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Very Aggressive Bicyclists on Sidewalk

I'm having some problems with very aggressive teens and adult men riding bicycles on Hyde Park sidewalks and basically terroriIng the pedestrian.

Last evening I was walking West on 54th street near Blackstone when a ~ 11 year old came up on the sidewalk from behind and announced "on the Left" as he sped by. I called out to him "please ride ride in the street, not on the sidewalk".

His father was riding his bike in the street and...

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I'm having some problems with very aggressive teens and adult men riding bicycles on Hyde Park sidewalks and basically terroriIng the pedestrian.

Last evening I was walking West on 54th street near Blackstone when a ~ 11 year old came up on the sidewalk from behind and announced "on the Left" as he sped by. I called out to him "please ride ride in the street, not on the sidewalk".

His father was riding his bike in the street and he proceeded to shout abusinve curse words and threats saying his son could ride wherever he wanted.

It seems this is becoming a popular form of harassment, bicyclists speeding around on HP sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way.

  • Jenny G. Forest Glen homeowner

    I believe the law in Chicago is that until the age of 12, you are allowed to ride on the sidewalk. Also, saying, "On the left" is actually a courtesy to the pedestrian to let you know they are approaching you. When I'm on the bike trail, I appreciate when bikers yell this out to let me know they are about to pass me.
    Adults should not be riding on the sidewalk, however.

  • Yes, the law in Chicago is that persons 12 or under may ride on the sidewalk. So if the child was 11 or even 12, then he wasn't breaking any laws and was being courteous to let you know that he was passing you. Few things are more unsettling than...

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    Yes, the law in Chicago is that persons 12 or under may ride on the sidewalk. So if the child was 11 or even 12, then he wasn't breaking any laws and was being courteous to let you know that he was passing you. Few things are more unsettling than a bike suddenly whizzing by from behind. Not sure what the father was hoping to accomplish by cursing and threatening, especially in front of a young child.

    I will say that I have noticed an uptick in the number of teen males on (comically tiny) bicycles on the sidewalks on 53rd, particularly around the Harper Court area. Maybe it's because school is out, but there are usually several young men loitering or riding around the Chipotle / Starbucks area of Harper Court, and they are usually blocking up an already congested area of sidewalk. I would agree with the sentiment that they are a bit aggressive, or at least hostile to pedestrians who ask them to move.

    You can read about Chicago's bike and pedestrian safety laws here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/152769201/SO2013-3348-BicyclePedestrianOrdinance

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Update: Jackson Park Dog Park

Added to the agility training course:
construction horse
suspended tire
cones

Many thanks to the anonymous benefactor of the bucket of fetching balls. I moved it all to the car, as balls go missing, i'll distribute them among the three Wooflawn dog parks. https://www.facebook.com/wooflawn Speaking of which, 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 => http://chicago.everyblock.com/pets/apr17-jackson-park-dog-park-6094931/photos/

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    update 4: added amenities

    chair
    stainless steel bowl
    rack for hanging leashes
    two rope toys

    FYI: There is an on going outdoor social/party all summer long... saturday and sunday late-evenings/night all parking is jam packed, people everywhere. I found this out the hard way this past sunday; on my way...

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    update 4: added amenities

    chair
    stainless steel bowl
    rack for hanging leashes
    two rope toys

    FYI: There is an on going outdoor social/party all summer long... saturday and sunday late-evenings/night all parking is jam packed, people everywhere. I found this out the hard way this past sunday; on my way in i was struggling to find a place to park and on my way out it was bumper to bumper. No one was partying near or in the courts when i was there but i've seen evidence of such after weekends past.

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    update 5

    Found an abandoned hula hoop on the way to the park, incorporated it into the center of the agility course. There are two other locations that i think such a setup would work well. Any hula hoops in need of a home please drop off at the park and i'll put them to good use. https://flic.kr/p/oxiS17

    Photo compilations of improv playdates with Charlie, Echo and Damian
    https://flic.kr/p/oxkyQK
    https://flic.kr/p/oz6gtV

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Promontory Restaurant/Bar to Open Shortly Before the Apocalypse

Oft-delayed restaurant and live music venue, Promontory, is scheduled to open as the End of Days approaches, according to informed sources. "Our two outdoor patios will offer splendid views of the Four Horsemen as they ride in to lay waste to humanity," said an unnamed soon to be out of work employee. "Try our BBQ" he added.

  • zgwarnki Now, I can say Kenwood. Thanks, Obama!

    Adrienne, I crashed the friends and family event on the 17th and have legitimately dined and drank at The Promontory two other times since the official grand opening last Wednesday. So far, I can safely say that it was worth the wait. Working my way through both food and drink...

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    Adrienne, I crashed the friends and family event on the 17th and have legitimately dined and drank at The Promontory two other times since the official grand opening last Wednesday. So far, I can safely say that it was worth the wait. Working my way through both food and drink menus with good results. As of now, the summer fruit trifle is my favorite food item. Eagerly awaiting the opening of the upstairs live music venue. Why didn't Diana and other people there of whom I inquired about you recognize your name?

  • I did not work on this project. My boss has several other businesses that I work on, on the commercial real estate side, but I stay away from the restaurant stuff. But I'm glad you enjoyed it! The first show upstairs is in August. I am excited too!

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35th and Lake Shore Drive New Pedestrian Bridge

There is a new bridge coming to 35th and Lake Shore Drive...
Announced by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, State Senator Kwame Raoul, Alderman Will Burns of 4th Ward, Bernita Johnson of QCDC, and Leonard E. Mc Gee of The GAP Community Organization
Shalom

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Moving here

Interested in renting an apartment here? Any suggestions which areas of hyde park are more desirable than others?

  • 50th and Woodlawn is in the Kenwwod neighborhood and has the benefits of a park and minimal car traffic to the east and to the west of there. Hyde Park is just to the south and wil be adding more eateries and a Whole Foods. Here is the link to the Chamber of Commerce events as well as there are plent of family things to do at Nichols Park and various other parks throughout the area. http://www.hydeparkchamberchicago.org/news-events

  • We live near 50th and Woodlawn...family friendly area, access to buses on 51st, well utilized play area for small children in the park, lots of organized sports activities

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South Side creates its own Museum Campus

•Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St.

•Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave.

•Smart Museum of Art; 5550 S. Greenwood Ave.

•The Renaissance Society, 5811 S. Ellis Ave.

This article has 2 other Chicago locations (Show)

•The Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive

•Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

  • G.S. Fairbanks Jr. Concerned Citizen

    I don't typo often but when I do, it's because I thought it over too much.

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    ...and now you are stretching it.

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Fire Response @ 54th & Drexel

Four fire trucks just responded to what appears to be a fire in the basement apartment in the greystone a few buildings down from the corner of 54th and Drexel. Perhaps coincidentally, this is also in or near the same building where -- to the untrained eye -- there are a lot of comings, goings, and general loitering that seem vaguely suspicious. I asked the firemen standing around what was going on, and they first ignored me, and told me it's "absolutely not [their] job" to communicate with neighbors about the nature of fires on their street. So, any neighbors out there who can shed some light on what's going on -- either this time in particular, or in general?

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  • Permit issued for new construction

    FOUNDATION ONLY PERMIT FOR A NEW HIGH RISE BUILDING WITH SEVERAL CONNECTED ELEMENTS.BUILDING INCLUDES AN 800 BED STUDENT PLUS 66 BED STAFF RESIDENCE HALL AND 450 SEAT DINING COMMONS AS PER PLANS.-5500 S UNIVERSITY AVE.

    5500 S. University Ave. Issued July 15, 2014 Comment

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Dec 09 2012

Updated Jul 15

Thinking about moving to Hyde Park. Good or bad?

I'll be working in the Loop (I'm a programmer), and Hyde Park seems like a good place to live, based on rents. Is there a crime problem? Any good dive bars or hole-in-the-wall restaurants? Parks? Thanks!

  • EddieM, that's so funny, I'm glad it's not just me that gets the interrogation...

  • Couple of as-yet unmentioned points...

    1) HP is home to one of the Chicago Park Districts outdoor ice rinks. I raised 2 boys in this neighborhood, and basically for us the Midway Ice Rink is the winter equivalent of The Point. My kids and I always run into our friends...

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    Couple of as-yet unmentioned points...

    1) HP is home to one of the Chicago Park Districts outdoor ice rinks. I raised 2 boys in this neighborhood, and basically for us the Midway Ice Rink is the winter equivalent of The Point. My kids and I always run into our friends there, and meet new ones as well. Sadly, starting this past winter it is no longer free to skate, but it's still only a couple of bucks (plus rentals if you don't own). If you don't know how to skate, this is the perfect place to learn because it's close to home, cheap, and very friendly to inexperienced skaters. Most importantly, its a really easy and enjoyable way to avoid going into complete hibernation in the dead of winter.

    2) Your original question about dive bars was not really answered with any specifics. My answer is The Cove. Looks a little sketchy from the outside, but pretty friendly inside, good bartenders, and a mix of local residents and student clientele. Unlike Jimmy's (which a lot of people might consider #1 because it's more or less the "U of C bar"), they actually have a some good of craft beers (3 Floyds, Lagunitas, Revolution) and a bunch of decent TVs.

    Also, the U of C operates "The Pub" in the basement of Ida Noyes, which is mostly students but has a good atmosphere. It also has the best beer selection in the neighborhood, perhaps not counting the relatively new Porkchop - but Porkchop is a restaurant with a small bar area, not a bar.

    Best cocktails in the hood by far are at A10, but that is most definitely not a dive.

    In my opinion, avoid The Falcon Inn. It's just not fun there.

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