General Iron Moving
Lincoln Yards Community Meeting
Art on Clark Tonight
50th Annual Sheffield Garden Walk
New Adams Water Park Opens
Public Meeting Regarding Lincoln Yards Proposal
Hosted by Ald. Hopkins
Near North Montessori School Gymnasium
1434 W. Division Street
Wednesday, July 18th
6:00 p.m.

Alderman Hopkins (2nd) hosts a public meeting this Wednesday where Lincoln Yards developers will unveil their plans. This discussion is central to our Ward - this project, immediately adjacent to us, can generate a daytime population of 50,000+ and trigger critical issues including traffic, congestion, diminished open space, and increasing school population. Ald. Hopkins cautions parking is limited at the school lot on Bosworth, and at Holy Trinity Church across the street, so please plan to come early.

In another important development, General Iron has announced that it will be moving to a new location on the South Side of the city by 2020 and selling its 21.5 acres of land. Crain's Chicago Business and the Chicago Tribune reported the story.

The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times have editorialized about our "traffic-choked" streets and the opportunity to create a sorely-neededl public park in the North Branch Corridor. I encourage everyone to attend this open, community-wide meeting.
Zoning Changes Rejected On Lakewood Avenue

In an earlier newsletter, we reviewed proposals for zoning changes along Lakewood Avenue . The City's Department of Planning and Development supported these changes to allow only residential development on these sites.

After listening to ward residents, it was clear that rezoning without a detailed plan from a developer caused many concerns. As a result, we will instruct any interested developer to submit a proposal before considering any zoning action.

As always, we rely on constituents to voice their concerns and fully participate in development discussions.  
Community Meeting for Incidental Liquor License
2407 North Clark Street 

Taco Bell Cantina Restaurant
Hosted by Ald. Smith and Park West Community Association
Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30 PM 
444 West Fullerton Pkwy – First Floor (former Standard Market Grill)

Taco Bell representatives of Taco Bell will present their proposal and answer questions regarding this application request. My office will attend the meeting to monitor the discussion, take notes and record your feedback. The full invite is here.
Upcoming Events

Join the Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA) to celebrate 50 years of the "Summer's Best Festival" featuring self-guided tours of over 80 Gardens, guided Architectural Tours, live entertainment including the Ides of March and the Buckinghams, food and drink, and the popular Kids' Corner.

Proceeds go towards supporting neighborhood schools, local institutions, community projects and beautification. Congrats to SNA for being such great neighbors with this cherished tradition.
Art on Clark
Opening Night Party

Gaslight Bar
2450 N. Clark St.
Tonight, July 17, 2018    
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

A Free Celebration of Art, Food, and Drink Along Clark Street in
Lincoln Park.
Tonight, join in a fun evening celebrating Art on Clark. Pick up your event passport at Gaslight Bar for a self-guided tour highlighting ten sculptures along Diversey Parkway and Clark Street and a free drink and quick bite. Download the Otocast app for an interactive sculpture map and interviews with the artists.

View 4 selected sculptures and enter a raffle to win one gift cards to shops, pubs, and restaurants along Clark Street and indulge in Art on Clark specials at unique businesses.

Grand Re-Opening of Adams Water Park
plus School of Rock Concert! Thursday, July 19, 2018
6:00 p.m
Adams Park
1919 N. Seminary Ave.
Join Adams Park Advisory Council, RANCH Triangle and the Chicago Park District to celebrate new water features at Adams funded through my office, the community and Park District.
Night Out In the Parks Free Events

Movie: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 8:15pm

Craftmobile at Bauler Playlot
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
and Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Bauler Playlot
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Friday, July 20, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
and Friday, July 25, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Jonquil Playlot Park

School of Rock Concert
Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 - 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Adams Playground Park

Friday, July 20, 2018 at 2:00pm
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join Kalapriya Dance Company for an evening of traditional Indian dance, music, and storytelling, followed by a Bollywood Dance Party. All ages.
Summer Nature Festival
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Thursday, July 19th
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

An evening outside featuring live animals, live music, nature play, hands-on activities, and real scientists, with good food, drink and a stunning view of North Pond under the city skyline.

Summer Nature Fest benefits the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and is hosted on the Museum grounds in Lincoln Park. Suggested Donation: $5 for individuals; $10 for families.
"Hops and Habitat"
Community Stewardship Workday
with Lincoln Park Conservancy
Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
Thursday, July 19th
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Join the Lincoln Park Conservancy for "Hops and Habitat" at the Fullerton gate of the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool (125 W. Fullerton Ave). Workday activities include planting, pulling invasive species, restoring trails, cleaning fences and mulching trees, followed by an optional social gathering at a local restaurant. More info or RSVP to Aaron Hammond at .

For a daytime opportunity, come Saturday, July 21st 10:00 a.m. - noon at North Pond.
An Evening with Author Ben Austen
Hosted by Lincoln Park Village and Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church
Tuesday July 24, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church
600 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago

Austen traces the good intentions behind the building of Cabrini-Green, home to 15,000 people at its peak, to its demise as a national symbol of public housing problems. He considers what went wrong and what we can learn for the future.

Admission is $30 and includes a book, bbq dinner and Austen’s presentation and Q&A.  Parking at Lurie Children’s Hospital Outpatient Clinic, 2515 N. Clark. Register by calling 773-248-8700 or online at by July 20. 

Keepin' It Real Burglary Workshop
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Advocate Masonic Hospital, 836 W. Wellington
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

All community members are invited to the "Keepin' It Real" Burglary Workshop by the 19th Police District Community Policing Office. At this workshop, you will hear an in-depth discussion on burglary awareness and prevention from a panel of convicted burglars.

For more information, please contact the 19th District Community Policing Office at 312-744-0064 or
See you at the SNA Garden Walk and enjoy our wonderful neighborhood this summer weekend.

Michele Smith
43rd Ward Alderman
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