Institutions are non-profit organizations, community institutions, non-commercial groups, public service offices and public office holders for the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.


Institutions are non-profit organizations, community institutions, non-commercial groups, public service offices and public office holders for the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.

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36Squared Business Incubator

Get assistance with your business and entrepreneurial needs with the help of the 36Squared Business Incubator, the home of the local Illinois Small Business Development Center, a government-funded program to help small local businesses and startups.

Get more information about the 36Squared Business Incubator at our website at or by visiting us at 3636 S. Iron St., Chicago, for support or to enjoy one of our events.

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Aquinas Literacy Center

From our headquarters and learning center at 3540 S. Hermitage Ave., Aquinas Literacy Center provides English language learners with free tutoring from a cadre of certified volunteers.

Connect with Aquinas by visiting our center, accessing our website at, calling (773) 927-0512, emailing or connecting to one of our upcoming events and volunteer tutor training sessions.

Sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters

Member, Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation

Hours of Operation
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. to Wed., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thurs.
Bethany Baptist Church

Bethany Baptist Church is excited to show the love of Jesus Christ to our community centered in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago. We service our parishoners and the neighborhood with many different areas of ministry, including on-site services and programs and clubs for both adults and youth.

Connect with Bethany by emailing us at, calling us at (773) 523-7911, visiting our website at or attending one of our upcoming services or events.

Hours of Operation
Sunday Prayer Service at 10 a.m., Worship Service at 11 a.m., and Fellowship at 6 p.m. Wednesday evenings are set up for Youth Group and AWANA Clubs, and on Saturday we host a Spanish Bible Study at 5:30 p.m.
Evergreen Academy Middle School

Evergreen Academy Middle School provides a premier education for sixth through eighth graders from our home in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago. Our many programs, amenities and services dovetail off our foundational goals of academic excellence, responsible development, social equity and sound operations.

Get in touch with Evergreen Academy by visiting our school at 3537 S. Paulina St., calling (773) 535-4836, reviewing our website at or joining us at one of our upcoming events.

Operates as a Level 1 school as assessed by Chicago Public Schools

Named a School to Watch by the National Forum for Middle Grades Reform

Hours of Operation
School hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; earliest drop-off at 7:20 a.m.
Amenities include bilingual services; student clubs, activities and athletics; and an active parent community
Greene Elementary School

Nathanael Greene Elementary School educates Pre-Kindergartners through fifth graders from our school building and grounds at 3525 S. Honore St. in Chicago. We are a leading local public elementary school that serves the McKinley Park neighborhood and serve as a foundational institution in the neighborhood.

Connect with Greene Elementary by visiting the school, accessing our website at, or calling (773) 535-4560.

Operates as a top-most Level 1+ school as assessed by Chicago Public Schools.

Gold Circle of Quality Award


"The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs which have demonstrated quality on all fifteen standards, as validated by a state approved assessor.  Gold Circle programs meet or exceed specific quality benchmarks on learning environment, instructional quality, and all program administrative standards; group size and staff/child ratios; staff qualifications; and professional development."



Additional Certifications

Nathanael Greene has also been recognized with Exemplary Status with a Supportive School Certification in Social Emotional Learning. 

Nathanel Greene has received a Creative Schools Certification for excelling in arts. 




Hours of Operation
School Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Programs include a full-time arts program, general music instruction, a hands-on science lab and technology integration into instruction.
Hoyne Park Advisory Council

The Hoyne Park Advisory Council invites the community to join us at beautiful Hoyne Park at 3417 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago. We help shepherd the park's activities and improvements and welcome the public to enjoy the park's playground, basketball court, baseball field and athletic field for football or soccer.

The council meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Hoyne Park field house to plan park activities, priorities and programs. Join us at our monthly meetings and other events at Hoyne Park.

Official park advisory council as supported by the Chicago Park District


The McKinley Park Underage Drinking & Other Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (McK-UDOS) serves the McKinley Park neighborhood by raising awareness of the dangers of teenage alcohol and substance abuse. A program of the Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA), the coalition includes dozens of local community organizations, elected officials and private businesses.

Connect with McK-UDOS through the MAHA offices at 230 W. Cermak Road, Second Floor, Chicago; by calling (312) 225-8659, or by emailing

McK-UDOS is a program of the Midwest Asian Health Association.

Hours of Operation
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m. to noon Sat.
McKinley Community Play Garden

Join friends and fans of outdoor play at the McKinley Community Play Garden, located at 3518-28 S. Wolcott Ave., Chicago. Our open public space includes a wonderland of natural play environments for kids, a spot for youth and teens to gather and socialize, and a community commons for collaborative public events.

Drop by at any time to play and meet your neighbors, and keep an eye out for our upcoming events.

Co-sponsored by NeighborSpace

McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council

The McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council is bringing the first dog park to the southwest side of Chicago in 2019. We've been working on this project since the summer of 2014 and look forward to this key community amenity for pet lovers in the neighborhood and beyond.

Get in touch with the council by emailing us at, visiting our website at or joining us at one of our upcoming meetings and events.

Officially recognized Dog Friendly Area Committee by the Chicago Park Department

Receiver of fiscal sponsorship from the Chicago Parks Foundation

McKinley Park Advisory Council

Join the McKinley Park Advisory Council to get involved in events, programs and advocacy for the crown jewel of the neighborhood: McKinley Park!

The council meets monthly, usually at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the McKinley Park field house, 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago.

Connect with the advisory council here, on our Facebook page or at one of the council's events or monthly meetings.

Official park advisory council as supported by the Chicago Park District.

McKinley Park Civic Association

The McKinley Park Civic Association is the McKinley Park neighborhood's longest-serving community group, supporting community engagement and development since our founding in 1970.

Meeting regularly on first Wednesdays (except for July and August) at the McKinley Park public library, we welcome all interested residents to connect with us and the neighborhood.

Get in touch with us here, on our Facebook page and at our upcoming meetings and events.

Chief advocate for the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library locating in the neighborhood

Hosts of the annual Educators and William H.G. Toms Community Service Awards

Co-presenters of McKinley Park's annual Memorial Day parade

McKinley Park Community Garden

Connect with the McKinley Park Community Garden to plant your fruits and veggies alongside your neighbors, as well as enjoy garden events and neighborhood camaraderie with fellow green thumbs.

Located where the northbound and southbound lanes of Damen Avenue split at the east end of McKinley Park, the community garden rests at approximately 3800 S. Damen Ave., Chicago. Get more info on our Facebook page, on our website or by calling (312) 857-8865.

Official Community Garden as coordinated with the Chicago Park District

McKinley Park Development Council

Help make the McKinley Park neighborhood a better place by getting involved in the McKinley Park Development Council.

We meet monthly at revolving neighborhood locations, usually at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. Connect with us here, on our website, via our Facebook page, or at a council meeting or event.

Awardee, Local Technical Assistance grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to create A Neighborhood Plan for McKinley Park

McKinley Park Library

The McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library serves the McKinley Park neighborhood and surrounding communities with library services, events and amenities from our building and reading garden at West 35th Street and South Wolcott Avenue. 

Connect with the library by visiting at 1915 W. 35th St., accessing our website, calling (312) 747-6082, emailing or attending one of our many events.

Hours of Operation
Noon - 8 p.m. Mon. and Wed., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri. and Sat.
Amenities include WiFi, computers, meeting rooms, parking lot, scanner, bike racks and an after-hours book return.
Namaste Charter School

Namaste Charter School provides a high-quality education for Kindergartners through eighth graders in the McKinley Park neighborhood and beyond from our school building at 3737 S. Paulina Ave. With a focus on healthy living, Dual Language Immersion in Spanish, and an innovative, data-informed curriculum, Namaste delivers an outstanding option for your child's education.

Connect with Namaste via our website at, by calling (773) 715-9558 or emailing We also welcome you and yours to attend one of our upcoming events

Hours of Operation
School Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Fri.; After School Hours 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Omega Delta Youth Baseball and Softball

Omega Delta Youth Baseball and Softball serves Chicago's McKinley Park and surrounding communities with seasonal baseball and softball team play, clinics, tournaments and events for young players ages 3 through 16. Our home field is Hoyne Park in the McKinley Park neighborhood.

Find more info on our website at, and stop by Hoyne Park at 3417 S. Hamilton Ave. to watch the kids play. Check out our upcoming events, and contact us by emailing or calling (312) 661-4733

Divisons Include:
T-Ball (ages 4-5)
Rookie (ages 6-8)
Girls Softball (ages 8-10)
Minor (ages 9-10)
Girls Softball (ages 11-13)
Major (ages 11-13)
Girls Softball (ages 14-16)

Representative Theresa Mah

Illinois 2nd District State Representative Theresa Mah serves the McKinley Park and nearby neighborhoods in the Illinois General Assembly. A daughter of immigrants, Mah cemented her community involvement through local activism and leadership, and in January 2017 began her service as Illinois' first Asian-American legislator.

Connect with Representative Theresa Mah and her 2nd District service office by visiting 2108 W. 35th St., calling (872) 281-5775 or by emailing

Vice Chair, Illinois House Committee on Health Care Licenses

Member, Illinois House Committee on Appropriations - Elementary and Secondary Education

Member, Illinois House Committee on Energy and Environment

Member, Illinois House Committee on International Trade and Commerce

Member, Illinois House Committee on Museums, Arts and Cultural Enhancements

Senator Antonio Munoz

Illinois First District State Senator Antonio "Tony" Muñoz has served McKinley Park and other nearby neighborhoods in the Illinois State Senate since 1999. His legislative and community priorities have included enacting gun control, supporting veterans, enabling minority employment and mandating environmental disclosures. His leadership spans key committee appointments and ongoing work as a co-founder of the Latino Caucus.

Connect with Senator Antonio Muñoz at the First District public service office at 1836 W. 35th St. or by calling (773) 869-9050. Visit for more information. 

Co-founder, Latino Caucus

Chairman, Executive Appointments Committee

Member, Executive, Gaming, Insurance, Telecommunications & Info Technology Committee

Member, Veterans Affairs Committee

Member, Subcommittee on Pensions

St. Andrew Lutheran Church

The Mission of St. Andrew Lutheran Church is to guide people to know Jesus as their Savior, to grow in their faith, and to show Jesus to others. St. Andrew serves the McKinley Park neighborhood and beyond from their location at the geographic center of Chicago at 3650 S. Honore St.

Connect with St. Andrew by emailing or, calling (773) 376-5370, visiting the St. Andrew website at, and attending one of its upcoming services and events.

Member, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)


Velma Thomas Center

The Velma Thomas Early Childhood Center is a Chicago Public School Child Parent Center located in Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood. We educate three- and four-year-olds in mixed-age, multilingual classrooms with our teaching staff of Illinois-certified early childhood specialists.

Visit our facilities at 3625 S. Hoyne Ave. and learn more about us on our website at and on our Facebook page. Get in touch by calling (773) 535-4088, or emailing Principal Mary Kay Richardson at

Official Child Parent Center of Chicago Public Schools.