Dog Park Fund-raiser, Civic Meetings, Fests and Performances Stand Out This Week in McKinley Park

Published September 10, 2018

The first dog park on the Southwest Side is on its way to McKinley Park, and residents and dog lovers can show their support at the Beers & Barks Fund-raiser on Friday night, September 14, at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport. The night promises food, drinks and entertainment, plus raffles, dog park gear and more. All proceeds are used to benefit the dog park project.

Chicago Senior Fest is a full, fun day of activities and info for seniors, and our own Illinois 2nd District State Representative Theresa Mah is sponsoring a Chicago Senior Fest Bus on Thursday, September 13, to provide free transport to and from Millennium Park for the festival. RSVPs are required, so act fast to reserve your spot.

One City Tap again trailblazes this week's neighborhood nightlife, starting with Otro Ritmo: South Side Punk Night on Tuesday night, September 11. The September edition features DJs Kibbles & Bitz and will undoubtedly again draw more throngs of freaks, mutants, punks and goths to this unique monthly event. On Friday, September 14, at One City Tap, singers can belt their lungs out Karaoke Night, a weekly stand hosted by DJ Angel.

Our excellent and highly lauded local high school marching band will shine at the Farmers Market Concert: The Kelly High School Marching Band at noon on Sunday, September 16. This performance takes place right next to the McKinley Park Farmers Market, which offers a wide variety of fresh produce, groceries and goods from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday through October in McKinley Park. The Kidical Mass bike ride departs from the farmers market at the end of the Sunday concert for a leisurely, family-friendly cruise through the neighborhood.

Nathanael Greene Elementary School opens its doors to the community and its attending families at the Nathanael Greene Open House, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 13. Visit to meet the staff, take a tour and learn about one of McKinley Park's dynamic neighborhood schools.

On Wednesday, September 12, the CAPS Meeting for Beat 912 brings together neighbors and representatives of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy from the Chicago Police Department to share concerns and information about local crime. The Beat 912 meetings are one of the most well-attended in all of Chicago, and they're an essential channel for learning about local public safety issues.

Volunteers will mobilize to help clean up the park on Saturday, September 15, for the McKinley Park Stewardship Day, a program of the McKinley Park Advisory Council. The council meets Monday evening, September 10, for their monthly McKinley Park Advisory Council Meeting, the best time for neighbors to learn how to help out at the park. The Hoyne Park Advisory Council Meeting on Thursday, September 13, presents similar opportunities to get involved at Hoyne Park.

For those not already in the know, Bingo has returned to Blessed Sacrament Parish on Wednesday nights at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. After an absence over this summer, the games return with new equipment and the same fun you remember from past bingo nights.

These are just some of the great neighborhood events happening in McKinley Park this week. Check the full calendar, featured events, showcase events and events dashboard for more.

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