- City Council Update: Steps towards 
Fiscal Responsibility -
-Safer Streets, Safer Neighborhood-

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March with Us in the Pride Parade


We'd like to invite you to join us to march in the 46th annual Pride Parade stepping off at noon on Sunday, June 28th!


Please email us to reserve your spot. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Pride Parade Street Closures - Sunday, June 28

Please be aware of street closures for the Pride Parade. The following locations in our ward will be posted with signage stating  "No Parking on Sunday, June 28 from 5:00am to 8:00pm."
  • Diversey Parkway from Broadway St. to Cannon Drive 
  • Cannon Drive from Diversey Parkway to Fullerton Parkway.
Towing will begin at 5:00am, so please ensure your car is relocated before Sunday.

There will be rolling street closures as the parade  travels south down the route. The parade starts at noon at the Broadway/Montrose corner proceeding south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive. 

Police will re-open these streets as they determine it is safe to do so. 

Community Shredding Event

Saturday, June 27

Francis Parker Parking Lot:

330 W. Webster


Bring documents, hard drives and tapes to be safely and and securely shredded this Saturday.


Contact R4 Services at  773-843-3915 with questions.

Child Safety Seat Inspection

Saturday, June 27

Target Parking Lot:

1201 N. Larrabee


The 18th District of the Chicago Police Department is holding a free Car Seat Inspection. No appointment is necessary and everyone is welcome.


Shift Your Assets from Clutter to Cash
Saturday, June 27
Lincoln Park Library: 1150 W. Fullerton

The Lincoln Park Branch will host  "Green Kitchen Economist" Laura Bruzas to discuss the costs of having too much "stuff" and how to determine what to keep.  


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Dear Neighbors,

At the June 17th meeting of the Chicago City Council, my colleagues and I approved Mayor Emanuel's proposal to borrow up to $1.1 billion to finalize a debt restructuring plan, fund a court judgment and pay police back pay.


While I did not take the decision to support additional borrowing lightly, these steps are necessary to clean up unsustainable financial practices of the past. 


This plan does include $170 million for refinancing other debt, called 'scoop and toss.' Prior to voting, we were assured that such 'scoop and toss' borrowing is being gradually phased out. 


The pension crisis and the recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling overturning state pension reforms has significantly lowered Chicago's bond rating. The plan is essential in order to address forthcoming obligations, as well as the City's bond rating


I will continue to work with Mayor Emanuel and my colleagues on the City Council to address this crucial issue to hold the line on taxes and put our City on a path towards economic sustainability.


2016 City of Chicago Budget Update


The process to review the 2016 City of Chicago Budget will begin one month earlier this year - in September instead of October - in order to  address the City's budget and pension challenges. 

As in previous years, I will keep you updated throughout City budget hearings and want to hear your comments and suggestions about reducing the cost of city government. 

Community Policing Meetings


The 18th District Community Policing Office is hosting a series of presentations for residents living south of Fullerton Avenue to discuss police and community relations.

The purpose of the presentations is to continue c ollaborative efforts to reduce crime and address quality of life concerns. 
  • Tonight, June 24, 6 - 7pm: Park Community Church, 1001 N Crosby St (Off of Larrabee St)
  • June 25, 6 - 7pm: Lakeshore Park, 808 N. Lake Shore Drive
Please call the 18th District CAPS office ( 312-742-5870) with any questions about these events.  As always, please don't hesitate to contact us if we may be of assistance with any public safety concern. 

2413-17 N. Orchard Honored with 2015 Preservation Excellence Award


You may remember that in 2012, the properties at 2413-17 N. Orchard were unoccupied and in foreclosure.


As these properties are located in the Mid-North Historic District, the historic elements of these properties could not be ignored, and many neighbors expressed concern about  the condition of the properties.


We worked with the new owner of the property, the Department of Buildings and the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to bring about revised plans for a major rehabilitation project to convert them back into single-family homes.


We're very pleased to report the Commission on Chicago Landmarks has awarded Ronan Construction a 2015 Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence for 2413-17 N. Orchard, honoring them for notable achievements in restoring, reusing and promoting the City's historic architecture.


Congratulations to the community on taking steps to preserve and maintain our historic structures! 



Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman