Recent News

Fall Yard Waste Collection

As part of this year’s effort to clean up leaves and other debris before winter, the City of Chicago is providing a dedicated bagged leaf collection coordinated by Streets and Sanitation for three weeks this November.

·       From November 3 through November 21, residents can call 311 to request yard waste collection.

·       A truck will collect leaves and other yard waste separately based on the 311 calls and take the yard waste to be composted.  Collection will occur during the week it is called into 311.

·       Residents should bag the yard waste separately from garbage in the black carts and recycling in the Blue Carts.

·       Residents should leave the bagged yard waste in the alley or on the curb.

2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Street Closures

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 12th. The Chicago Marathon will involve extensive street closures throughout the City, as approximately 45,000 runners will be racing through the streets of Chicago, as they make their way to the finish line of one of the premier running events in the world..

Click here to view street closures throughout the City.

If you live on one of the streets along the marathon route, you must move your vehicle to another location off the course by Saturday, October 11. Towing of vehicles that have not been removed will begin at 1 a.m. on Sunday, October 12. In and around the 43rd Ward, these locations include the following, however, please be on the lookout for ‘No Parking’ signage in your neighborhood.

  • LaSalle St. from Jackson Blvd. to Stockton Dr.
  • Clark St. from Diversey Pkwy. to Webster Ave.
  • Webster Ave. from Clark St. to Sedgwick St.
  • North Ave. from Sedgwick St. to Wells St.

Street closures along the route will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. City streets will re-open promptly as the final runners pass through. The Chicago Police Department will be responsible for closing and re-opening streets and will do so in a manner ensuring runner and spectator safety. The following are approximate closing and opening times for streets in the 43rd Ward.

Street Closures and Re-Openings

Mile 3/4/5: LaSalle St. from Jackson Blvd. to Stockton Dr.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 9:30 a.m.

Mile 6: Stockton Dr. from LaSalle Dr. to Fullerton Dr.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 10:45 a.m.

Mile 6: Fullerton Dr. from Stockton Dr. to Cannon Dr.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 10:45 a.m.

Mile 7: Cannon Dr. from Fullerton Dr. to Sheridan Rd.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 10:45 a.m.

Mile 10: Clark St. from Diversey Pkwy. to Webster Ave.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 11 a.m.

Mile 10: Webster Ave. from Clark St. to Sedgwick St.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 11 a.m.

Mile 10: Sedgwick St. from Webster Ave. to North Ave.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 12 p.m.

Mile 11: North Ave. from Sedgwick St. to Wells St.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 12 p.m.

Mile 11/12: Wells St. from North Ave. to Hubbard St.

  • Anticipated closure: 7 a.m.
  • Anticipated opening: 12 p.m.

The following routes are scheduled to be available; however, additional streets may be closed by the Chicago Police Department or Bank of America Chicago Marathon officials if deemed necessary.

Available Race Day Routes

  • Clybourn Ave. will remain open.
  • Lincoln Ave. north of Sedgwick St. will remain open.
  • Clark St. north of Diversey Pkwy. will remain open.
  • North- and southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive will remain open.
  • North and southbound lanes of Inner Lake Shore Drive will remain open from Diversey Pkwy. to Belmont Ave. Access to Lake Shore Drive will remain open at Belmont Ave.

If you have any questions, please contact the marathon office at 312.904.9800 or send an e-mail to office@chicagomarathon.com.

Halsted from Willow to North Closed Sept. 13 &14

Halsted Street will be closed from Willow Street to North Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, from 11:00pm on Saturday to 12:00pm on Sunday as the CTA does construction on the Brown Line at that location.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14

Location: Brown Line – CTA Elevated Structure over Halsted St.

Work Hours: Saturday 9/13 at 11:00pm to Sunday 9/14 at 12:00pm

Local Impact:

- Halsted Street will be closed to thru traffic from North Avenue to Willow Street from Saturday at 11:00pm to Sunday at 1:00pm

- There will be parking restrictions on Halsted from North Avenue to Willow Street on both sides of the street.

- There will be noise while the work is being performed. Noise may include:

– Use of handheld “Jackhammers” to remove old structural rivets
– Use of pneumatic tools
– Beeping from backup alarms on maintenance equipment and vehicles
– Metal on metal disposal
– Truck traffic

Contact Jeff Wilson, Government & Community Relations Officer for the Chicago Transit Authority, with any questions or concerns. Jeff can be reached at 312.681.2712 or Jwilson@transitchicago.com.

Labor Day Office Closures

The summer has flown by and Labor Day weekend is here already!

In observance of Labor Day, my office will close at 3:00 pm on Friday, August 29th and will remain closed on Monday, September 1st, re-opening at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Further, trash removal services will be slightly delayed due to the Labor Day holiday, and all 43rd Ward waste hauling services will be completed by Wednesday afternoon. Recycling services will shortly follow and be completed by Thursday afternoon.

Volunteers Needed for the Lincoln Park Docent Program

Share your passion for plants by becoming a docent for the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens! The Lincoln Park Conservancy and the Chicago Park District are seeking volunteers to become docents at the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens.

Volunteer docents foster a greater appreciation and understanding of this tropical oasis by giving free tours to the public on weekends and optional weekdays. You will receive training from area experts on plants, the art of interpretation, architecture, and the history of Lincoln Park. The training consists of six consecutive Saturday mornings beginning on October 11, 2014.

Please register in advance by contacting Sue Hammerman at (773) 883-7275 or info@lincolnparkconservancy.org The registration deadline is October 6, 2014. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is located at 2391 N. Stockton Drive.

Filming Notice: August 27 & 28

August 25, 2014

Dear Neighbors:

Universal Television, LLC will be filming scenes for an upcoming NBC television show called “Chicago PD” in your neighborhood on Thursday August 28. In order to park the necessary vehicles and equipment for our filming, the following streets will be posted NO PARKING / TOW ZONE from 10:00 PM Wednesday, August 27 to 9:00 PM Thursday, August 28:

South side of Armitage from Orchard to Howe
Both sides of Armitage from Orchard to Halsted
East side of Orchard from Armitage south 100ft to alley
Alley behind 653 W. Armitage

Please be mindful of the NO PARKING / TOW ZONE signs posted on these blocks. We are working closely with the Chicago Film Office and the Chicago Police Department to ensure a safe and positive filming experience.

Please call 773-277-8235 with any questions.

Halsted from Willow to North Closed Aug. 23 & 24

Halsted Street will be closed from Willow Street to North Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th, from 11:00pm on Saturday to 1:00pm on Sunday as the CTA does construction on the Brown Line at that location.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24

Location: Brown Line – CTA Elevated Structure over Halsted St.

Work Hours: Saturday 8/23 at 11:00pm to Sunday 8/24 at 1:00pm

Local Impact:

- Halsted Street will be closed to thru traffic from North Avenue to Willow Street from Saturday at 11:00pm to Sunday at 1:00pm

- There will be parking restrictions on Halsted from North Avenue to Willow Street on both sides of the street.

- There will be noise while the work is being performed. Noise may include:

– Use of handheld “Jackhammers” to remove old structural rivets
– Use of pneumatic tools
– Beeping from backup alarms on maintenance equipment and vehicles
– Metal on metal disposal
– Truck traffic

Contact Jeff Wilson, Government & Community Relations Officer for the Chicago Transit Authority, with any questions or concerns. Jeff can be reached at 312.681.2712 or Jwilson@transitchicago.com.

Take the Clark Street Business Survey!

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and the Clark Street Special Service Area want your opinion!

As one of the most vibrant shopping and dining districts in the city, Clark Street is prime real estate for great local businesses. Your voice matters – we believe that hearing from neighbors and visitors is the best way to keep Clark Street unique and thriving. We will use the information from this survey to work with property owners, entrepreneurs, elected officials and local business owners to attract the right businesses to the corridor and help existing businesses thrive.

Please complete the survey below to help both groups continue to foster business growth in the area: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ClarkStreet2014

Taste of Lincoln Avenue Tow Alert: July 26th and 27th

The Wrightwood Neighbors Association presents: Taste of Lincoln Avenue on July 26th and 27th from 12PM – 10PM.

No parking will be allowed from 1:00AM Saturday, July 26th through 4:00AM Monday, July 28th on the following streets.

Lincoln Avenue: From Fullerton to Wrightwood
Montana Street: From Lincoln Avenue to 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

If you have any questions, please call Special Events Management at 773-868-3010.

Electricity Rate Changes

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 help 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. (www.ChicagoPowerCalculator.com)