A 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.

“An Enchanted Evening”

Sauganash Elementary School PTA will hold its annual school fundraiser “An Enchanted Evening” on Saturday, June 10 from 6PM-11PM at the Holiday Inn, Chicago North Shore at 5300 W. Touhy Ave. in Skokie. Tickets for the event are $75 per person and are available to purchase online until June 1 at There will be no ticket sales at the door. Read more

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.

Association Elections

Elections for the SCA board will be held at our public meeting in May and there are a few director positions open for next year. Term of office lasts from June 2017- June 2018. To see our committees, click on our Community Association tab. Directors are expected to be active on at least one committee and regularly attend meetings which are held at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of most months. We could especially use someone for the O’Hare Noise committee and someone with web skills. If you would like to be considered for the upcoming board, submit your application form via email to by Sunday, April 9. Find the application form here.

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.

Dance Instructor Needed

Sauganash Park is on the hunt for a fun, high-energy, dance instructor to join their team on a part-time basis.  Interested? Read more! 

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.

Mosquito Spraying

A spraying is schedule for the evening of July 3. If you or pets are sensitive to the solutions being used, please stay indoors.

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.

Our Help for the Collins Family is Needed

The Collin’s Family’s home in the 5800 block of North Kilbourn Ave was destroyed by fire on Wednesday, December 7th. Thankfully the family was not at home, however they have lost everything.

Because of the continued support of our members, the SCA was able to make a contribution to the Collins family. But, much more is needed. A “Go Fund Me Page” has been set up on their behalf, and Patty Cerny is organizing a Gift Card drive for the family. Please deliver gift cards to her attention at the Baird & Warner office, 5430 W. Devon. Contact Patty directly with any questions or if there is a contribution you would like her to pick up. Her number is 773-230-2542.

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.

Santa Visits Sauganash!santa

Over 55 children met one-on-one with the big guy at Sauganash Park  on Saturday, December 10 at Santa’s Workshop. In addition to personally delivering their Christmas list, everyone enjoyed games, activities and refreshments. The day’s fun was wrapped up with a performance by “The Little People.” Refreshments and entertainment were provided by the Sauganash Community Association.

Snow Plowing Is Uncertain

The service that has plowed our streets for decades has told us that they are having trouble finding drivers. They have agreed to try to provide us with the same quality service as in years past, but they ask for our patience. Hopefully their staffing situation will improve before the snow arrives! Read more about out snow plowing service.

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.