Public Opinion on Short Term Rentals

N Lincoln Avenue Community Meeting
Dear Neighbor,

I have received considerable feedback from neighbors supporting our efforts to properly regulate Short Term Rentals to protect the character and integrity of our neighborhoods, your property values, and the right to quiet enjoyment of your home. Listen to Alderman Brenden Reilly and I discuss this issue with Airbnb on At Issue on WBBM, which aired Sunday. Commentator and editorial opinion in the city wholeheartedly supports common sense limits on Airbnbs in Chicago. 

Tighter city rein on Airbnb needed to free neighborhoods from tourist trap "Chicago's rules may not have to be that stringent, but they must give residents a say in how much their blocks are allowed to be transformed. The regulations must draw a clear line between residential and commercial enterprises, and treat these businesses accordingly."  Phil Rosenthal, Chicago Tribune

Protect neighborhoods from short-term rental abuse - Marlen Garcia, Sun Times Editorial Board

Community Presentation for Proposed Redevelopment at 2448 / 2462 N Lincoln Avenue

Please join my office and the Wrightwood Neighbors Association (WNA) to review a proposal by Blitzlake Developers to redevelop the parcels at 2448 North Lincoln Avenue and 2462 North Lincoln Avenue. The applicant seeks to construct two four-story buildings, with approximately 22 residential units and 5,000 square feet of ground level retail on the 2448 North Lincoln Avenue parcel and 9 residential units and approximately 1,200 square feet of ground level retail for the 2462 North Lincoln Avenue parcel.

My office will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion, take notes, and record your feedback.

WHAT: Redevelopment Proposal of 2448 / 2462 N Lincoln Avenue

WHO: Hosted by Alderman Michele Smith and Wrightwood Neighbors Association

WHEN: Wednesday, June 1 st at 6:00 pm

WHERE: Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute 
  (Formerly known as Lurie  Children's Research Center)               
  2430 North Halsted Street
               First Floor Conference Room (Wolfson Room )

Debt Transparency, Accountability and Performance Ordinance Unanimously Passes City Council 

On Wednesday, May 18, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed the Debt Transparency, Accountability and Performance ordinance (DTAP), which I co-sponsored. This major regulatory ordinance creates oversight and transparency for financial transactions to finance our city debt that has plagued us in past years.

Under the new ordinance, no long-term debt or  financial transactions with interest at a non-fixed rate may be entered into by the City without several new criteria. The ordinance requires a heightened level of scrutiny on debt transactions, an extended public notice and comment period, and additional reporting from the CFO regarding financial transactions.  Importantly, it also requires a review by our Council Office Of Financial Analysis (COFA), whose creation I spearheaded. Less than a year old, COFA's duties are expanded by this ordinance. 

This financing ordinance is the product of months of w ork and holds the City of Chicago more accountable for its financial undertakings in the future. Thanks to Alderman John Arena (45th) for his leadership on this ordinance. 

 LPHS Spring Pops Concert TONIGHT!

Come enjoy Lincoln Park High School's talented musicians perform  tonight, May 24th at 7 PM in their annual  Spring Pops Concert. The Advance String Orchesthra, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band 1, and Wind Symphony will play a variety of popular music that promises to be fun for all ages. LPHS Auditorium, 2001 N. Orchard. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for students, and available at the door.

Do you have an old musical instrument?  Donate it!

Help the great musicians that you hear tonight by contributing to the instrument drive and fundraiser by the  Lincoln Park High School Band and Orchestra Parents (BOP).  Contact Kelly & Steven Faso for more information or to join the #1school1community performing arts team at .

 18th District CPD Peace in the Park

Kick off the long weekend outdoors and help CPD ensure this Memorial Day is both fun and safe for all. Join the 18th District at Oz Park , 2021 N. Burling, for a community walk through the park and outdoor roll call promoting peace and safety in the  precinct, which includes all areas of the 43rd Ward south of Armitage Ave. Friday, May 27th from 4:00 - 5:30 PM, roll call at 5:00 PM .  

Restored curb on Seminary
Curb and Asphalt 
 Replacement Complete
at Kenmore/Seminary/Diversey

The long awaited restoration of curb and sidewalk after the water main and sewer replacement for the Kenmore/Seminary/Diversey area has been completed. I'd like to thank the residents who have been very patient and understanding throughout this project.

Lincoln Park Library Presents: Coloring for Grown Ups

Join the Lincoln Park Library, 1150 W. Fullerton, for this creative event  and release your inner artist.  Coloring sheets, crayons and pencils will be  provided by the library, but please feel free to bring  your own favorite inks and pastels. Tuesday, May 31 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. 

Lincoln Central Association's Spring Zing

LCA's seasonal  event promises to be fun for the whole family, featuring face painting, architectural tours, entertainment from Magician Sean Masterson, and more. Saturday, June 4th from 10 AM - 1 PM at the corner of Dickens & Lincoln. I'll be there with Congressm an Mike Quigley and State Representative Ann Williams - I hope to see you there!

(L - R: Tony Roche, Ald. Smith, & PNNM's Jill Doub)
43rd Ward Recycling & Shredding Event 

Thank you to all who came out to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Saturday, May 14th to properly dispose of expired medications, old electronics, and shred sensitive documents. A special thanks to the museum for allowing us to use their parking lot to host the event, and to the Cook County Sheriff's Office for providing the trucks and manpower to make this event happen. 
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. 

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.

Gardening Tool Drive - We Still Need Tools!

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.

Office Closed Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, our office will be closed on Monday, May 30th.

City Hall, City of Chicago governmental offices and Chicago Public Libraries will also be closed on these dates to comply with the City of Chicago mandatory  holiday schedule.
If you have a need for city services, please call 311 for non-emergency requests, or dial 9-1-1 if you require immediate assistance .

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward