Be bold, city gardeners. Go big, business owners.
East Village Association membership meeting
May 9, 2018
Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.
Presiding: Michael VanDam, president
Chicago presents challenges for the gardener, according to Stephen Hill, general manager at Sprout Home, 745 N. Damen Ave. Nevertheless, "be a little daring," Hill told members gathered at the Happy Village patio.
The city is more plant-hardy than the rest of northern Illinois, and four hours of sun most likely will support "full sun" plants. For inhospitable backyard decks, trees and shrubs can thrive in big pots insulated with foam board.Chicago Truborn: West Town Street Art
A mural from Rotterdam artist Eelco van den Berg makes the storefront stand out at Chicago Truborn, 1741 W Chicago Ave. Gallery owner Sara Dulkin described how the West Town SSA business district administers grants to support murals on buildings, scaffolds and the railroad underpass at Chicago Avenue and Lessing Street.
Planning, Preservation & Development
Beatnik restaurant, 1604 W. Chicago Ave., sought EVA assent to a zoning change to B3-1 to accommodate a bar and entertainment. Ciao Chicago, 1656 W. Chicago Ave., is asking for B-3 zoning to allow events at its Italian design showroom. Ald. Brian Hopkins will seek a plan of operation for a restaurant at the former Red Apple convenience store site, 2000 W. Chicago Ave.Parks
Tuesdays at the Triangle after-work concerts start June 5 at Ashland, Milwaukee and Division. This year the events will include food and information booths. The West Town SSA is distributing garden "plant bombs" to attract bees and butterflies.