Custom Fabrication Drives Explosive Growth at Bridgewater Studio

Bridgewater Studio co-founders Eric Cup, left, and Patrick Justice show off their custom fabrication shop in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Bridgewater Studio co-founders Eric Cup, left, and Patrick Justice show off their custom fabrication shop in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Published October 11, 2019

Business Name: Bridgewater Studio, Inc.
Address: 1719 W. 35th St.
Industry: Custom fabrication, design and installation
Online: https://bridgewaterstudio.net

A big demand for bespoke fabrication — and the capability to quickly deliver a high-quality end product — has propelled McKinley Park neighborhood-based Bridgewater Studio through 100 percent year-to-year growth and toward a big business expansion, said Bridgewater Studio co-founder Eric Cup.

"We embraced high technology," Cup said. "it's been critical to our growth."

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Development Council Talks TOD, Preps Preview of Neighborhood Plan

McKinley Park Development Council board member Kara Breems, right, introduces panelists during the September 18 meeting at Kristoffer's Cakes.
McKinley Park Development Council board member Kara Breems, right, introduces panelists during the September 18 meeting at Kristoffer's Cakes.
Published October 9, 2019

Big changes to building density and population could be in the sights of the McKinley Park neighborhood, thanks to the expanded transit-oriented development zones now covering most of the community area. This was one of the takeaways from the September 18 meeting of the McKinley Park Development Council, which featured a panel discussion on Equitable Transit-Oriented Development, or ETOD.

"TOD  is not created equally by all neighborhoods," said Kendra Freeman of the Metropolitan Planning Council. To mitigate negative effects like gentrification, the City of Chicago has adopted ETOD measures to "encourage holistic planning and equitable planning," Freeman said.

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Horizon Science Academy Subject of Federal Lawsuit

Horizon Science Academy sits across from McKinley Park at 2245 W. Pershing Road, Chicago.
Horizon Science Academy sits across from McKinley Park at 2245 W. Pershing Road, Chicago.
Published October 8, 2019

As reported by numerous media outlets, including a detailed report from WBBM-TV/CBS 2 Chicago, activities at Horizon Science Academy - McKinley Park are the subject of a federal lawsuit alleging mistreatment of 8-year-old student Zacharion Townsend. On September 30, his father, Anthony Townsend, filed Townsend v. Concept Schools NFP et al naming defendants at Horizon Science Academy, including teacher Sarah Krippinger and gym instructor Kale Graham.

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Cops Report Late Summer Crime Drop for Neighborhood

25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez pledges ward support for the McKinley Park neighborhood at the Beat 912 CAPS meeting on September 11.
25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez pledges ward support for the McKinley Park neighborhood at the Beat 912 CAPS meeting on September 11.
Published October 8, 2019

Beat 912 of the Chicago Police Department enjoyed falling crime rates in late summer, according to reports shared at the Beat 912 Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meeting in September 2019. Ninth District Community Policing Officer Jason Sollis reported crime falling "right back in line" with historic neighborhood lows following a summertime increase, including a July 23 homicide on the border of the 12th and 25th wards.

New 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez attended the September 11 meeting as part of increased involvement from his ward, which covers parts of the northwest and northeast areas of the McKinley Park neighborhood.

"We want to make sure you know we haven't forgotten about McKinley Park," Sigcho-Lopez said.

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Anniversary Parties and Performance Highlight This Week in McKinley Park

Published October 7, 2019

Two of the McKinley Park neighborhood's leading hosts for entertainment, music and fun celebrate anniversaries this coming weekend. Marz Community Brewing Co. fetes five years of doing business during its Liquid Dreams Festival the afternoon of Saturday, October 12. The 21-and-over event features pours from guest breweries, special dishes from guest chefs and music from Lord of the Yum Yum and Lumpen Radio DJs.

Later that night, Otro Ritmo enters its second year of bringing punk rock and DJ performances to its lair at One City Tap. Celebrate the punk rock collaborative's birthday with live bands and DJs at Otro Ritmo Turns Two on Saturday, October 12. The Otro Ritmo: South Side Punk Night on Tuesday, October 8, continues its ongoing monthly stand at One City tap with performances by Tum, Plague Walker and Philadelphia's SOUL GLO.

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