Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce Brings Christmas Cheer to Archer Ave.

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

Thanks once again to everyone at the Garfield Ridge
Chamber of Commerce for bringing some Christmas cheer to Archer Avenue.



The Chamber's annual Snack with Santa and Mrs. Claus

event, held at Mayfield Banquets on Saturday, December 7, was its usual smashing success--with boys and girls stopping by to whisper a few wishes to the Jolly Old Elf, receive a free toy from Santa's helpers, eat a few goodies and enjoy live musical entertainment and a puppet show.


Among those rolling up their sleeves to make the event a reality were Chamber President Mary Ellen Brown and other GRCC officers and members.


Patrick Sterk,  Mary Ellen Brown, Tala Morales, Geno Randazzo and Ed Kozak.

Past President Mary Ann Dybala, the driving force behind the cheerful event since it was founded more than 35 years ago, also was on hand to serve goodies and greet moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas. She noted that about a thousand children were expected to attend the popular celebration. Easy to understand, since the line wound through the Mayfield and even went out the door into the parking lot for at least the first hour.

Among other things, the annual event was a reminder that
Garfield Ridge is home to many public-spirited business owners who care about the well-being of the neighborhood.

Let's return the favor by shopping at Chamber members' stores and other businesses, using their professional services, and so forth. 

Visit http://garfieldridgecc.com/directory for a list of Chamber members.

Shop local, shop smart!

Here are a few photos we took with local children and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy!






































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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Garfield Ridge Celebrates the Season

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

Thanks to everyone at the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, as well as the Chicago Park District, the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce, All Exterior Contractors, the Garfield Ridge Civic League and other co-sponsors, for pulling together a Christmas tree-lighting event at Wentworth Park on Saturday, December 7.

Folks certainly enjoyed taking photos of the little ones by the Christmas tree.


Plus visits with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Frosty the Snowman, and family after family lacing up skates and enjoying Wentworth Park's ice skating rink. A musical touch was added by talented vocalist Emily Montelano. Kids seemed to especially enjoy the petting zoo sponsored by All Exterior Contractors.

A tip of our cap, as well, to the hard-working volunteers at the former GRREAT (Garfield Ridge Retail, Entertainment and Amusement Team) for getting this annual event founded several years ago and running smoothly. We'll always remember that you got the ball rolling.

Police were on hand, as usual, and received their share of smiles, back pats and well wishes--no surprise at all in a pro-law enforcement neighborhood like Garfield Ridge.

But why, you might ask, is a crime-prevention group running a Christmas celebration? What does that have to do with fighting crime?

Plenty, is the answer, at least indirectly. The more that the good people of Garfield Ridge get off their keyboards, out of the house, onto the streets and into our local parks, the more likely they will crowd out the bad guys and--just by their presence--make our parks safer and better. GRNW knows that, which is why they are into community improvement activities, as well as patrolling our streets and alleys.

Here are a few photos (most shot by the Southwest Chicago Post), in no particular order. (We were there before Santa arrived. If you have photos you'd like to share with us, please email to editor@swchicagopost.com.

Lots of Christmas-season family fun in one of Chicago's very best neighborhoods!

Well done, GRNW!







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...and Santa arrives. Cellphone video courtesy of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch.












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