News In Brief

TIF council to discuss Vue53, City Hyde Park

The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. in the little theater. The meeting will have updates on City Hyde Park, the Antheus Capital project that would put new housing and a Whole Foods at 51st Street and Lake(…)

Kiwanis to sell peanuts for causes

Members of the Hyde Park Kiwanis Club will be posted at several landmark locations in the neighborhood this Friday for its annual Peanut Day Fundraiser. Kiwanis members and volunteers will be at Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th St.; The Hyde Park Bank Building, 525 E. 53rd St. and 51st Street and Lake Park Avenue on Sept.(…)

Bruce memorial details

A memorial will be held for late Hyde Park attorney and University of Chicago Laboratory Schools alum Jason Bruce at 5 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. Bruce was an active member of many local civic groups.

Mum’s the word in September

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park’s annual Mum and Bulb Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 1526 E. 55th St. The sale, which is organized by the Hyde Park Garden Fair Commitee, features six different departments: hyacinths and(…)

Local sacred spaces to be toured

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council will bring members of diverse religious traditions together to celebrate their faiths. The interfaith council will host Sharing Sacred Spaces, a series that will open up the doors of a number of Hyde Park houses of worship, and discuss the ways that architecture(…)

Private company to reopen mental health clinic

A mental health clinic in Woodlawn that was a flashpoint of local controversy when it closed will be reopened within 60 days, Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) said Saturday. Thresholds, a private mental health provider, will provide mental health services at the former Woodlawn Mental Health Center, 6337 S. Woodlawn Ave. The closure of the clinic(…)

Burns favors food stamps

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) introduced a resolution into the City Council on Thursday to voice his support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known as food stamps. “A great society is judged on the basis of how it treats its most vulnerable citizens —seniors, the disabled, and the(…)

Spate of burglaries triggers CPD alert

Police cautioned residents of a spate of burglaries this month in the Hyde Park neighborhood, in a Saturday, Sept. 14, alert released by the Chicago Police Department. Incidents in which offenders trespassed through rear doors or side or rear windows and stole jewelry, tablets, electronics and currency have taken place at: the 5100 and 5400(…)

Battle of the bands at Checkerboard

A “Battle of The Blues” tribute to Muddy Waters will take place at The Checkerboard Lounge, 5201 S. Harper Ct., at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. All the proceeds from the event will go towards rescuing Waters’ Bronzeville home from the wrecking ball. Admission is free and the winning band’s album will be sold at(…)

HPAC “Crossover”

Artist Susan Marshall from the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago will host a discussion titled “Crossover: an immersive conversation a participatory event,” Sept. 16 to Sept. 19, at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Discussion topics will include crossover forms that defy categorization. The discussion is a part of The Dance(…)

“The Rathbones” author at 57th Books

Author Janice Clark will read from her first novel, “The Rathbones,” at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The book by the Chicago-based Clark takes place in her native Connecticut, where a 15-year-old and her uncle embark upon a nautical adventure exploring the history of the book’s(…)

Hyde Parker cinches soccer victory

Hyde Parker cinches soccer victory

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer Katie Klespies, a University of Chicago Laboratory Schools graduate who is currently a college sophomore and a midfielder for the Baldwin Wallace University (Ohio) Women’s Soccer Team, scored the winning goal in overtime, Saturday, against Christopher Newport University (Va.). The Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets beat the Christopher Newport University(…)

Ray, Bret Harte in school news

Ray, Bret Harte in school news

Teacher Survey for Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Ray school is seeking community input on its arts teaching position. Due to Chicago Public Schools budget cuts, the school can only hire one teacher and must decide whether that teacher should be a visual arts or music teacher. To take Ray’s two-question survey, visit(…)

No. 2 at UCPD moves on

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Tom Phillips, who had been deputy chief with the University of Chicago Police Department, recently left to become police chief at Northern Illinois University. Phillips was named NIU’s police chief on Wednesday, Aug. 28. His initial salary will be $160,000 and extends through June 30, 2014. NIU’s police force is(…)

Touring St. Thomas in Sept.

Touring St. Thomas in Sept.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave., will be the topic of a Chicago Architecture Foundation historic tour on Saturday, Sept. 21. Architecture historian Vince Michael will discuss architect Barry Byrne, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, who built this first modern Catholic church in Chicago in 1924. The tour meets at the(…)

Seniors to get a day at the circus

“Senior’s Day at the Circus,” hosted by the Chicago Park District, will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Washington Park at 51st Street and Payne Avenue. The event will feature UniverSoul circus, which presents an interactive combination of circus art, theater and music. Ticket sales began Tuesday, Sept. 3. Tickets are $8(…)

Open Produce holds opening

Local grocer Open Produce’s ongoing experiment in blending the delicious with the creative continues this weekend with its third monthly art opening. The work of painter Zac Franzoni with be hung at the store, 1635 E. 55th St., for an opening on Saturday, Sept. 7. The artist will be on hand to answer questions about(…)

Beekeeping forum in Hyde Park

The Jackson Park Fieldhouse will host a beekeeping forum from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 7. Michael Thompson, farm manager for the Chicago Honey Co-op will speak about urban beekeeping and the future of bees. The fieldhouse is located at 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Hyde Park Players announce new auditions

The Hyde Park Community Players will hold auditions for a production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” a play by Christopher Hampton based on the French novel by the same title. The play is a story of intrigue and scandal between French lovers. The auditions will take place Sunday, Sept. 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.(…)

Book fair organizers accepting donations

The Hyde Park Used Book Sale began accepting donations for this year’s event. Donations of used books can be dropped off at Treasure Island’s basement in a watermelon box left at the foot of the stairs or taken directly to the sorting room if somebody is working. Donors who need help transporting the books can(…)