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The Big Shoulders Ensemble performs for Make Music Chicago on Monday, June 21, 2021, in front of the McKinley Park field house, 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago

Parks and Pool Ready for Summer Season in McKinley Park

Published June 22, 2021

The Big Shoulders Ensemble visited McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago, on Monday, June 21, 2021, for Make Music Chicago, the citywide celebration of live music held annually on the summer solstice.

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The classical quartet performed in front of the McKinley Park field house for a free evening performance for park-goers and music lovers.

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Pool News

Park supervisors announced changes to the entrance of McKinley Park’s popular outdoor pool and childrens play pool. Now, swimmers will enter through a new gate off the parking lot next to the field house, just east of the childrens pool.

McKinley Park Chicago childrens pool swimming pool field house 20210622The new entrance to the McKinley Park swimming pool awaits swimmers for the 2021 summer season.The pool is slated to open on Wednesday, June 30, for afternoon Adult Swimming sessions, then add Open Swimming and multiple Family Swimming sessions on weekdays and weekends. The McKinley Park Swimming Calendar lists all times and sessions for the season.

As previously reported here in the McKinley Park News, the pool schedule and services have suffered from seasonal staff shortages that are endemic throughout the Chicago Park District.

Hoyne Park Bathrooms

After a cooperative effort involving the Chicago Park District, the 12th Ward, Omega Delta Youth Baseball and Softball League and members of the McKinley Park Advisory Council, the field house bathrooms have been reopened at Hoyne Park, 3417 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago.

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The park sees very heavy use with hundreds of kids and teen-agers playing and practicing daily for Omega Delta. However, bathrooms had been closed last year due to the COVID pandemic.

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Summer Park Events

Although the McKinley Park Farmers Market will not return for 2021, McKinley Park neighborhood parks are bringing back a number of events for the season and showcasing some new performances:

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