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Minutes – March 13, 2018

March 13, 2018 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
Aileen Tien
Maggie Koehler
Patrick Carlson
Marty Wallace

Patrick Nagle

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.
Jim opened the meeting welcoming everyone to the Annual general community meeting.

Board Election
Jim announced the 13 candidates vying for 8 open seats on the ELVN Board. They are Patrick Nagle, John Fitterer, Jim Spencer, Marty Malone, Kit Welch, Chester Kropidlowski, Maggie Koehler, Tom Rothschild, Justin Kreindler, Heather Way-Kitzes, Joshua Ring, Terie Kata, and Brandon Cunningham. Each was present or had someone present to speak on his or her behalf and made a brief statement in support of his or her candidacy. Jim asked if there were any additional nominations from the floor, to which no response was given.

The vote was accordingly conducted among paid ELVN members present. Completed ballots were given to members of the election committee and were taken to be counted immediately. Results will be announced at the end of the meeting.

46th Ward
Alderman Cappleman was present to give the report.

A Gill Park meeting about the playground will take place on April 5. Bids have gone out and should be back by then, and the Alderman will provide more information as it becomes available.

The funds have been arranged for the Clarendon and Broadway sculpture. It should be completed soon.

In response to a question from Brandon Cunningham’s wife, the Alderman says that the Gill Park playground equipment is expected to be discarded. She suggests that it be used at Kelly Park, the organization of which Brandon is President. The Alderman agrees with that idea.

Terie asks about the Car2Go program. The Alderman says that the proposed pilot project ends in December 2018. He says that if there are ample complaints from the community then they can block it off during the pilot project entirely in the 46th Ward, so he really needs regular feedback. He describes the program. Cars would not be allowed to park in the LV-2 parking zones, and they are not allowed at all in the 43rd and 44th Wards. They would be allowed on game day in the 46th Ward currently. Chester says that the proposal has not yet gone to Committee so it is not yet an ordinance. The Alderman says that it is being reviewed in the Mayor’s office. He has the option to have the area blocked in the Car2Go program. In response to Marty asking about identifiers on those vehicles, the Alderman confirms that there will be identifiers.

44th Ward
Alderman Tunney and Chris Jessup were present to give the report.

The licensees at the Hotel Zachary have the same deals as the Dugout and other nearby restaurants. The Alderman has drafted language of a proposed ordinance that requires businesses open from 2:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m. to have cameras with 30-day available feeds and 24-hour emergency contact information.

The Alderman thanks neighbors who demanded more police, as the 19th District has been assigned 20 more officers thus far, 19 of whom are probationary police officers. He is seeking another 20, with a goal to reach 400 for the 19th District. Currently the 19th District has 378 officers.

Kim Soo Nagle thanks Alderman Tunney for his work on reducing helicopter noise.

Ald. Tunney thanks the Cubs for their establishment and operation of the Park at Wrigley during the winter. He had a meeting of neighbors in the block north of Wrigley Field and next week will be meeting with neighbors who live on Racine, Patterson, and Waveland. There will only be 75 parking spaces at the Hotel Zachary. He is trying to create a zone of 24-7 parking bordered by Southport, Grace, Halsted, and Roscoe.

The Cubs have a loading zone on Clark and there is a separate lane for drop-offs at the Hotel Zachary. The hotel will have valet parking and some underground parking, as well as some parking on Racine. There will be 173 rooms in the hotel. It will include some high-end restaurants per Heather, and the valet serves both the hotel and the restaurants. The parking is hosted by Standard Parking. There will be 450 parking spots in the Addison Park on Clark on the south side of Addison eventually. The Addison Park on Clark will start making apartments available in July or August 2018.

Project Updates
1) Aurelio’s presented its Plan of Operation for the space on Racine/Clark/Grace formerly occupied by Myron Mixon’s Smoke Show. Its franchisee Mike was present. It is the second-oldest franchise in the country next to Pizza Hut. This will be its first location north of I-290. The restaurant space will remain as it was previously. There will be an outdoor patio and cafe in the back with mandatory food service, and not just drinks. It will be family-friendly and is intended as a place for families to go. It will have 185 seats. The trash bins on Racine will be removed and will be placed instead inside the patio in a self-contained space, which he hopes will reduce the presence of rodents. The hours will be 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. typically, and perhaps longer on Cubs game days/nights because their license allows them to stay open until 2:00 a.m. They do not expect to stay open that late on a frequent basis.

Terie asks if they plan to remain open from October to April, and they confirmed that it will stay open in the off-season. They expect 60 percent of their business to be delivery. They want to get involved in the community and will have outreach to the nearby schools and the Chamber of Commerce. A community member asks about the delivery cars and where they will be parked. They are going to ask Cubs about potentially using their adjacent lot and maybe will use Uber eats. They hope to use their own delivery people. In response to a question about exterior signed, they have submitted requests for permits and are waiting for the city’s approval. They will be standard Aurelio’s signs and will not resemble the garish sign on Roosevelt Road. They will be joining ELVN.

2) The Dugout presented at the request of Alderman Tunney. It is located at 950 W. Addison and is owned by Ed Cressy who also owns the building and is present, represented by a former city liquor commissioner. It expanded the restaurant to the first floor and added an outdoor patio. There was exterior construction and a new kitchen with a public place amusement license. It wants to expand now to the 4th floor that also has a patio and rooftop, and it is working with Alderman Tunney on that work. There is no zoning change request, but its representatives simply wanted to give an update on the work. In response to Terie’s question about the hours of the rooftop, the stated that it will close at 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 12:00 a.m. on weekends. Terie asks about whether charter buses will be involved there or at the Hotel, and Heather states that charter buses would drop people off and vacate and would not park on Irving Park.

3) The MCZ Company presented regarding its proposed project at the current JCYS site on Grace and Sheffield. The architect and a representative from MCZ are present. They propose to erect a 4-story residential building with parking underneath. It is a TOD but will include 20 total parking spaces for 40 rental units. It will include 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom units and studios. There will be 10 apartments per floor. The price ranges are likely to be approximately $1,000 per month for a studio, approximately $2,000 per month for a 2-bedroom unit, and approximately $2,200 per month for a 3-bedroom unit.
The building will be pulled back from the road with an entry courtyard. There will be a side entry on Grace. It will mimic the limestone buildings on Sheffield nearby and will mostly be made of limestone. It will be 48-feet high and will match the U-shaped buildings in the area. There will be a roof deck. The loading stall for trucks and for garbage pickup will be the first parking spot. The height of the building directly north is only 2.5 stories, and the 2-flat next door to the south is not owned by them. They do not anticipate that all 20 parking spaces will be used. There will be 14 indoor parking spots and 6 outdoor parking spots. They expect to begin demolition in Summer 2018. Tom says that families were told that the project could proceed until the end of 2019. JCYS may have an option to stay until the end of 2018 if vacating becomes harder than expected. It is currently zoned as B3-2 and they are requesting a zoning change to B2-3.

Heather was present to give the report.

Jim thanks the Cubs for their construction and operation of the Park at Wrigley. Heather mentions all of the various events at the Park that have been held in the last year and says that it has far exceeded expectations.

The Cubs home Opening Day will be April 9 at 1:20 p.m.

The Hotel Zachary will open on March 26. They expect to host events for local businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, and neighbors to celebrate the opening. There will be 6 restaurants in the hotel, and McDonald’s opens first.

The Park schedule will be published soon. In response to a question, Heather states that there will be no expanded seating in the bleachers. They are constructing the club behind home plate, dugouts have been moved down the baselines, and the protective netting has been extended. The alley on Clifton will be repaved. There will be landscaping in the east portion of the Blue Lot. They will also do work on Waveland and Kenmore work. Grace and Clifton need new sidewalks as well.

Chester says that there is a continuing problem with OEMC denying access to homes before, during, and after games. He is going to inquire as to whether they are willing to come to an upcoming ELVN meeting to talk.

New Business
Chester discusses the plans for Lake Shore Drive. The ideas are to have an interchange at Addison to go underneath Addison, eliminating parking on Recreation Drive, and to perhaps build a 90-car parking lot on the west side of Lake Shore Drive. They also are looking to reduce Lake Shore Drive to 2 lanes north of Montrose. Mark suggests making up for the loss of parking on Recreation Drive to the lot that accesses the golf course.

Maureen Martino from the Chamber of Commerce mentions that there will be a meeting with the community on March 14 regarding the empty lots adjacent to the new flyover project. They will discuss what to do with those empty lots.
Jim announced the Board election results after ballot counting was completed by the election committee. The elected Board members are Patrick Nagle, John Fitterer, Jim Spencer, Marty Malone, Kit Welch, Maggie Koehler, Justin Kreindler, and Heather Way-Kitzes.

Closed Session
After discussion and a vote of approval, Jim will draft a letter to MCZ indicating that ELVN supports its requested zoning change.

All Board members executed a Conflict of Interest agreement.

A vote was conducted for ELVN Executive Officers. Motions were advanced, seconded, and passed to name Michael Zink as President, Patrick Nagle as Vice-President, Heather Way-Kitzes as Secretary, and Aileen Tien as Treasurer.

Upon motion that was seconded and passed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:44 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Michael Zink

Agenda for 3/13/2018 ELVN General/Community Meeting

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018 AT 7:00 P.M.


  1. Call to order
  2. Nomination and introduction of Board Member Candidates
  3. Voting begins
  4. 46th Ward Update
  5. 44th Ward Update
    — Aurelio’s Plan of Operation at Grace and Clark Streets
    — Dugout’s plans for an outdoor, rooftop patio
  6. MCZ Development presentation of their proposal to redevelop the property at 957 W. Grace Street (southeast corner of Grace and Clark, JCYS Daycare).
  7. New Business/Old Business
  8. Announcement of election results
  9. Adjournment

Followed by board member-only session.

Meet the candidates for the ELVN board

*Incumbents up for reelection are indicated by (I) after their names.

Brandon Cunningham has lived on in East Lake View on Dakin for the last 3 years. He is an active member of his community, a registered CPS substitute teacher and volunteers at his 4 and 6-year-old daughters’ schools. He supports the conservancy site in Montrose Harbor documenting Purple Martins populations during the summer. He is the president of the Kelly Park Advisory Council. In his spare time, he goes to work as an airline captain.

John Fitterer was born and raised in Chicago and lives in Lakeview in the 3700 block of Fremont with his wife Sandy. They have lived in Wrigleyville for 3 ½ years, moving in from the western suburbs where we raised our 3 kids (who are all Chicago north-siders now). John is retired for just under 2 years after having worked at ComEd for 35 years. His last position was director of the 550-person ComEd Call Center, where he balanced the needs of the business and employees (450 were union employees), while improving the service provided to its customers. Since retiring he has volunteered at Misericordia, and at the Field Museum where his wife and he work at youth discovery stations. He has been an ardent Cubs fan since growing up on Chicago’s southwest side and listening to Jack Brickhouse announce games on WGN after school.

Terie Kata (I) has been active in ELVN since 1991, serving as Chair for five years and Treasurer for seven years. Terie and co-chair James Murphy 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 and chairs the ELVN fund-raising events.

Maggie Koehler (I) has lived in East Lakeview since 2011 and works for the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce. She also serves as an at-large member of the Lake View Citizens Council. Maggie, her wife Aimee Pine, and Boston Terrier rescue Stan love the diversity and close-knit community and exploring their neighborhood.

Justin Kreindler has lived in East Lake View since 2004, as a homeowner since 2005, and as a landlord in 2014. He, his wife and two-year-old son live near Broadway and Waveland. Justin has worked with nonprofits to support communities through issue-based campaigns, political campaigns, and building community capacity. He works as Director of Partner Engagement with Public Allies Chicago. Justin serves on associate boards of Landmarks Illinois and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action.

Chester Kropidlowski (I) has lived in East Lake View since 1991 and has been a board member for over ten years. In 1998, he retired from the City of Chicago after 32 years with the Chicago Department of Transportation as a City traffic engineer. His duties included dealing with Lake View traffic and parking issues and managing the night baseball Neighborhood Protection Program. Since retirement, Chester has worked as a traffic engineering consultant including consulting for both the City and the Cubs regarding the Wrigley Field program. Chester was Chair of the Transportation Committee for the 44th Ward Master Plan and was active in the development of the 46th Ward Master Plan. Chester and his significant other, Lenore, frequently enjoy the many restaurant and entertainment opportunities available in Lake View.

Marty Malone has been a proud member of the East Lakeview community for over four years. He is the Director of External Affairs for Cook County’s 10th District, and prior to working in the government sector he worked for multiple technology startups in Chicago. Marty’s involved in multiple community organizations, including as an associate board member for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and an Obama Foundation community organizer. He is the proud owner of an original 1909 Burnham Plan of Chicago.

Patrick Nagle (I) has lived in Lakeview for the past 17 years and has worked as an attorney for 19 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.

Joshua Ring, a life-long Chicagoan, has lived in Lake View for 2 years. He, his wife and two teenage daughters live on Clifton just north of Wrigley Field and the Cubs offices. He works for The Gannett/USA Today Network downtown as an Integrated Director of Sales. He has served as President of his condominium association for the past two years and has been reelected to a third term. He is passionate about his home and neighborhood and looks forward to working with ELVN members to ensure that residents’ concerns are represented and addressed.

Tom Rothschild (I) 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 Aldermans’ offices.

Jim Spencer (I) has served on the ELVN board for the past four years as President. He also served on the board of the Lakeview Citizens Council. He has owned an apartment building in the neighborhood since 1996.

Heather Way-Kitzes (I) is the Manager, Government and Neighborhood Relations with the World Champion Chicago Cubs, a position she has held since 2015. Prior to her time with the Cubs, she served as the Executive Director of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. Living and working in Lakeview for nearly two decades has given her the opportunity to work with many community based organizations and serve on many local and regional boards. Her favorite thing about Lakeview is the people and their passion for their community; a passion she shares. A native Chicagoan, Heather studied journalism and art history at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is married with two kids and a small poodle.

Kit Welch (I) 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 serving on the Boards of The Legacy Project and the Grace Condos Association. Kit is also an avid SCUBA diver and volunteer at The Shedd Aquarium.