News In Brief

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.(…)

Hyde Park theaters to present plays by August Wilson this spring

Three Hyde Park theaters will host performances in conjunction with a citywide celebration of renowned playwright August Wilson, which will take place through April 18. The celebration is an exploration of Wilson’s work that includes concert readings, panel discussions and special events such as the revival of “Two Running Trains,” which will be directed by(…)

Robie after hours for you

Robie after hours for you

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Each Friday in April Robie House will host an after hours gathering open to the public. “April After Hours at the Robie House: Drinks, music and a Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece” will give visitors the opportunity to see a masterpiece of modern architecture in a casual environment. The Frank Lloyd(…)

Accusations of fraud mar Election Day in 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Election Day went smoothly at many 4th and 5th ward polling places, but not without some serious concerns. In the 4th Ward, Ald. Will Burns’ challengers Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden are calling on Ald. Will Burns to reject Tuesday’s results in light of alleged electoral fraud. Burns was re-elected(…)

Gilbert and Sullivan return

The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will present “The Yeomen of the Guard” next week in Mandel Hall. The company’s 55th annual production will tell the story of a man falsely accused of sorcery by his envious relative, while friends try to free him before his execution. The performance is 3 hours long with one(…)