Tonight: Public Meeting About North Branch
This Weekend: Help Paint LPHS
Dear Neighbors,

Mayor Emanuel's  Industrial Corridor Modernization initiative  community outreach meeting on the future of the North Branch area, which includes the Finkl Steel site, is tonight,  Aug. 10th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM  at UI Labs, 1415 N. Cherry St.

City staff will present an update on the  North Branch Industrial Corridor modernization initiative. Following the meeting, the presentation will be posted on the Department of Planning and Development's (DPD) website. Additionally, a  Community Outreach Update is currently available on the website. 

An  RSVP  is required  for this meeting due to facility requirements.  Should you have any questions, contact DPD at .

Lincoln Park High School Community Painting Project
Next Two Weeks

Please join neighbors, alumni, parents, teachers, students, businesses, and friends in the fourth  project to enhance Lincoln Park High School. We'll paint more classrooms and in the future hope to refresh several main hallways. The next dates are: 
  • Today, August 10th
  • Friday, August 12th
  • Sunday, August 14th
  • Wednesday, August 17th
  • Sunday, August 21th  
Hope to see you there for this fun  and easy project. Sign up here !

Community Meeting Re: 441-447 W Arlington Place

You are invited to join the Park West Community Association (PWCA) and my office at a community meeting to review the proposed redevelopment of 441 - 447 W. Arlington Place.   My office will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion, take notes and record your  feedback.

WHAT:     Proposed Redevelopment of 441 - 447 W. Arlington Place

WHO:   Hosted by Alderman Michele Smith and Park West Community Association

WHEN:   Thursday, August 18th at 6:00 PM

WHERE: Gaslight Bar and Grille, 2450 N Clark Street

The project, in the Arlington & Roslyn Landmark District, contains a  single family home and a vacant lot. The applicant seeks to rehabilitate the existing single  family home and build a 4-story, 8-unit residential structure with 14 parking stalls, two of which will be reserved for the existing home. 

The parcel currently has two underlying zoning designations: the Arlington Place  frontage, classified as an RM-5, and the rear of the lot, B1-2. The applicant is  seeking zoning approvals to eliminate the B1-2 designation and make the entire site an RM-5  designation.  

I hope you can join my office and PWCA to meet directly the development team to  gain a better understanding of this proposal and answer your questions.

Annual Ginza Holiday Fest

This weekend is the annual Midwest Buddhist Temple Japanese Cultural Festival.   Flown in from Tokyo for this event, four master craftspersons (Waza) will demonstrate generations-old skills creating unique crafts, which may be purchased.  Other exhibits and booths will feature Japanese textiles, snacks, t-shirts, kimonos, artwork and jewelry, as well as  exhibits of bonsai and ikebana. 

Food offerings include an abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine and beer. Performances include taiko drumming, martial arts, and Kendo, plus a Saturday night performance by  Yoko Noge and her band, Jazz Me Blues . This is a 43rd Ward tradition - see the lineup of events here

WHAT:     61st Annual Ginza Holiday Festival, a Japanese cultural festival 

WHERE: Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 West Menomonee Street

WHEN:    Friday, Aug. 12, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
         Saturday, Aug. 13, 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM 
         Sunday, Aug. 14, 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM 

Please Observe Fire Station Safety Striping

With Firefighters at Engine Co. 22 and LCA Pres. Ken Dotson 
Chicago Fire Department (CFD) Engine 22, at 605 W Armitage, and CFD Engine 55, at 2619 N Halsted, recently received new street striping in front of the stations. Engine 22 also  had larger Fire Station signage installed. 

Please observe this striping and stay out of the area when fire trucks are exiting or backing back into the station.

Special thanks to Lincoln Central Association  for bringing these needed public safety needs to our attention. 

With Alderman David Moore of the 17th Ward 
MLK Memorial Dedication

I was proud to join my fellow aldermen and many other public officials to celebrate the dedication of a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Marquette Park last Friday.

This important monument commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's historic 1966 march through Marquette Park for fair housing in Chicago.  Read more here.  Longtime 43rd Ward resident Don Rose was press secretary to the Freedom Movement and wrote an account recently in the Sun-Times.
Edith Spurlock Sampson BBQ Fest

All had a wonderful time with the seniors at the Edith Spurlock Sampson Apartments, 2640 and 2720 N Sheffield at their first annual 
barbecue fest last Saturday. Behind us are the gardens for which my office collected tools to help seniors garden with ease. Thanks to Ward residents who generously donating gardening tools.
11 Lincoln Ave Bars Encouraging Ridership on No. 11 Bus

All throughout August, join the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce in partnership with neighboring chambers and the Active Transportation Alliance in  celebrating the return of the #11 bus by exploring some of Lincoln Avenue's local brews, pubs and more! From Lincoln Park to Lincoln Square, the Beer Explorer Passport encourages Chicagoans to visit some of Lincoln Avenue's mainstays and newcomers. 

Enjoy a cold one or dine at any of the 11 participating businesses to collect stamps to enter a drawing for prizes including a dinner at Half Acre Taproom, Chicago Brewery Map posters from Beermiscuous, and $25 Lakeview Gift Cards. Download the 11 on 11 Beer Explorer Passport and find more details.

Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce Monthly eNewsletter

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce (LPCC) has launched a new monthly eNewsletter, focused on sharing neighborhood and business news with residents in and around Lincoln Park.  Click here  to subscribe and receive updates on neighborhood special events, neighborhood happenings and Lincoln Park news.

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward