Recent News

Lincoln Central Association’s Spring Zing

LCA’s seasonal event promises to be fun for the whole family, featuring face painting, architectural tours, entertainment from Magician Sean Masterson, and more. Saturday, June 4th from 10 AM – 1 PM at the corner of Dickens & Lincoln. I’ll be there with Congressman Mike Quigley and State Representative Ann Williams – I hope to see you there!

43rd Ward Office Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, our office will close at 3 PM Friday, May 27th and reopen Tuesday, May 31st.
City Hall, City of Chicago governmental offices and Chicago Public Libraries will also be closed on May 30th comply with the City of Chicago mandatory holiday schedule.
If you have a need for city services, please call 311 for non-emergency requests, or dial 9-1-1 if you require immediate assistance.

Filming Notice

Hypocretin, LLC will be filming scenes for an independent feature film, “The Untitled Jack Dunphy Film,” on May 19, 2016. The following street will be posted NO PARKING / TOW ZONE from 6:00 PM through 11:59 PM:

West Side of Stone from Division to Scott

Click here for more information.

Community Meeting: Request for Zoning Changes and Parking Restrictions

Community Meeting: Request for Zoning Changes and Parking Restrictions

Alderman Smith and Sheffield Neighborhood Association are hosting a presentation by the Park West Cooperative Nursery School with regard to their proposal to purchase the building at 2214 North Bissell Street and relocate their nursery school on Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church Rectory, 1010 West Webster. In order to do so, they will need a zoning change and side yard variations.  They also will request parking restrictions along the west side of Bissell Street from Webster to the north end of the 2214 property on weekdays for a drop-off zone for children. You are invited to hear about his proposal, ask questions, and make your opinion known.  You may contact the SNA at

Old Town Art Fair First Sight

The Old Town Triangle Association is hosting an opening celebration it’s Annual Art Fair on May 15th from 6 – 10 PM, featuring live and silent auctions, raffle prizes include dinners, and Perennial’s chef’s selection of canapés and seasonal delights, and  the Old Town Art Fair Signature Cocktail.

Tickets are on sale now: $100 per person (before April 30) | $115 per person (after May 1). Click here or visit the Triangle office at 1763 N. North Park with your check or credit card to purchase.

Spring Blood Drive at St. Teresa’s

Please share the gift of live with others most in need by donating a pint of life.

When: Sunday, March 15th from 9:00am to 1:30pm

Place: St. Teresa of Avila Church, 1037 W. Armitage

All donors will be entered into a raffle for wonderful prizes and will receive a 5 day pass to Formula Fitness Club plus a certificate for a pint at ice-cream at BR 31.

Kindly make an appointment by visiting or calling 1-800- 786-4483, and have a healthy breakfast before donating. Bring your photo ID and a friend.

43rd Ward Paper Shredding, Expired Medication & Electronics Recycling Drive

We’ve partnered with Sheriff Dart’s Office and the Peggy Notebaert Museum to host a paper shredding and electronic recycling drive on May 14th from 9 – 11AM at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr. We will accept the following:
  • Paper documents
  • Unwanted electronics, including televisions
  • Expired prescription medications
Documents will be taken for shredding offsite by Sheriff Dart’s Office, which is NAID certified. When you arrive, pull into the Nature Museum’s receiving lot and look for the driveway directly north of the bus turn-around in front of the Nature Museum.


Maxmedia will be filming scenes for an AT&T commercial in your area on THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016. Please be advised that the following areas will be posted “No Parking.”

NO PARKING ZONE: MAY 12, 2016. 10:00AM-1:00PM


Click here for more information.

DUI Strike Force Patrol Along Lake Shore Drive

The Chicago Police Department will be conducting a DUI Strike Force Patrol along Lake Shore Drive from North Avenue to Hollywood Avenue this weekend. The DUI Strike Force Patrol will commence at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016 and end at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Click here for more information.

Community Meeting for Proposed Wine Bar

Join my office and the Lincoln Central Association at a community meeting to review a proposal to open a new wine bar at 1961 North Halsted Street. My office will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion and record your feedback. Click here for more information.

WHAT: J9 Wine Bar proposal at 1961 North Halsted Street

WHO: Hosted by Alderman Michele Smith and the Lincoln Central Association

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM

WHERE: Newberry Math & Science Academy – School Auditorium 700 West Willow Street