Get Your Groove On With Music and Civics This Week in McKinley Park

Published September 9, 2019

The Jungle Book film leadThe Jungle Book screens on Saturday, September 14, at the McKinley Park public library.Rev your engines for Otro Ritmo: South Side Punk Night on Tuesday, September 10, when California rockers Ursula and Stay Wild play live sets at One City Tap. Neighborhood music downshifts on Wednesday, September 11, when Jazz on Marz with the Jazzeros returns with its smooth sounds at Marz Community Brewing Co.

Stomp your feet at the Farmers Market Concert: Fiddle Club of the World on Sunday, September 15, during the McKinley Park Farmers Market. Visit the market in its final month this season for Yoga at the Farmers MarketBocce Ball and Neighbor Account Signups from the McKinley Park News.

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Radio Show Dives Into Central Manufacturing District Business History

Published September 7, 2019

Central Manufacturing District clock towerThe Central Manufacturing District's clock tower is one of its most distinctive structures.The Central Manufacturing District, the hulking collection of historic buildings running along the south edge of Pershing Road in the McKinley Park neighborhood, recently received a look from the Morning Shift show on the WBEZ public radio station (91.5 FM in Chicago).

In the "What's That Building?" segment, radio hosts examined the storied history of this area as the first planned industrial park in the United States.

The What's That Building? Chicago's Central Manufacturing District article on WBEZ's website details the history of the Central Manufacturing District and its many residents, from Westinghouse Corporation through Ronco Inventions, producer of the Veg-o-matic and many other "only available on TV" products.

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Learn What It Takes to be a Cop at the Citizens Police Academy

Published September 6, 2019

Chicago Police Department logoNinth District Community Policing Officer Jason Sollis wants McKinley Park neighborhood residents to get to know the Chicago Police Department through its Citizens Police Academy, he said. Now accepting applications for the free 10-week course, the academy is designed to educate, build community trust and improve engagement with police.

"Everyone who has been to the Citizens Police Academy said that it was extremely informative and enjoyable," he said. The program, which runs for three hours on Tuesday nights, offers a condensed version of the instruction that police recruits receive at the academy.

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Arts Group Pitches Damen Viaduct Mural to Civic Association

Open Center for the Arts Executive Director Omar Magaña presents their plan for a mural on Damen Avenue alongside Gabriela Juarez at the Wednesday, September 4, meeting of the McKinley Park Civic Association.
Open Center for the Arts Executive Director Omar Magaña presents their plan for a mural on Damen Avenue alongside Gabriela Juarez at the Wednesday, September 4, meeting of the McKinley Park Civic Association.
Published September 6, 2019

At its meeting on Wednesday, September 4, the McKinley Park Civic Association hosted a presentation by the Open Center for the Arts, which is looking to bring a mural project to the neighborhood. The viaduct on Damen Avenue just north of Archer Avenue is targeted for an overhaul with original art and a community message, said Open Center for the Arts Executive Director Omar Magaña.

"The design shows the legacy of the cultures that have passed through McKinley Park," Magaña said. This will include the area's original Native Americans, Polish and German immigrant populations drawn to work at the Chicago Stockyards, and today's big cadres of Hispanic and Chinese-American residents, he said.

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Institute Adds Tech Exec to Board

Published September 3, 2019

Matthew Haughey National Latino Education Institute portraitMatthew Haughey has joined the board of the National Latino Education Institute.The National Latino Education Institute (NLEI) has welcomed local executive Matthew Haughey to its board of directors, bringing technical focus and a range of business process expertise to the McKinley Park neighborhood-based trade school.

"Matt is a key leader in helping the organization reach its next level of innovation," the institute announced. "We are excited to have Matt join the NLEI family."

Haughey comes to NLEI as an executive from the Chicago corporate headquarters of SDI Presence LLC, an information technology service provider focusing on consulting, infrastructure, managed services and security. As a vice president at SDI Presence, Haughey manages the company's public sector practice across its infrastructure.

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