New 18th District Strategic Support Center
Lincoln Yards Community Meeting
Access Chicago Fest
Dear Neighbors,
The 18th Police District is being equipped with a Strategic Decision Support Center (SDSC), a technology-driven "nerve center" that analyzes information collected by the Chicago Police Department, including past crime data and offender criminal history databases. It helps determine where to deploy officers and resources. 

At our recent crime forum , Commander O'Shea (18th District) addressed how robberies and carjackings, as well as other crimes, can now be better tracked in the 18th District. These Centers have helped CPD reduce shootings and crime in other police districts throughout the City.

We'll keep you updated on the SDSC implementation and the impact on crime in our community.
Public Meeting Regarding Lincoln Yards Proposal
Hosted by Alderman Brian Hopkins (2nd)
Near North Montessori School Gymnasium
1434 W. Division Street
Wednesday, July 18th
6:00 p.m.

Alderman Hopkins (2nd) has scheduled a public meeting where Lincoln Yards developers will unveil their plans. This meeting is of great importance to our Ward as the overall project could generate a daytime population of 50,000 and triggers other potential issues important such as traffic congestion, scarce open space, and increased school population. Alderman Hopkins cautions that parking is limited at the school's lot on Bosworth, and at Holy Trinity Church across the street.

The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times have editorialized about need to relieve our "traffic-choked" streets as well as the opportunity to create a substantial publicly-owned park in the North Branch Corridor. I encourage you to attend this open, community-wide meeting.
Upcoming Events
Keepin' It Real Burglary Workshop
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Advocate Masonic Hospital, 836 W. Wellington
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

All community members are invited to the "Keepin' It Real" Burglary Workshop by the 19th Police District Community Policing Office. At this workshop, you will hear an in-depth discussion on burglary awareness and prevention from a panel of convicted burglars.

For more information, please contact the 19th District Community Policing Office at 312-744-0064 or

A Touch of Italy
Via Strozzi and Lincoln Central Association
1971 N. Halsted St.
Thursday, July 12
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sip on complimentary Italian wine, enjoy delicious snacks, and socialize with neighbors as you explore Via Strozzi's elegant custom crafted, limited edition clothing direct from designers in Florence, Italy.

LCA members receive 20% off, and non-members receive 10% off fashion.
Art on Clark
Opening Night Party

Gaslight Bar
2450 N. Clark St.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018    
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

A Free Celebration of Art, Food, and Drink Along Clark Street in
Lincoln Park.
Join us for a night of art and fun to celebrate Art on Clark. Pick up your event passport at Gaslight Bar for a self-guided tour highlighting all ten sculptures along Diversey Parkway and Clark Street and join us for a free drink and quick bite. Download the Otocast app for an interactive sculpture map and interviews with the artists.

See four select sculptures and you’ll be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of five gift cards to shops, pubs, and restaurants along Clark Street in Lincoln Park. Plus, indulge in Art on Clark specials at one-of-a-kind businesses along the way.

Night Out In the Parks Free Events

Movie: Back to the Future
Tuesday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Chicago History Museum

Craftmobile at Bauler Playlot
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 10:00 a.m.
Bauler Playlot

Rollin' Rec at Jonquil Park
Wednesday, July 11, 2018. 3:00 p.m.
Jonquil Park

The Rollin' Rec activity van offers fun for the whole family - sports, gymnastics and fitness activities. 

Play: Ashes of Light
July 10 - July 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Theater on the Lake
For tickets and more info, click here .

Movie: Coco 
Saturday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m.
Oz Park

Movie: Grease 
Sunday, July 15 at 8:30 p.m.
Jonquil Park

Movie: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 8:15pm

Craftmobile at Bauler Playlot
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Bauler Playlot

School of Rock Concert
Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Adams Playground Park
Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave
Festival Hall B
Thursday, July 19th, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The only event of its kind, AccessChicago is FREE and open to the public!
Hosted by the Mayor's Office of People with Disabilities (MOPD), the biennial expo promotes the independence and inclusion of people with all types of disabilities by showcasing Chicago’s wide range of accessible venues, products, and services.
  • Test products and connect with community organizations to learn about available disability-related social services
  • Participate in various adaptive sports and recreational opportunities 

To learn more, including transportation to the event, and to RSVP, click here .
Green City Market's Chef BBQ
South End of Lincoln Park
(approximately  1817 N. Clark Street)
July 19, 2018
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Over 100 of Chicago's top restaurants provide tasting dishes and craft beverages from Green City Market farmers. Both vegetarian and meat dishes will be available. Buy Tickets.
Summer Nature Festival
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Thursday, July 19th
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

An evening outside featuring live animals, live music, nature play, hands-on activities, and real scientists. Soak it all in with good food and drink and a view of North Pond under the city skyline.

Summer Nature Fest benefits the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and is hosted on the Museum grounds in Lincoln Park. Enjoy this gree Event with a Suggested Donation: $5 for individuals; $10 for families.
Another period of extreme heat is coming. Please keep in touch with neighbors, the elderly and families with pets.

Stay cool,

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