Neighborhood Lines Up for Annual Memorial Day Parade

Marchers in the 2016 Memorial Day Parade follow the same route on 35th Street as planned for the 2017 parade.
Marchers in the 2016 Memorial Day Parade follow the same route on 35th Street as planned for the 2017 parade.
Published May 10, 2017

Led by the McKinley Park Civic Association (MPCA), the McKinley Park neighborhood is getting ready for its annual Memorial Day parade, set to step off at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29, 2017, from the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1915 W. 35th St., Chicago.

A variety of neighborhood institutions are already lined up to participate, and more are welcome, said MPCA Vice President Sue Pletsch. Already on board are the Thomas Kelly High School Marching Band, the William McKinley American Legion Post 231 and a number of other community groups. Any others interested should call MPCA Secretary Chris Bania at (312) 330-5482 by May 20 to sign up.

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Dog-Friendly Area Approved for McKinley Park

Dog park committee volunteer Jaref Vega stands with proud pooches Rio and Caleb at a spring 2017 dog park event.
Dog park committee volunteer Jaref Vega stands with proud pooches Rio and Caleb at a spring 2017 dog park event.
Published April 17, 2017

The McKinley Park Dog Park Committee, part of the McKinley Park Advisory Council, has received approval from the Chicago Park District to pursue development of a Dog-Friendly Area (or DFA) in McKinley Park. With a potential site in the southwest corner of the park, the approximately 15,000-square-foot DFA would provide local dog owners with an area for their pooches to exercise and socialize.

"Many families are already using the park to exercise with their dogs," said committee member Angie Robertson. The next big step is fund raising, she said.

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McKinley Park Tops in Chicago for Fast Home Sales

The McKinley Park neighborhood enjoys its share of both new construction and high-quality home rehabs.
The McKinley Park neighborhood enjoys its share of both new construction and high-quality home rehabs.
Published March 27, 2017

Based on analysis by Chicago Magazine of multiple listing service (MLS) real estate data, the McKinley Park neighborhood leads Chicago in quick turnarounds for home sales. According to the magazine's latest "Where to Buy Now" article, the McKinley Park neighborhood is a "sales star" where homes spent 49 days on the market, on average, in 2016. This is shortest amount of time in the city.

The article provides additional real estate data on McKinley Park and other neighborhoods across the city for 2016. Notably, McKinley Park's median house sales price of $222,500 represents a 39% increase from 2015, and is even 1% over the median price for 2006 during the peak of the real estate bubble.

Click here to read "Where to Buy Now" on Chicago Magazine.

Sun-Times Tackles Daley Corruption at Heart of Wrigley Factory Blight

The abandoned Wrigley factory property at 35th and Ashland remains a source of neighborhood blight.
The abandoned Wrigley factory property at 35th and Ashland remains a source of neighborhood blight.
Published March 27, 2017

In an investigative report and an editorial, the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper has probed the business dealings behind the now-shuttered Wrigley factory at 35th Street and Ashland Avenue in the McKinley Park neighborhood. Not only a source of neighborhood blight, the factory is also costing Chicago taxpayers triple what they should be paying, and big benefits have gone to firms connected with now-11th Ward Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson, according to Sun-Times reporting.

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StreetsBlog Chicago Probes Follow-Up on Traffic Death of 5-year-old

Published March 23, 2017

The publication StreetsBlog Chicago has released a detailed follow-up on the tragic death of McKinley Park 5-year-old Daniel Solis, who was killed following a traffic accident at West 37th Street and Ashland Avenue the morning of March 15, 2017. StreetsBlog writer John Greenfield both examines the incident in depth and provides responses from city officials and 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas.

Click here to read the article on StreetsBlog Chicago.

Key takeaways include a push for a traffic study and better safety measures for that intersection. Community members interested in helping the Solis family cover medical and funeral expenses can do so through the GoFundMe page set up by Daniel and his family's supporters.