Awards and a hiatus in park news

JPAC Wins Award The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) has won the first award of its kind from the Chicago Parks Foundation. JPAC was one of ten groups to win the foundation’s first-ever Park Advisory Council Award. The award was presented March 28 at the Park Advisory Council Conference at Harry S. Truman College. A(…)

U. of C. Law School to examine police relationship with youth

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Law School will host a conference addressing the relationship between the police and the public it protects. The Youth/Police Conference hopes to continue the ongoing conversation about how the police interact with African American youth in urban America. The scheduled list of speakers includes Hyde Park(…)

KOCO questions audit co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell

KOCO questions audit co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Conference (KOCO) said last Tuesday it was ready to comply with a state audit, but that it had questions about the political motivations at play. On April 17 the Illinois House unanimously passed HR 324, which calls for an audit of the group. The resolution —(…)

Survey results endorse lights and signage on 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The results are in from the South East Chicago Commission’s (SECC) survey on proposed changes to 57th Street. At a public meeting last Monday at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., design consultants discussed the survey, which was circulated online by the SECC and the 5th Ward office. The questionnaire(…)

Three shot at Ellis Avenue near 55th Street

Three people were shot around 12:30 a.m. last night in an alley off Ellis Avenue, according to the University of Chicago Police Department and Chicago police. The victims were shot near 5487 S. Ellis Ave. and fled into a parking garage at 55th Street and Ellis Avenue, according to Marlon Lynch, chief of police at(…)

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed through fall: Park District

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed through fall: Park District

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jackson Park’s Wooded Isle has been closed off to the public. The closure is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) multi-million dollar restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, which includes grading of the island’s shoreline, creating new outlooks and replacing its pathway. “All of the woody(…)

Army Corps seeking input on new Jackson Harbor project by tomorrow

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public input on a proposed groin at the entrance of Jackson Harbor. The public has until Friday, April 17 to comment on the 1,000-foot groin – 300 feet of steel and 700 feet of stone – designed to prevent sediment from accumulating in the harbor. The new structure will(…)

University of Chicago Police Department to release traffic stop information

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer   The University of Chicago Police Department announced Monday that it will begin releasing daily traffic stop logs beginning in June. It also wants to change the ways the public communicates with the private police force. The increase in transparency is something South Side residents have been demanding from the(…)

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club brings back annual pancake breakfast

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club brings back annual pancake breakfast

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Remember when the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club used to invite the entire neighborhood over for breakfast with local elected officials? Well, those days have returned. After a three-year hiatus, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5460 S. Kenwood Ave., is restarting its annual Pancake Breakfast. From 8 a.m. to(…)

Garcia loses Hyde Park, fares better locally than citywide again

Garcia loses Hyde Park, fares better locally than citywide again

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parkers picked Mayor Rahm Emanuel over challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia last week for a second time, but again by a smaller margin than across the city. An analysis of election results in Hyde Park and South Kenwood shows that Emanuel beat Garcia here 53.75 percent to 46.25 percent. Emanuel(…)

Hyde Park Youth Symphony to host 60th Anniversary Spring Benefit

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Music, science and celebration will all come together next month at the Hyde Park Youth Symphony’s 60th Anniversary Spring Benefit. The Hyde Park Youth Symphony has chosen a New Orleans Mardi Gras theme for its benefit that will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May(…)

University of Chicago planning for construction on South Woodlawn Avenue

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has plans to begin construction on the 5700 block of South Woodlawn Avenue. The U. of C. applied to add onto the rear of 5730 S. Woodlawn Ave., and alter the front to make the building more accessible. It is currently used for office space. Because(…)

Lots to do to celebrate Earth Day in Hyde Park

Park Cleanups Several park cleanups will take place this month to mark Earth Day. On Saturday, April 18, Earth Day cleanups will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Elm Park, 5215 S. Woodlawn Ave, and Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St, at its field house. A later set of cleanups that day will(…)

Traffic on Lake Shore Drive could be slowed by 35th Street bridge work this weekend

By Lindsay Welbers STAFF WRITER  Traffic along Lake Shore Drive may encounter snarls this weekend, resulting from construction at 35th Street. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced Thursday that construction will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and through noon Saturday, though that may be delayed in case of inclement weather or other problems. Three(…)

Election Board rejects pre-marked ballot claims

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Board of Elections has dismissed claims of pre-marked ballots at the polls after a Hyde Park voter said he received one for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Sam Dreessen, who canvassed for Chuy Garcia and voted for him at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St., reported the incident on Facebook Tuesday morning. “I(…)

“Under City Stone” mural at 55th Street getting a boost

“Under City Stone” mural at 55th Street getting a boost

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement is funding the restoration of a mural in the 55th Street viaduct this summer. Wisconsin-based artist and former Hyde Parker Caryl Yasko will lead the restoration of her 1972 mural, “Under City Stone,” according to Nika Levando, director of Neighborhood Initiatives for(…)