This Week's Valentine's Day Events, Early Voting and More Heats Up McKinley Park

Published February 11, 2019

If you're under the gun for Valentine's Day plans, there's no hotter neighborhood ticket than the 21-and-over Latin Nights with Sandra Magaña this Thursday, February 14, at One City Tap. The evening starts with a lesson in the merengue style of dance and continues with an open dance floor accompanied by the Tap's tasty libations. The lesson costs $8 for each dancer, and Magaña is teaching different styles of dance through February, including bachata and salsa.

Teens and families can find their Valentine's Day fun on Saturday, February 16, at the Valentine's Day Dance at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. A DJ will pump out the jams alongside a heap of Mexican delicacies for sale. Tickets cost $10 each, with young people 14 years old and younger entering for free. All proceeds from this event will go toward helping a local parishoner familiy that recently lost its home in a fire.

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Civics, Celebrations and Pre-Spring Baseball Round Out This Week's Neighborhood Events

Published February 4, 2019

The race for our neighborhood's City Council representative is heating up with candidates Pete DeMay, Martha Rangel and José Rico squaring off against incumbent 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas. The 12th Ward Candidate Forum on Thursday, February 7, is the only conclave of 12th Ward candidates prior to the election on February 26. Hosting organizations Neighbors for Environmental Justice and the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization have invited candidates to attend and answer questions on environmental and other community issues.

Omega Delta Baseball lets kids and parents scratch that pre-spring baseball itch with a series of free clinics that start this week and run all month at the McKinley Park field house. The T-Ball Clinic and Girls Softball Clinic are set for Monday evenings, the Kids Rookie League Baseball Clinic and the Kids Minor League Baseball Clinic are set for Wednesdays, and the Kids Major League Baseball Clinic runs Thursdays. There's no cost, and you don't have to be a member of Omega Delta to participate. Play ball!

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Hot Events Keep Cold at Bay This Week in McKinley Park

Published January 28, 2019

Don't fear the cold when hot jazz will scorch your eardrums at Jazz on Marz with the Jazzeros, set for another stand Wednesday night, January 30, in the tap room at Marz Community Brewing Company. If your lips haven't frozen off by Friday, February 1, warm up by belting out some favorites at the weekly Karaoke Night at One City Tap.

The CPS kids are out of school on Friday, February 1, and the staff at McKinley Park has lined up a special Girls in Sports Day to occupy and challenge young teens with a full day of sporting fun. For those who do brave the outdoors in McKinley Park, the ice rink keeps your blood pumping with open skating sessions, pickup hockey play and free skating and hockey lessons on Saturdays: Check the Hockey and Ice Skating Calendar to see the Wednesday-to-Sunday lineup for the ice rink.

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Chicago Needs a “Green New Deal” to Get Rid of Lead, Prioritize 12th Ward Residents

12th Ward Chicago City Council candidate Pete DeMay sits outside his home in the McKinley Park neighborhood.
12th Ward Chicago City Council candidate Pete DeMay sits outside his home in the McKinley Park neighborhood.
Published January 22, 2019

By Pete DeMay

As a parent of young children here in McKinley Park, I want to make sure that clean, safe drinking water flows to our community for the next generation and beyond. However, lead levels in Chicago tap water currently make this an impossibility, according to WBEZ and the Chicago Tribune. This brain-damaging lead in our water is due to the City of Chicago’s requirement that the metal be used for residential service lines: the pipes that bring water from the water main to your home. This practice lasted until 1986, decades after most municipalities abandoned it for obvious safety concerns.

So when construction or other disturbances like water meter installations or heavy equipment traffic shake lead particles loose from the pipes, they enter our drinking water, and readings spike to dangerous levels. Sadly, the city stuck with lead despite its known dangers due to well-documented political corruption, and we are all now left to deal with the mess.

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Brave the Cold and Connect with the Community This Week in McKinley Park

Published January 21, 2019

Enjoy a luncheon with fellow neighbors and the McKinley Park Advisory Council at the Volunteer Appreciation Potluck at noon on Saturday, January 26. The council is reaching out to all past, current and future volunteers to get together for a delicious meal and also to connect about the exciting plans and updates for the park in 2019.

The very first Arts & Crafts Indoor Market takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, in the banquet room at Kristoffer's Cakes. Attend to shop for unique items from a variety of local vendors, and while you're there, enjoy a slice of tres leches or other treat from this new McKinley Park neighborhood shop.

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