- Traffic Improvements at Cortland Bridge -
-#1School1Community Launches this Week-
- Register for School -
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Third Thursday Concert
Thursday, August 20th
Adams Park: 1919 N Seminary
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join for a concert in Adams Park performed by Dave Rudolf. Bring the whole family for the last concert of the summer!

Crilly Court and North Park Condos Yard Sale
Saturday, August 22nd
Alleys Adjacent to 1700 block of Crilly Court
11:00am - 3:00pm

The Crilly Court Condos and North Park Condos are hosting a joint yard sale on Saturday, August 22nd in each of their respective courtyards (located 1 block away from each other). Stop by Old Town for some great yard sale finds. 
Nature Photography at Lincoln Park Library
Saturday, August 22
Lincoln Park Library: 1150 W. Fullerton 
Reception: 2:00pm

The Lincoln Park Branch Library will host 'Earth Song,' a nature photography exhibit by the Chicago Photographic Arts Society.  A public reception will be held from 2:00 to 3:00pm on Saturday, August 22 and the exhibit will run through September.

Back to School Health Fair
Saturday, August 22nd
Seton Family Health Center: 711 W. North Avenue
11:00am - 2:00pm

The Seton Family Health Fair offers back to school physicals, health screenings, flu shots, demonstrations, games and giveaways.

Wildflower Walks
Saturday, August 22nd
Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

The Lincoln Park Conservancy is offering a free Wildflower Walk at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool on August 22. Tours begin at 10:00am. Registration is required by emailing or calling (773) 883-PARK.

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Dear neighbors,

The repair of the Cortland Street Bridge has led to a number of transportation challenges in our neighborhood.  While this bridge isn't located within the Ward, it is a highly-traveled location and construction has led to severe traffic congestion and, in some cases, hazardous driving conditions that many of you have reported to our office.

At our urging, CDOT has undertaken a traffic study to assist with traffic flow at the Cortland Street Bridge, and will be making the following improvements:
  • Adjusting the timing of traffic lights at the intersection of Webster and Ashland.
  • Installing a left turn lane and left turn signal on westbound Webster at Ashland.
  • Placing electronic message signs at North Avenue, Elston and elsewhere, encouraging drivers to use Elston Avenue as an alternative to Clybourn. CDOT reports that traffic is flowing smoothly on Elston, even with ongoing construction at Elston and Fullerton.
  • CDOT will be delaying certain projects in the immediate area until the bridge is completed.  
Many of these modifications, such as the electronic messaging signage, have already been instituted. The additional measures will be completed in the very near future. Please let us know if you have any questions, and we'd be happy to assist. 
Back to School

Summer is coming to an end and it's almost time for students to head back to school! 

But before that, an exciting transformation is taking place at our premier high school in the 43rd Ward, thanks to the efforts of parents and community members.

The inaugural initiative for #1school1community is this weekend - August 21st and 22nd! Thanks to the more than 100 volunteers who have signed up to paint the school. We'd also like to thank Starbucks, SkinnyPop  and the newly opened Slice Factory ( 2364 N. Lincoln Ave)  for providing food and drink for volunteers!

Friends of Lincoln Park High School continues to accept contributions for supplies for the event. Click here to make a contribution

We're looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!
School Registration

Our local principals encourage you to register before the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8. 

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School:  

Registration will be held daily beginning on August 26th from from 9:30am to 2:30pm. You may come into the school's main office at 615 W. Kemper to obtain an enrollment packet or download all forms at this link.

Construction to the new Annex at Lincoln Elementary will be complete before the first day of school!

Alcott College Prep:

Registration will be held Tuesday through Thursday from 9:ooam to 12:00pm. Email Mr. Estrada ( or Ms. Allen  ( with any questions.





Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman