Literacy Center Grows Tutor Corps with New Trainees

Published November 9, 2021

The Aquinas Literacy Center welcomed five new English language tutors to help train adult immigrant language learners after the tutors graduated through the center's volunteer training program on Saturday, October 23.

  • Aquinas Literacy Center welcomes five new language tutors who volunteer to train adult English learners.
  • Programs to promote English literacy address crucial need in high demand, says center.
  • Next tutor training to take place online on Thursday, November 11.

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McKinley Park Neighborhood Coalition Pitches Garden Expansion, Rink Improvements

Published November 8, 2021

As one of three finalists for $1.5 million in funding for McKinley Park, a group of neighborhood organizations pitched their proposal to become the Southwest Side winner of the Chicago Works Community Challenge.

  • $1.5 million in park improvements is on the line in the Chicago Works Community Challenge program for the Southwest Side.
  • McKinley Park neighborhood organizations propose garden expansion, adding roller skating to ice rink.
  • Response sought for community survey to bolster neighborhood application.

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Day of the Dead Market Showcases Local Merchants at McKinley Park

Published October 28, 2021

Dozens of vendors offered their wares at a first-of-its-kind market celebrating the Day of the Dead at the McKinley Park field house on Saturday, October 23.

  • Market brings dozens of vendors to McKinley Park field house on Saturday, October 23.
  • Small businesses come from McKinley Park and nearby neighborhoods.
  • First-of-its-kind market is just the start for new events, park officials say.

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Poultry Processor Cougle Foods Completes Move to McKinley Park

Published October 27, 2021

The formerly vacant lot at 2801 S. Ashland Ave. now is the headquarters of storied Chicago company Cougle Foods, an occasion celebrated at the growing firm's grand opening in early October.

  • Formerly vacant lot at 2801 S. Ashland Ave. now hosts Cougle Foods, one of Chicago's oldest companies.
  • New facility has allowed company to grow, with more full-time positions expected.
  • Publicly accessible nature trail along Bubbly Creek one of many property enhancements.

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Murals Coming At Last to McKinley Park Viaducts

Published October 15, 2021

After a years-long approval process, new murals from Chicago artist Tony Passero are coming to railroad company-owned viaducts next to the 35th/Archer Orange Line El station in the McKinley Park neighborhood.

  • Chicago artist Tony Passero working on new murals in the viaduct next to the 35th/Archer Orange Line El station.
  • Approval for the public art comes after a years-long process with railroad companies and the City of Chicago.
  • 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas says Damen Avenue viaducts are next.

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