Remap Update
2022 Chicago Restaurant Week
Dear Neighbors,

As we've reported in previous newsletters, the City Council has been working for months to redraw the lines of the 50 wards throughout Chicago. Since the beginning of this process, our goal has been to preserve as much of the existing 43rd Ward boundaries as possible.

The second goal was to reduce the number of aldermen representing our community as many of you testified during public comments in the City's remap process. This map accomplishes that goal by restoring the traditional representation of the rest of the Lincoln Park community to the 32nd Ward, which lost most of Lincoln Park in the 2010 remap. The Chicago River area, including the Lincoln Yards development, is returned to its home in the 32nd Ward, where it was situated for many years prior to the creation of the gerrymandered 2nd Ward.

As we shared this week, the City has committed to a feasibility study for the North Branch Park Preserve. This further intensifies the need for the return of the potential parkland site to Alderman Waguespack's ward. He has been a strong and consistent supporter of this effort since the beginning.

Both goals have been accomplished in the newly finalized Chicago United Map. This is the map 33 members of City Council support and more importantly, this map reflects the majority of public input we have received. You can view the full map here or by clicking on the image below.

This map will be one of the options on the ballot on June 28. We will continue to update you with any developments leading up to the vote.
The Chicago United Map preserves the current boundaries of the 43rd Ward except for changes dictated by the need to maintain legal population requirements. Over the last ten years, the 43rd Ward experienced the 4th highest increase in population in the city while many other wards lost population. This population growth is a testament to our community, but it means that the 43rd Ward has to shed some of its current constituents.

Diversey Parkway will be maintained as the recognized line between Lakeview and Lincoln Park. The new western boundary will be the east side of Racine down to Armitage. Alderman Waguespack will return to areas of Wrightwood Neighbors on our western boundary. Alderman Hopkins will take many Sheffield Neighbors blocks, which is a community in which he lives and is familiar with representing.

The alderman's job is to be the steward of the community for now and into the future. While not ideal, this map is the best alternative to keep our community together.
Mask Requirement for Ward Office

Although rates of COVID are much lower right now, The Chicago Department of Public Health allows individual offices to continue to require masks. Because we serve the general public and some of our staff are more at risk, we will continue to require masks when visiting our Ward office.

Thank you for understanding, and we look forward to serving you every day.
Work for the City of Chicago

The City has ramped up hiring to fill vacant positions in a variety of departments.

This week, new positions include an "Assistant Commissioner for Zoning" out of the Department of Planning and Development. This position manages and oversees Standard Plan Reviews, Administrative Adjustments, Planned Development Reviews, and Opinion Letters for zoning permits.

The City is also hiring a "Project Manager" out of the Assets, Information, and Services Department. This position will be responsible for design and renovation services, project planning and management, and oversight for energy efficiency programs in City-owned buildings in a sustainable and cost-effective manner.

On top of providing a huge variety of career paths, The City offers competitive benefits in pay, a comprehensive insurance plan, and a pension plan that encourages long-term employment.

Take a look at the City job board here.
Chicago Park District
Spring Program Registration Opens!
Online Registration: Now Open
In-Person Registration: March 19th
Register here.

The Park District's spring session is around the corner and registration starts next week. You can now view their spring offerings on their website, which include a variety of in-person and virtual classes for all ages. Classes will start the week of April 4 and run until the week of June 12. For more information on the spring programs, click here. 
Public Safety Events
Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce Business Protection Tips

Recently, the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce released some business protection tips during their annual "Meet the Police Commanders" Meeting.

The full list can be found here but some of the highlights are:
  • Keep cash handling to a minimum and make bank deposits as often as possible, but not on a predictable routine basis
  • Invest in automatic timers for lights outside (motion detector lights can help deter would-be criminals)
  • Share information with neighboring businesses and residents
  • Attend Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meetings for your neighborhood.

We appreciate the work of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.
Coffee with a Cop at Wintrust Bank Old Town
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022
11 a.m.
100 W North Ave

Wintrust Bank Old Town, Gold Coast Neighbors Association, and the Chicago Police Department look forward to you joining their informal discussions at Coffee with a Cop.

This is a great opportunity to meet your local beat officers and the 018 District CAPS officers and ask them questions regarding public safety, policing, and whatever other questions you have related to your community.

Thank you to Wintrust Bank Old Town and the police for hosting this great event.
Write to Our Public Officials
Pick Up Some Postcards!

We are having an impact! All of our neighborhood organizations are joining together with our office to mount a postcard writing campaign to seek accountability. You can pick up postcards now at:

  • 43rd Ward Office, 2523 N Halsted
  • Old Town Triangle Association Office, 1763 N. North Park
  • Wintrust Bank, North and Clark

Postcards are pre-addressed. Please write about your personal experience with crime and why the city needs the support of our State's Attorney and judicial system with appropriate prosecutions, sentences, and bail. Click here for sample postcard language, and more information about the campaign.
In-Person Chicago Community Safety Town Hall

City Center/Near North
Saturday, April 2nd, 2022
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Harold Washington Library - Winter Garden

North Side Community Safety Town Hall
Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Harry S Truman College Gymnasium

The Chicago Police Department and Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently announced that their virtual public safety town halls would be rescheduled in favor of in-person meetings. The two closest locations, dates, and times, are listed above.

This will be an opportunity to hear from the two leaders at the front of the efforts continuing to keep our City safe.
Community Events
Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture, and Reparations
DePaul Art Museum
935 W Fullerton Ave
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The DePaul Art Museum is proud to present their new exhibition "Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture, and Reparations." Guest curated by artists Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes, this exhibition highlights connections between policing and incarceration in Chicago and the human rights violations of the "Global War on Terror," while celebrating efforts toward survival, justice, and reparations by imprisoned people, activists, and artists.

This exhibition will run through June. Make your reservation here.
How the Hell Did I Get Here? A Musical Autobiography
Open now through Sunday, April 3rd, 2022
Greenhouse Theater Chicago
2257 N Lincoln Ave

Downton Abbey’s Lesley Nicol shares her journey from up-and-comer to big-screen sensation in this uproarious one-woman musical.

Through masterful storytelling and original songs by Mark Mueller, How the Hell Did I Get Here? takes the audience on the journey from Lesley’s childhood, through her time as a working actress to her success on Downton. This is an unashamedly feel-good evening with a charismatic performer.

Get your tickets here.
Charity Concert for Ukraine
Saturday, March 19th, 2022
2520 N Lakeview Ave (Shrine of St. Cabrini)
5 p.m.

Two Lincoln Park neighbors have organized a concert to support relief efforts in Ukraine. on March 19th, at 5 pm, at the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.

Two talented musicians, Anastasiya Squires (flute) and Stephen Squires (piano) will perform a primarily Ukrainian program that includes works by Franz Doppler, Zhanna Kolodub, Evgen Stankovych, Igor Shamo, Reinhold Gliere, Myroslav Skoryk, and Mykola Lysenko.

This charity concert for Ukraine is focused on raising donations to help people suffering in Ukraine from unjust war and who are in dire need of medical help, shelter, food, and even water in some cities and villages.

Please consider supporting the people of Ukraine. Donations will be accepted at the event. 100% of all donations will benefit the charitable non-profit 501(c)3 organization United Help Ukraine and support relief efforts in Ukraine.

You can learn more about United Help Ukraine here.
Savor Lincoln Park 2022
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Theater on the Lake
2401 N Lake Shore Drive
Buy your tickets here!

Enjoy bites and sips from over a dozen of Lincoln Park’s favorite restaurants and bars. Celebrate our resilient hospitality businesses and meet up with your friends, colleagues, and neighbors for the return of Savor Lincoln Park on Tuesday, March 22, 2022!

All tickets include a sample bite from each participating restaurant, beer tastings from local breweries, as well as complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks at the bar. You will also have exclusive access to the event’s silent auction, which will include packages and experiences from some of Chicago’s top destinations.
2022 Chicago Restaurant Week
Friday, March 25th, 2022 - Sunday, April 10th, 2022

Chicago Restaurant Week is a 17-day celebration of the city’s award-winning culinary scene. The 15th annual event brings together hundreds of the area’s top restaurants, representing a near-endless array of cuisines. During Chicago Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy special prix fixe menus from restaurants throughout Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast.

These multi-course meals are $25 for brunch or lunch, and $39 and/or $55 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax, gratuity, and delivery fees).This year, diners will continue to have the flexibility to experience Chicago Restaurant Week through dine-in or takeout/delivery options.

Please click here for a list of participating restaurants.
Reform for Illinois' Conversation with Assessor Fritz Kaegi
Wednesday, April 6th, 2022
6 p.m.
Register here.

Join Reform for Illinois' Alisa Kaplan for a conversation with Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi about the challenges and controversies facing his office, including the fallout from the tenure of his predecessor, Joe Berrios; the difficulties of assessing properties during COVID; criticisms of how the office has balanced commercial and residential assessments; and the role the assessor can play in creating a more equitable Cook County.

Register now to attend their Virtual Town Hall and submit your own questions. This event will be conducted via Zoom.
Friends of the Parks and Chicago Park District's
Earth Day Parks and Preserves Cleanup
Saturday, April 23rd, 2022
Check times and locations here.

Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean and beautify a Chicago Park!

The Chicago Park District is partnering with Friends of the Parks to host a few Earth Day clean-up events in parks throughout the city this year. See details on these events below. Thank you for making a difference in our city and our world. Happy Earth Day!

Sign up for a socially distant clean-up at one of the parks listed below. All work will take place within strict COVID-19 guidelines, which include mask-wearing, maintaining social distance, washing or sanitizing hands frequently, and a 100-person limit. For this reason, some sites are scheduling volunteers in shifts. Please note that mulching will not be a part of this year’s options, and there will NOT be a culminating fair at Humboldt Park as has been done in the past.​
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Have a wonderful and safe St. Patrick's Day,
43rd Ward Office Hours: M - F 9 AM - 5 PM
 2523 N Halsted | 773-348-9500