News In Brief

Ancona School bids farewell to Bonnie Wishne with event-packed weekend

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School is hosting Bonnie’s Legacy Weekend May 29 to May 31, in honor of school head Bonnie Wishne, who will retire at the end of the school year. Bonnie’s Bash will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 29, at the Bridgeport Art Center,(…)

Sixth grader to perform Vivaldi on violin

Sixth grader to perform Vivaldi on violin

Nicolas Worsley, winner of the Claire Despres Oppenheim Concerto Competition for 2015, will perform the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor for violin at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Worsley is a sixth grade student at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. He studies violin with Hyde(…)

Divvy expands in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago bike share service Divvy is adding 176 stations across the city, including eight in Hyde Park. Since April — when Mayor Emanuel announced the expansion — most of the Hyde Park’s new stations have been installed, according to a Divvy map. They include three along the Metra train tracks(…)

Two Hyde Park playground renovations complete, with third on the way

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Park District has completed renovations on two Hyde Park playgrounds, and another is on its way. Earlier this month, the Park District reopened the playgrounds at Burnham Park, 5491 S. Lake Shore Dr., and Spruce Playlot Park, 5337 S. Blackstone Ave. The playgrounds were renovated as part of(…)

Rodfei Zedek to explore sex trafficking at Monday talk

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Congregation Rodfei Zedek will tackle sex trafficking at a talk next week. The discussion, entitled “Sex Trafficking: The Jewish Responsibility,” will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 18, at the synagogue, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. The free program will feature speakers Donna Fischman, co-chair of the Jewish(…)

Blackstone features local author

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Friends of Blackstone Library will host their monthly Despres Family Memorial Lecture this evening. Author Cyn Vargas will read from her new book, “On The Way,” at 6:30 p.m. at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. She will also discuss her work and field questions from audience members.(…)

Knights of Columbus talking health

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In its first event of the year, a local Knights of Columbus council will host a health talk this weekend at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. Knights of Columbus (KOC) Madonna Della Strada Council treasurer James Rydel will give a talk focusing on chronic kidney disease(…)

Army Corps proposes barrier at Jackson Harbor

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a new groin at the entrance of the Jackson Harbor. The public had until Friday, April 17 to comment on the 1,000-foot groin — 300 feet of steel and 700 feet of stone — designed to prevent sediment from accumulating in the harbor. The new structure will(…)

57th Street Art Fair seeking volunteers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The 57th Street Art Fair may be two months away, but organizers are already seeking volunteers for the event. This year’s fair — featuring around 200 artists from across the U.S. and Canada —will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 6; and from 10 a.m. to(…)

Locals honored for volunteer service at La Rabida Children’s Hospital

In honor of National Volunteers week, La Rabida will host a special banquet spotlighting those who help the patients of the children’s hospital. Hyde Parkers Howard and Audrey Wheat, along with many other volunteers celebrating significant years of service, will receive special pins for their time and dedication to the hospital. The event takes place(…)

It’s politically charged art, by George!

A former Hyde Parker’s art will be on display from April 10 through May 1 at the Uri-Eichen Gallery, 2010 S. Halsted St. The political cartoons produced by George Franklin reflected the political climate of Colombia and Spain from the 1930s through 1948 when he fled to the United States. He lived in Hyde Park(…)

State Rep. Currie to be awarded by Illinois ACLU

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-26) will be honored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois later this month. At the first annual ACLU of Illinois Lunch, Friday, April 17, Currie will receive the group’s Roger Baldwin Award for Lifetime Achievement. The noon lunch will take place at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan(…)

Hyde Parkers reach top of marketing firm

Two Hyde Park residents have been named partners at a downtown marketing firm. Lipman Hearne, a marketing firm that specializes in working with non-profit organizations, named Alexia Koelling and Sara Stern as new partners recently. Koelling is the firm’s executive vice president of Consulting and Account Management. She previously worked at a firm where she(…)

State Rep. Currie hosting coffee meetup this Friday

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) will host a meeting with constituents at 1 p.m. this Friday, April 3, at the Sip and Savor coffee shop, 5301 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Currie, who has represented Hyde Park in the Illinois House since 1979, is currently co-sponsoring HB 3932, a bill that would require campus police(…)

Elections, a fundraiser and a photography class in park news

Spruce and Midway park advisory council elections Two new park advisory councils will elect officers this month. Spruce Park, 5337 S. Blackstone Ave., will host an election at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20, at the field house at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. An election for a Midway Park advisory council will take(…)

A community garden, a fundraiser and diversity in school news

Community garden blooming at Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St. Plans are in place to create a community garden at Kozminski Elementary School. The grant for the garden was made possible through the Open Space Impact Fees Ordinance. The school plans to replace asphalt playgrounds with native landscaping and art. Student financial aid fundraiser a success(…)

How to vote in Chicago’s April 7 runoff election

With less than a week until Chicago’s runoff mayoral election, voting has already begun. Early voting will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., every through day through Saturday, April 4. A government ID is required. Hyde Park’s nearest early voting polling places are the King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, the Jackson Park(…)

U. of C. Institute of Politics names spring 2015 fellows

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP) will host eight fellows this spring. Since its January 2013 founding, the IOP has hosted 44 fellows, who present public seminars and talks each quarter. Next quarter’s fellows are: CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson, Chicago Sun-Times deputy editorial page editor Kate Grossman, “An Inconvenient Truth” director(…)

Workshop for women veterans coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago-based non-profit Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) will host a workshop for women veterans this Wednesday. The event, part of a citywide series this month entitled “Woman Warrior Wednesdays,” will take place at 6 p.m. on March 18, at the Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd St. The aim(…)

An award nomination, photo contest and PAC talks in park news

JPAC nominated for new award The Chicago Parks Foundation and Park District have nominated the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) for their first-ever Park Advisory Council of the Year Award. The winner of the new distinction will be announced on Saturday, March 28 at the 2015 Park Advisory Council Conference at Truman College, 1145 W.(…)