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 – Michael J. Nelson

Vice Pres. – Chris Puccini

Treasurer – Randy Hara

Recording Secretary – Desiree Hermann

Communication Secretary – Joe Murphy

Sergeant at Arms – Terri O’Brien

Next COMMUNITY MEETING:  Tuesday February 10th AT 7:30PM, 2015

Please join us for the Community Club’s first general meeting of the new year. We will have a guest speaker from FAIR to update the community on what is going on with the airplane noise.    There will also be community updates and more.   HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!



What a difference a year makes! We have had some wonderful things happen this year in Forest Glen.  We have a beautiful new mural that was spearheaded by our Mural Committee who put many long hours in taking this from a dream to a reality.  Our Garden Club took an ugly corner and turned it into a beautiful garden that invites people to take a peek into what the “Glen” has to offer.

There were some wonderful family events that brought the community together. Our first event was our annual community Garage Sale, which is always a great success! Another staple is our 4th of July Parade and Picnic that was fun for the whole family. Our first ever Forest Glen Garden Walk later in the month was another highlight of the summer.  This showcased some of the beautiful gardens we have in Forest Glen. It brought people from all over the city and suburbs to walk the streets of Forest Glen. Many hours of hardwork from a few people went into organizing this event. We closed up the year with our Halloween Party for the children of Forest Glen. On Halloween we had a Safety Corner that offered munchkins and hot cider for the trick or treaters and their parents. One of our other staples is the awarding of ribbons three times a year for Green Thumb, Halloween, and then for Holiday Decorations.

It is because of the hardwork of our residents who volunteer their time and efforts that we are able to both have these events, and make Forest Glen one of the best communities to live in. We are always looking for new ideas  and volunteers to continue to make Forest Glen shine.

On behalf of myself and the entire Forest Glen Community Club Executive Board I would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a great 2015!

Michael J. Nelson

President – Forest Glen Community Club




Holiday pictures coming soon





















Holiday ribbons

This year we will be distributing Holiday ribbons on the weekend of December 19th throughout the Glen.  This long-time tradition is perfect way to acknowledge those who light up the neighborhood for the holiday season!  We are still in need of volunteers to help us award these ribbons.  And it’s easy– anyone who decorates for the holidays gets one of these treasured ribbons.
Please let Steve Reardon [(773) 725-5227] know if you are available to help.  
Thanks for volunteering!


Elston Avenue/Forest Glen MURAL

The Forest Glen/Elston Avenue mural is completed and is just a wonderful addition to Forest Glen.  We will still be still be collecting donations to get the Metra Bridge painted to give the whole area that finishing touch.  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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