Ancona celebrates 50 years in style

Ancona celebrates 50 years in style

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Ancona School held its 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 4, downtown at the Chicago Marriott, 520 N. Michigan Ave. Friends and family of Ancona gathered in their finery to celebrate a school that began from humble beginnings to become one of the most sought-after private schools in(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance gears up for celebration

Hyde Park School of Dance gears up for celebration

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is preparing for its 20th anniversary with “En Avant,” a celebration featuring a variety of dance performances this June. In anticipation of the event, HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye reflects over the past 20 years and looks forward to many more. “En(…)

Fifth Ward chooses menu projects

Fifth Ward chooses menu projects

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Approximately 100 Fifth Ward residents chose to spend Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) menu money on a community garden and improved street lighting. Kim Webb, Hairston’s chief of staff, said an urban garden at 2301 E. 71st St., received the most votes, 78. The garden would be a self-sustaining place for(…)

Ancona’s Zeus Preckwinkle to retire

Ancona’s Zeus Preckwinkle to retire

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Zeus Preckwinkle, 7th and 8th grade math and science teacher at the Ancona School, will retire at the end of the school year. “I bumped into one of my former students I taught when I worked at Harvard [Elementary School], who is now 47,” Preckwinkle said. “After I talked(…)

U. of C. urged to shed fossil fuels

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago students overwhelmingly voted to encourage the school to remove its investments in companies that profit from fossil fuels and move those investments to greener companies. Last week, 2,183 students at the university voted on the student government election ballot in favor of the referendum while 714 voted(…)

Nile Moving

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park restaurant The Nile is leaving its location after 22 years and moving further west. General manager Rashad Moughrabi said the new location, 1162 E. 55th St., will have seating for approximately 20 more people inside the restaurant and another 24 on the back patio. “It’s really cool. The(…)

New Smart exhibit, gallery talk

A new exhibit featuring the artwork of Franco-Russian painter Serge Charchoune will open Tuesday, May 7 at the Smart Museum, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. The exhibit, entitled “Other Modernisms: Serge Charchoune (1889-1975),” features around 20 pieces spanning the 1920s through the 1970s, according to the exhibit’s webpage. A gallery talk with curators David Schutter, a(…)

TIF committee to review McMobil plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council subcommittee on planning and development will hold a public meeting on May 7 for the proposed development at the McMobil site. The development would entail a 13-story building, with 30,000 square feet of retail, 218 parking spaces, 120 bicycle storage spaces and 267 apartments.(…)