EVA letter on High DIve PPA

June 26, 2012

Dear Alderman Waguespack:

Your offices requested that The East Village Association (EVA) provide its position on granting Blue Cactus, Inc. a public place of amusement license for its High Dive location at 1938 W. Chicago Avenue. In response to your request we invited Mr. Alex Tsolakides, the owner of Blue Cactus, Inc., to present his plans and to answer questions at our June 2012 general membership meeting. Mr. Tsolakides attended the meeting answered many questions and gave a description of his plans which includes, karaoke, djs and live music. After reviewing the proposed plans and the answers to various questions, EVA concluded that it could not support granting a public place of amusement license for this location.

EVA calls for package liquor fix

East Village Association president Neal McKnight sent this letter June 19 to aldermen Walter Burnett Jr. (27th), Proco Joe Moreno (1st) and Scott Waguespack (32nd).

The East Village Association recently asked its Board of Directors and general membership to consider whether to reconsider or reaffirm the various liquor moratoria within the boundaries of the East Village Association. After consulting with our Board, our general membership, block clubs, neighboring community groups and local schools, the East Village Association voted both at the Board level and at the general membership level to reaffirm the liquor moratoria. The general membership unanimously ratified the following resolution:

EVA at 30: Wednesday at Enoteca Roma


Event proceeds will fund East Village Association 30th Anniversary events.
Date: 7pm Wednesday, June 20
Location: Enoteca Roma, 2146 W. Division St.
• 4 course prix fixe dinner for $40
• Wine special for the night: $5 red & white wine by the glass
For reservations: Please email fsorano@gmail.com or call (773) 772-7700 and mention the EVA event. Open Table online reservations will not be accepted for this menu.

High Dive, bike race plans fall short

June 11 board meeting 
Minutes submitted by Kok Keng Goh 

Guest speakers for July

The East Village landmark district is now recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. A speaker can talk about remodeling funding opportunities for owners and potential owners of buildings in the district. Scott Rappe will follow up with the city and Preservation Illinois.

Business Minute: DreamDinners at 740 N. Damen Ave. is a planning and prepping service for family home dinners.

The membership meeting will be 7 pm July 9 at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave., with board meeting if necessary 6:30pm at Leona's, 1936 W. Augusta Blvd.

Unanimous vote to freeze liquor licenses



June 4 membership meeting
Minutes submitted by Kok Keng Goh

Speakers: Wicker Park Athletic Club

WPAC took over the previous post office location and doors are now open at 1635 W. Division St. It's the sixth location in Chicago for a chain doing business since the 1980s. A $35 discount in membership fees is available to East Village Association members.

Liquor moratoria discussion

Scott Rappe read the proposed resolution and clarified its reasoning: to reduce the impact of liquor sales on the community, reduce the review workload for the EVA board, and for business applicants to be more efficient in their process.

The resolution passed unanimously.

EVA Monday: Liquor vote, High Dive, health club

East Village Association members will vote Monday on whether to keep the current local freeze on new liquor licenses. Then they'll hear from a current license-holder that wants another city license.

High Dive Chicago at 1938 W. Chicago Ave., described on its Facebook page as a "great neighborhood bar with an amazing indie rock jukebox," is seeking an amusement license that allows live music and other paid entertainment. Alex Tsolakides of High Dive says the city requires the permit for karaoke, disc jockeys and a third coin-operated machine (a shuffleboard game).

Music would be in High Dive's windowless party room no later than midnight, Tsolakides said in an e-mail. "We try to be harmonious to our neighbors and landlord (who lives above and is in support of our PPA application) and respect the boundaries of decorum," he said.

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) has asked for advisory votes on the license from EVA and the neighboring Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association.

The liquor resolution, published here, supports maintenance of the existing liquor moratoria for three years, during which EVA will not consider any requests to lift the license freeze. Background on the issue is posted here, and the rules for who can vote are here.

Wicker Park Athletic Club will start the meeting at 7pm in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. WPAC will make a short presentation on its new health club at 1635 W. Division St.

EVA at 30: June 20 dinner fundraiser