English Tutor Training Moves Online for Aquinas Literacy Center

Published March 12, 2021

More volunteer tutors have joined the Aquinas Literacy Center in its mission to provide free English language training to adult learners, going through a new virtual training process to keep the program thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Aquinas Literacy Center trains another batch of volunteer tutors over March 6 weekend.
  • Volunteers now ready for one-on-one training with local adults who want to learn English.
  • Virtual training process onboards new tutors during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the next session on April 24.

Read more: English Tutor Training Moves Online for Aquinas Literacy Center

COVID Vaccination Opens for McKinley Park Neighborhood North of 35th Street

Published March 10, 2021

McKinley Park neighborhood residents who live in the 60608 zip code, an area from 35th Street north, can now sign up for free COVID vaccination appointments at Chicago's United Center. 

  • City of Chicago's mass vaccination effort opens up to the 60608 zip code and others nearby.
  • McKinley Park residents living north of 35th Street are now eligible to schedule a free COVID vaccination appointment at the United Center.
  • Multilingual and disability support are available within the signup process.

Read more: COVID Vaccination Opens for McKinley Park Neighborhood North of 35th Street

East Central Manufacturing District Named to Top Seven Most-Endangered List

Published March 4, 2021

Preservation Chicago adds the East District of the McKinley Park neighborhood's Central Manufacturing District to its list of most-endangered city spaces in the 2021 edition of its "Chicago 7" list. 

  • Preservation Chicago names the East District of the Central Manufacturing District (CMD) to its "Chicago 7" list of most-endangered spaces.
  • Group recommends landmark designation and creative infill reuse to save historic architecture and prevent future demolitions.
  • East District joins the Pershing Road stretch of the CMD, listed to the Chicago 7 in 2020.

Read more: East Central Manufacturing District Named to Top Seven Most-Endangered List

Coffee Drive-Throughs, TOD Under Microscope at Development Meetings

Published March 3, 2021

New development proposals seek to bring mixed-use transit-oriented development, a Dunkin' drive-through and a Starbucks and 7-Eleven gas station to Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood. 

  • Mixed-use transit-oriented development, a Dunkin' drive-through and a combination Starbucks and 7-Eleven are proposed for the McKinley Park neighborhood.
  • Community meetings from 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas and the McKinley Park Development Council include developer statements and info.
  • Transit-oriented development shrinks to four stories, adds onsite parking after community feedback from 2020.

Read more: Coffee Drive-Throughs, TOD Under Microscope at Development Meetings

Veterans Programs, Open Playgrounds Herald Step Toward Parks Reopening

Published February 25, 2021

Playgrounds at McKinley Park, Hoyne Park, Kucinski-Murphy Park and Mulberry Playlot Park are now open thanks to improving COVID-19 numbers, joined by new sports programs for veterans at the McKinley Park field house. 

  • Children and families can now enjoy the McKinley Park neighborhood's playgrounds after park district opens them back up.
  • New veterans programming at the McKinley Park field house includes archery, badminton and table tennis.
  • Mask-wearing and other safety precautions are still mandatory, says park district.

Read more: Veterans Programs, Open Playgrounds Herald Step Toward Parks Reopening

 
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