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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):

Gateway Garden DEED Party – Get your $40 ticket here! – Wednesday, October 18, 7-10PM at Half Acre’s Tap Room – 2050 W. Balmoral Ave  

Celebrate our closing on the property and experience the new Half Acre tap room!  Bowmanville neighbor Half Acre Beer Company and the BCO have reserved this night in the taproom just for us!  Half Acre will provide food and an array of delicious brews to celebrate and support the garden.  All proceeds go to the Gateway Garden fund to support the garden build out.  This party is capped at 75 tickets so get yours soon!

Martini’s that Matter – Sunday, October 29, 2-5pm at Marty’s Martini Bar – 1511 W. Balmoral Ave – ALL welcome – FB event here
BCO supporters and @properties team Joey Chiappetta and Adam Ordish invite you to join them at Marty’s as they dedicate the afternoon’s drink proceeds to the Gateway Garden.  We will celebrate our closing on the property and close out the fundraising campaign.  Some incredible prizes are lined up for a raffle – $200 Gibsons Steak House, $200 Calo Ristorante, $200 Men’s Grooming Parlor!  Come and win!  BCO Board members will also be there to talk about next steps.

Join neighbors to nosh and catch up on community news.  Speakers to be announced.

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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