McKinley Park Businesses to Convene Toward Neighborhood Planning

Ricardo Lopez of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning explains the neighborhood plan at the September 5, 2018, meeting of the McKinley Park Civic Association.
Ricardo Lopez of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning explains the neighborhood plan at the September 5, 2018, meeting of the McKinley Park Civic Association.
Published September 11, 2018

A first-of-its-kind gathering of McKinley Park neighborhood businesses looks to inform community planning at the Business Focus Group breakfast on Sept. 19 at the 36Squared Business Incubator. Part of the McKinley Park Development Council’s project to create a comprehensive neighborhood plan, the event welcomes the participation of all enterprises in the McKinley Park Community Area and the Central Manufacturing District.

The focus group’s business outreach is an important component of the neighborhood plan, which is administered as a project of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), said council President John Belcik. “This plan will help guide McKinley Park into its future,” he said.

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Dog Park Fund-raiser, Civic Meetings, Fests and Performances Stand Out This Week in McKinley Park

Published September 10, 2018

The first dog park on the Southwest Side is on its way to McKinley Park, and residents and dog lovers can show their support at the Beers & Barks Fund-raiser on Friday night, September 14, at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport. The night promises food, drinks and entertainment, plus raffles, dog park gear and more. All proceeds are used to benefit the dog park project.

Chicago Senior Fest is a full, fun day of activities and info for seniors, and our own Illinois 2nd District State Representative Theresa Mah is sponsoring a Chicago Senior Fest Bus on Thursday, September 13, to provide free transport to and from Millennium Park for the festival. RSVPs are required, so act fast to reserve your spot.

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Civic Association Meeting, Folkloric Music Concert Herald Summer's End in McKinley Park

Published September 4, 2018

The neighborhood's longest-serving community group returns from its summer break for the McKinley Park Civic Association Meeting on Wednesday evening, September 5. Join association members, neighbors and friends for community updates and a presentation from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's Ricardo Lopez. Lopez will discuss the under-construction neighborhood development plan, which is currently soliciting community feedback.

The weekend concerts continue in McKinley Park with the McKinley Park Farmers Market Concert: Ida y Vuelta at noon on Sunday, September 9. The musical group will perform a fusion of African, Spanish and indigenous folk music called Son Jarocho that is native to the Veracruz region of Mexico. The concert runs adjacent to the McKinley Park Farmers Market, which offers fresh produce and goods from local purveyors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday through October.

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Midnight Circus, Smokeout Returns to McKinley Park

Published August 29, 2018

The astounding Midnight Circus brings its acrobatics and performers to McKinley Park over Labor Day weekend for an expanded set of five performances from Friday, August 31, through Sunday, September 2. The shows run at 7 p.m. on Friday and at noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets with neighborhood-discounted prices cost only $5 and are available through Midnight Circus' Eventbrite page and at the door. However, advance tickets are recommended for this extremely popular and packed set of performances. 

12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas and local officers from the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) host a Faith in Action Smokeout on Thursday evening, August 30, at Kucinski-Murphy Park, right across from the firehouse at Ashland Avenue and 33rd Place. Join staff, neighbors and friends for grilling, networking, a DJ and more fun while getting to know this charming park in the McKinley Park neighborhood.  

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Bubbly Creek, Pigasus, Movies, Politicking and Karaoke Round Out Full Week in McKinley Park

Published August 20, 2018

Delve into the foetid history and fascinating future potential of the McKinley Park neighborhood's befouled eastern border at Bubbly Creek: Past, Present and Future, on Wednesday evening, August 22, at the Chicago Maritime Museum. The McKinley Park Development Council is sponsoring this panel discussion, which includes free admission to this fascinating and significant local museum, as well as neighborhood networking and complimentary refreshments.

Marz Community Brewing Co. continues its events series with a look back at the Yippie political party's nomination of Pigasus for President 50 years ago: The Pigasus Beer Release and Pat Thomas Reading on Saturday, August 25, features Thomas sharing passages from his new biography Did It! From Yippie To Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary, plus the release of Marz's accompanying Pigasus beer.

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