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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Greene Elementary Lands Top School Rating from CPS

Nathanael Greene Elementary School provides instruction for neighborhood children from 3525 S. Honore St., Chicago.
Nathanael Greene Elementary School provides instruction for neighborhood children from 3525 S. Honore St., Chicago.
Published November 6, 2018

Nathanael Greene Elementary School, which serves McKinley Park neighborhood students, has achieved a coveted 1+ rating in the latest school data released from Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The rating, which is the highest awarded by CPS, places Greene in the top tiers of high-performing public schools in Chicago.

"I'm very proud of the teachers and the parents and the students," said school Principal Shelley Lugo-Cordova. "It was a team effort. We have very strong community involvement."

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Literacy Tutor Training, Youth Gatherings, Civic Association Top This Week's Neighborhood Events

Published November 5, 2018

Aquinas Literacy Center again presents its English Literacy Tutor Training on Friday evening and Saturday, November 9 and 10. This essential program trains volunteers to become credentialed tutors of English for local adult learners: many times immigrants and those new to the English language. Once trained, tutors work one-on-one with English learners at Aquinas' training center at 35th and Wood streets. To sign up, contact Sabrina Poulin at the center at either sabrina@aqinasliteracycenter.org or (773) 927-0512.

The monthly McKinley Park Civic Association Meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday, November 7, at the McKinley Park public library. Attend the meeting to connect with neighborhood issues through the longest-serving community group in the neighborhood.

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McKinley Park Loves Halloween

Students, parents and staff pose at one of the stops at Nathanael Greene Elementary School's Trunk or Treat event on Tuesday, October 30.
Students, parents and staff pose at one of the stops at Nathanael Greene Elementary School's Trunk or Treat event on Tuesday, October 30.
Published November 1, 2018

The McKinley Park neighborhood enjoyed a fine Halloween evening for trick-or-treating on Wednesday, October 31, bringing kids and parents in costume out to neighborhood streets. The evening was just part of the neighborhood's Halloween and harvest festivities, which saw schools, churches and households celebrating the season.

Nathanael Greene Elementary School at 35th and Wood streets held its first annual Trunk-or-Treat event on Tuesday, October 30, in the school parking lot, where staff, parent committees and community partners decorated their trunks and passed out treats to all students and school families. "It was one of the many fun and exciting events that Greene School sponsors," said community liaison Cindy Zamudio.

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McKinley Park a Hot Spot for Pollution, Environmental Justice Concerns

A zoomed-in screenshot of the environmental justice map shows many swaths of the McKinley Park neighborhood as heavily burdened by pollution as compared to community demographics.
A zoomed-in screenshot of the environmental justice map shows many swaths of the McKinley Park neighborhood as heavily burdened by pollution as compared to community demographics.
Published October 31, 2018

A new map from the Natural Resources Defense Council has illuminated Chicago's localized pollution levels as tied to environmental justice issues, which consider how sources of pollution are sited within specific demographic and geographic areas. The analysis found a preponderance of environmental justice burdens on Chicago's Southwest Side, with McKinley Park in the middle of a swath of neighborhoods heavily impacted by pollution within minority and economically disadvantaged communities.

"This map illustrates that our community is disproportionately impacted by the burden of pollution from past and present," said Robert Beedle, a member of Neighbors for Environmental Justice, a group that McKinley Park residents formed earlier this year in the wake of new industry moving into the neighborhood. "This map shows the need for continued environmental action in our area to make sure we maintain and even improve our environment over time," he said.

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