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Metra fare to increase

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Hyde Park residents that take the Metra to commute to work, school, or for leisure activities will see an increase in the fare next year. On Friday, Nov 11, the Metra Board approved a $1.06 billion dollar budget that provides $781.2 million and $279.5 million for capital improvements in 2017.(…)

Shop small in Hyde Park this Saturday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Skip the long lines and crowded stores on Black Friday and instead, do holiday shopping at locally owned businesses on Saturday, Nov. 26, for Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday happens every year the day after Black Friday to promote shopping small for the holidays to support the businesses that(…)

70th Annual Latke-Hamantash debate at Mandel Hall tonight

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Laktke or Hamantash? The 70-year-old debate will once take place at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., Tuesday night, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The debate tradition has been in practice since 1946 and will include University of Chicago (U. of C.) faculty members from various departments who will hash(…)

U. of C.’s Legal Forum’s new paper investigates black teens’ interactions with police

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A new paper published by University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Legal Forum explores police interactions with black teenagers in Chicago. The paper is in collaboration with the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, of U. of C. and the Invisible Institute’s Youth/Police Project. The article reports on what the authors; Professor(…)

Thanksgiving traditions in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will take place on Thursday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The Hyde Park Interfaith Council has been sponsoring a community Thanksgiving celebration of all faiths for over 90 years. The service will feature readings and chants(…)

U. of C. student robbed

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A University of Chicago student was robbed Friday night, Nov 18. At 6:20 p.m. the student was walking on the sidewalk off campus on 54th Place at South Ellis Avenue when the student was approached by three unknown suspects. One of the three had a weapon and demanded the victim’s(…)

20th Annual Hyde Park Tellabration takes place this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This Sunday, Nov. 20, the 20th Annual Tellabration will take place in Hyde Park. This neighborhood storytelling tradition is a part of national day of storytelling where Tellabration events take place across the country and around the world. Over 40 storytellers will visit Hyde Park to share personal narratives, classic(…)

JPAC Turkey Trot race postponed until Tuesday

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council’s (JPAC) 10th annual Turkey Trot, which was scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18 has been postponed until Tuesday, Nov., 22. The Turkey Trot is a mile-long race for children. Each race is divided by age group: 4-6 year olds, 9-12 year olds, and 12-15 year olds.(…)

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit opens at MSI

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry kicked off the holidays by opening its Christmas Around the World and the Holidays of Light exhibit, Thursday, Nov. 17. The exhibit showcases more than 50 decorated trees surrounded by a 45-foot-tall “Grand Tree” wrapped in 30,000 twinkling lights. Today, the Grand Tree was(…)

Police urge residents to be careful after reports of multiple robberies

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Chicago Police are asking residents in the Hyde Park area to be careful as a result of two robberies in the area on Wednesday night, Nov. 16. In both incidents two-to-three offenders exited a vehicle described by victims as a white van or gray SUV, possibly a Jeep, surrounded the(…)

U. of C. student robbed

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A University of Chicago student was robbed on Wednesday night, Nov. 16, off campus. The student was walking on the 5400 block of South Drexel Avenue at 7 p.m. when he was approached by two unknown men, according to Chicago Police. The men demanded that the student hand over his(…)

Promontory to kick off Chicago Podcast Festival

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The first annual podcast festival in the City of Chicago kicks off in Hyde Park. The festival begins its tour at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., Thursday, Nov. 17, and presents shows at other locations through Nov. 19. Festival Producer Jonathan Pitts came up with the idea to(…)

Chicago Community Chorus to perform at West Point Baptist Church

The Chicago Community Chorus will perform its annual Songs of the Season concert at West Point Baptist Church, 3566-3572 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Saturday, Dec. 10. The concert, which is titled Great Joy Part 2, will feature selections from Michael McElroy, Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red’s work Great Joy- A Gospel Celebration. The concert will(…)

Dyett High School’s Innovation Hub set to open next week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts, 555 E. 51st St., does not only house 150 students, a Black Box Theater, dance studios and a state of the art computer lab, but it also hosts the Dyett Innovation Hub, which will officially open on Nov. 22. Part of(…)

I Am We program leads teen panel

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer I Am We, an arts programming organization, hosted “Arts as A Catalyst: Chicago Youth Speaks,” Saturday, Nov. 12, at the University of Chicago Arts Incubator Space, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. The event was the first installment of the “Listening Series,” which will work to “support and encourage inclusion and community.”(…)

The legacy of Cuesta Benberry premieres at DuSable Musuem

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History’s, 740 East 56th Pl., new exhibit “The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African American Quilt Scholar”opened today, Nov. 15. “The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African American Quilt Scholar” is a traveling exhibition that showcases the textile collections of Cuesta Benberry, a pioneer(…)

The Shrine gives back for the holidays with caroling and donation drive

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., is celebrating the joy of the holidays with a caroling event and a donation drive. Carols and Candles at the Shrine will take place Saturday, Dec. 17, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will include hot chocolate and(…)

Metra board votes to increase fare

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Hyde Park residents that take the Metra to commute to work, school, or for leisure activities will see an increase in the fare next year. On Friday, Nov 11, the Metra Board approved a $1.06 billion dollar budget that provides $781.2 million and $279.5 million for capital improvements in 2017.(…)

MSI’s iconic ships gallery is reopened for the public

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer After five months of renovation, the historic collection of model ships at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., is open again to the public. The new and improved Ships Galley exhibit demonstrates the highlights of ship design and evolution through model ships. In January(…)

Target’s liquor license approved despite community concerns

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Target’s liquor license was approved by the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection on Friday, Nov. 11, but at a community meeting days before on Wednesday, Nov. 9, residents voiced their concerns and disagreements in the license being issued. “We are very disappointed,” said Stephanie Franklin,(…)