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To the Editor

To the Editor: This letter is prompted by the Dec. 16 article “Project 120 Update” as well as by your comments about Jackson Park in your end-of-year coverage. We and many others in the community have many concerns about Project 120, as was made very clear by the large number of participants raising questions at(…)

Coalition questions speedy church demolition

Coalition questions speedy church demolition

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sunday, Jan. 17, community residents and parishioners of Shrine of Christ the King gathered in the auditorium of First Presbyterian, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave., to discuss the fate of a historic Woodlawn church that faces imminent demolition. The congregation of Shrine of Christ the King was displaced from 6401(…)

Hyde Parker recognized on Forbes’ “30 Under 30″ list

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Trevor Wilkins has been recognized in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for a mobile app he created to promote educational goals. Wilkins was always motivated to do well in school—because for him, good grades meant money. “Growing up, my parents paid my brother, my sister and I(…)

Howard Brookins takes on challenge for 1st District

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The race for 1st Congressional District has brought out two Republican and three Democratic candidates to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1). Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) is a part of that race to change up the congressional leadership. Brookins has seen the challenges that the 1st District faces head(…)

CPD chief search continues

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Friday, Jan. 15, marked the last day that the Chicago Police Board accepted applications for the position of Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent. The Police Board, the quasi-judicial, civilian group responsible for investigating police misconduct, is spearheading the search for a new chief of police and will provide Mayor Rahm(…)

Treasure Island pipe burst

Treasure Island pipe burst

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Pedestrian and car traffic near Treasure Island Foods was rerouted today due to a burst pipe in the grocery store. The burst happened in a small room on the northeast side of the store, according to a representative from Treasure Island Foods, 1526 E. 55th St. Water flowed into the(…)

National Trust supports Christ the King in church preservation efforts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the ongoing effort to restore its former home, the structurally damaged church building at 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., the congregation of Shrine of Christ the King has acquired the support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust, a non-profit organization focusing on the preservation of historic(…)

SHoP benefit concert

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) will host a benefit concert this Friday with proceeds going back to the community-centered project. For $20, guests will be able to enjoy DJ King Dahomey and experimental jazz artist Ayana Contreras. Adam Zolini and Dan Godston will also perform. The event will take(…)

Anti-Violence organization finds support in Hyde Park

Anti-Violence organization finds support in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The South Side anti-violence organization Mother’s Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day by inviting children from across Chicago to dialogue with each other on issues of social justice. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, M.A.S.K. organizers working out of KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

Art from behind bars

Art from behind bars

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) is showcasing work from behind prison bars at its latest exhibit, “Weight of Rage.” The “Weight of Rage” features poetry, paintings, sketches, stories and more of the incarcerated at Stateville Prison in Crest Hill, Ill. The exhibit officially kicked off on Saturday at an(…)

53rd St. Chase Bank robbery

53rd St. Chase Bank robbery

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department is investigating a robbery that happened at Chase Bank, 1204 E. 53rd St., Wednesday evening. According to Chicago Police, on Jan. 13, at about 5:55 p.m. a Black male in his 20s wearing a gray jacket entered the bank and announced the robbery while implying that(…)

A look inside City Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers have seen the 15-story City Hyde Park building being built from the ground up, but a look inside the geometrically inspired building isn’t all that it seems from the outside. Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects designed the building at 5105 S. Harper Ave., which has 180 units.(…)

Murray principal to be retained

Murray principal to be retained

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A unanimous vote of nine to zero resulted in the retaining of Murray Elementary School principal, Gregory Mason, at Wednesday night’s Local School Council (LSC) meeting. The open meeting began at 5:30 p.m. at Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., where 10 people spoke on Mason’s accomplishments and handling of the(…)

Haitian artist’s work on display at Blackstone Library

Haitian artist’s work on display at Blackstone Library

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jean Yves Hector, 20, is a painter from Camp-Perrin, Haiti. For the past six months, Hector has lived in Hyde Park through a residency program with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC),4654 N. Racine Ave. Twelve pieces of Hector’s work have recently gone on display in the Main Adult(…)

Meeting on Sunday brainstorms how to halt demolition of Woodlawn Church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Coalition to Save The Institute of Christ the King Church, a newly formed group fighting for the preservation of the historic but severely fire-damaged church building at 6401 S. Woodlawn, will host a meeting this Sunday, Jan. 17, to dialogue with community members on how to combat the structure’s(…)

Winners announced for annual HPHS dinner

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The winners of the Hyde Park Historical Society’s (HPHS) esteemed awards have been announced. The awards will be presented at the annual HPHS dinner on Feb. 27. The 2016 Paul Cornell award goes to Almarie Wagner and Judith Stein for their continued work with the Hyde Park Jazz Society. The(…)

A splendid evening spent in the 14th century with the Newberry Consort

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lots of concerts are presented under an umbrella title that attempts to both accurately describe the links among the various works performed and offers an appealing concept to the public. But usually the concept is over-broad (“Love and War”) with the music unable to effectively support the dramatic idea.(…)

Review: “Domesticated”

Review: “Domesticated”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Feb. 7 Tickets: $20-$89 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Few playwrights are better at dissecting the dynamics of humans behaving badly than Bruce Norris (“Clybourne Park,” “The Pain and the Itch,” etc.), and in the Chicago premiere of “Domesticated” at(…)

Louis Armstrong Festival brings together local organizations to honor jazz legends

By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Louis Armstrong is coming back to Chicago’s South Side. Court Theatre is teaming up with other local arts organizations for the multidisciplinary Louis Armstrong Festival honoring the legendary jazz trumpeter, singer, and composer who first moved here from New Orleans as a young man in 1922 to join Joe “King”(…)

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: The article on the presidential library in the Dec. 30 Herald is an unfortunate example of the power of misleading advertising. No, it is not “inevitable” that the proposed library will be located in either one of our landmark parks. Yes, the U. of C. “had its work cut out for it”(…)