News & Happenings

About Face Theatre's Gonna Be Stopping By!

posted Aug 20, 2019, 12:04 PM by UPAC UPAC

On Friday, August 16th at 6:30 PM, Nights Out in the Parks and UPAC present, "Power in Pride". It will be performed by LGBTQ Youth from About Face Theater. The performance will be followed by discussion.

About Face Theater at Unity Park 8/16/2019 at 6:30 PM

Jazz and Our Summer Movie

posted Aug 16, 2019, 12:21 PM by UPAC UPAC

Our Summer Movie is Mary Poppins!

August 11 at Dusk/8 PM

Spread out on your blanket with your children on the north lawn at Unity, and enjoy the free popcorn, as you watch UPAC and Nights Out in the Parks presentation of the childrens' classic, Mary Poppins Returns!

Gustavo Cortiñas Quartet - Tuning Back!

Yes, Nights Out in the Parks is bringing back the Gustavo Cortiñas Quartet after their stellar performance last year! Friday, August 9 at 6:30 PM on the green grass. Bring a blanket and refreshments, and let them take you on a excursion into their innovative jazz.
Gistavo Cortinas Quartet at Unity Park 8/9/2019 6:30 PM

UPAC's Inaugural Summer Solstice Comedy Spectacular!

posted Aug 3, 2019, 11:02 AM by UPAC UPAC

Our first ever comedy event is this Friday, June 21st at 6:30 PM at Unity Park! The Summer Solstice Comedy Spectacular will be MC'd by Logan Square's very own Jess Martinez who has put together a lineup of comedians doing stand up that will have folks LAUGHING OUR GRASS OFF! The lineup includes Victoria Fombelle, Liz Getty, Janice V. Rodriguez and Audrey Jonas.
Comedy Spectacular - 6/21/19 6:30 PM

Laugh, Laugh, and Then Laugh Some More!

posted Aug 3, 2019, 10:57 AM by UPAC UPAC

Save the date and be prepared to laugh... and laugh... and laugh, as UPAC presents our 1st ever Comedy in the Park, Saturday, June 21st @ 6:30 PM.

Art in the Park 2019 - In honor of late local artist and activist Mary Ellen Croteau

posted Aug 3, 2019, 10:55 AM by UPAC UPAC

This year's Art in the Park will tackle environmentalism, specifically addressing the danger that non-recyclable plastic poses to the environment. The event is co-ordinated by Amie Sell, and honors late local artist Mary Ellen Croteau, a friend and mentor of Sell's. Croteau's husband, Steve Bild, is part of the 2019 AITP organizing committee and is donating Croteau's unused collection of plastic caps to be used in a community participatory art making project at the event.

But we need even more caps, so please bring your cleaned plastic bottle caps to the event!
  • Bring your caps - we'll get the rest of the art supplies!
  • Wear painting and crafts clothes.
  • Kids always have a blast at Art in the Park!

And look who else is coming! AnySquared's Tracy Kostenbader and her artistic friends! DJ El Rebel X, AKA Victor Montañez, returning with his unique blend of multi genre music and beat! Sponsors AnySquared, State Senator Iris Y. Martinez, Vicki Logan, and Richard H. Frye Remodeling Contractor Inc. And all your neighbors!

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! 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).
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 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 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 or in the movie poll)
    Rolling Rec - TBD, approx Jun-Sep
    Pumpkinfest - 10/19
    Sports - TBD (tell us if you want these at 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

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