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Recycle Christmas trees at Jackson Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The holidays aren’t necessarily over, but to get a head start on taking down your decorations, you can recycle your Christmas tree at Jackson Park. Starting this Saturday until Jan. 16, the Chicago Park District is providing tree recycling at 24 locations, including Jackson Park, 6300 S. Cornell Ave. Ornaments,(…)

Wooded Island opens on weekends

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After New Year’s Day, Hyde Parkers will have the opportunity to spend a few hours of their weekends touring Jackson Park’s Wooden Island at their leisure. The island has been closed since April due to an ongoing effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to revitalize the park’s natural(…)

Ring in 2016 at Hyde Park events

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer 2015 is almost over, and for last-minute planners, Hyde Park still has some great options to ring in 2016. To celebrate with little ones, Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., is hosting a New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebration from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Open to children and families of(…)

University Church holds 3rd annual lock-in

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Approximately 60 teenagers from Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods will participate in University Church’s, 5655 S. University Ave., third annual lock-in on Jan. 1. This year organizers from Black Youth Project 100, Assata’s Daughters and Black Lives Matter-Chicago will hold information sessions for those attending the lock-in. University Church Pastor(…)

Science movie and discussion by Doc Films

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer “The Martian” will be shown in partnership with University of Chicago (U. of C.) Science on the Screen and Doc Films at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., on Jan. 9 for $5. The movie is nominated for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy for the 2016 Golden Globes. The(…)

Parents continue to question the necessity of standardized tests

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The issue of standardized testing has been widely discussed and challenged in the education sphere. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is one of those tests that are surrounded with differing opinions and resistance. The PARCC tests math and English language arts (ELA) for students(…)

Looking ahead to plant in spring

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Openlands, an organization that protects the natural and open spaces of Illinois, is accepting applications for its 2016 TreePlanters Grant. The grant will be used to plant trees in neighborhoods throughout various communities, and residents in Chicago have from now until Jan. 11 to apply for a chance for their(…)

DuSable celebrates Kwanzaa

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This weekend, the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., begins its annual celebration of Kwanzaa. The festivities begin at noon on Saturday, Dec. 26, in the museum’s Illinois Black Legislators Auditorium (ILBA) with celebration of umoja, which means unity. The celebrations will continue on Sunday, in(…)

Obama Foundation hones in on possible library architects

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Monday morning, The Barack Obama Foundation narrowed its search for a designer of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) down to seven architectural firms. In August, the Obama Foundation issued a Request for Qualifications to which 140 architectural firms responded. Since mid September, the foundation has been reviewing the field of(…)

Christmas Eve events in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The countdown to Christmas is in single digits, and if you haven’t made plans for Christmas Eve yet, two events in Hyde Park will get you in the holiday spirit. On Thursday, the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., holds its traditional Christmas service beginning at 4 p.m. Carols(…)

HPKCAC questions its future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) meets once a month to discuss area schools and the current issues. However, the council is having its own issues with attendance and commitment at their meetings. The council was created almost two years ago, and the eight HPKCAC members that were at(…)

La Rabida benefits from Michael Jordan settlement

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer La Rabida Children’s Hospital will receive a portion of the $8.9 million awarded to Michael Jordan this past summer when a jury ruled that a 2009 Dominick’s advertisement unlawfully used the legendary athlete’s name. Jordan announced on Tuesday, Dec. 15, that he would be donating the settlement money to 23(…)

Watch the debate with aldermen

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The third Democratic debate takes place this Saturday, Dec. 19 and Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Roderick Sawyer (6th) are hosting a viewing party. The debate between Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley will begin at 7 p.m. The Aldermen’s debate viewing will be(…)

Man’s body pulled from Jackson Park Lagoon

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) Marine Unit pulled the body of an unidentified 20-30 year old man out of Jackson Park’s West Lagoon Saturday, Dec. 12. The corpse was recovered after law enforcement officials responded to a call from the 5800 block of S. Cornell Ave. at 9:30 a.m. that(…)

Incident of public indecency in Kenwood

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After an unidentified man inappropriately exposed himself to a teenage girl on Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the 4700 block of S. Ellis Ave., 2nd District police issued a community alert to resident of Hyde Park and Kenwood. The incident took place at 9:40 a.m., Tuesday, as the teenager was walking(…)

State legislators call for expanded DOJ investigation

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (13th), state Rep. Christian Mitchell (26th) and the remaining 30 members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (ILBC) have called on the U.S. Department of Justice to expand the scope of its patterns and practices investigation of the Chicago Police Department (CPD). The ILBC penned a(…)

Teachers vote yes to authorize a strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a three-day voting period across all Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) voted to authorize a strike if needed in the upcoming future. Ninety six percent of the CTU’s voting members voted “yes” to authorize a strike. Overall, 88 percent of the CTU membership voted in(…)

Holiday market at the Promontory this weekend

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Dozens of South Side food producers and crafters will gather at the Promontory Restaurant, 5311 S. Lake Park, this Sunday, Dec. 20, for the Holiday Edition of the Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers Market. The event, which will take place from 11a.m.-4p.m. in the lounge on the Promontory’s(…)

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

A follow up meeting regarding the proposal for a boutique hotel on the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Hyatt, 5225 S. Harper Ave. Free parking is available in the Harper Court garage.

How Hyde Parkers shop

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has a unique shopping scene with small-owned businesses and strategically revolving developments that make up its retail culture. The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce hosted an education seminar this afternoon to help local business owners understand the Hyde Park shopping experience. During the seminar, which took place at(…)