Baking Obsession Gives Rise to Scratch Pastries at Butterdough

Uva and Lalo Leon are prepared for service in Butterdough's kitchen.
Uva and Lalo Leon are prepared for service in Butterdough's kitchen.
Published August 14, 2019

Business Name: Butterdough
Address: 3452 S. Western Ave.
Hours: 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun.
Online: Butterdough's Facebook Page

Self-described baking geeks Uva and Lalo Leon worked as brothers to "destroy our parents kitchen" on their path to Butterdough, a new bakery and cafe just north of West 35th Street and South Western Avenue in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago. "We got the idea to make this love of baking into a business," Uva Leon said.

Open since July 13, Butterdough offers freshly made coffee drinks, pastries and sandwiches, all created from scratch ingredients. Although the menu changes every day, constant staples include plain, almond and chocolate croissants, plus special items like the popular vegan horchata, Lalo Leon said. 

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Dog Park Ground Breaking, Community Meetings Lead Events This Week in McKinley Park

Published August 12, 2019

chicago caps logo forwebThe CAPS meeting for Beat 912 takes place this Wednesday, August 14.The dog-friendly area coming to McKinley Park takes a big step forward this week with the McKinley Dog Park Ground Breaking on Saturday, August 17. Bring your hound at 11:30 a.m. for a puppy parade around the park, then attend the ground-breaking ceremony at noon. Support the McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council in their ongoing management of the space at the McKinley Dog Park Pizza Fund-Raiser on Monday, August 12.

The McKinley Park Advisory Council Meeting on Monday evening, August 12, provides updates on the latest park activities from the McKinley Park Advisory Council. The CAPS Meeting for Beat 912 on Wednesday, August 14, connects residents with neighborhood crime information and opportunities to connect with civic and Chicago Police Department resources.

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Single-Family Home Sale Sets New Neighborhood Price Record

Published August 9, 2019

3800 block of South Paulina Street west side Chicago 20190809The 3800 block of South Paulina Street in Chicago includes a row of newer single-family houses.The recent sales contract for the home at 3826 S. Paulina St. set a new high price for single-family houses in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago. Selling at $575,000, the home joins several single-family home sales within the past year exceeding half a million dollars.

Five new homes in the 1800 block of West 34th Street sold within the past year for more than $500,000, along with multiple single-family home sales in the 3300 block of South Justine Street and a home in the 1700 block of West 34th Street. All contain three-plus baths and between three and five bedrooms. They are all near other neighborhood residential development and rehabilitation projects.

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Marshfield Courts Gets Face-Lift with Help from Local Artist

Local artist Juan Chavez trims back weeds and branches during the Marshfield Courts clean-up on Saturday, July 13.
Local artist Juan Chavez trims back weeds and branches during the Marshfield Courts clean-up on Saturday, July 13.
Published August 8, 2019

The long-neglected Marshfield Courts lot at 1642 W. 35th St., Chicago, received an overhaul and cleanup, thanks to the efforts of McKinley Park neighborhood artist Juan Chavez and sponsor Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. A program of the beer company's community day outreach, the event on July 13 featured a cleanup of the lot and installation of mural artwork, followed by an evening hangout with DJs, food and drink.

"I didn't understand why or how it was abandoned," Chavez said of the City of Chicago-owned lot. "The Marshfield Courts have been sticking out like a sore thumb since I moved to the area 13 years ago." 

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Parties, School Prep Lead Events Lineup This Week in McKinley Park

Published August 5, 2019

Ida y Vuelta band leadCowboy Choir performs on Sunday, August 11, at the McKinley Park Farmers Market.Get ready to party this Saturday, August 10, for a double lineup of outdoor neighborhood fetes. The Blessed Sacrament Parish Summer Fiesta brings food, games and amusements to the 3500 block of South Hermitage Avenue, hearkening back to the days of the parish's block-long neighborhood carnival. A couple blocks further north, on the 3300 block of South Wood Street, The Shutdown 4 BBQ Block Party kicks off a full day of DJs, grilling and amusements starting at noon.

Free school supplies and immunizations are on-hand at the Back to School Health Fair on Saturday, August 10. Sponsored by 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, the fair runs from 9 a.m. to noon in the McKinley Park field house.

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