Turkey, Food Giveaways Fill Neighborhood Thanksgiving Platters

12th Ward staff give away turkeys and bags of holiday food at the Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle on Friday, November 22, at the 12th Ward office at 3476 S. Archer Ave., Chicago.
12th Ward staff give away turkeys and bags of holiday food at the Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle on Friday, November 22, at the 12th Ward office at 3476 S. Archer Ave., Chicago.
Published November 27, 2019

A block-long line stretched down Archer Avenue for the 12th Ward Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle on Friday, November 22, resulting in donations of turkeys and bags of holiday food to ward residents. Sponsored by 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, the event was one of two giveaways that weekend, which also featured the MAT Asphalt-sponsored Turkey Giveaway on Saturday, November 23.

"It is important to me that we do our part to ensure every home has the essentials to have a happy and joyous holiday," Cardenas, said. "Over the years, the turkey raffle has become something families can rely on."

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McKinley Park Cracks Top Ten in Time-To-Market, Averages $15K Over Ask for Home Sales

A new single family home rises rapidly on an oversized lot at 1819 W. 38th St. in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.
A new single family home rises rapidly on an oversized lot at 1819 W. 38th St. in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Published November 26, 2019

The residential real estate market in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago showed signs of continued strength in the third quarter of 2019, according to home sales data compiled and presented by Chicago Agent magazine.  The real estate-focused publication listed the days-on-market and pricing-over-ask data for all Chicago community areas in its articles "Where Properties Moved the Fastest in Q3 2019" and "Where Sellers Got More Than They Asked For in Q3 2019."

With an average of 42 days on the market, McKinley Park came in as the seventh-fastest-selling neighborhood in the third quarter (tying with the Clearing neighborhood), according to the Chicago Agent articles. Homes in the McKinley Park neighborhood sold over the asking price in the third quarter for an average of $15,483, the pricing article stated.

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Aquinas Grows Volunteers Brigade with Latest Batch of Trained Tutors

New English language tutors at Aquinas include, from left to right, in front row, Dawn Tartaglia, David Falk, Christopher Knapp, Ann Marie Kirby and Michael Pennell; in the second row, Karen McKenna, Bill Deegan and Veneta Gilchrist; in the third row, Joseline Perez and Felipe Kim; in the fourth row, Hayley Winden and Rita Dobbs; and in the fifth row, Anne Dailidonis and Beth Elia.
New English language tutors at Aquinas include, from left to right, in front row, Dawn Tartaglia, David Falk, Christopher Knapp, Ann Marie Kirby and Michael Pennell; in the second row, Karen McKenna, Bill Deegan and Veneta Gilchrist; in the third row, Joseline Perez and Felipe Kim; in the fourth row, Hayley Winden and Rita Dobbs; and in the fifth row, Anne Dailidonis and Beth Elia.
Published November 26, 2019

Aquinas Literacy Center, a McKinley Park neighborhood-based non-profit offering free English training to local language learners, added to its ever-expanding corps of volunteers at its November 2019 training seminar. Fourteen new volunteers completed the two-day course on Friday, November 15, and Saturday, November 16, readying themselves to tutor students as part of this popular program.

"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 Volunteer Coordinator Sabrina Poulin.

The training involved a Friday night and Saturday daytime session, and volunteers needed to also complete three hours of solo instruction. Once finished, the volunteers received a certification and membership to ProLiteracy and were ready to work one-on-one with a local language learner.

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Step Out and Gobble Up Some Fun This Week in McKinley Park

Published November 25, 2019

One City Tap Karaoke Night poster forwebWant to sing? One City Tap hosts its Karaoke Night every week, including this Friday, November 29.As the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago officially begins the holiday season with Thanksgiving, Black Friday and a likely long weekend, residents can also enjoy many opportunities to step out for great community events. The McKinley Park branch of the Chicago public library is a top host this week with events like The Joy Luck Club Film Screening on Saturday, November 30, plus the tabletop battles of Drop-In Games, also that Saturday.

Kids at the library can get crafty and creative with LEGO at the Library on Tuesday, November 26. The next day, Wednesday, November 27, offers Exploratorium at the library for children 6 and older, who will learn about STEAM topics (aka Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and get a chance to apply their knowledge with hands-on experiments and challenges.

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Aldermen, Cougle Foods Family Present Planned Poultry Plant to Neighborhood

11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson, left, introduces the Cougle Foods meeting alongside 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez on Wednesday, November 20, at Park No. 571.
11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson, left, introduces the Cougle Foods meeting alongside 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez on Wednesday, November 20, at Park No. 571.
Published November 21, 2019

A crowd of more than 60 filled the soaring workout room of Park No. 571 in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood on Wednesday, November 20, most standing for over 1-1/2 hours to hear details of the pending Cougle Foods development across from the park, on the other side of the South Branch of the Chicago River (aka Bubbly Creek). Hosted by 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez in collaboration with 11th Ward Alderman Patrick D. Thompson, the meeting included presentations from the father-son duo running Cougle Foods: Lee and Ed Freidheim.

For owner Lee Freidheim, the site at 2841 S. Ashland Ave. is great for Cougle Foods because of its location in a food production district and its proximity to customers and employees. "To us, a Planned Manufacturing District is an ideal location," he said.

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