Resources for Seniors

Senior Food Drive

3656 N. Halsted M-F, 9am – 6pm Donation Drop-offs welcome

General Foods

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Deli Meat
  • Cheese
  • Pasta and Pasta Sauce
  • Canned soups
  • Fresh Fruit (apples/oranges/bananas)
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Frozen Pizzas

Meats

  • Ground Beef, Turkey, Chicken
  • Hamburger Patties

Paper Products

  • Toilet Paper
  • Tissues
  • Paper Towels

Cleaning Products

  • Clorox Spray
  • Pine Sol
  • Spic And Span
  • Hand Sanitizer

Other

  • Reusable Masks (50)
  • Whole Foods + Jewell Gift Cards

Financial donations: CenterOnHalsted.org/donate

19th District Senior Resource List

Resource What do they do? Phone Number Email Website
IL Senior Helpline Offer information on services available, such as, food, transportation, and medical 800-252-8966 or 888-206-1327 (toll-free) N/A link
Chicago Services for Seniors Offers information on services available through Chicago, ex. meals and transportation 312-744-4016 N/A Link
Lakeview Food Pantry Food pantry has Senior Home Delivery options 773-525-1777 x224 eva@lakeviewpantry.org Link
COVID-19 Helpline Speak with a registered nurse about symptoms and answer questions 630-444-7411 N/A N/A
IL Dept of Public Health Updates and references to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 800-889-3931 N/A Link
Disaster Crisis Counseling Disaster Distress Helpline – if you are feeling anxious during the pandemic reach out 800-985-5990 N/A N/A
Domestic Violence Hotline Resource on how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of Domestic Violence 877-863-6338 N/A Link
Chicago Coronavirus Response Center Information regarding Chicago and COVID-19 updates 311 or 312-746-4835 coronavirus@chicago.gov Link
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Hotline to call if you are feeling anxiety, depressed, or suicidal. 800-273-TALK (8255) N/A N/A
SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline Hotline for elderly LGTQ, call if you are feeling anxiety, depressed, or suicidal. 877-360-LGBT (5428) N/A N/A
TELEGROCER Online services to have groceries delivered 847-726-1481 N/A Link
INSTACART Online services to have groceries delivered N/A N/A Link

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Guide

General Resources

State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Site

Provides updated information on cases, steps to prepare and prevent spread, resources from the CDC, economic resources, and FAQs.

CDC

General City Information

Financial

Illinois Department of Employment Security: 1-800-244-5631

Individuals can apply for unemployment due to COVID-19.

Bartender Emergency Assistance: foundation@usbg.org

Bartenders, barbacks and cocktail servers in need of support can apply for the United States Bartender Guild’s National Charity Foundation. The organization is offering emergency grants for bartenders. You do not need to be a member to apply.

Emergency Rental Assistance

Financial assistance to individuals facing eviction and at risk of experiencing homelessness (can only help with rent, not security deposits).
Applications must be in person

  • Englewood Center, 1140 W. 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60620, 312-747-0200
  • Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612, 312-746-5400
  • King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653, 312-747-2300
  • North Area, 845 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, 312- 744-2580
  • South Chicago, 8650 S. Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617, 312-747-0500
  • Trina Davila, 4312 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639, 312-744-2014

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Multilingual, multicultural, information referral, safety planning for dating and domestic violence survivors or anyone concerned about a survivor. Offers linkage to open domestic violence shelters and housing options.

Benefits Outreach Team (Chicago Food Bank): 773-843-5416

Free confidential hotline that assists with applying for/currently have SNAP and Medicaid. Provides referrals to other public benefits. Available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm.

Shelters/Housing

Contact 311 to learn about openings in local shelters and apply for emergency rental assistance. 311 can coordinate transportation to shelter services which may require going to another location, such as a police station or hospital.

Food

Find the closest food pantry/bank to you.

Chicago Public Schools: 773-533-KIDS (5437) (emergency delivery)

Provides free meals for families from 9am-1pm Monday through Friday throughout closure. Chicago Public Schools Families can pick up free food boxes at any CPS school. Boxes contain three days’ worth of breakfast and lunch for every student in the household. Food-pick up is held outdoors.

Lakeview Pantry: 773-525-1777

Offers food market locations in Lakeview, Humboldt Park, and Ravenswood neighborhoods.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Enter an address/zip code to find nearby food pantries, soup kitchens, and mobile food distribution. With a few exceptions, The Greater Chicago Food Depository and their network of 700 partner agencies and programs remains open. They recommend calling before you go to confirm program hours and requirements: (773) 247-3663.

Catholic Charities Chicago Casa Catalina at 47th and Ashland

  • Hosting a food pantry on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
  • First-come, first-served.

Western Suburban Community Pantry

Mobile food pantry serving the following areas:

  • WIllowbrook
  • Bolingbrook
  • Romeoville

Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry for Aurora, IL residents: (630) 897-5431

DuPage County Food Pantry: (630) 407-6500

Lake Country Food Bank, Pantry and Soup Kitchen directory

Tinley Park Food Pantry

  • 6875 173rd PL 60477
  • (708) 614-7739
  • Serves Tinley Park and Orland Hills

More Food Pantries

Catholic Charities Daybreak Center in Joliet

  • 611 E Cass St, Joliet
  • Shepherd’s Table – Free bagged lunches to pick up outside the door

Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet Mobile Food Pantries

  • 3-20-20: St. Joseph Parish, 211 N. Center Ave., Bradley 10–11:30am
  • 3-26-20: St. Mary Immaculate, 16529 IL Rte. 59, Plainfield 5–6:30pm
  • 3-27-20: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 205 E. Jackson St., Joliet 10-11:30am

Northern Illinois Food Pantry

Additional Food Resources to be aware of

Stores with Special Senior Hours

  • Whole Foods, Every day, 8-9am: “seniors 60+”
  • Mariano’s, Every day, 6-8am: “those most at-risk”
  • Target, Every day, 8-9am: “seniors & those with underlying health issues”
  • Dollar General, Every day, 8-9am: “dedicated to our senior shoppers”
  • Jewel-Osco, Tu/Th, 7-9am: “seniors, pregnant women & immunocompromised”
  • Walmart, Tuesdays, 6-7am: “seniors 60+”

More information from NBC

Grocery Delivery

Dining at a Distance™

Find restaurants in the Chicago area are open for take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery during the lockdown of Chicago’s restaurants and bars during COVID-19:

Elderly (65+)

Meals on Wheels

Form My Block, Senior Viral Response

  • Delivers food and sanitary supplies to seniors

Home Delivered Meals

  • Delivers meals for homebound older persons (60 or older)

Employment

Unemployment benefits are available to those whose hours have been reduced or who have lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19) measures. Individuals who must stay home because of a government-recommended quarantine are eligible for unemployment benefits. Those who have a COVID-19 diagnosis or must stay at home with someone with a COVID-19 diagnosis are also eligible. To file for unemployment on line visit Illinois.gov.

Know Your Responsibilities and Ask for Help.

If you have questions, please visit an IDES office​​ or call (800) 244-5631

YWCA Metro Chicago: The Workforce Team will be also available to link you to employment opportunities. Please contact us at jobs@ywcachicago.org

Services

Childcare

  • For Chicago Early Learning Centers operating in a Chicago Public School setting are suspended for two weeks starting 3/16/2020. The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) said that funding will remain available for all early learning and childcare agencies while their operations are temporarily interrupted

Education

  • Internet Access: Free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households
  • Books: Free access to L’il Libros worksheets for kids
  • PBS: Starting Monday, March 16, students in Pre-K through 12th grade will have the opportunity to access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays
  • Math programs: MIND Research Institute is offering no cost access to a free math instructional program for students in grades K-8
  • Books and online learning experiences: Scholastic offers free, online learning experiences for kids of all ages.

Other Online Educational Resources

Community Resources & Sharing

The Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help page was created by community organizers to offer a simple way for people in the Chicago area to ask others for assistance.

Housing

Rental Assistance

The rental assistance program provides financial assistance to Chicago residents, directly related to the prevention of homelessness, to eligible individuals and families. For more information visit Chicago.gov.

Chicago residents can apply at one of the 6 Community Service Centers locations:

  • Englewood Center, 1140 W. 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60620, 312-747-0200
  • Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612, 312-746-5400
  • King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653, 312-747-2300
  • North Area, 845 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, 312- 744-2580
  • South Chicago, 8650 S. Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617, 312-747-0500
  • Trina Davila, 4312 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639, 312-744-2014

Utilities

Family Services

Catholic Charities of Chicago: (312) 655-7700

  • Food pantries and social services have not been interrupted
  • Counseling and case management are being held remotely
  • Home care services for the elderly and disabled have not been suspended

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet

  • Serves DuPage, Will, Kankakee, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kendall counties
  • (Very) limited financial assistance for basic needs and for immigration fees that go to US Dept. of Homeland Security (DACA renewal, naturalization, green card, etc.)
  • Provides referrals and education for other services and information about immigration
  • Contact Laura Bohorquez, 630-519-6533
  • Catholic Charities of Lake Country: (847) 782-4000

Health

Chicago Department of Public Health: Health Alert Network

  • Offers up to date alerts regarding outpatient healthcare facilities and hospitals treating COVID-19 patients
  • Other healthcare resources and updates

Access DuPage

  • Connects low income and uninsured DuPage County Residents to affordable health services. To be eligible for Access DuPage, you must:
  • Be a permanent DuPage County resident for at least 60 days (this means that you live or intend to live in DuPage County year-round)
  • Be over the age of 19
  • Have a household income at or below 200% of the current federal poverty guidelines
  • Not be eligible for health care programs such as (Medicaid, Medicare, employer-sponsored insurance, student health services, COBRA, SSI, Family Care, Veterans Benefits, etc.)

The Health Department is the only place that is currently (as of 3/18/20) accepting applications, and they are being done over the phone. Call 630-682-7400 to set up an application appointment. The organization is working to provide orientations online. We are also extending the cards of those who were set to expire in March/April (may be extended depending on this situation)

DuPage Dispensary of Hope

Offers qualifying uninsured patients’ certain medications at no cost. The Dispensary of Hope is open. Please check the website to see the formulary and bring a valid prescription

Mental Health

  • The National Alliance of Mental Illness has issued a Resources and Information Guide for COVID-19. For more details, visit NAMI.org.
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (800) 985-5990
  • NAMI general Helpline (800) 950-NAMI (6264) Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm EST for mental health resources.

Economic Assistance

  • One Fair Wage is providing economic assistance for tipped and service workers
  • United Way Covid-19 Economic Relief Fund: (866) 211-9966. Call for assistance with bills, rent, and food.

April 14 ELVN Agenda

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

East Lake View Neighbors hopes that you and your family are well. In an effort to keep our community connected until we can meet in person, ELVN will hold its monthly meeting virtually on April 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to Michael Zink at mizink9@hotmail.com for details. The Agenda for the meeting is at the end of this message.

At the February 4 ELVN meeting, the following candidates were elected to the ELVN Board of Directors:

  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Megan Grochowiak
  • Heather Way Kitzes
  • Maggie Koehler
  • Patrick Nagle
  • Gregory Ratcliff
  • Tom Rothschild
  • Kit Welch

Additionally at the February 4 ELVN meeting, voters elected to expand the boundaries of ELVN. Accordingly, the new borders of ELVN are:

  • North: W. Irving Park Road (IL Route 19)
  • 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 (IL Route 19) to Addison Street, and the 700 W. demarcation from Addison Street to Belmont Avenue (including both sides of Elaine Place)

The Board selected the following as ELVN Officers for 2020-21:

  • Michael Zink, President
  • Patrick Nagle, Vice-President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • Brian Murphy, Secretary

The Board selected Terie Kata to act as the 5th member of the ELVN Executive Committee with the Officers for 2020-21.

Pursuant to the ELVN Bylaws, the Board of Directors selected to expand the number of Board seats to 17, which created 2 new seats. The ELVN Board appointed Maureen Martino and Tim Lindsay to these seats.

The agenda for the April 14 meeting is below. We hope to see you next week!


ELVN Agenda

April 14, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

  1. Call to order
  2. Congressman Mike Quigley
  3. State Senator Sara Feigenholtz and/or Staffer
  4. State Representative Yoni Pizer
  5. Alderman Tom Tunney and/or Staffer-46th Ward Update
  6. Alderman James Cappleman and/or Staffer-44th Ward Update
  7. Cubs Update
  8. Treasurer’s Report
  9. New Business/Old Business
    1. Howard Brown Proposals
    2. ELVN State Representative Candidate Forum Feedback
  10. Adjournment/Closed Session

Smart911 Fact Sheet

What is Smart911?

Smart911 is a service that allows residents to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location. At a time when seconds count, Smart911 provides details that could impact response the second an emergency call is placed, which could be the difference between life and death.

How can I sign up?

You can sign up for Smart911 at www.smart911.com and create a Safety Profile for your household to give 9-1-1 valuable information about yourself, family members, your home, pets and even vehicles that will display automatically on the 9-1-1 call taker’s screen when you make an emergency call. It’s private and secure and you control what information is in your profile. These details can save seconds or even minutes during an emergency.

Information Handout About “Stay at Home” Order

  • Takes effect March 21st at 5pm until april 7th
  • Essential stores and businesses will still be open
  • You can go outside but continue to practice social distancing
    • 6 feet distance from others
    • No groups larger than 10 people

Important numbers and resources

Chicago department of public health

  • Call 312-746-4835 for updates or visit their website (1, 2) to sign up for email updates.

State of illinois coronavirus response (faq)

  • Call 800-889-3931 with any health related questions
  • Text your zip code to 888777 for updates sent directly to your cell phone

Always feel free to reach out to 19th district community policing office with any questions:

12th District Candidate Forum

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

East Lake View Neighbors will host a forum for Illinois House 12th District Candidates on March 3, 2020 at 7:00 at Horace Greeley Elementary School. Dorothy Tucker of CBS 2 Chicago will moderate the forum. Full details are below.

We want to hear from you about the topics of discussion! Please send proposed questions to Michael Zink at mizink9@hotmail.com. We will select the questions for the evening from your submissions.

Please come out on March 3 and learn more about our 12th District House candidates.

Illinois House 12th District Candidate Forum
Tuesday March 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Horace Greeley Elementary School
832 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60613

Moderated by Dorothy Tucker, WBBM Television

Community Alert: Residential Burglary — 19th District

About the Crime:

This alert gives notice to residents in the 19 th District of recent residential burglaries. In these incidents, the offender(s) made entry in the residence after they forced open the front and rear doors. The offender(s) then removed property from the homes and fled. In one incident, the offenders forced open a window to make entry.

Incident Times and Locations:

  • 3700 block of North Sheffield Ave on Feb. 1, 2020 between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • 900 block of West Oakdale Ave between Feb. 1, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. and Feb. 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
  • 700 block of West Belmont Ave on Feb 3, 2020 between 7:38 a.m. and 6:55 p.m.
  • 900 block of West Altgeld St. on Feb 3, 2020 at 1:24 p.m.
  • 800 block of West Buckingham Pl on Feb 3, 2020 between 8:50 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • 3900 block of North Janssen Ave on Feb 3, 2020 between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
  • 1000 block of West Leland Ave on Feb 7, 2020 between 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

About the Offender:

African-American male(s) wearing dark clothing, gloves and facemasks or scarves

What you can do:

  • Be aware of these crimes and alert other family and friends who live in the area.
  • Ensure your doors and windows are secure at all times.
  • If you have suspicious activity captured on video surveillance footage alert Police.
  • Pay special attention to suspicious individuals in the area and alert the Police.
  • Call 911 immediately if you are a victim or witness to a crime and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information.

If you have any information, contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area North (312) 744-8263

February 4th, 2020 Agenda

  1. Call to order 1, Board of Directors Election-Write-In Candidates and Introductions/Vote on Border Expansion
  2. 46th Ward Update
  3. 44th Ward Update
  4. Cubs Update
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Crime Update
    1. Burglaries via unlocked windows and doors
  7. New Business/Old Business
    1. Redefine the Drive
    2. Green Team Committee-Maggie Koehler/John Fitterer
    3. Next Meeting: March 3, 2020 at 7:00, 19th District Police Station
  8. Adjournment/Closed Session

January 7th, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Mike Zink at 7:00 p.m.

Directors Roll Call

Board Present:

  • Mike Zink, President
  • Aileen Tien, Treasurer
  • John Fitterer, Secretary
  • Patrick Carlson
  • Megan Cullen-Grochowiak
  • Brandon Cunningham
  • Terie Kata
  • Maggie Koehler
  • Brian Murphy
  • Jim Spencer
  • Marty Wallace
  • Kit Welch

46th Ward Update – Mike Zink for Alderman James Cappleman

  • CAPS Mtg on Jan 8 th at Police Station – transit crime as main topic
  • New Yorker residents meeting with developer of proposed neighbor building to east

44th Ward Update – Bennet Lawson for Alderman Tom Tunney

  • Meeting on Treasure Island development at Temple Shalom on Jan 14, 6:30pm
  • Christmas tree recycling – leave in alley and fill out pick-up form on Ald Tunney’s website
  • Sign up for Alderman Tunney’s newsletter by signing up on Ald. Tunney’s website
  • Newly renovated Merlo Library (644 W Belmont) set to re-open in Feb 2020
  • Q&A at meeting
    • Marijuana legal but not in public, and NOT while driving
    • Pedestrian bump-out at Clark and Grace will be tweaked

Cubs Update – Heather Way-Kitzes

  • Winterland has been closed for the season, but ice rink open thru mid-Feb
  • March 30 th is the Cubs Opener
  • To sign up for Cubs Neighbors emails come to Cubs office or email Neighbors@Cubs.com
  • Cubs scheduled concerts: Maroon5 (Jun), Green Day (Aug), Def Leppard/Motley Crue (Aug)
  • Q&A at meeting:
    • A thank-you for paving stones on north side of Waveland across from Wrigley
    • Cubs parking permits for Camry Lot available mid-March

Cubs/Tunney Item – Heather Way-Kitzes, Bennett Lawson

  • The City ordinance governing Gallagher Way expired at the end of 2019
  • A new version will be put into effect to start 2020:
    • Creates a new sunset date of November 2024.
    • The hours are simplified for everyone’s benefit:
    • Closing – 10:00 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 11:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday
    • Alcohol ends – 9:00 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 10:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday
    • It allows the service of spirits along with beer and wine.
    • It maintains the same hours and restrictions for baseball games and stadium events.
    • Restricts the plaza to ticket holders only during games and stadium events.
    • Clarifies the event formula – limiting High Impact Events to 12 per year, with no more than five being concerts. High Impact Events are defined as any concert, watch party or festival with more than 1000 people in attendance.
    • Adds language clarifying that only High Impact Special Events, with permits, are exempt from the City noise ordinance.
    • Adds language requiring sound level monitoring and reporting for plaza concerts, similar to concerts inside Wrigley.

Treasurers Report – Aileen Tien

  • Checking/Savings totals $39.8k, an decrease of $6.5k since November meeting
    • Main Credit items:
      • Earnings from Oktoberfest $2.4k
    • Main Debit items:
      • Oktoberfest expense for Murphy’s Bleachers $4.9k
      • Donations to 19 th Distr Police $1.0k, LakeView Pantry $3.0k
    • Ideas for deserving groups in need of donations can be sent to Friends@EastLakeView.org

Crime Update – Mike Zink

  • Armed robberies have occurred in the area. Take special awareness of surroundings, especially when walking alone.

New/Old Business

  • Under consideration to double size of ELVN boundaries with south boundary moving from Addison to Belmont – to be reviewed at the Feb 4 ELVN meeting
  • Marty Malone resigned from his board position to pursue public office; the executive committee plus one has appointed Megan Cullen Grochowiak to replace him
  • The ELVN Board election will be held at Feb 4 ELVN meeting
    • Eight seats are up for re-election
    • Currently there is a slate of 9 candidates running for board seats
    • ELVN members wanting to vote need have dues paid as of Jan 20, and must show up to vote in person on Feb 4
  • Redefine the Drive – Task force reviewing community input and will give status in June
  • Green Team
    • Terie Kata is leading the effort to have ELVN sponsor 2 City sculptures to display
      • One would be located in ELV area and the other in the Belmont Harbor area
    • The North Halsted organization is looking to beautify the Halsted Broadway corner
  • Future ELVN Meeting dates are as follows: Feb 4, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5, Jun 9 Aug 11, Sep 8, Oct 6, Nov 10

Adjournment at 7:55pm

2020 Slate of Nominees for the ELVN Board of Directors

Please see below the 2020 Slate of Nominees for the ELVN Board of Directors, listed in alphabetical order by each individual’s last name. Also take note of some quick reminders here:

  • January 7, 2020 – Next ELVN meeting will be held at the Addison police station starting at 7:00pm.
  • January 20, 2020 – You must submit your membership dues for 2020 by this date to be eligible to vote at the ELVN Annual Meeting. Visit the "Join ELVN" section of the ELVN website where you can submit dues via Paypal, or print a paper application.
  • February 4, 2020 – Elections will be held on this date during the ELVN Annual Meeting at the Addison police station starting at 7:00pm.

Brandon Cunningham

"I would like to run for re-election for the East Lakeview Neighbors Board. I have lived in Lakeview for 5 years and love our community. I have served on the ELVN board for the last year and have been an active participant on the Green Team and other ELVN initiatives. Seeing the work that ELVN does, and being a part of it, give me a stronger sense of community and the impact I can have as a concerned and active member. I also currently serve as the president of Kelly Park Advisory Council and volunteer with the Chicago Maritime Arts Center. Outside of volunteerism I work as a pilot and spend as much time as I can exploring our great city with my kids."

John Fitterer

John was born and raised in Chicago. He now lives in Lakeview in the 3700 block of Fremont with his wife Sandy. They have lived in Wrigleyville since 2014, moving in from the western suburbs where they raised their 3 kids (who are all Chicago north-siders now).  He is retired after having worked at ComEd for 35 years.  John has been on the ELVN Board since 2017 and became the Board Secretary in 2019.  He also volunteers at the Field Museum, and helps co-lead the Neighborhood Grounds Crew litter pickup group with sponsorship from the Cubs, Hefty, and Murphy’s Bleachers.

Megan Grochowiak

Megan is a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools system. She works within the boundaries of ELVN and is interested in improving this community.

Heather Way Kitzes

"Please consider my nomination for the East Lake View Neighbors board of directors. For the past five years, I have worked in the Chicago Cubs organization in the department of Community Affairs.  In my role, I serve as the neighborhood liaison which has given me a unique opportunity to get to know and be a part of the East Lake View Community. During this time, I co-founded the Neighborhood Grounds Crew, served on the ELVN Green Committee and helped raise money for Oktoberfest.  I previously served as a director of ELVN from 2017-2018. While serving, I chaired the By-Laws Committee which successfully drafted and passed new by-laws for the organization.   I have lived and worked in Lakeview since 1998 and have a firm of understanding of the top issues facing our community today: reducing crime, strengthening our schools, and advocating for responsible development.  I am running because I believe my experience and dedication to our community will help further the ELVN mission. Thank you for your consideration."

Maggie Koehler

Maggie has lived in East Lakeview since 2011 and was able to learn so much about the neighborhood from working for the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce for four years (2014-2018.) Maggie, her wife, Aimee Pine, and Boston Terrier rescue, Stan, love the diversity and close-knit community and exploring their neighborhood. Her day job is Office Manager at the law firm of Burke, Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. She has served on the East Lake View Neighbors as a board member since 2016 and especially enjoys serving on the Green Team committee working to beautify our neighborhood.

Patrick Nagle

Patrick has lived in Lakeview for the past 21 years and has worked as an attorney for 25 years. Patrick currently serves as a federal Administrative Law Judge. He has been an ELVN member for the past decade and has served as Vice-President of the organization since 2016. Over the course of the last five years, he has taken a lead role in organizing ELVN’s annual Oktoberfest charity event which has raised over $100,000 for local area causes. 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.

Gregory Ratcliff

"My background includes a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia, an M.B.A. in International Human Resources from Fairleigh Dickinson, and an M.S.W.  in Clinical Psychotherapy from Rutgers University. My career has spanned more than 30 years including experience in the profit and non-profit sectors. At Christie’s Auction House in Manhattan, I served as the principal human resources officer for the America’s and Asia. Christie’s is the world’s leading art business with sales exceeding six billion dollars.  My work experience also includes serving as a member of the executive management team at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York. GMHC annually provided social services to more than 10,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, operating at its peak with a budget exceeding 30 million dollars.

I have been a member of various boards in the past, currently serving as Assistant Secretary to the Board at 3920 N Lake Shore Drive.

Raised in Kansas City I moved to the New York area in 1992. My husband of 31 years and I recently retired, moving back to the Midwest and relocating to Lakeview in late 2018.  Since coming to Chicago. I have begun to volunteer in a variety of community-based organizations in the Lakeview area.

I have attended several ELVN meetings and am eager to become more involved as a board member. I hope to add to the existing work done by the current board and committee members in keeping our neighborhood a safe and enjoyable place to work and live.

Tom Rothschild

Tom has called East Lakeview home for 28 of the 33 years he has lived in Chicago. Currently the Treasurer of his condo association and 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 both Alderman Tunney’s and Cappleman’s offices.  Tom has had the opportunity to live and work within area for a number of years. He has been active in ELVN and Lakeview Pantry.  He seen many changes in the area and feels that being active in the ELVN organization has had a positive impact. Tom is currently a free-lance project manager.

Kit Welch

Kit 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 is the Vice President of The Legacy Project’s Board of Directors. In addition, she serves on the Grace Condos Association Board. Kit is also an avid SCUBA diver and volunteer at The Shedd Aquarium.