2020 Slate of Nominees for the ELVN Board of Directors

Please see below the 2020 Slate of Nominees for the ELVN Board of Directors, listed in alphabetical order by each individual’s last name. Also take note of some quick reminders here:

  • January 7, 2020 – Next ELVN meeting will be held at the Addison police station starting at 7:00pm.
  • January 20, 2020 – You must submit your membership dues for 2020 by this date to be eligible to vote at the ELVN Annual Meeting. Visit the "Join ELVN" section of the ELVN website where you can submit dues via Paypal, or print a paper application.
  • February 4, 2020 – Elections will be held on this date during the ELVN Annual Meeting at the Addison police station starting at 7:00pm.

Brandon Cunningham

"I would like to run for re-election for the East Lakeview Neighbors Board. I have lived in Lakeview for 5 years and love our community. I have served on the ELVN board for the last year and have been an active participant on the Green Team and other ELVN initiatives. Seeing the work that ELVN does, and being a part of it, give me a stronger sense of community and the impact I can have as a concerned and active member. I also currently serve as the president of Kelly Park Advisory Council and volunteer with the Chicago Maritime Arts Center. Outside of volunteerism I work as a pilot and spend as much time as I can exploring our great city with my kids."

John Fitterer

John was born and raised in Chicago. He now lives in Lakeview in the 3700 block of Fremont with his wife Sandy. They have lived in Wrigleyville since 2014, moving in from the western suburbs where they raised their 3 kids (who are all Chicago north-siders now).  He is retired after having worked at ComEd for 35 years.  John has been on the ELVN Board since 2017 and became the Board Secretary in 2019.  He also volunteers at the Field Museum, and helps co-lead the Neighborhood Grounds Crew litter pickup group with sponsorship from the Cubs, Hefty, and Murphy’s Bleachers.

Megan Grochowiak

Megan is a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools system. She works within the boundaries of ELVN and is interested in improving this community.

Heather Way Kitzes

"Please consider my nomination for the East Lake View Neighbors board of directors. For the past five years, I have worked in the Chicago Cubs organization in the department of Community Affairs.  In my role, I serve as the neighborhood liaison which has given me a unique opportunity to get to know and be a part of the East Lake View Community. During this time, I co-founded the Neighborhood Grounds Crew, served on the ELVN Green Committee and helped raise money for Oktoberfest.  I previously served as a director of ELVN from 2017-2018. While serving, I chaired the By-Laws Committee which successfully drafted and passed new by-laws for the organization.   I have lived and worked in Lakeview since 1998 and have a firm of understanding of the top issues facing our community today: reducing crime, strengthening our schools, and advocating for responsible development.  I am running because I believe my experience and dedication to our community will help further the ELVN mission. Thank you for your consideration."

Maggie Koehler

Maggie has lived in East Lakeview since 2011 and was able to learn so much about the neighborhood from working for the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce for four years (2014-2018.) Maggie, her wife, Aimee Pine, and Boston Terrier rescue, Stan, love the diversity and close-knit community and exploring their neighborhood. Her day job is Office Manager at the law firm of Burke, Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. She has served on the East Lake View Neighbors as a board member since 2016 and especially enjoys serving on the Green Team committee working to beautify our neighborhood.

Patrick Nagle

Patrick has lived in Lakeview for the past 21 years and has worked as an attorney for 25 years. Patrick currently serves as a federal Administrative Law Judge. He has been an ELVN member for the past decade and has served as Vice-President of the organization since 2016. Over the course of the last five years, he has taken a lead role in organizing ELVN’s annual Oktoberfest charity event which has raised over $100,000 for local area causes. 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.

Gregory Ratcliff

"My background includes a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia, an M.B.A. in International Human Resources from Fairleigh Dickinson, and an M.S.W.  in Clinical Psychotherapy from Rutgers University. My career has spanned more than 30 years including experience in the profit and non-profit sectors. At Christie’s Auction House in Manhattan, I served as the principal human resources officer for the America’s and Asia. Christie’s is the world’s leading art business with sales exceeding six billion dollars.  My work experience also includes serving as a member of the executive management team at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York. GMHC annually provided social services to more than 10,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, operating at its peak with a budget exceeding 30 million dollars.

I have been a member of various boards in the past, currently serving as Assistant Secretary to the Board at 3920 N Lake Shore Drive.

Raised in Kansas City I moved to the New York area in 1992. My husband of 31 years and I recently retired, moving back to the Midwest and relocating to Lakeview in late 2018.  Since coming to Chicago. I have begun to volunteer in a variety of community-based organizations in the Lakeview area.

I have attended several ELVN meetings and am eager to become more involved as a board member. I hope to add to the existing work done by the current board and committee members in keeping our neighborhood a safe and enjoyable place to work and live.

Tom Rothschild

Tom has called East Lakeview home for 28 of the 33 years he has lived in Chicago. Currently the Treasurer of his condo association and 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 both Alderman Tunney’s and Cappleman’s offices.  Tom has had the opportunity to live and work within area for a number of years. He has been active in ELVN and Lakeview Pantry.  He seen many changes in the area and feels that being active in the ELVN organization has had a positive impact. Tom is currently a free-lance project manager.

Kit Welch

Kit 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 is the Vice President of The Legacy Project’s Board of Directors. In addition, she serves on the Grace Condos Association Board. Kit is also an avid SCUBA diver and volunteer at The Shedd Aquarium.

January 7th, 2020 Agenda

19th District Police Station @ 7 p.m.

  1. Call to order
  2. 46th Ward Update
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Cubs Update
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Crime Update
    1. Armed robberies of pedestrians walking alone
  7. New Business/Old Business
    1. Sports Plaza Ordinance
    2. Proposed Expansion of ELVN’s Borders-February 4, 2020 meeting
    3. ELVN Board Member Appointment to Marty Malone’s resigned position-Megan Cullen Grochowiak
    4. ELVN Board Election-February 4, 2020 meeting
    5. Redefine the Drive
    6. Green Team Committee-Maggie Koehler/John Fitterer
    7. ELVN 2020 Meeting Dates (all at the 19th District station): January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 9, August 11, September 8, October 6, November 10
  8. Adjournment/Closed Session

Call for Nominations to East Lakeview Neighbors Board of Directors

Call for Nominations to East Lakeview Neighbors Board of Directors

We will be holding elections for the ELVN Board of Directors during the upcoming ELVN Annual Meeting on February 4, 2020. Please see the following information on how to run for a seat on the ELVN Board. We hope you will consider running for a seat.

How to submit a nomination:

Email the ELVN Nominating Committee at: elections@eastlakeview.org.

Include in the email:

  • A short bio about yourself.
  • Why you would like to run for a seat on the ELVN Board.
  • Your contact information – email is sufficient.
  • Confirm that you meet the qualifications for running (see below).


  • January 4, 2020 – You must send in your nomination by this date. 
  • January 5, 2020 – The full slate of nominees will be sent to the ELVN membership at large.
  • January 20, 2020 – You must submit your membership dues for 2020 by this date to be eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting. Visit the “Join ELVN” section  of the ELVN website where you can submit dues via Paypal, or print a paper application.

Date of Election

February 4, 2020 – This is the date of the ELVN 2020 Annual Meeting. To be held at the Addison police station starting at 7:00pm.


  • 18 years of age or older
  • Reside or own real estate within the Boundary
  • Conduct business within the Boundary


  • North – W. Irving Park Road 
  • South – W. Addison Street
  • East – Lake Michigan
  • West – N. Clark Street

Length of Service

  • 2-year term

Fulfillment of DutiesMembers of the Board of Directors must attend or call in for every Board of Directors meeting or be excused by the President in advance of a meeting.Restrictions
No person running for or holding an elected public office shall be a Director.

Note: In the past, Board Directors have quit due to running for public office. If you are planning to run for public office during the 2-year term, please consider carefully before submitting your nomination. Stepping down during the middle of a term interferes with the Board’s normal operations.

If you have any questions/to submit your nomination, please email the ELVN Nominating Committee at elections@eastlakeview.org. We look forward to receiving nominations.

ELVN Board of Directors

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.

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!

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