Spooky Season Begins with This Week's Neighborhood Events

Published October 21, 2019

mckinley park advisory council logoThe McKinley Park Advisory Council hosts its monthly meeting on Monday, October 21, and the park cleanup on Saturday, October 26.Jump right in to Halloween season and terrorize your eardrums with the hardcore thrash of Kidnapped, Critical Condition, Deathrun and More on Monday, October 21, at One City Tap. A very family-friendly Halloween event is slated for next Sunday, October 27, at the Omega Delta Trunk or Treat celebration at Hoyne Park. Young readers can get a taste of thrills at the Tween Book Club: Spirit Hunters gathering on Thursday, October 24, at the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library.

Leave your costume at home, but bring your resume to employment events this week: The Job Fair on Wednesday, October 23, brings dozens of employers to the McKinley Park field house, courtesy of Illinois 1st District State Senator Antonio "Tony" Muñoz. On Thursday, October 24, Illinois 2nd District State Senator Theresa Mah and Cook County 7th District Commissioner Alma Anaya host the Census 2020 Hiring Event at the National Latino Education Institute.

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Neighborhood Plan Solicits Penultimate Feedback at Development Council Meeting

Council President John Belcik, center, discusses the neighborhood plan at the McKinley Park Development Council meeting on Wednesday, October 16, at the McKinley Park field house.
Council President John Belcik, center, discusses the neighborhood plan at the McKinley Park Development Council meeting on Wednesday, October 16, at the McKinley Park field house.
Published October 18, 2019

The McKinley Park Development Council offered the latest peek at the rapidly developing plan for the McKinley Park neighborhood at its meeting on Wednesday, October 16, in the gymnasium of the McKinley Park field house. As one of the final steps of community assessment and feedback for the plan, the session featured audience members reviewing key plan goals and related ideas for specific initiatives.

"We want to know what you guys want to see," said development council president John Belcik. He walked the group of close to 50 attendees through the process of plan review: placing green or red stickers to indicate support or disapproval for specific initiatives, writing new ideas and feedback for plan goals and discussing neighborhood issues with fellow attendees and meeting facilitators.

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Drive-By Shooting Critically Injures McKinley Park Neighborhood Man

Neighbors report the shooting on Wednesday, October 16, occurred at the southwest corner of West 37th and South Wood streets.
Neighbors report the shooting on Wednesday, October 16, occurred at the southwest corner of West 37th and South Wood streets.
Published October 17, 2019

Police and media reports noted the drive-by shooting of a McKinley Park neighborhood man at West 37th and South Wood streets at 6:42 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16. Police investigators cordoned off the area with cruisers and yellow tape for hours following the shooting.

The man was hit in the head, neck and back and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Police said the shooting came from a black SUV that drove up alongside the man, who was on the sidewalk when he was shot.

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Police Seek Man Missing from McKinley Park Neighborhood

Published October 16, 2019

Cesar Terrazas missing person McKinley Park 20191016Cesar Terrazas, 28, has been reported missing from McKinley Park. UPDATE: Reports from Chicago police state that Cesar Terrazas has been found.

Media reports, including an article by the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, note Chicago Police Department outreach related to Cesar Terrazas, a man reported missing from the McKinley Park neighborhood.

Terrazas' last known location was the Dunkin' Donuts store at 3256 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, where he was last seen around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16.

The 28-year-old has brown hair and brown eyes. He is about 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs around 210 pounds. He was last reported wearing a black Carhartt zip-up hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans and a Cubs hat colored black and gray.

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Safe Passage, Police Camera, Crime Stats Announced at McKinley Park CAPS Meeting

Community Policing Officer Jim McAndrew discusses crime statistics alongside Beat Facilitator Glenn Young at the October 9 meeting for CAPS Beat 912.
Community Policing Officer Jim McAndrew discusses crime statistics alongside Beat Facilitator Glenn Young at the October 9 meeting for CAPS Beat 912.
Published October 15, 2019

A new Safe Passage group in the McKinley Park neighborhood is seeking volunteers to help shepherd students, families and children around area schools, announced local resident Roy Pletsch at the Wednesday, October 9, meeting for Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS). "Parents will know they have us out there," Pletsch said, adding that they aim to expand their current group of eight local volunteers based out of Evergreen Academy Middle School.

The Safe Passage Training on Friday, October 25, offers an opportunity to apply for the program and get certified, Pletsch said. Once on the team, volunteers are welcome to take any before- and after-school shifts that fit their schedule; each is about an hour long, he said.

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