Recent News

2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Street Closures

The 39th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is Sunday, October 9th. The Chicago Marathon involves extensive street closures throughout the City and, if you live on one of the streets along the route, you must move your vehicle to another location by Saturday, October 8th. Towing of vehicles begins at 1:00 AM on Sunday, October 9th. Vehicles on the street at 1:00 AM will be ticketed and towed. Please be on the lookout for ‘No Parking’ signs along the following streets and in your neighborhood.
Street Closures and Parking Restrictions
  • LaSalle Street: Jackson Boulevard to Stockton Drive
  • Stockton Drive: LaSalle Drive to Fullerton Drive
  • Fullerton Drive: Stockton Drive to Cannon Drive
  • Cannon Drive: Fullerton Drive to Sheridan Road
  • Sheridan Road: Diversey Parkway to Belmont Avenue
  • Broadway Street: Addison Street to Diversey Parkway
  • Clark Street: Diversey Parkway to Webster Avenue
  • Webster Avenue: Clark Street to Sedgwick Street
  • Sedgwick Street: Webster Avenue to North Avenue
  • North Avenue: Sedgwick Street to Wells Street
  • Wells Street: North Avenue to Hubbard Street
Route street closures will occur between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Sunday and streets will re-open as soon as the final runners pass through. The Chicago Police Department will close and re-open streets to ensure runner and spectator safety.
The following routes are scheduled to be available, however, additional streets may be closed by the Chicago Police Department if deemed necessary.
Available Routes
  • Lake Shore Drive’s  north and southbound lanes will remain open.
  • Inner Lake Shore Drive’s north and southbound lanes will remain open from Diversey Parkway to Belmont Avenue Access to Lake Shore Drive will remain open at Belmont Avenue
  • Clybourn Avenue will remain open.
  • Lincoln Avenue north of Sedgwick Street will remain open.
  • Clark Street north of Diversey Parkway will remain open.
  • Halsted Street north of Adams Street will remain open.
Click here for a full list of street closures. Good luck to all the runners!

2016 43rd Ward Flu Shot Clinic

The Chicago Department of Public Health will be providing free flu shots at the following location.  If you have a Medicare card, please bring it with you.

43rd Ward Flu Shot Clinic

DePaul University Student Center

2250 N. Sheffield, Room 380

October 7, 2016

9:00am – 2:00pm

Community Meeting Regarding Proposed Redevelopment at 441-447 W. Arlington Place

Please join my office and the Park West Community Association (PWCA) at a community meeting to review the proposed redevelopment of 441 – 447 W. Arlington Place. My office will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion, take notes and record your feedback.

WHAT: Proposed Redevelopment of 441 – 447 W. Arlington Place

WHO: Hosted by Alderman Michele Smith and Park West Community Association

WHEN: Thursday, August 18 th at 6:00 pm

WHERE: Gaslight Bar and Grille, 2450 N. Clark Street

The parcel in question is located within the Arlington & Roslyn Landmark District, and contains a single family home and a vacant lot.  The applicant seeks to retain and rehabilitate the existing single family home and build a 4-story, 8-unit residential structure containing 14 parking stalls. Of these 14 parking stalls, 2 parking spaces will be reserved on site for the existing single family home.

The parcel has two separate and distinct underlying zoning designations, with the Arlington Place frontage classified as an RM-5, and the rear of the lot location classified as a B1-2.  The applicant is seeking zoning approvals to eliminate the B1-2 designation and make the entire site an RM-5 designation.

I hope you can join my office and PWCA 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.

ONE at Optimus No Parking/Tow Zone Filming Notice

ONE at Optimus will be filming scenes for an upcoming commercial in our neighborhood on Friday, August 19th, between the hours of 6 AM – 7 PM.

In order to park the necessary vehicles and equipment for filming, streets will be posted with NO PARKING/TOW ZONE signs at the following times.

Friday, August 19th, from 6 AM to 7 PM

The East Side of Sedgwick Avenue from 1701-1815 North Sedgwick Avenue

The West Side of Sedgwick Avenue from 1730-1800 North Sedgwick Avenue

Chicago Med No Parking/Tow Zone Filming Notice

Universal Television, LLC will be filming scenes for an upcoming episode of the NBC television show “Chicago Med” in our neighborhood on Thursday, August 18th. In order to film these scenes and park the necessary vehicles, Universal Television has requested the following streets to be posted NO PARKING/ TOW ZONE from:

Thursday, August 18th: 7 AM – Friday, August 19th: 2 PM

South Side of St. James Place from Clark Street to Lakeview Avenue

Thursday, August 18th: 7 AM – 11:59 PM 

North Side of St. James Place from 434 St. James Place to Lakeview Avenue

Both Sides of Lakeview Avenue from St. James Place to Roslyn Place

Thursday, August 18th: 9 AM – 11:59 PM

West Side of Stockton Drive from St. James Place to Cannon Drive

In addition, there may be INTERMITTENT STREET CLOSURE on:

Thursday, August 18th: 7 AM – 11:59 PM

St. James Place from Clark Street to Lakeview Avenue

Please be mindful of the NO PARKING / TOW ZONE signs posted on these blocks.

Air and Water Show Street Closures and Parking Restrictions

As in years past, the City of Chicago will close several streets in close proximity to the Lakefront, and there will be additional parking restrictions in effect during the weekend as well:

Anticipated closures as determined by the Chicago Police Department from 12:00 AM on August 20th to 8:00 PM on August 21st:

  • LaSalle Drive from Clark Street to Lake Shore Drive
  • Inner Lake Shore Drive from LaSalle Drive to Burton Place
  • North Avenue and Fullerton Avenue exits on North Lake Shore Drive
  • Intersection of North Avenue and Clark Street

‘No Parking’ restrictions will take place on August 20th at 5:00 AM throughAugust 21st at 7:00 PM:

  • North Avenue
    • North and south sides from Clark Street to Clybourn Avenue
    • North side from Clark Street to Astor Street
    • North and south sides from Halsted Street to Orleans Street
  • LaSalle Drive
    • North and south sides from Burton Street to North Avenue 
  • Clark Street
    • East side from LaSalle Drive to Wisconsin Street

Please note that while the above streets are officially restricted, the City may enact “rolling closures” under the jurisdiction of the Chicago Police Department.

The streets will be re-opened when crowds leaving the event have dissipated, and the Chicago Police Department deems the streets safe for re-opening.

Public Hearing re: Proposed Lakeview Avenue Row House District Landmarking

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks will be holding a public hearing regarding the proposed designation of the Lakeview Avenue Row House District (2700-2710 N. Lakeview Avenue) as a Chicago Landmark District.

This is an opportunity to give testimony to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and to gain a better understanding of this proposal and obtain answers to any questions the community may have. My office and I will be present at this meeting to provide testimony and record your feedback.

WHAT: Public Hearing on the Proposed Designation of Lakeview Avenue Row House District (2700-2710 N Lakeview Avenue) as a Chicago Landmark District

WHO: Commission on Chicago Landmarks – (312) 744-3200

WHEN: Monday, August 8th at 10:00 am

WHERE: City Hall

121 N. LaSalle St, Room 201-A

 

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