Street Repaving
March with Us
North Branch Park Meeting
Dear Neighbors,

There has been an enormous amount of construction work in our Ward. Many of our streets have been torn up for private construction, natural gas repairs, new water mains, and new fiber-optic lines, as well as streetlights and and sewer structure repairs. While these infrastructure improvements are critically needed, there has been a severe impact on our streets.

Here is an update on the streets have been repaved or soon to be repaved, as part of our Aldermanic Menu and also a list of restorations due to water projects.

  • Astor Street from Burton to North Avenue - in process
  • Belden from Cleveland to Geneva Terrace - in process
  • Burling Street from Armitage to Dickens - completed
  • Cambridge from Belden to Fullerton - in process
  • Dickens from Halsted to Burling - completed
  • Dickens from Howe to Lincoln Avenue - completed
  • Geneva Terrace from Webster to Grant - in process
  • Halsted from North Avenue to Dickens - in process
  • Hudson from Menonomee to Armitage - completed
  • Schiller from Astor to State Parkway - in process
  • Willow from Racine to Larrabee - completed
  • Wrightwood from Racine to Halsted - in process

The following streets are slated to be repaved this season:

  • Clark from Armitage to Diversey - after completion of water project
  • Fullerton from Clark to Orchard - after completion of water project
Don't Miss a Preview of the Proposed North Branch Park Preserve

Public open space will ease looming development pressures in our park-starved area in the face of a potential Lincoln Yards daytime population of 50,000 that may now include a 20,000 seat stadium and a large entertainment complex. Not one foot of the proposed redevelopment of the entire North Branch Industrial Corridor is publicly-owned parkland.

A Public Park for the North Side
North Branch Park Preserve Coalition Meeting
Wednesday June 27, 2018
6:00 p.m.
DePaul University Student Center Room 314
2250 N Sheffield

The coalition will be streaming the meeting on Facebook Live at the Facebook page of the North Branch Park Preserve. Click here.

For more information go to:
Upcoming Zoning Matters

In an effort to protect our Ward against over-development, I have introduced several zoning ordinances at our recent City Council meeting:

2700 N. Pine Grove - Second Church of Christ Scientist

As you know from earlier newsletters, this property is for sale. Today, part of the site is labeled an R-6 zoning classification (which could allow a hi-rise), but another part of the site is labeled an R-5 classification. According to the city zoning department, any development proposal would be considered under the R-5 Zoning because part of the site is an R-5. To clear up any potential misunderstanding about what could be built on the site, I have introduced an ordinance to have R-5 zoning throughout the property. This is very consistent with the zoning in the immediate area and with Zoning policy. 

This means should any potential buyer purchase the site and seek to build anything larger than the existing church, they would have to seek an upzoning of the property. That will require public community hearings in a transparent development process. 

Properties in and around Lakewood Avenue

Some remember when the area between Wrightwood and Diversey on Lakewood Avenue was a candy factory and a Wonder Bread factory. While the neighborhood is now completely residential, there are still a few lots that have old M-1 zoning, which allows a large variety of uses, including manufacturing. To protect the neighborhood, I've introduced ordinances rezoning these parcels as RT-4, which is consistent with all the other zoning in the area and which restricts use of these lots to residential use. Here is a map of the parcels.

If you have any questions about these ordinances, please call my office at 773-348-9500.
Lead Testing

The city is providing FREE water quality test kits for those who are Interested in learning the level of lead in your home water supply. If you have not yet tested your home, I urge you to get one here.
Sign Up for Our Women's Issues Newsletter

We're starting an occasional newsletter focused on women's issues. If you'd like to sign up, email me at .
Upcoming Events
Pride Parade group
March with Us at the Gay Pride Parade
Sunday, June 24, 2018
11:20 a.m.

Join the fun and share the pride at the annual Gay Pride Parade. 43rd Warders will meet up at a step-off location, don Ward t-shirts and enjoy the day. Email us at to participate.

We will be marching with the anti-gun violence organization Moms Demand Action, so join us to celebrate pride and continue the fight against gun violence.
Summer Sipper
Lincoln Central Association
Fire Station Park
Larrabee and Armitage\
Sunday, June 24th
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Renowned magician Benjamin Barnes will be back as well as Geja's, J9 Wine Bar and more for a casual evening in the park. Free.
For more info see the Lincoln Central Association website. An evening not to be missed!
Night Out In the Parks
Free Events

Saturday, June 23 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Trebes Park
2250 N. Clifton

Helios is a nine-piece ensemble that combines chamber music and jazz to perform highly improvisational, expressive music, featuring original music and arraDearngements of jazz standards. Performances are appropriate for all ages and include opportunities for audience members to improvise and make music with the band.

Concert: School of Rock
Thursday, June 28 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Adams Playlot Park
1919 N. Seminary

An annual family favorite concert brought to you by the Ranch Triangle Association, Adams Playlot Advisory Council, and Lifeway Food. Resche

Movie: The Perfect Game
Saturday, June 30, 2018, 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Oz Park
2021 N. Burling
Families Belong Together
Chicago March
Richard J. Daley Center
Saturday, June 30
11:00 a.m.

Protest the Trump administration's anti-family immigration at this rally. Please note the change of location. Click here for more information.
Fourth Of July Celebration
Chicago History Museum
Wednesday, July 4
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join me as I read the Declaration of Independence, along with family-friendly festivities and a keynote oration by the Honorable Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court Justice. Other highlights include patriotic musical performances and a children’s costume parade led by the World’s Tallest Uncle Sam! Following the event, the Museum is open from 12:00 Noon until 4:30 p.m.. with free admission for Illinois residents.
Helping Our Seniors

The residents of  2111 N. Halsted, one of our local senior citizen residences,  were very excited about the newly relocated bus stop and bus shelter installed in front of their building. It was a much need convenience for the residents and also for our neighbors that frequent the bus stop. 

See you in the neighborhood!

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
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