8 hours ago

    Neighborhood News
    This week in McKinley Park, join the McKinley Park Development Council on Wednesday night for social networking and fun at Razzmatazz, find kids and family fun at the library and get assistance from the ward office. These events are more are going on for the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.

2 days ago

TV series Chicago PD filming in Brighton Park

On Monday March 19, Filming will take place at the former Metropolitan Bank at Archer & California. No parking on the surrounding streets starting Sunday night March 18 at 8pm.

3 days ago

    McKinley Park News - Marcos Raya Moves to McKinley Park
    Renowned Chicago artist Marcos Raya has relocated his estudio to McKinley Park after decades of working from the Pilsen neighborhood. Raya, who is well-known for his visual art, his murals in Pilsen and his longtime art and activism, said rising prices were a key consideration for making the move.

4 days ago

    Neighborhood News
    The Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meeting for Beat 912 on Wednesday, March 14, featured new Chicago Police Department 9th District Commander Randall Darlin, who introduced himself, outlined future policing strategies for the neighborhood and touched on recent crime incidents, including the robbery and shooting the afternoon of Tuesday, March 12, at West 36th Street and South Winchester Avenue.

5 days ago

    McKinley Park News - McKinley Park Advisory Council Re-elects Officers for 2018 Season
    The McKinley Park Advisory Council, the citizen-run stewardship and advocacy organization for McKinley Park, re-elected its incumbent slate of volunteer officers at its monthly meeting on Monday, March 12.

6 days ago

    McKinley Park News - Civic Association Plots Spring Plans, Development Inquiries
    The March 7, 2018, meeting of the McKinley Park Civic Association touched on the past banquet and the upcoming Memorial Day parade.

Mar 12

    McKinley Park News - Community Groups, Senior Activities, Dining and Punk Rock Lined Up for McKinley Park
    This week in McKinley Park, Dine and Discuss at Aquinas, catch punk rock at One City Tap, hit advisory council and CAPS meetings, enjoy senior activities, connect with Local School Councils, and more in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Mar 09

    McKinley Park News - Namaste Student Beni Cwiakala Competing on MasterChef Junior
    Namaste Charter School fifth-grader Beni Cwiakala is a contestant on the MasterChef Junior TV show currently airing nationwide. The contest, now in season six, is in the process of showing Cwiakala's and others' progress as they face various cooking challenges adjudicated by celebrity chef judges. "I am very determined and competitive," Cwiakala said.

Mar 08

Weight Watchers

Hello. Is anyone interested in joining WW? I just joined and I go downtown to the meetings. If we can get 15 people interested in attending meetings they would provide a group leader. Then I would ask Harrison Park if we could use a meeting room. If you are interested please contact me with your phone # and your preference for AM, Lunch or PM times. Thank You! Be Well. :-)

Mar 08

    McKinley Park News - McKinley Park Incubator Brings Support for Entrepreneurs, Small Business
    The 36squared Business Incubator Sponsored by CIBC is up and running in the McKinley Park neighborhood and ready to offer free help to local businesses and entrepreneurs. "We provide everything from writing a basic business plan through getting funding," said Executive Director Andrew Fogaty. "Our role is to provide free business help."

Mar 07

    McKinley Park News - Civic Association Celebrates Top Teachers, Leaders at Banquet
    The McKinley Park Civic Association feted outstanding local educators and leaders at its 47th annual banquet, held on Sunday, March 4, at Polonia Banquets. Nine local teachers received honors as Outstanding Educators of the Year, and Illinois 2nd District State Rep. Theresa Mah accepted her 2018 William H.G. Toms Community Service Award.

Mar 06

    McKinley Park News - Dozens of McKinley Park Properties Hit Tax Delinquency List
    Dozens of the McKinley Park neighborhood's residential and commercial properties appear on the delinquency list for 2016 taxes and are at risk of being included in Cook County's upcoming annual tax sale on May 4, according to public data released by the Cook County Treasurer's office.

Mar 05

    McKinley Park News - Celebrate St. Patrick's, Connect via Community Groups and More This Week in McKinley Park
    If you crave a St. Patrick's Day dinner with all the trimmings, look no further than Blessed Sacrament Parish this coming Saturday night. The parish's St. Joseph & St. Patrick Saturday Night Supper offers a traditional holiday spread, starting after mass at 5 p.m. on March 10 at Ss.

Mar 02

    McKinley Park News - Community Garden Signups Begin Today
    Signups for McKinley Park Community Garden plots run March 1-10, or until all plots are reserved.

Mar 01

    McKinley Park News - McKinley Park Farmers Market Seeks Vendors, Volunteers for 2018 Season
    The 2018 McKinley Park Farmers Market still has vendor slots available for the popular weekly neighborhood event and is reaching out to potential vendors and volunteers who wish to get involved. The market will offer fresh produce, ready-to-eat items and local goods every Sunday from June 4 through October 28, 2018, at its standing location beside the William McKinley statue in the northwest corner of the park.

Feb 28

    McKinley Park News - Horizon Science Academy Rated in Illinois State Report Card
    The State of Illinois has released its report cards for neighborhood schools, including for Horizon Science Academy at 2245 W. Pershing Road. The school, which educates kindergarteners through high schoolers, showed a mix of performance results, with one bright spot being mathematics performance for elementary students.

Feb 27

    McKinley Park News - Tour Offers Peek Inside Central Manufacturing District Buildings
    Three gargantuan city-owned properties in the Central Manufacturing District received scrutiny from architects and planners this past Friday, February 23, during a tour designed to market their sale and redevelopment. As a lead-in to C40's Reinventing Cities design competition, the tour meandered through the lots and buildings stretching from 1717 to 1819 West Pershing Road, led by representatives from the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development.

Feb 26

    McKinley Park News - Get Property Tax Help, Enjoy Gaming Fun This Week in McKinley Park
    Many homes in Cook County have inaccurate property taxes, and 7th District Cook County Commissioner candidate Angie Sandoval is providing some help via a Property Tax Appeal Seminar at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the McKinley Park field house.

Feb 23

    Neighborhood News
    Off I-55 and a few minutes away from the bustle of downtown Chicago, we find McKinley Park, a quaint, diverse, working-class neighborhood that boasts being the geographic center of our city. I have worked for Cook County 7th District Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for the past six years; the last three have been in our office in McKinley Park.

Feb 22

    McKinley Park News - Crain's Again Highlights McKinley Park Real Estate
    Crain's Chicago Business has again featured the McKinley Park neighborhood as a choice spot to buy a home amid a rapidly advancing real estate market.

Feb 22

    Neighborhood News
    The McKinley Park Development Council, a young non-profit founded to enable neighborhood economic, social and cultural development, moved forward with building the group and defining programs at its meeting on Wednesday, February 21, at the McKinley Park field house. Breakout sessions of committees focusing on neighborhood business development, events and beautification began creating roles and priorities for the group's activities.

Feb 21

Updated Feb 21

    McKinley Park News - Marz Community Brewing Opening Tap Room This Weekend
    Marz Community Brewing Co. opens its tap room this Saturday, February 24, having recently received licenses from the City of Chicago for on-premises alcohol consumption, liquor to go and retail food sales. The brewery, on the eastern edge of the McKinley Park neighborhood at 3630 S.
  • Thanks....cant wait!!

  • Lou

    Yes!! I’ll be there Saturday. Can’t wait for more places to go to start opening up in the neighborhood.

Feb 20

    Neighborhood News
    The State of Illinois has released its report cards on school performance, demographics and funding, including reports for McKinley Park neighborhood elementary and middle schools. Edward Everett Elementary School, Nathanael Greene Elementary School, Namaste Charter School and Evergreen Academy Middle School all received a breakdown of their student performance on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test, in addition to a host of other school data.

Feb 19

    Neighborhood News
    This week in McKinley Park, the City of Chicago and the C40 Reinventing Cities design competition push redevelopment of the Central Manufacturing District with a Pershing Road Buildings Tour at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 23. Advance reservations are required for this tour, as well as for the preceding info session at 10:30 a.m.

Feb 16

    McKinley Park News - Horizon Robotics Teams Net Contest Wins, Advance to State
    Student robotics teams from Horizon Science Academy McKinley Park landed several awards last Saturday, February 10, at the FIRST Illinois Robotics Challenge competition. All three teams from Horizon competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) category, and all three secured a spot in the finals on Saturday.

Feb 15

    McKinley Park News - Suspected Thieves, Gang House Sanctions and End of Dibs Are Highlights of CAPS Meeting
    The monthly Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meeting for Beat 912 attracted dozens of residents and officials on Valentine's Day, February 14, to share information on McKinley Park neighborhood crime and strategies for fighting it. Notably, 9th District detectives are seeking the public's help in tracking down suspected burglars, legal action is moving forward against an alleged gang and drug house at 3629 S.

Feb 14

    McKinley Park News - Candidate Forum Showcases Progressive Politicians, Initiatives
    The 2018 Southwest Side Candidate Forum on Saturday, February 10, highlighted a slate of progressive candidates campaigning for the upcoming Democratic primary election on March 20. Presented by the 12th Ward Independent Political Organization (IPO), the forum also touched on the upcoming Lift the Ban on rent control referendum and resulted in the IPO's formal candidate endorsements.

Feb 09

    McKinley Park News - McKinley Park Area Little League Team Getting Ready for Season
    The Brighton Kelly Baseball Little League chapter, which covers Little League players from the McKinley Park neighborhood west of Ashland Avenue, is gearing up for its 2018 season with a series of signup events and a call for volunteer coaches, managers and umpires.

Feb 07

Updated Feb 07

    McKinley Park News - McKinley Park is White Hot for Runners, Heatmap Shows
    A data-driven map from app maker Strava highlights the popularity of McKinley Park with runners and walkers.

Feb 06

Updated Feb 07

    McKinley Park News - Robbers Targeting Residents in Garages and Back Yards, Cops Warn
    Chicago Police warned residents of a string of daytime robberies in garages and back yards, including one in McKinley Park on Saturday, January 27.
  • It's upsetting, but the kind of thing I like to be informed of. Thank you

  • No description given of perpetrators? Color of car?

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

    none were available, apparently, Muskateer.

Feb 05

    McKinley Park News - Political Candidate Forum, Blackhawks Clinic Highlight This Week's Events in McKinley Park
    This week in McKinley Park, catch leading local politicos speak at the 2018 Candidates Forum, send the kids out on the ice for the Blackhawks Hockey Clinics and get the scoop on the Wrigley factory site at the McKinley Park Civic Association Meeting. These events are more are taking place in the McKinley Park neighborhood this week.

Feb 02

Updated Feb 04

    Neighborhood News
    The family business of C&J Auto Parts is closing after over 65 years at its current location at 3200 S. Archer Ave. This Saturday, February 3, will be the last chance for customers to shop on the final day of C&J's going-out-of-business sale, ending the work that ran through four generations of the Zalon family.
  • Sad 2 C go. Wonder what will take its place...HOPEFULLY NOT ANOTHER SPA!!

  • So sad!! No more family businesses anywhere!! Being run out by the big box stores! This is terrible.

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

    Muskateer, I would note that this isn't a big box development (or doesn't seem to be). It will be mostly residential with first-floor commercial on the sidewalk facing the street.

Feb 01

Updated Feb 01

    McKinley Park News - Lipinski Calls for Bubbly Creek Cleanup to Move Forward
    Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) is renewing his calls for cleanup of the South Fork of the South Branch of the Chicago River, more commonly known as Bubbly Creek. The extremely polluted waterway, which gets its name from century-old slaughterhouse sludge still pushing bubbles to the surface, suffered another befoulement by diesel oil this past fall.
  • Justin, have you heard anything about the other three phases, which may include erosion control, lighting and river walk?

Jan 31

    McKinley Park News - Aquinas Graduates New Batch of Literacy Tutors
    The Aquinas Literacy Center trained 20 new English as a Second Language tutors at its workshop this past weekend in the McKinley Park neighborhood.

Jan 30

    McKinley Park News - Community Garden Returning this Spring to New, Permanent Home
    The McKinley Park Community Garden is set to return to after over a year's hiatus from planting, weeding and harvesting at the popular neighborhood spot. Now assigned a new, permanent home on the Chicago Park District land "between the Damens," the garden will no longer face uncertainty about its future with each growing season.

Jan 29

    McKinley Park News - Burglars Posing as Utility Workers, Cops Warn
    The 9th District of the Chicago Police Department released a Community Alert on burglars posing as utility workers who have struck in the McKinley Park neighborhood.

Jan 29

    McKinley Park News - Week Ahead Promises Jazz at the Library, Business Networking and More
    Jazz vibraphonist Thaddeus Tukes performs live at the library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, presenting The Story of Vibes in Chicago . Tukes will play and discuss Chicago vibraphone greats, including Lionel Hampton, as well as talk about his work with Chance the Rapper and the vibes' influence on Chicago's African-American jazz scene.

Jan 26

Updated Jan 28

    McKinley Park News - Unionization Underway for Namaste Charter School Staff
    The staff at Namaste Charter School have filed for their intent to unionize, according to media reports.
  • Fellow Resident-Non PC liflong B.P. resident.

    They will always want MORE money. Then they WILL have do deal with the voters,NOT the school board! Put ALL demands on the ballot!!

Jan 25

    McKinley Park News - Youth Substance Abuse Awareness Program Rolls Out in McKinley Park
    Combating teens' false perceptions about their peers' use of alcohol and marijuana is one focus of the substance abuse awareness program rolled out this week in the McKinley Park neighborhood. Staff from the Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) began their advocacy and information campaign as part of the McKinley Park Underage Drinking and Other Substances Prevention Coalition (McK-UDOS).

Jan 19

Updated Jan 24

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.

Jan 24

    McKinley Park News - La Palapa Undergoing Major Expansion to Building and Restaurant
    The iconic shark on the rooftop will return along with a fully refurbished and expanded restaurant at La Palapa, the popular Mexican seafood eatery on Damen Avenue just north of Archer Avenue.

Jan 23

    McKinley Park News - Rep Theresa Mah Receives Community Service Award at Open House
    Rep Theresa Mah received word of her winning the Toms Community Service Award at her open house via members of the McKinley Park Civic Association.

Jan 22

    McKinley Park News - Literacy Tutor Training, Baseball Signup and More Coming This Week to McKinley Park
    This week in the McKinley Park neighborhood, volunteer to become a literacy tutor at Aquinas Literacy Center's training session this coming weekend , Friday evening and Saturday, January 26-27. The center works to satisfy an ever-growing demand for English learning by adult immigrants, and this worthy effort is great way to make friends, gain a skill and give back to the local community.

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