Aug 14

UVNA Membership meeting this Thursday August 14th

(photo credit Elaine Coorens)

When and Where: Neighbors are invited to attend the UVNA Membership meeting. It starts at 7pm at Whisk in their back patio (weather permitting). Whisk is located at 2018 West Chicago Ave, in the space formerly occupied by Chickpea. In an effort to highlight local businesses, we have been hosting our membership meetings at different locations. This will be our first meeting at Whisk

What will be discussed: Thursday night we will be taking a membership vote on the final condo development plans for the old St. John’s church at Walton and Hoyne. This plan has been picking up steam in the last few months, and this vote will show our support or lack of support for the project.
More on this issue can be found here: http://oururbantimes.com/preservation/ukrainian-village-association-vote-current-development-plans-former-st-john-evangelical
Additional updates will be given at the meeting to bring neighbors up to speed.

Also we will be giving updates on street safety projects, upcoming festivals, area development and park projects. We will need a lot of feedback on which future projects you want UVNA to focus on, so please consider attending and sharing your ideas. Also, we will be highlighting details for our September social event.

Whisk will have a lot of options for dinner as well. Have a look – http://whiskchicago.com/menu/dinner-menu

Hope to see you there,
The UVNA officers

Jun 14

UVNA working with neighborhood groups for street festival accountability

The UVNA has joined forces with four other neighborhood organizations to work towards financial and logistical accountability. Our request letter is attached below.

We ask for:
-Complete transparency of festival financial statements. Including a detailed breakout of sponsorships, vendors, beer sales, grants, expenses & donations (at minimum, for the prior two years).
-Inclusion of neighborhood groups in each festival’s logistics, safety & police plans in a timely fashion so they can have input and inform residents of what to expect.
-Understanding that profits vary by fest, we would like more consistency between fests in our neighborhoods regarding the portion of proceeds that go to community beneficiaries.
-If the festival decides to take donations, they must post signage explaining how the donation will be used. (Chicago law states that you can’t charge admission to the public way) This should include an established percentage of the gate to be donated to the identified non-profit, excluding festival organizers.
-Each festival takes the responsibility to make sure any community organizations or non-profits receiving funds [or donations] are legitimate and are using proceeds as stated to go back into the neighborhood on a timely basis

More information can be found in these two articles


DNAinfo: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140528/wicker-park/neighborhood-fests-should-open-books-consult-residents-groups-demand

      Updated 6/4: We have had good meetings with the West Town Chamber of Commerce about festival accountability, looking forward to working more closely with them on additional neighborhood concerns due to the street festivals.


Mar 13

Handmade Market at the Empty Bottle – Saturday 3/9

The Handmade Market returns to the Empty Bottle this Saturday from Noon to 4pm!  the market include funky jewelry, glass pendants, knitted items, handbags, clothing, paper crafts and more.

This is a regular monthly event. They strive to create a crafter’s market, with affordable handmade, mostly local items. There are a ton of crafters in the city, and the Handmade Market tries to make this accessible to up and coming designers, jewelry makers, and others. Come out and help support your monthly crafter’s market.

Feb 13

Empty Bottle Book Club: Wuthering Heights 2/10

 The Empty Bottle Book Club meets on Sunday February 10th, to discuss their next book – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  Be there at 1:00pm!


Apr 11

Stop By Alliance Bakery or Small Bar for Food, Drink & A Tax Extension

Stop by Alliance Bakery, 1736 W. Division St., between 10am an 10pm on April 17 or Small Bar, 2049 W. Division St., between noon and midnight on April 18 and the folks from RockstarCPA will be on hand to electronically file tax extensions  – it will push your tax filing deadline back to Oct. 17. If you owe taxes though, they’re still due now.  Per the information on the IRS form 4868:

“Although you are not required to make a payment of the tax you estimate as due, Form 4868 does not extend the time to pay taxes. If you do not pay the amount due by the regular due date, you will owe interest. You may also be charged penalties.”