New Manufacturing, Free Turkeys, Parks and Gaming Beget This Week's Events in McKinley Park

Published November 18, 2019

12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas Turkey Raffle lead12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas' Turkey Raffle is one of two holiday turkey giveaways this week in McKinley Park. As reported here in the McKinley Park News, a proposed manufacturing development looks to land at a Bubbly Creek property off Ashland Avenue, touching the northeast corner of the McKinley Park neighborhood. The Cougle Foods Development Meeting on Wednesday, November 20, at Park No. 571 will provide information about the proposal at a presentation from across the river at the park's boat house. Hosts 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez and 11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson welcome the public to attend and learn about the prospective development.

Would you like a free bird for your holiday table? The Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway on Saturday, November 23, has 1,000 turkeys ready for residents of McKinley Park and nearby neighborhoods, courtesy of MAT Asphalt. Note that recipients must register in advance for the giveaway. This holiday event joins the Thanksgiving turkey raffle from 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, as reported here in the McKinley Park News, which runs through Thursday, November 21.

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Cougle Foods Plots Move to Ashland Avenue as One of Final Exits from Fulton Market

A rendering from a Chicago River Ecology & Governance Task Force presentation shows a draft of the potential appearance of the Cougle Foods development proposed for 2841 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.
A rendering from a Chicago River Ecology & Governance Task Force presentation shows a draft of the potential appearance of the Cougle Foods development proposed for 2841 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.
Published November 15, 2019

Following in the footsteps of many food and manufacturing businesses on the near West Side of Chicago, Cougle Foods (also known as Cougle Commission Company) is getting out of the Fulton Market neighborhood now booming with high-tech businesses and high-end residential development. The company, which has been one of the last holdouts in the former meat market district, now looks to build a new facility at 2841 S. Ashland Ave. on a vacant industrial site along Bubbly Creek, touching the northeast border of the McKinley Park neighborhood.

Cougle Foods owner Lee Freidheim said he is sad to leave the Fulton Market after over three decades at Cougle's custom-built facility. "I love it here. I like to be in a central area," he said. However, the potential for growth and modernization at the new site leverages the financial windfall of the sale of their valuable Fulton Market property, he said. "We're investing it all and then some."

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Chile Toreado To Add Spice To Growing Restaurant Scene on 35th Street

Brothers Jaime Sotelo, left, and Alfonso Sotelo stand ready in the kitchen of their soon-to-open restaurant Chile Toreado at 2022 W. 35th St., Chicago.
Brothers Jaime Sotelo, left, and Alfonso Sotelo stand ready in the kitchen of their soon-to-open restaurant Chile Toreado at 2022 W. 35th St., Chicago.
Published November 14, 2019

Another new restaurant is bound for 35th Street in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago with the pending arrival of Chile Toreado, a full-service Mexican restaurant at 2022 W. 35th St. in the space formerly occupied by the Jazzy Bean cafe. Brothers Jaime and Alfonso Sotelo — both fine-dining restaurant vets and longtime McKinley Park neighborhood residents — are rolling out Chile Toreado to accompany Alfonso Sotelo's successful and highly regarded 5 Rabanitos restaurant in the nearby Pilsen neighborhood.

"Always be careful with the chile toreados" is the warning the brothers' grandmother gave them when teaching how to cook what is now the restaurant's signature dish, Jaime Sotelo said. Her recipes and the experience of cooking while growing up impoverished on a farm in Mexico helped expose the brothers to fresh, authentic Mexican food, most of which was gathered and hunted directly from their farm, he said.

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Marz Tap Room Lauded as One of Chicago's Best New Bars

The Marz Community Brewing tap room rests inside the Marz brewery building in an industrial strip on the east end of the McKinley Park neighborhood.
The Marz Community Brewing tap room rests inside the Marz brewery building in an industrial strip on the east end of the McKinley Park neighborhood.
Published November 13, 2019

Marz Community Brewing Co. at 3630 S. Iron St. in the McKinley Park Community Area of Chicago received the nod from Chicago magazine as one of the city's Best New Bars in an article published November 12. The top 20 list from writers Amy Cavanaugh, Karl Klockars and Tal Rosenberg highlights the best new watering holes across Chicago, with the Marz tap room being the only South Side pick on the list.

The article spotlighted the highly creative and varied brews from Marz, calling the tap room "one big beautiful freak-out dropped into an industrial corner of the South Side."

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Montessori School Settles Into New McKinley Park Home, Advocates for Funding Fix

Mark Javier, in the foreground, a partner in the school, shows off the rear of the new Montessori Foundations of Chicago building during their open house in October 2019.
Mark Javier, in the foreground, a partner in the school, shows off the rear of the new Montessori Foundations of Chicago building during their open house in October 2019.
Published November 13, 2019

Montesssori Foundations of Chicago has moved into its new home in the McKinley Park neighborhood, expanding its curriculum and scope of student services, and settling into a permanent location for the school. Located at 2239 W. 35th St., Chicago, the new facility updates the abandoned, former Titan Ornamental Ironworks property with a complete gut rehabilitation and expansion of the building and grounds.

"It was important that the school remain in the community," said Principal Beata Skorusa. "McKinley Park reflects a lot of our school values, including diversity: not only racial, but ethnic and socio-economic."

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