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Citing need for trauma care, locals briefly halt medical center construction

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Trauma care center advocates staged a sit in at a construction site by the University of Chicago Medical Center Monday morning. The Trauma Care Coalition (TCC), an organization of South Side residents demanding that the University of Chicago build a Level 1 adult trauma care center on its campus, halted(…)

U. of C. seeks to raise funds ahead of major projects

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago formally launched the largest fundraising campaign in its history last week. The U. of C. plans to raise $4.5 billion before the end of the decade. President Robert Zimmer will stay on through 2019, the university said in a press release. The U. of C. has(…)

Get to know Nichols Park

The Nichols Park Advisory Council is hosting a new member meet and greet at 7 p.m. tonight, at the park’s field house, 1355 E. 53rd St. Group members help plan Hyde Park’s annual 4th of July festivities, as well as a summer concert series in the park. For more information, call Nichols Park Advisory Council President Stephanie Franklin(…)

City affirms Harte Elementary land transfer with Antheus Capital

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Chicago City Council re-approved a land transfer agreement with Antheus Capital, which includes upgrades to Bret Harte Elementary School, at their April meetings. The agreement, which was originally approved in 2008, gives Antheus a small strip of land once owned by CPS in exchange(…)

Cleansate to return this June

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Cleanslate will begin beautification on the entire 53rd Street Special Service Area (SSA) corridor as early as June 1, managing director Brady Gott said. The organization helps people who are challenged by homelessness, poverty or incarceration to receive training for long-term employment. While they are in training for a job(…)

Longtime political figure Lou Silverman dies; services announced

Influential Hyde Park political strategist and builder of real estate apartments Louis Silverman passed away Monday, April 21 at the age of 83. A New York City native, Silverman came to Hyde Park first as a U. of C. student and became a political organizer with the Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI). It was his(…)

Community improv show holding auditions this week

A new comedy improv show sponsored by the Hyde Park Community Players will be holding auditions this week. Auditions for “Drones, Clones and Phones: I Know What You Did Last Summer,” will take place at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, and from 10(…)

Murray Elementary winning CPS Battle of the Books

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School’s 4th through 8th grade students won their divisional matches in the CPS Battle of the Books competition. The 4th to 6th team earned enough points to advance to the Battle of the Books City Championship, where they will compete against the other top 14 schools across(…)