- New Lincoln Park High School Field -
- Refuse Rebates -
Also In This Issue
Shared Sidewalk Program

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)'s popular Shared Cost Sidewalk Program reopens for applications on  Tuesday, January 12, 2016 .  The program typically reaches capacity quickly, so apply early.  

Shared Cost is an extremely popular voluntary program in which property owners share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City.  Applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of participants is based on availability of funds.

Applications will only be accepted through the City's 311 system by calling 311 or  online at

For complete information, please visit CDOT's  website for a program overview and FAQ.

Public Meeting: The Search for a New Superintendent of Police

The Chicago Urban League is hosting  a special public meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. to receive community input on the search for a new Superintendent of Police.  The Urban League is located at  4510 South Michigan Avenue.

Community members will be given the opportunity to directly address members of the Chicago Police Board.   Click here for more information. 
Property Tax  Appeals

The Cook County Board of Review is open for property valuation appeals for the North Township (properties south of Fullerton) until January 19th, 2016. Click here to download and file a appeal form. There is no fee to appeal.
Xmas Tree Recycling

Chicago's annual Christmas tree recycling program is running through Saturday, January 16, 2016. 

Live trees can be dropped off in Lincoln Park at the Peggy Notebaert Museum, located at 2430 N. Cannon Dr.  Ornaments, lights, and tinsel must be removed before trees are dropped off, and wreaths and garlands aren't accepted. Free mulch will be available for to pick-up beginning on January 11 at this location. Click here for more information.

Polar Peace March

Join St. Paul's Church as they honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and take a stand against violence. The 1 mile walk benefits UCAN and its violence prevention initiative in Chicago. This family friendly event will start at 4: 00 PM a nd conclude with a cup of soup in the gym. You're invited to walk, raise pledges for UCAN, and volunteer on the day of the event.

Click here to learn more about the event.   To volunteer, contact 
Meggan Runner at or call 312-810-6507.
CPD Recruitment

The Chicago Police Department is looking for new recruits.  Be a part of the changing force.  

Click here  for more information.

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Dear Neighbors,

At a time when CPS is facing great challenges, we here in the 43rd Ward strongly support our public schools. 

That's why I am happy to announce that  Lincoln Park High will now have the use of the Near North Field, just south of North Avenue on Larrabee Street, for after-school games and practice.   This field, which features a track and football field, will host soccer this spring.   

Lincoln Park High boasts  25 sports teams. Its  football team had an impressive 7-3 record last fall, and the boys soccer team were division champions with a 13-4 record.  But for years, our student athletes have had no home field for play or practice and have had to travel for every game and scrounge for practice space. 

The Near North field  is located within the attendance boundaries of and is walking distance from the school, making it easier for students, families and neighbors to attend games.  This will also lessen  the impact on Oz Park, which will continue to host LPHS baseball. 

The field needs some rehabilitation, and the #1school1community team will be leading the effort. If you'd like to get involved in this exciting project, contact Adam Ochstein and Robin Fine at  We'd love to have you join the team. Go Lions!

I want to extend a special thanks to Alderman Walter Burnett (27th) for his support. Lincoln Park High includes part of his ward as well, we'll be working together to ensure that this field is an asset to the school and the surrounding community.

Here are more ways to su pport Lincoln Park High School

Keep on painting: We are painting another round of classrooms on Saturday, Feb. 6.  If you missed your chance or want to help again, sign up here.

Pledge to the high school: The Friends of Lincoln Park High School is holding a  pledge drive  to raise money to support TEACHERS and TECHNOLOGY . The money raised will enable ongoing training for our outstanding faculty, and bring the school increased technology  that is outside the scope of the CPS budget.  Donations are fully tax-deductible.  For more information, click here .

Join #1school1commmunity: Text 1s1clphs to 22828 to subscribe to the 1school1community mailing list.  

Take the survey and tell us what you think about the high school.

Even More Great News from LPHS

LPHS is in the   top 4% worldwide   for the number of students taking IB exams. 

US News and World Report interviewed 8 Lincoln Park High School graduates from the class of 2015 in a special report about the college admission process called " How I got to College."

The LPHS chess team won a tournament Dec 5, defeating Walter Payton, Northside and Lane Tech to capture first place.

LPHS earned the top rating for schools, a 1+, in its latest School Quality Rating. According to Principal Mike Boraz. "This growth represents a collective effort by all of our staff to offer a rigorous and supportive environment for all of our students."

Condominium Refuse Rebates

This is the final year for the condo refuse rebate. Please bring your forms to our office no later than   January 8, 2016  to ensure they are introduced at the next meeting of the Chicago City Council on January 13th (you may  email  or fax forms to 773-348-9594  if preferred).  Click here   for information and forms.

T he hard deadline for the condo refuse rebate program is January 31, 2016, and no rebates will be granted for refuse collection costs incurred after December 31, 2015.  First year applicants will not be approved for rebates.

Have a great 2016,

Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

Alderman, 43rd Ward