Neighborhood Links

A variety of community organizations and several elected officials regularly distribute news about their organization, work in the community and other important community issues.  Brief descriptions of these organizations as well as links to the organizations or elected officials websites are below.

Community Organizations:

Edgewater Community Council:
The Edgewater Community Council (ECC) was founded in 1960 and worked closely with block clubs, the business community, elected officials, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations and our fellow neighbors to improve and advance the quality of life in Edgewater.

Edgewater Development Corporation:
The Edgewater Development Corporation (EDC) is a local non-profit, community-based organization with the mission to redevelop the commercial resources of Edgewater to better serve the entire Edgewater community.

Edgewater Chamber of Commerce:
The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce provides an active, comprehensive program including business recruitment, maintenance and improvement, marketing, education and community services.

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce:
The Chamber's mission is to support and strengthen the uniqueness and vitality of the Andersonville business community. As one of the few urban neighborhoods in Chicago where small businesses predominate and thrive, Andersonville is a rare and exceptional place.

Andersonville Development Corporation:
The mission of the Andersonville Development Corporation (ADC) is to foster sustainable community and economic development in the Andersonville commercial district.


Eco-Andersonville is an environmental initiative that promotes and encourages sustainability- environmental, economic and social- that enhances the unique urban character and local commercial vitality of Andersonville.

Care for Real:

Care for Real is Edgewater’s food and clothing pantry. It was established in 1970 to provide emergency help to victims of fires in “Arson Alley,” the Kenmore-Winthrop corridor between Foster and Devon. What was established as a short-term service continues to act as a safety net to those in need. It does so through on-site food distribution, deliveries to the homebound, a free clothes closet and a case-management program to help clients connect with other services and employment opportunities.

Elected Officials:

United States Senator Richard Durbin

United States Senator Mark Kirk

United States Representative Jan Schakowsky

7th District - Illinois State Senator Heather Steans

14th District - Illinois State Representative Kelly Cassidy

48th Ward - Alderman Harry Osterman (also publishes a weekly e-newsletter)

Please feel free to e-mail the EPIC Block Club with any questions you might have. 

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