New Public Art
Tonight - How to Appeal Your Property Tax
Tonight - Tour Lincoln Park High School
Dear Neighbor,

Our Ward has always supported and enjoyed public art in our neighborhoods. 
As part of the Mayor's Year of Public Art, we are proud to announce three new works coming to our Ward, as well as to celebrate other installations. 

Artist's sketch - Armitage El Station mural

Artist Steven Carrelli features the distinct Victorian roofline of the Armitage Halsted Historic District on the south side of the Armitage El station. 

Thanks to the committee for the Armitage-Halsted Historic District committee for their assistance, and to Tim and Kyle Glascott, who donated the use of their building wall to beautify the area.

Future art projection here!

Annette Elliot  of the Art Institute will mount a light projection on the facade of the former Children's Memorial Boiler House and Laundry, designed by Holabird and Roche in 1931.  Thanks to the  Lincoln Avenue SSA,   Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce   and Hines/McCaffery Interests  for their support of this project.

Muralist Ruben Aguirre  will be painting an abstract design in portions of the pedestrian underpass at Division Street.  The underpass, currently under renovation by me and 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins, will light the way to the beach. Thanks so much to the Gold Coast Neighbors Association for their invaluable support of this project.

Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive Underpass Mural

In addition to these projects, we are pleased to announce the opening of  Kaleidoscope of Hidden Words by   Renee Robbins.
This large mural was completely funded by private dollars i n collaboration with the  Chicago Public Art Group .  Congratulations to Lincoln Park residents Paula Kahn and Philip and Marsha Dowd, who led the neighborhood fundraising initiative.   Click  here  to see coverage on WTTW's  Chicago Tonight.

Chicago Sculpture Exhibit

A big Thank Your to the 13 Ward sponsors of the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit. This wonderful non-profit, started by my predecessor, Vi Daley, and Alderman Tom Tunney (44), pairs sculptors and donors to support public sculptures all over the City.

Pictured here is the installation of  Xuberant ! sculpture by artist  Craig Snyder  at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Orchard Street.

Check out our Instagram page @Alderman Smith each week for "Sculpture Saturday" where we will highlight a local sculpture. And follow us on Facebook to watch the progress as these projects unfold!

Crime Update

Two teens have been charged in connection with the robbery of an 80-year old woman that we reported last week.  The families of these offenders recognized them from police photos and brought them in.  The cases will be pursued in juvenile court.
Upcoming Community Events

How To Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment
Tuesday, September 19th, 6 PM

Hosted by Board of Review Commissioner Mike Carbonargi
and Alderman Michele Smith

DePaul Arts And Letters Building
2315 N Kenmore Ave

Attendees will learn about the property tax system and the appeals process. Staff will be on hand to any questions.  Please bring a copy of your 2nd installment property tax bill.

Open House at Lincoln Park High School
Tuesday, September 19th, 7 PM 

It's fall and it's time to start thinking about high school for your 7th and 8th graders. Tonight learn about Lincoln Park High School, meet other supporters and explore the Freshman campus.  Please join us.  No RSVP required!  Questions - call Jennifer at 312.848.0570.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Coffee with Commander Bauer
Eva's Cafe
1447 N. Sedgwick Street
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Stop by Eva's Cafe and have a cup of coffee with the Commander of the 18th District, Paul Bauer, this Wednesday, September 20.
Click here for more details and for a full calendar of 18th District events.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 
St. Pauls Oktoberfest 
Saint Pauls United Church of Christ   
2335 N. Orchard Street
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend! Enjoy live music, authentic German food and beverages, and games for all ages. This event is op e to the public, family friendly, and admission is free!   Click here for more details.

Monday, September 25, 2017  
Autumn Membership Event
Hopsmith Tavern
15 W. Division Street
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Current and prospective members are invited for beverages an d appetizers,  courtesy of Hopsmith Tavern, to learn about the Gold Coast Neighbors Association at their Autumn Membership Event.  Click here for more details. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Then & Now: Photographic History 
Floating World Gallery
1925 N. Halsted Street
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Lincoln Central Association pre sents  a spe cial exhibit by historian, artist, and neighbor  Bob  Segal  who showcases remarkable photos of Lincoln Central that date back to the 1800's and compares them to present day architecture of the neighborhood. 
Click here for details.

September 2017 - October 2017
Tutoring Program at LPHS
Lincoln Park High School 
2001 N Orchard Street   

The Colleen Henry Writing Center at Lincoln Park High School is seeking volunteers to help students with their academic writing. Tutors are needed after school, typically between 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Training and on-boarding is available for tutors.
Contact Nancy Brandt at  to sign up.  
Have a happy and healthy Rosh Hashanah, 

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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