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August Calendar

1 Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. GRO Meeting. Luther Memorial Church, Wilson & Campbell
7 Monday, 7:00 p.m. Horner Park Advisory Council. Horner Park Fieldhouse, Montrose & California
8 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Gross Park Advisory Council. Gross Park Fieldhouse,
Lawrence & Washtenaw
19 Saturday, 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. GRO-sponsored Neighborhood Street Party. Jacob Playlot. Leland & Virginia
21 Monday, 7:00 p.m. Sulzer Library, Lincoln & Sunnyside "Common Pests and Problems in Chicago Gardens"
22 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western, TOD (transit Oriented Development) piublic forum
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Individual $20 Family $30 Senior (65+) $10 Senior Family $15 Sustaining $50 Business $20 Friends of GRO $20 (living outside GRO service area
A hard copy of the membership form is also available. Please fill this out and drop it off at a meeting or mail it to our PO Box when you are catching up on membership.


President: Tom Kosinski
First Vice President: Joetta King
Vice President
Second Vice President: Shonagh Merits
Second Vice President
Secretary: Bea Tersch
Treasurer: Lucinda Dieker

GRO Updates


Congressman Quigley Cancellation At August GRO Meeting

Due to a last-minute scheduling conflict, Congressman Quigley’s appearance at the August GRO meeting has been cancelled. He will reschedule for another date (most likely in September).

Please disregard information in the August newsletter regarding his appearance at the meeting. He WILL NOT BE APPEARING

Annual GRO Summer Neighborhood Party

GRO will be holding the annual street party this year on Saturday, August 19, at Jacob Playlot (Virginia & Leland) The festivities kick off at 2:00 p.m. and go until 8:00. There will be a live band and a raffle with lots of cool swag. Did I mention food? There will be grilled burgers, hot dogs, brats, and corn on the cob. There will be all kinds of activities for the kids - a bouncy house, games, races, a fire truck, and, of course, a piñata. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dessert or side dish, but it’s not mandatory by any means. So come on out and meet your neighbors.

If you’d like to help out, add something to the raffle, or you have a nifty new idea for this year’s event e-mail the events committee at or come to the monthly GRO meeting on Tuesday, August 1, 7:30 p.m., at Luther Memorial Church where we will be discussing the event.

TOD Forum (Transportation Oriented Development)

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is an increasingly popular concept that is having a major impact on Chicago. TOD's are part of a national initiative in urban planning to use public transportation hubs as anchors for large scale residentioal housing and commercial development, promoting efficient land use. With plans for TODs rapidly proliferating on the North Side, this is a good time to further explore this concept.

A free public forum, “Transportation Oriented Development – A Philosophy of Urban Planning and Development, and Its Implementation in Chicago” will be held at the DANK Haus, 4740 N Western Ave, in the Brandenburg Room, 2nd floor, on Tuesday, August 22, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Led by moderator Dick Simpson, former 44 th Ward Alderman and Professor of Political Science at UIC, it will feature presentations by four expert panelists. Click here for more information on the event, the moderators, and the panelists.

The forum is being presented by the Greater Rockwell Organization and the Northcenter Neighborhood Association in association with Northside Neighbors. This event is free to the public. GRO members are urged to attend as are any and all interested individuals with an interest in urban development.











Welcome to the neighborhood!

The Greater Rockwell Organization (GRO) is committed to engage in activities that will promote civic pride and community welfare. The low-cost Membership is an excellent way to engage in your community.

From Wilson to Lawrence and Western to Virginia (at the river), you will see the elegance of Greater Rockwell Organization’s award-winning corner gardens.

The monthly GRO newsletter with a circulation of 1,500 reaches our community, as well as commuters at the Rockwell Brown Line station.

You have a more beautiful neighborhood due to the ongoing efforts of our graffiti removal program – and neighbors who join in the clean and green weekends.

Annual events such as the summer block party and the winter potluck dinner are a great way to share in our community spirit.

By signing up for GROnews (at the left, under Rockwell Station), you can join hundreds of neighbors who receive emails about local events, meeting reminders and important community alerts.

Whether you’re concerned about property taxes; public transportation; safer streets; a cleaner, greener neighborhood; a vital business district; or simply a place to say hi to your neighbors – GRO has something for you.

When we meet

Greater Rockwell Organization meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. Meetings are held at Luther Memorial Church at the corner of Campbell and Wilson. Enter through the red doors (to the left of the main doors) on Wilson. You will find the buzzer up and to the right.


The goals of GRO are met through our community volunteers. Follow the links to web pages describing each committee's doings and how to contact the members if you're interested in getting involved. Please give the idea some serious thought – we welcome your participation at any level, and any amount of time you care to give.

Newsletter Beautification
Greening Membership  
Urban Development Public Safety
Fundraising & Special Events  


History of the Greater Rockwell Neighborhood

Would you like to know a little of the history of our neighborhood? Former president and local historian Mark Dawson has provided an excellent short history of the Greater Rockwell Neighborhood


Greater Rockwell Mural by Karl Raak