Featured post
ELVN Holiday flyer

ELVN Holiday Party 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Join ELVN at our annual holiday party at Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield Avenue

  • Food & refreshments will be served.
  • A $15 donation at the door will include membership to the East Lakeview Neighbors Association for all of 2020.
  • Proceeds from 2019 Oktoberfest will be distributed to local recipients.

RSVPs are due by Monday, November 25th to tlk289@yahoo.com

Everyone is welcome—bring your friends and neighbors!

How to prevent catalytic converter theft

Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Park close to building entrances or the nearest road in public parking lots. This leaves you car in a location where many people can see it.
  • If you have a personal garage, keep your car parked inside with the door shut.
  • Add video surveillance to the area where you regularly park your car.
  • Install a catalytic converter-specific security device, or have it welded to the car frame. You can also engrave your car’s VIN number to the catalytic converter.
  • Adjust the security system on your car, if already installed, to activate from vibrations, such as those produced by a saw.

November 5th, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 7:00 p.m.

Directors Roll Call


  • Mike Zink, President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • John Fitterer, Secretary
  • Jim Spencer
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Maggie Koehler
  • Brian Murphy
  • Terie Kata
  • Marty Wallace

44th Ward Update – Bennet Lawson for Alderman Tom Tunney

  • Wrapping up infrastructure projects:
    • Paving 3600 block of Wilton
    • Clark street paving will complete in December
    • Smart lighting installations will be complete by end of November City of Chicago budget meetings are in progress with all areas looking for reductions
  • Charitable items:
    • 19 th District Chicago Police Dept Coat Drive under way
    • Canned Goods Drive at Lakeview Pantry through Nov 22 nd
    • Night Ministry Supply Drive for Adult size gloves, underwear, hats
      • Bring donations to 44 th Ward Office
  • Reminder to call 311 or use 311 app for street or alley lights out
  • Question from audience on concerns for parking, police and fire services with additional high-rises going up in ELV
    • Answer that the infrastructure plans takes into account increased population

Cubs Update – Heather Way-Kitzes

  • Christmas Tree lighting will take place on Gallagher Way near Banks statue on December 2
  • Gallagher Way will also conduct a Menorah lighting
  • Gallagher Way Kristkindlmarket will kick off on November 22
  • The ice rink will be up and running prior to Kristkindlmarket
  • Only construction in offseason will be on the Audi Club

Cubs/Tunney Item – Heather Way-Kitzes, Bennett Lawson

  • The City ordinance governing Gallagher Way expires at the end of 2019
  • A new version will be put into effect to start 2020
    • Will give better clarification on public events
    • Liquor sales end: 10pm Fr–Sa, 9pm Su–Th (previous was 11pm)
    • Day game closure: 3 hrs after game Fr-Su, 1 hr after game Mo-Th (previous 1 hr after)
    • Liquor available in Gallagher Way, in addition to beer, wine (previous only beer, wine)
    • Negotiating for non-ticketed fans to be able to enter, but not approved at this point
    • Large crowd events limited to 5 concerts and 7 other (previous 5 concerts and 12 other)

Treasurers Report – Aileen Tien

  • Checking/Savings totals $46.3k, an increase of $12k since early September
    • Main Revenue items: $20.6k increase from Oktoberfest
    • Main Debit items: $2.5k Kelly Park, $2.5k Chgo Park Distr, $3k Legacy Project
  • Ideas for deserving groups in need of donations can be sent to Friends@EastLakeView.Org

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • No Trespassing Signs need to be posted in common areas of apartments or large condo complexes if loitering is an issue. This allows police to remediate the issue.
  • A Prescription Take Back Event will allow residents to dispose of expired drugs on Nov 9th with drop-off at Office of State Rep Sara Feigenholtz

New/Old Business

  • Under consideration to double size of ELVN boundaries with south boundary moving from Addison to Belmont – will be voted on by ELVN Board
  • Marty Malone is resigning his board position to pursue public office; the executive committee plus one will determine his replacement after regular meeting ends
  • Oktoberfest increased its Net Revenues to $20.4k, which is over a $1k increase from last year. Some sponsor donations are still pending which could bring in another $1k.
  • The Legacy Project Gala was a success. ELVN Board had reps in attendance.
  • Redefine the Drive – The City is addressing 50+ formal comments from community mtgs
  • Green Team is in a holding pattern until the spring season
  • The ELVN Holiday Party will take place on 12/3 at Murphy’s Bleachers at 7pm. The $15 entry fee covers ELVN dues for 2020 and food & drink at the event.

Adjournment at 7:50pm

Winter Coat Drive

Winter coat drive

Hello block club folks!

Alderman Cappleman is hosting a coat & warm clothing drive through Friday, December 6. His office is collecting:

  • Adult coats, new or clean/gently used;
  • Hats, scarves, gloves;
  • Socks (new only);
  • Warm base layers;
  • Lip balm, Vaseline, hand lotion

Contributions will be donated to StreetWise to support their vendors, and to the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services to support our neighbors in need and people experiencing homelessness.

People can drop off contributions to the 46th Ward Service Office at 4544 N. Broadway. Our office is open Mondays 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

November 5, 2019 Agenda

  1. Call to order
  2. 46th Ward Update
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Cubs Update
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Crime Update
    1. No Trespassing Signs
  7. New Business/Old Business
    1. Proposed Expansion of ELVN’s Borders
    2. Board Member Appointment to Marty Malone’s resigned position
    3. Oktoberfest Roundup
    4. The Legacy Project Gala
    5. Redefine the Drive
    6. Green Team Committee-Maggie Koehler/John Fitterer
    7. The Holiday Party
  8. Adjournment/Closed Session

October 1st, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 7:00 p.m.

Directors Roll Call


  • Mike Zink, President
  • John Fitterer, Secretary
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Jim Spencer
  • Maggie Koehler
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Terie Kata

Rep Mike Quigley – 5th District

  • 5th District has a population of 750k+ ad stretches from Hinsdale to Uptiown
  • Major initiative in district has been the McCook Reservoir which prevents sewage backing into Lake Michigan during big rains
  • Involved in Intelligence Panel investigating the Ukraine dealings and potential impeachment of President Trump
  • Most US citizens want an impeachment investigation
  • Never has a president been so at-odds with the Us Intelligence community
  • Election only one year away and votes matter; 2016 presidential election determined by 78k votes in 3 states
  • Timeline of US-Mexico-Canada agreement is ongoing but fluid
  • Never has there been a time that representatives need to be aspirational, but practical
  • And all elected officials should walk in the oppositions shoes and find middle ground

46th Ward Update – Alderman James Cappleman

  • Very inspired and supportive of Rep Quigley and his ability to negotiate to a win-win solution
  • 600 block of West Grace got speed bumps installed
  • Speed feedback signs going up in front of Greeley School & Grace-Pine Grove intersection
  • After discussion at last ELVN mtg the police record of Garfield Beverage was looked at and it is clean
  • Flu shots are available at Ward Office on October 7th
  • Through the end of October, City Stickers can be purchased with no late fee
  • If you have an up-to-date City Sticker as of November 15th, you will be eligible to have any outstanding City Sticker tickets forgiven
  • 19th Distr Policing Strategy looking for input from community at 10/8 Buena Park Library

44th Ward Update – Abigail

  • The threshold was raised from 75% to 85% for condo-to-rental deconversion deals in Chicago. The Illinois Condominium Property Act now requires 85 percent of a condo association to say yes to a deal to sell every unit in bulk.

Cubs Update – Heather Way-Kitzes

  • The Cubs and Wrigley are gearing up for winter activities – skating rink, Christkindlmarket
  • Only construction in offseason will be on the Audi Club
  • Another Wrigley Field concert announced for 2020 (Pearl Jam)

Green Team Update – Heather Way-Kitzes, Brandon Cunningham

  • The Neighborhood Grounds Crew had their last clean-up in September with very good community participation; the Grounds Keeper of the year award was given to the Franz family with an on-field recognition ceremony
  • Working to have mural implemented on side of Wrigleyville North Bar building at Sheffield and Byron

Treasurer’s Report – Mike Zinc

  • Over $41k in ELVN bank account
  • Initial indication is that 2019 Oktoberfest made more than 2018, but tally still under way

New/Old Business

  • Marty Malone is resigning his board position to pursue public office; the executive committee plus one will determine his replacement
  • The Belmont Harbor neighborhood group would like to join with ELVN
  • Positive feedback from ELVN Board; decision should be made within 2 months
  • Treasure Island location looking to be re-zoned for large footprint rental building

2019 Chicago Marathon

Sunday, October 13, some 40,00 runners will compete in the 42nd annual Chicago Marathon. As in years past, the marathon route does include a portion of the 46th Ward, and residents in that footprint will be impacted. Please see the information below about street closures and if you live on a street that will not have access in or out during the race:

Full Street Closures:

Inner Lake Shore Drive and Broadway will be closed between Belmont and W Sheridan Rd. W Sheridan will be close between the Inner Drive and Broadway.

Ingress & Egress Restricted:

The following blocks will have street closures on both sides, essentially locking them in for the duration of the event (7am-12pm):

  • 500-600 W Stratford
  • 500-600 W Cornelia
  • 500-600 W Addison
  • 600 W Peterson
  • 600-750 W Waveland
  • 600-750 W Grace
  • 600-750 W Sheridan
  • 3500-3900 N Pine Grove

Vehicle Removals:

If you live or park on one of the streets along the route, you must move your vehicle to another location off the course by Saturday, October 12. Towing of vehicles on closed thoroughfares will begin at 1am on Sunday. Vehicles that are not removed will be ticketed and towed to the nearest auto impound lot. For inquiries about towed vehicles, call 311 or use the city of Chicago website.

For more information or how you can participate and show your support, please visit the Chicago Marathon website.