News In Brief

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.(…)

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(…)

Tacos slated for Ribs ‘N’ Bibs

The former Ribs ‘N Bibs building, 5300 S. Dorchester Ave., is currently under construction and will soon be the home of the Hyde Park Taco Station. The restaurant is expected to open in mid-September, according to restaurant owner Edgar Vasquez. Vasquez describes Hyde Park Taco Station as Mexican fast gourmet street food made from farm-fresh(…)

Ald. Hairston organizes salsa dance event

This Sunday, Hyde Parkers can attend a free dance event organized by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). Dance Till Dusk will feature salsa dancing and stepping, hosted by Ken Bedford, on the tennis court in Harold Washington Park (corner of 53rd Street and Lake Shore Drive). The event takes place July 19, from 2 p.m. to(…)

U. of C. to present hotel idea for 53rd

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) is hosting a community meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. During the meeting representatives from the University of Chicago will present a proposal for a boutique hotel on 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue.

Jackson Park Advisory Council to hold photography classes

This Saturday, take advantage of a free, nature photography class in Jackson Park. The event is sponsored by the Jackson Park Advisory Council and comes as part of JPAC’s nature photography contest (July 18 to August 7). The free class will be held by photographer Spencer Bibbs, July 18, at 9 a.m., on Jackson Park’s(…)

Dusable Museum to screen summer movies

The DuSable Museum of African American History is pleased to presents the 2015 edition of the Chicago Park District’s “Movies In The Parks” beginning Saturday, June 20, and ending on Saturday, August 15. The museum will present screenings of popular, family-friendly films in addition to an invitation to experience the DuSable Mobile Museum. The films(…)

La Rabida commemorates outpatient center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer La Rabida Children Hospital is selling engraved bricks to commemorate the opening of its outpatient center. For $100, benefactors can have 3 lines engraved in a brick that will be placed in front of the new outpatient center. One such brick has been engraved with the name of Serta Williams,(…)