-Public Safety Meetings-
-Industrial Corridor Meeting-
-Holiday Office Closures-
Dear Neighbor,

I will be holding a series of public safety forums across our ward for  police and other agencies to hear constituent concerns and to showcase the best ways we can work together to keep our community safe.  We will have Chicago Police Commanders, representatives from the State's Attorney's Office and others.

Watch for a public safety survey in an upcoming newsletter and, in the meantime, feel free to email us with your concerns and suggestions.

Community Safety Forums - SAVE THE DATE

Monday, March 13th, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
New Life Church
1111 W Lill Street

Wednesday, March 15th, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Latin School of Chicago
59 W North Avenue

Tuesday, March 21st, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. James Lutheran Church
2050 N Fremont St

Vote Against Short-Term Rental Ordinance Changes

In our efforts to continue to tightly regulate vacation or short-term rentals (STRs), I voted against proposed changes to the Home Sharing Ordinance this week. 

I believe we need to send a strong message that short-term rentals are a disruption to residential communities. We will continue to keep you informed about the implementation of this important ordinance.

North Branch Industrial Corridor Meeting


The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) hosts the last public meeting for the North Branch Industrial Corridor from  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, Feb. 21st at UI Labs, 1415 N. Cherry Avenue. 

Please attend this meeting and express your support for public recreational space. If you have not done so, email your comments on our need for park space to  DPD@cityofchicago.org and copy me at  yourvoice@ward43.org

An RSVP is recommended due to facility requirements. Please  click here  to register.

After Feb. 21st, DPD will post the draft land use and development framework on the North Branch section of the department web site. Public comments will be accepted for 30 days and incorporated into a final framework to be posted in early spring.

Senior Sewer Rebate Applications Available

The Senior Sewer Rebate Program provides seniors 65 and older who reside in condos, townhouses and co-ops with a $50 annual rebate for their sewer bill. If you have applied in previous years, watch the mail for a new application. Complete the form and bring it to the 43rd Ward Office to participate.

New applicants can download the instructions and the form here.

Seniors living in single family homes can apply for a separate exemption through the Department of Finance. Please click here for the exemption form and for more information.

Victory Gardens Theater Night: A Wonder In My Soul
Benefit for Lincoln Park Cultural Center Mosaic 

Join Victory Gardens at 2433 N Lincoln Avenue for an evening of theater and pre-show reception on Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM for the reception and 7:30 PM for the World Premiere. Enjoy wine & cheese and food from local eateries. 

Proceeds go to a public art mosaic installation designed by Lincoln Park community members in conjunction with Lincoln Park Cultural Center and the Chicago Public Art Group.  Learn more and purchase tickets here .

Bring Your Own Bag, Chicago!

Stop by my office, at 2523 N. Halsted Street, for  free reusable ChiBags

The Chicago Checkout Bag Tax began on February 1st for all disposable paper and plastic bags. Review this   flyer  for information about the Bag Tax. 

Me with CBA owner Greg Gibbs
Ranch Triangle Honors CBA

Warmest congratulations to Greg Gibbs, owner of Chicago Bagel Authority on Armitage for being honored by the Ranch Triangle Association at its annual meeting held at Vinci's last Sunday.

Holy Taco! Restaurant Opening

Congratulations to Brian Reynolds, a Lincoln Park resident of 18 years, on his third neighborhood restaurant opening today in collaboration with chef Daniel Espinoza;  Holy Taco! at 953 W Webster Street. Brian also owns Millie's Supper Club and Prost.

Cortland Bridge Street Closure

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced that the Cortland Street bridge westbound lane and north sidewalk will be closed until Friday, February 24th for utility tunnel repair work.

Westbound car traffic is being detoured to Webster Avenue via Clybourn Avenue and Ashland Avenue/Elston Avenue.

Weekend Happenings

Check out the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce's weekend guide here for  Thursday, February 16th through Monday, February 20th .

Office Closure for President's Day

In observance of President's Day the 43rd Ward Office will be closed on  Monday, February 20th and will re-open at  9:00 AM on Tuesday, February 21st .

Please call 3-1-1 if you have service requests during this office closure or 9-1-1 for emergency situations.


Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward 

43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T-F 9 AM - 6 PM 
 2523 N Halsted | 773-348-9500| yourvoice@ward43.org| www.ward43.org