2021 WRCO Annual Meeting

Save the Date! The WRCO annual meeting is scheduled for 7PM on Thursday, August 12 at Devon Bank (6445 N. Western Avenue, lower level Conference Center). We look forward to seeing you so mark your calendars and plan to attend.  Details to come soon!

Let's Get Vaccinated!


Examining the City data from the Health and Human Services Department, our community (zip codes 60645 and 60659) is getting vaccinated at rates close to the state figures: 36% have completed their vaccinations and have full coverage and 47.7%  are partially vaccinated, having received at least one dose.
If you've been vaccinated, please encourage your family members, friends and neighbors to also get vaccinated.  Let's work together to make our community a safe place to shop, live and enjoy.

Visit this City of Chicago website which lists vaccination locations and details.

Trader Joe's Update


WRCO and the West Ridge Chamber are continuing in their efforts to open a Trader Joe's in West Ridge.  After reaching out to the corporation several times with no response, we approached Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.  Fortunately, she was able to speak with a development person in the region and gain their attention.  At this time, we have submitted an application to them for a store including our petition with close to 1500 signatures and positive comments from over 400 residents, along with support letters from Ald. Silverstein and State Rep. Denyse Stoneback.  Given the strong neighborhood support, it is our understanding that West Ridge will be included in next year's real estate strategy planning. 
Let's continue to collect more signatures on the petition so Trader Joe's knows our community wants and will support a store. While we have almost 1,500 signatures, let's aim to reach 2,000! Here's the link to the petition - if you've already signed please ask your neighbors to sign

Help Save the High Ridge YMCA


The Metro Y has decided to permanently close the High Ridge Y on January 22, 2021 despite little notice and no community input.  A campaign to save the Y, started by a group of community residents, has collected over 800 signatures on a letter and hosted a virtual community meeting with 200 attendees on Sunday, January 10.  Although they asked the Y to have representatives in that meeting, the Y declined their request.  Next steps include a rally on Sunday, January 17 from 1-3PM and emails to the Y leadership and Board.  The Y has been a resource and asset to the West Ridge community for over 70 years, serving all ages and all groups.  Join in the efforts to SAVE THE HIGH RIDGE Y!

View interviews with community members as they discuss the importance of the High Ridge Y in their lives. Videos produced by West Ridge Artist Mirko Popadic.



On Sunday, January 17th, we will rally outside the High Ridge Y (at the N/W corner of Western and Touhy) from 1-3 pm.  Bring a sign to tell the world what the High Ridge Y means to you!  

Make sure the YMCA leadership cannot ignore your voice! Please send an email to each person listed below, which includes YMCA of Metro Chicago leadership and the managing Board of Directors. Here's a sample letter:
Subject line: Please Save the High Ridge YMCA!
Dear Mr. Hayes, I request that the YMCA of Metro Chicago meet with High Ridge YMCA members and supporters to create a plan for Saving the High Ridge YMCA. Together we can find a solution to Save the High Ridge YMCA

Email your message to:
YMCA of Metro Chicago Association Leadership:
James H. Hayes Interim President and CEO: jhayes@ymcachicago.org
Cherese Ledet Vice President of Operations: cledet@ymcachicago.org
Man-Yee Lee Communications Director: mlee@ymcachicago.org

YMCA of Metro Chicago Board of Managers:
Sharon Fairley Chairperson: fairleys@uchicago.edu
Stanley Nitzberg Vice Chairperson: SNitzberg@midamericagrp.com
Joseph Tilson Co-Chair: jtilson@cozen.com
Larry Hund Treasurer: larryhund@aol.com
Bridget O'Neill Secretary: O'NEILL@sidley.com

YMCA of the USA Leadership
Kevin Washington President and CEO, YMCA of the USA: kwashington@ymca.net


Updates: Fair Tax Amendment Meeting Video + CoVid Creations deadline change

If you were unable to attend the virtual meeting on October 1 featuring Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. you can view the recording here. Passcode is: M$33BU.z
The deadline for West Ridge Artist's CoVid Creations call has been changed to rolling. Visit the WRA website for more information.

Help Bring Trader Joe's to West Ridge


We know West Ridge residents have been buzzing about opening a Trader Joe's in our community for ages. Now, the West Ridge Chamber and WRCO are teaming up to pursue this goal! Please sign the petition below and share this with friends and neighbors.  If you're already signed, kindly pass it on via your contacts and social media.


Fair Tax Amendment

When you vote this fall. you have the opportunity to vote on the Illinois Fair Tax Amendment.  Maybe you've seen recent TV ads and wonder if they are accurate.  What is the Fair Tax Amendment?  How will it affect you?  Join us via ZOOM on Thursday, October 1 at 7PM for a presentation by Ralph Martire from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

If you have never used ZOOM, it's easy. Just click on this URL to join the meeting from your computer, tablet or phone. When prompted, download the Zoom installation, which is free. Then click on Open Zoom Meetings to go to the meeting. Enter this passcode to join: 807907
The meeting ID is: 83683042427

During the presentation, if you have questions you can raise them by clicking on Chat and a window will appear for you to type your message.

You do not need to register for a Zoom account to attend. Here is a short instructional video.

Plan to attend this very informative meeting and share the invite with other friends and neighbors!