Public Safety Meeting
Community Meeting for 1810-1820 N. Wells
Lakefront Trail Planning
Vote By Mail
Help Support LaSalle Students
Dear Neighbors,

I am hosting a public safety forum to discuss our heightened concerns about crime in our Ward and on the Near North Side. We have an impressive line-up of speakers to discuss
the current state of affairs, progress under the City's new public safety strategy, crime statistics, and safety advice for our community. Speakers will include:

18th District Police Commander Jill Stevens
19th District Police Commander Chris Papaioannou
Mayor's Office for Public Safety Deputy Mayor Susan Lee
Deputy First State’s Attorney Jennifer Coleman
State's Attorney Chief Data Officer Matthew Saniie
OEMC Camera Program Manager Jocelyne Williams
911 Center Police Communications Officer Beverly Carrington

43rd Ward Public Safety Forum
Wednesday, September 23
6:00 p.m.

Please join us at this important conversation to get your questions and concerns addressed. Sign up here. Please email us questions at We would like to collect as many questions as possible in advance to make sure we have answers at the meeting.
Virtual Community Meeting
Proposed Redevelopment of 1810 - 1820 N. Wells
Tuesday, September 22
6:00 p.m.

Join my office and the Old Town Triangle Association (OTTA) at a virtual community meeting to discuss a proposed redevelopment of 1810 -1820 N. Wells St., the former site of A New Leaf and a garage. The three lots are located within the Old Town Triangle Landmark District, and contain one 1-story building at 1810-12, one 3-story building with basement at 1816-18, one 2-story building with basement at 1820, and a 2-story coach house on the rear of 1816-18 N. Wells St.

The applicant proposes to renovate the existing buildings while erecting a new 3-story front addition to the structure located at 1810-12 N. Wells, the one-story former garage building at the southern lot of the complex. No buildings will be demolished. The proposal consists of 18 residential units with 18 parking spaces and approximately 4,000 square feet of commercial space. The site has a zoning designation of B1-3, which will not change.

This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom Webinar. The development team and their representatives will provide an overview of the project, as well as to answer questions from the audience regarding this proposal. My office will conduct the discussion, take notes and record your comments.

Register for the webinar using the link above. 

After registering for the webinar, you will receive an email within an hour of the meeting with the link for and instructions how to access the Zoom meeting.  Please plan to log into Zoom and access the meeting 10-15 minutes before the official start time, so that there is enough time to troubleshoot any technical problems and familiarize yourself with its features.
Long-Range Planning for the Lakefront Trail
As part of the 10 year planning process underway to improve Lake Shore Drive from Grand Avenue to Hollywood called "Define the Drive," the Chicago Department of Transportation has unveiled design concepts for the improvement of the Lakefront Trail and Park.

Due to crumbling overpasses and high accident rates, Lake Shore Drive and its access points will require reconfiguration. The plan also provides the opportunity to re-imagine our lakefront and its beautiful and heavily used trail system and collection of park resources for people walking, biking, and recreating, while protecting our shoreline from flooding.

The plan envisions expanding the lakefront into Lake Michigan while improving the lakefront pedestrian and bike trails, and adding about 60 acres of parkland.

Below is one rendering of the proposed designs. If you have any comments on the project, you are invited to use the online comment form here to provide input and learn more about upcoming public planning sessions.

Please note - this plan is not yet funded. Costs will be in the billions and will require federal and state funding over many years. As Daniel Burnham said, "Make no little plans." We need big plans to save our lakefront and create a future Chicago lakefront.
Community Alert
Motor Vehicle Thefts
of Unlocked Vehicles
18th District
Near North
About the Crime:
This alert gives notice to residents of the 18th District of recently reported motor vehicle thefts. In each of the incidents, the victims' vehicle is parked, unoccupied, and or running with the keys in the ignition. While the victim is away from their vehicle, an offender will approach and drive off with the vehicle. These incidents are occurring in Beats 1812, 1821, and 1834.            
Incident times and locations:
900 block of West Fullerton Ave., Friday, September 11, 2020 in the evening.
1200 block of North La Salle Dr., Sunday, September 13, 2020 in the evening.
2000 block of North Cleveland St., Sunday, September 13, 2020 in the evening.
400 block of North Rush St., Monday, September 14, 2020 in the evening.
What you can do:
Do not leave your keys in your vehicle and turn off the engine.
Keep your doors and windows locked.
If video surveillance is available, save and make a copy of the incident for investigating Detectives.
If you have any information, contact Bureau of Detectives – Area Three
(312) 744-8263. Case numbers JD364283, JD366768, JD367468, JD367490.
Submit Your Application
to Vote By Mail
Beware of False Robocalls

It's getting closer to Election Day. To keep safe during COVID-19, please apply NOW to Vote By Mail.

Please be aware that Chicago residents
have been receiving robocalls claiming that mail-in-voters will have their information stored in a public database that can be used by police officers and credit card companies.

These robocalls are false. According to the Chicago Board of Elections, "The Board of Elections has never used nor will it use any information regarding a voter for anything except to verify the voter's identity for election purposes." ABC Chicago reported on the story.

If you receive such a phone call, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul says to call the Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-386-5438.
Help Ensure Equitable Access for LaSalle Students

While LaSalle Language Academy currently has enough devices for students for remote learning, it needs mobile hotspots and gift cards for monthly service plans to bridge the gap between district support and what all their children need to succeed.

In addition to their in-school fundraising, LaSalle seeks community support of $3000 for:

  • Hot Spots (at roughly $400 each)
  • Monthly service unlimited data (roughly $80 each)
  • Better technology for staff to access students.

You can help by donating here.

Donations of $500 or more may be recognized with a personalized brick in the LaSalle playground walkway. The bricks are intended to be a permanent fixture at LaSalle and are an additional way the school can offer support of any local businesses that may wish to be promoted in this way.

These requests are part of my office's ongoing efforts to ensure that all students who go to school in our ward have the support they need.
Outdoor Children's Classes at Lincoln Common
Start Saturday, September 19
Remote Learning Assistance

JCC Chicago, a nonprofit community organization, is offering seven hours of care for children from grades K-8 at 1535 N. Dayton, the Drucker Center at Menomonee Club.

Learning pods consisting of 8-15 students and two staff members to support e-learning. Pods will not intermingle and mask wearing, hand washing, health surveys, and daily temperature checks will all be part of our daily health measures.

Two and three day options are also available.
To learn more and to register, visit here.
Outdoor Dining Options This Weekend

Feast on Lincoln
Saturday 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Extended Through Sept. 30!

Catch a great meal evenings and brunch in a socially-distanced and safe setting at these restaurants:

Patio on Schubert
Friday 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Neighborhood favorites Sapori Trattoria, Tandoor Charhouse, and Mayan Palace have a spot reserved for you on Schubert this weekend.
What's Open for Business?

With a slow and steady return to business, we wanted to highlight businesses that are up and running. Please send us an email at and let us know you're open for business!
Support our Neighborhood Restaurants
New Restaurants
Division Street Dining

Opening a restaurant during a pandemic is a challenge, so please check out these new restaurants which you might be unfamiliar:

Brown Bag Seafood just opened at 746 W Webster (in the Toast space) - with free delivery!

Mundano Restaurant, 1935 N Lincoln Park West, offering fusion cuisine that "genre-defying," according to EaterChicago.

Stray Hen Cafe, 2423 N Clark Street, offering daily breakfast and lunch

A Dash of Salt and Pepper, 2201 N Lincoln, breakfast and lunch comfort food.

And in the Gold Coast, Division Street between Dearborn and State will be open 7 days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with favorites like Shennanigan's and Butch McGuire's.

Please patronize our neighborhood businesses as much as possible and try to order directly from the restaurant. Thanks to all you who are writing to us to include your favorite restaurants. Keep it coming!
Tonight begins the Jewish New Year. Wishes to all of you L'Shanah Tovah, For a Good Year.

43rd Ward Virtual Office Hours: M - F 9 AM - 5 PM 
 2523 N Halsted | 773-348-9500
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