Oct 16

Red Apple’s Request for a Packaged Goods Liquor License

The October 2016 meeting of the UVNA saw a presentation by Harlan Powell representing the Red Apple convenience store located at 2000 W. Chicago Avenue.

The store has been closed for a few years, and residents came out to see what kind of concept would be proposed for it to reopen. The store is still being rented by Irar “Ira” Sweiss who is again applying for a packaged goods liquor license. Unlike the previous store concept of late night hours and drive-up service, this plan would cater to local crowds interested in coffee, tea, sandwiches and upper-scale liquor (wine, craft beer and assorted spirits). The hours would be open until midnight, provide a security guard and have surveillance cameras connected to CPD facilities for live feeds of the intersection. These details were summarized for the attendees from a previous meeting with Alderman Hopkins who was presented with a plan of operation which would be added to the liquor license should it be approved.

Residents from East Village and Chicago Grand Neighbors joined UVNA members for this presentation, but immediately cited past issues with the Red Apple owner. Previous years saw testimony in court against the owner and his need for a liquor license at the location. Opposition included a letter from the then 13th District Police Commander citing safety concerns. Despite some of the changes being made to the new proposal, neighbors seemed to agree that there was an ongoing lack of trust. This store has been closed for years, and the point was made multiple times that that did not build any sense of community investment from the owner over the past few years. The location was referred to as dirty, mes, and in disrepair.

Alderman Hopkins listened to the discussion, which included a presentation by neighbor Suzi Wahl and local business manager Omar Quadri. Alderman Hopkins stated that he was aware of the past problems with the location, but as a new Alderman wanted to hear what neighbors thought of the upscale concept for that corner. The owner has not yet filed for a packaged goods license according to Harlan Powell, and the meeting ended with no outcome being determined. No vote was taken, the majority who attended seemed against the concept all together. The request was made that the owner should make an effort to run a store with liquor sales first to contribute to the community instead of paying to keep the store closed on a busy corner of the neighborhood.

More on this story can be found on DNA Info.


Past articles can be found at Our Urban Times.


Oct 16

UVNA Meeting: October 20th, 2016

The next UVNA meeting hosts a community presentation by the representatives of Red Apple convenience store, located at the northwest corner of Damen and Chicago Ave. Alderman Hopkins will also be in attendance.

Red Apple seeks a packaged goods liquor license for the location and will be presentaing their plan of operation for the community. Please attend and let the Alderman know if you are in support of this project or against.

This meeting is to take place in the basement meeting room of St. Helen’s School, located at 2347 W Augusta Blvd,

This is part of the monthly meeting series of the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association. Please continue to follow future meeting dates, times and topics.

Mar 16

Meeting for Ukrainian Dairy Building near Damen and Augusta

Alderman Hopkins will be speaking to residents this Monday night, April 4th at 7pm. The meeting will take place with East Village Association at Happy Village, 1059 N Wolcott, and his topic will be the former Ukrainian Dairy/Leona’s. We need those interested in helping to save this building from demolition to show up and share your stories about the building and it’s connection to the history of the neighborhood and local Ukrainian culture.

Mar 15

Upcoming 2nd Ward debate, March 24th starting at 7pm

You are invited! The UVNA is co-sponsoring the upcoming 2nd Ward debate on March 24th between Alyx Pattison and Brian Hopkins.

Two of the best political writers in the city will be moderating. Greg Hinz , Political editor for Crain’s Chicago Business, and Hal Dardick, City Hall reporter at Chicago Tribune.

This time our moderators and candidates will have the freedom to go into detail with open questions and responses. Candidates will even be allowed to ask each other direct questions.

This event is co-sponsored by the East Village Association, and the Wicker Park Committee. Special thanks to Principal Oleksy and Columbus Elementary for the use of their auditorium.

To submit questions for this debate, please contact us at president@uvna.org

When: 7pm on Tuesday, March 24th (exactly two weeks before the special runoff election on April 7th).
Where: Columbus Elementary School Auditorium (1003 N. Leavitt St.)
Parking is provided in the school lot across from the entrance.
Please enter the building on the west.


Jun 12

Open House Meeting: Western & Ashland Bus Rapid Transit Projects

You’re invited to attend a CTA OPEN HOUSE MEETING for the Western and Ashland Corridors Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Projects.

WHERE & WHEN: Multiple locations over 3 days

1) Tuesday, June 12, 2012 5:30pm – 7:3pm

1438 W. 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60636

2). Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:30pm – 7:30pm

2501 W. Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60618

3). Thursday, June 14, 2012 5:30pm – 7:30pm

936 N. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

The purpose of this meeting is to:

  • Introduce the project and the Alternatives Analysis (AA) process. The AA is a study of the potential impacts of the various project options. Each option or “alternative” includes different features and service plans.
  • Provide additional information to the public about the project.
  • Solicit feedback from the community on the project.

What is the Western and Ashland Corridors BRT Project?
The CTA, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration, is performing an Alternatives Analysis planning study as a means of exploring options as well as the positive and negative impacts of a variety of Bus Rapid Transit features and service on both Western and Ashland Avenues. The study area extends approximately 21 miles along Western and Ashland Avenues, from Howard Street on the north to 95th Street on the south.