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Hyde Park robberies warrant notice

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Second District police are warning Hyde Park residents to stay vigilant in the wake of three armed robberies that took place over the course of four days recently. According to the police reports, the offenders approached the victims on the street, brandished a handgun and confiscated property. Dates and locations(…)

Local girl goes missing

By Sam Rappaport Chicago Police are reporting that Fifteen-year-old Mikaylah Martin is missing from the 5700 block of South Prairie Avenue. The last contact made with Martin was on Sept. 17. She is Black with brown eyes and brown hair, standing 5’1″ and weighing 170 lbs. Martin is known to frequent the areas around 57th(…)

Rajun Cajun revamps

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rajun Cajun, 1459 E. 53rd St., reopened Thursday, Sept. 17, after being closed since July 3 for interior restorations. New tables, seating, lighting, tiles and wood paneling give the small, Indian cafe a sleek appearance. Rajun Cajun’s long-time owner Trushar Patel said that the recent work was prompted by a(…)

Hyde Park Trolley so far unsuccessful

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On “Black Friday,” November 28, 2014, Special Service Area (SSA) Hyde Park initiated a trolley service that ran for five consecutive weekends, traveling along 53rd Street between Hyde Park Boulevard and Woodlawn Avenue. The project was created to gauge interest in a permanent Hyde Park trolley that would offer transportation(…)

Travis challenges Mitchell again

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After a failed bid for public office in 2014, community organizer Jay Travis has once again announced her candidacy for Ill. State Rep. of the 26th District, a position currently held by Christian Mitchell. Mitchell edged past Travis in the 2014 Democratic Primary with a surplus of 556 votes, a(…)

Renaissance Society celebrates its centennial

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In 1915, a group of University of Chicago (U. of C.) academics came together to expose progressive art to benefit the community. The Renaissance Society still exists 100 years later with the same goal of giving artists a platform for breaking the boundaries of contemporary art in the present moment.(…)

Parade performance set for Hyde Park Jazz Festival

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The hype for the 9th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is starting to settle in the community, but you haven’t seen anything yet. Mikel Patrick Avery is planning a performance piece that is sure to blow the crowds away while staying true to the music that makes up Chicago: good(…)

Downtown Hyde Park Fest coming to 53rd St.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For the first time, a fest spotlighting Hyde Park for the people of Hyde Park will take local collaboration to the next level over three days full of fashion, music, family and fun. The Downtown Hyde Park Fest, which wil take place Sept. 18-20, is a unique, first-time event put(…)

Construction worker dies after fall off building

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A construction worker died early Monday morning after falling off of the top of a building. A 38-year-old man was pronounced dead at 9:10 a.m. at the City Hyde Park development site, 1501 E. Hyde Park Blvd., according to a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman. The spokeswoman said at this time,(…)

Art center to debut new creative wing at 2015 gala

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center will be getting an exciting extension this fall with the opening of the new Guida Family Creative Wing. The wing, which will house artist studios, a learning environment center, digital lab and the Jackman Goldwasser Residency, is set to make its official debut during the(…)

Annual used book sale coming

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Council (HPKCC) has started to collect donations for its Used Book Sale, which takes place every year on Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 10-12, at the Hyde Park Shopping Center courtyard at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Books, sheet music, videos and recordings in sellable(…)

Two fatal shootings within one week leave Kenwood residents alarmed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A small memorial for Tyris Jackson, Kenwood’s most recent casualty to gun violence, currently stands in the narrow, grass field that dissects the street in the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard. Empty tequila bottles and burned-down candles surround the base of a tree on which two posters and three(…)

Saving the stray cats of Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The feline friends of Hyde Park have a place to go other than neighborhood streets, thanks to the work of Hyde Park Cats. Since 2008, Hyde Park Cats (HPC) have taken care of outdoor cats either by aiding in their health, or helping them become adopted into caring homes. Ruth(…)

Kenwood Academic Center has first day in new building

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Today was the first day of the school year for many Chicago students, but it was also the first time that Kenwood Academy High School’s Academic Center would be run in its own building. Kenwood’s 7th and 8th graders will now matriculate in what was once Canter Middle School building,(…)

Ancona outdoor learning space not quite ready for use

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer One look at Ancona School’s outdoor learning space, and it seems the project is far from completion with dirt piles and half built structures. According to Ari Frede, the Head of the School, the three part playground will not be accessible for tomorrow’s first day of school, but the project(…)

Hunger strikers turn to federal government to make a change

Strikers take Dyett demands to D.C.   BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer   Hunger strikers Jitu Brown and April Stogner made their way to Washington, D.C. this afternoon to urge federal action on Dyett High School.   “We are not begging anymore, we are demanding,” Stogner said over a live Periscope podcast of the press(…)