Carjacking Task Force
Property Tax Exemption Assistance
Free Museum Days 
Dear Neighbors, 
Yesterday, I joined Mayor Emmanuel, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson to formally announce the creation of the new Carjacking Task Force and the addition of 10 new police officers to the 18th District.

Superintendent Johnson highlighted the role of increased juvenile involvement in car-jackings and criticized gang leaders who recruit
juveniles, stating that the task force would be investigating means to reduce adult use of juveniles to commit crimes.  

And over the weekend, more proof that crime must have consequences.  A teen quickly becomes a repeat offender within days. Teenage boy charged with attempted carjacking of retired cop arrested again | Chicago Sun-Times

Please join in making our communities safer:
  • Become a court advocate - send the message that crime will not be tolerated.  The next meeting is tomorrow, February 6 at 3:00 p.m. at the 18th District Police Station, 1160 N. Larrabee
  • Post "Neighborhood Watch" Signs - we have them in our office
  • Turn on your porch light and leave it on at night
  • If you see suspicious people loitering in the area, call 911.
Property Tax Exemption Workshop

Tuesday, February 6
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
43rd Ward Office
2523 N. Halsted St.

My office and Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer are co-sponsoring a workshop to provide one-on-one assistance filling out property tax exemption forms. Please bring a government issued photo ID such as a drivers license and a copy of your most recent tax bill. If you are applying for the senior tax freeze, bring  a copy of your federal income taxes. If you have any questions, please call 312-602-4210 for details.
Ward Office Closure for Lincoln's Birthday

The 43rd Ward Office will be closed on Monday, February 12th, in observance of Lincoln's Birthday. We will resume normal office hours on Tuesday, February 13th at 9:00 a.m.   Please call 311 for any service requests on that date.

Upcoming Ward Events

Free Days at Chicago Museums

This February, Chicago museums have many free admission days.

For a complete schedule, click  here.

I Heart Birds
Valentine's Kids Dance
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive
February 9, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 

The Nature Museum's own Valentine's dance-for-the-birds. Meet live birds, learn all about their lives and habits, make a birdy valentine, and then come party on the dance floor.

Dinner is included in the ticket price. $20/member adults; $10/child.  Buy tickets  here.

Free Public Screening of 
"Barney's Wall"
Friday, February 9 at 7 p.m.
Francis Parker School
Diane and David B Heller Auditorium 
2233 N. Clark Street

Discussion follows the screening. More at

Free Business Workshops
Every Wednesday and Friday
Room 805
City Hall
121 N. LaSalle St.

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers free seminars to help start a business. To register call 312-744-2086 or email at

The full seminar schedule is 
Cuisine du Coeur
Gourmet Promenade through the Loire Valley
Sunday, February 11, 2018
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
St. Teresa of Avila
1950 N. Kenmore Ave.

Enjoy homemade French gastronomy with a selection of wine and beer. 

Tickets are $35/adult and $10/child at and benefit the church.

You should be noticing a greater presence of patrols in the neighborhood.  Please continue to contact my office about crime in our community.  We will have a community meeting in the near future to discuss the new initiatives and to get your feedback.

Michele Signature

  Michele Smith
  43rd Ward Alderman

43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T-F 9 AM - 6 PM 
 2523 N Halsted | 773-348-9500||