Arts, Education and Community Development Slated for This Week in McKinley Park

Published July 15, 2019

David Kachalon harmonica leadDavid Kachalon brings his harmonica workshop to the farmers market on Sunday, July 21.The National Latino Education Institute (NLEI) is signing up students for two new programs designed to connect young people with industries that are desperately seeking workers for positions in well-paid careers. The Renewable Energy Training Program Enrollment signs up students for NLEI's new ENERGIA project, which provides fundamental training, field experience and job placement assistance in new energy industries such as solar and wind power. The Medical Office Specialist Program Enrollment gets students into the healthcare industry through its training program and prep for certification exams. Enrollment for both programs run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday at the institute until August 23: Prospective students are encouraged to drop in, learn more and sign up.

Help onboard the next slate of neighborhood development leaders at the McKinley Park Development Council Meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at the field house in McKinley Park. Elections for new council board members join updates on the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's neighborhood development plan, scheduled for release later this year. 

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McKinley Park Neighborhood Teen Reported Missing

Gabriel Gilliams, 17, has been reported missing from the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Gabriel Gilliams, 17, has been reported missing from the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Published July 12, 2019

UPDATE: Facebook posts from Imelda Munoz, who stated she is Gabriel Gilliams' mother, said that Gilliams has been located with his father in downstate Illinois.

Media reports note that McKinley Park neighborhood resident Gabriel Gilliams has been reported missing by the Chicago Police Department. The 17-year-old Gilliams was last seen on Friday, July 5, in the 3700 block of South Honore Street.

Gillians is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and may be carrying a red book bag. His location may be in suburban Oak Forest, reports said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the teen is encouraged to contacct Area Central detectives by calling (312) 747-8380.

Neighborhood Concerts, Adult and Kids Events Abound This Week in McKinley Park

Published July 8, 2019

Little Miss Ann Ann Torralba leadLittle Miss Ann performs at the Explorers at Play concert on Tuesday, July 9, at the McKinley Park library.The Otro Ritmo punk music concert series moves to Wednesday this week, with the Dastartds + Wig Concert rocking One City Tap starting at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10. A $5 suggested donation puts you front and center for The Dastards, on tour from Lansing, Wisconsin, and Chicago's own Wig.

The crufty vacant lot at 1642 W. 35th St. is set for a makeover and celebratory party starting on Saturday afternoon, July 13, for the Pabst Blue Ribbon Easy's Community Day. The event will clean up the lot and install new artwork, benches and planters, and mini-skate park ramps, as led by local artist Juan Angel Chávez. The Pabst Brewing Company is hosting the event and bringing out the brewery's music truck for live DJ sets from Sadie Woods and Kody Madro, accompanied by food, drinks and skateboarding.

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McKinley Park Graffiti Tagging Spreads to The Bean, Maggie Daley Park

Published July 2, 2019

Media reports show that seven people are in custody after a graffiti spree that hit the Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park (aka "the Bean") and the cancer survivors wall in Maggie Daley Park. The graffiti is identical to much of that which has been a scourge of the McKinley Park neighborhood, with a 35th Street reference and similar paint and style.

As publicly discussed at past meetings of Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS), the "35th" graffiti pattern is seemingly related to a progression of graffitos who move from the local tagging crew to a recruiting-level gang group with similar messaging and iconography and then to the Latin Counts, a violent gang entrenched in the neighborhood which continually blankets the neighborhood with its gang-specific graffiti.

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Development Meeting, Music and Kids Fun Lead Events Lineup This Week in McKinley Park

Published July 1, 2019

Joe Filisko Eric Noden press photo forwebJoe Filisko and Eric Noden will perform at the McKinley Park Farmers Market on July 7.Major development projects are champing at the bit to get into the McKinley Park neighborhood, and 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas is beginning a new practice of public review for each new development proposal. This begins with the McKinley Park Community Development Meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, when Cardenas invites all neighborhood residents and stakeholders to view plans and interact with developers for three proposed building projects: the $60 million Parkview projects at 2139 and 2159 W. Pershing Road, the overhaul of the ice storage warehouse and U.S. Cold Storage Co. building at 2055 and 2011 W. Pershing Road, and a proposed photo studio at 38th and Hermitage.

A local duo of bluesmen and past farmers market favorites returns on Sunday, July 7, for the Farmers Market Concert: Joe Filisko & Eric Noden. The boys will belt out the blues starting at noon alongside the McKinley Park Farmers Market, which runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stretch out in the morning with Yoga at the Farmers Market, then stick around for some Bocce Ball with friends and neighbors while noshing on fresh market fruit, pastry, coffee, tamales and more.

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