Community Alert Update
Trebes Park Meetings
Ward Walks 2019
Old Town Art Fair This Weekend
Summer Calendar of Events
Dear Neighbors,

The 18th District has just updated the community alerts issued last week about two sexual assaults in the neighborhood. The 18th District now believes that the two attacks, and a third that occurred earlier, were committed by the same person.

According to the alert, t he offender usually approaches females walking alone and grabs them in their private areas. The offender usually approaches from the rear and flees on foot. In one incident, the offender did assault a female accompanied by her female friend and fled to an awaiting bicycle parked a distance away.

About the Offender:
The offender is described as a male, White Hispanic, mid-20's to mid-30's, 5'05" –
5'10", 150 – 170 lbs., dark hair, medium to light complexion, white t-shirt, dark colored pants or short.

Incident Times and Locations:
• 1900 Block of N. Cleveland Ave. on May 17, 2018 at approximately 11:30 p.m.
• 2200 Block of N. Orchard St. on May 25, 2019 at approximately 4:00 a.m.
• 1800 Block of N. Burling St. on May 29, 2019 at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Thank you to all the Ward residents who cooperated with detectives in these cases and supplied video recordings to the police. If you live on any of these blocks and have video of any of these incidents, please forward them to . Please include your identifying information and the address from where the video was shot. If you have any information, please contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area Central at (312) 747-8380. (Case Numbers JC-266745, JC-277954, JC-284099).

What You Can Do
  • Be aware of your surroundings at night - don't wear headphones while walking
  • Walk in pairs or groups
  • Dial 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity immediately

Working together with police, and taking steps to guard our own personal safety, we can combat this and other offenses.

Dickens Greenway Proposal

Recently my office hosted a well-attended community meeting on the proposed Dickens Avenue " greenway " and the City Transportation Department (CDOT) plan increasing auto, pedestrian and bike safety. The greenway improves pedestrian visibility, calms traffic, and clearly marks safe bike routes on this residential street. There are several other greenways in the the City, including  Roscoe , Aldine and Berteau. The project is federally-funded.

If you were unable to attend the meeting we will soon schedule another to encourage wider input. In the meantime, please view the CDOT Presentation which provides project details.

We need your thoughts on how to create safe pedestrian and bike routes in our neighborhood. Please email your concerns and input to .
Ward Walks
Saturday, June 8th
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sweet Mandie B's
1208 W. Webster Ave.

Our 2019 Ward Walks begin this weekend and will continue every three weeks, (weather permitting). Our office teams up with residents for a detailed review of the neighborhood. We meet and split into groups for canvassing nearby blocks, noting the condition of curbs, signs and street surfaces-looking for potholes or other resurfacing issues. These problems are then prioritized for menu money allocation.

Our first walk will be this Saturday morning in the the Sheffield Neighbors area. If you live nearby, love Sweet Mandy B's, look forward to a walk, or have time to help maintain the neighborhood, please join us.

Trebes Park Community Meeting
Thursday, June 13th
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Oscar Mayer Gymnasium
2250 N. Clifton Ave

The Trebes Park Advisory Council and our office will hold the first community meeting to discuss Trebes Park improvements. The field is in bad shape and needs significant repair in order to serve the entire community. 

The Advisory Council, the Chicago Park District, and CPS are jointly developing a plan to accommodate everyone. Please join us to review the proposal and help shape future work at Trebes Park.
Community Events
Coffee with a Cop - 18th District
TONIGHT, Thursday, June 6th
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Starbucks Coffee
210 W. North Ave.
Join your neighbors and 18th District police officers for coffee and conversation about your questions and concerns.
No agenda and no speech - just an informal way to get to know our officers in our community. Hope to see you there!

For more information contact the 18th District CAPS office at 312-742-5778.
Representative Feigenholtz Free Condo Workshop
TONIGHT, Thursday, June 6
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Olson Auditorium, Illinois Masonic Hospital
836 W. Wellington Ave.

Join attorney Sima Kirsch (the “Judge Judy” of condominium law) as she answers questions and makes recommendations to empower owners to have a voice in important condo association decisions.

A range of topics will include: navigating board membership, the value of condo education, and the nuances of condo law. Also presenting will be the Illinois Condominium Ombudsperson Adrienne Levatino, and a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s condominium law subcommittee.

National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Wear Orange Weekend
Friday, June 7th

Friday, June 7, is National Gun Violence Awareness Day followed by Wear Orange Weekend - a way to honor Americans affected by gun violence, and bringing attention to ending gun violence.

Continue to fight for common sense gun regulation by joining Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Wear Orange...  c lick this link for events near you. For more information on Moms Demand Action for Gun Violence, click here .

The Fix the FOID Act ( SB1966) passed the Illinois House, but not yet the Senate, during this session in Springfield. This much needed bill would:

  • Require a point-of-sale background check for all gun sales, including those by an unlicensed seller.
  • Require applicants for FOID Cards to submit fingerprints as part of their application.
  • Reduce the FOID Card duration from 10 years to five years.
  • Require action by the State Police to remove guns once a FOID Card is revoked.

The bill will be back this autumn when lawmakers are back in session. Learn more here.
Old Town Art Fair
June 8th & 9th
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Old Town Triangle Historic District

The renowned Old Town Art Fair, voted America’s #1 Art Fair for the fourth year in a row, returns this weekend. Stroll the charming, tree-lined streets of Chicago’s historic Old Town Triangle District. You’ll discover 250 nationally acclaimed artists, a Garden Walk, Live Music, Children’s activities, Food & Drink and more.

A Donation of $10 per adult is kindly requested. Children enter free. You also receive a Fair program with your donation that includes a stop-by-stop guide to the   Garden Walk .
For more details visit the Old Town Art Fair website here .
Summer Events
Movies in the Park
(June - September)

Movies in the Parks brings big-screen entertainment to local parks for the nineteenth season.

All movies begin at dusk (any weather site shows the time of dusk each day).   Call (312) 742-1134 for daily listings and weather-related cancellations. For a full line-up and more information, visit their website here .

Jonquil Park
June 23 - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1
July 14 - Spider-Man: Homecoming 
July 21 - The Grinch (2018)
August 10 - Ralph Breaks the Internet

Oz Park
June 15 - The Sandlot 2
July 13 - Ghostbusters (1984)
August 24 - Wizard of Oz

Lincoln Park
June 26 - Galaxy Quest

Lincoln Park (Chicago History)
June 19 - Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything
July 31 - My Favorite Wife
August 21 - Singin' in the Rain

Trebes Park
July 9 - La Bolduc
Even More Summer Fun in Lincoln Park & Gold Coast

Month of June
June 14-15:  Craft Brews at the Zoo  (Lincoln Park)
June 15:  Chicago Taco & Tequila  (Lincoln Park)
June 30:  Chicago Pride Parade  (Uptown, Lakeview, Lincoln Park)

Month of July
July 19-21:  Sheffield Street Fe s t  (Lincoln Park)
July 20:  Volleywood Electric Beach  (Lincoln Park)
July 20:  Sheffield Craft BeerFest  (Lincoln Park)
July 20-21:  Sheffield Garden Walk  (Lincoln Park)
July 27-28:  Taste of Lincoln Avenue  (Lincoln Park)

Month of August
Aug. 9-11:  Chicago Hot Dog Fest  (Lincoln Park)
Aug. 9-11:  Ginza Holiday Festival  (Old Town)
Aug. 17-18:  Chicago Air and Water Show  (Near North Side)
Brookfield Zoo Free Passes

Every Summer the Chicago Zoological Society donates zoo passes and free parking passes to Brookfield Zoo. Tickets are limited and available at my office. Stop by and get them before they are gone!

Plan your visit and check out their website for hours and directions here.
Museums in the Park

Check out a 2019 Constituent Resource Card at my office to explore our wonderful museums for free!   The pass is valid for up to four guests and can be checked out for several days.

Participating Museums:
Adler Planetarium
The Art Institute of Chicago
Brookfield Zoo/ CZS
Chicago Academy of Sciences/ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Chicago Botanic Garden
Chicago Children's Museum
Chicago History Museum
Dusable Museum of African American History
The Field Museum
Lincoln Park Zoo
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Science and Industry
National Museum of Mexican Art
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
John G. Shedd Aquarium

Department of Public Health Launches
New Measles Vaccine Finder 

The Chicago Department of Public Health announced the launch of a new  web-based application  that helps Chicago residents locate where they can receive the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Amid measles outbreaks in the U.S. and internationally, Chicago residents are encouraged to review their immunization records, and use the new tool to find locations and receive the MMR vaccine if they are not up to date.

Residents can visit  and find where to get vaccinated against measles.
Old Town Art Center - Summer
Art Classes
Classes run from June 17- August 20

Register now  for summer art classes. Summer is the perfect time to begin a new course of expression! 

More information on classes, workshops and instructors is available on the  Triangle website .
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See you in the neighborhood and at the many events this weekend,


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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