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Wines and Steins returns at St. Thomas School

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle School’s Wines and Steins event will be returning for a second year on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The annual event will feature specialty wines from Madison Vine Wines, a wine shop in the West Loop neighborhood. Tastings will feature 12 wines,(…)

Pritzker School of Medicine takes steps to ensure success after graduation

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (UCPSM) has partnered with the American Medical Association (AMA) and 31 other medical schools from across the country in an effort to transform medical education to ensure that future physicians are prepared for the 21st century with a grant program called Accelerating Change(…)

Nando’s Peri-Peri makes case for liquor license at new Hyde Park location

Nando’s Peri-Peri makes case for liquor license at new Hyde Park location

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At a community meeting last night, Oct. 11, the South African food chain, Nando’s Peri-Peri, presented it’s case for obtaining a liquor license at its new 3,995 square foot location at 1447 E. 53rd St., to the 5th Ward Alderman’s office. The meeting at the Hyde Park Hyatt was announced(…)

Street closures for Comer Children’s 5K

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The 2016 Race for the Kids at Comer Children’s Hospital will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. at the University of Chicago Quad near 58th Street and University Avenue. There will be several street closures in the area due to the race. The family-friendly, fitness-focused event includes(…)

WhistleSTOP is worth reviving

To the Editor:  Great that you support the revival of Whistle Stop. (I think I still have mine somewhere; I always have a whistle like it on my key chain!) I remember incidents where it really made a difference! The great thing about it is that people didn’t have to put themselves at risk to(…)

University of Chicago falls short in volleyball match

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In spite of a 25-17 explosion to win their first set of the match, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Womens Volleyball Team fell 3 sets to 1, in a best of five series match against 11th ranked Juniata College on Saturday evening at the Gerald Ratner Athletic Center,(…)

Mining Rheingold for laughs

What: “Das Rheingold” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through Oct. 22 Tickets: Lyricopera.org By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” is one of opera’s monumental achievements and it requires considerable forces to mount the composer’s four operas with some three dozen characters, about 15 total hours in(…)

Daniel Fegan,73

Daniel Fegan,73

Daniel Fegan passed away at age 73 from complications from leukemia, Oct. 1, while surrounded by his family. A lifelong Chicagoan and Hyde Park resident for the last three decades, Fegan leaves behind his beloved wife, Dr. Claudia Fegan, his first-born child and daughter, Angela, his son, James, and his younger sister, Mary. Fegan was(…)

Nancy Shlaes deGrazia, 79

Nancy Shlaes deGrazia, 79

Nancy Shlaes deGrazia, 79. Beloved wife of the late Victor R. deGrazia and former wife of Jared B. Shlaes; devoted mother of Bruce (Beth Wilson) deGrazia, Janet (Hans Funke) deGrazia, Lee deGrazia, Amity Shlaes (Seth) Lipsky, Daniel (Lauren) deGrazia, Noah (Lynda Jo) Shlaes, Nancy (Phil) LoCascio, and Jane Shlaes; cherished grandmother of 18; proud great-grandmother(…)

Chaturanga promotes the practice of yoga through Mindful Meetups

Chaturanga promotes the practice of yoga through Mindful Meetups

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer You don’t have to be flexible or relaxed in order to practice yoga; Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., is proving that the practice of yoga goes far beyond the limits of the yoga mat in their new Mindful Meetups series. “Connecting with yourself in any way is a(…)

Shrine celebrates one year since fire

Shrine celebrates one year since fire

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Oct. 7, 2015, a fire engulfed the over 90-year-old Shrine of Christ the King Church in the early morning hours. The fire completely destroyed the roof, causing it to cave in. Burnt debris littered the streets surrounding the church and smoke from the fire lingered around even after the(…)

Part Twenty: We can’t serve you here

Part Twenty: We can’t serve you here

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS 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(…)

MSI seeks to inspire future generations with “Above and Beyond” exhibit

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is commemorating a century of flight and aerospace exploration with a new exhibit that explores the past, present and future of space technology and air travel. This year, Boeing is celebrating 100 years of innovation with the 5,000 square foot exhibit, which opened(…)

A Hyde Park couple’s journey through transracial adoption

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Raising a child is never easy; it takes preparation, education and lots of time to get it right. For adoptive parents, raising a child has a whole different set of preparation and education, especially if the child is of a different race. According to The Cradle, an adoption agency in(…)

New U. of C. birth center spotlights midwife services

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer University of Chicago Hospital (UCH) debuted a new birthing center last month that will serve the pregnant women of Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods in a 25,000 square foot, customizable setting. The UCH also reinstated the midwife practice it abandoned 13 years ago. New features of the birthing center include(…)

HPNC starts mentorship program

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) has developed a mentorship program for at risk youth living in Chicago called Match UP. “Our program is tailored (specifically) to helping at risk youth ages 12-18,” said Kendalyn Diroll, program manager for the Match UP Mentorship program at HPNC, 5480 S Kenwood Ave.(…)

Art fair committee seeks volunteers

The 57th Street Art Fair is seeking volunteers to join the Art Fair organizing committee. This hands-on committee will be hosting an information session on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. and a second session will take place on the same day at 7 p.m. Both sessions will take place at the Hyde Park Neighborhood(…)

Amanda’s Garden Workday

The Ray School Garden Committee will hold a workday on Amanda’s Garden on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. until noon. Work on the garden will include weeding, planting and spreading wood chips. The garden is located at the corner of 56th Street and Kenwood Avenue. Refreshments will be provided for those who volunteer, and(…)

Chicago Police release news alert of two burglaries

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has issued an alert of two burglaries in the second district area. The first incident occurred in the 3500 Block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on Oct. 3 at about 4 p.m. The second incident occurred in the 3500 Block of South Giles(…)

Obama Foundation announces establishment of Inclusion Council

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Obama Foundation announced today, Oct. 11, the creation of the Obama Foundation Inclusion Council. The council will bring together a diverse group of Chicagoans who will play a key role in helping to guide and advise the foundation’s strategic goals and ensure a broad range of opinions and experiences(…)