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U.of C. Medicine looks for community support at state hearing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) is encouraging community members to show their support for University of Chicago (U. of C.) Medicine’s proposed healthcare expansion by attending the university’s hearing with the state Health and Services Review Board on May 10, in Normal, Ill. The nine-person, governor-appointed panel has the final(…)

61st Farmers Market to hold first outdoor event of the season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 61st Street Farmers Market returns outdoors this Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., marking the beginning of warmer weather and weekly markets. The 61st Street Farmers Market is located between Drochester and Blackstone avenues and features dozens of local farms, bakeries and other organic and fresh(…)

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(…)

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(…)

Weekend festival to talk about changes in Chicago’s issues

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Awaken Chicago will host a three-day event to discuss inequality and violence and what Chicagoans can do to try to initiate change. The event, which will include panel discussions and workshops, will take place at both Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., and at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th(…)

Art Fair Committee 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,(…)

Marshalls announces the opening date of its City Hyde Park store

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Marshalls Department Store will open its City Hyde Park, 5105 S. Harper Ave., location on May 19, according to store representatives. City Hyde Park’s other established retailers, Whole Foods and Michaels have not released opening dates but Peter Cassel, the director for community development for Mac Properties, said that the(…)

Kenwood, Ray, Lab and City Elementary in School News

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Choir wins at Florida festival The Kenwood Academy Concert Choir won big at the 2016 OrlandoFest during the weekend of April 15. Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., walked away with four major awards, including: 1st place in top scoring concert choir, 1st place in top scoring(…)

Blackstone book sale

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., is having a Spring Book Sale on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will have a wide collection of genres including children’s and young adult books and both paperback and hardcover editions of popular favorites. All(…)

Project 120 hosts “Garden of the Phoenix” event

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Project 120, a non-profit organization that is partnering with the Chicago Park District to rehabilitate Chicago’s South Side Parks, is inviting the public to a free event on May 1, in Jackson Park. The day is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., when Project 120 President Robert Karr will give(…)

HP seniors host discussion on aging communities

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A community forum co-sponsored by the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) and the Older Women’s League (OWL) Hyde Park chapter will focus on “Aging Friendly Communities” on Chicago’s South Side. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 7 at the University of Chicago’s Community Programs Accelerator,(…)

Security Alert: Student held at gunpoint and fondled

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 23, a University of Chicago (U. of C.) student was held at gunpoint and fondled, according to a security alert from university police. The incident occurred at approximately 4:05 a.m. on South Kenwood Avenue near 58th Street. University police reported that a(…)