CHICAGO — The upstart neighborhood group Jefferson Park Forward padded more than $1,700 onto its budget and raised $520 for Chicago Canine Rescue during its pub crawl over the weekend, the group announced Monday.
Most of the money raised will go toward a series of landscaping and beautification projects for the neighborhood's business district, according to the group's president, Ryan Richter.
Members will expand a flower garden they planted last year in front of the Post Office at 5401 W. Lawrence Ave., with another planned in front of CVS, 4777 N. Milwaukee Ave., Richter said.
"We're looking at acquiring a couple of other sites too, but it's going to take time and money for materials," Richter said before the pub crawl.
Jefferson Park Forward was founded in 2015 after Richter lost a hotly-contested election for president of the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association. With a mission of planning social events and beautification projects while staying clear of political hot buttons, the group surged past 100 members earlier this year.