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Promontory brings Seun Kuti, Egypt 80 to Hyde Park

Promontory brings Seun Kuti, Egypt 80 to Hyde Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The global sounds of Afrobeat came alive in Hyde Park at the Promontory music venue last week, as Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 put a musical spell on the crowd last Tuesday. Seun Kuti is the youngest son of the world renowned Nigerian artist, Fela Kuti. Fela became an international(…)

A10 offers Hyde Parkers a new food experience

A10 offers Hyde Parkers a new food experience

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Hyde Parkers don’t have to travel too far from their backyards for a food adventure, thanks to A10. Chef Josef Giacomino is executing a compelling menu filled with Italian and French inspired dishes. Named for the highway that connects Nice, France to Liguria, Italy, A10 has been establishing itself as(…)

Crime near University of Chicago brings residents’ safety into question

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A recent violent crime in the 5300 block of South Cottage Grove has left one resident questioning the security of her neighborhood. Chantelle Allen, a parent and health insurance saleswoman, lives one block away from University of Chicago Medical center facilities and less than half a mile from the university(…)

Dusable Museum to screen summer movies

The DuSable Museum of African American History is pleased to presents the 2015 edition of the Chicago Park District’s “Movies In The Parks” beginning Saturday, June 20, and ending on Saturday, August 15. The museum will present screenings of popular, family-friendly films in addition to an invitation to experience the DuSable Mobile Museum. The films(…)

La Rabida commemorates outpatient center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer La Rabida Children Hospital is selling engraved bricks to commemorate the opening of its outpatient center. For $100, benefactors can have 3 lines engraved in a brick that will be placed in front of the new outpatient center. One such brick has been engraved with the name of Serta Williams,(…)

A Wailing Wall for Chicago

To the Editor: Chicago needs its own Wailing Wall to mourn the loss of so many to gun violence. If a climbing wall can’t be erected safely in Grant Park, how about a memorial boxwood hedge maze. Kids could roam through it; those who have lost loved ones already feel like they’re lost in a(…)

Even Hyde Parkers agree: Hurray for Blackhawks

Even Hyde Parkers agree: Hurray for Blackhawks

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The Blackhawks championship reportedly brought together two million people from all over the state to celebrate the team’s third cup in six years. Sporting a red and black Stan Mikita jersey while at the parade, Hyde Park resident Anna Morris said she has been a Blackhawks fan for “forever.” She(…)

William Richmann Schick, 72

William Richmann Schick, 72

William “Bill” Schick, 72, died at home on June 6, 2015, while preparing to watch the second Stanley Cup game with his wife, Jacqueline Kirley. He had been in hospice care for cancer since February. Bill was born in Chicago on August 17, 1942, but was raised in La Porte, Indiana, by his mother, Lois(…)

“J” William Halfpenny, 85

“J” William Halfpenny, 85

“J” William Halfpenny of Villa Park died June 15 at age 85. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he lived most of his life in Hyde Park, where as a locksmith, hardware specialist and foreign-car mechanic, he acquired many friends. Additionally, “J” was a passionate numismatist and sportscar racing fan. He was the fond father of Jay William Halfpenny and loving grandfather(…)

City owes CHA residents what it promised them

By JAY TRAVIS It is possible to desire an increase in commercial development in the 3rd and 4th wards, and also expect the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and elected officials to honor the agreement to replace the percentage of public housing units promised in the CHA’s Plan for Transformation. It’s irresponsible to imply that a(…)

Review: “On Your Feet”

RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through July 5 Tickets: $33-$100 Phone: 800-773-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re a fan of Gloria and Emilio Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, the pre-Broadway world premiere of “On Your Feet” is likely to … well, bring you to your feet, as it(…)

City Hyde Park moving on up

City Hyde Park moving on up

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Real estate development in Hyde Park is seeing growth that is dramatically reshaping the neighborhood. City Hyde Park, 1501 E. Hyde Park Blvd., is one of these new additions to the community. According to director of community development for Mac Properties Peter Cassel, City Hyde Park is currently scheduled for the(…)

Become, Dr Dominica McBride help Hyde Park non-profits

Become, Dr Dominica McBride help Hyde Park non-profits

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Spotlighting businesses that are making a difference in the community, Become organization, a non-profit based here in Hyde Park, is “Helping communities amplify their resources for a socially just world,” according to its founder, Dr. Dominica McBride. McBride, a Hyde Park resident, said Become sets out to create empowerment throughout(…)

Making the case: Groups vie for Dyett High School

Making the case: Groups vie for Dyett High School

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staf Writer Parents and community members gathered Wednesday evening, June 17, to discuss the fate of Walter H. Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St. Three proposals vying for control over the future of the Dyett High School building were presented to the public. Representatives from the offices of Ald. Will Burns(…)

University of Chicago students learn about consulting

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Teaching graduate and postdoctoral students the ‘ins and outs’ of the competitive field of consulting, UChicago Grad, which is a career resource to all grad students, offered a week-long consulting intensive summer camp last week. More than 100 students attended this session, which consisted of a day introducing the consulting(…)

Kwame Raoul pushes SB 1304 through Illinois General Assembly

By SAM RAPPAORT Staff Writer On May 30, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill aimed at improving the relations between police officers and the communities they serve. The law enforcement reform package, Senate Bill 1304, will have a major impact on the operations of Chicago police departments. Hyde Park politicians were instrumental in moving(…)

Super music of the supernatural

Super music of the supernatural

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Riccardo Muti, the current and tenth music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is back in Chicago to bring the CSO’s 2014 – 15 season to a close. Last week he led the orchestra in stirring renditions of music by Alexander Scriabin and Piotr Tchaikovsky. Saturday night’s concert opened(…)

Review: “stop. reset.”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through June 21 Tickets: $10-$40 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Think of Regina Taylor’s “stop. reset.” as a realistic play, and you’re bound to be confused. Regard it instead as a cross between an “Afrofuturist” science-fiction fantasy and a meditation on(…)

Thanks and luck to a local shopkeeper

To the Editor: Thank you to Bader ElShareif, owner of Harper Foods, for 17 years of excellent service to the community. You opened the store in the best and worst of weather and we always could count on your stocking just what we needed with a friendly smile and comment on the day. I know many(…)

Support school choice for our neighbors to the north

To the Editor: I am writing to ask folks to stand with the Bronzeville community and support the Walter H. Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School proposal from the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett. I believe you should support the proposal from the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett because it is for a CPS-run, neighborhood, open-enrollment high(…)