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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(…)

HPHS joins fight to save church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS), 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., penned a letter over the weekend to the Archdiocese of Chicago arguing for the preservation of the fire-damaged, landmark Catholic Church at 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave. HPHS President Michal Safar said the loss of the church could have vast(…)

Area churches collecting water for Flint crisis

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In light of the recent water crisis in Flint, Mich., two local churches will be collecting water to be donated. The University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., and the McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Ave., are collecting unopened cases of water to benefit the citizens in need. The small(…)

Cook County State’s Attorney candidate to stop in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Wednesday, Jan. 27., Hyde Parkers will have the opportunity to see Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Donna More in conversation at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP). Earlier in January, the IOP hosted a discussion with Kim Foxx, More’s opponent in the March 15 general primary elections.(…)

DuSable appoints new chief curator

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., appointed Leslie Guy as its new chief curator. Guy, who began working at DuSable Jan. 15, is the curator of the museum’s latest exhibit “The DuSable Masterworks Collection – Series 1: Paintings.” The exhibit opens Feb. 9 in the(…)

U. of C. Medicine receives donation to fund cancer care

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) plans to use a recently acquired donation to expand its focus on cancer research. U. of C. Medicine was able to create the Hospira Foundation Professorship in Oncology due to a $5 million gift it received from the Hospira Foundation. The university said(…)

Celebration of song at KAMII

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Friday night at KAM Isaiah Israel (KAMII), a special service will take place at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the Shabbot Shirah. “Shirah,” which means song, will be observed at, KAMII, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd, with a special musical performance that will take place in collaboration with the Hyde Park(…)

Dance performance at Logan

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kaleidoscope, a University of Chicago student choreographed performance, takes the stage at the Logan Center this Friday and Saturday. The University Theater and dance group, UChicago Maya, will fuse different dance forms and movements through lighting, sound and perspectives for the two-night run. On Friday, the show starts at 7:30(…)

Hyde Parker recognized on Forbes’ “30 Under 30″ list

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Trevor Wilkins has been recognized in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for a mobile app he created to promote educational goals. Wilkins was always motivated to do well in school—because for him, good grades meant money. “Growing up, my parents paid my brother, my sister and I(…)

Howard Brookins takes on challenge for 1st District

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The race for 1st Congressional District has brought out two Republican and three Democratic candidates to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1). Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) is a part of that race to change up the congressional leadership. Brookins has seen the challenges that the 1st District faces head(…)

CPD chief search continues

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Friday, Jan. 15, marked the last day that the Chicago Police Board accepted applications for the position of Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent. The Police Board, the quasi-judicial, civilian group responsible for investigating police misconduct, is spearheading the search for a new chief of police and will provide Mayor Rahm(…)

National Trust supports Christ the King in church preservation efforts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the ongoing effort to restore its former home, the structurally damaged church building at 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., the congregation of Shrine of Christ the King has acquired the support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust, a non-profit organization focusing on the preservation of historic(…)

SHoP benefit concert

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) will host a benefit concert this Friday with proceeds going back to the community-centered project. For $20, guests will be able to enjoy DJ King Dahomey and experimental jazz artist Ayana Contreras. Adam Zolini and Dan Godston will also perform. The event will take(…)

A look inside City Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers have seen the 15-story City Hyde Park building being built from the ground up, but a look inside the geometrically inspired building isn’t all that it seems from the outside. Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects designed the building at 5105 S. Harper Ave., which has 180 units.(…)

Meeting on Sunday brainstorms how to halt demolition of Woodlawn Church

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Coalition to Save The Institute of Christ the King Church, a newly formed group fighting for the preservation of the historic but severely fire-damaged church building at 6401 S. Woodlawn, will host a meeting this Sunday, Jan. 17, to dialogue with community members on how to combat the structure’s(…)

Winners announced for annual HPHS dinner

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The winners of the Hyde Park Historical Society’s (HPHS) esteemed awards have been announced. The awards will be presented at the annual HPHS dinner on Feb. 27. The 2016 Paul Cornell award goes to Almarie Wagner and Judith Stein for their continued work with the Hyde Park Jazz Society. The(…)

Principal quality program

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new non-profit organization has been announced by the Principal Quality Working Group to assist in the training and support of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) principals. The Principal Quality Working Group (PQWG) is a group of various members from educational institutions and was created by CPS to take a look(…)

Historic Church inches closer to demolition

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer About 70 people crowded into room 201A of City Hall, on Thursday, Jan. 7, to plead with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to block the pending demolition of an historic Woodlawn church that erupted in flames on Oct. 7, 2015. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is made-up of nine members(…)

Hyde Park pair to create orchestra in Indonesia

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two acclaimed Hyde Park musicians, who also happen to be neighbors, have teamed up to start a world-class orchestra in the city of Bandung, Indonesia. Conductor Robert Nordling and violinist Michael Hall, artists who have both traveled the world to display their craft, live in the same building in the(…)

Packed reimagines dumplings in new Hyde Park restaurant

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Get your taste buds ready: Packed Dumplings is opening in Hyde Park on Friday. The fast-causal restaurant promises uniquely created combinations of dumplings prepared by Chef Michael Sheerin. Sheerin has lended his talent to renowned restaurants such as Blackbird and Embeya, but along with partner Aaron DiMaria, is creating something(…)