Open Space Support Grows
Lincoln Common Groundbreaking
Upcoming Community Meetings
Dear Neighbor,

On Monday, Aldermen Hopkins (2nd), Waguespack (32nd) and myself joined eleven community groups and park advocates calling on the Department of Planning and Development to require greater open space in a redeveloped North Branch Industrial Corridor. 

Together, the Aldermen and organizations, representing 350,000 citizens, have demanded 15 acres of recreational space to offset the park deficit in communities surrounding the corridor. The city plan, based on poor policy and bad math, mischaracterized Lincoln Park as a "neighborhood park." In fact, Lincoln Park is  the third most visited park in the United States.  DNAInfo,   Crain's, and the Chicago Tribune reported the story. 

Please plan on joining us on Thursday, May 18th at City Hall for the Chicago Plan Commission meeting at 10:00 AM in City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 121 N LaSalle.  Show your support for much-needed parks in our community.

Photo Credit DNAinfo/Ted Cox
Lincoln Common Groundbreaking

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined me, DPD Commissioner David Reifman, McCaffery Interests and Hines, Lurie Children's President Pat Magoon and LCA President Kenneth Dotson at the Ceremonial Groundbreaking of Lincoln Common (formerly Children's Memorial Hospital). This new crossroads of Lincoln Common is due for completion in two years. DNAinfo ( here) has more details. To view my remarks  click here .

Community Meeting for Proposed Zoning Change at 
Deli Boutique, 2318 N Clark Street

Please join my office to attend a community meeting regarding a zoning change application for the property located at 2318 N Clark Street.  The applicants, owners of Deli Boutique, are seeking a zoning change for this site, from B-1 to B-3 which would allow them to seek a special use and a liquor package goods license. Unlike their current accessory use liquor license, a package goods license would allow the business to have a higher percentage of their revenue originated from liquor sales.
My office will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion, take notes, and record your feedback.
WHAT:        Zoning Change Proposal for Deli Boutique - 2318 N Clark Street
WHEN:      Tuesday, May 16th at 6:00 pm
WHERE:    Cenacle Convent, West Room - ground fl., 513 W Fullerton Pkwy
I hope you can join my office to engage in a direct dialogue with the applicants and their representatives to gain a better understanding of this proposal and obtain answers to any questions the community may have.
In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us at  or at (773) 348-9500.

Joe's wife Arlene, me, and Joe Mantegna
Honorary Joe Mantegna Way

The Southeast corner of North Hudson and Armitage Avenues is now known as Honorary Joe Mantegna Way in honor of native Chicagoan and accomplished actor, writer, director, producer Joe Mantegna. The sign was unveiled this Wednesday amid celebrations at River Shannon with friends and family of Joe's. Commissioner John Fritchey and I each presented resolutions from the City and County. Joe Mantegna lived above River Shannon during his formative acting years at the DePaul Theater School! 

See the DNAinfo article about the celebration here.
Pedestrian Street Designation City Council Public Hearing

I have introduced an ordinance for a zoning change to designate the portion of Halsted Street from Fullerton to Wrightwood as a Pedestrian Street. 

The purpose of this zoning layer is to prevent undesirable uses and make this part of Halsted consistent with other parts of the neighborhood .
  • No new curb cuts or driveways will be allowed on the pedestrian street.
  • The following uses will be prohibited on the pedestrian street:
- Strip centers ;
- Drive-through facilities;
- Vehicle sales and service  uses involving any outdoor storage of vehicles or goods;
- Gas stations ;
- Car washes; and
- Residential storage warehouses .
  • Existing uses, such as MB Bank, will be "grandfathered."
This designation will not impact the current configuration of the street or the car traffic pattern.

Any changes to the zoning map must be approved by the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards and then voted by City Council. The Committee meeting is a public hearing held in the Council Chambers of City Hall,121 N. LaSalle Street, 2nd floor. This proposed designation will be heard on Monday, May 22nd starting at 10:00 AM.

If you would like more detailed information on Pedestrian Streets, click  here.

Green City Market Lincoln Park Opening Day

The Green City Market returns Saturday, May 6th between 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM to its outdoor venue at 1817 N Clark Street (Intersection of Lincoln Ave and Clark St). Come meet Green City Market vendors, taste the Midwest bounty, get your hands dirty in the Edible Gardens, and interact with GCM partners,  Time Out Chicago Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce Yoga Six , and more! Opening Day will be a family event with festival games, interactive chef demos, kids programming, and educational activities highlighting local farms and chefs.  

Rivers of Traditions: Past to Present with Vanitha Veeravalli

Also this Saturday, see Indian classical dances in honor of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the Lincoln Park Branch Public Library, 1150 W Fullerton Avenue on Saturday, May 6th from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church Spring Concert

This Sunday is the  Spring Concert at the Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, 600 W Fullerton Pkwy on Sunday, May 7th at 4:00 PM. The 3rd Annual Spring Soiree theme is "Songs of Resistance and Hope over the Decades." Suggested donation: $10 / $5 students & seniors with a wine bar reception to follow.

Lincoln Park Uncorked 2017

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce (LPCC) welcomes spring with  Lincoln Park Uncorked: An Armitage - Halsted Wine Stroll on  Thursday, May 11th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Click here for the list of participating businesses.  Group tickets are available for $34. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 5 or more. Regular priced tickets are $40.

Weekend Happenings

Check out the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce's  weekend guide here for 
Thursday, May 4th through Sunday, May 7th

Have a wonderful weekend,

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward 

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