- Oz Park Playground Improvements - 
- City Council Update -
Also In This Issue

Elevated Films: 

People Places Things

TONIGHT, August 5

8:15 - Movie premiere 

Garage rooftop at Whole Foods, 1550 N. Kingsbury

Elevated Films invites you to enjoy a rooftop movie screening, the city skyline, and live music.  Tickets benefit youth arts programs.


Click here for more information

Better Government Association  FUN-raiser

Thursday, August 6

6 pm: Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres

7 pm: Show

Park West: 322 West Armitage


After two sold-out gigs at The Chicago Theatre in May, John Mulaney returns home for one more summer show - and support the BGA.

Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Friday- Sunday, August 7-9

Friday: 11-9pm, Saturday: 11-9pm, Sunday: 11-8pm

Clark & LaSalle Streets


The Chicago History Museum presents Chicago Hot Dog Fest! Join for hot dogs, music and family fun.

Ginza Holiday Festival 

Friday- Sunday, August 7-9

Friday: 5:30-9pm, Saturday: 11:30am-9:30pm, Sunday: 11:30am-6pm

435 W. Menomonee


Ginza Holiday has been sharing Japanese food and culture for the past 60 years and has become a major neighborhood festival!


Park District Night Out in the Park

Dog and Pony Theatre Company: The Whole World is Watching

Saturday & Sunday, 

August 8 and 9

2045 N Lincoln Park West

(by the Hans Christian Andersen statue)


Join Dog & Pony Theatre Company for 'The Whole World is Watching,' a play with music focused on the  1968 Democratic National Convention. Find information on each showtime below: 

(It's a terrific show - and it's   FREE!)

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Dear neighbors, 

The Oz Park playground, known as Dorothy's Playlot,  is much-loved and widely used by local  families. Many residents can attest to the need for repairs to the playground equipment and particularly to the playground surface, which is quite deteriorated.

I'm pleased to announce that through the allocation of funding from my Aldermanic Menu, the Oz Park Advisory Council and the Chicago Park District, much-needed repairs and improvements to Dorothy's Playlot will begin on August 10th. 

As a result of construction, the playlot will be closed for approximately four weeks beginning on August 10th. We appreciate your patience during construction and look forward to an improved playground for our community to enjoy. 

The playground surface at Oz Park is greatly in need of repairs.  We're pleased to be able to work with the Oz Park Advisory Council and the Chicago Park District to make improvements to this important neighborhood park.  
City Council Update

At the City Council meeting held on Wednesday, July 29th, two long-sought and significant governmental reform items moved forward.

First-ever Council Financial Analyst Approved

The full City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Ben Winick to lead the Council Office of Financial Analysis. This important appointment is the culmination of over  two years of work which I led with colleagues Amaya Pawar (47th) and Pat Dowell (3rd) to begin reforming our City budget process by giving City Council a completely independent analysis of city spending.  I look forward to working closely with Mr. Winick during upcoming budget discussions this fall. 


Privatization Rules Introduced


Mayor Emanuel and many aldermen, including me, introduced a revised ordinance on Wednesday to set rules for privatizing City assets and services, in part to ensure deals similar to the parking meter deal are avoided in the future.


The proposed ordinance increases transparency and accountability, requiring public hearings be held, as well as the independent evaluation of significant privatization plans or asset leases.  I co-sponsored the original version of this ordinance in 2012, and applaud the efforts of my colleague Rod Sawyer (6th) in taking the lead on moving this ordinance forward. 


Lincoln Centre Receives City Council Approval 

City Council approved the redevelopment proposal for 2518-2552 N. Lincoln, which had previously received unanimous approval by the Chicago Plan Commission and the City Council Committee on Zoning
We are very grateful to everyone who participated in the community process to review this proposal.


Of course, should you have questions or comments about any matter pertaining to the City Council, please feel free to send us an email





Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman