No Park No Deals

Dear Neighbor, 

As expected, the rezoning of the North Branch Industrial Corridor is now law. Alderman Waguespack (32) and I cast the only no votes against the ordinance.  Here are some of the news reports:

You can read my remarks at Council here.

We all know a park is necessary as well as infrastructure such as bridges and traffic flow improvements. The ordinance as passed does not require park space, but public officials still have the power to work with local communities to achieve it.

The burden of overseeing responsible redevelopment now shifts to the Ward level as we enter a new phase of public discussion of proposals that have already begun to surface.

Reasonable Goals

Ping Tom Park in the 25th Ward is an excellent example of how 17 public acres were assembled on the Chicago River in an old industrial zone. Using a combination of public and private funds, this beautiful park sits on an old railroad yard and is just one of many national examples of fine public parks built on old industrial lands.

I know many of you are concerned about what lies ahead. Together we remain undeterred in our fight for the public park space and vital infrastructure improvements that are so vital to this Ward and the entire North Side of the city.  As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.

If you, your block, you or your child's sports league, school or any other neighbors would like to join the growing coalition for park space, please contact me.

Community Mtg for  Parson's  Chicken  & Fish - Monday, July 31

Our office will be hosting a community meeting with  Park West Community Association to discuss a proposed zoning change for  2435 - 2439 N. Halsted Street,  the previous location of Lemay Auto Parts.

Join us at 6:00 PM, Monday, July 31, 2017 as we discuss the proposal with the development team. The meeting will be held at  2430 N. Halsted Street, in the first floor conference room. 

             Click here for more information.
Peoples Gas Installs New Service at DePaul 

Monday, July 31, 2017, People's Gas will begin work to install the service for DePaul University's new School of Music building on Halsted Avenue, just off Belden.

Construction of the new center is expected to be complete in spring 2018.   
 LCA Wins Awards for Communications Excellence 

Congratulations to the Lincoln Central Association (LCA)  for winning a Grand Award and two Awards of Excellence in the International 2017 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence

It gives us great pleasure to recognize LCA for their leadership and devotion to the community.

18th Police District National Night Out
National Night Out is a nationwide event designed to build strong community partnerships that promise safe neighborhoods.

Please join the 18th District for their National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the south parking lot of the 18th District station,  1160 N. Larrabee Avenue

Click here for more details. 

Music Performance at Trebes Park

Image courtesy of Time Out Chicago.
Local band, The Smoking Fish, will be playing a concert at Trebes Park from  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  on  Tuesday, August 1, 2017 .

Click here for more details. 
Bash Bombers Finish 2nd in the Illinois State Tournament

Congratulations to the Bash Bombers, an all-girls
 softball team sponsored by
Bash Sports Academy , for finishing 2nd in the Illinois State tournament and 4th in the USSSA 2017 National Championship Tournament. 

The team includes girls from Lincoln Park and all over the North Side.  Congrats!  

Free Museum Admission for CPS Students This Summer

Museums in the Park (MIP) will be offering free admission to all MIP institutions to Chicago Public School students for one week, beginning  Sunday, August 27, 2017. 

Please click here to see dates and the full list of museums that will be open to CPS students free of charge. 


See you in the neighborhood,

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward 

43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T-F 9 AM - 6 PM 
 2523 N Halsted | 773-348-9500||