Monthly Archives: January 2020

February 4th, 2020 Agenda

  1. Call to order 1, Board of Directors Election-Write-In Candidates and Introductions/Vote on Border Expansion
  2. 46th Ward Update
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Cubs Update
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Crime Update
    1. Burglaries via unlocked windows and doors
  7. New Business/Old Business
    1. Redefine the Drive
    2. Green Team Committee-Maggie Koehler/John Fitterer
    3. Next Meeting: March 3, 2020 at 7:00, 19th District Police Station
  8. Adjournment/Closed Session

January 7th, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 7:00 p.m.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • John Fitterer, Secretary
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Megan Cullen-Grochowiak
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Terie Kata
  • Maggie Koehler
  • Brian Murphy
  • Jim Spencer
  • Marty Wallace
  • Kit Welch

46th Ward Update – Mike Zink for Alderman James Cappleman

  • CAPS Mtg on Jan 8 th at Police Station – transit crime as main topic
  • New Yorker residents meeting with developer of proposed neighbor building to east

44th Ward Update – Bennet Lawson for Alderman Tom Tunney

  • Meeting on Treasure Island development at Temple Shalom on Jan 14, 6:30pm
  • Christmas tree recycling – leave in alley and fill out pick-up form on Ald Tunney’s website
  • Sign up for Alderman Tunney’s newsletter by signing up on Ald. Tunney’s website
  • Newly renovated Merlo Library (644 W Belmont) set to re-open in Feb 2020
  • Q&A at meeting
    • Marijuana legal but not in public, and NOT while driving
    • Pedestrian bump-out at Clark and Grace will be tweaked

Cubs Update – Heather Way-Kitzes

  • Winterland has been closed for the season, but ice rink open thru mid-Feb
  • March 30 th is the Cubs Opener
  • To sign up for Cubs Neighbors emails come to Cubs office or email
  • Cubs scheduled concerts: Maroon5 (Jun), Green Day (Aug), Def Leppard/Motley Crue (Aug)
  • Q&A at meeting:
    • A thank-you for paving stones on north side of Waveland across from Wrigley
    • Cubs parking permits for Camry Lot available mid-March

Cubs/Tunney Item – Heather Way-Kitzes, Bennett Lawson

  • The City ordinance governing Gallagher Way expired at the end of 2019
  • A new version will be put into effect to start 2020:
    • Creates a new sunset date of November 2024.
    • The hours are simplified for everyone’s benefit:
    • Closing – 10:00 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 11:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday
    • Alcohol ends – 9:00 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 10:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday
    • It allows the service of spirits along with beer and wine.
    • It maintains the same hours and restrictions for baseball games and stadium events.
    • Restricts the plaza to ticket holders only during games and stadium events.
    • Clarifies the event formula – limiting High Impact Events to 12 per year, with no more than five being concerts. High Impact Events are defined as any concert, watch party or festival with more than 1000 people in attendance.
    • Adds language clarifying that only High Impact Special Events, with permits, are exempt from the City noise ordinance.
    • Adds language requiring sound level monitoring and reporting for plaza concerts, similar to concerts inside Wrigley.

Treasurers Report – Aileen Tien

  • Checking/Savings totals $39.8k, an decrease of $6.5k since November meeting
    • Main Credit items:
      • Earnings from Oktoberfest $2.4k
    • Main Debit items:
      • Oktoberfest expense for Murphy’s Bleachers $4.9k
      • Donations to 19 th Distr Police $1.0k, LakeView Pantry $3.0k
    • Ideas for deserving groups in need of donations can be sent to

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • Armed robberies have occurred in the area. Take special awareness of surroundings, especially when walking alone.

New/Old Business

  • Under consideration to double size of ELVN boundaries with south boundary moving from Addison to Belmont – to be reviewed at the Feb 4 ELVN meeting
  • Marty Malone resigned from his board position to pursue public office; the executive committee plus one has appointed Megan Cullen Grochowiak to replace him
  • The ELVN Board election will be held at Feb 4 ELVN meeting
    • Eight seats are up for re-election
    • Currently there is a slate of 9 candidates running for board seats
    • ELVN members wanting to vote need have dues paid as of Jan 20, and must show up to vote in person on Feb 4
  • Redefine the Drive – Task force reviewing community input and will give status in June
  • Green Team
    • Terie Kata is leading the effort to have ELVN sponsor 2 City sculptures to display
      • One would be located in ELV area and the other in the Belmont Harbor area
    • The North Halsted organization is looking to beautify the Halsted Broadway corner
  • Future ELVN Meeting dates are as follows: Feb 4, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5, Jun 9 Aug 11, Sep 8, Oct 6, Nov 10

Adjournment at 7:55pm

2020 Slate of Nominees for the ELVN Board of Directors

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

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

Brandon Cunningham

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

John Fitterer

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

Megan Grochowiak

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

Heather Way Kitzes

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

Maggie Koehler

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

Patrick Nagle

Patrick has lived in Lakeview for the past 21 years and has worked as an attorney for 25 years. Patrick currently serves as a federal Administrative Law Judge. He has been an ELVN member for the past decade and has served as Vice-President of the organization since 2016. Over the course of the last five years, he has taken a lead role in organizing ELVN’s annual Oktoberfest charity event which has raised over $100,000 for local area causes. His wife and he are raising two children in the neighborhood and he is invested in making this community an optimal place for people to live and work.

Gregory Ratcliff

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

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

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

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

Tom Rothschild

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

Kit Welch

Kit and her wife decided to make Lakeview East their permanent home in 2012 after having lived in numerous cities. By profession, Kit is a Real Estate Broker with Baird & Warner, specializing in residential and small commercial real estate sales throughout Chicagoland, but focuses her business primarily on the North side of the City, and the Lakeview/Wrigleyville area. In 2017, Kit and her wife bought their second property within the East Lakeview boundaries, a 2-flat building on the 3700 block of North Kenmore Ave. They have opened an Airbnb in the second floor unit of their new home, and are now landlords for the condo property they used to live in at the corner of Grace and Fremont. Kit has become an active member in the Lakeview East/LGBT community, as a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and is the Vice President of The Legacy Project’s Board of Directors. In addition, she serves on the Grace Condos Association Board. Kit is also an avid SCUBA diver and volunteer at The Shedd Aquarium.

January 7th, 2020 Agenda

19th District Police Station @ 7 p.m.

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