Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Playgorund at McGuane

Great news for our friends at McGuane Park.  Contact Maureen Sullivan for info.

Friends of the Parks and the Chicago Park District have received and reviewed your community’s nomination for McGuane Playground for the Chicago Plays! Playground Renovation Program.  We are pleased to announce that McGuane Playground has been selected as the one of the first playgrounds to be built in the first year of the Chicago Plays! program.

The Chicago Plays! Program has created much excitement and has gotten Chicagoans thinking about community and its importance to their parks.  There were numerous outstanding nominations from community organizations across the city of Chicago so the decision making process was a difficult one.  The commitment and enthusiasm that your community has displayed in your application was evident and both the Chicago Park District and Friends of the Parks are excited to work with your community to make this new playground a reality.

Over the next few months we will work with you regarding the anticipated construction date and playground designs. Your community will have the opportunity to select playground equipment based on the provided designs.

Congratulations on your new playground!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Let's Get Registered!

We all know that the most important thing that we can do to affect positive change is vote.  No, really, it's true.

In order to vote, of course, one must be registered.  So ask yourself:

  • Am I registered to vote?
  • Am I registered to vote at my current address?
  • Are all of my friends/colleagues/relatives/clients/neighbors/etc.  registered to vote?
  • Do I have a voter registration booth for my next event?
If you have answered "no" to any of these questions, please contact  We have deputy registrars in our midst who would love to get you and everyone you know registered.  

In the immortal words of Frank Zappa, "Don' t Forget To Register To Vote."

Monday, May 13, 2013

TIF Illuminator Workshop for 11th & 12th Wards

Let's Talk TIFS

McKinley Park Civic Association and the Bridgeport Alliance presents

  • What is a Tax Increment Finance District?
  • How many of them are there in our community?
  • How do they impact us?
  • Who gets money from a TIF and why?
McKinley Park Library (1915 W 35th Street) The presenter will be Tom Tresser, co-founder of the CivicLab, a space for civic innovation and lead organizer for the TIF Illumination Project (TIP). TIP is investigating and exposing what TIFs are doing to us on a ward-by-ward basis.

Learn More

Help Build Strong Schools in Our Community

Community Meeting
June 6, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Benton House, 3052 South Gratten

Three of our local schools were on the CPS closing list. Community support saved them. Now we need to make them the best in Chicago. Join us on June 6 and help build strong schools in our community.

This will be a working meeting. Please bring your lists of ideas, resources, needs and problems. We hope that you will attend and we encourage you to discuss this effort with your friends and neighbors.

Sponsored by The Bridgeport Alliance School Task Force