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Dear neighbors,

Each year East Lake View Neighbors sponsors a sculpture through the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit to place within ELVN boundaries for one year. The attached document contains ELVN’s sculpture options for the coming year. Please send your top 5 selections by e-mail to Terie Kata at by Sunday March 14. Please also indicate a proposed location for the artwork in the area south of Addison to Belmont and east of Broadway to the lakefront.

Thank you for your input!

East Lakeview Neighbors Candidate Biographies 

Patrick Carlson (incumbent)

My name is Patrick Carlson.  I am an attorney who has lived in East Lakeview for nearly 22 years, and have been a homeowner here for 17.  In this time, I have seen dramatic changes and improvements to the neighborhood, but there are still may changes facing the neighborhood.  I have been privileged to serve on the ELVN Board for the past 6 years, and would like to continue for another term.  ELVN provides all members of the neighborhood a forum to raise their concerns, to participate in discussions about changes happening, and to have access to the community leaders who make decisions affecting us every day.  I have been honored to service in this capacity, and would like to continue doing so.

Terie Kata (incumbent)

My name is Terie Kata. I have been active as a board member of ELVN since 1991, serving as Chair for five years, Treasurer for twelve years and past chair of ELVN’s annual Oktoberfest fundraiser for twelve years.  I have been an active resident and property owner of the Lakeview community for 27 years. I also have been a participating member of LVCC for the past 27 years, serving on many committees as well as planning and coordinating numerous LVCC fundraising events.

Brian Murphy (incumbent)

I am Brian Murphy and I have lived, worked, and owned property in East Lakeview for most of my life.  Upon marrying my wife Jaime, we moved back into the same apartment that I grew up on Sheffield Avenue.  In the following years, my two sons were born in the same home.  I have worked in my families business at Murphy’s Bleachers and since have managed Mrs. Murphy & Sons restaurant as well as worked in property management.  For the past five years, I have served as the principle organizer for ELVN’s Oktoberfest.  During that time, Oktoberfest has raised well over $100,000 for local area charities and schools.  Throughout my life, I have watched my East Lakeview neighborhood evolve into the thriving community that it is today.  I look forward to continuing to take an active role in helping this neighborhood reach its full potential.

Jean O’Neil (incumbent)

I am a founding member of ELVN and I have been a property owner in East Lake View since 1971. I  remember the neighborhood’s past struggles with slumlords, gangs and graffiti.  I spearheaded efforts to bring a new Greeley School to the neighborhood and supported beautification of Gill Park. I even remember when the Chicago Bears played at Wrigley Field!  To this day, I continue to support the beautification and safety of the neighborhood.

Aileen Tien (incumbent)

Aileen Tienhas lived in East Lakeview for over a decade, beginning in her summer internships during law school at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  Aileen currently works for a software company in downtown Chicago that produces applications assisting law firms, corporations, and government entities with managing litigation matters.  She has served on the ELVN board since 2015 and works to ensure that area residents’ concerns are addressed. 

Mark Usiak

“My name is Mark Usiak and I first moved into East Lakeview in 1987, being a homeowner the last 14 years. I have been board president of my 137 unit homeowner association the past 11 years. I was a founding member of Halstead Neighbors, a grassroots organization that was formed specifically to challenge/rationalize proposed development in East Lakeview in collaboration with ELVN, Northhalsted Business Alliance, and 12 neighborhood condo boards. East Lakeview is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Chicago and I would welcome the opportunity to work with the ELVN Board and residents to ensure we keep raising the bar with a focus on neighborhood security, quality of life, andhomeowner value. I am a financial services executive with expertise in finance, business development, technology, and operations with work experience at the Chicago Board of Trade, UBS AG, Invesco, and Thomson Reuters.

Marty Wallace (incumbent)

“I have lived in East Lakeview for the past 40 years. I am currently an ELVN Board Member for the last few years. My wife Diane and I enjoy our walks around the neighbor, lake front, and Wrigley Field.

During our Oktoberfest Diane and I are at Murphy’s working on setting up the Silent Auction area.

I also work hard in bringing new and exciting items for the auction. I am a Real Estate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Service for the last 30 years. I am looking forward in serving ELVN as a Board Member for the next two years.

Michael Zink (incumbent)

I have lived in East Lake View for more than 9 years and have served as ELVN president since 2018.  I am an attorney at Starr, Bejgiert, Zink and Rowells, a civil litigation firm.  During my professional career, I have been elected and appointed to leadership roles in legal and community organizations throughout Chicago, including the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Archdiocese, and the Advocates Society of Polish-American Attorneys.

March 2 Deadline ELVN Election voting eligibility

Dear neighbors,

To be eligible to vote in the 2021 Election for the ELVN Board of Directors, your annual dues for 2021 must be paid by March 2, 2021.

To pay your annual dues, please go to the page below to join/renew.  It is only $10 for an individual, $6 for a senior citizen, and $50 for a business/organization.  There are also opportunities to become a sponsor for $100 or a benefactor for $200, and we will happily post your sponsorship/benefactor role on our web site.  ELVN is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Please renew today, and thank you as always for your support of ELVN!

Time to renew

Dear friends and neighbors,

Happy New Year to you and to your families!

If you have not yet joined or renewed your membership to ELVN for 2021, please join/renew now. It is only $10 for an individual, $6 for a senior citizen, and $50 for a business/organization. There are also opportunities to become a sponsor for $100 or a benefactor for $200, and we will happily post your sponsorship/benefactor role on our web site. ELVN is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Thank you as always for your support of ELVN!

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

Clean energy flyer

Clean energy in the time of a pandemic

You are invited to a virtual town hall event hosted by Rep. Yoni Pizer, Rep. Ann Williams, and Sen. Sara Feigenholtz on the topic of Clean Energy in the Time of a Pandemic: A conversation about CEJA during COVID-19.

This event will focus on the Clean Energy Jobs Act and the relationship between climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, and how our responses, both at the policy and individual levels, to these existential challenges are intertwined in creating a cleaner, healthier future for Illinois.

Register for this event

Agenda for 4/10/18 ELVN meeting

TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 AT 7:00 P.M.


  1. Call to order
  2. 46th Ward Update
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Cubs Update
  5. New Business/Old Business
    –Date for 20th Annual Oktoberfest
    –ELVN Family Day
    –ELVN Inaugural Annual Service Award
  6. New agenda item for upcoming meetings – Crime in East Lakeview
  7. Adjournment

Agenda for 3/13/2018 ELVN General/Community Meeting

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018 AT 7:00 P.M.


  1. Call to order
  2. Nomination and introduction of Board Member Candidates
  3. Voting begins
  4. 46th Ward Update
  5. 44th Ward Update
    — Aurelio’s Plan of Operation at Grace and Clark Streets
    — Dugout’s plans for an outdoor, rooftop patio
  6. MCZ Development presentation of their proposal to redevelop the property at 957 W. Grace Street (southeast corner of Grace and Clark, JCYS Daycare).
  7. New Business/Old Business
  8. Announcement of election results
  9. Adjournment

Followed by board member-only session.

Meet the candidates for the ELVN board

*Incumbents up for reelection are indicated by (I) after their names.

Brandon Cunningham has lived on in East Lake View on Dakin for the last 3 years. He is an active member of his community, a registered CPS substitute teacher and volunteers at his 4 and 6-year-old daughters’ schools. He supports the conservancy site in Montrose Harbor documenting Purple Martins populations during the summer. He is the president of the Kelly Park Advisory Council. In his spare time, he goes to work as an airline captain.

John Fitterer was born and raised in Chicago and lives in Lakeview in the 3700 block of Fremont with his wife Sandy. They have lived in Wrigleyville for 3 ½ years, moving in from the western suburbs where we raised our 3 kids (who are all Chicago north-siders now). John is retired for just under 2 years after having worked at ComEd for 35 years. His last position was director of the 550-person ComEd Call Center, where he balanced the needs of the business and employees (450 were union employees), while improving the service provided to its customers. Since retiring he has volunteered at Misericordia, and at the Field Museum where his wife and he work at youth discovery stations. He has been an ardent Cubs fan since growing up on Chicago’s southwest side and listening to Jack Brickhouse announce games on WGN after school.

Terie Kata (I) has been active in ELVN since 1991, serving as Chair for five years and Treasurer for seven years. Terie and co-chair James Murphy raised ELVN fund-raising to new highs in attendance and profits at our annual Oktoberfests. Terie is an active member of numerous community and business organizations and chairs the ELVN fund-raising events.

Maggie Koehler (I) has lived in East Lakeview since 2011 and works for the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce. She also serves as an at-large member of the Lake View Citizens Council. Maggie, her wife Aimee Pine, and Boston Terrier rescue Stan love the diversity and close-knit community and exploring their neighborhood.

Justin Kreindler has lived in East Lake View since 2004, as a homeowner since 2005, and as a landlord in 2014. He, his wife and two-year-old son live near Broadway and Waveland. Justin has worked with nonprofits to support communities through issue-based campaigns, political campaigns, and building community capacity. He works as Director of Partner Engagement with Public Allies Chicago. Justin serves on associate boards of Landmarks Illinois and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action.

Chester Kropidlowski (I) has lived in East Lake View since 1991 and has been a board member for over ten years. In 1998, he retired from the City of Chicago after 32 years with the Chicago Department of Transportation as a City traffic engineer. His duties included dealing with Lake View traffic and parking issues and managing the night baseball Neighborhood Protection Program. Since retirement, Chester has worked as a traffic engineering consultant including consulting for both the City and the Cubs regarding the Wrigley Field program. Chester was Chair of the Transportation Committee for the 44th Ward Master Plan and was active in the development of the 46th Ward Master Plan. Chester and his significant other, Lenore, frequently enjoy the many restaurant and entertainment opportunities available in Lake View.

Marty Malone has been a proud member of the East Lakeview community for over four years. He is the Director of External Affairs for Cook County’s 10th District, and prior to working in the government sector he worked for multiple technology startups in Chicago. Marty’s involved in multiple community organizations, including as an associate board member for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and an Obama Foundation community organizer. He is the proud owner of an original 1909 Burnham Plan of Chicago.

Patrick Nagle (I) has lived in Lakeview for the past 17 years and has worked as an attorney for 19 years. Patrick currently serves as a federal Administrative Law Judge. He has been an ELVN member for the past several years and is a member of Alderman Cappleman’s Zoning Committee. 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.

Joshua Ring, a life-long Chicagoan, has lived in Lake View for 2 years. He, his wife and two teenage daughters live on Clifton just north of Wrigley Field and the Cubs offices. He works for The Gannett/USA Today Network downtown as an Integrated Director of Sales. He has served as President of his condominium association for the past two years and has been reelected to a third term. He is passionate about his home and neighborhood and looks forward to working with ELVN members to ensure that residents’ concerns are represented and addressed.

Tom Rothschild (I) has called East Lakeview home for 19 of the 21 years he has lived in Chicago. Currently the Treasurer of his condo association, Tom 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 the Aldermans’ offices.

Jim Spencer (I) has served on the ELVN board for the past four years as President. He also served on the board of the Lakeview Citizens Council. He has owned an apartment building in the neighborhood since 1996.

Heather Way-Kitzes (I) is the Manager, Government and Neighborhood Relations with the World Champion Chicago Cubs, a position she has held since 2015. Prior to her time with the Cubs, she served as the Executive Director of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. Living and working in Lakeview for nearly two decades has given her the opportunity to work with many community based organizations and serve on many local and regional boards. Her favorite thing about Lakeview is the people and their passion for their community; a passion she shares. A native Chicagoan, Heather studied journalism and art history at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is married with two kids and a small poodle.

Kit Welch (I) 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 serving on the Boards of The Legacy Project and the Grace Condos Association. Kit is also an avid SCUBA diver and volunteer at The Shedd Aquarium.

CORRECTED: ELVN Board Election Candidates

The following candidates have been tentatively nominated as candidates to the East Lake View Neighbors Board of Directors. There are 7 open seats. The election will take place on March 13, 2018, at the ELVN Annual Meeting.

John Fitterer
Heather Way-Kitzes
Chester Kropidlowski
Kit Welch
Marty Malone
Tom Rothschild
Jim Spencer
Brandon Cunningham
Terie Kata
Patrick Nagle
Justin Kreindler
Joshua Ring
Maggie Koehler