Aquinas Literacy Center Lands State of Illinois Grant, Scopes September Reopening

Published July 9, 2020

Free English language learning in the McKinley Park neighborhood gets a boost from a renewed Illinois state grant for Aquinas Literacy Center, which hopes to reopen its doors on September 8.

  • McKinley Park neighborhood literacy center lands $53,500 from Illinois Secretary of State to support adult English language learning.
  • Aquinas receives grant for third year in a row, at steadily increasing funding levels.
  • A planned reopening of the literacy center for English language learning and tutor training is slated for September 8.

Read more: Aquinas Literacy Center Lands State of Illinois Grant, Scopes September Reopening

Dozens of McKinley Park Businesses Receive Jumbo Federal Paycheck Protection Loans

Published July 8, 2020

Many enterprises in the McKinley Park Community Area and adjacent Central Manufacturing District have received large federal Paycheck Protection Program loans, resulting in the retention of over 1,000 local jobs, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • Local enterprises receive large, forgivable loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to retain local jobs.
  • Data release lists 30 McKinley Park recipients of loans of at least $150,000.
  • Over 1,000 neighborhood jobs to be saved, says data.

Read more: Dozens of McKinley Park Businesses Receive Jumbo Federal Paycheck Protection Loans

McKinley Dog Park Announces Fund-Raising Campaign

Published July 7, 2020

The McKinley Dog Park seeks the public's help in funding some basic necessities for operations and cleanup at the dog-friendly area in McKinley Park, the only one of its kind on the Southwest Side.

  • McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council asks public for help funding basic cleanup and operations.
  • Only dog-friendly area on the Southwest Side has been open since early 2020.
  • Online donations to channel funds straight to dog park necessities like poop bags.

Read more: McKinley Dog Park Announces Fund-Raising Campaign

Neighborhood Leaders, Institutions Decry Systemic Injustice, Proclaim Black Lives Matter

Published June 19, 2020

The McKinley Park Development Council and Amate House have released statements in support of Black Lives Matter and criminal justice reform, joined by many of the McKinley Park neighborhood's elected representatives.

  • McKinley Park Development Council releases statement in support of Black Lives Matter and criminal justice reform.
  • Amate House releases its action plan for anti-racism and embedding racial justice considerations in its work.
  • Elected officials, other neighborhood groups speak out with statements and advocacy.

Read more: Neighborhood Leaders, Institutions Decry Systemic Injustice, Proclaim Black Lives Matter

Marz Community Kitchen Feeds Families, Employs Food and Dining Workers

Published June 18, 2020

The Community Kitchen program at Marz Community Brewing Co. in Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood is creating hundreds of meals each week for hungry local families while employing food service pros during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Marz Community Brewing Co. is creating and distributing hundreds of meals each week to feed hungry local families and seniors.
  • Community Kitchen program employs food service pros hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Program partners include Kimski restaurant, the Public Media Institute and others.

Read more: Marz Community Kitchen Feeds Families, Employs Food and Dining Workers

 
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