News In Brief

Police warning follows area robberies

The Chicago Police Department has issued an alert regarding robberies in Hyde Park. In the reported incidents, one at 9 p.m. on May 12 on the 1600 block of East 55th Street and another at 6 a.m. on May 16 on the 5300 Block of South Kimbark Avenue, the “offenders approached victims and took property(…)

Kenwood music department holds spring festival

The music department at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is holding its spring arts band festival. The festival takes place at the school at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 31. Tickets for the event are $10.

Director seeks ’63 strike participants

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor As the 50th anniversary of the 200,000-strong Oct. 22, 1963 boycott against Chicago Public Schools overcrowding and then-superintendent Benjamin WIllis approaches, Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn is directing a documentary on the event, and he is looking for Hyde Parkers who were involved in the historic school strike.(…)

ArtShould in HP

A showcase featuring the artwork of students from several schools in the Hyde Park neighborhood will take place on May 31. The exhibit is free and open to the entire community. ArtShould is a children’s arts program, which was founded and is run by students from the University of Chicago. The students recruit volunteers from(…)

SSA group holding two public meetings

Two public meetings to discuss the proposed Special Service Area (SSA) will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday May 22 and 7 p.m. Thursday May 30, both at Kenwood Academy’s little theater, 5105 S. Blackstone Ave. An SSA would put an extra property tax on businesses in roughly the same area as the 53rd(…)

Make Music Chicago seeks volunteers

WHPK radio host Marta Nicholas is seeking volunteers to help coordinate Hyde Park events in this year’s MakeMusicChicago celebration, a day-long series of performances scheduled to take place in the city Friday, June 21. The yearly event, now in its third year, will feature performances at several Hyde Park venues. As of press time, planned(…)

Little Inspirations founder wins award

The Chicago-based non-profit Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is recognizing a Hyde Park educator with its first-ever 2013 Fast Track Award. Award recipient Peg Pavelec is the founder of area day care Little Inspirations, based at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. “Little Inspirations stands apart because of its exceptional program for(…)

Farmers markets are springing up

As the weather heats up farmers markets are popping up across the city: The 61st Street Farmers Market at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., began its season on Saturday, May 11 and will run through Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market offers produce, meat, eggs, cheeses, honey, bread and other(…)

HP Community Art Fair next weekend

The Hyde Park Community Art Fair will take place on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, from until 11 a.m. until dusk at Bixler Park, 5651 S. Kenwood Ave. The fair will feature around 80 artists selected by a jury, according to Dorri Ellis, a board member for the Hyde Park-based arts non-profit 21st(…)

Clinic for entrepreneurs at BankFinancial

A small business entrepreneurs legal clinic will be held next Wednesday, May 29, at BankFinancial, 1354 E. 55th St. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon and includes one-on-one sessions with attorneys. R.S.V.P. is required. For more information, call 312-939-3638, ext. 224.

Make time for your masonry at HPHS

Make time for your masonry at HPHS

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A presentation on masonry restoration will take place Sunday, May 19, at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., the second in a four-part series of talks on home upkeep organized by members of the Hyde Park Historical Series (HPHS). Jan Golwacki, project manager for the(…)

Bike clinic at 57th Street beach

The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will be hosting a bicycle clinic from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the 57th Street beach house, located along the lakefront. Visitors are invited to bring their bicycles for free repairs. The event will also feature a discussion on bike safety and routes and(…)

One last weekend to see Players show

The Hyde Park Community Players’ production “Oedipus! The Musical!” closes after this coming weekend’s performances. “Oedipus!” will be performed at The David and Reva Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., May 17 to May 19. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at 57th Street Books, 1301(…)

Cable cars at HPHS

Cable cars at HPHS

Journalist Greg Borzo will speak about Chicago’s historic cable-car system at the Hyde Park Historical Society building, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., Saturday, May 18. The talk begins at 2 p.m. Borzo says he first stumbled on information about the cable cars while researching the history of the “L” system. “It’s virtually unknown that Chicago(…)

No new leads on Harper shooting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department has not released any new information following the murder of 39-year-old Henry Atkins last week. Police News Affairs said the shooting occurred at 12:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in the hallway of a building on the 5200 block of Harper Avenue. Lewis Galvin, a resident(…)

Garden fair looking for volunteers

The 54th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair is just around the corner, and organizers are still welcoming volunteers to assist in preparation for the local growing celebration and sale. Each year, the organizing committee for the fair prepare a collection of offerings from 10 separate categories of plants, including herbs, house plants, vegetables and wildflowers.(…)

McMobil project at planning

The Chicago Plan Commission will hear about the planned development for Vue 53, the proposal to construct a 13-story residential and retail building at 1330 E. 53rd St., at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in Council Chambers, City Hall, second floor 121 N. LaSalle St. The plan commission will have the opportunity to hear(…)

Son joins father’s architecture firm

Architect Patrick M. Rosen will join his father, Michael B. Rosen, at Rosen Architecture, 53 W. Jackson Boulevard. Both are Hyde Park residents. Rosen Architecture, which has designed and remodeled commercial and residential buildings in Chicago and across the country, is 68 years old. “When considering all of Patrick’s capabilities and experience, it would have(…)

Seminary Coop officially opens this Saturday

The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, May 11. Author Aleksander Hemon will deliver the keynote address at 3 p.m. Hemon is the author of “Nowhere Man” and “The Lazarus Project” and is the editor of Dalkey Archive Press’ Best European Fiction anthology. Co-Op employee Kate McIntyre will give three 40-minute(…)

Jackson Park council to mull landscaping

The Jackson Park Advisory Council will join representatives from the Chicago Park District to discuss possible landscaping in the park on Monday, May 13. The Chicago Park District is considering a landscaping renovation, potentially funded by a federal program. A spokesperson for the CPD confirmed the work would be federally funded, and said the potential(…)