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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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Big Top Coming to Damen Avenue?

By Geoff Dankert

Drivers passing Hamlin Park on Damen Avenue could be in for a surprise this fall: a “big top” circus tent rising up from the lawn. Members of the Hamlin Park Advisory Council report that they expect to know soon whether they’ve made the cut for the city’s Circus in the Parks program. “I really hope Read the Rest…

Hamlin Park Egg Hunt Big Success: No Yolk!

By Geoff Dankert

When the new Hamlin Park Advisory Council put together its inaugural Easter Egg Hunt in the park, leader Jody Boutell figured that the event would draw between 100 and 120 children. They got 600. “I’m like, ‘This is fantastic!’” she enthused after the gathering, held April 2. “It really was a great start. We were Read the Rest…

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