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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 Coming Up (view full BCO calendar here):

2019 Vegetable Garden Plot Application

The Gateway Garden (5386 N. Ravenswood) and Bowmanville Garden (5410 N. Bowmanville) Vegetable Plots, are available to gardeners interested in growing vegetables and edible plants. Click here to download the 2019 Garden Plot Application (PDF). Please print & sign the Garden Plot Application form. Thank you!

2018 was a big year for the Gateway Garden!

The Gateway Garden continues to grow and thrive. Click here to see a list of accomplishments from this past year! (PDF)

2019/2020 Slate Announcement for BCO Board of Directors & Nominating Committee

In accordance with our by-laws, we are pleased to present the following slate of candidates for election on October 18. Election will take place at the BCO Open Meeting.

If you missed a chance to join the board but still want to get involved, please get in touch at membership@bcochicago.org. There are many ways to keep Bowmanville moving forward.

Board of Directors – elect (16 positions with 4 officers designated):
1. Beth Emperor SECRETARY
2. Mike Ferraro (NEW)
3. Joan Frausto-Majer (NEW)
4. Ron Galant
5. Amy Gawura (NEW)
6. Jeff Graves
7. Craig Hanenburg TREASURER
8. Sarah Johnson (NEW)
9. Barbara Kraetsch
10. Michael Kraetsch
11. Julie Matthews (NEW)
12. Alexandre Schleider
13. Ann Scholhamer VICE PRESIDENT
14. Scott Smith
15. Suzanne Tenney
16. Mona Yaeger PRESIDENT

Nominating Committee – elect (7 positions and 2 alternates)
BCO Members at Large: Kathleen Feeney, David Johnston, Stew Weiss, Claire Shingler, alternate William Ferguson
BCO Board members: Ann Scholhamer, Craig Hanenburg, 1 TBD, Alternate TBD

BCO Open Meeting and Board Election

October 18, 7pm-8:30pm at Rogers Park Montessori School (1800 W Balmoral Ave).

Mark your calendars! This meeting is open to all residents and friends of Bomwanville. Please join us to catch up on all things Bowmanville and to formally elect the new board. All active members of the BCO are eligible to vote. Memberships can be renewed at the beginning of the meeting or join or renew online.

If you are not sure of your membership status please email treasurer@bcochicago.org.

A big THANK YOU to those who have graciously volunteered their time and leadership for the coming years, and many thanks to board members stepping down including William Ferguson, Kate Clark, Dan Lias, Stew Weiss, Claire Shingler.

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-BCO-8!

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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