News In Brief

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.(…)

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,(…)

Historian to speak at Seminary Co-op

Bestselling historian Rick Perlstein will be holding his second public Hyde Park conversation this spring at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. The “Nixonland” author will speak with Don Rose, a liberal political consultant and journalist for the Chicago Daily Observer, an online publication covering local(…)

DuSable Museum to host free gallery talk on June 9

The DuSable Museum of African American history will be hosting a free gallery talk with Terrence A. Reese, the photographer behind its current exhibit, “Reflections,” from 3 to 5 p.m. on June 9 at 740 E. 56th Pl. Also known as “Tar,” the New York-based photographer born in Chicago is slated to talk about documenting(…)

Police warning follows area robberies

The Chicago Police Department has issued an alert regarding robberies in Hyde Park. In the reported incidents, one at 9 p.m. on May 12 on the 1600 block of East 55th Street and another at 6 a.m. on May 16 on the 5300 Block of South Kimbark Avenue, the “offenders approached victims and took property(…)

Kenwood music department holds spring festival

The music department at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is holding its spring arts band festival. The festival takes place at the school at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 31. Tickets for the event are $10.

Director seeks ’63 strike participants

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor As the 50th anniversary of the 200,000-strong Oct. 22, 1963 boycott against Chicago Public Schools overcrowding and then-superintendent Benjamin WIllis approaches, Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn is directing a documentary on the event, and he is looking for Hyde Parkers who were involved in the historic school strike.(…)

ArtShould in HP

A showcase featuring the artwork of students from several schools in the Hyde Park neighborhood will take place on May 31. The exhibit is free and open to the entire community. ArtShould is a children’s arts program, which was founded and is run by students from the University of Chicago. The students recruit volunteers from(…)