Volunteeers urged to sign up now for April 19, April 26 work days

Spring is in the air and garbage is on the ground. We have a lot of cleaning to do after the harsh winter. 25th Ward Ald. Daniel Solis and 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti are hosting Clean & Green days, as part of a citywide effort to get a fresh start after winter.


The University Village Association invites neighbors to volunteer for one or both days. Call 312-243-3773 or email kathy@uvalittleitaly.com and tell us which day(s) you are coming and your T-shirt size, your thank-you gift. RSVPs by April 15 are appreciated. The aldermen will provide shovels, brooms, work gloves, etc.



Meet at Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen

11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Volunteer sign-in, coffee, juice and doughnuts

11:30 a.m. Welcome by Ald. Solis

12-2 p.m. Community clean-up assignments throughout the neighborhood

2-2:30 p.m. Appreciation hot dogs sponsored by Carm's Beef & Italian Ice



Meet at the UVA office, 1453 W. Taylor St.

9 a.m. Welcome and equipment and T-shirt pick-up

9:30-11:30 a.m. Clean up park at Polk and Morgan

12 p.m. Appreciation lunch provided by Ald. Fioretti, served at the UVA's office


Don't forget to RSVP at 312-243-3773 or kathy@uvalittleitaly.com with your date of participation, home address, contact information (cell phone, email address) and T-shirt size.


Food, fun, friendship at Taste of Taylor


Join the organization that is working for your neighborhood

An organization is as strong as its membership, and the University Village Association is looking for a strong number of members and volunteers. 


Your membership dues will support the organization that is working for the good of the Little Italy/University Village. Volunteer, and you will actively help to improve the community for everyone.


Some of the areas that the UVA is working in:


• Planning and Development
• Neighborhood cleanup/beautification
• Festa Italiana
• Neighborhood history/heritage
• Community events


2014 Membership fees, which are tax-deductible, are:
• Individual $45
• Household $65
• Senior Citizen $10
• Student $10


What's in it for you?


A warm and fuzzy feeling for knowing that you are helping your neighborhood and a sense of accomplishment for having made an impact. Email kathy@uvalittleitaly.com for an application.

Taste of Taylor is a success

Fundraiser introduces foster care oganization to the neighborhood

The Little Italy neighborhood and University Village Association rolled out the welcome mat March 6 to reach out to a newcomer to the community: SOS Children's Villages Illinois. 


SOS Children's Villages Illinois, a not-for-profit child welfare agency, which provides unique opportunities to children who are in foster care, will soon break ground on Washburne Avenue for the contruction of homes. These homes enable SOS to keep biological siblings together in a safe, stable environment so that they can mature into self-reliant adults under the care of a professional SOS loving parent.


Taste of Taylor, featuring food from its sponsors: Conte di Savoia, Francesca's, The Patio, Pompei Bakery, The Rosebud, and The Coffee Alley, enjoyed a SRO crowd at Vintage Lounge. Vintage owner Nick Raymond closed his establishment at 1449 W. Taylor St. for the three-hour private party.


The next day, UVA received this email from Tim McCormick, chief executive officer of SOS Children's Villages Illinois: "When I got home after this great event I felt so fortunate that the SOS Children's Village will soon be part of a neighborhood with such a great spirit of hospitality and warmth. This celebration welcoming us to a community who prioritizes the care of children and the value of a family living together is a great treasure for us all. We feel so privileged to be yet another piece of this magnificent mosaic that helps forms such a lovely Village. Many thanks to you and all the members of the UVA for the wonderful celebration of Taste of Taylor."


Packy Angelo entertained party-goes with his musical tribute to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin.


The event also benefitted the UVA, the organization that works for the good of Little Italy and University Village. UVA, founded in 1981, is a community development organization located in Chicago's historic Little Italy. UVA furthers the development and enhancement of the community by supporting initiatives that address residential and commercial concerns, advocating for continued growth, and increasing its visibility.


There are three SOS Villages in Illinois and a fourth will soon be located at Roosevelt Square in the University Village community. Visit www.sosillinois.org for more information about its programs.


If you would still like to donate, you may mail checks payable to University Village Association, 1453 W. Taylor St., Chicago 60607.