Monday, July 27, 2009

Beacon Street Unite!

We have received several emails from readers on Beacon Street who wonder why they have no active block club and are wondering what they can do to change that. The former "Beacon Neighbors" block club was headed by Rae Mindock, whose name might be familiar to our readers. To avoid any confusion with that now defunct block club, we suggest using a name like "Beacon Street Block Club." If you live on Beacon and want to help restart your block club, please email the Uptown Chicago Commission at and they can assist those interested. Now is NOT the time for any area of Uptown to be without a block club. Feel free to discuss the formation of a block club in the comments section.

Update: For those residents on Beacon Street between Montrose and Wilson, you are part of the Graceland-Wilson Neighbors Block Club, more info on the block club can be found here.
For those of you on Beacon between Wilson and Lawrence, UCC needs to hear from you, because as of now, you have no block club.


  1. Beacon street is actually part of the Graceland/Wilson Neighbors Assoc.

    GWNA recently held a block club party and is actively working to create a new board of directors to address community issues.

    Residents who want to be added to the GWNA email list can send an email to Membership drive will take place soon.

  2. What about the stretch from Wilson to Lawrence?

  3. Is there an active block club for Lakeside Place? Uptown Chicago Commission lists Lake Side Area Neighbors' Association as a group, but I haven't been able to get a hold of anyone.

  4. Here's a list of block club contacts from the UCC website:

    Some people on both sides of Beacon Street have contacted UCC about forming a block club. Sounds like there might be others now as well, especially after the disappointing incident involving an upzoning that occurred on Beacon earlier this summer.

    The residents on Beacon just south of Wilson were informed last year that they are within the boundaries of Graceland/Wilson and it was an option to stay with them if they so chose. UCC would be happy to help people on Beacon connect with one another and make whatever decision works best for them. Katharine has been good about reaching out to this group as well, so the good news is that there are different options out there.