A rooftop deck for the planned Bleeding Heart Bakery Cafe will face a Jan. 3 East Village Association membership vote. Read more about the bakery and adjoining pizzaria at Chicago and Winchester, and check out photos from the East Village holiday party, in the January 2011 issue of East Village News. Download it here. Happy holidays!
Damon Smith and Chaundra Van Dyk of Change Illinois organized "people's map" hearings. East Village Association membership meeting Nov. 1, 2021, 1019 N. Wolcott Ave. Presiding: Michael VanDam West Town's diverse community groups will be flexing their muscle this month to influence a ward remap that threatens to divide them. Guests advised members of the East Village Association and neighboring organizations Nov. 1 to reach out to aldermen and lobby for more cohesive, responsive wards. "We have to have sharp elbows too," said Andrew Schneider, Logan Square Preservation president. "Don't believe the map has to look this way." The odds are stacked against East Village retaining its current representatives. Daniel La Spata's 1st Ward is likely to follow migration northwest or risk losing its Latino majority. Brian Hopkins' lobster-shaped 2nd Ward is expected to sacrifice its western claw to consolidate around the Lincoln Yards
Residential assessments rose 24% in West Town's tax district, West Chicago township. East Village is in regions 51 and 120. Property assessment notices are out, and increases are substantial. Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi will explain the changes Aug. 2 in EVA's first in-person meeting of 2021. Kaegi's office will consider complaints till Aug. 23, and homeowners can appeal the assessor's decisions to the county's Board of Review. EVA's discusssion of the process will be led by Greg Nagel, a real estate broker, CPA and former EVA president. The presentation starts at 7 p.m. at Homestead , the rooftop restaurant at 1924 W. Chicago Ave. Barring technical difficulties, we'll attempt a live stream on Zoom and Facebook . Residential assessments rose 24% overall since 2018, according to assessor's office data for West Chicago township, which includes East Village. Changes vary for each property, but increases reported informally to EVA range from 40% to