First Thursday event adds new additions

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Last month’s inaugural First Thursday event benefited Hyde Park businesses. This Thursday, May 5, the event will happen again with a few new additions. Based on feedback from shoppers, the event will start at 5 p.m. this month and the deals will run until 8 p.m., instead of last month’s(…)

Burglary alert in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago police are alerting Hyde Park residents of two burglaries that took place in the neighborhood during the month of April. On both occasions, an offender gained entry into a residence and stole property from inside. In one of the instances, a victim investigating noises by his back door was(…)

Jackson Park Five Classic Run gets groovy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), Tri-Master-Youth Division and the SECC are partnering to host a 1960s and 1970s-themed running event on May 14. Costumes are encouraged. The event, titled the Jackson Park Five Classic Run, kicks-off at 7:30 a.m. and includes three different running courses. Participants will choose between a 5(…)

Light post falls on Kenwood student

Light post falls on Kenwood student

At approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, May 2, a streetlight post in the 5200 block of South Lake Park Avenue fell onto a group of Kenwood Academy High School students, according to Chicago Police. One female student suffered a fractured leg in the incident. Bystanders and a police officer on the scene helped to pull(…)

Fourth ward hosts community meetings

Interim Ald. Sophia King (4th) will host her first 4th Ward Constituent Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 2, at the 4th Ward Service Office, 435 E. 35th St. The night is for constituents to meet individually with the alderman and staff. There will be an attorney present to answer legal questions. King will(…)

Hairston stops Segway kiosk from moving to Harold Washington Park

Hairston stops Segway kiosk from moving to Harold Washington Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) stopped the Chicago Park District (CPD) from placing a Segway storage kiosk in Harold Washington Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. At a 5th Ward community meeting on Tuesday, April 26, Hairston said that the park district had been unyielding in its plans to relocate the(…)

Fundraiser concert for Japan earthquakes

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Le Cantanti di Chicago choir will perform a special show on Sunday, May 1, as part of an effort to raise funds in recovery efforts for Japan. Japan experienced two separate earthquakes within two days on April 14 and April 16 at magnitudes of 6.5 and 7.3, respectively. The(…)

Bike rack installations

Special Service Area (SSA) #61 will host two bike rack installation ceremonies Monday, May 2. The first Hyde Park bike rack installation will take place at noon in front of Valois, 1518 E. 53rd St. The new Interim Ald. Sophia King (4th) is expected to attend. The second Hyde Park bike rack installation will take(…)

U. of C. clerical workers fight for higher wages

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) clerical workers are calling for higher wages as they negotiate a new, three-year contract with the university. Members of the Teamsters Local 743 union, which works with over 700 clerical workers at the U. of C., rallied outside of the university’s administrative building at(…)

Weekend festival to talk about changes in Chicago’s issues

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Awaken Chicago will host a three-day event to discuss inequality and violence and what Chicagoans can do to try to initiate change. The event, which will include panel discussions and workshops, will take place at both Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., and at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th(…)

Art Fair Committee looking for volunteers

The 57th Street Art Fair Committee is looking for volunteers to help the days of the Fair: Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th. The committee needs people to help at four information booths (answering questions, giving directions, etc.), to be booth sitters for artists needing to take a break, to help with volunteer recruitment,(…)

Shrine of Christ the King restoration underway

Shrine of Christ the King restoration underway

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Tuesday, April 26, workers from the Ruffin Construction Company were busy clearing away charred debris inside the fire-ravaged Shrine of Christ the King church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave. According to Canon Matthew Talarico, the work marks the beginning of Phase 1 of the church’s restoration process. In total, five(…)