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Hairston announces community meeting to clarify parkland proposals

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has set a date for when Chicago Park District officials will speak with community members about recent and proposed changes to Jackson and Washington parks. The meeting aims to assuage the concerns of park goers who have felt, in recent months, that park revamps are going(…)

Police searching for four suspects in Woodlawn shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Police and University of Chicago (U. of C.) Police responded to a shots fired call in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue, Tuesday, May 24, at approximately 3:25 p.m. According to an U. of C. security alert, four possible suspects in a white Chevrolet Impala were seen leaving(…)

Shoesmith raised money for education

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Sixth grade students at Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., have raised over $1,000 to be donated to two different organizations that impact children’s education worldwide. Students committed to giving up their lunch and recess time to plan a school-wide Penny Wars fundraiser to raise money towards education quality.(…)

Harper Court Summer Music Series

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Wednesday, May 25, the Harper Court Summer Music Series kicks off the beginning of warmer months and live outdoor music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. The series was a success last summer, and so the four-part event is being brought back(…)

More CPS budget cuts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Tuesday, May 17, select Chicago Public Schools (CPS) principals found out their budgets for the 2016-17 school year and the cuts are projected at 20 to 30 percent for each school’s budget. Gregory Jones, principal at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., was one of the principals(…)

69th Annual 57th Street Art Fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer One of Hyde Park’s longstanding traditions returns this year to bring the community together through art. The 69th Annual 57th Street Art Fair will take place June 4-5, and will feature artists from across the country. The 57th Street Art Fair began in 1948 and was first held over a(…)

Harper Court music series returns for summer season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25, the Harper Court Summer Music Series kicks off the beginning of warmer months and live outdoor music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. The series put on by the University of Chicago (U. of C.) and Eric Williams of(…)

DuSable hosts Walter Dyett tribute concert

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th PL., will host a tribute concert to Captain Walter H. Dyett, one of the Godfathers of Chicago Jazz, on July 23. The concert is billed as a centennial celebration of The Great Migration and will feature Chicago musicians playing the(…)

Sen. Raoul supports elected school board, plans on community meetings

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul, (D-13), has sponsored a plan in favor of an elected school board for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The House Bill 557, which calls for a democratic process in CPS’ school board, passed the House on March 3 in a 110-4 margin and is currently under consideration(…)

Interactive, digital timeline explores Jackson Park history

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two non-profits recently launched a digital, interactive map and timeline illuminating the history of the Garden of the Phoenix, the Jackson Park site that continues to serve as a symbol of U.S. – Japan relations. The “Garden of the Phoenix Digital Experience,” available at gardenofthephoenix.org, was created by Project 120(…)

Renaissance Society gets its largest donation ever

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Renaissance Society, 5311 S. Ellis Ave., announced today that it has received the largest collective gift in its 100-year history, totaling $1.5 million to go towards the institution’s programming. The Edlis Neeson Foundation, the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation and the Zell Family Foundation each pledged $500,000 to the Renaissance(…)

5k run benefits diaper drive

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This Saturday, May 21, the No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive and 5K Run will take place from 7:30 a.m. until noon at Jackson Park, hosted by Douglas of Chicago. The event’s proceeds will support the Southwest Area Diaper Depository for Little Ends (S.W.A.D.D.L.E) Diaper Bank, an organization that provides(…)

Hyde Park robberies in May

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Police are warning Hyde Park residents of a string of robberies that have occurred in the neighborhood recently. Police said that in each of the instances, two Black males, 18 to 32 years of age, standing between 5’6″ and 5’8″ tall and weighing 140-180 lbs., approached victims and demanded personal(…)

Trauma Care Coalition hosts town hall meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As the University of Chicago (U. of C.) moves forward with its healthcare expansion plan, trauma center activists are continuing the fight to assure that the university’s proposal truly embraces the surrounding communities. On Thursday, May 19, the Trauma Care Coalition, a collective of activists that brought a national spotlight(…)

CMJ alumni reunion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For many people, their childhood experiences shaped who they are as a person for the rest of their lives, and for a lot of Hyde Park natives, that childhood experience was Camp Martin Johnson (CMJ). The Hyde Park YMCA, formerly located at 1400 E. 53rd St., ran Camp Martin for(…)

Community discussion unravels Hyde Park’s problems in unity

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On May 10, nearly 55,000 Chicagoans gathered at different tables across the city to discuss one important question: What can we do together to create a more unified community? Community members in the 77 neighborhoods that make up Chicago talked about that question in differing ways as part of the(…)