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Hyde Parkers’ view of gangs challenged by activists

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the past few months, violence edging into the confines of Hyde Park has left residents questioning how to take action. At a community meeting on Sept. 21, held in response to an Aug. 25 shooting that killed a man in the 1500 block of E. Dorchester Avenue, Hyde Park(…)

Where to watch tonight’s Democratic debate in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer There are two viewing parties in Hyde Park tonight for those who want to learn more about the candidates who plan to run as democrats in the 2016 presidential election. The Cove Lounge, 1750 E. 55th St., and at the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), 1448 E. 57th St., will(…)

U. of C. announces new law school dean

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Thomas J. Miles has been chosen as the new dean of the University of Chicago Law School. Miles succeeds Michael H. Schill, who recently became president of the University of Oregon. Miles has served on the law school faculty since 2005. His new appointment as dean begins November 1. “Tom(…)

Community rallies for resurrection

Community rallies for resurrection

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An historic Woodlawn church that suffered severe structural damage after a fire engulfed the building last week is rallying a community in efforts to rebuild. In the 4 days since a crowd funding campaign was set up online, benefactors have donated almost $38,000 to Shrine of Christ the King church,(…)

St. Thomas wines and dines

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Fall is in full swing, and the St. Thomas the Apostle School is inviting the community to celebrate this colorful season at their Wines and Steins Harvest Festival this Saturday from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event at St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., will feature 14 wines to(…)

Park organizers call on Metra for restoration work

Park organizers call on Metra for restoration work

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) President Louise McCurry is spearheading an effort to restore the area surrounding the Metra tracks between 59th and 60th streets. McCurry, along with Midway Park Advisory Council (MPAC) President Bronwyn Nichols Lodato, met with Metra officials Friday morning to discuss the area, which has fallen(…)

Gov. Rauner talks innovation at CIE celebration

Gov. Rauner talks innovation at CIE celebration

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner paid a visit to Hyde Park Wednesday morning to congratulate the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) on one year of innovation in the community and its exciting expansions in programming. Rauner spoke about the importance of entrepreneurship when it comes to the economy during the program’s celebration(…)

Sexual assault case discussed at Chicago Theological Seminary

Sexual assault case discussed at Chicago Theological Seminary

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Attorney Steven Denny and Muslim community leaders held a press conference in Hyde Park, Thursday afternoon, to address the second set of criminal charges of sexual abuse recently leveled against Abdullah Saleem, former president of the Institute of Islamic Education (IIE) in Elgin, Ill. Denny currently represents the four women(…)

Hyde Park Art Center furthers in international collaboration

Hyde Park Art Center furthers in international collaboration

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center has received a $40,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for its diverse, artistic exchanges. “The International Connections Fund enables Chicago’s vital arts and culture sector to continue to build Chicago’s reputation as a global city; the work that comes out(…)

Fire ravages historic church in Woodlawn

Fire ravages historic church in Woodlawn

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Fire officials cited the spontaneous combustion of oily floor rags as the cause of a Wednesday morning fire that structurally devastated a historic Catholic church in Woodlawn. Late into Wednesday afternoon, firefighters continued to attend to hot spots in the interior of Shrine of Christ the King church, 6401,(…)

City Hyde Park reveals pricing

City Hyde Park reveals pricing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The newest addition to Hyde Park housing, City Hyde Park, has begun the pre-leasing process for when the apartment complex opens up in late December. City Hyde Park, 5105 S. Harper Ave., will allow future residents to move in beginning Dec. 21, with rent starting at $1,800 for the cheapest(…)

Kenwood students help artist paint abandoned house

Kenwood students help artist paint abandoned house

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Early Sunday morning, Oct. 4, a group of Kenwood Academy high school students and Washington Park community members gathered at 5703 S. Lafayette Ave. to assist artist and architect Amanda Williams in painting an abandoned house the bright, reddish orange color of “Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.” As part of her project(…)

Rev. Jackson, McCarthy speak about September’s death rates

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. spoke out against what is being called the deadliest September in 13 years. At an Oct. 1 Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) press conference, which was held at the intersection of 51st Street and Drexel Avenue—the site of a Sept. 16 shooting—Jackson advocated for stricter gun laws.(…)

U. of C. report finds that suspension rates relate to race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer According to a new report from the University of Chicago (U. of C.), racial disparities among Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students are one of the driving forces of suspension rates. The consortium report, which took two and a half-years to fully research, looks at how discipline is related to schools’(…)

Pedestrian safety discussed in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park is by-and-large a driving neighborhood. A majority of the community gets in their car and drives to where they need to go, but others do prefer the Chicago way of walking to destinations. In a community that is driver-focused, pedestrian safety has become a main concern. According to(…)

U. of C. data project hits the streets

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Thanks to a $3.1 million grant, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) will implement a citywide collaborative project between the city and scientific research to benefit the various communities of Chicago. Led by Charlie Catlett, a computer scientist and senior fellow at the Computation Institute at U. of C.,(…)

Used book sale this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 9th Annual Hyde Park Used Book Sale happens this weekend from Saturday, Oct. 10 through Monday, Oct. 12. The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Council (HPKCC) has been collecting used books, sheet music, videos and recordings in sellable condition since August for the yearly event that brings literary lovers from(…)

Review: Chicago bathed in Mozart Operas

By M.L. Rantala Classical Music Critic What: Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 North Wacker Dr. When: Through Oct. 24 Phone: 312-332-2244 And What: Mozart’s “Lucia Silla” Where: Harris Theater , 205 E. Randolph St. When: Through Oct. 4 Contact: chicagooperatheater.org The Chicago opera season opened with a splash on Saturday with(…)

Review: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

Review: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

RECOMMENDED Where: Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. When: through Oct. 11 Tickets: $25-$123 Phone: 800-775-2000 You have to love a musical cheeky enough to begin with “A Warning to the Audience” to leave the theater. And, indeed, “The Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” the 2014 Tony Award winner now at the(…)

Review: “Funnyman”

Review: “Funnyman”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $25-$79 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The idea that comedians often are crying on the inside has become something of a cliché, so I expected Bruce Graham’s “Funnyman” to go beyond the obvious(…)