News In Brief

Back to school picnic at 63rd Street beach

Head down to the 63rd St. Beach Pavilion on Sunday, August 30, for the annual 5th Ward back-to-school picnic. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. and include Tumblers, the South Shore Drill Team and more. The event is free, and backpacks will be given out to appropriately aged children with parents.

Memorial service for U. of C doctor

A memorial service for University of Chicago School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Raul Hinojosa is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., in the Performance Penthouse on the 9th floor. Free parking is available after 4 p.m.(…)

Mies musings, courtesy of Hyde Park Historical Society

The Hyde Park Historical Society announces a special event: an illustrated program on some of the earliest U.S. buildings designed by renowed modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The presenter is Kevin Harrington, professor emeritus of architectural history at IIT and coauthor of the most recent edition of “Chicago’s Famous Buildings.” The free event(…)

Starbucks noire in Hyde Park, perhaps

Starbucks noire in Hyde Park, perhaps

Starbucks Evenings may be coming to Hyde Park at its 53rd Street location. The coffee shop chain has been offering late-night small plates and alcohol in select locations since 2012, primarily in downtown Chicago. The selling of coffee will still take precedence over the selling of alcohol. A few examples of Evenings offerings are truffle(…)

The bell tolls for thee – later

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, July 30, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that 82 high schools and elementary schools will have a new bell schedule for the 2015-16 school year. This change is expected to save CPS around $13.5 million this coming school year and is part of a district-wide streamlining of transportation(…)

Hyde Parker to chair American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago Board of Directors

Hyde Park resident Gail Hasbrouck, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Advocate Health Care, has been named chairman of the American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago Board of Directors. As chairman, Hasbrouck, who has lived in Hyde Park since 1968, will lead a team of healthcare professionals and business and community leaders who(…)

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.(…)