News In Brief

Pathfinders Toastmasters Club to host open house

The Pathfinders Toastmasters Club will host an open house to give potential new members an idea of what the organization is about. Guests will learn public speaking skills through impromptu one or two minute speeches. Register in advance at or call 773-888-2734.

Services announced for Dev Bowly

Memorial services have been announced for lifelong Hyde Park resident Devereux Bowly Jr., who passed away on Wednesday, August 6 in Michigan City, Ind., due to complications from injuries sustained in a fall.     A service will be held on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Another(…)

Memorial service planned for Shutsung Liao

A memorial service for Shutsung Liao will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Liao, professor emeritus in the U. of C.’s Ben May Department for Cancer Research, died July 20, at age 83. A Taiwan native and Hyde Park resident(…)

Menu cash, wages, a survey and a senior ball in ward news

Fifth Ward residents can expect to wait three more months to find out exactly how Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) 2014 menu money is being spent. Last spring, four groups of residents, one from each of the ward’s four neighborhoods — Hyde Park, South Shore, Woodlawn and Greater Grand Crossing — submitted recommendations on how to(…)

Police warn of South Kenwood robberies

Following a series of South Kenwood robberies, the police are warning residents to beware of the armed criminals. The robberies took place on 46th through 49th Street — two at the beginning of the month and two at the end. One of the criminals produced a handgun and demanded property. They left the scene of(…)

Police issue area burglary warning

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department issued a warning Wednesday about a string of burglaries in Hyde Park. In August and September the burglars entered through the rear of the buildings during the day. Burglaries were reported on the 5200 block of South Ingleside Avenue on the morning of Aug. 25, the 900(…)

Tech repair shop opens on 55th Street

The Tech Box, a computer, tablet and phone repair store, recently opened in Hyde Park. Owner Nick Xu said he chose the name because his services are not limited to computers. They provide both walk-in diagnostic and repair and regular on-site services. The Tech Box, 1623 E. 55th St., will serve both small businesses and(…)

Find a hidden treasure, help a worthwhile cause

A fundraiser that benefits the Avon Foundation for breast cancer research will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 5221 S. Kenwood Ave. Items range from children’s items to antiques to books and furniture. For more information, call 773-955-9854.

Hyde Park Community Players holding auditions, meeting for upcoming productions

The Hyde Park Community Players will hold two events this week at Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave., to prepare for upcoming productions. The Players will hold auditions from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, for their November production of Tom Stoppard’s 1993 play “Arcadia.” Audition materials will be provided. Although preparation is not required,(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to sponsor second neighborhood dinner crawl

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a second dinner crawl from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Tickets will grant diners samples from eight Hyde Park restaurants on the west end of the 53rd Street business corridor. Participating restaurants include Café 53, 1369 E. 53rd St., Cedar’s, 1206 E. 53rd St.,(…)

Sa’mal gallery talk at Oriental Institute tomorrow

You can stop in on Hyde Park’s ancient city experts for a lecture this Thursday. On Sept. 4, join the creator of a model of the ancient city of Sa’mal for a talk at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. The exhibit where the model is displayed, “In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the(…)

African Festival of the Arts coming to Washington Park this weekend

The 25th annual African Festival of the Arts will take place this weekend, Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, in Washington Park. The festival will feature two stages showcasing around 60 performances by poets, dancers and musicians spanning genres from world music to hip hop, as well as a fashion show and dance lessons.(…)