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New DuSable Museum exhibit explores history of Chicago jazz collective

“Free At First: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians,” will open on Jan. 19 at DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. The exhibit, which explores how artists and avant-garde jazz musicians came together during the golden era and the founding of the Association for the(…)

New law sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul takes aim at Jon Burge

New law sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul takes aim at Jon Burge

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A new law would give the state greater recourse to deny pensions to employees who have been convicted of a felony related to their jobs. The law, sponsored by Hyde Park’s state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) came after an Illinois pension board allowed convicted former Chicago police commander Jon Burge(…)

DuSable Museum festivities to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

DuSable Museum festivities to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

The DuSable Museum of African American History will celebrate “The Drum Major for Justice” during a full day of activities honoring the late civil rights leader and Noble Peace Prize-winner Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 19. The theme for the 2015 MLK Day Celebration at DuSable, 740 East 56th Pl., is “Reflecting(…)

Veteran campaigner Norman Bolden seeks to unseat Alderman Will Burns

Veteran campaigner Norman Bolden seeks to unseat Alderman Will Burns

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Entrepreneur Norman Bolden is running again for 4th Ward Alderman. Bolden, who will appear on next February’s ballot, challenged former 4th Ward alderman Toni Preckwinkle in 2003 and 2007 and ran against Ald. Will Burns (4th) in 2011. He is the owner of Norman’s Bistro, 1001 E. 43rd St., and(…)

U. of C. Medical Center seeking to move and expand ER

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center wants to spend $36 million upgrading and relocating its adult emergency room. Last month UCMC applied to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to put an emergency department next to its Center for Care and Discovery, 5700 S. Ellis Ave. In 2013(…)

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. to deliver keynote MLK address at University of Chicago

Longtime civil rights leader Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. will deliver the keynote address at the University of Chicago’s 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Jackson worked with King during the 1960s directing Operation Breadbasket, a program committed to(…)

Parks were big part of 2014 scene

Parks were big part of 2014 scene

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writers No little plans were made for the neighborhood’s parks this year, least of all for Jackson Park, which was the focus of attention from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, advocacy groups, wealthy donors and community residents. Jackson Park gets restored — and then some Last January,(…)

Pols in spotlight on local 2014 events

Pols in spotlight on local 2014 events

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer From pensions to the minimum wage and aldermanic menu money, to a contentious race for state representative, politics were inescapable in Hyde Park in 2014. Mitchell vs. Travis The year kicked off with a heated primary race between state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) and Bronzeville activist Jay Travis, former executive(…)

Private schools make progress in 2014

Private schools make progress in 2014

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ancona The Ancona School began offering new Montessori programs for its pre-primary students in August. The programs included a longer day and dual-language instruction. Parents of 3- to 6-year-olds had the option to choose between the half day, all day and all year programs at Ancona, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave.(…)

Crime in 2014 continues decline; tragedies mar trend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer While Hyde Park is a relatively low-crime community, it did see some violent activity in 2014. A couple of Hyde Parkers were also charged with their roles in murders across the city. In November, a Rogers Park man was charged with one felony count of murder in the first degree(…)

University of Chicago was busy in 2014

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University’s finances in flux Moody’s Investors Services lowered its bond rating on the University of Chicago (U. of C.) at the same time the school began looking for a new chief financial officer in 2014. Nim Chinniah resigned earlier this year to accept a position at Northwestern University. In June,(…)

Retail in Hyde Park took off in 2014

Retail in Hyde Park took off in 2014

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writers The past year was a transformative one for Hyde Park’s retail scene. The neighborhood said goodbye to some longtime institutions and hello to new stores on each of its commercial corridors. Out with the old After almost 25 years in Hyde Park, pizzeria Edwardo’s, 1321 E. 57th(…)

Changes in 2014 for local schools

Changes in 2014 for local schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte In 2014, Antheus Capital honored its commitment to help solve the hazardous pick-up and drop-off conditions at Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St. In 2008, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved a land transfer agreement with Antheus that included upgrades to Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th(…)

Augustana Lutheran will not host Free School, Suzuki Institute in talks to stay

Augustana Lutheran will not host Free School, Suzuki Institute in talks to stay

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Free School will not be moving to Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park in January as planned. The church is currently in negotiations with its current resident program The Hyde Park Suzuki Institute to remain in place. The Chicago Free School, a private school where everything is(…)

SECC, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce considering summer music festival in Hyde Park

SECC, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce considering summer music festival in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Vitality Committee is exploring hosting a summer music festival. Representatives of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and South East Chicago Commission — both member organizations of the committee — have confirmed that a summer music festival is being considered. Already, some of the proceeds from the(…)

Up to 15 additional acres of parkland planned for Kenwood lakeshore

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District is considering adding 10 to 15 acres of parkland to the area along the lakeshore path. The CPD and Chicago Department of Transportation are seeking public input regarding needed revetments along the Morgan Shoal area, from 45th Street to 51st Street. A revetment proposal, discussed at(…)

Hyde Park Cats gains non-profit status

Hyde Park Cats gains non-profit status

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park Cats recently achieved a 501(c)(3) status, making it a tax-deductible nonprofit organization. The group has placed more than 500 felines in permanent homes since its founding in 2008. It traps and gives medical care, including spaying or neutering, to feral or abandoned cats in Hyde Park. Cats that(…)

Logan Center’s inaugural curator leaves for Europe

Logan Center’s inaugural curator leaves for Europe

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After two years serving as the Logan Center’s inaugural visual arts program curator, Monika Szewczyk is leaving the University of Chicago for Athens, Greece. Szewczyk will join a panel of curators for a 2017 European exhibition of contemporary art, “Documenta 14.” During her time at the Logan Center, 915 E.(…)

Locals blast CPS plans for Dyett High School

Locals blast CPS plans for Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) Friday for a new high school in the current Dyett High School building. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School said the type of school CPS is seeking to put in place is not the right fit for the(…)