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Hyde Park Community Players tackle two shows

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are debuting not one, but two shows this weekend in an exciting two-week run of “Jar the Floor” and “Proof.” David Auburn’s “Proof”, directed by player Paul Baker, and Cheryl L. West’s “Jar the Floor”, directed by Roseland Battle, may be two separate plays and(…)

U. of C. creates institute for urban education

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) is launching a new institute for urban scholarship and education thanks to a $35 million gift from university alumni Joe and Rika Mansueto. Joe Mansueto is the founder and CEO of the investment research firm Morningstar, Inc. University president Robert Zimmer said that(…)

Elected representative school board bill passes House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After being introduced last year, House Bill 0557, which calls for an elected representative school board in Chicago, was passed in the Illinois House of Representatives last Thursday in a 110-4 margin. Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) voted for the bill, however, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) was(…)

Tricap Residential Group renovates homes in HP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new property management company that focuses on renovating old buildings into newer spaces has settled in Hyde Park. Tricap Residential Group bought 5501 S. Everett Ave. in August from the Realty & Mortgage management company and began renovations in early October. The renovations are nearing completion, and leasing for(…)

Kenwood assistant principal recognized by Illinois State Treasurer

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School’s assistant principal, Karen Calloway, received an award for outstanding commitment in education from Illinois State Treasurer, Michael Frerichs, last month. Awards were given at a celebration for the achievements of African Americans in the Chicago area to commemorate Black History Month. Calloway was one of five(…)

Elected school board bill passes House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After being introduced last year, House Bill 0557, which calls for an elected representative school board in Chicago, was passed in the Illinois House of Representatives yesterday in a 110-4 margin. Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) voted for the bill, however, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) was one(…)

LEGO structures on display at MSI

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An exhibit exploring the key principles of engineering, construction and architecture through dozens of LEGO-built structures will open next week at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. The exhibit, titled “Brick by Brick,” will include a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam–made with 42,000(…)

Kenwood students show art in statewide exhibition

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE), which will take place Sunday, March 6, will include work from five students from Kenwood Academy High School. From 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., 93 schools from across the state will show off(…)

Theater: Thornton Wilder and the Hyde Park Connection

by Anne Spiselman Everybody knows that Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” which starts performances at Goodman Theatre on March 5 starring Kristine Nielsen as Dolly Gallagher Levi, was the inspiration for the musical, “Hello, Dolly!” What fewer people realize is that the idea for the play “germinated” in Hyde Park. At least that’s the story according(…)

Ancien Cycles welcomed into Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ancien Cycles was officially welcomed into the neighborhood last night with a grand opening and ribbon cutting event hosted by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. The new cycle store and café at 1558 E. 53rd St. is for healthy lifestyle enthusiasts looking for a little something extra. One of(…)

Kenwood teacher suspended

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School music teacher, Daniel Berry, was suspended after the school was made aware of online videos of him making derogatory comments about Jews and Muslims. The videos posted to Berry’s YouTube channel go back as far as July 2015, the most recent post on Feb. 20. In(…)

Kenwood loses two staff members in more budget cuts from CPS

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced yesterday that on top of $120 million in budget cuts and layoffs in the administrative department so far this year, that even more layoffs will have to be made, including teachers. CPS will cut 62 employees including 17 teachers. Due to the cuts, Kenwood Academy(…)

DuSable kicks off series on race and the media

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will host a panel of acclaimed Black filmmakers and musicians on Friday, March 11, for a discussion on race and the entertainment business. The event is titled “Hollywood Comes to the Du.” It will be moderated by CBS reporter,(…)

Diversity job fair on Saturday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Saturday, Feb. 27, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools is hosting a job fair aimed at teachers, staff and administrators of color interested in careers at independent schools. The event will run from 9 a.m.-noon at Gordon Parks Arts Hall, 5815 S. Kimbark Ave. Latin School of Chicago and(…)

Hyde Park Animal Hospital and Clinic changes ownership

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 35 years, Dr. Thomas Wake has served Hyde Park residents at the Hyde Park Animal Hospital and Clinic. Wake recently announced that he and Dr. Marcia Hutchings will be turning over the business to Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Joe Whalen. Williams, the medical director at the clinic, has(…)

Apartment fire injures one

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A high-rise apartment fire on Tuesday night in Hyde Park left one person injured, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.  At approximately 10:30 p.m., the fire department responded to a call of a fire on the 10th floor of the 17-story residential building at 5421 S. Cornell Ave. (…)

Farmer’s Market to add musicians for 2016

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Special Service Area (SSA) is looking for live musicians to spice up the shopping atmosphere during the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market 2016 market season, this Spring. “Last year we had a few musicians perform unannounced on an informal basis, and it was a great addition to the ambiance of(…)

HPKCAC reading event this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Conference (HPKCAC) is hosting a free education-focused event this Saturday for the community. “It’s All About Reading” will take place Feb. 27 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St. The event will focus on helping parents support children(…)

Kenwood teacher suspended for offensive comments in online videos

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School music teacher, Daniel Berry, was suspended after the school was made aware of online videos of him making derogatory comments about Jews and Muslims. The videos posted to Berry’s YouTube channel go back as far as July 2015 the most recent post Feb. 20. In most(…)

Community members gather to discuss election for 4th Ward

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An open meeting to discuss the next alderman of the 4th Ward will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. Ald. Will Burns (4th) announced that he would be resigning March 1 to take the role of director of Midwest policy and(…)