember any unique physical characteristics (scars, tattoos, acne, limps, etc).
  • Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of any suspicious people including any vehicle description and license plate information.
If you have any information, contact, Bureau of Detectives – Area Central, (312) 747-8380
Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays trigger more thefts and burglary incidents. Here again, are reminders to help you be safe and secure. Police assure us that "nosy neighbors" are a first line of defense. To help prevent crime during this season and year round, we encourage you to share these tips with friends, family, and neighbors. 
  • Packages: Make sure packages are delivered to a secure location. If your front door area is not secure, consider a locked location, such as Amazon locker. Many stores also offer this service.
  • Here are some FedEx and Walgreens Package Pickup locations:
  • 834 W Armitage Ave 
  • 1520 W Fullerton Ave 
  • 2500 N Clark St 
  • 740 W Diversey Pkwy 
  • 2817 N Clark St 

  • Be alert: Walk with your head up and stay in well-lit and high foot traffic areas. Pay attention to your surroundings. As many robberies occur when criminals attack from behind, make sure to glance behind you on occasion. 
  • Do not wear headphones/earbuds at night.
  • Keep a purse in front of you and close to your body. Cover the flap or clasp with your hand or forearm and never leave your purse unattended
  • Stay off your cell phone, smart phone are targets of criminals. Don't advertise yours.

  • Secure your car: Cars are easy targets. Park your car as close to your destination as possible and in a well-lit area. Always lock your doors. Store shopping items in the trunk of the car, out of sight. Criminals can watch unsuspecting shoppers drop their purchases into the car and then return to the store. Lock your doors immediately as you get into your car and keep them locked.
  • Secure your home: Even when leaving your house briefly, leave some lights on at home. Close your blinds or curtains to prevent a street view of what you have in your home. Make sure your security system is armed.
  • If it snows while you are away vacationing, ask a neighbor to shovel your sidewalk or make a path in the snow so that it looks like someone is home. 
  • Disposal: A big screen TV box in the alley advertises what you have in your house. Break down boxes and turn them inside out to prevent identification. Or, put the boxes out the day before your recycling pick-up. 
Become a Court Advocate
18th District Police Station
1150 N. Larrabee St.
Tuesday, December 11th
6:00 p.m.

One of the most valuable tools to discourage neighborhood crime is to appear in court. Join the court advocacy group at the 18th District and learn how to stand up for our community. Please join - come to the meeting and learn more here.
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, February 11th 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
More of the Season
Thank you all for contributing to the our Toiletry Drive and supporting the Lincoln Park Community Shelter. (Above) Rep Ann Williams and IL State Senate President John Cullerton.
Santa visits the children at the Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Center
St. Vincent Marillac Santa Mike Event with our seniors in the ward.
43rd Ward Office Reduced Holiday Hours

In observation of the upcoming Holiday Season, our office will have reduced office hours. We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

We will be open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, and 12/31. We will return to regular hours on Wednesday, January 2nd at 9:00 AM.
Looking forward to seeing you in our wonderful neighborhood. Happy Holidays!

Michele Smith
43rd Ward Alderman
43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T - F 9 AM - 6 PM 
  2523 N Halsted  |  773-348-9500
Text Us for Constituent Services: 773-906-4333