This year’s CPAC-sponsored Halloween Party and Parade at Commercial Park was an unmitigated success!  Thanks to everyone that came and to everyone that volunteered their time to make this very special annual event possible.

Photos by Perrin Stamatis

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Annual Contume DriveWe are holding a Costume Drive to benefit the Halloween Party at Commercial Park.  Each year, the Commercial Park Advisory Council sponsors a free Halloween party that is open to all.  There is a trick-or-treat parade, refreshments, games, fortune tellers, puppet shows, crafts, and many other activities.  One of the most popular attractions is the Costume Room, which provides free costumes to children of all ages and sizes that could not otherwise afford to purchase a costume of their own.  The Costume Room is supplied entirely by community donations.

To assist with this worthy cause, CPAC holds a Costume Drive to collect donations of new and gently used costumes.  We need costumes of all shapes and sizes, from the smallest to the largest.  They can be dropped off at Commercial Park (1845 W. Rice St., M-F, 10-9, Sat. 9-5).  Please ask for Mary or Ms. Young, who will be more than happy to accept your donation.


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Congratulations to Commercial Park’s 13-15 yrs. old 3-on-3 Girls’ Soccer Team, who finished in first place in the 2015 Chicago Park District Citywide Soccer Tournament!  Their win means they are the top 3-on-3 girls’ soccer team in the entire city for their age group, and they brought home a banner and trophy to prove it.
Pictured:  Isabella B., Marcia L., Maria Rosie T., Jeoanna G.  Not pictured:   Brianna O.
Congratulations are also in order to Lizbeth Carrazco, winner of the 2015 Jr. Citizen of the Year award presented by the Chicago Park District.  The Jr. Citizen program is a scholarship program that celebrates the contributions that teens make to our parks.  Great job, Lizbeth!

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