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Jan 22, 2015


Tuesday, Graceland West Community Association Council voted to recommend the issuance of an immediate stop work order by the Alderman’s Office and the City of Chicago against MidChicago Development, LLC’s new construction at 4122 North Greenview in violation of City of Chicago Ordinance 17-7-0551 the North Greenview Avenue Special Setback District for its violation of the minimum front setback of 40 feet in Subdistrict A which is applicable to the property.  Concerned neighbors reported to the Council it was obvious at the meeting with the neighbors, owner, developer, architects at the site earlier Tuesday, the developer’s site plan for a 35 foot required front yard setback violates the minimum 40 feet front setback.  Accordingly the neighbors and Graceland West Community Association demanded a stop work order until the issue can be resolved.

Subsequently, the City’s Department of Planning and Development admitted the Special District Zoning provided that part of Greenview was over-looked by the Dept. Therefore, the city issued a stop-work order while they revoke the building permit.

Please direct any and all questions regarding zoning and building in the neighborhood to your local association council member or contact us through this website.  GWCA takes all such matters seriously and will work with neighbors to ensure full cooperation is achieved.

Jan 13, 2015
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Shared Cost Sidewalk Program – City of Chicago


Shared Cost Sidewalk Program

Sidewalk Construction

*** 2015 Program Opens to New Applicants
on January 13, 2015 ***

The Share Cost Sidewalk Program is an extremely popular program in which homeowners share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City.   Thousands of Chicagoans have been a part of this program, taking advantage of the low cost, exceptional value and ease of participation.

For 2015, property owners pay $4 per square-foot for sidewalk replacement. That cost is well below  what a private contractor would charge.  Senior citizens and those with disabilities may qualify for a further discounted rate.

Participation will proceed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Note that the program typically reaches capacity quickly, so you are encouraged to apply early.  Please note that if you applied for the program in previous years, you must apply again in 2015.

Click on the links below for more information on the program:

As always, residents can report other sidewalk conditions to 311 by phone or via the city website.

Jan 8, 2015


Chicago Snow Corps is a new program that will connect volunteers with blocks where residents in need of snow removal – such as seniors and disabled people – live.

While winter can be hazardous for everyone here in the City of Chicago, Chicago Snow Corps aims to help minimize potential heavy-snow emergencies by pairing volunteers with blocks where elderly and disabled citizens have requested help.

To request a volunteer to shovel your block in case of extreme snowfall, call 311. This is a volunteer-matching service. The City will work to match those who have requested assistance, in a timely manner but there is no guarantee. This is also not a 24 hour service, the coordination of volunteers will happen M-F during a standard work day unless we have an extreme snow emergency.

What is the Chicago Snow Corps?

Chicago Snow Corps is a City referral program that uses 311 to connect volunteers willing to shovel snow with blocks where those in need of assistance live.

What are the requirements for participating as a volunteer?

To be a volunteer, you need to be willing and able to help shovel out an area as designated to you by the City and have your own equipment, i.e. shovel or snow blower to do so. Volunteers will be notified via email in case of a heavy snowfall. Volunteers are not employees, agents, or contractors of the City of Chicago by virtue of participation in this program.

What are the requirements for participating as an applicant for assistance?

Recipients of assistance must be age 60 or older and/OR have a physical disability.  They must also live within Chicago City limits and lack access to the available resources (financial resources or local family/friends) to assist with snow removal.

Please note that we might not be able to have enough volunteers to match up with every resident that places a 311 call for service.  This is a voluntary effort and best efforts will be made to help out our most vulnerable residents.

What do I need to know as an applicant for assistance?

Guidelines for recipients include: What you should not do (please read the following carefully):

Do not expect that a volunteer will provide services other than snow removal.
Do not expect that a volunteer will remove snow other than on the public sidewalks and on a path up to your front door.
Do not expect that your volunteer will remove snow if it is expected to melt within 24 hours.
Do not offer payment for snow removal.
Inviting a volunteer into your home is NOT endorsed by the City.
What do I need to know as a volunteer Chicago Snow Corps member?

Things you should not do (please read the following carefully):

Do not accept any payment or tips for your services.
Do not give your home phone number to your recipient.
Entering a recipient’s home is NOT endorsed by the City.
Note: You are not obligated to shovel driveways.
Things you should do (please read the following carefully):

Do remove snow from the sidewalk of your recipient’s house. Clear a path to the front door if specifically requested. You are not obligated to shovel the driveway.
Do shovel the snow within 24 hours after a snowstorm ends.
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Jan 5, 2015
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Lake View Campus Park – Play Lot Update

Happy New Year GWCA members!

This is to update you regarding the Neighborhood Children’s Play Lot at Lake View High School.  As you know, some play equipment is broken and needs to be repaired or replaced.  Dara Salk, Community Outreach for Alderman Pawar’s office, Lake View High School and CPS are working together on this project.  An evaluation was made and the intent is to replace the broken equipment; which was put out to bid 2014.  The new equipment was ordered and is currently on backorder.  The hope is that the work will be done before Spring.  New wood chips were spread as part of the update in 2014.

GWCA contacts for the alderman’s office and Lake View High School are:, and


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