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U. of C. scientists discuss molecular-level breakthroughs

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a free, two-hour event on Wednesday, April 6, scientists from the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Institute for Molecular Engineering and Argonne National Laboratory will speak on the molecular-level scientific breakthroughs that are changing the course of our future. The event, titled “Future Science: Small Scale, Big Impact,”(…)

KAM Isaiah Israel talks institutional racism

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The congregation of KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a two-day event on institutional racism and community solutions next weekend, April 8-9. Hyde Park journalist Jamie Kalven and University of Chicago professor Craig Futterman, who were both instrumental in the reporting surrounding the Laquan McDonald case,(…)

Rainbow PUSH to hold Saturday rally for Chicago State University

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In the wake of employee layoffs at Chicago State University (CSU) due to lack of funding, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., is calling on help from South Side communities. Jackson announced today a rally in support of CSU will take place this Saturday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. at Rainbow PUSH(…)

New Hyde Park-based choir for seniors formed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new choir is in town geared at senior singers that are looking to spark back some creativity through song. The national chorale organization, Encore, is dedicated to providing adults ages 55 and older with professionally conducted chorale programs. Encore is bringing two opportunities to get involved Illinois with new(…)

First Thursdays discounts HP businesses to offer deals and activities on first Thursdays

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Thursday nights are about to be the popular night out in Hyde Park through the new First Thursday events. Beginning April 7, every first Thursday of the month will mean special discounts, deals and activities at neighborhood businesses. Over 40 restaurants and stores are participating on the kick-off event on(…)

HP Transitional Housing Project hosts Taste of Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (HPTHP) will host its 11th annual “Taste of Hyde Park” fundraising event, Saturday, April 2, at St. Paul and the Redeemer Church, 4945 S. Dorchester. The event will feature an eclectic assortment of food from various neighborhood restaurants as well as an auction and(…)

Anti-violence group hosts Sunday meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The anti-violence organizations Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) and Hyde Park-Kenwood Residents for a Safer Chicago are holding an organizational meeting this Sunday, April 3, at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and(…)

CPS announces childcare sites for April 1 walkout

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced today that it has designated over 250 sites, including over 100 of its schools, as places for students to be safe, fed and engaged during the April 1 teachers’ one-day walkout lead by Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU). Local sites include the Nichols Park Fieldhouse, 1355(…)

Hyde Park author discusses South Side book

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Natalie Moore will stop by the International House (I-House) on Thursday, March 31 to discuss her new book, “THE SOUTH SIDE: A portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” Moore will be in conversation with author Rick Perlstein at the I-House Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St., beginning(…)

U. of C. Law School focuses on Flint

By SAM RAPPAPORT Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) attorneys Evan Feinauer, Sarah Tallman and Anjali Waikar will discuss the litigation efforts they’ve launched on behalf of Flint, Mich. residents,Tuesday, March 29, at the University of Chicago’s Law School, 1111 E. 60th St. During the discussion, the lawyers will focus on the legal efforts of the(…)

UCPD implements body-worn cameras

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) will begin using body-worn cameras this April, according to a March 23 statement from the university. During the initial stages of the program, approximately 20 patrol officers will be outfitted with the cameras. However, the university said that by the outset of the(…)

Hyde Park activities for Easter Sunday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents can celebrate Easter Sunday, March 27, with two special events in the neighborhood. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., will have its annual Easter Day service starting at 11 a.m. The adult and children’s choir will sing during the service. After the service, children are invited(…)

April 1 Day of Action approved by CTU

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) voted in favor of a daylong walkout for April 1st. CTU voted 486 to 124 to authorize the Day of Action at a union meeting March 23. The Day of Action was organized in response to Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) plans to cut teachers’ pay(…)

DuSable Museum partners with the Smithsonian

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., announced, March, 23, that it is beginning a collaborative partnership with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The museum’s recently granted “Smithsonian Affiliation” will allow DuSable to borrow Smithsonian artifacts and access traveling exhibits. The partnership will also provide(…)

Jamie Kalven awarded Ridenhour Courage Prize

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park-based journalist Jamie Kalven is the 2016 recipient of The Ridenhour Courage Prize, an award given out by the Nation Institute and Fertel Foundation that recognizes an individual’s “courageous and life-long defense of the public interest and passionate commitment to social justice.” Kalven, the founder and executive director of(…)

Adult coloring at 57th Street Books

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Saturday afternoon, illustrator, author and food stylist Jessie Kanelos Weiner will lead a coloring workshop, and you don’t have to be a kid to join in. The workshop will be held at 2 p.m. March 26 at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Weiner’s new book “Edible Paradise:(…)

Southside Hub of Production leaving Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) is packing up the shop and moving out of its 57th Street storefront at the end of the month, however, owner Laura Shaeffer said that it’s not “goodbye” for good. “We will be around in some form or another,” Shaeffer said, who is also(…)

Glass Slipper Project gearing up to dress teens for prom

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For many teenage girls, their high school prom is their big Cinderella moment and for 18 years now, the Glass Slipper Project has been playing the role of the fairy godmother by making those dreams of the perfect prom come true. The Glass Slipper Project started back in 1998 by(…)

Collaborative prom exhibit opens at Arts Incubator

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer ‘Tis the season for ball gown dresses, tiaras and the anticipation of prom night. An exciting exhibit that focuses on the fashionable prom culture as it is on the South Side of Chicago opens Friday, March 25 at the Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. “Runway to Reality” is the(…)

Chicago Teacher’s Union plans “Day of Action” for April 1

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) is proposing Friday, April 1 as a “Day of Action,” a one-day walkout for teachers. Two Hyde Park organizations are preparing day programs so that parents will have a safe place to send their children. CTU is proposing this “Day of Action” because of a(…)