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HPNC creates scholarship fund

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Today, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., announced the establishment of a scholarship fund that will assist children enrolled in its after-school program. A challenge grant from the Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Smith Fund at the Chicago Community Trust of $25,000 made it possible for HPNC(…)

Teacher curriculum fair at Kenwood

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Teachers for Social Justice will host a curriculum fair at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. This is the 14th year of the curriculum event that includes exhibits and workshops. The main goal for the annual event is for(…)

Einstein Bros. Bagels opens on Monday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Einstein Bros. Bagels officially opens its doors in its Harper Court location Nov. 23. The bagel and coffee chain will be open daily from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. Over 50 employees have been hired locally to work at the storefront at 5225 S. Harper Ct. Gary Pahl, the brand(…)

Hyde Park writers group formed

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The act of writing is a solitude act between the writer, the pen and the paper but local group Indie City Writers are trying to change that for South Side authors. The weekly group that is made up of diverse writers meets to create, refine, share and learn about their(…)

Tellabration returns

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Storytelling is so much more than “once upon a times” and “happily ever afters.” The art of modern storytelling is captivating an audience with the spoken word and going through that journey in the story with the orator. The 19th Annual Tellabration will celebrate these storytellers on Nov. 22 at(…)

CPS gives Kenwood top rating

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School was one of only two open enrollment neighborhood Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in the high school category to receive the highest score of level 1+ on school quality in 2015. CPS releases its School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) report once a year and recently announced the(…)

Suburban health care system partners with U. of C. Medicine

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ingalls Health System, a web of health care facilities located in Harvey, Ill., announced last week that it plans on integrating into the University of Chicago Medicine’s health network. On Thursday, Nov. 12, Ingalls and the university signed a Letter of Intent to pursue a combined health delivery system. “Ingalls(…)

Holiday fun in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The radio has changed to holiday themed music, twinkly lights are appearing on neighborhood streets and snow is in the forecast for the weekend. Yes, the holidays are here, and Hyde Park is hosting Hyde Park Holiday Nights for three nights in December to celebrate the season. On Dec. 3,(…)

Organization calls on Hyde Parkers for shoe donations

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An organization raising awareness of homelessness and poverty is asking Hyde Parkers to contribute old sneakers for its annual shoe drive. Kicks 4 the City, an organization started in St. Louis and expanded to eight cities, is aiming to double the amount of shoes it raised last year to 12,000(…)

Handmade and local at weekend bazaar

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Beat the Black Friday rush and shop local at this weekend’s Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmer’s Market on Sunday, Nov. 22. The monthly bazaar takes place at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., and showcases local artists and their products. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the(…)

New stationery store moves in

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Just in time for the holiday shopping season, a new retailer has come to town. Hyde Park, meet NoteworthyNotes. NoteworthyNotes, owned by Cindy Rudman, will move in next week at Harper Court for six months, with hopes to sign a long term lease after. The store specializes in personalized gifts,(…)

Police issue community alert for public indecency

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two instances of public indecency along 47th Street within the past two months prompted 2nd District Police to release a community alert on Wednesday, Nov. 11. According to police, on Sept. 25 at 7:40 a.m., on the 1300 block of E. 47th Street, and on Oct. 27 at 9:40 a.m.,(…)

Sir & Madame presents pies

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer If you’re still hungry for more pie after last week’s South Side Pie Challenge, Sir & Madame will be serving up two special pies to its customers. Sir & Madame, 5225 S. Harper Ct., was welcomed into the neighborhood in August, and is teaming up with locally owned Justice of(…)

Kenwood residents argue against commercial development

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A group of North Kenwood residents, coming together under the banner of the Hold Alderman Accountable and Responsible Coalition (HAARC), are protesting a commercial development that is edging into their neighborhood int he 4th Ward. The issue arose recently after the Quad City Development Corporation (QCDC) purchased property at 4200(…)

Dyett gives insight into future programs of school

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As one of several events to introduce the community to the future Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts, Principal Beulah Mcloyd held an information session last night about what the school will have to offer students next fall. The session was held, Tuesday afternoon, in the Herman Hall(…)

Fire ravaged church finds temporary home

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The congregation of an historic Woodlawn church that suffered extensive fire damage last month is moving to an interim home. Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., which is currently in the process of assessing the degree of structural damage that resulted from an Oct. 7 fire, will(…)

HPAC exhibition explores African American identity

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Take one step into the Hyde Park Art Center gallery room that now houses Jefferson Pinder’s latest exhibition, “Onyx Odyssey,” and you’ll find yourself standing below dozens of charred, wooden billy clubs suspended in mid-air. Walk two steps to your left and you’ll be staring at a white, neon outline(…)

Arne Duncan helps Hyde Park group

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) celebrated its 166th anniversary at the organization’s Make Way for Children Benefit Luncheon on Nov. 5 at the Casino Club, 195 E. Delaware Pl. The successes of the CCCS, 5467 S. University Ave., have recently been honored when their Next Step Program received a(…)

Chamber of Commerce celebrates

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Even though the businesses in Hyde Park range from 51st Street to 60th Street, one night a year, they all come under one roof to celebrate each other’s work and the community they work so hard for. The 76th Annual Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce (HPCC) awards dinner took place(…)

Health happenings at Kozminski

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The upcoming colder months make health and wellness top priority in our communities. Kozminski Elementary School will host its annual health and wellness event Thursday to help families guard against cold, flu and other non-seasonal ailments. During the health and wellness event, which will take place at 4 p.m. at(…)