Join us at Angels, in the upper room

President's Message by John Scheer 

As we enter the holiday season, our lives get extra busy with family and friends. And the East Village Association celebrates another year as a positive force in our neighborhood. This year, we again will mark the season by meeting for dinner at a local restaurant.

I am happy to invite all EVA members to the annual EVA holiday event at Angels & Mariachis, 1721 W. Division St. This year the EVA Holiday Dinner will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7.

A reservation is required. Please respond to with your commitment to join us in this holiday tradition at a new venue. Please respond by Monday, Nov. 30, so we can prepare for the number attending.

Angels & Mariachis is offering an appetizer buffet including cheese quesadillas, rolled beef tacos & rolled chicken tacos, which will allow members to socialize as the group is gathering. Then dinner from the standard menu will be offered as a sit-down service. This will include soft drinks and coffee. Drinks are available and will the responsibility of those individuals ordering. Angels & Mariachis will reserve seating in their upstairs dinning room.

In keeping with EVA tradition, we want to share with those in our community who are in need during this holiday time. Everyone attending the EVA Holiday Dinner is asked to bring a donation of warm clothing that will be collected for Northwestern University Settlement House at Noble and Augusta.

Bring anything from hats to socks, sweaters to boots, gloves, coats — you get the idea. Your donation can be new clothing or used (they must be clean and without holes) for adults or children. Please do not wrap the items so they can be viewed by size. Northwestern Settlement is dedicated to supporting families in West Town and will focus your donations to families in the East Village area. What a great way to share and care about those around you!

This December holiday event will replace the monthly general meeting for EVA. We will take this time to enjoy the life and times of our neighborhood while we support one of our many local restaurants. Please take some time to join us in this EVA holiday event and share some warmth with the Northwestern Settlement families.

Chicago Police alert: armed robberies

Area 4 Detective Division released this report as Community Alert 640-09-009:

About This Crime
On 13 Nov 09 between the hours of 7pm and 9:30pm, numerous (5) armed robberies occurred in the 13th District. The victims were walking both alone and in small groups. In each incident, either one or two male black offenders would approach the victims and demand their property while displaying a handgun. After stealing the property the offender(s) would flee on foot.

Offender Descriptions:
The offenders were described as male blacks, approximately 18-25 years of age, approximately 5'06-6'00" wearing black hooded sweatshirts and dark clothing.

Locations of Occurrence:
1100 Block of N. Paulina Ave
200 Block of N. Ashland Ave
300 Block of N Oakley Ave
2100 Block of W Erie Ave
900 Block of N Noble

If You Have Information contact Area Four Detectives at (312)746-8253 or District 013 at (312) 746-8350 and always call 911 to report any emergency or suspicious activity.
If you and your neighbors would like to organize safety programs in your neighborhood, call the Caps Implementation Office at (312) 747-9987.

Area 4 Detective Division Robbery/Burglary/Theft Crimes Unit
312 746-8253

EVA archive moves from basement to Web

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Montessori pupils to cultivate Wood Street lot

Minutes for Nov. 2, 2009 Membership Meeting
Submitted by Dana Palmer

  1. Anna Viertel, urban farm coordinator for Near North Montessori School at 1434 W. Division, presented plans to use the fenced wooded area at 1102 N. Wood as a plant-based learning center and urban farm. She stated that the school plans to start clearing out the trees this month and in December to start building temporary greenhouses or hoop houses so that food can be planted and grown year-round.

  2. Jennifer and Tom DeBower, new residents on Thomas Street, presented a problem they were having with the city Landmarks agency regarding windows they chose for their home. Jennnifer DeBower stated Landmarks has requested an opinion letter from East Village Associaton regarding windows the DeBowers have chosen. According to Mrs. DeBower, an original plan was drafted and approved by Landmarks but that she and her husband chose alternative windows they felt better suited the space. According to information distributed by the DeBowers, a permit hearing in December will review not only the windows but also the exterior lighting and entry doors. After much debate, it was proposed to have Scott Rappe, with the EVA Planning, Preservation and Development committee, to speak with Landmarks before any letter is drafted.

  3. Guest speaker Ald. Manuel Flores (1st Ward) presented various updates regarding developments in the East Village neighborhood:
    Pedestrian Retail Zoning: Alderman Flores stated that he has suggested supporting the zoning.

    Polish Triangle: Flores mentioned that many ideas have been presented on how to revitalize the triangle and that the Wicker Park Bucktown special service area is working to keep it clean and to have Christmas decorations during the holiday season.

    The Winchester: Flores reported that as far as he knows The Winchester restaurant has applied for permits and are moving forward as planned.

    817 N. Winchester: Currently in litigation due to exceeding zoning rights for the height of the building. Flores stated that he did not support a zoning change.

    Miller Lumber: The L. Miller & Son lumber company is leaving the building at 1815 W Division. Many questions were raised about restoring the parkway and who owns the parking in front of the building. However, Flores stated that he is not yet ready to decide on these issues until a potential buyer is available and he hears what their plans are for the space.

    Construction on Division: The reason there is so much construction in our area at this time is due to the city trying to modernize the sewer system.

    Library: The Goldblatt's Building at 1536 W. Chicago will be the new site for a Chicago Public Library scheduled to be open next summer. The alderman mentioned that he allocated $500,000 in discretionary city funds for the project.

    Post Office: The U.S. Postal Service office on Division has now moved to the strip mall on Ashland just north of Milwaukee. The previous space is still empty.

    Trees for Augusta Boulevard: Flores stated that his office is still working with the city forestry inspector about obtaining trees for Augusta.

    Wells Field of Hope: Wells High School has a new principal who Flores says plans to convert the open area behind the school into an athletic field.