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Chance the Rapper named to DuSable Museum board

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Chance the Rapper (Chancelor Bennett), hip-hop artist and Chicago native has been named to the Board of Trustees at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Place. The announcement was made public, Friday, Jan. 6., Chance the Rapper recently made history by receiving seven 2016 Grammy Award(…)

Book release event at Logan Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago-based publisher, Curbside Splendor Publishing, will be hosting the release party of their latest book, “Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks,” this Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. This year marks the 100th birthday of the late poet(…)

Newberry Consort celebrates 30th anniversary season

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Newberry Consort is celebrating its 30th anniversary season filled with programs that range from the music of Shakespeare and Medieval Germany to music celebrating a 17th-century Swedish queen. The Newberry Consort will be presenting a concert, on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., featuring(…)

January JPAC meeting to focus on golf proposal

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, with a special focus on the recently proposed golf course. Last month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the development of the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance and its partnership with professional golfer, Tiger Woods, to create a(…)

CIA Director to speak at U. of C.

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer John Brennan, outgoing Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), will speak at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Institute of Politics (IOP) on Thursday, Jan. 5. President Barack Obama appointed Brennan Director in 2013, following three decades of service at the CIA. Brennan will provide insight and analysis(…)

Local author reflects on years at Lab School in new book

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 34 years, Hyde Park resident Gloria Needlman taught at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. Her recently published book, “It’s Not Forsythia, It’s For Me: My Years Teaching Young Children,” chronicles her fond memories of her years at Lab and as an educator. Needlman said the book acts as(…)

KAMII climate change weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel (KAMII) will be hosting its eighth Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend Friday, Jan. 13 through Sunday, Jan. 15. The yearly social justice program at KAMII, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., focuses on increased motivation to work towards a greener and more equitable world. This year’s(…)

Aldermen write resolution to relax police hiring standards

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Several Chicago City Council members are calling on the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to relax some hiring practices to consider candidates with minor drug and criminal offenses so that they may become Chicago Police officers. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), weighed in on the resolution, Hairston said it depends on what(…)

Retail expert hosts pop-up shop event in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Pop-up shops are nothing new to Hyde Park. The neighborhood has seen niche retailers open up for a short-term stint in the neighborhood to offer more options to shoppers for years now. Retail expert Steve Brooks said the pop-up shop concept has been around for centuries and is still a(…)

Mayor’s emails mention Jackson Park golf course redesign

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Last week, Wednesday, Dec. 21, City Hall released thousands of emails from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s personal accounts as a part of a settlement with the Better Government Association (BGA), a government watchdog organization. Within the emails, there is discussion of the now approved golf complex in Jackson Park. On Friday,(…)

Trump’s Press Secretary slated to speak at U. of C.

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Sean Spicer, the incoming Press Secretary for President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, is slated to speak at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) on Wednesday, Jan. 4. U. of C.’s Institute of Politics (IOP) is hosting the event. Spicer will join IOP’s Director David Axelrod in a conversation about the(…)

Chicago Park District opens drop-off sites for Christmas tree recycling

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The holiday season is officially over, which means taking down the festive decorations. To help with the process, the Chicago Park District (CPD) has opened several drop-off locations to recycle Christmas trees. From now through Jan. 21, 24 Chicago parks will be drop-off spots for trees to be recycled. For(…)