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Hales Franciscan High School moving forward with new principal and vision

Hales Franciscan High School moving forward with new principal and vision

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rising out of a year of tumultuous scandal, Hales Franciscan High School is starting its new school year with a new principal who is bringing a new focus and curriculum to the school. Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Gove Ave., after 50 years as the only African American, all-male, Catholic(…)

Chicago Child Care Society celebrates remodel

Chicago Child Care Society celebrates remodel

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Child Care Society is hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the remodel of its first floor lobby. The organization will also be opening a satellite location in the Englewood neighborhood in October and celebrating its 165th anniversary in November. The Chicago Child Care Society’s (CCCS), 5467 S.(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to host neighborhood dinner crawl

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to host neighborhood dinner crawl

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will host a second Dinner Crawl, giving diners the opportunity to sample food from some 53rd Street businesses. The crawl will take place Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the western end of the 53rd Street business corridor. Tickets are(…)

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(…)

Open Produce partnering with Silicon Valley upstart to offer deliveries

Open Produce partnering with Silicon Valley upstart to offer deliveries

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., became the first Hyde Park — and South Side —grocer to sign on with online shopping upstart Instacart last week. San Francisco-based Instacart — which raised almost $450 million in investments earlier this summer — currently hires personal shoppers in 11 cities to pick(…)

Obama’s former physician retires after decades at Hyde Park practice

Obama’s former physician retires after decades at Hyde Park practice

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A longtime community fixture and former physician to President Barack Obama, Dr. David Scheiner has retired after 35 years of seeing patients at his Hyde Park practice and in their homes. The Oak Park resident saw his last patient at Advocate Medical Group Hyde Park, 1301 E. 47th St., on(…)

Annual used book sale gearing up for October return, seeking donations

Annual used book sale gearing up for October return, seeking donations

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s (HP-K CC) annual used book sale will return to the Treasure Island courtyard at 55th Street this Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 11 to Oct 13. The book sale usually features between 30,000 and 40,000 books, according to organizer Jane Ciacci, an HP-K CC board member(…)

Hales Franciscan High School selects new principal

Hales Franciscan High School selects new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nichole M. Jackson was selected as the new principal of Hales Franciscan High School. Jackson replaces former principal Erica Brownfield, who served for two years. Before coming to Hales Franciscan, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Jackson was the owner of Posh Enterprise, which included a tutoring and recreation center,(…)

Hyde Park man reported missing

Hyde Park man reported missing

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police have reported 68-year-old Victor E. Rowe missing from the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue since Monday, Aug. 18. Rowe is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with brown eyes, white hair and light complexion. He is an African American man with the medical condition vitiligo,(…)

Yearly Mum and bulb sale returning this September

Yearly Mum and bulb sale returning this September

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The annual mum and bulb sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the atrium of the Hyde Park Shopping Center at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. The Hyde Park Garden Fair hosts two events each year, including one in the spring. Funds raised are(…)

U. of C. ranked 9th best university in the world

U. of C. ranked 9th best university in the world

The University of Chicago takes 9th place in the “Academic Ranking of World Universities” report. The rankings, which are based on the research of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was published in the U.K.-based Times Higher Education on Aug. 15. The University of Chicago’s overall ranking was 89.7 out of 100. The school placed between Columbia(…)

Open Produce seeking to sell alcohol

Open Produce seeking to sell alcohol

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Independent grocer Open Produce will apply for a license to sell beer and wine, co-owner Steven Lucy said at a community meeting convened by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) last Wednesday. Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., seeks to sell six-packs of craft beers and a selection of wines in the(…)

Author, preservationist Devereux Bowly Jr. dies

Author, preservationist Devereux Bowly Jr. dies

Lifelong Hyde Park resident Devereux Bowly Jr. was a man of many professions, passions and talents.  For most of his professional life, he was an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, providing help to people living in poverty. Bowly was also a respected historian, author, preservationist, community leader and owner of two(…)

CDOT official says Darrow Bridge will remain closed for years

CDOT official says Darrow Bridge will remain closed for years

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jackson Park’s Clarence Darrow Bridge will likely remain closed for for several more years before pedestrians can use it. That’s according to Chicago Department of Transportation assistant chief engineer for bridges Luis Benitez, who told an audience at last Monday’s Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting that the bridge’s repair will(…)