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Tour explores Hyde Park haunts

Tour explores Hyde Park haunts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While Hyde Park is mostly known for its historical architecture, the famous Columbian Exposition in 1893 and of course, the home of President Barack åObama, resident Greg Fairbanks is showing a more secretive, dark side to the Chicago neighborhood. For the second year, Fairbanks is hosting a Haunted Hyde Park(…)

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue boutique hotel follow up meeting. 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. The follow up meeting is part two of a meeting first held in August where developers from Smart Hotels, LLC proposed a 90-room boutique hotel equipped with a(…)

DuSable screens Halloween movies

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History will host an Oct. 31 event, entitled “Don’t Be Scurred,” in which four scary movies with mostly Black casts and Black leading actors will be screened in the museum’s theater, 740 E. 56th Pl. In addition to the films, activities include “creepy crafts”(…)

Scholarship the focus of HPNC’s annual fundraiser

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club will unveil its new scholarship fund for youth attending the club’s afterschool programs during its 106th Anniversary Gala next month. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) is inviting the community to help celebrate its 106th year from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6(…)

Metra rates to rise in 2016

Metra rates to rise in 2016

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Metra announced its proposal, Thursday, to increase ticket costs by 2 percent for 2016 instead of the 5 percent increase that was originally proposed. Hyde Park riders that use the Metra Electric line could be looking at paying between 2.5 to 7.1 percent more for their commutes downtown. Currently, a(…)

Local innovations featured during Chicago Ideas Week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Innovative structures in Hyde Park and nearby South Side neighborhoods were featured during the 5th Annual Chicago Ideas Week. Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) partners with innovative businesses and venues to get ideas rolling across the city. Each year 156 events are scheduled across the city including workshops, discussions, parties and(…)

Kenwood School Fundraiser

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School’s big homecoming is on Friday, and to kick it off, there will be a fundraiser party with live entertainment at The Promontory tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will benefit the school directly, and all proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go(…)

Part Sixteen: Pickles, profits and preservation

Part Sixteen: Pickles, profits and preservation

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS The series has completed a look at the development of the major intersections along Lake Park Avenue, and turned to stories of interest within the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. The articles are all of varying topics, but relate to the residences that once defined the urban fabric. When the credits(…)

Review: Dueling keyboardists and a fist full of arias

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Baroque Band opened its 2015-16 season in Hyde Park at the Augustana Lutheran Church on Saturday night with music that put the spotlight on both harpsichord and fortepiano. The guest soloist for the former was harpsichordist and conductor Ian Watson with the soloist for the latter being Baroque Band’s(…)

Review: “Disgraced”

Review: “Disgraced”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $25-$82 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Professional ambition trumps personal relationships in “Disgraced,” Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about affluent New Yorkers grappling with issues of ethnicity, religiosity, assimilation, preconceptions, and prejudice. The Goodman Theatre’s production is(…)

Construction artist displays work in Hyde Park

Construction artist displays work in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Driving near the corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and South Lake Park Avenue has been an eye sore since the construction of the City Hyde Park development began. A drive past the corner now, however, results in eye-catching artwork by local artist Joel Maxime, Jr. Maxime began to display his(…)

Muhammad speaks on emancipation at DuSable

Muhammad speaks on emancipation at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, spoke at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. on Oct. 8. “This is the biggest stage I’ve been on in Chicago,” said Muhammad, a South side native who also(…)

New Dyett principal ready to move school forward

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Beulah McLoyd will fill the position of principal of Dyett High School starting the 2016-2017 school year. McLoyd has been an educator in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) school system for 15 years and resides in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Prior to leading Dyett, 555 E. 51st St., she was the(…)

Burns argues against charter school moratorium

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sept. 24, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) introduced a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion. The resolution calls on the Illinois State Board of Education and the Chicago Board of Education to halt charter school growth for the 2015-16 school year. The resolution has been signed by(…)

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(…)