Wrightwood Neighbors Association

Recent Accomplishments

Since Wrightwood Neighbors was established in 1962, it has had a tremendous positive impact on the community. The following are some representative examples.

Crime Prevention
Worked with the local police district to combat gang activity in the 1970’s.
First organization to donate bicycles for police patrols
Have Co-sponsored the best-attended Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meetings in the District.
Serve on the 19th District Advisory Committee (DAC) to exchange information.

Planning and Land Use
Developed first Chicago neighborhood Long Range Plan in 1977 (rewritten 2002)
Conducted Comprehensive Zoning and Land Use Review and recommended zoning changes to reflect current conditions while respecting property owner rights.
Actively participated in the City of Chicago’s rewrite on the Zoning Code
Prevented undesirable developments such as a drive-thru McDonalds at Fullerton and Sheffield, proposed tattoo parlor and massage parlor on Lincoln Avenue, and off track betting parlors
Worked with developers to encourage attractive residential buildings.
Provide recommendations to local Alderman and testify before the City of Chicago Plan Commission, City Council Zoning Committee, and the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals

Parks
Lead the effort to develop Jonquil Park on the site of the CTA Car Barns and the complete rebuilding of the children’s play area.
Established the first dog friendly park in Chicago (Wiggly Field)
Worked on the redevelopment of Supera Playlot to be fun, safe and kid friendly.
Sponsor movies and entertainment events in the parks like the Annual Jonquil Park Party and the Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Park

Institutional Relations
Helped shape DePaul University Master Plans since the 1980’s by providing community input and concerns.
Provided input to Children’s Memorial Hospital’s Long Range Plans and to the redevelopment of its property when it moves to Streeterville.
Serve on the Children’s Memorial Hospital Community Advisory Committee and the DePaul Neighborhood Advisory Committee.

Beautification
Established the committee to have Internationally Renowned Sculpture, and Community Resident Richard Hunt design, fabricate and install Eagle Columns in Jonquil Park. The first community based permanent sculpture installation in Chicago.
Participate in the 43rd and 44th Ward Lakefront Sculpture Exhibit by sponsoring a sculpture at the corner of Lincoln, Fullerton and Halsted.

Community Wide Projects
Served on the CTA Brown Line Task Force to make sure the Fullerton and Diversey stations serve the needs of local residents.
Instrumental in the development of the Lincoln Park Trolley
Lead the effort to establish the New Lincoln Park Library at Fullerton and Racine
Worked with the 43rd Alderman Vi Daley, on the Lincoln Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue
Put on the best neighborhood street festival in Chicago to raise funds for local organizations and community projects.
Total proceeds of approximately $2,000,000 have funded programs at our local schools (Agassiz, Alcott, Mayer, Lincoln Park High School), Lincoln Park Library, Parks (Jonquil, Supera, and Wiggly Field), DePaul’s Lincoln Park Research Initiative, Social Agency programs, food pantries, after school programs, and school art programs put on by Lookingglass, Lill Street Studios, Victory Gardens.

Meeting Programs
Have held informative meeting programs on topics such as: crime prevention, development proposals, candidate forums, long range planning, parking and traffic, public schools, park developments, neighborhood history, and many more.
Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month.