Newsletter – Volume 26, Issue 4

November 10 Zoom Meeting

Our next meeting will be held via Zoom at 6:30pm on November 10. Please plan to attend to discuss any topics of interest regarding the neighborhood of Mayfair. Zoom meeting attendance details will be sent out to our email list before the meeting. To join our email list, visit https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mayfair-civic and click “Ask to join group”.

Letter from the President

At our last meeting Alderman Nugent addressed a variety of community issues, including Lawrence Avenue improvement efforts.

The Alderman will report again at our next meeting, and we have invited Congressman Mike Quigley to visit with us while he is in town for other business. We expect both will have lots to say about the midterm elections which conclude just two days before the meeting.

Because of Covid it’s been over a year since we have had a physical meeting. We discussed the possibility of having one in December, perhaps an informal social event in lieu of our Annual Party, similar to the event held last November at Marie’s outdoor, heated plaza. Attendees would have to provide proof of vaccination, boosters, etc., masks would be available and other state health guidelines would be followed. This will be a discussion topic at our next meeting, as will the status of the sculpture installation for Mayfair Park.

Please mark your calendar and be sure to attend our next meeting on Thursday, November 10. Contact information is provided elsewhere in the Newsletter.

Finally, and perhaps more importantly, please be sure to vote next Tuesday.

Letter from the Editor

The Mayfair Civic Association now has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mayfaircivic. We’ll post announcements there as well as to our email group at https://groups.google.com/g/mayfair-civic, including announcements of new issues of this newsletter.

If you would like to contribute an article or other content to this newsletter, please reach out to me at mayfair-civic-newsletter@googlegroups.com. We have a distribution of 100s of Mayfair neighbors and growing. For more information on contributing to the newsletter, visit the Newsletter page.

Membership Meetings

Here are some details from the September and October meeting of the Mayfair Civic Association.

Reminder: The MCA is looking for a new treasurer!

If you or someone you know has accounting skills and would like to get more involved and contribute directly to your neighborhood, Mayfair Civic Association is looking for a new treasurer. Those interested can contact MCA President Ron Duplack at rduplack@rieckcrotty.com. Thank you for your support!

Alderman highlights flooding impact and infrastructure work

At the October membership meeting, Alderman Nugent discussed the impact of the recent flooding on the neighborhood due to sudden heavy rains, saying that Mayfair had been hit “pretty hard”, along with Sauganash Park and Forest Glen. The Alderman said that the water department was out non-stop. The system has limited capacity for water intake, and that capacity was reached in some areas, causing the flooding. For more information, see the earlier post focused on the details of the flooding event.

On the topic of infrastructure, Alderman Nugent said Kedvale and Kasson were being resurfaced, along with the sidewalks from Keeler to Tripp. Additionally, Participatory Budgeting is starting up again soon. During the last session, we were able to get some pretty great things funded for our neighborhood, being granted $50,000 for Lawrence Ave beautification as indicated in the April issue of this newsletter. The Alderman urged us to get involved again. More details on the upcoming Participatory Budgeting cycle can be found in the Alderman’s section of this newsletter.

The Pulaski/Elston SSA #79 commissioners have been confirmed in council, and the SSA has secured a snow management contract.

Updates from Representative Mike Kelly’s office

Katie El-Ali from State Representative Mike Kelly’s office mentioned during the October meeting that their office has been working on trailer bills for the “safety act” and the “pretrial fairness act”, which this newsletter assumes is referring to the Furniture Fire Safety Act HB5407 and CD CORR-RELEASEE-REENTRY INFO HB3653, respectively. For more information on HB3653, there is also this nice website for the act. El-Ali also announced that the work is done on the I-94 Peterson Bridge.

If you have questions or would like more info, feel free to contact Katie El-Ali from Representative Kelly’s office via email at katie@repkelly.com or phone at 773-736-0218.

Mayfair Park

Sculptures

At the September meeting, we discussed the sculptures that were mentioned in the September issue of this newsletter. As mentioned in that issue, we asked members via our email list to vote in August on which of 5 sculptures they preferred. The voting resulted in a tie between the two depicted in the September issue. After some deliberation during the meeting, we chose the wooden sculpture by Charlie Brouwer entitled “Happy Wanderers”. At the October meeting, MCA President Ron Duplack provided an update that the sculptures would be installed at the end of that month! Thanks to Ron for leading the effort to install a sculpture, it’s going to be a nice feature in the park!

New Supervisor and park sign

Jon Litwin attended the September meeting and shared that Mayfair Park has a new supervisor: Yesenia Mayén. Jon said Yesenia comes from Portage Park and that everyone is happy to have her, and they wish the best for the former supervisor Jose Mercado.

Jon also mentioned that the park has been having some issues with their sign, which has been stolen a number of times. At the time of the meeting, the park no longer had a sign. The issue has been brought to the attention of the Alderman.

Businesses parking vehicle inventory on the side of the road

At the September meeting, an attendee raised the issue of broken, undriveable cars parked on the side of the road on Elston, perhaps overflow from repair shops in the neighborhood. The concern was that many residents are going to want to use those parking spaces in the winter. Goode Plumbing is also known to use orange cones to block parking spots on the road for their service vehicles, and there is concern about equitable access to the spots. The issue has been raised with the Alderman’s office.

In the Neighborhood

CAPS Meeting for Beat 1722

CAPS meetings for Beat 1722 are back in-person, and there is no Zoom or hybrid option. Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is on November 16 at 6:30pm in the Community Room of the 17th District Police Department at 4650 N Pulaski.

The primary purpose of the beat community meeting is to allow beat residents, other community stakeholders and police to discuss chronic problems on the beat and to engage in problem solving using the CAPS five-step problem-solving process. Beat community meetings provide an opportunity for police and community residents to exchange information about conditions in the neighborhood, to identify crime and disorder problems, and to develop strategies to combat those problems. The meeting also provides an opportunity for police and community to get to know one another.

For upcoming meeting info, or if you have questions or comments, please contact the CAPS office at 312-742-4588, or email caps.017district@chicagopolice.org. Learn about the Office of Community Policing at https://home.chicagopolice.org/community-policing-group/.

Updates from the Alderman

Voting

Early voting has begun. The early voting location in the 39th Ward is at the North Park Village Administration Building – 5801 N Pulaski Road. The site is open weekdays from 9:00am to 6:00pm; Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm; Sundays from 10:00am to 4:00pm; and on Election Day (Nov. 8) from 6:00am to 7:00pm. Your regular Election Day polling location may have changed. You can confirm your polling location at ChicagoElections.gov or by the Board of Elections at 312-269-7900.

Salute to American Heroes Veterans Day Program

It is my pleasure to invite you to the Annual Mayfair Salute to American Heros Veterans Day Program on Sunday, November 6th at 10am at the Mayfair Veterans Memorial at the corner of Lawrence and Keeler. The event honors our neighborhood veterans, first responders, and educators. I hope you will join me and the Mayfair Veterans Committee for this event.

Street lights

I’ve launched a new service request drive for street and alley lights that are out. With it getting darker earlier in the evening, if you notice a light is out, please call my office at 773-736-5594 or email Ward39@CityofChicago.org. Be sure to take note of the address of the light if it is on the street or the address it is behind if the light is in the alley.

Participatory Budgeting

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I will be rolling out the 4th cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB) for the Ward in the coming weeks. PB is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of the public budget, also known as the menu. Please be sure to watch my newsletter, Facebook, and check back in this newsletter for more information.

Joining the PB Committee is a great way to get involved with neighbors from across the Ward. The committee meets to review and develop proposals and set the ballot. I would also like to encourage you to submit ideas for the PB process. If you have an idea for an infrastructure improvement in the Ward, PB is a great way to help bring the idea to life.

If you need assistance with any city services or have any questions, please call my office at 773-736-5594 or ward39@cityofchicago.org. We are here to help.

Visit and Subscribe!

Visit https://aldermannugent.com/ to subscribe to Alderman Nugent’s newsletter and learn about what she’s doing for the 39th Ward. My office is open Mondays from 9am to 7pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am to 5pm and Fridays from 9am to 3pm. While the office is open for walk-ins, appointments are encouraged. We ask that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Please reach out should you have any questions, comments, or concerns at 773-736-5594 or via email at Ward39@CityOfChicago.Org.

Local Events and Information

17th District Chicago Police Explorers

17th District Community Room
4650 N. Pulaski Rd.
19 November 2022 at 11:00AM

How to apply – Explorers must be between the ages of 14-20. Complete an application and have it signed by a parent or guardian.

What to expect – Explorers will also have an opportunity to go on a field trips or volunteer for community events. This will require the parent or guardian to sign a permission slip and have two emergency contact phone numbers provided. The Explorer will receive community service hours for events and field trips that are taken. Explorers will learn Police functions and participate in real life Police training.

Who to contact – 17th District CAPS office (312) 742-4588 or email us at caps.017district@chicagopolice.org.

North Park Village “Building for the Future Campaign”

For the first time in 40 years, you, your family, friends, and neighbors are invited to offer their opinions on where N V goes for the next 40 ears – Take the “Your Voice Still Counts Survey” and also, check out information about North Park Village History as well.

For more information and to take the survey, visit https://northrivercommission.org/npvbuildingforthefuture.

17th District PD Community Conversation to create the 2023 Strategic Plan

The Chicago Police Department will be holding a Community Conversation for the consent decree required 2023 Strategic Plan later this month, on 10/25 and 10/27 @ 6pm for the 17th District.

For details, visit chicagopolice.org/convo. You can search for our police district (017) to find the meeting registration link, including dates, times, locations, and the Zoom meeting link.

You can register for either in-person, virtual attendance, or both by clicking here.

In-Person Meeting

2022-10-27 @ 6pm
IAHC
4626 N Knox

Virtual Meeting

2022-10-25 @ 6pm
Zoom ID: 817 3155 0779
Pass: 583782
Zoom Link

For more info or special accommodations, call 312-742-4588 or email CAPS.017District@chicagopolice.org.

Fliers from CPD

Heavy rain event on September 11 caused water intrusion in some homes

On 9/11, Mayfair and surrounding neighborhoods experienced heavy rain that exceeded the city’s capacity for water intake through the drainage systems in place. This heavy rain caused water intrusion in the homes of some neighbors. There were multiple factors that contributed to the water intrusion in affected homes.

For information on the flooding event, factors that contributed to water intrusion in home, and who to contact for assistance, please see this notice from Alderman Nugent.

Below are the documents shared by the Alderman about the heavy rain event, from the Chicago Department of Water Management, Municipal Water Reclamation District, and the Office of Emergency Management & Communications. These documents provide details on the severity of the rain event, the public and private systems that affected where the rain water went, and who to contact about possible assistance with damages.

Newsletter – Volume 26, Issue 3

Letter from the Editor

I’m trying a new web-based format for this issue of the newsletter. I hope you like it. All the same information should be here as was in the previous PDF format. If there is information or anything from the previous format that isn’t represented here that you’d like to see, or anything about how this information is presented that you have thoughts on, feel free to contact the newsletter committee.

September 8 Zoom Meeting

Our next meeting will be held via Zoom at 6:30pm on September 8. Please plan to attend to discuss any topics of interest regarding the neighborhood of Mayfair. Zoom meeting attendance details will be sent out to our email list before the meeting. To join our email list, visit https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mayfair-civic.

Letter from the President

Welcome back from Summer break! We hope that everyone was able to take advantage of the fine weather and relaxed Covid restrictions to spend time with family and friends, both in town and wherever travels may have led you.

We started Summer with the return of Dance Avondale in Mayfair Park during June. They showcased classical, modern, and other dance formats. Turnout was substantial and everyone had a great time. See photos below.

In August, we enjoyed a performance by Barrett Haselwood in the Mayfair Branch Library. Barrett is a Detroit native multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. He served as a cruise musical director, managing on-board live music programming on cruises throughout the world. He moved to Chicago and has been performing individually as Ukulele Barrett and as a member of various groups. His repertoire covered jazz, pop, and classical musical formats.

Also in August, we were disappointed to learn that the Bountiful Bench sculptor received an offer to purchase the sculpture upon closing of the Dubuque River Walk exhibit, making it unavailable for us. Chicago Sculpture International and the Park District worked with us to identify possible alternate sculptures to enable installation along the initial September timeframe. Potential alternates were circulated by email to our members and voting resulted in a virtual tie between Charlie Brouwer’s Happy Wanderers and Todd Whiting’s Buddies. Consequently, we will discuss these two at our next meeting and hope you who have voted so far will attend, with anyone else that wants to cast a vote. Photos of Happy Wanderers and Buddies appear below.

We will meet via Zoom at 6:30pm on Thursday, September 8. Contact information appears above. We hope to see you then.

Membership Meetings

Here are some details from the June meeting of the Mayfair Civic Association.

Reminder: The MCA is looking for a new treasurer!

If you or someone you know has accounting skills and would like to get more involved and contribute directly to your neighborhood, Mayfair Civic Association is looking for a new treasurer. Those interested can contact MCA President Ron Duplack at rduplack@rieckcrotty.com. Thank you for your support!

New prospective business: The Doggy Dojo

Oscar and Carlos, cofounders of The Doggy Dojo, introduced their business to the community as they were under contract to purchase the property at 4207 W Lawrence in order to expand. The Doggy Dojo is an “active day care” for dogs that has been in operation since 2010. They provide crate-free daycare, pick-up and drop-off. They’re staffed 24/7, and even offer crate-free overnight “slumber parties” with a team member.

The Doggy Dojo was working with Alderman Nugent’s office to get B3 zoning approval for the property, and were scheduled to close on the purchase by July 29 if all went as planned. The property is 5,000 square feet and Oscar said that they planned to put in big front windows and skylights, and had the capital to begin construction ASAP.

Kids throwing rocks from Mayfair Metra station

In June we received notice and a call for help from the owners of Chicago Costume and Lake Effect Brewing, located at 4727 W Montrose, about kids throwing large rocks and bricks from the Montrose Metra station platform. The rocks had broken a customer’s car window while they were parked at the business, and damaged other property. There were also complaints of graffiti from those business owners, as well from the owners of Omega Yeast, located on the other side of the Metra tracks from the other two businesses.

Mayfair Civic Association members worked with the Alderman’s office and Chicago Police to make sure that this matter got the necessary attention. The Alderman’s office was quick to reach out to Metra, who had agreed to conduct more patrol at the station in the hopes of deterring any additional damage.

Irish American Heritage Center open again

The Irish American Heritage Center has fully-reopened now (including 5th Province!). The topic was raised of:

  • If or when we want to begin meeting again in person, either full-time or some other arrangement.
  • If we want to have this year’s holiday party at the IAHC or in person some other way.

If you have thoughts on this matter, please contact MCA President Ron Duplack or bring them to the upcoming meeting for discussion.

Beautification

Lawrence Avenue Community Garden Bump Outs

Our garden bumpouts and flower boxes are looking fantastic this summer! And this is due to the Mayfair Beautification Committee’s hardworking garden volunteers. Our gardens and flower boxes are now ready for the next phase of work to be done and getting them ready for next spring.

Later this month would be a great time to pull weeds or toss your tired-looking, heat-exhausted summer plants into the compost pile (without any guilt). Planting perennials and bulbs next month and in November is another way to get gardens ready for next year. Give your perennial beds a layer of mulch around the crowns of your plants to reduce the change of frost heaving. Taking care of these tasks will save you time in spring and help reduce the amount of pest and disease problems you might have to deal with next spring.

We would like to give a big thank you our amazing volunteers’ contribution and time in maintaining these garden bump outs. Our gratitude goes out to: Lillie Ashbury and Karen Lynn Augustyn, Kathy Payne, Tom Keating, Darlene McDermott, Pam and Ray Sanders, Wally and Bea Eliasen, Eric Skotmyr, and the staff at Garcia Muffler, Mobil Gas Station, Tohle Funeral, Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, The Chicago Dental Studio, AT&T, and Bertsch Properties.

We also want to thank the following businesses that sponsored the garden bump outs: Laborers International Union – Local #6, Clark Street Sports, Garcia Mufflers Corporation, Halogen Supply Company, Inc., Mayfair Shell, Mendoza Security, Hala In Restaurant, We Wash Car Care Center, Brian J. Grienenberger from www.BrokerBrianG.com, Alderman Samantha Nugent, State Representative Mike Kelly, 15th District, Easy Breezy Laundry & Dry Cleaner, and Dispatch Taxi Affiliation.

Lastly, a huge thank you to the following businesses that sponsored the planters: B & G Auto Therapists, Easy Breezy, The Fish Guy Market, Gerber Collision & Glass, Imperial Lighting Maintenance Company, Laborers International Union – Local #6, Plant Shop Chicago, Schuham Builders Supply, Inc., and Star North Management LLC.

You all help make our community a beautiful place to live! For more information on garden sponsorship and volunteering please contact Gabby Lambesis at gabsterlamb@gmail.com or call 773-593-3093.

In the Neighborhood

Mayfair Park Events

Pop-up farmer’s market at Irish American Heritage Center

The Northwest Side Farmer’s Market Collective is holding the last pop-up market of the year at the Irish American Heritage Center, at 4626 N Knox in the north lot. The market is scheduled for October 30 at 9:30am-1:30pm.

For more info, visit the website at http://nwsfmc.com.

CAPS Meeting for Beat 1722

CAPS meetings for Beat 1722 are back in-person, and there is no Zoom or hybrid option. Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The meetings for beats 1722 and 1723 are combined. The next meeting is on September 21 at 6:30pm in the Community Room of the 17th District Police Department at 4650 N Pulaski.

For upcoming meeting info, or if you have questions or comments, please contact the CAPS office at 312-742-4588, or email caps.017district@chicagopolice.org. Learn about the CAPS program at https://home.chicagopolice.org/office-of- community-policing/how-caps-works.

Neighborhood Businesses

St Edward School & Parish

4343 W Sunnyside

St. Edward School kicked-off the 2022-2023 school year with a slew of welcome week activities, including an open house, backpack blessing with ice cream social, Pre-K and Kinder family meet and greets at Mayfair Park, and a music-bumping grand entrance, complete with balloon arch, for the first day of school.

The school is excited about its new partnership with NextWave STEM for K-8 STEM classes. Some of the class offerings will include an Introduction to Artificial Intelligence for K-2, Discovery of Unmanned Aviation for grades 3-5, and an Exploration of Robots for grades 6-8. This will be a year-long partnership that is sure to add great opportunities and enrichment for our students.

Grab some great food plus some “Deals on Wheels”

St Edward’s Parent Organization is hosting a Food Truck Fest (flyer) on Friday, September 9, from 5 to 9pm in the Parish parking lot. Featured vendors include Harold’s Chicken, Da Pizza Dude, and Kona Ice.

During the fest, you can also take advantage of St Ed’s Green Team’s “Deals on Wheels,” (flyer) where donated, gently-used bikes and scooters will be offered for sale from 6–8pm along with free biking activities and resources from local organizations.

See the linked flyers for more information about the fest and how to donate a bike or scooter in advance.

Save the Date: St. Edward Parish’s Harvest Bash & Pig Roast on Saturday, October 1

St. Edward School celebrates 113 years of providing award-winning Catholic education to children in grades PK3 – 8th grade.

Registration continues to be open for the 2022-2023 school year. You can contact office@stedwardschool.com to schedule an in-person tour or individual Zoom tour with our principal. St. Edward School is a 2017 National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing School with small class sizes and attention to each individual student. For more information, please visit our website at www.stedwardschool.com or call the office at 773-736-9133 to learn more about our outstanding academic programs and extended care.