MASK boosts presence in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) is holding two events in Hyde Park this week. The anti-violence organization, which originally started in Englewood, has been stretching its branches into Hyde Park recently with the aim of recruiting new members for the summer months. On Thursday, June 9, Hyde Park residents are(…)

Experimental Station receives grant to enhance Farmer’s Market services

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., a $313,000 Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant through the LINK UP Illinois program to enable more Illinois farmers markets to implement SNAP nutrition incentive programs in 2016 and 2017. Since 2011, LINK Up Illinois has provided funding, training and technical support to more than(…)

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(…)