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Chicago police warn of robberies on Harper Avenue

The Chicago Police Department report that two robberies have taken place on Harper Avenue in the past week. In these incidents, the offenders threatened the victims with violence and made off with personal belongings. The first incident occurred on May 23 in the 5700 block of South Harper Avenue at 10:24 p.m. The second incident(…)

Today and tomorrow, Cream Co.’s plants are for a song – or a poem

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago-based artist collective Cream Co. will give out 2,000 tomato seedlings and 1,000 flowers in exchange for poems this week. The exchange–which began today–will continue through tomorrow at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. Participants are invited to read a poem in exchange for allium flowers and 14 varieties(…)

Decision to place Obama Library on South Side to be officially announced this afternoon

The Barack Obama Foundation will officially announce at noon its decision to place the presidential library on Chicago’s South Side. The foundation shared its decision in a prepared statement this morning, accompanied by a video from the first couple. President Obama said in the video that the library would “attract the world to Chicago,” adding,(…)

TIF council to provide update on Vue53

TIF council to provide update on Vue53

The 53rd Street Tax Increment Finance Development Council will host a presentation by the developers of Vue53 this Monday. The meeting, to be held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will cover such issues as construction, traffic and the timeline for development of the high-rise, which will sit across from Nichols Park. The meeting(…)

Saturday historical talk to discuss Hyde Parkers in 1940 census

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society will be hosting an event this Saturday, May 2, focusing on the lives of neighborhood residents in 1940. The 3:30 p.m. event, entitled “You Are There: Bringing the 1940 Census to Life,” will take place at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Hyde Park Historical Society,(…)

Reports: South Side of Chicago to get Obama Library

News outlets are widely reporting that President Barack Obama will choose the South Side of Chicago for his presidential library. The reports came late Thursday after CBS 2 Chicago learned President Obama thanked Mayor Emanuel over the phone for a newly-passed state law that allows his library to be built on public parkland. Senate President(…)

Five-year Wooded Isle closure only an option: contractor

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A contractor has the option to keep Wooded Isle closed for five years until Jackson Park is fully restored, but is seeking to reopen it earlier. The island was closed to pedestrians two weeks ago as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park. The project(…)

Bill requiring more information from campus police passes Illinois House

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Illinois House on Friday passed HB 3932, legislation that would require private campus police to release the same information as municipal police. The bill — introduced in February by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) — passed unanimously. The bill was(…)