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Updated 29 hours ago

  • My guess is the re development of the rest of the CMD might not be far off, and the what ends up being done with the old Finkle steel site might be used as a precedent for re zoning. (even thought the land here is not nearly as desirable to developers)

  • Justin K. McKinley Parker since 2008, south sider since 1998

    The big push-pull, I think, is whether this goes toward residential development, or stays business/commercial (and thus brings jobs back to this area).

2 days ago

Archer and Kedzie

Anyone know what is going up at the sight of the old White Castle at Archer and Kedzie? I saw construction starting this morning.

3 days ago

    McKinley Park News - Development Council Launches McKinley Park Initiatives at First Meeting
    The McKinley Park Development Council presented itself to the public at its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, January 17, launching a set of initiatives to benefit the McKinley Park neighborhood. Foremost among these is building a neighborhood development plan as part of the council's acceptance into the Local Technical Assistance program of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
    https://mckinleypark.news

4 days ago

    McKinley Park News - Street Art Glitters in the Crumbling Halls of the Candy King
    The abandoned Wrigley gum factory squats at the southeast corner of 35th Street and Ashland Avenue like a mouldering ruin. The site, a testament to corporate betrayal and official corruption, has been shuttered since 2006 and remains the biggest source of blight in the McKinley Park neighborhood.
    https://mckinleypark.news

4 days ago

5 days ago

Volunteer English (ESL) Literacy Tutors Needed!

Help adults learn English at Aquinas Literacy Center!
Volunteer as a one-on-one tutor for just 90 minutes a week at 1751 West 35th Street on the southwest side of Chicago. All tutoring is in English, so you don't have to speak another language to volunteer. Volunteer tutoring opportunities are 9am-8pm, Monday-Thursday.
Join us for our next tutor training workshop: Friday, January 26 (6pm to 9pm) and Saturday, January 27 (9am to 4pm). Attendance on both days is required to begin as a tutor. Please register in advance. For more information, please contact Sabrina at sabrina@aquinasliteracycenter.org or (773) 927-0512. Aquinas Literacy Center is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

5 days ago

    McKinley Park News - Youth Substance Abuse Program Building Coalition for McKinley Park
    The Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) is spearheading a program to reduce youth alcohol and marijuana use in the McKinley Park neighborhood. Its McKinley Park Underage Drinking and Other Substances Prevention Coalition (McK-UDOS) looks to bring together community organizations with resources to enable education, awareness and advocacy on teen substance abuse.
    https://mckinleypark.news

Jan 12

Updated 6 days ago

Home prices are rising in the neighborhood

  • Bruce Brighton Park

    Would I want to live in the city again? No thanks.

  • Lou

    Fortunately for me and the other home owners in the area, there seems to be more people who think living in the city is a good idea. Have fun living in the burbs.

  • I wonder if it'll push west into Brighton Park.

    Anybody know who's buying up the single-family homes just north of Archer & Western on Western? Can't find these listed anywhere. Wonder what the sales price is.

6 days ago

    McKinley Park News - Civic Engagement, Kids Fun and More Lined Up This Week in McKinley Park
    The week ahead in McKinley Park promises great opportunities for civic engagement, fun kids and family activities, and ways to keep your New Year's resolutions to get fit. Kids fun this week centers around our excellent library, with events like LEGO at the Library, 4:30 p.m.
    https://mckinleypark.news

6 days ago

Jan 11

Updated Jan 12

Cleaning person

Im looking for a cleaning person. I pay $15 per hour. I live on 18th st. Near harrison park. I have a small 1 bedroom.

  • Hi Marla - You can call my room mate Kris. She is interested and we live in the area -- CERMAK & PAULINA. 773-562-9365. I am a slob and she keeps up with my mess so she is pretty good.

Jan 11

    Neighborhood News
    The January 10 meeting for Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program presented introductions of new CAPS personnel, as well as a summary of neighborhood crime reports and strategies for neighbors to work together to fight crime.
    https://mckinleypark.news

Jan 10

    McKinley Park News - McKinley Park Advisory Council Plots Dog Park Development, 2018 Programs
    The McKinley Park Advisory Council and its Dog Park Committee solidified plans for 2018 at its January 8 meeting at the McKinley Park fieldhouse. Notably, development of the dog park project continues to move forward, with the committee receiving the latest site plans and a detailed breakdown of costs from the Chicago Park District.
    https://mckinleypark.news

Jan 09

    McKinley Park News - Velma Thomas Principal Promoted to CPS Leadership Program
    Mary Kay Richardson, principal of the Velma Thomas Early Childoood Center at 3625 S. Hoyne Ave., has joined the ranks of leading Chicago Public Schools (CPS) principals by entering the Independent Schools Principals progam. This program rewards high-performing CPS principals with more autonomy and networks top educators together to share best practices and further develop professional skills.
    https://mckinleypark.news

Jan 09

Jan 08

    McKinley Park News - Civic Association Sets 2018 Plans and Educator Awardees
    The McKinley Park Civic Association set plans for 2018 at its Jan. 3 meeting, including the upcoming annual banquet on March 4 featuring top local educators and community leaders, the 2018 Memorial Day Parade and the 2018 Omega Delta Baseball season.
    https://mckinleypark.news

Jan 06

Aug 11 2016

Updated Jan 05

Obnoxious Loudness in Pilsen

How can people in certain parts of Pilsen tolerate Banda music and drunkeness in the middle of the night? How? The is a total lack of regard for people who have wake up early. Moreover, if you call the police, you become a target for their animosity. Does anyone know how to silence these folks without becoming a target?

  • Ringo712 Block Captain

    I live in La Villita so it's the same if not more so. It comes with the territory for living around Mexican Immigrants. It's a different way of life you need to get used to if you want to live Amongst different cultures

  • I've been here 6 years..a transplanted South Chicagoan.. Its a shame gentrification has softened peoples ears.. There are bigger fish to fry..but keep complaining about Banda music.. The assault rifles down Cermak Road during school hours bring perspective..

Jan 04

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Visit Crain's Chicago Business for complete business news and analysis including healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, government, sports and more.
    https://home.chicagobusiness.com

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INTERIOR RENOVATION AND 2ND FLOOR ADDITION TO EXISTING 1 STORY, I_C BUILDING FOR A NEW DAY CARE CENTER AND 1DU APARTMENT W/DETACHED 1 STORY, 2 CAR GARAGE AS PER PLANS.

    2239 W. 35th St. Issued December 26, 2017 Comment

Dec 27

Subway on archer???

Does anyone know when Subway is opening near Archer and Pershing?

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Dec 13

find myself a city (1001 Afternoons in Chicago) posted 1 photo to Flickr:

Dec 13

Dec 11

Updated Dec 12

Save Ace Technical Charter High School

ACE Tech is outperforming three closest community schools, so why is CPS threatening to shut this school down?

Ace Technical Charter High School located at 5410 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60609 is the only charter in Chicago charged with preparing students for lucrative careers in the trades. Architecture, Construction and Engineering.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    CPS appointed board of directors is planning to close ACE Tech, because the school has been effective in preparing African American youth to become gainfully employed in Chicago's construction trades and racist construction trades unions....Where blacks in represent only 1.2 % of securing construction trade contracts in Chicago!

Dec 12

Police: Man Hit, Killed By Orange Line Train In McKinley Park

The northbound Orange Line train hit the man about 1:25 a.m. at the 35th/Archer station, 3528 S. Leavitt St., according to CTA spokesman Brian Steele and Chicago Police.

    Police: Man Hit, Killed By Orange Line Train In McKinley Park
    CHICAGO (CBS) - A CTA Orange Line train fatally struck a man early Tuesday at the Archer station in the South Side McKinley Park neighborhood, police said. The northbound Orange Line train hit the man about 1:25 a.m. at the 35th/Archer station, 3528 S. Leavitt St., according to CTA spokesman Brian Steele and Chicago Police.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

Dec 12

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Oct 08

Updated Dec 05

Alley light not fixed as of June 2017 despite calling 311 3x and requesting service on-line 2x

I pay hefty Chicago/Cook County taxes and every year they increase-and yet, I can't get the city to fix the alley light. Twice I have seen it reported on-line with the status "closed". When I call 311 to complain they don't want to hear anything other than the address and click-they disconnect. Is this the norm? Does it usually take this long? Let's face it, our neighborhood is no longer safe and a dark alley is asking for trouble.

  • I am inclined to believe that the complaint may not be real and is using the platform to create conversation. Provide an address for the light that is out. I'll personally do my best to contact the city and make them aware of the issue and have it repaired. I...

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    I am inclined to believe that the complaint may not be real and is using the platform to create conversation. Provide an address for the light that is out. I'll personally do my best to contact the city and make them aware of the issue and have it repaired. I like to help whenever I can. I have lived in Chicago 35 years and have seen the good and bad. Our city is not perfect but with a little push to our reps, we have to help ourselves to get things done.

  • R Brighton Park

    Dude really!? My complaint on this forum was based on the fact I went through the proper channels several times and nothing was done. I asked for suggestions. The fact that your butthurt because I didn’t give you my address, doesn’t give you a right to negate or even question...

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    Dude really!? My complaint on this forum was based on the fact I went through the proper channels several times and nothing was done. I asked for suggestions. The fact that your butthurt because I didn’t give you my address, doesn’t give you a right to negate or even question my use of this forum. Get over yourself-YOU are not employed by the City of Chicago nor do you represent the City of Chicago. No one has to answer to you in order to add credibility to their concerns. Initially, what I thought was a nice gesture on your part, now has me wondering. No thanks-after your BS comment, stay clear of the area I live in.

Nov 16

Updated Dec 02

McKinley Park curious

Hello all, I'm considering purchasing a home in McKinley park. The neighborhood has great transportation to the Loop (where I work) and the overall aesthetic is quaint and pleasant. However, I'm concerned about crime and the many foreclosures throughout. The property that I like is priced on the very high spectrum of the median price. So the possibility of neighborhood depreciation is also top of mind. Are any residents here able to share their thoughts addressing my concerns? I'd love to here perspective from an actual resident. Thanks so much!

  • Keep an eye on 35th in the coming years, I bet new businesses will (slowly) start popping up. Like in Bridgeport, a little more every year.

  • Justin K. McKinley Parker since 2008, south sider since 1998

    We bought here in 2008 and are glad we did. McKinley Park has way lower crime than every adjacent neighborhood (including Bridgeport). It's at the geographic center of Chicago. The park is great. And there's a growing level of civic commitment and involvement throughout the neighborhood. McKinley Park has also had the shortest time on the market for home sales.

Nov 29

Updated Dec 02

Stop your whining.

I feel happy and proud when i see filming in the hood. It can be a slight temporary inconvenience. Shameless is a fabulous show that shines a light on a different way of life.

  • pbsene Local Business Owner, Tired American

    Right on! It creates way more jobs than just the overpaid actors - I have a good friend whose kids are both working behind the scenes on this show.

  • Pilsen/Heart of Chicago area have been part of movie & tv productions for decades. A few people that recently moved into area whine about many things that are not the real issues and concerns that actually effect our lives. The arts in general have thrived over the last few decades in our community, they add a great benefit to our community, and lives.

  • A rare shoot in a neighborhood is one thing. Having a particular part of the neighborhood that is a popular industrial movie set is another. The people who live there get absolutely steamrolled...

    For example, the intersection of Blue Island and 18th is one of those places. There have been...

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    A rare shoot in a neighborhood is one thing. Having a particular part of the neighborhood that is a popular industrial movie set is another. The people who live there get absolutely steamrolled...

    For example, the intersection of Blue Island and 18th is one of those places. There have been multiple shows (too many to count) and over 5 movie shoots there this past year. Each time this happens, the production companies take over entire blocks in the neighborhoods (off set) for their personal parking, trailer parking, and truck parking. Then, adding insult to injury (after kicking all the residents out) they don't even use all of the space.

    This would be a lot better if the Chicago Film Office actually did a service for the people of our City! They are only chartered to roll the red carpet out for outsiders and only have staff to rubber stamp applications given to them by Hollywood. (I confirmed this in multiple calls.) They do not limit shoots at particular locations, make sure the closed space is actually being used, or move the ancillary parking around from shoot-to-shoot. (So the same blocks keep getting hit for parking and catering.) When it rains and shoots are canceled, the "No Parking" zones stay up (even when the streets are empty) and the residents still get ticketed.

Nov 11

Updated Dec 01

33rd and damen lot

Anyone know what is happening with the lot on 33rd and Damen? The trucks are gone.

  • Tyler Peterson Area Man

    I'd like to know too. Hoping it's not something that ties up traffic even more in that intersection. Is there a way to find out through the city what is planned there?

  • I heard from "NextDoor" that:

    Samantha Hertel, McKinley Park·4d ago
    Yes, I went to the alderman's office and asked the same thing just the other day! It turns out that the Marano Company is expanding their distribution center. They currently have one by Ashland and the Stevenson so they are building a new one at 33rd and Damen.

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