Lightfoot Inaugurates Summer Learning Challenge at McKinley Park Library

Published June 25, 2019

New Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot visited the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library on Monday, June 24, to kick off the library system's Summer Learning Challenge. While there, she acknowledged the central role that libraries play in communities, especially for children.

"Libraries are where magic happens," Lightfoot said. "It's where kids can come ... and use their imaginations for endless possibilities to really grow themselves."

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Summer in McKinley Park Kicks Off With Shows, Camps and Community Events

Published June 24, 2019

Alpitude band leadAlpitude performs on Sunday, June 30, at the McKinley Park Farmers Market.The McKinley Park neighborhood is set to enjoy another week and weekend of music fun and performance. Otro Ritmo: South Side Punk Night has gotten so popular that One City Tap is adding a second night each month: This Tuesday, June 25, view live performance from The Lipschitz, plus DJs from the Beh! Collective, including DJ Rafa of  Not Normal Tapes and DJ Terca, joining house DJs Malice and Orno.

The live music concert series returns to the McKinley Park Farmers Market this Sunday, June 30, at the William McKinley memorial in McKinley Park. Catch the unique mountain sounds of the Farmers Market Concert: Alpitude and stick around for great fresh food and goods (including your Sunday pastry and coffee) and fun lawn games like Bocce Ball 

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Yo-Yo Ma Stuns in McKinley Park Pop-Up

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and local pianist Ben Serwer approach the performance space in front of the McKinley Park field house on Friday, June 21.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and local pianist Ben Serwer approach the performance space in front of the McKinley Park field house on Friday, June 21.
Published June 21, 2019

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma treated McKinley Park to a quick pop-up performance in front of the field house at noon on Friday, June 21, as part of the park's Make Music Chicago festivities and Ma's Day of Action with Yo-Yo Ma. Performing John Lennon's "Imagine" accompanied by local pianist Ben Serwer, Ma captivated the crowd before being whisked away to the next of his full day of community appearances for his Day of Action.

Serwer treated listeners to more performance before ceding the piano to a long line of neighbors young and old ready to try out the piano: The instrument will be present outdoors in the park all summer for anyone to play as part of the Pianos in the Parks program. Among others, McKinley Park neighborhood blues musician Eric Noden belted out some ragtime and entertained the crowd.

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McKinley Park Native Gery Chico Plots Next Steps, Community Improvements as LISC Board Chair

Published June 20, 2019

Gery Chico Chicago LISC board chair headshot 201906New Chicago LISC Board Chair Gery ChicoCommunity organizer and former Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico has moved to a new role that he hopes engenders the opportunities and community he enjoyed as a child growing up in the McKinley Park neighborhood, he said. Now serving as the new board chair for Chicago's Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Chico is spearheading efforts to help neighborhoods inspire commercial development, engage in community planning and support youth programs.

"I understand what neighborhoods need, especially when they’re being invested in," Chico said, pointing to the local investment a LISC can help inspire. “I want people to think when they’re older, 'Wow, I really had a nice experience growing up in that neighborhood, and it enables me to do what I do today.'"

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to Perform Free Show in McKinley Park at Noon on Friday

The Day of Action with Yo-Yo Ma brings the cellist to McKinley Park for a pop-up performance on Friday, June 21.
The Day of Action with Yo-Yo Ma brings the cellist to McKinley Park for a pop-up performance on Friday, June 21.
Published June 18, 2019

International recording artist, music ambassador and master cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform a free show in front of the McKinley Park field house, 2210 W. Pershing Road, at noon on Friday, June 21. Accompanied by local pianist Ben Serwer, Ma offers this special, last-minute pop-up performance as part of his Day of Action with Yo-Yo Ma, which also includes performances and music-related activities citywide.

Ma comes to McKinley Park thanks to the efforts of the Make Music Chicago and Pianos in the Parks projects, both of which offer more music fun in McKinley Park through that Friday afternoon and evening. Ma's performance is anticipated to be brief as it ties to the pop-up nature of his appearance.

Stick around for the Pianos in the Parks rollout and Make Music Chicago performances starting at 5 p.m., and then enjoy the performance of Beyond This Point and Grammy-winning percussionist Matthew Duvall in the Drumming in the Park program starting at 5:30 p.m.

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