December Newsletter & Holiday Party

snowmanGrab a copy of the latest newsletter here and get ready to join us at the Holiday Party next week.


3030 N. Racine
6:30pm -8:30PM

  • Drinks and socializing
  • Food -from the Will’s Northwoods Kitchen
  • Liquor & Gift Certificate Raffles
  • Split the Pot Raffle -proceeds benefiting The Lakeview Food Pantry.

All PAID SLN MEMBERS, family and friends are invited. NEW MEMBERS wishing to join SLN are welcome. DUES can be PAID at the DOOR ($10).

RECRUIT your neighbor and win a prize.

All ADVERTISERS are welcome.

Last meeting we heard reviews of two important changes that are pending in SLN area –“Blue Park”/Play Lot revitalization on Wolfram/Lakewood and traffic flow changes at the Ashland/Belmont/Lincoln intersection. Both of these issues are written up in detail elsewhere in the newsletter.

The Play Lot revamping is an ambitious upgrade and a “reimagining” to the current aging park which is in need of repair. The CDOT A-B-L intersection plan which proposes eliminating some turns, adding bike lanes and narrowing cross walks has the implication of moving traffic to some residential side streets.

If you haven’t yet expressed your input or concerns via comments or surveys now is the time to do so. Contact Bill Haderleinat at as soon as possible.

Because SLN takes January off our next scheduled regular general membership meeting is not until Feb 12, 2019. It is expected that the development team for the massive Ashland/Barry mixed-use project will be presenters looking for zoning approval/changes. Also a couple of Chicago mayoral candidates are expected to stop by and seek your support;

Holiday Happenings in Lakeview

*Shop, Dine and Save in Lakeview*
Explore the best of Lakeview this holiday season with the Lakeview Holiday Gift Guide, showcasing unique local gifts and festive holiday events happening in Lakeview. Browse listings from local shops and restaurants, and make the most of your holiday shopping with the Lakeview Gift Card  accepted at more than 80 local businesses. For a limited time only, get a $20 Bonus Card for every $100 Lakeview Gift Card you buy. That’s extra money you can spend on gifts for yourself or others! Terms and conditions apply. Visit for more information.

*Lakeview Holiday Tree Lighting*
*Monday, Nov. 19 at 6 PM*
*Lincoln Hub | Intersection of Lincoln/Southport/Wellington*
Celebrate the kickoff of the holiday season in Lakeview with the lighting of  Lakeview’s first official community holiday tree, featuring ornaments decorated by students from five local schools. Enjoy holiday tunes, treats and a special visit from Santa! The festivities will take place outdoors at the Lincoln Hub intersection of Lincoln/Southport/Wellington. Sponsored by
SSA 27. RSVP on Facebook at

*Small Business Saturday*
*Saturday, Nov. 24*
Spend the day shopping Lakeview’s small businesses to show your appreciation for everything they do for the community. Enjoy special pop-up performances and get your Lakeview Holiday Passport stamped at select participating businesses to enter to win prizes. Visit for more information.

*Lakeview Menorah Lighting*
*Sunday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 PM*
*Lincoln Hub | Intersection of Lincoln/Southport/Wellington*
Celebrate the first night of Chanukah in Lakeview with the lighting of Lakeview’s official menorah, located outdoors at the Lincoln Hub intersection of Lincoln/Southport/Wellington. Featuring music and traditional Chanukah treats.Presented by the Chabad of Lakeview. Sponsored by SSA 27. RSVP on Facebook at

*Southport Holiday Stroll & Cocktail Crawl*
*Friday, Dec. 7, 5-9 PM*
*Southport, Belmont to Irving Park Rd.*The Southport Holiday Stroll is a longstanding tradition in West Lakeview organized by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce with support from SSA 27 where businesses along Southport break out the holly and stay open late offering holiday deals and festivities! The Southport Holiday Stroll is free to attend and includes special deals from local businesses, carol singers, photos with Santa, holiday treats, and other surprises! This year, the event will also include a ticketed Cocktail Crawl where attendees can sample over 15 different holiday-themed cocktails at participating businesses while they enjoy the festivities of the Southport Holiday Stroll. Find more details about the event and get your tickets for the Cocktail Crawl at

November Meeting and Newsletter

Did someone say Newsletter?

The next meeting is Tuesday, November 13.

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

South Lakeview Playlot (Blue Park) – Renovation Plans
The South Lakeview Playlot Advisory Council will present the design plans for the Playlot. In addition, the Council will outline the fund raising requirements for the renovation, which includes a combination of private and business donations, funds from the Alderman and the Park District. If you are on the Facebook – go to “blue park chicago” to view the plans. The plans are also posted at the Playlot.

Lincoln/Belmont/Ashland – Survey of SLN Members on New Traffic Changes
As previously reported in the SLN September 2018 newsletter and in Alderman Waguespack’s email newsletter, certain changes to this intersection designed and proposed by CDOT over the last two years or so and reviewed by an Aldermanic and Neighborhood Task Force (of which I, Bill Haderlein and other SLN members were on) are being implemented prior to full funding of the Total Reconstruction Project. According to the Alderman’s newsletter these improvements will allow CDOT to gather additional community input that will help guide the “FINAL” Reconstruction Project.  Read a lot more about this in the newsletter.

Tutto Fresco – restaurant presentation
The Owners will give a presentation discussing the menu and operations of this restaurant.

Now for a little cheer! Everyone mark your calendars for our annual Holiday Party Tuesday December 11, 6:30 – 8:30pm, at Will’s Northwoods Inn @ Racine/Nelson. The party is ‘weatherproof’ since we will be in their large private decorated heated tent. Bar drinks and great Wisconsin food are free to SLN members and accompanied friends and family who live within our boundaries – Belmont to Diversey & Racine to Ravenswood. If needed, you can pay your past due $10 dues at the door. Bring a little extra money to participate in our many raffles for prizes from our advertisers and businesses and “split the pot” cash.

3118 N. Ashland (Ashland & Barry) Info

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We plan to have the developers of the 3118 N. Ashland parking lot (next to Burley School) at the November 13 meeting.

UPDATE:  As of today (Oct 12), the developers will not be presenting at the Nov. 13 meeting.  When we have more information, we’ll let everyone know.

Here’s some information you can use to prepare for that meeting:

The Alderman will be evaluating these proposals under the Planned Development ordinance, as the proposal is multi-unit structure of more than 60 units.

The Planned Development (PD) zoning designation is required for certain projects to ensure adequate public review, encourage unified planning and development, promote economically beneficial development patterns that are compatible with the character of existing neighborhoods, allow design flexibility, and encourage the protection and conservation of the city’s natural resources.