Neighborhood Leaders, Institutions Decry Systemic Injustice, Proclaim Black Lives Matter

Published June 19, 2020

The McKinley Park Development Council and Amate House have released statements in support of Black Lives Matter and criminal justice reform, joined by many of the McKinley Park neighborhood's elected representatives.

  • McKinley Park Development Council releases statement in support of Black Lives Matter and criminal justice reform.
  • Amate House releases its action plan for anti-racism and embedding racial justice considerations in its work.
  • Elected officials, other neighborhood groups speak out with statements and advocacy.

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Marz Community Kitchen Feeds Families, Employs Food and Dining Workers

Published June 18, 2020

The Community Kitchen program at Marz Community Brewing Co. in Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood is creating hundreds of meals each week for hungry local families while employing food service pros during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Marz Community Brewing Co. is creating and distributing hundreds of meals each week to feed hungry local families and seniors.
  • Community Kitchen program employs food service pros hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Program partners include Kimski restaurant, the Public Media Institute and others.

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Velma Thomas Opens Early Childhood Education Enrollment for Fall 2020

Published June 16, 2020

Top-performing McKinley Park neighborhood preschool Velma Thomas Early Childhood Center has announced opening of its enrollment for 3- and 4-year-olds for half- and full-day instruction starting this fall.

  • Velma Thomas Early Childhood Center in the McKinley Park neighborhood announces open enrollment for fall 2020.
  • Three- and 4-year-olds are eligible to apply for half- and full-day programs at the dual-language, Spanish/English school.
  • Center has been lauded with top honors from the Illinois State Board of Education and others.

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Temperature Swing, Restocking Cause Lagoon Fish Kill

Published June 14, 2020

The big fish kill event at the lagoon in Chicago's McKinley Park was the result of a large temperature swings and restocking of the lagoon, according to the Chicago Park Department.

  • Fish kill event sends thousands of dead fish to float on McKinley Park lagoon's surface.
  • Chicago Park Department says the fish kill is due to the week's big temperature swings and restocking the lagoon.
  • This happens every year, says local fish scientist.

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McKinley Park Library Reopens With Limited Hours and COVID-19 Safety Measures

Published June 12, 2020

Although pubic programs and meetings are canceled, the public library in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago has now reopened with limited hours and safety measures to keep patrons safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library reopens with COVID-19 safety measures in place.
  • Library hours are now 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Summer Learning Challenge is still on, and new digital programs are forthcoming.

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