Welcome to Forest Glen




Like our modest logo says, Forest Glen is “Chicago’s Finest Community.” A gem of a neighborhood on Chicago’s  Northwest Side, Forest Glen boasts the convenience of the city with the peacefulness of the suburbs and the neighborliness of the country. Naturally secluded and well-defined, Forest Glen contains about 550 households, almost all single-family homes.

This site is sponsored by the Forest Glen Community Club, founded in the 1920s, and active in bringing Forest Glen neighbors together for social and civic causes. Indeed, the Community Club and the relationships it fosters are in large part why the neighbors in Forest Glen are so friendly and willing to help each other. To read the minutes from our last meeting, click here.

Forest Glen Residents

If you live in Forest Glen, please use this site as your  primary way to stay in touch with upcoming activities—including the all-important snowplowing updates! Also, feel free to email your suggestions, concerns and bravos to your Community Club officials.

Forest Glen Visitors

If you don’t yet live in Forest Glen, this site will provide  a flavor of life in the Glen so you can sense whether that’s right for you. If  so, we’ll look forward to calling you “neighbor” very soon.

FGCC Officers


President – Robert Murphy

Vice Pres. – Eric Brodersen

Treasurer – Jennifer Nykaza

Recording Secretary – Michael Nelson

Communication Secretary – Chris Puccini

Sergeant at Arms – Randy Hara

Next COMMUNITY MEETING:  Tuesday October 14TH,  AT 7:30PM, 2014

Please join us for the Community Club’s annual meeting, the kick off of our 2014-15 dues drive and our annual officer elections.  Every year the FGCC holds officer elections for:


Vice president


Recording Secretary

Communications Secretary

Sargent at Arms


Positions are open to all dues payings Club members.  Nominations can be put forward at the meeting or you can contact us at info@forestglenchicago.org to be added to the ballot.   There will also be community updates and more.   HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!



Year in Review

As we approach our October Annual Community Meeting I thought this would be a good time to take stock in what we have accomplished this year and what challenges lie ahead for Forest Glen.  On October 14th I will be stepping down as your president and a new president will be elected to represent Forest Glen’s interests and to lead you forward.  It has been an honor being elected to this position and to work for Forest Glen these past three years.  This has been a hectic, busy and unprecedented year for Forest Glen Community Club.

We began this year by being pummeled by Chicago’s third heaviest snowfall on record.  When our plow funds were almost depleted you stepped up big time.  We brought in over $6,000 in dues and donations to ensure that the plows could keep going.   In 2013-14 we had the highest number of Forest Glen homes paying their dues ever.  THANK YOU!  In April the community voted to increase our yearly dues to $30 to bring us in line with expenses and surrounding communities and to guard against more brutal winters ahead.  This was the FGCC’s first dues increase since 2007.  After the tough winter things took off in the Glen.

2013-2014 highlights include:

  • Launched new community e-newsletter
  • Established on-line payment for dues and donations
  • Website redesign (to be unveiled shortly)
  • Participated in the City of Chicago’s Community Clean & Green day for the second year in a row
  • Expansion of Forest Glen’s Beautification Agreement with Metra
  • New garden plot at Elston & LeClaire
  • Raised over $9,000 for a new mural
  • Completion of new Elston Avenue Mural by local artist Cyd Smiley
  • Held Forest Glen’s 1st Annual Garden Walk and won rave reviews for our community and all our gardeners, and raised over $4,500 for community beautification
  • Forest Glen, with support from surrounding community associations, advocated for and saved our local CFD Ambulance-92 in Edgebrook, and got it upgraded from a BLS to an ALS (Advance Life Support)
  • Metra replaced a section of the Elston stairs to begin the process towards fully replacing them
  • FGCC added two more community meetings to go from 3 to 5 annually to expand opportunities for community involvement and participation
  • FGCC along with 25 other civics continued to demand that our elected officials find solutions for O’Hare noise issues and include neighborhood participation in the process and that Mayor Emanuel immediately meet with representatives from FAiR
  • Finally, thanks to the hard work of our tireless volunteers our annual events, the Community Garage Sale, Green Thumb, and Fourth of July Parade and Picnic, were all smashing successes

What an amazing year indeed!

In addition to these accomplishments there are efforts that your Community Club will continue to advocate for including:

  • Painting Metra’s steel bridge face and installing a community marker
  • Addressing safety issues around the Elston stairs and under the viaduct
  • Upgrades to the Metra Forest Glen stop
  • Establishing a pass-thru from the pedestrian underpass to Mariano’s parking lot
  • Infrastructure improvements to Forest Glen Avenue
  • Joining with surrounding communities and continue to push for neighborhood participation in the Forest Preserve North Branch Bike Trail extension planning, design and construction


Thank you all again for your hard work, support and commitment to your community.   You are truly what makes Forest Glen Chicago’s Finest Community!

Thank you,

Robert Murphy

President, FGCC 2011-14




what a crowd!    halloween photos


Saturday, October 25 12:00-3:00

For neighborhood children 9 and younger Carnival games, cupcake decorating, bowling, fishing, pumpkin decorating


with number and ages of children to: irene.yungerman@sbcglobal.net OR CALL 773.282.5874


Halloween “Orange Thumb” ribbons

This year we will be distributing Halloween ribbons on the weekend of October 25-26 throughout the Glen.  This long-time tradition is perfect way to acknowledge those who light up and scare the neighborhood on October 31st!   We are still in need of volunteers to help us award these ribbons.  And it’s easy– anyone who decorates for Halloween gets one of these orange goodies!
Please let Steve Reardon [(773) 725-5227] know if you are available to help.  
Thanks for volunteering!


Come for the Cider, stay for the donuts!

For the past 25 years, the Forest Glen Community Club has set up a safety corner on the corner  of Balmoral and LaPorte as a way to protect the children of the neighborhood during their Trick  or Treat adventures. What is nice about this idea is that hot and cold cider and doughnut holes are served to everyone—children AND their parents. (There may even be some adult treats.

The Safety Corner is open between 4 and 7:30 pm—- Come over and join your neighbors for a nice Fall celebration!


Elston Avenue/Forest Glen MURAL

The Forest Glen/Elston Avenue mural is under way and progress continues apace and our artist continues to add detail and color to our exciting new mural.  Dedication day will be coming up soon so please be on the look for our announcement.  If you have donated to the mural (thank you all!) at the Friends of the Glen level or above please let the Mural Committee know how you would like you name to appear on the dedication plaque, vverma1216@gmail.com.


See updates about our upcoming new MURAL!!



Pay your dues online!

Show your support for the many fun activities sponsored by the Forest Glen Community Club by paying your annual dues.  We have made it even easier by allowing you to pay online through our new PayPal button.  It will save you the stamp and having to search for your check book!  Thank you for supporting the FGCC.



Things are heating up this summer as FAiR takes to the street to distribute its third doorhanger campaign.  Politicians are jumping on board as it has become clearer and clearer that we were misled, given wrong information, confused information, and told it was a done deal so just live with it.  But many of you have said NO! and the momentum is building.  FAiR nows has 25 neighborhood civics and suburban chapters signing on, 15 elected officials including Ald. Laurino, Cong. Quigle and Cong. Schakowsky.  Let your voice be heard!

Had enough of your tax dollars working against you instead of for you?  Please go to http://www.fairchicago.org/.  There you can find the link to making noise complaints, the latest news, stats and information.  Also visit the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FairAllocationInRunways.

Follow on Twitter @FAiRChicago

Want to report noise?  Report airplane noise at:   http://www.oharenoise.org (or you can call 311)

Show your support for the NW Side getting a fair shake in runway traffic!




Show your Forest Glen Spirit and get one today


Buy one, or two (or more!) today. For only $5.00 you can show your Glen spirit and support our community. Designed by our very own David Belle. Contact us at president@forestglenchicago.org for your order today. Thank you for your support!



Community Bulletin Board




Recycling Reminder

Below is a list of common recycling contaminates that should not be in the Blue Cart.

Plastic bags: Plastic bags are not recyclable through the Residential Blue Cart Recycling program. Even if the plastic bag has a recycling triangle on it, plastic bags cannot be tossed into the Blue Cart.  Rather, plastic bags can be dropped off at participating retail or wholesale stores with an in-store recycling program, like grocery store chains or pharmacy chains.

Shredded paper: Paper is recyclable, but shredded paper should not be recycled through the Blue Cart program.  Shredded paper cannot be properly sorted out of the recycling stream causing contamination.

Styrofoam—also, known as #6 Plastics: Styrofoam and other plastics with the #6 recycling triangle are not recyclable through the Blue Cart program. Common #6 plastics are the tops of your Starbucks cup, egg cartons and packaging foam.

Un-numbered Plastics:  If a plastic item does not include a recycling triangle, then the item is not recyclable.  Items like plastic storage containers, plastic hangers, plastic cutlery, CD cases and baby bottles are not recyclable.

Yard Waste: Yard waste is not accepted through the Blue Cart. Yard Waste should be bagged separately and placed next to your black garbage cart for collection.

Electronics and Household Chemicals: Electronics like televisions and cell phones and household chemicals are not accepted in the Blue Cart program. Electronics and household chemicals can be recycled at the City’s Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility located at 1150 N. North Branch.  For drop-off hours, visit the recycling center’s website.html. You can also save electronics for our ecoFair and recycling event May 10 (see below).


Free Museum Pass

If you and your family are looking for free educational opportunities, Alderman Arena’s office has got a museum pass to loan you. Any 45th Ward resident can borrow a Museums Work for Chicago Education Resource Card to visit any of the following local attractions for free:

  • Alder Planetarium
  • The Field Museum
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Chicago Children’s Museum
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Chicago History Museum
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
  • The Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium

Unfortunately, they can’t provide reservations for the card, but it can be borrowed for up to three days. Just stop by the office with proof of 45th Ward residency, along with your contact information.




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