Jul 14

Volunteers needed at Western Playlot Park on July 11th

Volunteers are needed next week at the Western Playlot Park to help spread some of the surfacing for the kids to play on. If you have time after 10am to participate, please email President@uvna.org. The main info can be found on the flyer below. Big thanks go out to Ivanka and the Ukrainian American Youth Association for their assistance with this project.

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.


Jun 14

“Real Stories” event at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

There is a powerful event coming up on Friday June 6th from 5:30-8:00.

Southside students will be coming to Ukrainian Village to present for us. Their project includes photographs, poems and interviews to give a voice to the voiceless and tell the “Real Stories” of the people in their community. These High school freshmen have been exploring the ideas of stereotypes across our Chicago neighborhoods. Students’ writing ranges from their experiences with gangs and violence to being one of the first in their family to graduate high school, to the pride in their families and communities. You can flip through the book they made in this link to see the types of things they share: http://www.blurb.com/books/3250614-our-voices-our-stories-our-truth

This will happen *Friday June 6th* at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (2320 W Chicago Ave), please try to stop by to show them that our community cares about their work. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/282752895227805/?source=1

May 14

Need some help reporting Potholes?

Here is a map of the neighborhood highlighting which Ward you can email for assistance. Please CC us in the email as well (president@uvna.org). Just include a brief writeup including pictures and the block number (“The 2200 block of Iowa” for example).

*The orange section is the 26th Ward (email nereida.aviles@cityofchicago.org)

*The blue section is the 1st Ward (email jerry.mandujano@cityofchicago.org)

*The pink section is the 2nd Ward (email Constantine.Argiris@cityofchicago.org).

May 14

UVNA April 2014 Meeting Notes

Thursday February 20th, 2014 – 6:30pm – Helen School Cafeteria

Officers and UVNA Board Members in attendance:

  • President: Paul Matwyshyn 
  • Treasurer: Harriet Siller 
  • Secretary: Samantha Arnold 
  • Board Members: George Matwyshyn
Historic Homes and Historic Preservation
Keith Goad, a Vintage and Historic Property Broker (Prudential Rubloff) gave a presentation on listing, buying, and maintaining a historic property. He is an active member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, Preservation Chicago, and Landmark Illinois, so he brought a lot of background and experience to the discussion.
  • We had a lot of questions and discussions about historic districts and their requirements for historic properties, as well as the guidelines for maintenance, and how to work with Landmarks to make updates to your own property.
  • We also talked about economic incentives for the repair and rehabilitation of historic buildings at the local and national level

Keith writes a blog about vintage property, that covers buying, selling, as well as historic preservation issues, and maintenance issues like foundations and windows.  It’s called Do You Speak Vintage? and can be found here.

UVNA Officer Elections
We conducted an election for new officers for 2014 and the following individuals were elected:
  • Steve Niketopoulos – President
  • Leigh Kelsey – Vice President
  • Kim Jackewicz – Secretary
  • Lily Steele – Treasurer

The date for the next meeting will be announced soon!