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University of Chicago to become hub for cancer data

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago will be one of the largest hubs for cancer genomic data in the country. In a partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) the U. of C. will be one of the most comprehensive computational facilities for cancer genomic data. This is expected to allow researchers(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce moves

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce has moved one block west to a storefront at 1755 E. 55th St. The chamber moved into its last location at 5501 S. Everett Ave. in 2008 and signed a five-year lease in 2009. With the lease set to expire on Nov. 30, executive(…)

Hyde Park Art Center to exhibit Chicago students’ work

Hyde Park Art Center to exhibit Chicago students’ work

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) will unveil an exhibition of work by recent art program graduates this Friday. “Ground Floor” is part of a similarly titled biennial show that has taken place since 2010 at HPAC, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. The show aims to boost budding artists’ audiences and(…)

Holiday season a cappella program at Rockefeller Chapel this Saturday

Holiday season a cappella program at Rockefeller Chapel this Saturday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A choir with strong Hyde Park ties will perform choral holiday music this weekend. Lakeview-based Chicago a cappella will present “Holidays a cappella”  at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., a program ranging from carols to spirituals and Hanukkah songs to selections from(…)

Santa Claus coming to Hyde Park

Santa Claus coming to Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Jackie Jackson and Kenneth Faulkner, owners of Kilwins Chocolates Hyde Park, are starting a holiday tradition: the “Santa Claus is Coming to Hyde Park Extravaganza.” In December, Kilwins will be adorned with Christmas decorations and every Saturday and Sunday — Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21 from 3 p.m. to(…)

Against all odds, Macbeth performance goes smoothly at Logan Center

Against all odds, Macbeth performance goes smoothly at Logan Center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer “Macbeth” is a play with a reputation. The Scottish Play, as theater folks euphemistically call it, earned that title because it has a history, real or perceived, for bringing mayhem to any theater that performs it. That didn’t deter University of Chicago fourth year Eamon Boylan from directing a sold-out(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council mulls postponing new standardized test

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council mulls postponing new standardized test

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A volunteer from the parent education group Raise Your Hand Illinois spoke to community members at the Hyde Park –Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC) recently about the group’s recommendation that the full administering of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test be postponed(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) still calling for $15 minimum wage

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) still calling for $15 minimum wage

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) both voted last Tuesday to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13, but Hairston said it should be higher. Tuesday’s 44-5 vote ensured Chicago’s $8.25 minimum wage will rise to $10 by July 2015 and 50 cents every year through 2019, when it(…)