Category Archives: ELVN News

Jan 26 Community Crime Forum

ELVN’s next Community Crime Forum will take place on January 26 at 7:00 by Zoom.  Please register in advance to obtain the Zoom information to attend.  We have significantly expanded the number of permitted attendees. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. ELVN looks forward to seeing you on Zoom on January 26!

January Meeting Cancelled

In light of this month’s crime forums, East Lake View Neighbors will cancel its January 18 general meeting. We look forward to seeing you on January 26 at 7:00 for our next crime forum. The information for that event will be sent on the coming days.

Follow-up to the ELVN Crime Forum

Dear ELVN Friends,

Thank you to those who attended ELVN’s first crime forum and to all of our speakers.  We apologize for the technical problem that restricted the number of attendees on Zoom.  For ELVN’s next forum on January 26, we will use a different platform that will accommodate a greater number of participants.  Thank you to those who livestreamed the meeting to ensure that a greater portion of the community could watch the program in real time. The video of ELVN’s first crime forum will be posted to the ELVN web site at and will be sent by e-mail blast soon.

The information to attend ELVN’s next crime forum on January 26, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. will be provided in the coming weeks.  We look forward to seeing you then!


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