News In Brief

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.

Art gala returning next month

The Hyde Park Art Center will hold its annual fundraising Gala Sept. 28. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. According to an invitation from the Art Center, the gala typically raises $200,000, which helps fund its community art programs. The gala will feature screen(…)

This old house returns to HP

The Hyde Park Historical Society will hold the second-to-last lectures of its “This Old (Hyde Park) House” series Sept. 22. Carol Yetken, who is a landscape architect, will discuss landscaping a historic house. Yetken has worked on projects for the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., and other landmarks. Another lecturer will assist her. The(…)

African fest opening this weekend

The 24th annual African Festival of the Arts will run from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2. Located at 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave., the festival features performances and art centered around the cultures of Africa. Headlining the festival, which draws visitors from across the nation, is Grammy-winner Brandy, or Brandy Norwood, who performs(…)