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Rockwell Station by Karl Raak

Rockwell Station by Karl Raak
based on a photograph by Tony Gagliardi

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July Calendar

1 Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. GRO Meeting. Luther Memorial Church, Campbell & Wilson
2 Monday, 7:00 p.m. Horner Park Advisory Council. Horner Park Fieldhouse, Montrose & California
4 Independence Day
9 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Gross Park Advisory Council. Lawrence & Washtenaw
11/13 Friday - Common Pantry Food Drive: Drop off items at Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill or Ruff Haus on Rockwell


President: Patti Huetteman
First Vice President: Emily Carruthers
Vice President
Second Vice President: Meryl Williams
Second Vice President
Secretary: Bea Tersch
Treasurer: Tracey Bartholomew

GRO Updates

Annual Yard & Garage Sale

The Annual Yard & Garage sales benefitted from some of the best weather we have had for the event in living memory. The Sale had forty participating households. Thanks goes out to all participaant and special thanks to Emily Carruthers for filling in so admirably for the absent Bea Tersch.

Annual GRO Summer Party

Hey, it's never too early to plan. The annual summer party will be held on Saturday, August 23rd. So mark you calendar accurdingly. Anyone who is interested is planning for this gala event please drop an e-mail to any of our board members. Their e-mail addresses are at the bottom of the page.

GRO/Ravenswood Gardens Homeowners Assn Food Drive

Just a reminder the the GRO/Ravenswood Gardens Homeowners Assn Food Drive is coming up, July 11-13. Donations will support the Common Pantry. It's easy to participate--while you are shopping, pick up some extra items for donation. Drop off your donations Friday through Sunday, and place in the plastic bin at either of our drop-off locations:

4738 N. Artesian and/or 2527 W. Eastwood
OR at Rockwell's Grill, Bloom Yoga, or Ruff Haus Pets.

What can you donate? The wish list includes:
Vegetable Oil
Boxed Dinners
(Rice a Roni, Hamburger Helper)
Canned Tuna
Canned Fruit
Spaghetti/Tomato Sauce
Bar Soap
Diapers (Size 4-6)   

You can donate pet food too!

The Common Pantry, 3744 N. Damen Ave., is Chicago's oldest operating food pantry. It provides emergency food and personal items to more than 1100 individuals every month. The pantry serves the Lincoln Square community and the demand is higher than ever before. To learn more go to
Thank you for your generosity and support for this project.

Rockwell History Posted

Mark Dawson has kindly contributed the Greater Rockwell history he researched and wrote for the Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association. This document is chock-full of interesting facts, reminiscences, and information about our neighborhood and surroundings.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

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  


Greater Rockwell Mural by Karl Raak