Cops on Hunt for McKinley Statue Vandals as Violent Crime Wave Ebbs

Published December 15, 2020

The William McKinley memorial statue in McKinley Park survived a November 25 vandalism attempt that is still under investigation, while a fall crime spike eases, Chicago police said at the December meeting for CAPS Beat 912.

  • The statue of President William McKinley at his memorial in McKinley Park survives a November 25 attempt to pull it down.
  • Materials at the scene point to a possible link to indigenous Hawaiian protesters, police say.
  • Crime statistics and analysis show easing off from a spike in violent crime, even as overall reports remain lower than in 2019.

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Media Speculation Posits Amazon Warehouse for Former Wrigley Factory Site

Published December 9, 2020

Writing in Crain's Chicago Business cites unnamed sources who say Amazon's bound for a last-mile warehouse at 3535 S. Ashland Ave., but the commerce and shipping giant has not yet announced a move.

  • Writing in Crain's Chicago Business cites unnamed sources who say Amazon will move into a last-mile warehouse at 3535 S. Ashland Ave.
  • The Planned Manufacturing District site in the 11th Ward has been vacant since 2006, when the Wrigley factory closed down.
  • Amazon declines to comment on future business plans for the site, dubbed the South Branch Commerce Center.

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9th District Warns Neighborhood's Elderly of Ruse Burglaries

Published November 30, 2020

Burglars have successfully struck twice in McKinley Park by posing as repairmen, says a recent community alert from the Chicago Police Department's 9th District.

  • Burglars have recently struck twice in the McKinley Park neighborhood by posing as repairmen.
  • Community alert from 9th District police details incidents and steps for protection.
  • Related burglary on Oct. 21 in Bridgeport also listed in community alert.

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Development Council Elects Board Members

Published November 30, 2020

The McKinley Park Development Council welcomed five new members to its board of directors and announced the planned December 16 release of the McKinley Park neighborhood plan.

  • McKinley Park Development Council announces results of board of directors election.
  • Five new board members join the neighborhood non-profit organization.
  • Final draft of McKinley Park neighborhood plan anticipated on December 16.

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McKinley Park Caterer Retools During Pandemic with Small Business Support from City

Published November 20, 2020

The Nicole Jordan Catering Company, a small business in the Central Manufacturing District, shares how a Chicago resiliency loan kept them afloat and allowed them to adapt after catastrophic revenue loss from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Nicole Jordan Catering Company shares its experience with City of Chicago small business resiliency loan.
  • Neighborhood startup faced ruin from COVID-19 revenue losses, but support allowed survival and pivot to new services.
  • Web series from Chicago Treasurer's Office highlights local entrepreneurs' use of city funding.

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