Council Releases Draft Goals for Neighborhood Plan, Solicits Final Feedback

One of the neighborhood plan goal sheets shows feedback from the October 16 meeting of the McKinley Park Development Council.
One of the neighborhood plan goal sheets shows feedback from the October 16 meeting of the McKinley Park Development Council.
Published October 29, 2019

The McKinley Park Development Council has publicly released the defined goals under final consideration for the McKinley Park neighborhood plan, a council project being created with the help of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). With this release, the council is encouraging neighborhood residents, business owners and stakeholders to review the draft goals and submit their final feedback for the plan.

A hands-on public session at the October 16 council meeting presented large-format printouts of plan goals and their key recommendations, with audience members encouraged to write down ideas and place red or green stickers on items they wanted to prioritize. With the online release of these documents, the council seeks feedback from anyone who couldn't attend the meeting or has more to add. 

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Halloween Season Invokes Kid, Adult Events This Week in McKinley Park

Published October 28, 2019

Bethany Baptist Church harvest Fest 20191031Harvest Fest returns on Thursday, October 31, to Bethany Baptist Church.Halloween season has arrived in the McKinley Park neighborhood, and the Halloween Story Time & Parade on Monday evening, October 28, brings little ghosts and goblins to the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library. Join the families of kids 5 and younger for an evening story and super-cute march around the library.

Marz Community Brewing Co. fetes the season on Halloween night, October 31, with its Karaoke Ween costumed karaoke sing-a-long. Don your most frightful attire and get ready to scream like a banshee into the mic. Every singer gets a Karaoke Ween T-shirt (while supplies last).

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Aquinas Adds 16 Volunteers To Literacy Tutor Brigade

Newly trained tutors stand ready to help at Aquinas Literacy Center, including, from left to right, in the front row, David Duszynski, Mikael Karlstrom, Evelyn Omotosho, Joan Riley, Jim Goodridge and Freddy Hernandez-Alvarado; in the second row, Ashwin Anil Kumar, Bill McGowan and Colleen Costello; in the third row, James Hanovnikian, Rhonie Hendee and Sarah Portwood; and in the back row, Emily Perez, Carolyn Bierma, Caroline Foulk and Cara Salvatore.
Newly trained tutors stand ready to help at Aquinas Literacy Center, including, from left to right, in the front row, David Duszynski, Mikael Karlstrom, Evelyn Omotosho, Joan Riley, Jim Goodridge and Freddy Hernandez-Alvarado; in the second row, Ashwin Anil Kumar, Bill McGowan and Colleen Costello; in the third row, James Hanovnikian, Rhonie Hendee and Sarah Portwood; and in the back row, Emily Perez, Carolyn Bierma, Caroline Foulk and Cara Salvatore.
Published October 23, 2019

Aquinas Literacy Center, a McKinley Park neighborhood-based non-profit organization, shepherded 16 new volunteers through its two-day literacy tutor training on Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19. The training, taking place at the center at 1751 W. 35th St., Chicago, prepped the volunteers to provide one-on-one literacy training to local residents.

"Without the support of many volunteers, Aquinas would not be able to carry out its mission of empowering adults to learn English and become more engaged in their community," said Sabrina Poulin, volunteer coordinator at Aquinas. "Aquinas knows the value that volunteer tutors bring to our organization."

The training process focuses on giving volunteers the skills needed to tutor English as a second language. Once trained, tutors receive a certification from Proliteracy and are ready to begin working with an individual adult learner for about 90 minutes per week.

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Spooky Season Begins with This Week's Neighborhood Events

Published October 21, 2019

mckinley park advisory council logoThe McKinley Park Advisory Council hosts its monthly meeting on Monday, October 21, and the park cleanup on Saturday, October 26.Jump right in to Halloween season and terrorize your eardrums with the hardcore thrash of Kidnapped, Critical Condition, Deathrun and More on Monday, October 21, at One City Tap. A very family-friendly Halloween event is slated for next Sunday, October 27, at the Omega Delta Trunk or Treat celebration at Hoyne Park. Young readers can get a taste of thrills at the Tween Book Club: Spirit Hunters gathering on Thursday, October 24, at the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library.

Leave your costume at home, but bring your resume to employment events this week: The Job Fair on Wednesday, October 23, brings dozens of employers to the McKinley Park field house, courtesy of Illinois 1st District State Senator Antonio "Tony" Muñoz. On Thursday, October 24, Illinois 2nd District State Senator Theresa Mah and Cook County 7th District Commissioner Alma Anaya host the Census 2020 Hiring Event at the National Latino Education Institute.

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Neighborhood Plan Solicits Penultimate Feedback at Development Council Meeting

Council President John Belcik, center, discusses the neighborhood plan at the McKinley Park Development Council meeting on Wednesday, October 16, at the McKinley Park field house.
Council President John Belcik, center, discusses the neighborhood plan at the McKinley Park Development Council meeting on Wednesday, October 16, at the McKinley Park field house.
Published October 18, 2019

The McKinley Park Development Council offered the latest peek at the rapidly developing plan for the McKinley Park neighborhood at its meeting on Wednesday, October 16, in the gymnasium of the McKinley Park field house. As one of the final steps of community assessment and feedback for the plan, the session featured audience members reviewing key plan goals and related ideas for specific initiatives.

"We want to know what you guys want to see," said development council president John Belcik. He walked the group of close to 50 attendees through the process of plan review: placing green or red stickers to indicate support or disapproval for specific initiatives, writing new ideas and feedback for plan goals and discussing neighborhood issues with fellow attendees and meeting facilitators.

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