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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(…)

Chicago Free School and City Elementary share a space

Chicago Free School and City Elementary share a space

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At 8:15 a.m., students of the Chicago Free School, which is a private, democratically-run school serving grades pre-k through 8th, huddled on the steps of K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. Lauren Beitler, the school’s founder, greeted students and parents as they arrived. This is Chicago Free(…)

Kenwood Academic Center has first day in new building

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Today was the first day of the school year for many Chicago students, but it was also the first time that Kenwood Academy High School’s Academic Center would be run in its own building. Kenwood’s 7th and 8th graders will now matriculate in what was once Canter Middle School building,(…)

Ancona outdoor learning space not quite ready for use

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer One look at Ancona School’s outdoor learning space, and it seems the project is far from completion with dirt piles and half built structures. According to Ari Frede, the Head of the School, the three part playground will not be accessible for tomorrow’s first day of school, but the project(…)

The hunger strikers respond to Dyett decision with demands

The hunger strikers respond to Dyett decision with demands

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A decision for Dyett has been made, but for the twelve hunger strikers, the fight isn’t over. On the 19th day of the hunger strike, a day after CPS announced that Dyett will be an arts-based open enrollment school, the hunger strikers held a press conference on the front lawn(…)

Reginald Sanson Funeral

Reginald Sanson Funeral

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Friends and family members gathered at United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St., on Friday morning for the funeral of Reginald Sanson. On Aug. 25, Sanson was shot to death in his car at 1500 E. 50th St. The case is unsolved, with no suspects in custody. Hundreds(…)

Why hunger strikers will continue to starve for Dyett

To the Editor The parents, grandparents and community members from the Committee to Revitalize Dyett, that have engaged in a 19 day hunger strike, were rightfully outraged when CPS CEO Forest Claypool announced a last minute, somewhat clandestine plan for Dyett High School. Flanked by a group of “leaders,” the majority of whom have either(…)

Dyett decision made

Dyett decision made

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).(…)

Dyett dominates budget forum

Dyett dominates budget forum

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of a three-stop tour, Mayor Rahm Emanuel came to the South Side last night for his 2016 Budget Forum to an unsettled crowd. The meeting took place at 6:30 p.m. at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Dr. Even before the meeting started, the main topic(…)

DuSable Museum announces new President and CEO

DuSable Museum announces new President and CEO

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(…)

Tour and volunteer event at Wooded Island

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Lauren Umek, Park District Manager for the restoration in progress on Wooded Island in Jackson Park, will be leading a tour of the location this Saturday, Sept. 5. The tour starts at 10 a.m. from the south parking lot just east of the intersection of Hayes Drive and Cornell Avenue(…)

Hunger strikers turn to federal government to make a change

Strikers take Dyett demands to D.C.   BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer   Hunger strikers Jitu Brown and April Stogner made their way to Washington, D.C. this afternoon to urge federal action on Dyett High School.   “We are not begging anymore, we are demanding,” Stogner said over a live Periscope podcast of the press(…)

Designer brings “pop-in” shop to Hyde Park

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

Review: Another summer at the Grant Park Music Festival ends

Review: Another summer at the Grant Park Music Festival ends

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic As summer winds down, gasping for its last moments of hot sunshine (rather feebly at the moment), so too do the summer music festivals and outdoor concerts wane here in Chicago. I caught the penultimate concert of the summer season at the Grant Park Music Festival at the end(…)

Review: “Cirque du Soleil”

Review: “Cirque du Soleil”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cirque du Soleil Big Top, United Center Parking Lot K, 1901 W. Madison St. When: through Sept. 20 Tickets: $35-$145 Phone: 877-924-7783 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Cirque du Soleil hasn’t pitched its blue-and-yellow tent at the United Center for four years, so it is especially exciting that the company is returning with(…)