News In Brief

Police release warning on robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago oolice issued a community alert about an increase in strong-arm robberies in the area of 51st to 55th streets between south Ellis and Blackstone avenues in December. The offenders approach victims during school dismissal time and announce a robbery, CPD said. The offenders then take the victims’ property. The(…)

ITwirl Dance Program to hold recital

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Students attending the Hyde Park-based ITwirl Dance Programs will perform a holiday dance recital at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. ITwirl, founded in 2012, is a dance school for children ages 2-and-a-half and up and adults. It is based at(…)

Nichols Park Advisory Council to examine garden remodel

The next Nichols Park Advisory Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Nichols Park field house, 1355 E. 53rd St. The agenda includes plans for remodeling the Learning Garden, located south of the park across from St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave. For more information, call(…)

Argonne director will be next U. of C. provost

Argonne National Laboratory Director Eric D. Isaacs will succeed outgoing University of Chicago Provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum, the school announced last Thursday. Last October, Rosenbaum was appointed President of the California Institute of Technology, a position he will assume next July.

Wright B&B forum

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference will host an informational meeting next week on the proposal to renovate two Frank Lloyd Wright houses into a bed-and-breakfast. HP-K CC has officially taken no position on the proposal but will host a panel of experts on architecture, Kenwood, zoning and licensing, and the current state of the homes.(…)

TIF meeting cancelled

This month’s 53rd Street TIF advisory council meeting has been cancelled, according to the South East Chicago Commission (SECC). For more information and updates, call the SECC at 773-324-6926 or visit secc-chicago.org.

One really bad day: Gets shot, goes to prison

A Hyde Park man was charged with a felony after he was injured in a physical confrontation on the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue last month. Roy Malava, 55, of the 5300 block of South Cornell Avenue, was charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Police arrived(…)

Former Ramada soon to be La Quinta Inn

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, formerly the Ramada, has been sold to La Quinta Inn recently. Earl Adams, director of sales and marketing, for the hotel at 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr., announced the sale on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The hotel will remain open during renovation, which will include updating(…)