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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(…)