Learn What It Takes to be a Cop at the Citizens Police Academy

Published September 6, 2019

Chicago Police Department logoNinth District Community Policing Officer Jason Sollis wants McKinley Park neighborhood residents to get to know the Chicago Police Department through its Citizens Police Academy, he said. Now accepting applications for the free 10-week course, the academy is designed to educate, build community trust and improve engagement with police.

"Everyone who has been to the Citizens Police Academy said that it was extremely informative and enjoyable," he said. The program, which runs for three hours on Tuesday nights, offers a condensed version of the instruction that police recruits receive at the academy.

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Arts Group Pitches Damen Viaduct Mural to Civic Association

Open Center for the Arts Executive Director Omar Magaña presents their plan for a mural on Damen Avenue alongside Gabriela Juarez at the Wednesday, September 4, meeting of the McKinley Park Civic Association.
Open Center for the Arts Executive Director Omar Magaña presents their plan for a mural on Damen Avenue alongside Gabriela Juarez at the Wednesday, September 4, meeting of the McKinley Park Civic Association.
Published September 6, 2019

At its meeting on Wednesday, September 4, the McKinley Park Civic Association hosted a presentation by the Open Center for the Arts, which is looking to bring a mural project to the neighborhood. The viaduct on Damen Avenue just north of Archer Avenue is targeted for an overhaul with original art and a community message, said Open Center for the Arts Executive Director Omar Magaña.

"The design shows the legacy of the cultures that have passed through McKinley Park," Magaña said. This will include the area's original Native Americans, Polish and German immigrant populations drawn to work at the Chicago Stockyards, and today's big cadres of Hispanic and Chinese-American residents, he said.

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Institute Adds Tech Exec to Board

Published September 3, 2019

Matthew Haughey National Latino Education Institute portraitMatthew Haughey has joined the board of the National Latino Education Institute.The National Latino Education Institute (NLEI) has welcomed local executive Matthew Haughey to its board of directors, bringing technical focus and a range of business process expertise to the McKinley Park neighborhood-based trade school.

"Matt is a key leader in helping the organization reach its next level of innovation," the institute announced. "We are excited to have Matt join the NLEI family."

Haughey comes to NLEI as an executive from the Chicago corporate headquarters of SDI Presence LLC, an information technology service provider focusing on consulting, infrastructure, managed services and security. As a vice president at SDI Presence, Haughey manages the company's public sector practice across its infrastructure.

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Performances and Community Engagement Fill This Week in McKinley Park

Published September 2, 2019

2ndDistrictStateRepTheresaMahIllinois 2nd District State Rep. Theresa Mah hosts the 2nd District Office Open House on Thursday, September 5.The McKinley Park Farmers Market continues its final month of the season on Sunday, September 8, including a special performance of spectacular Japanese drumming during the Farmers Market Concert: Tsukasa Taiko. Grab some fresh local goods, produce, food and coffee, and take part in Yoga at the Farmers MarketBocce Ball and one of the Bird Walks from the Chicago Audubon Society. Neighborhood residents attending the market can also sign up to post free classified ads and enjoy other features of the McKinley Park News during Neighbor Account Signups.

Aquinas Literacy Center begins training its fall cohort of volunteer teachers at English Literacy Tutor Training on Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7. Sign up to volunteer for this essential local program and become a certified tutor of English for new immigrants and English-language learners in our community. 

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Midnight Circus Returns, Documentary Films Premiere This Week in McKinley Park

Published August 26, 2019

Exit Zero documentary posterThe locally made documentary Exit Zero: An Industrial Family Story screens Monday night, August 26, at the McKinley Park field house.The astounding and extremely popular Midnight Circus is returning to McKinley Park for a series of performances over Labor Day weekend, including a 7 p.m. show on Friday, August 30, a noon show and a 3 p.m. show on Saturday, August 31, and a noon show and a 3 p.m. show on Sunday, September 1. The discounted ticket cost is only $5 per person, but don't delay in purchasing your tickets, which you can buy online: These shows sell out fast!

The Exit Zero Film Screening on Monday evening, August 26, presents a fascinating look at the travails of a local steel mill family and what happened to them and their neighborhood when the plant closed. Part of the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase, the night also showcases local documentaries Yesterday and Save It.

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