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LVECC Annual Giver’s Gift & Gift Card Extravaganza Sale

Giver’s Gift – Now through Dec. 20

The Lakeview East Giver’s Gift Promotion is back for the 24th year, with more businesses than ever before! Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our office is taking the necessary precautions to carry on with the program, safely. We will be completely virtual this year, meaning – receipts will be emailed to us instead of brought into the office. More info→

Shopping Extravaganza & Treat Stroll

  • Support local merchants! Lakeview East makes it easy to shop this holiday season by offering a one day discount on local gift cards that are accepted at 200+ businesses.
  • Purchase gift cards from 12 – 3 p.m. on our website Saturday, December 5th for 25% off up to $500 worth of gift cards – that’s only $375 for a $500 gift card!
  • Annual Holiday Treat Stroll: Stop by local businesses and sample holiday treats from 12-4 PM on Saturday, December 5th. Purchase required to prevent crowding. Visit for a map of participating businesses – coming soon!

Tree of Hope

  • As the holidays approach, we look for hope for the future and spread our love to our families, friends, and community. This year, the Lakeview East Community Partnership would like to spread the love for our community by displaying your personal messages of hope on our Tree of Hope. Your message of hope could be sent to a person, business, or the Lakeview East community.
  • For a $20 donation to the Lakeview East Community Partnership, your message will be displayed on an ornament on the Tree of Hope. Your donation helps support local nonprofits and brings programming to our community. Donate and write your message here.

December 8th, 2020 Agenda

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

ELVN will hold its next monthly meeting via Zoom on December 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. 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. 46th Ward Update 1.Seminary Shared Street Project-Survey
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Cubs Update
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Crime Update
  7. New Business/Old Business
    1. Elli Song from Congressman Quigley’s Office-SSA/Medicare
    2. 2020 ELVN Donation Recipients
    3. 2020 ELVN Outstanding Neighbor of the Year Award
    4. Next meeting is January 12, 2021 at 6:00 on Zoom
  8. Adjournment/Closed Session

Lakeview Gift Card Promotion

The annual Lakeview Gift Card Promotion is back! Now through December 31, 2020, customers will get a $20 Bonus Card for every $100 Lakeview Gift Card they buy online at Gift cards and bonus cards are the perfect gift to give, and a great way to shop local this holiday season.

The Lakeview Gift Card is accepted at more than 70 local shops and restaurants, so take advantage of this deal and help support local business!

For more information and answers to commonly asked questions about the Lakeview Gift Card program, visit Gift cards and bonus cards are available for immediate use upon purchase, and bonus cards will be valid for 90 days following purchase. Terms and conditions apply; up to $300 in bonus cards per household. Funded by SSA 27.

Seminary survey

Dear ELVN Friends and Neighbors,

Please take this survey concerning Seminary being a shared street, as well as a summary of the plan.  This is a project that the Kelly Park Advisory Council (KPAC) has considered extensively.  Please take about 5 minutes to review the proposed plans and reply to the survey.

KPAC believes that a shared street with better signage and traffic control will benefit the park.  This proposal would NOT close the street.  It also would NOT restrict parking.  It is simply an attempt to make drivers aware of their proximity to a community resource that is used by many families, fans, pets, bikers, and walkers.

Please send any questions to Michael Zink at Thank you!

11.8.2020 Summary of proposed traffic control measures for Seminary between Grace and Irving Park

Objective – to make Seminary Avenue (1100 W) between Grace Street (3800 N) and Irving Park Road (4000 N) a safer more “comfortable” street for the pedestrians that use Seminary to access Kelly Park.  Kelly Park users, many of which are families, cross Seminary to access the Park.  This summer, possibly as a result of the “stay at home” directive the number of Park users may have increased. There are two streets Byron (3900 N) and Dakin (3932 N) which “T’ into Seminary between Grace and Irving Park.

Regarding the posting of signs to alert motorist of the pedestrians and bicyclist who use Seminary, the sign is used at shared street locations in the City would serve that purpose (Shared Street text words can be removed from sign. Standard black on yellow traffic warning signs could also be used.) We recommend that CDOT post signs with Shared Street message shown below:

  • on EB and WB Grace approaching Seminary, post sign with a right arrow for WB sign and a left arrow for EB sign.
  • on westbound Byron Street. post sign with a right. Arrow
  • on westbound Dakin, post sign with right arrow

Seminary widens immediately north of Byron. We recommend that this sign be affixed to a barrel be placed on Seminary immediately north Byron and Dakin.  The barrels would “slow down” motor traffic on the widened segment of Seminary.

A decision point – Shared streets, as per CDOT policy, could include signs that read STREET CLOSED – LOCAL ACCESS ONLY.   street to thru traffic.  Seminary at Grace is a narrow roadway and we recommend that the sign used be 2 feet by 3 feet in size and be attached to the light pole on Seminary immediately north of Grace (NWX).  Seminary, at this point is 16 Feet wide and a larger sign on a barricade could block the street. This sign could be posted as the result of a request to CDOT from the Alderman and is not limited to the Shared Street Program.

Repaint of the existing crosswalks on Seminary at Grace, Byron, Dakin and Irving Park, which are in need of maintenance.  We request these crosswalks be repainted as international bold stripe crosswalks. (See example below.)  These crosswalks are the entryways into Kelly Park and we believe the Kelly Park entryways should be as visible as possible. Consider painting cross hatched pavement markings or some other ‘treatment” to the pavement in the Byron and Dakin intersections within the boundaries created by the crosswalks similar to the paint markings in front of the Fire Station on Waveland at Seminary.   This action would further increase the visibility of the Kelly Park entryways.

November 10, 2020 Meeting Minutes

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
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Jean O’Neill
  • Kit Welch
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Marty Wallace
  • Maureen Martino
  • Terie Kata
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Megan Cullen-Grochowiak
  • Tim Lindsey
  • Gregory

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • In the middle of budget talks
  • Chicago sculpture will be installed at Freemont and Seminary tomorrow
  • Traffic study at Grace and Seminary
  • Traffic study being done at Dakin and Sheridan, neighbors would like a stop sign at that intersection
  • Continuing to pressure CTA to fix lights under the “L”
  • 3636 N Lake Shore Drive in front of the 3660 N Lake Shore Drive would like to change the look of the exterior of the proposed building

Question: Who is proposing that we need a stop sign at Sheridan and Dakin? We do not know, but the goal is to slow traffic.

44th Ward Update –Alderman Tunney, Calvin Cottrell

  • Street resurfacing going on, keep an eye out for those
  • 19th district police strategic plan is under review now and your input is needed
  • Grant money from city program is now available, there are a couple weeks to sign up

Question: Will the tax increase be reverted back after this year? Ald. Cappleman is for it to return to pre coronavirus rate. Ald. Tunney, the tax raise is not a forgone conclusion and everyone’s input is very important.

Question: Will the tax increase be reverted back after this year? Ald. Cappleman is for it to return to pre coronavirus rate. Ald. Tunney, the tax raise is not a forgone conclusion and everyone’s input is very important.

12th District Representative Yoni Pizer – Rep. Pizer & Cameron Rich

  • Contact (773) 348-8974 |
  • Thank the residents of East Lakeview almost 80% participation in the ward
  • Covid-19 is still not going anywhere for months, must remain vigilant and try to avoid Coronavirus fatigue.
  • Next assembly meeting will be in January now, moved because of increase in Covid-19 Cases
  • Next Monday there will be a zoom meeting about the Facebook privacy settlement. You could get up to $400 in compensation if you have a Facebook page.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • Cubs book drive going on now, if you drop off books you can get a 20% off to the Cubs store. Spanish books are especially needed for pre-K to 4th graders

Treasurer Report: Aileen Tien

  • 32,000 plus currently in bank account
  • We are distributing money to charities and hopefully will be going out at the December meeting.

3221 N Broadway Packaged Liquor License – Tom Moore and Nick Patel

  • Needs a special use for a B-3 zoning

3440 N Broadway Rebel Hospitality Seeking rezoning from B-32 to B-33 and Special use for hotel – Gene Kornota, Walt Eckenhoff

  • 167 Hotel Rooms
  • 103,000 square feet
  • 60 cars parking on site
  • Parking for this and project to the north are sharing a single driveway into the property to limit the amount of curb cutting needed.
  • Boutique, independently owned hotel
  • Eckenhoff architects

New/Old Business

  • Next meeting will be held over Zoom on December 8th at 6:00pm.

November 10, 2020 Agenda

ELVN will hold its monthly meeting on Zoom on November 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (Please note the time). If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to Michael Zink at for details. The Agenda is below. We hope to see you then.

  1. Call to order
  2. 46th Ward Update
    1. Dakin/Sheridan stop sign?
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Cubs Update
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Crime Update
    1. Carjackings
  7. New Business/Old Business
    1. 3221 N. Broadway Store Proposal
    2. 3440 N. Broadway Hotel Proposal
    3. Seminary Shared Street Project-Chester Kropidlowski
    4. Next meeting is December 8, 2020 on Zoom
  8. Adjournment/Closed Session

Donate books for CPS students in the Chicago Cubs Toyota Prius Lot, 1106 West Waveland Avenue

With Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students continuing to learn virtually, it is critical to build at-home libraries to increase independent reading time, especially in homes with limited financial resources.

To support students in Lakeview-area CPS schools, the Chicago Cubs and Cubs Charities are hosting a drive-in book drive for community members to drop off new and gently used books in the Toyota Prius Lot from noon to 3 p.m. CST Saturday, November 7. Books should be appropriate for students from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade, including books suitable for primary grades, novels appropriate for middle school and books in Spanish for elementary school students. Please note community members will not need to leave their cars to donate books in the Toyota Prius Lot, located across from the Cubs’ front office building on Waveland Avenue.

If you can’t make it to the drive, the Cubs Store at Gallagher Way will accept book donations between Friday, October 30, through Sunday, November 15. The Cubs Store is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST. Members of the community who donate books at the Book Drive or the Cubs Store at Gallagher will receive a 20% discount to redeem at the Cubs Store at Gallagher Way.

Drive-In Flu Shot Event

Good morning,

The offices of Rep. Yoni Pizer, Sen. Sara Feigenholtz, Rep. Ann Williams, MWRD Commissioner Kim Neely DuBuclet, and County Commissioner Bridget Degnen invite you and your organization to participate in our Drive-In Flu Shot event, begin held on Sunday, November 8th at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Center parking lot, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

At the event, participants will be able to queue in their cars to receive a free flu shot, provided they wear a mask or face covering and present their insurance card.

Please share the promotional flyer attached with your newsletter and/or social media audiences, so that we can best promote the event and ensure the most people get vaccinated this flu season!

RSVP here.

Best, Cameron Rich 12th District Office of State Rep. Yoni Pizer 3223 N. Sheffield Ave. Suite A (773) 348-8974

Understanding the Cycle of Violence, Orders of Protection and Domestic Violence Resources

Hello Community Partner,

This Thursday, October 29 at 5:30 pm, our office will be cohosting Understanding the Cycle of Violence, Orders of Protection and Domestic Violence Resources with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office’s Community Justice Center and State Representative Yoni Pizer. Community partner Apna Ghar will also present at this event.

We encourage you to attend this event and to spread the word to your various clients and partners so that we can continue to spread awareness and resources surrounding domestic violence.

If you are interested in attending this virtual event, please register here. A flyer is also attached for your distribution.

Thank you in advance for your interest and for spreading the word!

Kylie Ruscheinski
Director of Educational Affairs & Park Services
Alderman James Cappleman
Ward 46
4544 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640