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Kenwood head gets honor

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School Principal Gregory Jones was selected to the 2014 program of Leadership Greater Chicago Fellowship. Jones was the only Chicago Public Schools employee to be selected this year. The Leadership Greater Chicago Fellowship program, which has been in place since 1983, selects leaders from various companies,(…)

Resident tries to slow Blackstone

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Steve Benson is preparing a petition for the installation of speed bumps on Blackstone Avenue between 59th and 57th streets. Benson said he wants the speed bumps installed for the safety of pedestrians, especially children, who live in the area and is drafting the petition to(…)

Stretch of Greenwood to be closed for dorm

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago plans to close the 5500 block of South Greenwood Avenue as part of the construction of the dorm that will replace Pierce Hall. The university will request that the city vacate Greenwood Avenue from 55th Street to 56th Street beginning in the summer of 2015. The(…)

Annual African Festival of the Arts

Annual African Festival of the Arts

Annual African Festival of the Arts. Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 5100 Cottage Grove Avenue, africanfestivalchicago.com. Daily admission is $20 at the entrance to the festival. Advanced tickets are $10 and can be purchased sold through Thursday at several locations, including What the Traveler Saw in Hyde Park, 1508 E. 55th St., 773-955-5505. Consult the festival’s website(…)

U. of C. denies plans for site

U. of C. denies plans for site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago says it has no plans for the Schuster Building after renovation is completed. Almost all of the businesses inside the Schuster Building, which until recently housed Kimonti Salon, Lake Beauty Supply and Hyde Park Cigars, have either closed shop or moved within the neighborhood after their(…)

DuSable march on Washington event

The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington next Wednesday, August 28 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the museum grounds. The march, which occurred that day in 1963, was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United(…)

Tour of Columbian Exposition sites Sat.

A tour of sites from the 1893 Columbian Exposition will take place this Saturday, Aug. 24. The tour will begin at the Darrow Bridge, south of the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Sites include the Midway Plaisance, which was a canal running through the fair during the six-month-long event.(…)

Rally protesting police

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition will join the National Conference of Black Lawyers (Chicago Chapter) and about 200 community leaders in a mass march at City Hall to demand police accountability. The organizations plan to rally at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Federal Plaza on Dearborn and Adams streets and March to City Hall(…)