Recent News

Community Meeting re: Park West Co-Operative Nursery School

Please join my office and the Sheffield Neighbors Association (SNA) at a community meeting to review the proposed relocation of the Park West Co-Operative Nursery School to 2214 N. Bissell Street.
This is an opportunity to engage in a direct dialogue with the development team to gain a better understanding of this proposal and obtain answers to any questions the community may have. My office will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion, take notes, and record your feedback.
WHAT: Relocation of Park West Co-Operative Nursery SchoolWHO: Hosted by Alderman Michele Smith and Sheffield Neighbors Association

WHEN: Monday, June 27th at 6:30 pm

WHERE: DePaul University’s Arts and Letters Building

  2315 N Kenmore Street
Room 103

47th Annual Chicago Pride Parade

The parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park.  There is no fee to attend the Pride Fest or watch the Parade. A voluntary donation is requested at the entry gates to Pride Fest, and it is open to all ages. This donation goes back to community support programs.

Ward City Sticker Sale

The 43rd Ward’s annual City Sticker Sale, facilitated by the City Clerk’s Office, will take place at DePaul on June 17th. Please review the date, time, and location specifics below:

Friday, June 17th
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
DePaul University Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave, Room 380

Eugenie Street Closure

Portions of Eugenie St. will be closed to traffic during the following times for the filming of the series“Patriot”:


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016 9:00AM – 1:00PM



East Lincoln Park Architecture Tour

Join long-time Lincoln Park resident Bob Segal on Saturday, June 11 for an architecture tour of East Lincoln Park, with a bit of history and photography mixed in. The tour starts at 10 AM on the bridge over South Pond in Lincoln Park and ends at Diversey/Sheridan at Noon (lunch afterwards is optional). During the tour Bob will discuss the early history of the Lincoln Park area and highlight buildings ranging from Prairie School to Neoclassical to Beaux Arts to Modernist. The fee is $10, but the tour is free for members of the Lincoln Central Association.

More information about the tour and registration is available at

Outdoor Roll Call

Chicago Police Department’s 18th District will be conducting an outdoor roll call at the North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive, on Friday, June 10 at 5 PM. Come out to show your support to our hard working officers and show the 43rd Ward’s commitment to safety this summer.

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!

Changes to Truck Parking Regulations

New truck parking regulations

Effective immediately, there is no longer an additional residential parking permit requirement for non-commercial pick-up trucks weighing less than 8,000 pounds in the City of Chicago – provided certain conditions are met:
1.    If the non-commercial pick-up truck is owned by a City Resident and has a valid City Sticker, the owner may park the vehicle on a Residential or Business street.
2.    If the non-commercial pick-up truck is owned by a Non-Chicago resident, (e.g. a visitor from the suburbs) and does not have a valid Chicago City Wheel Tax License, the owner may only park the vehicle on a Business street.

Outdoor Roll Call

The 18th District will be conducting an outdoor roll call at the North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive on Wednesday, June 1st at noon. Please stop by to show your support to the force.

Help Improve Lincoln Avenue

Please join my office, the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Wrightwood Neighbors Association (WNA), and Lincoln Central Association (LCA) and attend a community open house to give your feedback on improving Lincoln Avenue  in Lincoln Park. Anyone who lives near, works around, or visits this area is encouraged to attend.
This is the first of two public events that will help inform the Lincoln Avenue Corridor Plan. Attendees will share their opinions about the conditions of many aspects of the corridor through conversations and interactive exhibits. Topics to be addressed include: sidewalk and public way conditions, transportation, business mix, and the state of the buildings in the area. Feedback will be incorporated into a report which will be released late this summer.The event is free, open to the public. Click here for more information.

WHAT: Lincoln Avenue Corridor Plan Open House Community Meeting #1WHO: Hosted by Alderman Michele Smith, Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Wrightwood Neighbors Association, and Lincoln Central Association (LCA)

WHEN: Today, June 1st from 7:00-9:00 PM

WHERE: Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln