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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(…)

Water Shut off for 53rd Street Wednesday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Department of Water Management has issued a water shut off notice in the Hyde Park area. The water shut off will be in effect tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or later. The area that will be affected by the water shut off is(…)

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(…)