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Online sex assault list sparks debate at U. of C.

Online sex assault list sparks debate at U. of C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After an anonymous posting online listing men who have allegedly committed acts of sexual violence against students on campus, the University of Chicago responded by releasing a statement regarding free speech. In a letter university President Robert Zimmer and provost Eric Isaacs released on Thursday, the school affirmed that the(…)

Mirrors and mazes at the Museum of Science and Industry

Mirrors and mazes at the Museum of Science and Industry

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Get lost in the mathematical patterns found in nature at a new permanent exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. Next week, MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will unveil a new permanent exhibit, “Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze.” The exhibit will explain the mathematical patterns in nature(…)

Oktoberfest returning to Hyde Park

Oktoberfest returning to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago and South East Chicago Commission will host an Oktoberfest celebration from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 4, in Nichols Park. For the first time since it began in 2011, the event will take place on the south end of Nichols Park, near 55th(…)

Unitarians present Voodou music program

Unitarians present Voodou music program

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago-based Crossing Borders Music Collective will perform Haitian folk and classical songs at 3 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 5, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. The program, entitled “The Real Voodou,” has already been performed six times across the Chicago area. The Hyde Park show will feature(…)

A personal trainer hits her stride with a growing gym

A personal trainer hits her stride with a growing gym

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When Annie Padrid opened her own gym she left her full time job, spent her savings and was working out of her home. Only two and a half years later The Space has nearly 400 clients and 20 employees. It will almost double its physical space in October. The Space,(…)

Legacy of service going strong at Kenwood soup kitchen

Legacy of service going strong at Kenwood soup kitchen

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Standing near three women preparing collard greens at the soup kitchen at Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., Pastor Leroy Sanders explained that “denomination has no place here.” Two of the volunteers, after all, belonged to different congregations. But they’re not the only volunteers that do. Sanders’(…)

Upcoming Children’s Book Fair sure to send kids dancing

Upcoming Children’s Book Fair sure to send kids dancing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Children will be center stage at this year’s Children’s Book Fair in Hyde Park. “Dancing with Class” is a school-based program where 20 instructors go to about 50 public schools across the city and teach ballroom, Latin and swing dance to 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The most advanced(…)

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,(…)