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Bowmanville is a residential neighborhood located in the northern section of Chicago’s Lincoln Square community area. The community is home to over 1500 residential households, and a small but thriving industrial corridor. The neighborhood boundaries are Ravenswood Avenue, Foster Avenue, Western Avenue and Rosehill Cemetery.

Welcome to the Bowmanville Community Organization Web site. Browse the various menu links above for information about our community and ways to get involved and engaged with your neighbors.

The Bowmanville Community Organization (BCO) is the community’s officially recognized Chicago Neighborhood Organization. It is run by a volunteer group committed to maintaining and improving the quality of life for Bowmanville residents. Since its inception in 1987 the BCO has contributed to a solid foundation of community service and neighborliness. The BCO’s purpose is to facilitate communication within the community and with local officials and other organizations to ensure that the interests of the members of the community are being addressed. Check our latest community newsletter, The BEE or the BCO Facebook page for a peak into the latest happenings in our community.

By joining the BCO, your $20 annual membership will support programming and outreach for your community.  Support your community!

Bowmanville is also home to a variety of quality restaurants, taverns, retail shops, small businesses and industry. Our local public schools are Chappell Elementary and Amundsen High School. Rogers Park Montessori School (RPMS) is a private elementary school (pre-K through 8th) located within Bowmanville’s boundaries. 

What’s next in 2017 (view full BCO calendar here):

Nov 15 – Harvest of Ideas – a community design workshop for the expanded Gateway Garden

Next, please join the BCO on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 for a “Harvest of Ideas” — a participatory community workshop to determine priorities, identify concerns, and create a wish list for the expanded Gateway Garden space. This will be a moderated session with a focus on inclusion, communication, and collaboration.  After this session, the BCO will work with professional landscape architects and garden planners to integrate as many of the community’s shared elements as possible.

When:  Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 7-9pm
Where: Rogers Park Montessori School – 1800 W. Balmoral
What to Bring: Just your ideas and enthusiasm! (Snacks and refreshments will be provided along with writing and drawing tools)
Questions:  Send any questions, concerns, or comments to planning@bcochicago.org.

 

BCO Members can expect to be notified via email of a few new board appointments in advance of the this meeting. 

Community Outreach:  We have formalized a process to encourage community members or groups with Bowmanville ties to suggest outreach projects that might be meaningful to Bowmanville residents and the Bowmanville Community Organization.  If you have a project idea you’d like the BCO to consider please fill out and submit this BCO Community Outreach Support Request.  Recent examples of things we have supported are the BCO Amundsen Arts Thank You campaign and the Balmoral Nursing Home outreach.

BCO Phone line – Reach us at (773) 349-2268, that is (773) 349-BCO8!

Please consider a gift to the Bowmanville Gateway Garden

We know safely accessible green space is important to our community. We’ve heard it from neighbors and have seen it in the energetic response to our community gardening and greenspace initiatives over the years. The Gateway Garden Preservation & Expansion campaign is a major initiative of the BCO. Your support is important.

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