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10/22/21
RT @lincolncommon: Mark your calendars, Saturday, October 23rd, join #LincolnCommon, @LincolnCommonChamber, @LincolnCentralAssociation, and…
10/20/21
With Halloweek coming up, here are some guidelines to make sure you are celebrating Halloween safely! https://t.co/0B6370ThqH
10/19/21
RT @lincolncommon: Who will take home the title of best Halloween Costume Contest this year?🎃 Find out on October 23rd at #LincolnCommon's…
10/19/21
RT @nbcchicago: What to Know About the Chicago Sky Parade, Rally: Street Closures, Route and More https://t.co/tDFuvXiNsj
10/18/21
Please avoid North Ave and Sheffield. There is police activity there. Apparently a person is in custody. But at lea… https://t.co/CXkfom0ch4
10/18/21
RT @NBranchWorks: We're excited to have @AldermanSmith43 join us next week at our Fall Gala @hideoutchicago. To register: https://t.co/Ah9…
10/15/21
950 W Wrightwood, the site of Old Grounds Social, caught fire today. No one has been injured and the fire is out.
10/15/21
Join Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church for their sixth annual Vigil Against Violence on Saturday October 16th from 4pm- 6pm. Use the QR code below to register for the event.
10/15/21
Join Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church for their sixth annual Vigil Against Violence on Saturday October 16th from 4… https://t.co/cMMHeysiJA
10/13/21
🎶Last Saturday was a wonderful day to commemorate John Prine. @oldtownschool nominated John Prine for this honor no… https://t.co/Uy5njJ3ctQ
10/13/21
Last Saturday was a wonderful day to commemorate John Prine. Old Town School of Folk Music nominated John Prine for this honor not only for his contributions to music and culture throughout his career, but for his involvement in both the Old Town School and Lincoln Park communities! 🎶
10/08/21
The 43rd Ward Office will be closed Monday October 11th in observance of Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples' Day. We will reopen on Tuesday October 12th with our normal office hours of 9am-2pm.
10/08/21
The 43rd Ward Office will be closed Monday October 11th in observance of Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples' Day. We… https://t.co/gSMYPPa2hU
10/08/21
The 43rd Ward has partnered with the @oldtownschool to commemorate John Prine for his lasting impact on the Old To… https://t.co/YbEpg9aGkl
10/08/21
The 43rd Ward has partnered with the Old Town School of Folk Music to commemorate John Prine for his lasting impact on the Old Town School of Folk Music and the surrounding community with Honorary John Prine Way! John Prine began his musical journey with encouragement from his older brother Dave who first took his 14-year-old kid brother to the Old Town School of Folk Music in 1961. The man and his music are legendary and will always have a place in our hearts as we continue to move his legacy forward by singing, playing, and teaching his songs for generations to come.
10/05/21
Phone lines are experiencing difficulty at our office. We are looking into the issue! But in the meantime you can c… https://t.co/8v9cDtwI3F
10/05/21
Phone lines are experiencing difficulty at our office. We are looking into the issue. In the meantime you can contact us via email at yourvoice@ward43.org !
10/05/21
Help Support Lincoln Park High School's Auditorium Renovation! https://t.co/3hTYwckX6e
10/05/21
RT @ChiPublicHealth: COVID TRAVEL ADVISORY UPDATE: Connecticut has been removed, joining California and Puerto Rico, after staying below 15…
10/04/21
Uncorked is back! Come out and Enjoy curated samples of red, white, and rose wines while strolling through one of t… https://t.co/SlJduui9Ur
10/04/21
Help Lincoln Park High School renovate its stage!
10/02/21
From a survivor of covid
Alderman Michele Smith, Ward 43 shared a video from the playlist Top videos.
10/01/21
Local businesses should be able to seek constituent service help from aldermen without registering as a lobbyist.… https://t.co/k2PhRV1XNh
10/01/21
Stop by the Lincoln Park Farmers Market 8AM-1PM this Saturday October 2nd, for a COVID-19 vaccine from InstaVaxx! P… https://t.co/pVKeX9RJbZ
10/01/21
Stop by the Lincoln Park Farmers Market 8AM-1PM this Saturday October 2nd, for a COVID-19 vaccine from InstaVaxx! Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines, PCR testing and Boosters will be available.
09/30/21
RT @AssessorCook: Homeowners in North Chicago Township are invited to join our virtual workshop next week to learn about their reassessment…
09/29/21
Appreciate the return of Open House Chicago! Beginning October 1st- October 31st.This free annual festival highligh… https://t.co/ORB9ttaoOa
09/29/21
Appreciate the return of Open House Chicago! Beginning October 1st- October 31st.This free annual festival highlights architecturally, culturally and historically significant sites across different neighborhoods in the City. Some are in Ward 43! https://openhousechicago.org/
09/24/21
Last evening, I had the great pleasure of attending the Ribbon Cutting and DePaul’s Speech Language Pathology Program. The DePaul Speech and Language Clinic will provide speech and language evaluations and therapy to all individuals regardless of their ability to pay. In keeping with DePaul’s Vincentian mission, the clinic will offer donation-based services to ensure full accessibility to families in Chicago’s historically underserved communities. This exciting Program will not only provide clinic services to constituents of our ward, but many across the City of Chicago. We are proud to have DePaul’s Speech Language Pathology Program in Ward 43! The clinic can be reached by phone at (773)325-7040, and by email at slpclinic@depaul.edu More information on the Clinic can be found at: https://csh.depaul.edu/academics/speech-language-pathology/Pages/Clinic.aspx
09/11/21

Alderman Michele Smith, Ward 43 updated their status.
09/11/21
This memory will last for life. Please post yours here.
08/18/21
Police Officer Ella G. French On Saturday, 07 August 2021, Police Officer Ella G. French #15013, 27, was shot while conducting a traffic stop in the 008th District. Officer French died as a result of the wounds she sustained. Officer French was appointed to the Chicago Police Department on 16 April 2018. During her probationary period, she trained in the 011th and 012th Districts. She later worked in the 010th District, Summer Mobile Patrol, and was working on the Community Safety Team at the time of her death. During her short but courageous career, Officer French earned a Department Commendation, a Physical Fitness Award, and 14 Honorable Mentions. She is survived by her mother and four brothers. May her memory be a blessing.
08/18/21
https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/08/17/indoor-mask-mandate-returning-friday-to-chicago-as-city-sees-surge-in-covid-19-cases/?fbclid=IwAR39Y3_Rf4C17clT__cCrZLGctY_2QxTfLL8Xw3CQM-iztTqlrdiGFi0qno
08/17/21
Join us for an important public safety forum with Command staff from the 018th and 019th District, State's Attorney's Office, and State Senator Sara Feigenholtz. This is an important opportunity to connect our community with the public safety officials who are working diligently to make and keep our neighborhood safe.
Alderman Michele Smith, Ward 43 was live.
07/23/21

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07/15/21
06/25/21
We are pleased that President Biden will be sending Chicago more support to combat gun violence. More information on federal help for both police and community anti-violence groups is in this week's newsletter: https://conta.cc/2T5aAeI
06/24/21
This weekend is the Lincoln Park Health & Wellness Weekend. Explore new workouts, treatments and personal care from Lincoln Park’s innovative health and wellness community: https://www.lincolnparkchamber.com/hwweekend/
06/24/21
The 37th Annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue will return July 24th and 25th! Find out more and sign up for a volunteer shift here: http://www.tasteoflincolnchicago.com/
06/22/21
As a community partner in the city’s Chicago Monuments Project, Gold Coast Neighbors Association will present an educational webinar on the six monuments in Lincoln Park whose futures are being discussed. This informational program will be GCNA President Vern Broders. The two panelists will be Kim L. Dulaney, Director of Education and Programs at The DuSable Museum of African American History, and Rose Miron, Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library. Join "The Stories Behind the Statues" on June 24, at 6:00 p.m. Register to attend here: https://www.goldcoastneighbors.org/content.aspx?page_id=4002&club_id=426769&item_id=1478110
06/21/21
Join an end-of-session legislative recap with Senator Sara Feigenholtz, Representative Ann Williams and Representative Margaret Croke on 6/23 at 6pm. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwocuCrrDksH91xX6tUxctHG0lEtajNM3mP
06/18/21
Join the Chicago History Museum for their virtual Juneteenth celebration tomorrow, "Resounding Liberty: Remembering Juneteenth," which will include a civic talk on the history & national impact of Juneteenth and more. The museum will also be offering free admission on Saturday - make sure to reserve your tickets. https://www.chicagohistory.org/event/juneteenth2021/
06/18/21
Tomorrow is Juneteenth, which celebrates the date that the last enslaved people were freed in the United States, finally ending one of the original sins of our democracy. On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, and shared news of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, more than two years after the proclamation was signed. I'm supporting a livestream of a worldwide Juneteenth Celebration for "We Are One" at https://login.theappheads.com/m/WAO (Just click through to get to the livestream). Tune in June 19th 2021 starting at 10:00 AM https://news.wttw.com/2021/06/17/explainer-story-juneteenth-new-federal-holiday
06/17/21
Our new guide about what happens when you are a witness to a crime is in this week's newsletter. Also, find more information about public safety and upcoming City Council votes: https://conta.cc/2TFnO1Q
06/17/21
Celebrate Father's Day by playing a free round of mini-golf from 11am-2pm on Sunday at Lincoln Common. https://lincolncommon.com/things-to-do/celebrate-fathers-day-on-the-plaza/
06/16/21
ComEd is launching a summer STEM Home Labs program. This session will feature a storyline around a Mars rover and students will build a solar-powered rover of their own while solving many challenges along the way. The program will be three virtual build sessions with a final in-person event. The build nights will take place July 22, 27 and 29 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM with the final event on Saturday, July 31 from 12:00 PM. Location is TBD. ComEd mentors will be working with the students to complete the projects. The application deadline is June 30. Apply at: www.ComEdSTEMHomeLab.com
06/15/21
Join the Lincoln Park Conservancy for their largest fundraiser of the year, the virtual Auction for Lincoln Park (June 18-20). Auction proceeds support their stewardship and programming throughout the Park and will help close the last funding gap for North Pond's restoration. They are less than $1M from saving North Pond. More information: lpcgala2021.givesmart.com.
06/14/21
Dear Neighbors, Chicago has moved to Phase 5, fully reopening the city as of June 11. Please continue to be safe and get vaccinated. Masks Guidance: There are limited circumstances and settings where all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, must continue to wear a mask in accordance with CDC guidance: - on public transportation, including CTA, Metra, Pace, taxis, liveries, and ride-hail services, - in congregate facilities such as correctional centers and homeless shelters, - in health care settings, and where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance - Masks will still be required in schools. Individuals in schools, day care settings, and educational institutions should continue to follow separate guidance issued by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and Illinois Department of Public Health. Operating Hour Guidance: Bars, restaurants and other establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license can resume normal hours of operation. Until the statewide Public Health Emergency Order expires on June 26, establishments with a Late Hour Liquor License can operate without hour restrictions if only fully vaccinated patrons and no unvaccinated patrons are permitted to enter during late night operations. Liquor stores, grocery stores and other establishments with a Package Goods license must still cease alcohol sales at 11:00 pm. To learn more about the Phase 5 reopening, visit chicago.gov/reopening.
06/14/21
Congratulations to Old Town on a fabulous art fair this weekend! We are so happy to have you back.
06/10/21
Lincoln Park Summer Sundaes starts this weekend on Clark Street! This celebration will feature free ice cream from Yoberri Gourmet (2224 N. Clark) for the first 100 people who mention "Summer Sundaes," live music from the Old Town School of Music, and photo opportunities at the Love Mural as well as retail promotions, summer brunch and cocktail specials along the street. Pick up a Summer Treats Bag while supplies last at 2471 N. Clark. Sunday, June 13 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lincoln Park Summer Sundaes is a monthly outdoor event series on the second Sunday of every month (June – September). Celebrate summer in Lincoln Park and explore each of the neighborhood’s distinctive business hubs. Find out more on the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce website: https://www.lincolnparkchamber.com/event/summer-sundaes-clark-street/
06/10/21
This week's newsletter has more information on the Oz Park shooting case, the Dickens Greenway, and the Motorcycle and Drag Racing Ordinance. Read it here: https://conta.cc/3g7L7Kn
06/08/21
Congratulations on a fabulous first day! Welcome to the neighborhood, Dom's Kitchen and Market! Now open at 2730 N Halsted.
06/07/21
Reminder: If you are moving this summer with the help of a professional moving company, it's the company's responsibility to secure enforceable "no parking" signs by applying online for an Occupy the Right of Way - Moving Van Permit, as is required by City Code: https://ipi.cityofchicago.org/profile Once the permit is secured, City workers will come out and hang enforceable no parking signs prior to the move.
06/04/21
The application period for the City of Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is open until 6/8. ERAP will provide grants of up to 12 months of unpaid rent and three months of future rent for eligible tenants and landlords. It will also pay for unpaid utility bills due to the pandemic. More information: chicago.gov/renthelp
06/04/21
Vaccine Clinic for All Francis Parker School 2233 N Clark Street Saturday - Sunday June 5-6 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. This weekend, our office, Francis Parker School and our vaccinator, Instavaxx will be hosting another vaccination clinic open to all over the age of 12. This is the perfect opportunity for everyone who hasn't been vaccinated to get a shot at a convenient location - and to get our Ward's fully vaccinated rate up! As of this week, the 60614 and 60610 zip codes are only 51% fully vaccinated, with 62% having gotten at least one dose. That is really not good enough. The next clinic will be this weekend, June 5 and 6. This clinic to all ages, with no appointments required for new patients. This is a very convenient location. Parking is surprisingly easy. Those who received first doses at the last clinic will return for their second doses. Please note the following: - A parent or guardian has to accompany any patient under 18 years old - If you are coming without an appointment, please bring your insurance card if you have one. Insurance is not required and vaccines are free. - Masks are mandatory We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible, so that everyone can enjoy the summer and the upcoming school year.
06/03/21
Oz Park Safety Walk Friday, June 4, 2021 12 noon Oz Park (by the Lion statue) In light of the incident that occurred in Oz Park on Tuesday evening, the 18th District and my office are hosting a safety walk in Oz Park to discuss safety issues in the area and what we can do to assist police. The case is proceeding against the juvenile offender who was arrested with a gun shortly after the incident. He is in custody, and at my request to the State's Attorney, an additional order was issued that prohibits the offender from the area around Oz Park and Lincoln Park High School in the event that he is later released from custody. Unfortunately, several of our neighbors who witnessed the incident refused to cooperate with the police, and the State's Attorney was unable to bring charges for the shooting itself. We strongly believe that providing information when a citizen witnesses a crime is a duty of a citizen, and hope that our neighbors reconsider.
06/02/21
Check out this week's newsletter for updates on public safety, ethics reform, and block parties: https://conta.cc/3yUG1bD
06/01/21
BACP has launched a new online portal for shared housing registrations. “This portal and the newly implemented ordinance will bring about much-needed change; for too long, communities have suffered from out of control ‘party houses,' in my ward and throughout the city,” said Michele Smith, 43rd Ward Alderman and co-sponsor of the reform ordinance. “Chicago residents will now benefit from a new system that facilitates greater oversight of the shared housing industry and will improve quality of life throughout Chicago.” Read more about the new online portal and our work to implement all aspects of Chicago’s Shared Housing Reform Ordinance here: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/bacp/provdrs/business_support_tools/news/2021/june/sharedhousingportal.html
05/30/21
Come get a vaccine in the sunshine! A City of Chicago mobile vaccine van offering J&J and Pfizer vaccines will be at the North Avenue Beach Boathouse on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come on down! And then go to Castaways-North Avenue Beach
05/28/21
If you were unable to attend our community meeting last week regarding the Dickens Greenway, the presentation is up on our website. Find out more in our newsletter: https://conta.cc/3vvYIQZ Our virtual ward office will close at 1pm today in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. We will return on Tuesday, June 1st at 9am.
05/24/21
Jewel-Osco will be providing a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine event hosted at the Moody Church TOMORROW, May 25, 2021 (first dose) and June 15, 2021 (second dose). Appointments are available from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Ages 12 years or older (12 to 17 years of age must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian) are eligible. RSVP here: https://kordinator.mhealthcoach.net/vcl/1619115117391 Location: Entrance to event at Moody Church is 1630 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL, 60614. What to Bring: One form of identification if available (preferably photo or school ID) and insurance card (if available, no insurance is okay!). Consent form required (forms available at the event). Parking or Transportation: Surrounding metered streets or nearest pay to park garage is at 1730 N Stockton Drive, Chicago, IL, 60614. Recommend using a taxi-cab, ride-share, public transportation, or arrange for pick-up and drop-off. Instructions: Wear loose clothing (short-sleeves or no sleeves) to allow for ease of vaccine administration on the upper left or right arm. Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the appointment. Plan for up to 30 min from start to finish. Walk-up appointments are allowed.
05/24/21
Catch up on all that is happening in the 43rd Ward in our weekly newsletter: https://conta.cc/3oKHFrD
05/21/21
The Chicago Park District is hiring for seasonal positions!
05/14/21
Join my office and the Chicago Department of Transportation on 5/18 for an update on the proposed Dickens Greenway. Registration is required: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9edT9UJrR2aIag-b5nLRhg
05/14/21
Dear Neighbors, Thanks to demand, Francis Parker School has graciously expanded eligibility for this weekend's vaccine clinic. The clinic will now offer vaccine to everyone 12 and over. Pediatricians will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns. The clinic will be held this SATURDAY, May 15 and SUNDAY, May 16 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Francis W. Parker School, 2233 N. Clark Street. Go to https://www.getinstavax.com/ivxweb/welcome, register and select "1st dose," "Pfizer" as the vaccine and "Francis Parker" as the location for your appointment. Please register in your child's name and register for each child. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once appointment slots for the initial dates are filled, a wait list will be opened. Please read all the details below to register for an appointment. PLEASE NOTE: This registration system works best with Chrome or Explorer. It is not compatible with Safari. Please read over the following event details carefully: - Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if under 18. - If the parent or guardian has not been vaccinated, it will be offered to them. - For the first event, participants will receive the first dose of the two-dose Pfizer Vaccine, and must be able to return on Saturday June 5 or Sunday June 6 for the second dose. - For all dates, appointments for the second dose will be scheduled three weeks after the first dose on the same time and day of the week of the initial appointment. - Masks are mandatory. Temperature checks will be done prior to entry. - If you are sick, please stay home. - Plan for your appointment to take one (1) hour from start to finish. After registering for your first dose on May 15 or 16, you will receive a confirmation email with further information about what to expect on the day of the event. Many thanks to Francis W. Parker School and Instavaxx for hosting this clinic. This partnership will help any eligible Chicago child better enjoy the summer, and make school a safer, healthier, and happier space for all. If you have any questions, please contact my office at (773) 348-9500 or yourvoice@ward43.org.
05/12/21
Learn more about our upcoming vaccination clinic for 12 to 18 year olds with Francis W. Parker School and InstaVaxx. https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/05/11/covid-19-vaccination-12-to-15-year-old-preparations-chicago-area/ More information will be coming out in our newsletter.
04/26/21
Thank you to all who came out for our 43rd Ward Shredding and Recycling Event yesterday. Almost 500 of our neighbors helped us cut down on landfill waste. A great way to celebrate Earth Month!
04/23/21
I’m proud to join more than 1,200 fellow state and local elected officials from every state & DC calling on Congress to pass bold clean energy infrastructure package to enable us to fully recover while tackling the climate crisis. clmtpwr.us/local-letter
04/23/21
Update: The Earth Day celebration tomorrow (4/24) at Lincoln Common has been cancelled due to the weather.
04/23/21
Celebrate Earth Day at Lincoln Common with a mini market & family activities! On Saturday 4/24 from 8am–noon, join for a morning of shopping, learning, and playing.
04/23/21
Reminder! The 43rd Ward Shred Event is SUNDAY 4/25 from 1–4pm at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Wear your mask and join us to cut down on landfill waste! More in this week's newsletter: https://conta.cc/3awGWVm
04/23/21

Alderman Michele Smith, Ward 43 updated their cover photo.
04/22/21
Ward Vaccination Event
04/21/21
The families at St. James Lutheran Church and School will be coming together on Saturday, April 24 from 9-11 am to clean up the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Target areas will be between Fullerton and Armitage and Halsted to Clybourn. This event is open to all neighborhood families. St. James will provide all of the clean up supplies.
04/21/21
Our first-dose vaccine clinic is TOMORROW and open to Chicagoans 16+! There are still some mid-day spots available. Register now: https://conta.cc/3afov7f.
04/20/21
ALL Chicago residents (18 and older) are now eligible to be vaccinated at the United Center. The United Center will be administering Pfizer vaccine. Register now! Click here: https://events.juvare.com/chicago/UCPOD/ or call 312-746-4835. Voucher Code: CHIZIPVAX21 (case sensitive) Appointments are available Monday to Saturday 8:00am - 8:00pm and Sunday 8:00am - 4:00pm.
04/19/21
Ward Vaccination Event
04/19/21
Not vaccinated? Want things back to normal? Do your part. Come to our clinic this Thursday. Register today: https://conta.cc/3afov7f.
04/16/21
Please see the 018 District Community Alert regarding catalytic converter and spare tire thefts throughout our neighborhood. What you can do to protect yourself and your vehicle: -Keep your vehicle doors locked and windows secured. -Keep valuables in your trunk or out of sight. -If you are a victim, do not touch anything and call the police immediately. -Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of any suspicious people including any vehicle descriptions and license plate information.
04/15/21
Ward Vaccination Event - Register Now
04/12/21
We are in the process of finalizing a vaccination event on 4/22. We will keep you posted with details and scheduling link. Sign up and subscribe to our newsletter for the official announcement.
04/12/21
Start collecting your electronic recyclables and papers to shred! The 43rd Ward Shredding Event is April 25th from 1–4pm at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
04/09/21
Savor Lincoln Park 2021 safely returns with a delicious mix of locally-owned restaurants and eateries featuring unique prix fixe menus, tasting menus and take-home kits available for carry-out. Savor Lincoln Park will run from April 19 – May 2. You can start placing orders on Monday, April 12 at https://bit.ly/SavorLP2021. Participating restaurants include: Casati’s Modern Italian Don Pez Fish Tacos Firecakes Geja’s Cafe Nothing Bundt Cakes Takito Street Terry’s Toffee The Fat Shallot The Kismet Table Vanille Chicago
04/06/21
Keep checking zocdoc.com/vaccine. Appointments are available at the Wrigley Field site.
04/06/21
Updates about the Wrigley Field vaccination site, expanded library hours, and more in this week's newsletter: https://conta.cc/3t7F8sQ
04/05/21
More appointments at the Wrigley Field vaccination site will open TOMORROW at 9am: https://www.zocdoc.com/vaccine
04/02/21
Join the SAFE Ambassador team for the summer. They are now hiring for outgoing advocates to work in helping Chicagoans envision and achieve a safe, comfortable and healthy public transportation space—no matter how they get around. Apply here: https://chicagocompletestreets.org/were-hiring/?fbclid=IwAR1p6y9PH8oRYO2UiixzNXsvpVNf5Nfx2l-omy1JVLxLSr_PBcUL_LtAN1Y
04/01/21
Wrigley Field will open as a vaccine site on Monday 4/5. More information: https://conta.cc/3dolmml We are pleased that the City is opening a mass vaccination site on the North Side so that all eligible Chicagoans can have a more convenient access point for their doses.
03/30/21
In light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, the City will be holding an essential briefing TOMORROW at 11:30am to provide important information for Chicago bars, restaurants and residential buildings to ensure compliance with the current regulations. Restaurant owners, liquor licensees and residential building owners/associations should all attend this meeting. The meeting will cover important updates from the Mayor’s Office, the Chicago Department of Public Health and BACP related to regulations and enforcement in order to combat the rise in cases. Please register here: https://chicagogov.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=chicagogov&service=6&rnd=0.6537847858693236&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fchicagogov.webex.com%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000004668098f490371ac90b9e7a552b74fe1207d3bf94e3d6e0ab5f06cda9c46ee0e4%26siteurl%3Dchicagogov%26confViewID%3D190141337747602748%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAATEgm_KOcU21oKUQGGXSxYN9ZlK6TvpUwE3Bay3LcuOoQ2%26
03/30/21
Street sweeping begins Thursday April 1st! Please check the schedule on our website to know when they'll be on your street: https://ward43.org/residents/streets-and-sanitation-services/
03/30/21
Covid-19 cases are rising in our ward. It is critical that we continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, and follow public health guidelines. Please continue to get vaccinated when you are eligible. More on updated eligiblity in this week's newsletter: https://conta.cc/3cA6CS6
03/26/21
CPS spring break begins Monday! Families will have access to free meals during that time and can get 3 meal kits per day for each child in the household. Pickup at select schools 3/29 – 4/1, from 9am–1pm.
03/26/21
As we begin to enjoy the spring weather, we must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. Vaccines are on their way, but we are still in the midst of this pandemic. Please be safe!
03/26/21
@ChooseChicago is collecting information from Chicagoans to learn what makes our neighborhoods special. Take their questionaire and tell them about your favorite things in the 43rd Ward! https://www.choosechicago.com/neighborhood-tourism/
03/25/21
Join Alderman Smith and our local representatives for a roundtable discussion moderated by Patti Vasquez. Panelists: Commissioner Degnen, District 12 Commissioner Gainer, District 10 Senator Feigenholtz, District 6 Representative Croke, District 12 Representative Williams, District 11 Representative Collins, District 9
Alderman Michele Smith, Ward 43 was live.
03/25/21
https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/03/25/city-loosening-restrictions-on-outdoor-events-so-people-keep-outside-as-coronavirus-rises-in-chicago/?mc_cid=2b2cf12e75&mc_eid=e4d49248d8
03/25/21
Attention homeowners who wish to replace their lead service lines! The Department of Water Management is now taking applications for the homeowner-initiated program. Up to $3,100 in permit fees may be waived. Find more information here: https://www.leadsafechicago.org/lead-service-line-replacement.
03/24/21
In celebration of Women's History Month, I am proud to host a Women in Government roundtable with a panel of our local representatives. Join us and moderator Patti Vasquez TOMORROW at 6pm. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2rD77ihpQ0K_cKmEbP3vxw
03/23/21
Chicago is scheduled to begin vaccine phase 1C on March 29th. More vaccine news in this week's newsletter: https://conta.cc/3vQLpuU
03/22/21
Dear Neighbors, Here is a property tax exemption update from Commissioner Bridget Gainer! Exemption applications for the 2020 Tax Year are now open! This year, many exemptions will auto-renew to minimize COVID exposure. If you received any of the below exemptions for the 2019 tax year, you do NOT need to reapply. The following exemptions will auto-renew and will be seen on the second installment of property tax bills: • Homeowner Exemption (annual auto-renewal) • Senior Exemption (annual auto-renewal) • Senior Freeze Exemption (2020 auto-renewal) • Persons with Disabilities Exemption (2020 auto-renewal) • Veterans with Disabilities Exemption (2020 auto-renewal) As informed by the Assessor, households throughout Cook County will receive mail that confirms the auto-renewal of these exemptions for their homes. This will be reflected on the second installment bill that is received during the summer. Exemptions Applications are now available on the Assessor’s website at www.cookcountyassessor.com and are due March 31, 2021. Exemptions can significantly lower your property tax bill. To contact Commissioner Gainer's office with questions, call 312-602-4210 or email at District10@cookcountyil.gov. They can update you on what exemptions are applicable to you and help navigate the application process one-on-one.
03/22/21
Dear Neighbors, Here is some information regarding an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) project that will have implications on how airline passengers and workforce access O`Hare Airport (see press release for more details). The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is preparing to implement the next phase of its I-90/Kennedy Expressway construction improvements affecting westbound traffic on I-90. IDOT will relocate the current physical exit to I-190 as traffic travels westbound from the Loop to O’Hare by approximately one mile to the east, using a new dedicated collector-distributor roadway and exit just west of Canfield Road instead of the current I-190 merge west of East River Road. IDOT anticipates making this traffic pattern adjustment as early as March 22, 2021, but this is subject to change based on construction progress and weather.
03/19/21
Dear Neighbors, Tonight at 5pm, tune in for Mayor Lightfoot's special State of the City Address to reflect on the challenges we’ve faced, remember those we have lost, and chart our path forward into the historic recovery that is sure to come after this crisis. Join at chicago.gov/live.
03/19/21
The Chicago Department of Public Health is inviting residents to participate in a short survey to help them better understand the attitudes and evolving challenges surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes of your time. Your responses will remain completely anonymous: https://researchsurv.com/survey/selfserve/2172/gb39/210101?list=3&listID=1#? Thank you for your participation!
03/18/21
Chicago Restaurant Week starts 3/19 and runs until 4/4. Support our restaurants by ordering local! https://www.choosechicago.com/chicago-restaurant-week/participating-restaurants/?region=lincoln-park
03/18/21
Please continue to check the City's vaccine eligibility website. Phase 1C (which begins March 29) has now been expanded to include employees in hospitality, food service, finance, and more: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/vaccine-distribution-phases.html
03/17/21
“I would expect the city to do its job. And if it doesn’t, we will be right there.” https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2021/3/17/22335953/chicago-city-council-committee-home-sharing-crackdown-delayed-airbnb
03/16/21
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is planning a new early childhood learning center to be located on the second floor of 610 W. Schubert Avenue. This location received approvals for a private school, Alt School, a few years ago, but that plan did not move forward. This pre-school will be part of Alcott College Prep at the corner of Wrightwood Ave. and Orchard St. Alcott Principal Estrada will also be principal of the pre-school. Day care centers and pre-schools are allowed uses in any residential or business zoning district. This proposal, however, requires a “special use” approval because the applicant is CPS. My office will be hosting a virtual community forum on THURSDAY, March 18 at 6pm. CPS representatives will review the educational aims of the project, its expected timeline and will answer questions from the audience. We will conduct the discussion, take notes and record your comments. Please register for the community meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dWcM8EUMQMubjBYkz2qNNQ Review the traffic study conducted here: https://ward43.org/610-w-schubert-cps-early-learning-center/ Reminder: Zoom links will go out about an hour before the event starts.
03/16/21
News from the carjacking task force, updates about the United Center vaccination site, and the presentation from last night's community meeting are in this week's newsletter: https://conta.cc/3qTHcD9
03/15/21
REMINDER: Tonight at 6pm is our community meeting about the proposed CPS early learning center at 1840 N. Clark St. CPS will provide an overview of the project, its expected timeline and answer questions from the audience. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M10yosAWRlm9xBo9iMl1Fg
03/12/21
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is planning for a new early learning center to be located at 1840 N. Clark Street. The building will remain mostly as is: the alterations will be primarily internal, with a proposed playground on the plaza. Day care centers and preschools are allowed uses in any residential or business zoning district. This proposal, however, will require a special use because the applicant is CPS. My office will be hosting a virtual community forum to discuss the development on MONDAY, March 15th at 6pm. CPS representatives will provide an overview of the project, its expected timeline and answer questions from the audience regarding the proposed use and operations. We will conduct the discussion, take notes and record your comments. Register for the community meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M10yosAWRlm9xBo9iMl1Fg Review the traffic study conducted here: https://ward43.org/1840-n-clark-st-cps-early-leaning-center/
03/12/21
Dear Neighbors, Here are some vaccine updates about the United Center: Moving forward, Chicago residents over the age of 65 may book appointments via the call center only, regardless of zip code. The number is 312-746-4835. The call center has a huge volume of calls. Please stay on the line despite hold times. Any resident of 60608, 60619, 60620, 60649, and 60652 is eligible and may book appointments via the Juvare link (voucher code CCVIchicago) or call center. Residents who are 1a, 1b, or have underlying conditions are eligible via appointments on Zocdoc. A limited number of appointments will be posted on the site each day.
03/11/21
“This isn’t the first time that someone has tried to allow a building to fall down … but this is the first time that we actually had a loss of a building.” https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/03/09/city-fines-owners-of-demolished-lincoln-park-historic-building-blocks-their-construction-plans/
03/10/21
I agree with our State Senator Sara Feigenholtz - We need a plan for conventions, tourism and our hotel and restaurant industries.
03/09/21
CPS is now announcing that in its last phase of its universal pre-k roll-out, Lincoln Park will be able to offer free pre-school for four year olds, as early as this September. CPS has chosen two locations in our ward. Learn more and register for our community meetings in the newsletter: https://conta.cc/3btpUs2
03/09/21
TONIGHT is the CAPS 1811 & 1813 Beat Meeting, starting at 5pm. Email CAPS.018District@chicagopolice.org for the Zoom link. To learn more about CAPS and find out your police district or beat, check our website: https://ward43.org/community-alternative-policing-caps/
03/05/21
On Monday, please join Commissioner Bridget Gainer and my office to get your questions answered about property tax exemptions. We are not taking reservations in advance, simply join the meeting on March 8th from 10am–12pm, and you will be placed into a virtual "breakout room" with a representative.
03/04/21
Women Restaurateurs across the city--including several here in our community--have organized an exciting event for International Women's Day on March 8th. They have pulled together to create special take-out and delivery dinners featuring a mix of food from participating restaurants and a zoom panel of women in the industry. Register TODAY: https://www.exploretock.com/letstalkdinetogetherchicago
03/03/21
The United Center mass vaccination site at 1724 W. Madison opens March 9. The vaccination site is by appointment only. There is NO ONSITE REGISTRATION. Parking is on site and a drive thru option will be available later in the month. Starting TOMORROW: Seniors 65+ will have an early registration period from Thursday, March 4 at 8:30 am through Sunday, March 7 at 4:00 pm. Go to Zocdoc.com/vaccine to register for an appointment. Registration for Illinoisans who meet the state’s Phase 1b+ eligibility criteria will open Sunday, March 7 at 4:00 pm. If you cannot access the website, call 312-746-4835. This hotline is open Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday 8:00am – 4:00pm. (On Thursday, March 4 the hotline will open at 8:30 am.)
03/02/21
A vaccine site at the United Center capable of vaccinating up to 6,000 people per day will open soon. Read more in this week's newsletter: https://conta.cc/3r9iaAI
02/12/21

COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall with CDPH

Thursday February 18th at 6pm Join Alderman Smith for a virtual town hall with a Chicago Department of Public Health Medical Director to discuss the vaccine rollout in Chicago. If you have not registered already, you may do so READ MORE

01/07/21

Purchasing 2021 Guest Passes

Dear Neighbors, Our office is still closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working virtually Monday–Friday from 9am to 5pm. You can still call us and email us for assistance. We will update you as we finalize our plans for safely reopening. Unfortu...

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08/04/20

Office Closure & Guest Pass Sales

Dear Neighbors of the 43rd Ward, Our office is curr...

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08/04/20

Office Closure and Guest Pass Sales

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