Marshfield Courts Gets Face-Lift with Help from Local Artist

Local artist Juan Chavez trims back weeds and branches during the Marshfield Courts clean-up on Saturday, July 13.
Local artist Juan Chavez trims back weeds and branches during the Marshfield Courts clean-up on Saturday, July 13.
Published August 8, 2019

The long-neglected Marshfield Courts lot at 1642 W. 35th St., Chicago, received an overhaul and cleanup, thanks to the efforts of McKinley Park neighborhood artist Juan Chavez and sponsor Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. A program of the beer company's community day outreach, the event on July 13 featured a cleanup of the lot and installation of mural artwork, followed by an evening hangout with DJs, food and drink.

"I didn't understand why or how it was abandoned," Chavez said of the City of Chicago-owned lot. "The Marshfield Courts have been sticking out like a sore thumb since I moved to the area 13 years ago." 

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Parties, School Prep Lead Events Lineup This Week in McKinley Park

Published August 5, 2019

Ida y Vuelta band leadCowboy Choir performs on Sunday, August 11, at the McKinley Park Farmers Market.Get ready to party this Saturday, August 10, for a double lineup of outdoor neighborhood fetes. The Blessed Sacrament Parish Summer Fiesta brings food, games and amusements to the 3500 block of South Hermitage Avenue, hearkening back to the days of the parish's block-long neighborhood carnival. A couple blocks further north, on the 3300 block of South Wood Street, The Shutdown 4 BBQ Block Party kicks off a full day of DJs, grilling and amusements starting at noon.

Free school supplies and immunizations are on-hand at the Back to School Health Fair on Saturday, August 10. Sponsored by 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, the fair runs from 9 a.m. to noon in the McKinley Park field house.

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McKinley Park Library Tops Summer Kids Events This Week

Published July 29, 2019

Ida y Vuelta band leadIda y Vuelta performs on Sunday, August 4, at the McKinley Park Farmers Market.The McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library remains a bedrock institution for the neighborhood, consistently hosting great programs and fun activities throughout the year. Help your kids power through the summer doldrums with this week's library events, such as the Finding Dory Film Screening on Saturday, August 3.

Young scientists can experiment at the library this week, including Brain Games with the MSI Interns, a two-part session on Tuesday, July 30, and Thursday, August 1, that brings the Museum of Science and Industry to the McKinley Park neighborhood. The sTEAM Players session on Wednesday, July 31, and LEGO at the Library on Tuesday, July 30, engage kids with science and engineering challenges and experiments.

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Neighborhood Teen Killed in Drive-By Shooting

Published July 26, 2019

Chicago Police Department and media reports state that a 19-year-old man was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting in the vicinity of West 34th Street and South Bell Avenue during the evening on Thursday, July 25. McKinley Park neighborhood resident Anthony Finley was shot from a white-colored SUV coming out of an alley between South Bell Avenue and South Leavitt Street, police said. This is near the rear of Everett Elementary School at 3419 S. Bell Ave.

Finley was shot in the abdomen while walking on the sidewalk and sent in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The white SUV fled west on 34th street after the shooting.

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McKinley Park Dog-Friendly Area on Cusp of Construction

McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council members and officers gather at their quarterly meeting on June 17 at One City Tap.
McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council members and officers gather at their quarterly meeting on June 17 at One City Tap.
Published July 25, 2019

The long-awaited dog park in Chicago's McKinley Park will soon begin construction, and the McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council is getting ready to celebrate and transition to active management of this new community space, said council President Carina Trudell. With construction set to begin in August, the park should be ready for pooches this fall, she said.

"Until recent months our tone was hopeful because we just weren't sure when this would be complete," Trudell said. "Now it's gone from hopeful to confident and prepared."

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