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Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore stopped by the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) International House, 1414 E. 59th St., on Thursday, March 31, to discuss her new book, “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” Rick Perlstein, a U. of C. graduate and author of “Invisible Bridge:(…)

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in  schools

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A non-profit grassroots organization is getting community members and schools of Hyde Park to stop the junk food propaganda in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Corporate Accountability International (CAI) launched the Value [the] Meal Campaign in Chicago at the beginning of this year. The goal of the campaign is to stop(…)

Obama to discuss Supreme Court nominee at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer President Barack Obama will make an appearance in Hyde Park this week to discuss his Supreme Court justice nomination with University of Chicago (U. of C.) law students. Obama recently selected federal appellate judge Merrick Garland as his choice to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat left by Antonin Scalia,(…)

Chicago Center celebrates leaders

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture will be celebrating its past and its future at an event at Valois Restaurant on Friday, April 15. The event will highlight the transition of the new Executive Director of the Chicago Center, Emily Nelson Newman, who took over from the previous(…)

Hyde Park developments come at a cost to neighborhood commuters

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park is in the throes of a development boom that will inevitably alter the nature of the neighborhood. While some have pointed to the economic growth as an opportunity to fashion Hyde Park into an attractive destination, many residents are wary of the consequences that developments will have on(…)

Tour highlights architecture of Hyde Park schools

Tour highlights architecture of Hyde Park schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Four Hyde Park schools were featured in Chicago Architecture Foundation’s “Schools by Bus” tour on Saturday morning. The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) took a look at the historical and modern architecture at Ray Elementary School, 5361 S. Kimbark Ave.; St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave.; Hyde Park(…)

LSC elections on the horizon school forums begin

LSC elections on the horizon school forums begin

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local School Council (LSC) elections happen next week, and area schools have begun to host their open forums to introduce the interested candidates. Ray Elementary School, 5361 S. Kimbark Ave., held their forum March 31. A total of five parents, two community members and four Ray staff members are running(…)

Two teenagers in custody after string of robberies

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) Police, in tandem with Chicago Police, arrested two teenage boys, Monday, April 4, just minutes after the two suspects committed an armed robbery in the 6100 block of S. Greenwood Ave. at 10:20 p.m. The suspects were charged with robbery by handgun and are(…)

Collaborative art commissions through the Hyde Park Art Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) is expanding its diverse artwork into people’s homes through a collaborative and ongoing art commission project. The “Not Just Another Pretty Face” project commissions artwork from HPAC artists to organizations or those who are interested in unique and personalized artwork for their home. What(…)

Hyde Park Taco Station opens

Hyde Park Taco Station opens

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The long-awaited Hyde Park Taco Station, 5300 S. Dorchester Ave., will have a soft opening later today and will have an official opening later this week. Owner Edgar Vasquez said he is shooting for Thursday, April 7 or Friday, April 8 for the taco joint’s doors to officially open. The restaurant(…)

Al Klinger invites Hyde Park to his birthday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Long-time Hyde Park resident Al Klinger is inviting everyone and anyone that’s interested to his 90th birthday party, on May 15, at Regent’s Park, 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. Before retiring in 1999, Klinger worked as a physician in Hyde Park for over three decades. He was also instrumental in(…)

CNN series gets screening at DuSable

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, April 7, the DuSable Museum of African American History will hold a special screening of the CNN Original Series, “United Shades of America.” Comedian W. Kamau Bell, who is featured in the new series, will be at the DuSable, 740 E. 56th Pl., to discuss the documentary series. “United(…)

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago teachers stayed out of their classrooms and took to the streets today protesting as part of a citywide “Day of Action”. The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) began protesting outside of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at 6:30 a.m. today with organized protests and events that lasted throughout the day. Locally,(…)

Obama to discuss Supreme Court nominee at U. of C. Law School

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer President Barack Obama will make an appearance in Hyde Park next week to discuss his Supreme Court justice nomination with University of Chicago (U. of C.) law students. Obama recently selected federal appellate judge Merrick Garland as his choice to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat left by Antonin Scalia,(…)

Lab School finds new high school principal

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After an extensive search that began at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the University of Chicago Laboratory High School (U-High) finally appointed Stephanie Weber as the new principal for the high school. U-High, 1362 E. 59th St., conducted the search alongside the national recruitment firm, Carney, Sandoe &(…)

U. of C. scientists discuss molecular-level breakthroughs

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a free, two-hour event on Wednesday, April 6, scientists from the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Institute for Molecular Engineering and Argonne National Laboratory will speak on the molecular-level scientific breakthroughs that are changing the course of our future. The event, titled “Future Science: Small Scale, Big Impact,”(…)