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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

4 Tuesday. Monthly GRO Meeting: 7:30 p.m.VIRTUAL MEETING. Check the adjoining column for log in.
11 Tueday, TCB Neighborhood Meeting - 4715 N. Western Development. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
18 Tuesday CAPS Meeting, Beats 1911 & 1912, 6:30 p.m. Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln
June Calender
1 Tuesday. Monthly GRO Meeting: 7:30 p.m.VIRTUAL MEETING. Check the adjoining column for log in.
12-13 Saturday - Sunday. Annual GRO Garage & Yard Sales (10 a.m. - 4 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


GRO May Meeting

The GRO April meeting will again be a Zoom meeting. The meeting will be held, as always, on the first Tuesday of the month 05/04/21 at 7:30 p.m. As of this writing, we have no indication when we will be able to meet again in person. However, check this web site for any changes to that circumstance. With the vaccinations rolling out in ever greater numbers we can surely hope for the resumption of our normal lives. In the meantime click here to join the May meeting.

4715 N. Western Proposed Development

The Community Builders (TCB) will be hosting a virtual neighborhood meeting regarding the proposaed development of the public parking lot space at the corner of Western & Leland (4715 N. Western). The meeting will be held on tuesday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Register for the meeting here

Lincoln Square Farmers' Market

The Lincoln Square Farmers' Market will begin again in May and run through November. The market will be 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.

Annual GRO Garage and Yard Sales

Need to clear out the basement or your closets where you have been storing all your valuable, but redundant, treasures? Or perhaps you are in search of that perfect lampstand or obscure LP or CD to fill out your collection? Look no further! The Annual GRO Garage & Yard Sales with be held Saturday & Sunday, June 12 & 13 (hours of operation 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

If you wish to participate as a seller some fees may apply. Fees are waived for GRO members. For non-members the application fee prior to May 28th is $5.00. After May 28th the fee for non-members is $10.00. Please see our current newsletter for an application form. These forms, with payment, may be sent to our post office box (GRO, P.O. Box 25561, Chicago, IL 60625) or they may be dropped off at Devrim Cleaner & Tailor, 4636 N. Rockwell. Application forms from members may be e-mailed directly to GRO.

All applicants will be covered under the neighborhood garage sale permit. Fees cover advertising, signage, and maps which will be available to the public and show the locations of all participating sellers.

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.

Western Avenue Brown Line Stop Poll

The 47th Ward Office is soliciting community opinion in the upgrade of the area immediately adjacent to the Western Avernue el stop. Care to make your opinion heard? Follow this link to the CTA Station Area Planning Poll















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