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.

Forest Glen Garden Walk

Saturday July 13, 2019   10 am to 3 pm

Tickets $8 in advance / $10 at the gate

Attendees will enjoy exclusive one-day access to the gardens of this already naturally lush Chicago neighborhood tucked between two Cook County Forest Preserves.   Residents of the neighborhood cultivate their yards with great pleasure and creativity, and the Forest Glen Garden Committee maintains three public gardens in the neighborhood.  Rain gardens, koi ponds, English cottage style, and unique specimens abound in this extremely walkable and charming neighborhood.  Attendees will find each garden to hold a delightful surprise from lawns transformed into fairy prairies to natural habitat gardens to chickens and a family of goats.

Home to a number of master gardeners, Forest Glen is an area of 550 homes bordered by the newly extended North Branch Bike Trail. Forest Glen has a long history of stewarding its outdoor spaces, from its beginnings as part of the Indian Boundary Line, to its time as a cherry orchard, to its vigorous response to Dutch Elm disease, resulting in 600 replaced trees. The woods still hold ancient elms and a picturesque bridge crosses the North Branch of the Chicago River. All proceeds from this event benefit beautification of public areas for the enjoyment of all. Forest Glen Community Club’s Garden Committee develops and maintains extensive and award-winning spaces on Edens Parkway, Forest Glen Avenue, and Elston Avenue and anywhere a seed may find purchase.

Event Details

Date:          Saturday, July 13, 2019

Times:       10 am – to 3pm

Check in:   5303 N LaPorte Ave, Chicago IL 60630

Ticket:        $8.00 in advance, $10 day of

Transportation: Metra Milwaukee North, Forest Glen stop; CTA Blue Line + Foster Ave bus. Plentiful free parking. Alternate access: North Branch Bike Trail

Little Free Library

We’re very excited to bring a Free Little Library to the Metra Gardens on Forest Glen Avenue. The library, along with others int the area, is the Eagle Scout project of Eoin Murphy, and has been beautifully decorated by Cyd Smillie.

We have a great selection of books, so be sure to stop by – take one, leave one.



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 – Gayle Paprocki

Vice President – Terri O’Brien

Treasurer – Peggy Gallivan

Recording Secretary – Jessica Stitt

Communications Secretary -Jolanta McNamara

Sergeant at Arms – Susan Arnold

Exclusive, limited edition Forest Glen apron available now! 


Full, 30″ long apron with our beloved logo now available. Adjustable neck strap, three front pockets, stain resistant, $20.




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.


 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.


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