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CPS budget cuts to affect area schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At the Kozminksi Elementary School local school council (LSC) meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9, Principal Bernadette Glover told LSC members about drastic cuts from Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Glover and principals from across the city attended a district wide meeting Tuesday where CPS CEO Forrest Claypool announced that $20 million more(…)

Police Task Force holds South Side public forum

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Members of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force will be at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., on Thursday, Feb. 11, to field suggestions from South Side residents, including those living in Hyde Park and Kenwood, on how best to reform the Chicago Police Department (CPD).(…)

HP resident transitions from business school to jazz

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Long time Hyde Park resident Tracye Eileen has taken an unconventional route to becoming a professional jazz singer. After years in the corporate world, Eileen is using her business smarts to jumpstart her career as a musician. The daughter of Edward Smith, a jazz percussionist, Tracye Eileen has always been(…)

Project 120 talks Jackson, Washington parks

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Project 120, an organization working in concert with the Chicago Park District to redevelop facets of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Washington and Jackson parks, presented its most recent framework plans for the two sites at a community meeting, Monday, Feb. 8. For Washington Park, landscape architect and Olmsted scholar Patricia O’Donnell,(…)

Court Theatre to showcase students’ theater skills

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Court Theatre’s Artists-in-the-Schools program is preparing to host its 9th Annual Hyde Park Bank High School Performance Festival on Friday, Feb. 19. The festival brings students from six South Side schools, including Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., to showcase the work they have accomplished with the help(…)

Nicky’s Chinese Food fails inspection

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Nicky’s Chinese Food failed a Feb. 4 food inspection due to foods at improper temperatures and rodent droppings in the restaurant. According to the public report, the Feb. 4 inspection was the result of a complaint. The report states that cooked chicken was at 49.9-52.5 F and cooked beef at(…)

Weekend performances

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This weekend will be a music-filled one with two special performances from the University Chamber Orchestra and The Chicago Ensemble. On Saturday at 8 p.m., the University Chamber Orchestra will play a sneak peek of their upcoming March production, “Princess Ida” for free. The 100-member orchestra will fill the Logan(…)

“Homemade Stories” hits the Promontory

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Wednesday evening, a diverse and attentive crowd filled the upstairs venue at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., to hear a man named Shannon Cason spill his soul. Cason is the host of the WBEZ-sponsored podcast series “Homemade Stories,” a project that has Cason and guests recount personal narratives(…)

Pop-up shops at The Silver Room

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A special one-day pop-up shop is taking over The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St., Saturday, Feb. 6. From noon to 8 p.m., Rare Shipments will be selling its women’s clothing and statement accessories at The Silver Room’s storefront. The pop-up shop will be promoting their unique items, as a(…)

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(…)