Justin Kerr

Justin Kerr

McKinley Park Civic Association, McKinley Park Advisory Council, McKinley Park Community Garden, 12th Ward Independent Political Organization, Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS), McKinley Park Development Council
La Palapa, La Placita, Huck Finn Donuts, Lindy's Chili, Marz Community Brewing Co.
One City Tap
Hair Corner
Kristoffer's Cakes, Video Strip, Complete Inc.
Jim Hankes, Mark Javier
Jaidinger Photography
Jayda's Playhouse
Montessori Foundations of Chicago

I am the publisher of the McKinley Park News and a resident of the McKinley Park neighborhood, where I and my family have lived since 2008. We have really enjoyed getting to know our local community and have found McKinley Park to be a convenient, affordable and safe neighborhood with some great amenities and lots of excellent people.

Like many near-Southwest Side neighborhoods, McKinley Park has suffered from a dearth of information about the day-to-day news and events that make up the fabric of the community. This was my original inspiration for the 2012 startup of the McKinleyPark.org website, a basic neighborhood news and events listing site that eventually became the McKinley Park News. I and my family have also been active in many neighborhood and community groups, and I am one of the fouders and serve as a board member for the McKinley Park Development Council.

My professional background began in journalism and Internet publishing, in which I began dabbling in the early 1990s while a student at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Newsroom stints as reporter and copy editor led to starting up one of the first online newspapers in the U.S. at The Times newspaper; later work for the Tribune Company focused on nationally distributed online media products and services. Other publishing experience has included serving as executive director of 501(c)(3) online magazine The Site of Big Shoulders, and my technical writing has been featured in the Software Developers Journal, Joomla! Community Magazine and other publications. I've also helped Internet startups, creative agencies and media outlets build, sell and manage their online products and services in both direct consulting and team lead roles.

Throughout, I've been a resident of the Chicago area, living in South Side neighborhoods the bulk of the time and enjoying the community, variety and neighborliness that this side of town engenders. When I consider McKinley Park's place in this tableau, I see a neighborhood led by a very strong community with great potential for more improvements, responsible development and further bridges between our neighborhood's Hispanic, white and Chinese enclaves.

I look forward to making the McKinley Park News a resource for the neighborhood and conveying our community's stories, which are so often overlooked by Chicago's other media. I also look forward to your enjoyment of and interaction with this website, as well as seeing you and fellow neighbors around the neighborhood.

All the best to you and yours,

— Justin Kerr

(312) 560-1115
P.O. Box 9136
Local Pollution Hotspots, Coming Industrial Development IDed in UIC StudyNeighborhood News07/14/2020 8:34 AM
McKinley Park Named Connected Community for Statewide Internet ProgramNeighborhood News07/09/2020 8:17 PM
Dozens of McKinley Park Businesses Receive Jumbo Federal Paycheck Protection LoansNeighborhood News07/07/2020 9:43 PM
McKinley Dog Park Announces Fund-Raising CampaignNeighborhood News07/07/2020 9:19 AM
Aquinas Literacy Center Lands State of Illinois Grant, Scopes September ReopeningNeighborhood News06/30/2020 11:16 AM
Marz Community Kitchen Feeds Families, Employs Food and Dining WorkersNeighborhood News06/16/2020 1:37 PM
Velma Thomas Opens Early Childhood Education Enrollment for Fall 2020Neighborhood News06/15/2020 10:35 AM
Temperature Swing, Restocking Cause Lagoon Fish KillNeighborhood News06/13/2020 2:53 PM
McKinley Park Library Reopens With Limited Hours and COVID-19 Safety MeasuresNeighborhood News06/12/2020 1:29 PM
McKinley Park Steps Toward Reopening With Day Camp RegistrationNeighborhood News06/11/2020 9:15 AM
Neighborhood Leaders, Institutions Decry Systemic Injustice, Proclaim Black Lives MatterNeighborhood News06/11/2020 9:00 AM
COVID-19 No Match for Aquinas as Literacy Training Moves OnlineNeighborhood News06/05/2020 1:11 AM
McKinley Park Rallies for Defense, Cleanup and Support of NeighborhoodNeighborhood News06/04/2020 6:13 PM
Graffiti Artists Bomb Neighborhood Viaducts with Colorful Designs; City Paints Them OverNeighborhood News06/01/2020 5:13 PM
Looting, Arson, Attempted Home Invasions Mar McKinley Park NeighborhoodNeighborhood News06/01/2020 8:15 AM
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