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South Side Pitch seeks to advance local entrepreneurs

South Side Pitch seeks to advance local entrepreneurs

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer If you hurry, you still have just enough time apply for the third annual South Side Pitch showcase. Applications for the “Shark Tank” style contest for local entrepreneurs are due tonight, Aug. 19, by midnight. South Side Pitch is in search of applicants that are committed entrepreneurs with creative business(…)

27th Annual African Festival of the Arts

27th Annual African Festival of the Arts

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Jackson Park might have gotten the Obama Presidential Center but on Labor Day weekend locals and visitors alike will flock to Washington Park in celebration of the 27th Annual African Festival of the Arts. This festival, which will take place Sept. 2-5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Washington(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society Open House

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., is opening the doors of its cable car building in the first of several scheduled open houses this Saturday Aug. 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come and learn the story of the cable car building, pick the brains(…)

South Shore Summer Festival on Sunday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The sixth annual South Shore Summer Festival takes place this Sunday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. The event is free and will have food, local merchants, activities for children and a diverse lineup of musical acts.(…)

Former HPAC director gifts artwork

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The former director of the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) and Kenwood resident, Chuck Thurow, recently donated 114 pieces of artwork by 59 different Chicago artists to the DePaul Art Museum for DePaul University. Thurow was the director for the HPAC, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., from 1998 until 2010 and(…)

Bed Bugs Silence WHPK

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The University of Chicago radio station WHPK is bracing for more time off just as they were planning to return to air. This decision comes after the issue of bed bugs arose in early August after an outbreak was found at the studio and not completely treated. In a letter(…)

One year later: Dyett hunger strikers celebrate, reflect

One year later: Dyett hunger strikers celebrate, reflect

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Aug. 17, 2015, a group of South Side community members decided to go on a hunger strike to preserve Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., as a neighborhood school. Due to the tenacity of the 12 hunger strikers, who participated in a liquid-only fast for 34 days, Chicago(…)

IOP announces new fall fellows

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics announced Wednesday, Aug. 17, that it will bring seven renown political Fellows to campus this fall to discuss a range of topical political issues including the international threat of ISIS and local police violence. “…With the presidential election only a few months away,(…)

The Smart Museum of Art Summer Cookout

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Each year the permanent collections galleries at the Smart Museum get a new look for fall. This summer the changes are being unveiled with a series of celebratory cookouts complete with snacks and libations in the sculpture garden. The opening reception of Conversations with the Collection: Belonging will take place(…)

MASK hosts school supply drives

MASK hosts school supply drives

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) group will be hosting school supply drives throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood for the next few weeks from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. MASK is asking for donations of school supplies such as pens, binders, folders or notebooks, as well as gift cards or(…)

Midweek on the Midway

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The feature film at Midway Plaisance Park this Wednesday evening is Pixar’s, “The Lorax.” An earlier screening of this film was postponed due to rain so the park, 1130 Midway Plaisance Park, is using its “rain date” to offer this screening and its adjoining activities again. Looney Tunes cartoons will(…)

Dentist honors vets with free services

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Kaufman & Kaufman Smile Design Studio, LLC has joined the Freedom Day USA movement to honor the sacrifices and show their appreciation for members of the armed forces, immediate family members and veterans. To show their support the design studio would like to provide an entire day of free dental(…)