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Le Cantanti spring concert

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Le Cantanti di Chicago will hold their spring concert this Sunday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at the St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, 218 W. Alexander St. The program will include English madrigals, Mozart, Psalms arranged by Mendelssohn and Henry Smart and much more. Musicians from St. Therese Church will(…)

Make Music Chicago holds local events on June 21

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Several Hyde Park institutions have partnered with Make Music Chicago and will participate in Summer Solstice, a citywide day of music events, on Tuesday, June 21. Chicago, which has held the Summer Solstice event annually since 2011, is only one of 700 cities around the world that partakes in the(…)

Summer concerts at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., is hosting “Sounds of History,” this summer. “Sounds of History” is a series of free concerts that will feature the music of some of the 20th century’s greatest jazz musicians. The music series kicks off Wednesday, June 15, with(…)

Promontory to show Muhammad Ali documentary

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A special screening of “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” will be shown tomorrow, June 14, starting at 8 p.m. at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. The 2013 documentary explores the golden years of Ali’s boxing career while taking a closer look at the social justice issues he was(…)

Summer family workshops at Robie House

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Students from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools are collaborating with the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust to lead family workshops focused on architecture and design at Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., throughout the month of July. The sessions will take place from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., on July(…)

OWL meeting invites local elected officials

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Older Women’s League (OWL) Hyde Park chapter will hold its monthly meeting tomorrow, Saturday, June 11. The focus of the June meeting will be “Delivering Economic and Social Benefits to Community and Residents of the State of Illinois.” The meeting takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at(…)

N’DIGO Gala celebrates 20th at the Logan Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The N’DIGO Foundation, a non-profit that provides college scholarships to deserving Chicago high school graduates, is holding its 20th annual fundraising gala in Hyde Park this Sunday, June 12. The event, which will raise money to cover the college tuition of three high school graduates, is being held at the(…)

Kenwood graduate wins producer award from Columbia College

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A 2013 Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., alumna has received the 1st Annual Movie Magic Producing Award from Columbia College Chicago. Lia Marie Miller is one of three graduating Columbia students who won the award, which is for students who have demonstrated expert skill in communication, collaboration(…)

MASK boosts presence in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) is holding two events in Hyde Park this week. The anti-violence organization, which originally started in Englewood, has been stretching its branches into Hyde Park recently with the aim of recruiting new members for the summer months. On Thursday, June 9, Hyde Park residents are(…)

Experimental Station receives grant to enhance Farmer’s Market services

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., a $313,000 Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant through the LINK UP Illinois program to enable more Illinois farmers markets to implement SNAP nutrition incentive programs in 2016 and 2017. Since 2011, LINK Up Illinois has provided funding, training and technical support to more than(…)

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(…)