News In Brief

Local residents looking for family biking

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Juan Boyce is organizing a Kidical Mass biking event for kids at the end of this month. Kidical Mass is a national movement to encourage families to ride bicycles for transportation, exercise and fun, according to its website. It currently has events in neighborhoods including Roscoe(…)

Make Music Chicago returns to HP

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Make Music Chicago will return to Hyde Park for the third time this summer solstice, Saturday, June 21. The annual music festival inviting professional, amateur and spontaneous performers alike to share their music with the public free of charge was first established in Paris, France, in 1982, and first took(…)

Local teachers are awarded

Teacher receives Golden Apple honor at U. of C. Lab Schools, 1362 E. 59th St. Kristin Frank, 5th grade teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Lower School, received the Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction Award. In addition to annually naming 10 recipients of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Golden Apple(…)

Anastaplo remembered

A memorial service for longtime Hyde Park resident George Anastaplo will be held at Bond Chapel, on the University of Chicago campus at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 6. Anastaplo died Feb. 14, 2014 at the age of 88, and is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sara Prince Anastaplo, four children and eight(…)

Parking woes to worsen on 53rd

The increasing number of traffic snarls on 53rd Street is about to spike as street parking will soon be restricted along 53rd Street, between Lake Park and Blackstone avenues, to make way for a new internet cable being installed by the U. of C. this summer. The U. of C. expects to install the cable(…)

Seminary Co-op selects manager

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Seminary Co-op Bookstore named Jeff Deutsch as the next director of the bookstore. Deutsch previously worked at the co-op bookstore at Stanford University where he worked as director of stores since 2012. Before that he ran the Cal Student Store at the University of California, Berkeley. Deutsch was named(…)

Work begins on 5701 S. Woodlawn

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Work began recently to transform 5701 S. Woodlawn Ave., into the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. The Meadville Lombard Theological School sold the building in 2009. On the Chicago Historic Resources Survey, the building is listed as orange, meaning it may merit preservation due to their architectural significance or(…)

Ribs ‘N’ Bibs’ final chapter?

Hyde Park barbeque restaurant Ribs ‘N’ Bibs, 5300 S. Dorchester, closed Monday, May 12. The longtime institution — which opened at 5300 S. Dorchester Ave. in 1966 — has left few clues as to the reason for its sudden closing. Sheets of paper now cover the store’s windows and doors, where two handwritten signs both(…)

Botched carjacking leaves victim badly hurt

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer   A man is listed in critical condition after an attempted carjacking last week left him pinned beneath another car. A 16-year-old was charged as a juvenile with one count each of felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor criminal damage to property. At 10:56(…)

Better Government Association to host citizen watchdog training

The Better Government Association (BGA) will be hosting a citizen watchdog training session next Wednesday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the U. of C. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. The event will focus on the Freedom of Information Act and how citizens can monitor their government. The event is free,(…)

Hyde Park Garden Fair returns

The Hyde Park Garden Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 16, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the shopping plaza by Treasure Island. The 55th annual garden fair will split its profits. Forty percent of the profits will be donated to the(…)

Jackson Park restoration topic at upcoming meeting

A public meeting concerning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) planned restoration of Jackson Park will take place this week. The meeting will be hosted by the USACE and the Chicago Park District at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at the Jackson Park field house, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. On April 12,(…)

Felix Mendelssohn at First Unitarian Church this Sunday

The Adult Choir at First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 4. Soloists include Michael Swisher, Carolyn Brady Riley, Joan Staples and Barbara Randolph. Amanda Thomas will direct.

February student death linked to alcohol

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A University of Chicago student who was found in his dorm room in February died as a result of alcohol poisoning, the Cook County Medical Examiner said. An autopsy ruled that his death was accidental. Nicholas Barnes, a third-year Germanic studies student, was discovered on Feb. 15. The key card(…)

Marsha’s Music celebrating spring this Saturday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Marsha’s Music is inviting the community to a family celebration of spring this weekend at Joan’s Studio, 1438 E. 57th St. The event, dubbed the Earth Day Spring Fam Jam, will feature music, song, dance and crafts beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Participants will sing tunes such(…)

Romeo, wherefore doest thou move?

The Hyde Park Community Players will be moving the venue for their 5th anniversary production of “Romeo and Juliet” this week from Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., to Ida Noyes Hall 1212 E. 59th St. Beginning next weekend through the end of the month, the play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays(…)

Barbara’s right where you left her

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie’s (D-25) office is still where it’s been for years, at 1303 E. 53rd St. It’s just a little bit harder to find. It now sits shrouded by wooden paneling — but still accessible — along with retail spaces near the corner of chef Matthias Merges’ planned Japanese restaurant, Yusho. Merges(…)

Discover “Your Inner Fish” Thursday

A Hyde Park paleontologist will host a preview screening of a PBS documentary, based on his book “Your Inner Fish.” Neil Shubin, a professor at the University of Chicago, and Lance Grande, a geologist with the Field Museum, will host a preview of the documentary and series, followed by a discussion on human evolution. The(…)

Bid to build Obama library begins

The Barack Obama Foundation released a request for qualifications for the planned Obama presidential library Thursday afternoon. The document asks institutions across the country seeking to host the president’s library how their proposal will satisfy the library’s “guiding principles.” An Obama library is being pursued by the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of(…)