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Last step taken for 51st Street TIF

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago City Council approved the creation of the 51st Street/Lake Park tax increment financing district on Thursday, among the last steps needed to finance City Hyde Park on the former site of Village Foods. The 51st Street/Lake Park TIF district was separated from the 53rd Street TIF after the(…)

Teachers for Social Justice convene at Kenwood

Teachers for Social Justice convene at Kenwood

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Teachers For Social Justice held its 12th Annual Teaching For Social Justice Curriculum Fair Saturday at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and others who played pivotal roles in this year’s school reform fight were keynote speakers at the event. Lewis(…)

Hyde Park Village seeks donations

The Hyde Park Village, an organization which helps seniors network to find support to remain in their own homes, will have a table at the United Church of Hyde Park’s Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1448 E. 53rd St. Organizers hope to raise funds that will help the group launch more formally early next(…)

Bird exhibit at Oriental Institute

Bird exhibit at Oriental Institute

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer, PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, is passionate about birds. It becomes clear upon receiving her business card — on which silhouetted birds are printed alongside her contact information — and even more so after hearing her discuss the new(…)

Jazz scholars at Kenwood, surgery at Akiba, silent auction at Ray

Jazz scholars at Kenwood, surgery at Akiba, silent auction at Ray

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Five band students at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., were selected as “Ravinia Jazz Scholars” for the 2012-2013 year. The students, who are under the instruction of Kenwood Band Director Gerald Powell, are five out of the 28 Jazz Scholars in this year’s program. Through Ravinia’s(…)

Sophistiqué owner has big plans

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park shopowner Hyman Jackson calls Sophistiqué (pronounced “so-phis-ti-kay”), a “basic boutique.” But he has bigger plans for the corner store located at the intersection of Blackstone Avenue and 52nd Street. “I’m trying to make sure that our vision is realized,” Jackson explained, sitting in his basement-level shop(…)

Silent auction at Ray

Ray Elementary School is hosting its 2nd annual Preschool Silent Auction. The school is seeking donations for items for its auction. On Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m., Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., will be hosting a silent auction event at the school, which will include dinner and live entertainment. The school is asking community(…)