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Homeless woman at 51st St. and Lake Park Ave.

Does anyone know what happened to Christine, the woman who has been living under the Metra at 51st St. and Lake Park? A friend rode by on his bike last Fri. and saw the police there. Someone in the crowd told him she died?

  • A tweet from Alderman Burns, I believe about the person in question...

    Will Burns ‏@Ald4_WillBurns Apr 17
    @JayDotHarp Hey. She decided to receive medical attention and is in hospital. She is in stable condition. Thx to City and Threshold.

  • b none

    Cool....it was a long cold stomy winter. I can't believe she survived. I hope she accepts some services to keep her off the street.

  • Walter Trent Indian Head Village Area in Hyde Park, Chicago

    She was apparently removed when reported to the city agency, Family & Support
    Services, to check on her wellness. And then that area - in fact both sides of the
    street/sidewalks - were then washed down and the debris removed. She had been living on that location for years and...

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    She was apparently removed when reported to the city agency, Family & Support
    Services, to check on her wellness. And then that area - in fact both sides of the
    street/sidewalks - were then washed down and the debris removed. She had been living on that location for years and it was a heath hazard to both her and the public, etc. The police previously felt they couldn't do anything about her living there but it also was a safety issue for both her and the public. If someone knows where she is now we would like to be advised.

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Hyde Park Thank State Representative Curry for Limiting Your Transportation Options

Several weeks ago the Illinois House of Representatives voted on HB 4075. The bill was bought and paid for by the taxi and commercial auto insurance industry and would place draconian regulations on the ridesharing industry Areas such as Hyde Park, which is designated by the City of Chicago, as an underserved community by the taxi industry, has residents who regularly use ridesharing companies Uber,Lyft, and Sidecar for critical transportation needs. Although her constituents use these services State Rep Barbara Curry supported the bill that would limit ridesharing in Chicago while protecting the taxi industry.
http://www.illinoispolicy.org/the-6-worst-things-about-illinois-proposed-ridesharing-law/

  • The taxi industry as-is doesn't serve Hyde Park or the South Side more generally very well at all. Shame on Barbara for not supporting companies trying to better connect and integrate this part of the city with downtown and neighborhoods beyond downtown.

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    The taxi industry as-is doesn't serve Hyde Park or the South Side more generally very well at all. Shame on Barbara for not supporting companies trying to better connect and integrate this part of the city with downtown and neighborhoods beyond downtown.

    We need companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar to remedy some of the transportation inequities produced by industry-friendly taxi regulation and the lack of safe, easy connections to rail to and from Hyde Park. It's not just that we, as residents, need good options to travel to other parts of the city; we also need to attract more people from outside Hyde Park into the neighborhood, so that the many new businesses being established all around us can benefit from (read: survive because of) a large, stable, and sufficiently wealthy market for their goods and services, even when school is out of session.

    We need to make our collective voice heard on this, with our words, our feet, our dollars, and our votes.

  • Happy making better choices

    As a person who recently tried to get a cab with a company that is contracted to give rides for a businesses customers, I had a few no shows after over an hour of calls, I can see how ride sharing is a great option for many in this area...

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    As a person who recently tried to get a cab with a company that is contracted to give rides for a businesses customers, I had a few no shows after over an hour of calls, I can see how ride sharing is a great option for many in this area and further south. Of course there needs to be regulations as they are providing a service to the public.

    I was told my cab had arrived 3 times but I was standing right there and nothing. I was blatantly lied to and almost missed my appoint which was a 15 min drive away. Service is horrible bc there is no perceived competition so the cabs can do whatever they want. If they provided consistent, timely, pleasant service, cabs would have no worries. When you do your job well, competition is nothing but a joke. Competition can ruin you when you don't do your job well.

3 days ago

Hyde Park’s Vue53 moving forward

From yochicago.com:

McHugh Construction, the general contractor for Vue53, announced on its Facebook page that it will be hosting an outreach event on Thursday, April 24, for qualified union subcontractors interested in working on the development.

Additional signs that Vue53 is progressing include the dismissal of a lawsuit aimed at stopping construction of the project, and the recent demolition of the Mobil gas station on the site. Opponents of the project plan to appeal the adverse decision.

Vue53 is targeting completion in the fall of 2015. The development includes 267 apartments and ground-floor retail space.

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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.

  • lisadee Ten Plus Year Hyde Park Resident

    I would recommend going to Denise at Hair Design International (they're on 57th, near Kinko's). She's great, quick and courteous. Also, her clientele is a mix of everyone from all walks of life!

  • And if Denise at Hair Design International is unavailable, ask for Tina. Try Tuesdays when haircuts are $5 off.

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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.

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Harper Court effects still shaking out for 53rd Street businesses

...the Traveler Saw. The University asked her to relocate her business from 53rd Street to 55th and Harper Avenue. when the development was being planned, and she moved her store in 2009. When asked...

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Apr 16

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.

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

Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave.

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Kenwood High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.

Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St.

Canter Elementary School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave.

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.

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.

Apr 15

53rd Street shuttle adds new stops

...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...

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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...

...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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Updated Apr 15

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.

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Updated Apr 13

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

Apr 13

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

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Updated Apr 12

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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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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  • Murray Elementary Language Academy reviewed by a parent

    My daughter recently transferred into the 6th grade. I have to agree their is a behavior problem at this school. The assistant principal and principal are never around to address any of your concerns. I worry about my daughter safe here. There are no after school problems the teachers or principal monitor the kids after they are dismissed. There is a lot of favoritism by the assistant principal my daughter is being challenged but the behaviors with students and attitudes of the some of the teachers are extremely questionable. I just praying she can make through the school the next 2 years. I hope fully I will see improvements.

    Murray Elementary Language Academy (5335 South Kenwood Avenue) Published on GreatSchools April 10, 2014

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Apr 06

Updated Apr 09

Broken Post Office

The post office in the plaza at 55th street has ground to almost a complete standstill since the UofC closed its campus post office. Please write to Aldermen Burns and Hairston and ask them to work with the university to reopen a campus office asap.

  • b none

    Great ideas. However,my experience has been long lines handled by just ONE worker. It seems there is very few staff. None the less, there is an issue that need resolving.

  • lisadee Ten Plus Year Hyde Park Resident

    LMNHP, thanks so much for providing the link to file a complaint. I agree with everyone; the problem did not just begin with the closing of the U of C post office. Customer service has ALWAYS been horrible at this location. I remember going in one day last year (actually,...

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    LMNHP, thanks so much for providing the link to file a complaint. I agree with everyone; the problem did not just begin with the closing of the U of C post office. Customer service has ALWAYS been horrible at this location. I remember going in one day last year (actually, it was the last time I went there). As usual, the line was off the door. I mentioned to the the "lackluster" employee manning the counter that since we have such a large customer base at this office, why not get a self serve kiosk, like the ones in the downtown post offices (where you could buy stamps and weigh packages yourself and just pay with credit or debit card). She BLANDLY replied "ain't gonna do no good, they don't wanna spend no money on this location". Sigh.... Needless to say, to save myself the aggravation if I need to go to the post office I normally wait (if time permits) until I go to work and use one of the downtown locations. They're not setting the world on fire in terms of customer service either, but at least I can get in and out when I use the self serve kiosk options.

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Local Golden Apples, transgender teacher in Hyde Park school news

Transgender Murray teacher recognized for her advocacy work: Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave.

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Kenwood student awarded Golden Apple Scholarship: Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.

Lab and Ancona teachers are Golden Apple Award finalists: University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St. and The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave.

Lab and Ancona teachers are Golden Apple Award finalists: University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 E. 59th St. and The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave.

...Rowell was recognized for her volunteer work as the transgender community liaison for the center, 3656 N. Halsted St., a non-profit dedicated to helping the LGBTQ people in the Chicago area. Rowell, a...

Apr 09

Family seeks contributions to Max Isaac Allender Memorial Fund

The young Hyde Parker, who was born at 26 weeks with his twin Carol, went on his first outing last August with his mother, to Bixler Playlot, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave.

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The family is asking for funds to pay for Max’s funeral expenses through the Max Isaac Allender Memorial Fund. A public service was held for Max on March 9 at Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 E. 67th St., with Rabbi Frederick Reeves of K.A.M. Isaiah Israel presiding.

Contributions to the Max Isaac Allender Memorial Fund may be sent to 6116 S. University Ave, Apt. 1S, Chicago, IL 60637. Contributions are being accepted indefinitely.

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