Monthly Archives: July 2013

Fire Sprinkler Mandate Virtual Town Hall Meeting this Wednesday

Via Alderman Cappleman, 46th Ward

Illinois State Fire Marshall logo“Thank you for sending your emails and letters over the last few weeks concerning the State Fire Marshall’s proposed rule requiring the retroactive installation of fire sprinkler systems in high-rise buildings, newly constructed single family homes, or certain businesses in Illinois.  As I have in recent weeks, residents, business owners, property owners and managers all over the 46th Ward have all expressed concerns and asked questions about the proposed mandate.”

“That is why I, along with Rep. Greg Harris, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Sen. Heather Steans, Ald. Joe Moore, Ald. Harry Osterman and representatives from the Chicago Fire Department will be hosting a town hall meeting to help answer questions about this proposed mandate and also discuss the current local fire safety laws and Chicago Life Safety Ordinances.  We want to hear your thoughts and opinions.”

Town Hall Meeting Details

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
6:30 – 7:30PM

  1. Attend the meeting in person at Loyola’s Cuneo Hall, 1032 W Sheridan, Room 109.
  2. View the virtual meeting on YouTube by visiting Rep. Kelly Cassidy’s YouTube Channel on the evening of the town hall meeting.
  3. If you have a Google account, you can join the Google Hangout which will allow you to post in the chat box and ask questions live. Fifteen minutes before the start of the event, the link to the Hangout will be posted on Representative Harris’ website at www.gregharris.org.

Questions may also be submitted beforehand via a Google form that can be accessed here.

If you would like to take a look at the rules in question, it begins on page 8,197 located here:
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume37_issue26.pdf

Refine the Drive: Public Meetings on Improving North Lake Shore Drive

Via northlakeshoredrive.orgNorth Lake Shore Drive logo

The North LAKE SHORE DRIVE plan starts with you!

Do you drive on North Lake Shore Drive? Bike or walk on the Lakefront Trail? Use any of the lakefront parks? Or value living by and using Lake Shore Drive? We want your input! We are pleased to announce our first round of public meetings!

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation have initiated a study to improve North Lake Shore Drive from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue. Tell us how you use North Lake Shore Drive, what the issues are and share your ideas.

Come to one of our upcoming meetings as we embark on this important study. The same information will be presented at each location.

Gill Park
825 West Sheridan Road, 3rd Floor
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Open House: 6:00-8:00 PM

Truman College
1145 West Wilson Avenue, Atrium
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Open House: 6:00-8:00 PM

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive, South Gallery
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Open House: 6:00-8:00 PM

For more information, visit northlakeshoredrive.org.

Lake View Needs Your Support!

Via Lake View Citizens’ Council

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Dear Neighbors:

As many of us in the Lake View community are aware, this week will be an important milestone in the development not just of Wrigley Field, but a significant amount of the adjacent properties including the “Triangle” and former McDonald’s property.

Alderman Tunney has been fighting for the quality of life for our residents and needs your support this week.  You may be aware that Alderman Tunney is still seeking modifications to the planned development that is being reviewed by the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards.

Specifically, he is seeking a relocation of the hotel entrance away from Patterson Street, elimination of the pedestrian bridge over Clark and a 10 year moratorium on additional signage.  In addition, further plans to implement the Neighborhood Protections that were part of the original framework (protection, remote parking and traffic management) need to be agreed upon.

How do you feel about the proposed development?  Please make your voice heard at the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards meeting!

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WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:00am
WHERE: City Hall, Council Chambers, 121 N LaSalle St., 2nd floor, Chicago IL 60602

 

Great rally! There’s still more we can do…

Thanks to everyone who came out to last night’s rally! It was great to see so many people brave the heat to support our neighborhood!

For those of you in the Loop this afternoon, you can continue to show your community support by stopping by the Planned Development committee meeting TODAY.  It’s going on right now and is expected to last past 5pm today in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 121 N LaSalle St.

More info to follow based on the outcome of today’s session. In the meantime, check out these photos from the “Wrigley Wrally” last night.

TONIGHT: Rally 6:30pm @ Clark & Patterson

Capture2Please join us tonight for the rally to request the city to negotiate and fully vet the proposed planned development for Wrigley Field prior to any approval.

YOUR support and your voice are needed to save our streets from being annexed to the Cubs and the area becoming a digital media circus and open container free-for-all.

Hope to see you there!

When: TONIGHT at 6:30pm
Where: Clark & Patterson


Also, don’t forget to take the survey at wrigleyresidents.com.  Time is running out to voice our concerns. Survey results will be tallied on Friday and presented to city officials.

Take the Survey: Last Chance to Weigh In on Wrigley Renovations!

Proposed renovations to Wrigley Field

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ELVN urges you to share your opinions on the changes that are being passed for Wrigley Field and the surrounding area.

We are extremely concerned that the issues have not been clearly defined and are being passed without any vetting.  EVERYTHING on the Cubs’ wish list could be APPROVED by July 25th City Council meeting.

It is important that you express your opinions by completing the resident’s survey.  The time to act is TODAY!

What are the Details?

This document highlights some of the significant changes included in the Cubs’ proposal (.pdf).

What Can I Do?

Visit the website and take the survey at www.wrigleyresidents.com.  A report based on survey results will be given to the City Council.

What Else Can I Do?

Be advised, the process to get City approval of the FRAMEWORK is quickly moving forward. Note the following schedule of future meetings. All meetings will be in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Floor, in City Council Chambers. We are asking for your support at the following meetings:

July 18, 11 AM – Plan Commission
The Wrigley Field Planned Development is the last item on the agenda and will be heard after the lunch break , about 1:30 PM. The entire Planned Development is on the agenda (Ballpark, Hotel, Office, Plaza, Media Building, Bleacher Walls, and Signage)

July 23, 10 AM – Zoning Committee
The Zoning Committee will receive testimony and then vote on the Planned Development.

July 24, 10 AM – City Council
The full City Council could vote on the Planned Development.

It is important that our community be fully represented at all meetings and the City and Mayor’s Office hear the concerns of the East Lake View community. Plan to attend if you can.

Bike Lake View – July 14 Neighborhood Bike Ride

Bike Lake ViewVia Lake View Citizens’ Council

Join the Lake View Citizens Council (LVCC) for  a leisurely morning bike ride around Lake View. Get to know your neighbors while exploring our bicycle-friendly neighborhood. Helmets are required, and be sure to bring a lock so you can join us for post-ride coffee.

Bike Lake View is a free hour-long neighborhood social ride on the second Sunday of every month. The rides are geared toward all of our neighbors — bring your kids and your grandparents! Local elected officials and neighborhood police are also invited to join us every month. For more information, contact Lee Crandell at crandell@gmail.com.

WHAT: Bike Lake View neighborhood bike ride
WHEN: 10:00 AM, Sunday, July 14, 2013 (Second Sunday, every month)
WHERE: Meet at Seminary & Waveland (Northwest corner of Wrigley Field)
POST-RIDE: Ending around 11:00 AM for social time at Chicago Bagel Authority (955 W Belmont)

Pros and Cons of Wrigley Renovations: July 15

Wrigley: Renovation Wreck or Refreshed Design?

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), the non-profit, is hosting a free public program on the positive and not-so-positive potential impacts of the Wrigley renovation. The program is part of a bi-annual series that covers local urban planning topics like a Chicago casino, the increase of big box stores within city limits, etc. Wrigley will be the July 15th topic.  It’s free; they just ask that you register online.

DATE: Monday, July 15th
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
COST: Free
LOCATION: Moe’s Cantina, 3518 N Clark Street
REGISTER ONLINE at www.architecture.org/wrigley

44th Ward Property Tax Assistance by Commissioner Bridget Gainer

Via Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer

Last week, the Cook County Treasurer’s Office mailed out the 2012 second installment property tax bills to all Cook County Homeowners.

On Tuesday, July 23 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, staff from Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office will be available at Alderman Tom Tunney’s 44th Ward office (3223 N Sheffield Ave.) to offer onsite property tax assistance. Homeowners can visit Commissioner Gainer’s staff to ensure all eligible exemptions are being applied and to answer any questions.

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Landmarks Commission Advisory

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“The commission asked the team to include ‘everything we could think of’ in its request for new advertising. The commission approved the plan as part of the broader Wrigley Field renovation package but pulled out the proposals for the two big outfield signs, which will be considered at Thursday’s commission meeting.”

East Lake View Resident,

The June 28th Landmarks Commission meeting was attended by a large number of our Lake View Community.

The testimony given by ELVN was that we supported the renovation of Wrigley Field, but were opposed to the extension of Wrigley Field into the City right of way (especially the narrowing of Waveland Avenue), the 1000 square foot sign in right field, and the 6000 square foot jumbotron in left field.  These changes could change the ambiance and residential character of residential streets adjacent to Wrigley Field forever.

All elements of the Cubs renovation were approved by the Commission except for the 1000 square foot sign in right field and the 6000 square foot jumbotron in left field.  These two signs were deferred until the July 11th regular meeting of the Landmarks Commission.

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks will hold a regular meeting on THURSDAY, July 11, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Floor, in City Council Chambers.

Agenda includes:     Pre-Permit Submission – Outfield Signs

Be advised, the process to get City approval of the FRAMEWORK is quickly moving forward.  Note the following schedule of future meetings.  All meetings will be in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Floor, in City Council Chambers.

July 18, 11 AM – Plan Commission  The Wrigley Field Planned Development is the last item on the agenda and will be heard after the lunch break, about 1:30 PM.  The entire Planned Development is on the agenda (Ballpark, Hotel, Office, Plaza, Media Building, Bleacher Walls, and Signage)

July 23, 10 AM – Zoning Committee  The Zoning Committee will receive testimony and then vote on Planned Development.

July 24, 10 AM – City Council –The full City Council will vote on the Planned Development.

It is important that our community be fully represented at all meetings and the City and Mayor’s Office hear the concerns of the East Lake View community.  Plan to attend if you can.


We would also like to again bring to your attention the opportunity to participate in an online survey being conducted to document the concerns of the Lake View Community regarding the redevelopment of Wrigley Field and the adjacent area, (www.wrigleyresidents.com).  The results will be shared with the City of Chicago.