Blue Line remodel, medical marijuana plans take shape

East Village Association board minutes for Nov. 10, 2014, submitted by Catherine Garypie

Aldermanic debate

Dates are Jan. 29 (1st Ward), Feb, 15 (2nd Ward). Andy Shaw of Better Government Association will host, Wells High auditorium is rented, other associations are on board. Shaw may have format ideas. Wells students can submit questions.

December meeting/holiday party

Neal McKnight will check venues for Monday evening Dec. 8.

Aldermanic speakers at upcoming meetings

Dec. 1: Wilson, Shaw, Hopkins; Jan. 5: Moreno, Pattison; Feb. 2: Pfingsten, Buenrostro.

Polish Triangle

An online survey drew 1,200 responses; the majority want a traditional entrance design for the Blue Line station at Division, keeping the fountain and placing canopies over the subway. The traditional design costs $600,000, twice the price of the "modern" choice. McKnight will propose that we get specifications for the canopy foundation to get art on top of the canopy.

Studio Gang has been invited to get involved. EVA board members will attend the next meeting with the CTA. The next meeting is with local businesses. A number of entities are involved, and it's unclear how much influence EVA will have in the process.

EVA drafts demolition delay proposal

East Village Association minutes for Nov. 3, 2014, submitted by Catherine Garypie

HISTORIC PRESERVATION: Erica Ruggiero, Preservation Chicago advocacy director

Chicago's demolition delay ordinance relies on properties identified in the 1995 Chicago Historic Resources Survey. The survey's original purpose wasn't to support the ordinance, yet that's how the city identifies properties to preserve. Buildings are identified by color:

  • RED properties possess some architectural feature or historical association that made them potentially significant in the city, state or nation. About 300 properties are categorized as Red.
  • ORANGE properties possess some architectural feature or historical association that made them potentially significant in the community. About 9,600 properties are categorized as Orange.
  • GREEN, YELLOW-GREEN, and YELLOW properties are generally considered either too altered or lacking individual significance to be included in the survey's database.
  • BLUE properties are constructed after 1940 and were generally not included in the database.

The problem is that many non-Red properties in the survey, as well as historically significant properties that did not make it onto the survey, are not being fully evaluated and are being lost.

Significantly, the Illinois Historic Structures Survey, an inventory of places of purely architectural interest completed in the early 1970s, included many Chicago buildings not included in the Chicago survey. For example, 1,100 properties in West Town were identified by the state, but not the city. Those properties are essentially unprotected.

Preservation Chicago has been working with the East Village Association and several other groups to craft a proposal to address gaps in current law causing loss of historic structures in Chicago. This is an effort to address historic preservation issues in the entire city, not just in East Village.

Division Street bars, neighbors meet on trash pickup

Division Street bar owners and neighbors are meeting Wednesday to resolve noise issues from early morning garbage pickup.

The meeting's at 5pm in SmallBar, 1049 W. Division St. Ald. Proco Joe Moreno's lining up bar owners and their private trash haulers to attend.

Residents on Division Street and Haddon Avenue west of Damen Avenue want to limit pickups hours. City ordinance bans noise from loading or unloading garbage cans between 10pm and 7am. That includes dumping bottles and cans in the trash bins.

For more information, contact Kirby Daniels at (312) 714-4460.

Ward debate, CTA Blue Line plans

Andrew Hamilton and Steve Niketopoulos speak at the Oct. 6 meeting. Other 1st and 2nd Ward candidates will give presentations at upcoming meetings. EVA will organize a separate debate.

East Village Association board minutes for Oct. 13, 2014, submitted by Catherine Garypie


NOTE: EVA & EVA Board must be politically neutral. Individuals can support candidates in their individual capacity, but not as EVA reps. Talk to McKnight with any concerns on this as the aldermanic races heat up.

Wells HS (rents for $280/night)

Dates: 1/29 (2nd Ward) & 2/5 (1st Ward) btwn 6 & 9pm

Partners: CGNA (YES), UVNA (YES - Kim), New Group South of Chicago & West of Damen (YES), others? NOTE: Wicker Park Committee may join in. Invites will go out 60 days in advance (Nov 29).

Ideas for a moderator? Possibly Tony Sarabia from WBEZ.

May use these as a fundraising opportunity. The Winchester (restaurant) will hold pre-date cocktail party w/proceeds go to local charity ($10/person, everyone gets a drink with the $10 entry)

May use League of Women's Voters format. McKnight will circulate Google Doc.

Possible topics for the debate: candidate view of EVA's white paper on historic preservation; would you overrule a neighborhood organization that voted and gave you a recommendation for a decision you are charged with making? if yes, why? in what situation?; InnerTown Pub beer garden; routine damage to tree pits along Division & Chicago by sidewalk cafes (bricks, lighting, outlets installed in tree pits); management of menu dollars.


10/20/14. Dinner at Homestead. Is this a political event? Moreno is a co-sponsor. The money goes directly to Field of Hope, but Moreno is listed as a co-sponsor. Board decision: EVA will send a contribution directly to Field of Hope in advance of event, but because of bylaws (EVA needs to stay politically neutral), EVA will not send members to attend the event. NOTE: EVA members may attend in their individual capacity. Tix are $200. EVA will donate $400.


November: Hopkins & Locke; December: Wilson & Shaw; January: Moreno & Pattison; February: Pfingsten & Buenrostro. Dates may change; some candidates may not make it on the ballot.

EVA accepts Chicago Christmas Crawl

Jess Loren, David Coleman at Oct. 6 meeting in Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

East Village Association minutes for Oct. 6, 2014 meeting, submitted by Catherine Garypie


Jess Loren, SocialTechPop:

I am a former resident of this area. The event will be on Division between Ashland & Hoyne to have tasting and cocktail options for a "spirited event" ($3-$5 tasting menu, food). We don't expect to be a heavy-drinking event. Our ticket price ($35) targets an older crowd ("25 years old & up"). We're trying to focus on more of a foodie vibe. There will be no trolley – walking only. We have 6 venues committed. We're in talks with other venues. Other venues want to know what the community thinks before committing.

We believe this is a positive for the neighborhood businesses because we are going to bring business to these restaurants at a slow time of year. City doesn't require a permit for an event like this. But we'll go through the process for a permit. We are a 1st year event, we don't have a history, and we're not sure how many people to expect. Chicago Special Events is experienced and will be handling street cleanup immediately after the event. The event will run from 10am to 8pm. Security will end at 8:30pm. We are considering a date change to December 6 (Locke: That is the date of Do-Division Fest).

David Coleman, Extrity: I've been in security for 10 years. We handle security for Boundary. We'll have "roamers" - a rotating presence. Several people rotating from Paulina to Ashland. We may ask people to leave if there is undesirable behavior. We understand this is not Clark Street - it's a family neighborhood. We'll have off-duty EMTs and CPD as employees at the event. My company is big on hospitality. We don't like to be physically aggressive. Security will give anyone who is overserved to the CPD.

Neal McKnight, EVA president: One concern in this area is that fests can attract undesirable behavior which is essentially a tax on the community.

Oyster-bar fundraiser for Eckhart Park

Friends of Eckhart Park will bring neighbors together at a happy hour Nov. 5 at Bow & Stern Oyster Bar, 1371 W. Chicago Ave.

The event features oysters, appetizers and a silent auction to raise some funds for Eckhart Park's fitness center. For more information, visit the event's SquareUp page.