Where to comment on Cleos hours

The city's comment period ends this week for 4am liquor license application at Cleos, 1935 W. Chicago Ave. Managing partner Scott Floersheimer made presentations Feb. 1 to the East Village Association and Jan. 19 to Chicago Grand Neighbors Association. Neither group took an advisory vote; both encourage raising concerns directly with city authorities.

Floersheimer told EVA members he's motivated to make make late hours a success: A second shift and security will nearly double his personnel, and problems could jeopardize his license to serve liquor, whatever the hour. Here are where to direct comments by Feb. 12.

Developer resurrects St. Boniface housing

Development stalled at St. Boniface Church after EVA worked to halt demolition in 1999.

East Village Association minutes for Jan. 4, 2016, by Michael VanDam

Business minute

Peter Gariepy, a local accountant, recently opened a branch of a small St. Louis-based accounting firm in the neighborhood. Specializing in bookkeeping, tax return prep and payroll for small businesses, Rajesh C. Vora, CPA is equipped to handle a wide variety of accounting tasks.

Gariepy works independently in Chicago, supported by a seven-person team in St. Louis. His goal is to make accounting “paperless and painless.” Gariepy can be reached at peter@vora-cpa.com.

Planning Preservation & Development

Ace Hardware condo development: No update.

Cleos late-night liquor application: Scott Floersheimer, owner of the bar at 1935 W, Chicago Ave., is scheduled to appear Jan. 19 with the Chicago Grand Neighbors Association and at the Feb. 1 EVA meeting.


Molly Murray moved out of the 12th district. Joe Galanti will be the new community-policing coordinator. He can be reached at beat1213@gmail.com. EVA is looking for someone to serve as its new CAPS coordinator.

Leona’s update

Research continues on the history of the Leona’s building to back up the case for landmark status. Any information should be forwarded to Steve Niketopolous at Ald. Brian Hopkins' office.

New business

St. Boniface: Carefree Development Corp., which was going to develop senior housing at 1358 W. Chestnut St., is now looking to sell the church property to a developer with experience in historic preservation for market-rate housing. Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. supports the process.

Niketopolous announced plans to extend the Wood Street bicycle lane to the 606 trail.

Meeting called to order at 7:08pm at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

Neighborhood school head count slips

Wells High School is at one-third capacity in a school district analysis.

East Village Association board minutes for Jan. 11, 2016, by Michael VanDam

Cleos late-night license

Cleos' application for a 4am liquor license has been submitted. That implies signatures have been collected from 50% of registered voters living within 500 feet of the establishment at 1935 W. Chicago Ave.

Scott Floersheimer, owner of Cleos, will be meeting Jan. 19 with Chicago Grand Neighbors Association. Ald. Proco Joe Moreno is scheduled to attend as well. CGNA is unsure what its position will be with Cleos. Neal McKnight will submit a FOIA request for the application and relevant support material.

Ace Hardware condo development

Brian Foote has requested additional information about the project at 1023 N. Ashland Ave. Developers of the former Ace Hardware site should be prepared to present plans at the Feb. 1 EVA general meeting.


Stephen Rynkiewicz discussed the recent Chicago Public Schools utilization figures. Wells High School, 936 N. Ashland Ave., is at just 33% of capacity. LaSalle II magnet school, Otis and Talcott are under-enrolled, while Columbus and Pritzker meet targets. A number of “welcoming schools” that received students from schools closed in 2013 are on the enrollment “watch list."