News In Brief

Kwanzaa bazaar coming to Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, South East Chicago Commission and the Volunteer Artists of America will host the “Pre-Kwanzaa: Holiday Bazaar” at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec.(…)

Lace up: Midway rink ready to reopen

The Midway Plaisance ice rink will open this Friday, Nov. 28, and remain operational through March 1 of next year. Located at 1130 Midway Plaisance North, the rink will be open for skating from noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays(…)

Hyde Parker asking for increased accessibility as City prepares to revamp 55th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer At least one Hyde Parker is already making recommendations for the City’s planned long-term makeover of 55th Street. George Rumsey said he sent the Chicago Department of Transportation an e-mail last week calling attention to the nine recommendations made in the Hyde Park Disabilities Task Force’s 2012 report on 55th(…)

House Ethics Committee still investigating Bobby Rush

The House Committee on Ethics said last Monday it will continue investigating alleged violations by U.S. Rep Bobby Rush (D-1). That day, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) also released a July report concluding that Rush, who represents most of Hyde Park, has never paid for rent on his campaign office since he joined Congress.(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to mark 75 years at annual gala this Thursday

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will celebrate 75 years of supporting local businesses this Thursday during an anniversary gala to be held at Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. The chamber will honor “Businesses Then and Now” at the event, awarding Hyde Park Bank, 1525 E. 53rd St., and the Hyde Park(…)

Man charged with 2013 Hyde Park murder

A Rogers Park man is charged with one felony count of murder in the first degree, stemming from a 2013 Hyde Park shooting. Ian Armstrong, 29, of the 1200 block of West Loyola, was charged on Oct. 30, Chicago Police said. He was identified through DNA. One man, who lived on the 1400 block of(…)

A hairy screening at the Logan Center

The Logan Center will screen a film this Friday that explores one of the most significant art scenes to come out of Hyde Park. “Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists” will show at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 7, at the center, 915 E. 60th St., in screening room 201. The event is free and open to(…)

Where to vote in Hyde Park and South Kenwood on Election Day

The 2014 general election will take place next Tuesday, Nov. 4. Candidates running for offices with districts in Hyde Park and South Kenwood are: 1st Congressional District – Bobby L. Rush (Democrat) – Jimmy Lee Tillman (Republican) Second Congressional District – Robin Kelly (Democrat) – Eric M. Wallace (Republican) 25th Illinois House District – Barbara(…)

A second chance for Dyett? RFP to be issued

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced Friday that it will be issuing a request for proposals (RFP) seeking plans for a new open enrollment neighborhood high school to be located at the current site of Dyett High School. “Members of the community have expressed a strong interest in a new school(…)

Chicago Humanities Festival returning to Hyde Park this Sunday

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) will return to Hyde Park for the eighth year this Sunday, Oct. 26. Twelve events will take place, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m., at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., with topics ranging from Hannah Arendt’s work to J. Edgar Hoover’s surveillance of African American(…)

Rainbow PUSH to host urban education summit at Kenwood headquarters

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition in partnership with the Journey for Justice Alliance is hosting a National Summit on Urban Education on Oct. 28. Rainbow PUSH has partnered with the Journey for Justice Alliance, a national collaboration of 36 community organizations in 23 cities across the United States that are advocating for community- centered education justice.(…)

Local yoga studio to host seasonal clothing exchange

The 11th seasonal clothing exchange at Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., third floor, returns this weekend. The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Clean clothing in good shape can be donated in advance. Any clothing that remains at the end of the exchange will be donated to(…)

Pathfinders Toastmasters Club to host open house

The Pathfinders Toastmasters Club will host an open house to give potential new members an idea of what the organization is about. Guests will learn public speaking skills through impromptu one or two minute speeches. Register in advance at pathfindersclub.eventbrite.com or call 773-888-2734.

Services announced for Dev Bowly

Memorial services have been announced for lifelong Hyde Park resident Devereux Bowly Jr., who passed away on Wednesday, August 6 in Michigan City, Ind., due to complications from injuries sustained in a fall.     A service will be held on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Another(…)

Memorial service planned for Shutsung Liao

A memorial service for Shutsung Liao will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Liao, professor emeritus in the U. of C.’s Ben May Department for Cancer Research, died July 20, at age 83. A Taiwan native and Hyde Park resident(…)

Menu cash, wages, a survey and a senior ball in ward news

Fifth Ward residents can expect to wait three more months to find out exactly how Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) 2014 menu money is being spent. Last spring, four groups of residents, one from each of the ward’s four neighborhoods — Hyde Park, South Shore, Woodlawn and Greater Grand Crossing — submitted recommendations on how to(…)