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The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference is a
501(c)3 not for profit

Neighborhood Association since 1949- 70 years!

1507 E. 53rd St. #404
Chicago, IL 60615
773 288-8343


Officers (Executive Committee) elected
October 3, 2019

President: Fylynne Crawford
Vice Presidents:
Ismail Turay (1st)
Michael Bradley
Secretary:Gary Ossewaarde
Treasurer: Eric Thomson

Rest of
Board October 2019

*Ali Ammoura
*Dr. Damon Arnold
Barbara Barreno-Pasch
**Gino Betts
Betsey Budney
*Joslyn Carson
*Christy Casey
George Davis
Stephanie Franklin
Nina Helstein
Raquel Irvin
Mila Jamison
Rich King
Louise McCurry
Dawn Posey
Eric E. Reaves


Welcome to Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference: (HPKCC) information and doings- Our Guide to finding WHAT'S UP WITH AND CHANGING AT HPKCC, HOW WE ARE IMPACTING OUR COMMUNITY. "If you care about Hyde Park....HPKCC!"

Ask our president: president@hydepark.org
To reach committee chairs: committee subject@ (schools@hydepark.org) (booksale@hydepark.org) For whistles- for now president@hydepark.org.
Other emails: general: info@hydepark.org. secretary@hydepark.org.

Rest in Peace Barbara O'Connor 1931-2020
Among her many, many accomplishments and civic and political involvement, she led HPKCC committees and block clubs and the board, and was chosen Executive Director in 1982.


Where do we meet? 1st Thursdays, 7 pm in Polsky 2nd floor east (Jackson Park) room, 1452 E. 53rd St.

Annual meeting and 70th Anniversary Gala -WAS SPLENDID. September 22.

Hyde Park Used Book Sale-visit Information page, or contact booksale@hydepark.org. Sale Columbus weekend in Hyde Park Shopping Center Courtyard 2020.

Link to Video- https://youtu.be/tjaTMTsGOiQ

see the video of the 2017 forum (skip the first few minutes)-

(HPKCC) Hyde Park Used Book Sale contact: booksale@hydepark.org

WhistleStop is on again- you can get whistles at many locations!
FLYER. About. Requests: info@hydepark.org

3rd weekend of May 2020 Garden Fair Committee Annual Plant Sale- HP Shopping Center Courtyard 9-6 and 9-4. Suports beautification and HPKCC projects and grants. Garden Fair website.

Join us: to printable Membership Form.

Mailing address is 1507 E. 53rd St. #404.
E email info@hydepark.org or Fylnne Crawford- president@hydepark.org.

Open HPKCC board meeting 1st Thursdays 7 pm. Polsky 2nd east room (Jackson Park Room) 1452 E. 53rd St.

Join our eNewsletter list or email barbarabarreno@gmail.com. OUR BROCHURE.

********SEE OUR UPDATES, PICS ETC. AT http://hpkcc.wordpress.com.
Current committee descriptions and contacts
or go to homepage, Programs

And remember we are on Facebook- type in HPKCC or the org. name- full url- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hyde-Park-Kenwood-Community-Conference/132613809865

Get on the list to receive our eNewletters and short notices of meetings and important happenings affecting the community- info@hydepark.org.


Hyde Park Used Book Sale. Columbus weekend. WebPage. See "Where our money goes". This past year, proceeds from the book sale provided financial support for what we do.
Thank You for the 2018 Book Sale success! Thank you to Hyde Park Bank, Whole Foods. Contact booksale@hydepark.org.

Link to Herald article on UCPD Chief Walker's talk at HPKCC Annual meeting Sept. 18, 2016. http://hpherald.com/2016/09/21/ucpd-chief-focuses-on-community-transparency/

On our plate now - Garden Fair May 17, 18.


THE NEW WEBSITE OF THE CONFERENCE IS AT http://www.hydepark.orgwithout extensions. (From here and many pages simply click HOME.)
See it first. Return to Hyde Park Record via the Hyde Park Record button. WHOLE-SITE NAVIGATOR. CALS & DIRS.

YOU ARE IN HYDE PARK RECORD (the rest of the site, mostly about the neighborhood and hot topis from HPKCC's perspective). Page addresses remain the same-
http://www.hydepark.org/with extension) EXCEPT for the old homepage (links important to finding things in HP Record and also affiliated sites). ACCESS THE OLD HOMEPAGE HERE or from outside via http://www.hydeparkrecord.org),

HPKCC Quick Finder (about the Conference and its doings-RECOMMENDED!!!)
Whole Site Navigator (all except the new Conference homepage website)

HPKCC initiated the WhistleSTOP program in 1972, and reinstituted it along with the University of Chicago Police in 1988. The Conference still sells whistles. We think they can be useful today. And come get or buy a crime-stopper whistle! Or come to the August 24 picnic. Please call 773 288-8343 or email Timika Hoffman-Zoller. (We do not sell small quantities on line. Whistles cost $2 each. Call also for contacts to our chairs for buying in bulk or other information.


(from Disab Task Force:)WALK AND ROLL: SIDEWALK SURVEY OF 55TH STREET: From the Lakefront to Elllis Avenue: FINAL REPORT (comments: gwrumsey@att.net incl. to participate in the September Walk and Roll 2. More in Disabilities page.
Report on the 2012 HPKCC Annual Meeting
Book Sale thanks 2012

HERE ARE KEY LINKS TO MATERIAL ABOUT THE CONFERENCE, some the same as in the new Conference site, some additional. THEN SCROLL ON FOR MORE INFORMATION AND LINKS. Our archives in Reg. Lib -online finding aid
(Read about this at http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2012/02/24/hyde-park-kenwood-community-conference-records-available-for-research/
"ABOUT hpkcc".
General Meetings. HPKCC meetings (this page, below)
Hot Topics and Community Issues home (find what we're thinking!)
Members' home and information page with more on what we're doing

ARE YOU (REALLY) A MEMBER? YOU HAVE TO JOIN OR RENEW YEARLY. Only $15, 20, or $30 dep. on senior, individual, or family category (other categories for businesses, 501s). To join or donate go to http://www.hydepark.org, click Membership on the top bar and go to Membership Form, fill in and submit.
Or contact us at hpkcc@aol.com, or call 773 288-8343.
Consider joining us. Our mission? "to attend to the civic needs of the community; work toward an attractive, diverse and caring community; and to promote participation of residents, businesses, institutions and organizations in programs nd activities that advance the interests and concerns of the community." We serve as "a watchdog, independent voice, in the community's ongoing conversations and decisions about those matters which affect and define community life." Read about us at www.hydepark.org where you'll find the membership form! .

Over the past few months, the Conference (HPKCC) elected new board members and officers. Held a smashingly successful Used Book Sale. Asked for more protective guarantees (provided) and a landmark district for Woodlawn Ave. Engages schools and is preparing a supplies drive. Held its first and is planning 2nd confab of community organizations. Co-convened a meeting on closure of District 021 police. Revamped its website and HAS LAUNCHED A NEWSLETTER/IN INFORMATIONAL MESSAGING SERVICE: MEMBERS AND FOLLOWERS PLEASE GIVE US YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES- to hpkcc@aol.com attn: Jane Ciacci.

Earlier Releases


The Conference publishes the quarterly Conference Reporter for members and friends, and maintains hydepark.org.
Access past Reporter issues. Most recent- click at the bottom of the homepage www.hydepark.org.
Join the Conference to get (if you give email ) occasional eNewsletters and announcements.
Join the Conference - print membership form)
Join Friends of Blackstone Library by clicking into that program's link/

HPKCC is a membership based and supported organization.
Anyone who shares our interests may become a member by paying and remaining in good standing with annual dues payments. Members get the Reporter and other informational services, discounted fees at events that charge, and receive (one) vote at the Annual Meeting in September. See above for links to appeal, membership form, and informational brochure. We have about 150 members at present and would love to include you. Also, most of our work is done in our open committees. .

Dues schedule.

Individual $20, Family $30, Senior $15, 501c3 Nonprofit Organization* $75, Business* $100. Contributions at any level are welcome. Since HPKCC is a 501c3 nonprofit in good standing, contributions are deductible as per law. Please print and fill in the Membership Form in its entirely (we need current email addresses, also current contacts for condo and coop associations) and mail to HPKCC, 1525 E. 53rd St. #907, Chicago, Illinois, 60615. Questions? hpkcc@aol.com or 773 288-8343. Membership chairs (selected June 2010): Jane Ciacci and Irene Freelain.
*New categories adopted July 2010.

The purpose of the Conference is to attend to the civic needs of the community; work toward an attractive, secure, diverse, and caring community; and to promote participation of residents, businesses, institutions, and organizations in programs and activities that advance the interests and concerns of the community. It serves the community as a watchdog, independent voice, and clearing house in the community's ongoing conversation and decisions about those matters which affect and define community life.








Monthly HPKCC board meetings- are open to the public. 1st Thursdays at 7 pm at Polsky Center, 1452 E. 53rd St. 2nd floor east room (Jackson Park Room).

Annual meeting and election- See you September 2020

Friends of Blackstone Library Despres Family Lecture Series- 4904 S. Lake Park. 4th Occasional Wednesdays at 6:30. Check for next. Friends of Blackstone meets 1st Weds 6 pm at the Library.
Blackstone Library lectures and panels- see in Friends of Blackstone, Culture and Arts Calendar

Garden Fair- mum and bulb sale us. May 3rd F and S (9-6 and 9-4); Hyde Park Shopping Center Courtyard.

Used Book Sale- Columbus Weekend Sat, Sun, Mon. Updated info coming- collection should start mid August 2020. Booksale page.

Current focus and The Conference in Action

Obama Center and other changes in Jackson Park and the Midway- January 8, After lengthy board discussion, the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference affirmed its support for having the Obama Library on the South Side of Chicago; it did not offer an opinion on the siting or conditions in the U of C bid.

Civics- aldermanic candidate forums every 4 years

University policing and youth. The Conference participates in a community committee on the mattter, authorized by Ald. Hairston, working to set up a comunity forum and a policy resolution going forward. The Conference has underwritten a video project with the Hyde Park Herald, youth from Hyde Park High, and the media program at Kenwood Academy.

Schools Committee - advancing all our area schools and particularly CPS district-run neighborhood schools, and helping them work as a whole. A whole suite of projects and collaborations including funding for school projects is underway.
March and April 2015 the Committee and the Board backed the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School RFP. Letter.
Supporting the new Community Action Council to develop a join priority and plan for area schools. Small grants program gives about $5,000 a year for projects in schools.

The Transit Task Force will hold a preliminary listening and organizing for next steps meeting on concerns with bus (No 6) service. November 13, 7-8 pm, 5529 S. Lake Park (HP Historical Society). questions, confirmation- transit@hydepark.org. Transit page.

Parks Committee -The committee has been instrumental in establishment of several new PACs and obtaining several sets of new playground equipment.

We watch planning of streets and streetscape for practicality and safety- lately 55th and 57th, and watch for ADA and mobility issues.
We look into failures and opportunities for our transit system including Metra such as its lag on universal fare transfer and payment and shorter headtimes. We are a member of the Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric.

Proper zoning and non-residential uses in landmark districts such as S. Kenwood.

Woodlawn Avenue Corridor and U of C Planned Dev. changes and MOU with city.
Statement printed in Herald Oct. 5, 2011: (see on this issue Woodln Cor. page)

"The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference takes the future of the Woodlawn Avenue Corridor very seriously. We hope the university will present at the October 6 meeting some constructive and substantial plan that will protect this ommunity asset." We later said that while improved language is very important, the street also deserves a landmark district.
Ellen Sahli, then Dir. UC Civic Engagement visited with the Board in December 2011.

(We are pleased with the outcome of negotiations but continue to support exploration of a historic district. Some neighbors say that not all communication or promises have been kept.)

HPKCC contributed $500 to the Hyde Park Historical Society Oral History Program for interviewing past community leaders associated with HPKCC.Public Safety- Reactivation of Block Clubs, WhistleStop whistles.

Our key projects past and present are nourishing community; the collaborative community concerns impacting development including Harper Court (See Harper Court home and Vermilion presentation) and the future of Harper Theater, school improvement; neighborhood revitalization conditions and priorities; informational programs for residents, underwriting programs at our endangered nonprofit services; the fall Used Book Sale; and building collaborations that further education or focus and drive forward realization of community vision (affordable housing, transit oriented development, openness and transparency in planning and community life, and our mission in general. We also serve as umbrella to worthy organizations and causes. Coordination between community organizations.

Supported public libraries against cuts.

And we DO THINGS- like 2 garden fairs, and a used book sale each year, forums, collaborations, sell histles, and attend a lot of meetings and make personal contacts!

Positions/actions adopted over the past decade: October 2009: Support for the South Lakefront Transportation Corridor Improvement Study; the principles pursued in the Shoreland renovation and Del Prado rezoning projects: Principles for Harper Court Area redevelopment
, support for reuse of Harper Theater building, support for the Op Shop pop up arts venue. Support for a neighborhood proposal to reopen Dyett High School and against inappropriate school closings, support for the Obama Center on the South Side


Programs and Committees

Coalition for Equitable Community Development

HPKCC is a founding member of the Coalition for Equitable Community Development. CECD website. About that organization relevant to HPKCC interests.


Book Sale- see Used Book Sale (Hyde Park)


Condos / Coops +

Condos and Co-ops currently considering reviving.
In the past: Governance issues and seminars. Occasional seminars and forums.
Our page also has helpful information. Contact president@hydepark.org. Watch for a forum on the many mandates pressuring associations.

The Illinois General Assembly passed changes in May 2010-
view 2010 law in pdf.

Report from forums of November 6 2007, December 8 2008 in Condos/Co-ops page.

Since you need to know: High-rise Life-Safety Ordinance at least for now in abeyance
Taxes and rebates.

Photo of John Bickley

Development and Zoning
(Committee page)


Development, Preservation and Zoning Committee page. Includes July 2009 report on the approach and of our Committee. Contact the president regarding current chair. Currently no chair- contact president@hydepark.org.
Dev.-Pres.-Zoning homepage- navigate to analyses and positions on several developments
Report on May 6 2013 forum on 53rd St. zoning.

The committee met with the Vue 53 devloper and UC for details andimput on the project.

Visit Hot Development specific and Hot Development general discussions and links pages

Article in June 2011 Reporter on saving Harper Theater shows how preservation and development can work together.

The HPKCC Development, Preservation, Zoning Committee monitors and seeks proactive community input in neighborhood and localized development and use changes. The committee reported on our highly successful online Harper Court Web Survey at a TIF meeting and subsequently comments on the Harper RFP guidelines. Our records and discussion of the Harper Court-53rd Lake Park site and Harper Theater.

We stand for broad, open community planning.

Disabilities Task Force

and Safe Streets.
The Hyde Park Disabilities Task Force
remains watchful on several fronts and works collaboratively. It's a multi-organization initiative including with ward offices and the city. Its Business Information Packet for interacting with persons of all abilities. Contact: Nina Helstein We interface with several active groups in the neighborhood and with the Mayor's Office including on correction of intersections/curb cuts. We seek to ensure respect for and respect for laws regarding persons with disabilities or other abilities (including seniors), whether by residents, businesses, or our infrastructures of physical accessibility, outdoors or in. Visit Accessibility Hot Topics discussion and link page.


HPDTF chair is Lenora Austin, for HPKCC George Rumsey.

Environmental Sustainability Task Force

Sustainable Environment Task Force. Currently a subdivision of the Parks Committee. Visit Sustainability Committee page and Documents and our Green page and calendar. Visit also Quality of Life Hot Topics for discussion and links.
Contact Gary Ossewaarde.


Friends of
Blackstone Library

FOBL is the most recent committee of the Conference. It builds support for the Library, provides public programming, and raises support or capital and other needs of the oldest and historic branch of the Chicago Public Library system. Its most recent accomplishments are the restoration of the historic Oliver Dennett Grover murals and initiation of the Despres Lecture Series. Chair Brenda Sawyer. FOBL. Story of Blackstone Branch.
Friends of Blackstone website:

HPKCC SUPPORTS PUBLIC LIBRARIES. Original release against cuts incorporating open letter from Friends of Blackstone Library.

The 2012-13 Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series will begin in October (Wed. Oct. 24 at 6?). This season brings thought-provoking writers and challenging discussions. Our first author, Dmitry Samarov, is a painter and writer. His first novel, Hack (UC Press), debuted in 2011. He is currently working on his second novel.


Community Forums

More information, reports on trends in our community! We also have candidate fourms.
What's Right/Wrong with Hyde Park HPKCC 2005 forum, after which we held many community planning forums. Most recent: Feb. 18 2009 Hyde Park Challenging the Next Decade.

Hyde Park Garden Fair

53rd year!! A wonderful celebration was held May 31, 2009.
Learn about its 1st 50 years in the April 2009 Reporter (in pdf).

Bulb and Mum Sale Sept. Hyde Park Shopping Center.
Spring Garden Sale in May, Fri and Sat after Mothers Day (2019 May 17, 18).

Visit the Garden Fair website for details. Committee page. Liaison and information about: rumsey@aol.com.


Nichols Park Advisory Council

NPAC is under the fiscal agency of HPKCC, works with the HPKCC Parks Committee, and is a recognized advisory council to the Chicago Park District. (There are several other park councils in the area). Nichols Park Council homepage. Contact the president of Nichols Park Advisory Council, Stephanie Franklin, 773 955-3622.

Workdays usually mid-late Sunday afternoons spring-fall, in the wildflower meadow or formal garden. Call Carol Schneider, 684-2619.
Next May 8 4-6 pm.

NPAC meetings 2nd Thursdays 7 pm-Nichols Park Fieldhouse, with Park District.
Fieldhouse/gym programs fill fast! and such a bargain!

President Stephanie Franklin, 773 955-3622. Sec./minutes/HPKCC liaison Mark Granfors.


Parks Committee
(Committee page)

Parks homepage + index-navigator to the parks & gen. pages. Committee page from hydepark.org home
Parks Committee
. Jackson Park Website

Parks council meetings sched./calendar

Thanks from Nichols and our committee to everyone who helps make 4th on 53rd a great success.

Co-Chairs Gary Ossewaarde- hpkcc@aol.com or garyossewaarde@yahoo.com and Louise McCurry, commisioner751@comcast.net, 773 844-2225.
Visit Park Issues.

Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics was a matter of major neighborhood concern. The Parks Committee's letter on the Olympics. and about.

Kenwood Park controversy, how successfully resolved. About park and council.
Rebuilding our parks. (Report in December 2007 Reporter)

Park volunteer workdays. Burnham: 1st Sat mornings (but call because of conflicts -gw.davis@ezi.net). Jackson 2nd 10 am-1 pm Bobolink Meadow and 4th Sat t 10 am-1 pm Wooded Island.


Jackson Park Museum of Science and Industry south portico, Crown Space Center (right) and Columbia Basin 2006 or 7, set up with 2 props for Redmood theater for its September 15-25 "Loves Me-Loves Me  Not" spectacular

Preservation and Landmark Status

Preservation operates under the HPKCC Development Preservation and Zoning Committee. Contact the President regarding chair and committee.

A few years ago, through the Small Preservation Action Fund under our 501, we gave for research on the role of Walter Gropius in design of several Michael Reese Hospital (area slated for the Olympic Village and afterwards mixed income housing).

We endorsed the process and principles for a new plan for restoration and reuse of the Shoreland Hotel and a zoning change for the Del Prado. We continue to support adaptive reuse of the Harper theater, are concerned about impacts of city ordinances and other financial pressures on our large and mid-sized buildings, community planning, parking and more.

Ways to apply for national register and city designation, tax advantages. Frequently asked questions

See our history, preservation pages for latest happenings and significance. Preservation Beat, Preservation Hot Topics
Urban Renewal and Timelines.


Schools Committee

Committee page from hydepark.org home.
Interim chair Camille Hamilton-Doyle and also Betsy Budney- schools@hydepark.org.

Committee homepage.
Schools Hot Topics. HPKCC Schools Committee. About, including printable pdf brochure. Shortened.


HPKCC Youth Programs Database is at http://www.hydepark.org/schools. Download and share this database about afterschool and other activities and opportunities. This was a major project of the committee. We also maintain a larger, topical and continuously-updated resource base in Afterschool.
We learned more about it and the CPS initiatives to expand arts and other opportunities in the schools at our Schools Next Networking Dinner late Sept or early Oct 2011 tba

Schools Directories. Contacts, in own page.

Schools Committee Prospectus for an Asset-building coalition for our youth.

The committee will be producing a new simplified schools contact directory and cntinue to act as a resource and issues facilitator for schools in conjunction with Hyde Park Schools.

The mission of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee is to provide community support for the schools and to provide a place where Local School Council and other school support group members can get together to share information. We want every to be one to which school parents are willing and proud to send their children and every child has access to programs in and out of school that provide the assets and promises that empower them to be come successful adults.

We seek new members. Schools Committee meets tba.

Learn about our Biennial Recognition Ceremony with information forum and program (including public drum-up for participation in upcoming LSC elections), speaker Jacqueline Edelberg, neighborhood school renaissance expert, who with Ruth Kurland wrote How to Walk to School about the turnaround of Nettelhorst School in Chicago (http://www.howtowalktoschool.com) and Kenwood Jazz Band.
Recent activities include visits to community and other enriched schools, a tour of the neighborhood for intern teachers, promotion of involvement in SIPAA planning and LSC elections, and planning our fall networking dinner for LSCs and principals. Also gift to Kozminski library for books, worked to set up Community Action Council for Schools.


Transit Task Force


TTF: The HPKCC Transit Task Force.
Visit the Committee page- Transit.

(Transit Task Force committee secondary page)
Chairs - Roger Huff and Gary Ossewaarde at

Transit web pages home.

The focus of the Transit Task Force is both on CTA and Metra. For CTA (specifically service on the No. 6, we are holding an open planning meeting November 13, 2019 7-8 at HP Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park.

Accessibility Hot Topics. A separate initiative
We occasionally meet or hold public forums
Our strongest interests remain the Gold Line Metra upgrade, optimizing CTA and UC-CTA routes for this and nearby communities, strategic access and accessibility including linking to and within retail and throughout the neighborhood for various constituencies/segments of the population needing this, transit-oriented and green/smart development, and regional mobility. We are encouraging bike sharing and other ways to make getting around optimal for all means of getting around and for good interfaces between people using different modes. We are also the folks for parking and infrastructure issues.

HPKCC and many other organizations have testified before Metra for fare integration and other service improvements. A joint letter specifying and calling for these improvements was released December 2025 (approved by HPKCC board Nov. 2015).


Hyde Park

Hyde Park Used Book Sale

Book Sale page. Updates for 2019 will be there
Committee Chair Betsy Budney-



WhistleStop and Safety

and Safety

Chairs Stephanie Franklin and Nina Helstein.

Learn about HPKCC's WhistleSTOP and community safety action program. Background on block clubs
Visit also HPKCC's concerns and actions in Community Safety. Tips for staying safe and emergency contacts are in Public Safety and CAPS beat. Whistles are starting to be sold again at Treasure Island- details coming. Chair Camille Hamilton-Doyle. ORDER-CONTACT info@hydepark.org.
Visit report on HPKCC's April 19, 2010 "Keeping YOU and Your Computer Safe" seminar.


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