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Invisible Institute wins grant

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park group responsible for making available the misconduct records of thousands of Chicago police officers received a $400,000 grant in late January. The Knight Foundation, which supports “transformational ideas that promote quality journalism,” awarded journalist Jamie Kalven and his media collective The Invisible Institute, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Learn improv at The Revival

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Since its official opening last month, The Revival has held successful comedy nights featuring both improv and stand-up comics. Beginning next week, the comedy club will add improv classes to its calendar. Classes range from ages 3 to adults and cater to all levels. Whether you are looking to brush(…)

Ald. Burns says goodbye to 4th ward

Editor’s note: Ald. Will Burns released this statement on Feb. 1 after news of his March 1 resignation was released on Sunday, Jan. 31. Dear Friends: It has been my honor to serve the people of the Fourth Ward and the City of Chicago for the past five years. Working together, we have added hundreds(…)

Street closure on 53rd Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Vue53 construction will keep a portion of 53rd Street closed for the remainder of the week. The strip of road between Kenwood and South Kimbark avenues is closed as of Feb. 1 in both directions due to the tower crane of the Vue53 development being dismantled. Local traffic will be(…)

Anti-violence group gains support from HPNC

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) is partnering with anti-violence organization Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) to organize a Summer initiative focused on combating crime in Hyde Park and surrounding areas. On Sunday, Feb. 7, the new coalition will hold its first organizational meeting for “Summer Anti-Violence Action.” The event(…)

Burns steps down as alderman to take new job in private sector

Burns steps down as alderman to take new job in private sector

Ald. Will Burns (4th) is stepping on March 1. The news was confirmed by multiple sources Sunday night. Burns is leaving the city council to work in the private sector at AirBnB, a San Francisco – based company that enables homeowners to list their properties for temporary rental on the web. “Alderman Burns will be(…)

Kenwood teachers educate parents on battle for contract

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At an informational session last night at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., teachers explained the battle for a fair contract between the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to parents. In the wake of recent major layoffs from its central office, CPS announced this(…)

Robie House recruiting tour guides

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is searching for volunteer docents for the Frederick C. Robie House at 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. The Wright Trust will hold training sessions in March for those interested in acting as tour guides. The training program runs for three weeks and involves online study, class(…)

Report finds high rates of unemployment among city’s Black youth

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A significant proportion of Chicago’s Black youth are both unemployed and out of school, according to a study presented on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Chicago Urban League’s (CUL) fifth annual hearing on youth unemployment. The report, commissioned by the Alternative School Network and carried out by the University of(…)

HPKCAC creates reading event to engage community

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) is shifting its focus in 2016 to provide more outreach and information on the issues that affect children in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). At Tuesday night’s HPKCAC meeting, the group returned to the conversation from their December meeting about the possibility of refocusing(…)

Donna More makes campaign stop at the U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Donna More is setting herself apart from her opponents by criticizing their political ties. While speaking at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP), 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., Wednesday afternoon, More argued for the importance of a genuinely independent State’s Attorney’s office. Earlier in(…)

University symphony to play first show of the new year

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra (USO) plans to showcase their mid-winter program, “Musical Skamps!”, on Satursay at 8 p.m. Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., is going to be filled with music featuring Romantic era composers and compositions. A reception will follow the concert at 9:30 p.m. The USO(…)

Part Seventeen: The Shoe Smith

Part Seventeen: The Shoe Smith

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 currently or in the past have defined the(…)

McGill and Marlboro musicians at Mandel: red hot chamber music

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Marlboro Music Festival, founded in 1951 by Rudolf Serkin and several others, takes place over seven weeks every summer at Marlboro College in southern Vermont. Experienced musicians work with and mentor young talent. They all study and rehearse great works of the chamber music repertoire and offer public(…)

Review: “Satchmo at the Waldorf”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through Feb. 14 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic “I am here is the cause of happiness” was a favorite saying of the late, great jazz trumpeter, singer, and composer Louis Armstrong, but the man who emerges in the Midwest premiere of Terry(…)

New CEO for CCCS

New CEO for CCCS

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Dara Munson has been named the new CEO of the Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS), 5467 S. University Ave., as of last week. She is replacing former executive director of the CCCS, Deborah Hagman-Shannon, who has been with CCCS since 2005. “Dara has proven herself to be an effective, motivating(…)

Kale Alonzo Williams, Jr., 1925-2016

Kale Alonzo Williams, Jr., 1925-2016

Kale Alonzo Williams, Jr. died January 7 at home in Boulder, Colorado. He was a long-time resident of Chicago prior to his move to Boulder in 2013. Williams was born in Independence, Kansas on August 7, 1925 and grew up in the small town of Cedar Vale, Kansas, the oldest of seven children born to(…)

Kenneth Martin Wester, 1930-2016

Kenneth Martin Wester, 1930-2016

Long time Hyde Park resident Kenneth Wester died on January 13, 2016. Born April 30, 1930 in LaBolt, South Dakota, Wester moved to Minneapolis at age 15, where he was a hyperactive teenager: delivering groceries (by truck), high school pep band, Lutheran church youth activities, baritone in a male quartet doing live broadcasts weekly on(…)

Lydia G. (Steinway) Cochrane, 1928-2016

Lydia G. (Steinway) Cochrane, 1928-2016

Lydia G. Cochrane (nee Steinway), 87, died in Chicago on January 5 of cardiac arrest, surrounded by family. Cochrane was born in New York to Theodore and Ruth Steinway (nee Davis), the youngest of six children. After attending Dalton, Putney, Smith and the University of Chicago, Cochrane taught French for many years at the University of(…)

Brenda Nelligan Murphy, 1939-2016

Brenda Nelligan Murphy, 1939-2016

Long-time Hyde Park resident Brenda Murphy (nee Nelligan), died peacefully at home with her family on January 8, 2016 after an extended illness. Murphy was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on July 21, 1939 to Thomas P. and Jean (Denzig) Nelligan. She graduated from Oakwood School and went on to attend William Smith College in Geneva,(…)