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Hyde Park school groups work together to map assets

Hyde Park school groups work together to map assets

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Action Council is working in partnership with University of Chicago education policy student group Block 58 to create an asset map for parents with school-aged children. Shaz Razul, director of community programs at University of Chicago (U. of C.) and member of the HP-K(…)

Nothing will rain on Joan’s parade

Nothing will rain on Joan’s parade

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Joan’s Studio for The Performing Arts closed its doors on June 5, after serving the Hyde Park community for more than 20 years. Joan Steggemann, the owner and founder of Joan’s Studio, first opened up shop in January 1995. “I hoped that this institution would give kids an appreciation for(…)

Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for student transitions

Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for student transitions

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As Ray and Shoesmith elementary schools prepare for a third transition of students from 6th to 7th grade, the school’s leaders have learned from the difficulties of past years and are putting preliminary plans in place to create a smooth transition. Sabrina Gates, principal at Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th(…)

A sister’s love launches show

A sister’s love launches show

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer There are two things that mean a lot to Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School student Shaina Grossman: her 8-year-old brother Spencer and dance. When it came time to choose her good deed project, which is a part of her upcoming Bat Mitvah, the 12-year-old chose to use her two(…)

Delivery service, DoorDash, expands into Hyde Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer A new Palo Alto-based tech company specializing in food delivery is expanding into the Hyde Park community. DoorDash, a two-year-old Sequoia-backed company headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., uses advanced technology to optimize the delivery process. Starting Monday, June 22, DoorDash is bringing their restaurant delivery service to the South Side,(…)

Chicago teachers rally, highlight union needs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Thousands of teachers gathered for a Chicago Teachers Union-led rally on June 9 downtown at the Thompson Center for what they called a Rally for A Just Chicago and Fair Contract. Hyde Park has been affected by school closings and other actions just as the other schools in the(…)

Hyde Parkers get real estate savvy

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Understanding the real estate investing market can be overwhelming and challenging for many people who want to dive into this potentially lucrative field. In the heyday before the recession, average investors could dive into the real estate investing market with little upfront capital and rehab properties that they could turn(…)

Two successful seasons brought to a close in Hyde Park

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic When you can see summer coming without resort to squinting, you also know that the music season is coming to a close. Two performing groups with strong Hyde Park support, Baroque Band and the Chicago Ensemble, have both given their final performances of the 2014-15 season and both were(…)