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Alderman Leslie Hairston forming new advisory councils for 5th Ward

Alderman Leslie Hairston forming new advisory councils for 5th Ward

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In her first public meeting since last month’s election, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) shared plans to create four new advisory councils. Hairston invited constituents to join the new groups last Tuesday at Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave. Their focuses will include the 71st/Stony Island TIF, zoning along 71st(…)

Israeli music coming to K.A.M. synagogue Sunday

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel will host a symphonic youth band from Israel on April 5. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature 55 Israeli musicians between 12 and 18 years old. The K’far Vradim symphonic youth band will stop at K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.,(…)

Do Not Submit open mic storytelling series to kick off this year in Hyde Park Friday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Annual North Side storytelling open mic “Do Not Submit” is expanding across the city — including to Hyde Park. “Do Not Submit” started in 2012 in Wrigleyville and took place last year in Lakeview’s Powells Books, before it closed. This year’s expansion is an effort to get Chicagoans beyond the(…)

I left my heart in the Tower of London: “The Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Yeomen of the Guard,” reckoned by both its creators as their best collaboration, was recently performed at Mandel Hall. Hyde Park’s own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company Inc. (GSOCI), which has been offering productions since 1960 by operetta’s most famous duo, is presenting “Yeoman,” with(…)

Review: “Two Trains Running”

Review: “Two Trains Running”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through April 19 Tickets: $27-$80 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When I reviewed Goodman Theatre’s 1993 production of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running,” I said it was a show you’d be very glad you saw but a little reluctant to recommend wholeheartedly to(…)

U. of C. Institute of Politics names spring 2015 fellows

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP) will host eight fellows this spring. Since its January 2013 founding, the IOP has hosted 44 fellows, who present public seminars and talks each quarter. Next quarter’s fellows are: CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson, Chicago Sun-Times deputy editorial page editor Kate Grossman, “An Inconvenient Truth” director(…)

Obama Library needs South Side, non-park location

To the Editor: The Nichols Park Advisory Council voted at its March meeting to announce our enthusiastic support for the proposal to site the Obama Presidential Library on the South Side of Chicago, but also to express our definitive opposition to the use of any park land for this project. We believe building the library(…)

Good food doing good: Taste of Hyde Park returns

To the Editor: Since 2002, the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (HPTHP) has been helping homeless families get back on their feet. To support that effort we are launching our tenth annual fundraiser, the Taste of Hyde Park. The dinner and silent auction will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday April 18,(…)

Former Kenwood Academy student injured by Virginia police

Former Kenwood Academy student injured by Virginia police

A 2012 graduate of Kenwood Academy High School was injured last Wednesday night during an arrest by police in Charlottesville, Va. The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m., after Johnson, a 20-year-old University of Virginia student, was denied entry to a bar. Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents detained Johnson for questioning. “In the course(…)

With a mobile app, a U. of C. Booth graduate tries to change how local stores get feedback

With a mobile app, a U. of C. Booth graduate tries to change how local stores get feedback

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A newly graduated University of Chicago Booth student is hoping to change the way small businesses and their customers interact — including here in Hyde Park. Daniel Rezko, a childhood resident of Hyde Park and 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the co-founder of Yella, a(…)

U.S. Army Corps restoration of Jackson Park shifts focus

U.S. Army Corps restoration of Jackson Park shifts focus

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With the removal of shrubs and trees complete, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) restoration of Jackson Park will turn its focus toward earthwork, construction and reintroducing native fish. Dundee, Ill.-based Applied Ecological Services was awarded last September with a contract to kick off the multimillion dollar restoration of(…)

Emanuel and Garcia spar at U. of C.-sponsored debate

Emanuel and Garcia spar at U. of C.-sponsored debate

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia squared off last Monday in the first of three debates before the April 7 runoff election. The debate, co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy, was shown on NBC 5 and(…)

CPS suspension rates, men’s health and a community summit in school news

CPS suspension rates, men’s health and a community summit in school news

Suspension rates decline for some CPS students, according to a report from University of Chicago, 1313 E. 60th St. Suspension rates in Chicago Public Schools have declined significantly but still remain very high particularly among the system’s most vulnerable students, according to a new study by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research(…)

Lawsuit against U. of C.’s plans for Vue53 high-rise dismissed

Lawsuit against U. of C.’s plans for Vue53 high-rise dismissed

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The lawsuit filed to prevent construction of a 165-foot-tall building across from Nichols Park has been dismissed. A federal appellate court upheld a previous ruling in the county court dismissing the case against Vue53 because not every property owner was notified of the plaintiff’s intention to file a lawsuit, as(…)

University of Chicago, Illinois Attorney General weighing in on bill aimed at campus police

University of Chicago, Illinois Attorney General weighing in on bill aimed at campus police

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new bill that would require the University of Chicago Police Department to publicly disclose arrests could still change, according to state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25). House sponsors Currie and state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) say the intent behind HB 3932 — inspired by community discussion surrounding the University(…)

Akiba-Schechter teachers headed to Italy to study preschool education

Akiba-Schechter teachers headed to Italy to study preschool education

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Three teachers from Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School will travel to Italy to study its preschool methods. Susan Carton, Arun Srimani and Kelli Harris, preschool teachers at Akiba-Schechter, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., will travel to Reggio Emilia, Italy, this month on a four-day trip to observe the town’s early childhood(…)

Emanuel beat Garcia by a smaller margin in Hyde Park, analysis shows

Emanuel beat Garcia by a smaller margin in Hyde Park, analysis shows

Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel may need to try harder to win local votes in next month’s runoff election. Emanuel beat challenger Jesus Chuy Garcia in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood area by a smaller margin than in the city overall, an analysis of February’s election results show. Across the city,(…)

Alds. Hairston, Burns split on move to eliminate red-light cameras

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park aldermen split on an effort to force a vote on an ordinance that would eliminate the city’s controversial red-light cameras by 2018. Introduced by Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) last October, the ordinance was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Public Way. Six aldermen — including Leslie Hairston (5th) —(…)

New exhibit at Museum of Science and Industry examines the science of everyday life

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry recently opened an exhibit that hopes to explain the simple materials that make day-to-day life happen. “Materials Science” opened at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., in the Lower Level galleries on Thursday and will stay through January 2016. Broken into two galleries, one(…)

Part Thirteen: Bailey’s Bulldog

Part Thirteen: Bailey’s Bulldog

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS But you must see Kenwood as I saw it when we came here in 1861. As we approached, we passed Dr. Eagen’s [Egan’s] Lodge on the corner of Cottage Grove and Forty-seventh, where Mr. Liston and his five children managed to live in the only one-roomed thatched cottage any where near(…)