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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 www.lakeviewchamber.com/Holidays.

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 ShopDineLakeview.com 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 www.lakeviewchamber.com/Holidays.

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 www.lakeviewchamber.com/Faces, 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 www.lakeviewchamber.com/pop.</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.

Kelly Park Advisory Council Neighborhood Sale – May 13, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017
9AM to 2PM
Kelly Park (Seminary between Grace & Irving Park)
All proceeds support the beautification of Kelly Park

There are 4 ways to participate. Download the flyer here.

DONATE!

Bring gently used household items and clothes and let the KPAC volunteers sell them for you. In-kind donations will be tax deductible. Drop off at 3800 N Alta Vista Terrace on Friday, May 12, 9 AM to 12 Noon or 4 PM to 8 PM. All items must be in good condition. No soiled, broken or incomplete items will be accepted. Email KellyPACFundraising@gmail.com to let us know what you plan to donate so we can advertise your stuff.

SELL!

Make a $50 donation to KPAC and sell your own stuff. We set up your table and advertise for you. You keep the profits! $35 of your donation will be tax deductible. Buy your table at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kelly-park-neighborhood-sale-tickets-33163130817.

VOLUNTEER!

Sign up to help set up, work the cash box and break down the sale on May 13th. Email KellyPACFundraising@gmail.com with your availability.

BUY!

All your purchases on May 13th will support the beautification of Kelly Park. Find an antique gem from your neighbor’s attic or seek out great deals on new gear for your kids.

ELVN Elections, Membership Info, and Other News

Election of Board Members

Election of Board Members will be held at our April 4th Meeting at 7:00 pm. Your Membership Dues must be current (paid by March 14th) in order to be eligible to vote. Voting is only available at the meeting, no proxy voting. Nominations may be made from the floor at the beginning of the meeting. Ballots will cast during the first 15 minutes of the meeting and then tabulated during the meeting. The newly elected board members will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting.

Membership Dues

Membership Dues for 2017 are due now. You can pay your membership dues via our website or you can mail a check payable to ELVN to 3712 N. Broadway #470 Chicago, IL 60613.

Dues are $10 per individual and $50 for a business. Dues must be paid by March 14th in order to be eligible to vote for board members at the April 4th meeting.

Candidates for 2017 ELVN Board Election

Mark N. Lundgren
Marty Wallace
Aileen Tien
Justin Kreindler
Jean O’Neill
Michael Zink
Brandon Cunningham
Patrick Carlson
Beth Murphy
Joshua Ring

Annual Wrigley Field Community Meeting

The Annual Wrigley Field Meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 20, 2017, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the 19th Police District, 850 W Addison, Community Room. Doors open at 6pm. This is an opportunity for neighbors to hear reviews and reports of the 2016 baseball season from the Cubs and City departments. It is also an opportunity for neighbors to voice any concerns, comments, and suggestions they have regarding last season.

Get Involved with Kelly Park

Join the Kelly Park Mailing List on Google Groups! There’s a lot going on with the park lately, and we hope you get involved! Also check out their page on Facebook.

St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser at Murphy’s Bleachers

Murphy’s Bleachers will be hosting “Buzzed for Babies” on April 23rd. “Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer!” Learn more about this event on the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website.

 

East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) CAPS Meeting Reminder

East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) is in BEATS 1925 and 1923 of the 19th District of the Chicago Police Department.

19th Police District CAPS meetings for the ELVN BEATS are normally held in the 19th Police District Community Room located at 850 W. Addison at 7 PM on the first Wednesday of every even number month. (2017 CAPS meetings are presently scheduled for February 1, April 5, June 7, August 2, October 4, and December 6, 2017.)

The next CAPS meeting for the ELVN area is at 7 PM on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

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

Support Our Friends at Lakeview Pantry

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This holiday season, remember to support the Lakeview Pantry by donating funds or food items.

The most needed items are:

  • Canned fruit (juice/water packed)
  • Condiments – mayo, ketchup, etc.
  • Cooking oils, salt/pepper, spices
  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Fruit Juice (shelf stable)

All non-perishable, unexpired food items are appreciated! Consider donating modest sizes.  Several 24oz cans are preferable to one 64oz can for clients to take home.

If you need support or you know someone who does, Lakeview Pantry is here to help.

As the largest food pantry in Chicago, they have served the city’s northside for 46 years.  They provide a wide range of nutritious food including fruits, vegetables, protein, milk and dairy products, cereal, and bread.

Their Social Services program offers assistance with public benefit applications, mental health counseling, job search support, as well as referrals to other community resources.

Ways to Get Involved

  • Volunteer! Individual and group opportunities available (day, evening, and weekends)
  • Donate food, funds, or organize a food drive!
  • Visit them at www.lakeviewpantry.org.  Sign up for their newsletter and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For more information, call the Lakeview Pantry at 773-525-1777 or visit www.lakeviewpantry.org.

TBOX is this Saturday, December 10

Via Ald. Tunney

The TBOX 2016 pub crawl is this Saturday, December 10th, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Around 40 of the establishments along Clark Street and Sheffield Avenue will be participating. There will be no parking on Clark from Roscoe to Grace, on Sheffield from Roscoe to Waveland, on Eddy from Seminary to Clark, and on Cornelia from Clark to the alley from 5:00 a.m. Saturday to 4:00 a.m. on Sunday.

TBOX will provide a hotline to be used during the event for any and all issues, concerns, or questions: 773-478-3378. 9-1-1 should be used for all emergency calls. The 19th District will have additional resources and there will be 100 trained security personnel patrolling the streets and alleys during and after the event. Members of the security team will be identifiable by yellow vests that read “Walsh Security.” There will be zero tolerance for public drinking and security personnel will remove TBOX wristbands of unruly patrons. Barricades will be placed to deter patrons from entering alleys and keep them out of the streets. 80 trashcans, 60 portable toilets, one dumpster and 12 cleaning personnel will be stationed throughout the event area.

Murphy’s Bleachers donates $20,000 to local schools

murphysMurphy’s Bleachers, one of the most community-supportive businesses in the Wrigley area, shows their commitment to our neighborhood again. As an article in the Columbia Chronicle describes, they are funding over $20,000 in Donors Choose requests to give back to the community and show their continued support! Murphy’s Bleachers has always been a strong supporter of East Lake View Neighbors with their continued involvement and by the late Jim Murphy generously founding our annual Oktoberfest fundraiser, for hosting it at no charge for the past 18 years! We would like to acknowledge their generosity and thank them for all they do toward the betterment of our community and for being such great neighbors.