Civic Association Signs Off for Summer, Slates 2020 Banquet Date

Local attorney Steve Demitro, right, answers questions about tenants rights alongside McKinley Park Civic Association officers Chris Bania and Anges Bednarkiewicz at the June 5 association meeting.
Local attorney Steve Demitro, right, answers questions about tenants rights alongside McKinley Park Civic Association officers Chris Bania and Anges Bednarkiewicz at the June 5 association meeting.
Published June 7, 2019

On Wednesday, June 5, the McKinley Park Civic Association held its last meeting until next fall at the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library. In addition to recapping the hugely successful (and rain-free) Memorial Day Parade, the association set a date of March 8, 2020, for its annual banquet and educators awards dinner.

Local attorney Steve Demitro shared a brief "Lecture on the Law" that included questions and answers on community-focused legal topics. Among other things, Demitro highlighted the obligations and restrictions enacted through the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance, one of the strongest renters protections in the country, he said.

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Birders Flock to McKinley Park

Antonio Flores, left, and fellow bird watchers spot waterfowl at the McKinley Park lagoon on the May 4, 2019, Bird Walk.
Antonio Flores, left, and fellow bird watchers spot waterfowl at the McKinley Park lagoon on the May 4, 2019, Bird Walk.
Published June 6, 2019

Chicago's McKinley Park has become an oasis for bird watching with the area rolling through the height of the migration season and local groups playing host to bird walks and education events. The area is a "hot spot" for birding, said Chicago Audubon Society President Judy Pollock, since the park and its natural areas attract both common and very rare species.

"Some of these birds will stay for the breeding season," she said. "These are the birds we will be looking for on our farmers market walks."

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Pride Month, Concerts and Comedy Lead Events Lineup This Week in McKinley Park

The McKinley Park News booth at the McKinley Park Farmers Market offers information and signups for its Neighbors program.
The McKinley Park News booth at the McKinley Park Farmers Market offers information and signups for its Neighbors program.
Published June 3, 2019

Pride Month begins in the McKinley Park neighborhood with a month-long film event series at the McKinley Park public library. The Tab Hunter Confidential Film Screening kicks off the series the afternoon of Thursday, June 6, telling the tale of the hunky Hollywood actor forced to hide during the Golden Age of movies. The Milk Film Screening on Saturday, June 8, portrays the biography of Harvey Milk, gay activist and legislator.

Two standout concerts will delight neighborhood music lovers this week: The Allison Wonder Band will rock McKinley Park starting at noon on Sunday, June 9, as part of the Night Out at the Parks Series. On Saturday evening, June 8, enjoy the Latin American music of the Los Embajadores Concert at Bethany Baptist Church alongside a fun cookout on the church patio.

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Charter School Board Refutes Threat Allegation: "Namaste Is Not Closing"

Namaste Charter School at 3737 S. Paulina St., Chicago, is the site of unionization negotiations between the school's leaders, teachers, staff and board.
Namaste Charter School at 3737 S. Paulina St., Chicago, is the site of unionization negotiations between the school's leaders, teachers, staff and board.
Published May 31, 2019

"Namaste is not closing at the end of this school year," said Namaste Charter School Board Chair Cathy Calhoun in response to a press release issued earlier this week by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). "The CTU's claims about our school closing are not accurate."

As previously reported here in the McKinley Park News, the CTU's press release stated that threats to close the school surfaced during negotiations surrounding unionization of the school's teachers and staff. However, no such threat was made, and the CTU is instead misconstruing a discussion about Namaste's financial trajectory "to have an upper hand at the bargaining table," said Vanessa Acuna, Namaste's dean of students.

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Cops Warn Neighborhood of Burglary Spree

Published May 30, 2019

The Chicago Police Department has issued a community alert regarding a string of burglaries taking place in May in the McKinley Park neighborhood. In each incident, burglars used force to gain entry to a residence or garage, then stole items before escaping undetected.

The burglaries took place at the following times and locations:

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