McKinley Park Candidates Guide

12th Ward Alder Announces 35th Street Rezoning

Published January 28, 2023

The McKinley Park neighborhood's stretch of West 35th Street between South Archer and South Paulina avenues is targeted for rezoning and streetscaping, announced 12th Ward Alderwoman Anabel Abarca.

  • West 35th Street between South Archer and South Paulina avenues is a target for rezoning and streetscaping.
  • 12th Ward Alderwoman Anabel Abarca announces initiative, including coordination with the 11th Ward for properties on north side of 35th Street.
  • McKinley Park Neighborhood Plan calls for a "main street experience" on 35th Street.

Read more: 12th Ward Alder Announces 35th Street Rezoning

Cannabis Dispensary Pitched for 35th and Ashland

Published January 27, 2023

A BLOC cannabis dispensary run by Justice Cannabis Co. seeks a home in the currently vacant commercial building at South Ashland Avenue and West 35th Street, with a public meeting slated for Monday, February 6.

  • BLOC cannabis dispensary seeks home at South Ashland Avenue and West 35th Street.
  • Location to be run by Justice Cannabis Co.
  • Public meeting set for Monday, February 6, to provide more information and answer questions.

Read more: Cannabis Dispensary Pitched for 35th and Ashland

Volunteers Join Tutor Corps to Help Immigrants Learn English

Published January 26, 2023

The McKinley Park neighborhood's Aquinas Literacy Center has trained 10 more tutors to join its corps of volunteers helping adult pupils learn English. The next training session for tutors is this Saturday, January 28.

  • McKinley Park neighborhood's Aquinas Literacy Center trains 10 more tutors to help local adults learn English.
  • Next tutor training session set for this Saturday, January 28.
  • Long waiting list of pupils shows "critical need" for more tutors.

Read more: Volunteers Join Tutor Corps to Help Immigrants Learn English

Horizon Senior Lauded as Top Charter School Student Statewide

Published January 24, 2023

Natalie Lopez, a senior at Horizon Science Academy - McKinley Park, won the statewide Excellence Award from the Illinois Network of Charter schools for her scholarship, extracurriculars and mentorship of younger students.

  • Horizon Science Academy - McKinley Park student Natalie Lopez named one of the top charter school students in Illinois.
  • Illinois Network of Charter Schools recognizes Lopez for her scholarship, extracurriculars and student mentoring.
  • Lopez setting her sights on post-secondary education and a career in healthcare, she says.

Read more: Horizon Senior Lauded as Top Charter School Student Statewide

City Names Three Finalists for Overhaul of Pershing Road Warehouse Property

Published January 21, 2023

The long-sought redevelopment of city-owned properties at 1819 and 1869 W. Pershing Road took another step forward with the pick of three finalists proposing movie studios, retail, housing and more.

  • Long-sought redevelopment of 1819 and 1869 W. Pershing Road takes another step forward with finalists' proposals.
  • Movie studio space, housing, retail and other uses proposed by three different developers.
  • Community outreach about proposals to come in February, and a decision on a finalist as soon as this summer.

Read more: City Names Three Finalists for Overhaul of Pershing Road Warehouse Property

 
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