Vaccine Clinic For All 16+ Coming to our Community
Carjackings Down - Police Preparedness
Earth Day News
Dear Neighbors:

Tomorrow we will announce a new, easily accessible vaccine clinic for our community that will include all persons 16 years old and up.

We will alert you via this newsletter and social media when sign-ups are available. Please encourage others to sign up for our newsletter at to receive the announcement.

This is a great opportunity for people in our ward to get vaccinated, especially those under 40 who have been the age group most impacted by recent spikes. Many people under 40 think they are healthy and will be lucky enough, if they get infected, to only have a minor case. I am suggesting that if they will not get vaccinated for themselves, do it for your community and to ensure that we can reopen fully.

Other Vaccine Options

Appointments for citywide Vaccination Clinics at the United Center and Wrigley Field can be made at Zocdoc. Other sites are:

While appointments are added daily at all locations, they are still filling up fast, so you will need to check locations often. If you need help navigating some of this, please call our office at 773-348-9500, and we will help you.

Bottom line: Get vaccinated.
Public Safety Updates

Increased Police Presence

The Chicago Police have released the following statement:

"The Chicago Police Department is closely monitoring the events across the country. While there is no actionable intelligence at this time, out of an abundance of caution, CPD will be deploying additional manpower across communities citywide, neighborhood retail corridors and the downtown business district. 

To ensure public safety in all areas of the city and to supplement district personnel and resources, days off have been cancelled for members of the Community Safety Team, Critical Incident Response Team, Summer Mobile Patrol, all Area Detectives and additional specialized teams."

You should be noticing heavy equipment again in the area around North and Clybourn, as well as increased manpower in the Near North Side.

Carjacking Arrests

The work of the multi-jurisdictional task force to combat carjacking is reaping benefits. Even as the weather gets warmer and there were concerns for spikes in criminal activity, incidents of carjacking have gone down city-wide, from 65 to 20 a week, and arrests have gone up. In the last two weeks, seven individuals have been charged with hijacking.

Thank you to our 18th and 19th Districts, as well as their county, state and federal partners for working to combat these crimes. Their work continues.
18th District Chicago Police
Block Club and Vertical Block Club Training
April 20, 2021
5:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting

Get all the information you need to establish or re-establish a Block Club or Vertical Block Club. Find out how you and your neighbors can work together to improve the safety in our neighborhood.

All Community Members are invited to attend!

Zoom Info: Sign On Here
Passcode: 956615
Earth Day News
New Recycling Deal

Just in time for Earth Day, the city has entered into an agreement with Lake Shore Recycling to collect blue recycling carts in four parts of the city.

Lake Shore was the lowest of four bidders for this contract which is intended to improve our recycling rates which have been appallingly low citywide—currently less than 10 percent.

Read the full story here. Our ward's recycling is collected by Streets and Sanitation employees.
St. James Earth Day Clean-up
Saturday, April 24
9:00 a.m.
2101 N Fremont

The families at St. James Lutheran Church and School will be coming together on Saturday, April 24 from 9-11 a.m. to clean up the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Volunteers will clean up around Fullerton and Armitage and Halsted to Clybourn. All members of the Lincoln Park community are invited to join them for the clean-up and coffee and doughnuts in the church courtyard that morning. St. James will provide all of the clean up supplies.

Chicago Clean & Green 2021
Saturday, April 24
Register by April 19

Clean and Green is an opportunity for residents and local organizations to help revitalize areas in their community by doing tasks such as collecting litter, removing weeds, and clearing vacant lots. 

Residents and groups interested in volunteering for Clean and Green are asked to first identify a worksite, and then call 311 or our office at 773-348-9500 to register their volunteer group by Monday, April 19, 2021. The City will provide the brooms, rakes, shovels and bags needed to complete each cleaning project. 

Fill in this form and email it to our office and we'll get you and your friends set up for an outdoor spring cleaning!
Earth Day Clean-Up, Saturday, April 24

Join Friends of the Parks’ for their 37th Annual Earth Day Clean-up and Celebration

The Earth Day Chicago website is up, and plans are still being made, so visit here for details as they update; as always they will be cleaning on the Saturday just after the actual Earth Day—April 24
43rd Ward Shredding & Recycling Event
Sunday, April 25th
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N Cannon Drive
(in the brick paver lot)
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Start collecting your electronic recyclables and papers to shred.

We will be hosting a 43rd Ward Shredding and Recycling Event at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum during Earth Month.

There is a limit of two bankers boxes of paper per person.

Masks are required and social distancing will be strictly enforced.
"We Will" Chicago
Citywide Plan
Kickoff Conversation
Thursday, April 29
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Mayor Lighfoot has announced a three-year citywide planning initiative that prioritizes equity, resiliency and engagement to create an inclusive and profitable vision for Chicago.

Join leaders from the Mayor’s Office, City departments and The Chicago Community Trust, for a forum about the planning for the first citywide plan in 50 years.

The event will include presentations and a moderated question-and-answer session about the community-driven process that will define the plan’s evolution over the next 18 months.
Summer Jobs
One Summer Chicago Jobs

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) announced the launch of the 2021 One Summer Chicago (OSC) application.

OSC 2021 will run from July 5 to August 13 and will include remote and socially distanced, in-person job and life-skills training for youth ages 14 to 24. The application deadline is Friday, June 11 here. More than 21,000 slots are available. 
Chicago Park District Hiring

Work for the Chicago Park District this summer! To learn more and apply, click here.
Enroll Your Student in Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sister mentoring program currently enrolling children ages 7-17. This free one-to-one mentoring program provides critical resources to keep kids on track and gives them an opportunity to meet a role model and have fun. Matches meet twice a month for fun activities and help meet your student’s goals. Avoid the brain drain of summer and enroll a student today.
To learn more and enroll your student visit here.
Advocate for Our Community
Parks, Jobs, and Equity Act

One in three Americans don’t have a park close to home.
We can change that—but we need your help.
This Earth Month, join the Trust for Public Land’s campaign and use your outside voice to tell your Representative to pass the Parks, Jobs, and Equity Act, a $500 million emergency investment to bring more parks to more people in more places.
Support our Arts Community

You can help make sure that Chicago's arts community receives the urgent Covid recovery support that it deserves. As a result of the passage of the American Rescue Plan, Chicago is receiving $1.8 billion and Illinois is receiving $7.5 billion in funds. Decisions are being made now about how those dollars will be spent, and a portion must go to the arts.

Arts Alliance Illinois has created a petition to encourage Mayor Lightfoot to dedicate $25 million of Chicago's federal relief dollars to the devastated arts and cultural sector. Not only will this money go to stages, galleries, and meaningful arts experiences across Chicago, but it will also support education and community development community.

Please help our arts community by signing the petition here.
Alcott School LSC

The Alcott Local School Council (LSC) is looking for a new member to fill a vacancy in one of its community representative positions beginning on May 1, 2021.
Any community member is eligible to serve as a community representative if he/she is 18 years or older and:
  • Resides in Alcott Elementary’s attendance area
  • Is not the parent or legal guardian of a child currently enrolled at that school; and
  • Is not an employee of the CPS Board. Regular meetings are held once per month and are open to the public.

Serving on the LSC is a great opportunity to volunteer and get connected with the Alcott community. If you know someone who might be interested in serving as a community representative, please have them contact the LSC's chair, Nate Galer or Alcott's Principal, Mr. Estrada.
Order From Our Local Restaurants
Savor Lincoln Park: April 19 - May 2: Online Ordering has Begun 

Savor Lincoln Park returns with a diverse line-up of locally owned restaurants and eateries featuring unique prix fixe menus, tasting menus and take-home kits available for carry-out.
There's also a silent auction!

A portion of every meal ordered supports our resilient restaurant community and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.

For more information and to place an order, visit here.
Support Local Businesses
Let's get vaccinated,

43rd Ward Virtual Office Hours: M - F 9 AM - 5 PM 
 2523 N Halsted | 773-348-9500