McKinley Park Advisory Council Meeting Plots Summer Events, New Park Programs

Youth tennis phenom Amaliia Elizarova, right, speaks about her ideas for tennis programming and promotion for McKinley Park alonside her mother, Luba Elizarova, and sister, Serafima, at the June 10 meeting of the McKinley Park Advisory Council.
Youth tennis phenom Amaliia Elizarova, right, speaks about her ideas for tennis programming and promotion for McKinley Park alonside her mother, Luba Elizarova, and sister, Serafima, at the June 10 meeting of the McKinley Park Advisory Council.
Published June 11, 2019

The McKinley Park Advisory Council pushed forward planning and coordination for a summer full of events in the park at its meeting on Monday, June 10, at the McKinley Park field house. Leading the events is the McKinley Park Farmers Market, now approaching its third weekend of the 2019 season.

New features at the market include, for the first time, two paid, part-time employees to help manage the significant work of running the market, managing vendors and promoting the weekly event. Stef Funk returns as a market manager after her volunteer support in past years, joined by market manager Joe Fujan, said council Secretary Katie Flores. 

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Curbed Highlights McKinley Park Among "Ideal" Neighborhoods to Buy vs. Rent

Published June 10, 2019

The real estate in Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood is again in the news with the Curbed Chicago publication placing McKinley Park among a number of "ideal" neighborhoods in which to purchase a home versus renting. The Curbed article "Where to Live if You'd Rather Buy Than Rent" notes McKinley Park's affordability, its close proximity to downtown and its rapidly appreciating home prices as factors in making the list. 

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Find Punk Rock, Carnival Games and Community This Week in McKinley Park

Yoga practitioners hold a position at the McKinley Park farmers market on Sunday, June 9. Yoga takes place every week at the market starting at 10 a.m. Photo by Queenie Chong.
Yoga practitioners hold a position at the McKinley Park farmers market on Sunday, June 9. Yoga takes place every week at the market starting at 10 a.m. Photo by Queenie Chong.
Published June 10, 2019

Another second Tuesday means it's time for one of the best punk rock nights in Chicago, right here in the McKinley Park neighborhood. This Tuesday, June 11, One City Tap again hosts Otro Ritmo: South Side Punk Night, featuring live performance from the bands PKDores and Concienca, plus house DJs Malice and Orno. Are you a punk, freak, metalhead, goth, mutant or neighborhood regular? Step up and punk out!

Omega Delta Youth Baseball and Softball League is in full swing, and on Sunday, June 16, they're presenting their Omega Delta All-Star Carnival at Hoyne Park. Bring dad for Fathers Day to cheer on the kids playing in the all-star games while enjoying a dunk tank, carnival games and more.

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Neighborhood Development Plan Highlighted in Local Media

Published June 8, 2019

The project to create a comprehensive development plan for the McKinley Park neighborhood received a nod from local publication Gazette Chicago in a recent article from reporter Rick Romano. In the article, leaders of the McKinley Park Development Council, which is sponsoring the plan from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), spoke of the need for collaboration to help provide direction for the neighborhood.

The plan's full development is currently underway following the recent release of the Existing Conditions Report for the McKinley Park neighborhood. The final plan is expected to be completed in late 2020 after more community feedback and planning informs the final result.

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Greene Elementary Lands Exemplary Supportive School Certification

Students and parents stroll to Nathanael Greene Elementary School on one of the last Fridays before summer break.
Students and parents stroll to Nathanael Greene Elementary School on one of the last Fridays before summer break.
Published June 7, 2019

Nathanael Greene Elementary School at 3525 S. Honore St. in Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood has landed yet another accolade for high performance with its certification as a top supportive school for social-emotional learning. The designation, which acknowledges Greene's efforts toward creating an across-the-board supportive environment, comes from the Office of College and Career Success of Chicago Public Schools.

"We applaud your strong-multi-tiered system of supports for students, your integration of social and emotional learning into daily practices, and the many positive and collaborative relationships you have built in your school community," said a letter to school leaders from Office of Social Emotional Learning Executive Director Hellen Antonopoulos.

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