Nov 02

EVA Monday: Breaking down Chicago's budget

Tom Tresser, a founder of the activist CivicLab group, will speak at 7 pm in the Happy Village, 1058 N. Wolcott Ave. Tresser is editor of "Chicago Is Not Broke," a collection of budget reform essays.

...charges on 911 service. A public hearing is set for 10am Wednesday at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St.

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...plots strategy in a Nov. 11 organizing session at the Loyola University School of Law, 25 E. Pearson St.

    EVA Monday: Breaking down Chicago's budget
    As Chicago aldermen debate the city's 2018 budget, a budget skeptic on Monday gives the East Village Association a community development perspective on municipal finances. Tom Tresser, a founder of the activist CivicLab group, will speak at 7 pm in the Happy Village, 1058 N. Wolcott Ave.
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Oct 05

Landmark neglect draws Hopkins' attention

Scaffolding keeps the branch library at 1625 W. Chicago Ave. under wraps. Sick Fisher murals and sidewalk "yarn bombing" are attempts to draw interest to the building, staffer Stephanie Flinchbaugh told members. But the stalled maintenance project is out of the librarians' control.

The library's latest event has tapped a local resource: the Forbidden Root brewery at 1746 W. Chicago Ave. "Books & Brews" on Oct. 26 features adult beverages and discussion of I'll Take You...

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Pure Dairy site plans at 1936-44 W. Augusta Blvd. are on track for fall landmarks commission approval.

The Chicago Department of Transportation is meeting with the Polish Triangle Coalition on plans for the traffic plaza at Ashland and Milwaukee. Bugaj Architects drafted renderings to suggest the scope of work.

    Landmark neglect draws Hopkins' attention
    Ald. Brian Hopkins and EVA president Michael VanDam discuss landmark buildings at the Happy Village patio. East Village Association membership meeting Oct. 2, 2017Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. Ald. Brian Hopkins hopes to discourage neglect of landmark buildings. East Village Association members Monday gave him feedback on his plan to add teeth to the city's landmark ordinance.
    http://www.eastvillagechicago.org

Sep 14

Wells sheds light on ballpark night use

Rita Raichoudhuri, principal at Wells High School, discussed ballpark development behind the building at 936 N. Ashland Ave. Timeframe for completion is by Halloween.

    Wells sheds light on ballpark night use
    Ballfields will be lighted for night games at Wells High School. East Village Association membership meeting Sept. 11, 2017Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. President's Welcome Michael VanDam called the EVA community meeting together with a reminder: The board meets at 6:30pm Monday, Sept. 18.
    http://www.eastvillagechicago.org

Sep 11

Aldermen pledge police force boost

A capacity crowd of about 120 people filled the meeting, called on short notice, at the Bath House Cultural Center at 1019 N. Wolcott Ave.

Next steps are up for discussion at the next EVA meeting, 7pm Monday at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

    Aldermen pledge police force boost
    Capt. Phil Kwasinski addresses an Aug. 31 public safety meeting with Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno and Brian Hopkins. Two aldermen signed a pledge to fight for West Town police staffing at a Aug. 31 East Village Association special meeting. But they pushed back on notions of what they could get done.
    http://www.eastvillagechicago.org

Sep 11

Wells principal surveys improved turf

Artificial turf for soccer and baseball are being installed in a $3 million project behind the school at 936 N. Ashland Ave.

Monday's meeting starts at 7pm in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. The agenda is likely to include a recap on last month's West Town public safety meeting, at which aldermen pledged to reverse a decline in police manpower.

    Wells principal surveys improved turf
    Construction equipment prepares Wells grounds for artificial turf. Outgoing Wells High School principal Rita Raichoudhuri will discuss Field of Hope ballfield construction, school issues and her new Chicago Public Schools job at Monday's East Village Association meeting. Artificial turf for soccer and baseball are being installed in a $3 million project behind the school at 936 N.
    http://www.eastvillagechicago.org

Aug 30

Updated Sep 01

Public safety: Let your voice be heard on crime Thursday

Capt. Phil Kwasinski will be guest of the East Village Association and Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association in a special meeting at 6:30pm in Bath House Cultural Center, 1019 N. Wolcott Ave. Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno (1st Ward) and Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward) will attend.

    Public safety: Let your voice be heard on crime Thursday
    A public safety meeting Thursday will discuss personal safety, crime prevention and advocacy to increase police presence. Capt. Phil Kwasinski will be guest of the East Village Association and Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association in a special meeting at 6:30pm in Bath House Cultural Center, 1019 N. Wolcott Ave.
    http://www.eastvillagechicago.org

  • Bger East Village neighbor

    You can say what you want but again they are 2 votes out of 50. The real power is in the hands of the mayor. You can sit here and complain about our aldermen which accomplishes nothing or you can write the mayor and call the mayors office until the mayor makes more cops the top priority.

  • Been there, done that. What makes you think the Mayor will listen this time? This is about political control, not about public safety. It is in the Democrats' best interest to not pander to our needs. They want to divide and conquer (ie. maintain control). Why do you think McCarthy was ousted?

    BTW the real issues are with the County and State, which we seem to have zero access to. Think Kim Foxx and her security entourage will be open to a UKV meeting? Highly doubtful.

Aug 19

Updated Aug 22

Restaurant plan shakes Damen neighbors

Neighbors of a car-repair shop at 820 N. Damen Ave. oppose its conversion to a burger bar. In East Village Association board discussion, president Michael VanDam said that neighbors' nuisance concerns should take precedence.

...Half the seating would be outdoors, in a layout similar to Big Star taqueria at 1531 N. Damen Ave.

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In the board's planning discussion, committee chair Brian Foote said 855 N. Wolcott Ave. had been demolished and plans for a residential 3-flat were in Landmarks Commission review. A cottage at 912 N. Wolcott on an oversize lot is slated to be razed despite a $685,000 selling price.

In the board's planning discussion, committee chair Brian Foote said 855 N. Wolcott Ave. had been demolished and plans for a residential 3-flat were in Landmarks Commission review. A cottage at 912 N. Wolcott on an oversize lot is slated to be razed despite a $685,000 selling price.

Sidewalk patios: Parlor Pizza Bar has not restored landscaping at 1824 W. Division St. Ald. Proco Joe Moreno's office did not respond to inquiries.

    Restaurant plan shakes Damen neighbors
    A rendering for the Shake-It restaurant proposed at 820 N. Damen. East Village Association board meeting August 14, 2017West Town Bakery, 1916 W. Chicago Ave. Neighbors of a car-repair shop at 820 N. Damen Ave. oppose its conversion to a burger bar.
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  • Seeing as this is on the west side of the street, which is Ukrainian Village, not East Village, what does that neighborhood group have to say about it?

  • Bger East Village neighbor

    I actually read the story and at no point was there mention of the East Village Assn. opposing or supporting the plan and that's because they have not weighed in on the plan. They reported on a meeting, called for and hosted by Ald. Hopkins. The people who oppose the...

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    I actually read the story and at no point was there mention of the East Village Assn. opposing or supporting the plan and that's because they have not weighed in on the plan. They reported on a meeting, called for and hosted by Ald. Hopkins. The people who oppose the plan are the people who live adjacent to the proposed restaurant. They have a right to say what they think of the project and that's what they did. From what I heard, the mechanic just signed a multi-year lease to continue operating at that site and found out about the project from a news article. Something is very odd about that.

Aug 18

Ashland liquor gets EVA consent

Paulette Lombardi of Market Select, 912 N. Ashland.

Sabroso Mexican Grill opened 3 weeks ago at 941 N. Damen. The restaurant is BYOB and awaiting a liquor license, said co-owner : Luis Escobar.

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...four years ago on an adjoining stretch of Ashland for a similar concept, Garden Gourmet, 1130 N. Ashland Ave., under a plan of operation approved by EVA. Today, there is a request for a...

820 N. Damen

...discussion hosted by the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association on Aug. 10 at Columbus School (between Leavitt and Hoyne) at 6pm to foster a discussion. Ald. Brian Hopkins will be present to hear comments...

835 N. Wolcott: EVA PPD is working with the Aldermanand planning commission for plans.

LaSalle II: The magnet school at 1148 N. Honore St. is seeking nominations for Local School Council elections.

Field of Hope: Athletic field construction continues at Wells High School, 936 N. Ashland Ave. Rita Raichoudhuri will leave as principal to run the Chicago Public Schools' college support office.

    Ashland liquor gets EVA consent
    Paulette Lombardi of Market Select, 912 N. Ashland. By Michelle Hayward Michael VanDam called the community meeting to order. Business Minute Sabroso Mexican Grill opened 3 weeks ago at 941 N. Damen. The restaurant is BYOB and awaiting a liquor license, said co-owner : Luis Escobar.
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