McKinley Park Community Meeting Postponed

Published September 8, 2016

As confirmed by the 12th Ward office, the McKinley Park community meeting planned for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, has been postponed. The primary topic of discussion was to have been the transit-oriented development at Archer Avenue and Leavitt Street as proposed by developer Dan Mark at a July 2016 community meeting. However, the presentation is not yet ready, so the meeting has been postponed.

Once a new date has been set for the community meeting, the 12th Ward office will announce it, and it will also be featured in this website's events calender.

Nature Play Garden Planned for Library Green Space

The proposed play garden would occupy the now-underused space south of the McKinley Park public library.
The proposed play garden would occupy the now-underused space south of the McKinley Park public library.
Published August 25, 2016

Children who play in natural settings benefit from physical activity, are less likely to be overweight and enjoy expanded creativity through diverse play. A coalition of McKinley Park neighborhood and municipal groups are coming together to overhaul the underused green space south of the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library to create a nature play garden.

Members of the public are invited to a community meeting on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, to hear plans and offer ideas for the garden, located at 3518-28 S. Wolcott Ave., Chicago. The meeting takes place 9:30 a.m. to noon in the basement of Bethany Baptist Church at 3532  S. Hoyne Ave.

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Farmers Market Music Series Continues This Sunday with 77 Beats

Published August 19, 2016

The music group Son Monarcas will accompany the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company at Sunday's performance.

The McKinley Park Farmers Market continues its series of music and activites this Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, with a premier performance via 77 Beats, a program of the Old Town School of Folk Music. In addition to a drum circle, morning yoga and crafts for children, the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago will perform, accompanied by music group Son Monarcas.

The dance group is based in the McKinley Park neighborhood and has been active since 1982, cementing it as Chicago's most recognized Mexican dance company. Their performance with Son Monarcas' live Mexican music, presented alongside the vendors and delicacies of the farmers market, follows the 77 Beats program of marrying music with food through all 77 of Chicago's neighborhoods.

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McKinley Park's Biggest Party Is This Weekend at Blessed Sacrament Parish

Attendees enjoy the midway a past Blessed Sacrament Parish Carnival.
Attendees enjoy the midway a past Blessed Sacrament Parish Carnival.
Published August 17, 2016

The annual Blessed Sacrament Parish carnival takes place this Thursday, Aug. 18, through Sunday, Aug. 21, on the 3500 block of South Hermitage Avenue and in parish properties on the block. The lineup includes amusement rides, games, food and drink, raffles, and live and DJ music entertainment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoon through evening.

Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 18 and 19; 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20; and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21. Special ride packages cover Thursday and Sunday, and a four-day, all-ride Mega Pass is also available.

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12th Ward IPO Advances Progressive Politics for McKinley Park and Its Neighbors

Members and supporters of the 12th Ward IPO gather at a meeting to support their politically focused activities and agendas.
Members and supporters of the 12th Ward IPO gather at a meeting to support their politically focused activities and agendas.
Published August 11, 2016

The 12th Ward Independent Political Organization (IPO), a nascent advocacy group serving McKinley Park and the other neighborhoods of Chicago's 12th Ward, has continued its mission to extend a progressive political movement heralded by the campaigns of Bernie Sanders, Chicago mayor candidate Jesús "Chuy" Garcia and 12th Ward alderman candidate Pete DeMay.

"We're a group of progressives who are interested in reform in government, local decision-making and equitable policies that promote social and economic justice," said Bill Drew Jr., 27, IPO Chairman and lifetime resident of McKinley Park. "We're keeping the Bernie revolution alive in the 12th Ward."

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