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Smart911 Fact Sheet

What is Smart911?

Smart911 is a service that allows residents to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location. At a time when seconds count, Smart911 provides details that could impact response the second an emergency call is placed, which could be the difference between life and death.

How can I sign up?

You can sign up for Smart911 at and create a Safety Profile for your household to give 9-1-1 valuable information about yourself, family members, your home, pets and even vehicles that will display automatically on the 9-1-1 call taker’s screen when you make an emergency call. It’s private and secure and you control what information is in your profile. These details can save seconds or even minutes during an emergency.

Information Handout About “Stay at Home” Order

  • Takes effect March 21st at 5pm until april 7th
  • Essential stores and businesses will still be open
  • You can go outside but continue to practice social distancing
    • 6 feet distance from others
    • No groups larger than 10 people

Important numbers and resources

Chicago department of public health

  • Call 312-746-4835 for updates or visit their website (1, 2) to sign up for email updates.

State of illinois coronavirus response (faq)

  • Call 800-889-3931 with any health related questions
  • Text your zip code to 888777 for updates sent directly to your cell phone

Always feel free to reach out to 19th district community policing office with any questions:

Community Alert: Residential Burglary — 19th District

About the Crime:

This alert gives notice to residents in the 19 th District of recent residential burglaries. In these incidents, the offender(s) made entry in the residence after they forced open the front and rear doors. The offender(s) then removed property from the homes and fled. In one incident, the offenders forced open a window to make entry.

Incident Times and Locations:

  • 3700 block of North Sheffield Ave on Feb. 1, 2020 between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • 900 block of West Oakdale Ave between Feb. 1, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. and Feb. 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
  • 700 block of West Belmont Ave on Feb 3, 2020 between 7:38 a.m. and 6:55 p.m.
  • 900 block of West Altgeld St. on Feb 3, 2020 at 1:24 p.m.
  • 800 block of West Buckingham Pl on Feb 3, 2020 between 8:50 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • 3900 block of North Janssen Ave on Feb 3, 2020 between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
  • 1000 block of West Leland Ave on Feb 7, 2020 between 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

About the Offender:

African-American male(s) wearing dark clothing, gloves and facemasks or scarves

What you can do:

  • Be aware of these crimes and alert other family and friends who live in the area.
  • Ensure your doors and windows are secure at all times.
  • If you have suspicious activity captured on video surveillance footage alert Police.
  • Pay special attention to suspicious individuals in the area and alert the Police.
  • Call 911 immediately if you are a victim or witness to a crime and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information.

If you have any information, contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area North (312) 744-8263

How to prevent catalytic converter theft

Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Park close to building entrances or the nearest road in public parking lots. This leaves you car in a location where many people can see it.
  • If you have a personal garage, keep your car parked inside with the door shut.
  • Add video surveillance to the area where you regularly park your car.
  • Install a catalytic converter-specific security device, or have it welded to the car frame. You can also engrave your car’s VIN number to the catalytic converter.
  • Adjust the security system on your car, if already installed, to activate from vibrations, such as those produced by a saw.
Winter Coat Drive

Winter coat drive

Hello block club folks!

Alderman Cappleman is hosting a coat & warm clothing drive through Friday, December 6. His office is collecting:

  • Adult coats, new or clean/gently used;
  • Hats, scarves, gloves;
  • Socks (new only);
  • Warm base layers;
  • Lip balm, Vaseline, hand lotion

Contributions will be donated to StreetWise to support their vendors, and to the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services to support our neighbors in need and people experiencing homelessness.

People can drop off contributions to the 46th Ward Service Office at 4544 N. Broadway. Our office is open Mondays 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lake Shore Drive

North LSD “Redefine the Drive” Study

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation are actively engaged in the North Lake Shore Drive Phase I (Preliminary Plans) Study to improve Lake Shore Drive from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue. Details of the ongoing Task Force study can be found on the North Lake Shore Drive REDEFINE THE DRIVE website.

Two Community Meetings (August 12th and 13th) will be held in Lake View to review the proposed improvements between Diversey Parkway and Irving Park Road and receive your input. The meetings will feature identical formats and content, but they will be held in two locations to provide more opportunities for community members to provide feedback. During these meetings, exhibits will be on display and project team members will be present to discuss the project and answer questions.

Monday, August 12, 2019
Temple Sholom

Bettie Port Hall (entrance on Stratford Place)
3480 North Lake Shore Drive
Open House: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Saint Joseph Hospital

Lakeshore Café
2900 North Lake Shore Drive
Open House: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

As a reminder, the proposed improvements for North Lake Shore Drive between Diversey and Irving Park include:

  • A SB LSD entrance and a NB LSD exit ramp at Addison Street. (This would involve NB LSD traffic going under LSD to go west on Addison.)
  • The elimination of Recreation Drive and the parking now on Recreation Drive
  • Creation of a parking “lot” with approximately 80 diagonal parking spaces along the east side of inner LSD between Grace and Addison, This is west of LSD.
  • Creation of a parking “lot” with approximately 80 diagonal parking spaces along the east side of inner LSD between Grace and Addison, This is west of LSD.
  • Creation of a tunnel at Briar Place for vehicles to cross under LSD and provide access to Belmont Harbor and Harbor parking. Access to the Briar Place tunnel would be from Belmont.

The Task Force and the 44th Ward has received significant Community comments as to what is proposed for the LSD-Belmont area.  Accordingly, the project team will lead an in-depth review of the Belmont Avenue area.


Chester R. Kropidlowski 
Lake View Citizens Council Transportation Committee Chair
(773) 871-7820
(312) 972-0933 (Cell)

AGENDA for 11/13/2018 ELVN Meeting

TUESDAY, NOV 13 AT 7:00 P.M.

1. Call to order
A. Appointed Board members: Tom Rothschild and Brandon Cunningham
2. 46th Ward Update
3. 44th Ward Update
4. Cubs Update
5. Treasurer’s Report
6. Crime Update
A. Thefts-unlocked windows/doors
B. Car break-ins-keep fob far enough away from parked car
7. New Business/Old Business
A. Blue Lot Update
B. Kelly Park-Brandon Cunningham
C. Chicago Sculpture Exhibit-Vote coming soon
D. “What’s the 311” presentation-William Everett Group
E. Next meeting is Annual Holiday Party, December 4, 2018 at Murphy’s Bleachers
i. Pay your 2019 annual dues at the Holiday Party!
8. Adjournment
9. Closed Session

Community Meeting about Gill Park – April 5th

Please be reminded that Alderman James Cappleman and the Chicago Park District will hold a community meeting tomorrow to provide an update on the final design and construction schedule for the Gill Park playground. The meeting details are as follows:

WHEN: Thursday, April 5th, 6:00 PM
WHERE: Gill Park Field House, 825 W Sheridan Road

ELVN members are encouraged to attend.

Northalsted Winter Events

Two Northalsted events are coming up this winter.  Check them out and enjoy!

Frost Fest

February 24-25
Sample unique craft beers in a fun and festive party tent! Pick between 3 tasting sessions over the weekend.  Tent is located at 3514 N Halsted (1 block south of Addison)

Lakeview Soup Walk

Sunday, March 4th, from 1-5pm
Walk the streets of Boystown, East Lakeview, and Wrigleyville to enjoy samples of soup from your favorite restaurants featured at local retail and service locations. FREE EVENT
In partnership with the Lake View Chamber of Commerce.