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Get involved in the meetings of the HPKCC Schools Committee! Chair Joy Clendenning.
Camille at 773 373-6944.

Special Service District 61 Commission meets 3RD WEDNESDAYS at TBA OR Hyatt Place Chicago, conference room on 5225 S. Harper Ave. Meetings are open to the public. 2 meetings a quarter are at 11 am and the third at 7 pm.
Meetings are in POLSKY, 1452 E. 53RD ST.
3rd Wednesdays 11 am but the evening ones are in Hyatt Place meeting room.

Chicago Park District 2015 Board Meeting Calendar.You may also find Board Meeting dates at (Budget special Dec. 3 541 N. Fairbanks 8th Fl.

Note another introduction-listening public meetingson the South Framework Plan, Obama Center and the Golf Course July 13, 6 pm, South Shore Cultural Center.

By Date.


October 4, Wednesday, 6 pm. Hyde Park Academy LSC meets at 6220 S. Stony Island.

October 4, Wednesday, 6 pm. Friends of Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park. 312 747-0511.

October 5, 5:30 pm. Chamber networking check in at Seven-Ten lanes, 1015 E. 55th St.

October 5, 7 pm. Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference monthly board meeting in Treasure Island lower level, 1526 E. 55th St.

October 7, Saturday, 1 pm. Older Women's League meets in Treasure Island lower level, 1526 E. 55th St.

October 8, Sunday, 11:15 pm. Fourm on the Cook County Soda Tax. Hyde Prk UnionChurch, 5600 S. Woodlawn.

October 9, Monday, 7:15 pm. Jackson Park Advisory Council meets this month at LaRabida, 6501 S. Promontory Dr.

October 10, Tuesday, 5:30 pm. Kozminski LSC meets at 936 E. 54th St.

October 10, Tuesday, 6 pm. Kenwood Academy LSC meets in the Media Center, 5015 S. Blackstone. Use parking lot door.

October 10, Tuesday, 6 pm. Reavis LSC meets at 834 E. 50th St.

October 11, Wednesday, 5:30 pm. Bret Harte LSC meets at 1556 E. 56th St.

October 11, Wednesday, 6 pm. King Prep LSC meets at 4455 S. Drexel.

October 12, Wednesday, 6 pm. Murray LSC meets at 5335 S. Kenwood.

October 12, Wednesday, 6 pm. Robinson LSC meets at 4225 S. Lake Park.

October 12, Thursday, 6 pm. Ray Elementary LSC meets at 5631 S. Kimbark.

October 12, Thursday, 7 pm. Nichols Park Advisory Council meets at the fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St.

October 14, Saturday, 10 am. RainbowPUSH weekly forum, 930 E. 50th St.

October 14, Saturday, 10:30 am. South Shore Cultural Center Advisory Council meets in the Oak Room, 7059 South Shore Drive.

October 15, Sunday, 12 pm. N'Cobra reparations meets at Washington Park fieldhouse, 5531 S. King Dr.

October 16, Monday, 8 am. Ariel School LSC meets at 1119 E. 46th St.

October 16, Monday, 4-7 pm. 4th Ward one-on-one with Ald. King at ?

October 18, Wednesday, 8 am. East Hyde Park Committee meets at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. South Shore Drive.

October 18, Wednesday 6-8 pm and October 21, Saturday, 10 am-noon. Informational meeting on affordable housing available at 5528 S. Cornell.

Coalition for Equitable Community Development
Contact Pat Wilcoxen
Telephone 773-643-7495

Fulfilling an agreement reached in 2010 with CECD, when MAC Properties announced plans for the development of Solstice on the Park, 53 affordable, rental apartments will become available to eligible applicants over the next year. The apartments, located at 5528-5532 South Cornell Avenue, include studios, one and two bedroom units and will be leased to individuals or families whose household income is less than 60% of the area median income* as defined by the City of Chicago. CECD and MAC Properties will host two public meetings to provide more specific information for all interested individuals on
Wednesday, October 15th , from 6 to 8pm and
Saturday, October 18th , from 10am to noon
WHERE: Treasure Island Food Store Meeting Room (basement),
1526 East 55th Street
CECD President Pat Wilcoxen points out that “this is a unique opportunity to significantly increase affordable housing in one of the most popular areas of Hyde Park and represents an historic agreement between a developer and the community that should be a model for the rest of the city.”
If you would like more information about this, please contact Pat Wilcoxen at 773-643-7495

* 60% of median income limits are as follows:
1person household $33,180
2 person household $37,920
3 person household $42,660
4 person household $47,400

Apartment Rents: Studios. $760 per month
One bedroom. $802
Two bedroom. $964

Additionally, resident applicants need to demonstrate that they earn at least 2 times the monthly rent each month and pass both credit and background checks to qualify. Representatives of MAC Properties will be available to answer questions and take applications.

You will need to bring identification, most recent pay stubs or source of income (3 months), most recent signed tax return, bank statements for most recent 3 months, a verification of employment form and a zero income affidavit form for all household members (18 or over) with no income.

October 18, Wednesday, 6:30 pm. CAPS for most of Hyde Park meets in Treasure Island lower level.

October 18, Wednesday, 11 am or 7 pm. SSA61 Tax Commission meets at tba- Hyatt or Polsky.

October 19, Thursday, 5:30 pm. Shoesmith LSC meets at 1330 E. 50th St.

October 21, Saturday, 10 am. RainbowPUSH weekly forum, 930 E. 50th St.

October 23, Monday, 6:30 pm. Cornell Park PAC meets at CTU, 5416 S. Cornell, room 304 or 504.

October 24, Tuesday, 6 pm. Elm Park Advisory Council at Nichld fieldhoue, 1355 E. 53rd St.

October 24, Tuesday, 6 pm. 5th Ward monthly meeting at Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island.

October 25, Wednesday, 6 pm. HPK CAC for schools meets at probably Kenwood Academy.

October 26, Thursday, 5:30 pm. HPKCC Schools Committee at Kenwood Academy media center.Sseptember

October 28, Saturday, 10 am. RainbowPUSH weekly forum, 930 E. 50th St.

October 28, Saturday, 10:30 am. 4th Ward committeeman monthly meeting. Monumental Baptist, c900 E. Oakwood.

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More Distant Meetings/hearings/opportunities

Standing Meetings

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Board of Directors meets on the first Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m., at the Treasure Island lower level Island Cellar, 1526 E. 55th St. 7 pm

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee meets 3rd Thursdays at 5221 S. Blackstone 5:30 pm (but Aug. 2014 the 28th) Nancy Baum.

TIF Advisory Council-53rd St. Tax Increment Financing District. Does not always meet and moves around-- prefers 2nd Monday, 7 pm on odd months.

CAPS (Community Alternative Policing Strategy) meetings.

New boundaries and meeting times for merged District 002. Effective April, 2012


Beats covering or including Hyde Park and Kenwood proper:

222- 43rd to E. Hyde Park (51st), Ellis to the Lake.

223- 47-51st King to Ellis.

233- 51st-55th King to Woodlawn (55th to 60th- e. boundary is Cottage).

234- E. Hyde Park Blvd. (51st) to 55th , Woodlawn to the Lake.

235- 55th to 61st Cottage to the Lake except Jackson Park (District 3, b. Stony, 56th), Cottage/61st to Dorchester then Midway to Stony.


Meetings covering/including Hyde Park and Kenwood: All start at 6:30 pm.

222- 2nd Tuesday at Kennicott Park fieldhouse, 4434 S. Lake Park.

223- with 221 3rd Tuesday at King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove.

233, 234, and 235 - 3rd Wednesdays moved for now to Shoreland, 5454 South Shore Drive.


Jackson park and part of Woodlawn (District 003, 7040 S. Cottage Grove)

Monthly open meeting at Police Headquarters 7:30 pm 3rd Thursdays.

The East Hyde Park Committee normally meets on 3rd Wednesdays, 8:00 A.M., at Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Drive. Reports and open discussion with officials, agencies, institutions and stakeholder organizations. No summer, Dec. or Jan. meetings. Various months skipped- check this calendar.

East Hyde Park Action Committee is now meeting 1st Wednesdays, 6:30 pm. Treasure Island lower level meeting room.

Fourth Ward Democratic meeting. 4th Saturdays, 10 am, Monumental Baptist Church, 729 E. Oakwood Blvd. Often has informational speakers esp. from government offices. 773 536-8103.

The Fourth Ward holds free legal assistance, 3 lawyers, during Ward Night, every Thursday except first of the month. 4659 S. Cottage Grove until 8:30 pm.

Fifth Ward Meeting, 4th Tuesday, 6-8 pm. Place moves around and some months are skipped; call 773 324-5555. (October 28, Hyde Park Career Academy, 6220 S. Stony Island; no mtgs. November or December).
In addition, the Alderman holds open hours 2nd Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings and 2nd Saturdays 10-2.

Fourth Ward- open hours 2nd, 3rd, 4th Thursday evenings, ward meetings last Saturdays at 10? or 10:30. Monthly meeting 4th Saturday, 10 am, Monumental Baptist Church on Oakwood.

Twentieth Ward Meeting. 2nd Saturdays 11 am-1 pm. St. Edmund's Rectory (but may move?) 6105 S. Michigan. 773 955-5610.

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7 pm. Campaign to End the Death Penalty at University Church.

Friends of Blackstone Library. Meets 1st Wednesdays 7pm at Blackstone Branch Library, 4904 S. Lake Park. 312 747-0511.

Hearty Healthy Hyde Park meets 3rd Thursdays in the Hyde Park Co-op lower meeting room.

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce holds monthly (?) Business To Business meetings, focusing lately on business security--first Wednesday early evenings- watch the regular calendar or call for information. 773 288-0124. Website

Hyde Park Cluster of Interfaith Open Communities meets 2nd Tuesdays at 8 pm at United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St.

Hyde Park Committee Against War and Racism meets Tuesdays at 7, University Church, 5655 S. University, 773 955-7072

The Hyde Park Historical Society Board meets 3rd Tuesday evenings 7:30 at the Society's headquarters. 773 288-1242.

Hyde Park Kiwanis - 1st (sometimes also 3rd( Tuesdays every month, 12 pm, Ramada Inn (usually) 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive. 773 324-8645. Write to 1507 E. 53rd Street, Box #120, Chicago Illinois, 60615 or call Winston Kennedy, or Dick and Rosemary Snow at 773 324-8645.

Hyde Park (Area 5) League of Women Voters meets in Montgomery Place East Room 4th Thursdays at 1:30 pm. Usually a speaker or topic of discussion.

Hyde Parkers for Peace and Justice. 1st Wednesdays.

North Kenwood Oakland Conservation Community Council meets on First Thursdays, 6:30 pm, Kennicott Park Community Center, 4434 S. Lake Park.

Older Women's League- Owl Illinois Hyde Park
Meets in open session Alt. (even) 1st Saturdays 2 pm (social earlier) at First Unitarian Church Chris Moore Parlor, 5650 S. Woodlawn. Board meets first Mondays.

Partnership for Advancement of Refuge Rights has several subcommittees and meets Thursdays, 7 pm at 5710 S. Woodlawn. For more information or questions please contact Aruj at OR Tsion at
You may also direct your inquiries to

Rainbow Push Coalition meets Saturdays at 10 am at 950 E. 50th St.

South Side Parents meets 2nd Tuesdays at 6 pm at Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell.

Southside Solidarity Network meets Mondays at 7, Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis.

South Side Stitch and Bitch klatch for women meets every Thursday at 6:30 pm at Third World Cafe, 53rd and Kimbark. Open. Still meets?

Toastmasters moved to 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 7:30 pm at Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis.773 643-8225. But a group does meet at Blackstone Library- ask there 312 747-0511.

Zonta International Hyde Park Chapter meets 2nd Thursdays ? time at Ramada Inn, 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive.


Park advisory councils meeting schedule is located in the Advisory Council section of Park News web (left bar in that page). Specific and detailed notices are posted in the Park News web page and under individual parks (left bar there). News of Events/programs in the parks is found in Park News or the individual parks. The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners and committees meet 2nd Wednesdays, board not always at 541 N. Fairbanks.

Local School Councils meetings schedule is located in the Schools-School Councils page.

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