Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it named Bickerdike?

When early developers were laying claim to areas of land in the 1800’s, a man by the name of George Bickerdike laid claim to a large area of WestTownship.  The founders of Bickerdike named our organization after George Bickerdike with the idea that we would be engaged in the redevelopment of this area.  There is a subdivision in the area and a small park at 1461 W. Ohio named after George Bickerdike.

Why does Bickerdike need members?

Bickerdike is a community-based organization and relies on its members to be involved in and guide our work.  Member involvement is vital to our continued success and our ability to respond to community needs.

How much does membership cost?

Membership is divided into three categories:

  • Individuals who live or work in our Target Area.* ($3 per year or $7 for three years)
  • Organizations who have their principal place of business in our Target Area*. ($10 per year or $25 for three years)
  • Any individual or organization outside our Target Area.  This category does not have voting privileges. ($15 per year)

Our target area* is bounded by Cicero to the West, Belmont to the North, Clybourn to the East continuing to Ashland south to the Kennedy Expressway, and Kinzie to the South.

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Notification of waiting list openings for Bickerdike apartments or homes
  • An invitation to Bickerdike’s Annual Membership Meeting
  • Strong relationship development with fellow residents and community members
  • A forum to voice your opinions about development and other issues in the area
  • Informative updates through a Newsletter regarding important Bickerdike and community issues
  • The opportunity to build leadership skills by participating on Bickerdike’s various committees
  • Eligibility to vote on resolutions regarding Bickerdike’s direction
  • Eligibility to nominate, vote on and run for Bickerdike’s Board of Directors

Where does my membership fee go?

Your membership fee goes toward helping to cover the costs of Bickerdike’s work.  It also helps fund the Annual Membership Meeting.

When is the membership meeting?

Each December, we host our Annual Membership Meeting.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 1. Bickerdike members are also invited to events such as open houses, groundbreakings and other special events.

When will I get my first mailing?

It depends on what activities are going on with Bickerdike.  After you return your membership application and fee and your membership is approved by the Board of Directors, we will begin to send you information on all of our programs and initiatives, as well as our newsletter.   

Does membership mean I’m automatically on the waiting lists?

Membership does not place you on Bickerdike’s waiting lists automatically.  However, Bickerdike members are ALWAYS notified FIRST when waiting lists do open. You can click here to learn more about how to become a resident.  

Get involved.  We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will take advantage of the many committee activities and forums in which to voice your opinions and work toward building a better community.

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation 
2550 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

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