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Community writes “Hyde Park’s Longest Poem”

Community writes “Hyde Park’s Longest Poem”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has been written about in countless novels, filmed for television and movies scenes and painted on professional canvasses. Now, to add to that list of neighborhood dedication, there is a 42-foot long poem written about Hyde Park. The Indie City Writers group set out to write the longest(…)

Washington Park Vet center on the verge of a comeback

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Remake The World Vet Center (RTW) located directly across from Washington Park was in danger of shuttering for good in the wake of a disastrous surprise walk through by Chicago’s Department of Buildings. That was in April 2015 but what difference a year and a half can make. John Worthy(…)

Dyett hunger strikers celebrate school victory

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Aug. 17, 2015, a group of South Side community members decided to go on a hunger strike to preserve Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., as a neighborhood school. Due to the tenacity of the 12 hunger strikers, who participated in a liquid-only fast for 34 days, Chicago(…)

WPAC foresee benefits from Presidential Center

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Earlier this month the Obama Foundation announced that Jackson Park will have the honor of housing the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). While some community members might see the decision to choose Jackson Park over Washington Park as a slight, don’t tell that to the Washington Park Advisory Council. The clear(…)

Promontory hosts back to school party to collect school supplies

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., is hosting a back to school silent party on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 10 p.m. Out in the open the Promontory will be music free but people will have on headphones as they listen and dance to the same music at the silent(…)

South Side scavenger hunt

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer BING Art Books is hosting a Finding Black Joy scavenger hunt in and around Hyde Park Saturday, Aug. 27. Through the scavenger hunt BING wants to put the spotlight on black culture, businesses, connections to nature and other cultural gems. The car-less scavenger hunt will give participants the opportunity to(…)

Harper Theater to show “Southside with You”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, Aug. 25, Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., will host a special screening of “Southside with You” at 7 p.m. The movie was partly filmed in Hyde Park last summer with scenes including the University of Chicago campus as well as Kimbark Plaza. The screenplay follows Barack and(…)

Two South Side men arrested on weapon and drug possession charges

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Willie Terrell Daniels, 24 and Brandon West, 25 were arrested Thursday Aug. 18 when officers responded to call on a person with a gun selling drugs on the 6200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue. According to the report, officers observed West sitting with a handgun protruding from his hip(…)

New AP chosen for Murray

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ann Gulley has been announced as the new assistant principal for Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. Gulley was chosen by an Ad Hoc search team who made their decision on Friday, Aug. 19. Gulley will be at a meet and greet at the school tomorrow at 6 p.m.(…)

University of Chicago dorms reopen as studio apartments

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Last June the University of Chicago closed three dormitories because students would be moving into new Campus North Residence Halls in the fall. The closed halls are now back on the market as furnished rental units geared toward students. The largest former dorm, Broadview Hall, is a seven-story building with(…)

Police Supt. Johnson announces changes in leadership for 2nd District

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced additional changes to his leadership team that will be responsible for crime control, investigative and operative functions. Part of his plan includes leadership changes for the 2nd District, which covers parts of Bronzeville, Kenwood, Hyde Park and Washington Park. According to a news release(…)

South Side Pitch seeks to advance local entrepreneurs

South Side Pitch seeks to advance local entrepreneurs

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer If you hurry, you still have just enough time apply for the third annual South Side Pitch showcase. Applications for the “Shark Tank” style contest for local entrepreneurs are due tonight, Aug. 19, by midnight. South Side Pitch is in search of applicants that are committed entrepreneurs with creative business(…)

27th Annual African Festival of the Arts

27th Annual African Festival of the Arts

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Jackson Park might have gotten the Obama Presidential Center but on Labor Day weekend locals and visitors alike will flock to Washington Park in celebration of the 27th Annual African Festival of the Arts. This festival, which will take place Sept. 2-5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Washington(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society Open House

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., is opening the doors of its cable car building in the first of several scheduled open houses this Saturday Aug. 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come and learn the story of the cable car building, pick the brains(…)

South Shore Summer Festival on Sunday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The sixth annual South Shore Summer Festival takes place this Sunday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. The event is free and will have food, local merchants, activities for children and a diverse lineup of musical acts.(…)

Former HPAC director gifts artwork

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The former director of the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) and Kenwood resident, Chuck Thurow, recently donated 114 pieces of artwork by 59 different Chicago artists to the DePaul Art Museum for DePaul University. Thurow was the director for the HPAC, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., from 1998 until 2010 and(…)

Bed Bugs Silence WHPK

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The University of Chicago radio station WHPK is bracing for more time off just as they were planning to return to air. This decision comes after the issue of bed bugs arose in early August after an outbreak was found at the studio and not completely treated. In a letter(…)

One year later: Dyett hunger strikers celebrate, reflect

One year later: Dyett hunger strikers celebrate, reflect

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Aug. 17, 2015, a group of South Side community members decided to go on a hunger strike to preserve Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., as a neighborhood school. Due to the tenacity of the 12 hunger strikers, who participated in a liquid-only fast for 34 days, Chicago(…)

IOP announces new fall fellows

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics announced Wednesday, Aug. 17, that it will bring seven renown political Fellows to campus this fall to discuss a range of topical political issues including the international threat of ISIS and local police violence. “…With the presidential election only a few months away,(…)