The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra-la!

The May Meeting

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017
6:30PM – Member socializing
7:00PM – Meeting begins


  1. Ashland Lock – Home Security
  2. New restaurant presentations
    • Bakin’ & Eggs (new manager)
    • The Diplomat
  3. Chicago Cubs – Neighborhood Operational Update
  4. Election of Officers and Directors

In more detail…

Ashland Lock & Security Solutions Ashland Lock is a leading provider of integrated security solutions right here in the area. They are an Illinois-licensed hardware and security contractor and certified woman-owned business. They will make a presentation for simple and complex home security solutions.

Restaurant Presentations Bakin’ & Eggs’, located on 3000 Lincoln, new manager will present some menu changes being implemented at the restaurant The Diplomat Cafe on the 3100 block of Lincoln is now open. The owners will present its Southeast European/Georgian cuisine.

Chicago Cubs – Neighborhood Operational Update Heather Way Kitzes, Manager of Government & Neighborhood Relations Chicago Cubs, and former Executive President of Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, will give us an update and answer questions on everything regarding the team, park and concerts.

Election of Officer and Directors Here is the slate to be voted on for the 2017-2018 term:

President: Sam Samatas
1st Vice President: Bob Blitstein
2nd Vice President: Fionn McManigal
Recording Secretary: Bill Haderlein
Treasurer: Ann Sychowski
Corresponding Secretary: Steve Stern
Directors: – David Duggan, Michael Valitchka, Greg Brown, Amy Rosenwasser, Bob Taugner, Susan Radzinowicz and Mike Salvatore

Candidates for all positions can be nominated from the floor.


What happened at the last meeting? What’s the scoop with the Farm Bar’s patio seating?  When should you call 911? What’s happening in the neighborhood?  What are current real estate prices? As you might suspect, it’s all in the May Newsletter.


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April 11 Meeting / April Newsletter

April Showers

Next meeting


6:30PM – Member socializing
7:00PM – Meeting begins


  • Sgt Mary Hein from CPD’s Community Relations Strategy
  • Farm Bar – street cafe application

Sgt. Mary Hein for CPD’s Community Relations Strategy

Sgt Hein had previously introduced herself to the membership at the September 2016 meeting when she took over that position for the 19th District. She now returns to discuss neighborhood crime issues and tactical matters being taken by the 19th District.

Farm Bar – Street Cafe Permit (2nd attempt)

Farm Bar is coming back for its second attempt to establish an outdoor cafe on Wellington. In Spring 2016, Farm Bar’s application was strongly contested by some of the nearby neighbors, with the potential nighttime noise affecting their urban quality of life being the main issue. The vote at that time was 35 in favor and 20 opposed. However, Alderman Waguespack denied the permit based on the residential street location.

The current application still has 18 seats, though 26 would be allowed. Farm Bar is going to move up the closing time from 10:00PM to 9:00PM on the weekends and staying at 9:00PM during the week.

This is a voting issue. A one block radius surrounding the Farm Bar will be flyered by SLN.

At the last meeting, (from the newsletter)

Funeral Home Redevelopment at Wellington/ Southport. Last month the membership approved the most recent version from Springbank 6 Corners – mix use with commercial and 7 apts/condos on Wellington and parking and seven condos on Southport. This was the result of three NDRC iterations involving materials, design and alley/parking changes and two advisory membership votes. Our goal was to save and highlight the architecture of the existing building. This development review is currently with our Alderman Scott Waguespack who has legal decision authority. If you live in the immediate area and have an opinion on this design feel free to contact his office. He welcomes nearby neighbor input. More details are elsewhere in the newsletter.

We also heard from Police District 19 Commander Marc Buslick. Based on his background it is obvious that he is experienced, adroit, data driven and believes in police accountability at all levels. Using all of these attributes he is making positive strategic changes in policing the district.

Read more in the April Newsletter — and be sure to go through the ads.  Please let our advertisers know that you saw their ad in the newsletter. Those ads help support South Lakeview Neighbors.

South Lakeview Playlot – Advisory Council / Committee

SLN is looking for individuals to plan and operate the Summer Programs or Events that have been put on over the years at the South Lakeview Playlot located at Wolfram and Lakewood. The prior regime has ended their involvement with the Playlot. Funds for programs are available to fund the events from the South Lakeview Neighbors.

Please contact us at

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Meeting Notice: March 14, 2017 / March Newsletter

Meeting Preview

Athenaeum Theater
2936 N. Southport

6:30 PM – Doors open
7:00 PM – Meeting begins


  1. 19th District Police Commander Mark Buslik – presentation and question and answer session.

  2. Herdegan Funeral Home and 3015 N. Southport – revised plans

Presentation #1 – 19th District Commander Marc Buslik Introduction

SLN President Sam Samatas has been a long-time CAPS attendee and liaison between SLN and the 19th District Police Department. Upon Sam’s request, the new 19th District Commander Marc Buslik will attend the March meeting for his introduction to the neighborhood, a strategy discussion and a question and answer session.

It is preferred that you submit questions in advance so the Commander can prepare more pin-point responses.

14th District Commander Marc Buslik

  • 35-year CPD veteran

  • Captain for 14 years

  • Elected President of the Captains Association in 2014

  • Career began as a police officer in the 25th Grand Central District

  • Assignments have included patrolman, data processing, internal affairs and organized crime

  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in computer science and a Master’s in Public Administration

  • Currently completing his doctorate at UIC, working on a dissertation regarding police accountability

  • Teaching at Oakton Community College for over 20 years in information systems

Presentation #2 for Herdegan Funeral Home @ 1356 WW. Wellington and 3015 N. Southport parking lot – Zoning change

The Developers have absorbed comments from SLN’s NDRC and the membership from the February meeting. They will present updated plans. This will again be a voting issue. More information is contained in the “What Happened at the February Meeting” and “A Few Words from Our President” sections of the newsletter.


It’s a particularly good issue, chock full of information you need to know. Be sure to read it!

Questions for the Commander: March 14, 2017

Commander Marc Buslik

At the March 14 meeting, Commander Marc Buslik will discuss police activities in the 19th District.  We expect this to be a busy and well attended meeting, so we’d like to collect some questions in advance, especially if they might require some prior research on his part.

If you have questions, please use the comments on this post. We’ll try to organize them thematically, merge duplicates, and use them to make the meeting run more smoothly.  Of course, we will reserve time for questions from the audience, too.

See you on the 14th.