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 Jones

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!



WOW how about all this snow.  We went from not too much snow to the fifth largest single snowfall in the history of Chicago. With all that snow came a lot of problems which includes.  Where do we put the snow and how do we clean the streets the best we can?  Sadly it also brings out the worst in people in.  Our snow plow drivers are doing the best they can concerning the amount of snow we received along with people not removing their cars.  Please try to be nice to them.  I have heard some residents hollering at them for items not within their control.

I have driven every block in the Glen the last few days looking at the streets talking to our neighbors and talking to the snow plow drivers.  I have seen what the snow plow drivers are up against with cars parked on both sides of the street.  I have had people  complain to me that the drivers do not honk their horns, and I have also heard they honk their horns too much? There have been streets that were plowed with cars parked on them,  and then when the cars are moved it gives the appearance of the street not being plowed.

Given the large amount of snow we received it is hard for us to get curb to curb when we have cars parked in the way.  The drivers need to be able to get some speed up to throw the snow up on the parkway.  The drivers are instructed to honk their horn at the start of each block.

You can help us by making sure we have your email address.  We send out our snow plow notifications through email or by posting something on our Facebook page.  We will try to give you a few hours notice when possible.  It takes a lot of effort by all of us to make our snow removal process work along with a lot of patience.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or complaints about the recent snowfall and I will try to help the best I can.  I have listed my email below.


Michael J. Nelson

President – Forest Glen Community Club

























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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