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 Secretary – Michael Nelson Corresponding Sec’y – Chris Puccini Sergeant at Arms – Randy Hara

Next COMMUNITY MEETING:  Tuesday August 12TH,  AT 7:30PM, 2014

Join us for community updates, guest speakers and a presentation from the nominating committee for officer elections in October.    HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!





The Forest Glen Community prides itself on its gardens and to honor and showcase this tradition, Forest Glen is organizing its first-ever Garden Walk on July 19, 2014 from 10AM-3PM.

Enjoy the following:

  • The beautiful gardens tended to by our dedicated residents,
  • Our “labor of love” community gardens,
  • Gardening 101 sessions led by our community’s Master Gardeners.
  • Raffle prizes and so much more!


Tickets are $10. Children age 10 and under are free.

Garden Walk Guides will be available on the day of the event at the corner of Berwyn and LaPorte. Proceeds of the Forest Garden Walk will support the continued beautification of our community.  The event will take place rain or shine.

If you purchased your tickets in advance please go to the Will Call line at our Welcome Center table.  

For more information please contact Mary Kay Bourke at: mkbourke@sbcglobal.net   or  Veenu Verma at: vverma1216@gmail.com.




See updates about our upcoming new MURAL!!



Fourth of July  – parade and picnic 2014!

THEME                 FOREST GLEN THRIVES AT 125

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR FOURTH OF JULY VOLUNTEERS.    Thank you to Everyone for all of your help in making our 60th 4TH of July the best ever!


Aimee Stotz, Betty Ann Healy, Linda and Bill Chin, Carol Kiran, Ferdinand Alido, Hannah Rollinson, Joan Schweda, July Alido, Kathy Corcoran, Kieran and Theresa Kirwan, Marianne Preker, Morgan Rollinson, Mike Messina, Terry O’Brien, Rosanna Swiech, and Lenny Ferrero

Of course, this parade would not have happened without the hard work of these people:

Jerry Gidel-  Marshalls

Steve McVeigh-  Judges

Michael Nelson – Parade Factotem

Thank you too to the 16th District Police Department and to SGT Sherry Alverez for their help and participation and to Engine Company 108 and Rob Weel for being in our parade again this year.  We really appreciate the cooperation and help of Alderman Margaret Laurino’s office to get our permit and other equipment, especially John Riordan of her staff.


Rod Stotz, Stan Swiech, Robert Murphy, Molly Mostyn, Gayle Poprocki, Peggy Gallivan, Barb O’Hare, Lori Nienke, Gary Ogawa, Terry Fitzgerald, Karen Niurouzi, Jolanta and Jim McNamara, Susan Gidel, and Jackie Walters


The following people were winners in the judging of bicycles, trikes, strollers, pets, in-lines and floats

categories at this year’s Fourth of July Parade! Congratulations!


1 Anthony Sarno     2 Megan Oeste      3 Carson Berg


1. Madelyn McNamara   2. Liam McDonnell


1 Neela Murphy     2 Sara and Bobby Parilla     3 Neal Dihiansan


1. Barbara Meyer “Mo and Swiggers”   2. Ruby Dihiansan “Pocket”     3. Dallas Broderson “Eli”


1. Barbara Meyer “Mo and Swiggers    2. Ruby Dihiansan “Pocket”    3. Dallas Broderson “Eli”


1. Ella Page    2. Abby Huening     3. Kayla Smith




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.


Winter is Over and Spring is Here!!

We have made it through this crazy winter and can finally see warmer weather as something here to stay -at least until November.  This was one of the toughest winters the Community Club has faced with it being so cold in January and February and having the third snowiest winter on record (that’s A LOT of snow).  We asked for your help to sustain our plowing and the Glen came through with shining colors!   Your donations and dues payments got us over the hump and we managed not only to keep plowing but to put some money towards next year.

For those who donated over and above your dues THANK YOU!!  You are what makes this such a special place to live.   Our dues drive yield a whopping total of 330+ homes being up to date, very near the record amount.  I would also like to thank Eric Brodersen, Jennifer Nykaza, Joan Frazier, Steve Reardon and Randy Hara for going over and above the call of duty and stepping up when we needed it most.  Please thank your board members, your block reps, your event volunteers and your Community Club officers for all their hard work and commitment.    Thank you all and thank you Forest Glen.

Robert Murphy

President, 2013-14



Wonder why it seems the planes are louder and more frequent?  It is because they are!  The Chicago Dept. of Aviation along with the FAA have decided that routing and re-routing  70% of its traffic over the most populated area around O’Hare (i.e. us) is what makes the most since.  This decision was made with no substantive community input and shifts traffic away from industrial areas and forest preserves and puts it over our heads.

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.

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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