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57th Street Art Fair a favorite among artists

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Thousands of people from across Chicago traveled to Hyde Park last weekend to attend the 69th Annual 57th Street Art Fair. Many of the artists involved in the event, which is also a juried competition, said the fair is among the best in Chicago. Judy Zeddies, a print-maker who’s shown(…)

History of HPNC in a photo gallery at Historical Society

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The history of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) will be on display in an exhibit that opens on Saturday, June 11, at the Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS). The debut of the photo exhibit will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the HPHS headquarters, 5529 S. Lake(…)

Hyde Park retail survey shows neighborhood needs

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer One thing that is constant about retail in Hyde Park is that it is always changing. It seems that new businesses are coming and going faster than an item at a clearance sale. In the past year and a half alone, 11 businesses have closed and 12 have opened. Of(…)

First Unitarian hosts drive for homeless veterans

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Throughout the month of June, Hyde Park’s First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be collecting donations of basic household items for formerly homeless veterans transitioning into stable housing. The month-long drive is in support of “Operation Help-A-Hero,” City Council’s summer initiative to assist homeless veterans find permanent housing.(…)

Movies in the Parks summer schedule

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District recently announced its summer schedule for Movies in the Parks. As one of the city’s summertime staples, popular movies will be shown outside in various parks within the Chicago Park District throughout the summer months. All movies begin at dusk. Movies that will be showing in(…)

Afternoon power outage affects majority of Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At approximately 2 p.m. a “wildlife contact” caused a power outage that affected over 5,000 local residents. According to ComEd spokesperson, John Schoen, a squirrel got into a piece of equipment, which caused the outage. The power outage effected as far south as 59th Street up to 53rd Street and(…)

CPS students play soccer on the Midway this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Over 1,300 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students from grades 2nd – 4th grade will participate in the Urban Initiatives 4th Annual Work to Play Cup at Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 S. Midway Plaisance, Saturday, June 4. Students from 41 CPS schools will participate in Saturday’s event, which will take place(…)

Metra says safety concerns prompted tree-cutting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Over the past couple of weeks, Metra crews have been clearing away trees along Hyde Park’s railway embankment on Lake Park Avenue from 47th Street to 51st Street. Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said the work, first prompted by a request from the City of Chicago, is a result of safety(…)

Budget cuts and staff layoffs at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Budget cuts at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) are threatening the positions of administrative staff. Willemien Otten, a theology professor and head of the U. of C. chapter of the American Association of University Professors, said that academic division heads are being hit with budget reductions by about(…)

City finds high level of lead contamination in water of Hyde Park home

A Hyde Park home on the 5400 block of South Harper Avenue was one of two homes in Chicago that exceeded federal limits of lead contamination in its water, according to a report released by the Chicago Department of Water Management. The owners of the Hyde Park home, which was one out of 85 homes(…)

String of May burglaries along Lake Shore Drive

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the span of one week toward the end of May, four burglaries occurred in the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive, according to Chicago Police. Police sent out a community alert, Thursday, June 2, that said in each of the instances, offenders gained entry into an apartment through(…)

Free MSI visits for Illinois residents

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Illinois residents can explore the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., free of charge from now until Friday, June 3, and again next week from Monday, June 6, until Wednesday, June 8. The MSI currently has the “Brick by Brick” Lego model exhibit, a Coal(…)

Concert focuses on quality through music

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, June 5, the Cantate Chicago choir will perform a special concert at the First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. The performance is entitled, “Walk Together,” and will focus on racial understanding and reconciliation from a wide selection of African American spirituals. Benjamin Rivera, the director of the(…)

4th on 53rd volunteer spotlight

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Believe it or not, the 4th of July is a little over four weeks away, and the volunteers for the 4th on 53rd Parade are getting ready to put together one of the biggest events of the year in Hyde Park. The 25th annual 4th on 53rd Parade will take(…)

Interactive timeline created

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two non-profits recently launched a digital, interactive map and timeline illuminating the history of the Garden of the Phoenix, the Jackson Park site that continues to serve as a symbol of U.S. – Japan relations. The “Garden of the Phoenix Digital Experience,” available at, was created by Project 120(…)

Hyde Park Farmer’s Market returns for season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Downtown Hyde Park Farmer’s Market returns this Thursday, June 2, at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. The farmer’s market will run every Thursday through Oct. 27 and will consist of 17 vendors selling in-season fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, herbs and other(…)

Chance the Rapper visits U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rapper Chancelor Bennett, known primarily by his stage name of “Chance the Rapper,” will speak at the University of Chicago (U. of C.), Wednesday, June 1. The event, which is titled “Chance the Rapper and the Art of Activism,” is hosted by the university’s Institute of Politics (IOP) and will(…)

Tuesday morning robbery

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A robbery involving three unknown suspects and a University of Chicago (U. of C.) student occurred early in the morning on Tuesday, May 31. According to a U. of C. security alert, at about 12:15 a.m., Tuesday, a student was walking eastbound on 56th Street, near University Avenue, when he(…)

South Side peace effort meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Residents of the Hyde Park, Kenwood and Woodlawn neighborhoods are invited to an anti-violence informational at the Grant Memorial Church, 4017 S. Drexel Blvd., on Tuesday, May 31, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Make Peace Chicago organization is asking the communities to come together to form a strategy(…)

U. of C. panel focuses on the data analytics of political campaigns

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Remember the Harper’s Magazine subscription you signed up for last month? The Clinton campaign knows about it, and there’s a good chance they’re using that information to help predict who you’ll be voting for in November. Modern day political campaigns are tapping into exhaustive databases of voter information, which could(…)