Privet Park Playlot Redesign Meeting
#11 Bus Will Be Back on June 20
Dear Neighbor,

I'd like to invite you to join me, the RANCH Triangle Association, and the Chicago Park District to a May 18th community meeting to discuss upcoming improvements to the playlot at Privet Park.

RANCH  Triangle has worked with the Chicago Park District over the past several months to obtain funding for a new playground under the Chicago Park District's "Chicago Plays!" program, and the goal is for the new playground equipment to be installed later this year.

Please join us at a public meeting to give your feedback on the initial proposal for the redesigned playlot. Ideas for possible improvements not paid for by the Park District will be discussed as well. We have a few different playlot designs for which we will solicit community input prior to the installation of equipment, with the various options that will be showcased pictured below:

Burke design, for children aged approximately 2 - 5 years old

Landscape Structure rendering, designed for children aged 2-5 years old and 5-12 years old
Kompans design, which will accommodate children aged 2-5 years old as well as 5-12 years old

WHAT:     Privet Park Playlot Redesign Community Meeting

WHO:      Hosted by Alderman Michele Smith, RANCH Triangle                                             Association, and the Chicago Park District

WHEN:    Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 PM

WHERE:  Adams Park, 1919 N.Seminary

Questions? Call or email my office at 773-348-9500 or .

Pedestrian Island at Clark and Wisconsin Completed

I'm pleased to announce that after four years of traffic studies, planning, and community input, CDOT installed a pedestrian island this week at the intersection of Clark and Wisconsin this week using 2016 menu money, complete with new ADA ramps. This will help pedestrians cross the four lanes of this busy intersection to or from Lincoln Park safely. Eight  concrete pads were also installed along Stockton at the bus stops from LaSalle Dr to Diversey, which will help protect the asphalt and curb structure as the CTA buses come to a halt at each pick up station.
Pedestrian Island at Clark & Wisconsin 

Aldermen Pawar and Smith
#11 Lincoln Ave Bus Returning June 20

The community spoke, and the CTA listened. After  testimony was presented at public hearings last fall for support of the former #11 bus route, the CTA announced it would be brought back for a  pilot program in the summer.

The route connected residents to the many businesses along Lincoln Avenue and its reintroduction will be a boon to the 43rd Ward's economy and help residents shop and play via alternative transportation. Since this is a pilot program, I urge you to ride the #11 once it's back in service to show your support. My office will be organizing 'ride days' and will update you on the dates via our newsletter. Thanks to all of the neighbors who pressed for several years to revive the bus, including my colleague Ameya Pawar (47th).

Summer 2016 Aldermanic Internship

Do you know a college student who will be living in or nearby the neighborhood this summer and would like the opportunity to earn academic credit? The 43rd Ward Office is seeking dedicated interns to assist our office with  constituent service, business outreach, public policy, and legislative research. Interested applicants can send a resume and writing sample to , or call the ward office at 773-348-9500. 

Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services Spring Tech Series

Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services (CMSS) Computer Services invites you to attend a free spring technology series at Covenant Home, 2720 W. Foster Ave. This week's topic is  Computer Fraud Alert 101!, offering tips to help protect your identity, data and photos.  Today, May 12th at 11 AM.

The Second and Third Mysteries of Chicago (Winter Cardinals) by Tony Fitzpatrick
DePaul Art Museum Public Events

DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, is hosting a public reception  today , May 12th from 5 - 8 PM celebrating the opening of two new exhibits:  Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds and Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits . Assistant Curator Natalie Bell and artist Barbara Rossi will lead a guided tour of the Poor Traits exhibition the following day, Friday, May 13th at 2 PM. Both events are free.

CPD Outdoor Roll Call

T he 18th District will be conducting an outdoor roll call at  1600 N. Vine St. Today, May 12, 2016 at  5:00 PM. Please come out to  observe and show your support to our officers. 

18th District CAPS Beat Meeting

The 18th District Chicago Police Department's May CAPS meeting is  Today, May 12th at 6:30 PM at St. James Lutheran Church, 2101 N. Fremont, and covers Lincoln Park 18th District beats south of Fullerton. If you live north of Fullerton, you can view your CAPS meeting schedule for  be ats 1932 and 1935 here

43rd Ward Paper Shredding, Expired Medication 
& Electronics Recycling Drive  Saturday, May 14th


We've partnered with Sheriff Dart's Office and the Peggy Notebaert Museum to host a paper shredding and electronic recycling drive on  May 14th from 9 - 11AM at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr. We will accept
the following:
  • Paper documents 
  • Unwanted electronics, including televisions 
  • Expired prescription medications
Documents will be taken for shredding offsite by Sheriff Dart's Office, which is  NAID certified. When you arrive, pull into the Nature Museum's receiving lot and look for the driveway directly north of the bus turn-around in front of the Nature Museum. I hope to see you there! 

Chicago River Clean Up Day

Join the Sierra Chicago Group Water Team for Chicago River Day this Saturday, May 14th from 9AM - noon at Riverpoint Center, 1730 W. Fullerton. Help the team clean up trash from the river banks, sort recyclables, and lend a hand at Riverpoint Center.  Children 8 and over are welcome with parents/guardians. Cloth work gloves will be provided.  To register, contact Krista Grimm at

Great Parker Garage Sale

Come out to support Francis Parker school this weekend for their  best-in-class rummage sale, featuring bargain-priced women's, men's and children's clothing, housewares, small appliances, furniture, art, toys, games, linens, collectibles and sporting goods.  Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, May 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Francis W. Parker, 2233 N. Clark St.

Old Town Art Fair First Sight

The Old Town Art Fair First Sight will be holding its annual pre-Fair fundraiser on Sunday, May 15  at the award-winning Perennial Virant restaurant, 1800 N. Lincoln. Come  mingle with neighbors and friends, drink some fine wines, enjoy delicious food, and participate in great raffles and a silent auction.  Tickets are $115 and can be purchased here

Lincoln Park High School Instrument Drive

Lincoln Park High School Band and Orchestra Parents (BOP) are holding an ongoing instrument drive and fundraiser to help bolster LPHS' incredible music program, which boasts over 1,000 student participants. Contact Kelly & Steven Faso for more information or to join the #1school1community performing arts team at . Want to hear these award-winning musicians?  Click here or here.

Host an Exchange Student for the 2016/17 School Year

Interested in learning about a foreign culture and helping an international student study in Chicago? AFS Intercultural Programs is seeking local host families to open their hearts and homes for the 2016/17 academic year. Click here for more information.

Green City Market Composting Drop-Off

Green City Market1817 N. Clark, is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7AM - 1PM for the outdoor season and is  offering a new service:  accepting household compost.  Click here   to learn more about the service, and email the market  at   with questions about composting.  

Blue Cart & Recycling Drop-off Centers

Curious about what materials are accepted at Chicago's recycling drop-off centers? Click here for a complete guide.  The Carton Council has a handy video to help you determine what belongs in the blue bin.

Gardening Tool Drive

Let's help the "Gardens of Edith" senior gardeners at the Edith Spurlock apartments on Sheffield get the tools they need to tend their gardens. The 43rd Ward office is accepting gently used equipment. Rakes, shovels, and spades are especially needed. Drop off contributions to  2523 N. Halsted through May 31st .  

Street Sweeping Schedule
Street sweeping began April 1st and is scheduled on a five to six week rotation.  Click here  to view the 2016 schedule.

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward