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U. of C., Ald. Leslie Hairston mull 55th Street makeover with community

U. of C., Ald. Leslie Hairston mull 55th Street makeover with community

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) hosted a public meeting last Monday evening to gather community input for what could be a long-term, multimillion-dollar project to spruce up the 55th Street corridor. Around 20 community members divided between four tables were each assigned to compile(…)

Hyde Park policy wonk preparing to run for 5th Ward alderman

Hyde Park policy wonk preparing to run for 5th Ward alderman

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After years of studying urban policy in school and at work, Hyde Parker Jocelyn Hare wants to lead the 5th Ward. Hare, 34, is a University of Chicago Harris School graduate, currently serving as a Richard M. Daley Distinguished Senior Fellow consulting on policy for Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and(…)

Local non-profit taking St. Thomas students to Museum of Science and Industry

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Students from St. Thomas the Apostle School have been gifted a free trip to the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) through the City Museums For Kids program. Joe Jaycox, founder of City Museums For Kids, has made it his mission to broaden the minds of economically challenged youth(…)

Hyde Park woman charged in stabbing death

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park woman has been charged with murder following the death of a 23-year-old man. Shawanda Swain, 21, of the 5100 block of South Chicago Avenue, was charged with one felony count of murder in the first degree Friday. She was taken into custody by the Chicago Police Department(…)

Hyde Park gems on display for Chicago Architecture Foundation’s open house weekend

Hyde Park gems on display for Chicago Architecture Foundation’s open house weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some of Hyde Park’s architectural gems will be open for tours during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s open house. This year the foundation will include more than 150 places across the city and six in Hyde Park. The buildings will be open on Oct. 18 and 19 and admission is free.(…)

New Regenstein Library exhibit showcases WWI-era French illustration

New Regenstein Library exhibit showcases WWI-era French illustration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Illustrated French books from the World War I era are the focus of an exhibit opening Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St. “En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I,” curated by Hyde Park husband and wife duo Teri J.(…)

Is there some folly in that trolley?

To The Editor: Well the final results are in regarding Hyde Park’s support for a trolley on 53rd Street, and now I have to remind myself of the purpose of the trolley in the first place.  Exactly what problem is this nifty trolley supposed to solve? If I think back over many, many months, I(…)

Hard to get a street cleaned in Hyde Park

To the Editor: My name is Robert Wernis and I live on Ridgewood Court. For years I have been complaining about the lack of street sweeping in November in the 4th Ward. We are now in the 5th Ward but are still listed in the 4th Ward for street sweeping. I called Ald. Will Burns’(…)

Part Nine: Legends of the Fall

Part Nine: Legends of the Fall

Editor’s note: The series has completed a look at the development of the major intersections along Lake Park Avenue, and turned to stories of interest within the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. The articles are all of varying topics, but relate to the residences that currently or in the past have defined the urban fabric.(…)

Mad, bad and dangerous to know

Mad, bad and dangerous to know

What: Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through Oct. 29 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Don Giovanni” has returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago in a stunning new production featuring a Don Juan who is mad, bad and dangerous to know. Opening night Saturday offered a revelatory(…)

Review: “Native Son”

Review: “Native Son”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through Oct. 9 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Actress Nambi E. Kelley’s 90-minute adaptation of “Native Son” takes some striking liberties with Richard Wright’s seminal 1940 novel, but they pay off dramatically in Court Theatre and American Blues Theater’s world premiere,(…)

Menu cash, wages, a survey and a senior ball in ward news

Fifth Ward residents can expect to wait three more months to find out exactly how Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) 2014 menu money is being spent. Last spring, four groups of residents, one from each of the ward’s four neighborhoods — Hyde Park, South Shore, Woodlawn and Greater Grand Crossing — submitted recommendations on how to(…)

Hyde Park Ph.D. student named Amtrak writer-in-residence

Hyde Park Ph.D. student named Amtrak writer-in-residence

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Sixth-year U. of C. graduate student and Hyde Parker Korey Gerard Garibaldi will take part in Amtrak’s first-ever writer’s residency. Garibaldi is one of 24 writers-in-residence – and 16,000 applicants – selected go on a free, round-trip writing retreat in a sleeper cabin. The train travel enthusiast, whose past journeys(…)

Online sex assault list sparks debate at U. of C.

Online sex assault list sparks debate at U. of C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After an anonymous posting online listing men who have allegedly committed acts of sexual violence against students on campus, the University of Chicago responded by releasing a statement regarding free speech. In a letter university President Robert Zimmer and provost Eric Isaacs released on Thursday, the school affirmed that the(…)

Mirrors and mazes at the Museum of Science and Industry

Mirrors and mazes at the Museum of Science and Industry

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Get lost in the mathematical patterns found in nature at a new permanent exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. Next week, MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will unveil a new permanent exhibit, “Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze.” The exhibit will explain the mathematical patterns in nature(…)

Oktoberfest returning to Hyde Park

Oktoberfest returning to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago and South East Chicago Commission will host an Oktoberfest celebration from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 4, in Nichols Park. For the first time since it began in 2011, the event will take place on the south end of Nichols Park, near 55th(…)

Unitarians present Voodou music program

Unitarians present Voodou music program

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago-based Crossing Borders Music Collective will perform Haitian folk and classical songs at 3 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 5, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. The program, entitled “The Real Voodou,” has already been performed six times across the Chicago area. The Hyde Park show will feature(…)

Rights impinged of Dyett students

To the Editor: A people that does not know its history is destined to repeat it. Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. It is required in(…)