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Hoping Kiwanis will stick around

To the Editor: It was sad to read the recent cover story on the current status of the Hyde Park Kiwanis Club. I am not a member of the Hyde Park Club, but am a 39-year member of the Southeast Kiwanis Club. All of the reasons Kiwanis Clubs are diminishing as stated in the article(…)

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The new school year brings another school choice for Hyde Park families. Despite a major hiccup in location, The Chicago Free School opened its doors for the first time on Sept. 2. The parents, board members and teachers of the Free School, which is a private school that has(…)

Hyde Park Art Center to host 75th anniversary block party

Hyde Park Art Center to host 75th anniversary block party

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center will host a block party this weekend to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The free party will take place on the 5000 block of Cornell Avenue, where the Center is located, between noon and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, complete with art workshops, live music(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference annual meeting coming up

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) will host its annual meeting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at Hyatt Place, 5225 S. Harper Ave. At least four board seats will be up for grabs in an election at the public meeting, according to HP-K CC(…)

Hyde Park Jazz Festival to return with more visiting musicians than ever

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is returning to the neighborhood later this month. The eighth annual festival, slated to take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28, will feature performances at 12 venues by 35 acts — including a growing number of musicians from outside Chicago. “We have(…)

Amid a struggle to recruit new members, Hyde Park Kiwanis vote to dissolve

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kiwanis voted last week to disband after almost a century in the neighborhood. Eight of the group’s 18 dues-paying members met last Tuesday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive, and voted to dissolve, according to group President Camille Hamilton-Doyle. She says the(…)

Cops warn of robberies on campus

Security Alert September 8, 2014 By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Both the University of Chicago Police Department and Chicago Police have issued warnings about armed robberies on campus. Chicago Police said the robbers would approach a victim on foot, display or imply that they had a handgun and demand the victim’s property. In two incidents(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to sponsor second neighborhood dinner crawl

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a second dinner crawl from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Tickets will grant diners samples from eight Hyde Park restaurants on the west end of the 53rd Street business corridor. Participating restaurants include Café 53, 1369 E. 53rd St., Cedar’s, 1206 E. 53rd St.,(…)

Sa’mal gallery talk at Oriental Institute tomorrow

You can stop in on Hyde Park’s ancient city experts for a lecture this Thursday. On Sept. 4, join the creator of a model of the ancient city of Sa’mal for a talk at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. The exhibit where the model is displayed, “In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the(…)

Review: “Ecstasy”

Review: “Ecstasy”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cole Theatre at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. When: through Sept. 28 Tickets: $15-$25 Phone: 773-747-6821 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Based on the brief first act, you’d expect Mike Leigh’s 1979 “Ecstasy” to be one of those rage-fueled, violence-wracked British “kitchen sink” dramas of the Thatcher era (though it premiered(…)

Thanks to my hard-working neighbors

To the Editor: A great thank you from me to some hard-working people. I do not know anyone who lives in the apartment building on the north east corner of 54th Street and Harper Avenue. But every time I drive west on 54th Street from the shopping center, I am in awe of the beautiful(…)

U. of C.-led team get millions in federal funds to build massive data network

U. of C.-led team get millions in federal funds to build massive data network

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A University of Chicago-led team of computer scientists has received $10 million from the National Science Foundation for the development of a cutting-edge computing tool. Dubbed “Chameleon” for its variety of applications, the computing service will let researchers program their own software to run experiments with large data sets using(…)

U. of C. high-rise awaits repair after August fire

U. of C. high-rise awaits repair after August fire

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A U. of C.-owned high-rise apartment building is undergoing indefinite repair after a devastating fire broke out last month. An Aug. 12 fire at 5825 S. Dorchester Ave. sent eight people to the hospital, Chicago Fire Department Media Affairs said, and damaged the building’s electrical room, according to the U.(…)

At a Hyde Park framing shop, local artists get a chance to show their work

At a Hyde Park framing shop, local artists get a chance to show their work

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park framing shop The Great Frame Up has revived its longtime tradition of highlighting the work of local artists. Last June — after a hiatus of several years from showcasing local art — the shop at 1418 E. 53rd St. re-established its Artist of the Month program. The program(…)

New DuSable Museum exhibit examines transatlantic slave trade

New DuSable Museum exhibit examines transatlantic slave trade

“Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade” is a new exhibit that will open at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th St., on Sept. 19 and run through Jan. 4. “Spirits of the Passage,” which is the first exhibition of its kind to examine the entire history(…)

Matthias Merges’ Yusho to open next Saturday

Matthias Merges’ Yusho to open next Saturday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chef Matthias Merges plans to open his second Hyde Park restaurant, Yusho, on Saturday, Sept. 13. The opening of the Japanese-inspired restaurant will come on the heels of a prix fixe four-course tasting of its offerings at Merges’ other Hyde Park restaurant, A10, 1462 E. 53rd St. The menu at(…)

53rd Street trolley would be popular, survey suggests

53rd Street trolley would be popular, survey suggests

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers really like the idea of a free trolley they can take through the shopping corridor along 53rd Street. A trolley would help, in theory, to alleviate traffic congestion and help move shoppers from one end of the business corridor to the other. It would be funded by the(…)

Hyde Park Art Center asks what it means to be in the middle

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new exhibit, “The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle,” opened recently at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5520 S. Cornell Ave., featuring around 20 works by 10 artists exploring the concept of the middle, as its name suggests. “This idea came about on the occasion of this year, which is(…)

U. of C. reveals trauma discussion underway

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center president Sharon O’Keefe told a state review board that it is in talks with other area medical providers about the South Side’s trauma care needs. At a Wednesday hearing of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, O’Keefe was asked to comment on(…)