Gateway Garden – Donate Now

The Gateway Garden’s mission is to provide Bowmanville and nearby Chicago neighborhoods vital open space to grow food, build community, and learn key skills for a more sustainable future. We are seeking $20,000 in funds to continue to develop the common area of the site. The funds will help us add more community gathering and seating areas with landscaping that includes open shared food picking areas, outdoor classroom space, and a family friendly setting. In 2020 we added an accessible walkway and fencing to define the common space from the vegetable plot area. The expanding common area includes the existing pergola and picnic table on Ravenswood Avenue.

With your help, we can do this! Please consider donating now to help turn our dream into reality. Contributions at any level are welcome from individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and foundations. Donors can designate how they would like to be acknowledged for their contributions, with an option to remain anonymous. All contributions are tax deductible through NeighborSpace, a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Your donation, earmarked for the Bowmanville Gateway Garden, will appear on your bank or credit card statement as a charge from NeighborSpace, the nonprofit land trust that protects over 120 community gardens across Chicago. All donations to this page will go directly to the Bowmanville Gateway Garden fiscal account and it is through NeighborSpace’s non-profit and fiscal agency that Gateway Garden will be able to use you tax deductible donation.



Thank you for your support and encouragement. Please share any questions you might have or reach out to our Gardening Committee to learn more about how to get involved by sending an email to us at

To send a check donation please make your check to NeighborSpace and on the Memo line enter BCO Gateway Garden.

Mail to:
5361 N Bowmanville Ave
Chicago, IL 60625



Overview | Background | PDF to Share

Total Funds Raised: $56,825 = 114% of $50,000 goal
(updated on December 18, 2017)


We OWN it.  The Gateway Garden now belongs to the community!

On Thursday, September 28th, something amazing happened. After six months of hard work and astounding generosity by residents and friends of Bowmanville, organizations, businesses, and garden supporters, NeighborSpace officially purchased the private parcel next to the Gateway Garden.  As a result, the Gateway Garden will never again be threatened by development and will become a permanent community resource available to the people who reside, work, and study in and around Bowmanville.

It’s not too late to add your name to the Gateway donor list today!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Bowmanville is truly a great community.  Together we accomplish incredible things.


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 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


As we plan our phase 1 build out, we’re still seeking contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations. Contributions are tax deductible through NeighborSpace, a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Business and Foundation Giving
If your organization can provide support, or if you can connect us with prospective donors, please contact View the list of Supporting Organizations.

Individual Giving
Donations at any level are appreciated! You can choose how you’d like to be acknowledged for your contribution, or remain anonymous.

Supporting Organizations List

  • NeighborSpace
  • Bowmanville Community Organization (BCO)
  • Alderman Patrick O’Connor, City of Chicago Ward 40
  • U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley, IL District 05
  • Driehaus Foundation
  • Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
  • Andersonville Chamber of Commerce
  • West Andersonville Neighbors Together (WANT)
  • Amundsen High School
  • Rogers Park Montessori School
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • NorthEdgeGroup @properties
  • Mobile Perspectives LLC
  • Design Union
  • Jean Tumbaga
  • Half Acre Beer Company
  • Metropolitan Brewing
  • Spiteful Brewing
  • The Claddagh Ring Pub
  • Ampersand Wine Bar
  • I Monelli Trattoria Pizza
  • DueLire Vino & Cucina
  • Lucky Prints
  • Namaskar Yoga
  • Property of Chicago Group @properties
  • 1800 Farragut neighbors
  • Summerdale/Balmoral neighbors – 1800 block
  • 2200 Farragut neighbors
  • 2100 Summerdale/Hoyne neighbors
  • Berwyn/Bell neighbors
  • Dawn Sachs (Gold Buying Girl) & Diana Leifer
  • Marty’s Martini Bar
  • Calo Ristorante
  • Gibson’s Steak House
  • Men’s Grooming Parlor
  • Ravenswood Farmers Market
  • General Electric

Donor List (alphabetical)

  • Ed Aguirre
  • Janet & Roy Ahlgren
  • The Albrecht Family
  • Amundsen High School
  • Jim Anderson & Chuck Williams
  • Rebecca and Jerry Anderson
  • Richard & Judy Andersen
  • Cathy Lee Anderson
  • Anonymous (33)
  • Jonathan Aronoff – in honor of Stew Weiss, Eden Weiss, Teresa Gale
  • Stephen Aronoff – in honor of Stew Weiss, Eden Weiss, Teresa Gale
  • Ann Marie and Joe Arden
  • Laura Austin
  • Ken Ayers
  • Rebecca and Ritesh Banerjee
  • Stephanie Bashara – Happy Birthday Mona Yaeger!
  • Jack Beaupied & Jeff Graves
  • Becki – Lindley
  • Kristine Behof
  • Larry Bell & Kaleo Staszkow
  • Kevin Betz
  • LeRoy Blommaert
  • Juliet Blumenthal
  • Patrick Brandell
  • Cynthia Brown (Brownie) and Colleen Sheehan
  • Craig & Heike Bryant
  • Celia Bucci
  • Mike & Robin Byrne
  • Seth & Katherine Captain
  • William Castro
  • Joey Chiappetta & Adam Ordish
  • Russell J. Chibe
  • Jason & Gina Chmielewski
  • Kipp Christiansen
  • Laura Cohen
  • Ernesto Costa & Brant Elliott
  • Sheila Costello
  • Anne Close
  • Pat Curley & Michele Shear
  • Missy Czuchan
  • Larry & Jean Delahanty
  • Sarah & Rich DeMink
  • Yarrow Dougherty
  • Douglas Family
  • Val Dufoe – Happy Birthday Mona Yaeger
  • Sharon & Robert Edwards
  • David Eisenstein and Jeremy Tromburg
  • Steven Elrod
  • Beth Emperor
  • Noelle & Rob Etheridge
  • Clarence Ewing
  • Wendy Fairchild & James Kriegsmann
  • Joe & Elizabeth Fenner
  • Bill & Kate Ferguson
  • Dan & Darlene Fournier
  • Eliza & Dave Fournier
  • Denise Foy & Suzanne Brown
  • Teresa Gale & Stewart Weiss
  • Alicia Garcia
  • General Electric, matching gift for Michael Kraetsch
  • Gleisten Kelley Family
  • Greta Goddijn
  • Dena Gordon
  • Keith Goudy and Shelby Hoult
  • Maryon Gray
  • Andrew Hadland
  • Tony and Riikka Haig
  • Craig Hanenburg
  • Sasha Hanning
  • Sarah Hanson
  • Katie Hanson & Paul Ziliak
  • Heidrun and Karen Hardy
  • Gretchen Hartke
  • Heinen Family
  • Kathryn Hellman
  • Paul Herbert
  • Nancy Hirsch & Salud Moreno
  • Jane Hirt
  • Kristin Hodges
  • Karen Horowitz
  • Holly Hoyer
  • Kristina Hunter – Happy Birthday Mona Yaeger!
  • Chris & Helen Hutchens
  • David Johnston
  • Charles Jones
  • Keely Jones
  • Dan & Yoko Juran
  • Kathleen Katrenak
  • Daniel Kelber
  • Allison & Rich Kelliher-Paz
  • Russ Klettke
  • Mike & Barbara Kraetsch
  • Keith Lamberg & Joe Toups
  • Mary Laundry
  • Diana Leifer
  • Sena Leikvold
  • Sarah J Leonard
  • Liam, Finn and Eli’s Lemondate Stand
  • Heidi Liddle and Abraham Bhutt
  • Laurie Little
  • Emanuel Lopez
  • Jean Losek
  • Monisha Lozier
  • Caroline Lubbers
  • Billy Lyman
  • Becky Lyons
  • Kathy McC
  • The McCurdy Family
  • Liza McElroy
  • Greg & Nadine McFarren
  • The McTurnans
  • Gillian Mace
  • Madda / Kamba Family
  • Marty’s Martini Bar
  • The Mazursky Family
  • Karen E. Minturn
  • Lori & Lee Morlock
  • Sean & Emily Mullins & friends
  • Maureen Murnane
  • Tim Noworyta
  • Taylor O’Brien & Patrick Freeman
  • Alderman Patrick O’Connor
  • Lisa Padden
  • Sara Parikh and Scott Baker
  • Frank Pipal
  • Jodie Powers
  • Prodouz Family
  • Property of Chicago Group
  • U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley, IL-05
  • Eliseo Ramos Jr
  • Elizabeth Redmond
  • Trisha Rich
  • The Riley Family, in honor of grandmothers Lorraine McLaughlin and Carol Riley who loved to grow things
  • Jennifer & Steven Ringblom
  • Rae Ritsch
  • Dan Rocha
  • Rogers Park Montessori School
  • Ann Scholhamer
  • Schmitz Family
  • Stephen & Suzie Shake
  • Eli Shearn
  • Claire & Todd Shingler
  • Lisa Simone
  • Julianna Smith
  • Jill Stanchfield
  • Suzanne Tenney
  • Michael Thompson & Lee Bowman
  • Ryan Tooker
  • Terry Trampiets
  • Anthony Turner – Happy Birthday Mona Yaeger!
  • Brad Vah
  • Van Houtum Family
  • Joseph Van Oosbree
  • Mara Walsh
  • Neil Weiss
  • West Andersonville Neighbors Together (WANT)
  • Shannon Wilcox
  • Helaine Witt in honor of the Weiss’s
  • Leavett Wofford & Tom Kennedy
  • Jason & Christina Wood
  • Mona & Greg Yaeger
  • Mary Anne Young
  • Colleen Zumerchik

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