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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(…)

NY Times columnist talks sports at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Tuesday, Jan. 12, as part of its fellows program, the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics will host New York Times columnist Juliet Macur for a conversation titled “The Power and Poltics of Sports: Why Games Aren’t Just Games Anymore.” Macur has written for the New York Times since(…)

King Day at the DuSable

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s one week away from the annual Martin Luther King celebration at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. The full day celebration on Jan. 18 will take place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with scheduled events throughout the day. Poetry by The Young Chicago(…)

Kenwood alum explores segregation through photographs

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School graduate, Austyn Wyche, has been experiencing a bout of popularity in recent weeks, as his photo essay, titled “Connected Division,” makes its rounds on the Internet. “Connected Division,” takes a look at Chicago’s stark segregation through the lens of public transit. Wyche, a Chatham native who(…)

Park District limits access to Wooded Island

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As the consequence of a low turn-out rate, the Chicago Park District has canceled plans to open Jackson Park’s Wooded Island to the public on weekend days of 2016. Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) President Louise McCurry said that last weekend only a couple of park-goers showed up to tour(…)