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Join ELVN/Dues Reminder

If you intend to vote in our March 1st ELVN Board election, your dues must be paid by Tuesday, February 16th.  You can pay your dues online or print out an application and mail it and your payment to:
East Lake View Neighbors
3712 N. Broadway #470
Chicago IL 60613

East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) is one of the twelve neighborhood organizations affiliated with the Lake View Citizens Council. We are a non-profit organization serving the residents, businesses and social organizations within the area bounded by Addison Street, Clark Street, Irving Park Road, and Lake Michigan.

East Lake View Neighbors’ objective is to be a mechanism both to maintain and improve the quality of life in our neighborhood through active involvement in community “betterment” related programs and activities that work towards improving East Lake View.

We accomplish this objective, in part, by providing a forum, through monthly Board meetings, for neighbors to discuss quality of life issues, to provide our neighbors with information that impacts their lives as residents, and to offer our voice to the Aldermanic Offices on licensing, zoning and other issues in our area. (ELVN includes both the 44th and 46th Wards.)

Your dues will help ELVN achieve our objectives.

Normally our Board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at the 19th District Police Station Community Room. (Meeting updates or changes are noted on our website –

CAPS Meetings

You have an opportunity to get more information and to express your concerns regarding criminal activity in our community at CAPS meetings. Info as to the dates, time and location of 2016 CAPS meetings that include Beats 1923 and 1925, the Beats that include East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) area is in shown below.

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Join us at the following beat meetings to build and enhance our problem solving partnerships in the 19th District.

Beat meetings are held in the 19th District Community Room located at 850 W Addison and begin at 7:00 P.M. Please plan to attend as many meetings as possible. Each meeting will focus on various crimes and safety/prevention topics. Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday every even month.

February 3rd – Theft from Autos
April 6th – Garage Burglaries
June 1st – Residential Burglaries
August 3rd – Street Safety/Robberies
October 5th – Back to School Safety
December 7th – Seasonal Crime Trends

Meeting dates are subject to change; please contact the 19th District Community Policing Office at 312-744-0064 or to confirm.

Follow the 19th District Community Policing Office on Twitter: @ChicagoCAPS19

ELVN is normally represented at these meetings.

Agenda for Tuesday, Feburary 2 ELVN meeting

East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) will be holding a board meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. at the 19th District Police Station.  Please join us.


  1. Call to Order
  2. 44th Ward Update – Green Curtain Events Sausage Fest Proposal
  3. 46th Ward Update – Vermilion Development Proposal for Northeast Corner of W. Sheridan and N. Broadway
  4. Cubs Update
  5. Old Business/New Business – Board Seat Nominations and Election
  6. Adjournment
  7. Board Member Only Session

CDOT Announcement from Alderman James Cappleman

Via Alderman James Cappleman, 46th Ward

Each year, the 46th Ward receives $1.32 million to use for infrastructure improvements. This money is spent on items that will last one year or more, and most of it typically goes to street repaving, sidewalk replacements, and street lighting. In 2015, the 19th Police District provided input about the installation of police cameras based on prior drug arrests and feedback from residents attending CAPS meetings. Click here to view how menu funds were used for 2015.

Within the next few months, the Chicago Dept of Transportation (CDOT) will meet with me and provide their suggestions about where infrastructure improvements are needed based on 311 records. They also have information about where anticipated utility work will occur so that we don’t tear up a street twice for repair.

Your Assistance is Needed!

You know the condition of the streets, sidewalks and curbs around your home. When you see something that needs repair, please contact me to include it in our 2016 projects. I’ll combine this information with what we get from CDOT to help decide where to spend our limited funds. Feel free to email me at or call my office at 773-878-4646.

ELVN Board Member Nominations

raisedhandsEast Lake View Neighbors will be accepting nominations for Board Members of ELVN at our next meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Police Station located at 850 West Addison Street. We invite all eligible people to consider serving on our Board. If you are interested, please attend the meeting on February 2, 2016, and either accept or submit your nomination. All nominees will be verified for eligibility and will be asked to submit a brief biography which will be considered by all ELVN Members. Nominees will stand for election to the Board at our General Community Meeting on March 1, 2016.

To be eligible to serve on The ELVN Board, nominees must live and own property within the boundaries of our Organization. The boundaries are Lake Shore Drive, Clark Street, Addison Street and Irving Park Road. Additionally, all nominees must have a fully paid membership by February 16, 2016.

Responsibilities of ELVN Board Members are as follows:

  • To understand the needs and concerns of the Community
  • To actively promote ELVN within the Community and to work to increase ELVN Membership
  • To attend at least seven (7) Board/Community meetings within the calendar year
  • To participate in annual fundraising activities such as our annual Oktoberfest
  • To be engaged in the activities of ELVN through active participation

Please consider this great opportunity to get involved in your Community. Contact with any questions.

Jan. 5, 2016 ELVN Board Meeting

ELVN_community_meetingPlease attend the next ELVN Board Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the 19th District Police Station, 850 W. Addison St.

Meeting Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Officers Report
  3. 44th Ward Update – Cubs Report
  4. 46th Ward Update
    Zoning variance request by Vicky Smith of Charbella hair Salon
    Dave Gassman update on his Irving Park Road property
  5. New Business
  6. Old Business – Board Seat Nominations and Election Update
  7. Adjournment
  8. Board Member only Meeting

2016 ELVN Meeting Schedule

Jan. 5 – Board Meeting
Feb. 2 – Board Meeting
Mar. 1 – General Meeting
Apr. 5 – Board Meeting
May 3 – Board Meeting
June 7 – General Meeting
Aug. 2 – Board Meeting
Sep. 6 – General Meeting
Oct. 4 – Board Meeting
Nov. 1 – Board Meeting
Dec. 6 – General Meeting

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary meeting December 7 @ 7 p.m.

medicalmarijuanaBy now, many of you have heard that a company, Medmar, is pursuing a Special Use Permit to open and operate a medical marijuana dispensary at 3812 N. Clark Street, in our neighborhood. Their proposal is scheduled to be considered by the City Council’s Zoning Board of Appeals on December 18, 2015. A community meeting was convened by Alderman Tunney at the Cubby Bear on November 17, 2015.

The proposed property is located on the eastern boundary of Southport Neighbors Association borders, and it sits across the street from East Lakeview Neighbors western border. For this reason, I think that it is important for ELVN members and residents to have another opportunity to hear from Medmar and to consider the proposal. Jill Peters, President of Southport Neighbors, has organized a special meeting regarding this matter, and she has, graciously, agreed to welcome our members and residents to participate in this meeting. I encourage you to attend the meeting and tell your neighbors.

The Southport Neighbors meeting is scheduled to take place at 7:00 p.m. on December 7, 2015 at the Mercury Theatre at 3745 N. Southport Avenue.

I hope to see you there.

Jim Spencer

President – ELVN