November Meeting and Newsletter

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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.

October newsletter and meeting announcement



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

Our upcoming Oct 9 meeting should be very interesting and interactive.

  • The relatively new El Tequilas Restaurant/Bar at 2836 N Lincoln will introduce themselves and will be requesting a “PPA” license, Public Place of Amusement, to allow for trivia nights and Mariachi music on weekends. This is a voting issue.
  • Also, the city is revamping the beleaguered 311 call center service. A discussion, a proposal and a real chance by residents to offer input will be conducted by reps from the Dept of Innovation & Technology.
  • Finally, the owners of an unusual sized lot at 2930 N Lakewood will be presenting their Single Family House proposal. They are requesting a zoning change from RS-3 to RS-3.5 to accommodate a 15% larger house on a very undersized non-conforming lot. This will be another advisory voting issue. 

What happened at the September meeting?

It was chock full of content:

  • Alderman Scott Waguespack
  • Congressman Mike Quigley
  • Presentation from CWBChicago on the real crime stats in our neighborhood
  • Presentation from the developers of the Byline Bank (Southport & Belmont) project
  • Presentation from Breakfast House
  • Upcoming events at the Athenaeum

You can read all about it in the October Newsletter.

September 11 Meeting, September Newsletter

Meeting Info

Tuesday, September 11
Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport
6:30pm: Member socializing
7:00pm: Meeting begins


  1. Alderman Scott Waguespack: State of the Ward
    The Alderman will give the membership his annual update on the Ward and City of Chicago operations. The Alderman will speak on specific Ward issues as well as City-wide politics and finances. This will be the 11th year the Alderman has presented issues to the SLN membership to start out the SLN season. Will the Alderman run for Mayor? Come to the meeting and maybe you will be the first to know.
  2. Congressman Mike Quigley
    Member of the Select Intelligence Committee and the Appropriations Committee, the Congressman will stop by to update us on the latest doings in DC.
  3. Development of the parcel currently occupied by the Byline Bank at Southport & Belmont
    This is not a zoning change issue. However, SLN has requested the Developer appear before the membership with their plans. This is the drive-through bank consisting of three lots. Plans are for a 4-story building wiht 1st floor commercial, including the Bank and 13 residential condos. Parking will be 1 per Unit with additional parking for the retail or bank. Preliminary plans show the project being lot-line to lot-line.
  4. Crime in the area:  A presentation from Crime In Wrigleyville and Boystown (
    A representative from this crime reporting website will discuss crime issue in the SLN and Lakeview area. Many SLN members receive immediate updates from this web-site detailing the increase in violent crime in our immediate area that we would normally not be aware of.  CWBChicago often scoops the Tribune and Sun-Times on local crime reporting.
  5. Welcome to a new business:  Breakfast House
    The Owners will introduce themselves and describe the operations of this recently opened breakfast/lunch restaurant.

Is there more? Of course! Read the September newsletter.

The newsletter includes:

  • Highlights of the summer party, including the Beer Popularity Poll
  • A review of 2017-2018 in South Lakeveiw
  • Observations from a neighborhood walk
  • News from our elected officials
  • Lincoln/Belmont /Ashland Intersection InterimSafety Improvements from CDOT
  • News from the Lakeview Chamber and SSA27

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