McKinley Park Ramps Into Winter with Holiday, Seasonal Events

Published December 10, 2018

Get the kids out onto the ice for the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Clinics on Saturday, December 15, at the ice rink in McKinley Park. Free hockey instruction by experts from the Fan Development staff of the Chicago Blackhawks lets kids ages 5 to 12 learn how to play hockey, including free use of skates and equipment. Advance registration is required. Also check out the full Hockey and Ice Skating Calendar for times and dates to skate and play hockey at the rink all winter long.

Still shopping for that special gift? Marz Community Brewing Company hosts the Got You Some Holiday Market on Sunday afternoon, December 16. This New Orleans-inspired blowout of food, live music and Marz beer offers unique items from nearly a dozen local vendors. The Herbsaint Band will stomp out traditional jazz and Dixieland, and guest chef Chris Reed of Rice Table will take over the kitchen for a curated Cajun menu.

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Holiday Events and Celebrations Stand Out This Week in McKinley Park

Published December 3, 2018

The holiday season gets into full swing this week in the McKinley Park neighborhood with a slew of events, including Santa at the Hoyne Park Field House, mid-day on Saturday, December 8, when kids can meet Santa and enjoy holiday treats, thanks to Illinois 1st District State Senator Antonio Muñoz. Also on Saturday, sing along with live performance groups from Horizon Science Academy and the Pilsen/Little Village Neighborhood Choir at Caroling at the Rink, noon to 2 p.m. at the McKinley Park ice rink.

If your holiday tastes trend toward the infernal, celebrate the spirit of Krampus the Christmas devil at Krampbiscusnacht, starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 7, at Marz Community Brewing Company. The evening includes a new Krampbiscus beer release and live performance by the Environmental Encroachment brass band. Marz continues its holiday scatology on Sunday, December 9, with Crafty as F*ck, a combination bake sale and craft fair offering tasty treats and one-of-a-kind gifts from local artisans.

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Caroling at the Rink, Community Events Return This Week in McKinley Park

Published November 26, 2018

Festive holiday music will fill McKinley Park on Saturday, December 1, at Caroling at the Rink, an event from the McKinley Park Advisory CouncilSt. Barbara Holy Name Men's Choir begins the noon performance, followed by The Pippins at 1 p.m. Attendees can sing along and enjoy pastries and hot chocolate, available for a suggested donation to support the park. Bring along canned goods to donate to the Casa Catalina Food Pantry.

The November McKinley Park Development Council Meeting takes place on Wednesday evening, November 28, at Horizon Science Academy. Attend to hear a presentation from the Citizens' Climate Lobby, connect with the community on local development issues and hear the latest on programs and updates from the McKinley Park Development Council.

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Thanksgiving Brunch, Performances Inspire Holiday Cheer This Week in McKinley Park

Published November 19, 2018

The McKinley Park neighborhood begins the holiday season this week with Thanksgiving celebrations, including the Thanksgiving Communal Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22. Join 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, community members and friends for a free feast at the McKinley Park field house. Now in its 15th year, the event includes food, drink and entertainment, presented with the help of St. Augustine College. Advance registration is required: Call the 12th Ward office at (773) 523-8250 to sign up.

The three experimental musicians holding a standing Wednesday night residency at Marz Community Brewing Co. return this Wednesday, November 21, for a pre-Thanksgiving blowout version of Jazz on Marz with the Jazzeros. Stop in the tap room starting at 8 p.m. for free sets of live jazz.

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Kids, Adults and Families Can All Step Out This Week in McKinley Park

Published November 12, 2018

This week the McKinley Park neighborhood hosts a pile of great events for every age across a range of interests and activities. The McKinley Park Advisory Council Meeting kicks off the week on Monday, November 11, with planning for the park and quaffing some beers at One City Tap (since the park field house is closed for Veterans Day). Return to One City Tap the next night, on Tuesday, November 13, for Otro Ritmo: South Side Punk Night, which features live performances by Staring Problem and Product KF.

Families and kids see event options kicking off at the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library on Tuesday, November 13, with LEGO at the Library, followed by games and crafts at Family Night on Wednesday, November 14. On Saturday, November 17, the library celebrates Native American Heritage Month with the Beyond Standing Rock Film ScreeningCreation Station on Thursday, November 15, lets kids 3 and up make some art and crafts.

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