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October 1, 2019 Agenda

  1. Call to order
  2. Update from Congressman Mike Quigley
  3. 46th Ward Update
  4. 44th Ward Update
  5. Cubs Update
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Crime Update
    • Armed Robberies
  8. New Business/Old Business
    • Resignation of Marty Malone from Board of Directors
    • Oktoberfest Preliminary Roundup
    • The Legacy Project Gala-October 10, 2019, 5:30-8:30, 247 E. Ontario-Kit Welch
    • Redefine the Drive
    • Green Team Committee-, Maggie Koehler/John Fitterer
    • Next meeting is November 5, 2019 at the 19th District Police Station
  9. Adjournment/Closed Session

September 3, 2019 Agenda

  1. Call to order
  2. 46th Ward Update
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Cubs Update
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Crime Update
    • Open Forum
  7. New Business/Old Business
    • Update from State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz
    • Oktoberfest-September 29, 2019, 3:00 at Murphy’s Bleachers
    • Redefine the Drive Meetings in August-Chester Kropidlowski/Terie Kata
    • A 3rd ELVN Open House Event In the Near Future
    • Green Team Committee-, Maggie Koehler/John Fitterer
    • Next meeting is October 1, 2019 at the 19th District Police Station
  8. Adjournment
  9. Closed Session

August 6th, 2019 ELVN Meeting Minutes

Call to Order

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

Directors Roll Call


  • Mike Zink, President

  • Patrick Nagle, Vice President

  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer

  • Tom Rothschild

  • Marty Malone

  • Jim Spencer

  • Maggie Koehler

  • Brandon Cunningham

  • Kit Welch

  • Terie Kata

46th Ward Update – Alderman James Cappleman

  • Gay Pride Parade/OEMC recap meeting was held on 7/25/19. Audience members suggested that crosswalk signs be larger and more prominent, have more tow trucks on hand, and better training for parade marshalls in the future.

  • Define the Drive will be holding two (2) open meetings in the neighborhood in August. The first meeting is August 12, 2019 at Temple Sholom. The second meeting is August 13, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. For more information please refer to the Alderman’s website.

  • City Club Development is planning a new building directly east and in front of the New York Condominium Building at 3660 N. Lake Shore Drive. The developer is meeting with New York Condo owners regarding the plans, however, the Alderman reports that the proposed building is within the current zoning for the site. They will have to go through the Planned Development process with the City.

  • There is a demolition permit on the building immediately west of Byron’s Hot Dogs on Irving Park Road. The Alderman indicated that he does not know what is planned for this site.

Cubs Update

  • MLB and the Cubs have posted the post season game schedule on the website.

  • There is a concert on Gallagher Way on Friday night. Go to for more information

  • The Camry lot will be closed to the public until August 19, 2019 for repairs and resurfacing.

  • The neighborhood Clean Up will be meeting on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Wilton and Waveland Avenues to pick up garbage in the neighborhood. All are welcome to pitch in.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Aileen Tien reported that we have approximately $36,000.00 in the bank. Recent expenditures were $1,000.00 for rental fee of the Oak Leaves Arch in Kelly Park and $472.00 for a mailbox rental at the UPS Store.

  • Aileen suggested that we conduct a survey and seek input from the community regarding what worthy causes and organizations to donate some of our funds to.

New/Old Business

  • Adam Silverstein, with Garfield Beverage Warehouse returned to ELVN at Alderman Cappleman’s request to address some concerns that members of the community have raised since our last meeting. We wrote letter of support for Garfield to move into a long vacant retail space next to Windy City Gyros on Broadway. A few residents have expressed concern about another retail liquor store moving into the area. They expressed their belief that the neighborhood is saturated with liquor stores and would like to see some other kind of retail use occupy the space. Aileen Tien said that she spoke with her neighbors in her building and noted that they were supportive of a liquor store in that space. Aileen noted that the space has been vacant for a very long time and it is time that it was occupied.


  • Patrick Nagle stated that Oktoberfest is September 29, 2019 at Murphy’s. Tickets are $30.00, in advance.

Open House/Happy Hour

  • ELVN will be hosting an Open House/ Happy Hour at F. O’Mahonys, 3701 N. Broadway on August 27, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Green Team

  • The Green Team is working on having a mural installed on the south facing wall of Wrigleyville North Bar.

  • There is now some outdoor furniture in place in the small, fenced- in park at Racine and Clark Streets. It was suggested that ELVN may donate funds to complete landscaping improvements to this park.

Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce Update

  • Maureen Martino reports that a few residents within the boundaries of the now defunct belmont Harbor Neighbors Association are exploring re-forming the Associastion.

  • Lakeview Festival of the Arts will be held on September 13 and 14, 2019. This will be the 15th anniversary of the Fesstival and anyone who wishes to volunteer for the show should contact Maureen.


Lake Shore Drive

North LSD “Redefine the Drive” Study

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation are actively engaged in the North Lake Shore Drive Phase I (Preliminary Plans) Study to improve Lake Shore Drive from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue. Details of the ongoing Task Force study can be found on the North Lake Shore Drive REDEFINE THE DRIVE website.

Two Community Meetings (August 12th and 13th) will be held in Lake View to review the proposed improvements between Diversey Parkway and Irving Park Road and receive your input. The meetings will feature identical formats and content, but they will be held in two locations to provide more opportunities for community members to provide feedback. During these meetings, exhibits will be on display and project team members will be present to discuss the project and answer questions.

Monday, August 12, 2019
Temple Sholom

Bettie Port Hall (entrance on Stratford Place)
3480 North Lake Shore Drive
Open House: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Saint Joseph Hospital

Lakeshore Café
2900 North Lake Shore Drive
Open House: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.

As a reminder, the proposed improvements for North Lake Shore Drive between Diversey and Irving Park include:

  • A SB LSD entrance and a NB LSD exit ramp at Addison Street. (This would involve NB LSD traffic going under LSD to go west on Addison.)
  • The elimination of Recreation Drive and the parking now on Recreation Drive
  • Creation of a parking “lot” with approximately 80 diagonal parking spaces along the east side of inner LSD between Grace and Addison, This is west of LSD.
  • Creation of a parking “lot” with approximately 80 diagonal parking spaces along the east side of inner LSD between Grace and Addison, This is west of LSD.
  • Creation of a tunnel at Briar Place for vehicles to cross under LSD and provide access to Belmont Harbor and Harbor parking. Access to the Briar Place tunnel would be from Belmont.

The Task Force and the 44th Ward has received significant Community comments as to what is proposed for the LSD-Belmont area.  Accordingly, the project team will lead an in-depth review of the Belmont Avenue area.


Chester R. Kropidlowski 
Lake View Citizens Council Transportation Committee Chair
(773) 871-7820
(312) 972-0933 (Cell)


Oktoberfest @ Murphy’s

Get ready to have a great time at the Annual Oktoberfest for East Lake View Neighbors!

Sunday, September 29
3-7:30 p.m.
Murphy’s Bleachers
3655 N. Sheffield

Purchase tickets for $30.00 from any one of ELVN’s board members or visit Murphy’s Bleachers to pick up tickets at the bar!

$35.00 ticket price at the door!

Ticket includes all food and beverages:
Oktoberfest Beer, Wine, and Sodas
Pig Roast, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Vegetables & Brats, German Potato Salad & Dessert


Great auction items in a number of price ranges, Past items include: Sports, Concert & Theater tickets, rooftop baseball game passes, autographed sports memorabilia, spa services, museum tours, boat cruise, restaurant & pet care gift certificates, jewelry, & many other items!

Previous Sponsors include: Murphy’s Bleachers, St. Joseph Hospital, The Dugout Sports Bar & Grill, Ticket Window, Testa Produce, Sysco, Patch Landscaping, Wrigley Rooftop Association, Roundy’s Supermarkets, 3639 Wrigley Rooftop, Chicago Beverage, HK Foods, Skokie Valley Beverage, Penske Truck Rentals – Wrigleyville, Four Corners Tavern Group, Chicago Roof Deck & Garden, Wells Street Popcorn, Beyond The Ivy, John Barleycorn, Carissima Salon, Frame Factory, Central Lakeview Merchants Assoc., Skybox on Sheffield, Louis Glunz Beer, Trader Todd’s, Old Chicago Inn, Wrigley Rooftops, North Halsted Business Alliance, Central Federal Savings, Brixen Ivy, Wrigleyville Rooftops, Chicago Cubs, River North Sales & Svc., Gold Coast Tickets, El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill, Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, and many more Chicago businesses.

August 6, 2019 ELVN Agenda

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  1. Call to order
  2. 46th Ward Update
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Cubs Update
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Crime Update
    1. Prowler/Attempted Burglary—1000 block of Byron and Dakin
  7. New Business / Old Business
    1. Adam Silverstein-proposed Garfield’s Beverage at 3932 N. Broadway
    2. Representative from Mayor Lightfoot’s office
    3. Oktoberfest-September 29, 2019, 3:00 at Murphy’s Bleachers
    4. Redefine the Drive Meetings:
      1. North of Belmont: August 12, 2019, 6:30–8:00pm, Temple Shalom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive
      2. South of Belmont: August 13, 2019, 6:00–8:00pm, St. Joseph’s Hospital, 2900 N. Lake Shore Drive
    5. Future ELVN Open House Events
    6. Green Team Committee—John Fitterer
    7. Next meeting is September 3, 2019 at the 19th District Police Station
  8. Adjournment
  9. Closed Session

May 7, 2019 ELVN Meeting Minutes

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Board In-attendance:

  • Patrick Carlson
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Terie Kata
  • Brian Murphy
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Jim Spencer
  • Aileen Tien
  • Kit Welch
  • Michael Zink

Board Absent:

  • Maggie Koehler
  • Marty Malone
  • Patrick Nagle
  • Marty Wallace


Board of Directors Election Results (Elected)

2 Year Term

  • Patrick Carlson
  • Terie Kata
  • Brian Murphy
  • Jean O’Neil
  • Aileen Tien
  • Marty Wallace
  • Michael Zink

1 Year Term

  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Tom Rothschild


  • President – Michael Zink
  • Vice-President – Patrick Nagle
  • Treasurer – Aileen Tien
  • Secretary – John Fitterer

44th Ward Update (Chris Jessup for Alderman Tom Tunney)

  • Congratulate to 19th District Police Comdr Marc Buslik on his retirement after 39 years of service. He has led the 19th District since his assignment in November 2016.
  • The Commander’s celebration will be on Monday, May 13th, in the Community Room of the 19th District Police Station, 850 W. Addison, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Refreshments & dessert will be served. Please RSVP to 19th Distr Community Policing Office at 312-744-0064 by Thu, May 9th.
  • Supt Eddie Johnson promoted Lieutenant Chris Papaioannou to Comdr of the 19th District. He has 19 years with CPD and previously led the Recruit Training Section of the Education and Training Division and has held several supervisory positions within patrol, gun and tactical teams. We look forward to welcoming Commander Papaioannou.
  • Police District Staffing as of May 6 th is at 379 versus goal of 400. Any interest in court advocacy training? Any interest in having a designated CAPS/Court Advocacy board member in community organizations?
  • The window to appeal assessments in Lake View Township is open April 30 – May 30. Staff from Commr Gainer’s office will be on hand to assist appealing 2019 assessments in the 44th Ward on Friday, May 17 th . For best chance to successfully appeal, consider bringing recent photographs of your home. Please note new rules this year:
    • The Commissioner’s office cannot appeal condos in buildings with more than 6 units.
    • For condo buildings with 6 units or less, they can only work with HOA president, treasurer or secretary.
  • If you are unable to attend, Commissioner Gainer’s office can appeal over the phone! Please call (312) 603-4210 during normal business hours to get started.
  • Redefine the Drive: Two community meetings with CDOT to be scheduled in June. Dates TBD.
  • Alderman Tunney has allocated Aldermanic Infrastructure funding for the following projects:
    • Residential Street Resurfacing of the 3700 block of Sheffield (Waveland to Grace)
    • Residential Street Resurfacing of the 900 block of Waveland (Fremont to Sheffield)
    • Residential Street Resurfacing may potentially happen in 2019 depending on a survey and cost analysis for the 3600 block of Wilton (Addison to Waveland)
    • Residential Street Lighting Upgrade of the 3700 block of Wilton (Waveland to Grace)
    • 44th Ward newsletters (past and present) are located online.
    • 46th Ward Update (Alderman James Cappleman)

      • Alderman Cappleman has officially won the last aldermanic election.
      • A new website can show where and when street sweeping is occurring around your neighborhood.
      • The 311 App is available to request city services such as graffiti removal, pothole complaints, rodent baiting, street light repair, garbage cart maintenance and more. The app also lets you track the progress of your request and give the city immediate feedback.
      • Smart street lighting will be installed in the 46th ward through August

      Cubs Update (Heather Way Kitzes)

      • There are two concerts scheduled for Gallagher Way:
        • Ludacris on June 1st
        • Billy Currington on Aug 9th
      • The Cubs will pave Waveland
      • On May 18 the volunteer Neighborhood Grounds Crew group will conduct a litter pickup. In addition to neighborhood volunteers, the Cubs and Hefty will end support and helpers. The group will meet at 9:30am at Murphy’s Wilton & Waveland parking lot. Volunteer via email.

      Treasurers Report (Aileen Tien)

      • Total available funds are $38,102 after an additional $220 in membership dues were collected

      Green Team (Brandon Cunningham)

      • Pints for the Park (for Kelly Park) will be held at Murphy’s Bleachers on Fri, May 31 at 7:00pm. The $40 admission fee covers all food and drinks, and entry into a raffle. The event will include a silent auction and review of the draft plans for Kelly Park.
      • A building sized mural is being considered for the south face of a building at 3716 N Sheffield. ELVN is co-sponsoring the work.

      Condo Seminar scheduled Sat, June 1 st from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the 850 W Addison Police Station

      ELVN Open House (Brandon Cunningham)

      • The ELVN Open House is a way for East Lake View Neighbors to promote and communicate information about the organization
      • The first open house will be held at PR Rustica Italian Bistro from 5:00-6:00pm on either Thu, May 30th or Thu June 13th.

      Maddon’s Post Restaurant (Zubin Kammula, Ben Galatz)

      • Joe Maddon’s restaurant opening on Tue, May 14
      • Located at 1119 W. Waveland (SE corner of Clark & Waveland)
      • Italian, Polish and American cuisine
      • Chef Tony Mantuano (James Beard award-winning chef) is partnering with Maddon
      • Restaurant’s second floor includes the Flamingo Room, a private bar and event space
      • Other Report Outs

        • Estelle from the Gill Park and Buena Vista Parks Advisory Council reported on work to improve and level the back grass area of Gill Park to make it useable for T-ball and other sports
          • It’s Your Park Day will be held from 9:00am – 2:00pm on June 1st
        • Next Meeting Date

          • Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:00pm at the 19 th District Police Station (850 W. Addison)

          Closed Board Meeting

          • Oktoberfest Review (Patrick Nagle via phone)
            • Review volunteer sign-up for event
            • Will continue to have wine-pull and beer stein sale
            • Band, food, and drinks are being handled by Murphy’s Bleachers
            • Posters and flyers will be printed
            • Continue to pursue sponsors, and assignment of merchants for solicitation will be sent out
          • Need to begin putting together a 3-person panel to determine candidate for the 2019 ELV Neighbor of the Year (Jim Spencer)
            • Beth Murphy was 2018 ELV Neighbor of the Year
          • Motion Proposed by Aileen Tien:
            • Due to time constraints on our volunteer web-masters the ELVN Board should hire a new web-master for website updates and other online needs at a rate of $75/hour
            • Motion seconded and approved