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Follow up to Tuesday’s meeting

I would like to thank Reverend Joy Douglas Strome, Pastor of Lakeview Presbyterian Church, for hosting our quarterly General/Community meeting on Tuesday night. Reverend Strome highlighted some exciting Summer programs that the Church will be conducting. She also discussed the remarkable plans for the proposed new building project. For more information, please go to lakeviewpresbyterian.org.

We had a great turnout for the meeting. Approximately one hundred (100) people from the community came to hear about Alderman Tom Tunney’s proposed Sports Plaza Ordinance and to hear from the Cubs about their competing Patio Liquor License application. These two (2) opposing proposals have received a lot of attention in the press. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the Cubs and to Alderman Tunney and his staff for their informative presentations.

Regardless of how you may feel about either plan, I urge you to take this rare opportunity to have an impact on what happens in our neighborhood. Please take a few moments to send an email to Commissioner Steadman at BACPliquorcommission@cityofchicago.org. Please send a copy to Alderman Tunney at ward44@cityofchicago.org. In your letter, please state your support or opposition to the Cubs/Ricketts Patio liquor License Application and briefly state why you are opposed to or in favor of the license. Additionally, please be sure to include your address so that the Commissioner knows that you an area resident and not a fan from outside of the neighborhood.

As I write this letter, the Cubs have sent people out to collect signatures on a petition in support for their Patio Liquor License. This may be the last and best opportunity for the residents to have a say in what happens in our neighborhood.

The deadline to have your opinion considered by the Commissioner is 5:00 today. Please send your email to BACPliquorcommission@cityofchicago.org. Please send a copy to the Alderman at ward44@cityofchicago.org.

Thank you,

Jim Spencer
President, East Lake View Neighbors Association

Cubs Patio Liquor Application

East Lake View Neighbors will be holding a general/Community meeting tomorrow evening, Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. The Auditorium is located on Addison Street, adjacent to the Sanctuary.

Among the topics to be discussed, we will consider the Cubs patio Liquor Application for their planned Plaza and Alderman Tunney’s pending Plaza Ordinance. The Alderman and the Cubs will be present to discuss their proposals. This topic has gotten a lot of press coverage and has proven to be quite controversial. This meeting will be an excellent opportunity to decide, for yourselves, what you want in our neighborhood.

Regardless of your feelings on the matter, the Alderman, the Cubs, and the community will appreciate your input. The deadline to express your support or opposition to either proposal is Thursday, June 9, 2016. Please send an email to the Chicago liquor Commission at BACPLiquorCommission@cityofchicago.org and copy Alderman Tunney at Ward44@cityofchicago.org.

This is a rare chance for the residents of East Lakeview to be heard and fully considered regarding what happens in our neighborhood.

Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field

Via Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th Ward

cubslogoOpening Day for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field is just around the corner on Monday, April 11 at 7:05 pm where the Cubbies play the Cincinnati Reds. Click here to see the 2016 Cubs schedule.

Please remember that on Cubs Night Games, zone 383 Residential Permit Parking on streets north of Belmont begins at 5:00 pm. Vehicles that are not displaying the proper permits may be ticketed and towed. Please call (866) 427-3869 to report any parking violations. All night games are scheduled to begin at 7:05 pm, unless otherwise noted. Below is more information and tips on Opening Day.

2016 Cubs Opening Day Information

As Wrigley Field is preparing for the upcoming baseball season, expect increased traffic and delivery trucks in the area surrounding the ballpark as well as to local businesses along Clark, Sheffield and Addison.

  • Opening Day is Monday April 11th – Game is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Gates will open 2 ½ hours prior to the game.
  • Testing for the Video Board may occur on April 9th and 10th from 8am to dusk.
  • The Wrigley Field Marquee was reinstalled this week beginning Wednesday, April 6th.
    Waveland between Clark and Sheffield will be open to two-way traffic beginning Monday, April 11th with a modified traffic pattern. Please note, Waveland may be temporarily closed to accommodate additional utility work on Non-Game Days.
  • Temporary No Parking Signs will be posted on Addison (North Side) from Fremont to Sheffield and Halsted (West Side) from Addison to the alley (between 3600 Halsted building and Whole Foods) on Monday, April 11th from 4pm to Midnight. Vehicles parked in violation of the posted signs will be ticketed and towed.
  • Residential Permit Parking (Zone 383) will be strictly enforced. As an added neighborhood protection, Permit Parking Zone 383 from Belmont to Irving and Broadway to Ashland within the 44th Ward is a Tow Zone from 5pm to 10pm. Vehicles parked in violation of Residential Permit Parking regulations are subject to ticket and/or tow beginning at 5pm for all night games
  • Residential Parking Guest Passes are valid on night games. They must be properly completed and displayed on the passenger side windshield no later than 5pm.
  • It is illegal for any person or organization, to offer for sale, expose for sale or acquire for the purpose of sale, any residential parking permit or daily parking permit. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $1,500 and banned from further purchasing of residential daily parking permits.
  • Reminder: There is No Parking on Addison (North Side) from Clark to Ashland from 4pm until 11:30pm during all night games and on Eddy (North Side) from Racine East to the first alley two hours before until one hour after all baseball games.
  • Priority Towing will take place in all special areas designated as No Parking (Clark, Addison, Eddy, etc.).
  • Vehicles in violation of parking regulations resulting in a public safety hazard, such as Bus Stops, No Parking/Tow Zones, crosswalks, driveways, alleys, etc., are subject to immediate ticket and tow.
  • The Cubs Hotline is operated one hour before until two hours after all baseball games. To report night game parking violations and other quality of life issues, please call 1-866-427-3869.
  • During Pre & Post Game, at the discretion of the Police and/or OEMC, Addison between Racine and Halsted may be closed to vehicular traffic as a public safety measure. Traffic will be rerouted North/South on Racine and Halsted. While this may be inconvenient, public safety is of the utmost importance.
  • To view the Cubs Opening Day Preparations, please view their newsletter here.

Medical Cannabis Dispensary Community Meeting: Tuesday, November 17

Via Ald. Tom Tunney

Community Meeting Notice

Please join us for a community meeting to discuss a proposed special use to establish a medical cannabis dispensary at 3812 N. Clark Street. The team from MedMar Inc. will present their plans for the dispensary and answer questions from neighbors.

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 17, 2015
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison

This is the first community meeting for the proposal at this location and your feedback is important. More information and updates are posted on the 44th Ward website.  Feel free to email Ward44@cityofchicago.org or call 773.525.6034 for more information.


Zac Brown Band Concert Traffic and Parking

Via Alderman Tom Tunney

Zac Brown Band Concert: Saturday, September 13th at Wrigley Field at 7:00 pm

Parking Restriction

  • Clark -Newport to Addison (both sides of the street)

        9/13 from 2:00pm-Midnight

  • Clark -Waveland to Irving Park (east side only)

 9/13 from 2:00pm-Midnight

  • Clark- Patterson to Addison (west side only)

9/13 from 2:00pm-Midnight

  • Irving Park – Seminary to Southport (both sides)

 9/13 from 2:00pm – Midnight

  • Racine – Grace to Green Lot Entrance (East Side Only)

9/8 – 9/15 from 2:00pm -Midnight

Street Closures (Full Street Closures)

Sheffield (Addison to Waveland) Full Street Closure (except fire lane
9/10 thru 9/15)

Waveland (Sheffield to Kenmore) Full Street Closure (except fire lane)
9/10 thru 9/15

Limo and Taxi Information

In an effort to minimize the impact of traffic in the community around Wrigley Field, City departments have established the following pickup and drop-off regulations for taxis, limousines and car services for the concerts:

  • Limousines and car services must stage along Irving Park Road. All pickups must occur on Irving Park Road between Clark and Seminary (east of Clark).
  • Taxis are available and will be staged on Clark south of Addison along the southbound (western) curb.

Parking is available at the Cubs Remote Lot, located at 3900 N. Rockwell, with a free shuttle to the concert. The lot opens at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday September 13th.

What to Expect as Concert Setup/Takedown Takes Place

September 10th thru September 15th

  • Trucks, Crane(s), Forklift(s), etc. will beginning lining up on Waveland at approximately 7am (9/10) and proceed to Sheffield where they will be unloaded and move materials into the Ballpark.
  • Throughout the week, Wrigley Field will be transformed into a concert venue with the installation of staging, sound and lighting equipment. Seating areas will be added to Field.
  • The Lights at Wrigley Field will be on throughout the week as the Concert Setup/Takedown takes place as follows: Please note these times listed are approximate and subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

1. Wednesday September 10th until Midnight

2. Thursday September 11th until Midnight

3. Friday September 12th until 11pm

4. Saturday September 13th Overnight until Sunday morning

  • Trucks, Crane(s), Forklift(s), etc. will begin lining up on Waveland Saturday approximately 9pm where they will be loaded as materials are removed from the Ballpark.
  • Trucks will be traveling from the Green Lot at Grace & Racine to the ballpark during both setup and takedown. All work should be complete Monday 9/15

Sound & Lighting Checks

Sound Checks will begin on Thursday September 11th and are anticipated to be complete between 9pm and 10pm. Sound checks should also be anticipated on the day of the concert.
Lighting Checks will begin on Thursday September 11th and are anticipated to be complete by midnight. Additional lighting checks will take place on both Friday and Saturday.

Concert Day Highlights

  • Gates open at 5pm on Saturday 9/13
  • Performance begins at approximately 7pm with opening act Cheap Trick
  • Residential Permit Parking will be in effect. Vehicles parked in violation of the Residential Permit Parking regulations are subject to ticket.
  • Priority Towing will take place in all special areas designated as No Parking (Clark, Addison, & Waveland).
  • Vehicles parking in violation of parking regulations resulting in a public hazard, such as Bus Stops No Parking/Tow Zones, crosswalks, driveways, alleys, etc. will be strictly enforced and are subject to Ticket & Tow.
  • The Cubs Hotline will be open One Hour before until Two Hours after the concerts (1-866-4CPD TOW).
  • During Pre & Post Concerts, at the discretion of the Police and/or OEMC, Addison between Racine and Halsted may be closed to vehicular traffic as a Public Safety measure. Traffic will then be rerouted North/South on Racine/Halsted. While this may be inconvenient, public safety is of the utmost importance.
  • “Hospitality Teams” an independent third party hired by the Chicago Cubs will be throughout the neighborhood between 9pm and 1am. The team aims to provide a visible presence in the community and provide post-concert crowd observation and incident response. Look for the team in bright yellow jerseys!
  • Residents are encouraged to contact either the Night Game Hotline or 911 to report problems and issues

School Supply Drives

backtoschoolBoth Alderman Tom Tunney, 44th Ward, and Alderman James Cappleman, 46th Ward are sponsoring Fall School Supply Drives. ELVN members are encouraged to donate school supplies for the 2014-2015 school year. 

44th Ward School Supply Drive: Drop off any items below for grades K-8 at 3223 N Sheffield by Friday, August 22nd.

Notebooks, Folders, Markers, Crayons, Scissors, Pencils, Pens, One inch binders, Pencil holders (plastic or fabric), Pink Pearl erasers, Backpacks, Lunch boxes/re-usable bags, Boxes of Kleenex.

46th Ward School Supply Drive: Choose one of five ways you can participate:

  1. ​​Drop off supplies at Alderman Cappleman's Office, 4544 N Broadway. Please be aware that supplies will not be distributed directly to students from Ald. Cappleman's office. All donations will be delivered ot the schools for distribution to students.
  2. Drop off supplies at Uptown Hair Cuttery, 4434 N Broadway, during regular business hours, (M-F, 9-9, Sat 8-8, Sun 9-5).
  3. Shop directly from the Amazon Wish List, and all items will be delivered directly to Ald. Cappleman's office.
  4. Donate directly to Friends of the 46th Ward Schools through Paypal via the donate link on their website.
  5. Donate gift cards to Target, Office Max, Staples, Walgreens, or CVS. Please email Ald. Cappleman's office for a mailing address for donated gift cards (gift cards cannot be accepted at Ald. Cappleman's office).

For a complete list of suggested donations, visit 46thwardschools.weebly.com. Donations will be accepted until Labor Day.

Take the Pride Parade Survey

440px-Rainbow_flag_and_blue_skiesFrom Alderman Tom Tunney, 44th Ward:

"Each year, City departments meet to recap what went well and what can be improved upon after each Pride Parade. I have created a Pride Parade survey to hear from you as we continue to examine the pride parade route and evaluate all options for next year, which could include a move downtown. Please click here to take the survey. It will be available until Friday, September 5 and we will follow up with feedback from the survey."

ELVN encourages all its members and residents of the 44th and 46th Wards to take part in this survey.

Ald. Tom Tunney’s Annual Recycling Day – June 7

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WHERE: 330 W. Diversey Parkway

Alderman Tunney will be hosting his annual recycling day on Saturday, June 7 from 9:00am-Noon at 330 W. Diversey.

COM-2 Recycling Solutions will be collecting electronics.

Here's a list of what they will take: Computers & Peripherals, Office Equipment & Products, Small Home Appliances & Home Improvement Products, Home Entertainment, Software, CDs & DVDs Cintas Document Management will provide Document Shredding Service. Please remove all staples, paper/binder clips from your documents prior to arriving at the recycling station. Limit two boxes/containers per household. – See more at: http://www.44thward.org/local-events/?month=5&year=2014#cal97693

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival – June 7 & 8

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, June 7-8, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
WHERE: N. Sheffield from Belmont to School

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest will kick off Chicago's outdoor street fest season when it again welcomes the start of summer and warm weather. Located just steps from the bustling Belmont Red Line "El" stop, this wildly popular street festival in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood will again showcase the region's favorite tribute bands. This iconic fest (sponsored by the Central Lakeview Merchants Association) also features plenty of food and libations as well as artisans who will be rolling out their newest creative handiwork. – See more at: http://www.44thward.org/local-events/?month=5&year=2014#cal93627

44th Ward Mobile App for Android & iPhone Now Available

aldtunneyappVia Alderman Tom Tunney

Alderman Tom Tunney welcomes you to download the official 44th Ward App.  Our goal is to provide updated information to residents about the community and provide an easy way to communicate with our office.

The 44th Ward app allows users to report potholes and place city service requests such as graffiti removal, a street/alley light out and rodent baiting. It also provides information on street cleaning, residential parking, Cubs games, community alerts and important City programs.

Android users: Download the app in Google Play
iPhone users: Download the app in iTunes