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Solstice on the Park zoning meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Studio Gang has been relatively quiet in regards to the future of the long-awaited Solstice on the Park but conversations about the project will resume this month due to a zoning change. The Chicago Plan Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the 24-story Solstice development, 5540 S. Cornell(…)

U. of C. professor resigns amid claims of sexual misconduct

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) faculty member has resigned after an investigation found that the professor violated the university’s Policy on Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct. In November 2015, U. of C. officials received reports that a faculty member had engaged in inappropriate behavior at a private, off-campus(…)

Orthodox congregation finds a home in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A small and eclectic Christian Orthodox church composed mostly of local residents is thriving in the center of Hyde Park. Every Sunday, in an inconspicuous building at 1421 E. 53rd St., between 20 and 40 parishioners of Saint Makarios the Great convene for an Orthodox service led by Father Elijah(…)

Health center at Reavis seeks growth

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer When Reavis Elementary School’s health center opened up eight years ago, it had the best intentions for providing a wide range of health services to both Reavis students and the greater community. After its initial “newness” in the neighborhood faded, Reavis’ health center currently isn’t what it could be. “I(…)

Invisible Institute wins grant

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park group responsible for making available the misconduct records of thousands of Chicago police officers received a $400,000 grant in late January. The Knight Foundation, which supports “transformational ideas that promote quality journalism,” awarded journalist Jamie Kalven and his media collective The Invisible Institute, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Learn improv at The Revival

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Since its official opening last month, The Revival has held successful comedy nights featuring both improv and stand-up comics. Beginning next week, the comedy club will add improv classes to its calendar. Classes range from ages 3 to adults and cater to all levels. Whether you are looking to brush(…)

Ald. Burns says goodbye to 4th ward

Editor’s note: Ald. Will Burns released this statement on Feb. 1 after news of his March 1 resignation was released on Sunday, Jan. 31. Dear Friends: It has been my honor to serve the people of the Fourth Ward and the City of Chicago for the past five years. Working together, we have added hundreds(…)

Street closure on 53rd Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Vue53 construction will keep a portion of 53rd Street closed for the remainder of the week. The strip of road between Kenwood and South Kimbark avenues is closed as of Feb. 1 in both directions due to the tower crane of the Vue53 development being dismantled. Local traffic will be(…)

Anti-violence group gains support from HPNC

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) is partnering with anti-violence organization Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) to organize a Summer initiative focused on combating crime in Hyde Park and surrounding areas. On Sunday, Feb. 7, the new coalition will hold its first organizational meeting for “Summer Anti-Violence Action.” The event(…)

Kenwood teachers educate parents on battle for contract

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At an informational session last night at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., teachers explained the battle for a fair contract between the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to parents. In the wake of recent major layoffs from its central office, CPS announced this(…)

Robie House recruiting tour guides

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is searching for volunteer docents for the Frederick C. Robie House at 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. The Wright Trust will hold training sessions in March for those interested in acting as tour guides. The training program runs for three weeks and involves online study, class(…)

Report finds high rates of unemployment among city’s Black youth

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A significant proportion of Chicago’s Black youth are both unemployed and out of school, according to a study presented on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Chicago Urban League’s (CUL) fifth annual hearing on youth unemployment. The report, commissioned by the Alternative School Network and carried out by the University of(…)

HPKCAC creates reading event to engage community

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) is shifting its focus in 2016 to provide more outreach and information on the issues that affect children in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). At Tuesday night’s HPKCAC meeting, the group returned to the conversation from their December meeting about the possibility of refocusing(…)

Donna More makes campaign stop at the U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Donna More is setting herself apart from her opponents by criticizing their political ties. While speaking at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP), 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., Wednesday afternoon, More argued for the importance of a genuinely independent State’s Attorney’s office. Earlier in(…)

University symphony to play first show of the new year

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra (USO) plans to showcase their mid-winter program, “Musical Skamps!”, on Satursay at 8 p.m. Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., is going to be filled with music featuring Romantic era composers and compositions. A reception will follow the concert at 9:30 p.m. The USO(…)

Hyde Park woman rides bike for affordable housing

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Hyde Park woman is gearing up to bike across the country this summer in a 3,882-mile trek, stopping in certain cities to build houses. Jesse Newman will leave her Hyde Park home in June to participate in Bike & Build, a non-profit corporation that organizes young adults to raise(…)