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.
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.
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.
Join us for community updates, nominations for October officer elections, and a guest speaker. Here is a link to the minutes for our most recent meetings. Check back closer to date for the agenda next meeting. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Maybe you’ve seen the shirts. Or (hopefully) have noticed the gardens along Forest Glen Avenue at the Metra station.
The folks with the shirts are the ones that have been maintaining those gardens, along with the garden at Edens Parkway too. If you’d like to be part of ‘get dirty’ gang come by Metra on Sunday July 14 from 10-1 and we’ll get dirty together.
No gardening skills or tools or experience required.
We’ll trim and weed and plant. . And have some laughs too.
Kids and dogs welcome – the well behaved kind.
Pets In-Line Skaters
Thank you to all the neighbors who volunteered for the Fourth of July Parade… it is your help that made the parade as successful as it was!
Aimee Stotz Bill Chin
Caryn Swiatek Donna Buhl Hannah Robinson
Joan Schweda Julie Bylica
Len Ferrero Leslie Berg Linda Chin
Marianne Preker Morgan Rollinson Sharon Goldflies
Alexandria Steinert Marne Burright Peggy Gallivan
Kim Inimalun Jackie Sullivan Stacy Szudarski
Karen Niurouzi Gayle Proprochi Jennife
Barb O’Hara Jolanta McNamara
We would like to also thank Michael Nelson for driving the lead truck and Fred Stotz for joining us for our parade. He, as usual, went beyond the call of duty to help us!
Thank you too to Alderman Marge Laurino for her donation of flags and money, and to Alderman John Arena for his donation and help in setting up the parade. Thank you too to John Riordan of Ald Laurino’s office for getting our permit quickly and many other favors and the 39th Ward Superintendent for his help in setting up the signs and barriers for the parade. Thank you to Owen Brugh of Ald Arena’s office for his help in resolving logistical problems for us.
Thank you to the Chicago Fire Department for giving us a fire engine to be in our parade.
Thank you to Tomi Griesenhauer and her Girl Scouts and to Andy Brecklin and his Boy Scouts for being in our parade again this year.
A last thank you to all the neighbors who came out for the parade——- we hope this was a good start to your July Fourth Weekend!
Steve Reardon, Green Thumb Chair
Report airplane noise at: http://www.oharenoise.org (or you can call 800-435-9569)
Show your support for the NW Side getting a fair shake in runway traffic: http://www.change.org/petitions/faa-immediately-halt-plans-to-change-runway-usage-in-october-2013?utm_campaign
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IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO FILE YOUR CLAIM IF YOU AVE NOT YET DONE SO – Contact Aldermen Arena or Alderman Laurino’s office for further information or assistance.
Update from Alderman Arena’s Office:
“Those living north of Montrose will receive their blue carts by the end of September, with first pick-up in mid-October. Final dates are still being planned as the Department of Streets and Sanitation works to acquire the needed carts.
The carts will be delivered in front of your homes and 2-4 flats, along with an informational pamphlet and a handy refrigerator magnet explaining what can and cannot be recycled in the blue carts. While recycling does not need to be bagged, it is very important that you keep other waste out of the blue bins.
In the coming weeks, Streets and Sanitation will be scheduling community meetings in each of the roll-out areas where you can learn more about the program. We are also recruiting block captains who are willing to go door-to-door explaining the blue cart program to their neighbors. If you are interested in volunteering as a block captain, please email my office. email@example.com”
Thank you Ald. Arena!
STREET ClOSURE Update from Ald. Arena: Starting Monday, July 8
as the Chicago Department of Transportation begins a major reconstruction project.
Drivers are advised to detour via either Cicero Avenue, south to Addison Street, and east to Milwaukee Avenue, or Irving Park Road east to Pulaski Road south to Milwaukee. Access to businesses and local streets should be maintained, but temporary closures should be expected.
Pedestrians will be able to access the Metra Grayland station during the project.
The project includes: new road pavement, curbs, and sidewalks; new sewers with expanded capacity to help alleviate flooding; new light poles; a new 30-inch water main; new trees, benches and trash cans; cleaning, painting, and a taller clearance under the viaducts; and a pedestrian island for better access to the Grayland station.
The project is anticipated to end in December for winter, and start again in the spring.
Traffic is sure to be heavy through the area, so please allow extra time when traveling through Six Corners, Old Irving Park, and Avondale. Please be patient during this extensive project.
Street Sweeping is underway! Regular cleaning keeps the roadways clear for motorists and supports effective storm water management in our sewer system. Posted parking restrictions to allow our sweepers access to the curb lane where debris and trash collect.
You can find the City’s street sweeping schedule here:
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE CITY’S STREET SWEEPING IS SCHEDULED AROUND THE OLD WARD BOUNDARIES. For example, Forest Glen was in the 45th Ward, but we were recently redistricted into the 39th Ward, therefore Forest Glen residents should look at the 45th Ward street sweeping schedule.