Vacant Storefront Filled;   
Burling & Stockton Resurfaced
Also In This Issue
Shop On Wells Street!
Electricity Rate Changes
Property Tax Assistance
Wrightwood Neighbors Needs Your Help
Diversey Sewer Main Installation
Burling and Stockton Resurfaced

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Shop Local!

Wells Street Block Bash

Saturday, July 12

1640-1746 N. Wells


Get your summer shopping on at the Wells Street Block Bash 2014, a sidewalk sale with merchants in Old Town on Saturday, July 12th from 10AM- 2PM! Stores participating include Greenheart Shop, Luxury Garage Sale, Adelaide, Delightful Pastries, Hotel Lincoln, Sproing, Catering Chocolate, among others. All sales and discounts vary upon location. There will be Food, Fun & Music. Stop on out to discover the hidden gems of Old Town! 

Has Your Electric Bill 

Gone Up?

Electricity Rate Changes & the Chicago Power Calculator


After recent rate changes, Chicago consumers are wondering whether the City's electricity deal with Integrys is still right for them. 


The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the City have collaborated to create the Chicago Power Calculator to helps consumers determine whether they should stick with Integrys or return to ComEd for their electricity supply this summer.


 Click here to use the Chicago Power Calculator.



Property Tax Assistance

Friday, July 25, 2014

2pm - 5pm

2523 N. Halsted


The second installment of the 2013 property tax bill is due August 1, 2014


On Friday, July 25 from 2 PM to 6 PM staff from Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer's office will be available at my office (2523 N Halsted) to offer on-site property tax assistance. Homeowners can visit Commissioner Gainer's staff to ensure all eligible exemptions have been applied and answer any questions.


Can't attend office hours? Call Commissioner Gainer's office at 312-603-4210.



Wrightwood Neighbors Need your Help

July 26-27, 2014


Wrightwood Neighbors need volunteers for the Taste of Lincoln Avenue!


The annual fundraiser requires more than 300 volunteers. Click here to sign up to volunteer. 


For more information, call Mike at 708-357-2980. 



The City of Chicago's Department of Water Management has begun construction to replace the sewer lines on Mildred Avenue, between Wolfram Street and Diversey Parkway, as well as the sewer lines on Diversey Parkway, between Mildred Avenue and Halsted Street. The current lines date to 1885 and are in need of replacement. 


The project is expected to last until the middle of August.


For a full description of the project, please click here

43rd Ward Office

2523 N. Halsted


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Dear Friends,

As I  discussed in a May newsletter, a number of neighbors joined me for a court appearance to express concerns about some persistently vacant storefronts on Clark Street. 

At this hearing, the court ordered all property owners to cooperate with the City of Chicago's Department of Buildings to make improvements, as many had been consistently vacant. 

I'm pleased to report new tenants have now moved into a previously vacant storefront.  A big welcome to Elle Val, which is a new women's clothing stare at 2320 N. Clark Street. Make sure to pay a visit to the owners of this unique store,  Lauren and Lexy Vallortigara!  

Our next court date is August 22 at 11am in courtroom 1105 at the Daley Center. Please let me know that you'll join so we can continue to bring tenants, like Elle Val, to vacant storefronts.
Burling and Stockton Resurfaced
I am happy to report the recent resurfacing of several streets in our ward:
  • Burling Street, between Fullerton Parkway and Wrightwood Avenue
  • Stockton Drive, between LaSalle Drive and Webster Place
  • Stockton Drive, between Cannon Drive and Fullerton Parkway  

The following pictures show the pre-construction condition and the post-construction condition of these streets. Given the significant deterioration that these streets experienced - due in large part to the winter weather conditions caused by the Polar Vortex - I authorized the use of my Aldermanic Menu Fund to expedite these repairs this summer and I am happy to have been able to get these repairs completed in a timely manner.

Burling Street before resurfacing.
Burling Street after resurfacing.
Stockton Drive before resurfacing.
Stockton Drive after resurfacing.

There are a number of other resurfacing and infrastructure enhancements planned over the coming months, and I will continue to keep you informed as these projects are completed!




Michele Signature 

Michele Smith

43rd Ward Alderman