Archive for October, 2012

Bring your ghouls and goblins out for a morning of pumpkin decorating, games, and a costume parade around the neighborhood. Dogs in costume are also welcome.

October 27th, starting at 10AM on the Sunnyside Mall at Magnolia.


Have questions, or interested in volunteering? Contact Chris Korn via e-mail at

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Last  night, the CTA held an open house meeting at Truman College to unveil its initial plans regarding the planned renovations to the Wilson L station. If you missed it, a great write-up on the event can be found on Grid Chicago. You can also view the CTA’s page about the Wilson Station project.

The CTA is actively soliciting community feedback on this project, so now is the time to make your voice heard! In addition to sharing the results from the survey we conducted earlier this year, GWNA is encouraging area residents, students, and businesses to share their thoughts. You can do so by filling out this form and sending  it to the CTA in one of the following ways:

  • Mail to:
    Chicago Transit Authority
    Attn: Wilson Transfer Station Project
    567 W Lake Street
    Chicago, IL 60661-1465
  • Fax to:  312-681-3897
  • Email your comments to

Not sure what to write about? Based on the results of the neighborhood survey, and the reactions of the community and alderman at yesterday’s meeting, the GWNA hopes that comments will include:

  1. the Sunnyside entrance should be built and open for use by CTA customers;
  2. the Sunnyside entrance is necessary to serve CTA customers going to and from Target, Aldi, Truman College, Broadway businesses, and the residents living west and south of the Sunnyside entrance;
  3. safe, well-lit, inviting, and accessible direct pedestrian routes are needed from the Sunnyside entrance to Broadway, Montrose Avenue, Clifton Avenue, and Truman College;
  4. CTA property at, around, and leading to the Sunnyside entrance needs to be put to good retail or public use, including pedestrian plazas.

We encourage additional constructive comments beyond those four main points.  We need the same comments to go to the 46th Ward’s Alderman, James Cappleman, at and to Mayor Emanuel via  Mailed comments to the Alderman and the Mayor can be sent to their attention at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago  60602.



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This year, Alderman Cappleman is joining the movement towards participatory budgeting, which gives communities the opportunity to provide input on neighborhood improvement initiatives — think ‘menu money’ on steroids. The 49th ward (Rogers Park) has been doing this for awhile, and was featured in a story on NPR earlier this year.

Want to have your ideas heard? Go to one (or all!) of the following meetings:

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6p-8p
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 North Broadway

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7p-9p
Thorek Hospital
850 West Irving Park Road

Saturday, Oct. 20, 10a-12p
Uplift Community High School
900 West Wilson Ave

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6p-8p
Stockton Elementary School
4425 North Beacon Street

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7p-9p
The People’s Church of Chicago
941 West Lawrence

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