Performances and Community Engagement Fill This Week in McKinley Park

Published September 2, 2019

2ndDistrictStateRepTheresaMahIllinois 2nd District State Rep. Theresa Mah hosts the 2nd District Office Open House on Thursday, September 5.The McKinley Park Farmers Market continues its final month of the season on Sunday, September 8, including a special performance of spectacular Japanese drumming during the Farmers Market Concert: Tsukasa Taiko. Grab some fresh local goods, produce, food and coffee, and take part in Yoga at the Farmers MarketBocce Ball and one of the Bird Walks from the Chicago Audubon Society. Neighborhood residents attending the market can also sign up to post free classified ads and enjoy other features of the McKinley Park News during Neighbor Account Signups.

Aquinas Literacy Center begins training its fall cohort of volunteer teachers at English Literacy Tutor Training on Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7. Sign up to volunteer for this essential local program and become a certified tutor of English for new immigrants and English-language learners in our community. 

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Midnight Circus Returns, Documentary Films Premiere This Week in McKinley Park

Published August 26, 2019

Exit Zero documentary posterThe locally made documentary Exit Zero: An Industrial Family Story screens Monday night, August 26, at the McKinley Park field house.The astounding and extremely popular Midnight Circus is returning to McKinley Park for a series of performances over Labor Day weekend, including a 7 p.m. show on Friday, August 30, a noon show and a 3 p.m. show on Saturday, August 31, and a noon show and a 3 p.m. show on Sunday, September 1. The discounted ticket cost is only $5 per person, but don't delay in purchasing your tickets, which you can buy online: These shows sell out fast!

The Exit Zero Film Screening on Monday evening, August 26, presents a fascinating look at the travails of a local steel mill family and what happened to them and their neighborhood when the plant closed. Part of the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase, the night also showcases local documentaries Yesterday and Save It.

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McKinley Dog Park Breaks Ground

Public officials and dog park officers lift their shovels at the dog park ground-breaking on Saturday, August 17, in McKinley Park.
Public officials and dog park officers lift their shovels at the dog park ground-breaking on Saturday, August 17, in McKinley Park.
Published August 25, 2019

The dog-friendly area in Chicago's McKinley Park took a definitive step forward on Saturday, August 17, at the official ground breaking for the McKinley Dog Park, a plot for large and small dogs adjacent to the park's swimming pool area. It's also the first dog park on the Southwest Side of Chicago.

"I'm glad it's come to fruition," said 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas. He noted the role that Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) funds played in funding the park, a cooperative effort that also involved TIF money coordination with 11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson.

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Hoyne Park Gang Shoot-Out Preceded Slaying of Neighborhood Teen, Cops Say

12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas discusses moving a police security camera to Hoyne Park alongside Officer Jason Solis and Beat Facilitator Glenn Young at the Wednesday, August 14, meeting for CAPS Beat 912.
12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas discusses moving a police security camera to Hoyne Park alongside Officer Jason Solis and Beat Facilitator Glenn Young at the Wednesday, August 14, meeting for CAPS Beat 912.
Published August 24, 2019

Youth baseball players and parents scrambled for cover during a gang shoot-out at Hoyne Park on Tuesday, July 23, an incident likely linked to the nearby drive-by slaying of McKinley Park neighborhood teen Anthony Finley two days later, police said at the Wednesday, August 14, meeting for Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS).

"It's a horrible thing," said Community Policing Officer Jason Solis. Kids and parents had to "duck and hide away from the gunfire," he said.

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New Restaurant Pochos Launches Luxe Weekend Brunch

Xavier Hernandez, Irene Acosta and Miguel Hernandez prep test dishes in the Pochos kitchen prior to their brunch opening on Saturday, August 24.
Xavier Hernandez, Irene Acosta and Miguel Hernandez prep test dishes in the Pochos kitchen prior to their brunch opening on Saturday, August 24.
Published August 22, 2019

Business Name: Pochos
Address: 2025 W. 35th St.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat.-Mon.
Online: Pocho's Facebook Page

Pochos restaurant opens this weekend, on Saturday, August 24, with a brunch service that's impossible to find anywhere else in the area, said Irene Acosta, one of the three partners in this new venture. Acosta, along with her husband, Miguel Hernandez, and Xavier Hernandez (no relation) hope to leverage their combined 50 years in the food service industry into a restaurant business that grows, step by step, from its initial weekend brunch.

"We want to build a community around food," Acosta said.  "For years, I hoped my husband would open up a storefront restaurant."

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