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The World Series Traffic & Parking Info

winAway Games:

  • Tuesday, October 25th
  • Wednesday, October 26th
  • Tuesday, November 1st (if necessary)
  • Wednesday, November 2nd (if necessary)

Games at Wrigley Field:

  • Friday, October 28th
  • Saturday, October 29th
  • Sunday, October 30th (if necessary)

All home and away games start at approximately 7 p.m.

Home and Away Parking Restrictions*

Beginning at Noon on Tuesday, October 25th through Thursday, October 27th at 4 a.m.

Clark – School/ Aldine to Irving (Both Sides)
Sheffield-Roscoe to Irving Park (Both Sides)
Addison-Halsted to Southport (Both Sides)
Addison-Southport to Ashland (North Side)
Racine – Roscoe to Grace/ Clark (Both Sides)**
Patterson-Racine to Clark (Both Sides)
Irving Park – Clark to Seminary (Both Sides)
Eddy – Clark to the alley west of Clark (Both Sides)
Cornelia – Clark to the alley west of Clark (Both Sides)
Newport – Clark to the alley west of Clark (Both Sides)

*Parking restrictions have been established by the Chicago Police Department to ensure emergency access, staging of support vehicles, pedestrian and vehicular safety and crowd control. Parking restrictions and street closures will be implemented throughout the NLCS Series. Please look for posted paper signs prior to parking.

**Racine will be used as the Clark Street alternate CTA Bus Route.

Home Game Street Closures – Approximately three hours prior to game time

Sheffield (Addison to Waveland) Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane)- Pedestrian access will remain open on both sides of Sheffield.
Waveland (Sheffield to Clark) Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane) – Pedestrian access will remain open on both sides of Waveland.

Home Game Day Highlights:

Friday, October 28th – 7:08 p.m.
Saturday, October 29th – 7:08 p.m.
Sunday, October 30th – if necessary – 7:08 p.m.

  • Residential Permit Parking will be in effect and will be strictly enforced beginning at 5pm. Vehicles parked in violation of the permit parking regulations are subject to ticket and tow. Cubs Night Game Tow Zone is in effect 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • ALL night game parking restrictions will be in place (i.e. north side of Addison from Clark to Ashland, north side of Eddy from Racine to the alley, etc.) This is in addition to any other parking restrictions implemented as listed above.
  • Priority towing will take place in all special areas designated as no parking.
  • Vehicles parked in violation of parking regulations resulting in a public hazard, such as bus stops, no parking/ tow zones, crosswalks, driveways, alleys, etc. will be strictly enforced and are subject to ticket & tow.
  • The Cubs Hotline is open one hour before until two hours after all home games. Residents are encouraged to contact the Night Game Hotline, 1-866-427-3869, for towing and other quality of life issues. Residents should call 911 to report all emergencies.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person other than the city or an agent of the city to sell, offer for sale, expose for sale any residential parking permit, one-day permit, or other permit issued for any other parking permit program. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $1500.
  • “Hospitality Teams,” an independent third party hired by the Chicago Cubs, will be present throughout the neighborhood. The teams provide a visible presence in the community and provide post-game crowd observation and incident response.
  • TAILGATING AND ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION ON THE PUBLIC WAY ARE PROHIBITED AND WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
  • LOITERING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON ANY STREETS SURROUNDING WRIGLEY FIELD INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO; CLARK, ADDISON, WAVELAND AND SHEFFIELD.

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Early Voting

yourvotecountsThe Chicago Board of Elections is now open for Early Voting. Cast your ballot at 69 W. Washington Street through Sunday, October 9th. Starting Monday, October 10th through Monday, November 7th the Early Voting location moves to 15 W. Washington Street.

44th Ward Early Voting Begins Monday, October 24th:
Merlo Library, 644 West Belmont

Hours for Early Voting at 69 W Washington Street:

  • Monday through Saturday – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sundays – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Hours for Early Voting at 15 W Washington Street:

  • Monday through Saturday – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sundays – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

NLCS News

National League Championship Series

winGames at Wrigley Field Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd (if necessary)

Parking Restrictions*

Beginning at Noon on Saturday, October 22nd through Monday, October 24th at 4 a.m.

Clark – School/ Aldine to Irving (Both Sides)
Sheffield-Roscoe to Irving Park (Both Sides)
Addison-Halsted to Southport (Both Sides)
Addison-Southport to Ashland (North Side)
Racine – Roscoe to Grace/ Clark (Both Sides)**
Irving Park – Clark to Seminary (Both Sides)
Eddy – Clark to the alley west of Clark (Both Sides)
Cornelia – Clark to the alley west of Clark (Both Sides)
Newport – Clark to the alley west of Clark (Both Sides)

Seminary & Newport – Com-Ed Substation
Beginning Saturday, October 15th at 8 a.m. through Monday, October 24th at 8 a.m.
Seminary – from Newport to the alley (both sides)

*Parking restrictions have been established by the Chicago Police Department to ensure emergency access, staging of support vehicles, pedestrian and vehicular safety and crowd control. Parking restrictions and street closures will be implemented throughout the NLCS Series. Please look for posted paper signs prior to parking.

**Racine will be used as the Clark Street alternate CTA Bus Route.

Street Closures – Approximately 3 hours prior to game time

Sheffield (Addison to Waveland) Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane)- Pedestrian access will remain open on both sides of Sheffield.
Waveland (Sheffield to Clark) Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane) – Pedestrian access will remain open on both sides of Waveland.

Game Day Highlights:

Saturday, October 22 – 7:08 p.m.
Sunday, October 23 – if necessary – 7:08 p.m.

  • Residential Permit Parking will be in effect and will be strictly enforced beginning at 5pm. Vehicles parked in violation of the permit parking regulations are subject to ticket and tow. Cubs Night Game Tow Zone is in effect 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • ALL night game parking restrictions will be in place (i.e. north side of Addison from Clark to Ashland, north side of Eddy from Racine to the alley, etc.) This is in addition to any other parking restrictions implemented as listed above.
  • Please carefully check for either permanent or paper posted signs when parking your vehicle. Vehicles parking in violation of parking regulations, public hazards, bus stops, no parking/ tow zones, crosswalks, driveways, alleys, etc. are subject to ticket and tow.
  • Priority towing will take place in all special areas designated as no parking.
  • Vehicles parked in violation of parking regulations resulting in a public hazard, such as bus stops, no parking/ tow zones, crosswalks, driveways, alleys, etc. will be strictly enforced and are subject to ticket & tow.
  • The Cubs Hotline is open one hour before until two hours after all home games. Residents are encouraged to contact the Night Game Hotline, 1-866-427-3869, for towing and other quality of life issues. Residents should call 911 to report all emergencies.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person other than the city or an agent of the city to sell, offer for sale, expose for sale any residential parking permit, one-day permit, or other permit issued for any other parking permit program. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $1500.
  • “Hospitality Teams,” an independent third party hired by the Chicago Cubs, will be present throughout the neighborhood. The teams provide a visible presence in the community and provide post-game crowd observation and incident response.
  • TAILGATING AND ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION ON THE PUBLIC WAY ARE PROHIBITED AND WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
  • LOITERING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON ANY STREETS SURROUNDING WRIGLEY FIELD INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO; CLARK, ADDISON, WAVELAND AND SHEFFIELD.

For additional information, click here.

NLCS Parking and Game Day Information

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday 10/15, Sunday 10/16, Saturday 10/22, Sunday 10/23 (Games 6 & 7 if necessary)

Parking Restrictions*

cubslogoBeginning at Noon on 10/15 through 4am on 10/17
Beginning at Noon on 10/18 through 4am on 10/21
Beginning at Noon on 10/22 through 4am on 10/24

Clark – School/Aldine to Irving (Both Sides)
Sheffield-Roscoe to Irving Park (Both Sides)
Addison-Halsted to Southport (Both Sides)
Addison– Southport to Ashland (North Side Only)
Racine-Belmont to Grace/Clark (Both Sides) *Racine may be used as the Clark Street Alternative CTA Bus Route
Eddy, Cornelia & Newport– Clark to the 1st Alley West

Seminary at Newport – Com-Ed Substation
Saturday October 15th 8am through Monday, October 17th at 8am
Seminary (both sides) from Newport to the alley

*Parking Restrictions have been established by the Police Department to ensure emergency
access, staging of support vehicles, pedestrian & vehicular safety and crowd control.

  • Parking restrictions and street closures will be implemented throughout the NLCS
    Series including out-of-town games in anticipation of a series “Clinch”. Games
    scheduled out of town are October 18th, 19th and 20th at 7pm. Please look for
    posted paper signs prior to parking.

Street Closures Approximately 3 hours prior to Game

Sheffield (Addison to Waveland) Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane)- Pedestrian
access will remain open on Sheffield

Waveland (Sheffield to Clark) Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane) – Pedestrian
access will remain open on Waveland

Limo and Taxi Information

In an effort to minimize the impact of traffic in the community around Wrigley Field, the
44th Ward, the Chicago Police Department, and OEMC have established the following
staging and pickup procedure for Taxis, Limousines and Ride Share Services for all
post season games.

  • Limousines and Ride Share Services must drop-off, pickup and stage on Irving
    Park Road between Clark and Seminary
  • Taxi Loading and Staging will be southbound on the 3300 block of Clark.

Remote Parking Lot

Parking is available at the remote lot, located at 3900 N. Rockwell, with a free shuttle to
Wrigley Field. The Lot opens approximately three hours prior to each game. Remote
Shuttle Buses will be staged on Addison west of Racine. Remote Shuttle service will run
three hours before the game until two hours after the game.

What to Expect throughout the NLCS Play-Off

  • Expect arterial street closures between Belmont and Irving Park / Halsted and
    Southport. At the discretion of the Chicago Police and OEMC arterial streets
    MAY be closed to ALL vehicular traffic beginning in the 7th Inning.
  • Please have Photo ID and Proof of Residence ready for presentation to any
    public safety officer. This may be necessary to access your home. While it may
    be inconvenient, public safety is of the utmost importance.
  • CTA Bus Staging: CTA Westbound Addison buses may stage between Clark and
    Racine on the North side of the street. This is a decision that will be made by
    CPD should crowd control necessitate a change in CTA passenger loading.
  • PACE Bus: Clark between Waveland & Grace.
  • Disabled passengers should be dropped off only on Addison (north side) near
    Draft Kings. Vehicular traffic will not be allowed on either Sheffield or Waveland
    approximately three hours prior to the game.
  •  Media Staging: Addison south side Clark to Racine-west of Taco Bell and Clifton
    from Waveland to the alley north (both sides)
  • Streets & Sanitation support vehicles: Addison both sides from Racine to
    Lakewood & Clark at Grace.
  • Wire Baskets & Newspaper Boxes throughout the security perimeter have been
    removed for the duration of the post season. Bolted Wire Baskets will have
    secured covers placed over the tops.
  • Fox TV will be broadcasting pre and post-game shows in the parking lot at the
    corner of Sheffield and Waveland.

Game Day Highlights

Games 10/15 & 10/16 Times: 7:00 PM
Games 10/22 & 10/23 Times: TBD
Gates Open at 5pm for games on 10/15 and 10/16

  • Residential Permit Parking will be in effect and will be strictly enforced;
    beginning at 5pm. Vehicles parked in violation of the permit parking regulations
    are subject to ticket and tow. Cubs Night Game Tow Zone 5pm-10pm.
  • ALL Night Game Parking restrictions will be in place (i.e. North side of Addison
    from Clark to Ashland, North side of Eddy from Racine to the Alley, etc.). This is
    in addition to any other parking restrictions implemented as listed above.
  • PLEASE carefully check for either permanent or paper posted signs, prior to
    parking your vehicle. Vehicles parking in violation of parking regulations, public
    hazards, such as bus stops no parking/tow zones, crosswalks, driveways,
    alleys, etc. will be strictly enforced and are subject to ticket & tow.
  • Priority towing will take place in all special areas designated as no parking.
  • The Cubs Hotline is open One Hour before until Two Hours after all games.
    Residents are encouraged to contact either the Night Game Hotline or 911 to
    report problems and issues. (1-866-427-3869)
  • It shall be unlawful for any person other than the city or an agent of the city to
    sell, offer for sale, expose for sale any residential parking permit, one-day
    permit, or other permit issued for any other parking permit program. Violators
    are subject to a fine of up to $1500.
  • “Hospitality Teams” an independent third party hired by the Chicago Cubs will be
    throughout the neighborhood. The team aims to provide a visible presence in
    the community and provide post-game crowd observation and incident
    response.
  • TAILGATING AND ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION ON THE PUBLIC WAY ARE
    PROHIBITED AND WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
  • LOITERING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON ANY STREETS SURROUNDING
    WRIGLEY FIELD INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO; CLARK, ADDISON,
    WAVELAND AND SHEFFIELD.

National League Division Series Post Season Games at Wrigley Field

Friday, October 7th, Saturday, October 8th & Thursday, October 13th (if necessary)

Parking Restrictions
Beginning at Noon on Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th at 4 a.m.

Clark – School/Aldine to Irving (Both Sides)
Sheffield-Roscoe to Grace (Both Sides)
Addison-Halsted to Southport (Both Sides)
Racine-Roscoe to Clark (Both Sides)
Irving Park – Clark to Seminary (Both Sides)

Seminary & Newport – Com-Ed Substation
Beginning Friday, October 7th at 8 a.m. through Sunday, October 9th at 8 a.m.

Seminary (east side) from Newport to the alley and Newport (north side) from Seminary to the alley

Street Closures – Approximately 3 hours prior to game time
Sheffield (Addison to Waveland) Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane)- Pedestrian access will remain open on both sides of Sheffield.
Waveland (Sheffield to Clark) Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane) – Pedestrian access will remain open on both sides of Waveland.

  • Expect street closures between Belmont and Irving Park / Halsted to Southport. At the discretion of the Chicago Police and OEMC, arterial streets MAY be closed to ALL vehicular traffic. Please have Photo ID and Proof of Residence available for presentation to either CPD or Traffic Management Personnel. While this may be inconvenient, public safety is of the utmost importance.

Limo and Taxi Information
In an effort to minimize the impact of traffic in the community around Wrigley Field, the 44th Ward, the Chicago Police Department, and OEMC have established the following staging and pickup procedure for Taxis, Limousines and Ride Share Services for all post season games.

  • Limousines and Ride Share Services must drop-off, pickup and stage on Irving Park Road between Clark and Seminary.
  • Taxi Loading and Staging will be southbound on the 3300 block of Clark.

What to expect throughout the Play-Offs

  • ALL garbage baskets throughout the security perimeter will be removed throughout the entire post season.
  • Expect an increased police presence during all home games as well as any away game that is considered a “Clinch Game.”
  • Clinch Game parking restrictions will be imposed on Clark Street from Newport to Grace at the direction of the Chicago Police Department.
  • Expect various media throughout the neighborhood and around the ballpark Friday and Saturday for early morning broadcasts, afternoon/evening programming and post-game coverage.

Game Day Highlights:
Friday, October 7th Game begins at 8:15 p.m. – Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 8th Game begins at 7:08 p.m. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 13 – Time TBD

  • Residential Permit Parking will be in effect and will be strictly enforced beginning at 5pm. Vehicles parked in violation of the permit parking regulations are subject to ticket and tow. Cubs Night Game Tow Zone is in effect 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Priority towing will take place in all special areas designated as no parking.
  • Vehicles parking in violation of parking regulations resulting in a public hazard, such as bus stops no parking/tow zones, crosswalks, driveways, alleys, etc. will be strictly enforced and are subject to ticket & tow.
  • The Cubs Hotline is open one hour before until two hours after all home games. Residents are encouraged to contact either the Night Game Hotline, 1-866-427-3869, or 911 to report problems and issues.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person other than the city or an agent of the city to sell, offer for sale, expose for sale any residential parking permit, one-day permit, or other permit issued for any other parking permit program. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $1500.
  • “Hospitality Teams,” an independent third party hired by the Chicago Cubs, will be present throughout the neighborhood. The teams aims to provide a visible presence in the community and provide post-game crowd observation and incident response.
  • TAILGATING AND ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION ON THE PUBLIC WAY ARE PROHIBITED AND WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
  • LOITERING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON ANY STREETS SURROUNDING WRIGLEY FIELD INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO; CLARK, ADDISON, WAVELAND AND SHEFFIELD.

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.

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 neighbors@cubs.com.

Sincerely,
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 lakeviewpresbyterian.org.

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 BACPliquorcommission@cityofchicago.org. Please send a copy to Alderman Tunney at ward44@cityofchicago.org. 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 BACPliquorcommission@cityofchicago.org. Please send a copy to the Alderman at ward44@cityofchicago.org.

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 BACPLiquorCommission@cityofchicago.org and copy Alderman Tunney at Ward44@cityofchicago.org.

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