School Strike Contingency Plans
I wanted to share with you all a communication I received from Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool and Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson concerning the possibility of a CTU strike on October 11. Please note you need to register your child if you would like them to attend alternative classroom activities during normal school hours:

CPS is working tirelessly to keep students in the classroom, however we will ensure that in the event of a teachers' strike, all children have access to safe, welcoming environments. 

Should a strike occur, all classes and extracurricular activities will be canceled. Parents who can keep their children at home or at a non-CPS location will be encouraged to do so.  Students who need a place to go will be welcome in all CPS schools during normal bell schedules. They will be greeted by principals and non-CTU staff, and will be fed and engaged throughout each day. 

CPS students will be welcome at their normal schools, or at any other school location that is appropriate for their grade level. Parents who wish to take advantage of this option are asked to register their children at, where they can learn more about all of the options available to them. Families can also call 3-1-1, the city of Chicago's information hotline, for assistance with site locations and registration. 

In addition to schools, in the event of a strike, the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Public Library will operate contingency sites, and that the CTA will provide CPS students with free transportation. 

These contingency plans are a precaution at this point, as we continue negotiating with CTU leadership in the belief a strike can be averted.  

Attached, you'll find an overview document which outlines the independent arbitrator's contract recommendation.  In January, we reached significant agreements, including more freedom on grading, fewer evaluations, less paperwork and establishing community schools. Those quality-of-life agreements are also included in this overview.

Together with principals and parents, teachers have again helped get the school year off to a strong start - which is why we will do everything possible to reach an agreement, keep students in the classroom and provide teachers with the best deal possible given our financial situation.

As always, we thank your for your leadership and for support. 

Forest Claypool                                                        Dr. Janice K. Jackson
Chief Executive Officer                                           Chief Education Officer

Reminder:  Chicago Marathon this Weekend - Move Your Car

The 39th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is  Sunday, October 9th . The Chicago Marathon involves extensive street closures throughout the City and, i f you live on one of the streets along the route,  you must move your vehicle to another location by Saturday, October 8th. Towing of vehicles begins  at 1:00 AM on Sunday, October 9th.  Vehicles on the street at 1:00 AM will be ticketed and towed. Please be on the lookout for 'No Parking' signs along the following streets and in your neighborhood. 

Street Closures and Parking Restrictions
  • LaSalle Street: Jackson Boulevard to Stockton Drive
  • Stockton Drive: LaSalle Drive to Fullerton Drive
  • Fullerton Drive: Stockton Drive to Cannon Drive
  • Cannon Drive: Fullerton Drive to Sheridan Road
  • Sheridan Road: Diversey Parkway to Belmont Avenue
  • Broadway Street: Addison Street to Diversey Parkway
  • Clark Street: Diversey Parkway to Webster Avenue
  • Webster Avenue: Clark Street to Sedgwick Street
  • Sedgwick Street: Webster Avenue to North Avenue
  • North Avenue: Sedgwick Street to Wells Street
  • Wells Street: North Avenue to Hubbard Street
Route street closures will occur between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Sunday and streets will re-open as soon as the final runners pass through. The Chicago Police Department will close and re-open streets to ensure runner and spectator safety.

The following routes are scheduled to be available , however, additional streets may be closed by the Chicago Police Department if deemed necessary.

Available Routes
  • Lake Shore Drive's  north and southbound lanes will remain open. 
  • Inner Lake Shore Drive's north and southbound lanes will remain open from Diversey Parkway to Belmont Avenue Access to Lake Shore Drive will remain open at Belmont Avenue
  • Clybourn Avenue will remain open. 
  • Lincoln Avenue north of Sedgwick Street will remain open. 
  • Clark Street north of Diversey Parkway will remain open. 
  • Halsted Street north of Adams Street will remain open.
Click here for a full list of street closures . Good luck to all the runners!

Vigil Against Violence

Join me for a Vigil Against Violence with Che "Rhymefest" Smith, Pastor of the Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. Beth Brown, DePaul University students active in racial justice appearing as MOVE (Men of Vision and Empowerment), Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli, and Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence Colleen Daley on  Sunday, October 9th at 5:00 PM at Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, 600 W. Fullerton Parkway. 

The vigil and program are free and open to the public. It is sponsored by The Compassion Project of Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church. Young men and women killed by firearms in the last year will be honored in a remembrance ceremony including a moment of silence and their names being read one by one, followed by singing, speakers and performers. 

Columbus Day Office Closure

In observance of the Columbus Day Holiday, the 43rd Ward office will be  closed on Monday, October 10th. We will re-open at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, October 11th.

Please call 3-1-1 if you have service requests during that time or 9-1-1 for emergency situations.

What's Doing in Lincoln Park this Weekend?

C atch some of Chicago's best culture, food and happenings in the neighborhood. Check out the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce's weekend guide for Thursday, October 6th through Sunday, October 9th. 

Enjoy the marathon,

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||