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South East Chicago Commission awarding grants to community organizations

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After a two-year hiatus the South East Chicago Commission and the University of Chicago will be awarding grants to neighborhood organizations. The 2015 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program was suspended after 2013, but has been awarded since 1999. The program offers funds to neighborhood schools, religious congregations, community organizations, park advisory(…)

Hyde Parkers seeking grant for new sign in Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will seek a grant from the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) to pay for a new sign highlighting the park. JPAC will apply for funds from the SECC’s Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program for the new sign, which would be at the 5800 block of(…)

Youth treated to “Selma” showing

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago partnered with After School Matters (ASM) last week to send 1000 students to see the Civil Rights film “Selma.” ASM, a non-profit that funds programs offering activities to Chicago students outside of school hours, and the U. of C.’s office of Civic Engagement, gave the tickets(…)

A swift substitute saves the evening for University of Chicago Presents

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic One of the biggest problems a music presenter faces is what to do when an artist cancels at short notice. Amy Iwano, executive director of University of Chicago Presents, had just this problem when she learned only days before last Friday’s scheduled performance that violinist Isabelle Faust was ill(…)

Review: “Rapture, Blister, Burn”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Feb. 22 Tickets: $25-$81 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic A preposterous premise and a pat ending are two of the problems with Gina Gionfriddo’s “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” but Goodman Theatre’s Chicago premiere is for the most part more amusing than(…)

Be a good neighbor and shovel your snow

To the Editor: Some neighbors have been very good about adopting a street/sidewalk crossing and clearing out for pedestrians.  However, the problem remains severe in our neighborhoods. Furthermore,  businesses who are along our business streets should not only clear the entire sidewalk in front of their shop, but also the streets around the parking areas(…)

City Hyde Park progressing on schedule, set to open in early 2016

City Hyde Park progressing on schedule, set to open in early 2016

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer City Hyde Park is progressing on schedule, as construction continued on its fourth floor last week. “I think we’ve had the typical challenges in a Chicago winter so of course the snowstorm this week was a something to deal with but in general the entire project has worked through the(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host annual dinner later this month

Hyde Park Historical Society to host annual dinner later this month

The Hyde Park Historical Society annual dinner will honor two neighborhood residents who restored a decaying home on the 5700 block of South Harper Avenue and a local historian. Lauren Moltz and John Clement, owners of the Rosalie Villas District home at 5735 S. Harper Ave., will receive the 2015 Marian and Leon Despres Preservation(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council to host first workday of 2015

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council to host first workday of 2015

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council will be hosting its first workday of the year later this month. The workday, scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. on Feb. 21 at the southwest corner of Harold Washington Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will include a survey of the park, discussion(…)

Folk Festival returning to University of Chicago campus

Folk Festival returning to University of Chicago campus

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 55th University of Chicago Folk Festival hopes to attract fans from every corner of its musical genre with this year’s lineup. “This year’s theme is balancing between a bunch of different crowds,” said Chris Kyriazis, president of the Folk Festival. “There are people who come to see virtuosos but(…)

Fourth Ward aldermanic candidates grilled by residents at Hyde Park condo

Fourth Ward aldermanic candidates grilled by residents at Hyde Park condo

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Fourth Ward candidates sparred on all things local at a forum last Monday in the lobby of the Newport Condominiums, 4800 S. Chicago Beach Drive. The resident relations committee of the condo association at the Newport, which is its own precinct, organized the forum. Newport resident Al Randall moderated the(…)

Upcoming production of “Merchant of Venice,” discussion to explore religious tolerance

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Elements Theatre Company is bringing its show “A Pound of Flesh: Exploring Qualities of Mercy when Encountering the Other,” to Hyde Park during its first Chicago tour. The theatre will also host a panel discussion about accepting differences, which is a featured theme in the play. Chicago Theological(…)

Dyett RFP, Hales Franciscan athletes and Ray resource center in school news

Chicago Public School’s Dyett RFP catches the eye of Little Black Pearl, 1060 E. 47th St. Several news outlets reported last Wednesday that Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy High School plans to submit a proposal for the Dyett High School building. In December, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) issued a request for proposals for(…)

Cornell Park gains advisory council

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Cornell Park Advisory Council has officially formed. Around 20 people met to finalize the group’s application and bylaws Monday, Jan. 26 at Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., according to president Norman Bell. “I’m very pleased with the responsiveness of the Park District,” said Bell, who submitted the(…)

Ray Elementary school council votes against pre-K program — for now

Ray Elementary school council votes against pre-K program — for now

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Local School Council (LSC) voted against adding a full-day pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program to its school. Ray teachers, parents and administrators at Thursday night’s emergency meeting called the program “too risky.” Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., was chosen by Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Early Childhood Education(…)