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(…)

Two-way traffic and new signage on 57th Street to be explored in online poll, meeting

Two-way traffic and new signage on 57th Street to be explored in online poll, meeting

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Major changes may be in the works for 57th Street. A public meeting to discuss the possibilities will take place at 6 p.m. on April 13, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The South East Chicago Commission and Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) office have been circulating a survey via(…)

Kozminski Elementary ripe for new community garden

Kozminski Elementary ripe for new community garden

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kozminski Elementary School is expanding its learning experiences to the outdoors with a community garden, which is expected to be complete by June. Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., in partnership with Openlands, an organization that protects natural habitats and wildlife in Illinois, will create a 2,000-square-foot community garden on(…)

Murray Elementary court ruling, starry night and spring benefit in school news

Judge rules on civil rights case against principal of Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. U.S. District Judge Manish Shah threw out a civil suit Thursday brought by teacher Lincoln Brown who claimed Murray principal Greg Mason and Chicago Public Schools violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights by suspending him without pay for(…)

Bret Harte Elementary students headed to D.C. this spring

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte Elementary School 8th graders have raised enough money to visit Washington, D.C., this spring. This event is a highlight for the school’s first graduating 8th grade class since the 2002 -2003 school year. From April 22 to April 24, 27 students from the graduating class at Bret(…)

Strive Tutoring benefit is this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer If Strive Tutoring exceeds its fundraising goal this year, it will be able to expand its program and help chip away at the number of students on its waiting list. “We’re hoping to raise additional funds to go towards that expansion,” said Angela Paranjape, executive director. “We have a waitlist(…)

Hyde Parkers to remember Andrew Patner at Thursday discussion

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will host a panel discussion this Thursday in memory of acclaimed classical music broadcaster and critic Andrew Patner, who grew up here. The April 9 discussion, entitled “Andrew Patner: Hyde Park Memories,” will take place 7 p.m. at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529(…)

Two Dyett plans submitted to CPS

By Daschell Phillips Staff Writer The Bronzeville-based Coalition to Revitalize Dyett and Kenwood-based Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center submitted proposals Monday in response to a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) request for proposals to operate a new school in the Dyett High School building. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett submitted its long-time plan for(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston, state Rep. Christian Mitchell split on mayoral endorsements

Alderman Leslie Hairston, state Rep. Christian Mitchell split on mayoral endorsements

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Two Hyde Park politicians split on mayoral endorsements this week. State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) came out in support of incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) backed opponent Jesus Chuy Garcia. Hairston’s campaign announced her support for Garcia in a brief e-mail Wednesday night, followed by a(…)