Two Important Public Meetings Tonight

Winter Weather Tips
Dear Neighbors,

The most significant development of our generation, the redevelopment of the Clybourn Corridor Planned Manufacturing District, is moving toward final conception in the City's North Branch Industrial Corridor Modernization effort.  As I have previously written, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create much needed public recreational space for residents now and in the future. Unfortunately, to date, there is no commitment yet to include meaningful park space in a redefined PMD. Recently the 22-acre FINKL Steel site was purchased for $100M, no doubt, in anticipation of rezoned uses beyond manufacturing. We must not waste this opportunity to create a public asset as well as accommodate private development.

One of the final North Branch Industrial Corridor Modernization meetings is tonight , December 13th at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at UI Labs, 1415 N Cherry Avenue

You are strongly encouraged to attend and express your support for public recreational space and discuss your experiences in utilizing our area parks, especially for organized team activities.

Please contact  with any questions.

Open House Presentation of the Natural Playscape at the North Pond Nature Sanctuary

Join the Lincoln Park Conservancy and the Chicago Park District for an open house presentation regarding the proposed natural playscape at the North Pond Nature Sanctuary  tonight , December 13th between 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM with a  formal presentation beginning at 6:00 PM  at The Cabrini Shrine - Lower Level Gathering Space, 2520 N. Lakeview Avenue. 

Learn how this interactive playscape engages children of all ages  and abilities in a safe, fun environment reflecting the natural wonders of  the North Pond Nature Sanctuary. Stop in during the  open house to provide feedback and help refine the design.

Keep Warm During Winter Months and Sidewalk Snow Removal

Bitter cold temperatures can pose a serious threat to health and safety.  Should you need to take refuge from extreme cold weather conditions the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Warming Centers inside of the City's six Community Service Centers during work weekdays; 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM .

The nearest Warming Center to the 43rd Ward is the North Area Community Service Center at 845 W. Wilson Avenue.

Additionally, libraries, police stations or other city structures might be made available after hours, on weekends, or on holidays, as conditions warrant. Chicago's seniors can stay warm when they use any of the city's 21 Senior Centers during their regular weekday activities.

To learn the location of the closest available Warming Center at any given time, call 3-1-1. For more helpful tips to stay safe and keep others safe during the winter click here.

Through June 1st landlords must heat residential buildings to at least 68 degrees during the day and 66 degrees overnight or face fines  up to $500 per day. If you are unable to resolve a heating problem with your landlord, call 3-1-1.

We all need to ensure the sidewalks are clear of snow and ice 7 days a week. Individuals who do not comply can face fines of up to $500 per day of violation and businesses can face fines of up to $1,000 per day. Click here to review the city brochure on proper snow removal from sidewalks, how to report locations that are not clear, and who is responsible for removal.

Water Main Replacements on Lill, Halsted, & Altgeld

NPL Construction Co. (NPL) has been contracted to serve Lincoln Park as part of the City of Chicago's Water Main Replacement ProgramWork has begun on W. Lill Avenue, will move to N. Halsted Street at W. Wrightwood Avenue and travel south to W. Fullerton Avenue. The work will wrap up on W. Altgeld Street.

Sign up for email updates  on the project by going to to register for the WaterALERT program and enter project ID  #1401191. Get notification  when equipment is arriving, when pipes are installed and when work is complete. There will be periodic street closures and coordinated water shutoffs before work is finished and streets are restored.

Join Me for Holiday Meet and Treats

Let's celebrate the holidays once again by meeting up at some great neighborhood spots. On Tuesday, December 20th from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM get a sweet holiday treat and a special neighborhood discount on all purchases at Berco's Popcorn, 810 W Armitage.

Join me on Wednesday, December 21st for two meet and treat events:
  • Floriole Cafe, 1220 W. Webster Avenue; Wednesday, December 21st from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Twisted Baker, 2475 N. Lincoln AveWednesday, December 21st  from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Office Closures for the Holidays

In observance of the Christmas Holiday and Hannukah, the 43rd Ward office will close early at 2 :00 PM on Friday, December 23rd . We will re-open at  10:00 AM on Tuesday, December 27th.

From Tuesday, December 27th to Friday, December 30th the office will be open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

In observance of the New Years Holiday, the 43rd Ward office will be closed on Monday, January 2nd. We will re-open at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, January 3rd.

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

Chicago Property Tax Rebate Application Deadline Extended

You can still apply for your property tax rebate from the City of Chicago until Friday, December 30th. Eligible Chicago homeowners can apply for the  City of Chicago Property Tax Rebate   at any of these  26 neighborhood locations ,   including City Hall. 

Homeowners must apply for the rebate in person. Review this previous newsletter  for further information  and visit the city's webpage on the Chicago Property Tax Rebate to see if you qualify. 

Savor Lincoln Park 2017

Enjoy a special celebration of Lincoln Park's culinary scene on Tuesday, January 24 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Guests will indulge in cuisine from some of Lincoln Park's finest restaurants, from fondue and fresh seafood bites to BBQ and delectable desserts. For tickets and to check out a complete calendar of Lincoln Park events, visit here.
Use the code savor17 to receive $10 off your tickets by Saturday, December 31 (regular priced tickets are $40).

Lincoln Avenue Corridor Plan

As part of the Lincoln Avenue Corridor Plan effort, the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce is asking area residents, business and property owners, and other stakeholders to fill out this survey. The results will be an important part of the project's public input process.

General information about the Lincoln Avenue Corridor Plan can be found on the project's website, click here .

Stay safe and warm,

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||