Sign the petition: Keep the East Village package liquor moratoria

The East Village Association invites you to sign an online petition to maintain the package liquor moratoria in our community. We also encourage all of our friends and members to share the petition with their friends and neighbors.

Petition: Keep the East Village package liquor moratoria

After intensive and thorough discussion of the issue, concern over alcohol sales remains high throughout the community. In EVA forums for the past three months, a consensus formed that liquor moratoria continue to serve the purpose for which the city established them: It established an environment that continues to attract significant new residential and business development.

The online petition can be signed with an email address (which will remain confidential) or by using Facebook registration. While signing, you can leave your comments on how liquor-sales limits have helped the community. Show your name on the online signature list and let your voice be heard!

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Chicago Avenue tagged for graffiti cleanup

By Molly Murray

Your help is needed at the next Graffiti Action Day, which will be targeting Chicago Avenue on July 28 starting at 10 am at Chicago and Damen.

Check out the website  or contact Orlando at Ald. Proco Joe Moreno's office at 773-278-0101.

Park use cultivated for Wood Street station

Membership meeting minutes for July 9
Submitted by Meghan Quinn

Business Minute
Guest Speaker Jodi Hamilton spoke to the group about her Dream Dinners location at Chicago & Damen. Hamilton is president and CEO of the franchise location, which opened 16 months ago, and she and her husband are also proud to call themselves residents of the neighborhood.

Dream Dinners is a meal-assembly service that provides everything necessary to create healthy, family-friendly dinners. Register online or in the store to attend a meal assembly session, where you can prepare ingredients, and then pack your uncooked dinners to take home and make throughout the month. It’s even BYOB during the sessions if you want to enjoy your favorite wine while you prepare. Check out their website at for more information.

13th District Closing
The five-person working group advising Ald. Proco Joe Moreno has already met and is meeting again on July 10 to tour the facility at 937 N. Wood St.

The alderman has been trying to meet with the Chicago Park District, as the most discussed use for the space at the moment has been a park. There have already been financial commitments toward the development of a park on the land in the 2013 budget.

An application for demolition has been submitted but the working group wants to brainstorm ways to salvage the building. Police commander Frank Gross had a great idea of using the building the commemorate law enforcement, as Chicago is one of only a few major metro areas without a museum of this kind. The consensus is that ideas as to what the community wants should be decided and voiced before the demolition occurs.

The working group plans to have community meetings to discuss possible uses and welcomes suggestions from community members. As an example, the 9th district just sold their decommissioned building for $1 and will be developing it into a theater. The working group is interested in the possibility of cultural uses such as that and has been reaching out to cultural institutions.

The latest estimate for closing the building is November or Dec. 1.

EVA Monday: Your food-truck orders

After closing Ashland Avenue last August, the Food Truck Social is looking for another place to park. The site is on Monday's agenda for East Village Association members.

The street fair is set to expand to two days, from noon till 10 pm Aug. 25 & 26. On Friday the sponsoring West Town Chamber of Commerce sent an email to merchants and community groups seeking comments on a Chicago Avenue location.

Food trucks would ring the vacant lot at 1834-50 W. Chicago Ave., once the AAA Distributing warehouse. A music stage booked by Empty Bottle Presents would close Chicago Avenue between Wolcott and Wood Street, along with a mix of beer, wine and craft vendors.

Zoning change at Pizza Hut site

Another step in the slow-moving development of the former Pizza Hut location across from the CTA Blue Line stop at Division Street fell into place June 27 when the City Council changed its zoning to the RM6.5 high-rise residential class. Earlier in the week, East Village Association planning co-chair Scott Rappe spoke in favor of the zoning change at 1601-15 W. Division and 1148-56 N. Ashland.

A companion measure lifted the "pedestrian street" designation for the property. That would allow a group led by Newgard Development to build a bank drive-through, shown here in the original October 2011 zoning request. The developer now plans an 11-story apartment building, with the PNC Bank storefront on Ashland Avenue and drive-through along the south alley.

A number of additional measures must pass the City Council, including Ald. Proco Joe Moreno's proposal to allow minimal parking as part of a "transit-oriented development."