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Planning Commission to tackle Obama Library parkland transfer in March

Planning Commission to tackle Obama Library parkland transfer in March

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Next week the Chicago Planning Commission will take on the issue of transferring parkland for a presidential library. The commission will meet 11 a.m. Monday, March 9, in City Council Chambers, City Hall, second floor, 121 N. LaSalle St. The University of Chicago proposed using more than 20 acres of(…)

University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program gets new director

University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program gets new director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Tanika Island has been named the new director of the University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP). Island’s recent promotion builds on a 14-year career at the Urban Education Institute, where she most recently served as chief academic officer of the UChicago Charter School and interim director(…)

Chicago Child Care Society gains support for efforts

Chicago Child Care Society gains support for efforts

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Child Care Society Preschool Center in Hyde Park is receiving recognition and rewards for its dedication to early childhood education. The Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) earned the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois. The organization has also been awarded $5,000 by the Staples Foundation.(…)

The numbers behind Alderman Leslie Hairston’s relationship with MAC Properties

The numbers behind Alderman Leslie Hairston’s relationship with MAC Properties

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer MAC Property Management, Hyde Park’s second largest private property owner, has been at the center of several claims made by aldermanic candidates in the upcoming election. Fourth Ward candidate Norman Bolden was the first to invoke the company’s name at an aldermanic forum, saying at a Jan. 10 event sponsored(…)

Jackie Robinson team member speaks out: “Chicago knows we’re champions”

Jackie Robinson team member speaks out: “Chicago knows we’re champions”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Brandon Green, who is a member of the Jackie Robinson West Little League Baseball team, spoke out against the league’s decision to demote his team at a press conference Feb. 11 hosted by Rainbow Push. The Little League Baseball organization released a statement Thursday,(…)

Harper Theater sales double what was expected

Harper Theater sales double what was expected

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Harper Theater’s ticket sales are double what was expected when it first reopened its doors three years ago. In 2014 the theater sold 148,000 tickets, two times more than it expected to sell after its $13 million renovation. Theater owner Tony Fox said that he has no complaints, despite(…)

City Hyde Park progressing on schedule, set to open in early 2016

City Hyde Park progressing on schedule, set to open in early 2016

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer City Hyde Park is progressing on schedule, as construction continued on its fourth floor last week. “I think we’ve had the typical challenges in a Chicago winter so of course the snowstorm this week was a something to deal with but in general the entire project has worked through the(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host annual dinner later this month

Hyde Park Historical Society to host annual dinner later this month

The Hyde Park Historical Society annual dinner will honor two neighborhood residents who restored a decaying home on the 5700 block of South Harper Avenue and a local historian. Lauren Moltz and John Clement, owners of the Rosalie Villas District home at 5735 S. Harper Ave., will receive the 2015 Marian and Leon Despres Preservation(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council to host first workday of 2015

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council to host first workday of 2015

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council will be hosting its first workday of the year later this month. The workday, scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. on Feb. 21 at the southwest corner of Harold Washington Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will include a survey of the park, discussion(…)

Kenwood Broncos basketball team makes school history with Red-Central victory

Kenwood Broncos basketball team makes school history with Red-Central victory

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer For the first time in school history, the Kenwood Broncos (16-5, 10-0) finished undefeated in the Chicago Public League Red Central Conference with a victory over longtime rivals Dunbar Vocational High School on Senior Night. “We understood the importance of this game,” said Broncos head coach Marlo Finner. “We knew(…)

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Robie House could be Chicago’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Park Service, the body that nominates significant landmarks in the U.S. to be considered for the honorary designation, nominated 10 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings last week. “Through its World Heritage Sites the United States can share with(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society comes out against using parkland for Obama Library

Hyde Park Historical Society comes out against using parkland for Obama Library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society said it opposes using public parkland for the Obama Presidential Library In a statement released recently HPHS said it “strongly supports siting the Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s Southside.” “Our respect for President Obama is immeasurable and his legacy is beyond doubt. However, building the(…)

Ray Elementary students number one in chess league

Ray Elementary students number one in chess league

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School Chess Club won first place in its section in the Chicago Scholastic Chess League Renaissance Knights Competition. Melinda Burgin and Henry Samra, 5th graders at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., were two of the five team members that competed in the competition earlier this month.(…)

CDOT proposes sweeping changes to 55th Street

CDOT proposes sweeping changes to 55th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Around 35 people attended a presentation last Thursday by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to discuss potential changes to 55th Street. CDOT project director Janet Attarian presented a rough draft of a master plan for 55th Street at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., based on community suggestions(…)

Unitarians to celebrate 150 years since end of slavery

Unitarians to celebrate 150 years since end of slavery

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The First Unitarian Church of Chicago will host its annual pageant to celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation on Saturday. The church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., has held the pageant since 1994. It includes dramatic readings, re-enactments and a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the 1863 declaration that granted freedom to(…)

Lecture series at Blackstone Library to explore what inspires authors

Lecture series at Blackstone Library to explore what inspires authors

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Friends of Blackstone Library will kick off its 2015 Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series this evening. The series’ first event, entitled “On Sight and Insight,” will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. It will feature a conversation between James(…)

Political newcomer Tracey Bey takes a shot at 4th Ward alderman seat

Political newcomer Tracey Bey takes a shot at 4th Ward alderman seat

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer First-time candidate Tracey Bey has thrown her hat in the ring for 4th Ward alderman. Bey, a Bronzeville resident who grew up in Hyde Park and attended Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will face Ald. Will Burns (4th) and fourth-time contender and entrepreneur Norman Bolden in next(…)

After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After more than half a century in the neighborhood, Hyde Park Shoe Rebuilder, 1451 E. 57th St., will close later this month. Owner Constandinos “Gus” Lukis, who throughout the years could be found sitting on the concrete stump outside his store, has been diagnosed with Alzheimers, according to his son(…)

Kenwood Broncos basketball team trounces Red-Central game

Kenwood Broncos basketball team trounces Red-Central game

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The No. 8-ranked Kenwood Broncos hosted neighborhood rivals Hyde Park Academy on Wednesday night in a Red Central basketball conference showdown that would feature some of the top-ranked players in the city. “It’s good to see a neighborhood rival renewed,” said Stephen Williams, starting point guard of the Kenwood Broncos.(…)