Recent News

Upcoming Community Safety Forums – Save the Date

Please join my office as we hold a series of public safety forums across our ward for police and other agencies to hear constituent concerns and to showcase the best ways we can work together to keep our community safe. We will have Chicago Police Commanders, representatives from the State’s Attorney’s Office and others.

Watch for a public safety survey in an upcoming newsletter and, in the meantime, feel free to email us with your concerns and suggestions.

Community Safety Forums – SAVE THE DATE

Monday, March 13th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
New Life Church
1111 W Lill Street

Wednesday, March 15th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Latin School of Chicago
59 W North Avenue

Tuesday, March 21st, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
St. James Lutheran Church
2050 N Fremont St

Upcoming North Branch Industrial Corridor Meeting

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will be hosting the last public meeting for the North Branch Industrial Corridor from  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, Feb. 21st  at UI Labs, 1415 N. Cherry Avenue.

You are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting and express your support for public recreational space. Also if you have not done so, please email your comments on our need for park space to and please copy me at

The meeting’s purpose is to review proposed new land use and redevelopment guidelines for the corridor, as well as implementation strategies. The meeting will involve presentations by City staff and consultants with time for comments, questions, and answers.

An RSVP is recommended due to facility requirements. Please click here to register.

After the Feb. 21 meeting, DPD will post the draft land use and development framework on the North Branch section of the department website. Public comments will be accepted for 30 days and incorporated into a final framework to be posted in early spring.

Please contact with any questions.


Lincoln’s Birthday and President’s Day Office Closures

In observance of Lincoln’s birthday, the 43rd Ward Office will be closed on Monday, February 13th.

We will re-open at  9:00 AM on Tuesday, February 14th.

The 43rd Ward Office will also be closed the following  Monday, February 20th in observance of President’s Day and will re-open at  9:00 AM on Tuesday, February 21st.

Please call 3-1-1 if you have service requests during this office closure or 9-1-1 for emergency situations.



Cortland Street Bridge Closure

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that the Cortland Street bridge westbound lane and north sidewalk will be closed until February 24 for utility tunnel repair work.

Westbound car traffic is being detoured to Webster via Clybourn and Ashland/Elston, while westbound trucks are being detoured to North Avenue via Clybourn and Ashland/Elston. Westbound bicycle riders may WALK their bikes on the southern sidewalk, taking care to give pedestrians the right-of-way.



Filming Notice: 2257 N Lincoln Ave (Greenhouse Theater)

Winter Road, LLC will be filming scenes for their new movie, THE CHRISTMAS GIFT, in our neighborhood Sunday, February, 12th through 14th. Filming will take place at Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N Lincoln Ave.

In order to park necessary vehicles and equipment for filming, streets will be posted with NO PARKING/TOW ZONE signs at the following times:

Sunday, February, 12th 6:00 PM to Tuesday, February, 14th 9:00 PM.

Both sides of N Lincoln Ave from 2269 N Lincoln Ave to 2233 N Lincoln Ave

As an additional courtesy if you could keep noise (i.e. instrument playing) to a minimum during the hours listed above that would be a huge benefit to our productions ability to work quickly and exit the premises without delay.



Parks in the Reimagined Clybourn Corridor

As we begin a new year, let us turn our efforts to making a better future for ourselves and residents to come. For the last 12 months, the City has held a series of meetings to create a framework for redeveloping the Clybourn Industrial Corridor aka North Branch Industrial Corridor or Finkl Steel Site. Absent from the recap of the last meeting is the consistent voice of the public calling for recreational space. (See the most recent report here.)

That is why  2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins and I have called for recreational park space in the Clybourn Corridor. The Chicago Tribune published our op-ed on December 22nd.  The full Op-Ed is here.

Media reports have also noted residents’ demands for meaningful park space.

A final DPD meeting will soon be scheduled. I urge you to attend to keep the focus on creating public recreational space in the soon-to-be-redeveloped Industrial Corridor. The City needs to hear about the need for meaningful recreational space from neighbors, athletes, and coaches of every sport before allowing private development to be the primary beneficiary. Keep an eye out for the final meeting information which I will publish in my newsletter.

This once-in-a-generation moment falls on our watch.  With your collective support, I believe we can make a difference.  Please send your comments to with a copy to


43rd Ward Condo Summit Presentations

The 43rd Ward Condo Summit featuring expert discussions on helping residents age in place, association compliance with the new short-term rental laws, new recycling laws, and advice about common condominium and homeowners association issues was held September 12th & 14th, 2016.

Special thanks to everyone at the Second Church of Christ Scientist and PUBLIC Hotel for hosting us, Representative Sara Feigenholtz and all the wonderful speakers.

Below are links to documents provided at the two-night event


Short Term Rental Ordinance Overview Handout  from the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Short Term Rental Presentation by Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Recycling Ordinance Overview Handout  from the Department of Streets and Sanitation

Recycling Ordinance Presentation by Deputy Commissioner for Recycling Chris Sauve, Department of Streets and Sanitation

Recycling Guides  #1 and  #2 from Flood Brothers Disposal

Recycling Handout from Faith Hart, Condo President at 345 W Fullerton

Aging Handout   from Executive Director Joyce Gallagher, Department of Aging

Lincoln Park Village Handout and Brochure from Founding Executive Director Dianne Campbell, Lincoln Park Village

Common Condo Issues Handout  from Attorney Sima Kirsch


Holiday Office Closures

In observance of the Christmas Holiday and Hannukah, the 43rd Ward office will close early at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 23rd. We will re-open at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, December 27th.

From Tuesday, December 27th to Friday, December 30th the office will be open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

In observance of the New Years Holiday, the 43rd Ward office will be closed on Monday, January 2nd. We will re-open at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Please call 3-1-1 if you have service requests during that time or 9-1-1 for emergency situations.

Open House Presentation of Natural Playscape at the North Pond Nature Sanctuary

Please join my office, the Lincoln Park Conservancy, and the Chicago Park District for an open house presentation regarding the proposed natural playscape at the North Pond Nature Sanctuary.


WHAT: Open House Presentation of the Natural Playscape at the North Pond Nature Sanctuary

WHO: Hosted by Alderman Michele Smith, the Lincoln Park Conservancy, and the Chicago Park District

WHEN: Tuesday, December 13th at 5:30 PM – Short, formal presentation at 6:00 PM

WHERE: The Cabrini Shrine – Lower Level Gathering Space, 2520 N. Lakeview Avenue


Learn how this interactive playscape engages children of all ages  and abilities in a safe, fun environment reflecting the natural wonders of  the North Pond Nature Sanctuary. Stop in during the open house to provide feedback and help refine the design.

Schematic Drawing of Natural Playscape

2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Street Closures

The 39th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is Sunday, October 9th. The Chicago Marathon involves extensive street closures throughout the City and, if you live on one of the streets along the route, you must move your vehicle to another location by Saturday, October 8th. Towing of vehicles begins at 1:00 AM on Sunday, October 9th. Vehicles on the street at 1:00 AM will be ticketed and towed. Please be on the lookout for ‘No Parking’ signs along the following streets and in your neighborhood.
Street Closures and Parking Restrictions
  • LaSalle Street: Jackson Boulevard to Stockton Drive
  • Stockton Drive: LaSalle Drive to Fullerton Drive
  • Fullerton Drive: Stockton Drive to Cannon Drive
  • Cannon Drive: Fullerton Drive to Sheridan Road
  • Sheridan Road: Diversey Parkway to Belmont Avenue
  • Broadway Street: Addison Street to Diversey Parkway
  • Clark Street: Diversey Parkway to Webster Avenue
  • Webster Avenue: Clark Street to Sedgwick Street
  • Sedgwick Street: Webster Avenue to North Avenue
  • North Avenue: Sedgwick Street to Wells Street
  • Wells Street: North Avenue to Hubbard Street
Route street closures will occur between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Sunday and streets will re-open as soon as the final runners pass through. The Chicago Police Department will close and re-open streets to ensure runner and spectator safety.
The following routes are scheduled to be available, however, additional streets may be closed by the Chicago Police Department if deemed necessary.
Available Routes
  • Lake Shore Drive’s  north and southbound lanes will remain open.
  • Inner Lake Shore Drive’s north and southbound lanes will remain open from Diversey Parkway to Belmont Avenue Access to Lake Shore Drive will remain open at Belmont Avenue
  • Clybourn Avenue will remain open.
  • Lincoln Avenue north of Sedgwick Street will remain open.
  • Clark Street north of Diversey Parkway will remain open.
  • Halsted Street north of Adams Street will remain open.
Click here for a full list of street closures. Good luck to all the runners!