Marz Community Brewing Opening Tap Room This Weekend

Marz Community Brewing at 3630 S. Iron St. begins its retail alcohol and food service this weekend.
Marz Community Brewing at 3630 S. Iron St. begins its retail alcohol and food service this weekend.
Published February 21, 2018

Marz Community Brewing Co. opens its tap room this Saturday, February 24, having recently received licenses from the City of Chicago for on-premises alcohol consumption, liquor to go and retail food sales. The brewery, on the eastern edge of the McKinley Park neighborhood at 3630 S. Iron St., announced it will open the new venue from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and also release a new beer that afternoon.

After waiting nearly a year since filing license applications with the City of Chicago, the brewery received approval on February 14 from the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. The three business licenses — for package goods, a retail food establishment and incidental alcohol consumption — run until February 15, 2020, and are a compulsory component of launching the tap room. 

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Challenges, Gains Shown in Neighborhood Schools' Report Cards

Evergreen Academy Middle School boasted eighth graders passing Algebra I at a higher rate than the district or state.
Evergreen Academy Middle School boasted eighth graders passing Algebra I at a higher rate than the district or state.
Published February 20, 2018

The State of Illinois has released its report cards on school performance, demographics and funding, including reports for McKinley Park neighborhood elementary and middle schools.

Edward Everett Elementary School, Nathanael Greene Elementary School, Namaste Charter School and Evergreen Academy Middle School all received a breakdown of their student performance on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test, in addition to a host of other school data.

Although the Illinois report cards show some bright spots, all neighborhood schools continue to be challenged with consistently meeting or exceeding district and state percentages for English language and math performance.

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Suss Neighborhood Development at Tour, Meeting This Week in McKinley Park

Published February 19, 2018

This week in McKinley Park, the City of Chicago and the C40 Reinventing Cities design competition push redevelopment of the Central Manufacturing District with a Pershing Road Buildings Tour at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 23. Advance reservations are required for this tour, as well as for the preceding info session at 10:30 a.m. downtown at the Cultural Center.

The McKinley Park Development Council hosts its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, at the McKinley Park field house. The non-profit seeks to engender economic, cultural and social development for the neighborhood, and Wednesday's meeting will offer a chance for the group and its committees to push forward program development.

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Horizon Robotics Teams Net Contest Wins, Advance to State

The Robominds Team from Horizon Science Academy McKinley Park stand with their top design award at the FIRST robotics competition on Saturday, February 10.
The Robominds Team from Horizon Science Academy McKinley Park stand with their top design award at the FIRST robotics competition on Saturday, February 10.
Published February 16, 2018

Student robotics teams from Horizon Science Academy McKinley Park landed several awards last Saturday, February 10, at the FIRST Illinois Robotics Challenge competition. 

All three teams from Horizon competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) category, and all three secured a spot in the finals on Saturday. Horizon's high school-age team earned multiple awards, including a first place for robotics design and a place in the upcoming state finals competition.

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Suspected Thieves, Gang House Sanctions and End of Dibs Are Highlights of CAPS Meeting

Two men pictured in CTA surveillance footage are wanted for questioning in connection to a January burglary.
Two men pictured in CTA surveillance footage are wanted for questioning in connection to a January burglary.
Published February 15, 2018

The monthly Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meeting for Beat 912 attracted dozens of residents and officials on Valentine's Day, February 14, to share information on McKinley Park neighborhood crime and strategies for fighting it. Notably, 9th District detectives are seeking the public's help in tracking down suspected burglars, legal action is moving forward against an alleged gang and drug house at 3629 S. Wood St., and, according to the 12th Ward, this cycle of dibs is officially over for the neighborhood.

Streets and Sanitation has been ordered to start removing dibs from the streets as of Thursday, February 15, said Samie Martinez of the 12th Ward office.

"There shouldn't be any fighting over dibs," 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas said and noted that the ward office offers residents help with shoveling.

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