News In Brief

Hyde Park Farmers Market returns to Harper Court

On Thursday, June 4, the annual Hyde Park Farmers Market arrives at Harper Court on 53rd Street. The event is co-sponsored by the South East Chicago Commission and Special Service Area Hyde Park. The market runs every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features local and regional farms as well as Hyde Park(…)

Make Music Chicago enters 5th year

On June 21st, Make Music Chicago enters its fifth consecutive year as a free, citywide music festival. The event showcases musicians of all ages and skill levels at public venues across Chicago. The festival functions as part of “Fête de la Musique,” an annual event that takes place in more than 700 cities world-wide as(…)

Architect, Patricia O’Donnell, talks on Jackson Park in Russian conference

The Obama Library isn’t the only South Side attraction getting global attention: World-famous landscape architect Patricia O’Donnell is scheduled to give a talk on Jackson Park in Russia next month. O’Donnell, principal at Vermont-based Heritage Landscapes LLC, will discuss the park at the 52nd World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects in St.(…)

Midway Park Advisory Council takes another stab at vote

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Another election for Midway Park Advisory Council officers will take place next Wednesday, May 27. Elections for the new group’s officers have been scheduled twice before — on April 27 and on May 13 — but both times failed to attract three eligible contenders. Like at all park advisory councils(…)

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(…)