October 2015

Community hunger strikers end fight over the future of Dyett High School

A group of 12 parents and activists from the Bronzeville community have ended their 34-day hunger strike over their demand to reopen and make Dyett High School an open enrollment, neighborhood global leadership and green technology high school. The announcement was made during a weekly Rainbow PUSH service.

Halsted development runs into opposition, support at meeting

Would-be developers of a four building, 56-unit rental apartment development at 4223, 4331, 4351, and 4361 S. Halsted St. met with both opposition and support at two-hour meeting Sept. 17 at Taylor-Lauridsen Park, 704 W. 42nd St.

Homeless cause Grant Park concerns; City considers dog owners’ plight

Is Grant Park becoming a victim of its own success? At least a few neighbors wonder. No sooner does “Chicago’s front yard” receive several longawaited improvements — including hundreds of new trees and bushes — than dozens of homeless people start setting up housekeeping, according to some of the neighbors.

Mercy Hospital partners with Lurie Children’s to provide improved care

Mercy Hospital & Medical Center has announced an affiliation with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to provide 24-hour hospitalist and neonatologist care at Mercy. Lurie Children’s pediatric hospitalists will provide around-the-clock coverage for Mercy’s inpatient pediatric unit and consult in the emergency department.

Notre Dame Parish recovers from fire, renovates its rectory and church hall

More than six months after a fire swept through much of the rectory at Notre Dame de Chicago Church, the Roman Catholic parish has finally finished restoring it.

Parishioners work to save St. Adalbert towers through fundraising campaign

St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church at 1670 W. 17th St. is considered a historical gem. At more than 100 years old, it is one of Chicago’s oldest churches and once was one of its largest. Its parishioners are trying to raise $3 million to fix the two church towers that are starting to crumble.

British School opens; park available for public use

The British International School of Chicago’s South Loop campus at 161 W. Ninth St. officially opened in September. The campus includes a rooftop park accessible to the public.

City examines West Loop traffic issues

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), in partnership with the City’s Department of Planning and Development, held an open house recently at Venue One to discuss a West Loop traffic study.

RFMA discusses Lake Street improvements

The Randolph/Fulton Market Association (RFMA) held a community meeting to discuss improvements and bicycle lanes for Lake Street on Sept. 16 at Prairie Productions, 1314 W. Randolph St. Business owners and residents attended.

Daniel Godsel new 9th District police commander

Daniel Godsel, a 24-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was sworn in on June 15 as commander of the 9th (Deering) Police District, which encompasses Bridgeport, Armour Square, Canaryville, Brighton Park, McKinley Park, Back of the Yards, and Chinatown.

LSC and principal at odds at Pilsen Academy

After not meeting for months, the Pilsen Academy Local School Council (LSC) finally met on Sept. 21 — with a full quorum. The school is located at 1420 W. 17th St.

Scrapyard will not expand, may move: Thompson

Expansion plans by Green Metal Distributors, a scrapyard at 4325 S. Halsted St., are not going to be enacted, Ald. Patrick D. Thompson (11th Ward) said.