Concerned with Crime? Meet with Police

We are encouraging Sauganash residents to attend the next 1711 beat meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 7:30pm at Mayfair Church (5020 N. Pulaski) with Commander Ron Pontecore and Alderman Laurino. Find out about the latest crime, get the latest tips and show the commander we are concerned about increasing crime in Sauganash.
At all times, be aware of your surroundings. Call 911 if you see anything suspicious and note license plates and and any other identifying details. Read these tips about burglary from a former police officer.

Christmas Tree Recycling

January 5th through the 19th – drop your tree off at North Park Village (5801 N Pulaski) for recycling.  All tinsel, ornaments, lights, and stands must be removed. Plastic bags used for transport should also be removed.

Recycling keeps tons of valuable organic material from landfills and the mulch that’s created is used in local parks to protect and nourish plants and soil. Mulch will also be made available to Chicago residents, free of charge, starting Jan. 7th.

Aldermanic Forum January 24

An opportunity to choose a new alderman doesn’t happen every day. Learn the Aldermanic candidates’ positions on how they plan to serve and represent the residents of the 39th Ward. The Forum will be moderated by Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. Tickets are not required. This is a non-partisan event.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the Irish American Heritage Center. Click on the poster to enlarge; visit here for updates.


See photos from our Holiday Party here

Chicago Communities Mayoral Forum

Tuesday, February 5th, 7pm at Roosevelt HS, 3436 West Wilson Ave. Doors open with a candidate meet-and-greet at 6:00 pm. Free parking in the school lot at Leland & St. Louis. Moderator: Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. To see participating candidates and more information, visit: Organized by the North River Commission.

Two Men Arrested in Carjacking

It is reported that 2 men have been arrested in the Dec. 3rd carjacking at Queen of All Saints School. The vehicle has been recovered. The police have pledged to increase their presence in the neighborhood for 10 days following the incident. The SCA board is working on ideas to improve community safety. In the meantime, as always, report any suspicious activity to 911. Direct general questions and concerns to 311. You can also call the 17th district at 312-742-4410 or the 16th district (for concerns west of Cicero) at 312-742-4480. Please also see tips from the 17th district.


Bob Perkaus Memorial 5K

The Bob Perkaus Memorial 5K was held Sunday, October 14 at 9:00 a.m. at Sauganash Park, 5861 N. Kostner. Everyone was invited to run or walk this fun and worthwhile community event! Proceeds not only benefit a scholarship fund at Loyola Academy in Bob’s name, but also Sauganash Park, Sauganash School, and Queen of All Saints School. 


Sauganash was bursting with celebrations on July 4th, starting with the annual parade. Dick Parizek organized a line up of floats, fire trucks, vintage cars and festively decorated bikes and wagons. They were joined by members of Girl Scout Troops 25684 and 25685 and Boy Scout Troop 626 and Cub Scout Pack 3942. Paul Scavone sang the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful as Boy Scout Troop 626 raised the flag at the closing ceremony. Myron Erickson, Pastor at Sauganash Community Church, Father Simon Braganza from Queen of All Saints, David Zulkey, SCA President and Don Morton, SPCA President all addressed the crowd. Thanks to Jeff Kirchner for managing the sound system. Many thanks to our Chicago Police and Fire Departments for their participation and help.

Immediately following, Jammin’ Joe Venetico and Barking Cat provided top-notch entertainment at the picnic. Community volunteers served up hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, refreshments and monitored the jumping jack and obstacle course. Elaine Fitzgerald and Lorraine Murphy ran the ever popular kids games. Michelle Whatley, 4th Chair, and her hardworking crew of SCA board members made sure things went smoothly. 

We would like to thank our donors: Whole Foods and State Representative John D’Amico; thanks also to Happy Foods for great discounts and free holiday delivery and to Rayco Printing for the membership sign up cards. The picnic, sponsored by the Sauganash (SCA) and the Sauganash Park (SPCA) Community Associations, is funded by and open to our members.  Visit our Face Book page for more great photos by Phil Kritzman.


Renew Your Dues

It’s time to renew your membership in the Sauganash Community Association. You’ll be supporting our 4th of July Parade and Picnic, curb-to -curb snow plowing, mosquito abatement efforts, community representation to city, state and federal authorities, and more. Renew here.

2018 Open Meeting

The annual community association meeting was held May 15 with presentations from the Board of Directors, Taft and Sauganash schools, Alderman Laurino and others. Everyone who attended received a free mosquito dunk to help control mosquitoes this summer. Read the recap.

Voice Your Opposition to Development at
Bryn Mawr And Kostner

Sign this petition to express your concern and opposition to development at this location. It is also suggested that you contact your elected City and County officials to voice opposition to the development, and urge them to work with the community and the owner of the parcel to reach an equitable compromise.

Sauganash School Fund Raiser

Tickets are on sale for the Friends of Sauganash Spring Benefit for Sauganash Elementary School. The event is Saturday, June 2 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 Thursday, May 24 at Sorry, there will be no ticket sales at the door. Learn more.

Neighborhood Survey

Look for results from our survey on infrastructure repair (potholes, curbs, signage, trees etc) in our community to be posted soon. We will also share the results with our Alderman.

Updates at Police Meet and Greet

Board member Jim Murphy of the Traffic and Safety committee attended a Meet and Greet with Chicago police Feb. 1 who introduced Susan Moss, the new Commander of the 17th district, and shared recent updates. Police believe the shooting on Kedvale earlier this week was an isolated incident and that the victim’s son was an intended target. CPD does not believe that this is new gang activity working into the neighborhood. No one was hit with gunfire. The detectives are working on it and there will be more patrols rolling through the area. They also announced that the 17th District would be getting some new officers in the near future. 

New Police Commissioner

Please welcome Commander Susan E. Moss who is replacing Commander Elias Voulgaris. Commander Voulgaris will now be Commander for the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. We look forward to working with Commander Moss.




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!

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.

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.

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.

 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.

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.