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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(…)

U. of C. officials address diversity after students make demands

U. of C. officials address diversity after students make demands

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University president and provost Robert Zimmer and Eric Isaacs released a joint letter earlier this month regarding diversity on campus. The letter came after student demand for a study and changes regarding racial and cultural diversity, as well as sexual assault and violence on campus. In response to student and(…)

A voting rights victory

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) I am thrilled that the General Assembly approved my measure to provide an election day fail-safe for Illinois voters. When Gov. Pat Quinn signs Senate Bill 172, our citizens will be able to register and vote in their home precincts on every election day starting in 2015. Last(…)

Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti talks Hyde Park politics

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bob Fioretti is staking political positions to the left of Mayor Rahm Emanuel — including on Hyde Park issues — as the 2nd Ward alderman’s campaign to unseat him heats up. Fioretti, a supporter of Bronzeville activist Jay Travis, during her primary bid against state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) last(…)

Hyde Parker Kurt Summers takes on new role as Chicago treasurer, prepares for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago’s new treasurer is a Hyde Parker with a campaign based in the neighborhood. Goldman Sachs veteran and Harvard Business School graduate Kurt Summers, 35, was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel last October just two days after Stephanie Neely announced her resignation. Three weeks after being approved by City Council,(…)

Central Europe genius on display at CSO

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Manfred Honeck is an Austrian native with deep roots in the central European music scene. His work has included stints in Vienna, Zurich, Leipzig and Stuttgart and he is now the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Honeck was the guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO)(…)

Review: “Burning Bluebeard”

Review: “Burning Bluebeard”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Ruffians at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Jan. 4 Tickets: $36-$50 Phone: 773-975-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic With all the accolades I heard heaped on The Ruffians’ “Burning Bluebeard” last year, I expected to be blown away by the reprise of the show about the 1903 Iroquois Theatre(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council officially forms

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council officially forms

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Harold Washington Park now officially has an advisory council. A group of around 10 community residents submitted the necessary paperwork to supervisor Ayanna Peters at the park advisory council’s (PAC) Dec. 1 meeting in the lobby of the Del Prado, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. The PAC for the park(…)