McKinley Dog Park Breaks Ground

Public officials and dog park officers lift their shovels at the dog park ground-breaking on Saturday, August 17, in McKinley Park.
Public officials and dog park officers lift their shovels at the dog park ground-breaking on Saturday, August 17, in McKinley Park.
Published August 25, 2019

The dog-friendly area in Chicago's McKinley Park took a definitive step forward on Saturday, August 17, at the official ground breaking for the McKinley Dog Park, a plot for large and small dogs adjacent to the park's swimming pool area. It's also the first dog park on the Southwest Side of Chicago.

"I'm glad it's come to fruition," said 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas. He noted the role that Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) funds played in funding the park, a cooperative effort that also involved TIF money coordination with 11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson.

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Hoyne Park Gang Shoot-Out Preceded Slaying of Neighborhood Teen, Cops Say

12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas discusses moving a police security camera to Hoyne Park alongside Officer Jason Solis and Beat Facilitator Glenn Young at the Wednesday, August 14, meeting for CAPS Beat 912.
12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas discusses moving a police security camera to Hoyne Park alongside Officer Jason Solis and Beat Facilitator Glenn Young at the Wednesday, August 14, meeting for CAPS Beat 912.
Published August 24, 2019

Youth baseball players and parents scrambled for cover during a gang shoot-out at Hoyne Park on Tuesday, July 23, an incident likely linked to the nearby drive-by slaying of McKinley Park neighborhood teen Anthony Finley two days later, police said at the Wednesday, August 14, meeting for Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS).

"It's a horrible thing," said Community Policing Officer Jason Solis. Kids and parents had to "duck and hide away from the gunfire," he said.

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New Restaurant Pochos Launches Luxe Weekend Brunch

Xavier Hernandez, Irene Acosta and Miguel Hernandez prep test dishes in the Pochos kitchen prior to their brunch opening on Saturday, August 24.
Xavier Hernandez, Irene Acosta and Miguel Hernandez prep test dishes in the Pochos kitchen prior to their brunch opening on Saturday, August 24.
Published August 22, 2019

Business Name: Pochos
Address: 2025 W. 35th St.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat.-Mon.
Online: Pocho's Facebook Page

Pochos restaurant opens this weekend, on Saturday, August 24, with a brunch service that's impossible to find anywhere else in the area, said Irene Acosta, one of the three partners in this new venture. Acosta, along with her husband, Miguel Hernandez, and Xavier Hernandez (no relation) hope to leverage their combined 50 years in the food service industry into a restaurant business that grows, step by step, from its initial weekend brunch.

"We want to build a community around food," Acosta said.  "For years, I hoped my husband would open up a storefront restaurant."

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Get Ready to Play and Party This Week in McKinley Park

Published August 19, 2019

Lawrence Peters poster290Country-Western DJ Lawrence Peters spins on Saturday, August 24, at the Marz Community Brewing tap room.Rock out at One City Tap this Friday, August 23, at Otro Ritmo Presents: Droid's Blood, Material, Primitive Teeth & Spirit Trap, another night of awesome music from the Otro Ritmo crew. This show is pay-what-you-can, with a $5 suggested donation for live sets from Material — visiting from Vancouver, British Colombia — and Primitive Teeth, plus DJ sets by Droid's Blood and Spirit Trap.

The Farmers Market Concert: Chicago Horn Consort presents a dozen French horn players performing at the McKinley Park Farmers Market on Sunday, August 25, at the William McKinley memorial in McKinley Park. Stick around for fresh goods and produce, and play some Bocce Ball with your friends and neighbors. 

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Development Council Expands Board, Lands 501(c)(3) Status

McKinley Park Development Council board member Tony Adams pitches his re-election bid at the July 2019 council meeting.
McKinley Park Development Council board member Tony Adams pitches his re-election bid at the July 2019 council meeting.
Published August 15, 2019

The McKinley Park Development Council has continued to grow with the addition of three new board members and the official designation of the group as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. At its July 17, 2019, meeting, council members elected McKinley Park neighborhood residents Jim Hankes, Mary Carmen Moreno and Faye "Nikita" Wu to the board of directors. Tony Adams and Kara Breems successfully ran as reappointment candidates.

Being formally recognized as a non-profit by the U.S. federal government represents an important milestone for the council, said President John Belcik. "This will help us reach that goal of starting and completing projects that the neighborhood wants and deserves," he said.

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