4th on 53rd Grand Marshall shares memories of past parades

4th on 53rd Grand Marshall shares memories of past parades

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Every year, the 4th on 53rd Parade gets a Grand Marshall; someone who truly embodies the spirit of Hyde Park and is honored to lead the parade down 53rd Street. This year, one of the founders of the very first parade, Nancy Stanek, gets her time to shine as Grand(…)

57th Street Art Fair a favorite among artists

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Thousands of people from across Chicago traveled to Hyde Park last weekend to attend the 69th Annual 57th Street Art Fair. Many of the artists involved in the event, which is also a juried competition, said the fair is among the best in Chicago. Judy Zeddies, a print-maker who’s shown(…)

History of HPNC in a photo gallery at Historical Society

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The history of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) will be on display in an exhibit that opens on Saturday, June 11, at the Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS). The debut of the photo exhibit will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the HPHS headquarters, 5529 S. Lake(…)

Hyde Park retail survey shows neighborhood needs

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer One thing that is constant about retail in Hyde Park is that it is always changing. It seems that new businesses are coming and going faster than an item at a clearance sale. In the past year and a half alone, 11 businesses have closed and 12 have opened. Of(…)

Michaels set to open this week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Michaels store inside of the City Hyde Park development will open on Friday, June 10. Michaels, 5104 S. Lake Park Ave., joins Marshalls and Whole Foods as major retailers of the development. Whole Foods will open on Wednesday, June 22.

First Unitarian hosts drive for homeless veterans

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Throughout the month of June, Hyde Park’s First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be collecting donations of basic household items for formerly homeless veterans transitioning into stable housing. The month-long drive is in support of “Operation Help-A-Hero,” City Council’s summer initiative to assist homeless veterans find permanent housing.(…)

Gas leak on 52nd Street

Gas leak on 52nd Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At approximately 1:30 p.m., June 7, street construction caused a gas leak that lead to an evacuation of the 1300 block of East 52nd Street. According to Scott Alwin, a spokesperson from Peoples Gas Company, an electrical contractor working on the street struck a gas line. Alwin said Peoples Gas(…)

Movies in the Parks summer schedule

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District recently announced its summer schedule for Movies in the Parks. As one of the city’s summertime staples, popular movies will be shown outside in various parks within the Chicago Park District throughout the summer months. All movies begin at dusk. Movies that will be showing in(…)

Afternoon power outage affects majority of Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At approximately 2 p.m. a “wildlife contact” caused a power outage that affected over 5,000 local residents. According to ComEd spokesperson, John Schoen, a squirrel got into a piece of equipment, which caused the outage. The power outage effected as far south as 59th Street up to 53rd Street and(…)

Willie Pickens leads open jam session at Hyde Park Union Church

Willie Pickens leads open jam session at Hyde Park Union Church

– Photo courtesy of Urban Aspirations By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A jam session featuring young jazz students and Hyde Park’s own Willie Pickens will take place at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Avenue, on Thursday, June 9. The event is one of many performances coordinated by Urban Aspirations, an inner city performing(…)

Artwork of Little Black Pearl students featured at the Union League Club

Artwork of Little Black Pearl students featured at the Union League Club

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Students at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy (LBP), 1060 E. 47th St., had the opportunity to showcase their artwork in a real gallery setting in collaboration with the Union League Club of Chicago. For the second year in a row, the partnership between the two has focused on(…)

CPS students play soccer on the Midway this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Over 1,300 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students from grades 2nd – 4th grade will participate in the Urban Initiatives 4th Annual Work to Play Cup at Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 S. Midway Plaisance, Saturday, June 4. Students from 41 CPS schools will participate in Saturday’s event, which will take place(…)

Metra says safety concerns prompted tree-cutting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Over the past couple of weeks, Metra crews have been clearing away trees along Hyde Park’s railway embankment on Lake Park Avenue from 47th Street to 51st Street. Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said the work, first prompted by a request from the City of Chicago, is a result of safety(…)

New building planned for corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and Dorchester Avenue

New building planned for corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and Dorchester Avenue

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Ranquist Development Group is planning to build a new four-story residential building at 1400 E. Hyde Park Blvd. The site is currently a 55-space parking lot on the Northeast corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and Dorchester Avenue. The new development, which will be designed by Northworks Architects + Planners,(…)

Budget cuts and staff layoffs at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Budget cuts at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) are threatening the positions of administrative staff. Willemien Otten, a theology professor and head of the U. of C. chapter of the American Association of University Professors, said that academic division heads are being hit with budget reductions by about(…)

City finds high level of lead contamination in water of Hyde Park home

A Hyde Park home on the 5400 block of South Harper Avenue was one of two homes in Chicago that exceeded federal limits of lead contamination in its water, according to a report released by the Chicago Department of Water Management. The owners of the Hyde Park home, which was one out of 85 homes(…)

String of May burglaries along Lake Shore Drive

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the span of one week toward the end of May, four burglaries occurred in the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive, according to Chicago Police. Police sent out a community alert, Thursday, June 2, that said in each of the instances, offenders gained entry into an apartment through(…)

Proposed music pavilion the focus of discussion at Jackson Park planning meeting

Proposed music pavilion the focus of discussion at Jackson Park planning meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Over 100 South Side residents crowded into a small event room at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., on Tuesday, May 31, hoping to get clarity on future projects slated for Jackson Park. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) called the meeting in response to a growing number of community(…)

Free MSI visits for Illinois residents

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Illinois residents can explore the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., free of charge from now until Friday, June 3, and again next week from Monday, June 6, until Wednesday, June 8. The MSI currently has the “Brick by Brick” Lego model exhibit, a Coal(…)

Missing Hyde Park woman found

Missing Hyde Park woman found

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Hyde Park woman who went missing last week has been safely located, according to law enforcement. Tanya Martin, 45, went missing last Wednesday, May 25, from the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive. Police issued a statement on Wednesday, June 1, saying that Martin had been safely located,(…)