August 6th, 2019 ELVN 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

  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President

  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer

  • Tom Rothschild

  • Marty Malone

  • Jim Spencer

  • Maggie Koehler

  • Brandon Cunningham

  • Kit Welch

  • Terie Kata

46th Ward Update – Alderman James Cappleman

  • Gay Pride Parade/OEMC recap meeting was held on 7/25/19. Audience members suggested that crosswalk signs be larger and more prominent, have more tow trucks on hand, and better training for parade marshalls in the future.

  • Define the Drive will be holding two (2) open meetings in the neighborhood in August. The first meeting is August 12, 2019 at Temple Sholom. The second meeting is August 13, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. For more information please refer to the Alderman’s website.

  • City Club Development is planning a new building directly east and in front of the New York Condominium Building at 3660 N. Lake Shore Drive. The developer is meeting with New York Condo owners regarding the plans, however, the Alderman reports that the proposed building is within the current zoning for the site. They will have to go through the Planned Development process with the City.

  • There is a demolition permit on the building immediately west of Byron’s Hot Dogs on Irving Park Road. The Alderman indicated that he does not know what is planned for this site.

Cubs Update

  • MLB and the Cubs have posted the post season game schedule on the website.

  • There is a concert on Gallagher Way on Friday night. Go to for more information

  • The Camry lot will be closed to the public until August 19, 2019 for repairs and resurfacing.

  • The neighborhood Clean Up will be meeting on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Wilton and Waveland Avenues to pick up garbage in the neighborhood. All are welcome to pitch in.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Aileen Tien reported that we have approximately $36,000.00 in the bank. Recent expenditures were $1,000.00 for rental fee of the Oak Leaves Arch in Kelly Park and $472.00 for a mailbox rental at the UPS Store.

  • Aileen suggested that we conduct a survey and seek input from the community regarding what worthy causes and organizations to donate some of our funds to.

New/Old Business

  • Adam Silverstein, with Garfield Beverage Warehouse returned to ELVN at Alderman Cappleman’s request to address some concerns that members of the community have raised since our last meeting. We wrote letter of support for Garfield to move into a long vacant retail space next to Windy City Gyros on Broadway. A few residents have expressed concern about another retail liquor store moving into the area. They expressed their belief that the neighborhood is saturated with liquor stores and would like to see some other kind of retail use occupy the space. Aileen Tien said that she spoke with her neighbors in her building and noted that they were supportive of a liquor store in that space. Aileen noted that the space has been vacant for a very long time and it is time that it was occupied.


  • Patrick Nagle stated that Oktoberfest is September 29, 2019 at Murphy’s. Tickets are $30.00, in advance.

Open House/Happy Hour

  • ELVN will be hosting an Open House/ Happy Hour at F. O’Mahonys, 3701 N. Broadway on August 27, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Green Team

  • The Green Team is working on having a mural installed on the south facing wall of Wrigleyville North Bar.

  • There is now some outdoor furniture in place in the small, fenced- in park at Racine and Clark Streets. It was suggested that ELVN may donate funds to complete landscaping improvements to this park.

Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce Update

  • Maureen Martino reports that a few residents within the boundaries of the now defunct belmont Harbor Neighbors Association are exploring re-forming the Associastion.

  • Lakeview Festival of the Arts will be held on September 13 and 14, 2019. This will be the 15th anniversary of the Fesstival and anyone who wishes to volunteer for the show should contact Maureen.


Lake Shore Drive

North LSD “Redefine the Drive” Study

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation are actively engaged in the North Lake Shore Drive Phase I (Preliminary Plans) Study to improve Lake Shore Drive from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue. Details of the ongoing Task Force study can be found on the North Lake Shore Drive REDEFINE THE DRIVE website.

Two Community Meetings (August 12th and 13th) will be held in Lake View to review the proposed improvements between Diversey Parkway and Irving Park Road and receive your input. The meetings will feature identical formats and content, but they will be held in two locations to provide more opportunities for community members to provide feedback. During these meetings, exhibits will be on display and project team members will be present to discuss the project and answer questions.

Monday, August 12, 2019
Temple Sholom

Bettie Port Hall (entrance on Stratford Place)
3480 North Lake Shore Drive
Open House: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Saint Joseph Hospital

Lakeshore Café
2900 North Lake Shore Drive
Open House: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

As a reminder, the proposed improvements for North Lake Shore Drive between Diversey and Irving Park include:

  • A SB LSD entrance and a NB LSD exit ramp at Addison Street. (This would involve NB LSD traffic going under LSD to go west on Addison.)
  • The elimination of Recreation Drive and the parking now on Recreation Drive
  • Creation of a parking “lot” with approximately 80 diagonal parking spaces along the east side of inner LSD between Grace and Addison, This is west of LSD.
  • Creation of a parking “lot” with approximately 80 diagonal parking spaces along the east side of inner LSD between Grace and Addison, This is west of LSD.
  • Creation of a tunnel at Briar Place for vehicles to cross under LSD and provide access to Belmont Harbor and Harbor parking. Access to the Briar Place tunnel would be from Belmont.

The Task Force and the 44th Ward has received significant Community comments as to what is proposed for the LSD-Belmont area.  Accordingly, the project team will lead an in-depth review of the Belmont Avenue area.


Chester R. Kropidlowski 
Lake View Citizens Council Transportation Committee Chair
(773) 871-7820
(312) 972-0933 (Cell)

August 6, 2019 ELVN Agenda

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  1. Call to order
  2. 46th Ward Update
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Cubs Update
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Crime Update
    1. Prowler/Attempted Burglary—1000 block of Byron and Dakin
  7. New Business / Old Business
    1. Adam Silverstein-proposed Garfield’s Beverage at 3932 N. Broadway
    2. Representative from Mayor Lightfoot’s office
    3. Oktoberfest-September 29, 2019, 3:00 at Murphy’s Bleachers
    4. Redefine the Drive Meetings:
      1. North of Belmont: August 12, 2019, 6:30–8:00pm, Temple Shalom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive
      2. South of Belmont: August 13, 2019, 6:00–8:00pm, St. Joseph’s Hospital, 2900 N. Lake Shore Drive
    5. Future ELVN Open House Events
    6. Green Team Committee—John Fitterer
    7. Next meeting is September 3, 2019 at the 19th District Police Station
  8. Adjournment
  9. Closed Session

May 7, 2019 ELVN Meeting Minutes

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Board In-attendance:

  • Patrick Carlson
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Terie Kata
  • Brian Murphy
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Jim Spencer
  • Aileen Tien
  • Kit Welch
  • Michael Zink

Board Absent:

  • Maggie Koehler
  • Marty Malone
  • Patrick Nagle
  • Marty Wallace


Board of Directors Election Results (Elected)

2 Year Term

  • Patrick Carlson
  • Terie Kata
  • Brian Murphy
  • Jean O’Neil
  • Aileen Tien
  • Marty Wallace
  • Michael Zink

1 Year Term

  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Tom Rothschild


  • President – Michael Zink
  • Vice-President – Patrick Nagle
  • Treasurer – Aileen Tien
  • Secretary – John Fitterer

44th Ward Update (Chris Jessup for Alderman Tom Tunney)

  • Congratulate to 19th District Police Comdr Marc Buslik on his retirement after 39 years of service. He has led the 19th District since his assignment in November 2016.
  • The Commander’s celebration will be on Monday, May 13th, in the Community Room of the 19th District Police Station, 850 W. Addison, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Refreshments & dessert will be served. Please RSVP to 19th Distr Community Policing Office at 312-744-0064 by Thu, May 9th.
  • Supt Eddie Johnson promoted Lieutenant Chris Papaioannou to Comdr of the 19th District. He has 19 years with CPD and previously led the Recruit Training Section of the Education and Training Division and has held several supervisory positions within patrol, gun and tactical teams. We look forward to welcoming Commander Papaioannou.
  • Police District Staffing as of May 6 th is at 379 versus goal of 400. Any interest in court advocacy training? Any interest in having a designated CAPS/Court Advocacy board member in community organizations?
  • The window to appeal assessments in Lake View Township is open April 30 – May 30. Staff from Commr Gainer’s office will be on hand to assist appealing 2019 assessments in the 44th Ward on Friday, May 17 th . For best chance to successfully appeal, consider bringing recent photographs of your home. Please note new rules this year:
    • The Commissioner’s office cannot appeal condos in buildings with more than 6 units.
    • For condo buildings with 6 units or less, they can only work with HOA president, treasurer or secretary.
  • If you are unable to attend, Commissioner Gainer’s office can appeal over the phone! Please call (312) 603-4210 during normal business hours to get started.
  • Redefine the Drive: Two community meetings with CDOT to be scheduled in June. Dates TBD.
  • Alderman Tunney has allocated Aldermanic Infrastructure funding for the following projects:
    • Residential Street Resurfacing of the 3700 block of Sheffield (Waveland to Grace)
    • Residential Street Resurfacing of the 900 block of Waveland (Fremont to Sheffield)
    • Residential Street Resurfacing may potentially happen in 2019 depending on a survey and cost analysis for the 3600 block of Wilton (Addison to Waveland)
    • Residential Street Lighting Upgrade of the 3700 block of Wilton (Waveland to Grace)
    • 44th Ward newsletters (past and present) are located online.
    • 46th Ward Update (Alderman James Cappleman)

      • Alderman Cappleman has officially won the last aldermanic election.
      • A new website can show where and when street sweeping is occurring around your neighborhood.
      • The 311 App is available to request city services such as graffiti removal, pothole complaints, rodent baiting, street light repair, garbage cart maintenance and more. The app also lets you track the progress of your request and give the city immediate feedback.
      • Smart street lighting will be installed in the 46th ward through August

      Cubs Update (Heather Way Kitzes)

      • There are two concerts scheduled for Gallagher Way:
        • Ludacris on June 1st
        • Billy Currington on Aug 9th
      • The Cubs will pave Waveland
      • On May 18 the volunteer Neighborhood Grounds Crew group will conduct a litter pickup. In addition to neighborhood volunteers, the Cubs and Hefty will end support and helpers. The group will meet at 9:30am at Murphy’s Wilton & Waveland parking lot. Volunteer via email.

      Treasurers Report (Aileen Tien)

      • Total available funds are $38,102 after an additional $220 in membership dues were collected

      Green Team (Brandon Cunningham)

      • Pints for the Park (for Kelly Park) will be held at Murphy’s Bleachers on Fri, May 31 at 7:00pm. The $40 admission fee covers all food and drinks, and entry into a raffle. The event will include a silent auction and review of the draft plans for Kelly Park.
      • A building sized mural is being considered for the south face of a building at 3716 N Sheffield. ELVN is co-sponsoring the work.

      Condo Seminar scheduled Sat, June 1 st from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the 850 W Addison Police Station

      ELVN Open House (Brandon Cunningham)

      • The ELVN Open House is a way for East Lake View Neighbors to promote and communicate information about the organization
      • The first open house will be held at PR Rustica Italian Bistro from 5:00-6:00pm on either Thu, May 30th or Thu June 13th.

      Maddon’s Post Restaurant (Zubin Kammula, Ben Galatz)

      • Joe Maddon’s restaurant opening on Tue, May 14
      • Located at 1119 W. Waveland (SE corner of Clark & Waveland)
      • Italian, Polish and American cuisine
      • Chef Tony Mantuano (James Beard award-winning chef) is partnering with Maddon
      • Restaurant’s second floor includes the Flamingo Room, a private bar and event space
      • Other Report Outs

        • Estelle from the Gill Park and Buena Vista Parks Advisory Council reported on work to improve and level the back grass area of Gill Park to make it useable for T-ball and other sports
          • It’s Your Park Day will be held from 9:00am – 2:00pm on June 1st
        • Next Meeting Date

          • Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:00pm at the 19 th District Police Station (850 W. Addison)

          Closed Board Meeting

          • Oktoberfest Review (Patrick Nagle via phone)
            • Review volunteer sign-up for event
            • Will continue to have wine-pull and beer stein sale
            • Band, food, and drinks are being handled by Murphy’s Bleachers
            • Posters and flyers will be printed
            • Continue to pursue sponsors, and assignment of merchants for solicitation will be sent out
          • Need to begin putting together a 3-person panel to determine candidate for the 2019 ELV Neighbor of the Year (Jim Spencer)
            • Beth Murphy was 2018 ELV Neighbor of the Year
          • Motion Proposed by Aileen Tien:
            • Due to time constraints on our volunteer web-masters the ELVN Board should hire a new web-master for website updates and other online needs at a rate of $75/hour
            • Motion seconded and approved

May 7 ELVN Agenda

ELVN Agenda

  • Call to order
  • Board of Directors Election Results
  • 46th Ward Update
  • 44th Ward Update
  • Cubs Update
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Crime Update
  • New Business/Old Business
    A. Pints for the Park-Fundraiser for Kelly Park: May 31, 2019, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield

B. Condominium Seminar-June 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 19th District Police Station

C. ELVN Open House Event

D. Next meeting is June 4, 2019 at the 19th District Police Station

      8. Adjournment

      9. Closed Session

2019 Board of Directors’ Election Candidate Biographies

Please review the candidate biographies before the election on Tuesday, April 9.

(i) = incumbant

Patrick Carlson (i)
My name is Patrick Carlson.  I am an attorney who has lived in East Lakeview for nearly 20 years, and have been a homeowner here for 15.  In this time, I have seen dramatic changes and improvements to the neighborhood, but there are still may changes facing the neighborhood.  I have been privileged to serve on the ELVN Board for the past 4 years, and would like to continue for another term.  ELVN provides all members of the neighborhood a forum to raise their concerns, to participate in discussions about changes happening, and to have access to the community leaders who make decisions affecting us every day.  I have been honored to service in this capacity, and would like to continue doing so.

Terie Kata
My name is Terie Kata.  I have been active as a board member of ELVN since 1991, serving as Chair for five years, Treasurer for twelve years and past chair of ELVN’s annual Oktoberfest fundraiser for 12 years.  I have been an active resident and property owner of the Lakeview community for 25 years. I also have been a participating member of LVCC for the past 25 years, serving on many committees as well as planning and coordinating numerous LVCC fundraising events.

Chester Kropidlowski
He has lived in East Lake View since 1991 and has been involved with ELVN in various roles for over twenty 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. He is now Chair of the Lake View Citizens Council Transportation Committee and represents Lake View on the Task Force study to redesign North Lake Shore Drive. Chester and his significant other, Lenore frequently enjoy the many restaurant and entertainment opportunities available in Lake View.

Brian Murphy
I am Brian Murphy and I have lived, worked, and owned property in East Lakeview for most of my life.  Upon marrying my wife Jaime, we moved back into the same apartment that I grew up on Sheffield Avenue.  In the following years, my two sons were born in the same home.  I have worked in my families business at Murphy’s Bleachers and since have managed Mrs. Murphy & Sons restaurant as well as worked in property management.  For the past five years, I have served as the principle organizer for ELVN’s Oktoberfest.  During that time, Oktoberfest has raised well over $100,000 for local area charities and schools.  Throughout my life, I have watched my East Lakeview neighborhood evolve into the thriving community that it is today.  I look forward to continuing to take an active role in helping this neighborhood reach its full potential. 

Jean O’Neil (i)
I am a founding member of ELVN and I have been a property owner in East Lake View since 1971. I  remember the neighborhood’s past struggles with slumlords, gangs and graffiti.  I spearheaded efforts to bring a new Greeley School to the neighborhood and supported beautification of Gill Park. I even remember when the Chicago Bears played at Wrigley Field!  To this day, I continue to support the beautification and safety of the neighborhood.

Aileen Tien (i)
Aileen Tien has lived in East Lakeview for over a decade, beginning in her summer internships during law school at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  Aileen currently works for a software company in downtown Chicago that produces applications assisting law firms, corporations, and government entities with managing litigation matters.  She has served on the ELVN board since 2015 and works to ensure that area residents’ concerns are addressed. 

Marty Wallace (i)
I have lived in East Lakeview for the past 40 years. I am currently an ELVN Board Member for the last few years. My wife Diane and I enjoy our walks around the neighbor, lake front, and Wrigley Field.
During our Oktoberfest Diane and I are at Murphy’s working on setting up the Silent Auction area.
I also work hard in bringing new and exciting items for the auction. I am a Real Estate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Service for the last 30 years. I am looking forward in serving ELVN as a Board Member for the next two years.

Heather Way-Kitzes
She is the Manager, Government and Neighborhood Relations with the 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.

Michael Zink (i)
I have lived in East Lake View for more than 7 years and have served as ELVN president since 2018.  I am an attorney at Starr, Bejgiert, Zink and Rowells, a civil litigation firm.  During my professional career, I have been elected and appointed to leadership roles in legal and community organizations throughout Chicago, including the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Archdiocese, and the Advocates Society of Polish-American Attorneys.

Brandon Cunningham
I have lived on in East Lake View on Dakin for the last 5 years.  During that time, I have been an active member of his community, a registered CPS substitute teacher, and a volunteer at my 6 and 8 year-old daughters’ schools.  I support the conservancy site in Montrose Harbor documenting Purple Martins populations during the summer.  In addition, I am the president of the Kelly Park Advisory Council.  In my spare time, I go to my job as an airline captain.

Tom Rothschild
I have called East Lakeview home for 21 of the 23 years that I have lived in Chicago.  Currently the Treasurer of my condominium association, I have been active on the board of every building in which I have lived.  My work with the condominium board has led me to form relationships with the local Aldermens’ offices.  I am also an avid dog lover as many of you know from seeing me in the neighborhood on strolls with Roz.