June Updates – 4th of July Parade and Picnic Info

4th of July Parade and Picnic Event

Each year the SPCA and the SCA work together to celebrate our independence. This is usually done with a large parade that travels through Sauganash, crosses Peterson, and ends at the War Memorial. This is followed by a few short speeches from civic leaders at the memorial, and then all convene at the park for hot dogs, refreshments, and fun.


Parade Begins at 9:30 AM

This year the parade will form on the west side of Sauganash Park at 9 AM on Monday, July 4th. The parade will begin around 9:30.

You and your family are welcome to march with the parade. Bicycle decorations are encouraged! Or spectate alongside the parade route and scoop up some free candy. 



Picnic to Be Held After Parade

Please join us after the parade for a picnic at Sauganash ParkOur new membership cycle begins July 1st. We encourage you to pay your dues at the event. Look for our tent. We will give you an SPCA Koozie or two to help keep your beverages cold.



The SPCA will also provide 2000 hot dogs for the event. First come first serve. 

Volunteers Needed

The SPCA cannot do our part in hosting this event without volunteers. We need help with the setup. We need help preparing hot dogs. And we need help cleaning up the mess. This is a community effort. And this is a great opportunity to give back to your community.

If you can donate some time, please signup here.

Thank you!

SPCA May 2022 Updates

Pizza Party at Alarmist Brewing

Please join us this coming Thursday at Alarmist Brewing as we honor and thank our neighbors Carrie and Bill Morrissey, who are leaving Sauganash Park.

Carrie and Bill have been active members of the SPCA board since they arrived in our neighborhood a decade ago. Carrie has planned and executed several successful Halloween events, movie nights, and summer parties. And Bill served as President and Chairman of the SPCA. He led our annual hot dog purchases for the July 4th picnic, and he handled many critical administrative functions for our Association.

Your SPCA is organizing, but not sponsoring, this farewell party to express our deep appreciation for all Carrie and Bill have done over the years to put the unity in community. Please come if you can and help us thank them.

At around 5:30, a variety of pizzas will be delivered from Lou Malnati’s. We will have soft drinks for the kids. We will also have a voluntary contribution jar to help cover the cost of the pizzas and soft drinks.

Please R.S.V.P. so we know how many pizzas to order.

We look forward to seeing you there!

WHAT: Pizza Party in Honor of the Morrisseys
WHEN: Thursday, May 19th, 5:30 – 9:30ish
WHERE: Alarmist Brewing and Taproom
WHO: All ages and interested parties are welcome

R.S.V.P.s Requested


Praying Mantis Egg Sign-Up

The SPCA intends on distributing praying mantis eggs after Memorial Day to dues-paying members on our distribution list. Praying mantis are voracious predators. They provide natural mosquito and pest control to our community. If you are an SPCA member and would like to receive praying mantis eggs, sign up here if you have not already done so. This is our last call for sign-ups!


Shirt Sale to Fundraise for 2022-23 DC Trip

Each year the 8th Grade class from Sauganash School takes a trip to Washington DC. The class of 2022-23 is selling special Sauganash t-shirts to raise funds for this trip. You must place your order by May 22nd to support this worthy cause. Sauganash School parents will be pleased to know that these shirts CAN be worn as part of the PE uniform.

April Updates

Principal Munns To Discuss Sauganash School Expansion


The SPCA is excited to host Principal Munns at our Spring General Meeting She will discuss the expansion at Sauganash School and let us know how things are going. We invite all interested community members to attend. 

Also, US Congressional Representative Mike Quigley will lead the meeting with some remarks. We look forward to hearing how things are going at the Capital. 

WHERE: Sauganash Park Field House (5861 N. Kostner)
WHEN: Tuesday, 4/19 at 7:00 PM
WHO: Principal Munns and Congressman Quigley




The SPCA will be collecting items to donate to refugees of Ukraine at our Spring General Meeting.  Supplies needed/recommended:

  • Medical Supplies (Tylenol, Band-Aids, Antiseptic Wipes, Gauze, Adhesive Tape & More)
  • Food (Ready-to-eat pre packaged food, Coffee, Tea)
  • Clothing (Hats, Socks, Undergarments, Tactical Gloves/Pants- new items please)
  • Hygiene Products (Diapers, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Feminine Hygiene Products, Baby Formula)
  • Other: Flashlights, Baby Bottles, Sleeping Bags, UV Lamps, Knee Pads, Blankets)

Updating Our Bylaws

The SPCA also intends to update its bylaws for the first time since 2003 at our Spring General Meeting. In accordance with the existing bylaws, we need to inform dues-paying members of our intentions.You may review the proposed amendments and revisions here if you are interested. Also, please come to our meeting and vote ‘yes’ as we believe the amendments are good.


Holding an Election for Officers

The SPCA also intends to elect officers for our 2022-23 membership cycle at our Spring General MeetingOur board has a Chairperson, a President, a Vice President, a Treasurer, and a Secretary. If you are interested in serving in any of these roles, or just working with our board, please contact us. We could use your help.


Praying Mantis Egg Sign-Up


Each spring the SPCA delivers praying mantis eggs to members on our distribution list. These eggs provide natural mosquito and pest control. If you are an SPCA member and would like us to deliver praying mantis eggs to your home for spring of 2022, sign up hereIt is required that you sign up for the 2022 delivery, even if you have already signed up in the past. The reason for this is so that people do not receive unwanted deliveries.


Earth Day Cleanup Event


The SPCA and our friend Alderman Nugent are organizing an Earth Day Cleanup Event on April 23rd. We plan to clean on Saturday morning from 9 AM until noon. Alderman Nugent’s Office will provide supplies but you are welcome to bring your own! 

Volunteers can join one of two teams. One team will meet near the underpass by the west trail on Lowell. One team will meet near the east trail by Glenlake and Keystone. 

This will be a fun community-building event. When you are done you will feel good about helping our environment. But also remember: you can pick up litter anywhere and at anytime. It is appreciated.


We hope that you choose to become involved!

Here are photos from the event!

Thank you to all who participated!

Spring General Meeting on 4/19

The SPCA Spring General Meeting will be at the Sauganash Park Fieldhouse at 5861 N Kostner.


The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th at 7 PM.


Scheduled speakers include US Congressional Representative Mike Quigley and Principal Munns from Sauganash School.




Updating Our Bylaws

We plan on updating the bylaws of our Association. You can read the proposed updates here.

There will be vote on our proposed changes. You may vote “YES” or “NO” if you are a dues-paying member.


We will also host an election for our officers. You may vote for us or even run against us if you want.


Hope to see you there!

SPCA Halloween Movie Night Next Saturday, October 23rd

Join us on Saturday, October 23rd at Glenlake and Kedvale for our Halloween Movie Night. The event will begin at 5:30 PM and we will start the movie at 6:30 PM. We are planning on screening The Adams Family 2. All are welcome to attend. Children must be accompanied by adults. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

The event is FREE for SPCA membersWe suggest a donation of $10 for guest families.

Please bring your own seating. The movie will be projected on an inflatable screen in the street. We will provide popcorn and a hot chocolate bar.  We hope to see you there!

WHAT: Halloween Movie Night
WHERE: Glenlake and Kedvale
WHEN: Saturday, October 23rd at 5:30 PM (Film Begins at 6:30)

Thank you for being our neighbor!

September Updates

SPCA Fall General Meeting To Be Held In-Person Tuesday, September 21st

According to our by-laws, the SPCA hosts our Fall General Meeting annually on the third Tuesday of September. This year we will hold this meeting in-person at the Sauganash Park Fieldhouse.

We will be joined by Alderman NugentPolice Commander Pontecore, and Kevin Kuhn from the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

We are offering a live-stream of the event here, if you’d prefer to stay home due to Covid-19 or other reasons. Members who join us online will NOT be able to interact with our speakers at this time. I hope that you can join us in-person and show our community leaders that we care about our neighborhood! 

Where: 5861 N. Kostner Ave.
When: Tuesday, September 21st at 7 PM
What: Neighborhood General Meeting with Civic Leaders


Fall Programs Beginning at Sauganash Park

The Chicago Park District is offering a number of youth programs that are now open for registration. They have parent and tot classes, floor hockey, dodgeball, and more! Check out or register for their offerings here. But do hurry if you are interested. Programs are beginning now.

Membership Card Distribution Continues

We are continuing to distribute our membership cardsThese cards can be used at these six great local businesses: Alarmist Brewing and TaproomDakota 94Donna’s GardenChai Asian BistroSauganash Grill, and The Learning Experience Sauganash. We appreciate these local businesses who have extended discounts and promotions to our members.

We heard that some members encountered problems scanning the QR codes. The QR codes have now been fixed, but you can also access the membership discount page here.

We have finished distributing our membership cards to all members who paid their dues as of September 10th. If you paid dues for our 2021-2022 membership cycle and you haven’t received your cards, contact us. Sometimes we make mistakes. We will be happy to look into things and get your membership cards to you. Also, if you haven’t joined our association for this cycle yet, now is a great time to join.

Thank you for being our neighbor!

Don Morton
SPCA President

More August Updates

Summer Carnival Event at The Learning Experience Sauganash

Our friends at The Learning Experience Sauganash are hosting a fun event this Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM. Their Summer Carnival Event will have face painting, games, live music, and food. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Where: 4110 W. Peterson
When: 11 AM – 1 PM This Saturday, August 21st
What: Face painting, games, live music, food, and socializing

SPCA General Meeting to Be Held In-Person

The SPCA annually hosts a General Meeting on the third Tuesday in September. This year our Fall General Meeting will be held at the Sauganash Park Fieldhouse on September 21st at 7 PM. We hope to provide a video stream of the meeting to include those who are avoiding gatherings.

Currently, Alderman Nugent is scheduled to speak about happenings in our Ward. We also invited CPD Commander Pontecore, who leads the 17th District. We hope that he will join us. Kevin Kuhn from the Forest Preserves of Cook County will also speak about the work that they are doing in our area.

Where: 5861 N Kostner
When: 7 PM – 8:30 PM on Tuesday, September 21st
What: SPCA Fall General Meeting Featuring Civic Leaders

Membership Cards Have Been Distributed

We are continuing to distribute our membership cardsThese cards can be used at these six local businesses: Alarmist Brewing and TaproomDakota 94Donna’s GardenChai Asian BistroSauganash Grill, and The Learning Experience Sauganash. We appreciate these local businesses extending discounts and promotions to our members.

We have finished distributing our membership cards to all members who paid their dues as of August 15th. If you paid dues for our 2021-2022 membership cycle and you haven’t received your cards, contact us. Sometimes we make mistakes. We will be happy to look into things and get your membership cards to you. Also, if you haven’t joined our association for this cycle yet, now is a great time to join.

Thank you for being our neighbor!

Don Morton
SPCA President

May 2021 Updates

Praying Mantis Egg Delivery at End of the Month

The SPCA has received hundreds of praying mantis eggs. We will distribute them to dues-paying members who sign up for distribution. It is not too late to sign up but time is running out. We will finalize the distribution list by the end of next week.

Praying mantis are voracious eaters and provide natural insect and pest control. We intend on delivering the eggs at the end of May. Watch for them around the neighborhood in June and July!

Grad Ads in The Sounds

Do you have a graduate in your home this year? Would you like to honor them by including them in our neighborhood paper? You can do this by making a donation for $37 here.  You will also need to email one or two photos of your graduate to [email protected]You can also feature your pet for just $12.

Summer Camp at TLE Sauganash

Our friends at TLE Sauganash are now accepting students for their summer camp program. This may be a great fit for some families because they are right in our neighborhood. They accept all children from 6 weeks to 8 years of age. Contact them today!

Register for Fall Enrollment at Sauganash School

CPS is returning to full-time in-person learning this fall. New students may now register for Fall. All currently attending students will automatically be enrolled, but if you have a child that will be new to Sauganash School or know someone who does, please contact Ms. Vickie.

Summer SPCA Event Update

We are very much looking forward to hosting neighborhood events this summer. We love to bring our community together. We are already planning events for when the city begins issuing permits once again. We hope to see you in person soon.

April 2021 Updates

A Word From Peoples Gas Regarding Streets and Sidewalks

Neighbors have been concerned about the conditions of the streets and the sidewalks in many parts of Sauganash Park. We contacted the Ward Office and they contacted Peoples Gas. Here is the response from Peoples Gas:

“We know there is a lot of restoration work to do and it will be starting soon.

KS hopes to get out to Pulaski & Devon area to begin concrete restoration as early as next week or the following, waiting on some construction work to wrap up.

The plan will likely be to work from North to South, starting on Keystone from Devon to Granville and pick up what is available along Pulaski just east from Devon to Granville as well. From there we would work our way over to Karlov from Granville to Glenlake and finally KS will move one block west to Kedvale from Glenlake to Peterson.

Once the concrete crews get rolling we expect this work to move along quickly. Soft restoration won’t happen until transfers/cutoffs are completed likely in mid-May.”

Praying Mantis Egg Sign-Up Continues

Each spring the SPCA delivers praying mantis eggs to members on our distribution list. These eggs are placed in backyards throughout Sauganash Park and provide natural mosquito control. We have ordered the eggs and plan to distribute soon. If you are an SPCA member and would like us to deliver praying mantis eggs to your home this spring, sign up here.

Earth Day Cleanup Event Scheduled

The SPCA is planning an Earth Day cleanup event on Saturday, April 24th at 9 AM. Neighbors will meet at the underpass by Granville and Lowell. A second group of volunteers will also meet at the same time on Glenlake and Keystone to clean the other trail. The alderman’s office will provide us with additional garbage cans for the event. Let’s hope for great weather!

“Slow Down, Children Playing” Signs Available

Alderman Nugent has “Slow Down, Children Playing” yard signs available to 39th Ward neighbors. If you would like a sign for your yard, you can pick them up at 4200 W. Lawrence Avenue, Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.  You can also request a sign by calling 773.255.4498 or via email at [email protected].

Spring General Meeting for the SPCA

The SPCA holds a General Meeting annually on the third Tuesday of April. We invite all interested community members to attend. Our Spring General Meeting will be held by ZOOM this year on April 20th at 7 PM.

Congressman Mike Quigley from the US House of Representatives will join us. Also Jenise Celestin from Sweedish Hospital will share the latest information about vaccinations for Covid-19. She will also teach us how to get vaccinated.

Here is the link to the meeting:

Meeting ID: 875 1611 0095
Passcode: 744745
Phone: +13126266799

We hope that you can join us!

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