Bar Biscay opens; Polish Triangle builds on CTA plans; police launch tech center


Drew Bayley updates EVA members on Polish Triangle plans.


East Village Association membership meeting
March 5, 2018
Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.
Presiding: Michelle Hayward, VP

By Neal McKnight

Business Minute

Bar Biscay is a Spanish brasserie restaurant at 1450 W. Chicago Ave. that features cuisine from the northern coast of Spain and western coast of France such as Galicia, Gascony and Brittany. Partner Scott Worsham explained the restaurant's concept and passed out menus. Bar Biscay’s chef is Johnny Anderes, previously of Avec.

    Hours
  • Pintxos: Tues - Sat 3pm-5pm
  • Dinner: Tues - Sat 5pm-10pm
  • Bar open until 1:00 am
  • Telephone: 312-455-8900
  • Web: barbiscay.com
Main Presentation: Polish Triangle Coalition

Design for the Polish Triangle (Ashland, Milwaukee and Division)
polishtrianglecoalition.org

Stephen Rynkiewicz, EVA board member, webmaster and Polish Triangle Coalition representative, explained that that the coalition is a group of neighborhood organizations dedicated to activating the Polish Triangle with arts and performance programming as well as improving the infrastructure on the Polish Triangle.

Drew Bayley, architect with Moss Design Studio, presented and explained renderings for physical improvements to the Polish Triangle. The design was created through a pro bono contribution from Bugaj Architects, whose offices are at 1223 N. Milwaukee Ave. on the Polish Triangle.

CTA opens Blue Line repair bidding; neighbors press for more at Polish Triangle


Bugaj Architects drafted Polish Triangle conceptual drawings.

As the CTA plans Division Street subway station repairs, the Polish Triangle Coalition is floating a proposal for long-term improvements at the Ashland-Division-Milwaukee intersection.

"The CTA has told us that 'we can't build this," said coalition board member Drew Bayley, who on March 5 showed EVA members the conceptual drawings presented to the city. Transportation planners consider the improvements "a heavy lift." Nevertheless, the coalition hopes the city will adopt similar design features in capital plans 5 to 12 years away.

East Village Association officers 2018-2019

The East Village Association has elected its current officers to serve for the next year.

President Michael VanDam is the only officer who has served a full year in his position; three have been appointed to vacancies. A nominating committee of VanDam, Dan Johnson and Neal McKnight recommends that current officers serve till March 2019.

The slate was elected by acclamation March 5 at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. The meeting included a presentation by members of the Polish Triangle Coalition on plans for the Ashland-Division-Milwaukee plaza and CTA station.

EVA board members are appointed by the president.

Here are short biographies on EVA's officers:

Michael VanDam.

Michael VanDam, president

I've lived in East Village for more than 10 years, and in Chicago for more than 25. I grew up in Michigan and attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, before coming back to the Midwest. Living directly on Chicago Avenue, I'm particularly interested in promoting responsible development on the commercial corridors of East Village, and also serve as a commissioner for our local Special Service Area. Professionally, I'm a real estate agent with Ask Nagel Realty on Division Street.