The McKinley Park News covers Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood and its people, institutions and enterprises by publishing community information and enabling channels of communication. It offers original and aggregated neighborhood news, plus a local events calendar and other neighborhood-focused features.

The McKinley Park News operates with the highest standards of journalistic integrity in order to offer accurate, reliable and balanced accounting of the news affecting the neighborhood. It brings together diverse voices and sources to present important neighborhood information in a single place, helping connect the neighborhood's vibrant and diverse population. As a publishing business, it offers a variety of advertising and other services to customers who wish to connect with local consumers.

McKinley Park mapThe coverage area of the McKinley Park News includes the entirely of the McKinley Park neighborhood, which stretches from Interstate 55 on the north to Pershing Road on the south, and the South Branch of the Chicago River (aka "Bubbly Creek") on the east to the CSX railroad tracks and viaduct on the west. The McKinley Park News also reports on the blocks touching the southern edge of Pershing Road, including the historic Central Manufacturing District.

The McKinley Park News has its origins in the website, which first began listing local events in 2012 after McKinley Park resident Justin Kerr acquired the domain name and built an interactive website to provide neighborhood news and information, as well as user memberships, discussion forums and online community features. In October 2016, the identity of the effort was changed to the McKinley Park News to more accurately reflect the activities and business focus of the publication, including adoption of the new domain name. In 2019, the McKinley Park News began operations as a commercial publication of Local News LLC.

McKinley Park News Memberships

The McKinley Park News offers free memberships that provide many additional features for logged-in users. To quickly get access, visit the Sign Up page and register through our website system or via one of your social media accounts.

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Community Guidelines

The McKinley Park News lets users sign up for memberships which enable login and interaction with the website and fellow members. Our Community Guidelines outline the general requirements we have for user behavior in order to maintain a relevant and convivial online community.

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Member Privacy and Content Practices

Members of the McKinley Park News may interact with the website in a number of ways, including personalizing profiles, commenting on articles, communicating with other members, posting original content and engaging with other site features. The McKinley Park News operates with responsible practices for privacy and content regarding our users, their content and how we use this and other information on the site and within business operations. 

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Editorial Standards and Policies

The McKinley Park News reports on the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, through publishing news and event information related to the residents, institutions, enterprises and current events of the neighborhood. Our coverage area includes the officially designated McKinley Park community area of Chicago, plus the bordering Central Manufacturing District along the south side of Pershing Road. All content we publish is explicitly related to our geographic coverage area.

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Justin KerrPublisher

Justin CooperVideo Producer
Jackie GuataquiraEditorial Cartoonist
Ankita MukhopadhyayCorrespondent
Kevin O'NeilCorrespondent
Nikki RobertsCorrespondent

Associations & Credentials

In addition to the professional associations and credentials of its reporting team, the McKinley Park News is proud to be a member of the following news, professional and community organizations:

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Chicago Independent Media Alliance
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