Tour Offers Peek Inside Central Manufacturing District Buildings

Tour attendees assess the train loading docks at one of the warehouses in the Central Manufacturing District.
Tour attendees assess the train loading docks at one of the warehouses in the Central Manufacturing District.
Published February 27, 2018

Three gargantuan city-owned properties in the Central Manufacturing District received scrutiny from architects and planners this past Friday, February 23, during a tour designed to market their sale and redevelopment.

As a lead-in to C40's Reinventing Cities design competition, the tour meandered through the lots and buildings stretching from 1717 to 1819 West Pershing Road, led by representatives from the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development.

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Get Property Tax Help, Enjoy Gaming Fun This Week in McKinley Park

Published February 26, 2018

Many homes in Cook County have inaccurate property taxes, and 7th District Cook County Commissioner candidate Angie Sandoval is providing some help via a Property Tax Appeal Seminar at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the McKinley Park field house. Presented alongside Illinois State Senator Antonio "Tony" Munoz, the seminar will assist homeowners in understanding and appealing their property taxes.

Families will find entertaining fun at the McKinley Park library this week, including Games Day at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, when the library breaks out both tried-and-true gaming classics and six new games each month. Players can go head to head at Chess at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at the library, and bingo fans can get their fix at the weekly Bingo games, Wednesday evenings at Blessed Sacrament Parish.

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What is the Future of Our Neighborhood?

Published February 23, 2018

Alma Anaya photoAlma AnayaBy Alma Anaya, candidate for 7th District Cook County Commissioner

Off I-55 and a few minutes away from the bustle of downtown Chicago, we find McKinley Park, a quaint, diverse, working-class neighborhood that boasts being the geographic center of our city. I have worked for Cook County 7th District Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for the past six years; the last three have been in our office in McKinley Park. It’s a great neighborhood for our office as it is conveniently positioned as the gateway to the broader Southwest Side, easily accessible by public transit and a hop away from the neighborhoods in the 7th District north of the river.

Chicago is undergoing a housing crisis as property values increase and residents are being displaced from communities that were once affordable and a refuge for working-class families. McKinley Park is no exception to this, and as new developments come to the community, it is crucial that residents define a vision for what McKinley Park seeks to become in the future.

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Crain's Again Highlights McKinley Park Real Estate

Published February 22, 2018

Crain's Chicago Business has again featured the McKinley Park neighborhood as a choice spot for home buyers and a hot real estate market in a recently published article as part of its "Where to Buy" series.

The article, which compares McKinley Park against suburban Libertyville, notes McKinley Park's rising home prices and competitive market, with single family homes selling, on average, in 60 days in 2017, versus the citywide average of 92 days.

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Neighborhood Development Planning Advances at Council Meeting

McKinley Park Development Council members push forward neighborhood development plans on Wednesday, February 21, at the McKinley Park field house.
McKinley Park Development Council members push forward neighborhood development plans on Wednesday, February 21, at the McKinley Park field house.
Published February 22, 2018

The McKinley Park Development Council, a young non-profit founded to enable neighborhood economic, social and cultural development, moved forward with building the group and defining programs at its meeting on Wednesday, February 21, at the McKinley Park field house. Breakout sessions of committees focusing on neighborhood business development, events and beautification began creating roles and priorities for the group's activities.

The nearly 30 meeting attendees represented a broad swath of the neighborhood's residents, business owners and leaders. As stated by President John Belcik, the council continues its work to develop a comprehensive neighborhood development plan with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), and a launch and rollout for this will occur in the early spring.

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