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Welcome 2013 and join your neighbors for the first annual GWNA Membership Meet & Mingle event on January 17. It’s the perfect time to mix a little fun while sharing ideas on how we’ll continue to make our community a great, safe, vibrant place to live.

Block clubs have an enormous influence on shaping their community. What do you want to see in our neighborhood? Retail streets like Lincoln Square? A bustling public market? The new Wilson L Station with a patio café? Or a school that really offers innovative education?

Graceland Wilson Neighbors Meet & Mingle

  • Thursday, January 17, 6-8 PM
  • The Driftwood, 1021 W. Montrose

You can check out all GWNA accomplishments for 2012 by visiting and read the December newsletter. If you can’t make this event but want to become a member, please visit our and click on the membership link. It’s a simple step to building a safe, livable community. Annual membership is $20 per household…the more members, the more power we have for change.

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Have a drink, meet your neighbors, and find out what’s going on in your neighborhood.

GWNA invites you to a fun, informative evening…

  • The latest on the new Wilson CTA Station
  • Good neighbors program
  • Turning around public spaces: Sunnyside Mall

Annual Membership $20, includes a free drink ticket.
Can’t make this event? Visit for
membership details today.

Driftwood – 1021 W Montrose

Thursday, January 17th
6 to 8 pm

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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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Alderman Cappleman will host his evening office hours this coming Wednesday at Broncho Billy (weather permitting):

  • Broncho Billy Playlot—Magnolia, between Montrose & Sunnyside
  • Wednesday, August 15
  • 5 to 7 PM

If you’d like to personally speak with Cappleman, please stop by Broncho Billy Playlot on Wednesday.

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A lot of stuff flying around these days, but wanted to get a quick post on the GWNA board elections and a menu money survey.

We’ve also got a meet and greet and a clean and green (and, quite possibly, other rhyming events, if our thesaurus behaves).

GWNA Elections

Graceland-Wilson Neighbors Association elected a new board at the March 8 meeting.  We’re proud to introduce our new board members:

  • Chris Korn—President
  • Carolyn Lewis—Vice President I (Liaison to Truman College)
  • Katharine Boyda—Vice President II (Communications & Public Relations)
  • Max Reising—Treasurer
  • Vacant—Secretary

Committee Chairs:

  • Julie Emerick—Community Gardens
  • Dean Winn—Wilson El Station Renovation & Transportation
  • Pat Reuter—Communications & Public Relations
  • Julianne Scherer—Parks & Public Spaces
  • Vacant—Crime & Community Safety

Survey:  What to do with the Alderman’s Menu Money?

Every year, each alderman receives $1.3 million to spend on ward infrastructure projects.  Alderman Cappleman  has asked for block clubs’ input on what their neighborhoods want. Money can be spent on items such as:

  • Street lights
  • Alley resurfacing and lights
  • Street improvements such as sewer improvements, curb cuts, pedestrian markings

Please let GWNA and our alderman know what you think; take the survey now:

It’ll only take 5 minutes to complete and your input will be invaluable.  Also, please forward it on to your neighbors.

This survey will help the alderman prioritize what projects will be completed in 2012.  Results will be tallied and shared with the alderman and GWNA members in early May.


Meet your Neighbors at Driftwood: Thursday, April 19th at 6:30PM

Our next gathering will be a fun social event on Thursday, April 19:

WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
WHERE:  Driftwood; 1021 W Montrose

Please come out to say “hello” — and also invite your neighbors!

Clean & Green, Saturday, April 21st at 9:00AM

Time to pretty-up the ‘hood.  Join folks throughout the city to make an immediate difference in the Uptown by volunteering your time and effort to help beautify, clean up and improve the neighborhood.

Susan Ridihalgh will be heading up the festivities and will be handing supplies out in Sunnyside Mall on or around 9AM.  Please come by and lend a hand!

Look forward to seeing everyone; thanks!

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A reminder to everyone — we’re ready to relaunch our block club and hope you can join us this coming Thursday, March 8, to elect our new board members.  Details and meeting agenda can be found below; please forward and share with your neighbors.

All residents living within the GWNA boundaries—Broadway to Malden, Montrose to Wilson, are welcome to attend.  Block clubs play an important role in shaping your community!  Details:

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Brightview Nursing Home, First Floor Dining Room, 4538 N. Beacon St (click here for a map)


  • Review of minutes from last meeting
  • Board member elections
  • Board member responsibilities & committees
  • Update from Town Hall meeting on transportation:  Wilson El Station and Permit Parking
  • Update on Maryville TIF
  • 46 Ward Menu Money:  2011 approved projects, pending projects, request for new projects
  • Public Safety—Identifying problem buildings & neighborhood hot spots
  • Setting Goals, Events & Projects

Please share this invitation with your neighbors along with a personal note to join GWNA.  If you’re unable to attend the meeting and want to get involved, send an email to

We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!

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Last time we checked in it was Halloween. Time has clearly flown.

But, now we’re getting things back on track and want to invite you to a couple important upcoming events.  Block clubs are a pretty powerful way to give normal folks a voice in their community’s future — so please join with your neighbors who are already working on some important community issues and projects (that can enact some wonderful changes in our ‘hood).

So without further adieu, here you go; pencil ’em in:

46 Ward Town Hall Meeting on Transportation on February 22

Please join Alderman Cappleman for the first 2012 Town Hall Meeting, with a focus on transportation.

The agenda will cover:

  • Wilson El Station Renovation
  • Improving intersection safety
  • Making 46th Ward better for biking

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22 from 6 to 8 PM

WHERE: Truman College Cafeteria—1145 W Wilson

Graceland Wilson Neighbors General Meeting & Board Elections on March 8 at 7PM

You’re invited to participate in the Graceland Wilson Neighbors general meeting & board elections. The following people have expressed an interest in serving on the board. If you’re interested in serving on the board and have been a GWNA member for at least six months, please send your name and bit of background on your area of interest to Max Reising, All residents living within the GWNA boundaries (Montrose to Wilson, Malden to Broadway) are welcome.

Potential Board for Elections:

  • Chris Korn, President
  • Carolyn Lewis, VP-1 (Truman College)
  • Katharine Boyda, VP-2 (Communications & PR)
  • Max Reising, Treasurer
  • Secretary, Open

Committee Chairs also serve as board members:

  • Julie Emerick, Community Gardens
  • Dean Winn, Transportation & Wilson El Station Renovation
  • Pat Reuter, Communications & PR
  • Aleasa Green, Family & Kids
  • Public Parks & Spaces, Open
  • Public Safety, Open

NOTE: We’re also looking for someone slightly tech-savvy to help run the blog and newsletter (it pretty much runs on its own via hosted WordPress and Mailchimp, so anyone who even barely knows what those two things are is qualified). If you’re interested, please email

WHEN: Thursday, March 8 from 7:00—8:15PM

WHERE (updated 3/3/12): Brightview Nursing Home, First Floor Dining Room, 4538 N. Beacon St.

See you there!

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