Jun 22

Updated 7 hours ago

Are public masks against the law?

I've been spending a lot of time in the restaurants, bars in the new 53rd street Hyatt Hotel complex. Lots of nice, new folks from all over.

There was a nice group of soccer fans from Ghana Africa, who were disappointed their team lost to the USA, but everyone was a good sport.

Them I saw something that kind of unnerved me.

A driver in a packed car was in a full Islamic garb with a very distinct face mask...

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I've been spending a lot of time in the restaurants, bars in the new 53rd street Hyatt Hotel complex. Lots of nice, new folks from all over.

There was a nice group of soccer fans from Ghana Africa, who were disappointed their team lost to the USA, but everyone was a good sport.

Them I saw something that kind of unnerved me.

A driver in a packed car was in a full Islamic garb with a very distinct face mask disguise. The person was probably female, but it could just as well have been a smaller man in disguise.

I know the nation of France has banned this type of dress and England has rules that official IDs like Drivers Licenses have to include uncovered faces.

My question is. What are Chicago laws regarding going around in public in masks? I doubt banks allow this. What about just driving a car. Police and witnesses can't describe a suspect in an accident or in a crime.

  • Are you opposing only 'the worst Islamic extremists' or also any that wear a head covering? Or are they one and the same to you?

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Mike, there are some degrees of Islam and with women's dress. A scarf is a first step, kind of like wearing a Catholic cross. Then there are masks and then the full burka. I am against the masks and full burka and support the secular Republic of Turkey and France laws banning the burka.

    Also, it isn't just a question of "laws" - it's also custom and culture, supporting good things, opposing bars things like people being mean to old people.

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Police Activity between 51st and 55th?

Around 6:10pm tonight, I was on a southbound Metra train, stopped at 47th. The conductor announced that we were to remain in the station indefinitely and that all trains were halted, due to what he said was police activity between 51st and 55th Streets. I got off the train and walked from 47th to 53rd and didn't see anything out of the ordinary around the 51st or 53rd Street Metra stations. Anyone have any idea what was going on?

  • There was a robbery at about 54th and Hyde Park and I believe the UCPD chased suspects westbound--I think they were caught a few blocks west of the tracks.

    Robbery 5400 S. Hyde Park (Public Way) 10/27/14 5:44 PM 10/27/14 5:40 PM Three suspects used force to take book bag from a victim walking on the sidewalk off campus / UCPD officers arrested a suspect and recovered the victim's property Arrest D00940

  • Ah, thank you! I had been look at the news to see what happened, but could never find anything.

46 hours ago

One person injured in scaffolding collapse in Hyde Park

The scaffolding collapsed just after 4 p.m. at 54th Pl and Harper in Hyde Park.

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Worker injured in Hyde Park scaffolding collapse

The collapse happened next to a 3-story apartment building in the 1400 block of East 54th Place, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Bari Lemmon said.

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One person injured in scaffolding collapse in Hyde Park

The scaffolding collapsed just after 4 p.m. at 54th Pl and Harper in Hyde Park.

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1 Seriously Hurt In Scaffolding Collapse on South Side

The collapse happened late Wednesday afternoon near 54th Street and Harper Avenue.

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Hyde Park Neighborhood Club to celebrate its 105th year

The gala will take place at the club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7.

It was first housed in the Illinois Central building on 57th Street and Lake Park Avenue, but after two years was told there was no space for it. Between 1909 and 1951 the club was housed in at least 10 different buildings.

In 1951 it opened in its current space at the corner of 55th Street and Kenwood Avenue. Later that decade Nichols Park would grow around it.

Apr 19

Updated 2 days ago

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/

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Updated 3 days ago

For rent: Filth

Saw a studio for rent on the UofC marketplace website. It was in the University Park Condos and on the top floor...for $675! Too good to be true, right? I had to check it out.
http://marketplace.uchicago.edu/upc-studio-for-675-month

Went there and walked in, the place was filthy, outdated, there was grease and dust on every air vent cover. The kitchen was a mess. Old food in between vintage cabinets and appliances. Pots and pans, full of crust and yuck, were on display...

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Saw a studio for rent on the UofC marketplace website. It was in the University Park Condos and on the top floor...for $675! Too good to be true, right? I had to check it out.
http://marketplace.uchicago.edu/upc-studio-for-675-month

Went there and walked in, the place was filthy, outdated, there was grease and dust on every air vent cover. The kitchen was a mess. Old food in between vintage cabinets and appliances. Pots and pans, full of crust and yuck, were on display everywhere. The bathroom was just as bad, moldy and crusty.

Still, this could all be fixed, I just need to talk to the landlord...I am sure they could be reasonable enough to help offset the cleaning costs and maybe update the place a little bit while I settle in to a long-term lease...because that would be the right way to do things.

Except, the little UofC turd wanted me to also buy the feces furniture ($670!) he had been suckered into buying from the last guy. At least, that's his story. He wouldn't let me talk to the landlord about anything (lease,deposit,etc) until I bought the scat. Plus, he wanted to leave his personal stuff there for a month or two!

I imagined the landlord as someone who is either too old, too naive or too apathetic to realize what they are letting go on. If I owned a condo in that building, on that floor, I would raise a bigger stink than what is coming out of there already.

But, this guy is just a student. So long-time residents (who aren't property owners) will just have to go with the flow. The flow of being pushed out of the neighborhood, or into less than favorable conditions.

"Unacceptable!" -Brandon Marshall

  • GRD GRD

    As a former property manager of condo associations the fault is with the Board of Directors. Since it seems the board has changed companies, the companies they've hired aren't fulfilling their role. Or, the board may not know how to manage the management company. Mistakes are ether micro-managing or no...

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    As a former property manager of condo associations the fault is with the Board of Directors. Since it seems the board has changed companies, the companies they've hired aren't fulfilling their role. Or, the board may not know how to manage the management company. Mistakes are ether micro-managing or no involvement. If a board does not follow through on their rules, by holding appropriate meetings and fining owners for not following the rules, a building suffers. Associations also must have reasonable rules, if move in fees or deposits are too high, people will try to bypass them.

    In a condo it's not the management companies job to manage the rentals unless they're getting a fee for it. The management company will or should advise the owner of any rule violations, this doesn't matter if it is an owner occupied unit or tenant occupied. There have been times when I've had owners behave worse than tenants. If a tenant is a problem, I always went after the owner to get it right.

    In any event, the board dictates the duties and responsibilities of the management company, bad/lazy boards don't care, some management companies will stay on and do the minimum, others will resign because they don't have the authority and cooperation from the board that they need to do the job well.

  • Is this thread about the toaster buildings in the middle of 55th, Dorchester, etc.? I certainly hope this owner/renter are anomalies given the folks I know who live there.,

3 days ago

Mainstays of Hyde Park Jazz Helping Out the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

The event will celebrate the Hyde Park rec center’s 105th anniversary at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave.

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Beloved neighborhood kitty missing!

Our neighbor's cat, Grayson, is missing. He has been gone since Thursday 10/23. He is white with gray markings. Very, very friendly! Everyone is hoping to see him come home soon. Please call his owners at 312-256-4933 if you have any information!

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  • Harte Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    Bret Harte is a new school experience for me. I am anxious to see the progress my child makes in the special Ed pre-k program. Teachers are really nice. Teacher aides could be alil nicer and office staff is simply wonderful.

    Harte Elementary School (1556 East 56th Street) Published on GreatSchools October 24, 2014

Oct 24

Dress that pet

»  Parker’s Annual Bark-o-ween. 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. 1340-1342 E. 55th St.

This article has 7 other Chicago locations (Show)

Lakeview’s Dog-a-holics (3657 N. Southport Ave. 773-857-7600) gets the prize for most creative costume selection this year. In addition...

At Andersonville’s Jameson Loves Danger (5208 N. Clark St. 773-754-8816), big dogs, which are often trickier to buy for, have choices too...

...and other costumes for dogs up to 130 pounds. Cats are covered at Ruff Haus (4652 N. Rockwell St. 773-478-5100; 1206 W. Granville Ave. 872-208-7127) in Lincoln Square and Edgewater...

...130 pounds. Cats are covered at Ruff Haus (4652 N. Rockwell St. 773-478-5100; 1206 W. Granville Ave. 872-208-7127) in Lincoln Square and Edgewater, where smaller accessories like devil horns and...

Oct. 25. 3608 N. Southport Ave. 773-549-9000

1 E. Delaware Place 312-649-0347. Parade travels to Washington Square Park, and prizes will go to scariest, most glamorous, best pet and owner duo and best overall costume. Proceeds benefit PAWS Chicago.

2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Lawrence Avenue at Marine Drive. Proceeds benefit upkeep at Puptown dog park. Prizes for best homemade and best store-bought costumes.

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  • Harte Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    Very disappointed in the Special Education Speech Therapist Brandi at this school and the special aide assistant Rachel. Their demeanor and facial expressions are very confusing to most special needs children who are trying to learn how to trust the teachers working with them and how communicate and build social skills. I have witnessed a very short patient and harsh style of interactions with these precious children. I Hope they find something else that brings them some type of fulfillment and joy. Our children are depending on emotionally responsible, and well trained teachers and therapist to work with them. Just a note if you do not like a helpless defenseless special needs student, the child nor the parent should know this. Please stay professional. The children did not ask to be this way.

    Harte Elementary School (1556 East 56th Street) Published on GreatSchools October 22, 2014

Oct 22

Junior roller derby empowers young women in Chicago

Those girls, ranging in age from 8 to 17, meet every Saturday morning to practice roller derby at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, on the corner of 55th Street and Kenwood Avenue in Chicago. The experience, they say, is empowering.

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South Side Pie Challenge calling on more locals to vie for top pie

The South Side Pie Challenge (SSPC) is Nov. 8 at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Updated Oct 21

Personal research may benefit community

Would anyone like to sign up for a neighborhood compost collection service? Pick-up and replacement of a provided 5-gallon bucket will go to feed a local worm farm. Vermicomposting. $10/pick-up or price dependent on pick-up requirements. I would like to start providing such a service on bicycle with trailer, would you be interested in this type of service? Programs can be set up to receive compost in return after a certain amount of food collected.

  • I would be interested

  • thank you! here is my email, pleasantfarms@gmail.com. I am getting together the program and can send you the info sheet. then we can begin!

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