Music, Kids Fun and More Lined Up for This Week in McKinley Park

Published July 22, 2019

Holy Cross Marimba Ensemble leadThe Holy Cross Marimba Ensemble performs on Sunday, July 28, at the McKinley Park Farmers Market.One City Tap keeps bringing more great live music to the McKinley Park neighborhood, propelled by their relationship with the punk rock brigade of Otro Ritmo. The Saturday, July 27, show No Acción! at Otro Ritmo presents the hard-hitting clase obrera punk music of ¡No Acción! alongside the bands Shots Fired! Shots Fired!, Conciencia Total and Permanent Resident, plus guest and house DJs. Only a $5 suggested donation or pay what you can is asked for admittance.

On the other end of the age spectrum for music lovers is Music to Play by with Rick Kelley on Wednesday evening, July 24, at the McKinley Park public library. Kids 3 and up love Kelley's engaging entertainment as this one-man band inspires singing, dancing, moving and laughing.

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McKinley Park Neighborhood Highlighted in WGN Radio Show

Published July 19, 2019

Lifelong neighborhood resident Dayna Calderon shared her memories and updates about the McKinley Park Community Area on the Thursday, July 18, Extension 720 with Justin Kaufmann show from WGN Radio. During the broadcast, which also featured other Chicago topics, Calderon expounded on activities in the park and neighborhood, what the future may hold for development and gentrification, and general life in McKinley Park.

"We've got a really strong community right here," Calderon said on the show. 

The McKinley Park segment begins at approximately 13 minutes, 45 seconds into Kaufmann's broadcast and runs for 15 minutes. Click here to visit the WGN Radio website and listen to the episode.

Velma Thomas Honors Culture and Community Through Our Multilingual Curriculum

Published July 18, 2019

Giselle Sanchez SantiagoGiselle Sanchez SantiagoBy Giselle Sanchez Santiago, Teacher at Velma Thomas Early Childhood Center

"Ice cream, ice cream, quien quiere ice cream?!” was a frequently chanted phrase in our classroom right up until the last day of school at the Velma Thomas Early Childhood Center in McKinley Park. Among many other topics this year, my preschool classroom studied ice cream: the transactions around it, the money involved and the design and construction of stores. As with all our studies, we used as many tools as we could think of — digital cameras, one-on-one and small group conversations, walking field trips, and parent and cross-classroom collaboration — and it was all happening in Spanish.

Velma Thomas has undergone many transformations over the years, including leadership, teaching methods and language models. We are a Chicago Public Schools child-parent center, which puts an emphasis on building deep relationships with parents by involving them in the classroom, providing them with resources, and inviting them to see children as we do: curious, capable and autonomous holders of love and theories about the world.

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"Last Mile" Warehouse on Ashland Avenue to Break Ground This Summer

A rendering provided by Logistics Property Company displays the design of their upcoming development at 3711 S. Ashland Ave.
A rendering provided by Logistics Property Company displays the design of their upcoming development at 3711 S. Ashland Ave.
Published July 17, 2019

A vacant 6.4-acre property at 3711 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, is set to begin a full rehabilitation and build-out this summer, with industrial property developer Logistics Property Company announcing the pending construction of a warehouse designed to fulfill "last mile" shipping needs.

"There aren’t any other sites like this in the city," said Logistics Property Company's Aaron Martell, executive vice president for the firm's Midwest region. "It’s a rarity to find a site this close to the central business and entertainment districts. The project provides true one-hour delivery to The Loop."

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Arts, Education and Community Development Slated for This Week in McKinley Park

Published July 15, 2019

David Kachalon harmonica leadDavid Kachalon brings his harmonica workshop to the farmers market on Sunday, July 21.The National Latino Education Institute (NLEI) is signing up students for two new programs designed to connect young people with industries that are desperately seeking workers for positions in well-paid careers. The Renewable Energy Training Program Enrollment signs up students for NLEI's new ENERGIA project, which provides fundamental training, field experience and job placement assistance in new energy industries such as solar and wind power. The Medical Office Specialist Program Enrollment gets students into the healthcare industry through its training program and prep for certification exams. Enrollment for both programs run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday at the institute until August 23: Prospective students are encouraged to drop in, learn more and sign up.

Help onboard the next slate of neighborhood development leaders at the McKinley Park Development Council Meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at the field house in McKinley Park. Elections for new council board members join updates on the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's neighborhood development plan, scheduled for release later this year. 

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