Get Ready to Play and Party This Week in McKinley Park

Published August 19, 2019

Lawrence Peters poster290Country-Western DJ Lawrence Peters spins on Saturday, August 24, at the Marz Community Brewing tap room.Rock out at One City Tap this Friday, August 23, at Otro Ritmo Presents: Droid's Blood, Material, Primitive Teeth & Spirit Trap, another night of awesome music from the Otro Ritmo crew. This show is pay-what-you-can, with a $5 suggested donation for live sets from Material — visiting from Vancouver, British Colombia — and Primitive Teeth, plus DJ sets by Droid's Blood and Spirit Trap.

The Farmers Market Concert: Chicago Horn Consort presents a dozen French horn players performing at the McKinley Park Farmers Market on Sunday, August 25, at the William McKinley memorial in McKinley Park. Stick around for fresh goods and produce, and play some Bocce Ball with your friends and neighbors. 

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Development Council Expands Board, Lands 501(c)(3) Status

McKinley Park Development Council board member Tony Adams pitches his re-election bid at the July 2019 council meeting.
McKinley Park Development Council board member Tony Adams pitches his re-election bid at the July 2019 council meeting.
Published August 15, 2019

The McKinley Park Development Council has continued to grow with the addition of three new board members and the official designation of the group as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. At its July 17, 2019, meeting, council members elected McKinley Park neighborhood residents Jim Hankes, Mary Carmen Moreno and Faye "Nikita" Wu to the board of directors. Tony Adams and Kara Breems successfully ran as reappointment candidates.

Being formally recognized as a non-profit by the U.S. federal government represents an important milestone for the council, said President John Belcik. "This will help us reach that goal of starting and completing projects that the neighborhood wants and deserves," he said.

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Baking Obsession Gives Rise to Scratch Pastries at Butterdough

Uva and Lalo Leon are prepared for service in Butterdough's kitchen.
Uva and Lalo Leon are prepared for service in Butterdough's kitchen.
Published August 14, 2019

Business Name: Butterdough
Address: 3452 S. Western Ave.
Hours: 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun.
Online: Butterdough's Facebook Page

Self-described baking geeks Uva and Lalo Leon worked as brothers to "destroy our parents kitchen" on their path to Butterdough, a new bakery and cafe just north of West 35th Street and South Western Avenue in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago. "We got the idea to make this love of baking into a business," Uva Leon said.

Open since July 13, Butterdough offers freshly made coffee drinks, pastries and sandwiches, all created from scratch ingredients. Although the menu changes every day, constant staples include plain, almond and chocolate croissants, plus special items like the popular vegan horchata, Lalo Leon said. 

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Dog Park Ground Breaking, Community Meetings Lead Events This Week in McKinley Park

Published August 12, 2019

chicago caps logo forwebThe CAPS meeting for Beat 912 takes place this Wednesday, August 14.The dog-friendly area coming to McKinley Park takes a big step forward this week with the McKinley Dog Park Ground Breaking on Saturday, August 17. Bring your hound at 11:30 a.m. for a puppy parade around the park, then attend the ground-breaking ceremony at noon. Support the McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council in their ongoing management of the space at the McKinley Dog Park Pizza Fund-Raiser on Monday, August 12.

The McKinley Park Advisory Council Meeting on Monday evening, August 12, provides updates on the latest park activities from the McKinley Park Advisory Council. The CAPS Meeting for Beat 912 on Wednesday, August 14, connects residents with neighborhood crime information and opportunities to connect with civic and Chicago Police Department resources.

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Single-Family Home Sale Sets New Neighborhood Price Record

Published August 9, 2019

3800 block of South Paulina Street west side Chicago 20190809The 3800 block of South Paulina Street in Chicago includes a row of newer single-family houses.The recent sales contract for the home at 3826 S. Paulina St. set a new high price for single-family houses in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago. Selling at $575,000, the home joins several single-family home sales within the past year exceeding half a million dollars.

Five new homes in the 1800 block of West 34th Street sold within the past year for more than $500,000, along with multiple single-family home sales in the 3300 block of South Justine Street and a home in the 1700 block of West 34th Street. All contain three-plus baths and between three and five bedrooms. They are all near other neighborhood residential development and rehabilitation projects.

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