North Branch Park Meeting Update
Community Meeting B.L.U.E.S.
Run Honors Commander Bauer
Dear Neighbors,

An overflow crowd turned out to learn about The North Branch Park Preserve. The 19 group coalition, scores of neighbors from both sides of the Chicago River, students, parents and teachers joined Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) and I to rally support for the creation of a large, publicly-owned park on the Chicago River.

For a copy of the presentation, click here . Press coverage is here .
"The North Branch Park and Nature Preserve provides everything urban open space should," said Margaret Frisbee, Executive Director of Friends of the River. Meeting participants all agreed we need to let the City, the Mayor, Aldermen, and residents know - Chicago needs to seize this opportunity to obtain meaningful parkland on the park starved North Side.

It is easy to lend a hand by posting comments and pictures to your personal Facebook pages as well as the Facebook Page for the proposed park . (Avoid the fake Facebook page with renderings of Lincoln Yards). Tweet support and encourage your followers to retweet it. For a major impact on social media, use these hashtags:


Feel free to email the Mayor at (and cc:

Consider joining these new Coalition Committees and contact us :

1) Social Media - spread awareness on multiple media platforms 
2) Letter Writing - get the word out in a letter writing effort
3) Schools Committee - organize schools and parents around the North Branch Corridor

If you know of a block club, business, or local group to get behind this worthy effort, let us know.

Our fight is far from over to use this once-in-a-generation chance to create a lasting community asset - a publicly owned large riverfront park. A neighbor perfectly summed up this remarkable volunteer effort saying, "this is work from our is no one's job... but it is our passion." And, I would add, as citizens, it is our responsibility to use our combined voices wisely.

Join us and together we can make North Branch Park and Preserve a reality.
New Street Lights on Clark Street and North Avenue

Both Clark Street and North Avenue got new LED light fixtures as part of the  Chicago Smart Lighting Program .

The citywide lighting initiative will replace over 270,000 existing, outdated High-Pressure Sodium light fixtures with new energy-efficient LED lights and create a modern lighting management system to streamline maintenance and repairs.
Moms Demand Action Meeting
Lincoln Park Library
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Join the group that is working to enact sensible gun laws.
Living (Well) to 100+: What's Possible?
The Village Chicago
Francis W. Park School
2233 N. Clark St.
Wednesday, May 1, 2018
5:30 p.m. Doors Open
6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Program and Q&A
Members of The Village Chicago $8, Guests $12, students free.

What is the human expiration date? Join Dr. S. Jay Olshansky, Professor Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, who will discuss the latest advancements in the science of longevity. Come hear one of the world's most trusted authorities discuss the increasing health span. Register here. For more information, call 773-248-8700 or click here.
Small Business Week in Chicago
Crain's Chicago Business and
City of Chicago Dept. of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
April 30 - May 5

This is the largest educational and business development event in the region just for current and aspiring small business entrepreneurs. 

You'll be connected with interesting programs and introduced to organizations whose mission includes supporting small businesses, including BACP. For a full list of events, click here .
Community Meeting
Chicago B.L.U.E.S. Bar (2519 North Halsted Street) Ownership Change
Thursday, May 3 rd 
6:30 p.m. 
 Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute 
      2430 North Halsted Street
     First Floor Conference Room 

Join my office and the   Park West Community Association  (PWCA) at a community meeting to discuss a change in ownership to the   Chicago B.L.U.E.S. Bar , located at 2519 North Halsted Street. 
B.L.U.E.S. will continue to operate as a blues music venue and bar, but the new owner must seek a new liquor license and a new Public Place of Amusement (PPA) license. 
New ownership will explain their plans and answer questions from the community. My office will be present to monitor the discussion, take notes and record your feedback. More details   here  .
Run to Remember Commander Bauer

Run To Remember
Gold Star Families Memorial and Park
1410 S. Museum Campus Drive
Sunday May 5, 2018
Start Time 8:00 a.m.

Register On-Line:
Team Name: District 018 - Cmdr Paul Bauer's Team

Commander Bauer was just honored by having his name engraved on the memorial to fallen police officers at the Gold Star Memorial Park.

Please register and join the 18th District's team as we run or walk in honor of slain Commander Paul Bauer. As a tribute, our goal is to win the Superintendent's Cup by registering the most participants. Please join us.
Street Sweeping Rescheduled for Blocks
Missed Due to Snow on Monday, April 16th

The following streets not swept due to snow will be rescheduled:

Thursday, April 26 - South side of Menomonee from Larrabee to Hudson
Thursday, April 26 - South side of Fern Ct. to Sedwick
Thursday, April 26 - Both sides of Menomonee from Sedgwick to Clark
Friday, April 27 - West side of Crilly from Menomonee to Willow
Friday, April 27 - North side of Willow from Crilly to Sedgwick
Friday, April 27 - South side of Willow from Fern to St. Michaels

Please look for signs. Thanks to our Ward Superintendent Marty Casey for covering our streets.

And thanks to everyone who came out to voice their support for a true public park in the North Branch Corridor.

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