News & Happenings


You Never Know What a Plastic Cap Can Do!

posted Jul 12, 2019, 11:48 AM by UPAC UPAC

 
We intend to show you at this year's ART in the Park when we use collected plastic caps of all sizes and colors to create a community art-making participation project and we need YOUR help! We ask that you please start saving your plastic caps, CLEAN them, and then bring them to ART in the PARK on Saturday, July 13th at 10 AM and, believe us, you will be amazed at what they can become!

 #CollectPlasticCaps #CommunityArtProject #UnityPark #ARTinthePark #HonoringAnArtist #MaryEllenCroteau LoganSquareArt #ParticipationArt #UPACArtProject

Songs and Stories Herald Arrival of Little Libraries!

posted Jun 27, 2019, 11:53 AM by UPAC UPAC

(Saturday, June 1, 2019 Chicago, IL)

A Little Free Library is coming to Unity Park!

On Saturday, June 1st at 10:30 AM, we'll have a small parade of the Library into the park, an official "welcome" read, and then local children will unwrap the Little Library! A special performance of story-themed songs and story telling by Actor/Musician Joe Boersma will follow the unveiling. Friends of Logan Square Library and UPAC will have activities for the crowd, and free books and goodies for children. And, the first 50 children to bring a book to donate will receive a special commemorative Little Library button!

 Please bring ONE children's book for the Little Library, in English or Spanish, as both a donation and to signal their commitment to seeing the LIttle Library grow and become a community resource.

 The Little Library at Unity Park is a project of the Unity Park Advisory Council , and is made possible through the generosity of The Chicago Reader, Upcycling Colors, Zosimo Melendez, Monarch Thrift Shop, State Representative Will Guzzardi, and State Senator Iris Y. Martinez. If you wish to donate books for the Little Library, please contact UPAC, or bring them to State Senator Iris Y. Martinez's office on a Wednesday.

A fun-packed spring's coming up at Unity Park!

posted May 30, 2019, 11:12 AM by UPAC UPAC

Buy a Big Mac*, Help Support UPAC!

(* or any menu item)

UPAC Fundraiser Night @ McDonald's May 2nd, 5-7 PM

We're excited to have our 1st ever Fundraiser Night at McDonald's. It'll raise funds to help provide fun free events and a spray pool upgrade at Unity Park in Logan Square! Ten percent of total sales (including drive-thru) for two hours, 5-7 PM, will benefit Unity! So take a break from cooking and come meet members of UPAC, grab a 2019 UPAC Schedule of Events, and find out about all our cool projects and upcoming events! 

Post comments on the Facebook event!
Support UPAC at McDonalds, 5/2/19 5-7 PM!
Support UPAC at McDonalds, 5/2/19 5-7 PM!

Return of the Easter Bunny!

UPAC and Grace Church Logan Square invite you to the third edition of our Easter Egg Hunt! 

Saturday, April 20 10 AM to 12 PM
At Unity Park, 2636 N Kimball Ave. 
In event of rain, event will be held at Grace Church, 3325 W Wrightwood Ave. 

Easter Egg Hunt 4/20/2019 10 AM

Activities for children (ages toddler to 12 years of age) include, 
  • Egg Hunt 
  • Face Painting 
  • Frog Fishing 
  • Easter Bag 
  • Decoration 
  • Egg & Spoon Race 
  • Bunny Bean Bag Toss 
  • Rabbit Ring Toss 
  • Easter Egg Sweep 
  • Jelly Bean Guess Contest 

And what Easter Egg Hunt would be complete without a visit by the Easter Bunny?!
This is a FREE Event brought to you by UPAC and Grace Church Logan Square. Please feel free to share the a
ttached flier with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers...

Welcome Spring on Earth Day at Unity!

Earth Day 4/27/2019 10 AM - 1 PM
Spruce Up Unity Park on Earth Day! 

RSVP now to EarthDayChicago.org! Unity Park will be participating in Friends of the Parks annual Earth Day celebration on,

April 21, 2018, from 10 AM - 1 PM! 

And we need volunteers - sign up yourself and your children to do your bit to get our neighborhood park ready for the fun to come! Volunteers will spread mulch, clean, plant - we'll bring the supplies, wear your working clothes! 

Children will have their own Plant a Flower, Take a Flower Home activity! 

Additional attractions include free bike tune-ups for kids courtesy of Boulevard Bikes!
Download the UPAC 2019 calendar!

Spring Volleyball is Back!


UPAC's Youth Sports programming continues with the return of spring volleyball. This free 7-week volleyball coaching program is presented by the Unity Park Advisory Council, Logan Square Boys and Girls Club of Chicago & Chicago Park District to the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at James Monroe Elementary and the Logan Square community. 

Please understand that space is very limited. Email us to enroll (an application form will need to be filled out at the first class).
Volleyball
3rd, 4th, 5th graders
Saturdays   5/14/19 - 6/15/19   12 - 2 PM

Help us Be the Best!

Nominate UPAC for Best of Logan Square!
LoganSquarist is accepting nominations for their annual BEST OF LOGAN SQUARE Awards, and we'd love it if you would make the following nominations.
  • Unity Park for BEST NEIGHBORHOOD HIDDEN GEM 
  • Unity Park Advisory Council (UPAC) for BEST COMMUNITY GROUP 

The deadline is April 20th. Nominate here.


Join Us and Make Great Things Happen!

Want to help out? Have an idea for an event? Join us, our next meeting is, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7 PM at the north-east corner of Unity Park.


Thank You for a Great Party! On to 2019...!

posted Apr 17, 2019, 7:46 PM by UPAC UPAC

Pick Our Summer Movie!


We want your input! Please vote in our poll for the movie we'll screen on August 11th. We've listed 5 movies, and you can pick a favorite (or two), second favorite, and so on. Vote here by January 30th!

Our 2019 Calendar Is Here!

UPAC has been hard at work preparing for our 2019 season! We recently elected a brand new board and the Council has selected dates for most of our events. Remember though, UPAC is an all-volunteer group, and we couldn't do it without your help and support. Email us at Info@UnityParkChicago.org to come help out, or ping us on the Facebook page!
    Easter Egg Hunt - 4/20 10-12 (day before Easter)
    Earth Day 4/27 10-1 - Theme is Plant a Flower Take a Flower Home
    Comedy event - 6/21 6:30
    Art in the Park - 7/13 or 7/20 10-2
    Movie - 8/11 (8/18 rain date) at dusk, approx 7:45
    Lucha Libre - 8/31 (weekend before Labor Day/school open) 12-4
    Nights Out in the Parks - TBD
    Yoga, Pilates - TBD (tell us if you want these at Info@UnityParkChicago.org or in the movie poll)
    Rolling Rec - TBD, approx Jun-Sep
    Pumpkinfest - 10/19
    Sports - TBD (tell us if you want these at Info@UnityParkChicago.org or in the movie poll)
    Midnight Circus - TBD

A Great Time for a Great 2019 Park Season!

Photo from Party for the Park 2018
(December 7, 2018 Chicago, IL) We thank you and all of our party sponsors for one great night! We are primed for a great start to our 2019 season, all because of your generous support!

Thanks also to every member of the UPAC team for organizing the Party for the Park 2018!

Check out these photos from the party, and be sure to visit and thank all these sponsors!


Spinning J Avondale Neighborhood Association Webster's Wine Bar Fireside Bowl
Buzz Coffee & Roaster Betsy Elsaesser Dan Pogorzelski Voice of the City
UPAC Pan Artesanal Lula Cafe Logan Theater
Reno Eli's Cheesecake Logan Square Preservation Larry W. Green
Steve Timble Chicago Park District Connie Baznik Fleur
Play Tracy Kostenbader Buona Terra Tamiz Haiderali
WeeGee's Lounge Mrs. Hernandez Cristina Lara Brew Brew
State Senator Iris Y. Martinez Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa Andrew Schneider
Photo from Party for the Park 2018 Photo from Party for the Park 2018


Come Party for the Park!

posted Jan 5, 2019, 7:47 PM by UPAC UPAC

Great Food, Raffle Prizes, and a Great Cause!

All events at Unity Park are free for our neighbors because of the support of people like you! And you can support UPAC and enjoy a night of partying by coming to Party for the Park! 

Party for the Park 2018
This year, Party for the Park will be on Thursday, December 6th at Weegee's Lounge, 3659 W Armitage. The music starts cranking at 7 PM! Tickets are available with a $20 donation and include 1 raffle ticket and 1 drink. To purchase tickets and help us continue our free family-friendly programming like Pumpkinfest and Lucha Libre in 2019, click  
https://goo.gl/g651PY

Unity Park Upcoming Events


Logan Square Events

Our fall classic, Pumpkinfest, is this Saturday!

posted Nov 8, 2018, 1:27 PM by UPAC UPAC

The Great Pumpkin Returns This Saturday!

Our annual fall classic, Pumpkinfest, is this Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10 AM - 2 PM at Unity Park!

Pumkinfest is Saturday 10/20/2018 10 AM - 2 PM
Roam the pumpkin patch with your kids and enjoy face-painting, pumpkin-decorating, music, costume parade... and snap a pic at our Pumpkinfest photo station. Oh, and popcorn too! And it's all free!

Remember, pumpkins and decorating supplies are limited, so don't delay, act now and get your costumes together! The costume parade starts at noon!

UPAC needs volunteers for Pumpkinfest, to help please email us!

Midnight Circus is at Koz Park this Weekend!

posted Oct 19, 2018, 8:13 AM by UPAC UPAC   [ updated Oct 19, 2018, 8:17 AM ]

Get your tickets before they sell out!

Midnight Circus at Kosciuszko Park 10/6-7/2018
Midnight Circus - photo of performance
On the weekend of October 6-7, the big tent returns to Kosciuszko Park. Click on the image to get your tickets before they sell out! After all the fun that we had last year, we had to bring the circus back! Midnight Circus is presented again by co-hosts Unity and Kosciuszko Park Advisory Council! Part of the proceeds from the circus will go to replace the spray pool at Unity with a modern soft-surfaced pool. 

Get your tickets now - click here! Step inside the Magical "Little Big Top" for an afternoon of World-Class Circus & Amazing Feats of Fundraising right in your local park!

Show times are,
10/06 and 10/07/2018
2 PM and 5 PM

See the following posters for the full 2018 performance schedule!



Midnight Circus 2018 - schedule in Spanish
Midnight Circus 2018 - Schedule in English




The Rumble in the Park!

posted Oct 2, 2018, 3:58 PM by UPAC UPAC

Lucha Libre and its Masked Fighters are Back!

Lucha Libre 9/1/2018 12 PM at Unity Park!


Old rivalries bubble up again as the luchadores gather in the ring at Unity Park! Come pick sides and cheer 'em on in this acrobatic extravaganza!

Tell us who you favor and what size t-shirt you want on our Facebook page!

Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 12 PM noon!


Our Movie this year is Wonder!

posted Aug 22, 2018, 9:03 AM by UPAC UPAC

Summer Movie Night is back with Wonder

Movie - Wonder - 8/19/2018 8 PM
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - The movie starts at dusk, approximately 8 PM.

Bring your family and spread out on the cool grass. We'll get the popcorn!

Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters 5th grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.










Midnight Circus at Kosciuszko Park 10/6-7/2018

The Circus is Coming! Get Your Tickets!

On the weekend of October 6-7, the big tent returns to Kosciuszko Park. Click on the image to get your tickets before they sell out!

Opera-Matic, Wonder, Rolling Rec & Lucha Libre!!!

posted Aug 16, 2018, 1:18 PM by UPAC UPAC

Opera-Matic's Joyful Passage - Today 8/11/18 6:30 PM!

Nights Out in the Parks Concert comes to Unity!

Saturday, August 11, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at Unity Park, 2636 N. Kimball Ave.
You saw the preview at Art in the Park, now come with your children for the full immersive experience!

Joyful Passage 2018 is a fun, unique take on a traditional obstacle course, with strangers and neighbors working together to solve abstract problems. Featuring beautiful interactive sculptures and live musical accompaniment, along with Opera-Matic's usual event elements, including takeaway crafts, shadow puppetry, and other participatory, all-ages activities.
Opera-Matic's Joyful Passages 8/11/18 6:30 PM at Unity Park


Art in the Park Pictures!

Art in the Park 2018 - Chalk drawing picture
Check out the pictures on our Facebook page! Stay tuned there  or here on our web page for announcements about Lucha Libre (9/1 12 PM) and the Midnight Circus 9/29 and 9/30)!






Rolling Rec - One More Week!

Rolling Rec van
The Rollin' Recreation activity van offers fun for the whole family at a number of parks throughout the city. The vans drive in, and the fun rolls out - sports, gymnastics and fitness activities. Come join us and enjoy these activities with others in your community. No registration required, just come out and have fun. 

Wednesdays and Fridays until 8/17/2018 at 3 PM in Unity Park




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