Privet Playlot Online Survey

Astor Alley Rebuild Complete
Dear Neighbor,

As you know from a prior  newsletter, a new and improved playlot will be installed at Privet Park.  Several proposals were shown at the public meeting, and in order to determine the final design, we're hosting an online survey to solicit community input on the playground model that will be installed this fall.

You can cast up to three votes while participating in the online survey, and may vote for each design should you wish. Polling will close June 8th. This is a great opportunity to involve your children in picking the equipment they'll be using. 
I'd like to thank RANCH Triangle Association for working in partnership with the Chicago Park District to secure funding for this project through the "Chicago Plays!" program, and to all who attended the public meeting and shared their opinion on how best to improve the playlot. This new playlot will be enjoyed by the children of the 43rd Ward for generations to come.

Astor Alley Rebuild Complete

This complex and difficult project was recently completed after years of inter-agency coordination.  This heavily-used alley supports twelve high-rises and over 1000 ward residents and suffered from years of deterioration.   The alley required not only repaving, but rebuilding of utility vaults, and protection of water mains. The new concrete should provide a firm surface for decades into the future. Take a look at these before and after photos to compare:

Astor alley before

Thank you to all the residents and building personnel for your patience and cooperation during this lengthy project. 
Mayor Emanuel's Industrial Corridor Initiative

Mayor Emanuel and the Department of Planning invites you to a presentation of the project overview and schedule of the Industrial Corridor Initiative, which starts with the North Branch Industrial Corridor, which includes the Finkl Steel site. Advanced registration is required at all meetings. The same information will be presented at each meeting. Please RSVP to one of the following:
  • Monday, June 6 6-8 PM: UI Labs, 1415 N Cherry Ave RSVP
  • Tuesday, June 7 6-8 PM: St. John Cantius Church, 825 N Carpenter St (lower level) RSVP
  • Wednesday, June 8 6-8 PM: Jesse White Community Center, 410 W. Chicago Ave RSVP
Lincoln Central Association's 
Spring Zing this Saturday

LCA's  seasonal event  promises to be fun for the whole family, featuring face painting, architectural tours, kite decorating, entertainment from  Magician Sean Masterson , and  bike and pedestrian safety educational materials and handouts provided by  Lurie   Children's Community Volunteer Corps .   Saturday, June 4th from 10 AM - 1:30 PM at the corner of Dickens & Lincoln . I'll be there with Congress man Mike Quigley and State Representative Ann Williams - hope to see you there!

Lincoln Park Greek Fest

St. George's annual Greek Fest kicks off its 39th year this Friday, June 3rd, and runs through the weekend until Sunday, June 5th, outside of the Church, 2701 N. Sheffield. Each day's festivities start at 5 PM and wraps at 11 PM (10 PM Sunday). There will be plenty of Greek specialty foods, drinks, music, dance and crafts to enjoy.

LPHS Instrument Drive this Saturday

Do you have an unwanted musical instrument taking up space at home? Give it new life and help out the talented students at Lincoln Park High School by  donating it on  Saturday, June 4th at the LPHS band room, 2035 N. Burling, from 9 AM to noon. If you don't have an instrument to donate but would still like to learn more about the LPHS award-winning performing arts program, please click  here .

Plus, Shakespeare in Oz Park by LPHS

Bring a blanket and join us in LPHS's beautiful Unity Garden, Saturday, June 4th, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Monday, June 6th at 4:45 p.m. for a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream by LPHS Drama Majors.  (In the event of inclement weather, the play will be moved indoors).  What a great was to introduce your kids to Shakespeare!

Wildflower Walks at the North Pond Nature Sanctuary

The North Pond Nature Sanctuary is offering hour long educational nature walks through Lincoln Park on the first Saturday  of each month, beginning this Saturday, June 4th at 10 AM. Great for beginners and experienced adults alike. Advance registration is required. Please contact Aaron Hammond to RSVP at (773) 883-7275 ext. 3 or

Annual Student Faculty Art Exhibition

The Old Town Art Center is celebrating its 60th anniversary with the opening reception for the Annual Student Faculty Exhibition on Sunday, June 5th from 2-5 PM at 1763 N North Park AveNeil Dixon Smith will perform on guitar, and the work of OTAC instructors Tom Francesconi, Kathleen Newman, Didier Nolet, Joe Taylor and their many talented students will be showcased. The exhibition will run from June 3rd through June 25th.

Operation Help - A - Hero

The 43rd Ward and Operation Help-A- Hero will be collecting basic household items and toiletries throughout the month of June in an effort to help the hundreds of Chicagoland veterans who are homeless. All donations will be delivered to the United State's Department of Veteran's Affairs, who will distribute materials to qualifying veterans  in need of assist ance. Please drop off donations at the Ward office, 2523 N. Halsted.

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward