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Trauma center advocates strike again

Trauma center advocates strike again

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Trauma center advocates staged a sit in at a construction site near the University of Chicago Medical Center Monday morning. The Trauma Care Coalition (TCC), an organization of South Side residents demanding that the University of Chicago build a Level 1 adult trauma center on its campus, halted work at(…)

Ribs ‘N’ Bibs’ final chapter?

Hyde Park barbeque restaurant Ribs ‘N’ Bibs, 5300 S. Dorchester, closed Monday, May 12. The longtime institution — which opened at 5300 S. Dorchester Ave. in 1966 — has left few clues as to the reason for its sudden closing. Sheets of paper now cover the store’s windows and doors, where two handwritten signs both(…)

Mischievous Medieval Minstrels at the top of the Logan Center

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It can be fun and fascinating to learn about something just as it coalesces into being. Sunday night the newly formed University of Chicago Medieval Minstrelsy gave their first concert and I was there at the ground floor. And by ground floor I mean the penthouse of the university’s(…)

New murder mystery novel draws from Hyde Park

New murder mystery novel draws from Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker K.B. Jensen has published a new murder mystery novel, drawing inspiration from the neighborhood and her professional life. Entitled “Painting with Fire,” her book tells the story of an unemployed woman sharing an apartment with a man who has a shadowy past, on the heels of a murder(…)

Murray Elementary wins Illinois Spotlight Award

Murray Elementary wins Illinois Spotlight Award

Murray Elementary wins Illinois Spotlight Award By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School recently received its second Illinois Spotlight Award. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) gives the award to schools with high poverty rates that are closing the academic achievement gap. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., is one of 37 schools(…)

Landscape architect reimagines Olmsted’s Jackson Park, makes pitch for conservancy and nixing golf driving range

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Nearly 40 people packed into the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., last Monday evening for the first neighborhood appearance by a landscape architect who may shape Jackson Park for years to come. Vermont-based architect Patricia O’Donnell was picked earlier this year by privately-funded non-profit Project 120(…)

Hyde Park teacher who cared for carjacking victim calls for trauma center

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A man who was recently pinned underneath a car following a carjacking in Hyde Park waited 15 minutes for an ambulance to transport him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. On Saturday, May 10, around 11 a.m., a 16-year-old boy entered a vehicle that had been left unattended at the(…)

Better Government Association to host citizen watchdog training

The Better Government Association (BGA) will be hosting a citizen watchdog training session next Wednesday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the U. of C. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. The event will focus on the Freedom of Information Act and how citizens can monitor their government. The event is free,(…)