Institutions

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

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 www.36business.org or by visiting us at 3636 S. Iron St., Chicago, for support or to enjoy one of our events.

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Alderman George Cardenas

12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas and his staff serve the McKinley Park neighborhood and adjacent Brighton Park and Little Village neighborhoods in the Chicago City Council. Our community involvement includes representation in city government, shepherding of city services, support for local residents and enterprises, engagement with neighborhood groups, and hosting many services and events throughout the year.

Learn more at our 12th Ward website, and visit us at our public service office at 3476 S. Archer Ave. in the McKinley Park neighborhood. Call us at (773) 523-8250 or submit a public service request on our website. We look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood!

Chairman, Health and Environmental Protection Committee

Member of Budget & Government Operations, Rules and Ethics, Education and Child Development, Finance, Aviation, Housing and Real Estate, and Zoning committees

Hours of Operation
Service office hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.
Aquinas Literacy Center

From our headquarters and learning center at 1751 W. 35th St., 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 www.aquinasliteracycenter.org, calling (773) 927-0512, emailing info@aquinasliteracycenter.org 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 Thur.
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 bethanychicago@gmail.com, calling us at (773) 523-7911, visiting our website at www.bethanychicago.org 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.
Blessed Sacrament Parish

Blessed Sacrament Parish serves the McKinley Park community and beyond from our three neighborhood churches of Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Maurice  and Ss. Peter and Paul.

Learn more at the parish website at www.bspchicago.org, or get in touch by calling (773) 523-3917, emailing blessedsacrament@bspchicago.org or visiting the parish office at 3528 S. Hermitage Ave., Chicago. View our calendar of services here and on the parish website.

Hours of Operation
Office hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon., Wed. and Fri.; noon to 7 p.m. Tues. Confessions are at 3 p.m. Saturdays at Ss. Peter and Paul, or by appointment. Holy Hour is 6:30 p.m. Sundays at Our Lady of Good Counsel.
CAPS Beat 912

Connect with CAPS Beat 912 to get involved in public safety issues and combating crime in the McKinley Park neighborhood. We meet at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at St. Maurice Church hall, 3625 S. Hoyne Ave., Chicago.

Led by community policing officers Jason Sollis and Holger Del Cid, plus beat facilitators Glenn and Christine Young, the Beat 912 CAPS group is one of the largest and most active in the City of Chicago. Join us at a meeting or event: We welcome your involvement!

Hours of Operation
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month (monthly meeting)
Commissioner Alma Anaya

Cook County 7th District Commissioner Alma Anaya serves the McKinley Park neighborhood on issues pertinent to county government, such as property tax assessments, public safety and health programs, the court system, elections and more.

Connect with county assistance and resources at the 7th District public service office, 4374 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, or by calling (773) 376-2700 or emailing alma.anaya@cookcountyil.gov

Vice Chair, Cook County Business and Economic Development Committee

Vice Chair, Cook County Pension Committee

Vice Chair, Cook County Forest Preserve District Audit Committee

Hours of Operation
District Office open 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Mon., Wed. and Thurs.; 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tues.; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri.
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 www.evergreenacademyms.com 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 

One of the 32 schools in CPS awarded a new focus...ours is STEAM. 

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 ngreeneschool.com, or calling (773) 535-4560.

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

Winner, 2018-19 Gold Circle of Quality Award from Excelerate Illinois

Exemplary Status in Social-Emotional Learning on our Supportive School Certification

Creative Schools Certification for excellence 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.
Horizon Science Academy

Horizon Science Academy - McKinley Park is a public charter school serving Kindergarten through twelfth grades that opened in 2013. We provide our students with an innovative world class education, rich in math, science and technology. HSA McKinley focuses on preparing students to become bold inquirers, problem solvers and ethical leaders, with skills ready to meet the challenges of a competitive global workforce.

Get in touch with us on our website at www.hsamckinley.org, by calling us at (773) 247-8400, by emailing us at info@hsamckinley.org and by visiting the school at 2245 W. Pershing Road for one of our many community events or to get more information.

Managed by Concept Schools, a non-profit charter management organization that maintains a network of STEM-focused charter schools
McK-UDOS

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 info@maha-us.org.

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 mckinleydogpark@gmail.com, visiting our website at mckinleydogpark.org 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 mckinleypark@chipublib.org 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 www.namastecharterschool.org, by calling (773) 715-9558 or emailing info@namastecharterschool.org. 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.
National Latino Education Institute

The National Latino Eduction Institute (NLEI) provides accredited, post-secondary education from our campus at 2011 W. Pershing Road in Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood. We train and place students for well-paying, in-demand jobs that lead to economic independence and success in careers and life.

Visit our campus at 2011 W. Pershing Road and learn more on our website at www.nlei.org. Contact us by emailing education@nlei.org or calling (773) 247-0707.

Honor Roll Institution, Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and School (ACICS)

Accredited school, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Official Training Service Provider under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Licensed as a Business School, with the ability to directly provide financial aid to students

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 www.omegadeltabaseball.org, 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 omegadeltabaseballchicago@gmail.com 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 rep.theresamah@gmail.com

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 www.senatortonymunoz.com 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 3658 S. Honore St.

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

Member, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)

 

Hours of Operation
Sunday 9:30 - 11:45 AM; Monday - Friday 9AM - 1PM
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 thomas.cps.edu and on our Facebook page. Get in touch by calling (773) 535-4088, or emailing Principal Mary Kay Richardson at mdrichardson4@cps.edu.

Official Child Parent Center of Chicago Public Schools.