Hot Week for Music Lovers Brings Punk, Jazz, House and Marimbas to Neighborhood

Published August 13, 2018

The McKinley Park neighborhood's lineup for music is fantastic this week, starting with the unparalleled Otro Ritmo: South Side Punk Night, this Tuesday, August 14, at One City Tap. This monthly gathering of "punks, freaks, goths and mutants" is drawing crowds from all over Chicago, and this Tuesday's lineup features Porno Glows, Sol Patches and DJ Pillbug Junction alongside stalwart house DJs Malice and Orno.

Chicago is the home of house music, and Blue Groove Summer Sessions brings thumping, dancey beats to McKinley Park on Saturday, August 18, from some of the city's top DJs, performers and artists. Hosted by Dirty MF, the event features luminaries of Chicago house and dance music, including Jesse De La Pena accompanied by Grammy-nominated trumpeter Ron Haynes, along with Danny The WildChild and others. This free event brings a family friendly dance party to the park for everyone to enjoy.

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Environmental Justice Group Launches as Counterpoint to New Industrial Development

Neighbors for Environmental Justice member Robert Beedle speaks about the group at its July 26 meeting after being introduced by member Lino Rodriguez.
Neighbors for Environmental Justice member Robert Beedle speaks about the group at its July 26 meeting after being introduced by member Lino Rodriguez.
Published August 10, 2018

Neighbors for Environmental Justice, a recently formed, grassroots group based in the McKinley Park neighborhood, launched its programs and advocacy with a well-attended community meeting and the rollout of specific projects, including a new air quality sensor network. Formed as a response to the quickly built MAT Asphalt plant at 2055 W. Pershing Road, the environmental justice group seeks to keep an eye on current industry, counter the environmental impact of encroaching industry and hold elected officials accountable for harmful pollution in the area.

"What is to come to the South Side?" asked group member Kim Wasserman, a McKinley Park resident and the executive director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO). She was one of several speakers at the group's July 26 community meeting, when she highlighted Chicago's dislocated North and West side industries now seeking new homes, as well as the City of Chicago's flawed process for approving new industrial development.

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Civic Meetings, Farmers Market Top This Week's Events in McKinley Park

Published August 6, 2018

Another 1st District Town Hall Meeting from Illinois 1st District State Senator Antonio "Tony" Muñoz promises to bring more community discussion about the new MAT Asphalt plant and other community issues on Thursday evening, August 9, at the National Latino Education Institute. This is the second in a series of community meetings from Muñoz, following his first fiery forum on July 10.

The McKinley Park Dog Park committee is hosting its McKinley Park Dog Park Pizza Fundraiser, which donates 20 percent of proceeds from meals at the Home Run Inn in Garfield Ridge on Thursday, August 9, to the dog park.

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Kids Concert at Library, Blues at Farmers Market Highlight This Week's Events in McKinley Park

Published July 30, 2018

Little Miss Ann will charm young children at the McKinley park library at 11 a.m. this Tuesday, July 31,  for The Earth and You Concert. Little Miss Ann's original and classic kids songs from her five award-winning albums get kids to sing, clap and dance along with her upbeat, interactive folk-rock music.

Catch some blues and roots music at the Farmers Market Concert: Joe Filisko & Eric Noden, at noon on Sunday August 5 in McKinley Park at the William McKinley memorial. This performance is part of the weekly concert series that dovetails off the McKinley Park Farmers Market, which offers fresh produce and goods from local producers every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Environmental Group Launches to Public, Wild Animals Flock to Library This Week in McKinley Park

Published July 23, 2018

The new environmental group based out of the McKinley Park neighborhood takes the wraps off their projects and agenda at the Neighbors for Environmental Justice Community Meeting, Thursday evening, July 26, at Crosspoint Community Church. In addition to sharing details of their research into the MAT Asphalt plant project, the group will provide updates on their meetings with elected officials and the rollout of their live air quality sensor network.

On Tuesday afternoon, July 24, at the McKinley Park library, meet a sloth, walk an anteater by the tail, fly an owl, wear a chinchilla or maybe even shake hands with a tarantula at Scales and Tales with Beth Wagner, a nature education session for kids and families. Eight different types of wild animals will visit the library and meet kids in this interactive and educational show with the traveling animals of Scales and Tales.

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