Ben Wolf, candidate for Congress, speaks to EVA

Benjamin Wolf, Democratic candiadate for 5th District U.S. Representative, with East Village Association president Michael VanDam at Happy Village in Chicago.

By Michelle Hayward

East Village Association minutes
March 6, 2017
Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

President Michael VanDam opened the meeting and introduced himself at the new EVA president.


Our speaker for the evening was Benjamin Thomas Wolf, running for the U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District of Illinois. EVA does not endorse a particular candidate but does welcome all political candidates to share their platform with our community.

Candidate Wolf presented his background and career highlights in public service covering years with the FBI’s Espionage and Counter Terrorism units and the State Department.

A snapshot on some of the positions presented:

  • Supports term limits.
  • Elections to be funded by constituent donations, not money from corporations.
  • Agenda: Free health care, legalization of marijuana and free college tuition.
  • Feels Congress has not addressed the crime and murder rates. His platform: Funding, training and personnel will be found and brought to Chicago.
  • Wolf's plan is to fight the current administration every step of the way. This administration is undoing important advances in human rights.
  • Feels he can be a congressional leader to bring the two sides of the aisle together.
  • Supports the removal of all personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Will not support the renewal of the Patriot Act.

See Facebook for more information: Wolf for Congress. Wolf and his team hold office hours every Tuesday at Park & Field, 3509 W Fullerton Ave. in Logan Square. Wolf is a co-owner of Park & Field.

EVA Monday: Congressional candidate takes Pawar's place

Ald. Amaya Pawar will not attend the April 3 East Village Association meeting.

Benjamin Thomas Wolf will be Monday night's speaker. The Wicker Park resident is running against U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley in 2018. Wolf's agenda in the 5th Congressional District race takes progressive stands on civil rights, the environment and labor and advocates a complete military pullout from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pawar, a 2018 candidate for governor, cites an unexpected family conflict in canceling his scheduled appearance.

The meeting starts at 7pm at the Happy Village tavern, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

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Tuesday Polish Triangle commuter concerts begin May 23

Taiko Legacy drummers perform last August at the Polish Triangle.

Tuesday commuter concerts resume May 23 at the Polish Triangle, the fountain plaza at Ashland, Division and Milwaukee.

The East Village Association, Wicker Park Committee and other groups in the Polish Triangle Coalition are finalizing performers, food vendors and sponsors. Blue Line commuters and neigbors can catch the concerts from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Tuesdays through August.

The Tuesdays at the Triangle schedule includes nationally recognized performers such as Matt Ulery’s Loom, along with neighborhood ensembles such as the series-opening Near North Montessori school band, Latino Experimental Theater and the Adventure Stage Chicago Trailblazers.

Ald. Brian Hopkins has expedited utility connections for the plaza to give this year's performers a silent power source. Businesses and residents can donate to support not only the concerts but also planters and other beautification efforts at the Nelson Algren Memorial Fountain.

This is the fifth year of Tuesdays on the Triangle concerts. The Wicker Park Bucktown Master Plan recently noted the event series' effect in giving the neighborhood a vibrant entry point.

The Balkan street-food grill Cevapcici will return for the Tueday events, and other food carts are being recruited. The coalition also aims to drum up interest in rush-hour and all-day beverage and food service at the plaza.

The Division stop ranks in the top quarter among the CTA's busiest L stations, connecting to bus routes on each of the three streets.

Ald. Pawar, candidate for governor, to speak April 3

Michael VanDam

East Village Association board minutes for March 13, 2017, by Daniel Navarro

Board updates: New president Michael VanDam looking for more board members, meeting location. Options include West Town Bakery, Lincoln Bathhouse, Ask Nagel Realty. General meeting would stay at Happy Village.

Planning update: Honore-Augusta upzone sought to add floor area; 925 N. Damen Ave. special use and variation for 4-story 3-flat condos.

Membership agenda: Ald. Ameya Pawar, a candidate for governor, confirmed as April 3 speaker, according to Peter Gariepy. Earth Day cleanup, Aeslin Pup Hub business minute; membership committee formation.

New business: Polish Triangle working with architect on schematic designs and project pricing. Tom Tomek to send high-resolution EVA logo to Brian Foote. Stephen Rynkiewicz will be on security committee; Anne Shaw looking to become liaiaon, more involved with safety and EVA. VanDam to reach out. Eckhart Park Spring Swing May 12.

Meeitng starts 6:33pm, ends 7:10pm at West Town Bakery, 1916 W. Chicago Ave.

EVA seeks Moreno support for Wells language academy

The East Village Association has asked 1st Ward Ald. Proco Joe Moreno to support creation of a citywide college preparatory program in foreign languages at Wells Community Academy High School, 936 N. Ashland Ave.

President Michael VanDam sent Moreno this statement on March 10:

"I am writing on behalf of the East Village Association to express our strong support for the selection of Wells High School as the charter location for the proposed World Language Academy currently under consideration.

"After hearing from Principal Raichoudhuri at our meeting on March 6, 2017, the members of EVA voted unanimously to express support for this initiative.

"We believe that the Language Academy would be an excellent complement to their current Computer Science and Law Academies, and that Principal Raichoudhuri, as one of the primary driving forces behind the Language Academy pilot program, is uniquely qualified to ensure its success.

"We also wanted to express our thanks for your support for the Wells Field of Hope. In addition to providing an environment much more amenable to Wells students’ athletic pursuits, the Field of Hope will also help to integrate Wells even further into the East Village community.

"Wells High School has shown tremendous improvements over the past few years, and is poised to become one of Chicago’s top-tier high schools. It is Wells’ time to shine. We believe that its selection as the World Language Academy charter school is a crucial step in making this a reality and we urge you to support it."