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UCPD implements body-worn cameras

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will begin using body-worn cameras this April, according to a March 23 statement from the university. During the initial stages of the program, approximately 20 patrol officers will be outfitted with the cameras. However, the university said that by the outset of the(…)

Hyde Park activities for Easter Sunday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents can celebrate Easter Sunday, March 27, with two special events in the neighborhood. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., will have its annual Easter Day service starting at 11 a.m. The adult and children’s choir will sing during the service. After the service, children are invited(…)

April 1 Day of Action approved by CTU

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) voted in favor of a daylong walkout for April 1st. CTU voted 486 to 124 to authorize the Day of Action at a union meeting March 23. The Day of Action was organized in response to Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) plans to cut teachers’ pay(…)

DuSable Museum partners with the Smithsonian

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., announced, March, 23, that it is beginning a collaborative partnership with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The museum’s recently granted “Smithsonian Affiliation” will allow DuSable to borrow Smithsonian artifacts and access traveling exhibits. The partnership will also provide(…)

Jamie Kalven awarded Ridenhour Courage Prize

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park-based journalist Jamie Kalven is the 2016 recipient of The Ridenhour Courage Prize, an award given out by the Nation Institute and Fertel Foundation that recognizes an individual’s “courageous and life-long defense of the public interest and passionate commitment to social justice.” Kalven, the founder and executive director of(…)

Adult coloring at 57th Street Books

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Saturday afternoon, illustrator, author and food stylist Jessie Kanelos Weiner will lead a coloring workshop, and you don’t have to be a kid to join in. The workshop will be held at 2 p.m. March 26 at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Weiner’s new book “Edible Paradise:(…)

Southside Hub of Production leaving Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) is packing up the shop and moving out of its 57th Street storefront at the end of the month, however, owner Laura Shaeffer said that it’s not “goodbye” for good. “We will be around in some form or another,” Shaeffer said, who is also(…)

Glass Slipper Project gearing up to dress teens for prom

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For many teenage girls, their high school prom is their big Cinderella moment and for 18 years now, the Glass Slipper Project has been playing the role of the fairy godmother by making those dreams of the perfect prom come true. The Glass Slipper Project started back in 1998 by(…)

Collaborative prom exhibit opens at Arts Incubator

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer ‘Tis the season for ball gown dresses, tiaras and the anticipation of prom night. An exciting exhibit that focuses on the fashionable prom culture as it is on the South Side of Chicago opens Friday, March 25 at the Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. “Runway to Reality” is the(…)

Chicago Teacher’s Union plans “Day of Action” for April 1

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) is proposing Friday, April 1 as a “Day of Action,” a one-day walkout for teachers. Two Hyde Park organizations are preparing day programs so that parents will have a safe place to send their children. CTU is proposing this “Day of Action” because of a(…)

4th Ward alderman process in motion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While the presidential campaign has the attention of the nation, residents in the 4th Ward are focusing on whom Mayor Rahm Emanuel will appoint as their next alderman in the coming months. Former Ald. Will Burns (4th) announced in February that he will be stepping down from his role as(…)

Travis bows out

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Jay Travis acknowledged her defeat at the hands of incumbent State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26). The previous evening, Travis’s team said they would not concede the race before taking a closer look at instances of voting irregularities that took place throughout the 26th district(…)

Improv goes beyond laughter, provides business benefits

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s not all laughs over at The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St.; classes at the improv club are proving beneficial in listening, collaboration and creativity. A new session of 15 classes start March 28, but owner John Stoops said the takeaway from these eight-week classes are not learning how to(…)

Shrine celebration

The Coalition to Save the Shrine of Christ the King Church is hosting a celebration at noon Saturday, March 19 at the First Presbyterian Church, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave. The Shrine of Christ the King, formerly St. Gelasius Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., suffered a terrible fire last fall. The Archdiocese wanted to tear it(…)

2016 Primary Election results for Hyde Park -Kenwood

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Tuesday’s voting for the Illinois State Representative of the 26th District spanned ten Chicago wards. In every one of those wards, incumbent Christian Mitchell claimed victory over challenger Jay Travis. However, election results from the 4th and 5th ward precincts located within Hyde Park and South Kenwood show that the(…)

Businesses say goodbye to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park location of two stores, Amy’s Candy Bar, 1546 E. 55th St. and Belle Up Boutique, 1504 E. 53rd St., have permanently closed their doors. Both stores started as pop-up shops with a contract from the University of Chicago. Amy’s Candy Bar opened in the Hyde Park Shopping(…)

Opposition grows to U. of C.’s I-House eviction plans

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A growing number of students and Hyde Park residents are getting behind efforts to oppose the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) plans to transform International House (I-House), 1414 E. 59th St., into an undergraduate-only housing complex. The university announced in January that the decision was made in order to(…)

Target to open in Vue53 as anchor retailer

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Target announced today that it will open a store in the Hyde Park neighborhood within the Vue53 development. The retailer is planning on taking up 21,000 of the available 28,000 square feet of retail space that Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St., has to offer. According to an official press release,(…)

Gun agendas not to be ignored in voting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Tomorrow, thousands of voters will take to the polls to choose the candidates that most align with their issues. For the Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC), the most important issue at stake is ending gun violence. Every election cycle, G-PAC endorses the candidates that bring the issue of gun violence(…)

Kenwood student leadership group hosts fundraising event

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Members of a Kenwood Academy High School mentorship program will face off against the African American Firefighters and Paramedics League of Chicago in a basketball game on Friday, March 18. In addition to the basketball game, the evening will feature a performance from the K-phi-9 Dance Troupe. The event will(…)