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Police: Sexual assault on Lake Shore Drive running path

Police are reporting a criminal sexual assault took place on the 5700 block of South Lake Shore Drive on Friday, Oct. 31. At approximately 11:10 a.m., a female victim in her late 50s was jogging when she was approached from behind and pulled to the ground in a secluded area. She was physically restrained and(…)

Hairston Facebook post triggers investigation

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer At her last monthly meeting of 2014 last Tuesday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) addressed questions surrounding a Facebook post inviting voters to enter a raffle with their voter receipts that prompted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Election Fraud Unit to open an investigation. The post was meant to encourage voting(…)

Neighborhood pushes for UCPD changes

Neighborhood pushes for UCPD changes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) authorized a Hyde Park journalist to form an ad hoc committee to take a critical look at the University of Chicago Police Department and recommend ways it can better police the community. UCPD came under fire by members of the community for practices that many called(…)

A second chance for Dyett? RFP to be issued

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced Friday that it will be issuing a request for proposals (RFP) seeking plans for a new open enrollment neighborhood high school to be located at the current site of Dyett High School. “Members of the community have expressed a strong interest in a new school(…)

Police report stabbing on Hyde Park Boulevard

A 23-year-old man was killed last night after being stabbed in the chest by a woman on the 5100 block of South Hyde Park Boulevard. The man was stabbed by a 21-year-old woman in a domestic related incident at 3:10 a.m., Chicago Police News Affairs spokesman Janel Sedevic said. He was transported to Northwestern Memorial(…)

Oscar Brown remembered

Oscar Brown remembered

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Members of Hyde Park’s jazz community will host a memorial for Oscar Brown Jr. on Friday. Brown, who would have turned 88 on Friday, died in 2005. His daughters, jazz musicians Maggie Brown and Africa Brown, will perform as The 2 Brown Sisters at Promontory, 5331 S. Lake Park Ave.,(…)

Review: “The Commons of Pensacola”

Review: “The Commons of Pensacola”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Oct. 19 Tickets: $25-$78 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Actress Amanda Peet’s “The Commons of Pensacola” revels in contemporary relevance, and the Midwest premiere directed by Robin Witt at Northlight Theatre features topnotch acting, but(…)

Guest girds Baroque Band

Guest girds Baroque Band

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Baroque Band opened its 2014–15 season in Hyde Park with yet another one of the special guests which have made their concerts so rewarding over their first seven years. Catalan countertenor Xavier Sabata was the main attraction, singing excerpts from two operas based on Italian poet Ludovico Ariosto’s 16th(…)

Services announced for Dev Bowly

Memorial services have been announced for lifelong Hyde Park resident Devereux Bowly Jr., who passed away on Wednesday, August 6 in Michigan City, Ind., due to complications from injuries sustained in a fall.     A service will be held on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Another(…)

Memorial service planned for Shutsung Liao

A memorial service for Shutsung Liao will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Liao, professor emeritus in the U. of C.’s Ben May Department for Cancer Research, died July 20, at age 83. A Taiwan native and Hyde Park resident(…)

Battery smoke draws firefighters to Harper Avenue

Battery smoke draws firefighters to Harper Avenue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Four fire trucks responded to heavy smoke at a Harper Avenue apartment building last Monday afternoon. Firefighters responded to a 4:49 p.m. alarm at 5120 S. Harper Ave., where smoke from overheated computer batteries spread through the building, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. Smoke began spewing onto(…)

U. of C.’s Chicago Innovation Exchange opening Oct. 16

U. of C.’s Chicago Innovation Exchange opening Oct. 16

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Innovation Exchange, the U. of C.’s new startup business incubator, will officially open next Thursday, Oct. 16, on the second floor of the Harper Building, 1452 E. 53rd St. On the heels of a soft opening earlier in the week, a ribbon cutting will take place there on(…)

Hyde Park Produce joins meat elite

Hyde Park Produce joins meat elite

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park Produce has joined an elite class of meat merchants. Brooklyn-based meat and cheese supplier Boar’s Head has named the grocer’s delicatessen a “Deli of Distinction,” making it the second in Chicago and one of 18 across the country. The store at 1226 E. 53rd St. marked the occasion(…)

US Army Corps of Engineers awards contract for Jackson Park restoration

US Army Corps of Engineers awards contract for Jackson Park restoration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has awarded a contract for its 139-acre, five-year restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park. The USACE has chosen West Dundee, Ill.-based Applied Ecological Services (AES) to restore Jackson Park according to its plans. So far, it has awarded AES a $4.3 million(…)

Hyde Parker Bryan Samuels to receive lifetime achievement award

Hyde Parker Bryan Samuels to receive lifetime achievement award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Bryan Samuels will be the recipient of the Bright Promises Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Samuels will be one of three award honorees at the foundation’s annual awards event in November. Formerly known as the Illinois Humane Society, the Bright Promises Foundation works with organizations to develop(…)

Smart Museum marks 40th anniversary with sculpture-focused exhibit

Smart Museum marks 40th anniversary with sculpture-focused exhibit

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Smart Museum is marking its 40th anniversary with an exhibit of sculpture spanning all of its galleries. “Carved, Cast, Crumpled: Sculpture All Ways” is the first of the museum’s two 40th anniversary exhibits this year, featuring permanent collection sculptures and sculptor drawings from around the world, ranging from ancient(…)