More notes from recent meeting on June 4th…

I had posted some notes just after our most recent meeting. However, neighbors Mary Stamler and Sharon Banis took more detailed notes which I wanted to share with you here.

Have a wonderfully safe summer! And if there are any block parties you’d like to post about, please let me know!


Volunteers for the distribution of meeting notices are needed for Paulina and Hermitage,
the west sides of the 4500 and 4600 blocks. Rebecca’s blog, which she explained,
acts as a large public posting to the rest of the ward. The blog could be expanded
to post information about activities in the ward, such as those that take place at the
American Indian Center on Wilson Avenue or at the Lillstreet Gallery at Montrose and

Block parties were discussed as a means of having more people involved in ward
The 4500 block of Hermitage has sponsored such an event, organized by a few neighbors.
Rebecca distributed the sample form “Petition to Hold a Block Party” available at the
Alderman’s office and on-line. Signatures of 75% of residents of the block (or blocks)
involved would be required. A permit would also be needed to close off the streets, with
a month leeway in both cases. The city does not provide services such as wooden horses
for this purpose; however, blue bins or a car could serve to bar entry to car traffic. It also
does not provide cleaning services after the event.

A second suggestion was made that entire blocks could be involved in a rummage sale,
which would also require permission to block off participating streets. Rebecca felt a
flyer distributed seven days in advance of the event would serve to notify neighbors who
might wish to take part in such a sale..She also noted that the sale of food or drinks and
an admission charge are not permitted.

The new calendar for CAPS meetings is now available.. These meetings are to be held
on the second Tuesday of every month at Chase Park, Ashland and Leland, rather than
every three months as they have been for the last few years. This frequency is a definite
plus for residents, as it allows us to know our beat officers and to make our concerns
heard. Residents are encouraged to attend, even when there are seemingly no major
problems in the neighborhood.

Recent developments, as well as those projected were discussed.
The new grid system for garbage collection is replacing the former by-ward
Basic changes were made to ward permit parking. Signs reflecting these changes
should have been in place by June 1. There are no 24 hour permits, and the new
city stickers should reflect the revised ward numbering system.
A new green garden with individual plots available to residents has been
developed in the vacant lot adjoining the brown line stop at Montrose and
Ravenswood. Find more information at CHICAGO WARD 47.COM .
July 1 is the scheduled date for the demolition of the interior of the former
Ravenswood Hospital at Winchester and Wilson Avenues, with that of the
exterior beginning September 1. The opening of the Lycee Francais is projected
for the 2015 school year.
Montrose at Ravenswood under the Metra tracks will be closed for another month
on the east side, while the west side will be closed for two more years.

Meetings continue regarding the new Mariano’s Fresh Foods at Lawrence
and Ravenswood. The matter is now in the hands of the city’s Building
Administration. Mariano’s is adament about opening at this location, but the
situation could be tied up for years, despite Alderman Pawar’s daily requests for
The Ravenswood Art Walk is scheduled for the last week of September.
However, this year it will be limited to the east side of the street, with boundaries
reduced from Irving Park to Lawrence and with fewer outdoor exhibits.
A meeting schedule is available on-line for Friends of Ravenswood School
Information concerning criminal activity in the area is available
at “” and at “”
The plan for making Lawrence Avenue more pedestrian friendly and more
attractive has been selected after input from residents. The plan chosen was the
work of Rebecca- congratulations!)
Senior volunteers are being sought to act as representatives to a Senior Council.
Ward residents should be more alert to the needs of seniors who might need
assistance with chores, or who could benefit from being checked on, for example,
in extremely warm weather. Such a program would offer an opportunity to fulfill
required service hours by local high school students.
If the panhandlers at Lawrence and Ravenswood become aggressive, call 911

Rebecca, in closing, noted that the Ward Council Meetings are held every six-to-
eight weeks. It was agreed that a similar schedule should be maintained for our local
organization. It is our intention to distribute notices in a timely fashion, prior to the next
meeting in August.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Katie H on June 27, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Thanks for the notes!!!


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