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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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August Calendar

3 Tuesday. Monthly GRO Meeting: 7:30 p.m.VIRTUAL MEETING. Check the adjoining column for log in.
21 Saturday. Annual GRO Summer Party, Jacob Playlot, (Leland & Virginia) 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Now you can make your yearly donation through PayPal!!!
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, Devrim Dry Cleaners (4636 N. Rockwell), or mail it to our PO Box (POB 25561, Chicago 60625)when you are catching up on membership.


President: Connie Barnes
First Vice President: Dana Dougherty
Vice President
Second Vice President:Tom Kosinski
Second Vice President
Secretary: Bea Tersch
Treasurer: Lucinda Dieker

GRO Updates


Annual GRO Summer Neighborhood Party

Our annual Rockwell Neighborhood Summer Party is on for Saturday, August 21st, noon to 5pm. Please come join us outside Jacob Park (Leland & Virginia) for a BBQ lunch, live music, a visit from Chase of Paw Patrol then ending with a childs costume bike parade. This year we are asking for a $5 per adult donation to help cover the costs of the party. Ross Outten from the Friendship Center will man the BBQ and is happy to accept donations to the food pantrry.

We can always use a hand in set-up, clean-up, and other organizational detail. If you'd like to lend a hand please contact Jewel Davies, Special Events chairperson at

Lincoln Square Farmers' Market

The Lincoln Square Farmers' Market continues through November. The market is open on Tuesdays, 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and Thursdays 3:00 p.m. - 7 p.m. The location remains the parking lot adjacent to the Wesern el station at Leland and Lincoln.

Save Your Ash

As many of you already know, the city of Chicago, indeed the entire Midwest, is being devastated by an invasive insect, the Emerald Ash Borer. Our neighborhood is no exception to the ravages of this pest. Many of our most beautiful parkway trees are ash and are threatened with destruction. The city of Chicago had been treating the stricken trees by means of chemical inoculation which destroys the pests. However, treatment is an expensive process and the city is discontinuing its efforts and limiting its expenditures to dead tree removal and replacement with other species

GRO is fundraising to save all the ash trees in our neighborhood - around 80 trees! A donation of $100 would cover the treatment for one tree, which will keep that tree safe for three years. However, a donation of any value will help. If you have a tree in your parkway that you’d like to save and you can’t afford the full treatment, please reach out. GRO is donating up to $2,500 to supplement this fundraising effort.

Visit to donate. Please contact GRO Vice-President Dana Dougherty for more information. She can be reached at the e-mail address: Vice President or (586) 248-4946.

Locally Made Custom Masks Available at Devrim Cleaners

Figo, proprietor of Devrim Dry Cleaners (4636 N Rockwell St), is currently featuring custom-made virus masks. Take it from a man who owns one, they are very nice. He will custom fit the masks as well for a perfect fit. During the current Covid-19 pandemic hours at Devrim cleaners has changed

Mon - Fri, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sat, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.















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 the Lincoln Square Presbyterian Church meeting space, 4639 N. Rockwell.


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