Condo Seminar: Best Practices for Small & Self-Managing Condominium Associations

UPDATE: Meeting will take place at Gill Park

CondoSeminar4212016An “ask the experts” opportunity

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Noon to 2 PM
Gill Park, 825 W Sheridan Road, lower level Community/Game Room

Recent changes to the Illinois Condo Act apply to all Condo Associations including the many  small and self-managed Associations. Note the quote from a local Condo Association Attorney when discussing our proposed event:

“Focusing on small associations is a very good idea, because the newer decisions by the Appellate Court basically put them on warning that even they must follow the Act subject to very stiff personal liability for the officers. And many of those small associations have no idea of what the potential liabilities are.”

Attending this event will be an Attorney Paul Ochmanek (Past Chair of Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section) and Patricia Bialek (Vice President, Property Management for FirstService Residential) who will both explain the Illinois Condominium Act and the recent changes that impact all Condo Associations.

The event will provide an opportunity “ask the experts” well as discuss your concerns about Condominium Law and share your experiences with your Condo Association Lake View Neighbors.

This is a BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) event. We will have water and soft drinks.

Download the flyer to post in your condo building.

Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field

Via Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th Ward

cubslogoOpening Day for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field is just around the corner on Monday, April 11 at 7:05 pm where the Cubbies play the Cincinnati Reds. Click here to see the 2016 Cubs schedule.

Please remember that on Cubs Night Games, zone 383 Residential Permit Parking on streets north of Belmont begins at 5:00 pm. Vehicles that are not displaying the proper permits may be ticketed and towed. Please call (866) 427-3869 to report any parking violations. All night games are scheduled to begin at 7:05 pm, unless otherwise noted. Below is more information and tips on Opening Day.

2016 Cubs Opening Day Information

As Wrigley Field is preparing for the upcoming baseball season, expect increased traffic and delivery trucks in the area surrounding the ballpark as well as to local businesses along Clark, Sheffield and Addison.

  • Opening Day is Monday April 11th – Game is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Gates will open 2 ½ hours prior to the game.
  • Testing for the Video Board may occur on April 9th and 10th from 8am to dusk.
  • The Wrigley Field Marquee was reinstalled this week beginning Wednesday, April 6th.
    Waveland between Clark and Sheffield will be open to two-way traffic beginning Monday, April 11th with a modified traffic pattern. Please note, Waveland may be temporarily closed to accommodate additional utility work on Non-Game Days.
  • Temporary No Parking Signs will be posted on Addison (North Side) from Fremont to Sheffield and Halsted (West Side) from Addison to the alley (between 3600 Halsted building and Whole Foods) on Monday, April 11th from 4pm to Midnight. Vehicles parked in violation of the posted signs will be ticketed and towed.
  • Residential Permit Parking (Zone 383) will be strictly enforced. As an added neighborhood protection, Permit Parking Zone 383 from Belmont to Irving and Broadway to Ashland within the 44th Ward is a Tow Zone from 5pm to 10pm. Vehicles parked in violation of Residential Permit Parking regulations are subject to ticket and/or tow beginning at 5pm for all night games
  • Residential Parking Guest Passes are valid on night games. They must be properly completed and displayed on the passenger side windshield no later than 5pm.
  • It is illegal for any person or organization, to offer for sale, expose for sale or acquire for the purpose of sale, any residential parking permit or daily parking permit. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $1,500 and banned from further purchasing of residential daily parking permits.
  • Reminder: There is No Parking on Addison (North Side) from Clark to Ashland from 4pm until 11:30pm during all night games and on Eddy (North Side) from Racine East to the first alley two hours before until one hour after all baseball games.
  • Priority Towing will take place in all special areas designated as No Parking (Clark, Addison, Eddy, etc.).
  • Vehicles in violation of parking regulations resulting in a public safety hazard, such as Bus Stops, No Parking/Tow Zones, crosswalks, driveways, alleys, etc., are subject to immediate ticket and tow.
  • The Cubs Hotline is operated one hour before until two hours after all baseball games. To report night game parking violations and other quality of life issues, please call 1-866-427-3869.
  • During Pre & Post Game, at the discretion of the Police and/or OEMC, Addison between Racine and Halsted may be closed to vehicular traffic as a public safety measure. Traffic will be rerouted North/South on Racine and Halsted. While this may be inconvenient, public safety is of the utmost importance.
  • To view the Cubs Opening Day Preparations, please view their newsletter here.

East Lake View Community CAPS Reminder

CAPS_BeatsSome news of concern about a criminal attack of an elderly woman in East Lake View.

Click here: Woman with walker attacked, robbed in Lakeview high-rise |

You have an opportunity to get more information and to express your concerns regarding criminal activity in East Lake View at CAPS meetings. ELVN is in Beats 1923 and 1925 of the 19th District.

The next CAPS meeting for the ELVN Beats will be Wednesday April 6th at 7 PM at the 19th District Police Station Community Room at 850 W. Addison Street.

ELVN is normally represented at 19th District CAPS meetings. You are invited to attend these meetings. You can also advise of any concerns or issues you want to be included as discussion items with our Alderman or the Police.

Agenda for April 5, 2016, ELVN meeting

ELVN_community_meetingEast Lake View Neighbors will be hosting a Board meeting on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the 19th District Police Station Community Room, 850 W. Addison at 7:00 PM. Please join us.


  1. Call to Order
  2. 44th Ward Update
  3. Cubs Update
  4. 46th Ward Update – Presentation by Aristithis Loukas regarding proposed development of northwest corner of Dakin and Sheridan Road
  5. New Business/Old Business
  6. Adjournment
  7. Board Member Only Session
    • Nomination and election of Officers
    • Loukas property proposal
    • Set date of Oktoberfest 2016

Agenda for March 1, 2016, ELVN meeting

ELVN_community_meetingEast Lake View Neighbors will be hosting a General/Community meeting on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Horace Greeley Elementary School, 832 W. Sheridan Rd., at 7:00 PM.


  1. Call to Order
  2. Introduction of Candidates for Board Seats – Voting Begins
  3. 44th Ward Update – Cubs Update
  4. 46th Ward Update – Attorney Dean Maragos Presentation regarding a convenience store proposed for 801 W Irving Park Rd.
  5. Lakeview Pantry
  6. New Business/Old Business
  7. Adjournment
  8. Board Member Only Session

Meeting 2/25 with Vermilion Developers


For those of you who were unable to attend the last East Lakeview Neighbors meeting, Vermilion developers have agreed to come out to our area again to present their proposal for an 8-story building on the plot of the former Mobil gas station at the corner of W. Sheridan and N. Broadway.  Here are the meeting details:

When:  Thursday, 2/25, 7:00pm
Where:  Gill Park

Someone at the front desk will direct you to the meeting room.  Please consider attending this meeting to learn more about the proposed development, and to voice any concerns you may have.  The 46th Ward Zoning Committee is meeting on 2/29 and Vermilion’s proposal is on their agenda.

Here’s a high level overview of Vermilion’s plans:

8 stories
100 rental units
65 parking spaces
40% 1 BR, 35% studios, 25% 2 BR
Average = 800 sq ft
Retail = 2,200 sq ft (big enough for a coffee shop, nothing more)
Indoor trash room
Construction time = 14 months

Please forward this email to any parties you think may be interested.  Contact ELVN at if you have any questions, thank you.

East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) 2016 Slate of Nominees for the Board

A reminder – The East Lake View Neighbors Annual Meeting and Board Election is scheduled for Tuesday March 1, 2016, at 7 PM. Location is To Be Determined, and a complete agenda is forthcoming.

Jim Spencer has been a Board member for four years and served as ELVN Chair of the past two years. He also serves on the Board of the Lakeview Citizens Council. Jim, his wife Maureen and their Foster Children Eugene and Gino live in the immediate Wrigley Field area and have been strong advocates in protecting the residential character of east lake view. He has owned and managed an apartment building in the neighborhood since 1996.

Chester Kropidlowski has lived in East Lake View since 1991 and has been a Board member for over ten years and is a past Chair of ELVN.  In 1998, Chester retired from the City after a 32 year career with the Chicago Department of Transportation as a City traffic engineer. His duties included dealing with Lake View traffic and parking issues and managing the night baseball Neighborhood Protection Program. Since retirement, Chester has worked as a traffic engineering consultant including consulting for both the City and the Cubs regarding the Wrigley Field program. Chester was Chair of the Transportation Committee for the 44th Ward Master Plan and was active in the development of the 46th Ward Master Plan. Chester and his significant other, Lenore, frequently enjoy the many restaurant and entertainment opportunities available in Lake View.

Patrick Nagle has lived in Lakeview for over 20 years and has worked as an attorney for 20 years. Patrick currently serves as a federal Administrative Law Judge. He has been an ELVN member for the past several years and is a member of Alderman Cappleman’s Zoning Committee. His wife and he are raising two children in the neighborhood and he is invested in making this community an optimal place for people to live and work.

Terie Kata has been active in ELVN since 1991, serving as Chair for five years, and Treasurer for over seven years. Terie, working as an ELVN contractor and working with our friends, the Murphy Family, raised ELVN fund-raising to new highs in attendance and profits at our annual Oktoberfests. Terie is an active member of numerous community and business organizations including being on the Board of the Lake View Citizens Council.

Tom Rothschild has called East Lakeview home for 19 of the 21 years he has lived in Chicago. Currently the Treasurer of his condo association, Tom has been active on the board of every building in which he has lived. His work with the condo board has led him to form relationships with the Alderman’s’ offices. Tom presently represents ELVN in the 44th Wards neighborhood sculpture program.

Heather Way Kitzes is proposed to be the Chicago Cubs representative to the ELVN Board. The Chicago Cubs are a long time Organizational member of ELVN. Since April 2015, Heather has held the position of Manager, Government and Neighborhood Relations for the Chicago Cubs. Heather’s current responsibilities include working with local community members on issues surrounding Wrigley Field. Prior to her role with the Cubs, Heather held the position of Executive Director with the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce for nearly 13 years. During her tenure, LCC experienced consistent membership growth, the formation of critical strategic partnerships and drafted and delivered the award winning Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP). Over the years, she has served on many local and regional boards including the Alderman Tunney’s 44th Ward Community Directed Development Council; Lakeview Citizen’s Council Executive Committee; Shiel Park Advisory Council; and the Lake View Pantry Board of Directors, among others. In 2014 she was elected as the Community Representative to the Inter American Magnet School LSC. Additionally, in 2012, she was appointed by former Governor Pat Quinn as a Commissioner to Serve Illinois, the state’s commission on volunteerism and service. She believes strongly that service and volunteerism are the key to a well-rounded professional and personal life. Although a long time Lake View resident, Heather currently lives in Andersonville with her husband David and their two children, Jack and Lilly.

Kit Welch and her partner have been residents of East Lakeview since May of 2012. Kit is an active member of her Condo Association including being the Association’s Treasurer. She also has experience as a Board member for a nature preserve in Florida  and has participated in various community organizations. She currently is a volunteer diver at the Shedd Aquarium. Kit’s Community support can be summarized by a quote:  “As a Realtor, I have a vested interest in our neighborhood, and feel that I have a lot to contribute to the ELVN board. I am an advocate for all members of our community having a voice, and I support reasonable, responsible development of the area in and around East Lakeview.”

Soup Walk

soupwalkJoin us for the Soup Walk on Sunday, February 28th from 1- 5pm, featuring handmade soups from nine Lakeview East/Northalsted restaurants. Soups can be sampled at nine retail locations along Broadway & Halsted! Take a FREE trolley around the neighborhoods and taste and see everything we have to offer.

Locations and Restaurant Partners:

  1. CRAM Fashion- 3331 N. Broadway with soup from Cafe L’Appetito

2. Unabridged Bookstore- 3251 N. Broadway with soup from The Bagel

3. GAP- 3216 N.Broadway with soup from Esencia Urban Kitchen

4. wineHouse- 3164 N. Broadway with soup from Soupbox

5. NoteworthyNotes- 3629 N. Halsted with soup from Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

6. Egoist- 3526 N. Halsted with soup from Dive Bar

7. Boystown Collectibles- 3453 N. Halsted with soup from Taverna 750

8. Universal Wellness Source- 3324 N. Halsted with soup from The Chicago Diner

9. The Leigh Gallery- 3306 N. Halsted with soup from D.S. Tequila Co.