Feb 17, 2018
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Attempted break-in 1:40 am 4100 block of Greenview

Sat, Feb 17, 1:40 am.  Attempted break-in – 4100 block of Greenview.  If you have video between 12:30 and 2:30 am of activity on Greenview, the north / south alley, Hutchinson, Berteau, Warner or Belle Plaine, can you please forward it to 19th District CAPS Sgt. Hein at mary.hein@chicagopolice.org.  Please also contact her if you noticed anything.

Thank You,

GWCA Council and Block Reps

Feb 13, 2018
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Death of 18th District Commander, Paul R. Bauer

Hi Sgt. Hein and  our friends at the 19th District,


Thank you for all you do for and with us.  We hope you’ll pass this message on to our neighbors in the 18th District. 


We are stunned and profoundly saddened to hear of the shooting and death of 18th District Commander Paul R. Bauer.  Can you please convey the sympathy of all at GWCA, the Graceland West Community and our neighborhood?   


With sympathy to his personal, police and community family,



GWCA (the Graceland West Community Association) Council, Block Reps and Neighborhood


Feb 11, 2018
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Meet Authors and Historians – Saturday, March 3, Rizal, 11 am

What:  Brief GWCA Community Meeting followed by

Panel Discussion with Lake View Author, Pat Butler, Lake View Author Matt Nickerson, Lake View Historian Garry Albrecht and Lake View High School Principal P J Karafiol.  All are bringing some historic materials for all to see.

Curious about the history of your neighborhood?  Did you know the Graceland West neighborhood is the only portion of Lake View north of Irving Park.  Are you interested in vintage memorabilia?

Then, March 3rd if for you.  Family friendly meeting and location.  Free parking and refreshments too.

Feb 2, 2018
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GWCA Meeting + “Vintage Lake View” Historians and Authors. You’re invited


  • Saturday, March 3, 11 – 12:30. GWCA Quarterly Meeting. “Vintage Lake View” discussion with well-known Lake View historians and authors Garry Albrecht, Pat Butler and Matt Nickerson. The original Lake View High School building (a portion of the current school) and the Frederick Sulzer home are two of our notable historic locations. Learn more about your neighborhood and Lake View. Location: the Rizal Community Center, 1332 Irving Park (free parking). All are invited. Refreshments.
Jan 17, 2018
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GWCA, you’re all invited to a Sinulog celebration at Rizal on Sun, June 21st,

Please Join us for a Sinulog celebration 

on Sunday, January 21, 2018,

at Rizal Community Center 

1332 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, Illinois! 


A novena and rosary, sponsored and led by the San Lorenzo Ruiz Group, begins at 3:00 p.m., 

followed by a service at 4:00 p.m., also sponsored by the Group. 


The Sinulog dance performance and light dinner, sponsored by 

the PASAC (Pilipino American Seniors Association of Chicago) 

and the Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago will be at 4:45 p.m.



Celebrated each January, Sinulog is one of the most popular and colorful festivals in Cebu City, Philippines. A 500 year-old tradition, it is an annual cultural and religious dance, that aims to connect the country’s rich pagan history with its Christian traditions.


The Sinulog dance is said to originate from the adviser of Rajah Humabon, King of Cebu. The province was founded by his grandfather Sri Lumay, prince of the Chola dynasty who invaded Sumatra in Indonesia. Sri Lumay was sent by the Maharajah to establish a base for expeditionary forces to subdue the local kingdoms, but he rebelled and established his own independent Rajahnate instead in the Central Visayas. 


The word “Sinulog” was derived from the Cebuano adverb “sulog” which roughly translates to “like water current movement.”


The dance steps used in the ritual are believed to be from Rajah Humabon’s adviser, Baladhay, who was allegedly cured from sickness by Santo Niño.


According to historical accounts, Baladhay, then ill, was found to be shouting and dancing shortly after he was placed in an area where the Santo Niño and other pagan gods were displayed. He said the image of the Santo Niño was trying to awaken him.


Baladhay’s dance movements resembled the back-and-forth movement of the water current.


Devotees still use the two-steps forward, one-step backward movement in the belief that it is upon the Santo Niño’s instructions.



Source: Rappler.com



Jan 4, 2018
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$20M in Lake View HS Improvements + Campus Re-do Presentation 1/9/18, 6 PM

There is a Public Building Commission Community Meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 6 pm at Lake View. Alderman Pawar, Alderman Tunney and Principal Karafiol will discuss school and campus plans and timelines. Please ring the bell at Ashland door #6 to get in. Parking is available in the lot off Irving Park. GWCA, the Graceland West Community Association has been talking with the Alderman’s office about the plans for the new Lake View High School campus. Neighborhood priorities are below.


Lake View High School was founded in 1874 and is the oldest high school in Illinois. GWCA wants LVHS and its Campus to be well known examples of excellence: i.e. education, function, architecture, best practices, mentally and physically healthy environment, green building, hardscape and landscape and inspirational for students, faculty, staff, the neighborhood, City of Chicago and visitors.


The current Lake View High School Campus and Community Park, opened in 1997.  It was a collaboration and a pilot (CPS, City of Chicago & 47th Ward, Park District and GWCA) with immense and quieting green space, shared space, art, seating, a Play Lot and rebuilt track and field.  It was purposefully planned for all ages.   We greatly appreciate what Alderman Pawar, Tunney and Principal Karafiol have done with the new 2018 plan and its funding and for Public High School education.  The campus plan includes a new cushioned track, new field and new play lot.


Going forward there are essential elements needed to build on the best we have all been enjoying in addition to the track, field and playlot.

  1. Maintain close to 80 mature and replacement interior campus trees.
  2. Maintain about 30 parkway mature and replacement trees that surround the east campus.
  3. Include and incorporate deep rooted and absorptive native shrubs, plants and grasses.  Add a lightweight green or living roof in the future, if possible.
  4. Maintain and add inspiring art as possible.
  5. Maintain some elements of the promenade with seating and space for yoga and Thai chi with new shade seating outside the playlot for resting, conversation, tying shoes, sitting and drinking water.  Re-use some of the portable mosaic covered concrete benches done by LVHS students if possible.
  6. Resolve longstanding flooding and standing water issues for immediate streets, intersections, sidewalks, vehicles and basements.  Students and neighbors walk through this water and the neighborhood experiences basement, street, sidewalk and vehicle flooding.
  7. Take care not to create a traffic situation that requires stop signs or a traffic light at Irving Park and Greenview, which will cause more drivers to avoid the light at Ashland and Irving Park and consequently increase cut-through traffic on neighborhood north/south alleys, Belle Plaine, Berteau and Cullom during morning and evening rush hour.
  8. Be sensitive to neighborhood living with healthy, beautiful and minimal campus lighting.  Use AMA 2016 LED lighting health guidelines.  Maintain dark sky and don’t over-light.  Best Practices.  State of the Art.
  9. GWCA wishes to maintain a strong partnering relationship with / Lake View High School / the 47th Ward Alderman and staff.
  10. GWCA wants the Graceland West neighborhood including households, schools and businesses to continue to be among the Greenest, Healthiest, Safest and Most Welcoming in Chicago.


Dec 29, 2017
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The Rizal Community Center invites all neighbors on Saturday, December 30th.

Following the Commemoration of the 121st Death Anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal led by the Consulate General in Chicago of the Philippines,  9:00 am, on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Monument along Lake Shore Drive – 


Please Join Us for a sumptuous Lunch, 

to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Jose P. Rizal 

and Our Community


Date: Saturday, December 30, 2017

Time: 11am – 2pm

Location: Rizal Community Center


On Saturday, December 30, 2017, we commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal and, inspired by his life service for community, we celebrate our Community. We much appreciate your support and vitality throughout this year!


Dr. Jose Rizal raised the Philippine Island’s national consciousness. His pervading love of country propelled him to seek justice and liberty for her through nonviolence and to restore her people’s dignity and give recognition to their natural rights recognized. 

At the age of thirty-five, Jose P. Rizal nobly sacrificed his life as a martyr for the Philippine people. “What is death to me?” he is quoted as saying. “I have sown the seed; others are left to reap.”

Dr. Rizal wanted the Philippine people to dedicate their thoughts, words, and actions not solely to themselves as individuals, but to themselves as citizens of a nation.

Throughout this past year, we saw how apt his words and actions still are in our day to day. In 2018, we honor his memory as we affirm our cultural identity and celebrate the intersection of diverse peoples and cultures within our Fil Am and broader communities. We explore what is a Filipino a Fil Am – and a participant of American society to which we belong. As equally importantly, we explore how we together can – will – build community. 


Join Us. 


Dec 25, 2017
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GWCA 2017 Year-end Report. Thank you members and leaders!

GWCA Year-end Report, December 2017

GWCA Council Members, Block Reps, Committee Chairs and Community, Thanks for a terrific 2017!


March: Alderman Pawar & Tunney invited Neighborhood Stakeholders to their presentation for $20M in interior and exterior improvements at LVHS and a complete campus re-do.  There are outstanding questions / concerns about some of the campus plan.  A follow-up presentation is Tuesday, January 9, 6 pm at LVHS.  Enter via Ashland door #6 (ring the bell).

May: GWCA Council Members held Annual Planning

May: GWCA Annual 2017 Yard / Garage Sale.  2018 will be Free to GWCA Members or anyone who joins to participate.  And the Rizal Community Center will provide space if you want to participate, but don’t have yard or garage space.

June: GWCA Meeting and Pollinator Party.  Peter Leki and Lisa Hish were our Pollinator Panel and discussed how important native plants are for reducing neighborhood stormwater flooding and maintaining neighborhood pollinators (butterflies and bees).  Please trade grass for more native plants.  Each attendee received a small pot and native plant seeds.  We had elections and our Summer Solstice Pot Luck

July: GWCA Council Members and Block Reps held their 3rd Annual Leadership BBQ and Meeting.

August: GWCA’s 35th Garden Walk and Gardeners Pot Luck.  Gardeners participated from Pensacola to Cuyler.  GWCA showed its ECO/Green Committee Native Plant Demonstration Corner at Belle Plaine and Greenview, which absorbs about 2,000 gallons of stormwater annually to help reduce Greenview stormwater flooding.  GWCA and other neighborhoods are working together to provide Pollinator Pathways from the Chicago River to Lake Michigan.

August: GWCAFest 2017, magic, music, and meeting at Warner Park

October: GWCA Children’s Halloween Party at Warner Park

October: GWCA Meeting at LVHS.  Principal Karafiol was our Speaker and reviewed the $20M LVHS Improvement Plan and campus re-do.

November: Council Members and Block Reps led neighbors on their blocks for the Annual Street Leaf Cleanup.  22 LVHS students and two Council Members led this effort on that weather wicked day.  Because of cold rain, many waited a few days to clean street leaves.  No matter where you live, please clean up all street leaves to prevent neighborhood flooding at intersections downhill from you.

December: GWCA Meeting at Rizal where we had elections, a mixer, brainstormed and enjoyed our Annual Holiday Pot Luck



GWCA membership grew

Council Members, Block Reps and neighbors worked and played together and kept the Graceland West neighborhood one of the Greenest, Safest and Best in Chicago

We introduced Blue and White Parkway Signs to help notice GWCA meetings and events. More neighbors visited our website, checked out our calendar; www.graelandwest.org, contacted us at info@gracelandwest.org, and used our website Face book link to see neighborhood photos.

GWCA continued to work on increasing Green Space. All neighborhood residents, property owners, businesses and schools are encouraged to add 100 sq. ft. of absorptive hardscape or absorptive native plant landscape for every 3,000 sq. ft. of lot you have, add green roofs to flat roofs and reduce non-absorptive surfaces, including grass.

Thank you GWCA Members! Your Membership dues supported…

  • A $1,000 GWCA Scholarship for a graduating LVHS senior
  • A $1,000 donation to Warner Park and Gardens
  • Quarterly hand delivered fliers, parkway signs, our GWCA website, meeting and venue space, filing fees and some event costs.




Dec 21, 2017
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Sell or Donate? GWCA Yard / Garage Sale is June 2 / Rain Date June 3, 2018

GWCA’s Annual Yard/ Garage sale will be Saturday, June 2nd.  The rain date is Sunday, June 3rd.  9 AM – 4 PM.

Free to GWCA Member households.  $10.00 to non member households.  Join GWCA and the Yard / Garage Sale is free.  Your fee covers city registration costs, group advertising and neighborhood signs. You’re encouraged to have a funky and fun sign in front of your house too.

If you’re in an apartment or condo and don’t have space to sell your items, no problem.  The Rizal Community Center is providing GWCA space for you to set up there.  You’ll be outside if the weather is good or in the auditorium if weather is bad.

Just call Mark at 312.405.6500 to register.  He can also help you with GWCA Membership.

Dec 20, 2017
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Alderman Pawar to present LVHS Improvement Plan & Campus Reconfiguration

When:  Monday, January 9, 6 PM

Where:  Lake View High School, Ashland entry #6

Questions?  GWCA will put together your questions.  Please submit to info@gracelandwest.org


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