26 April 2017

University Village Clean Up Day

Community members got together for some neighborhood spring cleaning on a beautiful Sunday morning (4/23).
We picked up countless plastic bottles, grocery bags, cigarette butts, and much more. We concluded the beautiful day with Connie's pizza!! 
Thank you for making our neighborhood such a great place to live.

2017 Egg Hunt was a great success

The 2017 egg hunt was a great success, we had over 100 kids and tons of eggs.
A big thank you goes to the condo associations and Alderman Thompson for sponsoring the event; you made over 100 kids very happy.

Sponsored by Alderman Patrick Thompson, Barbara Jean Wright Court, 15th Place Condo Association, University Commons, University Lofts, University Village Townhouses/Homes

31 March 2017

2017 Egg Hunt Event

Please join us at the University Village Area EGGSTRAVAGANZA!

WHO: All young neighborhood children are invited to attend. They must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

WHAT: EGG HUNT WHEN: Saturday, April 1 (Rain date for April 8, morning time TBD);

Check-in begins at 8:45 AM and the hunt begins promptly at 9:15 AM.

WHERE: UIC Athletic Field, Enter at 14th Place Gate. Refreshments too! The Easter Bunny will be hopping around for photo opportunities! Don’t forget your basket to collect eggs. The hunt will be broken down by age groups: 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 years of age.

There should be enough eggs for each child to have approximately 15 eggs.

Bring liability waiver along* (one for each child, this must be filled out to participate).
Download here

*Waivers will be available on site to fill out if needed. It is best to fill out ahead of time.

Sponsored by Alderman Patrick Thompson, Barbara Jean Wright Court, 15th Place Condo Association, University Commons, University Lofts, University Village Townhouses/Homes

09 August 2015

UVNA Community Member of the Month: July 2015

Congratulations to Jon Komperda, our Community Member of the Month for July 2015

Jon, who lives in University Village Lofts, was nominated for his efforts to make our community a safer place to live. Early in July, while out walking his dogs, Jon noticed someone taking packages from a University Village townhouse. The person wasn't in any sort of uniform, so Jon looked around for a delivery vehicle and found nothing.

Instead of shrugging off this suspicious activity and going about his day, Jon went out of his way to not only take photos of the package thief, but he also stuck around and filed a report with the police. Upon sharing this with the community, it was discovered that packages have been disappearing from the townhouses for quite some time.

It's small efforts like these that make our community a safer place to live, and for that we are thanking and honoring Jon.

Thank you to Simone's for sponsoring this month's award. Jon will receive a gift certificate as his prize.

Have someone you'd like to nominate for the next month's prize? Let us know!

02 July 2015

June meetings overview

A neighborhood is not merely people and houses, but rather neighbors and homes. While it’s true that hundreds of people could live in an area and never know one another, it’s believed that knowing your next door neighbor, or the family down the street, or the coffee shop owner, strengthens a bond that builds a community of vested partners interested in keeping the community prosperous, safe and enjoyable.

That belief would lend itself to an idea that having a group of creative individuals, each supporting a shared desire to get to know their neighborhood, and get to the know their neighbors, would build new bonds, and strengthen relationships with our local business and community partners and be a forum for sharing information with one another. With that, a group of individuals convened a meeting to explore the possibility that University Village residents could focus on a set of common goals to improve the community. Born was the University Village Neighborhood Alliance (UVNA). And so it began!

The selection of directors for the newly formed UVNA has been established.

Antonio Gonnella has been named President. He brings to the group motivation to make our community and neighborhood thrive. He brings new perspective to ways in which our community can be brought together by involving our different Associations.

Erin Weinland has been named Vice President of Communication. She shares her enthusiasm with the UVNA by being a member of the University Village Townhome Board of Directors. She’s an established liaison to our community with a visible commitment to the betterment of the neighborhood in which we live.

Matthew Thor has been named VP of Sales & Marketing. He has spearheaded building a relationship with our local University Village businesses. He stepped in the role and immediately took to the streets, gaining sponsorship for our Community Member of the Month award. He believes the University Village neighborhood at large, in concert with our boundary communities like Little Italy and Pilsen, have much to offer and will continue to bloom if we come together as a group working toward shared goals.

Erin Thor has been named VP of Events and has discovered several of our neighbors share the same engagement and entertainment desires as she’s planning. She has an energetic series of fun events and ideas that embraces the feeling of “neighborhood.”

Donna Campbell has been named Secretary and has volunteered for various Chicago and Corporate events. Residing in University Village townhomes for a short 3 years, she believes that the sense of community is more powerful when we build strong bonds with our community. She’s inspired by the thoughtful and creative group of individuals who want to make the community bright, better for one another by one another.

Our first Board of Directors’ and Property Managers’ Meeting was held on June 16th.  Many of the 18 attendees were neighbors who are in volunteer positions in the various Associations. The meeting was also attended by the UIC Police, sharing information on their role within our community and the importance of communication. They have offered to be partners with the UVNA in making the neighborhood safer for the students, the families and the community at large.

Alderman Patrick Thompson also attended the meeting, sharing his accomplishments he and his office have achieved since being sworn in to duty. He has shared his intention to join in our mission to improve the community by being available to discuss the wards potential resources. He has committed to being a line of communication to University Village and its members on topics such as community development, safety and City of Chicago concerns (i.e., “rogue tickets”)

The community leaders comprised of Property Managers and Boards of Directors brought insightful ideas to the meeting. These ideas will move us together toward the same goal: improving our surroundings taking many members, many neighbors and instilling the feeling of “Community.” These ideas will flourish in the coming months benefiting everyone.