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based on a photograph by Tony Gagliardi

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April Calendar

3 Monday, 7:00 p.m. Horner Park Advisory Council. Horner Park Fieldhouse, Montrose & California
4 Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. GRO Meeting. Luther Memorial Church, Wilson & Campbell
10 Monday, Passover begins at sundown
11 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Gross Park Advisory Council. Gross Park Fieldhouse,
Lawrence & Washtenaw
12 Wednesday, 7:00 "The Germans in Chicago" with Joseph C. Heinen, Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln
14 Good Friday
16 Easter Sunday
17 Monday, 7:00 "Gardens for Small Spaces" with Joan Murray, Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln
22 Saturday, 9:00 - 12:00 a.m. Earth Day Clean Up, Jacob park, Virginia & Leland.
28 Friday, Arbor Day - Take a tree to lunch.
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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


Germans in America

The Ravenswood Lakeview Historical Association presents "Germans in Chicago" with Joseph Heinen. By 1900 one in four Chicagoans was either German born or had a German born parent. No other ethnic group's thumbprint has been larger in helping establish Chicago as a major economic and cultural center.

Join us at the Sulzer Library (4455 N. Lincoln) on Wednesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m. as Joseph Heinen traces the mosaic of German life through the tumultuous events of the Beer Riots, Haymarket Affair, Prohibition, and America's entry into two world wars. This promises to be an informative and entertaining presentation.

Joseph Heinen holds a Master's Degree in History. Additionally, Joe is a longtime resident of Lincoln Square and a GRO neighbor and member. Joe, along with his wife, Susan Barton, is proprietor of the Red Lion Pub of Lincoln Square.

CPS and the State Budget Crisis

Les Kniskern, former GRO member and GRO officer, will be presenting an update on CPS and the state budget crisis. Les will be joining us at this month's GRO meeting, Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. at Luther Memorial Church, Wilson & Campbell. Les is the Family and Community Engagement Manager for the Chicago Public Schools.




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