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Clarke’s not closed for good

Clarke’s not closed for good

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Despite a sign on the door that says Clarke’s Diner has officially closed, the owner of the Chicago restaurant chain, Tom Tsatas, said they plan to reopen the 53rd Street location again soon. “We will be reopening, with new management, hopefully this weekend,” Tsatas said during a phone interview Monday,(…)

Body pulled from lake near Promontory Point

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Marine Unit recovered the body of an adult male from Lake Michigan, just off of Promontory Point, on Sunday, May 8, at about 10:30 a.m. Police could not yet comment on the identity or ethnicity of the man. Though, they did state that the body looked as(…)

Clarke’s permanently closed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd St., has officially closed. A sign from the owner, Stellios Karagiannis, is posted on the front door thanking the community for the business and support. The University of Chicago brought Clarke’s to the neighborhood in 2011. Clarke’s has two other locations one in Evanston and(…)

Family offers  $7,000 reward for missing med student

Family offers $7,000 reward for missing med student

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago police are no closer to finding Ambrose Monye than they were two weeks ago when the 28-year-old medical student first went missing. Monye’s family recently announced a $7,000 reward for any information leading to his location. Raul Montes, a community activist who’s been working with the Monye family, said(…)

Oliver Stone discusses the use of atomic bombs and his new TV-series at U. of C.

Oliver Stone discusses the use of atomic bombs and his new TV-series at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Defenders of American moral superiority take note: the use of the atomic bomb in World War II was gratuitous, genocidal and played no role in the subdual of Japanese forces. At least that’s the view of Academy-Award winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and writer-historian Peter Kuznick. Stone and Kuznick discussed the(…)

Kenwood students receive big money in scholarships

By ALLISON MATYUS As the school year comes to a close, Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is seeing the hard work of its students pay off in various scholarship awards. According to the Assistant Principal, Thomas Frayne, the total amount of money Kenwood students received for scholarships this year is $19,617,268. With(…)

Students stage hunger-strike to protest university’s contract with prison services provider

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) students and anti-prison activists are staging a 24-hour hunger strike in protest of the university’s recently signed contract with Bon Appétit, a company that the protesters allege has its hands in privatized prison food services. According to the student organization “The Fight for Just(…)

Porch project in HP apartment building wins an AIA award

Porch project in HP apartment building wins an AIA award

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Hyde Park resident now has an award-winning porch design from the American Institution of Architecture (AIA) Chicago 2016 Small Projects Awards for the “Photographer’s Balcony” by RANGE Design and Architecture. Laura Letinksy is a visual arts professor at the University of Chicago with a love of photography, who lives(…)

OWL hosts meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Older Women’s League (OWL) Hyde Park chapter will host a community meeting on Saturday, May 7, featuring a “2016 Mother’s Day Report” from Margaret Huyck, the national President of the Hyde Park OWL and local president of the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV). The meeting will take place from(…)

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(…)