History and architectural heritage help define the southwest side neighborhood of McKinley Park.
Dating back to the 1830s, McKinley Park was once forged by industry with dozens of industrial businesses moving here after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Today’s Chicagoans are discovering a unique culture that makes up McKinley Park and enjoying its proximity to trendy Pilsen and long-established Bridgeport. The neighborhood is also conveniently connected to downtown via nearby CTA trains and interstates.
Although close to The Loop, McKinley Park also offers residents tree-lined streets and a wide variety of cuisine from restaurants along Archer Avenue, 35th Street, and on Ashland. There are also ample shopping options.
The 69-acre McKinley Park provides residents a nature alternative to bustling city activities. The park includes recreational facilities including a fieldhouse, playground, outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and an ice-skating rink in the winter. McKinley Park is the site of several festivals and special events such as a Halloween party and summertime Movies in the Park.
Many of the homes in McKinley Park are two-flats and single-family homes. The neighborhood was developed in the ‘50s and ‘60s, so the homes boast vintage architecture. Newly renovated lofts can be found along Pershing Road and new construction is interspersed throughout the neighborhood.
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