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News (updated 7/16/14):
  • The Block Club currently has only one officer, Adrienne Kostreva, President.  If you live within the Block Club boundaries and are interested in serving the neighborhood through the Block Club, email Adrienne or
  • The Midnight Circus will return to Margate Park on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12.
  • The alderman announces plans for the new storage building on the site of the former laundromat.
  • Neighborhood meeting held at New Admiral on March 4 regarding Mariano's request for liquor license.
  • Vacant laundromat at 5030 N. Sheridan demolished to make room for a possible self-storage facility.
  • Dominick's store on the corner of Foster and Sheridan will be converted to a Mariano's store in early 2014.
  • The vacant lot north of the Dominick's store on Foster and Sheridan was sold to the Cycle and Saddle Club.
  • Our Alderman comments on Dominick's stores closing in our ward. Read more.
  • Midnight Circus performed at Margate Park on Oct. 19 & 20 as a fundraiser for Margate and other parks.
  • There was a meeting on July 10 at Margate Park about the noise from the Montrose Beach music festival
  • Somerset Place renovation restarted May 6 after stoppage by state due to removal of asbestos.  Read  more.
  • CTA agrees to remove the new bus stops and restore the lost parking spaces on Marine.
  • Block Club opposes proposed new bus stops on Marine Dr. at Foster.  Read more.
  • Community Meeting on January 9, at 6:30 PM at Margate Park regarding proposed Somerset development.
  • Our Alderman has issued an email with 2012 highlights for the 48th Ward.  Read it here.
  • Block Club meeting on Somerset development on Nov. 15 at 6:30 PM.  Margate Park Fieldhouse.
  • News about the Somerset development from Alderman on Oct. 24, 2012.  Read more.
  • New larger and more visible street signs installed on the corner of Foster and Marine Dr. in Sept. 2012
  • Expansion of McDonald's restaurant on Sheridan and Foster begins around end of October 2012.
  • The Argyle "EL" station then Berwyn will close during renovations beginning Aug. 25.  Read  more.
  • The Margate Park playground was renamed the "Bill Hersh Playground."  Read more.
  • The Block Club is now on Facebook.  You can also follow us on Twitter.
  • The 48th Ward summer schedule was published by the alderman's office.
  • The Alderman hosted a meeting of block club leaders on May 29.  Click here to read summary.
  • The Alderman has published a report of first-year accomplishments in the 48th ward.
  • Announcements (updated 2/6/12):
    • 48th Ward "Master Plan" Meetings announced by Ald. Osterman.
    • Thursday, February 16, at 7:00 PM, CAPS (community policing) meeting at Margate Park.

The Carmen-Winona Block Club is an informal organization of neighborhood citizens who meet to discuss and act upon local concerns. By joining together, local people gain effective representation at the ward level. Our Alderman is Harry Osterman.


The Block Club takes a proactive interest in local affairs. It sends a representative to the Alderman's 48th Ward Zoning and Planning Committee meetings to participate and to report on the news. It attends community programs such as the Beat 2024 meetings. It is engaged in the work of the Margate Park Advisory Council, whose efforts resulted (among other things) in the creation of a new play lot. It coordinates closely with a major development project in the club boundaries: the construction of a new Admiral building at the site of the old. During the summer of 2003 it formed a Garden Club to work on public plots, including a new native plants perennial garden at the old site of the Margate Park play lot. It cooperates with other block clubs in the larger neighborhood.

Each summer the club organizes a neighborhood rummage/garage sale in order to raise money for club activities.


The geographical area of the Carmen-Winona Block Club is bounded by the south side of Foster, the north side of Argyle, the west side of Marine, and the east side of Sheridan.


There is no charge to belong to the Block Club. In order to join, simply come to a meeting or click on the "Contact Us" link. Meetings are held quarterly, or as local events dictate. See "Calendar" for dates.

Volunteer Officers:

  • Adrienne Kostreva (President)
  • Vacant (Vice-President)
  • Vacant (Treasurer)
  • Vacant (Secretary)
  • Ned Read (Garden Club Coordinator)