Public Meeting  Tonight for  441-447 W. Arlington Place
 Cummings Playlot Improvements
Air & Water Show This Weekend 
Dear Neighbors,

Please join the Park West Community Association (PWCA) and my office at a community meeting to review the proposed redevelopment of 441 - 447 W. Arlington Place.   My office will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion, take notes and record your  feedback.

WHAT:     Proposed Redevelopment of 441 - 447 W. Arlington Place

WHO:   Hosted by Alderman Michele Smith and Park West Community Association

WHEN:   August 18th at 6:00 PM (TONIGHT)

WHERE: Gaslight Bar and Grille, 2450 N Clark Street

The proposal, located in the Arlington & Roslyn Landmark District, contains a  single family home and a vacant lot. The applicant seeks to rehabilitate the existing single  family home and build a 4-story, 8-unit residential structure with 14 parking stalls, two of which will be reserved for the existing home. 

The parcel currently has two underlying zoning designations: the Arlington Place  frontage, classified as an RM-5, and the rear of the lot, B1-2. The applicant is  seeking zoning approvals to eliminate the B1-2 designation and make the entire site an RM-5  designation.  

I hope you can join my office and PWCA in meeting directly the development team to  gain a better understanding of this proposal and answer your questions.

Air and Water Show This Weekend

The  58th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show returns to the Lakefront this weekend! 

Headliners include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs.  See the show from along the Lakefront from Fullerton Parkway to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.

On  Thursday and Friday, August 18th and 19th , there will be air show rehearsals and flight spotting from approximately  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM On Saturday and Sunday, August 20th and 21st, the show will run from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, weather conditions permitting.  

As in years past, the City of Chicago will close several streets in close proximity to the Lakefront, and there will be additional parking restrictions in effect during the weekend as well:  

Anticipated closures from 12:00 AM on August 20th to 8:00 PM on August 21st:
  • LaSalle Drive from Clark Street to Lake Shore Drive
  • Inner Lake Shore Drive from LaSalle Drive to Burton Place
  • North Avenue and Fullerton Avenue exits on North Lake Shore Drive
  • Intersection of North Avenue and Clark Street
'No Parking' restrictions will take place on August 20th at 5:00 AM through August 21st at 7:00 PM:
  • North Avenue
    • North and south sides from Clark Street to Clybourn Avenue
    • North side from Clark Street to Astor Street
  • LaSalle Drive
    • North and south sides from Burton Street to North Avenue 
  • Clark Street
    • East side from LaSalle Drive to Wisconsin Street
Please note that while the above streets are officially restricted, the City may enact "rolling closures" under the jurisdiction of the Chicago Police Department. 

The streets will be re-opened when crowds leaving the event have dissipated, and the Chicago Police Department deems the streets safe for re-opening. 

Cummings Playlot Public Meeting 
Please join me, the Chicago Park District and neighborhood organization Francis Parker Neighbors on Tuesday, August 23rd at 6:00 pm to discuss upcoming improvements to the playlot at Cummings Park, N Lincoln Park West at Dickens.
This is the latest playground for which we've obtained funding under the Chicago Park District's "Chicago Plays!" program.
Please join us at a public meeting to give your feedback on two different potential playlot designs. Our goal is to have the new equipment installed later this year.
Ideas for possible improvements not paid for by the Park District will be discussed as well.

Lincoln Park Cultural Center
2045 N. Lincoln Avenue
Tuesday, August 23rd
6:00 pm
Questions? Call our office at 773-348-9500 or via email at .

Catch Basin Outlet and Sewer Main Repairs

I'm pleased to report that, at our request, as of August 12th the City's Department of Water Management (DWM) has completed several major Catch Basin Outlet and Sewer Main repairs in our neighborhood.

The Catch Basin Outlet is the pipe between the drain and the sewer main. When it fails, water pools on the street for extended time periods (typically several days).  

Thank you to the Chicago Water Department for upgrading our infrastructure to address flooding, and thanks to residents who have alerted us to these issues.

Repairs have been made at:
  • 1659 North Clark Street
  • 2128 North Halsted Street
  • 2150 North Halsted Street
  • 2073 North Lincoln Avenue
  • 2011 North Orleans Street
  • 1058 West Altgeld Street
  • 555 West Armitage Avenue
  • 1058 West Lill Avenue
  • 1134 West Lill Avenue

Scheduled future locations include:
  • 60 East Banks Street
  • 1857 North Bissell Street
  • 1846 North Sedgwick Street
  • 1415 North State Parkway
  • 1000 West Altgeld Street
  • 318 West Wisconsin Street
Repaired Sewer Main locations are:
  • 500 West Fullerton Parkway
  • 1227 West Lill Avenue


Honoring Chef Charlie Trotter This Week

It has been three years since the untimely death  of legendary local chef  Charlie Trotter, who founded his namesake restaurant on Armitage Avenue and inspired chefs across the world.   I was proud to sponsor a  resolution naming August 17th "Charlie Trotter Day" to honor his  accomplishments.

This year's festivities, which benefit  The Trotter Project,  run through August 21st at many restaurants throughout Chicago and the nation where Trotter-inspired  dishes will be offered.  For a complete list of local restaurants click here .

Last Few Movies in the Park

As the summer winds down, there is still time to catch a movie in our parks. Here is the remaining schedule:

  • Saturday, August 20th  Field of Dreams  Oz Park         8 PM
  • Saturday, August 27th  Wizard of Oz       Oz Park         8 PM
  • Sunday, August 28th    Captain America Jonquil Park  8 PM


Free Legal Seminar on Guardianship

On  Tuesday, August 23rd, from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM,  the Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) hosts a guardianship seminar as part of its Senior Enrichment Seminar Series entitled "Everything You Want to Know About Guardianship."  

The seminar will be at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, in Courtroom 2005 on the 20th Floor. Call  (312)-603-9233  today to reserve your seat. Find topics of discussion and other details for the seminar here.

Your input wanted on the 
Industrial Corridor Modernization Initiative

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD)  presented  various land use scenarios for the North Branch Corridor (which includes the former Finkl Steel site). You are invited to provide a second round of  input on the DPD Social Mapping (sMap) site .
Instructions for adding your input on the proposed land use scenarios are located here and must be received Thursday,  September 1st.
To review the materials presented on August 10th, visit DPD's website. A summary report of the meeting will be available in the coming days.

Become an Election Judge

You are invited to serve as an Election Judge in the 43rd Ward for the upcoming  November 8th General Election.  Apply online with the Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners here or use a paper mail-in application you can download here.
Election Judges are assigned to local polling places in the 43rd Ward and are responsible for ensuring polling places open and close on time, and that voting operations run smoothly.
Earn $170 for your service after a brief training session prior to Election Day. Click here for more information on training and qualifications.

11 Lincoln Ave Restaurants 
Encouraging Ridership on No. 11 Bus

All throughout August, join the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and the Active Transportation Alliance in  celebrating the return of the #11 bus by exploring some of Lincoln Avenue's local brews, food and more! From Lincoln Park to Lincoln Square, the Beer Explorer Passport encourages Chicagoans to visit some of Lincoln Avenue's mainstays and newcomers. 

Dine or enjoy a cold one at five of the 11 participating businesses and be entered into a drawing for prizes including free dinners, drinks and goods from Lincoln Avenue shops!  Download the 11 on 11 Beer Explorer Passport and find more details.

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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