Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade & Costume Contest Set for Saturday, October 31

One of Andersonville’s most fun and popular events—the Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade & Costume Contest—is coming up Saturday, October 31. Registration opens at 12:30 p.m. The parade starts at 1:30 at the corner of Ravenswood and Winona.

Cash prizes, including a $50 Grand Prize will be awarded. Twenty-five dollars will be awarded for scariest, funniest, most original, best pet/owner costume combo, and best entry from owner age 12 and under. Chicago TV legend Ben Hollis (Wild Chicago, Ben Loves Chicago, Ben Around Town) will be emcee. Refreshments will be available.

There is a registration fee of $5 per dog, which includes three raffle tickets. No charge for humans. Onlookers welcome! Bring a chair and a friend.

Now in its 12th year, the event is sponsored by the Andersonville South Neighborhood Association (ASNA) and the BowWow Lounge, 5135 N. Ravenswood, with proceeds going fpr parkway beautification. For more info, see or call 773 989 4514.


Scenes from last year’s event:

ASNA Chicago Howl-oween 2014

Posted in Howl-O-Ween, News and Announcements

2015 Alley Sale [update]

[update] Share the color flyer with your social networks. Here is a list of
the 27 households that will participate in this weekend’s Alley Sale. [Alley Sale Color copy].


[update] Approximately 20 households have signed up for the alley sale on September 19 and 20. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to clear out some of your unwanted stuff and make a little money too. We are therefore extending the deadline for submitting a permit application. All applications must be submitted by this Sunday the 13th. On Monday morning Art Gregg will be taking the permit applications to the alderman’s office.

Saturday & Sunday, September 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now’s the time to clean out the basement and attic and clean up on sales!

In previous years, the alley sale has drawn huge crowds of interested buyers. Your participation is key to continuing this great event.

How to participate

Application deadline: September 9 [ PDF of the application ]

Fee: $10 (to cover signage, advertising, etc.)

The City requires that a permit be displayed. A permit application form is on the reverse side. The Alderman also requires that participants provide a copy of a driver’s license or utility bill to verify current address. Fill out the form and return with payment address verification as indicated below. ASNA will collect and deliver applications to the Alderman’s office and provide copies of the permit to be displayed the day of the sale.

Application packets can be returned to either:

Art Gregg at 1711 Carmen, 773 398 3818,

Gary Forell, 5109 N Ravenswood, 773 989 4514,

Everyone is welcome to participate. Please spread the word! ASNA will soon provide an email and flyer for the public. Please share in your networks where possible.

ASNA’s boundaries are Ashland on the East, Ravenswood on the West, Foster on the North and Winnemac on the South.!

Posted in ASNA Alley Sale, Events

Celebration Time Is Here!!! Neighborhood Block Party

Saturday, July 25, 2 p.m. ‘til dusk

On Carmen from the alley (west of Ashland) to Ravenswood–Look for the canopy!

FREE to all residents & their families!

*ASNA’s boundaries are Ashland on the east, Ravenswood on the west, Winnemac on the south and Foster on the north.

Eat, Drink & Enjoy!

  • ASNA will provide: hamburgers and hot dogs, plates and utensils
  • You bring: a dish to share. We’d love to taste your specialty! Not sure
    what to bring? We suggest even number addresses bring salads or sides; odd numbers bring desserts.
  • Bring a table, chairs and games if you can!
  • BYO pop/favorite drink.

Beer provided by Metropolitan Brewery

Come Celebrate Our Great Neighborhood!

  • Mix & mingle with your neighbors
  • PLAY/BIKE/DANCE in the street
  • Enjoy yummy food
  • Games, fire engine & more

Music provided by The Lonesome Whippoorwills

Join or renew your ASNA membership and get 3 FREE raffle tickets! You’ll also be eligible for our Members-Only Grand Prize of $100. [Support ASNA]

Posted in Block Party, News and Announcements

ASNA Block Party 2015

It’s Only One Month Until Our Neighborhood’s Favorite Summer Event!

Saturday, July 25th

Games! Dancing! Raffle! Food! The Best Neighbors in Chicago! All Ages Fun!

Special Guests: ASNA’s Favorite Band: The Lonesome Whipporwills

It Can Only Happen With Your Help! To Volunteer, contact Linda Wallace at or Donna Vernier at

In need of coordinator and grill master!

Posted in Block Party, News and Announcements

Plant Exchange and Sale!!

This Saturday, June 13—10 a.m. to Noon

1752 W. Carmen, Corner of Ravenswood (Yellow house, inside the white fence. Owners: Kate & Christ Bayard)


Share the wealth!

  • Bring a plant/s from your garden and trade for another or buy one—cheap!
  • Be sure to label your plant with its name and your name. Include care, e.g. shade,
  • sun or mixed, watering needs and other helpful info if possible.
  • Drop off between 9 & 10 this Saturday (or earlier if that works better for you).
  • Need containers? There’s a box of plastic containers on the front porch of Chris & Katie’s house facing Carmen.
  • Have any gardening books you want to get rid of, now’s your chance!
  • Questions/suggestions: Call Linda 773 989 4514

Sponsored by your Andersonville South Neighborhood Association

Posted in Events, Greening, News and Announcements

Spring 2015 Christy Gardens Beautification Project/Primavera 2015 Proyecto De Embellecimiento De Christy Gardens


In the coming weeks, the Ravenswood Metra embankment which runs through South Andersonville and is home to Christy Gardens will see endangered trees coming down due to infestation, disease or aging root systems.  In their place will be a new, carefully selected variety of colorful, eco-conscious and native trees that will grow into a magnificent display of urban landscaping.

A generous friend of ASNA has funded the removal of the endangered trees,  but it is up to us, the friends and neighbors of South Andersonville to finance the  trees, their planting and all related landscaping costs.  The final cost is $3,200.00.


All donations may be sent or dropped off to ASNA Treasurer Andy Rosenberg at 1644 West Carmen Avenue.

Honor a loved one, a neighbor, a charitable organization, your business, your pet or yourself!




En las próximas semanas, el Ravenswood Metra terraplén que se ejecuta a través del Andersonville del Sur y es el hogar de Christy Gardens, árboles que se encuentran en peligro de extinción que baja debido a la infestación, enfermedad o envejecimiento sistemas radiculares. En su lugar habrá un nuevo y fascinante variedad de colorido, respetuosos con el medioambiente y árboles nativos que se convertirá en una magnífica exhibición de jardinería.

Un generoso amigo de ASNA ha financiado la eliminación de los árboles que se encuentran en peligro de extinción, sin embargo, depende de nosotros, los amigos y vecinos de Andersonville del Sur para financiar los árboles, su plantación y todos los costos relacionados con el paisajismo. El costo final es de $3.200,00.


Todas las donaciones se pueden enviar o dejar en ASNA Tesorero Andy Rosenberg en 1644 West Carmen Avenue.

Honor un ser querido, un vecino, una organización caritativa, su negocio, su mascota o para usted mismo! PATROCINAR UN ÁRBOL!

Posted in News and Announcements

There has NEVER been an ASNA Raffle Grand Prize like this!

There has NEVER been an ASNA Raffle Grand Prize like this!

Imagine a Two Night Stay in a Luxurious Two Bedroom Suite at what Chicago Magazine named “One of The Best New Hotels of 2014”

The Guesthouse Hotel
Right here in South Andersonville
Click the link below and imagine!

The ASNA Winter Blahs Party is where you need to be to win this and more from other generous supporters including Unabridged Books, Cheetah Gym, Andersonville Hardware and Bow-Wow Lounge.

Posted in Events, Midwinter Beat-the-Blahs

The 2015 ASNA Winter Blahs Party is Right Around the Corner!

This Sunday, February 22

pH Comedy Theatre
1515 W. Berwyn (between Clark and Ashland)

Live Music, All-Ages Improv Comedy, Our Big Winter Raffle, Your Great Neighbors and WARM Pizza for a Cold Day Courtesy of our Friends at Andersonville’s New Giordano’s–rated Chicago’s #1!

General Admission: $10.00
Seniors 65 and more: Free
Seating is Limited—Arrive on Time!

Posted in Events, Midwinter Beat-the-Blahs

No Caroling this year, but…

Dear Friends:

So sorry that South Andersonville and the residents of Bethany will miss our annual holiday event. The Board thanks all the planners and our hostess Donna Vernier for putting so much spirit into this great neighborhood tradition. Freeze that Gumbo for next year, Gary and Linda! In the meantime, we all still have the opportunity to consider participating in Bethany Retirement Community’s Adopt-A-Friend volunteer program. Our local elders at Winnemac and Ashland may have missed a bit of holiday cheer, but they would certainly welcome an hour’s visit once a week all year long from a friendly neighbor.

If you’d be interested and have questions or want more information contact Brian Fenwick at

Happy Holiday Wishes from the ASNA Board,

Andy, Russ, Scott and Joe

Posted in Caroling & Holiday Lights, Events

Meet our Neighbor:  The Bethany Retirement Home / Conozca Nuestro Vecino: Casa De Retiro Bethany

One of the cornerstones of our neighborhood is the Bethany Retirement Home, 4950 N. Ashland, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary.  For some 160 residents, Bethany provides an intimate, affordable and supportive place to call home in the midst of a vibrant urban neighborhood. It also provides meeting space for community groups and many programs open to the public.

ASNA has a tradition of holiday caroling to Bethany residents. We are also encouraging its members to become part of Bethany’s new Adopt-a-Friend Program and look forward to exploring other ways of befriending our neighbors at Bethany.

Bethany prides itself on an accepting, family-like atmosphere. If you or someone you love is looking for a safe, affordable and accessible place to call home, here are some things you should know:

  • Bethany offers studio, medium and large one-bedroom apartments, some with spectacular views.
  • Support services include 24-hour nursing staff, three meals daily and an abundance of activities, including art, exercise, movies, music, games and discussion groups.
  • There is also a unique and fun Memory Care program for residents affected by memory impairment.
  • Amenities include a coffee shop and two lovely gardens, one a courtyard garden and another more spacious one with a fountain and park-like atmosphere.

This small, intimate retirement facility is in the process of being renovated. For more information about Bethany or to support its capital campaign, see the Bethany website or contact Annette Murray at

Save this date!

[CANCELLED] ASNA Holiday Caroling & Potluck

It’s the time of year to share holiday cheer and ASNA invites you to join in caroling at the Bethany  Retirement Home and a potluck with your friends and neighbors.

When:  Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

  • 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Where:  Home of Donna Vernier, 1632 W. Carmen

We’ll meet at Donna’s house to drop off our goodies and enjoy a cup of good cheer, then head over to Bethany Retirement Home, 4950 N. Ashland, for an hour of caroling. Back at Donna’s, Chicago Gumbo King Gary Forell will provide his signature dish. You bring salads, sweets/other dishes to share.

Who:  You, your family and friends.  Kids are welcome; so are your instruments!

RSVP 773 907 0810

Please let Donna know whether you’ll be coming and what you’ll bring!


Una de las piedras angulares de nuestro barrio es la Casa de Retiro Bethany, 4950 N. Ashland, que está celebrando su 125to aniversario. Para unos 160 residentes, Bethany provee un lugar íntimo, asequible, y de apoyo para llamar casa en el centro de un barrio urbano y vibrante. También provee espacio para grupos de la comunidad y muchos programas del público.

ASNA tiene un tradición del villancico a residentes de Bethany. También estamos fomentando sus miembros para ser parte del nuevo programa de Adopt-a-Friend de Bethany y estamos emocionados a explorar otras formas de hacer amistad con nuestros vecinos en Bethany.
Bethany está orgulloso de su ambiente aceptando y familiar. Si usted o alguien a quien usted le ama está mirando para un lugar para que llamar casa que es seguro, asequible, y accesible, aquí están cosas que debes saber:

  • Bethany ofrece studio, medianas y grandes apartamentos de un dormitorio, algunas de ellas con vistas espectaculares.
  • Servicios de apoyo incluyen personal de enfermería 24 horas, tres comidas diarias y una abundancia de actividades, incluyendo grupos de arte, ejercicio, películas, música, juegos y discusión.
  • Tiene también un programa de Atención Memoria único y divertido para los residentes afectados por el deterioro de la memoria.
  • Dispone de una cafetería y dos hermosos jardines, un patio con jardín y otro más amplio con una fuente y parque-como el ambiente.

Este establecimiento pequeño e íntimo retiro está en proceso de ser renovado. Para tener más información sobre Bethany o para apoyar su campaña de capital, vaya al sitio web de Bethany o envie un mensaje a Annette Murray a

¡Aparten esta fecha!

[ cancelado ] ASNA Villancicos & Comida

Es el tiempo del año para compartir buen ánimo y ASNA les invite a ustedes por villancicos en la Casa de Retiro Bethany y comida con sus amigos y vecinos.

Cuándo: Domingo, 21 de diciembre, 2014

  • 4:30-7:30 PM

Dónde: La casa de Donna Vernier, 1632 W. Carmen

Vamos a juntar en la casa de Donna Vernier (1635 W. Carmen) para dejar nuestras cosas y disfrutar de una taza de buen ánimo. De allí, vamos a salir al casa de retiro Bethany a 4950 N. Ashland por una hora de villancicos. Cuando regresamos a la casa de Donna, Gary Fowell, el rey de gumbo de Chicago, producirá su comida. Ud. trae una bebida, ensalada, postre u otra comida para compartir.

Quién: Usted, su familia y amigos. Chicos están invitados; ¡también están sus instrumentos!


Posted in News and Announcements