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Jun 1 / Neal

Galewood Gazette Flashback: Galewood History

Another amazing and informative issue of the Galewood Gazette is nearly ready for publication.  The Galewood Gazette is a free quarterly publication written and published by our neighbors right here in Galewood and Montclare.  The upcoming Summer 2012 issue will have a music theme and is sure to be one of the best issues ever!  You can find past issues here at  If you would like to be the first on your block to receive the newest issue subscribe to the Gazette by sending an email to

Wondering about Galewood’s history?  How the name Galewood was coined?  Read this article from the Summer 2010 issue from the Galewood Gazette.

Galewood History
By: Tom Drebenstedt

We’re on Mr. Gale’s Land.

How did the prairie that we live on, so far from the city center, evolve into Galewood?

Put yourself back about 200 years and you will find a military fort on the Chicago river -at present day
Michigan Avenue- and folk from the east coast following surveyors out to the land at the base of a great lake system. As native people were encouraged to give title of the land to the settlers, townships were established adjacent to that new city of Chicago.

Jefferson Township stretched from Western Avenue to Harlem, North Avenue to Devon. One of the early
settlers of our area was Abram Gale of New York state, who bought over 300 acres of the township and established a farm. While his wife operated one of Chicago’s first millenaries, he preferred life in the country until encouraging the new railroad technology to build along his property’s north boundary. Living on the ridge that is now Mulligan – just north of Bloomingdale – Gale heard the trains rumble past, just as we do today, while dreaming that a hamlet called Galewood may just be the place to live someday.

When Chicago annexed adjacent towns just prior to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, an opportunity to become a recreational destination for the residents of the villages of Austin and Oak Park arose. The Gale family developed that land west of their house as a golf course. In a few years, a golfer could simply take a streetcar to the end of the North Avenue line and then walk five blocks to tee off at North and Narragansett. Not until the golf course moved, did Galewood begin to sprout bungalows.

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