Monthly Archives: February 2016

Agenda for March 1, 2016, ELVN meeting

ELVN_community_meetingEast Lake View Neighbors will be hosting a General/Community meeting on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Horace Greeley Elementary School, 832 W. Sheridan Rd., at 7:00 PM.


  1. Call to Order
  2. Introduction of Candidates for Board Seats – Voting Begins
  3. 44th Ward Update – Cubs Update
  4. 46th Ward Update – Attorney Dean Maragos Presentation regarding a convenience store proposed for 801 W Irving Park Rd.
  5. Lakeview Pantry
  6. New Business/Old Business
  7. Adjournment
  8. Board Member Only Session

Meeting 2/25 with Vermilion Developers


For those of you who were unable to attend the last East Lakeview Neighbors meeting, Vermilion developers have agreed to come out to our area again to present their proposal for an 8-story building on the plot of the former Mobil gas station at the corner of W. Sheridan and N. Broadway.  Here are the meeting details:

When:  Thursday, 2/25, 7:00pm
Where:  Gill Park

Someone at the front desk will direct you to the meeting room.  Please consider attending this meeting to learn more about the proposed development, and to voice any concerns you may have.  The 46th Ward Zoning Committee is meeting on 2/29 and Vermilion’s proposal is on their agenda.

Here’s a high level overview of Vermilion’s plans:

8 stories
100 rental units
65 parking spaces
40% 1 BR, 35% studios, 25% 2 BR
Average = 800 sq ft
Retail = 2,200 sq ft (big enough for a coffee shop, nothing more)
Indoor trash room
Construction time = 14 months

Please forward this email to any parties you think may be interested.  Contact ELVN at if you have any questions, thank you.

East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) 2016 Slate of Nominees for the Board

A reminder – The East Lake View Neighbors Annual Meeting and Board Election is scheduled for Tuesday March 1, 2016, at 7 PM. Location is To Be Determined, and a complete agenda is forthcoming.

Jim Spencer has been a Board member for four years and served as ELVN Chair of the past two years. He also serves on the Board of the Lakeview Citizens Council. Jim, his wife Maureen and their Foster Children Eugene and Gino live in the immediate Wrigley Field area and have been strong advocates in protecting the residential character of east lake view. He has owned and managed an apartment building in the neighborhood since 1996.

Chester Kropidlowski has lived in East Lake View since 1991 and has been a Board member for over ten years and is a past Chair of ELVN.  In 1998, Chester retired from the City after a 32 year career 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. Chester and his significant other, Lenore, frequently enjoy the many restaurant and entertainment opportunities available in Lake View.

Patrick Nagle has lived in Lakeview for over 20 years and has worked as an attorney for 20 years. Patrick currently serves as a federal Administrative Law Judge. He has been an ELVN member for the past several years and is a member of Alderman Cappleman’s Zoning Committee. 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.

Terie Kata has been active in ELVN since 1991, serving as Chair for five years, and Treasurer for over seven years. Terie, working as an ELVN contractor and working with our friends, the Murphy Family, raised ELVN fund-raising to new highs in attendance and profits at our annual Oktoberfests. Terie is an active member of numerous community and business organizations including being on the Board of the Lake View Citizens Council.

Tom Rothschild has called East Lakeview home for 19 of the 21 years he has lived in Chicago. Currently the Treasurer of his condo association, Tom 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 the Alderman’s’ offices. Tom presently represents ELVN in the 44th Wards neighborhood sculpture program.

Heather Way Kitzes is proposed to be the Chicago Cubs representative to the ELVN Board. The Chicago Cubs are a long time Organizational member of ELVN. Since April 2015, Heather has held the position of Manager, Government and Neighborhood Relations for the Chicago Cubs. Heather’s current responsibilities include working with local community members on issues surrounding Wrigley Field. Prior to her role with the Cubs, Heather held the position of Executive Director with the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce for nearly 13 years. During her tenure, LCC experienced consistent membership growth, the formation of critical strategic partnerships and drafted and delivered the award winning Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP). Over the years, she has served on many local and regional boards including the Alderman Tunney’s 44th Ward Community Directed Development Council; Lakeview Citizen’s Council Executive Committee; Shiel Park Advisory Council; and the Lake View Pantry Board of Directors, among others. In 2014 she was elected as the Community Representative to the Inter American Magnet School LSC. Additionally, in 2012, she was appointed by former Governor Pat Quinn as a Commissioner to Serve Illinois, the state’s commission on volunteerism and service. She believes strongly that service and volunteerism are the key to a well-rounded professional and personal life. Although a long time Lake View resident, Heather currently lives in Andersonville with her husband David and their two children, Jack and Lilly.

Kit Welch and her partner have been residents of East Lakeview since May of 2012. Kit is an active member of her Condo Association including being the Association’s Treasurer. She also has experience as a Board member for a nature preserve in Florida  and has participated in various community organizations. She currently is a volunteer diver at the Shedd Aquarium. Kit’s Community support can be summarized by a quote:  “As a Realtor, I have a vested interest in our neighborhood, and feel that I have a lot to contribute to the ELVN board. I am an advocate for all members of our community having a voice, and I support reasonable, responsible development of the area in and around East Lakeview.”

Soup Walk

soupwalkJoin us for the Soup Walk on Sunday, February 28th from 1- 5pm, featuring handmade soups from nine Lakeview East/Northalsted restaurants. Soups can be sampled at nine retail locations along Broadway & Halsted! Take a FREE trolley around the neighborhoods and taste and see everything we have to offer.

Locations and Restaurant Partners:

  1. CRAM Fashion- 3331 N. Broadway with soup from Cafe L’Appetito

2. Unabridged Bookstore- 3251 N. Broadway with soup from The Bagel

3. GAP- 3216 N.Broadway with soup from Esencia Urban Kitchen

4. wineHouse- 3164 N. Broadway with soup from Soupbox

5. NoteworthyNotes- 3629 N. Halsted with soup from Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

6. Egoist- 3526 N. Halsted with soup from Dive Bar

7. Boystown Collectibles- 3453 N. Halsted with soup from Taverna 750

8. Universal Wellness Source- 3324 N. Halsted with soup from The Chicago Diner

9. The Leigh Gallery- 3306 N. Halsted with soup from D.S. Tequila Co.


Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival

  • frostfestWaveland and Halsted
    800 West Waveland Avenue
    Chicago IL 60613

  • Saturday, February 27, 1:00 to 9:00 pm

In its second year, Frost Fest is the Northalsted Winter Warm-up! This two-day winter party is the cure for anyone’s cabin fever, with activities for everyone!

Frost Fest boasts Lakeview’s largest craft beer festival on Saturday, February 27th featuring 41 local brewers serving their most famous craft beers in a 5,000 square foot HEATED tent! 2,000 attendees can sample up to 15 beers at one of two tasting sessions. Guests will dance the afternoon away with live music and warm treats from various food trucks!

Two sessions available:
1:00pm to 4:00pm
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Ticket prices:
$10 – designated driver
$35 – if purchased ahead of time
$40 – at the door

Each ticket includes: one wristband for entry to restricted access tasting area, (15) 3-oz tasting tickets, and one souvenir tasting glass. The first tasting session is from 1:00PM-4:00PM on Saturday, February 27th. *Must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID to redeem. All sales are final. Admission and tickets are session-specific and are non-transferable. Tickets may not be shared. Unused tickets may not be returned or redeemed for cash back. Get your tickets here.

Join ELVN/Dues Reminder

If you intend to vote in our March 1st ELVN Board election, your dues must be paid by Tuesday, February 16th.  You can pay your dues online or print out an application and mail it and your payment to:
East Lake View Neighbors
3712 N. Broadway #470
Chicago IL 60613

East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) is one of the twelve neighborhood organizations affiliated with the Lake View Citizens Council. We are a non-profit organization serving the residents, businesses and social organizations within the area bounded by Addison Street, Clark Street, Irving Park Road, and Lake Michigan.

East Lake View Neighbors’ objective is to be a mechanism both to maintain and improve the quality of life in our neighborhood through active involvement in community “betterment” related programs and activities that work towards improving East Lake View.

We accomplish this objective, in part, by providing a forum, through monthly Board meetings, for neighbors to discuss quality of life issues, to provide our neighbors with information that impacts their lives as residents, and to offer our voice to the Aldermanic Offices on licensing, zoning and other issues in our area. (ELVN includes both the 44th and 46th Wards.)

Your dues will help ELVN achieve our objectives.

Normally our Board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at the 19th District Police Station Community Room. (Meeting updates or changes are noted on our website –

CAPS Meetings

You have an opportunity to get more information and to express your concerns regarding criminal activity in our community at CAPS meetings. Info as to the dates, time and location of 2016 CAPS meetings that include Beats 1923 and 1925, the Beats that include East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) area is in shown below.

beat map

Join us at the following beat meetings to build and enhance our problem solving partnerships in the 19th District.

Beat meetings are held in the 19th District Community Room located at 850 W Addison and begin at 7:00 P.M. Please plan to attend as many meetings as possible. Each meeting will focus on various crimes and safety/prevention topics. Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday every even month.

February 3rd – Theft from Autos
April 6th – Garage Burglaries
June 1st – Residential Burglaries
August 3rd – Street Safety/Robberies
October 5th – Back to School Safety
December 7th – Seasonal Crime Trends

Meeting dates are subject to change; please contact the 19th District Community Policing Office at 312-744-0064 or to confirm.

Follow the 19th District Community Policing Office on Twitter: @ChicagoCAPS19

ELVN is normally represented at these meetings.