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CPS students play soccer on the Midway this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Over 1,300 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students from grades 2nd – 4th grade will participate in the Urban Initiatives 4th Annual Work to Play Cup at Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 S. Midway Plaisance, Saturday, June 4. Students from 41 CPS schools will participate in Saturday’s event, which will take place(…)

Metra says safety concerns prompted tree-cutting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Over the past couple of weeks, Metra crews have been clearing away trees along Hyde Park’s railway embankment on Lake Park Avenue from 47th Street to 51st Street. Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said the work, first prompted by a request from the City of Chicago, is a result of safety(…)

Budget cuts and staff layoffs at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Budget cuts at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) are threatening the positions of administrative staff. Willemien Otten, a theology professor and head of the U. of C. chapter of the American Association of University Professors, said that academic division heads are being hit with budget reductions by about(…)

City finds high level of lead contamination in water of Hyde Park home

A Hyde Park home on the 5400 block of South Harper Avenue was one of two homes in Chicago that exceeded federal limits of lead contamination in its water, according to a report released by the Chicago Department of Water Management. The owners of the Hyde Park home, which was one out of 85 homes(…)

String of May burglaries along Lake Shore Drive

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the span of one week toward the end of May, four burglaries occurred in the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive, according to Chicago Police. Police sent out a community alert, Thursday, June 2, that said in each of the instances, offenders gained entry into an apartment through(…)

Free MSI visits for Illinois residents

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Illinois residents can explore the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., free of charge from now until Friday, June 3, and again next week from Monday, June 6, until Wednesday, June 8. The MSI currently has the “Brick by Brick” Lego model exhibit, a Coal(…)

Concert focuses on quality through music

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, June 5, the Cantate Chicago choir will perform a special concert at the First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. The performance is entitled, “Walk Together,” and will focus on racial understanding and reconciliation from a wide selection of African American spirituals. Benjamin Rivera, the director of the(…)

4th on 53rd volunteer spotlight

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Believe it or not, the 4th of July is a little over four weeks away, and the volunteers for the 4th on 53rd Parade are getting ready to put together one of the biggest events of the year in Hyde Park. The 25th annual 4th on 53rd Parade will take(…)

Interactive timeline created

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two non-profits recently launched a digital, interactive map and timeline illuminating the history of the Garden of the Phoenix, the Jackson Park site that continues to serve as a symbol of U.S. – Japan relations. The “Garden of the Phoenix Digital Experience,” available at, was created by Project 120(…)

Hyde Park Farmer’s Market returns for season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Downtown Hyde Park Farmer’s Market returns this Thursday, June 2, at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. The farmer’s market will run every Thursday through Oct. 27 and will consist of 17 vendors selling in-season fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, herbs and other(…)

Chance the Rapper visits U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rapper Chancelor Bennett, known primarily by his stage name of “Chance the Rapper,” will speak at the University of Chicago (U. of C.), Wednesday, June 1. The event, which is titled “Chance the Rapper and the Art of Activism,” is hosted by the university’s Institute of Politics (IOP) and will(…)

Tuesday morning robbery

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A robbery involving three unknown suspects and a University of Chicago (U. of C.) student occurred early in the morning on Tuesday, May 31. According to a U. of C. security alert, at about 12:15 a.m., Tuesday, a student was walking eastbound on 56th Street, near University Avenue, when he(…)

South Side peace effort meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Residents of the Hyde Park, Kenwood and Woodlawn neighborhoods are invited to an anti-violence informational at the Grant Memorial Church, 4017 S. Drexel Blvd., on Tuesday, May 31, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Make Peace Chicago organization is asking the communities to come together to form a strategy(…)

U. of C. panel focuses on the data analytics of political campaigns

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Remember the Harper’s Magazine subscription you signed up for last month? The Clinton campaign knows about it, and there’s a good chance they’re using that information to help predict who you’ll be voting for in November. Modern day political campaigns are tapping into exhaustive databases of voter information, which could(…)

Similarities between Wednesday shooting on Ingleside and Tuesday shooting on Kimbark

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A shooting involving multiple young men took place in the 6100 block of South Ingleside Avenue on Wednesday, May 25, according to a resident of the block. University of Chicago student who wished to go by the initials T.L., said he was walking near the former Fiske Elementary School building,(…)

Metra cutting down trees between 47th St. and 51st St.

In recent days, Metra has cut down multiple trees along the railroad track embankment between 47th Street and 51st Street in East Hyde Park. Metra spokeswoman Meg Riley said the trees were casualties of ‘general maintenance’ work and did not offer any further details.

Hyde Park woman missing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A woman has gone missing from the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive, according to Chicago Police. Tanya Martin, 45, was last contacted on Wednesday, May 25. Police said she my be carrying a black purse and driving a silver, four door, 2014 Toyota Avalon. Martin is described as(…)

Hairston announces community meeting to clarify parkland proposals

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has set a date for when Chicago Park District officials will speak with community members about recent and proposed changes to Jackson and Washington parks. The meeting aims to assuage the concerns of park goers who have felt, in recent months, that park revamps are going(…)

Police searching for four suspects in Woodlawn shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Police and University of Chicago (U. of C.) Police responded to a shots fired call in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue, Tuesday, May 24, at approximately 3:25 p.m. According to an U. of C. security alert, four possible suspects in a white Chevrolet Impala were seen leaving(…)

Shoesmith raised money for education

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Sixth grade students at Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., have raised over $1,000 to be donated to two different organizations that impact children’s education worldwide. Students committed to giving up their lunch and recess time to plan a school-wide Penny Wars fundraiser to raise money towards education quality.(…)