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Principal quality program

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new non-profit organization has been announced by the Principal Quality Working Group to assist in the training and support of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) principals. The Principal Quality Working Group (PQWG) is a group of various members from educational institutions and was created by CPS to take a look(…)

Historic Church inches closer to demolition

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer About 70 people crowded into room 201A of City Hall, on Thursday, Jan. 7, to plead with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to block the pending demolition of an historic Woodlawn church that erupted in flames on Oct. 7, 2015. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is made-up of nine members(…)

Hyde Park pair to create orchestra in Indonesia

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two acclaimed Hyde Park musicians, who also happen to be neighbors, have teamed up to start a world-class orchestra in the city of Bandung, Indonesia. Conductor Robert Nordling and violinist Michael Hall, artists who have both traveled the world to display their craft, live in the same building in the(…)

Washington Park job fair

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago is partnering a with variety of South Side organizations to bring a job and resource fair to Washington Park this Friday, Jan. 15. The event, geared toward 18 – 24 year-olds not in school or in school part-time, includes job readiness workshops, employer interviews and job(…)

Packed reimagines dumplings in new Hyde Park restaurant

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Get your taste buds ready: Packed Dumplings is opening in Hyde Park on Friday. The fast-causal restaurant promises uniquely created combinations of dumplings prepared by Chef Michael Sheerin. Sheerin has lended his talent to renowned restaurants such as Blackbird and Embeya, but along with partner Aaron DiMaria, is creating something(…)

NY Times columnist talks sports at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Tuesday, Jan. 12, as part of its fellows program, the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics will host New York Times columnist Juliet Macur for a conversation titled “The Power and Poltics of Sports: Why Games Aren’t Just Games Anymore.” Macur has written for the New York Times since(…)

King Day at the DuSable

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s one week away from the annual Martin Luther King celebration at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. The full day celebration on Jan. 18 will take place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with scheduled events throughout the day. Poetry by The Young Chicago(…)

Indie City Writers holds first reading

Indie City Writers holds first reading

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Next Thursday, Jan. 14, the Indie City Writers will hold their first reading at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., nine of the members of the South Side writing group will read from their own works—from fiction to nonfiction and poetry to short(…)

Kenwood alum explores segregation through photographs

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School graduate, Austyn Wyche, has been experiencing a bout of popularity in recent weeks, as his photo essay, titled “Connected Division,” makes its rounds on the Internet. “Connected Division,” takes a look at Chicago’s stark segregation through the lens of public transit. Wyche, a Chatham native who(…)

Park District limits access to Wooded Island

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As the consequence of a low turn-out rate, the Chicago Park District has canceled plans to open Jackson Park’s Wooded Island to the public on weekend days of 2016. Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) President Louise McCurry said that last weekend only a couple of park-goers showed up to tour(…)

HPAC to debut two exhibits Sunday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Two new exhibits will debut at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) this Sunday. “The Weight of Rage” will be featured in the Kanter McCormick Gallery at the HPAC, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. In its third year, the exhibit displays work developed in classes in the Prison and Neighborhood Arts(…)

School utilization report finds under enrollment

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kozminski and Reavis elementary schools are two of 313 schools deemed as underutilized based on the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) annual report of how its schools are being utilized. According to the report, Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., is utilizing only 40 percent of its space and resources. As of(…)

IOP hosts panel on police

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Scholars, politicians, journalists and law enforcement professionals have, over recent months, debated, in public forums throughout the city, the most effective ways of manufacturing trust between residents of Chicago’s most neglected neighborhoods and the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which is currently embroiled in a crisis of public relations following multiple,(…)

Review:  “Treasure Island”

Review: “Treasure Island”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through Jan. 31, 2016 Tickets: $5-$85 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise has nothing on “Treasure Island,” Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic story of “buccaneers and buried gold” originally serialized in a children’s magazine(…)

Review: “Gotta Dance”

Review: “Gotta Dance”

RECOMMENDED Where: Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. When: through Jan. 17, 2016 Tickets: $38-$105 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re looking for a feel-good musical that shines a spotlight on talented veteran performers, boasts a high-profile creative team, and underscores the message that you’re only as old as you(…)

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, 85

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, 85

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, the William Benton Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of Chicago, died Dec. 23 in Oakland, Calif., after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Rudolph, 85, was a past president of the American Political Science Association and the Association for Asian Studies, and a member of the American(…)

Lynn Marie Beard, 58

Lynn Marie Beard, 58

Lynn Marie Beard, 58, born in Chicago, Ill. on March 5, 1957, quietly released her body on Dec. 16, 2015 at St. Joseph’s hospital, 1725 W Harrison Street. Her younger sister, Susan (Gay) was with her as she made her transition. Lynn lived in Chicago all of her life. With her sisters, Jill and Susan, she had(…)

U. of C. focuses on diversity in higher ed

U. of C. focuses on diversity in higher ed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) announced on Dec. 15 that it will join the Creating Connections Consortium (C3), a select group of research institutions and liberal arts colleges working to promote diversity in higher education by finding better ways to hire and support graduate students from underrepresented groups(…)

MSI offers free museum entry in January, celebrates MLK Day

MSI offers free museum entry in January, celebrates MLK Day

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer For the entire month of January, the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will be offering free museum entry on weekdays to Illinois residents. Additionally, the museum will kick off its annual Black Creativity Program with a Family Day on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King, Jr.(…)