Category Archives: Community News

Get Covered IL Open Enrollment Town Hall

A virtual discussion on the Illinois Open Enrollment Period with Get Covered IL and Medicaid coverage with the Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services. Hosted by IL State Rep. Yoni Pizer, Congressman Mike Quigley, Sen. Sara Feigenholtz, and Rep. Ann Williams.

Dec 8, 2020 03:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Cubs Charities food and supply drive to benefit Lakeview Pantry

  • Date: November 19 – December 20
  • Time: 11 AM – 6 PM
  • Location: Cubs Store

Show your support during the season of giving by donating non-perishable food items to Lakeview Pantry. The Cubs and Cubs Charities will be collecting food and supplies for Lakeview Pantry now through Sunday, Dec. 20 with drop off at The Cubs Store, which is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Most-needed items include pasta, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, boxed cereal, oatmeal and canned tuna. Thank you for helping provide meals to those in need this holiday season!

  • Date: December 5
  • Time: 11 AM – 1 PM
  • Location: Caretakers Way

Show your support during the season of giving by donating non-food items to Lakeview Pantry. The Cubs and Cubs Charities will be collecting food and supplies for Lakeview Pantry on Saturday, Dec. 5 with drop off at Caretakers Way, 1101 West Waveland Avenue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Most-needed items include pasta, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, boxed cereal, oatmeal and canned tuna. Thank you for helping provide meals to those in need this holiday season!

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.

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.

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

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