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New art exhibit explores the sense of touch

New art exhibit explores the sense of touch

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The newest exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center isn’t just visually stimulating, but incorporates, and encourages, the sense of touch in a setting that usually only uses our sense of sight. “Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty” is the most recent set-up in the Kanter-McCormick Gallery at the Hyde Park Art(…)

Construction worker dies after fall off building

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A construction worker died early Monday morning after falling off of the top of a building. A 38-year-old man was pronounced dead at 9:10 a.m. at the City Hyde Park development site, 1501 E. Hyde Park Blvd., according to a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman. The spokeswoman said at this time,(…)

Art center to debut new creative wing at 2015 gala

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center will be getting an exciting extension this fall with the opening of the new Guida Family Creative Wing. The wing, which will house artist studios, a learning environment center, digital lab and the Jackman Goldwasser Residency, is set to make its official debut during the(…)

South Side gets trauma center

South Side gets trauma center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An adult level 1 trauma center is coming to the South Side of Chicago. In a statement released Sept. 10, University of Chicago (U. of C.)Medicine stated that it is partnering with Sinai Health System to bring trauma care services to the West Lawn neighborhood’s Holy Cross Hospital, 2701 W.(…)

Annual used book sale coming

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Council (HPKCC) has started to collect donations for its Used Book Sale, which takes place every year on Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 10-12, at the Hyde Park Shopping Center courtyard at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Books, sheet music, videos and recordings in sellable(…)

U of. C Institute of Politics announces fall quarter fellows

U of. C Institute of Politics announces fall quarter fellows

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) has announced five new fellows for this year’s fall quarter. The fellows are all leading political practitioners and will remain in residence at the university as they lead weekly seminars on subjects of national significance. Each week one of the fellows will(…)

Original owners of Rainbow Cleaners hands over business

Original owners of Rainbow Cleaners hands over business

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 29 years, Rainbow Cleaners has served the Hyde Park community, but the original owners have sold their business in order to retire. Chin Kee Chung and Hye Sook Chung opened their business on 1648 E. 53rd St. in 1986 and have decided to retire to spend more time with(…)

U. of C. Press gets wild in new book

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) Press took on an exciting project that culminates poetry, essays, illustrations and photos of the everyday residents of Chicago we tend to ignore, its wildlife. “We often think of cities as exclusively human places of existence, but we share cities with so many(…)

String of robberies near university

String of robberies near university

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department’s 2nd District has released a statement alerting residents of Hyde Park about three related incidents of robbery that have taken place in recent months. Incident times and locations are listed below: 5200 Block of S. University Ave. on August 17, 2015 at approximately 11:30 P.M. 5400(…)

Review: Sometimes the best things in life really are free

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The upcoming classical music and opera season (soon to be previewed in these pages) offers numerous occasions for you to empty your wallet. So it’s worth taking notice when valuable events are free of charge. Discussed here are four performances this month, two in Hyde Park and two downtown,(…)

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown, 73

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown, 73

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” McCarthy Brown slipped away on March 24, 2015 in Chicago, after a lengthy illness. McCarthy Brown was born October 3, 1941, in Omaha, Nebraska, daughter of James and Mary Loveridge McCarthy. McCarthy Brown was a long-time resident of Hyde Park, Chicago. She held a BA in International Studies from Ohio State University(…)

U of C Charter chair chosen

U of C Charter chair chosen

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Aug. 20, Liz Thompson succeeded Margot Pritzker as the governing board chair of the University of Chicago Charter School. Thompson is a member of the university’s board of trustees and has served the charter school’s governing board since 2010. In addition to her roles with the University of Chicago(…)

DuSable picks new museum head

DuSable picks new museum head

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The board of Trustees of the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., has named Perri L. Irmer as the museum’s new president and CEO. Irmer is an attorney, architect, public policy advocate and facilities management professional that was born, raised and still lives in the Hyde(…)

KOCO names new education organizer

KOCO names new education organizer

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), 4242 S. Cottage Grove Ave., has named Princella “Jaribu” Lee as the new education organizer, in replace of Jitu Brown. KOCO has been serving the South Side community since 1960 to improve public, local, and education policies in the area. KOCO develops new generations(…)

Celebrity designer brings “pop-in” shop to 53rd St.

Celebrity designer brings “pop-in” shop to 53rd St.

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Fashionistas had the opportunity to rack up on clothing from Chicago-based designer, Jermikko Shoshanna, during her Labor Day weekend “pop-in” in Hyde Park. Shoshanna described her visit as a “pop-in” shop as opposed to a pop up shop because she took over the Anastasia Boutique, 1500 E. 53rd St., Thursday,(…)

Axelrod talk at The Promontory

Axelrod talk at The Promontory

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer David Axelrod visited The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 3, for a conversation with John Bouman, President of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law. Shriver Center members and donors made up the small crowd that listened to Axelrod recount tales from his journey from Hyde Park(…)

New furniture store replaces Hyde Park clothing boutique on 53rd St.

New furniture store replaces Hyde Park clothing boutique on 53rd St.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new business is moving into the neighborhood on the northeast corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. Modern Cooperative, a furniture and home accessories store, will be taking the place of the clothing boutique Anastasia at 1500 E. 53rd St. The store will also be utilizing the space currently(…)

City renders verdict on Dyett High School

City renders verdict on Dyett High School

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After an 18-day hunger strike that rocked a South Side community and caught the attention of the nation, the long-awaited decision has been made for Dyett High School. “Working with community partners, we arrived at a solution that meets multiple needs,” said a press release from Chicago Public Schools (CPS).(…)

Two fatal shootings within one week leave Kenwood residents alarmed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A small memorial for Tyris Jackson, Kenwood’s most recent casualty to gun violence, currently stands in the narrow, grass field that dissects the street in the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard. Empty tequila bottles and burned-down candles surround the base of a tree on which two posters and three(…)

Saving the stray cats of Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The feline friends of Hyde Park have a place to go other than neighborhood streets, thanks to the work of Hyde Park Cats. Since 2008, Hyde Park Cats (HPC) have taken care of outdoor cats either by aiding in their health, or helping them become adopted into caring homes. Ruth(…)