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Holiday office hours

Holiday office hours:

The ward office is closing at noon on Wednesday, November 25th and will reopen on Monday, November 30th for normal business hours in observation of Thanksgiving.

Second Community Presentation: Proposed Redevelopment at 2720 N. Clark Street

Please join me at a follow up public presentation regarding the proposed redevelopment of 2720 N. Clark Street. Following the initial public presentation that occurred in late September, the applicant has revised their traffic management plan based on feedback from the prior meeting to service the “Alt School”, a proposed K-8 private education facility proposed for this location.

As you may recall from the initial meeting, the property is zoned as a B1-2 Neighborhood Shopping District. The City of Chicago Zoning Ordinance requires a “special use” approval for a school to be located in a B1-2 zoning district. The applicant seeks a special use for the school, designed to accommodate up to 150 children on the second floor of the proposed building. The first floor of the building is proposed to contain approximately 9,000 square feet of ground-level retail and five (5) parking stalls. No other zoning relief is requested.

WHAT: Redevelopment of 2720 N. Clark Street (currently the Edge Bar and Grill)

WHO: Hosted by the Park West Community Association and Alderman Michele Smith

WHEN: Monday, November 16th at 6:30 pm

WHERE: Alcott College Prep
2625 N. Orchard Street
Ground Level Cafeteria

I work hard to provide an open and transparent community review of all local development proposals. Please join the Park West Community Association and me to engage in a direct dialogue with the development team and view the revised traffic plan, as well as to receive answers to any questions you may have.

CTA Public Hearing 11/16/15

A public hearing regarding the proposed Chicago Transit Authority budget will take place on Monday, November 16th at 6:00 pm at CTA headquarters located at 567 W. Lake Street on the second floor conference room.

Please join me in advocating for the re-institution of the #11 bus route within Lincoln Park.  As many residents know, the route formerly ran down Lincoln Avenue and connected residents to the many businesses within the 43rd Ward.
Written commentary may be sent to the Assistant Secretary of the CTA Board Gregory Longhini.

Eastbound Diversey Closed for Sewer Installation

Eastbound Diversey Parkway will be fully closed from Seminary to Sheffield (between Racine Avenue and Halsted Street) for sewer main installation. Southbound Sheffield Avenue will also be fully closed at Diversey Parkway for the same project.

Eastbound Diversey Parkway and Southbound Sheffield Avenue will be closed starting October 5. Sheffield will be closed through November 2, and Diversey will be closed through November 16.

Eastbound Diversey Parkway will be detoured to Fullerton Parkway via Racine Avenue and Halsted Street.

Southbound Sheffield Avenue will be detoured to Racine Avenue via Belmont Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.

Westbound Diversey Parkway and Northbound Sheffield Avenue will remain open at all times.

Labor Day Office Closures

The 43rd Ward office will close at 1:00pm on Friday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.We will re-open at 9am on Tuesday, September 8th. Please dial 9-1-1 to report any public safety emergency and dial 3-1-1 to request City services.

Tow Alert: Taste of Lincoln Ave

The Wrightwood Neighbors Association presents Taste Lincoln Avenue: July 25th and 26th from 12PM-10PM


No Parking will be allowed from 1:00AM Saturday, July 15th through 4:00AM Monday, July 27th 2015 on the following streets:


  • Lincoln Avenue: From Fullerton to Wrightwood
  • Montana Street: From Lincoln Avenue west to the 1st alley
  • Altgeld Street: From Halsted to Sheffield
  • Lill Street: From Lincoln east to Halsted
  • Halsted: From 2401 to 2423 on Halsted


All vehicles left on the the street will be ticketed and towed by the City of Chicago. If you have any questions regarding street re-routes, please call Special Events Management at 773-868-3010.

4th of July Office Closures

The 43rd Ward office will close at 3:00pm on Thursday, July 2nd and remain closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day.

We will re-open at 9:00am on Monday, July 6th.

Happy Fourth of July!