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Hyde Park woman the victim of attempted carjacking at gas station

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 25, Hyde Park resident Olivia Spells was the victim of an attempted carjacking at the gas station on the corner of 51st Street and Cornell Avenue. At approximately 2:45 a.m., Spells was driving to her home in the 4800 block of S. Chicago(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society seeks nominations for the 2016 Paul Cornell Award

Hyde Park Historical Society seeks nominations for the 2016 Paul Cornell Award

The Hyde Park Historical Society is currently seeking nominations for Paul Cornell Awards, named after Hyde Park Township’s founder. These awards recognize individuals and organizations whose work exemplify the values and objectives of the society: recording Hyde Park’s history, preserving Hyde Park artifacts and documents, education, and promoting public interest in Hyde Park history.  The(…)

Founder’s Day at DuSable

Founder’s Day at DuSable

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History has served as an institution to preserve and interpret the African American culture since Dr. Margaret Burroughs founded the museum in 1961. On Sunday, the DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., will celebrate its annual Founder’s Day to commemorate the initiatives and goals(…)

University of Chicago Medicine earns high safety ratings

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Earlier today, The Leapfrog Group, an industry watchdog that tracks hospital safety nationwide, awarded University of Chicago Medicine (U. of C.) with its 8th consecutive A rating. This places the university’s medical center among an elite group of 133 institutions dubbed by Leapfrog as Straight A hospitals. Since Leapfrog launched(…)

When art and culture collide

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of Chicago Artists Month, the Hyde Park Art Center is hosting a special event this Saturday with a cultural twist. The Night Market: Where Art and Spirit Dance, will take place right outside of the art center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 31.(…)

Review: A clutch of little-known operas

Where: Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. When: through Nov. 8 Contact: thirdeye.com By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Third Eye Theatre Ensemble, a company formed a year ago, is now presenting the Midwest and Chicago premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s opera “Sumeida’s Song” at the Prop Thtr (3502 N. Elston Ave.). It is the haunting(…)

Review: “The Tempest”

Review: “The Tempest”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through Nov. 1 Tickets: $48-$88 Phone: 312-595-5600 Sometimes everything about a production comes together to illuminate a play in a new way. Such is the case with “The Tempest” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed, the show is magical in every way,(…)

Review: “Love and Information”

RECOMMENDED Where: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Nov. 1 Tickets: $42.50-$52.50 Phone: 773-404-7336 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic It’s tempting to think of Caryl Churchill’s 2012 “Love and Information” as kind of an anti-play. The text doesn’t have any settings, speech headings, or character descriptions.(…)

Burns not supposed to decide for us all

To the Editor: Ald. Will Burns stated in your Oct. 14 article “Burns Argues Against Charter School Moratorium” that he refused to put the resolution on the agenda because it “was not the best way of addressing the city’s current fiscal challenges.” Once again, the alderman misses the point: as chairman of the City Council(…)

U. of C. has a duty to Scammon Gardens

To the Editor: On October 21, in this publication, the University made its first public statement regarding the Scammon Garden issue. The community should not allow itself to be lulled by what they read. Until I saw Ms. Calmetta Coleman’s convenient language, I believed the University to be guilty only of 112 years of neglect.(…)

Bennett fall from grace no surprise

To the Editor: As a CPS parent and long-time community organizer, I am appalled by the actions of Barbara Byrd Bennett in stealing from Chicago’s children to feather her already robust nest. What is more appalling however, is Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s effort to isolate her actions as the corruption of an individual; and our acceptance(…)

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(…)