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The fabulous smoky edges of classical music

What: “The King and I” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through May 22 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic I heard some splendid music over the weekend at two very different venues. Neither event could be considered fully within the mainstream of classical music, and some of it wasn’t classical(…)

Mother’s Day events in HP

Mother’s Day events in HP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Celebrate your mother in Hyde Park at various neighborhood events going on for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. On Thursday, May 5, at Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., there will be a Mother’s Day Stories and Crafts for children ages 5 and up beginning at 4(…)

Art Fair looking for volunteers

Art Fair looking for volunteers

The 57th Street Art Fair Committee is looking for volunteers to help the days of the Fair: Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th. The committee needs people to help at four information booths (answering questions, giving directions, etc.), to be booth sitters for artists needing to take a break, to help with volunteer recruitment,(…)

Annual Spring Garden Fair

Annual Spring Garden Fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 57th Annual Spring Garden Fair is set for May 13 through the 14 at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 5500 S. Lake Park Ave. Thousands of plants will be available to purchase during the two-day event and all proceeds benefit the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. Both annuals and perennials(…)

Who is monitoring UCPD activity in the neighborhood? 

To the Editor: Due to the recent shootings, I have noticed a heavy saturation of police patrols in the North Hyde Park and South Kenwood areas, by both Chicago and University of Chicago police departments. But UCPD patrols have been much heavier, despite the fact that the University of Chicago has sold off much of(…)

Workmen renege on parking promise

To the Editor: For a few weeks the workmen on the Vue 53 building honored their promise not to park on Kimbark and Kenwood Avenues. They are supposed to put their cars in the parking garage on Lake Park at 53rd Streets and walk to work. But they don’t. Once before they were asked not(…)

JPW applauds Ald. Hairston’s push for more community involvment in Project 120

To the Editor: Jackson Park Watch (JPW) is a community initiative dedicated to ensuring that community members have a decisive voice in any major changes made to Jackson Park.  In particular, JPW has focused on the varied and changing proposals for the north end of the Park that have been advanced by Project 120 over the(…)

Hyde Park med-student’s disappearance evades answers

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago police are continuing their search for a 28-year-old, fourth-year medical student who went missing from Hyde Park over a week ago. Ambrose Monye, a University of Guadalajara med-student on a two-year rotation at Jackson Park Hospital, 7531 S. Stony Island Ave., was last seen on Friday, April 22, as(…)

New app for free curbside parking designed with Hyde Parkers in mind

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents know all too well the scenario of drving around the neighborhood multiple times in an attempt to find that one, open curbside parking spot. It’s become a daily routine for the lives of city drivers, and a new app is trying to change that. Manos Chatzopoulos, a(…)

HP author celebrates book launch

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident and group organizer of The Indie City Writers, K.B. Jensen, is celebrating the launch of her new book, “A Storm of Stories” at a May 7 book launch. “A Storm of Stories” is four years in the making for Jensen, and is in a way, an experiment(…)

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club welcomes AAU basketball

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club and the Chicago South Side Thunder Amature Athletic Union (AAU) Basketball Team are looking to align their events, games and fundraisers with organizations and businesses throughout the community. “We are a non profit basketball program,” said Alan Ferguson, co founder and head coach of the(…)

Oliver Stone discusses “Untold History of The United States” at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone will discuss his new TV series, “The Untold History of The United States,” at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) this Thursday, May 5. The event, which runs from 5 p.m.-7p.m., is hosted by the university’s Institute of Politics and History Department. Following a(…)

First Thursday event adds new additions

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Last month’s inaugural First Thursday event benefited Hyde Park businesses. This Thursday, May 5, the event will happen again with a few new additions. Based on feedback from shoppers, the event will start at 5 p.m. this month and the deals will run until 8 p.m., instead of last month’s(…)

Burglary alert in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago police are alerting Hyde Park residents of two burglaries that took place in the neighborhood during the month of April. On both occasions, an offender gained entry into a residence and stole property from inside. In one of the instances, a victim investigating noises by his back door was(…)

Jackson Park Five Classic Run gets groovy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), Tri-Master-Youth Division and the SECC are partnering to host a 1960s and 1970s-themed running event on May 14. Costumes are encouraged. The event, titled the Jackson Park Five Classic Run, kicks-off at 7:30 a.m. and includes three different running courses. Participants will choose between a 5(…)

Light post falls on Kenwood student

Light post falls on Kenwood student

At approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, May 2, a streetlight post in the 5200 block of South Lake Park Avenue fell onto a group of Kenwood Academy High School students, according to Chicago Police. One female student suffered a fractured leg in the incident. Bystanders and a police officer on the scene helped to pull(…)

Hairston stops Segway kiosk from moving to Harold Washington Park

Hairston stops Segway kiosk from moving to Harold Washington Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) stopped the Chicago Park District (CPD) from placing a Segway storage kiosk in Harold Washington Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. At a 5th Ward community meeting on Tuesday, April 26, Hairston said that the park district had been unyielding in its plans to relocate the(…)

Fundraiser concert for Japan earthquakes

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Le Cantanti di Chicago choir will perform a special show on Sunday, May 1, as part of an effort to raise funds in recovery efforts for Japan. Japan experienced two separate earthquakes within two days on April 14 and April 16 at magnitudes of 6.5 and 7.3, respectively. The(…)

Bike rack installations

Special Service Area (SSA) #61 will host two bike rack installation ceremonies Monday, May 2. The first Hyde Park bike rack installation will take place at noon in front of Valois, 1518 E. 53rd St. The new Interim Ald. Sophia King (4th) is expected to attend. The second Hyde Park bike rack installation will take(…)

U. of C. clerical workers fight for higher wages

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) clerical workers are calling for higher wages as they negotiate a new, three-year contract with the university. Members of the Teamsters Local 743 union, which works with over 700 clerical workers at the U. of C., rallied outside of the university’s administrative building at(…)