Recent News

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)

2014 Chicago Air and Water Show Schedule

The Chicago Air and Water Show begins August 15th with a practice show, and continues August 16th and 17th! The Blue Angels will be present at this year’s show.

Beginning Monday, August 11, 2014, the parking lot at North Avenue beach will be closed for site preparation, which will continue throughout the week. On Friday, August 15th, beginning at 10:00 am there will be Air Show rehearsals, which will end at 3:00 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, the show will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The parking lot at North Avenue beach will re-open to the public on Monday, August 18th at 3:00 pm.

Stockton Drive Pedestrian Underpasses Rehabilitation

The three pedestrian underpasses located under Stockton Drive at approximately Deming Place, Belden Avenue and Dickens Avenue will be under construction beginning July 7th.

Construction will be staged to ensure at least one tunnel is open to the public during construction, and is scheduled to be completed by September 2014.

Stage 1:
The tunnels located at 2600 N. Lakeview Avenue and 2250 N. Lincoln Park West will be closed. The tunnel located at 2050 N. Lincoln Park West will be open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Stage 2:
At least one of the tunnels located at 2600 N. Lakeview Avenue and 2250 N. Lincoln Park West will be open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
The tunnel located at 2050 N. Lincoln Park West will be closed.

Diversey Sewer Main Installation!

Beginning in early July, the City of Chicago’s Department of Water Management (DWM) will begin construction to replace the sewer lines on Mildred Avenue, between Wolfram Street and Diversey Parkway, as well as the sewer lines on Diversey Parkway, between Mildred Avenue and Halsted Street. The current lines date to 1885 and are in need of replacement. The project is expected to last until the middle of August.

For a full description of the project, please click here. Additionally, should you have any questions, please contact DWM Assistant Commissioner Tom LaPorte at 312-742-1029 and he will be able to assist you further.