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Winners announced for annual HPHS dinner

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The winners of the Hyde Park Historical Society’s (HPHS) esteemed awards have been announced. The awards will be presented at the annual HPHS dinner on Feb. 27. The 2016 Paul Cornell award goes to Almarie Wagner and Judith Stein for their continued work with the Hyde Park Jazz Society. The(…)

Principal quality program

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new non-profit organization has been announced by the Principal Quality Working Group to assist in the training and support of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) principals. The Principal Quality Working Group (PQWG) is a group of various members from educational institutions and was created by CPS to take a look(…)

Historic Church inches closer to demolition

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer About 70 people crowded into room 201A of City Hall, on Thursday, Jan. 7, to plead with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to block the pending demolition of an historic Woodlawn church that erupted in flames on Oct. 7, 2015. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is made-up of nine members(…)

Hyde Park pair to create orchestra in Indonesia

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two acclaimed Hyde Park musicians, who also happen to be neighbors, have teamed up to start a world-class orchestra in the city of Bandung, Indonesia. Conductor Robert Nordling and violinist Michael Hall, artists who have both traveled the world to display their craft, live in the same building in the(…)

Packed reimagines dumplings in new Hyde Park restaurant

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Get your taste buds ready: Packed Dumplings is opening in Hyde Park on Friday. The fast-causal restaurant promises uniquely created combinations of dumplings prepared by Chef Michael Sheerin. Sheerin has lended his talent to renowned restaurants such as Blackbird and Embeya, but along with partner Aaron DiMaria, is creating something(…)

NY Times columnist talks sports at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Tuesday, Jan. 12, as part of its fellows program, the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics will host New York Times columnist Juliet Macur for a conversation titled “The Power and Poltics of Sports: Why Games Aren’t Just Games Anymore.” Macur has written for the New York Times since(…)

King Day at the DuSable

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s one week away from the annual Martin Luther King celebration at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. The full day celebration on Jan. 18 will take place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with scheduled events throughout the day. Poetry by The Young Chicago(…)

Kenwood alum explores segregation through photographs

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School graduate, Austyn Wyche, has been experiencing a bout of popularity in recent weeks, as his photo essay, titled “Connected Division,” makes its rounds on the Internet. “Connected Division,” takes a look at Chicago’s stark segregation through the lens of public transit. Wyche, a Chatham native who(…)

Park District limits access to Wooded Island

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As the consequence of a low turn-out rate, the Chicago Park District has canceled plans to open Jackson Park’s Wooded Island to the public on weekend days of 2016. Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) President Louise McCurry said that last weekend only a couple of park-goers showed up to tour(…)

HPAC to debut two exhibits Sunday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Two new exhibits will debut at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) this Sunday. “The Weight of Rage” will be featured in the Kanter McCormick Gallery at the HPAC, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. In its third year, the exhibit displays work developed in classes in the Prison and Neighborhood Arts(…)

School utilization report finds under enrollment

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kozminski and Reavis elementary schools are two of 313 schools deemed as underutilized based on the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) annual report of how its schools are being utilized. According to the report, Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., is utilizing only 40 percent of its space and resources. As of(…)

IOP hosts panel on police

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Scholars, politicians, journalists and law enforcement professionals have, over recent months, debated, in public forums throughout the city, the most effective ways of manufacturing trust between residents of Chicago’s most neglected neighborhoods and the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which is currently embroiled in a crisis of public relations following multiple,(…)

New 53rd St. bike shop

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ancien, a new establishment on 53rd St. that combines a bike shop with a cafe, hopes to officially open its doors for business within the next week. Store owners Chris Dimmick and Scott McIntosh are hoping to offer a comfortable and friendly environment to Hyde Parkers on the go. The(…)

Snow shoveling law now in effect

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Winter took a little longer than usual to get here, but there’s no doubt that it’s here now. The City of Chicago placed new regulations for sidewalk snow removal that began Nov. 28, and knowing them could save you a pricey citation. In past years, the fine for residents or(…)

U. of C. signed new MOU

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Dec. 16, the University of Chicago (U. of C) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will outline the collaborations between the university and its surroundings over the next three years. At a ceremony that took place at the Harold Washington Library downtown, the university and seven other(…)

Climate change weekend at KAMII

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer KAM Isaiah Israel (KAMII) is hosting its seventh annual Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend Jan. 15-17. KAMII, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., has been the site of a blooming urban farm and food forest since 2009. In that time, KAMII has harvested more than 20,000 pounds of produce donated to(…)

Chicago Urban League fields suggestions for new CPD superintendent

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Parkers interested in offering meaningful contributions to discussions surrounding the hiring of a new Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent have a chance to do so next week. The Chicago Urban League (CUL), 4510 S. Michigan Ave., is providing community members the opportunity to address members of the Chicago Police(…)

Annual MLK event at Uchicago

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Next Monday, Jan. 11, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) will be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a week early, at its 26th Annual MLK Celebration. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., Van Jones, a CNN contributor and author, will give(…)

Catch Court Theatre’s new show ahead of premiere

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Starting this Thursday, the Court Theatre is offering a preview showing of its newest play, “Satchmo at the Waldorf.” As part of the Louis Armstrong Festival throughout January and February at various locations throughout the city, the Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., will begin previewing the performance in the(…)

Oriental Institute hosts lecture

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Parkers interested in garnering some information on the world’s earliest, documented military encounter should visit the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., this Wednesday, Jan. 6, for a presentation by historians Robert Ritner and Theo van den Hout. The event details the Battle of Kadesh, a(…)