Opt-Out Form For Short-Term Rentals 
 Now Available
North Pond Plan Meeting Tonight
Dear Neighbor,

As you know, our office fought for restrictions on short-term rentals.  While the ordinance as passed fell far short of what I believe is necessary, one important gain is the creation of a "prohibited buildings" list.  Any property that is landlord-owned, or governed by a homeowner's association of any kind, can notify the city that the property prohibits short term rentals.   The City will deny a license to anyone seeking a short term rental license at that address (subject to an appeals process, during which time the property can continue to be listed and rented).

The Department of Business and Consumer Affairs has released the official affidavit required to place your building on the "prohibited buildings" list. Here are the instructions.  I encourage all rental buildings, condo and co-op buildings and townhouse associations to submit this form to create an initial level of protection for your building.

If your association would like to schedule a seminar on compliance with the regulations, contact us.

Reminder:  North Pond Plan Meeting Tonight 

Tonight is the  open house presentation of the proposal for the revitalization of North Pond and Sunshine Playlot. Join the  Lincoln Park Conservancy, the Chicago Park District and my office at Francis Parker School, 2233 N Clark St., from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM  to learn about the Conservancy's ambitious vision and Master Plan and share your feedback. 

Long-Term Homeowner Rebate Passes City Council

Yesterday, City Council unanimously passed a Homeowner Property Rebate Ordinance.  The ordinance offers tiered rebates up to $200 based on household income. Taxpayers 60 years of age who have owned their homes at least 18 years and whose home's assessed value increased by 30% are eligible for an additional $150 rebate.  Here is the ordinance and schedule of rebates here. 

As your Alderman,  I promised that if any tax relief was offered to Chicago homeowners, it must touch our Ward to support those long-term owners who have seen the paper value of their homes increase just as their income becomes fixed.  Though more restricted than I  originally  sought,  this rebate does reach many of the longtime owners who helped build our neighborhood over the decades. No new taxes or fees will be necessitated by the rebates, as this one-year program will be financed by a one-year source, the over $20 million dollars in transfer taxes paid by the recent re-sale of the Chicago Skyway to another set of private investors.

I encourage you to participate in this program and we will provide details soon as it goes into effect. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions.

Green City Market BBQ - Tonight!

Come out tonight, July 21st from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM for the Green City Market BBQGreen City Market is Chicago's first sustainable, year-round farmer's market. GCM is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization which aims to create a sustainable food system in Chicago through markets, outreach, and educational programming.

Goosebumps at Trebes Park - Tonight!

Watch Goosebumps under the stars. Bring family and friends, blankets, and picnic baskets and refreshments  tonight, July 21 at 8:30 PM .

Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk

This weekend is the 48th Annual Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk on Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 24The "Summer's Best Festival" features self-guided tours of more than 80 Gardens, guided Architectural Tours, live entertainment by some of Chicago's and North America's finest bands, food and drink, and activities for children at the Kids' Corner.  Proceeds benefit our neighborhood schools and parks, thanks to the Sheffield Neighbors Association.

Annual Lincoln Park Sidewalk Sale!

Come join the Lincoln Park Merchants Association for their annual sidewalk sale and visit stores along Armitage, Halsted & Webster for HOT Summer Sales!  Saturday, July 23rd 10 AM - 6:00 PM & Sunday, July 24th 10 AM - 5 PM.

Chicago Craft Beer Festival

Come this weekend and buy a ticket for the Chicago Craft Beer Festival The festival will feature beers from both local and national craft brewers at Sheffield and Webster avenues Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, 24 from 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM, with tasting hours are 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM.

Live Performance at the Library
Leslie Goddard Presents: Trailblazing Female Athlete
 Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Join the Lincoln Park Branch Library on Saturday, July 23rd from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM to hear Award-winning actress Leslie Goddard brings the legendary athlete to life in this performance, tracing Babe's rise from 1932 Olympic medalist to world-class golf champion.

Target Grand Opening Sunday

Rep. Sara Feigenholtz and I cutting the ribbon with Target team members
Sunday, the new Target at 2650 N Clark has its  grand opening! I was honored to cut the ribbon opening the store along with State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz on Tuesday the 19th. Target will be a great anchor to the continued growth on Clark Street. 
Heat Relief - Cooling Centers
While you're out and about this weekend please be aware that if you're getting too hot during the extreme heat of the summer the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six  Cooling Centers  located inside of the City's Community Service Centers. Also be sure to look in on seniors in your area as they are often the most vulnerable to the heat.
Stay cool,
Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward