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.

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Vote on Division Street Christmas bar crawl

Will a young Division Street pub crawl behave like a grownup?

Chicago Christmas Crawl, slated for Dec. 13, gets an early test Monday: a membership vote at the East Village Association 7pm meeting.

Candidates for alderman also will address EVA. Andrew Hamilton (1st Ward) and Steve Niketopoulos (2nd Ward) will speak Monday, with others to follow before the Feb. 24 city election. EVA also is organizing a candidates' debate with neighboring groups.

There'll also be an update on Polish Triangle developments for Division Street, including the CTA's Blue Line renovation plans.

The Christmas Crawl's modeled after Wrigleyville's large and rowdy Twelve Bars of Christmas, known for mass consumption of alcohol and breakfast cereal, sometimes at once.

Crawl organizer Jess Loren, a former TBOC promoter, will field questions before the vote at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. Loren tells RedEye it's aimed at an older, over-25 crowd.

The Division Street event promises its own quirks: A $35 ticket gets patrons bar admission starting at 10am, a Santa hat and a turkey baster.

It would need Ald. Proco Joe Moreno's signoff on a special-events permit. Wicker Park Committee gave an advisory OK last week, but the alderman seeks EVA and Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association votes as well.

The sponsoring bars listed on its website are Anthem, Boundary, Division Ale House, Folklore and Takito Kitchen, along with two "charity partners," I Am 4 Kids and Chicagoland Dog Rescue.

Also on Monday's EVA agenda are recaps of last week's Literary Charades library fundraiser and Special Service Area hearing, as well as apartment rezoning for the vacant lot south of Commercial Park at 1822-50 W. Chicago Ave.

Candidates face off, CTA gets facelift


East Village Association board minutes for Sept. 15, 2014, submitted by Catherine Garypie

COUNCIL OF ASSOCIATIONS

The council's organizing aldermanic debates for the 1st & 2nd wards. Format:

  • Moderator (possibly moderator from last Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association debates)
  • Submit questions in advance to screen repetitive questions
  • Same question for each candidate
  • Time limit for candidates to answer
  • Have candidates provide a personal statement in advance (post them, hand them out to crowd)
  • Question ideas include public safety, zoning, planning, education

President Neal McKnight has reached out to Wells High School. Another possible location is the theater at Northwest Settlement House.

Groups plan 1st & 2nd Ward debates, festival disclosures


East Village Association minutes for Sept. 8, 2014, submitted by Catherine Garypie

WEST TOWN ALDERMANIC DEBATES FOR 1st & 2nd Ward

Membership consensus: It's a good idea. Chicago Grand Neighbors Association, Wicker Park Committee and Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association (Niketopolous is recusing himself since he's running) are likely to work with EVA.

Discussion on dates: Best time believed to be end of February 2015 for two debates (one for each Ward), one week apart, maybe at Wells High School. Some controlled questions will be used. Questions in advance could be solicited from each neighborhood association.

Petitions are due on Nov. 24. Some candidates may drop out. President Neal McKnight will work on the logistics.

EVA also will invite aldermanic candidates to speak for 10 to 15 minutes at upcoming meetings starting in October, two candidates each month.

Alderman OKs Fifield apartments


Ald. Proco Joe Moreno will support zoning changes for a 59-unit apartment building at 1822-50 W. Chicago Ave. Current zoning allows 39 apartments.

The project's in the City Council's Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards committee, and is expected to come before the Plan Commission this fall.

East Village Association members voted against the zoning changes on May 5. A letter to the alderman notes members' objections, and efforts to develop the property as an extension of Commercial Park.

The developer is being allowed to "buy out" of two of the six affordable units that would be required with this zoning change. It appears that Moreno will require Fifield to build four of the six apartments, but simultaneously allowed the developer to reduce a pledged contribution to Commercial Park from $200,000 to $100,000.