Community Survey

The Sauganash Community Association is eager to hear from YOU!  We’ve created a survey to get your input on what matters to you in our community. All Sauganash residents are invited to participate. What neighborhood improvements are at the top of your list? What events and activities do you favor the SCA to host? Overall, this survey is a great opportunity for you to voice your opinion and let us know what we are doing well, and where we can improve.

We appreciate your taking 10 minutes or less to answer the following questions via the link provided by September 1.  All responses are anonymous.  We will share a summary of survey results on our website following. Take the survey.

We have a great community; with your feedback we will be even better.

“Keeping It Real” Burglary Prevention Workshop

Learn from former burglars how to keep your home from being a target.  Wednesday, August 23, 6:30-8:00 pm, 017th District Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski Rd. Parking is available across the street at the 017th District Police Station.

Garage Burglaries on the Rise

Commander Voulgaris of the Chicago Police Department warns that garage burglaries in the neighborhood have increased. Please make sure your garage is secure — both the side doors and overhead doors. Also, keep an eye on your catalytic converter. Thieves have been targeting those as well.  Good news? Violent crimes in district are down.

  A Big Thanks for a Great 4th!

Thanks to the spirit and effort of our many volunteers and the support of our local sponsors, we had yet another beautiful 4th of July in Sauganash.  The SCA is proud and pleased to be able to host the 4th of July Parade and Picnic each year but we couldn’t do it without the tremendous support we get from many of our members who volunteer their time to make the popcorn and snow cones, supervise the bounce house and obstacle course and hand out various beverages to the many members of the Sauganash Community Association and Sauganash Park Community Association who gather each year in Sauganash Park for our annual celebration.

The SCA would also like to extend its thanks to the event’s sponsors for their financial support.  Thank you to our Gold Level sponsors: Happy Foods, Whole Foods and Swedish Covenant and to our Silver Level sponsors: Senator Ira Silverstein and Baird and Warner Associate Broker Terry Young and also to Representative John D’Amico for his support.

The Word from the Ward

Alderman Margaret Laurino’s newsletter is attached. It’s loaded with lots of great information about Irish Fest (July 7, 8 and 9), there’s a Help a Hero update, interesting City of Chicago Learning Opportunities for kids, and an update on all the infrastructure projects scheduled or currently in progress.

Town Halls Scheduled

Would you like to know more about what’s going on in Springfield? Have an opinion you’d like to express? State Senator Ira Silverstein is conducting Town Hall Meetings.

You Can Help Build a Home

Did you know that there are more ways to build a house with Habitat for Humanity than on their construction site? Join them at their very own home improvement store, ReStore Chicago! ReStore’s mission is to raise funds by selling new and donated building materials to the public. Merchandise is sold at greatly reduced prices, with 100% of Restore profit funneled into Habitat for Humanity in its effort to assist the 259,000 people in Chicago facing a critical housing need. ReStore, on Chicago’s northwest side, is located at 6040 N. Pulaski Rd. They are seeking volunteers Wednesday – Sunday between 10 AM and 6 PM. Contact them at or at 773-539-6040 ext. 210 for more information.

Time to Join or Renew

Its time to renew membership for the June 2017-18 year. Your membership makes possible the annual 4th of July parade and picnic, the Bob Perkaus 5K run, curb-to curb snow plowing, mosquito abatement and donations to local schools and Sauganash Park. The Board of Directors, who volunteer their time and talents on your behalf, provide a liaison to local police and city government, monitor local issues like overhead air traffic, listen to your concerns through our phone line, email and annual member meeting, keep you updated through emails, our website and Facebook and host complementary member parties.

Visit our Join Today page to keep the SCA going strong. Pay with Paypal, mail in your application or pay in person at the bank or the picnic. Your e-mail address, always confidential, will allow us to keep you informed. If you haven’t already, please join us!

Farmers Market

The Edgebrook Farmers Market opens June 17 and runs every Saturday morning, 9 am – 1 pm, until September 30. Get your fresh produce, canned goods and more. Edgebrook School Parking lot, 6526 North Hiawatha Ave.

Vehicle Crimes

Commander Vulgaris reports that 2 vehicle-related crimes have increased in the last few weeks. Luckily, we have not seen these crimes in 17, but you should be aware:

1. Bump and Go: Offenders are using cars to bump into the rear of people driving in their cars. Once the victim gets out to investigate the traffic crash, they are robbed. If you should be involved in a traffic crash, but don’t feel comfortable with the other party, stay in your car, call 911 and request a police officer to come to the scene, or if both cars are driveable, request that the other driver meet you at the nearest police station.

2. Carjackings have increased. Always keep your doors locked when driving, and always be alert especially when stopped at a stoplight.

Another Note from Commander Voulgaris

The commander of our 17th Police District, Elias Vulgarism, urges residents to enjoy the summer but to remain vigilant and to report any criminal activity you may observe.  Read his full note.

Red Light Camera Removal

The camera at Peterson and Pulaski has been relocated to another location. A study by Northwestern University determined that this camera was not reducing crashes and would be of better service elsewhere. Overall however, the study showed that the red light camera program has made most other intersections, where they are located, safer.

Crime Alert: Lock Your Car Doors!

There have been several cases of dead-of-night/early morning car burglaries in the last few weeks, in and around Sauganash. One case involved access by smashing a window and taking a briefcase; all others appear to have involved unlocked cars. In addition, there was an attempted robbery April 2, at 5:50 am of a resident walking his dog near Keating and Ionia by 3-4 men. Fortunately, the person wasn’t hurt and nothing was taken. Since 99% or more of car break ins are to an unlocked car—and the attempted robbery was possibly connected to the break-ins—please, lock your cars and remove valuables from view. Unlocked cars not only put your possessions at risk, they draw criminal elements to our otherwise safe neighborhood. If you are the victim of a crime or suspect one is in progress, always call 911. After the fact, call 311 and file a police report.

Good News…and Bad

First the good news. New sewers are on their way! That means better drainage and less flooding for Sauganash. You know the bad news.  Construction will begin mid-March and continue through the summer. The affected streets are Peterson between Kilburn and Hiawatha and Hiawatha between Peterson and Kilpatrick.

Airport Update

The test rotation of flight patterns for flights arriving at O’Hare has been concluded. For results, see the report available from the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission.


Standing Water in the Street

If you have excessive water in the street due to the heavy rains, please try to clear leaves and debris from the sewer to facilitate draining. If that doesn’t work? Report the problem to the ward office by calling 773 736 5594 or emailing 

 Dispose of Pharmaceuticals Safely

Drop off expired or unused medications at the city’s disposal sites. They’re open 24/7, and two nearby are the 16th District Police Station (5151 N. Milwaukee Avenue) and the 17th District Police Station (4650 N. Pulaski Road). You can also leave them at the O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant,  7 days a week, 9 am – 6 pm, 3500 Howard Street (847) 568-8223.

Parking Lot Progress

The Whole Foods Market has been working on developing the land directly north of them on Cicero Ave. since 2015. Delays have been due to reviews and approvals from the state and city, but everything seems to be finally moving forward and hopefully construction will begin in spring. The redevelopment envisions a parking lot and community space as well as a stoplight at Glenlake Ave. to unravel the traffic snarl.  Read more.

Drumroll please…

The scores have been tabulated, the results are in and Sauganash School is perfect!  They earned a perfect score on the annual School Quality Rating Policy and were ranked 1+.  Of over 500 schools in Chicago—including all the magnet, selective enrollment and charter schools—only 4 achieved a perfect score. Congratulations to Principal Christine Munns, all the teachers and the students for their incredible achievement. Read more.

Sauganash PTA Reaches their Goal

With the help of the SCA, other associations and businesses in the community, parents, teachers and many others, the Sauganash PTA reached their goal of raising $50,000 to support the kids, help the teachers and expand learning.

New Housing Proposed

The SCA Board of Directors recently heard a proposal to develop a parcel of land south of Bryn Mawr at Kostner. The initial idea was to build 18 townhouses. After meeting with the board and Alderman, that proposal probably will not be moving forward. However, it is possible that the developer may build as many as seven single family homes on the property. Read more.

Apply for Property Tax Rebate

If you are Chicago homeowner with a household income of $75,000 or less and the city portion of your most recent property tax bill increased over last year’s, you may be entitled to a rebate. You can apply at any of the 26 neighborhood locations. Residents of the 39th Ward are encouraged to use the Albany Park Library (3401 W. Foster.) Homeowners must apply for the rebate in person, and you must bring required documents.

Additional Police Officers Coming

Alderman Margaret Laurino and Alderman Ariel Reboyras tells us that the Police Superintendent has committed to assigning 12 new officers to the 16th & 17th District by the end of 2016 along with opening bid spots through March.