News In Brief

4th Ward breakfast this Saturday

January’s Fourth Ward Democratic Organization Breakfast Meeting will take place this Saturday at Monumental Baptist Church, 729 E. Oakwood Blvd at 10 a.m. According to the organization’s executive director, Dianna Thompson, speakers include Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Ald. Will Burns (4th), and state Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), and Kristin Mitchell (D-26). Thompson also(…)

McMobil on TIF agenda

On Wednesday, Jan. 30 the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council will meet at 7 p.m. at Kenwood High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The committee will discuss the University of Chicago’s redevelopment of the vacant lot next to the Mobil gas station on 53rd Street, commonly called the McMobil site. It will also discuss the(…)

Proposal for Cottage Grove sites

A community meeting to discuss a plot of land on the 5200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue will take place at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, at the Friend Center, 800 E. 55th St., classroom B-319. The land, owned by the University of Chicago, includes a vacant parcel of land that formerly held the(…)

Authors come to HP

Two high-profile journalists and a renowned artist will speak in the neighborhood today and next Tuesday, Jan. 29. Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg will discuss his new book, “You Were Never in Chicago,” at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., at 6 p.m. His appearance is the second of The Friends of Blackstone Library’s five-part(…)

An evening with Muhammad

“An Evening with the Prophet,” a celebration of the birth of the prophet Muhammad, will feature Muslim chant and poetry. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Tahir Abdullah, who was recently appointed assistant director of spiritual life at Rockefeller, brought Muslim(…)

Gang at AI

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers interested in getting an idea of what City Hyde Park will look like once its completed should head to the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Through Feb. 24, “Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects” will be on display at the Art Institute’s Modern Wing. The exhibit(…)

Steinberg lecture at Blackstone

As part of the Friends of Blackstone Library’s 2012-13 Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg will speak at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., next Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. There he will discuss his latest book, “You Were Never in Chicago,” which was published last October and has(…)

Open house for St. Thomas Elementary soon

St. Thomas the Apostle School will hold an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week. From 8:30 am – 1:00 pm and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to tour the school, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., meet teachers and talk with the principal. For more information,(…)