Halloween and Harvest Highlight This Week's Events in McKinley Park

Published October 29, 2018

The Halloween and harvest season is in full swing this week in the McKinley Park neighborhood, with a number of fun events lined up for kids. Trick-or-treating the evening of Wednesday, October 31, offers destinations throughout the neighborhood on what is anticipated to be a fine, temperate and dry evening. While out and about, be sure to swing by the 5th Annual Harvest Fest at Bethany Baptist Church, which offers games, tickets for candy and a bounce house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The littlest children and their caregivers will have a great time at the Halloween Story Time & Parade, at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 29, at the McKinley Park public library, where children 5 and under can dress up and enjoy a parade around the library. On Tuesday, October 30, students and families at Nathanael Greene Elementary School can dress up and cruise through their Trunk or Treat in the school parking lot.

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Goose Rescue Inspires Fishing Line Containers, Pollution Awareness at McKinley Park Lagoon

Andy Van Laan holds the goose he's about to untangle in McKinley Park.
Andy Van Laan holds the goose he's about to untangle in McKinley Park.
Published October 25, 2018

Rescue of one of the migratory geese that flock to McKinley Park has led to new fishing line disposal containers around the park's lagoon. Goose rescuer Andy Van Laan, an avian expert who leads birdwatching sessions at the park, came across the bound goose and was able to free it with the help of McKinley Park Community Garden President Nicholas Efronsis.

"I happened to have a multi-tool with me, and Andy used it to carefully remove the line," Efronsis said. When he heard this had happened multiple times, Efronsis reached out to the McKinley Park Advisory Council (MPAC), which worked with its contacts at the Chicago Park District toward installing the containers to help keep the lagoon clear of fishing tackle.

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Early Voting Begins in McKinley Park

The field house in McKinley Park houses the early voting location for most of the neighborhood.
The field house in McKinley Park houses the early voting location for most of the neighborhood.
Published October 23, 2018

Early voting has started in the McKinley Park neighborhood for the Tuesday, November 6, election for national, state and local offices. For most of the neighborhood, which is predominantly covered by the 12th Ward, the early voting location is at the McKinley Park field house, 2210 W. Pershing Road, Chicago. For the northwest corner of the neighborhood covered by the 25th Ward, the early voting location is at the Chinatown branch of the Chicago Public Library at 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

Early voting at both sites this week runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, October 27. On Sunday, October 28, the sites are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The following work week, from Monday, October 29, through Friday, November 2, the early voting sites are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The weekend before the election, the sites are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 4. On Monday, November 5, early voting is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Last Farmers Market of the Year, Music at Marz Lined Up This Week in McKinley Park

Published October 22, 2018

It's your last chance of the year to get the freshest goods and produce at the McKinley Park Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, at the William McKinley memorial in McKinley Park, 3705 S. Archer Ave., Chicago. Join vendors, neighbors and members of the McKinley Park Advisory Council, which sponsors the market, on Sunday for the final stand until next spring.

Marz Community Brewing Co. again hosts music events this week, including Jazz on Marz with the Jazzeros, a standing music residency on Wednesday nights featuring live jazz from three experimental musicians. DJ Sol Son spins on Friday night, and Lawrence Peters hosts his forward-looking country music stand on Saturday night, all in the Marz tap room.

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C40 Contest Finalists Get Set to Dig Into Pershing Road Project

Three large city-owned lots comprise the Pershing Road project site for C40's Reinventing Cities design contest.
Three large city-owned lots comprise the Pershing Road project site for C40's Reinventing Cities design contest.
Published October 19, 2018

The Pershing Road site for C40's Reinventing Cities contest has taken another step forward with the announcement of project finalists: two design groups that now face the task of conceiving and submitting specific redevelopment plans for the massive lots and buildings sprawling from 1717 to 1819 West Pershing Road.

"C40 has outlined 10 challenges we are trying to address," said Wes Andrews of Urban Intersection Partners, one of the firms comprising finalist Team Pershing. "Most are related to zero carbon and resiliency — these are the areas we are going to be working on."

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