Commercial Park dedicates bench to Rhonda Locke

Park chessboard.
A chessboard overlooks the playground at Commercial Park, 1845 W. Rice St.

By Jenifer Goldsmith

The Commercial Park Advisory Council joined EVA to discuss upcoming events in the park, followed by plans for the East Village Block Party on Saturday, Aug. 19, a brainstorming session about engaging local artists and galleries, and an open floor discussion of neighborhood news.

Commercial Park Advisory Council

President Michelle Hitsch and Treasurer Amy Bilton presented all the upcoming fall and winter events at Commercial Park, 1845 W. Rice St.. There are many opportunities to get involved and enjoy the park and your neighbors! These include:

Rhonda Locke
  • Movies in the field: Puss in Boots, 7/22 at 8:15 pm; Top Gun: Maverick, 8/17 at 8 pm (bring a blanket or chair; concessions benefit the committee)
  • Block Party: The Commercial Park party on 9/9 will include food from StopAlong and an ice cream truck; entertainment from School of Rock; and a bench dedication to neighbor Rhonda Locke
  • Halloween: Come in costume and hand out candy to the kids as the parade around the block! Sponsors TBD
  • Santa and S’mores: Meet Santa and make s’mores around the bonfire on 12/9, 2-4pm
  • Winter Ball: Indoor dance party, date TBD in January or February
  • Spring Fundraiser: Watch for more information, including a possible pub crawl.

Neighborhood Artist Collective

Are you a local artist or gallery interested in partnering with EVA? We are looking for neighborhood galleries and artists to highlight and feature within our community in our newsletter and during events and meetings. Involvement could include an event or art fair, or partnering with other festivals within East Village, but other ideas are welcome! Please reach out if you would like to help us support our artisans.

Block Party

Meet your neighbors Saturday, Aug. 19, at the EVA block party on the 800 block of Winchester. We're planning live music, children's activities, food and beverages to make this annual event a summer highlight. Bring your friends and share a picnic favorite.


Check out Facebook for updated weekly crime statistics. There has been an uptick in robberies, so please be aware of your surroundings at all times. Ald. Daniel LaSpata (1st) held a meeting with the Chicago Department of Transportation to review proposals for the Wood Street Neighborhood Greenway. You can review the information and make your voice heard.

The next meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 11, 7pm, at Roots. Come learn about how to nourish and protect our neighborhood’s trees!

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