Hyde Park Historical Society seeking award nominations

Hyde Park Historical Society seeking award nominations

The Hyde Park Historical society is seeking nominations for its annual Paul Cornell and Marian and Leon Despres awards through Nov. 1. The Despres Award recognizes organizations, individuals and institutions for outstanding achievements in preserving Hyde Park’s architectural heritage. Any project or building within the bounds of Hyde Park Township — including 35th through 139th(…)

Hyde Park Ph.D. student named Amtrak writer-in-residence

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Sixth-year U. of C. graduate student and Hyde Parker Korey Gerard Garibaldi will take part in Amtrak’s first-ever writer’s residency. Garibaldi is one of 24 writers-in-residence —and 16,000 applicants — selected go on a free, round-trip writing retreat in a sleeper cabin. The train travel enthusiast, whose past journeys have(…)

Violent crime in Hyde Park in steady decline

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Violent crime over last summer was down significantly from the previous summer, according to data provided by the Chicago Police Department. Violent crime, defined by CPD as murder, criminal sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, robbery or battery, has been on a steady decline since 2009, the oldest year with data available.(…)

Hyde Parkers discuss 55th Street’s future at CDOT meeting

Hyde Parkers discuss 55th Street’s future at CDOT meeting

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) hosted a public meeting Monday evening to gather community input for what could be a long-term, multimillion-dollar project to spruce up Hyde Park’s 55th Street corridor. Around 20 community members divided among four tables were each assigned to compile a(…)

Parking restrictions, closures to take place today for TV series filming

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer There will be several parking restrictions and intermittent traffic closures in Hyde Park today for filming work on USA Network’s comedy series “Sirens.” Occasional traffic closures will take place at the following times and locations: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Alley from the back of 1019 E. Hyde Park Blvd(…)

Hyde Park Produce gains deli distinction

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer This weekend Hyde Park Produce will be celebrating its induction into an elite class of meat merchants. Brooklyn-based meat and cheese supplier Boar’s Head has named the grocer’s delicatessen a “Deli of Distinction,” making it the second in Chicago and one of 18 across the country. The store at 1226(…)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awards contract for Jackson Park restoration

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awards contract for Jackson Park restoration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has awarded a contract for its 139-acre, five-year restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park. The USACE has chosen West Dundee, Ill.-based Applied Ecological Services (AES) to restore Jackson Park according to its plans. So far, it has awarded AES a $4 million(…)

Hyde Park trolley gains momentum

Hyde Park trolley gains momentum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The final results from a survey gauging Hyde Park’s support for a trolley on 53rd Street said it would be popular in the neighborhood. The trolley would be funded by the 53rd Street Special Service Area, an additional property tax levied to buildings in a corridor primarily along 53rd Street(…)