Untitled Document

Saint Joseph Hospital’s Neighborhood Healthfest – Sunday, August 5th

Jul 28, 2012 by

Neighborhood Healthfest

Sun, Aug 5, 2012
noon to 3 p.m.

Saint Joseph Hospital is inviting the community to its Neighborhood Healthfest on Sunday, Aug. 5. Look for the tent at the Stone parking lot.

The event is co-sponsored by 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith and State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, 12th District. No registration is required.

Free health screenings for adults. Refreshments. Kids’ games. Raffle. Free back-to-school physicals and immunizations for the first 50 families (limited number of physicals/immunizations will be offered; an immunization card is required). Zumba lessons and more.

For information, call 877-RES-INFO (877-737-4636) or visit sjh.reshealth.org.

Untitled Document

Host an International Exchange Student

Jul 26, 2012 by


It’s not too late to host for the 2012/13 school year

Students arrive in August

Call now for information

AFS (formerly known as the American Field Service) is seeking host families for outstanding international high school exchange students who arrive this August from over 50 countries to spend a year in the United States.  Hosting a student will:

  • Enrich your family by sharing your daily lives with a young person from another culture and country.
  • Introduce a better understanding of the world to your children.
  • Show your part of America to an outstanding young person from another country.

As a host family, you will open your home and heart to a student who will become a member of your family. AFS staff and dedicated volunteers are available to help make the AFS experience life changing for you and your student.

Students arrive with their own spending money and excellent medical coverage and are looking forward to participating as active members of their host families, schools and communities.

There is no typical host family. Couples, with or without children (any ages), single parents, or single adults – you are all welcome to open your hearts and homes to a student!


For more Information or questions, contact:

Linda P. Mellis, Volunteer, AFS Chicago Coordinator, 773-327-9123, afs.mellis@gmail.com

Traci Larson-Lee,  847-329-4676, TLarson-Lee@afs.org


Untitled Document

Children’s Memorial Redevelopment: Public Meeting | A Recap | The City Process

Jul 26, 2012 by


The following is a reprint of the Alderman’s Newsletter of July 12, 2012


Dear Friends,


The developer has notified me that he has completed the next version of the proposed plan for the Children’s Memorial site. We are announcing a town hall meeting to give the developer the opportunity to show these plans to you.


CMH Community Development

Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, July 26

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

the DePaul Student Center, Rm 120

2250 N. Sheffield  


I urge you to attend not only so that you can see the new plans for the site from the developer, but most importantly, so I can hear your input.


In addition to July 26th’s large community meeting,  I am requiring that the developer hold a series of meetings with every community group.

A Recap 


In preparation for these meetings, let’s review what we’ve done thus far, and what will be happening next.


Back in September at the first large community meeting, we strove to understand the impact Children’s had on the neighborhood today to give us the foundation to compare it to the impact of any future proposal. Children’s Memorial Hospital reported to us:

  • Over 1.5 million people were on the hospital property per year
  • Over 12,500 trucks made deliveries to the hospital
  • Over 1,300 cars parked in the garage at one time each day
  • Children’s baseline traffic study estimated that Children’s alone was responsible for 30% of the traffic around the site
  • Some of our local businesses, including popular neighborhood institutions, could lose between 7% and 50% of their business when the hospital leaves

Second, we discussed the site’s relationship to our neighborhood. To sum up that presentation:

  • The site contains older buildings which are important to the community and contribute to the neighborhood’s distinctiveness
  • The site is at the crossroads of the Lincoln Park Community, at the heart of a destination area for theater, music, and of course, DePaul University
  • The site is directly adjacent to beautiful, low-rise residential neighborhoods and historic districts

Third, we discussed our goals for the site and our values. The HOK study, done three years ago, identified the following community priorities.  The new development should:

  • Respect the existing neighborhood
  • Create a distinct mixed-use place, including housing for a variety of income levels
  • Promote a multi-modal transportation network
  • Support sustainable development
  • Ensure continued community engagement

In December, 2011, the developer, McCaffery Interests, rolled out a conceptual plan for the site.  I required the developer to hold a series of community meetings to discuss the tentative site plans and then revise those plans based on feedback.


The City Process


McCaffery Interests has told me that it intends to begin the city review process by filing an application for rezoning of the property on July 18, 2012.  Residents within 250 feet of the site will receive a notice of this filing, as required by city ordinance. This filing does not in any way preclude changes to the plan.  Indeed, the City has told me that, due to the complexity of the site, it will take several months to conduct its review.  This is more than enough time, in my view, for our neighborhood to review the plan ourselves and have input.


Let Us Know What You Think – Attend the Community Meeting July 26 


This plan must preserve what we value about Lincoln Park, while creating an exciting new crossroads for our community.  I want to make sure that our review is thorough and considered, and at the same time, that we proceed in a structured manner so we get the job done.


My first commitment is to you.  We will have as many meetings as necessary to get this right.

For more information, visit our website, which already archives presentations and videos from the September, 2011 and December, 2011 community meetings.



Untitled Document

Artists Invited to Compete for $4,000 at New Lincoln Park Festival

Jan 26, 2012 by

 Artists Invited to Compete for $4,000 at New Lincoln Park Festival


WHAT: Artrageous on Clark Street in Lincoln Park (CSLP) is calling all artists to join our spring art contest. Artrageous is the cornerstone of an inaugural multidimensional event designed to showcase local talent and the many extraordinary businesses on Clark Street in Lincoln Park. The goal is to attract food-music-art enthusiasts to celebrate spring and indulge their love of all things food-music-art at this vibrant community event.

The art element will feature a juried competition and public voting of works on display. The artist entry fee is $20 for up to two pieces and $40 for three to five pieces submitted. Checks should be made payable to Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and submitted with the Artist Application which can be downloaded at VisitClarkStreet.com. Participation is open to Chicago-area artists 18 years of age or older.

The contest invites artists to submit original works in varying disciplines and media to our jury for selection. Those pieces accepted for participation will spring up in places on display at a number of local retail venues and storefronts along Clark Street between Armitage and Diversey and on Diversey Parkway between Orchard and Lakeview. Lincoln Park residents and the general public will view the exhibited works and actively participate in voting for their favorites.

All entries must be submitted digitally by February 15, 2012, in hi-res jpg format (5”x7,” 300dpi resolution, preferably 1MB in size and no larger than 2MB per image). No hard copies, photos or slides will be accepted. Please identify the email in the subject line as “Jurying Artrageous Art Contest” and send to Events@VisitClarkStreet.com.

Entry email must include the artist’s name, title of the piece(s) and medium represented, and may include a short bio about the artist and piece(s) (no more than five pieces permitted). Once the email with attached jpg(s) is received, a prompt reply notification will be emailed to the artist, and a subsequent email notification will be sent when the mail-in application and payment has been received by the committee.

After February 15, late entries must include a $20 late fee for receipt until February 29, 2012. No submissions will be accepted after February 29, 2012. Entries will be disallowed if mail-in application or payment is not received by due date.

Artists will be emailed a status notification beginning April 1, 2012. No results will be given by phone. If selected for participation, information will be provided regarding venue, space, delivery, set-up, etc. Display easels or platforms are the sole responsibility of the artist upon consultation and/or approval by the host and/or festival committee.

All work must be of original design, conceived and executed by the artist in attendance, and not the work of mass production studios. All work displayed must be presented in a finished manner and two-dimensional art must be framed or equivalent. Pieces made with kits, molds, patterns or plans are not permitted, nor may you submit/display works purchased or owned by other artists. The festival committee reserves the right to deny any submission or exhibition of works deemed unsuitable, inappropriate or inconsistent with the quality and standards as set forth by the committee.

Acceptable media include: oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, drawing, collage, clay, paper non-functional, fiber non-functional, wood, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glass, mixed/multi-media and photography.

Any artist with questions or experiencing difficulties in accessing the competition application online is welcome to call the Big Buzz Idea Group office (event partner) at 847.677.8273. Please consult the application for full contest rules.

The jury will decide on the “Best of Show.” Based upon the votes received by the public, the festival art committee will determine the “People’s Choice” award.


People’s Choice – $1,000

Best of Show (Judge’s Choice) – $1,000

Excellence in Photographic Arts – $500

Oils/Pastels/Watercolor – $500

Sculpture/Woodworking (if applicable) – $500

Jewelry/Clothing/Wearable Art/Design/Textiles (if applicable) – $500

WHEN: The Artrageous Artists’ Reception will take place Friday, April 20, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (location TBD). All juried artists must attend the opening reception.

Artwork will go on display on Friday, April 20 with voting running through 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

The Artrageous Awards Ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. (location TBD). All juried artists must attend the awards ceremony.

WHERE: Clark Street between Armitage and Diversey and on Diversey Parkway between Orchard and Lakeview

WHO: Just two miles north of downtown, Lincoln Park is known as Chicago’s liveliest neighborhood, and Clark Street in Lincoln Park is at the heart of the action. Clark Street in Lincoln Park is Home to the Historic and the Hip, the Classic and the Contemporary. Filled with shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs that range from the vintage to the vanguard, the Clark Street area also boasts world-class educational and cultural gems and a gorgeous expanse of lakefront beaches and tree-lined parks. Although known by many for its boutiques, restaurants, bars, and clubs, it’s also one of our nation’s finest urban playgrounds. Learn more by checking out VisitClarkStreet.com. Come visit Lincoln Park, but clear your schedule first; because you’ll want to stay a while!

Go to VisitClarkStreet.com for more information.

Untitled Document

It’s Time to Tell the Mayor

Jan 16, 2012 by

Community Shows Overwhelming Opposition to Proposed ReMap


Last night was one of those nights that forms the foundation of the 43rd Ward’s  reputation for political independence, residents who care, and their demand for progressive, transparent governmental processes. And the City took notice, as reported in the Tribune, Fox, and WBEZ among others.

The Remap Hearing by the Rules Committee last night was the public hearing designated for Northside residents concerning proposed new boundaries for our Ward. DePaul University moved the hearing to a larger venue with a capacity for 550. Nevertheless, by 6pm the venue was packed and nearly one hundred people waited to enter until others left.

Following opening remarks by Chairmen Mell and me, Chicagoans had the opportunity to speak and ask questions.  Again and again, residents demanded more time, more consideration, and more attention paid to communities before new boundaries were drawn. The presidents of the seven neighborhood organizations that represent Lincoln Park read a statement denouncing the Map For a Better Chicago. Former Alderman Bill Singer read a letter signed by the last five former 43rd Ward aldermen lamenting the Map For a Better Chicago’s disregard of community boundaries.   It was made abundantly clear that Lincoln Park is united as a community and should remain united as a ward.

So what now?

Now that we have gotten the attention of the City it is more important than ever to continue demanding a better remap. I cannot emphasize strongly enough that this process must not be rushed.

It is time to tell this to the Mayor.

E-mail, call, or mail a letter to the Mayor:

The Honorable Rahm Emanuel
121 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago City Hall, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: (312) 744-3300
Fax: (312) 744-2324


Let Mayor Emanuel know that you oppose the current Map For a Better Chicago and that you support keeping Lincoln Park intact.

Together we can make our voices heard.