Eckhart Park, Peabody School, St. Boniface updates
East Village Association minutes for July 6, 2015, by Michael VanDam
Friends of Eckhart Park
Michelle Russell and Dana Tedesco of Friends of Eckhart Park introduced the group, dedicated to improving and maintaining Eckhart Park. Upcoming events at 1330 W. Chicago Ave. include:
- Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, 6:30-8 pm Aug. 14 and 15. The talented actors from Chicago Shakespeare will be performing “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits,” combining Shakespeare’s characters and scenes with today’s popular music.
- Movies in the Park, 8pm Aug. 16. Join your friends in the neighborhood for “Back to the Future.”
More information can be found at the Friends of Eckhart Park Facebook group or by e-mailing friendsofeckhartpark @gmail.com.Planning, Preservation and Development Update
St. Boniface – A group of local property owners is dealing with Carefree Corp. on the redevelopment of St. Boniface. It remains uncertain how much of the church at 1358 W. Chestnut St. will be saved and what specific use the property will have. Currently the plan calls for “market rate - for sale” units, and potentially only the four towers of the church will be preserved. They are working on a proposal with 27th Ward Ald. Walter Burnett Jr.
Peabody School – The smaller building at 1434 W. Augusta Blvd. has been sold to the adjacent charter school, despite earlier promises that closed Chicago Public School buildings would not be sold to charters. The main building appears to be slated for condos.New Business
An attendee asked for the best source for up-to-date neighborhood news. The consensus was that the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Watch and Community Page for Ukrainian Village groups on Facebook were the most relevant.