East Village Association officers 2017-2018

Michael VanDam.

Michael VanDam, president

I've lived in East Village for more than 8 years, and in Chicago for more than 20. I grew up in Michigan and attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, before coming back to the Midwest. Living on Chicago Avenue, I'm particularly interested in promoting responsible development on the commercial corridors of East Village.

Marq at Noble Square apartments proposed for Walton-Noble lot

Parlor Pizza has its sidewalk cafe permit, even though it's missing one of its required tree pits.

By Michelle Hayward

East Village Association board of directors meeting
April 10, 2017
Bath House Cultural Center
1019 N. Wolcott Ave.

Planning, Preservation & Development

Brian Foote reported on Marquette Development's neighborhood Q&A session April 10 for the Marq at Noble Square development, proposed at Walton and Noble streets:

  • All 1 and 2 bedrooms
  • 160 units, 120 parking spaces
  • All rentals
  • Commissioned traffic study—need to ensure that Milwaukee and Augusta are included in study
  • City will review as a Planned Development

Follow-ups: Neighborhood is connected to all 3 wards. Developer only in contact with Ald. Walter Burnett. EVA to follow up with Ald. Brian Hopkins and Proco Joe Moreno.

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 membership meeting
April 3, 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.

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.