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Uptown's Block Clubs

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Uptown residents are served by a rich network of block clubs. The organizations differ by size and frequency of meetings, but are similar in goals and objectives. They exist as forums where residents come together to address proposed developments and public safety, and also to socialize.

Listed below are general boundaries for Uptown's block clubs and the typical activities and concerns of each.Links are provided if a block club has a website, and an email link. If you are unsure to which Block Club you belong, please email the UCC and we will forward your request to the club's president.

The block clubs are listed geographically, from north to south.

Winona Foster Carmen Winnemac (WFCW) Block Club

Boundaries: Foster to Winnemac, between Clark and Broadway

Organization Information: Active organization for twenty-five years. Meets monthly on the first Tuesday at Methodist Home. Active with CAPS. Concerned with development issues. Sponsors an annual garden walk and occasional garden talks. Also organizes a summer picnic.
For more information please contact Randy Heite: RandyHeite@yahoo.com.

Argyle Winmore Block Club

Boundaries: Foster to Lawrence, between Broadway and Sheridan

Organization Information: Active organization for fifteen years. Meets on an as-needed basis. Active with CAPS. Particularly concerned with Argyle Street public safety issues spilling over into residential areas.
For more information please contact David Farina: djf@crayhuber.com.

Carmen Winona Neighborhood Association

Boundaries: Foster to Argyle, between Sheridan and Marine

Organization Information: Active organization for twenty years. Meets on an as-needed basis. Active with CAPS. Seeking effective way to deal with homeless in the lakefront parks.
For more information please contact Joseph Trendl: joseph@trendl.net.

Margate Park Block Club

Boundaries: Argyle, Margate & Ainslie between Marine Drive and the East side of Sheridan Road

Organization Information: Founded in 1998 by Teresa Frith. Meets every quarter or more often if needed. Active with CAPS. Supports McCutcheon School with various donations throughout the year.
For more information please contact Teresa Frith: teresa@aworldclassconciergeservice.com or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/margateparkblockclub/.

Castlewood Terrace Homeowners' Association

Boundaries: Castlewood Terrace, between Sheridan and Marine

Organization Information: Sponsors Neighborhood Watch that has neighbors working together to discourage gang activity. Effectively organized to provide community input on the sale of Lake Shore Hospital, a psychiatric facility on Marine Drive.
For more information please contact Ed Kuske: eakuske1@comcast.net.

Gunnison Block Club

Boundaries: Gunnison Street, between Sheridan and Marine

Organization Information: Active organization for twenty-five years. Meets on an as-needed basis. Active with CAPS. Effectively organized to provide community input on the sale of Lake Shore Hospital, a psychiatric facility on Marine Drive. Successfully blocked having a day labor agency placed across from a school and the Boys & Girls Club.
For more information please contact Mary Ellen Hanrahan: mhanrahan@gordonhanrahan.com.

Uptown Neighbors Association (NUNA)

Boundaries: Lawrence to Argyle, Clark to Broadway

Organization Information: Meets on a bi-monthly basis. Hosts to a Summer Block Club party and Gardening Club. Focus is on issues of safety, zoning, development, and other quality of life issues.
For more information please contact Mark Paye: uptownneighbors@yahoo.com.

Dover Street Neighbors

Boundaries: Dover Street, between Lawrence and Montrose

Organization Information: Active organization for fifteen years. Meets on an as-needed basis. Active with CAPS, and Chase Park.
For more information please contact Melanie Liss: president@doverstreetneighbors.com.

Magnolia Malden Neighbors Block Club

Boundaries: Malden to Broadway, between Lawrence and Wilson

Organization Information: Active organization for twenty-five years. Meets on an as-needed basis. Organizes a springtime "clean and green," and the annual Sheridan Park yard sale. Concerned with public safety issues, including the high rates of public drinking and drug sales at Clifton & Wilson.
For more information please contact Kathy Cook: kcook@bentleyforbes.com.

Graceland Wilson Neighbors' Association

Boundaries: Malden to Broadway, between Wilson and Montrose

Organization Information: Active organization for six years. Meets on an as-needed basis. Raised funds and helped create memorial garden at Uptown's firehouse at Wilson and Racine.
For more information please contact Max Reising: kathimax@sprynet.com or visit www.gwna.org.

Truman Square Neighbors Block Club

Boundaries: Lawrence to Wilson, between Broadway and Sheridan

Organization Information: Active organization for twenty years, in different formats. Formed initially as a block club, it became a Homeowner's Association for many years, but in 2008 went back to its roots as a Block Club. They are active with CAPS; involved in public safety issues; monitor the local playlot; and have started an annual Block Party. In October 2009, the Chicago Tribune did a front page story highlighting their 14 straight weeks of positive loitering to address gang activity on Sheridan.
For more information please contact Scott Matucha: info@trumansquareneighbors.org.

Lakeside Neighbors Association

Boundaries: Lawrence to Eastwood, between Sheridan and Clarendon

Organization Information: Active organization for twenty years. Meets on an as-needed basis. In the fall of 2008, they planted a Peace Garden on what was formerly a concrete walkway. Deals with many local development issues and various social services agencies and their clients.
For more information please contact Cindi Anderson: cindi_anderson@sbcglobal.net.

Clarendon Park Neighbors

Boundaries: Wilson to Montrose, between Broadway and Lake Shore Drive

Organization Information: Formed in fall, 2003. Active with CAPS and all Public Safety issues. Having series of fund-raisers seeking funding to build a dog park. Sponsors an annual Block Party. Active in all matters concerning the Chicago Park Districtís Clarendon Park.
For more information please contact John Wyman: cpnassoc@gmail.com.

Buena Park Neighbors

Boundaries: Montrose Avenue to the north, Irving Park Road to the south, and east from Graceland Cemetery to Lake Michigan

Organization Information: Active organization for fifteen years. Largest geographic area and membership of any Uptown block club. Active with CAPS. Association is composed of five sub-committees: Business Development; Zoning; Membership; Beautification; and Safety/CAPS. Sponsors Safe Halloween activities, and a holiday season Adopt-A-Family. Deals with many local development issues.
For more information please contact Troy Leight: general@buenaparkneighbors.org.

Beacon Block Club

Boundaries: All of Beacon Street from Montrose to Lawrence

Organization Information: The Beacon Block Club was formed in 2009. Our aim is simple: Encourage residents' interaction, host occasional get-togethers and fun events, create opportunities for community service, and help increase public safety on our block.
To sign up or for more information please visit www.beaconblockclub.com or contact Joe Fogarty: jfogarty@image-base.com or Dustin Fogle: skyboydustin@yahoo.com.


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