Monthly Archives: November 2017

From the Lakeview Chamber: Lakeview Holiday Programming, Tree Planting and Lincoln Ave. Pop-Up Program

Celebrate the Holidays in Lakeview—Chicago’s Most Festive Neighborhood

The holidays are here, and Lakeview is celebrating with fun community events and special promotions that are sure to get the whole family in the holiday spirit. See below for some of the holiday programs happening this holiday season, and explore it all by visiting

Lakeview Holiday Gift Guide

Explore the best of Lakeview this holiday season with the Lakeview Holiday Gift Guide, showcasing unique local gifts and festive holiday events happening in Lakeview. Printed copies of the guide are available at dozens of local businesses in Lakeview, or you can view it online for the very first time. Browse listings from local shops and restaurants, and make the most of your holiday shopping with the Lakeview Gift Card, accepted at more than 80 local businesses. For a limited time only, get a $20 Bonus Card for every $100 Lakeview Gift Card you buy. That’s extra money you can spend on gifts for yourself or others! Terms and conditions apply. Visit for more information.

Holiday Window Contest

Which local businesses have the best holiday windows? This year, you can decide with the neighborhood’s first-ever Holiday Window Contest! Visit any of the participating businesses listed here beginning on Small Business Saturday (November 25) and cast a vote by text for the businesses whose windows you think deserve to win it all. Texting instructions can be found in each business’s windows or near their checkout counter. You may vote for multiple businesses, but not more than once for any one business. The contest closes on December 17, and winners will be announced on December 20. Message and data rates may apply. For more information, visit

22nd Annual Southport Holiday Stroll

The 22nd Annual Southport Holiday Stroll kicks off the holiday season in the neighborhood. The event features photos with Santa plus festive entertainment, refreshments and holiday specials at participating businesses all evening long. New this year: Participate in the Southport Holiday Stroll Passport program by receiving stamps at participating businesses during the weekend of the Stroll. Get two or more stamps and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of three prize packages. The more businesses you visit, the more you could win, with the grand prize valued at more than $1,000!

Meet the Faces of Lakeview’s Small Businesses

From one-of-a-kind boutique shops to eclectic restaurants, Lakeview is a community of small businesses that provide an experience you can’t find anywhere else. Together, these businesses also have a major impact on the local economy, with some studies estimating that as much as $0.50 of every dollar spent at an independent business is recirculated locally.

Have you ever wondered how your favorite small business began, or what it takes to become an entrepreneur? This holiday season, explore the stories behind some of Lakeview’s beloved small businesses in a neighborhood-wide campaign highlighting the faces of small businesses. Each of the participating businesses were nominated by their peers, and local community members voted for the businesses whose stories they most wanted to hear as part of the campaign, which aims to communicate the importance of shopping and eating local.

The Faces of Small Business campaign is sponsored by A Little Photo Studio with support from Special Service Area (SSA) 27. Explore the stories of 25 local businesses by visiting, and show your support by shopping and eating local year-round.

POP at the Lincoln Hub Transforms Vacant Storefronts with Creative Uses

If you’ve walked down the 2900 block of Lincoln Avenue lately, you may have noticed new neighborhood attractions popping up in storefronts that have long been shuttered. It’s all part of a new program called POP at the Lincoln Hub, which presents a rotating series of creative pop-up spaces that showcase local artists, makers and merchants.

Presented by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area 27, POP provides creative individuals and small businesses with an opportunity to test new ideas while creating an ever-changing attraction in the heart of the Lincoln Hub—the dynamic stretch of Lincoln Avenue between Diversey and Belmont. The program works by temporarily activating vacant and underutilized storefronts until a long-term lease is signed. By filling these spaces with merchants and artists that create interest on the street, the Lakeview Chamber is making available storefronts on the street a more valuable and attractive place to do business.

POP is launching this month as a pilot program with two participants: a Milwaukee-based men’s shop called Milworks at 2933 N. Lincoln Ave., and an art installation by local artist Molly Z at 2962 N. Lincoln Ave. Both spaces bring a dynamic to the Lincoln Hub area that has been missing in recent years, including one of the only businesses in the West Lakeview area that specializes in a curated assortment of men’s apparel, footwear, apothecary, small goods, books and magazines, etc.

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Neighbors Pitch in to Plant More Trees on Lakeview’s Side Streets!

Lakeview’s side streets are now a little greener thanks to the generosity of our neighbors who donated to plant trees this fall. A big thank you goes to:

  • Julie Sick
  • Scott & Jackie Hairston
  • The Phares Family
  • Scott & Christe Lyons

Friends of Lakeview, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and partner of the Lakeview Chamber and Special Service Area (SSA) 27, launched the Adopt-a-Tree program over the summer to raise funds for the plantings, which help to supplement the efforts of the City and SSA 27 to improve our urban tree canopy. We were able to raise $2,275 to plant five trees, on the 1300 and 1600 blocks of Nelson, and the 1600 block of Barry.

These resident-funded trees join nearly 100 new trees that have been planted by SSA 27 in cooperation with the City of Chicago in the past year. While some of these trees were planted in empty tree pits, the SSA has focused its efforts on installing trees in new sidewalk cutouts to create green space where it previously didn’t exist. A majority of these new trees have been planted on portions of Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont avenues.

Trees are great for the environment and for property values, but doesn’t walking down a beautiful tree-lined street also just make you smile and put you at ease? We want our neighborhood to be the greenest and most beautiful in Chicago, and thanks to some dedicated neighbors and the work of SSA 27, we’re a step closer to that goal!

Chicago Market Thanksgiving Co-Op Pop-Up Market

Chicago Market, the city’s newest sustainable grocery store that lets the community get a share and taste of its business, is celebrating its readiness to launch by hosting a Thanksgiving Co-Op Pop-up Market , Saturday, November 18th at Ravenswood Community Services, located  at 4550 N. Hermitage in the city’s north side.  Our ask is simple, help others get a glance of the Market, meet the Owners of the Market, and feel the vibe of the Market’s wonderful offerings, while helping to put a fresh and organic turkey in someone’s home this holiday season! Spread the word about Chicago Market’s Thanksgiving Co-Op Pop-up Market and:

Get a peek at some of the tasty offerings and unique vendors that will be at the pop-up.

Meet Chicago Market board members and Owners, local community members with a share in the business.

Feel good knowing that you’ve introduced someone to a healthy, tasty, and conscious meal for a well-rounded sustainable holiday.

Check out the Thanksgiving Co-Op Pop-Up Market on Facebook.

Don’t miss out on the chance to get a tasty bird for the holiday, these things run out fast! You can pre-order your turkey here.

Minutes – January 5, 2016

January 5, 2016 ELVN Minutes

In attendance:

Jim Spencer
Michael Zink
Patrick Nagle
Beth Murphy
Aileen Tien
Marty Wallace
Chester Kropidlowski
Tom Rothschild
Mark Lundgren
Jean O’Neill


Patrick Carlson
Bruce Handler
Terie Kata

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.


Jim thanked Murphy’s Bleachers for a great holiday party.  He notes that the ELVN 501(c)(3) status is progressing well.  The handling attorney has been communicating with him about mission statement alterations, especially in its erroneous reference to influencing elected officials’ decisions.  Jim clarifies that ELVN does not influence decisions, but rather that it makes recommendations to elected officials, typically about zoning issues.


Michael asked if everyone received the November meeting minutes.  Tom moved to approve the November meeting minutes.  Marty seconded the motion, which passed by acclamation.

44th Ward

Julie Levar with Ald. Tunney’s office was present to provide the report.  Sugada (spelling?) has moved out of state.  Dan Minoli (spelling?) has been in training for several months as the replacement.

Julie stated that the shared cost program is in place again.  It is cheaper than a private contractor.  The due date to submit requests is January 12 (for work such as cracked sidewalks).

The tenants who hosted the party resulting in a major shootout on Racine are moving out.  There were about 3-4 people living there.

The Chicago Urban League will be hosting another meeting for input on a new Police Superintendent.

No more bags will be permitted in recycling.  The recycling will not be picked up if it includes any bags.

Julie gave a few winter reminders to shovel sidewalks (which can result in fines up to $500 for residences and up to $1,000 for businesses).  Call 311 to get someone ticketed if the sidewalk is not shoveled.

Ald. Tunney is doing the Christmas tree recycling program on January 9.  Jim asks if he needs volunteers because Ald. Tunney typically does it by himself.  Julie said that so far there is no need for volunteers.

The next CAPS meeting for Districts 19, 24, and 25 will be at this station on February 3.

A TBOX survey will be coming out in the next few weeks regarding the December event.

Chester says that ELVN wants to provide input in the annual menu program of projects to undertake (such as street resurfacing).  Julie emphasizes that it results in a prioritized list.

Jim says that he received an e-mail from the TBOX organizer asking if ELVN would accept a $300.00 donation. Jim wanted to find out if anyone objected to accepting this donation, as Southport Neighbors rejected such an offer.  The Board communicated unanimous support for accepting the donation.


Heather Way Kitzes is back.  This is only her second day back after maternity leave.

Construction is ongoing.  The Cubs will be in ground for the hotel in early March, so McDonald’s and the Cubs store will be razed in the coming months.  The hotel should be ready by the All-Star break in 2018 and will be 6-7 stories.

There will be another Plaza meeting tomorrow.  The office building will not be finished next year so there will probably be no Plaza use next year.  Security details for next year will be discussed at tomorrow’s Plaza meeting as well.

Chester reminds Heather of the annual Wrigley Field meeting which should be coming in late January or early February.  He wants to highlight the existing ordinance that has some provisions being ignored by the City, and concerns about traffic control during games.  Chester notes that we need to revisit some antiquated restrictions in the ordinance.

Heather says that the Green Lot permits are good through Opening Day, even though they indicate a 2015 expiration date.  In response to an inquiry by Jim, Heather says that about 150-175 park in the Green Lot daily, so it is nearly full every day.

Heather mentions that the remote lot was very successful this year.

Marty asks why many buses are allowed to be left running during games.  Heather says by law and by the posted signs no idling should be allowed, and that sometimes the police ticket those buses.

Tom mentions that the CTA turnaround next to the 7-11 store often has multiple CTA buses idling for long periods as well.


Ald. Cappleman was present to provide the report.

In 2016 there will be the most development in the ward in decades.  TOD’s spurred much development throughout the city and the 46th Ward will now be developing more TOD’s.

Chester asked Ald. Cappleman to do an overview of the proposed menu of projects and how ELVN can have input going forward.  Ald. Cappleman says that each ward gets $1.32 million to spend on projects.  Formerly he had residents vote on projects, but found that there was low involvement and many people were left out as a result.  He goes through every area proposed to look at it and uses the information he learns to put together a plan.

There were a few prior glitches, such as the Pine Grove speed bumps being far too high for example, so he requested CDOT to lower them.   They were placed there due to residents complaining about speeding cars, but certainly residents did not foresee the improper speed bumps that were placed.

Another such project may be re-striping part of Lake Shore Drive and on Addison.

Clarendon and Broadway will have a development with good retail, so CDOT suggested making Clarendon travel one way north.  The City will be replacing a water main on Broadway in 2016, so Broadway will be very torn up.

On Irving Park from Sheridan to Lake Shore Drive the City forgot to repaint light poles despite the 46th Ward paying for it in their project selection from the menu.

There has been an increase in shootings in Uptown so 5 more camera pods will be placed in high crime activity areas.

The Alderman encouraged people to sign up for the newsletter on his web page.

Jim asks if there is a deadline for input on the menu.  Ald. Cappleman says that the City Council is now putting a plan together, and we will be asked to have a list done by June 30, but ELVN will try to get one done by March or April.

Jim asks about the 3900 Broadway gas station property.  Ald. Cappleman says that he has been given many proposals and that all fell through.  The latest would require an upzone about the height of the proposed development.  In response to a question from Aileen, the Alderman says that one prior Penny Pritzker proposed 10-story development was turned away by Department of Planning and Development due to its excessive height.  The general guideline used by the Department is that any development cannot exceed the height of the Chateau Hotel.  Some developers argue that they need a certain height in order to make any project profitable.

Chester asks about a blue bag update.  The Alderman states that rebates will end for larger buildings.  Chester stressed the importance that aldermen blast information about blue bag changes.

Ald. Cappleman says that he is pushing to have people only pay for garbage they use, as opposed to forcing everyone to pay a regressive one-size-fits-all sum.  Tom says that a few multi-unit buildings nearby have told him that they are grandfathered from the upcoming changes.  Ald. Cappleman says that he will look into it but that it is possible that they are correct.

Patrick asks if Gill Park will be finished soon.  The Alderman and several board members state that the project is still waiting for funding.

New Business

Vicky Smith from the Charbella Hair Salon spoke.  Charbella was at the Chateau site and Vicky has had businesses in the neighborhood since 1983.  She has had to move several times in recent years due to re-developments in the buildings in which her business was located, and now wants to do business in the Windy City Gyros mall.  She recently applied to renew her license and was denied by the Department of Zoning because of Terrell’s barber shop nearby.  She asked ELVN to support having a license granted under zoning.  Ald. Cappleman says that the City ordinance provides that personal care businesses cannot be built within certain feet away from each other.  However, Vicky’s business is weaving, braiding, and haircuts, which is about the only overlap with the nearby barber shop.  Ald. Cappleman’s office has not spoken to the barber shop but has had no complaints about her business ever.  Mark asks what business was there before her requested occupancy.  Vicky states that it was a laundromat with 1450 square feet.

Dave Gassman spoke about the 927-929 Irving Park lot.  He is asking for a zoning change.  It is currently B-2-2 and he wants it re-zoned to B-2-3.  He wants to build rentals with 14 parking spots as required by the TOD, because it is within 1,320 feet of the el.  The height would be up to 59 feet and the overall lot is 8500 square feet, but with the TOD and B-2-3 designations it would become 30,000 square feet.  There would be 28 units and he would try to keep it at 5 stories.  The first floor would have no commercial space.  Some of the parking would be below ground, with half facing the front and half facing the back.  Next door residents present at the meeting ask about the lot line.  David responds that the lot line will be set back 8 feet from Irving Park.  He also says that, if approved for zoning, it will cost less than $10 million to develop, so the proposal would only have to go before ELVN for approval.  It would be a 70×122 lot with a rear yard setback of 21 feet.

Jim sent out the tentative 2016 ELVN meeting schedule.  He has made the formal request for these dates from the Police Station, which are all the first Tuesday of every month.  They have all been approved by the station.  Invariably some meetings are relocated, so continue to watch your e-mails for location changes.

Jim also says that the administrators at Greeley were very appreciative of our donation at the holiday party.  The school will purchase band instruments with the money and would like to perform for ELVN perhaps at the March meeting at which elections will occur.

Closed Session:

Board seat nominations need to be made at the February meeting.  The election in March will be for members whose terms are expiring.  There will be 13 total board members, as we need an odd number.

A vote was taken on Vicky’s request and the board supported the request unanimously.

For the Gassman request, a number of board members commented that the proposed development would be a vast improvement of the current property at that location.  A vote was taken on David’s zoning request and the board supported the request unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

Minutes – November 3, 2015

November 3, 2015 ELVN Meeting Minutes

In attendance:

Jim Spencer
Michael Zink
Patrick Nagle
Beth Murphy
Aileen Tien
Marty Wallace
Bruce Handler
Chester Kropidlowski
Terie Kata


Tom Rothschild
Patrick Carlson
Mark Lundgren
Jean O’Neill

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.


The present Board members introduced themselves to all in attendance.

46th Ward

Alderman Cappleman was present to provide the report.

The budget negotiations are finally over. He wanted more police along with Ald. Tunney, and received a commitment for 25 new police officers out of the 300 who will be leaving desk jobs. The Council on Fiscal Analysis (COFA) conducted an independent analysis of the budget and indicated that ratification of the proposed budget was appropriate. The Aldermen generally relied upon the COFA analysis and understood also that, if the budget were not ratified, then there would still be an obligation to pay into pensions which would result in major police layoffs and biweekly garbage pickup, for instance.

He is still looking at home exemptions to the property tax, because the property tax increase will be very difficult for homeowners.

For the 3800 Broadway project, David Gassman was present. He indicated that the project is proceeding through the City Council and that demolition will start in June 2016. It will be a 7-story building with commercial space on the bottom and 125 apartment units/129 parking spots. Bruce asked about the fate of the commercial businesses there presently. Mr. Gassman says that they will have to move by June 2016 but that he has been talking to each of them about coming back after the project is complete. Some have decided to open elsewhere and only Starbucks has committed to returning when the project is complete.

Bruce asked about 646-48 W. Grace, which he said looked like an abandoned eyesore. Alderman Cappleman said that he would look into it.

Marty asked the Alderman about any proposals for the former Mobil gas station. The Alderman stated that the Department of Planning rejected a proposed 9-story building, as it will not allow any structure taller than the former Chateau Hotel across the street. The Alderman stated that another proposal would have kept the zoning as it currently stands and created a bank drive-through, but that proposal was withdrawn. The Alderman also stated that there may be a buyer interested in purchasing 2 adjacent parcels involving that property, but no such deals have been proposed yet.

44th Ward

Bennett Lawson, Ald. Tunney’s Chief of Staff, was present to give the report.   The Alderman has hired a new director of communications.  Her name is Julie and she has a media and communication background in the not-for-profit sector.

The Budget was a tough vote for Ald. Tunney.  He obtained a multi-million dollar project for Lakeview High School in the budget.

Chester asks when the Wrigley Field annual meeting will take place.  Bennett says that it will likely occur near the beginning of the season.


Mike Lufrano was present to give the report.  Heather had her baby, a girl named Lily.  Heather will be back after the 1st of the year.

Beth stated that the Cubs’ sod giveaway was causing traffic jams on Sheffield Avenue for its 3-day duration.  Mike stated that it was a goodwill gesture and that the Cubs will improve its execution next year if there is another such giveaway.

Phase 2 Construction is underway.  On Addison, until approximately Opening Day part of the westbound lane will be closed where the sidewalk narrows, so that workers can access that side of Wrigley Field.  Waveland Avenue will be closed from Seminary to Sheffield until approximately Opening Day.  From Clifton to Clark, there is about 6 weeks of work to do at Clark & Waveland, which will also require the closure of southbound traffic on Clark from Grace to Waveland Avenue for those 6 weeks.  During those weeks, residents especially on Clifton are being notified on their doors to use the Green Lot for those 6 weeks.  There will be emergency access for fire and police on Waveland Avenue.  These traffic disruptions were the best that the Cubs could do after exploring many options.  All sidewalks will be open during these times except for the one along the southern part of Wrigley Field.

A resident named Mike asks about the triangle property.  Mike Lufrano states that the steel for the office building will be done by the second week of November.  Mike L. states that he has seen the area in which the clubhouse will be.  The first floor will be retail and restaurants.  It will be a 6-story building and the eventually built hotel will have the parking for the employees.  The Cubs will break ground on the hotel in mid-2016, but they want to complete the Plaza work first.  There will not be much work done on the center field bleachers this offseason.

Chester says that the traffic plan for the playoffs was poorly designed and executed.  Chester will provide a detailed report with recommendations shortly.  He also notes that some parking restrictions were overboard.  Beth says that during the clinching game in the NLDS there were not enough police/workers.  Bennett says that Ald. Tunney’s office has received comments about parking excesses as well.  Bennett says that some internal parts of the Park on Clark are being redesigned and that those will be completed by the second week of November.  He says that underground utility problems caused prior delays.  In response to a question from Michael Z., Bennett says that there is no set date for any work to commence on the Park on Clark.

Proposal to Upzone 1023 W Irving Park Rd.

A Developer named Bogdan wishes to build a 5-unit condominium building with 5 parking spaces.  The change in zoning  is required because the project needs higher ceilings, which are currently only 8.5 feet.  He wants to change the zoning to B-2-3 to accomplish this.  His attorney Mark Kupiec was present as well.  The size of the lot is 33’x143′ currently and it is next door to Byron’s.  A B-1-3 zoning requires commercial space, whereas a B-2-3 zoning allows for noncommercial space.

Terie asks why it needs to be rezoned as opposed to requesting an exception.  Bogdan responded that there was no better or faster way to do it.  it is currently zoned as R-5 and is a 2-flat.  It would become a 4-story building with a duplex down and a simplex, so there would be 2 units on the 1st floor.  The units will be listed at approximately $650,000.00 and in response to a question from Michael Z. stated that each unit will have approximately 2,000 square feet, although there may be flexibility to that number.  They will be 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom units.  Ald. Cappleman says that the 46th Ward is unique in having many one-bedroom units, so he welcomes larger units such as these.

Annual Charitable Donations from Oktoberfest Funds

Jim says that we would like them distributed before the Christmas party on December 10.  Terie asks for ideas which will be discussed in closed session.  In the past the funds have supported 2 elementary schools, House of Good Shepherd, Lakeview Food Pantry, Officer Appreciation Day, the migratory bird sanctuary, the firehouse, the neighborhood sculpture program, Kelly Park, and others.  Jim asks the Alderman’s offices if they have ideas.  Bruce also mentions the Oracle Theater, which is a not-for-profit run by donations.  Ald. Cappleman says that Greeley is raising $35,000 for net fencing.

New Business

Sue Enright from Lakeview Food Pantry was present.  On December 4 at 7:00 at Murphy’s there will be a toy drive, with a Kelly’s Angels super raffle to sell 200 tickets at $100 each, and the winner to split the winnings with Kelly’s Angels.  Bring a can of food to donate to get in the door.  There will be a band and homemade pasta, and the donated toys will be distributed to clients of the Pantry.  Construction has progressed well, and the Pantry will officially move in to the new location in April 2016.

Chester says that the parks committee is interested in working with us.

Dave Gassman says that he owns the 927 Irving Park building and it will be demolished in a few days.  He asks what we want to see there.  His instinct is to make it residential.  People can contact him with ideas.  It will probably be rezoned as a B-2-3 rezone from B-2-2 and will have parking.  It can possibly be commercial, but certainly with apartments above, and would probably be 5 stories at 50-60 feet in height.

Chester said that at the last CAPS meeting he mentioned the trucks on Lake Shore Drive.  He suggested that we promote CAPS meetings regularly based on increased crime in the area.

Closed Session

A vote was taken and expressed unanimous approval for the requested rezone next to Byron’s, with the caveat that only condominiums exist there as presented at the meeting by the developer.

The charities to be supported with Oktoberfest funds will receive them at the Holiday Party.

The final list of organizations and donation amounts were determined.

ELVN Christmas party will likely be December 10 at 7:00 at Murphy’s.

Jim states that we need a Nominating Committee for elections in the first quarter of 2016.  We need 2 people to collect names/run election/publish names.  Aileen, Bruce, and Chester will be on the committee.

Bylaws: Typographical change corrections were made.

The meeting adjourned at 8:49 p.m.

Minutes – October 6, 2015

October 6, 2015 ELVN Meeting Minutes

In attendance:

Michael Zink
Jim Spencer
Beth Murphy
Patrick Nagle
Mark Lundgren
Chester Kropidlowski
Terie Kata


Jean O’Neill
Bruce Handler
Tom Rothschild
Aileen Tien
Marty Wallace
Patrick Carlson

Jim called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.


No report/no representative present.

44th Ward

Jim reported that Bennett Lawson had a conflict and could not attend.  He learned that the Alderman has hired a replacement for Erin Duffy.


Heather Way Kitzes reported that there is little to update as to construction.  The crane will hopefully be gone in a few weeks.  If the Cubs beat Pittsburgh tomorrow night, the times of the home playoff games against the Cardinals are yet to be determined but will be at unusual late afternoon times set by Major League Baseball.

October 16 is Heather’s last day on the job before her maternity leave. Mike Lufrano and/or Jennifer Roditis will attend in her place until she returns.

Minute Approval

Jim asked for any motions pertaining to the minutes of the September meeting. Patrick moved to approve them, Mark seconded the motion, and it passed by acclamation.

46th Ward

Alderman Cappleman was present to give the report.  Notices were sent pertaining to of David Gasman’s development. It added an additional floor for a deck area. The Alderman noted that it is not the same as what was approved previously by ELVN.  The Alderman indicated that he has no preference between ELVN taking time to reexamine it again or approving it again with the change. The height increased from 7 to 8 stories.  Jim says that we can examine the new plan via email if time is of essence.  The Alderman says that he will distribute any additional information he receives to ELVN. It will likely be addressed by David Gasman at the ELVN November meeting.  Paul concurred.

The Alderman says that budget talks continue. He is a member of the Paul Douglas Alliance with 13 other Alderman and they meet regularly.  He is concerned about property tax ramifications, as they will certainly be passed on to tenants.  He is also reviewing proposed taxes on small businesses.   He acknowledged that there is budget revenue gap to fill.  The Alderman noted a proposed financial transaction tax (i.e. Board of Trade) but also noted that such a tax is illegal currently.

He is negotiating with the Mayor’s office and his yes or no vote on a budget indicates whether he received what he wanted in the budget.  He received a commitment for more police in the 19th District because of the merger of the 23rd and 19th Districts in 2012. He needs to receive a timeline of when that will occur.   The Alderman indicates that he has been adamant for more police in the 19th District.

Terie reminds and the Alderman concurs that there is a bidding process for police to be transferred.  Many police officers want to work in the 19th District.  However, there is a seniority preference in bidding so police are generally closer to retirement when they begin their duty in our district.  Turnover due to retirement  thus is a potential problem.

The Alderman says that there are many complications in the budget process.  The Paul Douglass Alliance is looking for departments in the city with high employee absentee rates.  These departments may be candidates for closure or consolidation if employees are not necessary for them.

The Alderman noted the Loukas development project on Dakin.  Terie mentioned that many received the letter from Loukas’ office about it and says that neighbors are very unhappy.  She stated that the design is acceptable but the height is still too great. She also stated that the change in zoning is not a good idea.

Jim asked the Alderman if Loukas needs owning variances for the proposed project.  The Alderman confirmed that he does, but that his office negotiates about variances based upon the community’s input.  The zoning change requested would amend the property from being a neighborhood shopping district to a commercial district.  The Alderman and Jim noted that ELVN approved the first design.  The Alderman will ask Tressa if Loukas wants ELVN approval/input of the new design.  The Alderman reminded everyone that the process includes input from lots of organizations.  The Alderman states that setback, height, and floor area ratio are 3 factors considered in approving variances.

Parking for this development is 50% of the number of units.  Terie states that Zone 383 temporary window permits are being sold illegally to non-residents already and that this project will exacerbate the problem.  Beth states that residents of Transit Oriented Development (“TOD”) such as this one should not be allowed to get permits.  She states that one of the objectives of of TOD’s is to reduce usage of cars in the area. The Alderman says that no annual parking stickers will be sold to TOD residents, but that there is no such restriction on guest passes.

Terie says that increasing the number of rentals with this project will make parking worse.  The Alderman reminds that the city allows people to purchase up to 30 temporary passes per month.

Patrick confirmed an April 15, 2014 letter from ELVN approving the original Loukas project on Dakin with a majority vote on the building and zoning change request.  The Alderman says that his office has received some complaints about the change from a glass structure and concerns about parking.

The Alderman says that there has been some interest in the 3901 Broadway gas station site.  One proposal would keep it as it is currently zoned (as a gas station), which he would fight. Some requests have been to re-zone it to retail.

He states that the Chateau Hotel owner is not in a hurry. Michael asked the Alderman what tenants are expected in the bottom of the complex. The Alderman stated that one wants a restaurant and maybe a convenience store.  He stated that units are being rented very quickly, including some being rented sight unseen.  Jim says that the liquor store across the street may be interested in going into Chateau.

Terie asks the Alderman about the former Tropico restaurant location and the Ace Hardware block re-zoning in light of the TOD project.  Paul reminds that such re-zoning is the very essence of TOD projects, as it is meant to include expansion near train stops and has been shown in other cities to have very positive economic effects.  The Alderman says that when the TOD in the Buena Park area occurred, retail was expanded significantly.  He also says that he recently spoke to the owner of the former Tropico.  He indicated that it took 2 years to get title transferred to him, but that he is looking to do something to it.  The building has to be demolished.  The Alderman also confirmed that TOD’s may be effectuated with no community input.  It is possible that there will be retail at the former Tropico space.

In response to an inquiry by Terie, the Alderman does not know about any proposed development at the Chase building on Irving and Sheridan.


CAPS: Chester says that he will email an article about crime issues.  He also mentioned the issue of prohibited trucks being present on Lake Shore Drive to them.

Wrigley Renovations Committee on LVCC

Terie states that the committee received little support from the City, CPD, Ald. Tunney’s office, and the Cubs.  She says that things will not improve until construction phases are concluded.  She stated that LVCC was not supportive of the committee in terms of noting any problems that would arise.  She stated that the noise from the jumbotron still is a problem for nearby blocks as well as for multiple surrounding blocks.  She states that our community is not being acknowledged, that the proposed survey was shut down, and that a press release was attacked

She stated that going forward she may hold conference calls instead of meetings of community groups.  Chester adds that the Transportation Committee at LVCC will make reports to recommend changes which seem to be effective.

CDDC dealt with the Rosecranz substance abuse center requesting a special use permit at Waveland and Southport and in West Lakeview.  The Cubs also gave some ideas at that meeting and will be making more presentations in future.

New Business

Paul said that David Gasman called him and wants to meet with ELVN about the 927 West Irving building that he just bought.

Mark volunteered to draft language for a letter about the prohibited trucks on Lake Shore Drive with Chester.  Chester says that some areas allow trucks but this stretch is not one of them.  Jim notes that signs on Lake Shore Drive about such prohibitions are sparse.

Chester says that he wanted to have a Gill Park meeting by the end of October, but is disappointed that it will not occur.  He will continue to follow up.

Oktoberfest: Beth says that there were no outright contributions similar to last year.  Chester says that Halsted Flats promised $1,000. Beth says that a preliminary accounting seems to show a net of $16,000-$17,000.  More than 400 tickets were sold.  Jim notes that Murphy’s is the biggest benefactor by far for this event and thanked Beth for all of the work by her and her staff.

Jim stated that bylaw amendments are necessary. The attorney revised them and they are 17 pages. Much is required by the Secretary of State for licensing and for 501(c)(3) status. He wants a committee to review it.  Terie reminds that a quorum is of the Board, not of membership as the old bylaws stated.  People will send their comments to the Listserv and the committee will incorporate them.


Jim adjourned the meeting at 8:09 p.m.

Minutes – September 1, 2015

September 1, 2016 Minutes

In attendance:

Marty Wallace
Michael Zink
Jim Spencer
Beth Murphy
Tom Rothschild
Aileen Tien
Patrick Carlson
Patrick Nagle
Mark Lundgren
Chester Kropidlowski
Terie Kata


Jean O’Neill
Bruce Handler

Jim called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

Board member Introduction

All ELVN Board members introduced themselves.


No report/no representative present.

44th Ward

Ald. Tunney was present to provide the report.  His former liaison Erin Duffy is no longer with his office and is now working in commercial real estate.

Wrigley Field: Many issues have been communicated to his office, especially with respect to construction, development, and traffic.  He is working with the Cubs and with the City to minimize street closures and maximize rodent control.  He stated that it will be a few years of stress and will continue to communicate regularly about it.  He believes that more requests will be forthcoming from the Cubs in upcoming years, so he would like to see the expansion committee from LVCC be in regular discussions with the Cubs about all ideas going forward.  Ald. Tunney said that he seems to get a new request from the Cubs almost every day.  While he anticipated that the past 4 years would be difficult, it seems to be more of a “one-way street” than when the project began, so he wants more community input going forward.  He has received the reports of the construction workers beginning too early in the mornings prior to agreed start times, working late past agreed end times, and complaints about street closures.

Other Ward 44 issues: There will be a new Mariano’s at Wellington and Broadway.  The Whole Foods on Ashland was approved.  Park on Clark development is still on course.  In October or November some of those properties may be demolished.

We need increased security in east and central Lakeview.  Part of the Cubs plan was additional security at every game, but he received some pushback on that.  Lakeview saw spikes in burglaries and robberies in the summer.  More police are not likely on the way, so we have to use the forces that we have in a smarter manner.

46th Ward

Tressa Feher, Ald. Cappleman’s Chief of Staff, was present.  The 3800 Broadway development is still working with the City’s Department of Planning.  There were concerns about the eagle statues.  The developer wants to remove them, but the City’s Landmark committee wants them to remain.

The Sheridan-Dakin Loukas development project is active again.  This was previously approved by ELVN, but the project is now reducing the number of units and increasing parking.

The 3901 Broadway gas station continues to receive attention for developments. One group proposed an 8-floor project, which was rejected because it was taller than the neighbors wished.  The owner is also looking at building another gas station there because it has been difficult to find an interested developer.  Barbara Cozzi, an area resident, says that there have been many weeds at the property, which Tressa says will be regularly removed.

Ald. Cappleman continued working with ELVN on renovating Gill Park.  Funds are available and the Park District has approved.  There will be another meeting on 9/3, and our own Chester has been actively involved.  Barbara Cozzi asked why a proposed rendering showed no slides or swings in the playground.  Chester stated that that was an old rendering and that there will be a play area which includes slides and swings.

Tressa says that the construction at the self-storage building on Byron and Sheffield was approved by ELVN approximately 6-7 years ago, and it is merely an addition on the building for more storage units.


Heather Way Kitzes and Mike Lufrano, Executive Vice-President of Community and Government Afairs/Chief Legal Officer, were present.  Heather stated that Waveland and Sheffield Avenues have been reopened.  She sent a communication last week regarding a crane coming next week to build the last 4 floors of the office building on Clark. Waveland Avenue will be closed from Seminary to Clifton through mid-November due to that work.

The first 2 concerts (Billy Joel and Foo Fighters) saw problems mostly involving traffic.  Security was in the area for 2 hours after concerts patrolling the neighborhood.  Heather will send another communication about the Zac Brown Band and AC/DC concerts in the coming days.  There will be some pyrotechnics and helicopters at the AC/DC concert because it will be filmed for a DVD.  Mike says that they are asking for an earlier start time to the show because it is a school night.

Sharon Magnus, a community resident, stated that she saw some very fast drivers during the concerts.  When she asked one of the security guards about it, the response she received was that their job is only to make sure that cars are not vandalized.  Chester stated that ELVN put together a traffic plan with Ald. Tunney’s office, and that it was a good plan and that the system let us down.  He stated that we lost control of some part of Addison because of cabs.  The group will amend the plan to address that problem, as well as limousines which have nowhere to drop off or pick up people.  Ald. Tunney says that a lack of TMA personnel was the main problem.  Beth stated that TMA personnel cannot issue tickets so it is not their fault, but rather a police problem.

A resident named David could hear the national anthem at the Clark-Sheffield-Newport intersection.  Ald. Tunney stated that the Department of Environment cut its staff and has only 1 person, but confirmed that there are sound rules in place.

Beth expressed delight at the first concerts because there was no construction and no jumbotron playing.  She thinks that we need a schedule of when the jumbotron will be used.  Beth states that it was on every day in August even when the Cubs were out of town, and that during batting practice the music is blaring.  Mike says that the Cubs are aware of this issue on non-event days, and that they will not be using the jumbotron speakers on non-event days.  There will be a new sound system but not in place this year.

Several in attendance noted that there seem to be many cars without Zone 383 permits that are not being ticketed.  Mike says that the Cubs had a record 785 cars in the remote lot last week, which is an excellent trend.

Mark says that virtually every trash can from Sheffield to Lake Shore Drive on Waveland was overflowing last week after the games.

Ald. Tunney says that the 22 Clark bus moved down the street near Clark and Roscoe, so it is flexible to make transportation changes as necessary.

Mark asks Ald. Tunney about any new requests that he received from the Cubs.  Mike answered, providing an example of the Cubs asking when they can use the Plaza and what events would be allowed on the Plaza.

Officer’s Reports

Jim says so far there have been about 8 responses about concerts, mostly positive.  The negatives included concerns about traffic and the limousines.

Ald. Tunney says we need to create public-private deals about security, and that central Lakeview is a hot spot  He says that we need to augment services and work with community groups/CAPS.  The City cannot afford to do it all, as these are tenuous budget times.

Patrick N. asks about Clark-Addison project delay.  Ald. Tunney says that most of it is in place, but they are private transactions.  He did not know if the project would begin by the end of the year.

A resident asked Ald. Tunney about the Brown Line flyover.  Ald. Tunney stated that the new CTA head wants it but that a redevelopment plan is necessary.  It will probably be built in about 2018.

New Business/Old Business

Sue from Lakeview Pantry spoke.  They are waiting for final permits to start interior demolition.  No exterior work will be done.  They hope to open in the spring and will vacate their current space by June 30, 2016.

Patrick moves to approve prior minutes, Mark seconded, and the motion passed.

Oktoberfest 2015

It will take place October 4.  Tickets are now available.  There will be e-mail blasts.  As always, there will be prizes, silent auction items, and food at Murphy’s.


No motion, but declared by Jim at 7:57 p.m.

Board Member Only Meeting

Jim gave details about Oktoberfest.  If there is a Cubs clinch game that day, the event will be rescheduled.

We need items for donation.

Motion to send $100 to group at Sheridan Triangle Park passes unanimously.

The Board Member Only Meeting adjourned at 8:11 p.m.

Minutes – November 7, 2017

November 7, 2017 ELVN Meeting Minutes

19th District Police Station

In attendance:

Michael Zink
Jim Spencer
Beth Murphy
Chester Kropidlowski
Heather Way-Kitzes
Kit Welch
Tom Rothschild
Jean O’Neill
Mark Lundgren
Terie Kata


Patrick Nagle
Aileen Tien
Maggie Koehler
Patrick Carlson
Marty Wallace

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m.

46th Ward

Alderman Cappleman’s aide Lexi Silvers was present to give the report.

The Sheridan-Broadway road work is still on schedule.

The Howard Brown Center bought the building at 1023 W. Irving Park next to Byron’s.  This was intended to be a condominium building, the zoning change for which ELVN approved previously, but the developers experienced foundation issues.  No other information is available at this time, as Lexi was just told about it tonight.  Terie suggests that Lexi ask Howard Brown to e-mail some information, as well as to tell Howard Brown that the building appears not to be secured and may be inhabited by vagrants.

Jim asks about the Gasman building on Broadway.  A community member says that construction geothermal pipes are being installed 150 feet deep, which is slowing the project.  Lexi says that the project may be stalled until that work is complete.

Teri asks about the Loukas project on Dakin and Sheridan, the zoning change for which ELVN approved previously, as nothing seems to be happening.  Lexi does not know the status.  Terie says that word in the community is that Loukas is reconsidering the design.

The Lomanto development of the Ace Hardware building probably will not start until spring 2018 at the earliest.

44th Ward

No report.  Alderman Tunney and his staff are attending his fundraiser this evening.


Heather was present to give the report.

Ballpark constriction is back underway.  The new clubs inside Wrigley Field are being built.  This year and next year will be the last years for construction.

The Foo Fighters will have a concert on July 29.

The Park will become Winterland with an ice rink, Chriskindlemart, and a tree lighting this winter.  It will take about 2 weeks to set up the ice rink.  Santa’s workshop will be set up in the trophy room.  The World Series trophy will be gone for the winter.

This Thursday will be a food truck social at the Park.  This Saturday will have college football viewing at the Park.  Exercise classes will continue, weather permitting.

There will be a neighbor night probably some time before Thanksgiving.

The hotel is progressing and will open at the end of March.


Brian could not attend tonight but Jim and Terie gave a report.

There is approximately $2,000 in outstanding funds to collect.  The revenues totaled $30,490, expenses totaled $5,470, rendering a net collection of $25,020.  After a few additional miscellaneous funds are collected, the end net collection will probably total approximately $26,500.  Brian did a spreadsheet showing prior years’ numbers, and this was the best year yet.

Chester says that a monthly Treasurer’s report is needed.  Terie has it and reports that before Oktoberfest, the account contained approximately $13,000.  At the end of September, the account contained approximately $34,000.  Terie attended the city sculpture exhibit event and met an artist who is willing to sell a sculpture.  She looked into the cost of purchasing the arch leaf currently up in Kelly Park, and it would cost approximately $20,000.  Most sculptures cost approximately the same.


Michael reported that we need a copy of our Articles of Incorporation and the 3 past years’ filed financial statements.  Chester and Michael will talk about getting a copy of the Articles.

Holiday Party

After discussion during the meeting, the party will take place on December 5 from 7:00-9:00 p.m in the Murphy’s east bar due to many being unavailable on December 12.

Chester says that it is inappropriate to let people outside of the organization come without paying.  Heather says that other organizations have charged as a fundraiser to organization at a holiday party, but because we only are 4 weeks away, we should forego a charge this year.  Heather says it is also another reason why we need regular financial reports so that we can compare numbers from prior years.

Mark suggests a nominal charge of $10 with a wristband.  Terie asks for people to volunteer and she will work with Freddie on the menu.  We need a few people to stand at the door to collect money and to distribute tickets and wristbands.  Kit and Mark volunteer.  Jim says that we will charge $10 which equals membership plus party entry.  Heather will help with the invitations.

New Business

A community member mentions the termination of DNA Info and asks if there are other such sources of information.  Kit suggests reading the ELVN Facebook page and the Southeast Lakeview Facebook page.  Jim says that Patch is a web site with such information, and Lexi says that many of the DNA Info writers moved to Patch.

Tom asks about the huge crane that he saw at the co-op at Grace and Broadway.  Lexi says the Alderman’s office was not alerted to it before it arrived.

Old Business

Mark moves to approve the prior minutes except to correct the spelling of his wife’s name being Kenda.  Terie seconded the motion and it passed by acclamation.

Closed Session

Mark moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:08, and his motion passed by acclamation.

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Michael Zink

Agenda for November 7, 2017, ELVN Meeting


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017 AT 7:00 P.M.


  1. Call to Order
  2. 46th Ward Update
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Cubs update
  5. Oktoberfest 2017 Report
  6. 501C3 Status Report
  7. ELVN Holiday Party 2017
  8. New Business/Old Business
  9. Adjournment