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Agenda for 3/13/2018 ELVN General/Community Meeting

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018 AT 7:00 P.M.


  1. Call to order
  2. Nomination and introduction of Board Member Candidates
  3. Voting begins
  4. 46th Ward Update
  5. 44th Ward Update
    — Aurelio’s Plan of Operation at Grace and Clark Streets
    — Dugout’s plans for an outdoor, rooftop patio
  6. MCZ Development presentation of their proposal to redevelop the property at 957 W. Grace Street (southeast corner of Grace and Clark, JCYS Daycare).
  7. New Business/Old Business
  8. Announcement of election results
  9. Adjournment

Followed by board member-only session.

Meet the candidates for the ELVN board

*Incumbents up for reelection are indicated by (I) after their names.

Brandon Cunningham has lived on in East Lake View on Dakin for the last 3 years. He is an active member of his community, a registered CPS substitute teacher and volunteers at his 4 and 6-year-old daughters’ schools. He supports the conservancy site in Montrose Harbor documenting Purple Martins populations during the summer. He is the president of the Kelly Park Advisory Council. In his spare time, he goes to work as an airline captain.

John Fitterer was born and raised in Chicago and lives in Lakeview in the 3700 block of Fremont with his wife Sandy. They have lived in Wrigleyville for 3 ½ years, moving in from the western suburbs where we raised our 3 kids (who are all Chicago north-siders now). John is retired for just under 2 years after having worked at ComEd for 35 years. His last position was director of the 550-person ComEd Call Center, where he balanced the needs of the business and employees (450 were union employees), while improving the service provided to its customers. Since retiring he has volunteered at Misericordia, and at the Field Museum where his wife and he work at youth discovery stations. He has been an ardent Cubs fan since growing up on Chicago’s southwest side and listening to Jack Brickhouse announce games on WGN after school.

Terie Kata (I) has been active in ELVN since 1991, serving as Chair for five years and Treasurer for seven years. Terie and co-chair James Murphy 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 and chairs the ELVN fund-raising events.

Maggie Koehler (I) has lived in East Lakeview since 2011 and works for the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce. She also serves as an at-large member of the Lake View Citizens Council. Maggie, her wife Aimee Pine, and Boston Terrier rescue Stan love the diversity and close-knit community and exploring their neighborhood.

Justin Kreindler has lived in East Lake View since 2004, as a homeowner since 2005, and as a landlord in 2014. He, his wife and two-year-old son live near Broadway and Waveland. Justin has worked with nonprofits to support communities through issue-based campaigns, political campaigns, and building community capacity. He works as Director of Partner Engagement with Public Allies Chicago. Justin serves on associate boards of Landmarks Illinois and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action.

Chester Kropidlowski (I) has lived in East Lake View since 1991 and has been a board member for over ten years. In 1998, he retired from the City of Chicago after 32 years 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.

Marty Malone has been a proud member of the East Lakeview community for over four years. He is the Director of External Affairs for Cook County’s 10th District, and prior to working in the government sector he worked for multiple technology startups in Chicago. Marty’s involved in multiple community organizations, including as an associate board member for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and an Obama Foundation community organizer. He is the proud owner of an original 1909 Burnham Plan of Chicago.

Patrick Nagle (I) has lived in Lakeview for the past 17 years and has worked as an attorney for 19 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.

Joshua Ring, a life-long Chicagoan, has lived in Lake View for 2 years. He, his wife and two teenage daughters live on Clifton just north of Wrigley Field and the Cubs offices. He works for The Gannett/USA Today Network downtown as an Integrated Director of Sales. He has served as President of his condominium association for the past two years and has been reelected to a third term. He is passionate about his home and neighborhood and looks forward to working with ELVN members to ensure that residents’ concerns are represented and addressed.

Tom Rothschild (I) 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 Aldermans’ offices.

Jim Spencer (I) has served on the ELVN board for the past four years as President. He also served on the board of the Lakeview Citizens Council. He has owned an apartment building in the neighborhood since 1996.

Heather Way-Kitzes (I) is the Manager, Government and Neighborhood Relations with the World Champion Chicago Cubs, a position she has held since 2015. Prior to her time with the Cubs, she served as the Executive Director of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. Living and working in Lakeview for nearly two decades has given her the opportunity to work with many community based organizations and serve on many local and regional boards. Her favorite thing about Lakeview is the people and their passion for their community; a passion she shares. A native Chicagoan, Heather studied journalism and art history at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is married with two kids and a small poodle.

Kit Welch (I) and her wife decided to make Lakeview East their permanent home in 2012 after having lived in numerous cities. By profession, Kit is a Real Estate Broker with Baird & Warner, specializing in residential and small commercial real estate sales throughout Chicagoland, but focuses her business primarily on the North side of the City, and the Lakeview/Wrigleyville area. In 2017, Kit and her wife bought their second property within the East Lakeview boundaries, a 2-flat building on the 3700 block of North Kenmore Ave. They have opened an Airbnb in the second floor unit of their new home, and are now landlords for the condo property they used to live in at the corner of Grace and Fremont. Kit has become an active member in the Lakeview East/LGBT community, as a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and serving on the Boards of The Legacy Project and the Grace Condos Association. Kit is also an avid SCUBA diver and volunteer at The Shedd Aquarium.

CORRECTED: ELVN Board Election Candidates

The following candidates have been tentatively nominated as candidates to the East Lake View Neighbors Board of Directors. There are 7 open seats. The election will take place on March 13, 2018, at the ELVN Annual Meeting.

John Fitterer
Heather Way-Kitzes
Chester Kropidlowski
Kit Welch
Marty Malone
Tom Rothschild
Jim Spencer
Brandon Cunningham
Terie Kata
Patrick Nagle
Justin Kreindler
Joshua Ring
Maggie Koehler

Board nominations & elections, meeting schedule, and dues payments

The next ELVN meeting will take place on March 13, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the 19th District Police Station Community Room at 850 W. Addison Street.

ELVN seeks nominations for its Board of Directors. The vote for Board members will take place at our Annual Meeting on March 13, 2018. To nominate yourself or anyone else, please e-mail Michael Zink at by February 12.

As a reminder, annual dues must be paid by February 27, 2018, in order to be eligible to vote at our Annual Meeting on March 13.

You can pay your dues on the ELVN website, or you can mail a check payable to ELVN to 3712 N. Broadway #470 Chicago, IL 60613. Dues are $10 per individual, $6 for senior citizens (65+) and $50 for a business.

Upcoming 2018 ELVN meetings will take place on the following dates:

March 13, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 1, 2018
June 5, 2018
August 7, 2018
September 4, 2018
October 2, 2018
November 6, 2018
December 4, 2018

Unless an alternate location is announced in advance of a particular meeting, meetings take place at 7:00 pm at the 19th District Police Station Community Room at 850 W. Addison Street.

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.

ELVN Meeting Agenda for February 6, 2018


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2018 AT 7:00 P.M.


  1. Call to Order
  2. 46th Ward Update
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Anshe Emet Expansion Presentation
  5. North Lake Shore Drive Redesign Task Force Update – Chester
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Board Seat Nominations
  8. New Business/Old Business
  9. ELVN Meeting Schedule – All meetings are scheduled to be held in the Community Room at the 19th District Police Station at 7:00 p.m. February 6, March 13, April 10, May 1, June 5, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4
  10. Adjournment

From the Lakeview Chamber: Lakeview Holiday Programming, Tree Planting and Lincoln Ave. Pop-Up Program

Celebrate the Holidays in Lakeview—Chicago’s Most Festive Neighborhood

The holidays are here, and Lakeview is celebrating with fun community events and special promotions that are sure to get the whole family in the holiday spirit. See below for some of the holiday programs happening this holiday season, and explore it all by visiting

Lakeview Holiday Gift Guide

Explore the best of Lakeview this holiday season with the Lakeview Holiday Gift Guide, showcasing unique local gifts and festive holiday events happening in Lakeview. Printed copies of the guide are available at dozens of local businesses in Lakeview, or you can view it online for the very first time. Browse listings from local shops and restaurants, and make the most of your holiday shopping with the Lakeview Gift Card, accepted at more than 80 local businesses. For a limited time only, get a $20 Bonus Card for every $100 Lakeview Gift Card you buy. That’s extra money you can spend on gifts for yourself or others! Terms and conditions apply. Visit for more information.

Holiday Window Contest

Which local businesses have the best holiday windows? This year, you can decide with the neighborhood’s first-ever Holiday Window Contest! Visit any of the participating businesses listed here beginning on Small Business Saturday (November 25) and cast a vote by text for the businesses whose windows you think deserve to win it all. Texting instructions can be found in each business’s windows or near their checkout counter. You may vote for multiple businesses, but not more than once for any one business. The contest closes on December 17, and winners will be announced on December 20. Message and data rates may apply. For more information, visit

22nd Annual Southport Holiday Stroll

The 22nd Annual Southport Holiday Stroll kicks off the holiday season in the neighborhood. The event features photos with Santa plus festive entertainment, refreshments and holiday specials at participating businesses all evening long. New this year: Participate in the Southport Holiday Stroll Passport program by receiving stamps at participating businesses during the weekend of the Stroll. Get two or more stamps and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of three prize packages. The more businesses you visit, the more you could win, with the grand prize valued at more than $1,000!

Meet the Faces of Lakeview’s Small Businesses

From one-of-a-kind boutique shops to eclectic restaurants, Lakeview is a community of small businesses that provide an experience you can’t find anywhere else. Together, these businesses also have a major impact on the local economy, with some studies estimating that as much as $0.50 of every dollar spent at an independent business is recirculated locally.

Have you ever wondered how your favorite small business began, or what it takes to become an entrepreneur? This holiday season, explore the stories behind some of Lakeview’s beloved small businesses in a neighborhood-wide campaign highlighting the faces of small businesses. Each of the participating businesses were nominated by their peers, and local community members voted for the businesses whose stories they most wanted to hear as part of the campaign, which aims to communicate the importance of shopping and eating local.

The Faces of Small Business campaign is sponsored by A Little Photo Studio with support from Special Service Area (SSA) 27. Explore the stories of 25 local businesses by visiting, and show your support by shopping and eating local year-round.

POP at the Lincoln Hub Transforms Vacant Storefronts with Creative Uses

If you’ve walked down the 2900 block of Lincoln Avenue lately, you may have noticed new neighborhood attractions popping up in storefronts that have long been shuttered. It’s all part of a new program called POP at the Lincoln Hub, which presents a rotating series of creative pop-up spaces that showcase local artists, makers and merchants.

Presented by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area 27, POP provides creative individuals and small businesses with an opportunity to test new ideas while creating an ever-changing attraction in the heart of the Lincoln Hub—the dynamic stretch of Lincoln Avenue between Diversey and Belmont. The program works by temporarily activating vacant and underutilized storefronts until a long-term lease is signed. By filling these spaces with merchants and artists that create interest on the street, the Lakeview Chamber is making available storefronts on the street a more valuable and attractive place to do business.

POP is launching this month as a pilot program with two participants: a Milwaukee-based men’s shop called Milworks at 2933 N. Lincoln Ave., and an art installation by local artist Molly Z at 2962 N. Lincoln Ave. Both spaces bring a dynamic to the Lincoln Hub area that has been missing in recent years, including one of the only businesses in the West Lakeview area that specializes in a curated assortment of men’s apparel, footwear, apothecary, small goods, books and magazines, etc.

For more information about POP, or if you are interested in participating in the program, visit</divp

Neighbors Pitch in to Plant More Trees on Lakeview’s Side Streets!

Lakeview’s side streets are now a little greener thanks to the generosity of our neighbors who donated to plant trees this fall. A big thank you goes to:

  • Julie Sick
  • Scott & Jackie Hairston
  • The Phares Family
  • Scott & Christe Lyons

Friends of Lakeview, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and partner of the Lakeview Chamber and Special Service Area (SSA) 27, launched the Adopt-a-Tree program over the summer to raise funds for the plantings, which help to supplement the efforts of the City and SSA 27 to improve our urban tree canopy. We were able to raise $2,275 to plant five trees, on the 1300 and 1600 blocks of Nelson, and the 1600 block of Barry.

These resident-funded trees join nearly 100 new trees that have been planted by SSA 27 in cooperation with the City of Chicago in the past year. While some of these trees were planted in empty tree pits, the SSA has focused its efforts on installing trees in new sidewalk cutouts to create green space where it previously didn’t exist. A majority of these new trees have been planted on portions of Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont avenues.

Trees are great for the environment and for property values, but doesn’t walking down a beautiful tree-lined street also just make you smile and put you at ease? We want our neighborhood to be the greenest and most beautiful in Chicago, and thanks to some dedicated neighbors and the work of SSA 27, we’re a step closer to that goal!

Chicago Market Thanksgiving Co-Op Pop-Up Market

Chicago Market, the city’s newest sustainable grocery store that lets the community get a share and taste of its business, is celebrating its readiness to launch by hosting a Thanksgiving Co-Op Pop-up Market , Saturday, November 18th at Ravenswood Community Services, located  at 4550 N. Hermitage in the city’s north side.  Our ask is simple, help others get a glance of the Market, meet the Owners of the Market, and feel the vibe of the Market’s wonderful offerings, while helping to put a fresh and organic turkey in someone’s home this holiday season! Spread the word about Chicago Market’s Thanksgiving Co-Op Pop-up Market and:

Get a peek at some of the tasty offerings and unique vendors that will be at the pop-up.

Meet Chicago Market board members and Owners, local community members with a share in the business.

Feel good knowing that you’ve introduced someone to a healthy, tasty, and conscious meal for a well-rounded sustainable holiday.

Check out the Thanksgiving Co-Op Pop-Up Market on Facebook.

Don’t miss out on the chance to get a tasty bird for the holiday, these things run out fast! You can pre-order your turkey here.

Agenda for November 7, 2017, ELVN Meeting


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017 AT 7:00 P.M.


  1. Call to Order
  2. 46th Ward Update
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Cubs update
  5. Oktoberfest 2017 Report
  6. 501C3 Status Report
  7. ELVN Holiday Party 2017
  8. New Business/Old Business
  9. Adjournment