North Branch Park Preserve Meeting
Rescheduled Due to Demand
Watch it Live or Streaming
Photo of Belden Juvenile Assault Suspect
Dear Neighbors,

We've received a lot of support for our upcoming meeting on the North Branch Park Preserve, but many supporters are unable to attend this week. At their request, we are rescheduling the meeting to June 27.

Public open space will ease looming development pressures in our park-starved area in the face of a potential Lincoln Yards daytime population of 50,000 that may now include a 20,000 seat stadium and a large entertainment complex. Not one foot of the proposed redevelopment of the entire North Branch Industrial Corridor is publicly-owned parkland.

Now is the time to urge the City to acquire the site of the proposed North Branch Park Preserve to create a true public park. Here is a map of the sites.

Public Park for the North Side
North Branch Park Preserve Coalition Meeting
Wednesday June 27, 2018
6:00 p.m.
DePaul University Student Center Room 314
2250 N Sheffield

The coalition will be streaming the meeting on Facebook Live at the Facebook page of the North Branch Park Preserve. Click here.

For more information go to:
Updated Photo
Home Invasion/Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

As reported in previous newsletters, on Sunday, May 27th, 2018, at approximately 2:00 a.m., in the 400 block of W Belden Ave, an unknown male entered a residence and sexually abused a juvenile female who was asleep in her bedroom. Approximately 20 minutes later, in a separate incident, an unknown male entered a residence in the 500 block of W Grant Pl and sexually abused another juvenile female victim who was also asleep. The offender fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction after the incidents.
About The Offender
  • Male White
  • Approx. 20-30 years of age
  • Light complexion
  • 5'06-5'07 / 160 lbs
  • Possibly from out of state
  • Short brown or strawberry blonde hair
  • Wearing a button-down blue shirt and tight-fitting dark pants
  • White gym shoes
  • Cigarette smoker

The pictured individual, who is a person of interest, was seen in the area around the time of the incidents.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Area Central Bureau of Detectives at (312) 747-8380.

Reference - RD#: JB280701, JB281084
Upcoming Events
Lincoln Park's Saint
The Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative
Monday, June 18
DePaul Student Center Room 120
2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Program

Lincoln Park filmmakers Lucia Mauro and Joe Orlandino will screen their 50 minute documentary, "Frances Xavier Cabrini: The People's Saint." And learn how a holy landmark rose in Lincoln Park and more about our city's "saint among the skyscrapers," Mother Cabrini.

Free admission. Register here.
Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards
Entry deadline June 20

CEGA is Chicago’s only citywide gardening honors. It’s open to the public and recognizes the hard work and creativity that make our city a healthier, more beautiful and more sustainable place. Entries are accepted for vegetable, ornamental, container, and specialized gardens (including green roofs or walls, enabling or rain gardens), as well as community gardens and urban farms.

Click here to enter. Judging begins in July, winners notified late summer, awards October 13. For more information, see

Night Out In the Parks
and Theater on the Lake

So much to do in our neighborhood every night of the week. Check out FREE events in our parks, and at Theater at the Lake!

Movie: Paddington 2
Sunday, June 17, 2018, 8:30 p.m. - 10:15pm
Jonquil Playlot Park

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 22, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Theater on the Lake

A compelling new drama by Dominique Morriseau presented by The Yard and Jackalope Theatre as park of the Theater at the Lake Summer Theater Festival. Learn more here .
For the full Theater on the Lake schedule, and to buy tickets, click here .

Movie: The Goonies
June 20, 2018 - 8:30 p.m.
Chicago History Museum
1600 N. Clark S.

Concert: School of Rock
Thursday, June 21 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Adams Playlot Park
1919 N. Seminary

An annual family favorite concert brought to you by the Ranch Triangle Association, Adams Playlot Advisory Council, and Lifeway Food.

Saturday, June 23 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Trebes Park
2250 N. Clifton

Helios is a nine-piece ensemble that combines chamber music and jazz to perform highly improvisational, expressive music, featuring original music and arrangements of jazz standards. Performances are appropriate for all ages and include opportunities for audience members to improvise and make music with the band.

Movie: The Perfect Game
Saturday, June 30, 2018, 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (corrected date)
Oz Park
2021 N. Burling
Pride Parade group
March with Us at the Gay Pride Parade
Sunday, June 24, 2018
11:00 a.m.

Join the fun and share the pride at the annual Gay Pride Parade. 43rd Warders will meet up at a step-off location and share fun (and T-Shirts). Email us at to participate.

See you in the neighborhood,

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