Youth Substance Abuse Program Building Coalition for McKinley Park

Midwest Asian Health Association staffer Jacquelyn Zhang distributes substance abuse resources at a 2016 health fair.
Midwest Asian Health Association staffer Jacquelyn Zhang distributes substance abuse resources at a 2016 health fair.
Published January 16, 2018

The Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) is spearheading a program to reduce youth alcohol and marijuana use in the McKinley Park neighborhood. Its McKinley Park Underage Drinking and Other Substances Prevention Coalition (McK-UDOS) looks to bring together community organizations with resources to enable education, awareness and advocacy.

"We are trying to connect with schools, agencies, businesses and community members to collaborate with our coalition," said MAHA Substance Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator Vernalynne De La Rosa. "The goal is to reduce underage drinking and marijuana use."

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Civic Engagement, Kids Fun and More Lined Up This Week in McKinley Park

Published January 15, 2018

The week ahead in McKinley Park promises great opportunities for civic engagement, fun kids and family activities, and ways to keep your New Year's resolutions to get fit.

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Home Prices Rise in "Hot" McKinley Park

Published January 12, 2018

According to a recent article in Crain's Chicago Business, the McKinley Park neighborhood's home prices are on the rise, with the median sale price of a single family home increasing 14.3 percent in 2017 through November. The data, based on a December report from the Chicago Association of Realtors, pegged the current median sale price of a single family home in McKinley Park at $251,500.

A record-setting sale of $506,000 for a new home on Marshfield Avenue represents the highest amount paid for a McKinley Park home, breaking the previous 2004 record of $480,000 for a neighborhood home.

Alongside Pilsen, Crain's called McKinley Park a "hot Chicago neighborhood" for real estate, describing it as "a less trendy neighborhood west of Bridgeport."

January CAPS Meeting Highlights Neighborhood Crimes and Cooperation

Published January 11, 2018

The January 10 meeting for Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program presented introductions of new CAPS personnel, as well as a summary of neighborhood crime reports and strategies for neighbors to work together to fight crime.

More details were revealed about the December 13 homicide in the Target store parking lot near West 33rd Street and South Damen Avenue, which resulted in the death of Jermaine Marshall of the 4900 block of South Loomis Street. The shooter, a concealed carry permit holder, was initially detained by the Chicago Police Department, but then released.

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McKinley Park Advisory Council Plots Dog Park Development, 2018 Programs

Members of the McKinley Park Advisory Council and its Dog Park Committee stand ready to dive into 2018 programs after their meeting on January 8, 2018.
Members of the McKinley Park Advisory Council and its Dog Park Committee stand ready to dive into 2018 programs after their meeting on January 8, 2018.
Published January 10, 2018

The McKinley Park Advisory Council and its Dog Park Committee solidified plans for 2018 at its January 8 meeting at the McKinley Park fieldhouse. Notably, development of the dog park project continues to move forward, with the committee receiving the latest site plans and a detailed breakdown of costs from the Chicago Park District.

The total cost of the dog park is $370,000, all of which must be raised by the dog park committee and supporters from the local community. Regular fundraisers are chipping away at this amount, including an upcoming dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, at Chipotle restaurant at 1132 S. Clinton St.: Buy dinner and mention the dog park, and 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the effort.

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