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Hamlin Park Neighbors Put Crime in The Past and Build Future

By Geoff Dankert

After a brief spate of gang-related crime in 2011 and 2012, Hamlin Park area residents are concentrating on making their neighborhood the next great place to live with plans for park improvements and lots of new construction homes.

Is This Cognitive Dissonance or Is Everything Just Fine?

By Mike Fourcher

When you live in a community where everything seems to go well, it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on outside of the neighborhood. Are we suffering from a kind of cognitive dissonance with the rest of Chicago?

Advisory Group: Horner Park Dog Park Still Years Away

By Mike Fourcher

A planned dog area on the south end of Horner Park would be one of Chicago’s largest, but whether or not it will ever be completed is an open question, say leaders of the┬áHorner Park Advisory Council. “We’re so early in the process,” said advisory council dog park committee chair Erica Beuter, “There’s a lot Read the Rest…

Hamlin Shooting: ‘It’s All on Film’

By Patty Wetli

Chicago Police 19th District Executive Officer Capt. Mike Ryan insists on equipping the squad cars under his command with video cameras. In the early hours of Sept. 11, one of those cameras captured officers in pursuit of a suspicious vehicle. “A person in the car reaches out, fires two shots,” said Ryan. “You see it–’bang, Read the Rest…

Hamlin Park Gets CPD Roll Call

By Geoff Dankert

The woman in the long purple dress and matching hat looked perplexed as she approached the brace of Chicago Police Department officers lined up in the service lot of Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne. “What’s going on?” she asked loudly. “Is the mayor here?” He was not, but she could be forgiven some confusion. She’d Read the Rest…

South Lakeview Neighbors Vote To Support People Spot

By Mike Fourcher

About fifty members of the South Lakeview Neighbors gathered in the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church basement last night to meet the church’s new pastor, vote to support the return of the Lincoln and Wellington Aves. People Spot and to sort through the nitty-gritty of city life with 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack. The group welcomed Read the Rest…

Hamlin Park Residents Focus on the Positive at HPAC Meeting

By Patty Wetli

Tuesday’s pre-dawn shootout between police and offenders in the 2200 block of W. Barry left Julie Balzarini shaken.”The shell casings were on the street right in front of my house,” she said. “My daughter’s bedroom is on that side of the house.” After an initial freak-out, Balzarini collected herself. “I said, ‘I’m going to the Read the Rest…

Felony Charges Filed In Tuesday’s Hamlin Park Shootout

By Mike Fourcher

The Chicago Police charged two men Tuesday evening in connection with that day’s early morning shootout on the block of 2200 W. Barry Ave. near Hamlin Park. The alleged shooter, Luis Zapata, is a Hamlin Park resident with a number of prior felonies. According to a police spokesman, Zapata, Michael Munoz, and two other men, Read the Rest…

Midnight Circus Wows Young and Old(er) Alike

By Patty Wetli

Ever wonder if a guy could do a headstand on another man’s head…while juggling? Yes, yes he can. If he’s part of the Midnight Circus. The blue and purple Big Top pitched itself in Hamlin Park (3035 N. Hoyne Ave.) this past weekend for four record-breaking performances of Circus in the Parks, the first year Read the Rest…

Police Make Arrests After Hamlin Park Shootout – UPDATE x2

By Mike Fourcher

Chicago Police arrested three people early this morning on the block of 2200 W. Barry Ave. after a shootout in the early morning before dawn. UPDATE (9:55 a.m.) : The three offenders were part of a four person party in a vehicle that exchanged gunfire with Chicago Police officers in a marked car at 1:18 Read the Rest…

Hamlin Park Makes Bid for New Playground at Park District Budget Meeting

By Patty Wetli

Hamlin Park (3052 N. Hoyne Ave.) has a great pool, great ball fields and great programming. What it doesn’t have is a great playground, a situation the Hamlin Park Advisory Council aims to remedy. Having already raised $15,000 toward a renovation, the group’s president, Jody Boutell, made a pitch to the Chicago Park District to Read the Rest…

Tickets on Sale for Circus in the Parks at Hamlin Park

By Patty Wetli

Step right up and get your tickets for upcoming performances of Circus in the Parks’ Midnight Circus, appearing Sept. 8-9 at Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave. Choose from two performances each day: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sept. 8; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sept. 9. Tickets are $15 per person, kids Read the Rest…

Police Say New Gang Graffiti in Hamlin Park Designed to Taunt Rivals

By Geoff Dankert

Chicago police say a new appearance of gang graffiti around the pool deck at Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave., is likely designed to “taunt” rivals, leading some neighbors to fear an escalation in violence around the park. Neighbors say the latest example of “tagging” appeared after midnight on Sunday on the outside of the Read the Rest…

‘Habitat For Hamlin’ to Raise Funds for New Playground

By Geoff Dankert

Do you remember 1988? A gallon of gasoline cost 91 cents. Rain Man cleaned up at the Oscars. NASA launched the Hubble space telescope. And the Chicago Park District renovated the playground at Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave. Twenty-four years later, gas has topped $4, Tom Cruise and NASA have both lost their mojo, Read the Rest…

Hamlin Park Says: Send in the Clowns

By Geoff Dankert

For the first time, Chicago’s Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave., will host the popular Circus In The Parks. Members of the Hamlin Park Advisory Council were notified that the Hamlin Park performances of Chicago’s well-known “Midnight Circus” will open the program’s 2012 season the weekend of September 8. The park cleared the final hurdle Read the Rest…

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