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Yearly Mum and bulb sale returning this September

Yearly Mum and bulb sale returning this September

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The annual mum and bulb sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the atrium of the Hyde Park Shopping Center at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. The Hyde Park Garden Fair hosts two events each year, including one in the spring. Funds raised are(…)

U. of C. ranked 9th best university in the world

U. of C. ranked 9th best university in the world

The University of Chicago takes 9th place in the “Academic Ranking of World Universities” report. The rankings, which are based on the research of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was published in the U.K.-based Times Higher Education on Aug. 15. The University of Chicago’s overall ranking was 89.7 out of 100. The school placed between Columbia(…)

Open Produce seeking to sell alcohol

Open Produce seeking to sell alcohol

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Independent grocer Open Produce will apply for a license to sell beer and wine, co-owner Steven Lucy said at a community meeting convened by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) last Wednesday. Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., seeks to sell six-packs of craft beers and a selection of wines in the(…)

Author, preservationist Devereux Bowly Jr. dies

Author, preservationist Devereux Bowly Jr. dies

Lifelong Hyde Park resident Devereux Bowly Jr. was a man of many professions, passions and talents.  For most of his professional life, he was an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, providing help to people living in poverty. Bowly was also a respected historian, author, preservationist, community leader and owner of two(…)

CDOT official says Darrow Bridge will remain closed for years

CDOT official says Darrow Bridge will remain closed for years

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jackson Park’s Clarence Darrow Bridge will likely remain closed for for several more years before pedestrians can use it. That’s according to Chicago Department of Transportation assistant chief engineer for bridges Luis Benitez, who told an audience at last Monday’s Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting that the bridge’s repair will(…)

Feds investigating civil rights violations at Dyett High School

Feds investigating civil rights violations at Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Education opened a federal investigation into alleged Title VI civil rights violations at Dyett High School. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School and Rainbow Push held a press conference Tuesday, Aug. 12, to announce their next steps in preserving and revitalizing the school. In(…)

What’s in a name? SECC replaces annual festival series, launches web page by same name to promote Hyde Park

What’s in a name? SECC replaces annual festival series, launches web page by same name to promote Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) has replaced the annual Celebrate Hyde Park festivals with the Discover Hyde Park Experience Series, coinciding with the launch of a similarly titled webpage promoting Hyde Park. The series includes the neighborhood’s annual George Franklin Summer Memorial Summer Sunday concerts, Children’s Book Fair, Oktoberfest(…)