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

October 13, 2020 East Lakeview Neighbors Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 6:00 p.m. 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
  • Terie Kata
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Marty Wallace
  • Gene O’Neill
  • Patrick Carlson

6th District State Senators Sara Feigenholtz Office Update – Henry Maltezos

  • Don’t forget to fill out Census
  • Vote by mail help
    • BIG Grants still available, get your applications in
    • Unemployment benefits is currently the most common issue.
      • People can’t get through to IDES with issues
      • People have had their identities stolen and applied for unemployment
    • Contact 773-296-4141

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

  • Contact (773) 348-8974
  • Please contact office if you need additional help with IDES benefits or fraud.
  • Census Deadline is coming, please fill out before September 30th deadline.
  • Make a plan for voting. Get your mail in ballot as early as possible and returned to make sure your vote is counted. Visit
  • Ballot drop boxes are available at every early voting site Fraudulent drop boxes have popped up in California, be vigilant.
  • Don’t forget to get your flu shot, incredibly important this year with COVID as a focus.
  • Saturday 9-12 prescription medicine safe disposal

Q&A at meeting

Q: Can anyone vote at any early voting site? Yes

Bridget Gainer

  • Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office contact: and (312) 603-4210
  • Small business grants still available through the county
  • Safety around highways and Lake Shore Drive Plate readers
  • Introducing the county budget next week, the budget will be balanced
  • Robust conversation about funding for Law enforcement and courts. This is about 25% of total budget

5th Congressional District Update – Ellie Song

  • Offices are open for phone and Email
  • Please reach out to office with Immigration issues.
  • Office is available to help with seniors issues including Life line phone service
  • Office can help facilitate IRS issues

46th Ward Update –Alderman James Cappleman

  • Business interruption grants now available, $220 million in new funding
  • Seminary shared street, CDOT placing signs is underway
  • 2020 City of Chicago budget shortfall stands at $800 million. City needs input on budget.
  • Accessory dwelling units ordinance coming to help with affordable housing by allowing things such as coach houses and dwellings above garages.

## Q&A at meeting

How can we give feedback on the city budget? : Follow link

What is the Seminary shared street? : A way to slow traffic and make street more pedestrian friendly.

Where will elevated train be getting cleaned under? : Seminary and Waveland

Can under elevated train lights be turned back on for safety? : Office will continue to pester CTA about this issue, they are being slow to respond.

44th Ward Update –Alderman Tom Tunney & neighborhood liaison Calvin Cottrell

  • Contact Info – or at (773) 525-6034
  • Look for information on ward website and get on the ward email list
  • Early voting is at Interamerican School on Waveland
  • Street closures for expanded outdoor seating has been a success
  • 19th district will be taking public feedback to form a strategic plan for next year Oct 24th noon to 4pm. Share your opinions to help make us all safer.
  • Budget conversations

Q: what can we do about abandoned bikes on bike racks in the neighborhood? : Bikes are recycled with not for profits. Owners of bikes are attempted to contact with a not on bike before removal.

Cubs Update – Heather Way Kitzes

  • Very quiet winter
  • No events at Gallagher way this winter
  • Book drive coming up, books to go to local schools. Details will follow.

Special Thank You to Heather and Brandon for cleanup in Kelly Park

Treasurer Report: Aileen Tien

  • 32,000 currently in bank account.
  • Expenditures include PO Box and Website work

(Q&A at meeting)

Oktoberfest Update: Patrick Nagle

  • Oktoberfest 2021 is 369 days away

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • Armed Robbery during daylight hours.
  • Virtual CAPS meeting is coming up, please attend.

Howard Brown Youth Center: Noah Luken

  • 1023 W Irving Park Road
  • Masonry building
  • Patch work quilt façade
  • June 2021 projected completion
  • Moving and expanding existing operation from nearby Broadway Avenue location

Q&A at meeting

Have you had youths hanging out after hours? : No, safety coordinator is on site till close and is last one to leave property.

What if a client causes a problem in the neighborhood and runs into the youth center? : Howard Brown will follow the law.

Do youths have somewhere to go after the shelter closes? : Youth shelters, but there is limited supply of available beds.

Why isn’t housing more of a service provided by Howard Brown? : Housing has not been a part of Howard Browns offerings in the past, and there are no plans to offer it.

New/Old Business

  • Kim Walz, throwing a Halloween party Saturday for the kids at the house of the good shepherd battered woman’s shelter. Can use volunteers and needs donations of hats, gloves and other winter items. Also needs supplies for virtual learning.
This Saturday from 12-1:30, DM me if you would like to help! We can always use more candy. For hats/scarves/gloves there are 8 moms (as of today) and 16 kids. 4 girls under age 1; 4 kids ages 2-3 (1 boy, 3 girls); 3 kids ages 4-5 (2 boys and 2 girls); 3 kids ages 6-8 ( 1 boy,2 girls); 2 teens ages 15-17 (1 boy 1 girl). You can drop off any items for the party to me before the event at 3550 N. Lake Shore Drive or if you have something the day of the event you can bring to the shelter at Clifton/Grace.
  • Get in the Kitchen Cooking School. Pairs something fun with cooking. Has a culinary gadget store.
  • Next meeting will be held over Zoom on November 10th at 6:00pm. Please continue to note the new start time.

October 13th Meeting Agenda

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

ELVN will hold its monthly meeting on Zoom on October 13, 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. I hope to see you then.


  1. Call to order
  2. Congressional Update-Office of Congressman Quigley
  3. State Senate Update-Office of Sen. Feigenholtz
  4. State Representative Update-Office of Rep. Pizer
  5. County Commissioner Bridget Gainer
  6. 46th Ward Update
  7. 44th Ward Update
  8. Cubs Update
  9. Treasurer’s Report
  10. Crime Update
  11. New Business/Old Business
    1. Get In The Kitchen-License Application
    2. 3660 N. Lake Shore Drive Project
    3. Seminary Shared Street Project-Chester Kropidlowski​
    4. Next meeting is November 10, 2020 on Zoom
  12. Adjournment/Closed Session

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