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Representative Mitchell is no union champion

To the Editor Union workers are our neighbors, family members and are community stakeholders that contribute to the economic viability of our neighborhoods, which is why I was deeply honored that a strong coalition of union members and community organizations supported my initial run for public office. After taking two unconstitutional votes to slash the(…)

City Hyde Park releases lease pricing

City Hyde Park releases lease pricing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The newest addition to Hyde Park housing, City Hyde Park, has begun the pre-leasing process for when the apartment complex opens up in late December. City Hyde Park, 5105 S. Harper Ave., will allow future residents to move in beginning Dec. 21, with rent starting at $1,800 for the cheapest(…)

UniverSoul Circus focuses on Chicago youth

UniverSoul Circus focuses on Chicago youth

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer During its stay in Chicago, UniverSoul Circus, an interactive show that combines circus arts with musical theater, plans on imparting an important message to local youth: Your Life Matters. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, the UniverSoul Circus big top, located in Washington Park at East 51st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue,(…)

Bernie Sanders in Hyde Park

Bernie Sanders in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), visited his alma mater, University of Chicago (U. of C.), Monday morning as part of the university’s Institute of Politics Road to 2016 series. Sanders, who graduated from U. of C. in 1964, returned to a packed house, full of mostly U. of(…)

October After Hours at Robie House

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Frank Lloyd Wright’s Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be open Friday evenings in October, offering an opportunity for those interested in Wright’s Prairie-style masterpiece to view the building in a different light. October After Hours at Frederick C. Robie House will take place from 5p.m. –(…)

Here comes the Jazz Fest

Here comes the Jazz Fest

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After much anticipation, the 9th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival has finally arrived. Hyde Park will be filled with two days of music on 14 stages in 12 different venues around the neighborhood. Vibraphonist Justefan will kick off Saturday’s music on the Midway with a performance from the Wagner Stage(…)

Hyde Park Shopping Center hosts arts fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A busy weekend of jazz music, literature celebrations and yard sales in Hyde Park can now add art fair to the bill of things to do the first weekend of fall. The Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue, is hosting the 20th annual art fair on(…)

Medical students rally for single-payer health care

by SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Oct. 1, students at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine will join thousands of other medical students across the country in rallying for universal, single-payer health care reform. The event is called TenOne Medicare-for-All National Student Day of Action and is being organized by Students for a(…)

HPKCAC holds first meeting of new school year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) held its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year, Sept. 22. The meeting was held at Jackie Robinson Elementary School, 4225 S. Lake Park Ave. The council focused on the school year so far, and mentioned some changes as well as improvements. Lakeisha(…)

Mitchell launches reelection campaign

Mitchell launches reelection campaign

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) will be kicking off his reelection campaign for the 26th District at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at his campaign headquarters, 900 E. 47th St. Community leaders, grassroots organization and elected officials will stand alongside Mitchell as he announces his bid for reelection. In a(…)

Ray celebrates garden completion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After months of hard work and many labors of love, the William Ray School Garden has been completed thanks to a grant from the South East Chicago Commission (SECC). As part of the 57th Street Beautification Project, the SECC partnered with the University of Chicago (U. of C.) to build(…)

Review: “Jamaica, Farewell”

Review: “Jamaica, Farewell”

RECOMMENDED Where: Royal George Theater, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through Oct. 11 Tickets: $50 Phone: 312-988-9000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Debra Ehrhardt has a good story to tell, and she tells it well in “Jamaica, Farewell.” This is Los Angeles-based Ehrhardt’s third self-penned solo show (after “Mango Mango” and “Invisible Chairs”), and she’s(…)

Dorchester project receives award

Dorchester project receives award

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Dorchester Art and Housing Collaborative has received Project of the Year by Landmarks Illinois, a group that advocates for the protection of historic properties. Theaster Gates Jr. professor and director of arts and public life at the University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts was the lead on the(…)

Q and A with the new Kenwood head football coach

Q and A with the new Kenwood head football coach

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Name: Jack Ramsey Position: Head Varsity Football Coach School: Kenwood Academy Mascot: Broncos Conference: Windy City Conference Previous Record: 5-4 conference, 15-12 overall Current Record: 0-0 conference, 0-0 overall Previous Ranking: No. 4 Current Ranking: None Jack Ramsey is entering his first season as Head Varsity Football Coach of Kenwood Academy. Prior to his hiring, Ramsey excelled in a number of(…)

Would Hyde Park Obama like President Obama?

To the Editor: As a Hyde park resident having worked the 2008 presidential election cycle as a field organizer in Ohio for President Obama, I take a somewhat nuanced view of Obama’s last term.  I recently wondered just how content Organizer Obama would be with President Obama. As a young student, Barack Obama was filled(…)

We were promised arts films at Harper Theater

To the Editor: I was so looking forward to seeing good movies in Hyde Park, and for the first six months after you opened, I did find movies I liked and I did come to the Hyde Park Theater. Now I look and look and there is nothing there for me to see. Just now, “Rosenwald”(…)

Obama Foundation continues search for architect

Obama Foundation continues search for architect

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer One hundred and forty architecture firms are vying for control over the future design of the Obama Presidential Center, which will be located in either Jackson Park or Washington Park on Chicago’s South Side. On Sept. 18, The Barack Obama Foundation released a statement outlining the overall demographics of the(…)

Fond memories of the Eagle

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer When looking back at fond memories or “the good ol’ times”, people often associate that with a certain place. Whether that be the small town diner with the best pancakes in town, that one record store that always had undiscovered vinyl or the secret spot by the lake where the(…)

Family’s success stories have roots in Hyde Park’s diversity

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has always been a diverse community with a multi-cultural scene that has shaped a number of influential people. When the Hinojosas moved to Hyde Park from Mexico in 1962, the collaborative culture shaped them into who they are as individuals and as a family. “We quickly adjusted to(…)

String of car burglaries hits southeast Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A recent string of car burglaries in the 5400-5500 blocks of S. Shore Drive has residents in the southeast section of Hyde Park on high alert. Since Sept. 11, there have been seven reported incidents of vehicle break-ins spanning these two blocks. The incidents are as follows: Friday, Sept. 11,(…)