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The McKinley Park Neighborhood Plan presents a framework for future decision-making rooted in the community’s vision. It is the result of two years of work led by the McKinley Park Development Council (MPDC), Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD), and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) with McKinley Park’s residents, business and property owners, workers, and community leaders.

Located on the southwest side of Chicago, McKinley Park is less than five miles from Chicago’s Loop. For this planning effort, MPDC chose the planning area boundaries defined by the McKinley Park Chicago Community Area, with the exception of its south boundary, which is extended south to the rail corridor to include Chicago’s Central Manufacturing District (CMD). The CMD was the first planned manufacturing district in the United States and one of the largest industrial parks in the world. It includes two CTA Orange Line stations (35th and Archer, and Halsted) that serve the neighborhood; three main commercial corridors: the Archer Avenue, Ashland Avenue, and 35th Street; and the South Branch of the Chicago River.


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