December at SLN

First things first –

Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

6:30PM to 8:30PM
Will’s Northwoods Inn – 3030 N. Racine

  • Hot appetizers prepared by Will’s kitchen
  • Desserts supplied by SLN Officers & Directors
  • Beer, wine and pop donated by Will’s Northwoods Inn
  • Cash bar for other alcoholic drinks
  • World famous liquor basket raffle
  • Split the Pot raffle
  • FREE for all PAID MEMBERS, family and friends

Donations to The Lakeview Pantry

Please help The Lakeview Pantry during this Holiday season to help feed those who are less fortunate. Recent cuts in the Food Stamp Program have left families and food pantries scrambling to make ends meet. Cash or check donations to the Lakeview Pantry are preferred as The Pantry can allocate funds where needed. Canned food donations will also be accepted. Bring your donation to the Holiday Party or donate directly.

At the November Meeting

  • There was a “spirited” discussion about the Diag Bar (Southport and George).
  • We had a good presentation about the Affordable Care Act
  • We learned about a local business, Lakeshore Sports Physical Therapy (on Southport)

The newsletter goes into a good deal of detail on each of these points.  To learn about how South Lakeview Neighbors can provide a strong voice local businesses,  our Alderman and other government leaders read about the Diag discusssion.

It’s not all heavy sledding

Also in the newsletter, Bill H. wanders the neighborhood and lets us know what he’s heard and seen, there’s a report from the CAPS meetings, and notes from Ald. Waguespack.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) public meetings

As previously reported in the October 2013 SLN newsletter, BRT is coming to Ashland Ave. The 16 mile stretch from 95th Street to Irving Park Road is the site proposed by the City and CTA officials. Highlights of BRT are dedicating one lane of Ashland to larger bus only traffic, eliminating a lane of car traffic in each direction, left hand turns and parking on one side of the street.  The CTA is holding public meetings about BRT:

  • Tuesday, December 10 from 6-8PM – Benito Juarez Community Academy at 1450 W. Cermak Rd.
  • Wednesday, December 11 from 6-8PM – Pulaski Park Field House at 1419 W. Blackhawk (1500 N.)

Go to for detailed information.


Lincoln Ave Beautification Project

Posted on behalf of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce

The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and SSA 27 are seeking input from businesses and residents on how to make Lincoln Avenue between Diversey and Belmont a more attractive place to visit, live and do business. Your input will inform improvement projects and initiatives in 2014 and beyond, funded by SSA 27. Please stop by our Public Input Open House to share your input and to go on a walking street audit with us.

Public Input Open House:
Tue., Dec. 10, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
JP Burke’s Patio & Tap, 2913 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Whether you’re attending the meeting or not, please take this online survey by December 10 to register your opinions.

Questions? Contact Lee Crandell,, 773.472.7171.

SLN  Editor’s Note:  The Public Input Open House is at the same time as the SLN Members’ Holiday Party.  We recommend you do the online survey and come to the party!

At the November meeting

The newsletter team is hard at work in their secret caverns. In the meantime, here are some links to news reports from our November meeting:

We’d like to thank both Patch and DNAInfo for covering our meetings.

Don’t forget… Our  next meeting is the Holiday Party on December 10.

November: Meeting and Newsletter

Tuesday, November 12
St. Alphonsus Church basement
1429 W. Wellington
Doors open at 7
Meeting starts at 7:30

We’re back on Standard Time. It’s dark and cold.  Spend a enlightening evening with your neighbors. Warm yourself up with a good discussion.

On the agenda:

  • DIAG BAR – Southport/George St. - neighborhood issues

As previously reported, complaints from neighbors regarding DIAG were on the increase regarding late night noise and patron rowdiness. Eventually, DIAG was paid a visit from the Department of Business Affairs and was found to be in violation of several licenses including its retail food license, outdoor patio license and the use of sound equipment in the beer garden.

A hearing was held on September 20, 2013 regarding these issues. Elizabeth Gomez, Director of Outreach from Alderman Waguespack’s office was in attendance. DIAG agreed to the following: (1) Remove speakers from the patio, (2) Disconnected subwoofers and had a sound person check the bass level (3) Ordered another dumpster and scheduled an extra garbage pick-up (4) Order “Respect your neighbor” signs (5) Power washed alley (6) Will pick up trash near the bar.

Erik Baylis, partner in Big Onion Tavern Group and owner of DIAG will attend the November meeting to discuss improvements that have been made at DIAG. Elizabeth Gomez, Director of Outreach for Alderman Waguespack’s office will officiate this meeting. The immediate neighborhood will be flyered.

  • Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare)

Wondering how to get Health Care information? Illinois PIRG will make a brief presentation to answer questions about how to gain a better understanding of new health care options in the State of Illinois.

  • Lakeshore Sports Physical Therapy, PC

Angela Wilson Pennisi, PT,MS.OCS will provide  information of the health services offered by  Lakeshore which recently opened on Southport  across the street from the St. Alphonsus Church.

What happened at the October meeting? It’s in the newsletter.

New:  Meeting raffle!

Now your attendance at the monthly meetings can earn you cash. Starting at the November meeting, SLN will begin selling a monthly $5 raffle ticket to meeting attendees only. You can only buy a ticket at the meeting. Additional monthly membership meeting tickets will be sold at the February, March, April and May meetings. As you accumulate more attendance raffle tickets, you increase your chances of winning.

At the May meeting, we will draw a winner from all the purchased tickets for the year. The winner will receive 50% of the total kitty, 25% will go to a local charity selected by the winner from a provided list and 25% will go to SLN for future meeting expenses. Winner does not need to be present at the May meeting to claim the cash prize.