Women's March October 13
Brunch, Shop, and Give on Armitage/Halsted
LPHS Homecoming Parade Friday
Dear Neighbors,

This month a new effort is beginning to celebrate the resurgence of Armitage and, at the same time, extend the vibrancy to Halsted. After much effort, most of the storefronts on Armitage Avenue are now full and thriving. Halsted, however, still has too many empty locations.

Join us Sunday, Oct 14 and Sunday, October 21 for "Brunch, Shop and Give" in the Armitage Halsted Shopping District. The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, the Mobile Merchants Group, and the University of Chicago's Clinic on Entrepreneurship are parking mobile boutiques on Halsted and promoting the new stores on Armitage.

We have worked hard to change the identity of our special shopping district. As reported in the Chicago Tribune, Armitage is now the " go-to destination for online retailers to open brick-and-mortar stores."

You'll enjoy shopping the more than 120 shops, restaurants and boutiques on Armitage/Halsted, including only-one-in-Chicago or the Midwest guideshop locations for Serena & Lily Tovala, Peruvian Connection, Black Tux, Bevello, The Tie Bar flagship store, Margaret O'Leary, Via Strozzi, Pogo, State and Liberty, Helen Ficalora, May & March, essentia. Calvin Tran, Laudi Vidni, and Interior Define These stores are joined by only in Chicago merchants Bela, Read It and Eat, Art Effect, All She Wrote,and Tabula Tua.

Plus, shop at these unique Mobile Boutiques:

Shop the Thrifty Fashionista:  https://www.shopttf.com/
To keep the momentum going, we are encouraging local landlords to register their space on thestorefront.com, a platform that advertises brands through pop-ups. In addition, we are meeting regularly with landlords to ensure that they are actively marketing their property.

I hope you will support your local shopping district in this next chapter of its transition.
Women's March To the Polls
October 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. Voter Village Opens
11:00 a.m. Rally and March
Grant Park

This year's march has never been more important. Join women from all over Chicago and the Midwest to make our voices heard at the polls. Bring a first-time voter with you and participate in a special area of the event called the First Time Voter Experience. After the rally and march, we are going to early vote at the Super Site at 175 W Washington. Our spirited 43rd Ward group, made up of men, women, and students, welcome you to join us!

To sign up & join our group of marchers, email Alyssa@ward43.org.
Community Meeting Regarding LaSalle Language Academy
Turf Field and Playground Project
Thursday, October 4, 2018
LaSalle Language Academy Gymnasium
Entrance on Sedgwick
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Representatives of the school community and CPS will be there to make a presentation and answer questions. My office will be present to monitor the discussion, and record your feedback.
Register to Vote Online

The deadline to register to vote in the November 6th election is just weeks away and early voting has begun. Residents may register to vote online by using a current Illinois driver's license or state ID. For more information on voting and elections, click here .  Ballots will be mailed in early October.

The deadline to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot is  November 1st .

By law, any mail ballot postmarked November 7th or later cannot be counted, which might include ballots slipped in the mail on the afternoon or evening of Election Day, November 6th.
Upcoming Events
Lincoln Park High School
Homecoming Parade
Friday, October 5th
2:00 p.m. Start

Watch the parade, and cheer on the Lions! Join LPHS students, the marching band, cheerleaders, football and other fall sports teams as they strut to show "Lion Pride" in the neighborhood. Children of all ages, from 2 to 92, enjoy the Lions Spirit!

  • Leaving LP campus onto Armitage and head north on Larrabee
  • From Larrabee and head west onto Webster
  • From Webster and head south onto Freemont 
  • From Fremont head west onto Dickens to LPHS Hill for Pep Rally
Best in Gold Coast Dog Show
Lincoln Park at Astor St. and North Ave.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Does your dog have the "IT" Factor? Join Gold Coast Neighbors and PAWS Chicago at the Best in Gold Coast Dog Show!

Participants sashay down the red carpet with their dog, before pup-arazzi and celebrity judges as they compete to win top prizes.

For more information and to register  click here. To download sponsorship form  click here  .
The Chicago Marathon
Sunday, October 7th
7:30 a.m. Start

This exciting annual event "runs" right through our Ward. Please note the following street closures:

Mile 5 - LaSalle St.. to Stockton Dr. 
Mile 6 - Stockton Dr. to Fullerton Dr. to Cannon Dr.
Mile 7 - Cannon Dr.: Fullerton Dr. to Sheridan Rd.
Mile 10 - Clark St.: Diversey Pkwy. to Fullerton Pkwy.
Mile 11 - Clark St.: Fullerton Pkwy. to Webster Ave.
Mile 11 - Webster Ave.: Clark St. to Sedgwick St.
Mile 11- Sedgwick St.: Webster Ave. to North Ave.
Mile 12 - North Ave.: Sedgwick St. to Wells St.

Streets will close at 7 a.m. and reopen about 1 p.m.
Wrightwood Neighbors Association Presents
Fire Safety Meeting
Monday, October 8th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Halsted Street Fire Station
2714 North Halsted

Join Chicago Engine 55 & Truck 44 for fire safety prevention tips, meet your local fireman & see a fire truck up close! Sponsored by the Wrightwood Neighbors Association, pizza & ice cream will be served.

This event is free for All WNA Members & Kids. This is part of WNA's regular monthly meeting for October. For more information please visit the WNA  website.
Columbus Day Office Closure
Monday, October 8th, 2018

In observance of Columbus Day, our office will be closed on Monday, October 8th, 2018. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

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.

See you in the neighborhood,

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