News In Brief

Sparks fly at Hyde Park Metra stop

Saturday, July 25, at approximately 9 p.m., bright flashes of light could be seen emanating from the 51st Street Metra station in Hyde Park. Metra spokesperson Michael Gillis said the event was linked to the electrical problems of train 142, which left University Park at 7:40 p.m. The train’s difficulties culminated near the 51st Street(…)

Storytelling event in Elm Park

The Elm Park Advisory Council is hosting “Strangers No More: Stories of Connection,” a time where strangers will gather and connect by sharing their life stories. “Strangers No More” will begin at 3 p.m., Aug. 1, at Elm Park, 5215 S. Woodlawn Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged(…)

Hyde Park area chief is now CPS education chief

Janice Jackson has been named the Chief Education Officer of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Prior to her appointment, Jackson was the Network Chief of Network 9, which included overseeing schools in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Jackson also previously served as acting principal for Westinghouse and Al Raby high schools. CPS has not yet confirmed Jackson’s(…)

Dyett grads invite community to celebrate

A picnic celebrating the final 13 graduates of Dyett High School will take place at 4 p.m., July 26, on the school’s campus at 555 E. 51st St. The school is inviting the entire community to celebrate the Dyett students and enjoy food, a DJ, games and participate in a trunk party for Dyett 13(…)

Historical society to tour historic homes

The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) is hosting a free program and tour of historic Rosalie Villas, the 1880s houses on Harper Avenue between 57th and 59th streets — including the restored interior of this year’s Despres Preservation Award winner. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. at HPHS, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. For(…)

JCC launching swim program for special needs community

The Jewish Community Centers of Chicago (JCC) has launched a swimming program that provides instruction to children and adults with specials needs. The Aquatics Inclusion Program introduces water safety and swim programs to Chicago-area residents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Aquatics Inclusion Program will be offered at JCC’s Hyde Park location, 5200 S.(…)

Upcoming movies on the Midway

Beginning Wednesday, July 22, the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement will sponsor Midweek @ the Midway: 2015 Movies in the Park. The theme of this year’s series is “Bring the Movies to Life.” Moviegoers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters from the films. There will be some “Frozen” characters on(…)

Sidewalk sale coming this weekend

Businesses on 53rd, 55th and 57th streets will be participating in a neighborhood sidewalk sale. The Hyde Park Summer Sidewalk Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 23 to July 25. Businesses such as Ace Hardware, Walgreens, Belle Up Boutique, Anastasia, Hyde Park Records, Toys et Cetera and 57th Street Books(…)