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Our 2017 Calendar!

posted Nov 17, 2017, 7:32 PM by UPAC UPAC

Printable version of 2017 UPAC Calendar

(Click on the image above to get a printable version.)

2017 SCHEDULE OF UNITY PARK ADVISORY COUNCIL EVENTS

- SPRING FLING MIXER
  SATURDAY, MARCH 25 / 5 - 6:30 PM
  LOCATION: ALOFT, 3324 W WRIGHTWOOD

- EARTH DAY
  SATURDAY, APRIL 22 / 1AM - PM
  LOCATION: UNITY PARK

- UPAC 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & MIXER
  FRIDAY, JUNE 16 / 6-10 PM
  LOCATION: HAIRPIN ARTS CENTER, 
     2810 N MILWAUKEE, 2ND FLOOR

- ART IN THE PARK
  SATURDAY, JULY 15 / 10 AM - 2 PM
  RAIN DATE: SATURDAY, JULY 22
  LOCATION: UNITY PARK

- MOVIE IN THE PARK
  SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 / DUSK ~7:30 PM
  RAIN DATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 20
  LOCATION: UNITY PARK


We need volunteer to run these events!
Interested? Contact us at Info@UnityParkChicago.org
- LUCHA LIBRE
  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 / 12 Noon - 2 PM
  RAIN DATE: SATURDAY, SEPT 9
  LOCATION: UNITY PARK

- PUMPKINFEST
  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 / 10 AM - 2 PM
  RAIN OR SHINE!)
  LOCATION: UNITY PARK

- PARTY FOR THE PARK FUNDRAISER 
  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7  / 6 - 10PM
  LOCATION: WEEGEE'S LOUNGE, 3659 W ARMITAGE

- A DAY IN AVONDALE Arts/Cultural Festival
  TBA (LATE SEPT. EARLY OCT.)



We meet 1st Wednesdays at 7 PM. 
In the fall & winter, we meet at 
   LSNA, 2840 N Milwaukee,
and in the spring & summer, 
   in the N-E corner of the park.
 
UPAC events are free and open to all!

Pumpkinfest Is Upon Us!

posted Nov 16, 2017, 7:26 PM by UPAC UPAC


Pumpkinfest is 10/21/2017 10 AM - 2 PM!







On October 21, 2017, the kids will roam the pumpkin patch again at Unity Park! 

Come with them, and enjoy face-painting, pumpkin-decorating, music, and a costume parade! Don't forget the popcorn! And it's all free!

And more! Our Friends from Chicago Hockey Initiative will have a goal-shooting, and you will be able to vote in the 35th Ward Participatory Budgeting process. Take a photo at the pumpkin patch photo booth.

Remember, pumpkins and decorating supplies are limited, so don't delay, act now and get your costumes together!

Catch the Circus and Help Puerto Rico!

posted Oct 13, 2017, 1:53 PM by UPAC UPAC

Benefit performance for Puerto Rico

By tickets to Midnight Circus' Puerto Rico Benefit show!


Thursday, October 12,   7 PM
Welles Park, 2333 W Sunnyside Avenue

Missed the shows at Kosciuszko Park? Don't worry!

Midnight Circus has added a special performance dedicated to helping victims of Hurricane Maria. All artists and support staff are donating their time and talent to raise as much money, and help as many as we can. Let's come together under the Big Top to help provide the people of Puerto Rico with desperately needed support. Tickets $25. 

100% of the proceeds go to the American Red Cross of Chicago's Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts.


Midnight Circus - This Weekend!

posted Oct 7, 2017, 5:48 PM by UPAC UPAC

Get Your Midnight Circus Tickets! And Help Our Community Replace the Spray Pool!

Midnight Circus at Koz ParkMidnight Circus comes to our part of town for the first time, and is presented by co-hosts Unity and Kosciuszko Park Advisory Council! 

Step inside the Magical "Little Big Top" for an afternoon of World-Class Circus & Amazing Feats of Fundraising right in your local park! Midnight Circus has thrilled kids and adults alike in other shows this summer, and this is your opportunity for a unique and exciting afternoon.

Tickets are available online and at the gate, and there will be refreshments available for sale.

Part of the proceeds from the circus go to the host parks, and we want to use them to start a fund to replace the spray pool at Unity with a modern soft-surfaced pool.
Come see the show!
Get your tickets now by clicking here! 
Show times are as follows.
9/30 and 10/01/2017
2 PM and 5 PM
 Book early, don't miss the show! 


Lucha Libre is at 12 PM Noon this Saturday!

posted Sep 25, 2017, 10:26 AM by UPAC UPAC   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 10:31 AM ]

The Rumble in the Park!

Lucha Libre is Saturday, 9/2/2017 at 12 PM Noon The rumble in the park returns as UPAC and our friends from JPW Wrestling present Lucha Libre 2017 at 12 PM (noon) on Saturday, September 2, 2017! PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER START TIME!

French Cactus and Logan Square's very own Kidd Foxxx and the other fearsome luchadores bring their trademark moves and acrobatic skills to the masked frenzy of the wrestling ring at Unity! Join your neighbors, grab a spot on the lawn, and take sides and cheer 'em on to the beat of their intro music!

Plus exciting raffle prizes and awesome atmosphere (yes, your neighbors and their kids are gonna be there)! And there will be awesome Lucha Libre t-shirts available for a donation.


Referee and tumbling wrestler Crowd shot at Lucha Libre 2017






Aaannd Heeeeeerrrreeee's Your Card!!!


1st Match
Jonhy Andrews’s vs Mike Strong

2nd Match
(The Fallon) Matt Corbane & The Fiend vs
(Bulletproof Enterprises) Beau Anderson & Iceman Tim Norton

Raffle

Battle Royale!!!

3rd Match
Invictus vs Willie da Bomb

Intermission 15 minutes & Raffle

Semi-Main Event
Skayde Jr & Gringo Loco vs Bandolero & Zam Damisterious

Lucha Lbre Logan Square Championship belt

Main Event
For the Logan Square Championship Title!!!
Alvin Grey
vs Kiddfoxxx vs French Cactus

Just Three Yoga and Pilates Classes Left! 

UPAC's Summer Fitness in the Park program is drawing to a close but there's still time to catch one of our 3 remaining classes.

Tula YogaFrog Temple Pilates Inc will present their final two Pilates classes on two successive Saturdays.
Saturdays at 10 AM (weather permitting)
9/2, 9/9



Instructors from Tula Yoga Studio will offer 1 more class.  
Saturday at 10 AM (weather permitting)
9/16

Classes are free, and will last an hour. Please bring your own mat, towel, and water. Note that the bathrooms do not open until 11 AM.

It's Movie-Time!

posted Aug 31, 2017, 11:10 AM by UPAC UPAC

Our Summer Movie is Sing!

(August 5,2017 Chicago, IL)  On Saturday, August 19 at dusk (about 8 PM), it's time again to relax on the lawn in the summer evening, with popcorn, and Unity's summer movie, Sing! UPAC and the Chicago Park District present our annual summer movie at part of our Night Out in the Parks series.
Movie in the Parks - Sing! - Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 8 PM

We will have popcorn for all for free, so come on out and watch Ash and Buster and their friends sing along to Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande!

We will also have a sneak preview of this fall's Midnight Circus in the Parks hosted by the Unity and Kosciusko Park Advisory Councils!

















Yoga, Pilates, and Play with Rolling Rec!

Tula Yoga Studio to offer free classes 

The Unity Park Advisory Council is proud to offer Yoga in the Park as part of its Summer Fitness in the Park series for 2017. Instructors from Tula Yoga Studio will offer classes as follows.
Tula Yoga logo
Saturdays 10 AM
   (weather permitting)
6/24
7/8, 7/22
8/5, 8/26
9/16

Classes will last an hour. Please bring your own mat, towel, and water. Note that the bathrooms do not open until 11 AM.

"We are thrilled to once again have our friends at Tula Yoga Studio offering FREE yoga classes at Unity. The classes provide a FREE fitness option for residents to participate in and they take place in a great open air setting. Our hope is to see dozens of people doing yoga every Saturday at the park!" added Robert Castillo, UPAC Director of Development.

Free Pilates classes from Frog Temple Pilates Inc.

UPAC also offers Pilates in the Park this Summer as part of its Summer Fitness series. The series kicked off on 6/17. Instructors from Frog Temple Pilates Inc. as follows.   
Frog Temple Pilates
Saturdays 10 AM
   (weather permitting)
7/1, 7/29
8/12, 8/19
9/2
Classes will last an hour. Please bring your own mat, towel, and water. Note that the bathrooms do not open until 11 AM.

Play with Rolling Rec!

Rolling Rec logo
Rollin' Rec, the Chicago Park District's mobile recreation vehicle, will be at Unity Park every Tuesday & Thursday afternoons offering a host of activities for all ages. Each visit, Rollin' Rec will have new activities so plan on being there to see what new activities Rollin' Rec has in store for you!
Now through August 10
Tuesdays and Thursdays
2 - 3:30 PM

Art in the Park is This Saturday! And More Fun Stuff for All!

posted Aug 5, 2017, 3:55 PM by UPAC UPAC

Art in the Park's Theme is Sanctuary - This Saturday!

Art in the Park - 2017- theme Sanctuary (July 11, 2017 Chicago, IL) Our annual community art festival is this Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10 AM to 2 PM! The rain date is the next day, Sunday July 16, 10 AM to 2 PM. Everyone, all ages and skill levels, especially the children, is invited to this free event to create art at one of the many stations.

Local artists including collective AnySquared and Amie Sell will be there, leading projects under this year's theme: "Sanctuary." We will depict what Sanctuary means to us as a collective in a group project. Come and express your thoughts about a safe place for everyone - to live, work, play, and grow to their full potential!

Materials will be provided while supplies last, but event-goers are also welcome to bring some from home.

This year's sponsors include Unity Park Advisory Council, Chicago Park District, AnySquared, Ald. Carlos Ramirez Rosa (35th ward), Liberty Bank, Vicki Logan Design and Rep. Will Guzzardi (IL 39).

Come work with us to put on this event! Email info@UnityParkChicago.org if you can help out!


County and City Honors for Unity and UPAC!

UPAC Congratulated in City Council

Ald. Rosa, Joel  Monarch, Connie Baznik, Deborah McCoy, Robert Castillo in the city council for resolution honoring UPAC
(June 28, 2017   Chicago, IL) Thanks Ald. Rosa for the great words about Unity Park at today's Chicago City Council meeting. Great to have a resolution introduced today honoring Unity Park's 30th Anniversary and also have the work of UPAC acknowledged by our Alderman! 

The Chicago City Council celebrated Unity Park in Logan Square's 30th Anniversary with the passage of a resolution introduced by Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa. Thank you to the Unity Park Advisory Council and park founders for everything they've done and continue to do to bring family friendly programming to Logan Square!





Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo reading resolution honoring UPAC at the 30th Anniversary celebration

County Honors UPAC with Resolution

(June 21, 2017 Chicago, IL) Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr presented UPAC with a resolution honoring Unity Park on its 30th Anniversary at the UPAC 30th Anniversary Celebration. UPAC Co-founder Joel Monarch and current UPAC Co-Chairs Bhaskar Manda and Arturo Hernandez Jr were on hand to accept the resolution recently passed by the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Photos courtesy of Vannessa Yanez / Office of Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr.

Our 30th Anniversary Party!

posted Jul 11, 2017, 11:58 AM by UPAC UPAC

Please join us this Friday for our 30th Anniversary Celebration at Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N Milwaukee. The UPAC Community Party is from 8-10 PM with music by DJ OCD. Ages 21 and over. The event is free but donations suggested for wine & beer.

The Campaign for Unity!

The history of Unity and the campaigns that UPAC fought, and our members present and past - all in a window display at Monarch Thrift Shop, 2866 N Milwaukee. A great re-cap as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Up thru Friday, June 16th.






Pictures below show UPAC members John Penycuff, Robert Castillo, Jane Michalski and others with Mayor Daley at the unveiling of UPACs expansion.

Great Article About Unity's History!

Photo of construction of Unity Park
LoganSquarist has published a great account of the struggles and campaigns to get Unity to where it is today. Check it out!





It's Unity's 30th Anniversary!

posted Jun 11, 2017, 2:03 PM by UPAC UPAC

UPAC Plans Series of Community Events Highlighting 30th Anniversary

UPAC 30th Anniversary logo
(May 5, 2017 Chicago, IL)
We will commemorate our 30th Anniversary with a series of three events beginning with a community speaking engagement in late May and culminating in a community celebration on June 16th. 
  • A presentation at the West Logan Square / Avondale Block Club meeting on Thursday, May 25th at St. Nicolai Church, 3000 N Kedzie at 7 PM. UPAC co-founder Joel Monarch will talk about the genesis & history of the organization and current UPAC Director of Development Robert Castillo will talk about UPAC's upcoming 2017 Events.

    There will also be a small display of UPAC memorabilia through the years. 

  • A window display at local business, Monarch Thrift Shop, located at 2866 N Milwaukee. The display will honor UPAC's 30TH Anniversary and be up from Weds. June 7 thru Friday, June 16th. There will be an unveiling of the display for the community on Wednesday, June 7th before the monthly UPAC meeting. More details TBA. 
    30th Anniversary Celebration
  • The grand finale will be the official UPAC 30th Anniversary Celebration which will take place on Friday, June 16th at Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N Milwaukee, 2nd fl. From 7-8 PM, there will be a Council Reception for former & current UPAC members. It will be followed by The Community Party which kicks off at 8pm and runs until 10pm featuring music by DJ OCD.

    Both the Reception & Community Party are for persons 21+. Former UPAC Council members should RSVP for the Council Reception to: info@unityparkchicago.org and guests will be able to register for the Community Party using Eventbrite beginning May 16th.

    The 30th Anniversary Celebration is free but donations for UPAC's upcoming ART in the Park on Saturday, July 16th will be accepted.




Earth Day - Plant a Flower, Take a Flower Home!

posted May 5, 2017, 4:33 PM by UPAC UPAC   [ updated May 5, 2017, 4:33 PM ]

(April 22, 2017   Unity Park, Chicago)   

We have a busy fun work day planned for Earth Day!


Come and pitch in to get Unity Park ready for spring and summer. All supplies provided, and not only that, you can plant a flower and take a flower home!


Plus free bike tune-ups courtesy of Boulevard Bikes, great raffle prizes, music, and great company!

Be sure and register here right away!






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