Recent News

Presidents’ Day – Ward Office Closed

In observance of Presidents’ Day, Alderman Smith’s Office will be closed on Monday, February 15th.  City Hall, City of Chicago governmental offices and Chicago Public Libraries will also be closed on this date to comply with the City of Chicago’s 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

Universal Television, LLC will be filming scenes for the NBC television series “Chicago PD” on Friday, February 12th and has asked the City of Chicago to post NO PARKING / TOW ZONE signs effective for the hours of 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM in the following areas in the 43rd Ward:

Both sides of Astor from Goethe to Scott

North side of Scott from Astor to State

Click here for more information.

Lincoln’s Birthday – Ward Office Closed

In observance of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Alderman Smith’s Office will be closed on Friday, February 12th.  City Hall, City of Chicago governmental offices and Chicago Public Libraries will also be closed on this date to comply with the City of Chicago’s 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.

Neighborhood Night at Lincoln Park

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School invites you to “Neighborhood Night at Lincoln” on Monday, February 8th.  Doors open at 6:30 P.M.  Please enter the school through door #14 in the new, west building. Eighth grade Ambassadors will offer 30-minute guided tours of the school at 6:45 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. and Principal Mark Armendariz will address  guests at 7:15 P.M.  Come for the first tour and stay for the principal’s remarks or come at 7:15 P.M. and stay for the second tour.

Lincoln School has been in existence for over 140 years.  The original school building was completed in 1871. With growth of the largely German Lincoln Park neighborhood, an addition was completed in 1894; that addition is still in use today.  In 1937, the original building was razed and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) built the east building in 1939, which is still in use today.  Last fall, Lincoln completed its most recent addition.  Several parents of current students also will be available to welcome neighbors to this iconic building.

Filming Notice

20th Century Fox Television will be filming scenes for the television series “Empire” and has asked the City of Chicago to post NO PARKING / TOW ZONE signs in the following areas in the 43rd Ward:

THURSDAY, February 4th, 2015, 8:00am to FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5th 2:00am

North side of Burton, Astor to State

West side of Astor, 1500 to 1526 N

Both sides of State St., 1500 to 1600 N

North side of North Ave, State St. to Lake Shore Drive

For a complete list of filming dates and locations, click here.

Condo Refuse Rebates

The application deadline for the condo refuse rebate program is January 31, 2016, and no rebates will be granted for refuse collection costs incurred after December 31, 2015. First year applicants will not be approved for rebates. Please bring your forms to our office no later than January 8, 2016 (you may email or fax forms to 773-348-9594 if preferred). Click here for information and forms.

 

Property Valuation Appeals

The Cook County Board of Review will be open for property valuation appeals for North Township until January 19th, 2016.

After a taxpayer files a one-page complaint, the Board will analyze comparable properties to determine if the property is assess at too high a value.  Taxpayers may also present an appraisal, comparable properties, or any other evidence showing the fair market value of their property.  There is no fee to appeal to the Board of Review.

Click here to download and file an appeal form for 2015.

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.