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New school gaining steam

New school gaining steam

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Free School hosted an open house Saturday afternoon at its new location. The school also launched its fundraising campaign during the event. The school’s founder, Lauren Beitler, shared the mission and philosophy of the school to the crowd of about 50 teachers, parents, organizers, supporters and members(…)

Jay Travis lays out campaign

Jay Travis lays out campaign

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “She’s not a talker, she’s a doer,” Kenwood Oakland Community Organization Education Organizer Jitu Brown told an energetic group of around 40 supporters shortly before Jay Travis’ first press conference last Tuesday. Quoting the late comedian Robin Harris, he then led his audience into chanting that Travis’ opponent, state Rep.(…)

The U. of C. Folk Festival returns to Hyde Park

The U. of C. Folk Festival returns to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The 54th annual University of Chicago Folk Festival will take place Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 16, at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Since 1961, the concert has been a neighborhood haunt for folk legends from mandolinist Bill Monroe to bluesman Muddy Waters. This year’s acts will span(…)

La Rabida opens new wing to provide outpatient care

La Rabida opens new wing to provide outpatient care

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Jackson Park hosted the grand opening of its new outpatient center Monday. Past and present patients, community members and elected officials attended the ceremony and shared their memories and gratitude for the hospital. La Rabida, which was built during the World’s Columbian Exposition(…)

Open Produce Kenwood art is a surprise hit

Open Produce Kenwood art is a surprise hit

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., is showcasing a group exhibit featuring art by students of Kenwood Academy High School. The drawings and paintings, which are all based on a botanical theme, were inspired by a December field trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory. “They spent the whole day walking(…)

Strive brings fundraising home

Strive brings fundraising home

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park-based non-profit Strive Tutoring is hosting its annual fundraiser in the neighborhood this year. Strive, 5001 S. Ellis Ave., is an educational services center for students that provides free educational support, customized tutoring and enrichment activities to youth from Chicago’s South Side. The program offers academic services such(…)

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile comes to Hyde Park

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile comes to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Democratic strategist Donna Brazile presented the University of Chicago Organization of Black Students’ annual George E. Kent Lecture last Thursday at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. In an meandering lecture on her career and the contemporary Black political experience, Brazile rained praise on President Obama while addressing the minimum(…)

Why I’m running for the 26th District

By JAY TRAVIS I was born, raised and educated in the neighborhoods of the 26th District. Growing up, my grandmother told me stories of how she had to stand up to slumlords in Kenwood to ensure that her hard-earned rent paid for safe, clean housing. She pressed upon me that no matter where you were from, you deserved(…)