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Chicago Park District holds budget hearing

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Sept. 21 was the annual Chicago Park District (CPD) budget hearing at Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine Ave., in which every park advisory council in the entire district had the opportunity to speak in front of Michael P. Kelly and his four-member executive board about the changes they wished to(…)

Donation drive at Augustana

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting a donation drive on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. until noon. Items that can be donated include clothing, shoes, accessories, books, linens and small household items. Donations collected will help fund the church. For questions, or to arrange an(…)

4th Ward candidates talk public safety, development and neighborhood improvement at first forum

4th Ward candidates talk public safety, development and neighborhood improvement at first forum

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The special election for the 4th Ward alderman is getting more active as the Feb. 28 election approaches. Tonight, Sept. 21, five hopeful candidates participated in a community forum to introduce themselves to voters. Gregory Livingston, Ebony Lucas, Gerald Scott McCarthy, Marcellus Moore, Jr. and Tameka Walton answered questions concerning(…)

New Dyett has $14 million in updates for arts-focused school

New Dyett has $14 million in updates for arts-focused school

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The new Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts, 555 E. 51st St., opened its doors to parents and the community Wednesday night during an open house event to present the $14 million in improvements and changes of the school. Principal Beulah McLoyd said that the infrastructure of the(…)

CHPV fundraising brunch

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) will host a “Magical Benefit Brunch” as a special fundraising event. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Polo Café, 3322 S. Morgan St., in the Bridgeport neighborhood. Tickets are $100 for CHPV members(…)

“Ten Thousand Ripples Emerging Buddha” sculptures unveiled in Jackson Park to celebrate World Peace Day

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Jackson Park celebrated World Peace Day by unveiling the “Ten Thousand Ripples Emerging Buddha” sculptures near the Iowa Building, 1750 E. 56th St. The Chicago Park District in collaboration with the education and arts organization, Changing Worlds, presented the installation. This unveiling coincided with the United Nations’ International Day of(…)

Presidential debate at Logan

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The first presidential debate of the 2016 election will be held on Monday, Sept. 26, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and the Harris School of Public Policy are hosting a watch party for the much-anticipated event. The watch party will take place at the Logan Center, 915(…)

Fruits of Friuli strut their stuff at the Pianoforte Foundation

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Pianoforte Foundation, 1335 S. Michigan Ave., was the venue for an Italian violin-piano duo concert Friday night. Violinist Laura Bortolotto and pianist Matteo Andri spent their summer in a concert tour of South America and the previous evening they had performed a concert at the Italian embassy in(…)

Charline Johnson, 48

Charline Johnson, 48

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Charline Johnson passed away from her battle with cancer on Aug. 28. She was 48 years old. Johnson was actively involved in Hyde Park during the decade that she lived in the neighborhood, and even afterwards living on the South Side. She was a nanny at the Baby PhD. Childcare(…)

AYSO fosters sportsmanship and builds communities

AYSO fosters sportsmanship and builds communities

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Saturday, Sept. 17th marked the start of the fall season of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) in Jackson Park and despite the wet grass, the excitement was palpable. AYSO Hyde Park/Kenwood has been in the community since 1991 offering soccer programs to families with children ages 3 – 18.(…)

Musicians tune in to Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Musicians tune in to Hyde Park Jazz Festival

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 10th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival features about 200 musicians on its diverse lineup scattered over 13 stages with 34 shows. Some of those 200 musicians are South Side locals who are honored to play in their own backyard. Victor Goines is a clarinetist and saxophonist who has played(…)

Concrete traffic procession headed to U. of C.

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell’s concrete-encased Cadillac, “Concrete Traffic” (1970), returns to the University of Chicago (U. of C.) during a public procession that traces the history of the colossal sculpture. The program begins at noon on the plaza outside of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where “Concrete Traffic” will(…)

CHPV fundraising brunch

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) will host a “Magical Benefit Brunch” as a special fundraising event. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Polo Café, 3322 S. Morgan St., in the Bridgeport neighborhood. Tickets are $100 for CHPV members(…)

A look at Stony Island Arts Bank one year later

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A little over a year ago, the former Southmoor Bank and Trust building was a 92-year-old deteriorating structure that had stood vacant for decades. Now, the building has a new purpose by bringing back to life the surrounding community as the Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave.(…)

Hyde Park Used Book Sale weekend approaching

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Used Book Sale will take place Oct. 8 through Oct. 10 at the Hyde Park Shopping Center Plaza at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue as the yearly event for book lovers to restock their shelves. Although this is the book fair’s 10th year being run by(…)

UCPD Chief focuses on community, transparency

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Sunday, Sept. 18, University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) Chief Fountain Walker was the guest speaker at an event hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference.  During the event, Walker addressed the community about how the UCPD and Hyde Park residents can work together to create a safer more welcoming(…)

Bret Harte LSC talks construction plans for Solstice

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At Wednesday night’s Local School Council (LSC) meeting for Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., the main topic of discussion was the construction plans for the upcoming Studio Gang-designed Solstice on the Park development. The 26-story building will sit next door to the school at 1634 E. 56th St.(…)

4th Ward Alderman Candidate Forum

On Thursday, Sept. 22, a 4th Ward Candidates Forum will take place at Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., at 6 p.m. Candidates have until Nov. 28 to file their nominating papers with the minimum amount of 473 signatures. The special election for the 4th Ward Alderman will be held on Feb. 28,(…)

Beyond a mammogram 5K Run/Walk

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The incidence of breast cancer among African American women is slightly lower than it is for Caucasian women, however, the mortality rate is 39 percent higher. This startling statistic and her own battle with the disease spurred Ontisar Freelain and her husband to action in support of finding a cure.(…)

Auditions for HP Community Players

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players announced two audition dates for their upcoming December production of “The Lady’s Not for Burning.” Auditions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Auditions will be held at(…)