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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.Click here to go to membership online payment

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 2015 (view full BCO calendar here):

Oct Annual Meeting 2015BCO Open Meeting & Election – Oct 22, 7 pm,

1800 W Balmoral (Rogers Park Montessori School):  The annual election will be held at this meeting, and we are pleased to present the 2016 Nominees for the BCO Board.   Raffle prize donations are being accepted for our usual fun raffle.   Refreshments are potluck, please bring something to share if you can.   Join the dialogue, speakers will discuss:

the new West Ridge Nature Center
Chicago Market a food co-op that is looking at sites in Bowmanville
local O’Hare airplane noise

A few Planning & Development topics are hot in the neighborhood – the recent Intrinsic Schools proposal to develop in the southwest portion of Rosehill cemetery (they pulled out in the end), and Half Acre Brewery’s recently approved zoning change to allow for their tap room and beer garden to move forward in the new Balmoral Avenue location.

New BCO Phone line – effective immediately we’ve launched a new BCO phone line replacing our previous hotline number. Reach us at (773) 349-2268, that is (773) 349-BCO8!

Please consider a gift to our BCO GreenSpace (click to donate). 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 GreenSpace project. Our BCO GreenSpace campaign is a major initiative of the BCO. Your support is important.   Please click here to go to GreenSpace news & history page and learn more.

Block club resources Bowmanville has launched a “Know Your Neighbors” block program to keep our neighbors connected. Do you know who your block captain is? Check out our resources for the Block Clubs.





BCO “earth friendly” Big GreenBags Available only $2.00!

The BCO is on facebook click here to visit.