Welcome to Chestnut Hill (PA)

We proudly serve 10,000+ area residents and the thousands more who visit Philadelphia's "Garden District."

The Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA) is a membership organization and serves as a public forum for the residents and stakeholders of Chestnut Hill. This is the association through which community policy is discussed, and is the voice of the community to the city of Philadelphia regarding development, land use planning, and zoning issues. We also hold many cultural events throughout the year that bring residents together and opportunities to experience the charms of our community. 

The CHCA is dedicated to improving the quality of life and encouraging a sense of community in Chestnut Hill.

8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118
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Annual Appeal and the CHCA in 2023:

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The CHCA was founded in 1948 with the mission to enrich the quality of life for people who live, work, and visit Chestnut Hill.  The CHCA’s efforts were enhanced in 1958 when the Chestnut Hill Local newspaper emerged as a community forum. Today The Local is a well-respected and indispensable resource for the community at large. Together the CHCA and The Local have provided over a combined 125 years of dedicated service to our community.  We ask you to join us in celebrating a strong and sustaining Chestnut Hill spirit by giving generously to this Appeal’s $200,000 goal to benefit both the CHCA and The Local.

- Kathi Clayton President of the CHCA Board of Directors

May we please count on you to make a gift to the Chestnut Hill Community Association that will impact both organizations?

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A growth agenda for CHCA in 2023


by Anne McNiff, Executive Director, and Kathi Clayton, President, Board of Directors

As the new year begins, the Chestnut Hill Community Association staff and its Board of Directors will continue to promote social connections and community spirit through our activities and programs. We remain committed to working with fellow civic and Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) to ensure that development in Chestnut Hill takes place in a thoughtful and forward-thinking way.

We plan to accomplish this through a series of activities in this upcoming year. Below is a brief outline of what we hope to accomplish in 2023.

Have a successful 2022/2023 annual appeal

Our annual appeal funds much of our operating costs and community programs. This year we hope to raise $200,000. This robust and very necessary goal will not only fund beloved events in the community, it will also provide the Chestnut Hill Local with funds to purchase much needed computer equipment and software.

Bring back much missed events and add new ones

The CHCA is committed to bringing back popular community events, such as the Holiday House Tour, which were put on hiatus during the pandemic. 

Read the rest of this article in The Local... 

Meet the CHCA Board and Explore the CHCA's work in the Community

Article Excerpt:

CHCA president Kathi Clayton said it seems as though all the neighborhood work and effort that went into fighting that project was worth it. "I am so pleased we all supported each other in this effort, and that we share a win!" she said. 

CHCA executive director Anne McNiff, who argued in December that the size of the proposed building would be detrimental to that area of the neighborhood, which is a gateway to Chestnut Hill, said on Thursday that she is thrilled.

On behalf of the community, the CHCA is very pleased with the outcome of the appeal and appreciative of all the hard work and diligent research that went in making our case, McNiff said in a statement to the Local.

CHCA Membership Benefits

Subscription to the Chestnut Hill Local newspaper
- A weekly subscription to the Chestnut Hill Local newspaper, which covers all the local news that is important to CH residents. 

The Passport to the Chestnut Hill Experience

- A booklet containing over $1000 in free items and discounts at nearly 70 local stores, restaurants, and businesses.

Members Only Events

- Access to members only curated events like lectures, concerts, bird watching, dinners with live music, and classes. 

Monthly E-newsletter

- A monthly e-newsletter right to your inbox highlighting current events, timely resources, upcoming meetings, and more. 

Discount to CHCA Events

- Members also receive a discount to CHCA events (past events include the Black & White Gala, Holiday House Tour, Hoops Madness Basketball Tournament, and the Great Houses Tour (held in partnership with the Chestnut Hill Conservancy.)

Additional 10% Discount

- Members can show their CHCA membership card when they are shopping on the hill and save 10% at over 40 local businesses.

Opportunity to vote in CHCA elections. 

-Elections for Chestnut Hill Board of Directors are held annually in June.

Eligibility to sign up for a plot at the Morris Arboretum Community Garden.

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Learn more about our work:


Engaging community events like Pastorius Park Concert, Movies Under the Stars, Black & White Gala, Holiday House Tour, Hoops Madness Basketball Tournament, and more.
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We advocate for Chestnut Hill. Find information on zoning, meeting schedules, forms, and resident resources.
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We are a volunteer organization supported by a small dedicated staff. Learn about volunteer opportunities, and meet our Board of Directors and staff.
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Trick or Treats - Halloween in Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill, "Philadelphia's Garden District", is graced with parks of every size and use. Learn more about our parks: