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Friends of Blackstone Library

Friends of Blackstone Library

May 12 – Friends of Blackstone Library. Despres Memorial Lecture. 7:00. 4904 So. Blackstone Avenue. For further information contact Brenda Sawyer: litjoy.voices@gmail.com

Second Presbyterian Church

Second Presbyterian Church

May 15 – Second Presbyterian Church. 6:00 refreshments, 7:00 talk. 1936 So. Michigan Avenue. For further information contact Lisa Napoles: historic2ndchurch@yahoo.com

K.A.M. hosts talks on the Jewish family

K.A.M. hosts talks on the Jewish family

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a weekend of discussion regarding the history and future of the Jewish family structure. After Shabbat service, at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 28, Jonathan Boyarin will present “The Jewish Family in History.” Boyarin is the author of “The Jewish(…)

DuSable feted at DuSable

DuSable feted at DuSable

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History in partnership with the Illinois Amistad Commission will host “Suite DuSable: A Vision of Faith,” by renowned composer Renee’ Baker. The symphony will be performed in celebration of the museum’s namesake, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, the first settler in Chicago. “Suite DuSable:(…)

Public school advocates: Have your say

To the Editor: We are very excited that the Hyde Park/Kenwood Community Action Council (CAC) is up and running. This is an entity that has been created by individuals in our community, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, to create a vision for our neighborhood schools through the participation and voice of parents, teachers, administrators,(…)

New school gaining steam

New school gaining steam

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Free School hosted an open house Saturday afternoon at its new location. The school also launched its fundraising campaign during the event. The school’s founder, Lauren Beitler, shared the mission and philosophy of the school to the crowd of about 50 teachers, parents, organizers, supporters and members(…)

Jay Travis lays out campaign

Jay Travis lays out campaign

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “She’s not a talker, she’s a doer,” Kenwood Oakland Community Organization Education Organizer Jitu Brown told an energetic group of around 40 supporters shortly before Jay Travis’ first press conference last Tuesday. Quoting the late comedian Robin Harris, he then led his audience into chanting that Travis’ opponent, state Rep.(…)

The U. of C. Folk Festival returns to Hyde Park

The U. of C. Folk Festival returns to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The 54th annual University of Chicago Folk Festival will take place Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 16, at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Since 1961, the concert has been a neighborhood haunt for folk legends from mandolinist Bill Monroe to bluesman Muddy Waters. This year’s acts will span(…)

La Rabida opens new wing to provide outpatient care

La Rabida opens new wing to provide outpatient care

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Jackson Park hosted the grand opening of its new outpatient center Monday. Past and present patients, community members and elected officials attended the ceremony and shared their memories and gratitude for the hospital. La Rabida, which was built during the World’s Columbian Exposition(…)

Open Produce Kenwood art is a surprise hit

Open Produce Kenwood art is a surprise hit

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., is showcasing a group exhibit featuring art by students of Kenwood Academy High School. The drawings and paintings, which are all based on a botanical theme, were inspired by a December field trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory. “They spent the whole day walking(…)

Strive brings fundraising home

Strive brings fundraising home

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park-based non-profit Strive Tutoring is hosting its annual fundraiser in the neighborhood this year. Strive, 5001 S. Ellis Ave., is an educational services center for students that provides free educational support, customized tutoring and enrichment activities to youth from Chicago’s South Side. The program offers academic services such(…)

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile comes to Hyde Park

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile comes to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Democratic strategist Donna Brazile presented the University of Chicago Organization of Black Students’ annual George E. Kent Lecture last Thursday at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. In an meandering lecture on her career and the contemporary Black political experience, Brazile rained praise on President Obama while addressing the minimum(…)

Why I’m running for the 26th District

By JAY TRAVIS I was born, raised and educated in the neighborhoods of the 26th District. Growing up, my grandmother told me stories of how she had to stand up to slumlords in Kenwood to ensure that her hard-earned rent paid for safe, clean housing. She pressed upon me that no matter where you were from, you deserved(…)

More delays for Whole Foods

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Whole Foods has said it does not expect to open its Hyde Park store until 2016, but the developer says construction is on schedule. Whole Foods will open its neighborhood location early in 2016, a full two years after the store was initially scheduled to open, once City Hyde Park’s(…)

U. of C. building library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has appointed a Community Advisory Board for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. The board “is comprised of prominent South Side community leaders who, over the course of their careers, have demonstrated an enduring commitment to strengthening the quality of life on the South Side of Chicago(…)

Coming together to support the young

Coming together to support the young

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The African American Alumni Committee of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration will host a discussion about young, African American males on Feb. 15. The symposium, “Black Young Men in America: Rising Above Social and Racial Prejudice, Trauma and Educational Disparities,” will discuss how to effectively(…)

U. of C. contractor picked

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago chose McShane Construction Company to design and build the new Facilities Services shop at 5225 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The 86,616-square-foot building will allow Facilities Services to consolidate its operations and staff into one location. The new building will house landscaping equipment, structural mechanics, residential, paint,(…)

BankFinancial move costly

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Consolidation of BankFinancial’s e-branch with its main location at 1354 E. 55th St. cost $100,000, according to the company’s latest financial report. BankFinancial’s Hyde Park East branch, located at 5500 S. Lake Park Ave., was converted into a teller-less bank in spring 2012. It was closed last January because of(…)

Review: “Luna Gale”

Review: “Luna Gale”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Feb. 23 Tickets: $25-$81 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Playwright Rebecca Gilman is a master of audience manipulation. She’s amazingly adept at fleshing out a complicated social problem with well-conceived, often flawed characters, then letting its complexity unfold in such a way(…)

Cafe meant to support Seminary Co-op finally poised to open

Cafe meant to support Seminary Co-op finally poised to open

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The long-awaited Plein Air Cafe will open next door to the Seminary Co-op Bookstore on March 1, according to co-owner Soo Choi. Construction on the 40-seat cafe at 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. is complete and the necessary permits have been obtained. Finishing touches are finally being made to the eatery,(…)