News In Brief

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(…)