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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(…)

Report finds high rates of unemployment among city’s Black youth

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A significant proportion of Chicago’s Black youth are both unemployed and out of school, according to a study presented on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Chicago Urban League’s (CUL) fifth annual hearing on youth unemployment. The report, commissioned by the Alternative School Network and carried out by the University of(…)

HPKCAC creates reading event to engage community

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) is shifting its focus in 2016 to provide more outreach and information on the issues that affect children in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). At Tuesday night’s HPKCAC meeting, the group returned to the conversation from their December meeting about the possibility of refocusing(…)

Donna More makes campaign stop at the U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Donna More is setting herself apart from her opponents by criticizing their political ties. While speaking at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP), 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., Wednesday afternoon, More argued for the importance of a genuinely independent State’s Attorney’s office. Earlier in(…)

University symphony to play first show of the new year

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra (USO) plans to showcase their mid-winter program, “Musical Skamps!”, on Satursay at 8 p.m. Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., is going to be filled with music featuring Romantic era composers and compositions. A reception will follow the concert at 9:30 p.m. The USO(…)

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(…)