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Emergency response exercise to be held at Wrigley Field

cubslogoVia the Chicago Cubs

Dear Wrigley Field Neighbor,

In support of our commitment to fan safety and emergency preparedness, the Chicago Cubs, in partnership with the Chicago Police Department (CPD), will hold an emergency response exercise at Wrigley Field from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT Thursday, July 14.

The exercise will involve CPD, Wrigley Field personnel, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the Chicago Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services.

Please note simulated ammunition and flashbangs will be used during the mock incident. To accommodate the exercise, Waveland Avenue from Clifton to Kenmore avenues will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT.

We appreciate your patience and support as we work to keep the confines friendly. If you have any questions, please contact us at neighbors@cubs.com.

The Chicago Cubs

More Sheffield Ave. updates and CAPS meeting reminder

The vacation of Sheffield Avenue had been scheduled as an agenda item for the Wednesday, November 6th meeting of the City Council Committee on Traffic and Public Way.  ELVN was advised that the Sheffield Avenue vacation was removed as an agenda item. We will advise you when it is rescheduled.

The changes to the right field wall also need to be reviewed and approved by the Landmarks Commission (312.744.3200 – landmarks@cityofchicago.org).

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks’ next regular meeting is on Thursday, November, 2013, at 12:45pm in City Hall, 121 N LaSalle St., 2nd Floor, in Room 201-A.

The Wrigley Field expansion is confirmed to be an agenda item. The discussion will include the recent changes to the Wrigley Field master plan. ELVN will be represented at the Landmarks Commission meeting.

Also, be reminded that the CAPS meeting for the ELVN area is tonight, Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7pm in the 19th District Community Room.

Lastly, check out this DNAinfo.com Chicago article: Lakeview District Lost More Than 100 Cops, New Petition Demands More Police

Ordinance for drastic changes to Sheffield Ave to come before City Council committee on Wednesday, November 6

On October 16, 2013, the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced into City Council an ordinance to authorize the vacation of City right-of-way on Sheffield Avenue in order to accommodate the further expansion of Wrigley Field.

This latest Cubs proposal calls for an additional extension of the right field wall further east into the Sheffield Avenue public right-of-way.  Sheffield Avenue will be narrowed to a width of 23 feet.  Residential parking will be prohibited along the east side of Sheffield.  Our community (including spaces lost on Waveland) will lose over 50 residential parking spaces for 365 days a year to benefit the Cubs on 80 plus days a year.  East Lake View Neighbors is concerned as to the resulting impacts to charter bus loading and to fire trucks and other emergency vehicle which now use Sheffield.

The picture shown below is a view looking north along Sheffield Avenue of the proposed design.



East Lake View Neighbors opposes the changes to Sheffield Avenue and has so advised the Chicago Cubs and the Office of the Mayor.

The ordinance will go before the City Council Committee on Transportation and Public Way at 10 AM on Wednesday November 6th in Room 201A City Hall.  There will be an opportunity to testify before the Committee as to community concerns regarding the changes to Sheffield.  East Lake View Neighbors will be represented at the Committee meeting.

If you wish to advise the Mayor as to your thoughts regarding the proposed changes to Sheffield, send an email to letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org.


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

Fire Sprinkler Mandate Virtual Town Hall Meeting this Wednesday

Via Alderman Cappleman, 46th Ward

Illinois State Fire Marshall logo“Thank you for sending your emails and letters over the last few weeks concerning the State Fire Marshall’s proposed rule requiring the retroactive installation of fire sprinkler systems in high-rise buildings, newly constructed single family homes, or certain businesses in Illinois.  As I have in recent weeks, residents, business owners, property owners and managers all over the 46th Ward have all expressed concerns and asked questions about the proposed mandate.”

“That is why I, along with Rep. Greg Harris, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Sen. Heather Steans, Ald. Joe Moore, Ald. Harry Osterman and representatives from the Chicago Fire Department will be hosting a town hall meeting to help answer questions about this proposed mandate and also discuss the current local fire safety laws and Chicago Life Safety Ordinances.  We want to hear your thoughts and opinions.”

Town Hall Meeting Details

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
6:30 – 7:30PM

  1. Attend the meeting in person at Loyola’s Cuneo Hall, 1032 W Sheridan, Room 109.
  2. View the virtual meeting on YouTube by visiting Rep. Kelly Cassidy’s YouTube Channel on the evening of the town hall meeting.
  3. If you have a Google account, you can join the Google Hangout which will allow you to post in the chat box and ask questions live. Fifteen minutes before the start of the event, the link to the Hangout will be posted on Representative Harris’ website at www.gregharris.org.

Questions may also be submitted beforehand via a Google form that can be accessed here.

If you would like to take a look at the rules in question, it begins on page 8,197 located here:

Lake View Needs Your Support!

Via Lake View Citizens’ Council


Dear Neighbors:

As many of us in the Lake View community are aware, this week will be an important milestone in the development not just of Wrigley Field, but a significant amount of the adjacent properties including the “Triangle” and former McDonald’s property.

Alderman Tunney has been fighting for the quality of life for our residents and needs your support this week.  You may be aware that Alderman Tunney is still seeking modifications to the planned development that is being reviewed by the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards.

Specifically, he is seeking a relocation of the hotel entrance away from Patterson Street, elimination of the pedestrian bridge over Clark and a 10 year moratorium on additional signage.  In addition, further plans to implement the Neighborhood Protections that were part of the original framework (protection, remote parking and traffic management) need to be agreed upon.

How do you feel about the proposed development?  Please make your voice heard at the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards meeting!


WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:00am
WHERE: City Hall, Council Chambers, 121 N LaSalle St., 2nd floor, Chicago IL 60602


Great rally! There’s still more we can do…

Thanks to everyone who came out to last night’s rally! It was great to see so many people brave the heat to support our neighborhood!

For those of you in the Loop this afternoon, you can continue to show your community support by stopping by the Planned Development committee meeting TODAY.  It’s going on right now and is expected to last past 5pm today in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 121 N LaSalle St.

More info to follow based on the outcome of today’s session. In the meantime, check out these photos from the “Wrigley Wrally” last night.

TONIGHT: Rally 6:30pm @ Clark & Patterson

Capture2Please join us tonight for the rally to request the city to negotiate and fully vet the proposed planned development for Wrigley Field prior to any approval.

YOUR support and your voice are needed to save our streets from being annexed to the Cubs and the area becoming a digital media circus and open container free-for-all.

Hope to see you there!

When: TONIGHT at 6:30pm
Where: Clark & Patterson

Also, don’t forget to take the survey at wrigleyresidents.com.  Time is running out to voice our concerns. Survey results will be tallied on Friday and presented to city officials.

Landmarks Commission Advisory


“The commission asked the team to include ‘everything we could think of’ in its request for new advertising. The commission approved the plan as part of the broader Wrigley Field renovation package but pulled out the proposals for the two big outfield signs, which will be considered at Thursday’s commission meeting.”

East Lake View Resident,

The June 28th Landmarks Commission meeting was attended by a large number of our Lake View Community.

The testimony given by ELVN was that we supported the renovation of Wrigley Field, but were opposed to the extension of Wrigley Field into the City right of way (especially the narrowing of Waveland Avenue), the 1000 square foot sign in right field, and the 6000 square foot jumbotron in left field.  These changes could change the ambiance and residential character of residential streets adjacent to Wrigley Field forever.

All elements of the Cubs renovation were approved by the Commission except for the 1000 square foot sign in right field and the 6000 square foot jumbotron in left field.  These two signs were deferred until the July 11th regular meeting of the Landmarks Commission.

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks will hold a regular meeting on THURSDAY, July 11, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Floor, in City Council Chambers.

Agenda includes:     Pre-Permit Submission – Outfield Signs

Be advised, the process to get City approval of the FRAMEWORK is quickly moving forward.  Note the following schedule of future meetings.  All meetings will be in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Floor, in City Council Chambers.

July 18, 11 AM – Plan Commission  The Wrigley Field Planned Development is the last item on the agenda and will be heard after the lunch break, about 1:30 PM.  The entire Planned Development is on the agenda (Ballpark, Hotel, Office, Plaza, Media Building, Bleacher Walls, and Signage)

July 23, 10 AM – Zoning Committee  The Zoning Committee will receive testimony and then vote on Planned Development.

July 24, 10 AM – City Council –The full City Council will vote on the Planned Development.

It is important that our community be fully represented at all meetings and the City and Mayor’s Office hear the concerns of the East Lake View community.  Plan to attend if you can.

We would also like to again bring to your attention the opportunity to participate in an online survey being conducted to document the concerns of the Lake View Community regarding the redevelopment of Wrigley Field and the adjacent area, (www.wrigleyresidents.com).  The results will be shared with the City of Chicago.