Jan 13

UVNA January 2013 Meeting Notes

Thursday January  17th, 2013– 6:30pm, St. Helen School Cafeteria

Officers and UVNA Board Members in attendance:

  • President:  Paul Matwyshyn
  • Vice President: Harriet Siller
  • Secretary: Samantha Arnold
  • Board Members:  George Matwyshyn


Presentation by T.H.E  Management, Inc.

Samuel Lewis gave a brief presentation on THE Management Inc.’s work with condo associations to provide condo owners with the best tools to become self sufficient and successful condo associations.  He also shared information about their upcoming seminar for Condo owners who have questions about identifying and overcoming issues with HOAs and condo associations.  Their seminar will include the following  panel of experts available for questions and discussions. The seminar will be Friday Feb 1st, 2013  6-9:00pm at Creative Studio Space, 2941 W. Belmont.   Tickets:  $10.00   More Info: 773-544-864

Presentation by the WickerPark Bucktown SSA #33

Beth Sholtis and John Paige gave a short presentation on the history of the SSA and their upcoming review of their 5-year master plan and budget.  They have an online survey out (please click on the link below & take the survey!)  to get feedback from the community about the direction they should take in their next master plan.  They will be giving a similar presentation to the community this Wednesday, January 30th at 6:30pm at the Bucktown-Wicker Park Public Library, 1701 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Doors open at 6pm and refreshments will be served. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about their committees and how you can be more involved.

CAPS Update

We are now officially in the 12th Police District, and Ukrainian Village falls within beat 1212.  CAPS beat meetings will now take place every other month.  Beat 1212 will meet the 1st Tuesday of the month (every other month) and the next meeting is Tuesday, February 5th, 7:00pm. St. Helen School.

Nov 12

UVNA November 2012 Meeting Notes

Thursday November 15th, 2012 – 6:30pm, St. Helen School Cafeteria

Officers and UVNA Board Members in attendance:

  • President:  Paul Matwyshyn
  • Vice President: Harriet Siller
  • Treasurer:  Marc Diamond
  • Secretary: Samantha Arnold
  • Board Members:  Patrick Danaher, George Matwyshyn


Energy Impact Illinois Presentation

We had a presentation by Leslie Proudfoot about the limited-time rebate available to homeowners of up to $1750. The rebate is for the most cost effective and permanent energy efficiency improvements: air sealing and insulating.  You are eligible for the program if you have service from Peoples or North Shore Gas, or a Nicor Gas or ComEd customer, and are an owner of a single-family home or 2-4 unit building.  Along with the rebates, there are low-interest loans available as well.  Call 1-855-9-IMPACT or check out www.EnergyImpactIllinois.org for more information.

Update:  West Town SSA 

The West Town SSA reconstitution and expansion process from SSA #29 to SSA #57 with new boundaries was stopped due to vocal opposition by residents to the effect that the Aldermen pulled their support. According to a recent West Town Chamber of Commerce newsletter  “the City of Chicago Department of Law feared a lawsuit due to this vocal minority and the Department of Economic Development felt “uncomfortable,” which led to the Aldermen pulling their support. ”  What does this mean for the future of the SSA? This means West Town only has  SSA#29 for 2 more years before it expires. If the they want to reconstitute the West Town SSA, they will have to go through the reconstitution/expansion process again next year or in 2014.

The West Town Chamber Of Commerce is hosting a Community Leaders Summit on 11/29 and UVNA will be sending two officers to the meeting to help improve communications across community and business organizations in the West Town area.

Update:  St John’s Lutheran Church,  913 – 925 N. Hoyne Avenue, – Adaptive Re-Use proposal & Request for a Zoning Change

The officers and board had a meeting right before this meeting, with Preservation Chicago about the proposed development at St. John’ Lutheran Church.  According to recent information received from the developers,  the foundation of the school building is in worse shape than they initially expected, based on surveys recently completed by their engineers.  Because of the expense they estimate it would cost to resolved the problems, the developers now want to tear down the school and build four townhomes instead of converting the school into condos as was originally proposed.  We would like more information about the status of the land-marking of the property (in review),  as well as more information about the change in overall design and will reach out to Preservation Chicago and the developers for more information to share with our membership.

UPDATE:  One day after the UVNA meeting the UVNA President Paul Matwyshyn was notified that the developers have backed out of the project altogether.

Innjoy – Request for Late Hour License

Ukrainian Village neighbors living around Innjoy (2051 W. Division) have received letters notifying them of Innjoy’s request for a Late Hour License.

Businesses wishing to remain open beyond the legal closing time of 2:00 a.m. may obtain a Late Hour Liquor License. This license is required for the additional privilege to remain open and permit the sale of alcoholic liquor until 4:00 a.m., Monday-Saturday, and until 5:00 a.m. on Sunday. Businesses holding a Tavern, Packaged Goods, or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license are permitted to apply for a late hour license

Requirements: Site Plan, Floor Plan, Late Hour Petition and related documents
Inspections Required: Local Liquor Control Commission
Fees: $6,000.00+$40.00 one time publication fee
Renewal: 2 Year

According to the City of Chicago if there are more than 50 registered voters residing within 500 ft of  the premises, the tavern must obtain and file a petition, signed by a majority of the legal voters registered within the 500 feet,  giving consent to the business to file the Late Hour License request. And then the application must be filed within 60 days of the date the petition was signed by the first legal voter.  Registered voters within 500 ft may also submit a petition in opposition to the license request.

If you are a registered voter within 500 feet of Innjoy, please be sure you read your certified letter and let the Alderman know your views on this situation.  The UVNA will be submitting our own letter to the Alderman in opposition to the Late Hour License Request.

CAPS Update 

There is no official date yet set as to when the 13th an 12th districts will move into their new building – could be as early as December 10th though,  CAPS will continue in some form, with a new name, as yet to be announced, and beats are being redrawn, as they consolidate the total # of beats between 12 and 13th districts. Beat #1312 which encompasses all of Ukrainian Village will be redrawn with a western boundary of  Campbell Street, and an Eastern boundary of Wood Street. Northern and southern boundaries will remain unchanged.

December UVNA Meeting

Our December meeting will be a holiday social meeting – feel free to invite your friends and neighbors from around Ukrainian Village and West Town.  We will announce the location shortly as soon as it is confirmed.

Sep 12

UVNA September 2012 Meeting Notes

Thursday September 20th, 2012 – 6:30pm, St. Helen School Cafeteria

Officers and UVNA Board Members in attendance:

  • President:  Paul Matwyshyn
  • Vice President: Harriet Siller
  • Treasurer:  Marc Diamond
  • Secretary: Samantha Arnold
  • Board Members:  Patrick Danaher, George Matwyshyn

Ann’s Bakery, 2158 W. Chicago Avenue –  Packaged Goods License

In June 2012, the bakery suffered extensive damage due to a fire in one of the apartments above the 3 buildings that housed the bakery.  The owner of the bakery is currently remodeling the store, with plans to expand by about 500 – 600  square feet of floor space to a total around 3800 square feet.  As part of the expansion, the owner would like to apply for a  Packaged Goods License.

  • Owner of Ann’s Bakery for 22 years – Wolodymyr Siryj
  • Attorney& son-in-law, presenting at the meeting: Ross Saciuk
  • Business hours for the bakery will remain the same as when previously opened:

Monday – Friday: 7am – 9pm
Saturdays: 7am – 8pm
Sundays: 7am – 7pm

  • The bakery is not interested in selling any malt liquor or fortified alcoholic beverages
  • The bakery does not intend to sell single bottles of beer or small bottles of hard liquor, though the license does allow this
  • They expect to have 1 cooler dedicated to beer and wine, with hard liquor possibly behind the counter
  • No open containers are allowed on the premises per the license restrictions
  • Not sure if their license would be transferable (need to follow-up on that)
  • They intend to keep the bakery the same as a family bakery , part of the neighborhood, alcohol sales will not be a primary focus of the bakery, but an additional offering to customers, along with a hot tables, a deli area, the bakery counters, and some cafe tables.

As part of the process of applying for this license, each legal registered voter within 250 feet of a proposed liquor license establishment is notified when an application is filed, and the bakery will be sending out letters to these neighbors, as well as posting a notice on their premises.

The bakery owners stated that they will happy to answer any further questions we may have about their application, and will follow all the steps required by the City of Chicago, and will keep the UVNA apprised of their plans as well.  We will create a page on the UVNA website for tracking any information about this license application process.

(we will post any updates regarding this application request to one page on the UVNA website for reference)

St John’s Lutheran Church,  913 – 925 N. Hoyne Avenue, – Adaptive Re-Use proposal & Request for a Zoning Change

The St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and School Buildings were built in 1906 by a congregation of German immigrants, and possess a strong historic and architectural connection to the early development of Ukrainian Village.  It was excluded from the original Ukrainian Village Landmark District in 2002, as well as the extensions in 2004 and 2006, but was recommended for a third extension this past June by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. The church went up for sale by auction this summer, and a development group, the Hoyne Development Partners won the auction. They have not yet closed on the property.

Tim Desmond was in attendance at the meeting representing Hoyne Development Partners.  Desmond is also President of Central Station Development Corporation , and has worked on many previous adaptive re-use projects like this one.  Kenneth De Muth, from the architectural firm pappageorgehaymes partners was also in attendance to discuss the very preliminary plans and ideas for the project.

  • They have not yet closed on the property – will need the zoning change to do so
  • If landmark status is granted, the buildings cannot be torn down, and the developers state they are not interested in tearing down the property.
  • Are requesting a zoning change from RT4 to RM5 to allow for 2 floors to exist in the church, and the additional interior square footage an additional floor would bring
  • They will leave the entire Hoyne Street (West) facade of the Church intact, i.e. the stained glass windows will remain. The arches above the windows in the school that have been filled in will be restored to clear glass.
  • Stained glass in the windows on the courtyard side of the building will be removed  to allow more natureal light into the units in the chuch, and they will try to re-purpose/reuse the stained glass where possible.
  • Walton street window openings on wall to remain, stained glass to be mostly removed, will examine keeping mullion spacing and transom glass above.
  • New floor in church will honor existing windows from the outside.
  • Potential for balconies or terraces in the courtyard area, the Walton street side, or the south side of the school.
  • Will maintain as much architectural detail in the interior of the church as possible
  • Will be walk-ups, no elevators.
  • 16-18 units total between the two buildings but that number is not final
  • The unit layout is still very preliminary as they are still very early in their feasibility  study of building reuse.
  • One option for parking that has been proposed at this time is to use the basement,below the two buildings, with the entrance ramp between them, entering via the alley
  • No increase to the exterior footprint of the buildings
  • Envision 4 units per each floor (2) in the church, 4-5 units per floor in the school
  • 800 – 1500 sq ft units, probably 2 large units.
  • Parking for 8-9 cars for each building
  • Church roofline will stay the same, could add skylights on the south side of the roof,  same with the school.


  • They want to submit their zoning application to the alderman’s office, and have 60 days to finalize it once it has been submitted.
  • Goal is to close by the end of the year.
  • May also try to qualify for a property tax free on both buildings
  • Developers are working with Landmarks on meeting their requirements

(we will post any updates regarding the possible development at the church  to one page on the UVNA website for reference)

West Town SSA Expansion

( To read more about what the SSA is and what they do, check out their website)

The boundaries of West Town SSA are:

Chicago Avenue from Halsted Street to California Avenue
Damen Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Grand Avenue 
Milwaukee Avenue from Racine Street to Erie Street
Ogden Avenue from Fry Street to the Kennedy Expressway

  • The new boundaries that they have proposed to expand the reach of the SSA are:
    – Western Avenue, along the west side of street from Hadden to Cortez and along the east side of street from Hadden to Chicago 
    – Damen Avenue, from the south side of Augusta to north side of Huron
    – Ashland Avenue from the south side of Division to the south side of Grand
    – Grand Avenue from the east side of Ashland to the east side of Damen 
    – Milwaukee Avenue, from 1142 N Milwaukee to north side of Erie 
    – Ogden Avenue, from 1030 N Ogden to the Kennedy Expressway 
    – Chicago Avenue from the west side of Halsted to the east side of Western   
  • The next regular SSA meeting is Thursday, October 4th,  at noon,  at the West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce, located at 1819 W. Chicago Ave.
  • There is also scheduled a  West Town SSA Informational Workshop  Tuesday, October 9th 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    @ WTCCC 1819 W. Chicago Ave, to learn more about the Special Service Area, the SSA programs, staff, annual budget and the reconstitution and expansion process.
  • The City Council Finance Committee must still hold a Public Hearing before taking a vote on the new boundaries of the SSA and sending it back to City Council for passage. The date of the Public Hearing at City Hall has been set for Friday, October 12th at 10am.  According to the SSA, all SSA taxpayers will be sent in the mail a written notice of the Public Hearing so they may attend.  Once the SSA Ordinance is passed, DHED will enter into a contract with WTCCC, and the new West Town SSA will be implemented beginning January 2013.

CAPS Update

Regarding the recent armed robberies on Damen & Thomas and Damen & Augusta, the CPD collected a lot of evidence and believe they have some good leads regarding these crimes.   Alderman Waugespack attended the block party on Thomas Street which took place a few days later, and reviewed community safety tips and procedures, and they also discussed the possibility of adding speed bumps to their street.

Mar 12

We Had a Great UVNA March Social!

Last week, instead of our usual monthly membership meeting, we held a social event at the J & M Tap.  We try to host these every other month or so as a way to help us all get to know each other a little better.  We had a fabulous turnout this month and even had some folks from the CGNA (Chicago-Grand Neighbors Association) join us as well!  Most of the time was spent socializing and talking about events current and past in our neighborhood.  We did spent a few minutes talking a little business though.

  • Blue Bin Recycling – the city will be dropping off bins at the front of our buildings this week – you will need to move them next to your trash in the alley.
  • Red Apple Liquor License Permit Request – Interested residents were at the meeting with flyers and information about the permit request and why many residents are against granting the liquor license request.  Letters from the public are due by 3/19.  Contact Suzanne (312-371-7168) for a more information or a sample letter.
  • Permit Request for Facade Restoration on Thomas Street –  The owners have drawn up plans for the city as well as the Chicago Landmarks Commission, as the building resides within the Ukrainian Village historic district.  They brought along the plans so the members of the UVNA could review and hopefully approve their proposal.
  • Update on the UVNA Historic Church Walk – We’re on for a church walk in June! We’ll post a date for meeting of volunteers soon – we’ll need help with flyers or help on the day of the event – let us know if you are interested!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by Thursday night!  We hope to see you next month at our regular time and place at St. Helen School on Augusta.   Make sure you keep up with current Ukrainian Village events here on our website,  our facebook page, or sign up for our newsletter!

Mar 12

UVNA March Social at the J & M Tap

This month’s UVNA meeting will be a social event – a chance to meet and greet your neighbors over a pint or two.  We’ll meet at our usual date and time (3rd Thursday of the month, 6:30pm)  but at the J &M Tap – 957  N. Leavitt Blvd.  That’s right at the corner of Leavitt and Augusta.  We’re inviting friends from the surrounding neighborhood associations and neighborhood watch groups to stop by as well!  We hope to see you on the 15th!


(correction – earlier version listed the address as 957 W. Augusta).