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  • Erica in Bronzeville 9-yr Bronzeville Resident

    Dowell recently rejected the approval of a business license for a fake Harold's Chicken restaurant on 45th and Indiana. Apparently, the location slated for the Harold's restaurant had been rezoned from mixed-use to residential.

3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Gun Violence explodes across City

Over 30 people shot in a weekend and we are only in April, maybe I am naïve in thinking this, but could Drugs be the problem here. The only other time we had this level of violence was during prohibition. My thinking is when the alcohol ban was lifted the violence problem went away. I see open air drug dealing going on uninterrupted 24/7 like it's a 7/11 and not even an ounce of fear on these drug dealers faces of being arrested, well now the shooting involves children, women, at all times of day and night, and we have no answers. Well something has gotta give or this will be the end of us all.

  • Curtrice Mom, business owner & recovered lawyer

    Good article about data on violence in the city. Digs down a bit. Big decrease overall but ginormous increase in the areas with violence.

    http://danielkayhertz.com/2013/08/05/weve-talked-about-homicide-in-chicago-at-least-one-million-times-but-i-dont-think-this-has-come-up/

  • imagine imagine all the people living life in peace

    Personally I blame the powers that be for all this gang cra*. They were around for a longggggggg time people. This isn't anything new to them. Trouble is perhaps, they took it way to lightly. Back in the day they got a slap on the hand. Today, they will out...

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    Personally I blame the powers that be for all this gang cra*. They were around for a longggggggg time people. This isn't anything new to them. Trouble is perhaps, they took it way to lightly. Back in the day they got a slap on the hand. Today, they will out a gun to anyone;s face and blow it to kingdom come. I say it is now worse then any mob you care to name. The time has come to put these punks away . I suggest an island with electricified fencing. 1 million volts about 20 feet high. Let them all kill each other rather then kill us. Wake up America. Wake up CHICAGO! Our powers that be are the problem. They let it fester for years and years. And look at what we have now. We have the totally blindsided kids and others being shot for looking like someone else. Guns being brought in from other places. Gone are the days when gangs used their fists. COWARDS! They advanced to guns. So many problems.....So little time for our kids. Our entire justice system needs an overhaul. Criminals have more rights then us. How did that happen? Summer represents on thing in Chicago...We become the Killing Fields! Over what, a dam corner? Someone looked at them the wrong way? There is an old saying, yeah can't teach the stupid.....Could that be our powers that be? It;s getting better McCarthy says so.....He knows nothing when it comes to Chicago, never did. That job should have gone to a CHICAGO WISE person. Not an outsider. Powers that be have let us down. As usual!

16 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Haircut!

Just moved to Hyde Park and I'm in need of a barber. Internet is steering my towards Hyde Park Hair Salon or Hyde Park Barber Studio. Any thoughts on these two places or maybe someone knows of another place? Looking for a fade. I'm asian and have asian hair.

  • Ray

    Hyde park hair salon.........excellent, also where President Obama used to get his haircut.

  • Kym G Uchicago Grad Student Wife

    I would go to Japanese Zen. They are really nice and skillful.

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http://www.chicagonow.com/bronzeville-urban-green/2014/04/risky-business-marijuana/

One impact of crime on all communities is the procedure of putting nonviolent offenders, like young people with less than 30 grams of pot in jail. Hold this up to the light and compare it to letting banks get off even when they admit to money laundering for major drug cartels.

  • Yes, the hypocrisy in this society is staggering! I strongly suggest you read "The Divide", by Matt Taibbi if you haven't yet done so. The book brings some astonishing realities to light.

16 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Jackson Park Dog Park

From what i've gathered from others, the proposal to turn a few tennis courts south of MSI into a dog park was accepted by the park district and all that's in the way is the funding. So in the meantime, i say make the best of it on a shoe-string. Recently I installed a bag dispenser, super dooper pooper scoopers (container of cardboard scraps), a toy basket and water station... plus i dropped off a few construction cones for those...

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From what i've gathered from others, the proposal to turn a few tennis courts south of MSI into a dog park was accepted by the park district and all that's in the way is the funding. So in the meantime, i say make the best of it on a shoe-string. Recently I installed a bag dispenser, super dooper pooper scoopers (container of cardboard scraps), a toy basket and water station... plus i dropped off a few construction cones for those who are interested in training for agility.

On maintenance: I'll drop by once a week with water and bags. If there's any vandalism, let me know and i'll address it asap.

On improvements: If anyone has any old toys your pup has lost interest in, please consider donating them to the 'dog park' to give them a second life.

Driving Directions: LSD to Science Drive, go south on Columbia Drive beyond MSI's southern parking lot where you'll find the bridge to the tennis courts. Parking by the courts is free. The 'dog park' is located in the NE court enclosure. See bird's eye view attached.

Apr 10

Updated 8 hours ago

Lu Palmer's House

It's really sad what has happened to Lu's house over on King Drive, this is another sore eye for Bronzeville, Even the property where CBUC used to have meetings looks condemned. A beautiful red-brick structure has fallen on to hard times. Even the nearby Bronzeville Bed and Breakfast closed, never to return as of yet. Preservation needs to be taken more serious on the south side, cause when it's gone, it's gone! (See Picture).

  • TM BVille 8 year resident

    BC seems as if you have some misdirected anger issues going on with that nonsensical rant. Why don't you find a way forward with some of these properties instead of spouting nonsense?

    If you are so smart, you can find money to preserve these structures. Since you are taking credit for saving other buildings, why not apply the same blueprint to saving more? I'm highly skeptical you had a major role in any of the buildings you mentioned in the first place.

  • MHarris Bronzeville resident for 14 Years

    BC since you did so much to save the buildings you mentioned, I can't wait to see what YOUR efforts are to save this building.

14 hours ago

Lucas Museum for Bronzeville?

17 hours ago

Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Park District to Rehab, Build 103 Playgrounds this Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly, Friends of the Park officials and community members broke ground today to build new playgrounds at Lindblom Park, Murray Park and Kucinski-Murphy Park. These three playgrounds are part of the 103 neighborhood playgrounds that will be refurbished or built across the City in 2014.

Click here for more information:
http://ow.ly/vUl5z

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what do you think?

Alderman Dowell is working to have a request for proposals created to drive the development of 43rd st around Calumet and Prairie. What do you think of the idea? Attached is a pic showing a possible collection of stores, what do you think? Contact her office to share your thoughts of what you would like to see here. Help drive this conversation to see the development that will sustain and ignite the revitalization of Bronzeville. Get involved early before decisions are made.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell & Erica in Bronzeville:

    Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council a long standing 501c3 not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the historic Bronzeville community, in good standing with the State of Illinois, was not contacted by your office to participate in the city of Chicago's...

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    3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell & Erica in Bronzeville:

    Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council a long standing 501c3 not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the historic Bronzeville community, in good standing with the State of Illinois, was not contacted by your office to participate in the city of Chicago's development of the RFP for 43rd & Calumet in Bronzeville.

    As you know historically, from your past history as executive director of the Mid South Planning & Development Commission, that collaboratively we created the Muddy Waters Blues District and festival on the 43rd street commercial business district years ago and it was not sustained.

    The east west boundaries are from Stewart Avenue on the west and the lakefront on the east. Several commercial redevelopment nodes have emerged on 43rd Street in the past decade, including a node at St Laurence Avenue and another anchored by Nroman's Bistro on 43rd & Ellis Avenue, where we celebrated the Brown Derby Jazz Revue on this past Thursday evening, as components of the Visit Bronzeville FAM Tour associated with IPW International Tourism conference in Chicago on April 5-9, 2014.

    Don't forget lady D' antiques and the other urban entrepreneurs struggling to sustain thier businesses in the landmark retial commercial building between located Michigan Avenue and Wabash Avenue on 43rd Street around the coroner from rev Cobbs church that has been palced on the national register of historic palces because of its art deco exterior and not the legacy of Rev Cobb's assocation to the policy racket barons.

    The vision of 43rd Street's emergence as a heritage tourism entertainment zone should not be limited or truncated by Aldermanic control or focus simply on the corner of 43rd & Calumet, but should also be inclusive of the entire 43rd Street commercial business district development within the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area www.cmap.illinois.gov/bmnhac

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Excuse me for knowing, understanding, respecting and honoring the authentic history of Bronzeville and its potential as a emerging African American heritage tourism destination.

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

4 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Moving to Chicago

Hello,

I was wondering what a good place to live in Chicago that isn't too far from mount sinai hospital. My budget seems to only allow me to look at places in the south like bronzeville. I am a single female so any advice would be appreciated!

  • Jennifer Bridgeport to Bucktown and some places in between

    Bridgeport is a great place to live with great neighbors.

  • Michael Ramstedt Managing Broker, Krain Real Estate

    Check out UIC West campus "Tri-Taylor". Between I-290 on the north, Roosevelt Rd on the south, Damen on the east and Western on the west. I have been living here for 27 years and selling and renting real estate for 20 years. I always gets 15-20 apartments each year in...

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    Check out UIC West campus "Tri-Taylor". Between I-290 on the north, Roosevelt Rd on the south, Damen on the east and Western on the west. I have been living here for 27 years and selling and renting real estate for 20 years. I always gets 15-20 apartments each year in the neighborhood. Its one of the best neighborhoods in the city . . UIC and medical students . . . downtown working professionals . .and families. Mt Sinai is only 5-10minutes by car or bus down Ogden Ave to the SW. 1 Brs run $700-$1000. 2 BRs run $800-$1200. I actually have a 1 BR heat included for $950 right now.

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A Seder that’s open to everyone

...led Mishkan Chicago’s leader, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, in her congregation at KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.

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An interfaith Passover Seder will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 E. 60th St.

2 days ago

Election results for Hyde Park LSCs

Hyde Parker and jazz legend Willie Pickens (center, writing) votes in the local school council election at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., while his wife Irma (left) looks on.

Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St.

As of press time no LSC list for Ariel, 1119 E. 46th St.; Reavis, 834 E. 50th St., or Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St., elementary schools were submitted to the Herald.

As of press time no LSC list for Ariel, 1119 E. 46th St.; Reavis, 834 E. 50th St., or Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St., elementary schools were submitted to the Herald.

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Kenwood High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.

Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St.

Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St.

Canter Elementary School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave.

Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave.

As of press time no LSC list for Ariel, 1119 E. 46th St.; Reavis, 834 E. 50th St., or Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St., elementary schools were submitted to the Herald.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

I'M COMING BACK TO BRONZEVILLE!!!!

If all works out and God continues to bless me..... I'm Coming Back this Spring... the former Bronzeville Coffee House will be opening back up under my Parent Company "SIP & SAVOR INC., So Prepare yourselves for a Venue that's Grown & Sexy complete with relaxing music, Fine Art, Networking on a level never seen before, Class, Elegance, and much much more! I envision events such as Comedy, Live Jazz, Hell, I'm even thinking of hosting a Karaoke night. So STAY TUNED IT'S GOING TO BE EPIC!!!!! AND OF COURSE THE COFFEE WILL BE FIYA, STRAIGHT FROM THE MOTHERLAND.....

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Welcome back to the 43rd Street Muddy Waters Drive Blues District commercial business node at St. Laurence Avenue!

    This historic business district runs east and west from the lakefront to Stewart Avenue within the historic Bronzeville community.

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

  • Great information....

2 days ago

53rd Street shuttle adds new stops

The shuttle will now stop at Ellis Avenue and East 53rd Street, East 60th Street and South Stony Island Avenue, and East 55th Street and South Lake...

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...Ellis Avenue and East 53rd Street, East 60th Street and South Stony Island Avenue, and East 55th Street and South Lake Park Avenue in addition to its previous stops. The addition of these three stops was due to...

...buildings by the top or bottom of the hour. It will arrive at Levi Hall [South Ellis Avenue and East 58th Street] at approximately 0:12 and 0:42 after the hour.” The shuttle will still wait...

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Apr 09

Updated 3 days ago

Post office alternative

If the post office on 55th has a long line I walk across the parking lot to Office Depot. They have USPS, FedEx and UPS service there, and you can buy stamps at the checkout. Usually well staffed, although you are sharing them with people getting posters and such, but more pleasant to wait (there is a restroom just to the right) and the people working there are a bit more cheerful!

  • LJ in Hyde Park New neighbor

    Thanks for the heads-up. I was not aware of the international shipping situation.

  • Agreed, Office Depot can handle a lot of what the USPS can--there are still a few things, however, that you might still have to go to the Post Office for. I need my packages to be scanned and properly "accepted" into their tracking system when I drop them off, and Office Depot isn't able to do that sort of thing.

3 days ago

new park

What would you like to see at a new Bronzeville park? 4300 block of South Calumet. I know I'd like to see a dog park; any other dog owners out there agree? Join in the discussion and share your thoughts. You can go online to vote for things like a dog park (see last picture).

3 days ago

New Buckthorn Park

What would you like to see at a new Bronzeville park? 4300 block of South Calumet. Join in the discussion and share your thoughts.

4 days ago

LOST DOG FOUND

A small brown Chihuahua was found near 37th & Indiana on 4/4/2014. If you have any info on the rightful owners please post below and I will definitely contact you ASAP. The dog is not chipped.

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Apr 03

Updated 4 days ago

Permit parking along lakefront?

From the Hyde Park Herald:

Hyde Parkers living on the 5400 block of South Shore Drive could be the first in the neighborhood with permit parking. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) told residents Thursday night, in a meeting at the Shoreland, 5454 S. Shore Dr., that 65 percent of the blocks’ residents had signed a petition requesting permit parking.

Permit parking would allow anyone living on the 5400 block of South Shore Drive block with a car registered to their address to exclusively park on that block between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. from May 1 through October 1.

  • @Aflowerlover, it wouldn't effect visitors of the park. The park closes at 11 pm and the permit is essentially for overnight parking - 11 pm to 5 am. So, basically no hanging out at the park after hours.

  • Aflowerlover A community life, nature, peace & justice lover.

    Thanks for thee update greatly appreciated

4 days ago

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5 days ago

Internet Essentials (Free Internet Training)

Date: Tuesday April 22, 2014
Internet Essentials Class Time: 6:00pm-6:45pm
Concert Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Location: VanderCook College of Music, 3140 S. Federal Street
Max enrollment: 20 people

To register for a class or if there are any questions, please contact Jeff Sadowski at jsadowski@vandercook.edu or 312-788-1166. (Note: please register prior to each class to guarantee a seat in the class…space it limited).

Shalom

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

star status barbershop

This is the best barbershop in Hyde Park. Great hair cutting skills, with professional service. I rank this place #1

  • It is good that you are proud of your own establishment and think it is #1. Perhaps we'll try it out and let you know.

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Apr 10

Updated 6 days ago

The Promontory

From Eater Chicago:

The Promontory is finally coming soon. Signified by a liquor license application and the participation in an upcoming fundraiser, partner Bruce Finkelman says it's now targeted to open in early summer. Chef Jared Wentworth and beverage director Will Duncan will cater the KAM Isaiah Israel Gala on April 26, the same event where Matthias Merges previewed A10 last year. Tickets start at $150. [EaterWire/DNAinfo]

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