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Chicago police release updated information on missing medical student

Chicago police released an update on the last place a missing medical students was seen before his disappearance two weeks ago. Ambrose Monye, a University of Guadalajara med-student on a two-year rotation at Jackson Park Hospital, 7531 S. Stony Island Ave., was last seen on April 22 near 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Police(…)

U.of C. Medicine looks for community support at state hearing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) is encouraging community members to show their support for University of Chicago (U. of C.) Medicine’s proposed healthcare expansion by attending the university’s hearing with the state Health and Services Review Board on May 10, in Normal, Ill. The nine-person, governor-appointed panel has the final(…)

61st Farmers Market to hold first outdoor event of the season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 61st Street Farmers Market returns outdoors this Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., marking the beginning of warmer weather and weekly markets. The 61st Street Farmers Market is located between Drochester and Blackstone avenues and features dozens of local farms, bakeries and other organic and fresh(…)

“Stop gap” funding will keep lights on at CSU but for how long?

Barbara Flynn Currie State Representative (d-25) I was the lead sponsor of the measure that will keep state universities and community colleges open, for at least a little while. It will also fund almost a semester’s worth of tuition costs for low-income college students. The measure passed, handily, in each chamber of the General Assembly.(…)

A glimmer of hope for CSU

A glimmer of hope for CSU

Kwame Raoul State Senator (D-13) Some good news came out of Springfield last week as the governor signed legislation that finally releases some state money for college students and public universities. It allows Chicago State University, which had been expected to run out of money and close its doors on April 30, to stay open(…)

A victory for state funded schools but still no permanent solution

A victory for state funded schools but still no permanent solution

Christian Mitchell State Rep. (D-26) Last week, in an important victory for our students in higher education, the Illinois legislature passed a bill that provided emergency funding for some of our most cash-strapped public colleges and universities – including Chicago State University. Without this funding, CSU would have been forced to close its doors on(…)

International House to host Latin American Policy Forum

Patrick Reilly Global Voices Interviews Editor Since 1932, International House at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) has brought students and scholars from around the world together in a diverse residential community that builds life-long qualities of leadership, respect, and friendship. Eight decades after its establishment, International House continues to fulfill the vision of(…)

EDITORIAL: Who is Sophia King?

“Who is she?” From the moment Sophia King was selected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as the Interim Alderman of the 4th Ward, due to former Ald. Burns’ abrupt exit in February for a position at Airbnb, the most prominent question from Hyde Park residents has been “Who is she?” We’ve received phone calls, emails and(…)

Review: “Mary Page Marlowe”

Review: “Mary Page Marlowe”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June 5 Tickets: $20-$89 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In the first scene of the world premiere of Tracy Letts’ “Mary Page Marlowe” at Steppenwolf Theatre, the title character , age 40 (Rebecca Spence), sits in a booth at a diner explaining to(…)

The fabulous smoky edges of classical music

What: “The King and I” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through May 22 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic I heard some splendid music over the weekend at two very different venues. Neither event could be considered fully within the mainstream of classical music, and some of it wasn’t classical(…)

Mother’s Day events in HP

Mother’s Day events in HP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Celebrate your mother in Hyde Park at various neighborhood events going on for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. On Thursday, May 5, at Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., there will be a Mother’s Day Stories and Crafts for children ages 5 and up beginning at 4(…)

Art Fair looking for volunteers

Art Fair looking for volunteers

The 57th Street Art Fair Committee is looking for volunteers to help the days of the Fair: Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th. The committee needs people to help at four information booths (answering questions, giving directions, etc.), to be booth sitters for artists needing to take a break, to help with volunteer recruitment,(…)

Annual Spring Garden Fair

Annual Spring Garden Fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 57th Annual Spring Garden Fair is set for May 13 through the 14 at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 5500 S. Lake Park Ave. Thousands of plants will be available to purchase during the two-day event and all proceeds benefit the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. Both annuals and perennials(…)

Who is monitoring UCPD activity in the neighborhood? 

To the Editor: Due to the recent shootings, I have noticed a heavy saturation of police patrols in the North Hyde Park and South Kenwood areas, by both Chicago and University of Chicago police departments. But UCPD patrols have been much heavier, despite the fact that the University of Chicago has sold off much of(…)

Workmen renege on parking promise

To the Editor: For a few weeks the workmen on the Vue 53 building honored their promise not to park on Kimbark and Kenwood Avenues. They are supposed to put their cars in the parking garage on Lake Park at 53rd Streets and walk to work. But they don’t. Once before they were asked not(…)

JPW applauds Ald. Hairston’s push for more community involvment in Project 120

To the Editor: Jackson Park Watch (JPW) is a community initiative dedicated to ensuring that community members have a decisive voice in any major changes made to Jackson Park.  In particular, JPW has focused on the varied and changing proposals for the north end of the Park that have been advanced by Project 120 over the(…)

Hyde Park med-student’s disappearance evades answers

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago police are continuing their search for a 28-year-old, fourth-year medical student who went missing from Hyde Park over a week ago. Ambrose Monye, a University of Guadalajara med-student on a two-year rotation at Jackson Park Hospital, 7531 S. Stony Island Ave., was last seen on Friday, April 22, as(…)

New app for free curbside parking designed with Hyde Parkers in mind

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents know all too well the scenario of drving around the neighborhood multiple times in an attempt to find that one, open curbside parking spot. It’s become a daily routine for the lives of city drivers, and a new app is trying to change that. Manos Chatzopoulos, a(…)

HP author celebrates book launch

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident and group organizer of The Indie City Writers, K.B. Jensen, is celebrating the launch of her new book, “A Storm of Stories” at a May 7 book launch. “A Storm of Stories” is four years in the making for Jensen, and is in a way, an experiment(…)

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club welcomes AAU basketball

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club and the Chicago South Side Thunder Amature Athletic Union (AAU) Basketball Team are looking to align their events, games and fundraisers with organizations and businesses throughout the community. “We are a non profit basketball program,” said Alan Ferguson, co founder and head coach of the(…)