Upcoming Community Meetings
Improving Postal Service in the Ward
Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closure
Dear Neighbors,

As Thanksgiving ushers in the holidays and our schedules fill up, please note an important upcoming community meeting on your calendar and make every effort to attend.
November 29th Lincoln Yards Plans Revealed

Actual developer plans and time for questions from the audience have been promised. The meeting is expected to fill up so plan to get there early.
            Community Meeting for Lincoln Yard Development
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Park Community Church
1001 N. Crosby Street 
6 p.m.

Please call my office if you need transportation to this meeting. Please let us know you are planning to attend.

 Editorial Warns Premature Passage of TIF

The Chicago Tribune cautions a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District needs "thorough vetting," especially in light of its failure to include funding for new open space and schools. The editorial slams the city's open space vision as "scattered patches ...including green rooftops, bike paths, riverfront setbacks and tot lots." The Lincoln Yards presentation is an opportunity for community input on transportation infrastructure, parkland and getting residents ensure the community sees and vets the entire plan for this area.
2019 Chicago Police Beat Meetings
CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy). Meet with your local beat officers to engage in a direct dialogue, discuss about safety procedures, crime statistics, and report on the progress of community policing. Attend the meeting closest to your home.
19th District BEAT 1932
Monday, January 14th at the New Life Church, located at 1101 W. Lill Avenue. The meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

19th District BEAT 1935
Monday, December 10th at the 2nd Unitarian Church, located at 656 W. Barry Avenue. The meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

19th District CAPS Office: 312-744-0064
18th District BEAT 1811, BEAT 1812, BEAT 1813, BEAT 1814
Thursday, January 10th located at the Old Town Triangle Association, 1763 N. North Park Avenue starting at 6:00 PM.
18th District BEAT 1824 (Gold Coast)
Tuesday, January 8th located at the 018 District Chicago Police Department, 1160 N. Larrabee Street starting at 6:00 PM.

18th District CAPS Office: 312-742-5778
Congressman Quigley Calls on Postmaster General to Improve Service

Our office and Congressman Quigley's office have both received numerous calls from constituents about the United States Postal Service (USPS). These concerns from constituents particularly focused on USPS delivering mail to incorrect addresses, arriving damaged, or not arriving for days at a time. 

Congressman Quigley sent the Postmaster General a follow-up letter demanding immediate answers regarding the causes of delivery issues and additional information on the steps the USPS will take to prevent these problems going forward.

The Congressman's Office has published a survey to learn more about your experiences with mail delivery and ways USPS can improve the situation. To share this survey with your friends or family, please see the Congressman's Facebook page here .
Toiletry Drive
Month of November Only
43rd Ward Office
2523 N Halsted

Our 43rd Ward Office, State Senator John Cullerton's Office, and State Representative Ann Williams' Office are all partnering with Lincoln Park Community Services to host a Toiletry Drive. We will be accepting donations throughout the month of November.

  • Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Sponges, Paper Towels, Hand Soap
  • Paper Napkins, Plastic Silverware, Paper Plates, Toilet Paper
  • Shaving Cream, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, New Men's and Women's Underwear
  • Tissue, Lotion, Pocket Tissue, Hand Sanitizer, Razors, Pens, Backpacks, Umbrellas
Trash and Recycling Changes for Thanksgiving Week

All city-collected refuse will be serviced Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure all black refuse carts are accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on your regular day of collection. 

The Department of Streets and Sanitation will collect recycling on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  Residents should ensure all Blue Recycling Carts are accessible throughout the week of collection. 
Recycle Guide

We all support recycling, but occasionally, by putting the wrong things in our blue cart, an entire cart can be contaminated - and not recycled. We'll be running a few tips to help out.

  • NO Pizza boxes - the grease contaminates the paper fibers and the separators can't distinguish between boxes. Throw them out, or champion recyclers tear off the parts that are contaminated and recycle the rest. 
  • NO plastic bags - the bags tear up the recycling equipment. Better to carry your bag to the blue cart, drop the items, emptying the bag (and reuse it!)

To look up your recycling and garbage schedule for your specific address at any time, click here.  
Bagged Leaf & Yard Waste Pickup  

As a reminder, please do not sweep leaves into the street or along the curb. Leaves and yard waste must be bagged separately. Call 311 to reserve a pick up.

For more information please visit the City of Chicago Website.
Aldermanic Internship
Winter 2018

Our office is seeking dedicated part-time interns to begin this month! This role will be a rewarding opportunity for college students and recent graduates. Interns assist our office with constituent services, business outreach, community outreach, event coordination, public policy, and legislative research. Interested applicants can send a resume and writing sample to yourvoice@ward43.org
Construction Updates
Fullerton/Geneva Terrace Water Main Work:
Water service connections for this project are being made. Once connected, please flush your entire home/building from exterior spigots, to the basement and up to the higher floors sequentially. Contact 311 immediately should the service 'sputter' or have very low pressure.

700 block of W Schubert & 2700 N Orchard block:
CDOT in-house construction will be performing curb and gutter replacement and ADA installation. Please be cautious when driving in this area as the streets are very heavily used during school drop off and pick up.

Restoration is impacting Wrightwood and Halsted as well as Wrightwood and Orchard. 2500 N Orchard work will be limited to the eastern sidewalk and be restored 'concrete to grade' before Thanksgiving.
Upcoming Events
November 23rd - January 6th

Now in it's annual 24th year, ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ returns to Lincoln Park Zoo. Featuring luminous displays, fun seasonal activities, and even a few special ticketed events, all under the glow of 2.5 million twinkling lights.

For the easiest parking experience, visit on a weeknight. On warm weekend evenings, especially Saturdays, the lot fills up. On these warmer climate nights, we strongly recommend public transit, rideshare apps, or Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.’s Holiday Lights Tour, the official trolley of ZooLights, which makes two convenient stops at the zoo.

For more information please visit the Lincoln Park Zoo Website.
Gold Coast Neighbors Presents
Fire Safety—Up Close And Personal
The Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street, November 28, 2018
From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy beverages and appetizers in the Chicago History Museum while learning about fire safety in buildings and homes from the Chicago Fire Department. The program will also include information on life-saving measures from the American Red Cross, including the AED, the portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia and treats it through the application of electricity.

Admission is complimentary for GCNA members, $20 for nonmembers. reserve your place click here to register. For questions please email info@goldcoastneighbors.org , call 773.510.7327, or visit our website www.goldcoastneighbors.org
Oz Park's Second Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 1
5:00 p.m.

The Oz Park Advisory Council and Lincoln Central Association (LCA) are pleased to again host the 2nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Oz Park on Saturday, December 1st at 5:00 PM. Don't miss this special event, along with caroling by Lincoln Park High singers.

Come early for the Pre-Lighting festivities from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. that same afternoon and meet Santa Claus! The Pre-Lighting is brought to you by the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce & LCA.
43rd Ward Office Closure

In observation of the Thanksgiving Holiday, our office will be closing Wednesday, November 21st at 2:00 PM. We will return to our desks on Monday, November 26th at 9:00 AM.

If you have a need for city services, please call 3-1-1 for non-emergency requests, or dial 9-1-1 if you require immediate assistance.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving,

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 yourvoice@ward43.org www.ward43.org
Text Us for Constituent Services: 773-906-4333