News In Brief

Human leg found on Kenwood beach

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Police were alerted last Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. of a human leg at the beach on the 4700 block of South Lake Shore Drive, and there is an ongoing investigation into the matter, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. The body part was examined that day and determined(…)

HP dance school holds event

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is marking its 20th anniversary with “En Avant,” a performance scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 14, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. “En Avant” will include performances by HPSD students(…)

Bridgeport Coffee Co. replacing Istria

Bridgeport Coffee Co. replacing Istria

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A popular South Side coffee shop is opening in Hyde Park. Bridgeport Coffee Company will be opening its third location inside the Hyde Park Art Center café space formerly occupied by Istria Café. The art center said it hopes to open the café, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., by the end(…)

Police discover possible suicide in HP

Chicago Police officers serving an eviction notice last week found Hyde Park attorney Rick Halprin dead in his home. Halprin was found with a single gunshot wound to the head in his apartment on the 1000 block of East 53rd Street, News Affairs said. He attended John Marshall Law School and worked for four decades(…)

SECC brings Cleanslate to 57th Street

The South East Chicago Commission has contracted with the popular employment readiness and beautification group Cleanslate to clean several South Side streets, including 57th Street, as well as installing planters and banners. “These improvements are the first phase of a larger plan designed to bring new consumers and new residents to South Side neighborhoods,” said Wendy(…)

Blackstone joins summer program

Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., will be holding a series of events for and registering participants in Chicago Public Libraries’ (CPL) annual Summer Learning Challenge program, June 17 through Aug. 10. This year’s program, “Rahm’s Readers: Full STEAM Ahead,” will focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math, as its acronym suggests. Every(…)

Kwame Raoul is recognized for health work

State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) has been named Humanitarian of the Year by Jackson Park Hospital, just south of Hyde Park on Stony Island Avenue. Raoul said he was “humbled to receive this award” in a statement in which he also described Jackson Park as a safety net hospital, which provides needed services to low-income residents,(…)

Vue53 passes out of City Council

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The proposal to build Vue53 passed Chicago City Council last Wednesday, clearing the way for the project to begin. The ordinance passed with a vote of 49 to 0. Ald. Ed Burke (14th) recused himself. The zoning change allows Mesa Development to build the proposed 154-foot-tall building at 1330 E.(…)