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McKinley Park



McKinley Park is a near South Side community set 5 miles from the Loop, boasting a rich legacy and a vibrant local culture. Named for America’s 35th President, this charming neighborhood takes pride in its working class history, featuring unpretentious dive bars and 24-hour diners. Families love the well-equipped area parks filled with pristine green space, picturesque lagoons, and large all ages playgrounds.

Set on the BNSF Railway, CTA Orange Line, and I-55 Stevenson Expressway, McKinley Park residents enjoy easy access to work and play. Nearby arts centered neighborhoods such as Pilsen and Bridgeport offer world-class galleries. Sports lovers are thrilled by the neighborhood’s close proximity to U.S. Cellular Field; during baseball season, the streets are always filled with excited locals.

Year round, McKinley Park offers some of Chicago’s most private, safe, and comfortable residential districts. McKinley Park homes feature beautiful green yards, spacious open floor plans, and 2-3 car garage parking, a coveted commodity in the city! With so much to do, see, and explore, why not take a closer look at McKinley Park?


McKinley Park is a charming near South Side Chicago community set along the Chicago River. The neighborhood is set along Archer Avenue and the I-55 Stevenson Expressway. McKinley Park is also just 5 miles from the Chicago Loop.

McKinley Park is bordered by Pilsen and University Village to the north, Bridgeport, South Commons, Prairie District, and Dearborn Park to the northeast, Bronzeville to the east, Canaryville and Kenwood to the southeast, Back of the Yards to the south, Brighton Park and Archer Heights to the southwest, and Little Village and Cicero to the west.


Population (2000)- Total 15,952
Density 11,381.7/sq mi 
White 28.9%
Black 0.49%
Hispanic 61.5%
Asian 7.70%
Other 1.55%
Median income $36,010


McKinley Park is home to the Filbert’s Old Time Root Beer factory.


McKinley Park began as a working class Irish neighborhood in 1836, supporting laborers on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Thus, the community was known as “Canalport” as late as 1851. Throughout the late half of the 1800s, the neighborhood was home to many steelworkers who worked in mills around the swampy 35th Street area. Because of its still waters and stilted houses, the area became known as “Ducktown.”

McKinley Park was annexed to Chicago in 1863 before being razed by the 1871 Chicago Fire. As the city began to rebuild itself, the neighborhood became home to numerous immigrants, including Irish, Germans, Swedes, English, and Native Americans.

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McKinley Park real estate offers beautiful homes including brick raised ranch homes, charming Chicago bungalows, and two flats great for multiple family homes or rentable investment properties. Young couples and workers in the Loop enjoy the value of McKinley Park condos, which combine contemporary design and renovations with classic Chicago style.

McKinley Park condos are set within safe and comfortable gated communities. Walk out balconies offer wonderful views of the lush trees and private landscaped gardens. Condos boast modern open floor plans, letting in plenty of natural light. McKinley Park condo homes include hardwood floors, spacious eat in kitchens with granite countertops and maple cabinets, new appliances, and 2-3 car garages.

McKinley Park single family homes include large yards with garage parking and access to public transportation. Families love the nearby McKinley Park and homes’ beautiful finished basements, which serve as an ideal space for play rooms and work out areas.

The average McKinley Park single family home is between $150,000 and $250,000. The average McKinley Park rent is $600 to $700/month.

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McKinley Park commuters are served by the Halsted Station on the BNSF Railway. The line runs from Aurora to Union Station in the downtown Chicago Loop, hitting major stations at Naperville, Lisle, Downers Grove, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Western Springs, LaGrange Stone Avenue, Brookfield, Berwyn, and Western Avenue.

McKinley Park is also served by two different CTA Orange Line Stations, the Ashland Orange Line Station and the 35th Archer Orange Line Station. The Orange Line runs from Midway International Airport to Adams and Wabash in the Loop.

McKinley Park commuters also enjoy access to numerous CTA Bus Routes including Route 9 Ashland, Route 35 35th, Route 39 Pershing, Route 50 Damen, and Route 62 Archer.

McKinley Park is just 6 miles from the Midway International Airport, providing frequent long distance travelers with access to hundreds of airlines. Travelers can take the Orange Line to the station, avoiding the hassle of airport parking.

McKinley Park is set along a number of major roads including the I-55 Stevenson Expressway, and the I-94 Dan Ryan Expressway.

The Stevenson Expressway runs east into Bridgeport before running into Lake Shore Drive. The road runs southwest through Pilsen, Little Village, Archer Heights, Stickney, Forest View, Summit, Hodgkins, and Countryside before hitting the I-294 Tri-State.

The Dan Ryan Expressway runs north through Bridgeport, Pilsen, Printers Row, the Loop, the Near West Side, Wicker Park, Roscoe Village, Avondale, Irving Park, and Albany park before splitting into I-90 and the Edens Expressway. The road runs south through Douglas, Bronzeville, Canaryville, and Englewood before splitting into the Bishop Ford Freeway and the I-90 Chicago Skyway.

McKinley Park residents enjoy walking as a healthy and convenient way to run errands. The McKinley Park Walk Score is 80/100.


McKinley Park students are well served by Chicago Public Schools including Nathan Green School, Evergreen Academy, and Everett Elementary. High School students attend top-notch programs at St. Ignatius College Prep, Christo Rey Jesuit High School, and Whitney Young High School. College students have access to fine nearby programs including Malcolm X College and Shimer College.


Nathan Green School- 3525 South Honore Street (773) 535-4560
Evergreen Academy- 3537 South Paulina Street (773) 535-4836
St. Andrew Lutheran School- 3659 South Honore Street (773) 376-5370
Namaste Charter School- 3737 South Paulina Street (773) 715-9558
Everett Elementary School- 3419 South Bell Avenue (773) 535-4550
Velma F Thomas State Pre K- 3625 South Hoyne Avenue (773) 535-4088

High School

St. Ignatius College Prep
- 1076 West Roosevelt Road (312) 421-5900
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School- 1852 West 22nd Pl (773) 890-6800
Whitney Young High School- 211 South Laflin Street (773) 534-7500


Malcolm X College- 1900 West Van Buren Street (312) 850-7000
Shimer College- 3424 South State Street (312) 235-3500


McKinley Park is surrounded by some of Chicago’s hottest South Side neighborhoods, giving residents plenty of exciting options for their evenings out. Enjoy the area’s unique ambiance full of historic old haunts, cheap dives, and chic speakeasy style cocktail bars. Order anything from a cold beer to a perfectly mixed Old Fashioned to a juicy prime rib, all for notoriously low South Side prices.

Looking for a vibrant South Side bar to party down with all your friends? Ethyl’s Party (2600 South Wentworth (312) 326-3811) is the place to go with cheap drinks, DJs, room to dance, and a popular karaoke night. The bar is also known for its unusual atmosphere; Ethyl’s was converted from an old Italian funeral home, and some regulars tell tales of mysterious shadowy guests. The bar also boasts a number of beautiful art deco décor touches from the ornate façade to the original hardwood floors.

For good eats, great company, and a surprisingly distinguished environment, McKinley Park locals head to Simone’s Bar (960 West 18th Street (312) 666-8601). The bar offers a great selection of classic drinks, craft beers, and unique signature cocktails. Locals also rave for the sweet potato fries, black bean and banana empanadas, and other comforting late night treats to soak up your evening’s debauchery. Enjoy a conversation into the wee hours under the bar’s eclectic nebula-like light fixtures, or come out on the weekends and dance to the great live bands!

Schaller’s Pump (3714 South Halsted Street (774) 367-6332) is a comfortable neighborhood pub with a vibrant crowd and a rich history. The pub began as a speakeasy during the Prohibition and still contains the old peephole. Locals love Schaller’s menu of cold icebox style salads, prime rib, steak, a meat-stuffed savory sandwiches. With its bargain beer prices and well-placed TV sets, the bar is a great place to relax before a Sox game.

Nearby Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar (960 West 31st Street (773) 890-0588) is a good old-fashioned neighborhood favorite. The beer list features a number of fine artisanal beers from local and international breweries. The cocktail menu features nothing but top-notch liquors, including old-fashioned Hudson Rye whiskey. Drinks titles will tickle the fancy of any Chicago history buff with names such as Red Lights on Archer and Bubbly Creek.


For a one of a kind family field trip, take a tour of the Filbert’s Old Time Root Beer (3430 South Ashland Avenue (773) 847-1520) factory. Children love watching the soda bottler in action as they sample the myriad of delicious flavors, including cherry, red raspberry, peach, lime, banana, and apple.

Nearby Chinatown offers a wide range of unique clothing, food, and specialty stores, giving locals a taste of life across the ocean. The neighborhood also dishes up a variety of authentic restaurants from stop in lunch spots to family style dim sum joints.

Sports lovers appreciate the nearby U.S. Cellular Field, home to the one and only Chicago White Sox (333 West 35th Street (312) 674-1000)! Fans congregate from around the city and state to cheer for their favorite team in this exciting stadium setting. Discount tickets can be purchased here throughout the season.

Artistically minded residents are thrilled by the numerous area galleries. Popular Pilsen galleries include The Living Room Lounge (1100 West Cermak Road (773) 979-2442), Pilsen Open Studios (1210 West 18th Street), Vespine Gallery (1907 South Halsted (312) 962-5850), and Polvo (1458 West 18th Street (773) 344-1940). Bridgeport galleries feature the marvelous Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 South Morgan Street (773) 837-0145), Bridgeport Art Center (1200 West 35th Street (773) 247-3000), and Mutherland (1125 West 31st Street (312) 924-3602). In addition to exhibitions and artistic events, these centers host classes for locals of all ages, enriching the area’s culture.

In addition to fine area galleries, Pilsen is home to the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 West 19th Street (312) 738-1503). This unique museum incorporates art galleries of handmade Ephemera, Textiles, Folk Art, Photography, Paintings and Sculptures, and Prints and Drawings. The museum also hosts a variety of arts classes, demonstrations, discussion groups, and more.


South Siders rave for the McKinley Park BBQ Patio (3256 South Ashland Avenue (773) 523-7775) and its authentic home style dishes. Local favorites such as carne asada, chile relleno, and chilaquiles verdes are cooked and served with love alongside delicious homemade tortillas. Regulars also love the BBQ Patio’s knock out margaritas; just one rita will do the trick!

The Taste of Chicago Restaurant (3170 South Ashland Avenue (773) 579-0355) is an old school diner serving up true regional flavor. Diners can fill their bellies on a dime thanks to deals such as the “recession” 99 cent taco special and $4.59 Big Taster with fries, which includes a half pound burger topped with cheese, bacon, and BBQ sauce. For dessert, regulars recommend the decadent German Chocolate Cake.  

South Siders love their donuts, and bargain eateries such as Huck Finn Donuts and Snack Shop (3414 South Archer Avenue (773) 247-5515) and Rolling Donuts and Coffee (3170 South Ashland Avenue (773) 376-5757) certainly know how to make them. Huck Finn is famous for its amazing 24-hour breakfast specials such as Cinnamon Roll French toast and the super plate-size Texas donut. Rolling Donuts offers classic yeast pastry perfection with unique fillings such as sour cream, whipped vanilla butter cream, and black cherry.


Built in 1901, McKinley Park (2210 West Pershing Road (312) 747-6527) was named for the recently assassinated 35th President of the United States. Today, the park offers ample space for baseball, football, soccer, tennis, and outdoor basketball. During warm weather months, locals enjoy the park’s swimming pool, water playground, and picturesque 1 mile walking path. The park also includes a community center with a state of the art indoor gym great for year round workouts.

Brighton Park (3501 South Richmond Street (312) 747-6197) is a great place to take the children for an afternoon picnic to play off some steam. The park includes a large playground and outdoor basketball court.