Neighborhood Plan Release, Garden Events, Music and More Lined Up This Week in McKinley Park

Published May 13, 2019

CMAP neighborhood plan meeting McKinley Park Development Council 20190515 poster forwebThe brochure for the CMAP neighborhood plan meeting provides all primary event info.Take part in critically important planning for McKinley Park at the CMAP Neighborhood Plan Workshop at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at the National Latino Education Institute. Brought to the neighborhood by the McKinley Park Development Council, the plan from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will stand as a central resource to guide local development based on community feedback, neighborhood environment and best practices. Spanish and Chinese translation support lets every McKinley Park neighborhood resident, business owner and stakeholder participate, review and provide feedback for the plan.

One City Tap again leads live music in the neighborhood with the punk bombast of CB Radio Gorgeous and Spirit Trap rocking the May edition of Otro Ritmo: South Side Punk Night on Tuesday, May 14. The show also features guest DJ Amber Gris.


CB Radio Gorgeous is one of the bands performing at One City Tap for this month's Otro Ritmo: South Side Punk Night

Dual garden events ring in spring this weekend: The McKinley Park Community Garden Organic Plant Sale on Saturday, May 18, offers organic peppers, tomatoes, basil, eggplant and more while raising funds for the garden. That morning, Saturday, May 18, help out at the Community Play Garden Spring Work Day and spruce up the extremely popular McKinley Community Play Garden.

The McKinley Park Advisory Council Meeting on Monday, May 13, pulls the community together for planning the great events and programs at McKinley Park, including the upcoming seasonal Farmers Market. If you have an idea, an issue or want to get involved and volunteer at the park, join council members and neighbors at the meeting.

Adler Floyd Gallery Neal Vandenbergh Nancy forwebNancy by Neal Vandenbergh will be one of the works on display at Adler Floyd Gallery.Nathanael Greene Elementary School presents back-to-back events on Tuesday, May 14: The Greene Elementary Health Fair offers health care info and resources to students and families from 3:35 p.m. to 4 p.m. Then, the school opens up to the community for the Greene Elementary Open House, when families can get info on applying to this leading local elementary school.

Marz Community Brewing Company kicks off its new Drink and Draw series on Tuesday, May 14, joining its other ongoing event series, including Jazz on Marz with the Jazzeros on Wednesday, May 15, and the Microdose Sunday multi-sensory brunch on Sunday, May 19. Also on Sunday, the May edition of the Marzcade Pentathlon again pits gamers against each other on classic and new arcade games.

Wildlife is on display at the Birding Class: Migrating Birds event on Saturday, May 18. Attend and view the many birds traveling through McKinley Park at the height of the migration season. 

Adler & Floyd Gallery hosts the Neal Vandenbergh Opening on Saturday night, May 18. View new works from a Chicago artist and connect with the neighborhood's young and growing arts community at a cozy apartment gallery.

Put on your boogie shoes for Latin Nights with Sandra Magaña on Thursday, May 16, at One City Tap. This week, Magaña teaches cumbia dancing. The Tap continues its weekly Karaoke Night on Friday, May 17, and the hot, hot, hot Sabado Gigante dance party on Saturday, May 18.

The Horizon Hustle 5K winds through McKinley Park on Saturday, May 18, and raises funds for Horizon Science Academy - McKinley Park.

Join young engineers for building challenges at LEGO at the Library on Tuesday, May 14, at the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library.

Marz Brewing continues its weekend DJ lineup with the vintage Latin dance tunes of Sonorama on Friday, May 17, and Glenn Russell on Saturday, May 18.


DJ Glenn Russell spins on Saturday night, May 18, in the Marz Brewing tap room.

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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