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Congress, Streetfest and Wrigley Concerts at WLVN Meeting

By Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cong. Mike Quigley (D-5) speaks to the West Lake View Neighbors meeting as group president Wil DeMille listens. Credit: Mike Fourcher

Last night’s West Lake View Neighbors meeting stretched over two hours as the group heard a report from neighbor and Cong. Mike Quigley (D-5), received an update on plans to host the off-again on-again Rock Around the Block street fest, and learned details about upcoming concerts at Wrigley Field, among other business.

Rock Around the Block

WLVN has been negotiating with event management company Star Events to host a street festival, Rock Around the Block, the weekend of July 7-8. Last held in 2010 on Lincoln Avenue between Addison and Roscoe, this year the festival would be moved between Belmont and Roscoe. The neighbors group has required Star Events to contribute $5,000 and 20 percent of the festival profits to WLVN as a fee for operations, as well as the rights to review the festival’s complete budget and expenses.

Wrigley Concerts

In previous years, the Chicago Cubs have been required to obtain separate city ordinances for each concert held at Wrigley Field. This year, in conjunction with the Lake View Citizens Council (of which WLVN is a member), the Cubs are working to create a streamlined system so only one city ordinance will be required for each group of concerts each summer season.

This year the Cubs are expecting to host a Pink Floyd “The Wall” concert, country star Brad Paisley, and in mid-September at least a pair of Bruce Springsteen concerts. Also, on July 8, the Cubs plan to host another movie in the ballpark, “The Blues Brothers.”

New Beat Maps

Now that the 23rd and 19th Police Districts have officially merged, becoming the 19th District, the Police Department has released realigned beat maps. Copies of those maps were distributed at the meeting. See scan below.

Low Line Market

In keeping with last year’s Lakeview Area Master Plan, Lakeview Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heather Way announced plans to launch the Low Line Market, a farmer’s market, on Thursdays in mid-June. As many as 16 vendors will set up under the El tracks, 4-8 p.m., on the west side of Southport Avenue through October. Plans are still being finalized with the Chicago Transit Authority, but the Chamber expects to open applications for market positions next week.

Lakeview Parklets

Way also announced new plans from the Chicago Department of Transportation to create a series of “parklets” in Lakeview at 2959 N. Lincoln Ave., 3811 N. Southport Ave., and at Lincoln Avenue and Roscoe Street. The mini-parks are intended as permanent, hardscaped versions of PARK(ing) Day and usually take up no more than two parking spaces on the street.

19th District Beat Map

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