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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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May Calendar

2 Monday, 7:00 p.m. Horner Park Advisory Council. Horner Park Fieldhouse, Montrose & California
3 Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. GRO Meeting. Luther Memorial Church, Wilson & Campbell
10 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Gross Park Advisory Council, Gross Park Fieldhouse, Lawrence & Washtenaw
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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
Second Vice President: Joetta King
Second Vice President
Secretary: Bea Tersch
Treasurer: Lucinda Dieker

GRO Updates


2016 GRO Garage & Yard Sale

It's that time of year again, time to empty the cabinets and closets of their clutter, scour out the basement of those old souvenirs and Christmas gifts just begging for a new home. That's right, it's time for the annual GRO Garage & Yard Sales - Saturday & Sunday, June 11th & 12th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. It's your opportunity to turn baser metals into gold!!! And, back by popular demand, our Saturday, after sale social hour or two at the Red Lion for GRO sellers & buyers alike.

"What do I need to do to join in the fun?", you might ask. To have your address added to the map and advertising of participating locations, be included in the neighborhood permit, and get in on the free eats at the Red Lion on Saturday you must 1) be a current member of GRO, or 2) join GRO if your membership has lapsed or you are new to the organization, or 3) pay an entrance fee to participate in the sales. Here's a link to the registration form which will tell you everything you need to know to sign up. Just print it out and drop it at one of the convenient locations, snail-mail it to our PO box, or PayPal it from the PayPal link on your left. It you are using PayPal you need to tell us who you are & what address your sale is at on the memo line.

This is a favorite neighborhood event. If you aren't inclined to do a sale yourself, come on out and check out what other people are offering. We had 50 participating households last year. It's a great opportunity to meet new people, renew old friendships, enjoy the fine June weather, and find that diamond in the rough.

Zoning 101

The North Side Neighbors organization, of which GRO is a member, will be hosting an informational presentation on the ABC's of zoning in the city of Chicago. This is an excellent opportunity to educate yourself on this vital topic. Join your neighbors and experts from the public and private sectors to discuss the knowledge needed to navigate the zoning process. This event will be held at the Selzer Library Auditorium, 4455 N. Lincoln on Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 p.m.

Horner Park Dog Park Fundraiser

The Horner Park Advisory Council is hosting a fundraiser for its Dog Park initiatiive at the Lagunitas Brewing Company (2607 W. 17th St.) on Monday, June 6th at 5:30 p.m. Join them for a night of beer, food, and dog talk. Proceeds from beer sales and a 50/50 raffle will go toward making the dog park a reality. You must be 21 years of age to enter. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 ($30 at the door). Entry fee includes food. Cash Bar



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