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Ald. Burns, Pfleger speak on “Chiraq”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Rev. Michael Pfleger were featured in a panel discussion at the City Club of Chicago on Thursday, July 9, that addressed the controversial title of Spike Lee’s latest film, “Chiraq.” Burns has been outspoken against the movie’s title for some time. He has gone so(…)

Focus Desk helps special learners

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Nancy Dellamore, once a Hyde Park Day School parent, is pioneering a new classroom desk that adapts to students’ learning styles. The Focus Desk, an easily-adjustable workstation, is a product of Marvel Group Inc., a Chicago-based furniture company that Dellamore and her husband co-own. For more than a decade, Dellamore(…)

Barbara Flynn Currie presents temporary budget for state

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Thursday, July 9, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to fund critical services and state workers’ salaries until August. The House passed the $2.3 billion temporary budget on a 71-19 vote. The fiscal year began July 1 with no comprehensive, annual budget in place. State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie(…)

Beer and wine coming soon to Open Produce

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Cheers — Hyde Parkers will soon be able to purchase beer and wine at Open Produce. Steven Lucy, the store’s founder and owner, expects that the first round of alcoholic beverages will be on sale within the next two weeks. Lucy has been pursuing a license to sell beer and(…)

Mothers march against gun violence in Hyde Park’s Independence Day parade

By Emma Herman Herald Intern On Saturday, members of the group Illinois Mothers Demand Action Against Gun Violence marched in Hyde Park’s 4th on 53rd Fourth of July parade, as well as in neighborhood parades across the state. Local members carried a banner with the hashtag #RisingforCharleston and signs with the group’s logo in order(…)

Crime near University of Chicago brings residents’ safety into question

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A recent violent crime in the 5300 block of South Cottage Grove has left one resident questioning the security of her neighborhood. Chantelle Allen, a parent and health insurance saleswoman, lives one block away from University of Chicago Medical center facilities and less than half a mile from the university(…)

University of Chicago students learn about consulting

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Teaching graduate and postdoctoral students the ‘ins and outs’ of the competitive field of consulting, UChicago Grad, which is a career resource to all grad students, offered a week-long consulting intensive summer camp last week. More than 100 students attended this session, which consisted of a day introducing the consulting(…)

Kwame Raoul pushes SB 1304 through Illinois General Assembly

By SAM RAPPAORT Staff Writer On May 30, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill aimed at improving the relations between police officers and the communities they serve. The law enforcement reform package, Senate Bill 1304, will have a major impact on the operations of Chicago police departments. Hyde Park politicians were instrumental in moving(…)

Delivery service, DoorDash, expands into Hyde Park

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer A new Palo Alto-based tech company specializing in food delivery is expanding into the Hyde Park community. DoorDash, a two-year-old Sequoia-backed company headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., uses advanced technology to optimize the delivery process. Starting Monday, June 22, DoorDash is bringing their restaurant delivery service to the South Side,(…)

Chicago teachers rally, highlight union needs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Thousands of teachers gathered for a Chicago Teachers Union-led rally on June 9 downtown at the Thompson Center for what they called a Rally for A Just Chicago and Fair Contract. Hyde Park has been affected by school closings and other actions just as the other schools in the(…)

Hyde Parkers get real estate savvy

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Understanding the real estate investing market can be overwhelming and challenging for many people who want to dive into this potentially lucrative field. In the heyday before the recession, average investors could dive into the real estate investing market with little upfront capital and rehab properties that they could turn(…)

Trauma center activists occupy University of Chicago administration building

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At approximately 5 p.m. on June 3, students and South Side activists staged a sit-in at the University of Chicago’s main administration building, 5801 S. Ellis Ave. Representatives from Students for Health Equity and Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY) led a rally outside of the administration building while a group(…)

Chamber of commerce highlights Hyde Park resources with Third Thursday

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Informing and networking was the agenda at the Third Thursday hosted by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce last week. It was a full house, as people mingled and passed out business cards at Citibank University of Chicago Campus branch, 5820 S. Ellis Ave. Wallace Goode Jr., the executive director(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society celebrates youth

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society will celebrate students whose projects on the history of Hyde Park won awards at this year’s History Fair competitions Saturday at its annual History Fair program. Logan Young, a student at the University of Chicago Laboratory School, will receive the Hyde Park Historical Society’s(…)

Midway Park advisory council officials elected

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After two failed attempts, a meeting held at Midway Plaisance, on Wednesday, May 27, saw the election of officials for a Midway Park Advisory Council (PAC). Bronwyn Nichols-Lodato was named president, Don McGruder was named vice president and Radiah Smith-Donald was assigned treasurer. Bylaws were discussed, voted on and submitted,(…)

LGBTQ exhibit at Regenstein Library

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new exhibit shows the University of Chicago and Hyde Park have long been home to a sometimes visible, sometimes closeted LGBTQ community. Curated by U. of C. Ph.D. candidate Lauren Stokes and alum Monica Mercado, “Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles” takes place through June 12 in the Special Collections Research(…)

Chamber of commerce to host Hyde Park Brew Fest

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is inviting Hyde Parkers to drink beer outdoors this weekend. The first-ever Hyde Park Brew Fest will take place Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, in the parking lot behind BankFinancial, 1354 E. 55th St. A beer garden will be open from noon(…)

South Side businesses anticipate economic impact of Obama library

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer The news of the Presidential Library coming to the South Side had some Chicagoans emotionally moved in the same way as when the first African American president was elected into the country’s highest office. “Bringing the Presidential Library to the South Side is a step in the right direction of(…)

Jackson Park Advisory Council to host fundraiser Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will host a fundraiser this Sunday, May 17, at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Drive. The fundraiser, entitled “Sundae in the Park with JPAC,” will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will include a historical presentation on the(…)

U. of C. Police Department announces new advisory committee, but details lacking

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will create an advisory committee, but there are no specific details yet on who will be a part of the group and how it will be formed. The university said the aim of the new group is to foster cooperation and communication between(…)