Monthly Archives: September 2020

North Lake Shore Drive Study Public Input Opportunity

Help us continue to improve North Lake Shore Drive!

Let your voice be heard! The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation invite you to provide feedback concerning the improvement of U.S. 41 (North Lake Shore Drive) from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue in Chicago. Since the last public meeting, the project team has evaluated criteria and narrowed the range of alternatives. We want to hear from you! Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this Public Meeting (#4) will be conducted online through an interactive website. There are multiple opportunities to provide feedback!

Interactive Website

We have created a clearinghouse of materials, interactive exhibits, and an audio-visual presentation to provide a refresher on the project and help you review project updates. The interactive site is live.

Input can be provided through the interactive website in multiple ways:

Written comments can be submitted through the interactive website, project website, or mailed to the project team. Comments received by November 9, 2020 will become part of the official public meeting record.


The North Lake Shore Drive Project Team

Please stay up to date with the project with the social media links below and our website.

Remote Learning Practices Forum

Majority leader Greg Harris & Representative Yoni Pizer invite you to a virtual event with CPS administrators, policy experts, and community stakeholders to address the challenges and potential solutions regarding remote learning curriculum.

September 30, 2020 | 6pm

RSVP via Google Form for the Zoom Link.

With special guests:

  • Pr. Patrina Singleton, Brenneman Elementary
  • Social worker Jakub Faron & counselor Olivia Haas
  • Courtenay Language Arts Center
  • Cassandra Kaczocha, Illinois Raise Your Hand

Join us for our final event of the season!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Neighborhood Grounds Crew will get together one final time for the season on Saturday October 3, 2020 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The details are below. If you plan to attend and you have not already sent an RSVP to the Cubs, please send one to Michael Zink at with the names of any friends or family members who will join you. Thank you as always to the Cubs for their work in organizing the event!

Saturday, October 3, 2020

9:30 AM -11:30 AM

Meet at Wilton & Waveland

Please bring your own gloves. Wear your Grounds Crew shirt and a mask.We will supply bags.

We kindly request an RSVP for this event. Please e-mail Michael Zink at if you plan to attend and include the names of any friends or family who will join you.

Thank you for your support of the Neighborhood Grounds Crew!

ELVN Seeks Director Nominations

Dear friends and neighbors,

The Executive Committee of East Lake View Neighbors seeks to appoint a Director to fill the recent vacancy created by a Director’s resignation. A Director must be a member of ELVN, who is someone current in the annual ELVN dues payment and resides, owns real estate, and/or conducts business within the boundaries of ELVN. As a reminder, the boundaries of ELVN are:

  • North: W. Irving Park Road
  • South: W. Addison Street from N. Clark Street to 700 W. Addison Street, and W. Belmont Avenue from 700 W. Belmont Avenue to Lake Michigan
  • East: Lake Michigan
  • West: N. Clark Street from W. Irving Park Road to Addison Street, and the 700 W. demarcation from Addison Street to Belmont Avenue (including both sides of Elaine Place)

The appointed Director will hold office until the next Annual Meeting in spring 2021, will be put to a vote of the Members at the spring 2021 Annual Meeting and, if elected at the spring 2021 Annual Meeting, will hold the unexpired term of such person’s predecessor in office which expires spring 2022.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to be considered for an appointment as a Director of ELVN, please submit such nominations to Michael Zink at

September 15, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 6:00 p.m.

Meeting was held over Zoom Conference Call.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary
  • Megan Cullen-Grochowiak
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Kit Welch
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Marty Wallace
  • Maureen Martino

6th District State Senators Sara Feigenholtz Office Update – Henry Maltezos

  • Don’t forget to fill out Census
  • Unemployment benefits is currently the most common issue.
    • People can’t get through to IDES with issues
    • People have had their identities stolen and applied for unemployment
  • Contact 773-296-4141

Q&A at meeting

Q: Any updates about fraudulent credit cards being sent out to people who didn’t file for unemployment? IDES uses these cards to get unemployment benefits to people. : A: No, please contact our office and we will facilitate getting you help. This is an ongoing issue. You can also reach out IDES directly. 12th District Representative Yoni Pizer – Rep. Pizer & Cameron Rich

  • Contact (773) 348-8974
  • Please contact office if you need additional help with IDES benefits or fraud.
  • Census Deadline is coming, please fill out before September 30th deadline.
  • Make a plan for voting. Get your mail in ballot as early as possible and returned to make sure your vote is counted.
  • Howard Brown has broken ground on the Howard Brown Youth Center 1023 W Irving Park Road with a June 2021 completion projection. This project was completed with state funding.
  • Kelly Park cleanup day was a big success.
  • Working on Clean Energy Jobs Act

5th Congressional District Update – Ellie Song

  • Offices are open for phone and Email
    • 773-267-5926
  • Please reach out to office with Immigration issues.
  • Office is available to help with seniors issues including Life line phone service
  • Office can help facilitate IRS issues

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • Business interruption grants now available, $220 million in new funding
  • Seminary shared street, CDOT placing signs is underway
  • 2020 City of Chicago budget shortfall stands at $800 million. City needs input on budget.
  • Accessory dwelling units ordinance coming to help with affordable housing by allowing things such as coach houses and dwellings above garages.

–  Q&A at meeting

How can we give feedback on the city budget? : Follow link

What is the Seminary shared street? : A way to slow traffic and make street more pedestrian friendly.

Where will elevated train be getting cleaned from? : Seminary and Waveland

Can under elevated train lights be turned back on for safety? : Office will continue to pester CTA about this issue, they are being slow to respond.

44th Ward Update –Alderman Bennet Lawson

  • Look for information on ward website and get on the ward email list:
  • Calvin Catrell is the new community liaison.
  • Fill out your census.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • NL playoffs will take place in Texas
  • AL will be in California
  • World Series will be held in Arlington Texas
  • Gallagher Way will remain closed for the foreseeable future
  • Zachary Hotel is open with extra seating on Paterson to help with social distancing

Special Thank You to Heather and Brandon for cleanup in Kelly Park

Treasurer Report: Aileen Tien

  • 32,000 plus currently in bank account

Q&A at meeting

What is the plan for donations to neighborhood organizations this year with no funds coming in from Oktoberfest? : Please send ideas in to Michael Zink to be discussed at future meetings. Generally donations are distributed around the holiday season.

Oktoberfest Update: Patrick Nagle

  • Oktoberfest 2021 is 369 days away Crime Update – Mike Zink
  • Armed Robbery during daylight hours.
  • Virtual CAPS meeting is coming up, please attend.

Howard Brown Youth Center: Noah Luken

  • 1023 W Irving Park Road
  • Masonry building
  • Patch work quilt façade
  • June 2021 projected completion
  • Moving and expanding existing operation from nearby Broadway Avenue location

Q&A at meeting

Have you had youths hanging out after hours? : No, safety coordinator is on site till close and is last one to leave property.

What if a client causes a problem in the neighborhood and runs into the youth center? : Howard Brown will follow the law.

Do youths have somewhere to go after the shelter closes? : Youth shelters, but there is limited supply of available beds.

Why isn’t housing more of a service provided by Howard Brown? : Housing has not been a part of Howard Browns offerings in the past, and there are no plans to offer it.

New/Old Business

  • Lake Shore Drive meeting about the entirety of project will be around the End of September
  • Next meeting will be held over Zoom on October 13th at 6:00pm. Please note new start time.

September 15th, 2020 agenda

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

ELVN will hold its monthly meeting on Zoom on September 15, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (Please note the time change). If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to Michael Zink at for details. The Agenda is below. I hope to see you then.


  1. Call to order
  2. Congressional Update-Office of Congressman Quigley
  3. State Senate Update-Office of Sen. Feigenholtz
  4. State Representative Update-Office of Rep. Pizer
  5. County Commissioner Bridget Gainer
  6. 46th Ward Update
  7. 44th Ward Update
  8. Cubs Update
  9. Treasurer’s Report
  10. Crime Update
  11. New Business/Old Business
    1. Howard Brown-1023 W. Irving Park
    2. Neighborhood Grounds Crew Pitch In for the Parks
    3. Seminary Shared Street Project-Chester Kropidlowski
    4. Next meeting is October 13, 2020 on Zoom
  12. Adjournment/Closed Session