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Sep 17 / Bryan

Managing Stormwater

stormwater 2014Chicago Conservation Corps and the Galewood Garden Club are presenting a free public seminar, Managing Stormwater at your Home, at Rutherford-Sayre Park on Saturday September 20 at 10am. Email to enter a raffle for rain barrels, dual-flush toilet kits, and low-flow showerheads.

Sep 12 / Neal

Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market Closes for Season

The following note is from the organizers of the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market:

Dear Neighbor:

As you may already have seen on Facebook, we regret to inform you that the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers will not be operating for remainder of the 2014 season.

We were down to just two vendors as of last Sunday. That’s not enough for a viable market, so the Farmers Market Committee decided to shut down for the rest of this year.

We’ll evaluate options for 2015, including an alternate week or once-a-month schedule.

In the meantime, we thank all of you who supported the market and especially those who came regularly to shop and meet their neighbors.

Thanks for being a great neighbor!



Aug 16 / Neal

Galewood Real Estate Report

Local real estate agent Robert Perlin has released his latest Galewood Real Estate Report.  The Galewood market for home sellers is improving.  To learn more about the local real estate market see the report!

Aug 15 / Neal

Wonder Works Brings the Fun to Galewood Farmers Market

Kids can get their faces painted by Wonder Works Children’s Museum staff, 9 – 11:30 AM, or play mini-basketball and soccer at the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market this Sunday, August 17th.
While the kids play, adults can work out with personal trainer John Hayley at 9 AM ($20; bring an exercise mat or just come to watch for free), stock up on locally-grown fruits and vegetables, French bakery items and artisanal cheese from Wisconsin, or just relax with a cup of organic coffee. The whole family can enjoy homemade Mexican specialties, gourmet cupcakes and foot-long hotdogs. Come to shop. Stay for lunch.
The market is open 9 AM – 2 PM in the parking lot just east of US Bank at 6700 W. North Avenue in Chicago.
Aug 5 / Bryan

Rutherford-Sayre Park Fall 2014 Classes

image001Schedules have been released for Rutherford-Sayre Park’s Fall 2014 session. A variety of educational, athletic, and arts/crafts classes are open to kids aged 3-12 and run from September 15 through December 5.

View the Fall 2014 Early Childhood Class Schedule (morning and early afternoon classes for kids 3-5)

View the Fall 2014 After-School Class Schedule (after school and early evening classes for kids 3-12)

Online registration opened Monday. Parents can also register in-person at the park on Saturday the 9th from 10-12. Discounts are available with multiple classes.

Jul 25 / Neal

Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market, July 27th

The next Galewood-North Avenue Farmer’s Market Stock is this Sunday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 6700 W. North Avenue. Stock up on locally-grown fruits and vegetables, French bakery items, cheese, fair/trade coffee drinks from MoJo Coffee. Food trucks, too. Come to shop. Stay for lunch.

Here’s what’s happening at the market this Sunday:

  • Personal trainer John Haley will offer group exercise at 9 AM. Come watch him put folks through their paces, or bring a mat and $20 to participate.
  • Free hotdogs for all police/fire personnel from 11 AM – 1 PM.
  • Ms. Rosa’s Kitchen will be back at 11:30 AM serving amazing flautas, tamales and snow cones,
  • The talented Local-Motions kids will perform selections from the musical “Guys and Dolls” at 12:30 PM.

Support your neighborhood farmers market!!

Jul 10 / Neal

Support Galewood’s Local-Motions

Support local charity Local-Motions with your rummage sale donations and 7/12 purchases

Please bring your fully tax-deductible donations any day this tomorrow between 2:00 and 3:00 PM to Local-Motions, 6272 W. North Ave. in Chicago (~ 1/4 block east of Ridgeland). They’re accepting clothing (including baby clothes), bikes, small appliances, home furnishings, computers, shoes and handbags.

Please also come to the rummage sale at Local-Motions this Saturday, July 12th, 7 AM – 4 PM. (In the case of bad weather conditions, the sale will be held on Saturday, July 19th.)

Since 2001, Local-Motions has been helping at-risk youth in Chicago and Oak Park develop self-confidence and self-esteem — and stay in school — with performance arts programming.  A free performance  by children participating in the program is scheduled for 12:30 PM Sunday, July 27th, at the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market, 6700 W. North Ave.  Learn more about Local-Motions.

Jul 9 / Neal

The Future of the Closed Mobile/North Walgreens


The Walgreens at Mobile Avenue and North Avenue closed at the end of May, despite a community effort to convince Walgreens to maintain the store. In a conference call with concerned residents from Oak Park and Galewood, and State Senator Harmon’s chief of staff, Walgreens promised to keep the property well-maintained and well-lighted at night to prevent it from becoming an eyesore and attracting crime.
The Walgreens internal real estate group is attempting to buyout their lease on the property which runs for another 4 ½ years.  If they are unable to buy out the lease, Walgreens promises to work with the community to market the property actively to potential tenants the community would welcome.
If Walgreens is able to buyout their lease the California-based landlord will market the property.  It is unlikely the landlord will have a commitment to protecting the neighborhood from negative uses of the property. For this reason, Alderman Graham has introduced an ordinance to zone this parcel residential at the community’s request. Property owners within 250 feet of the Walgreens property have received notices of the proposed zoning change. Residential zoning will give the community a chance to vet prospective tenants when they apply for a zoning variance (or possibly sooner, on an informal basis).  Additionally, Ald. Graham introduced a liquor moratorium that applies to the property after she learned of community concern that it will become a liquor store. Unless they are appealed, both ordinances will go into effect by the end of July after the next City Council meeting.

The Northwest Side Community Coalition is seeking to put a referendum permanently banning alcohol sales at the property on the February ballot.  In order to get the referendum on the ballot 192 petition signatures are needed. If you are a Chicago resident and would like to sign the petition please email Perry Abbasi at

Jul 5 / Tom

Farmers Market, this Sunday, July 6

Work up an appetite or just savor treats at Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market

This coming Sunday, John Haley will be offering group exercise at 9 AM. Come watch him put folks through their paces, or bring a mat and $20 to participate. Either way, work up an appetite for delectable sweet or savory items from two French bakeries (check out those croissants and tarts!), gourmet (fair trade/organic) coffee drinks from Mojo Express, and artisanal, locally-produced cheese (don’t miss the Bouchon and horseradish-chive cheeses). Stock up on delicious, farm-fresh, locally-grown fruit and vegetables, including the season’s first black raspberries. Ms. Rosa’s Kitchen will be back at 11:30 AM serving amazing flautas, tamales and snow cones, too. Come to shop. Stay for lunch. In the parking lot just east of US Bank, 6700 West North Avenue.  

Check out this story about the market:

Jun 27 / Tom

Season’s first crop of green beans & raspberries at Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market this Sunday, 6/29

This coming Sunday, 9 AM to 2 PM, farmers at the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market will offer their first crop of green beans and raspberries. Don’t miss the delicious strawberries before the season ends. Plus you’ll find apples, potatoes, amazing tomatoes, homemade jam and more. Enjoy gourmet (fair trade/organic) coffee drinks from Mojo Express. Goes great with a yummy sweet or savory item from one of our two French bakeries. Grab a croissant or crusty roll and have it with something from our artisanal Wisconsin cheese vendor. Ms. Rosa’s Kitchen will be back at 11:30, serving delectable flautas and snow cones, too.
Come to shop. Stay for lunch. In the parking lot just east of the bank at 6700 W. North Avenue in Chicago.
Jun 26 / Tom

Rutherford Sayre Park, this Saturday, June 28

A Full Day of Activity at our Park

Including a talk on Healthy Eating presented by Garden Club Galewood Montclare at 9:30 in the Fieldhouse.

June Day in Park


Jun 23 / Neal

Sposato Organizing Community Meeting About O’Hare Noise

If you live north of Galewood you may have noticed more jets flying overhead and probably a lot more noise from those planes. The increase is due to recent changes to flight paths of planes taking off and landing at O’Hare. A new runway is scheduled to open in 2015 and the Aviation Department is not keeping the community informed of their decisions or releasing misinformation. According to the Sun-Times “the FAA did not hold any of its legally required public hearings in areas due for the worst jet noise.”

So far the Department of Aviation has refused to attend any public meetings related to the new runway. Alderman Sposato is organizing a community meeting about the problem on July 15th, 6 p.m. at Our Lady Mother of the Church, 8747 W. Lawrence Avenue. The Alderman is encouraging residents to contact the Aviation Commissioner’s office to let them know they need to listen to community concerns. The Aviation Commissioner’s office can be reached at 773-686-8060.