Business Relations: WNA recognizes that businesses in the Wrightwood Neighborhood are valuable assets. The health of our business community reflects the viability of the neighborhood. For this reason WNA created the Business Relations Committee, to address the concerns of the businesses and allow business owners to take part in the decision making process of WNA. Business issues such as zoning to sidewalk cafe’s are review by the Business Relations committee and brought to the board of directors for approval.
Planning/Architectural & Historic Preservation: The mission of the Wrightwood Neighbors Planning Committee is to work with residents, developers, the City and architects to encourage development and renovation that will benefit the neighborhood both aesthetically and economically. The committee meets about every month and is open to anyone who has an interest in neighborhood development and architecture. Our committee is made up of zoning attorneys, real estate professionals and planning experts, along with WNA members who just have an interest in how the neighborhood develops. For further information on how to become a part of the planning committee, contact Gary Wigoda
Parks: The Wrightwood neighborhood is home to 3 parks overseen by the Wrightwood Neighbors. WNA also facilitates the spring cleanup of all three of the parks along with Mayor Daley’s Clean & Green program and the Friends of the Parks.
Wiggly Field: Established in April 1997, is Chicago’s first official dog exercise and play area, it is located at 2645 N. Sheffield. Contact Stacey Hawk for more information at 773-404-9777 .
Schools: The schools committee serves as an advocate and liaison between the local public schools, WNA Board and the community. Keeping the community informed as to the quality, innovation, and recent successes at each school is this committees focus. There are four public schools serving the Wrightwood Neighborhood–three elementary and two high schools.
Crime Prevention: The safety of the community has come a long way since the days when gangs roamed our streets. Thanks in part to the efforts of the Wrightwood Neighbors Crime Committee, whose members worked with law enforcement agencies to rid our community of the dangers that persisted then. The Wrightwood Community today is plagued with a whole new set of crime problems, such as burglary to property, theft, auto break-ins, trouble-some taverns, etc. WNA has for many years addressed these issues and The Crime Prevention committee regularly meets with the 19th Police District Commander and has a seat on the District Area Council, which helps direct policing policy in our community.
Membership: The membership committee maintains the WNA mailing list and keeps track of paid memberships. If you would like to join Wrightwood Neighbors, fill out the WNA Membership form here. For a change of address or to volunteer for the committee, please contact our membership chair.
Newsletter: The Wrightwood Report is the official newsletter of the Wrightwood Neighbors Association. The newsletter committee gathers information from the Board of Directors to ensure communication of important information to our membership. The newsletter goes out every month with information about upcoming meetings, events and other pertinent information. We also welcome input from Association members and neighbors. View the WNA newsletter archive here
Taste of Lincoln Avenue: The Taste of Lincoln Avenue is Wrightwood’s annual fundraiser. The Taste began over 20 years ago as a way to help fund the WNA (Wrightwood Neighbors Association) organization, and to provide financial support for our local schools and organizations through grants. It began with crowds of 10,000 attendees, and has now grown to more than 50,000 visitors for the two-day event. As the event has grown, coordinating the volunteers to help run the Taste and all the details necessary has become a regular Board of Directors position.