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Rainbow PUSH welcomes DOJ investigation of CPD

Rainbow PUSH welcomes DOJ investigation of CPD

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rev. Jesse Jackson led a press conference Monday, at Rainbow PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., praising the move by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an expansive investigation into the Chicago Police Department (CPD). U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday that the DOJ’s investigation will(…)

Vue53 opens leasing and new office

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Vue53 had a grand opening of their leasing office today, located at 1453 E. 53rd St. Though the apartment complex will not be completed until September 2016, Vue53 had a soft opening last Tuesday and began leasing to the public. Apartments range from 428 square foot studios to 804 square(…)

Uncertain future for Washington Park Vet Center

Uncertain future for Washington Park Vet Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Washington Park organization serving Chicago’s homeless veterans is facing closure after being hit by the city with 38 building code violations. The organization’s founders suspect that the city’s scrutiny was motivated by parties interested in obtaining property surrounding the likely location of the Obama Presidential Center. The Remake The(…)

Einstein grand opening

Einstein grand opening

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Einstein Bros. Bagels, 5230 S. Harper Ct., has been welcomed in the neighborhood warmly since it first opened last month. On Thursday, Dec. 10, the store will officially be a part of Hyde Park at its grand opening event. From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., guests will receive a 10(…)

Anti-violence group recruits involvement in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This weekend, the group of mom activists from Englewood known as Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) will gather in Hyde Park’s Bixler Park to promote summer neighborhood patrols. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, MASK will be in the park on 57th Street and Kenwood Avenue to recruit(…)

U. of C. professor co-authors book on mixed-income housing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) professor Robert Chaskin and Case Western Reserve University professor Mark Joseph kicked off the release of their new book, “Integrating The Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation,” Thursday evening at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., with a(…)

Domino’s operations suspended by public health department

Domino’s operations suspended by public health department

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Domino’s at 1453 E. Hyde Park Blvd. has been temporarily closed by the Chicago Department of Public Health. The department placed a notice on the storefront’s door Tuesday that stated that the pizza restaurant’s license has been suspended. Representatives from the Chicago Department of Public Health declined to comment(…)

Teachers to vote yes or no on strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Dec. 9, teachers that are a part of the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) will vote on whether or not to authorize a teacher’s strike. The contract between CTU and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) expired this summer and teachers have been working without a contract for over 150 days. CTU(…)

La Rabida fosters fashionistas

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This week marks the ninth year that a trendy North Side boutique will donate holiday dresses to teen and tween patients at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr. On Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., volunteers from Frankie’s on the Park, 2322 N. Clark St.,(…)

Ald. Hairston responds to McCarthy firing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has responded to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s dismissal of Police Sup. Garry McCarthy with the demand for more reforms. In a statement released Tuesday, Hairston said, “We need to have a clearance sale in the police department and get rid of everyone who McCarthy brought with him.(…)

MSNBC correspondent to talk about race at the Co-Op

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Joy-Ann Reid from MSNBC will be at the Seminary Co-Op on Friday to discuss her book, “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide.” In her recently published book, Reid highlights the racial divide that has taken over news headlines, despite any progress that has been made over the(…)

Preckwinkle Holiday Party

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is inviting the Hyde Park-Kewood community to attend a holiday party Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd., from 6 p.m. – 8:30p.m. In addition to joining the festivities at the party, guests are encouraged to bring a gift, toy(…)

Review: Dazzling fortepiano on the Midway

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The fortepiano, the immediate precursor of today’s piano, could well have been consigned to oblivion but for the period instrument movement of the last century. The fortepiano was remarkable in its day, created around 1700 by an Italian harpsichord maker. Initially, the instruments were very expensive and only royalty(…)

Review: “Pilgrim’s Progress”

Review: “Pilgrim’s Progress”

RECOMMENDED Where: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. When: through Dec. 13 Tickets: $30-$35 Phone: 312-943-8722 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Brett Neveu’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” takes its title from John Bunyan’s 17th-century The Pilgrim’s Progress, a Christian allegory about man’s spiritual journey that is considered one of the most important religious works ever written.(…)

Review: “Never the Sinner”

Review: “Never the Sinner”

RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Dec. 6 Tickets: $15-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic It isn’t easy to write a gripping courtroom drama when everyone knows the defendants are guilty and how the trial turns out. But that’s just what John Logan did with “Never the Sinner,”(…)

Review: “Agamemnon”

Review: “Agamemnon”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through Dec. 6 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic According to an interview with Nicholas Rudall in the program for the world premiere of his new translation of Aeschylus’ “Agamemnon” at Court Theatre, the chorus in the play, written around 458 B.C., originally(…)

Kenwood Broncos start basketball season with wins

Kenwood Broncos start basketball season with wins

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Broncos Madness a huge hit On a cold Saturday night, Nov. 21, at Kenwood Academy High School, a standing room only crowd of 1,000 plus fans packed the gymnasium to witness the start of the basketball season for the Kenwood Broncos Boys Varsity Basketball Team. “It’s Midnight Madness,” said Zion(…)

Hales fall to Hilcrest in season opener

Hales fall to Hilcrest in season opener

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In their first game of the 2015-16 season, the Hales Franciscan Spartans fell to the Hillcrest Hawks 83-50, in a blow out loss at the Chicago Heights Classic held at Bloom Township High School on Monday night, Nov. 23. “We’ve lost five senior starters from last years team,” said Gary(…)

School News

School News

A special celebration at The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave. Community members, students, faculty and friends of The Ancona School are invited to the second annual Ancona Day, Sunday Dec. 6, from noon-3 p.m. on the new Outdoor Learning Space. The event will feature games, entertainment, food and hot chocolate. Register for the event(…)

University of Chicago Updates

University of Chicago Updates

Renaissance Society celebrates centennial The Renaissance Society, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., is celebrating its one hundredth year in existence with an exhibition titled, “Let Us Celebrate While Youth Lingers And Ideas Flow, Archives 1915-2015.” The exhibition, which is based at Midway Studios, 929 E. 60th St., but also extends to the Renaissance Society’s headquarters on(…)