Monthly Archives: August 2015

Next ELVN Meeting Tuesday, September 1

ELVN_community_meetingThe next ELVN meeting will be held Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the 19th District Police Station at 850 W. Addison.


  1. Call to Order
  2. Board member Introduction
  3. Officer’s report
  4. 44th and 46th Ward Updates
  5. Cubs Update
  6. New Business/Old Business, Open Forum
  7. Oktoberfest 2015
  8. Adjournment
  9. Board Member Only Meeting

2015 Meeting Schedule

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2015
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts – September 12 & 13

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts 2015

The 11th Annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts will take place along Broadway, from Belmont to Hawthorne.

Art, Music, Food & Family Activities – Celebrating 11 Years in Lakeview!

Friday, Sept. 11
Kick off Concert and Preview of the Festival: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 12
Festival of the Arts: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Music: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 13
Festival of the Arts: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Music: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Upcoming Wrigley Field Concerts


Via Ald. Tom Tunney

Wrigley Field is hosting two concerts at the ballpark this week. Billy Joel returns to Wrigley Thursday, August 27! The show begins at 8:00 pm. Foo Fighters will make their first appearance at the ballpark on Saturday, August 29 at 5:30 pm. Gates open two hours before the show begins. You can find information on street closures, parking restrictions and what to expect the day of the concerts below.

Billy Joel & Foo Fighters Concert Information

Thursday August 27th & Saturday August 29th Parking Restrictions

Clark – Both Sides- Newport to Addison
8/27 & 8/29 2pm-Midnight

Clark – East Side Only- Waveland to Irving Park
8/27 & 8/29 2pm-Midnight

Addison- Clark to Racine- Both Sides
8/27 & 8/29 – 2pm to Midnight

Addison- Wilton to Sheffield- Both Sides
8/27 & 8/29 2pm – Midnight

Addison – South Side Only- Clark to Sheffield
8/27 & 8/29

Irving Park – Clark to Seminary (both sides)
8/27 & 8/29 2pm – Midnight

Racine- Grace to Green Lot Entrance – East Side Only
8/24 – 9/1

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, OEMC and the Chicago Department of Transportation have established the following pickup/outbound regulations for Taxis, limousines, and car services for the concerts:

  • Limousines and car services must stage along Irving Park Road. All pickups must occur on Irving Park Road between Clark and Seminary (East of Clark).
  • Taxis are available and will be staged on Clark south of Addison along the southbound (western) curb.

Remote Parking Lot

Parking is available at the remote lot, located at 3900 N. Rockwell, with a free shuttle to the concerts. Lots open at three hours prior to each event.

Street Closures (Full Street Closures)

Sheffield (Addison to Waveland) Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane)
Starting after the game on August 24th – Street will re-open on Monday August 31st.

Waveland (Sheffield to Kenmore) Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane)
Starting after the game on August 24th – Street will re-open on Monday August 31st.

What to Expect as Concert Setup/Takedown Takes Place

August 24th – September 1st

  • Trucks, Crane(s), Forklift(s), etc. will beginning lining up on Waveland at approximately 5pm (8/24) and proceed to Sheffield where they will be unloaded and move materials into the Ballpark.
  • Throughout the week, Wrigley Field will be transformed into a concert venue with the installation of staging, sound and lighting equipment. Seating areas will be added to field.
  • The Lights at Wrigley Field will be on throughout the week as the Concert Setup/Takedown takes place. Lights will be on overnight on August 24th into August 25th.Lights will be on to at least 11pm on August 25th, August 26th, August 28th and August 30th.On the show days of August 27th and August 29th, the lights will be on OVERNIGHT.
  • Trucks, Crane(s), Forklift(s), etc. will begin lining up on Waveland Saturday night, August 29th, to unload materials from the ballpark.
  • Trucks will be traveling from the Green Lot at Grace and Racine to the ballpark during both setup and takedown. All work should be complete Monday August 31st.

Sound & Lighting Checks

Sound and Lighting Checks are anticipated on Wednesday August 26th and Friday, August 28th and will be completed by 10pm.  Sound checks should also be anticipated on the day of each concert.

Concert Day Highlights

Billy Joel Concert
Gates Open at 6pm and Show begins at 8pm

Foo Fighters Concert
Gates Open at 3:30 pm and Show begins at 5:30 pm.

  • Residential Permit Parking will be in effect. Vehicles parked in violation of the Residential Permit Parking regulations are subject to ticket.
  • Priority Towing will take place in all special areas designated as No Parking (Clark, Addison, & Waveland).
  • 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 will be open One Hour before until Two Hours after the concerts (1-866-427-3869).
  • During Pre & Post Concerts, at the discretion of the Police and/or OEMC, Addison between Racine and Halsted may be closed to vehicular traffic as a Public Safety measure. Traffic will then be rerouted North/South on Racine/Halsted. While this may be inconvenient, public safety is of the utmost importance.
  • “Hospitality Teams” an independent third party hired by the Chicago Cubs will be throughout the neighborhood between 9pm and 1am. The team aims to provide a visible presence in the community and provide post-concert crowd observation and incident response. Look for the team in bright yellow jerseys!
  • Residents are encouraged to contact either the Night Game Hotline or 911 to report problems and issues

Minutes – August 4, 2015

August 4, 2015 ELVN Meeting Minutes

In attendance:

Michael Zink
Jim Spencer
Beth Murphy
Tom Rothschild
Aileen Tien
Patrick Carlson
Patrick Nagle
Mark Lundgren
Ariel Cheung (DNA Info)
Chester Kropidlowski
Terie Kata


Marty Wallace
Paul Bauch
Bruce Handler
Nora Handler
Jean O’Neill
Dafna Stempel

Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm

Chamber report

No report/not present

44th Ward Report

No report/not present; will be present at September meeting

46th Ward Report

No report/not present; will be present at September meeting

Officers Reports

Jim participated on the committee considering reforms to the Pride Parade.  He stated that there was considerable extra security this year.  He e-mailed a request for input about how the parade went and received many responses.  Approximately 8 of every 10 respondents indicated that they want the parade to stay in its current location.

The Aldermen will continue to meet throughout the year about it, and no decision is expected until next year. Jim expressed hope that the parade may remain for one more year but that if it stays, there will be stricter enforcement of the number of marchers.

Michael noted that he walked in the parade this year for almost the 10th time and that it seemed more subdued and peaceful on the parade route.

Beth says that the aftermath was terrible again.

Terie suggests to shorten the parade, that 4 hours is far too long, > and that the CTA was not alerting bus riders of closures near the parade route.  She says that there was only a limited east and west crossing past the parade.

Patrick Nagle says Belmont and Sheffield was historically a hot spot for dangerous behavior, but that it seemed better this year.

Mark says the decision to bifurcate the weekends for celebrations and for the parade was smart, and he did not perceive the aftermath as rowdy as in the past.

Getting ELVN set up as a 501(c)(3) is in the corporate stages and is in the process of being incorporated with the Illinois Secretary of State.

Terie put together the Wrigley Renovation Committee at the LVCC.  She encouraged anyone who wishes to come to a meeting or to contact her. The next meeting is 8/27 but the location is not determined yet.  The committee meets monthly. Terie made a scorecard of issues. Representatives from the aldermen, Cubs, ELVN and Southport Neighbors have taken part.  Some solutions have been achieved.  Sound, lights, and street closures still are the main problems not yet resolved. She suggests a press conference regarding the Cubs street closures because the Aldermen’s offices have provided no answers or assistance and have largely directed people to call 311 or 911.

Jackhammers and leaf blowers have been operating all night overnight, and construction begins before 7:00 at times.  The message board for night and weekend games is sometimes not at the remote lot. The Cubs anticipate another 4 years of construction if it goes to plan.  A recent release by the Cubs says opening dates of streets.

Chester notes that many cars have been running over the concrete slab at Waveland and Sheffield.  He also stated that there are typically over 100 shuttle buses park on Irving Park and that it seems to still work well.  He notes that cars parked on Clark near Irving Park and on Addison west of Clark were not being ticketed adequately.  He will continue to keep us updated on permit issues with CDOT.

CAPS Report

Terie says there have been car break-ins just east of the Jewel on Wayne.  There has been no sign of forced entry.  Pride Parade issues were discussed as well.


Patrick, Brian, and Jim met and started reaching out to corporate entities in the community for sponsorships.  It will take place October 4.  Board members take at least 10 tickets to sell to friends.  The prices are $25 presale, $30 at door, and $20 if sell 10. Capacity is 450, so we would like to sell 400.  Visit places that you frequent.  Try to get at least $100 donations from businesses.  There is no particular goal, but it raised $17,000 last year, so perhaps we would like to reach $20,000.

Cubs Report

Heather Way Kitzes reported that the Under Armour All-American game for high school stars is August 15 at 3:05. The estimated attendance is a few thousand.

Concerts are August 27 Billy Joel, August 29 Foo Fighters, September 11 Zach Brown Band, and September 15 AC/DC.  Next week there will be an interagency meeting to plan for security, parking, etc. for the concerts.

She had no information about the Sheffield street opening as earlier reported by the Board (and detailed in an e-mail).  Beautification initiatives on Sheffield may slow the opening of streets. The Cubs cannot control if TMA workers are not where they are supposed to be.  Terie says that early in the bleacher openings those fans were all over the streets and not on the sidewalk. Terie suggests getting a trolley at the blue lot for senior citizens.

New Business

Chester: Gill Park-he is working with the Park District.  $500,000 was raised for its renovation.  The Park District wants to have a public meeting with our community at Gill Park.  It has the necessary money to move forward.

Chester, Beth, and Jim attended the CDDC zoning course.  Terie says there will be a meeting on August 12 from 6:30-7:30 at Mystic Celt where developers will advocate for a multitude of rental properties by CTA stations.  The concept is called Transit Oriented Development.

Jim says Loukas will come back to our community about a potential development at Dakin and Sheridan and that we may revisit that proposal.

The Park on Addison project is probably delayed again.  There may be financing problems.

Next month is the General Meeting.

Patrick Nagle made a motion to adjourn, which was seconded by Mark, and the motion was approved by acclimation and carries at 7:46 p.m.

Next ELVN Meeting Tomorrow, August 4

ELVN_community_meetingThe next ELVN meeting will be held tomorrow evening Tuesday, August 4, in the Community Room at 7:00 p.m. at the 19th District police station at 850 W. Addison.


  • Call to order
  • Officers report
  • Committee reports
    • Wrigley Renovation Committee
    • Traffic Report
    • CAPS
    • CDDC
    • Oktoberfest
  • New Business/Old Business
  • Adjournment

 2015 Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Horses of Honor | Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

HOH_LOGOSince 1853, over 500 Chicago Police officers have sacrificed their lives to protect our city. In honor of those who we have lost, Wintrust has partnered with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation for a public art installation to benefit our fallen heroes. Designed to resemble Chicago’s Mounted Patrol Unit horses, the Horses of Honor will stand for providing support and assistance to the families of those men and women who have been killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

Click here to go to the Horses of Honor website.

Northalsted Market Days

Saturday August 8 & Sunday August 9
$10 Suggested Donation    |     11AM – 10PM

The 34th Annual Northalsted Market Days® is coming to you live! A crowd from across the country will come together to celebrate the largest two-day street festival in the Midwest, right here on Halsted.

Northalsted Market Days® is famous for its vast array of national talent, unique vendors, local arts & crafts, and craft food & drink.


Wrigleyville Summerfest

wrigleyville-summerfest-rlc-logoAugust 8 – 9, 2015
Sat 12 -10pm, Sun 11am-9pm

Wrigleyville SummerFest is the only guaranteed win you’ll find in Wrigleyville all summer. So forget about the Cubs for second, and instead jump off the el at the Addison stop to enjoy live music, the best food vendors Chicago has to offer, an interactive kids zone – plus all the usual eateries, bars and venues that make make the area well-known when SummerFest isn’t going on. It’s fun for the whole family right outside one of our country’s most historic stadiums.