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Films on the lake

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Culture Services division of the French Embassy in conjunction with the Chicago Park District is hosting a screening of the award winning French film “The Class” at Harold Washington Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. on Friday, Sept. 16. The film follows Francois Marin, a French literature teacher at(…)

Bret Harte LSC talks construction plans for Solstice

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At Wednesday night’s Local School Council (LSC) meeting for Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., the main topic of discussion was the construction plans for the upcoming Studio Gang-designed Solstice on the Park development. The 26-story building will sit next door to the school at 1634 E. 56th St.(…)

4th Ward Alderman Candidate Forum

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, Sept. 22, a 4th Ward Candidates Forum will take place at Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., at 6 p.m. Candidates have until Nov. 28 to file their nominating papers with the minimum amount of 473 signatures. The special election for the 4th Ward Alderman will(…)

Final Jazz in the Court performance

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The final performance of this summer’s Jazz in the Courtyard and Jazz in the Court event will be on Friday, Sept. 16. Ray Silkman will close out the summer music performances at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper CT., from noon to 2 p.m. Silkman is known for his expert saxophone(…)

Rôti Modern Mediterranean coming to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Rôti Modern Mediterranean announced, Wednesday, Sept. 14, that it will soon open a location in Hyde Park. Rôti, 1526 E. 53rd St., is a Chicago-based, fast-casual restaurant with Mediterranean style food featuring customizable dishes like rice plates, wraps, pita sandwiches and salads. Side dishes include hummus or falafels. “We’re so(…)

University of Chicago professors advocate for safe spaces

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Several weeks after University of Chicago (U. of C.) Dean of Students John Ellison sent a letter to the incoming freshman class that denounced the creation of “intellectual safe spaces” and the use of trigger warning, a group of professors have advocated for students to have freedom to create such(…)

Hairston still civic-minded after attack

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), a well-known protestor was arrested Sept. 10, at 3:43 p.m. in the 1700 block of East 67th Street for one felony count of threatening a public official and one misdemeanor count of resisting/obstructing a police officer following an alleged confrontation over gun violence.(…)

Off-leash dog park still desired by Hyde Park residents

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Chicago Park District (CPD) website lists 23 dog friendly parks across the city, however, the majority of them can only be found around downtown and the north side leaving dog owners in Hyde Park with very few options. Every few years the topic of a dog park opening in(…)

Bixler playlot frequenters still dissatisfied with Chicago Park District

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer It has only been a little over two months since representatives from the Chicago Park District (CPD) attended the advisory council meeting with hat in hand apologizing for the abrupt nature in which the Chicago Plays initiative without any prior notice, fenced off Bixler and removed the existing, beloved play(…)

Practice makes perfect: tips for South Side Pie Challenge

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In just one week, it will officially be fall, which can only mean one thing: it’s pie time. The 5th Annual South Side Pie Challenge will take place this year on Saturday, Nov. 5, but it’s never too early to practice baking the perfect pie. Benjamin Rogers, the general manager(…)

Annual Arts and Crafts show returns

The 11th Annual Hyde Park Arts and Crafts Adventure will take place Saturday and Sunday Sept. 24 and 25 in the outdoor courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 1526 E. 55th St. Admission is free both days, and lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on(…)

OPC to hold court during jazz concert

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Michael Strautmanis, vice president for community relations, made the second of what will likely be dozens of meetings to engage with the community about the latest developments in the Obama Presidential Center project Monday, Sept. 12, at the monthly Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) meeting. “First of all I just(…)

“Hyde Park’s Longest Poem” to be displayed at Hyde Park Art Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A few weeks ago, the Indie City Writers filled up a 42-foot long piece of parchment full of poetic words about Hyde Park, and on Saturday, Sept. 17, “Hyde Park’s Longest Poem” will be on display for the community at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. K.B.(…)

U. S. News & World Report ranks U. of C. the third best school in the nation

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer This year Hyde Park’s own University of Chicago ranked third according to the U. S. News & World Report rankings released today, tying with Yale University. Princeton University took first place followed by Harvard University, which was second. Last year the U. of C. scored a three-way tie for fourth(…)

U. of C. alumnus leaves Cleveland clinic to head new transplant institute

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer After a national search, transplant surgeon, researcher, educator and alumni Dr. John Fung, PhD, FACS, has been selected as chief of the Section of Transplantation Surgery and director of the new University of Chicago Medical Transplantation Institute (UCMTI). Fung, a highly respected surgeon with more than 30 years of experience(…)

Concrete traffic procession headed to the University of Chicago

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell’s concrete-encased Cadillac, “Concrete Traffic” (1970), returns to the University of Chicago (U. of C.) during a public procession that traces the history of the colossal sculpture. The program begins at noon on the plaza outside of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where “Concrete Traffic” will(…)

Comer Children’s Hospital partners with Mariano’s

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital is partnering with Mariano’s to launch a month-long give more fundraising campaign for lifesaving pediatric medical care and research. As part of the partnership, shoppers at Mariano’s can make add-on donations to their purchases in increments of $1, $5 or $10 to(…)

Hales alumni seek volunteers for school cleanup

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hales Franciscan Alumni Association is hosting a campus cleanup tomorrow, Sept. 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. In the wake of the July announcement that Hales would suspend operations this school year, the Alumni Association has been trying(…)

Filmmaker Ben Rivers visits the Renaissance Society

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer International artist Ben Rivers visits the Renaissance Society to discuss his first solo presentation in the United States called “Urth.” The films in the exhibition share a common interest: the tension between a yearning for an idealized world and the impossibility of such a place. Explorations of community, landscape, freedom(…)

Austrian author visits 57th Street Books

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Award-winning Austrian author Peter Sichrovsky is coming to 57th Street Books on Sept. 26 to discuss his new book, Verklempt, with his wife and fellow author Colleen Delegan. Sichrovsky has written 18 books, helped found Austrian newspaper Der Standard and is a former politician. Verklempt, meaning “overcome with emotion” in(…)