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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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September Calendar

5 Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. GRO Meeting. Luther Memorial Church, Wilson & Campbell
11 Monday, 7:00 p.m. Horner Park Advisory Council. Horner Park Fieldhouse, Montrose & California
12 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Gross Park Advisory Council. Gross Park Fieldhouse,
Lawrence & Washtenaw
18 Monday, 7:00 p.m. Sulzer Library, Lincoln & Sunnyside "Common Pests and Problems in Chicago Gardens"
19 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Sulzer Library, Lincoln & Sunnyside. Beat 1911 CAPS Meeting
22 First Day of Autumn
24 Great Perennial Divide, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 4742 North Virginia. All Gardeners Welcome!
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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


47th Ward Experiences Armed Robbery Spree

A string of six armed robberies or robbery attempts, including five within a half-hour, in the 47 th ward Monday (09/11/17) evening.

The first robbery attempt was reported around 7:30 p.m. in the 4500 block of North Campbell. That is our neighborhood. A resident was in his garage when two men entered from the alley, implied that they had a handgun, and demanded his valuables. The offenders searched the man’s pockets, found nothing of value, and fled, police said. Both robbers—described only as black men—were last seen heading southbound in the east alley of Campbell.

About two hours later, a string of five robberies was reported occurring within 30 minutes along Leland Avenue, stretching from Damen to Ashland. The suspects are reported as three black males in their late teens to late twenties, dressed in hoodies, one wearing a bandana or face mask.

The 47 th ward office assures me that there will be an increased police presence in the neighborhood, including plain clothes officers.

We urge all GRO area citizens to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior and to call 911 immediately when you see people or groups of people acting in a suspicious manner.

Annual GRO Summer Neighborhood Party

We'd like top thank everyone who made the annual party such a success. Joetta King, Josh Thalheimer, and Bill King for the yeoman;s work they did in planning the event and setting up and taking down all the equipment. This was particularly daunting this year in that we changed location from the 2500 block of Leland to the Jacob Playlot on Virginia Avenue. Kudos to Joetta, Josh, & Bill!

TOD Forum (Transportation Oriented Development)

GRO and Northcenter Neighborhood Association hosted a free public forum, “Transportation Oriented Development – A Philosophy of Urban Planning and Development, and Its Implementation in Chicago” at the DANK Haus,on Tuesday, August 22

Dick Simpson, former 44 th Ward Alderman led an expert pane in an interesting presentation and an exciting Q&A session before an audience of over 120 people. To read the article in DNA Info describing the event click here











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