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U. of C. data project hits the streets

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Thanks to a $3.1 million grant, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) will implement a citywide collaborative project between the city and scientific research to benefit the various communities of Chicago. Led by Charlie Catlett, a computer scientist and senior fellow at the Computation Institute at U. of C.,(…)

Author Khalil Gibran Muhammad to speak at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Noted author and South Side native Khalil Gibran Muhammad will lecture and field questions this Thursday, Oct. 8, at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. Muhammad is the director of the Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which is located in Harlem, N.Y., and(…)

Hyde Park to take over the Hancock

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers get a special day this week at the John Hancock building downtown for Thursday night’s Hyde Park Night. From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Oct. 8, a celebration of Hyde Park will take place at the 360 Chicago Observation Deck on the 94th floor of the John(…)

Hyde Park Actor receives award

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Allen Gilmore is the recipient of a $25,000 unrestricted grant, awarded by 3Arts, an organization supporting local artists-especially women artists, artists of color and artists with disabilities. As part of its 8th annual 3Arts Awards, the organization is awarding 10 Chicago artists, with an emphasis in teaching,(…)

OWL meeting this Saturday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Older Women’s League (OWL) of Hyde Park will hold its monthly meeting this Saturday on Oct. 3. The meeting, which will be held at 1 p.m. in the Community Room in Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th St., will focus how to lower utility bills. Speaker Jeff Chilsen, Communications Director(…)

U. of C. creates institute focused on global conflicts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A $100 million donation from the Pearson Family Foundation has allowed the the University of Chicago (U. of C.)to open a new research institute and global forum focused on addressing today’s new era of global conflicts. The Pearsons are business entrepreneurs, investors and philanthropists. Their gift matches the second largest(…)

Dyett boundaries topic of discussion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At a public hearing Friday evening, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) talked about the proposed boundaries for Dyett. ac The public meeting about Dyett’s boundaries was held at the Chicago Board of Education Chambers, 42 W. Madison St. The proposed areas for Dyett, 555 E. 51st St., include Dr. Martin Luther(…)

Chicago Academy of Music opens in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A new music school with high ambitions and world-renowned instructors has opened in Hyde Park. Founded by jazz percussionist Kahil El’Zabar and entrepreneur Michael Carter Scott, The Chicago Academy of Music is a pre-college conservatory that pairs highly acclaimed musicians with budding youth talent. Its founders said that the conservatory(…)

Community, local officials respond to recent shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community residents and local officials gathered on Monday, Sept. 21, to address a recent Kenwood Park shooting that has left the neighborhood on edge. The meeting, hosted by St. Paul and The Redeemer Church, 4945 S. Dorchester Ave., focused mostly on the question of how a neighborhood should proceed in(…)

Tenants claim building neglect

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Residents of 5327 S. Cornell Ave., a Single Room Housing (SRO) complex geared toward low-income and disabled tenants, are saying that building damages, infestations and mismanagement have made living in the building intolerable. Tracie Harper, along with neighboring tenants, was placed into the complex at 5327 S. Cornell through the(…)

Hyde Park walking history tells neighborhood’s stories

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The history of Hyde Park goes back long before the Harper Court shops, the high rise apartment buildings and even Lake Park Avenue. Urban renewal has played a huge role in how Hyde Park is today, and continues to do so for the neighborhood’s future. Max Grinnell, an urbanologist, is(…)

October After Hours at Robie House

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Frank Lloyd Wright’s Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be open Friday evenings in October, offering an opportunity for those interested in Wright’s Prairie-style masterpiece to view the building in a different light. October After Hours at Frederick C. Robie House will take place from 5p.m. –(…)

Hyde Park Shopping Center hosts arts fair

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A busy weekend of jazz music, literature celebrations and yard sales in Hyde Park can now add art fair to the bill of things to do the first weekend of fall. The Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue, is hosting the 20th annual art fair on(…)

Medical students rally for single-payer health care

by SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Oct. 1, students at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine will join thousands of other medical students across the country in rallying for universal, single-payer health care reform. The event is called TenOne Medicare-for-All National Student Day of Action and is being organized by Students for a(…)

HPKCAC holds first meeting of new school year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) held its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year, Sept. 22. The meeting was held at Jackie Robinson Elementary School, 4225 S. Lake Park Ave. The council focused on the school year so far, and mentioned some changes as well as improvements. Lakeisha(…)

Ray celebrates garden completion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After months of hard work and many labors of love, the William Ray School Garden has been completed thanks to a grant from the South East Chicago Commission (SECC). As part of the 57th Street Beautification Project, the SECC partnered with the University of Chicago (U. of C.) to build(…)

Fond memories of the Eagle

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer When looking back at fond memories or “the good ol’ times”, people often associate that with a certain place. Whether that be the small town diner with the best pancakes in town, that one record store that always had undiscovered vinyl or the secret spot by the lake where the(…)

Family’s success stories have roots in Hyde Park’s diversity

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has always been a diverse community with a multi-cultural scene that has shaped a number of influential people. When the Hinojosas moved to Hyde Park from Mexico in 1962, the collaborative culture shaped them into who they are as individuals and as a family. “We quickly adjusted to(…)

String of car burglaries hits southeast Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A recent string of car burglaries in the 5400-5500 blocks of S. Shore Drive has residents in the southeast section of Hyde Park on high alert. Since Sept. 11, there have been seven reported incidents of vehicle break-ins spanning these two blocks. The incidents are as follows: Friday, Sept. 11,(…)

U. of C. report finds that suspension rates relate to race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer According to a new report from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) racial disparities among Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are one of the driving forces of suspension rates. “A subset of Chicago schools-about a quarter of high schools and 10 percent of schools with middle grades-have very high suspension(…)