Who are the Buena Park Neighbors?

Founded in 1997, Buena Park Neighbors is the neighborhood association of more than 200 residents and businesses in Chicago’s 46th ward, with a mission of Improving the quality of life for everyone in Buena Park. The 1988 New York Times article, FOCUS: Chicago; The Last Blight in Buena Park, describes Buena Park’s history, how far it has come, and is a testament to its renewal.

Buena Park – A Community Rich in History

The National Register of Historic Places recognized Buena Park in 1984, graced as we are with sheer beauty, the magnificent George Maher mansions on Hutchinson Street and the former speakeasies of Broadway. This rich history underpins our vibrant community. In 2016, Chicago Magazine listed Buena Park as one of the best places to live in Chicago.

Brennemann Elementary School

Why Buena Park

With Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park directly to the east, we enjoy year-round beauty and access to beaches, a public golf course, paths for running and biking, and a bird sanctuary. Buena Park’s convenient and frequent public transportation makes getting downtown easy.

Buena Park’s diverse housing stock offers something for every taste and a variety of budgets. With a mix of historic mansions, vintage 2 and 3 flats, elegant multi-unit low rises and modern, park facing high-rises, we are confident you can find a home in Buena Park and we welcome you when you get here.

Buena Park Neighbors Executive Team

President – Rosa Haraf
Vice President – Asher Mayerson
Secretary – Jessica Eanes
Treasurer – Alice Leahy
Block Captain – Asher Mayerson
Master Plan & Zoning – Jamie Willet
Beautification – Scott Cummings
Social Media – Jenny Maraccini
Communications – Gene Tenner
Young Professionals – Colleen Fleming
Neighborhood Historian – Christine Kandaras

Buena Park Neighbors Association is a 501-C3

Buena Park Initiatives

Ginko's Organic Gardens

Helping our local community

We publish monthly e-newsletters covering Buena Park Neighbors activities and noteworthy neighborhood news.

We also monitor local developments and host community meetings for discussion and voting, while supporting public safety efforts and participating in the Chicago Police Department’s Community Action Policing Program (CAPS).

Keep Buena Park Beautiful

Each spring and fall, Buena Park Neighbors hosts Clean & Green volunteer neighborhood clean-up events where neighbors come together to make Buena Park shine

Partnering with the 46th Ward

Alderman James Cappleman’s office can be reached here.

Buena Park Young Professionals

Buena Park Neighbors’ Young Professionals creates opportunities for people to meet, build relationships, and lead community service projects. BPN Young Professionals organizes events every two months, including happy hours at local bars, service events at local community organizations, and outings.

Block Captains

Buena Park Neighbors’ Block Captain Program is a block-based volunteer group dedicated to raising awareness about issues in the neighborhood, organizing membership-focused programs on their blocks, and serving as liaisons between the community and Buena Park Neighbors.


Our FAQ page has helpful information on moving to Buena Park and general information on Buena Park Neighbors.