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FBI head visits U. of C. campus

FBI head visits U. of C. campus

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An affluent alumnus returned to his alma mater at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Law School on Friday to discuss important and controversial topics of today’s criminal justice system. James Comey, director of the FBI, graduated in 1985 from the U. of C. Law School. He returned to(…)

Star got his start in Hyde Park

Star got his start in Hyde Park

By MARISSA WARNER Special Contributor Stephen Bishop has gained well-earned notoriety as the breakout star of the BET drama “Being Mary Jane” (BMJ). While he continues to branch out in Hollywood, very few may know about his Hyde Park roots. Bishop can recall breaking for lunch at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., and(…)

HPNC providing space for young athletes

HPNC providing space for young athletes

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, Wan’Yae Kelly, a Kenwood Academy sophomore, was the only person present on the empty, hardwood-floored basketball court in the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. Closer to 5 p.m., a stream of about 15 high school students filled the gymnasium.(…)

Journalists speak on political reporting in digital age

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Revered though they were, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite were invoked as relics of the past during a panel discussion last Thursday at the Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53 St., titled “The Future of Politics and Media in the Digital Age.” “Nobody trusts us to be the voice(…)

HPNC looks to the future

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., held its annual board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The meeting outlined a comprehensive strategic plan for the organization that will remain in effect until the end of FY2018. “The priority for the next 2.5 years is to remain doggedly focused(…)

Creative ways to get healed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Students are combatting gunfire with a different kind of fire. Project Fire, a 10-week pilot program aimed at promoting recovery from trauma, gave students the opportunity to use glass blowing as a creative outlet. Project Fire (Fearless Initiative for Recovery and Empowerment) took four students from around the Chicago area,(…)

Complex at 61st and Cottage makes over Woodlawn

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Affordable housing for lower income seniors and a financial resource center are features of a new 65-unit complex on 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. The Burnham at the Woodlawn, 6134 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is part of an effort to increase growth with housing and jobs. The project, which(…)

Protestors call for more democracy for education decisions

Protestors call for more democracy for education decisions

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A group rallied against the privatization of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) outside of Ald. Will Burns (4th) office this morning in response to the recent charter school moratorium. On Sept. 24, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) called for a halt on charter school expansion. 42 out of 50 aldermen from across(…)

Chicago Academy of Music holds benefit concert

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park’s new music conservatory, Chicago Academy of Music (CAM), 5655 S. University Ave., is tapping its instructors for a benefit concert that will take place Nov. 7. The full event, which will include a reception, musical performance, fashion show and dance party, is titled “Elevation” and will take place(…)

Local bazaar benefits across seas

Local bazaar benefits across seas

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, a Middle-Eastern Coffee Hour and Syrian Bazaar took place at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Items sold benefited mothers and children who have lost their homes in the Syrian Civil War, which has lasted over five years. “Despite all of what is happening in(…)

Hyde Park store reports customer fraud

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Katherine Pottenger, owner of Parker’s: A Natural Dog & Cat Market, 1342 E. 55th St., has reported that three incidents of customer attempted fraud have occurred at her store within the past week. According to Pottenger, in each of the three instances a customer attempted to make a purchase with(…)

Great Frame Up names Nov. Artist of the Month

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park photographer Carol High Johnson has been selected as November’s Artist of the Month at The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St. Johnson places photos of her wanderings around the University of Chicago campus on display in an exhibit titled “U Chicago Campus Meanderings.” The exhibit will run(…)

Local bazaar benefits across seas

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, a Middle-Eastern Coffee Hour and Syrian Bazaar will take place at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Items sold will benefit mothers and children who have lost their homes in the Syrian Civil War, which has lasted over five years. Items from the organization Sama(…)

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust explores Jens Jensen

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust explores Jens Jensen

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As Frank Lloyd Wright was pioneering American architecture in the early 20th century, Jens Jensen was trailblazing the future of landscape design. On Nov. 12 in Hyde Park, Chicago Park District Historian and Preservationist Julia Bachrach will explore the relationship between Wright, his contemporaries and Jensen in a presentation titled(…)

Early Halloween festivities in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Halloween is kicking off early this year with two weekend events to get you in the spirit to scare. On Saturday, the 61st Street Farmer’s Market, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., will have pumpkin carving from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers can purchase a locally grown pumpkin at the market,(…)

Location Change for boutique hotel follow up meeting

53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue boutique hotel follow up meeting. 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., 2nd floor,west lounge. 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 restaurant(…)

Pie time on the South Side

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Prepare your ovens, and your taste buds, for the 4th Annual South Side Pie Challenge scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7. Since 2012, amateur bakers from college professors to grandparents and even children have competed for the title of “Best Pie on the South Side.” Kate Agarwal, the Co-Founder of the(…)

Events in Jackson Park

Events in Jackson Park

Compiled by SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This week, a variety of events will take place in Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance. At 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Jackson Park, the Chicago Park District project manager and biologist will lead a tour of Wooded Island, pointing out various species of birds and marking the(…)

Review: “American Idiot”

Review: “American Idiot”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $28-$36 Phone: 773-525-5991 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When the touring version of the 2010 Broadway hit, “American Idiot,” came to town in 2012, I hated it. I found the blaring score of the rock musical/concert based on the(…)

Review: “The Revel”

Review: “The Revel”

RECOMMENDED Where: The House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $30-$35 Phone: 773-769-3832 Greek tragedies have great staying power and are experiencing something of a revival. Court Theatre has returned to them repeatedly over the years, most recently with an innovative trilogy that started with(…)