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Midway Park advisory council officials elected

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After two failed attempts, a meeting held at Midway Plaisance, on Wednesday, May 27, saw the election of officials for a Midway Park Advisory Council (PAC). Bronwyn Nichols-Lodato was named president, Don McGruder was named vice president and Radiah Smith-Donald was assigned treasurer. Bylaws were discussed, voted on and submitted,(…)

LGBTQ exhibit at Regenstein Library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new exhibit shows the University of Chicago and Hyde Park have long been home to a sometimes visible, sometimes closeted LGBTQ community. Curated by U. of C. Ph.D. candidate Lauren Stokes and alum Monica Mercado, “Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles” takes place through June 12 in the Special Collections Research(…)

Chamber of commerce to host Hyde Park Brew Fest

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is inviting Hyde Parkers to drink beer outdoors this weekend. The first-ever Hyde Park Brew Fest will take place Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, in the parking lot behind BankFinancial, 1354 E. 55th St. A beer garden will be open from noon(…)

South Side businesses anticipate economic impact of Obama library

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The news of the Presidential Library coming to the South Side had some Chicagoans emotionally moved in the same way as when the first African American president was elected into the country’s highest office. “Bringing the Presidential Library to the South Side is a step in the right direction of(…)

Jackson Park Advisory Council to host fundraiser Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will host a fundraiser this Sunday, May 17, at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Drive. The fundraiser, entitled “Sundae in the Park with JPAC,” will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will include a historical presentation on the(…)

U. of C. Police Department announces new advisory committee, but details lacking

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will create an advisory committee, but there are no specific details yet on who will be a part of the group and how it will be formed. The university said the aim of the new group is to foster cooperation and communication between(…)

Midway Plaisance Park gaining advisory council, new officers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Elections for officers in the new Midway Plaisance Park advisory council (PAC) will take place next week. The revived PAC will pick its first roster of officers in years at the meeting, which is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, at the ice rink at 1130(…)

City Hyde Park signing up retailers for 2016

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park is about to get crafty. City Hyde Park, the Mac Properties development currently under construction at 51st Street and Lake Park Avenue, recently signed leases with Michael’s and Marshall’s. Michael’s sells craft supplies, Marshall’s offers moderately priced clothing. Both would be expected in the first half of 2016.(…)

U. of C. police to release more information, but some say its not enough

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department announced last Monday changes to policies that neighborhood residents have publicly challenged. UCPD will begin releasing daily traffic stop logs in June. It also will change the ways the public communicates with the private police force. An increase in transparency is something South Side(…)

Awards and a hiatus in park news

JPAC Wins Award The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) has won the first award of its kind from the Chicago Parks Foundation. JPAC was one of ten groups to win the foundation’s first-ever Park Advisory Council Award. The award was presented March 28 at the Park Advisory Council Conference at Harry S. Truman College. A(…)

U. of C. Law School to examine police relationship with youth

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Law School will host a conference addressing the relationship between the police and the public it protects. The Youth/Police Conference hopes to continue the ongoing conversation about how the police interact with African American youth in urban America. The scheduled list of speakers includes Hyde Park(…)

Hyde Park Youth Symphony to host 60th Anniversary Spring Benefit

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Music, science and celebration will all come together next month at the Hyde Park Youth Symphony’s 60th Anniversary Spring Benefit. The Hyde Park Youth Symphony has chosen a New Orleans Mardi Gras theme for its benefit that will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May(…)

University of Chicago planning for construction on South Woodlawn Avenue

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has plans to begin construction on the 5700 block of South Woodlawn Avenue. The U. of C. applied to add onto the rear of 5730 S. Woodlawn Ave., and alter the front to make the building more accessible. It is currently used for office space. Because(…)

Lots to do to celebrate Earth Day in Hyde Park

Park Cleanups Several park cleanups will take place this month to mark Earth Day. On Saturday, April 18, Earth Day cleanups will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Elm Park, 5215 S. Woodlawn Ave, and Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St, at its field house. A later set of cleanups that day will(…)

Murray Elementary court ruling, starry night and spring benefit in school news

Judge rules on civil rights case against principal of Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. U.S. District Judge Manish Shah threw out a civil suit Thursday brought by teacher Lincoln Brown who claimed Murray principal Greg Mason and Chicago Public Schools violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights by suspending him without pay for(…)

Bret Harte Elementary students headed to D.C. this spring

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte Elementary School 8th graders have raised enough money to visit Washington, D.C., this spring. This event is a highlight for the school’s first graduating 8th grade class since the 2002 -2003 school year. From April 22 to April 24, 27 students from the graduating class at Bret(…)