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Rockwell Station by Karl Raak

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December Calendar

1 Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., GRO monthly meeting, Luther Memorial Church, Wilson & Campbell.
6 Sunday (evening) Chunukah begins
7 Monday, 7:00 p.m. Horner Park Advisory Council. Horner Park Fieldhouse, Montrose & California
8 Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. Red Lion Pub, 4749 N. Rockwell. GRO Holiday Mixer
12 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Gross Park Advisory Council, Gross Park Fieldhouse, Lawrence & Washtenaw
18 Manor Garden Club, 7:30 p.m. Luther Memorial Church, Wilson & Campbell
19 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Beat 1911 Meeting, Kindred Hospital, Montrose & Rockwell
25 Friday, Christmas Day
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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: Shonagh Merits
Vice President
Secretary: Bea Tersch
Treasurer: Lucinda Dieker

GRO Updates


The Property Tax Dilemna

Art Lyons, director of the Center for Economic Policy Analysis, will answer questions, shed light on what’s at stake for local homeowners and small businesses in Chicago’s tax battles, and help us think about ways to improve the property tax system and even make the system approach (is it even possible?) fairness.

Join us on Tuesday December 1, 7:30 p.m. at the December GRO meeting for a discussion on an issue that affects us all. (Luther Memorial Church, corner of Wilson & Campbell)


GRO Neighborhood Survey – a First!

The Greater Rockwell Organization (GRO) is conducting a brief 5-6 minute survey of neighborhood residents and we urge you to share your opinions. You do not need to be a member of GRO to participate.

As a thank you for your time, anyone who successfully the survey will be eligible to enter into a drawing to win one of four $15 Amazon gift cards. The gift card will be emailed directly to you and can be used for anything Amazon offers.* Only one survey entry per person will be accepted.

Please go to the following URL to begin the survey: GRO Survey

The survey site will not be operational after January 31, 2016, so please visit and provide your opinions as soon as possible. Be assured that your responses will be kept confidential and your information will not be sold or used for any other purpose. Survey results will be featured in a future article in the GRO newsletter.

Thank you for your participation!

GRO Holiday Mixer

Join your friends and neighbors for a bit of holiday cheer on Tuesday, December 8 at the Red Lion, 4749 North Rockwell.
Those wishing to take to take part in a “Dirty Santa” gift exchange can bring along some festively wrapped unwanted item from the attic or basement. There will also be a cookie/candy exchange. Cook up a couple dozen of your favorite holiday treats and swap them with your friends and neighbors.

Call for Election Judges

Free and fair elections are the absolute cornerstone of Western Civilization. Free and fair elections only happen if ordinary citizens open and close polling places and see that the votes are counted correctly.

The political parties are vital to the functioning of elections. The 47th Ward Democratic Organization is looking for help from local community organizations to recruit neighborhood residents to serve as election judges. There are number of polling places that serve the Greater Rockwell and adjacent communities. The 47th Ward Demorcratic organization is looking for elections judge to serve in the 13 th precinct’s polling place (Waters School) but there are plenty of nearby spots for as many people as want to serve. This need is not limited to one political party as both Republican and Democratic judges are needed

Jack Lydon is the Judges Coordinator for the 47th Ward Democcratic Committee. You can reach Jack at (872) 208-5642 or at Or you can reach the Chicago Board of Elections directly at




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