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Cubs Charities to Award More Than $860,000 to 2016 Diamond Project Grantees

cubslogoVia the Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO – Cubs Charities will award more than $860,000 to 14 Diamond Project grantees this year to help improve youth baseball and softball fields across 14 Chicago neighborhoods. On Tuesday, September 20, Cubs Charities will present a $150,000 grant to James G. Blaine Elementary School, a 2016 Diamond Project grantee, during “Go Cubs Go Day” at the school. The grant will support a new turf field surface and general field maintenance, logos, backstop and netting.

Since 2014, Cubs Charities’ Diamond Project has awarded nearly $1.8 million in grants to support 28 youth leagues and 32 capital improvement projects across Chicago. The Diamond Project, one of Cubs Charities’ three signature programs, provides funds to nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations to expand opportunities for children to play baseball and softball and improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields or indoor training facilities.

Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts, a Cubs player and Cubs mascot Clark will be on hand to celebrate the occasion.

WHAT:        2016 Diamond Project check presentation at James G. Blaine Elementary School

WHEN:        Tuesday, September 20, program to begin at noon

WHERE:      James G. Blaine Elementary School, 1420 W. Grace St.

ELVN September 6th General/Community Meeting Agenda

ELVN_community_meetingEast Lake View Neighbors Association Board Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 7:00 P.M
WHERE: 19th District Police Station Community Room, 850 W. Addison


  1. Call to Order
  2. 12th District State Representative Sara Feigenholtz
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. 46th Ward Update
  5. Cubs Update
  6. A presentation by resident James Velasco regarding a proposed dog park
  7. Oktoberfest 2016
  8. Old Business/New Business
  9. Adjournment

ELVN August 2nd Board Meeting Agenda

ELVN_community_meetingEast Lake View Neighbors Association Board Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at 7:00 P.M
WHERE: 19th District Police Station Community Room, 850 W. Addison


  1. Call to Order
  2. 44th Ward Update
  3. 46th Ward Update
  4. Cubs Update
  5. Oktoberfest 2016
  6. Old Business/New Business
  7. Adjournment

Emergency response exercise to be held at Wrigley Field

cubslogoVia the Chicago Cubs

Dear Wrigley Field Neighbor,

In support of our commitment to fan safety and emergency preparedness, the Chicago Cubs, in partnership with the Chicago Police Department (CPD), will hold an emergency response exercise at Wrigley Field from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT Thursday, July 14.

The exercise will involve CPD, Wrigley Field personnel, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the Chicago Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services.

Please note simulated ammunition and flashbangs will be used during the mock incident. To accommodate the exercise, Waveland Avenue from Clifton to Kenmore avenues will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT.

We appreciate your patience and support as we work to keep the confines friendly. If you have any questions, please contact us at

The Chicago Cubs

Follow up to Tuesday’s meeting

I would like to thank Reverend Joy Douglas Strome, Pastor of Lakeview Presbyterian Church, for hosting our quarterly General/Community meeting on Tuesday night. Reverend Strome highlighted some exciting Summer programs that the Church will be conducting. She also discussed the remarkable plans for the proposed new building project. For more information, please go to

We had a great turnout for the meeting. Approximately one hundred (100) people from the community came to hear about Alderman Tom Tunney’s proposed Sports Plaza Ordinance and to hear from the Cubs about their competing Patio Liquor License application. These two (2) opposing proposals have received a lot of attention in the press. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the Cubs and to Alderman Tunney and his staff for their informative presentations.

Regardless of how you may feel about either plan, I urge you to take this rare opportunity to have an impact on what happens in our neighborhood. Please take a few moments to send an email to Commissioner Steadman at Please send a copy to Alderman Tunney at In your letter, please state your support or opposition to the Cubs/Ricketts Patio liquor License Application and briefly state why you are opposed to or in favor of the license. Additionally, please be sure to include your address so that the Commissioner knows that you an area resident and not a fan from outside of the neighborhood.

As I write this letter, the Cubs have sent people out to collect signatures on a petition in support for their Patio Liquor License. This may be the last and best opportunity for the residents to have a say in what happens in our neighborhood.

The deadline to have your opinion considered by the Commissioner is 5:00 today. Please send your email to Please send a copy to the Alderman at

Thank you,

Jim Spencer
President, East Lake View Neighbors Association

Cubs Patio Liquor Application

East Lake View Neighbors will be holding a general/Community meeting tomorrow evening, Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. The Auditorium is located on Addison Street, adjacent to the Sanctuary.

Among the topics to be discussed, we will consider the Cubs patio Liquor Application for their planned Plaza and Alderman Tunney’s pending Plaza Ordinance. The Alderman and the Cubs will be present to discuss their proposals. This topic has gotten a lot of press coverage and has proven to be quite controversial. This meeting will be an excellent opportunity to decide, for yourselves, what you want in our neighborhood.

Regardless of your feelings on the matter, the Alderman, the Cubs, and the community will appreciate your input. The deadline to express your support or opposition to either proposal is Thursday, June 9, 2016. Please send an email to the Chicago liquor Commission at and copy Alderman Tunney at

This is a rare chance for the residents of East Lakeview to be heard and fully considered regarding what happens in our neighborhood.

ELVN June 7th Community Meeting Agenda

ELVN_community_meetingEast Lake View Neighbors Association Community/General Quarterly Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at 7:00 P.M
WHERE: Lakeview Presbyterian Church Auditorium, 716 W. Addison St.


  1. Call to Order
  2. 46th Ward Update
  3. Lakeview Presbyterian Church – Pastor Joy Douglas Stone
  4. 44th Ward Update
  5. Cubs presentation of their pending Patio License Application
  6. Old Business/New Business
  7. Adjournment

Community Meeting to consider the Chicago Cubs application for a Patio Liquor License

East Lake View Neighbors Association (ELVN) will be hosting representatives from The Chicago Cubs and Alderman Tunney and his staff to discuss the Cubs’ pending application for Patio Liquor License as well as Alderman Tom Tunney’s proposed Plaza Ordinance. All members of the community surrounding Wrigley Field are welcome to attend and consider the various proposals. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the facts directly from the people involved in the issue.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in the Auditorium at Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 716 W. Addison Street.

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.