Zap Props at 3611 S. Loomis Place hosts the public for Open House Chicago this upcoming weekend.

Get a Preview of the Neighborhood Plan This Week in McKinley Park

Published October 14, 2019

UPDATE: Zap Props has announced it will not be able to participate in Open House Chicago this year and will not be open to the public.

What are your priorities for McKinley Park? The McKinley Park Development Council is getting ready to release its neighborhood plan: a comprehensive set of recommendations compiled with the help of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and based on community feedback, existing conditions and best practices in urban planning. The McKinley Park Development Council Meeting on Wednesday, October 16, at the field house in McKinley Park offers a chance for residents to view and assess the nearly completed plan, and offer final feedback prior to plan release.

Take a peek behind the curtain of some fascinating McKinley Park neighborhood enterprises courtesy of Open House Chicago, which offers free tours of usually closed spaces citywide. Open House Chicago: Zap Props exposes the fascinating ephemera and objects crammed into the Zap Props warehouse on both Saturday, October 19, and on Sunday, October 20. The Open House Chicago: ComEd Training Center session on Saturday, October 19, presents tours of the energy company's state-of-the-art training center, including the real-world environments used to prep for high-voltage field work.

Support local educators and discover what the potential, pending strike of Chicago Public Schools employees means for your family at the Teachers Strike Community Meeting on Tuesday, October 15, at Kristoffer's Cakes. The 12th Ward Independent Political Organization hosts representatives from the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73, who will discuss their contract demands for improving neighborhood schools.

McKinley Park Development Council Community Meeting 20191016The McKinley Park Development Council meeting on Wednesday, October 16, features an important update on the neighborhood plan.Local senior citizens can get free flu shots, blood pressure screenings, medical information and senior services at the 14th Annual Senior & Community Health Fair on Wednesday, October 16. Sponsored by 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, the long-running yearly event takes place in the McKinley Park field house.

Cumbia Dance Mania

The cumbia dance and music craze finds a home at One City Tap this week, including a special Otro Ritmo: Cumbia Takeover on Saturday, October 19, featuring DJs and live performance from Conjunto Primitivo. For a dance warm-up, get the scoop on cumbia music and moves at Latin Nights with Sandra Magaña on Thursday, October 17.  What to do between cumbia sessions? Belt it out at One City Tap's Karaoke Night on Friday, October 18.

Gamers take their pick between two fun events on Tuesday, October 15. Marz Community Brewing Co. kicks off its Quiz Mercenary Pub Quiz, challenging teams of any size with unconventional trivia in a new, free series running two Tuesday nights a month. That same evening, Loteria Night brings four more rounds of "the most competitive game" to One City Tap.

The National Latino Education Institute is the venue for Break Every Chain on Thursday, October 17, a benefit to support breast cancer and domestic violence awareness. Sponsored by Illinois 1st District State Senator Antonio "Tony" Muñoz, the event includes a dinner and program.

Another session of English Literacy Tutor Training is lined up for this weekend, on Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, at Aquinas Literacy Center. Volunteers train to become certified tutors of English language to non-English speakers, and then help directly with one-on-one tutoring sessions hosted at the center.

First Halloween Season Event

The McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library gets the spooky season started with Halloween Science with The Laboratory Collective on Wednesday, October 16, when kids 7 and up can learn about spooky science topics like invisibility, writing with invisible ink and looking at things that glow.

On Saturday, October 19, the library continues its free Community Cinema series with the Saving Private Ryan Film ScreeningLEGO at the Library on Tuesday, October 15, challenges kids with building and engineering challenges.

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.

Do you have a neighborhood event to share? Submit your event listing for publication in the McKinley Park News.

Saving Private Ryan screens on Saturday, October 19, at the McKinley Park public library.

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